Category Archives: 5 Stars

A Harvest of Home

I was thrilled to see the second book of the Song of Blessing series on my list of books to choose from.  Lauraine Snelling continues to be one of my all time favorite authors and this book did not disappoint me.

Miriam Hastings is home in Chicago, taking care of her siblings following the death of their mother.  She is continuing her nursing training and longing for the life and people she left behind in Blessing.  She knows that she will be returning to Blessing for another year and isn’t sure how that will fit into her life now.  But letters from Trygve Knutson continue to reach her and mix up her mind and heart.

Trygve is home, in Blessing, building a house and loving Miriam from afar.  Life in Blessing is also not very simple right now as characters we remember from the last series struggle to make ends meet and fight for their way of life.  When Miriam finally returns to Blessing, and plunges straight into work, she finds herself up against more and more decisions.  Her siblings need her, others are asking more and more of her, and Trygve is claiming space in her heart.

Where will Miriam end up in the end?  Back in Chicago?  Or at home in Blessing?

My Thoughts…

I loved this book!  The nursing side story is fascinating to me and the characters are full and rich.  The Godly theme though the whole book is refreshing, I love how Snelling weaves the Gospel and God’s love into all her books.

Highly recommended.

5 out of 5 Stars

Where Treetops Glisten

I was looking for something to read during the Christmas season, and stumbled upon this delightfully old-fashioned book.  Journey back to America during World War II and experience Christmas through the eyes of the Turner family.  This book is actually a collection of three stories, each by a difference award winning author.

Cara Putman’s “White Christmas” stars Abigail Turner, a college student with a troubled heart.  But her path crosses with a very troubled young man, who needs friends that will reach out to him. Sarah Sundin once again weaves a story of  fighter pilot in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”  Pete returns home to recover from the war, and encounters a tiny girl who captures his heart.  Her quest for her lost father leads Pete to her mother, a girl he hurt years ago.  And Tricia Goyer finishes the collection with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.  Meredith (Merry) is serving as a combat nurse, losing herself in her work rather than face her broken heart.  But God leads her face to face with her greatest fear, causing her to wonder if it may be a Merry Christmas after all.

This collection of simple, heartwarming stories was a relaxing read that kept me engrossed from cover to cover.  Each of these ladies is a talented, creative author who weaves stories of realistic characters and the joy of the holiday season.  I highly recommend this read for your Christmas shelf.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business

This book was amazing! Hands down,one of the best books on running a business I’ve ever read. It was clear and well written, it was well developed and made sense. I enjoyed every section, making mental notes on everything. Now I use it as a reference book.

And one of my favorite places to reference is the Financial section. The different topics and ideas that are covered and explained will change the way you run your little business. Overhead costs, liability, production costs, the list goes on and on. I learned so many different applicable things. For instance: how to figure retail and wholesale costs. And how to charge for a service versus a product.

And it’s not just for “Young Entrepreneurs”. My dad is reading the book now!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Undetected by Dee Henderson

My sisters and I have been waiting and waiting for this book to come out.  And Dee Henderson did not disappoint us.  This book combines intense action, cliff hanger suspense, and a touch of romance to make for a wonderful read.  Definitely my favorite so far in her newest series.

What I Liked

Gina Gray is highly intelligent, very successful, and a little lonely.  She would love to be married, but her brains seem to run men off.  While the U. S. Government can’t imagine life without her, Gina wishes for someone who would care about her.  Mark Bishop is a submarine commander, who understands better than anyone the power of Gina’s discoveries.

On his trip home, he encourages Gina to go out on dates with another submariner.  Only to discover he’s the man for Gina.  Now he has to convince Gina of this and figure out a way to protect her from herself.  Especially when she makes another powerful, world shaking discovery.

What I Didn’t Like

I have to wait another year before she writes the next one!

Five out of five stars!

A Table By the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

With one sister in culinary class, another sister who loves baking cupcakes, and a whole family who enjoys cooking, I was very excited to see a book that was not only a story, but a collection of recipes as well!  I just had to try it!  And I was not disappointed!

Juliette D’Alisa has spent the last few years of her life fleeing the restaurant business by being a successful food writer.  But when her brother, Nico, offers her a job as his partner in a new restaurant, she is torn.  Does she want back in?

Meanwhile, a lonely Juliette meets a young doctor online and begins an unlikely friendship.  And when she finds a picture in grandmother’s belongings, that looks nothing like her grandfather, Juliette is thrust into a family mystery that goes back to WWII.

What I Liked

The book was a well written, relaxable read.  By that I mean, there was no gun rights, no life or death scenes.  It was a “read before bed” book.  I also loved the bantering between the Italian siblings.  Reminds me of my family.

And the smattering of recipes mixed in were wonderful!

What I Didn’t Like

It leaves you hanging for the next one!

Rating 5 out of 5 Stars.

A Godward Heart by John Piper

Treasuring the God Who Loves You

I find it rather hard to review a devotional.  Devotionals are meant to be read slowly, one day at a time.  They are for pondering, savoring, meditating.  However, time does not allow me to do that.  So I read it quickly, and then put it back on my shelf… to be read slowly during my quiet time in the coming days.

John Piper fills the pages of A Godward Heart with 50 meditations that draw your soul closer to God.  Each bite sized devotional is deeply soul stirring, leading you closer to a better knowledge of our Father in heaven.

Day 25 is an anniversary meditation on 1 Corinthians 13, while day 12 focusses on living as if the world was passing away.   Day 17 is a commentary  on the true view of doctrine, and day 30 commentates on caring for the hopeless, the hurting, and the downtrodden.

I highly recommend you add this book to your quiet time with the Lord.

5 out of 5 stars.

All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson

I love reading real historical fiction.  By that I mean, historical fiction that leans more on history and less on fiction.  This book was fascinating as it covered the settling of Alaska, something I had never heard of before.

Gwyn Hillerman serves as a nurse in father’s medical clinic for the natives of Alaska.  Their life is rough and at the mercy of the elements, but she and her father love their simple home life.  Gwyn, however, still mourns the loss of her mother and younger sister who left a few years ago – despising the uncivilized life.

Back in Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan performs a medical procedure that goes bad.  In the same day, he loses his medical license and his fiance.  He is not so subtly asked to leave the city, and he heads north with the homesteaders to Alaska.

As the homesteaders fill the town, somethings are not all that they seem.  As Gwyn comes to depend on Jeremiah, and the help he is giving her aging father, some rumors start about his past.  And his job.  And his fiance.  Can Jeremiah trust anyone enough to explain his past, and risk the home and land he’s come to love?

There is some violence, including two murders.  Nothing graphic.  Overall, I loved this gentle, compelling story.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.