Friday, January 19, 2018

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert is this authors next novel.  I loved reading Ms Joubert's  Child of the River and also enjoyed reading this book.  This novel is not a part of a series though it has some of the major characters in Child of the River as minor characters in this one.  This novel begins as World War II starts to unfold.  Italian, Marco has fallen in love with Rachel who is Jewish and though Marco is not Jewish but rather Catholic he choses to help hide Rachel and her family in a mountain cave and live with them to keep them safe and also when they need food he sneaks down the mountain to find it for them and himself.  Eventually they are found and taken to a concentration camp where all but Marco dies of starvation and he is very emaciated and a constant cough.  After the war Marco gets back to his home and his parents and brother help him restore his health both mentally and physically.  Marco's health is so bad that his mother must find a way to heal his stomach in order for Marco to eat without constantly vomiting.  In addition Marco must find a way to heal his lungs which were weakened in the concentration camp.  Marco finally gets over the pneumonia but the cough continues.  His brother Antonio moves to South Africa and convinces Marco that the climate is much better for him there  since it is warm all the time there.

Lettie has followed in her father's footsteps and become a physician.  Marco is sent to her by Antonio to try to heal Marco's lungs.  Lettie has been having difficulty getting patients since African's didn't accept females as physicians. In fact Marco was Lettie's only male patient other than children.  Lettie cures Marco's pneumonia using the new antibiotic, penicillin but his lungs are forever damaged and every winter he gets pneumonia even with the warm weather.  Marco and Lettie fall in love but that does not end the trials that the two must face in their life. 

I recommend this book for any who love reading of WWII, who love reading of living in South Africa, who love reading Christian love stories or just historic novels.  This book is well written and Irma Joubert is a wonderful author.  I look forward to reading any novels that she writes.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner is a wonderful children's book for any child who is a little bit different from all the rest of the children---oh yeah that is every child.  Every child created by God is unique and this book tells that story.  It tells the story of  that great love God had for each child as He created them.  It tells of the joy that God has when He created this special child.  This little book tells the child just how important they are in the world and how there never has been a child like them nor will there ever be another child just like them.  The book tells the story of how God knew them before they were born and was an important part of God's story in the world.  This book tells how God gave them special talents so that they could do important work in the world that only they could do in that special way. 

I love the way that this story tells the child how important that they are and how important they are to God.  It tells the story that they each are different and that is part of their specialness.  It would be a great baby shower gift as well as any birthday gift.  It is wonderfully illustrated.  It tells of how God thought about it before He made this great creation of this child.  It will teach the child to look for their specialness and use it in a way that will improve the world around them.  I would never hesitate to buy this book for a child so that they would be aware of just how important they were to God and the world as well as their family.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston

A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston is the first book in the Amish Homestead series.  In this Amish love story Kayla and James meet at Kayla's family's burning barn.  James is an Amish fire fighter volunteer.  Kayla's little brother Nathan is 14 and wants to start volunteering with the firefighters group but Kayla is against it since she is grieving the loss of her firefighter brother, Simeon, in a fire.  Nathan is grieving that loss also but feels closer to his brother when he is around a fire trying to help.  Unbeknownst to James he starts to tell Nathan how to train as a firefighter greatly angering Kayla. 

Nathan is very busy working the family farm as well as volunteering at the local fire department.  Nathan says he has no time for dating but this extremely mad and beautiful Kayla has him interested.  Kayla Dienner's brother died a year ago at the same time that her fiancĂ© dumped her and so not only distrusts the firefighter, James, but distrusts all men---but Jamie's good looks do hold her interest longer than she would like.  Then James who had been putting off fixing that railing guarding the basement steps hears the tones go off for his address and recognizing the description of his mother knows that his mother is gravely injured even before he sees her.  His mother has died all because of him and his sister will never forgive him nor will he.

This novel introduces that reader to the Riehl and Dienner families and walks us through how these 2 families cope with death and tragedy within the Amish faith.  This books tells how their must forgive everyone who wrongs them both comfort as well as challenges them as they go through life.  Read this book if your love Amish love stories, read this book if you just love love stories.  This is well written as all of Amy Clipston books are and this one is the beginning of a new series which is always more enjoyable when you start at the beginning reading them.  Usually her books are stand alone novels and this one is no different but still leaves the reader anxious to read the next installment.
I received this book from Booklook for this review.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel is a dark novel set in a rural Kansas rich family.  This story tells the tale of why the lead character, Lane Roanoke, can't control her emotions, why her mother doesn't love her, and why her mother can never go home again.  The story begins with the suicide of Lane's mother, Camilla.  Lane is sent back to her grandparents to live.  The huge house seems strange and weirdly put together but her grandfather seems nice and her grandmother though more distant is so much better than her mother who was mean to her and occasionally tried to strangle her.  Allegra is mostly nice to her and the two become fast friends.  Allegra is the first person who Lane feels an attachment to and loves her as she might her own sister if she had a sister and Allegra loves her equally.  They fight like sisters would but by and large love and stand by each other.  Throughout the story this novel goes back in time to tell of their mother growing up in this house and the darkness of this rich family unfolds.  Yates, the grandfather, molests all the family members starting at about 14 years of age and like many molesters convinces the girl that she made to decision and that this was love.  When Lane returns to Roanoke she begins to understand the love that her mother had for her when she left and never returned. 

This is a difficult book to read.  It is well written in that it brings out many of the feelings of incest that the victim feels especially if the perpetrator is skilled in manipulation.  It also brings out many of the widely accepted feelings of the community especially if the child pervert is a rich well known person of good reputation.  It is easy to tell that this author has a good understanding of this subject and does a good job of taking the reader through the experience.  I will repeat this is a difficult book and subject to read but it is well written.  Read this book with caution.
I received this book from Blogging for books for this review.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Faithful Finance by EmilyG. Stroud

Faithful Finance by EmilyG. Stroud is a book written by a financial advisor qualified to give advice.  That in and of itself is a good reason to read this book.  This is the book for 40 somethings wanting to be ready for retirement when the time comes but yet be financially responsible when it comes to spending their money.  This book advises on not only preparation for retirement but having fun while younger also.  This book puts no stress on having money-it is a reward for hard work.  I liked how this book inserts a plan for figuring out how you are doing financially and how to correct it if it will not prepare you for how you want your future to be going.  There are parts of the book which touches on planning for your future if you are younger (get your education and all that you plan to get while you are young) but it is mostly a book for those in the sandwich years.  This book tells the reader how to plan for your future so that you can live without fear--if you are not saving correctly now then how to correct your saving plan so that you will be ready for when it comes. 

I had hoped that this book would help me as an older reader of this book to figure out if retiring early would be something that I could easily do now but I found the book weaker in this respect.  I wish that I had found this book when I was 40 or so because this book seems more geared to those readers and planners.  That being said I found this interesting to read and a good source of information on budgeting and sticking with a budget through the years with adjustments along the way.
I received this book from Handlebar for this review.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Home All Along by Beth Wiseman

Home All Along by Beth Wiseman is the newest edition of the Amish Secrets series.  In the novel just prior to this one Charlotte was settled into her brother's home after he died.  This home was situated in an Amish community and also did not have electricity.  Charlotte had gotten used to wood heat and lanterns but but she sure missed having an oven.  Charlotte had also developed a relationship with an Amish man named Daniel Byler.  In this edition Daniel wants her to take the next step and become baptized and join the Amish completely then marry him.  In fact Daniel is considering breaking from the Amish in order to marry Charlotte but something is holding Charlotte back and she wants to wait a while longer to decide.  If that is not enough, Daniel's mother is very ill with her late in life pregnancy and cancer has returned to her dear friend, Lena.  Lena was such a close confidant for her during her time of decision-making.  Then Charlotte's long lost sister, Andrea, who was adopted out of her family when she was a baby drops in to live with Charlotte along with her baby daughter, Bella in her tiny house with no electricity.  Andrea was a whirlwind of activity as well as a mooch.  Andrea's plan was to get as much out of Charlotte as she could before she moved on.  Andrea didn't plan however to find a sister that she could love.  Charlotte and Andrea learned to love each other for who they were and develop the family that they never had before.

I love reading Beth Wiseman books and when it comes to series I just can hardly wait until the next one comes out.  Ms Wiseman well develops her characters so they seem as if they could be real.  Read this story to follow how Charlotte learns and lives the Amish way and then decides whether she is ready to join the church as a full member and not look back or see any regrets in her decision.  Is Charlotte ready to marry Daniel?  Is Charlotte just considering joining the church so that she can marry Daniel?  All this and more is what Charlotte must consider as she plans her future.  I loved this book and I think that you will too.
I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.

Monday, December 11, 2017

May the Faith be with You (NIRV) Bible

May the Faith be with You (NIRV) Bible is a new Bible for children written in the New International Reader's Version especially to be easy to read and understand.  There are 6 sections interspersed throughout the Bible which answer the questions that children may ask such as in the section at the beginning one of the questions is, what is the Bible? as well as a list of all the books of the Bible in the order they appear in the Bible and what is contained in each such as Genesis is in the group of the Law.  In the New Testament there is in one of the section dividers a list of the parables and where they are located as well as a list of verses of the Bible to read when you are having various feelings such as when you are angry, jealous, or lonely as well as many other feelings.  Now this Bible is not just a children's Bible but rather it is the actual same version as any other NIRV Bible it just has special helps which make the Bible more helpful for the young reader.  This Bible would make a good presentation Bible for churches or Sunday Schools to gift young readers .   In addition is well bond to be able to take the hard knocks that will happen.  The cover and the dividers have a Star Wars inspired design.  I would suggest this version of the Bible for young girls and boys of around 8 years and up.  The intended audience is 6-10 years old but I think that this Bible would be difficult to study for those younger that about 8 years.
I received this book from Handlebar for this review.