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REVIEW: Home by Ginny L. Yttrup

Home

Melanie Vander, author, and her contractor husband, Craig, are disconnected.  They live a grand life with many materials things, but they are not happy.  For Melanie it shows itself in her inability to write her next book.  For Craig, it stems from a down market for his construction company.  They need each other, but they continue to drift alone.

Neighbors Jill and Marcos provide another good storyline in this novel about finding one’s way home. Each person in the story much reach inside, reach to God, and grieve, regroup and grow.

Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Brooklyn and her daughter Alycia’s have the chance to move back to Brooklyn’s hometown in Idaho.  Brooklyn’s estranged husband, Chad, has died and left them his family home.  He also asks neighbor Derek Johnson to become a father figure to Alycia.  It’s a heart-warming story, though we never really learn why Chad was estranged.  His story isn’t told.  It was enjoyable, though predictable.
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Thanks to Thomas Nelson for an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Amish Cooking Class – The Seekers by Wanda Brunstetter

The Seekers (Amish Cooking Class #1)

A group of Englishers and one Amish man come together for an Amish cooking class.  Instructor Heidi Troyer suffers from infertility and is taking on the class to help others and distract herself.  Like any small group, this one works together to help each other overcome issues.  Heidi and her husband Lyle also look on this class as an opportunity to witness to the class.  A war veteran, Ron, seems to need the most patience of all.
Brunstetter weaves an interest and almost believable story of the power of friendship and listening.  Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson

Great read! Although it was based in the Thanksgiving to Christmas time period, I felt like it could be read at any time. The four main characters struggle to get back on their feet after their friend dies in her mid-forties. Their friend had been the glue in holding the group together and they were unsure how to move forward with their lives and with each other. Author Melody Carlson always does a nice job with contemporary stories, using everyday women as her main characters. That means they are relatable!

 


Thanks to Revell to providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The First Gift by Ruth Logan Herne

Cassie Caruthers longs for a normal childhood.  Cassie lives in squalor and neglect with her widowed, alcoholic birth farther.  She is so detached from him that she calls him “the man.”  Social Services does some careful stepping to get Cassie into the school system and into a nurturing environment.  Through God’s providence, Kerry McHenry is her Kindergarten teacher.
We also meet Ray and Jake, both men aim to win Kerry’s heart.  Ray, an oncologist, is wrapped up in himself and doesn’t appreciate the gift of Kerry.  Jake, who works for the sheriff’s department, is widowed with his two, biracial little boys.  He’s just coming back to the dating scene and wants to protect his sons from any flighty romances of his.
Enjoy this unfolding story as new relationships are formed.
The First Gift by Ruth Logan Herne
Thanks to Franciscan Media for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells

Sometimes what we are looking for really is in our own backyard.  Pastor James Horton and young adult farmer Noble are both searching for the thing to show them purpose due to their circumstances.  James has a dying church as the congregation is dwindling and the folks cannot afford the upkeep.  Noble is running the family farm after his dad runs off on the family.  Noble, though, has bigger aspirations and wants to see what is out there for him.  James feels defeat with the loss of the church and his earlier loss of his wife in a car accident.  Both are adrift and wondering where to find “home.”

I thought it was a very good story about small towns, the things God puts in our paths, and finding out place.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

Lead Me Home

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REVIEW: Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman

Clothing designer Lauren Summers need to take some time off following a mishap with one of her designs.  Her break involves moving into an exclusive neighborhood to house sit while she works for a pittance designing costumes for a high school drama production. Lauren is trying to make the best of her circumstances but she is continually thwarted by her reclusive neighbor.  And, to make matters worse, Lauren is unsure of reporter Kendall Joiner’s motives.  Working to find her way back to the design world, Lauren plugs on and relies on God for guidance.  Sometimes God puts us in particular places for awesome reasons.

I enjoyed this new novel by Kathryn Cushman.  I’ve read several of her other books and I found this one to move right along.  I would say it’s possibly my favorite from her so far! Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

Fading Starlight

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