Monday, December 29, 2014

Unplanned- Abby Johnson

Follow Abby as she journeys down the path to help distressed women. Beginning in college when she is intrigued by a volunteer position with planned parenthood through her 8 years of service to them, and then her overnight conversion and cooperation with "the other side of the fence" the Coaliton for Life . Here Abby will site her experience working for a pro-choice organization, helping women exercise their right to choose the best plan for their uncertain future. And then she will swing all the way around to work with an organization staunchly believing the complete opposite. Disagreeing that any woman should have the right to choose whether to keep or kill an unborn baby. Go along on her journey as she fights for what she believes to be right and wrong. I admit, I could not put this book down. I read it in about three sittings. I was very intrigued with the inner workings of planned parenthood, as I knew very little about the organization, other than what they advertise. I liked to get the inside scoop, even though I knew the opinion would be biased. I also enjoyed seeing the Coalition for Life's conversion from extreme protesters, to the humble praying approach. I thought the book was insightful, as far as gaining insight to both sides. And I always enjoy hearing another's story and journey. But, here's the but... I didn't feel like the book was a bit redundant. And I found the relationship with her and Shawn to be tiresome. I also couldn't help but wonder why there wasn't more in the book about her family. I understand the book was about her leaving PP, but I was hoping for some glimpse of her passion for her family, and her joy at holding her own children after witnessing the ultrasound she mentions. She mentions a moment where she felt remorseful and tearful over her own abortions, but just for me personally, it seems she felt worse about the abortion she witnessed than her own. I also wish I'd seen more of a relationship to Christ evolve in the book. I do not know her personally, so I have no idea what her relationship to Him is like. But in the book when she "switched sides", it seemed more of a strong personal decision, rather than an encounter with The Lord, which is kind of what I was thinking would be her inspiration to change when I picked up this book. Overall, I'd tell people to read it. I've seen a lot of negative reviews, especially attacking her as a person. And claiming her facts are not correct. I honestly don't have the energy to play Sherlock Holmes with her story, so I'm just going to assume she is telling the truth and rate this book for the book itself and not her and her choices, because those are for her to make.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Journey to Jesus- DVD and learning guide

If you are looking to learn more about Islam, and struggling to relate to your Muslim neighbors, this is the DVD set for you. Follow along with the well laid out power point lessons to learn the facts. And then engage yourself in the heartwarming dramitizations, that out words into action. Great for personal growth, or classroom learning! I admitt I was a bit hesitant about watching these. I was afraid they'd be cheesy or overly religious in the approach. But I have to say I was pleasantly suprised. I will say, I don't learn well from power point, just too matter a fa for my creative kind that needs a lot more interaction to stay focused. But the dramitizations were actually nice to watch. I braced myself for horrible acting, but it really was not bad at all. And I like how the main message is one I believe in. Persons of other religions don't need Christianity crammed down their throat. Or condemnation or judgement. They need a friend who listen, who will let them ask questions, who will invest in their life. Just like they would any other relationship they valued. And I believe these mini- dramas did just that. Great tool for educating. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It Will Be Ok -- trusting God through fear and change

Little seed likes his cozy little packet in his cozy little shed,high up on his little shelf. He doesn't need change,mand while he knows the farmer is good and kind, he's content to stay put. Little fox loves his cozy little hole. He doesn't need to stay outside when the scary shadows and eery sounds frighten him. He's ok to stay just where he is. And then a storm rages, scaring little fox right out of his hole, and knocking little seed put of his packet and off his shelf. When little fox comes racing in for antler, little seed isn't sure he wants the intrusion. But they soon learn, having a friend is nice. And while they know the farmer is good and kind, they don't want anything to change. But the farmer comes one day for the seed. He says he has good plans for him. The seed is scared, little fox is too. But as the seed grows where the farmer has put him, he and his friend little fox begin to really trust that the farmer really knows what's best. And when they see how they've become great as the farmer intended all along, they are glad they trusted him with their futures! Really cute book! The illustrations are adorable. The story is written well, and has a great message. My four year old keeps asking if we can read "the fox book". So it's a hit with my little ones as well. A great book to add to your collection. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Novel Interiors- Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

Shall I put the kettle on? -- Deco
rate like your favorite classic authors; Dickens, Austen and Gaskell. A cozy home free of feeling contrived. Remembrance of Things Past -- ind the refined interiors of Warton, Waugh and James . Living Au Naturel -- Sift through the handmade style of Hardy, Lawrence and Cather. See rustic at it's best. Oh, the Glamour of it All -- Learn how Fitzgerald, Maugham and Nichols use a sleek look with geometric patterns and reflective surfaces. Anything Goes -- Here find color, chaos and unconventional with authors like Dinesen, Mansfield and Durell. Sometimes a Fantasy -- Take your cue from Proust, Wilde and Firbank. Using a dramatic and theatric inspiration. And dancing on the pages of these inspired chapters, you will see the words and quotes of your favorite authors! I really wanted to like this book. As someone passionate about books, and almost equally as passionate about home interiors, this seemed like the perfect book. But I wAs a disappointed. I loved a the book quotes throughout. And I love the idea of decorating to create the feel of your favorite books settings. There were pages I really loved the decor on. But they were few. I personally just felt that there really was nothing that really stood out or set this book apart from any other home interior book I've seen. I thought a lot of the interiors looked shabby, not cozy. And I didn't really see the correlation between the authors suggested and the interiors made to match them. I wouldn't say I disliked this book. I always enjoy seeing another's idea for decor. It just really wasn't my style. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Let There Be Light- Desmond Tutu

What a great addition to any little child's library. A nice sturdy board book, for those wild little ones who love to rip pages in regular kids books. The illustrations are very nicely done, artsy and whimsical. The story flows very well. Both my children sat engrossed. This book has inspired me to seek out other books by this author and illustrator. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday Suppers- Karen Mordechai

Sip your steaming French press as you sit cozily at your breakfast table staring at your soon to be tasted feast. You'll sample cream biscuits with jam butter, perfectly scrambled eggs, greens, and blood oranges halved. When lunch time rolls around, your appetite will be satiated by avocado sandwiches with greens and parsley pesto, macerated blackberries with brown sugar and mint, and donuts from your local shop. Snack before dinner on lemon hummus and naan with rosemary and thyme. For dinner have corned beef with root vegetables, braised pure cabbage, and seasame and salt pretzels. Make sure you indulge your sweet tooth with some mulled wine, and ice cream sampler or some date cake with toffee sauce! And that's not all you'll find on these wonderfully rustic and artful pages. Plan a picnic in the city, a party for your little one, holiday fare and even the perfect campsite spread. This will assuage not only your elegant appetite, but will be a visual feast for all! This is a great book. I am really enjoying the cookbook evolution. Instead of page upon high gloss page of every recipe under the sun, here you will find recipes that follow a very thought out menu. Perfectly rustic and down to earth, they are great for those who enjoy a simple, but great tasting meal. The photography is really tasteful and well appointed. The commentary is enjoyable to read and a nice added touch. This would be a great gift for any chef on your list. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sketch! France Belleville-Van Stone

Get your drawing choice drawing pad, select your favorite drawing implement, and get cozy with this inspirational drawing diary of sorts. Go on a journey with an untrained artist, as she sketches her way into the category of accomplished artist. Learn how she began, what tools she uses, how to go digital and finding the time to draw. Flip through these pages and feel as if you are sitting down with the artist having an exclusive conversation. Get a peek at her sketches, the finished and left un-done. You'll even go on an alphabetical adventure of inspired ideas for your next sketch. So sit down, and sketch! Very enjoyable book! I was pleased right away by the publishing of this book. The pages are supple, but pliable at the same time. The creative cut and layout are very esthetically pleasing. And the book it's self is a fun quick read. I wouldn't recommend this as a guide or how-to type book. But more of an artists journey and discoveries as she learned to draw. But I would recommend it as inspirational.just seeing her start to finish, and utilizing a lot of her great and simple tips. Fun book for any sketchers collection.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Daily Painting - Carol Marine

Get your brush ready, because you won't be able to put it down after reading this book, Here, nestled in between gorgeous pieces of art, you will find just about everything you will need to get on the 'daily painting' path. From supplies, to proportions, to application and color theory, it will be Impossible you don't learn something new. You wil find ways to beat artists block, how to get re-inspired and where to sell your lovely creations, for a profit! You will also meet other artists, see their work, and hear a bit of their story. So be prepared to be inspired and get creating! Really great book. I think I was only expecting a painting book to help me improve my skills . I wasn't aware I'd learn so much about where to sell my art, or that daily painting was actually a specific technique/movement being taught. I think she's dead on with this idea though. Staying immersed in your art not only helps you improve as she states, but keeps you inspired at what you are most passionate about. I look forward to shopping for supplies off her lists, and using her advice on getting my art out there, to see if I too can start profiting from my work. I loved all her color theory and detailed tips and tricks. (And she lives in my home town to boot). I would definitely recommend this to any aspiring or uninspired artist. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The First Christmas Ever

Gear up for Christmas with these wonderful illustrations, as you listen to the wonderful story of Jesus birth! I love this story of course. But I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I think the illustrations are really cute. But the story is lacking somewhat in it's presentation, and some of the facts aren't exactly right. The book also feels like the same quality as cheap little school books. But overall, it's sure to a fun book to add to your children's Christmas collection. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Finding Jesus

Everyone is at the lake, where is Jesus? Will he be walking on the water, or has he found a more conventional way to get around? Now you are back at the campsite, where is Jesus? Could he be playing volleyball, or eating a sandwich with the loch ness? Time to head up for a hike. Where is Jesus now? Will he be hiding in a cave, knitting with a squirrel or maybe looking for a good cup of tea? Follow Jesus around as he adventures with his modern day friends in this colorful book of fun! If you are looking for a silly new twist on Where's Waldo, you will find it here. This book is irreverently fun. The illustrators style even keeps up with the Waldo books. I like the small compact feel of it, easier to carry around than the bigger books of this type. And The scenes are really fun. I'd say the themes overall are aimed more at an adult demographic, but nothing overly mature for older kids. Overall, it's funny and entertaining, and would make for a great gift. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Refinery29 Style Stalking

If you've  got style, street style, a style like no other  then you'll swoon over these images and helpful hints!  You can learn the basics, see the best ways to layer, find out how to wear a piece three ways, and finally be the fashion rule breaker you've always warned to be. 
Sift through hint after hint of inspiring advice, get super savvy advice from the hippest fashion icons and learn to shop like a seasoned pro. Look your best in what your closet already has to offer, and the fabulous finds you are sure to find after training your eye with these expert tips.
Never has standing out been so fun!

This is a very interesting book, to say the least!   I'm a pretty creative dresser, but this takes having your own style to a whole new level. And while In my opinion a good portion of these looks say "rich homeless" to me, and look very unflattering, I know this is what the creative hipster type are wearing now. There were lots of good tips, such as where a skinny jean should stop on your ankle, or buying the right height bootie, but sometimes I saw their advice contradicted in the photos. I think the photography is great, very colorful and inspiring. And there are a lot of great pieces used in the creation of these outfits. I can't say I'd wear half of it, as it's very unpractical and unflattering ..but there were some really pretty looks that I'd love to recreate. I would have liked there to be a bibliography of sorts with the designer name of a lot of the pieces. I know a lot were thrift finds, but knowing who made the garments would have made for a fun internet search or something to look for when I am thrifting. 
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Never has studying the bible been any easier! Dig deep with more than 500 beautiful photos, a comprehensive cross reference system, charts, maps, tables and helpful outlines. The pages are a full color and even stay open to your spot for ease of use. You will find bible history, in depth descriptions and much more! A great tool you won't want to leave out of your collection. This is a really great bible dictionary. It's very easy to use and very aesthetically appealing. I love the largeness of it, though it is rather heavy. (Which is just fine if you study at home). It's very easy to use and is packed with loads of information. I am not a bible scholar nor a seminary major, so I cannot speak for the super serious bible examiners. I am just one who loves the bible and sometimes need a new book to re inspire my bible studies, and right now this will do the trick! Highly recommend! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Adventure Time Crafts- flippin' adorable stuff to make from the land of OOO

Bring your favorite 'Adventure Time' characters to life with these simple,adorable and fun crafts! Decorate your babies room with a Lumpy Space Princess Pom-Pom mobile, get old fashioned with embroidery loops making Jake's Bacon Pancakes Wall Art, or get ready to hug a reversible Jake/Cake plush. You will even find a way to add these lovable characters to your wardrobe with items like a Hot Like Pizza Supper Skirt, a warm and fuzzy Fionna and Finn hat, a Wildberry Princess Fascinator to adorn your hair or add some fashion to your wrists with a Candy Kingdom Friendship Bracelet. And the excitement doesn't stop there! There are dozens of creative projects for express you love for all things Adventure Time. All with easy instructions, material lists and pages of templates you can print and use. So get creative and let the fun begin! I have to admit, I have never seen this cartoon series, but I thought I would like these crafts just because they looked fun for my kids and I to do. And i was right! I think for the person who watches this show, they will adore this book. But I think even for the person who has never seen one episode will find this book to be really fun and useful. You can use the patterns as is, or recreate them to suit your needs. There are so many cute projects in this book. The instructions are really easy to follow and the templates in the back are an added bonus. I will definitely be doing a lot of these projects! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers

For the mom needing all the encouragement she can get just to get through the day, she will find it here! A prayer a day for the entire year. Covering every subject from dealing with depression, trying to find worth, pushing through fatigue and wanting to be a better mother. Following each personal prayer is a corresponding bible verse to gain further comfort from our Father. All compact in an easy to tote around pocket book, you won't want to leave home without this one! This is a cute book. I can definitely relate to a lot of what is said in the book. I do think the book is encouraging, and its worth a read. But I can't say I'll use it in my daily prayer life, as it seems un-personal to pray a prayer that wasn't from my own heart. The binding is cute, and I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy reading these prayers. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

The River

Sisters Tilly and Ruth have lived apart from their Amish roots for years now. Both having left a past they'd rather not revisit, they really have no desire to return home. So when they get a call from their brother, asking them to come home for their parents anniversary party, they have a serious decision to make. Tilly, who has been in the Englisher world longer than her sister, immediately digs her heels in. But when Ruth gets wind that their father may be ailing she talks her sister into making the trip home. Their welcome home is a mixed reception. While some of the family is happy to see them, its clear others are not, especially for Tilly. So they are glad it will be a short trip. But when their fathers health takes a turn for the worse, the girls find themselves volunteering to stay longer. Even while their pasts are being dredged up and forcing them to face them. Now its up to them to return the way they came, or allow hope and healing to follow them home. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the story line was intriguing. I zipped right through this book with her ease of writing. I think anyone who enjoys amish or christian fiction would really enjoy this book. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.

Rare Bird

No mother is ever prepared to lose her child. Especially in a freak accident, and certainly not when they are barely 12 years of age. Anna Whiston-Donaldson is no exception. When a rare and violent storm takes the life of Anna's only son, she is left befreft and bewildered. How did this happen to my child? Could I have done more and saved him? Were all the signs leading up to this supposed to prevent this from happening? Grief stricken Anna has a hard time doing anything that would be deemed as normal. And her relationships take a strain and she fights to keep her head above water so her daughter at least can have the mom she needs. During the following months and years Anna journeys down a path no mom should ever have to walk. Will she ever be able to find happiness again? Will her family stand the test of time? And where is God in all of this? This was a heart wrenching story! As a mom it was impossible not to be moved to tears as I poured over the pages in this book. The author is a great writer in my opinion. I zipped right through this book with the ease of her writing style. But even more as i journeyed with her on her tough journey and how she responded to grief t its worst. I would recommend this book to anyone dealing with loss or grief. Or to the person who wants to be more sympathetic towards those around them dealing with the pain of losing someone. i received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Healing Quilt

Join Amish couple Lamar and Emma Yoder Miller in their newest quilt circle. You know them from the previous quilting classes, and here they are again with a new set of eclectic characters. There is Erika, the discontented teen in a wheel chair, Kim, a clumsy server at the local diner, BJ, the man with a secret, Noreen the sassy widower, Jennifer the soon to be mom and Mike, the husband who is attending classes in his wife's place. Not to mention a few characters from past classes who join the new crew, adding to an already colorful cast of characters. There will be new love, attitudes changed, secrets unveiled and lots of healing. All over some colorful quilt squares and home made desserts. Come along for the ride! I have to say, while this was a very quick and simple read... I really didn't enjoy it. It was my first in the 'half stitched quilting club' series, so I was not familiar with some of the previous characters. But I think this book read well as a stand alone book. I just had a hard time with the writing. At times it was just way too cheesy for me to believe it was real. When I read, I like to temporarily be transported into the story, and I had a hard time doing that. I also felt that while she did a great job developing all kinds of characters from all walks of life, I would have been more liekly to hop on board if each individual story was developed more at length. And having the whole story overall be over a longer span of time, making the events more believable and less predictable. For the person that just likes really lighthearted reads, and prefers short quick reads, this may be a good book for you!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kirin Rise-The Cast Of Shadows

What started as a young girl finding a stray outdated flyer, turns into a young girl discovering her passion, and quickly blossoms into a girl meeting her destiny and giving hope to a starved nation. Young Kirin Rise doesn't know what to expect when she steps into her first Wing Chun class. Being the only girl, and by far the youngest student, things don't seem in her favor. But as she perfects her art she begins to demand respect from the others in class, finally being welcomed into the fold. Flash forward, 8 years later. in a time when a nation is starved for anything real, they choose to cling to the superficial, the immediate gratifications of life. Which is why they are all packed around the ring, bets placed, waiting for the next hopeful bloodbath against an unbeaten favorite of the crowds. This is where Kirin makes her debut. And what a debut. Knocking out the opponent in one strike. The crowd goes wild, and her future is now changed forever. Not only has she caused a ripple in the audience, but the whole country is now looking to Kirin either for hope,which they desperately need, or to take her out, make sure she doesn't knock down the mighty power house that has built itself through dishonesty and distrust. When she is offered a spot, fighting in the famous UFMF, she takes it. Hoping to prove a point, and take down more than opponents, but the nations oppressor as well. But as she meets success, things begin to heat up outside the ring. Mobsters take revenge and she is forced to make some big decisions. Will she let those around her determine her fate, or will she "Rise " to the occasion? I have to say, I have never actually read an manga or manga-esque type book. SoI was a little skeptical, and very curious. And I can say I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed the story line, and was always looking forward to what would happen next. There were a few times I felt there was unnecessary dialogue or awkward wording. But over all I would definitely read a sequel, and reccomend it to others who like to read this genre.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fiddler on the Roof

Sit down and revisit an old classic! Follow Tevye, the Jewish father of five girls, three of whom are determined to change old tradition through marriage. Tzeitel starts the chain reaction by refusing an arranged marriage to Lazar the butcher, saying she wants to marry for love. Her sister Hodel then follows by marrying her true love, a pauper and a man leaving the country before they even get the chance to marry. Chava is last, declaring she needs no permission, just her father's blessing, which he is unwilling to give when he decides to marry a man not of Jewish faith . I'm the end, not only is Tevye's world shaken by his daughter's forward ways, but by the world itself, and the wars it's destined to start. Strangely I've never seen this play/musical. But I usually like to read a book before watching it in motion anywAy, so I am happy to have read this .. It was a very quick but delightful read. I always enjoy reading the traditions of other cultures. This is a classic everyone should indulge in. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review .

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Legend of St. Nicholas--A story of Christmas giving

Nick sets out to buy his siblings a present, holding back just a little for himself, just in case. But as he begins his shopping, he is captivated by a story the store Santa Claus is telling a group of children. The story of St. Nicholas. When he is done with his story, Nick has a changed point of view. Setting off once again to shop, he feels he has discovered the true meaning of Christmas. This book is beautifully illustrated. The pictures are vibrant and cheery. Very well done in that aspect. The story however was lacking a little in my opinion. I think even for the age it is aimed at, it could have gone into more detail and depth of the real St. Nicholas character. Overall, i know my kids will like this book, merely because its a holiday book, but its nothing to write home about unfortunately. i received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The New American Herbal

The New American Herbal is a comprehensive guide with a little something for everyone,whether you are just getting into herbs, are wanting too add to your existing knowledge or are already an expert. Every page offers something useful, from herb basics, drying your herbs, homemade dried spice blends, medicinal herbs, and essential oils. Every herb has its own page explaining its origin,height,seasons,safety and more. There are herb garden projects, herbal beverages and even delicious recipes! This book is packed from cover to cover with beautiful photos showcasing the herbal beauty of flavor and health. What a great book! Much more than I was expecting. Almost an information overload, in a good way. There are so many great ideas for herbal gardens and herb uses. The information provided about each herb is easy to understand and very helpful, with ways to make a good cup of tea even. (some of the herbs) The recipes look delicious, though I haven't had the opportunity to make one yet. I cannot wait to learn more about herbs and get my garden started! I will definitely be telling others about this book. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Elsa Shiaperelli

She's a fashion mogul. She's a bit rebellious. She's shocking at times. She's Elsa Shiaperelli, or Shiap as she was fondly known as. But she was also, a bit of an introvert. Surprisingly modest. Not to mention shy. She absolutely loved books, had a pension for theatre/cinema and was constantly traveling. She hated to shop, unless it was shoes for her supposed perfect feet or for antiques. These were all parts of her lesser known side. What people did know about her was her extreme fashion designs. Including a gown designed with a large red lobster display on the skirt. She made handbags that lit up or played a tune, a smoking glove that had a storage for the matches and even a striking board on the wrist, and a hat named jubilee, designed for the anniversary if the Eiffel Tower that was made of black feathers in a towering arrangement! She had lovers, she had friends, she had a troubled background. She even launched a fashion live for misses, ostensibly designed by her daughter Gogo. She was intricate, she was interesting, and she lived a life full of intriguing and exciting detail. This was a really fun biography. It was very interesting to delve into Elsa's inside life. The side most didn't see to know. I liked reading about all her designs And inspirations. I will say, It was a little dry, in that I had a hard time getting completely sucked in. Which I thInk was due largely to the sometimes disjointed writing style. I felt like things skipped back and forth at times, or brought up facts at random times. But overall, for anyone who loves to read about fashion, and Shiap in particular, will really enjoy this.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Best Party Book Ever

It's party time!! So why not throw a soirée that's not only memorable, but beautiful and fun!? With loads of ideas, all packed into a wonderfully colorful and perfectly photographed book, you won't have trouble planning the perfect get together here. From the star style swap- a run-way inspired party, to a summer spa party, or maybe a creative Pom Pom party? And don't forget the classic ice cream social, or new ways to throw the perfect holiday bash! So earn some brownie points throwing your tweens or teens the most fashionable party on the block. Really cute book! The photography and creative layout make this book very eye pleasing, and the party ideas are all very do able and fun. I know I would have loved to have this book as a teen. My parties were never so chic as these. I will definitely be passing this around and recommending it among friends and siblings.

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's never too late to get your brain in better shape and now you can do so the fun way , with chain games, thinking outside the box, scrambles,carousel puzzles and more! Set up into four different difficulty levels, you can easy into the learning at your own pace. Learning should always be exciting, and with this book it will be. So sit down, bend your brain and see just how much smarter you feel and will be! I'm really enjoying this book. I am not all the way through it of course, that will take time, and honestly I like to savor it, doing a few puzzles at a time. I like the way the book is set up, and even to the feel (floppiness) of the book. I don't even mind the black and white pages. (I usually opt for color). Really looking forward to continuing on in the differing puzzle difficulties. I think any one who loves brain games or puzzles will really enjoy this book.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend

Sniffy is missing, and Sheerluck Holmes is determined to find out who did it and why!  He questions the whole dart paying crew until answers begin to fall into place. Could it be Sniffy ran away on his own accord? Or was it something someone said?

 Great book for young readers. My son loves veggie tales, so I know this will be a great way to inspire his learning to read. I really like that he will get to learn a good life lesson as he is testing out his reading skills. Cute pictures. Perfect length.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A beautiful Mess- Happy Handmade Home

Is it time to reinvent your space? Are you hoping to throw a party and are in need of some eye popping decor and exciting new cocktails? Well here you are!  Packed from cover to cover are pages filled with projects to get your creative juices flowing. Here you will find anything from color wheel clocks, to cross stitch stools,to custom serving dishes and even a kids playtime blanket.  There are ways to reinvent your refrigerator, your recipe box and even your headboard. And your sweet tooth won't go home empty as you try your hand at cinnamon and olive oil waffles, chocolate chip cookies and birthday cake martinis. So grab some unique supplies and have fun!

I really wanted to like this book, really anticipating it's arrival.  I am however disappointed.  I have not been a regular on the Beautiful Mess blog, but have stopped by enough to think I'd really get a lot out of the content of this book.  And while I can say there are things I do like, for instance the way it is creatively laid out, and the well done photography, there are also things I don't really like. Which unfortunately will be the main premise of the book;  the DIY projects. I found them to be very juvenile and quite honestly tacky. I am a very creative person, and love a unique place. But I don't want it to look cheap or thrown together by children. And a lot of these projects looked that way to me. The ideas would be really cute for things like kids parties or camps or a college students place. I can't see most of this stuff in a grown adults home. And the recipes they had, honestly didn't make sense to me. They were just random basic recipes. Nothing to wow you or see the relevance of them being in this particular book. On a whole, I will take a few ideas away from the book for sure, and I'll be able to modify some of the projects to make them a little more classy. But sadly  it's not a book I'd tell anyone I was head over heels for.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Love Letters From God

You have all heard the stories time and again. Jonah and the whale, Daniel and the lions den, David and Goliath and so many more. But have you heard them in a fresh new voice? And accompanied by beautiful illustrations? Well here is your chance to do just that.!
As you are looking for an opportunity to delight in the same great stories that remind you just how amazing our God is, why not have an all out visual feast? 
Don't forget to lift the flap on each page, where there is a letter written to you from God to go along with each story!  What a great way to learn Gods word, no matter what your age, but especially for the young who still hold so much wonder for all things great!

This book is great! Really well done. I just love the illustrations. And the letters from God are such a nice touch. Especially the line given to write in a child's name. My children were thrilled when I added their names to the letter. They loved the picutres and sat still through each story, as it's just the right length. The corresponding verses on each page are a great way to get scripture in your kids hearts in a fun way.  I Definitely would love to give this book as a gift to all the other children in my life.  

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


 Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Sauropods, oh my!!!  And lets not forget the ornithopods and prehistoric creatures!  Get started by drawing simple shape, and then gradually improve your technique as you layer shapes, texture and color onto your best interpretations of these great giants!   Soon you'll be drawing all kinds of dinosaurs!! You'll get to choose what to draw, learn the basics,fine tune them, add color and see other interpretations. As well as learning to draw their environments. All this accompanied by simple instruction, interesting facts and witty comments! So Creatively laid out, you won't be able to wait to get drawing!

Great book! I got this for the whole family to learn. I can see already that I'll be able to greatly improve my drawing skills. As well as my almost 4 year old. It's simple enough for kids, but complex enough for the adult trying to improve.  I love the way it's laid out. And my kids like it when I read all the text as we go along. Great informational book for all ages that can hold a pencil!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review .

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

$10 Dollar Great Dates

Get out there and fall in love! And do it for only ten dollars.  Whether it's dreaming of home renovations at the hardware store, planting flowers together in your back yard or acting like tourists in your own city- everyone will find something in this book that will help them reconnect with their spouse. You can choose from a number of stay at homes dates, get out in the city dates, dreaming and scheming dates or cozy coffee dates, and many more. And because child care often costs more than the date itself, you will also find a number of child care resources. So grab ten bucks and go have fun!

There were a lot of cute ideas in here, some stuff we already do just in daily life, and some stuff I'd not like. To do, like stay at home dates unless the kids were away. Just for me personally, I can't have a true date if the kids are present, even of they are sleeping, we still feel like we are on duty.  A lot of these dates are just not do-able if you do not live near family or friends, as child care would make any of these 5 times the price. But if you are in a great community there are a lot of cute ideas to try out.   I do think it would be fun to a t like newly weds again, talking to each other like we are just discovering each other for the first time. S maybe these will he  is do that one day when we have the babysitting resources we need.

I relieved this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Child of Mine

Kelly Maines feels anything but hopeful. Eight years ago her newborn baby was stolen right from her home. It's been eight years of dead ends. And it's been that many years she has held onto her private investigator and the dream she may yet find her daughter. Another chunk of money and yet another lead. Could it really be that her missing child has been this close all along? This is where she meets Jack Livingston, who has been raising his niece the past eight years. Is this just pure coincidence, or is this the bog break? Drawing near to Jack and Natalie (his neice), she now finds herself torn in between telling him the truth of her initial visit and keeping it hidden to just enjoy what is right in front of her. Long kept secrets come to the surface as everyone involved starts asking questions and looking for answers. Will her search end in vain.. Will she find what she was looking for, or will she see she wanted something different all along? This book really had me excited to see what would happen next. I will say, there was a little bit of cheesy dialogue that I didn't care for at times. But as the story goes, very intriguing. Twist and turns I didn't expect. I liked all the character contrast and was very pleased with this books ending! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Story Keeper

Jen Gibbs is living her dream. Having multiple successful publishing houses under her belt, she has just moved up to the best; the popular Vida House of New York City. And she is determined to make an impression. So when a mysterious manuscript ends up on her desk shortly after she arrives, she feels conflicted. Does she return this intriguing story to the sacred "slush pile" in which she is sure it hallowed from? Or does she take a risk with her new boss to see if this story has what it takes to finally make a name for herself? Suddenly she finds herself in the Appalachian mountains. A place of beauty, but filled with memories of the past she has tried so hard to keep hidden. But in her search to find the elusive author of the manuscript, her past finds her, and she is forced to face it and decide whether or not it will change her future. And her future isn't looking very bright as her run-ins with the suspected author are anything but hopeful. Saddened by her families situation and frustrated by her unsuccessful ghost writer hunt, she is about to throw in the towel. But just when things are seemingly at their end, disaster and discoveries come riding in the wind, and change everything. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I read this book in record time. I had to make myself put it down, for wanting to know what would happen next. I admit, I thought the manuscript inside the book was a bit slow at times. But as a whole I really enjoyed this book. There were no over the top Christian themes, which I prefer, as it's readable to a larger audience. I did wish the book were a little longer. I could have kept reading about her characters and their decisions. I am not sure if I have ever read Wingate before, but I will now be reading more of her books.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

God Shows The Way- a Berenstain Bears early reader

Follow papa bear, brother bear, sister beat and a friend as they hike their way through a cave in 'Faith gets us through' . Then tag along with sister bear in 'Have no fear, God is near', as she fights through all her fears. And leave off with brother and sister bear as they learn how to save money and spend it on the right thing in 'Piggy bank blessings'. This book was cute. Just like most berenstain bear books, there was a lesson in each book. Only these were more faith focused than most. I think this is a good boom to be on the early readers collection, and will be using it soon for my young ones.

The Natural Pregnacy Book

Every pregnant woman is looking for answers to their questions, consolation for their fears and the best information possible to help get them through this most miraculous time. Here you will find all you need and more all wrapped up in one book. You will discover what your body is going through. How the baby is growing. Foods to help best nourish you and the baby. Natural alternatives for aches and pains. How to work with your body for a natural birth. How to listen to your body. Exercises you can do during and after pregnancy, and so much more! All is laid out in a simple and easy to understand manner and it comes with trusted expertise! I think this book is full of useful information for the mom to be. Whether it's a first pregnancy, or a first natural pregnancy, this book will prove to be useful. As someone who has done home births with both my children, I am all for going natural, so I really think this will be a useful book of information to fall back on should I have anymore. And it will be a great book to share with others who are considering a less conventional birth. I think it's great to be educated about all your options during pregnancy and choose for yourself what you believe to be best. This book will help you with those decisions. My only complaint is the lack of creativity in the books layout. But that's something that may only apply to me. I have a hard time reading lots of information if nothing about it shows any visual interest. It's useful none the less and I'd definetly recommend it and lend it out. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Little book of book making

It's time to express your creativity, book style! Find all kinds of inspiration as you browse full color photos of other artists works from all around the world. You'll find books with folded bindings, sewn bindings and experimental packaging. You will discover not only unique book making practices, but practical as well. Along with a myriad of other resources to make the perfect book, like natural plant dyeing, frontage and paper marbling. Have fun with different stitches and experiment with fabric covers, open your mind and find a whole new way to make a book! As someone who already owns a pile of book making and binding books, I'm always excited to get fresh ideas in any new book I see. In this book, I like seeing other artists works and reading about them as well. I always enjoy seeing others creative process. And I do like the instructions and resources that are in the book. I'd say the only thing I didn't love was the lack of tutorial type information. While the book does explain some great techniques, I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who wanted the instructions laid out for every book they wanted to mAke. But for an Overall I think it's creative and nicely done.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Summer is coming to an end, and savory dishes are growing increasling more tantalizing! So as you usher the warm weather filled with sautéed snap peas com spring herbs, strawberry - watermelon salad drizzled with basil- cayenne syrup and summer vegetable tofu kebabs with peach pomegranate BBQ sauce, out. Then usher in a cozy fall spread of cinnamon soaked wheat berry salad, Cous Cous with butternut squash and currants And a large helping of curried scalloped potatoes soaked in coconut milk! And don't stop there. Spend your creativity making sauces like smoky pili pili, chipotle banana or chermoula. While you are at it, make sure not to forget the dessert! So get your French press out to compliment the spiced persimmon bundt cake glazed in orange, or the vanilla spices ice cream or maybe some coconut rice pudding with nectarines. There's no shortage of flavor here, so get cooking! I will be getting a lot of use put of this book! There are tons of great recipes I've never seen nor tried. And they are all so versatile, which is great for different dietary needs. I think the book is beautifully put together. There are lots of great photos displaying the delicious recipes, and the recipes are written out in a very simple and easy to understand wAy. Overall, a great book to add to the cooking collection. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Hungry for some super foods?! Craving some brassicas? Then satisfy your green tooth cravings in the pages of this vibrantly colored book. Here you will find Sunshine Wraps(think collard greens, Asian sauce, mango,avocados and bell peppers), you'll dine on lemony broccoli chop and snack on delightful califlower hummus. Or how about a quick collards sautée, turnips with apple salsa or maybe some roasted rutabagas with rosemary and maple? Get cozy and get cooking, these are comfort foods that serve your health! I was really excited to get this book as my family and I are really healthy eaters. But once I received it, I don't love it. I will cook a lot of the recipes and most likely enjoy them. And I will say there were a lot of recipes I'd not have thought of on my own, and I am excited to incorporate them into my meal planning.mi just wish the book was a little more inspiring. The book doesn't have many photos, and it isn't laid out very creatively. And I wish more recipes jumped put at me as immediately delicious. Overall, I think it's a good book to have in my collection, but it won't be one I rave about. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vegan Ice Cream-over 90 sinfully delicious dairy-free delights

It's summer, and that means it's most likely hot! So cool down, and don't feel guilty while doing it! While most your friends are slowly devouring their dairy infused sweet treats, why don't you don't something more true to your personal lifestyle like 90 different recipes that are vegan, raw and not sugar laden? You can start by whipping up some blueberry Popcicles, coconut cacao durian or raw ginger snap ice cream, all in your own kitchen. None of those grab you.. Well there are plants more, like, veggnog, raw strawberry rhubarb, maple walnut and so many more! Of you have a sweet tooth, but like to appease it in a happy belly way, you need look no further than this delicious book! This book has some really delicious recipes! I am very excited to try a bunch of them out. I love that the recipes don't call for sugar and dairy, something my household generally stays away from. I love all the different combinations and flavor options ths book offers. I even like the small size of the book, easy to tote around. My only complaint with the book is the amount of photos. I'm a visual person, especially when trying to recreate a recipe. I'd like to see how it can turn out. And just like most hungry persons, drool over the hoots before attempting to make them. So I think the book would have been a 5 star had they included a lot more photos of the ice creams. (I will say however, the photos that are included are nicely done)Over all, great cookbook to add to any collection. I recovered this book free in exchange for an honest review from the publishers.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Woman of Courage

Reeling from a broken engagement, Amanda Pearson decides to leave her hurts behind and travel West with her father as missionaries to a Nez Pierce camp. Her road is fraught with many troubles and sorrows. And she has to decide if she has the will to go on. But after a near death experience she feels like she's been given a second chance, and she wants to make it count. If only Buck McFadden wasn't confusing all her thoughts. She enjoys the company of Yellow Feather, her new friend who is responsible for keeping her alive. But when Buck makes multiple visits to check on her, she feels drawn to him, and wishes not to, as he has no thoughts for her Christianity. And even more pressing is her desire to reach the reservation she has been sent out be a missionary for, will she ever reach it, and what will happen along the way to the people she is traveling with and more importantly her emotions? I always hate to leave an unfavorable review. But I really did not enjoy this book. I did like the idea of the story, and certain elements like the historical side of it. But I really couldn't get past all the constant "trying to convert people " . I understand she was a missionary. But it was just too much and too forced, and it took away from what could have been a nice story. I would still be willing to read more of this authors books, just to see if this one was a flop for me. But I wouldn't really recommend this book.. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Midwife

Masquerading as Rhoda Mammau, Mennonite midwife, Beth Winslow is definetly trying to hide from her past of hurt and rejection and loss. Nestled in small town Tennessee, she attends to unwed mothers in need of a place to stay, and to give birth. Out here, no one can remind her of the mistakes she made with her own pregnancies, or remind her that she did experience love, albeit with a broken heart. But just like anything else in life, you can't hide from it forever. When a man from her past shows up at her door, her raw emotions are opened anew. She is confronted with her past and given a chance to put it all there, in the past, and make a new life for herself. Will she do just thT? Seek the healing she has desperately needed all these years. Or will she cling to the past like an old friend and stay exactly where she has been since that night she lost so much? This was a good book. It was a little slow going for me, but once I got into I really enjoyed the story. The author did a great job weaving an interesting storyline throughout the book. The characters were believable and I was intrigued through out the book as to the final outcome. I definetly would like to read her other works. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

For Such A Time

A red wig, a stern German officer, bitter cold. Where is Hadassah Benjamin? And just how did she escape that firing squad? It's 1944 and Hitlers powers still weigh heavily on seemingly every living thing. Hadassah has been spared, but why? Can she make even the smallest change in the fate of her fellow Jews? And what's more, can she keep herself from falling for the German officer who rescued her? Fighting to save her people, the urge to run from her feelings and a desperate attempt to save her life yet again, Hadassah must now trust The Lord will come through for her even when it's against all odds! I did enjoy this book. I didn't find the stilted and cheesy writing I unfortunately come across in a lot Christian fiction. I found the story to be very engaging and exciting. I read through it very fast, waiting to see what would happen. I was only disappointed when I found this was the authors first novel , as I want to read more. I'd definitely recommend this. I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

My Paris Kitchen

Take a trip to Paris , in your own kitchen! How about Eggplant égalité, créme fraîche & tangerine-champagne sorbet to get your French taste buds going? Not enough? Maybe you need some duck fat cookies, spiced speculoos flan or white bean-sausage-duck confit casserole. There are quiche, soufflés ,omelets, soups, sauces and desserts aplenty! And in between all the mouth watering dishes you will find really helpful hints and engaging personal stories. Take France home with you on this perfectly delectable book. I liked this book upon arrival. I really like the way it's printed. There are a perfect amount of photos and the writing is very interesting to read. I really enjoyed the personal experiences and stories he writes, while giving delicious recipes. I haven't cooked any yet, but there are tons I want to try. I admit, some may be too exotic to attempt in my own kitchen. But on the whole I think I will get much use out of this book. And the recipes I'd love to taste but have no patience to cook, I'll take to my sisters house, where I'm guaranteed they'll make it to the table.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Blender Girl

If you are looking for an explosion of flavor, one that not only tastes good, but is good for you, look no further! Dancing through pages printed in vivid food color, you will find smoothies, dips, snacks and meals. Start your day off with a chock-full of surprise smoothie. Snack on awesome almond crackers, spread with edamame dip. Lunch on an Asian arugula salad. Have a dinner of cauliflower soup. And fix your sweet tooth with some chai rice pudding and a glass of pineapple vanilla sangria! And while you digest these beautiful foods, educate yourself on the benefits of proper eating, as they are described in easy and informative ways throughout book. This book was really much better than I expected. I has a feeling the recipes would be delicious. But I wasn't expecting all the great information. The author reiterates a lot of concepts I've been recently reading about, and makes them easy to understand and so delicious, it's impossible to not want to try them. I'm really looking forward to trying this way of eating out and seeing the benefits. My family currently eats healthier than most we know, but there is a lot i know we'd benefit from my taking it a step further. That being said, I do believe people who aren't used to eating healthy would still be able to transition into it with this book. Taking is slowly, as she makes it easy to understand. I'm very pleased with this and will be buying more for gifts. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review .

Monday, June 30, 2014

NIrV Adventure bible- for early readers

Have you kids read the word in a new exciting way, full color! Wonderfully illustrated, you will find images on almost every page. Not to mention words of wisdom, discussion points and many more useful study tools. Each book begins with a page helping you understand its contents. And you will find a useful index and maps at the end of the bible. Dive into an adventurous bible! I really like the feel of this bible. It's very colorful, and I even like the the soft pages. I like all the pictures and extr features, even though I don't fully agree with everything said in them. I'm not a huge fan if the nirv version, due to a lot of the wording. And I would clarify the 'early readers' and say this would probably be age appropriate for kids over ten.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Urban Watercolor Sketching

Looking for a fresh idea to inspire your latest creative urgings, look no further! Step into a world of color! Brought and vivid colors dance on every page, bringing watercolor new won't find any bunnies resting in a meadow here. Just as the title suggests, watercolor takes on a very urban feel and look. From city scenes to mixed media cat faces you be tempted with creativity just by sifting through the pages. And interspersed between all the inspiration, you'll find very useful and simply written instruction. Color theory made is made understandable and choosing implements and materials has never been easier. I really love all the color in this book. All the inspirational ideas. But what I like most is the color theory. I really learned a lot reading the explanations . Teaching me stuff I'd never known or had never had a clear understanding of. The layout is really creative and pleasing to look at. Really useful tool for any type of artist. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review..

Monday, June 16, 2014

Let's Sew Together

It's summer. Kids have hours on end to occupy. And moms may need a little inspiration to keep them entertained. Look no further. Just choose what you feel in the mood for. Do you want to make cozy and completely personalized slippers? How about a one of a kind 'around the world' map? Want to play house? You can spend the day making doll house pillows or a plaid a-frame tent. Feeling hungry? Why not make an entire spread of fabric foods, and the dishes to accompany it!? And if that's not enough, there are necklaces, hide-a-pockets, bows, garlands, and so much more. So step inside and let your imagination soar! I think this book is reallllly cute! The projects are absolutely adorable. And there are projects for boys and girls alike . I think it's great how simple the ideas are, in that an experienced seamstress could turn these into amazing, and the beginner could feel undaunted enough to give them a try. I think the adult assisting will enjoy this as much as the child! I can't wait to get started on some of these ideas. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Petit Collage -Lorena Siminovich

Who needs a burst of inspiration, when it's been provided for them?! This book is full of fun-inspired projects to add life and charm to your kid spaces. From feathered friend growth charts to the cutest bunny wall clock you've probably ever seen. There's a simple doll house, and a cute mailbox! What kid doesn't love getting mail?! With a very basic craft supply list, you can go crazy in creating these fun projects. And just to boost your confidence, there are detailed step by step guides throughout the book and pages of templates! So go crazy, get crafty! I think this book is really cute. So many fun ideas made really simple. The author must understand moms generally don't have lots of extra time. These ideas are really fun and will look different in every home depending on the supplies each family chooses for their particular space. As someone who is always collaging things, I find it fun to get fresh inspiration from other creative minds. Great addition to my craft room library! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from the publishers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The mix and match guide to companion planting

Monoculture, polyculture, permaculture, just three types of agriculture that are used by farmers and gardeners today. And all three described in this book. Along with a miriad of other useful bits of information. Like choosing soil materials, climates, lunar gardening, and manure. And that's just the introduction. After gleaning what you need you then move into a creative and helpful guide to gardening. With the pages spilt Up into three sections, it's not only easy use use, it's fun! If you can mix and match, you can use this book. Matching the three sections according to their components in order to not only grow in your garden, but grow well! I think this book is great! I am not a gardener at this time in my life, but plan to be in the next phase, so I thought I'd glean all the information I could in the meantime. This is a great book for a beginner. The book is so informative and well laid out. It's pleasing to the eye which is very important for my learning type. And their system for helping you choose companion plants is incredibly easy and helpful. Really great book I'd tell other gardeners about. I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review .

My Bedtime Story Bible- Jean E. Syswerda & Danial Howarth

Snuggle in and watch the bible come to life! Flip through page after page full of charming artwork and your favorite stories. And after you enjoy the story, see what cozy piece of advice is offered on each page. What a great way to fall asleep. I think think this book is really cute! I would not however call it a bible, but rather bedtime bible stories. I think the stories are the perfect length for a wild toddlers attention span at the end of the night. And I think the illustrations are very nicely done. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Modern pioneering- Georgia Pellegrini

Calling all do-it-yourself'ers, gardeners, culinary enthusiasts and think outside the box'ers. This is the book for you! Now, it's up to you to decide which page will suit your fancy at any given moment. Do you want to make a watermelon keg for your next party, fashion some new glassware out of your empty beer bottles, devour some beet marshmallows or make a press for your flowers? Well that's just the beginning of the things you will learn to do in this book. You will find dozens of delicious recipes, great gardening tips, home improvement projects and a lot more! And all inside a tastefully done, creativly laid out, full color book that's pleasing in every way. This is a great book! Even better than I had anticipated. There are so many fun things to do. Tons of great recipes. And a whole manner of creative ideas. I love the look and feel of the book. It's very pleasing to the creative eye, but practical as well, it is definetly the kind of book I'd encourage friends to buy, or for me to purchase as a gift. Very well done! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review by the publishers.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Seasons of Tomorrow

After experiencing many trials in her life, Rhoda Byler is finally starting to feel like things may be going as planned. She is with the man her hearts wanted all along, her canning is going well, and the farm seems successful. But things can never be quiet too long. An illness in the family causes a lot of worry, and Leah, seeking after an englisher, friend of the family or not, is threatening the whole community that's just settled in Maine. And as Rhoda moves on, she also feels regret for the past, was she too harsh on Jacob? Is it her fault he is not communicating with them? With all that's going in when will they finally experience peace? When will this new journey finally show them what it's about? When I read the third book in this series, I actually had no idea a fourth was in the works. I felt that the end of the third was sufficient, but I did have to use my imagination to make a more conclusive ending. I was so excited to see a fourth one come out. I have enjoyed this whole series. I love all her twists and turns and depth of story. As well as her complex characters. Another great book by Mrs. Woodsmall in my opinion. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.