Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Review of New Release- Heart of Trust by Kristina Hall


Book Blurb

Author's Bio

 Kristina Hall is a sinner saved by grace who seeks to glorify God with her words. She is a homeschool graduate and holds a degree in accounting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, arm wrestling, lifting weights, and playing the violin.

My Review

Heart of Trust has a storyline filled with adventure, new beginnings, and unexpected hardship filled with fear. The story is set in Texas, 180. Georgia and her husband, Jake move from Tennessee hoping to buy a ranch. Finding one soon doesn't go as they thought.

The writing style was easy to read. The main characters were likable from the beginning and courageous in times of trouble. Their faith is what brought them through adversity.

Good ending that wrapped up everything nicely showing God at work. Another great read.

I received a complimentary ARC from the author and voluntarily chose to review it. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Review of Love's Winding Road by Susan F. Craft



About the Book


Book: Love’s Winding Road

Author: Susan F. Craft

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: February 27, 2024

They were forced into this marriage of convenience, but there’s more at stake than their hearts on this wagon train through the mountain wilderness.

When Rose Jackson and her Irish immigrant family join a wagon train headed for a new life in South Carolina, the last thing she expects is to fall for the half-Cherokee wagon scout along the way. But their journey takes a life-changing turn when Rose is kidnapped by Indians. Daniel comes to her rescue, but the effects mean their lives will be forever intertwined.

Daniel prides himself on his self-control—inner and outer—but can’t seem to get a handle on either when Rose is near. Now his life is bound to hers when the consequences of her rescue force them to marry. Now it’s even more critical he maintain that self-control to keep her safe.

When tragedy strikes at the heart of their strained marriage, they leave for Daniel’s home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. As they face the perils of the journey, Rose can’t help but wonder why her new husband guards his heart so strongly. Why does he resist his obvious attraction for her? And what life awaits them at the end of love’s winding road?


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About the Author

Susan F. Craft retired after a 45-year career in writing, editing, and communicating in business settings.

She authored the historical romantic suspense trilogy Women of the American Revolution—The Chamomile, Laurel, and Cassia. The Chamomile and Cassia received national Illumination Silver Awards. The Chamomile was named by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as an Okra Pick and was nominated for a Christy Award.

She collaborated with the International Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation to compile An Equestrian Writer’s Guide (, including almost everything you’d ever want to know about horses.

An admitted history nerd, she enjoys painting, singing, listening to music, and sitting on her porch watching geese eat her daylilies. She most recently took up the ukulele.

More from Susan

Colonial American medicine fascinates me. The shortage of doctors made it critical for women to maintain medicine kits that included remedies brought with them from Europe as well as those shared with them by Native Americans.

In Love’s Winding Road, my character Rose falls into river rapids and suffers serious scrapes and bruises. Daniel, the half-Cherokee scout of her wagon train, rescues her and makes witch hazel flowers into a paste.

With gentle movements, he spread the ointment on her arms, legs, and neck. When he dabbed some on several raw places on her scalp where her hair had been ripped out, Rose clenched her teeth until her face hurt. With her hand trembling, she reached up to touch her hair.

“Don’t worry. It will grow back. Just thank the good Lord, for though it may be distressing and painful to have lost some of your hair, the strands helped me keep track of you.”

Rose’s father suffers from arthritis in his hands, so he chews on the twigs of black willow trees (not weeping willows) and drinks the tea his wife prepares from the bark also used to treat back pain, headaches, and inflammatory conditions.

When a mountain lion attacks Daniel, Rose stitches the laceration. She cleans the area with whiskey and offers it to him as a painkiller.

She threaded her needle with her finest flax fiber, and holding her breath, she began the first tiny stitches. Think of it as cloth. Think of it as cloth. She repeated the words over and over in her head.

Sometimes doing research can be amusing.

The night before I was to see my doctor, I’d read a resource book, Indian Doctor – Nature’s method of curing and preventing disease according to the Indians. I showed my doctor the Indian cure for my problem.

What a hoot! We had such fun looking through the book. Seems as if every cure involved mixing something with wine, ale, beer, or liquor. We came to the conclusion that with enough alcohol, even if you still had the problem, you wouldn’t care anymore.

Two weeks later, I saw my doctor for an earache. Of course, we looked up the Indian cure. It involved lily onions, marsh mallows, oil of violet—all taken with wine. And then, bleeding.

I’ll stick with antibiotics.

I pray that my Great Wagon Road series honors the Lord and the gifts He has given me and that you will love my characters as much as I do. Soli Deo Gloria.


A very heart-warming, but a times gut-wrenching story about Rose Jackson & Daniel Fordham. Rose is of Irish descent and Daniel is half-Cherokee and a scout. The story is a page-turner with descriptions of the countryside and Native American life so vivid that I felt as though I was there.

The storyline has times of struggle and survival where Rose has to dig deep inside for courage and offer up prayers to God for protection. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the many twists in the story that kept me on the edge of my seat.

I can't wait to read more in the series. Highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and a positive review is not required. All opinions are my own.

                   Blog Stops

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 3

Simple Harvest Reads, April 3 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

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Pause for Tales, April 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 5

For Him and My Family, April 5

Lighthouse Academy Blog, April 6 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 7

The Lofty Pages, April 7

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 8

Bizwings Book Blog, April 9

Life on Chickadee Lane, April 9

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 10

Texas Book-aholic, April 11

Connie’s History Classroom , April 11

Cover Lover Book Review, April 12

Batya’s Bits, April 13

Holly’s Book Corner, April 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 14

Books You Can Feel Good About, April 15

Blossoms and Blessings, April 15

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 16 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, April 16


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Review of Lethal Danger by Jerusha Agen (Guardians Unleashed Book #4) Releases April 25th


This K-9 team is trained to eliminate threats. This threat could eliminate them.

Being a loner is getting old. Jazz Lamont still can’t fit in at the Phoenix K-9 Agency, and she’s losing her best friend. At least providing security with her K-9 partner at the Tri-City Fair will mean revisiting the only place where she once belonged. But a series of accidents threatens her beloved fair and puts lives at risk.

Thriller author Hawthorne Emerson suspects foul play after the first “accident.” Moonlighting as fair security to investigate the death of his sister’s boyfriend, he’s eager to find the truth. He doesn’t expect the task to lead him to the cult he escaped.

Finding the culprit behind the sabotage is personal for Jazz and Hawthorne. But someone else has a personal stake, too. Someone who wants Jazz dead. When everything she thought was true is dismantled, can Jazz risk trusting others—including God—to survive?

Lethal Danger continues the thrilling story of the elite Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency that began with Hidden Danger (Guardians Unleashed, #1 ) 

 (Each book can stand alone or be read as series installments.)

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My Review

Lethal Danger is an intense story filled with well-fleshed-out characters with flaws, but still have extreme strength. The story is about family, deception, danger, and an element of twists and turns you won't see coming.

I loved Jazz and Hawthorn's slow-building romance and enjoyed their playful banter. The story is a page-turner and I couldn't put it down and consumed it in one sitting. This one was even better than the last one in the series.

I received a complimentary ARC from the author and voluntarily chose to review it. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Review of Up Toward the Light by Granger Smith

Through a simple conversation between a boy and a tree, country-music star Granger Smith shares an incredibly powerful and deeply moving story filled with life lessons on loss, grief, and the strength gained in finding the light and the will to move forward with joy and purpose.

In this wonder-filled and inspiring story of surprising loss but found strength, a boy encounters a red oak who shares forest wisdom about the rich soil and the nourishing sun, pointing the boy toward a simple truth about moving on: we must grow toward the light. With breathtaking artwork from Laura Watkins, this picture book

  • is for ages 4 to 8;
  • is a message of hope and strength that is passed through generations;
  • shares the value of pain, grief, and reaching out of the darkness toward the light; and
  • is perfect for fans of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse; The Velveteen Rabbit; The Invisible String or other beloved stories that teach life lessons through simple but profound moments.

As you settle into the soothing nature of Granger's storytelling, let this meaningful interaction between a boy and a tree guide you toward the purpose and goodness of life.

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My Review

The story of Up Toward the Light is very well-written and illustrated. It is a book explaining a sensitive subject with children but done in such a way that will help ease the pain of family loss.

The beautiful illustrations put in bold autumn colors enrich the pages as the story unfolds. The nature pages are soothing as well as the message. This would make a great addition to your children's library.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and a positive review is not required. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 29, 2024

Review of the Ark and the Dove by Jill Eileen Smith


Zara and Noah have walked together with the Creator for their entire lives, and they have done their best in an increasingly wicked and defiant world to raise their three sons to follow in their footsteps. It has been a challenge--and it's about to get much, much harder.

When the Creator tells her husband to build an ark to escape the coming wrath against the sins of humankind, Zara steps out with him in faith. But the derision and sabotage directed their way from both friends and extended family are difficult to bear, as is knowing that everyone she interacts with beyond her husband, her sons, and their wives is doomed to destruction. And when the ark is finally finished and the animals have been shut up inside, Zara and her family embark on an adventure that will test their patience and their faith as they await deliverance and dry ground.

Experience the story of Noah and the flood like you never have before. With bestselling and award-winning author Jill Eileen Smith as your guide, you'll never look at a rainbow the same way again.

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My Review

The Ark and the Dove is a well-written story of Noah and his family that survived the flood. The author's descriptions of the Biblical setting and people of their time, made the story come alive for me.

The building of the ark and filling it with needed supplies and animals was exciting. To learn of their struggles made the book seem more real. There were parts of the story that moved me to tears and others that I rejoiced in the love of God.

It's an inspirational story that even though the Biblical version was written years ago, it is still relevant today and the story is a reminder. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher Revell. A positive review is not required. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Review of Wombat and the Family Tree by Marietta Apollonia

Spark curiosity in children about family history, genealogy, and their place within that legacy as Wombat's family tree project grows into an exploration of his relatives' wisdom as well as what talent he can add to his community.

Wombat's family tree assignment turns sour when he realizes that every ancestor has a special something they are good at--everyone except him. He tries all the talents he's learned about from his family members, from music to carving to cooking, but nothing fits. Then, with a nudge to try again, the family tree branches out to grow into Wombat's very own something.

Wombat and the Family Tree by Marietta Apollonio is for children aged 4 to 8 and features

  • a heartfelt and fun exploration of what a family tree is while finding a sense of self within your heritage,
  • a sweet and energetic main character who wants to do his best,
  • a supportive family who encourages Wombat to keep trying despite disappointment,
  • whimsical and nostalgic illustrations that enrich the story with delightful details,
  • a note from the author about her own adventures in genealogy, and
  • a blank family tree for children to fill in that allows room for a variety of family structures and caregiving situations.

Join Wombat for an adventure in self-discovery as he answers these questions: Where do I come from? What can I learn from people who have come before me? What are my special skills that I can contribute to my family and community?


The book is a nice hardcover with bright colors and illustrated well. It will catch a child's attention to have a look inside. The inside leads you into the wombat's story as he discovers his family tree and what each member is good at.

This story will pique a child's curiosity about his family tree and discover what his interests are. It's a sweet read illustrated in bright colors with a section in the back for the child to do his family tree.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and a positive review is not required. All opinions are my own.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Review of a New Release- Cowboy Justice by P. Creeden


Series: A Sutton Brothers Texas Rangers Romance
Release Date: March 25, 2024
Genre: Christian Historical Western Romance

He lived and breathed the Texas Ranger code – until one woman’s siren song called him to turn renegade and gamble all he had for a future with her.

When Phineas Stockton leaves Boston where he was training for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, he returns to his hometown in San Marcos, Texas to find his brother has married and his mother has moved to a ranch of all places. But determined to make it on his own, he turns to his uncle and the Texas Rangers.

While in training, he has a perilous encounter with the leader of the notorious Deadwood Gang, which forces him to make tough decisions. Phineas’s quest for justice transforms into a trial by fire when he crosses paths with Charlotte Cody, forcing the stoic Texas Ranger to balance the Code of the West with the yearnings of his heart. Driven by his steadfast morals, Phineas pursues frontier justice, willing to risk it all for honor and love. But Charlotte has a past that could threaten their future together. Will their budding romance survive the harsh realities of the Code of the West? Or will vengeance and violence sabotage their chance at happiness?

Their devotion is tested through gripping adventures and perilous twists of fate.


The story is set in 1887 San Marcos.  Phineas Stockton wants to become a Texas Ranger. Little does he know where it would lead him.

There is a lot of suspense, betrayal, and a new direction; especially when Phineas & Charlotte's paths cross. Her ties with her brother turns deadly and secrets come out.

The main characters are interesting and held my attention, trying to figure out what would happen next.  I loved the ending which wrapped everything up nicely with some surprises. Highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and voluntarily chose to review it. All opinions are my own.


Friday, March 22, 2024

Review of New Release- The Mapmaker's Secret by Jennifer Mistmorgan


He’s there to uncover her secrets. She’s determined to hide them. Can he gain her trust without blowing his cover … or falling in love? If you enjoy gripping wartime romance with a dash of mystery and intrigue, you'll love The Mapmaker's Secret!

May 1943, Lincolnshire, England: Grace Deroy’s family estate is requisitioned by the Air Ministry, so she takes a job in the new cartography facility to protect what used to be her home, a small cog in the vast machinery of war. When the new American intelligence officer Jack Marsden arrives, she has no idea he’s been sent to spy on her.

Jack has little experience with espionage, but his real task is simple enough: get close to Grace and find out whether she’s leaking Air Ministry secrets to the enemy. It should be a dream assignment, but Jack finds himself tongue tied and awkward every time he comes in contact with his target––a sure sign he’s falling in love.

Grace isn’t the Nazi sympathizer that MI5 suspects, but that doesn’t mean she’s got nothing to hide. When compromising stories about her appear in the press, Grace fears someone she trusts––someone working in her own home––is trying to expose her. Can she find out who before all the shameful secrets from her past are laid bare? And can she trust this quiet new American to help her work out who the real traitor is?

Book 2 of the On Victory's Wings series, The Mapmaker's Secret is easily read as a standalone novel.

To Purchase on Amazon

My Review

The setting for the book is England in 1943-44, a historical romance. The book kept me glued to the pages from the beginning. This is the first book I've read from this author but plan to read more. Her vivid descriptions, historical elements,, and many-layered characters placed in suspenseful circumstances made for a great story.

When Lieutenant Jack Marsden, works in photographic intelligence but finds himself involved in espionage, things don't end the way he hoped. He is assigned to spy on Grace Deroy, a WAAF Corporal at the Bartondale facility.

The storyline is filled with distrust, deception, and lies, but also forgiveness and faith. A very exciting read.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

New Release- The Road Home by Izzy James



A Cinderella story about a pirate's daughter on the Wilderness Road to Kentucky.
Beti Boatman, pirate's daughter, long dreamed of traveling to a place where no one knew her name. When looters showed up on the day she buried her father her choice was made. Leave her home or allow the only two people in the world she loves to live in constant danger.
When Zeke and what's left of his regiment organized a wagon train west, they did not expect to encounter a woman traveling alone. Beti insists she doesn't need his help, but Zeke knows better and the strong need to protect her runs deep. Things get complicated when looters track Beti down. And emissaries from her mother’s country claim Beti is a real princess. Now Beti must choose: the hardships in Kentucky or a throne.

It’s available for 99¢ for release week!!

Link for The Road Home  

Words from the Author

Hello! I’m Izzy James
First a very little about me. I live in coastal Virginia where most of my stories take place. I write Christian Historical Romance set against a backdrop of American history featuring strong women and the men who come to love them. I am a big fan of second-chance romance so you will see that redemptive trope often in my books. When not reading or writing I can be found hanging out with my family, spinning fluff into yarn, and turning yarn into all kinds of things via my knitting needles or my new circular sock machine. 
My latest release is a bit of a departure for me in that my characters have decided to leave Virginia and head for Kentucky! 

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Review of Squirrels in Antarctica by Sari Karplus, Illustrated by Todd Wilkerson



Book Details:
Book Title:  Squirrels in Antarctica by Sari Karplus
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Tip Top Story Shop
Release date:   Mar 2024
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.
Book Description:

This fantastical book of animals in unusual places will tickle your brain, leading readers of all ages imagining their own silly combos. You'll see a skiing seal in Switzerland, a pufferfish piloting an airplane, a sloth who runs a marathon (but isn't ever done), and so much more! With fun illustrations and an educational twist, this book encourages readers to embrace their limitless imagination, explore the world, and experience animals big and small in their not-so-natural habitats. Perfect for bedtime reading or as a classroom favorite, Squirrels in Antarctica sparks boundless imagination. So, come along on this epic journey and "Let your thoughts fly limitless like snails on shooting stars." Is it a book? Is it a word game? Can it be both?!
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Meet the Author:

Sari Karplus got her storytelling start as a comedian and filmmaker in Los Angeles. But when an improvised bedtime story to her three young children inspired her first kids' book, she officially joined the ranks of the book writing world. Sari loves to create stories with fun journeys and teachable moments... with a healthy side of humor. Sari has written all 3 books of the Robotastic! series. "Sari" rhymes with "Mary." Sari loves rhyming.

connect with author: website ~ instagram 

Sari Karplus Author Interview


What inspired you to write this book? Is there an actual game that goes with it?

Squirrels in Antarctica was inspired by a game we play at our house of the same name. My son invented it in second grade to help us keep his younger siblings at the dinner table (when they were known to wander off). The game worked like a charm and we were able to eat in peace. What’s even better, it inspired so much creativity and laughter. A win all around! I wanted to share this concept with the world in the most fun way I could, and thus turning it into a lovely, rhyming picture book. The best part about this game is you don’t need any single thing to play it– just your imagination. There’s no board. There’s no score. You can start or stop at any point. It’s convenient to bust it out anywhere or any time that you are with friends or family. The book is chock full of fun examples to get your brain thinking creatively.


There are so many fun animal and place combinations in the book. Do you have a favorite page?

My favorite might be the blobfish teaching English in Spain. But ask me another day, I’ll have a different answer for you.

Your other books are about robots. Why the departure with this book?

Ah yes, you’re referring to my Robotastic! book series. I love these books. They are super fun STEM picture books about robots and friendship that I started at the dawn of the pandemic. And while I have no doubt I will be adding to that series in the future, Squirrels in Antarctica was calling my name. The universe kept taking over my brain and handing me these hilarious combinations of animals and places that I really wanted to share. And I just had to say, “Ok, universe, you win. Game on!” While there are over 30 different animals in unexpected places in the book, there are probably another 100 that didn’t make the cut. But maybe those animals are just… hibernating?


Is that your way of saying that Squirrels in Antarctica is going to be a series?

I am very much implying that. However, we’re still in talks to see if a Squirrels in Antarctica series could be in the works. Each page was meticulously illustrated by the very funny and talented Todd Wilkerson. Does his iPad even have enough storage for another 30+ charming animals in unexpected locales? I’ll ask and get back to you.


What’s a tip for writers who want to get their books published?

This journey to publishing will undoubtedly be challenging. But if you have a story worth sharing, be patient! I guarantee you can bust through the roadblocks you may encounter. 


This is a fun-filled book that will challenge young children to use their imagination. The animals in the story are in unusual habitats and are well illustrated. The story will bring smiles and laughter from any child. Maybe adults too, as I found myself back to earlier days when I was young.

The brightly illustrated pages will get a child's attention and take them on a fun adventure. It would make a nice addition to your child's library and one they will pick up more than once. Highly recommended.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and a positive review is not required. All opinions are my own.

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