Monday, July 3, 2017

Departures // Book Review

Today I am here with a book review. I decided to do review Departures by Robin Jones Gunn today because it is such a summer/4th of July book. So since tomorrow is the 4th of July I just had to do this review today. :)


From the Back Cover:
Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen cross paths on their way to summer vacations that reveal what a gift it is to have a true Forever Friend.

Now Boarding at Gate 10
After her high school graduation, still aching from Todd’s departure, Christy joins her family on a trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives. While there, she reunites with Matthew, an old friend from junior high. When Matthew starts to show a romantic interest in Christy, she realizes this summer vacation could change everything she thought her future would be.

In the Event of a Water Landing
Fifteen-year-old Sierra Jensen can’t wait to spend her summer vacation with her friend Jana at a pristine lake in Montana. But when they arrive, it becomes clear that Jana’s only interest is acquiring a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out with the guys as friends, but Jana turns every encounter into a possible romantic relationship. As their friendship begins to suffer, Sierra wonders if it’s possible to find a Forever Friend who will listen to you, laugh with you, and keep your confidences.


Departures
is a really fun summery book with two novellas in it. One is about Christy Miller and the other is about Sierra Jensen.
The first story, Now Boarding at Gate 10, is about Christy. She has just graduated from high school and she and her family take a trip to visit her grandparents. This story takes place between Sweet Dreams, book 11, and A Promise is Forever, book 12, in the 12 book Christy Miller series.
The next story, In the Event of a Water Landing, is Sierra's story. She is 15 in this story and it takes place about six months before the Sierra Jensen series starts.
Christy and Sierra unknowingly cross paths on their way to their summer vacations.
These stories take place on and around the 4th of July, which makes this a really fun summer book!


I give this book 7.5 out of 10 R's




Sunday, July 2, 2017

June Highlights

June has already come and gone. It was a good month. It was not near as busy as May was, which is super nice. :)


~My mom and I sold some books at a used curriculum sale. It was a lot of fun and I sold about half of my books.

~Our homeschool convention was in the beginning of June and that was pretty fun.

~I went to a carnival that our town puts on every year and it was super fun as usual! :) I went with my younger brothers and we rode the rides. I had such a fun time!!!

This is one of my favorite rides!

~At the carnival I was able to get a caramel apple! I have not been able to get one for the last few years because of my braces, but I finally was able to have one this year. It wasn't quite as good as I had hoped, but it was still good.

~I got my hair cut. It's just a little past my shoulders now.

~My good, friend Faith just published her novella, Dandelion Dust. It actually just came out yesterday!!


Books I read in June:
A Place Called Lonesome by Jesseca Wheaton
Sierra Jensen volume 3 by Robin Jones Gunn
Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Sierra Jensen volume 4 by Robin Jones Gunn
Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn
Departures by Robin Jones Gunn
A Horse to Love by Marsha Hubler
On the Victory Trail by Marsha Hubler


How was your month?


Friday, June 30, 2017

Dandelion Dust Blog Tour // Book Reveiw

Today is the release day for my good friend Faith's novella, Dandelion Dust!!



Today I will be reviewing this book!!

About the Book:
Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?


Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . for one day, the flower will be gone.


~My Review~
Dandelion Dust is a wonderful book!! It is such a sweet heart-tugging story. It was very realistic and the story wasn't predictable at all! I actually almost cried once or twice while reading this, which doesn't happen too often.
All of the characters were wonderful and well written.
I knew Faith was a great writer, but I wasn't too sure how much I'd enjoy the way this book is written. It is written in first person but in present tense. I had only read one other book before this one that was written in present tense and I didn't really like it. It just felt kinda strange. Well, that wasn't the case with Dandelion Dust. It was written very nicely and the writing style didn't feel strange at all.
This is just such a great book and it has a very sweet love story. The theme about trusting in God always was very well done as well.
This is definitely a book I'd recommend!!


About the Author:


Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she's not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.

Writing blog: Stories by Firefly 
Faith's blog: Chosen Vessels 
Social media: Goodreads //Pinterest // Instagram


You can see a schedule for the blog tour in my previous post.



Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Dandelion Dust! You can enter by going to my previous post here

Also go here to purchase a copy of Dandelion Dust! :)


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dandelion Dust Blog Tour // Book Spotlight

Today I am participating in my friend, Faith's blog tour for her novella! This is such a wonderful book! It comes out tomorrow!!






About the Book:
Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . for one day, the flower will be gone.

Add on Goodreads


About the Author:

Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she's not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.

Writing blog: Stories by Firefly 
Faith's blog: Chosen Vessels 
Social media: Goodreads  // Pinterest // Instagram


Blog Tour Schedule:
Wednesday, June 28th 
Olivia @ Living for the Other Side // Book Spotlight   
Soleil @ Reviews by Soleil // Book Spotlight & Review 
Liv @ Liv K. Fisher // Book Spotlight & Author Interview 
Mikayla @ Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Father // Book Review 
Kaitlyn @ Twin Thoughts // Character Interview 


Thursday, June 29th 
Rebekah @ Rebekah Ashleigh // Book Spotlight 
Angela @ The Peculiar Messenger // Author Interview 
Raechel @ Gods Peculiar Treasure Rae // Book Spotlight & Author Interview 
Lydia @ Lydia Therese // Book Review 
Rebekah @ Rebekah's Remarks  // Book Spotlight & Author Interview 
Faith @ The Writer's Song // Book Review & Author Interview 


Friday, June 30th (Release Day!) 
Rebekah @ Rebekah Ashleigh// Book Review 
Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life  // Book Spotlight & Review 
Laura @ Books and Chapters // Book Review 
Olivia @ Living for the Other Side // Book Review 
Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory // Book Spotlight, Review, & Author Interview 
Bethany @ A Great God and Good Cocoa // Book Spotlight & Review 
Micaiah @ Adventures Beyond the Horizon // Author Interview 



You can also enter to win this lovely book!






Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Recommendations // Summer Books

I always enjoy doing book recommendation posts! They are so fun. Today I am going to be recommending some books that are great ones to read in the summertime!


~Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn—These are some fun summery books! This is a 12 book series. Since this is a series about Christy Miller’s high school years they don’t all take place in the summertime, but some of the do.
The most summery ones are: Summer Promise (book 1), Island Dreamer (book 5), Seventeen Wishes  (book 9), A Time to Cherish (book 10), and Sweet Dreams (book 11).

~Sierra Jensen series by Robin Jones Gunn — This is another 12 book series. They are all fun as well.



~Summerhill Secrets by Beverly Lewis—This is a great series and the title of this series even sounds summery! It’s been a few years since I’ve read these books, but I definitely want to re-read them this summer.


~Holly’s Heart by Beverly Lewis—There’s only a couple books in this series that actually take place in the summer, most are during the school year, but they kinda seem like summery books…



~Circle C Adventures by Susan K. Marlow— I love these books! This is one of my favorite series. I also love all of the other Circle C books as well. These books are set in the late 1800’s and are definitely some wonderful summer books!


~Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis — This is so good! Out of all of the books that I’m recommending, I’d definitely say that this one is the most summery!
~The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis — This is a super, fun summer book! It mainly takes place on the beach which is so fun!
—These are two of my most favorite standalone books by Beverly Lewis.— :)


~One Summers Desire by Abigail Prigge — This is a great summer read because the story takes pace at a summer camp.
~The Seekers by Wanda Brunstetter — This is the first book in the Amish Cooking Class series. Definitely a fun book!
~Departures by Robin Jones Gunn— This book has two novellas in it and both take place around the 4th of July. With white-water rafting and water parks, this is definitely a book to read in the summer!


Have you read any of these books before? Do you have a favorite summertime book?


Friday, June 16, 2017

The Book Lovers Tag

I hope you all are having a wonderful Friday! Today I am here with The Book Lovers Tag. This is a tag that I came up with and am excited to do! :)



~The Rules~
1. Answer the questions 
2. Have fun!
3. Tag some book loving bloggers


1. If you could rewrite the end of a book, which one would it be?
I would definitely choose to rewrite the end of June Bug by Chris Fabry. This book was pretty good and I was enjoying it, but the ending was awful! It actually was the first book to make me cry!



2. Which fictional character are you most like?
I'm going to say Christy Miller from the Christy Miller books by Robin Jones Gunn. She just is very realistic. When things don't go as planned she sometimes has a harder time adjusting at first until she realizes that God has other plans. There's also other things that I can relate to. Mostly in the books when she's older like the College Years and on.

3. Do you have any signed books?
Yes, I do have a couple. They are: Andrea Carter and the Long Ride HomeAndrea Carter and the Long Ride Home 10th anniversary edition, Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home anniversary edition, Andi Saddles UpAndi Under the Big TopHeartbreak Tail, The Last Ride, and Courageous Love by Susan K. Marlow, and One Summers Desire by Abigail Prigge.



4. What's the best book that you've read this year so far?
I've read some great books this year so I can't exactly choose one. A couple wonderful ones are:
The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis



Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts (this book comes out on June 30th!)



Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn




5. Do you have any bookish pet peeves?
Yes! For some odd reason I do not like long chapters. I love it when I get a book and the chapters are short. Long chapters just seem overwhelming for some reason. I think just because with shorter chapters it's easy to find a good stopping spot. I don't really know what the problem is, I just know short chapters is what I like.

6. Out of the books you've read so far this year, what has had your favorite cover?
I'm going to have to go with three favorite coves. ;)





7. Is there a book that releases this year that you cannot wait to read?
There are a couple books that I cannot wait for, but the two that I am most looking forward to is The Proving by Beverly Lewis and Sunset Lullaby by Robin Jones Gunn.




8. What is your favorite nonfiction book?
Between Heaven and Hollywood by David A. R. White. It is a really good book about chasing your God-given dreams. I'll be doing a review of it soon here on the blog.



9. Do you have a favorite location and/or time period to have a book set in?
For location I really like it when books are set either in Amish Country or the beach. Those are two of my favorite places to go and it's just so much run read books that are set in those two areas.
For time periods, I love the Oregon Trail and times around the Oregon Trail like the Pioneer days.

10. Is there a book that reminds you of something else? (Movies, life, etc...) 
Yes, there is. The Lopsided Christmas Cake actually reminds me of an episode from season 1 of When Calls the Heart. They are both quite funny.
Also there's a little poem at the beginning of The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis that reminds me of that same episode of When Calls the Heart.



Okay, I tag:
Faith from Stories by Firefly
Jonathan from The Second Brother
Micaiah from Adventures Beyond the Horizon
Shantelle from Between the Pages of This Bookish Life
Lindsey from Books For Christian Girls



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tearoom for Two // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
Cousins Elaine Cook and Jan Blake are ready for a new season in their lives. Together, they purchase a lakeside Queen Anne-style house in Maine and, following in their grandmothers footsteps, convert part of the house into a tearoom. Expecting their new life to be quiet and uneventful, they're surprised to find themselves drawn into baffling mysteries. 
When they buy an unusual teapot for a song at a flea market, the dealer desperately tries to buy it back. And then a woman starts snooping around their house. Is she after the teapot or the sapphire ring the cousins found inside the wall?
When Elaine is threatened by a midnight burglar, they must spring into action, using their wisdom, deductive skills, and a dose of prayer to get to the truth behind the mysterious happenings. Undaunted and determined to make a success of their venture, they discover they're as good at uncovering the truth as they are at serving tea.


Tearoom for Two is the very first book in the Tearoom Mysteries series.
This was a fun book. The mystery wasn’t too mysterious, but it was still good. Tearoom for Two is about two cousins, Jan and Elaine, who decide to open up a tearoom and they happen to run into a bit of a mystery. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
This is a 26 book series and it is about the same characters, but the books are written by different authors. This first book isn't quite as good as some of the others in the series, but it's still fun and a nice start to the series.


I give this book 7.5 out of 10 R's