Sunday, October 30, 2016

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood: Devotions and Coloring Book to Nourish Mom (Abingdon Press, August 2016) REVIEW

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood: Devotions and Coloring Book to Nourish Mom (Abingdon Press, August 2016) Is a GREAT coloring book for moms. I have used this while waiting at Mr. B's doctor visits, and while out of town staying at a bed and breakfast last month when I had to go for a wedding. I've used it to relax in the late evenings, and just for a boredom buster in general. I love the inspirational devotions included, and the artwork is beautiful! The spaces are easy to color in, and the pages are durable so you can shade and blend with ease. I love it!

About the book:

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood: Devotions and Coloring Book to Nourish Mom (Abingdon Press, August 2016)

Nourishment for a mother's soul through 40 days of devotion and . . . doodling!

Wouldn't it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions---an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:

-Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!
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About the author:

Often considered a dreamer and silly heart, Sarah Humphrey uses inspiration from her most beloved career, motherhood, to fuel her passion for writing, creative movement and teaching. She has and is authoring several books and children's books. Sarah currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and three beautiful, bouncy kids.

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I received this free in exchange for my honest review. I wasn't required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses

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About the Book

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Chelsea Welling is a completely normal fifteen year old girl… well normal except for the pesky fact that she thinks she is going crazy. Either that or she really is being transported to a magical world known locally as Amar. However when Chelsea is transported to Amar with her friend Easton, she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that these little trips are more than figments of her imagination. Then the unthinkable happens. Chelsea, Easton, Chelsea’s brother Clint, and their mutual friend Bobby are all stranded in Amar. They cannot return to Earth until they finish a dangerous quest that their fathers set out on over twenty years ago.
Chelsea is in for one trying week as she flees from werewolves, faces down faeries, and fits into fancy dresses- all while she struggles alongside her friends to fulfill the all-but-impossible tasks of finding out what the quest their fathers set out on was, and succeeding where their fathers failed.

About the Author

Nicki ChapelwayNicki Chapelway is the pseudonym used by a completely ordinary- as in you could pass her in the street and not be the wiser- teenage girl. She is only fifteen years old- I know, a real child prodigy- and this is the first of- hopefully- many stories written by her. She enjoys reading, writing (she wrote this book for her own entertainment- not yours; you just get to benefit from her hobby), swimming when she can, and obsessing about other peoples’ stories almost as much as her own. She also enjoys watching TV, her favorite movies and TV shows include: Doctor Who, Avengers, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Nicki currently resides in Ohio with her family of eight and two dogs, Rylie and Zoey. She is now working on the next books in this series- when she’s not distracted by other stories (both hers and others’). You can contact her at

Guest Post from Nicki Chapelway

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to write. I wished this even before I enjoyed reading (I actually spent the first half of my childhood hating to read and avoiding books like the plague).
I believe that the desire to write was inspired by my older sister (an author herself). When I as younger she would tell me stories that took place in the books that she was writing. In my eyes these books were the coolest things in the whole wide world, and my sister was one of the smartest, cleverest, most ingenuous people I have ever known (besides my parents of course) to have come up with them. I wanted to be just like her. The only problem?
I couldn’t write.
While my sister was writing great works (at least to my young mind) like Julien and Juliet I was trying to write lame stories such as The Princess in the Sewer. I thought it would be a great idea to write about a princess living in a sewer (you know ignoring the whole disgusting-ness of it all). However, that was as far as I ever got. As soon as I tried to come up with the prince and the villain, or at the very least an explanation what the princess was doing living in a sewer I realized that I was in way over my head.
After that I didn’t give up on writing per se but I certainly stopped trying so hard. I contented myself to simply play with myself, devising worlds and making up bad guys for myself to fight. I acted this all out, using my imagination to transform my Living Room into an enchanted forest. I devised whole worlds with interesting characters, strong heroines (played by mwa), and evil villians. Little did I know that I was world building and creating stories, something that I had previously thought impossible for me to do.
Fast forward some years and now I’m eleven years old. It’s two months till my sister’s birthday and a crazy idea comes to me. I can write her a story for her birthday based off of a game we played together called The Blue Butterfly. I figured that since it was already a reasonably well-developed story I would be able to just write the story without getting caught on the thing that always got me every time I tried to write a book, my inability (or so I thought) to come up with a story and a plot all my own. But it didn’t exactly work like that, I surprised myself by taking my own path while writing the story, changing some things and developing a different plot. I was shocked that the ideas for writing a story actually came to me. Then I realized something, I had been doing this all along when I had been playing my games, and if I truly wanted to be an author I could just write what I had been playing all these years.
At this realization, flood gates opened. Suddenly whole worlds- worlds that I never thought possible for me to see- were opened to me. All at once I got ideas for half a dozen books, and it seemed that everything I looked at gave me at least two other ideas. To a person who had spent her whole life up to this point in time simply languishing to come up with one doable idea this was all quite overwhelming.
I no longer had problems coming up with ideas, no my problem was now quite the opposite. I wasbombarded by ideas. I spent three years simply flitting from idea to idea never able to settle on one long enough to actually write it before I was distracted by something new and shinier.
Finally the summer of my fourteenth year I sat myself down and told myself that I was going to have to come up with a book idea and stick with it until I finished it, and so My Time in Amar book one A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses was born. Which I am so excited to have on a blog tour at Celebrate Lit. I really want to thank everyone on the Celebrate Lit team who made this possible, most especially Sandra, as well as everyone who is a part of this tour.
And to all my future readers, I hope you enjoy the book!

My Thoughts
Wow! Just...WOW! The author is 15, and that is mindblowing to me! This book is really great. The storytelling is really good, and the use of imagery is impressive. Her writing style is very easy to follow, and I found the characters to be as believable as they can be given a fantasy style genre. I could see this as an older child/young adult interest novel. This is very Narnia'ish in that the character is taken to a different world, and it takes a bit of time to realize it's real. I really like the overall plot, and it's not a total giveaway, and I like that, too. Overall, job very well done. I look forward to a Book 2! 

Blog Stops

October 26: Simple Harvest Reads
October 27: Blogging With Carol
October 28: Artistic Nobody
October 31: Genesis 5020
November 1: Ashley’s Bookshelf
November 2: A Readers Brain
November 3: Bukwurmzzz
November 6: The Power of Words (Spotlight)


In honor of her tour, Nicki is giving away a signed copy of A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses as well as a signed copy of Nicki’s soon-to-be-released second book! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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After September REVIEW and Giveaway

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About the Book

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From the outside, Rose Davis had the perfect life: a long marriage to a successful politician, two grown children away at college, and respect within her community. When she suddenly finds herself divorced, she turns her back on God.
In an effort to reclaim her life and pride, she spends the summer in the Caribbean. Her plan does not include meeting Patrick, the charismatic local doctor with a tragic past who ignites a passion both unexpected and thrilling.
As she begins to open up to love, doubt and fear creep in. Once again she finds herself broken hearted, left on her own to pick up the pieces. It’s only when she experiences the unmistakable love and grace from the very One she turned away from that Rose realizes what she needed most was there waiting for her all along.

About the Author

Stephanie SmithStephanie’s love of the written word began long before she could read. As a child she would hold a newspaper in hand and move her fingers along the page, pretending to read along.
By the time she was a teenager, she dreamed of writing stories that would touch people’s lives, much like hers had been by so many authors.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys listening to Christian rock music while she writes, spending time with her family, watching British television, or reading YA fantasy novels.

Guest Post from Stephanie Smith

I’m so excited to work with Sandra and Celebrate Lit to launch my debut novel AFTER SEPTEMBER which I’ve come to see as a labor of love and trust in the Lord.
You see, becoming a published author has always been my dream, but every time I’d try to write a novel, the inner critic would kick in and stop me in my tracks. I’d write a few paragraphs before giving up, unhappy with all my written imperfections. So, I continued my day job and the idea of writing a novel, let alone publishing it, became less and less realistic. For some reason I never lost that kernel of hope that it might happen one day. God was speaking to me then, I just didn’t realize it.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with Stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After six months of intensive chemotherapy, I was in remission and had the strongest desire to write a novel. At first, the idea was to write a fictional story based on my experience. As I started to write, it just didn’t feel right. I then switched to writing a memoir, but that too fell flat. Frustrated, I gave up on writing once again.
Fast forward to 2013 and the idea of AFTER SEPTEMBER came to me. The premise was about a woman who goes through a divorce, spends a summer in the Caribbean and has a summer fling. The idea was so strong I began to write. I couldn’t help but write. As the story spoke to me, I kept this mantra in my head: “Just write. Just write.” I was finally able to quell my inner critic and nine months later, completed the first draft. Boy did I feel accomplished! Well, the feeling didn’t last very long. After getting feedback from a few beta readers, I re-wrote the entire story in a different point of view.
When I finished I realized I had to put this story in a box. A genre box. Was it women’s fiction? A romance? Christian or secular? After reading more about these genres I realized I’d made a big mistake. I hadn’t identified my brand from the get-go and the story didn’t really fit in any genre. Too secular for the Christian market; too Christian for the secular. It makes sense to me now why the first round of agent queries were declined.
I began to pray in earnest, seeking God’s will for this story. I felt He’d led me to write Rose’s story and realized my agenda had gotten in the way. Why would God have me write a story with pre-marital sex? The answer is He wouldn’t. Once my heart was satisfied I knew the direction He wanted me to go, I was back to the drawing board. Once again, I re-wrote AFTER SEPTEMBER. This time I kept my Christian viewpoint in mind and after the third re-write the final version was born.
Well, life has a funny way of stopping you in your tracks. I’d begun querying agents for the second version, and in June 2014 my cancer came back. You’ve got to be kidding me!
Okay, Lord. I trust you. I put my faith in You.
Another six months of intensive chemo put me back in remission. PRAISE GOD! I resumed my agent query and again met with rejection after rejection. This didn’t stop me. By this point I was bound and determined AFTER SEPTEMBER would be released. My hopes were raised when a small publisher I’d have given anything to work with wanted to read the entire manuscript. With baited breath I waited. When the disappointed rejection came, I nearly gave up. But God had other plans. See, when I placed my trust in Him, I had to accept His will, not mine. His time, not mine.
The last on my list to query before going the self-pub route was Desert Breeze Publishing. I submitted my story with the expectation of another rejection. Around January 1st of 2016 I received THE e-mail I’d dreamed about: an offer for a contract. I was in shock. THANK YOU LORD!! Nine months later, AFTER SEPTEMBER has been published. I want to pinch myself. I feel it’s all a dream and I’ll wake up.
A dream that began in my early teens took until my mid-forties to come to fruition. What I’ve realized is writing isn’t a dream but a calling. God knew this and remained patient with me as I finally figured that out. A calling to give women hope while reading a romance novel. Such became my tagline: “stories of life…love..hope”
What I’ve learned from this is to never give up on your dreams. Never stop believing God has something in store for your life, even when it seems like you are living one struggle after another. He is faithful to His promises!

My Thoughts
This is a beautifully written book. It's an easy to read contemporary novel that is about finding yourself, and love, after a devastating divorce. Rose and Patrick are easy to empathize with characters. I was easily able to identify with Rose, having gone through the horror of divorce myself. Divorce is hard, but their is hope after-and that's what this book tells us. But, beyond that, it's about God's way for us being bigger, and better, than we could ever dream ourselves. Overall, I really like this and I hope you will, too! 

Blog Stops

October 14: Simple Harvest Reads
October 15: Back Yard Reads
October 16: Bibliophile Reviews
October 17: Daysong Reflections
October 18: A Greater Yes
October 19: Pause for Tales
October 20: Quiet Quilter
October 21: For the Love of Books
October 22: Bigreadersite
October 23: Carpe Diem
October 25: Christian Bookaholic


To celebrate her tour, Stephanie is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!Click here to enter:


Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
Every once in a while, a vendor comes along that really makes my heart smile. They go out of their way to make sure their customers are happy, and it shows. CrossTimber is a very unique company that offers personalized products, such as a Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse, that make for some terrific gifts; especially when you have a unique name like mine!
Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
I thought, never in a million years will they be able to get the meaning of my name. You know those little trinkets and goodies that have names on them? I've always been able to find a million that say Melissa, or Michelle, or Jennifer, or whatever...but never MY name. I really wanted to get a 5x7 Framed Plaque with Mr. B's name on it, but the prospects of finally, FINALLY having something with my name on it won out. I received an email from the owner who said he was up for the challenge. I answered a few basic questions: "Is your name a combination of names?" "Do you know the cultural origin of your name?" "Do you know anything about how your parents chose your name?" I answered and later that day I was blessed with a huge gift. My name....and it's meaning. Never before had I received anything so marvelous!

The story of my name:

I always loved my name growing up, but it was very frustrating. People would mispronounce it, think it was a typo, or call me by the wrong name all together. I loathe the name Melissa because of this. My own dad never said, so he just called me "Sis," as did the rest of his friends. As a result, 90% of my family always called me "Sis" or "Missy." Through my childhood and teen years, I would refer to myself as only Missy because I hated my name being butchered all the time. Then I met my now ex-Husband, and he refused to call me anything other than my given name. He would say my name wasn't Missy, so he wasn't going to call me that. I always found that ironic since he goes by a shortened version of his name haha. Anyway, even my middle name is unique, and I've never found anything with that name either.

When my mom was younger, around 6th grade, a lady entered her classroom. This woman had married an American soldier, and she did not speak English. She was allowed to attend my mom's classes in order to learn the language. My mom remember her name for all those years, but she never knew how to spell it. Several years later, I'm born. I was actually nameless for around 2 weeks because my mom did not know how to spell my name. She took a guess, and created her own spelling when the hospital called to tell her they were running out of time to fill out my birth certificate. As for my middle name, my mom wanted to name me Jeanine  after my Aunt Jean. My other aunt, my mom's sister, didn't like that idea very much haha, so she came up with my middle name. I spent my 30ish years thinking my middle name was a figment of my aunt's imagination or of English origin, never knowing it held any other meaning. My niece shares my middle name, as well as a classmate's younger sister. They were both given my middle name, due to it's uniqueness.

For internet safety reasons, I do not wish to use my actual names and the spellings of those names, so I will give you the cultural names and their meanings, as given to me by the wonderful people at CrossTimber.

Misaki: Japanese. Mi means Beautiful. Saki means Blossom. Misaki means Beautiful Blossom.

Janai: Various meanings, but the most fitting with Misaki is Small Bird.

Now, I did get Mr. B's name, too. When I named him, the name book said "Spirited." But CrossTimber was able to go back farther to an Old English meaning, that mean "From the Broad Clearning."

I LOVE this! 
CrossTimber has so many looks to choose from when you choose your name plaque. There are nature scenes, fantasy, butterflies, animals, Celtic, etc...etc..etc.
Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
This is just a teeny tiny sampling of one subcategory! There's something for everyone, for sure! 

Here is what I chose. PLEASE note: I removed our full names. Any alterations done are my own, and not a reflection of the company. I removed the names fairly quickly, so keep that in mind! I loved the vibrant colors of those tulips against the blue sky. Mr. B LOVES all things outspace right now. I chose digital files, rather than a framed print, so that I could have it printed and framed in frames I already have. Mine can be framed as a 10x12 and Mr. B's can be framed in a 7x9 frame.

These make wonderful gifts for anytime, but especially with the holidays coming up. I have a few family members who just might be getting their own name plaques! I can't recommend CrossTimber enough! Great company, and a great family! We are so blessed to have been introduced to them! 
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I have to travel this weekend, and it's also my niece's birthday. So instead of the standard hotel room, I booked us a 2 twin bed room at a bed and breakfast! I've never been to one before, so this is rather exciting!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Middlebury French Courses REVEW

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Bonjour! Comment allez-vous? I've always loved the French language. It's beautiful sounding to me. I began taking French Courses as a freshman in High School. When I learned I needed a foreign language to graduate college, French was the natural choice for me. I ended up receiving a minor in French, having never earned less than an A. There were many times I had to take Mr. B to class with me, and he would try to taken an active part in the class. We would leave and he would rattle the whole way home about all he'd learned in French class. He loved it as much as me! When offered the chance to review for Middlebury Interactive Languages again, I almost chose Spanish just to change it up, but Mr. B insisted that he further his French studies. I'm so glad we were picked for Middle School French I! It takes me back to my early French days! 
For this review, we received a semester of Middle School French I
Spanish, French, German or Chinese {Middlebury Interactive Languages}

What is it?

This is an online French course that will last 1 semester for your grade 6-8 student, though it is suitable for an older elementary student with more experience, or an older student with less experience. It features an interactive style learning base where your student will learn vocab, then have the ability to recite the words back to the computer and listen to their use compared to the program. You will need a microphone for this. My laptop has one integrated in, and we also used ear buds with a mic on them. This program doesn't just focus on spoken French, but in also incorporates written language as well. That is one key feature I find super important. In all of my French classes, each exam consisted of 2 parts. 1 part written communication and 1 part oral communication. It is very important for your student to listen effectively and understand, speak, read, AND write in the language they are studying. Middlebury Interactive Languages includes all 4 of these components.

Our Experience:

I had a bit of trouble logging on initially, and this frustrated me. I like easy, in your face, login pages. There is a separate link to login from, and I had to search through my email to find this link. I like pages that have "LOGIN" in clear, billboard fashion. So if you are like me, be sure to bookmark the login page ;) Lessons learned the hardway HAHA!

Once login was out of the way, I was very surprised by this program. If you remember, we reviewed for Middlebury last year, and used an Elementary French program. I was really impressed by the program last year, but I don't think Mr. B was quite ready to move as fast as I had him move through the program. This time, I modified our schedule and moved slower. Much slower. 

First, I love the layout. It is super easy to follow. On the left you have the various units and lessons that you can easily navigate. Last year I didn't like the blank space I saw upon logging in. That is not the case this time around. There's no blank space. When you choose a lesson, you have a graphic representation of all parts of that lesson. In terms of autism/ADHD learning, it's GREAT to have each part numbered so that your student doesn't have to wonder in what order he/she should do things. He or she will know to start with 1 and proceed to 2, 3, 4, etc.

I also like how your student will know ahead of time what is expected of them thanks to the unit objectives. This is featured on the first lesson of each unit. It also intermixes French with English, so that your student can use context clues to understand the French part. This is great, and it is how both of my French teachers taught. I was fortunate enough to learn French from 2 native speakers, and they would use a combination of both French and English while teaching so that we had an immersive experience, to learn as naturally as possible, as well. That is what this program does while interjecting French with English, at the same time. 

Here is a matching exercise. I think it really helps to put a picture with the words, in order to help reinforce the meaning. I would like to say, I was always taught "Bonjour" as "Hello" or "Good day", and "Salut" as a more informal, "Hi."

Ok so, I took 4 years of French in High School, and I earned a minor in college, and I can't recall ever discussing punctuation! I like how this program includes things like that, that one doesn't really think about much. Having proper written communication can be a make or break thing if your student ever wishes to use their French skills in the job sector.

I really like the Vocab Guide. Here you can play an audio of the key phrases of that lesson so you can hear the proper way to pronounce everything. They are also said at the correct speed, so that your student can hear how the words blend together. One very important thing in French is word blending. Some words blend together to sound completely different. Like Je ne sais pas. Instead of saying, "Juh Nuh Say Pah" It sounds more like, "Jzuhnsaypah." Side note: If you notice on the left, each lesson you complete will have a check mark. I started taking screen shots on our first day, so I went back and was able to easily "browse" lessons back to the beginning to maintain the same lesson throughout this review. As you can see, the checks indicate completion. 

The speaking lab is where I said you'd need a mic. You can click on the green to hear what is should sound like, then click the red to record yourself, and you can play it back. 

This is probably one of my favorite activities. Here not only can your student read independently and match up the correct word to the blank, but they can also hear it being read to them! Also, if you click on the dotted underline words, it will translate them.
I had Mr. B using this a few times a week. I also had him repeat the lessons, so we have moved rather slowly. I want him to really get it, remember it, and learn it. It is also hard for him to pronounce properly sometimes. So we work on it. For example, it took him much longer to do lesson 1 than it would a typical student just because I had him really work on it a lot. So he did the online part, then I had him writing out the vocabulary and pronouncing it all, on his own, off line a lot. So while you could do lesson 1 in a day or two for a typical kid, I had him work on it for more like 8-10 days. 1 section at a time, and really repeating it all so it sticks. I think our method is great for special needs learners, but be warned that you only have 6 months on the subscription, so you may not finish before you run out of time. I'd rather not finish it completely and know what he has learned he has mastered, but that's totally up to you. 


Overall I really, REALLY like this program. It is very similar to my high school and college courses, but presented in a manner that is easy enough for a 5th/6th grader to grasp. It is thorough and well thought out. The order of things just makes sense. You start by learning greetings, which is completely appropriate, and progresses to a greater difficulty. By the time you reach the end of the program, your student is asked to do use 5 full sentences (simple, but full) to describe the area in which they live. Then they are asked to answer questions (presented in French) using only French sentences. It's a great set up and a great program. I would like to see an easier login, and I wish the subscription lasted longer than 6 months. I think it would be fantastic if it lasted a full year, that would be great. But as it stands, for a typical student, the 6 months is enough to cover the course and learn a great deal. A special learner may need additional time. 

Does Middlebury Interactive Languages Middle School French I Pass my 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

You can move about as needed, but since this is a foreign language, you will want to move through the course in the order of the lessons. You can take breaks, and repeat as needed. We modified by moving slower. You just need to remember that this is a subscription based program, and you may run out of time. 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees? 

This is good for multiple ages, and there are no hidden fees. You are locked into the level you choose.  

3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

It is not boring, and lessons are short. They are interactive (hence the name...) so your child is actively engaged in the lesson. As far as autism goes, if your child is verbal they should be able to complete the program. If they are non verbal, you may have an issue since it is an interactive program. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have?

This is only a French class.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Aboard Providence {REVIEW}

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My Thoughts
This book is part of the Uncharted Series, but I did not feel confused or left out having not read anything else in the series. Aboard Providence brings the story of family traveling to lands unknown. It's really about their daily lives, and the ups and downs of that life. There is some mystery, some unknowns-but that's kind of life. In other words, it's not hard to believe the story. There's no falling madly in love and getting married in 3 days kind of thing in the story line. This is an easy, light read for a love story, but there ARE technical bits. You can tell the author certainly did her research into ships!

The characters are believable and well written. Their personalities evolve throughout the book, and they really come to life on the pages. Jonah's niece reminds me of a little girl I used to babysit!

Overall, it is well written and flows nicely. It's clean, and crisp, with a nice use of imagery. I did not find it boring, or anxiety provoking. I found it comfortable, entertaining, and easy to read.

About the Book

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In November 1860, Jonah Ashton boarded the Providence with a plan to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return to medical school in Pennsylvania before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he didn’t count on was getting lost at sea and falling in love. When they finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?

About the Author

Keely Brooke KeithKeely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) andAboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

Guest Post from Keely Brooke Keith

The Uncharted series has a past…
The Uncharted storyline begins in the 21st Century in a hidden land that was settled in the 1860s by Americans. Throughout the Uncharted books, the characters refer to their founders’ history. Soon after the release of The Land Uncharted, readers expressed their desire for more. Why did the founders leave America in 1860? How did they plan the group migration? Where did they believe they were going? How did they establish what is now a fascinating culture?
I too was drawn by the founders’ story. When I set out to write it, I enjoyed fleshing out the mystery of how the founders arrived in the Land and what it was like for them, not only for the characters who wanted that adventure, but also those who didn’t. I became swept away on a journey of faith, sacrifice, and God’s unfailing provision.
The result is Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media, 2016).
Join the founders as they embark on their voyage to an uncharted land.

Blog stops

October 21: 1994
October 22: A Greater Yes
October 23: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
October 24: cherylbbookblog
October 26: I Hope You Dance
October 26: Mary Hake
October 27: Genesis 5020
October 28: A Readers Brain
October 29: Bigreadersite
October 31: Bibliophile Reviews
November 1: Pause for Tales
November 1: Karen’s Krayons
November 2: Proverbial Reads


In honor of her tour, Keely is giving away The Uncharted Series ebooks! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!

**I received this free through CelebrateLit for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.