Ибо так возлюбил Бог мир, что отдал Сына Своего Единородного, дабы всякий верующий в Него, не погиб, но имел хизнь вечную.
While I receive many books in exchange for review, I am never required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review: The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright

The Shepherd of the Hills is the classic story of the stranger who takes the Old Trail deep into the Ozark mountains, many miles from civilization. His appearance signals intellect and culture, yet his countenance is marked by grief and disappointment. He is a man with a mission, yet one which no one understands. What is his purpose in taking on the lowly work of tending work of tending local sheep? And how is it that he befriends these simple hill folk, despite his coming from the world beyond the ridges?

I'm giving this book 4.5 stars. I don't know why I let this sit on my shelf for so very long. It's such a compelling story, and while you're reading it you feel transported back to that time. Although, now that I've finished it, it seems to be an almost passive book.... but I think that's only because of the writing style. It's written in the same tone as Christy and Not My Will. The style that is so simple, yet so deep at the same time. It's an emotional book, and the mystery of who Dad Howitt really is slowly unfolds throughout. The ending is sad, so sad, but fitting. The last several chapters are so.... I think poignant is the word I'm looking for, but I'm not sure. While I wanted to cry a couple times while reading, I didn't . Then I finished the book, closed it, and promptly started crying. I honestly have no doubts why this book is considered a Christian classic. The characters are wonderful, the dialect is familiar to this Southern gal, and the truths timeless. Yes, this was definitely worth the read. And now looking at what I've written it's almost as passive as the book itself, and I'm not sure that I've done a good job describing it. I hope I have, and I hope you read this book.

(If you can't read the print on the cover it reads "The stranger who had stepped out of civilization and into the mountain wilderness of the Ozarks was destined to become...
The Shepherd of the Hills" and of that isn't a statement that makes you feel the pull of this book... then you've got problems I can't fix ;) ) 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Review: Dear Grandchild, This Is Me

This isn't a typical book. In fact, it's more scrapbook than anything. With a beautiful cover, you can't help but want to open it right up. There are places to fill in lots of stories, when you were young, when you were a teenager, when you passed all these milestones. There's a section to write about your heritage. Places to write crazy stories to thrill the readers. There are blank pages to put pictures on, and stickers to mount them with. (Who doesn't love stickers?!?!) My favorite feature are the built in envelopes that allow you to write letters to be opened at certain times of need. There's an awesome map where you color all the places you've been. Slots for those favorite, secret family recipes. Crazy cool pages where you weigh in on major historical events. The last part of the book is for you to share your faith, as well as a "me then and now" page. It's actually the perfect book to give your grandkids. I highly recommend getting this, whether you've been a grandparent for years or you're just getting started.

I received this book through the publisher, but I was not required to post a positive review.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cover Reveal and Guest Post with Kandi J Wyatt

Hold onto your hats! Long post ahead!

First, we'll start with the cover reveal and blurb. Pretty cool cover, yeah?

Cover DesignerAmalia Chitulescu

Kandi is doing a giveaway for those who pre-order the book on Amazon! http://bit.ly/preordergiveaway The link to the book itself is after the blurb.

Protect a mythical realm or his family?

Sixteen-year-old Franklin follows a Sasquatch through a portal to the realm of Shinwano and discovers a world full of mythical creatures he never expected to actually exist. Upon returning to Myrtle Beach, Oregon, he vows to protect the land, not realizing how difficult it will be to keep his promise, especially when a poacher, a NSA agent, and his friends are interested in the portal—and all for different reasons.

When the poacher threatens his family, Franklin must reconsider his vow to protect this new world to keep his family safe. The consequences of his decision reach further than just a rift in the space-time continuum.

Can Franklin live up to the trust placed on him and save this new world from an even greater danger?

Word count: 70,254

One reviewer said: Overall, I loved this book. A wonderful alternate world with such fantastic descriptions of the mythical creatures. I would love to go there myself.

Here's the link to this book! Link: https://books2read.com/mythcoastadventures3

Other books in the series:

An Unexpected Adventure: https://books2read.com/u/3yDLX6 


SUPER EXCITED TO HAVE KANDI DO A GUEST POST!

Bigfoot: Protector or Menace

The stories of bigfoot abound all across the world—not only in North America. I was first introduced to bigfoot when I moved to the Pacific Northwest as a third grader. No specific memory stands out to me, but I do remember vague stories as we trekked into the forests around Tacoma, Washington. It wasn’t until I was older and had moved to the Southern Oregon Coast that I really started to pay attention to the tales.

A trip to Eureka, California, almost twenty years ago, piqued my interest. We went off Highway 101 up to Willow Creek. The closer we drove to the settlement, the more signs we saw. By the time we arrived, we had to stop at the bigfoot museum. The little hole-in-the-wall stop was filled with newspaper clippings, footprint casts, and videos—some live and others news footage. The whole trip sparked my imagination.

Fast forward to 2016. I had an idea of a trilogy that I wanted to write which featured a different mythical creature for each book. A dragon and a unicorn had already been chosen for the first two books, but I was stumped as to what to feature in book three. That is until a student came up to me and said I should write a book about sasquatch. What he didn’t know was how perfect that would be for the Myth Coast Adventures trilogy. Yet, I had no idea of what the story should be, even after writing books one and two! What should I do? I did what I do when I don’t know something—I turned to google.


The amount of information out there on bigfoot is rather impressive. I learned that sasquatch and yeti are not the same creature. Yetis are larger, taller, and lighter colored than sasquatch. Youtube videos show encounters with bigfoot. All of the tales portray sasquatch as a large predator who wants to be left alone, but what if they’re actually trying to protect something? With that thought, the sanraksaka were born—the protectors of the portals. Imagine my surprise to discover a magnet in a tourist shop that says, “This forest protected by bigfoot.” I had to buy it! You can enter to win it at the release party on facebook on Tuesday, September 10. 



About Kandi: Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that's her own five or the hundreds of students she's been lucky to teach. When Kandi's not spinning words to create stories, she's using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.



You can find Kandi at these places:


Other books by Kandi J Wyatt: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE DRAGON BOOKS!!!!
Dragon Courage series
Dragon's Revenge: https://www.books2read.com/u/b5qvGb   
Dragon’s Cure: https://www.books2read.com/u/47kxJa   
Dragon’s Posterity: https://www.books2read.com/u/4DA8og 
Dragon’s Heritage: https://www.books2read.com/u/3neVN6 

Middle Grade Fantasy:
Journey from Skioria: https://www.books2read.com/u/4AwJee 

Biblical Retellings:
The One Who Sees Mehttps://www.books2read.com/u/mdrRlb  


I hope you've enjoyed the guest post, and please, leave a comment below on your thoughts for this cover! Can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Review: The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

"Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe? 

Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. 

When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts."

I'm going to start with the fact that this has to be one of the most gorgeous covers ever designed, simply because I can't get past that! As for the actual story, 4.5 stars for the best non-magical retelling of Snow White ever written. Melanie does an incredible job of taking notorious villains with special powers and making them over into regular people who are just as evil. Which... to be honest... is a little frightening! I especially loved her "Cottage of the 7" which gave a depth of character to the seven men that is simply astounding. The story became so much deeper and more wonderful under her hands and she does a great job of adding God to the stories while keeping the original fairy-tale feel. Sophie was a wonderful character, but I may be even more impressed with Gabe and his transformation. One of the strangest, flattest princes became a wonderfully round character who grows as a person and in his faith. Definitely worth your time to pick this up!


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

Amazon blurb- FBI Special Agent Lincoln St. John is living his own personal nightmare. When the woman he loves, Allison Radcliffe, is killed, he devotes his life to tracking down the killers and making them pay for their crimes. He expected it to be a challenge. What he never expected was to find Allison very much alive shortly after her "murder." As his anger and hurt mix with relief, Linc isn't sure how he's supposed to feel. One thing he does know for sure: he and Allison will have to work together to stop a killer before she dies a second time--this time for good.

The Blue Justice series might just be my favorite yet. I've excitedly followed this series from the beginning and I'm sad to see it almost finished! Vow of Justice, though, is vying with Oath of Honor for favorite in the series. A change from the mostly PD themed series, we get to travel the intricacies of the FBI, especially of being a dead FBI agent. This time around, our bad guy is part of the Bratva, which I've totally been waiting for. The secondary character here is named Daria, incidentally that name of one of my closest friends. (Although she spells it Darya.) Allie had one of the most surprising plot twists I've ever read, and Linc just steals your heart. If you don't fall in love with them, then the problem is you. Of course, Chief Tabitha St. John makes her appearance, and she continues to be one of my favorite characters ever created by Lynette Eason. The twists and turns will have even the most well-read mystery reader gasping, and the revelation of the true bad guy, while not completely unpredictable after going through my recent Eason spell, was still horrific enough that it didn't matter. And then, you'll come to the epilogue and your eyes will bug right out of your head, and it will be the MOST perfect epilogue ever. (I say as someone who really judges a book by its epilogue more than its cover) It's a five star book, and I hope it just skyrocketed to the top of your TBR list.

I received this book from the publisher, but the opinions expressed are honestly my own.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Guest Post: Six Reasons to Retell a Fairytale with Kirsten Fichter

Hey, y'all! I'm so excited to have the author of Spindle Dreams, Kirsten Fichter, here to do a guest post today. I know you're glad to see something different here ;) Leave a comment below to get in touch with either Kirsten or myself, or to learn more about the Once Upon A Twist Tales. Or you can hop on over to Kirsten's blog

But, obviously, if you're reading this, it isn't to hear from me! So let's dive in~

Fairy tales, faerie tales, fairytales... it doesn't really matter how you spell it --
these little stories are coming out of the Dark Ages. They're no longer the
bedtime tales you read as a child. In the last few decades, we've seen a huge
sweep of retellings taking over the reading world. And I think it's amazing. 


But why are so many people turning to write a fairytale retelling? Why should
you, as a writer, consider retelling one of your own? 


1. Grimm and Lang did it first. 
-- Did you know that the original fairytales were not intended for children?
Oftentimes, the first editions of these stories were dark, gritty, grim, and kinda
bloody; they were tales for adults, believe it or not. When the Grimm Brothers
and Andrew Lang started collecting them in volumes, they actually rewrote
some of them to smooth out some questionable parts. Even though it is very
hard to find the first, original copy of many fairytales, many of the people that
we hold up as fairytale writers were merely retelling a story that they had come
to love. And if they can retell a fairytale, so can we. 


2. There are so many fairytales to choose from.
-- From Cinderella to Rumpelstiltskin to Little Red Riding Hood, there are an
infinite number of fairytales. The Grimm Brothers and Andrew Lang did not
hold a monopoly on fairytales; they actually missed quite a few in their collections
(see reason #3 below). But take a look at a complete list of fairytales sometime.
The list is basically a novel unto itself. No matter what kind of fairytale you want
to retell, you'll have a boatload of ones to choose from! 


3. Too many fairytales have been overlooked. 
-- Ever heard of The White Snake? Or Puddocky? Or The Iron Stove? Many
of these fairytales have never seen a retelling, or can only boast of one retelling,
because people have forgotten they exist. The forgotten fairytales are the perfect
opportunity for a retelling -- because no one's done it yet. These fairytales need
some love, too; and if you can retell them, you'll be a pioneer on the road to
bringing them back. 


4. Sadly, fairytales have too many plot holes. 
-- Why did Gothel want to steal a child and keep her hair long? Why did
Goldilocks go into the woods that day? Why was Thumbelina born so small?
If the shoe was a perfect fit, how did Cinderella lose it? Why did the children
follow the Pied Piper? This list of questions is endless. If there's one thing
fairytales did more often than not, it was failing to explain things. And as
someone retelling a story, you'll have loads of room to explain just why all
these things actually happened. 


5. Fairytales are super versatile. 
-- Have you ever imagined the Snow Queen in space? Rapunzel in the Old
West? A genderbent Sleeping Beauty? A Little Mermaid seeking to trade
her legs for a tail? Since they contain so many plot holes, fairytales can be
left up to interpret however one wants. For me, personally, my niche is retelling
them without magic. I stuck my Beauty and the Beast in a hot air balloon.
There are no rules to dictate how you retell a fairytale. As long as it works for
your plot, you can do whatever you want. 


6. Everyone loves fairytales. 
-- Have you ever met someone who doesn't love fairytales? (If you have,
don't tell me; I don't want to know.) Fairytales typically are a big part of a
child's life. Many of the books sold for juvenile audiences today are fairytales.
People enjoy being nostalgic and reliving moments of their childhood, and
what better way to do that as an adult than to give them a unique retelling
of their favorite fairytale? Kids, too, love to see new spins on tales they already
know. 

By now, I hope you can see the importance of retelling a fairytale. If you're
not a writer, or don't think you could ever write anything worth reading,
consider this a post on why you should support your local fairytale retelling
author friends. Retellings, folks, are really something you need to read.


* Here's the link to The Rose and the Balloon, the Beauty and the Beast in a hot air balloon retelling.  → The Rose and the Balloon on Amazon



AUTHOR BIO

Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to the most precious blessing, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). Spindle Dreams is her second published fairytale retelling. You can find out more about her on her blog, Lianne Taimenlore. 



BOOK SUMMARY
Marita Kadlec is the only daughter of Rohesia's poorest – and laziest – weaver. Her father prefers to spend his days gambling in the tavern, leaving the spinning up to Marita. She hates the family business because she's constantly pricking her finger on the spindle. She'd much rather be tinkering on an invention that she hasn't had the courage to show anyone yet. A special invention that will rid her of spinning for the rest of her life. 

Felix is a young nobleman plagued with the same nightmare – a giant machine, twisting and clanking, shrouded in fire, bent on pain and death. He's determined to find out what it means, no matter where the answers may lead him. 

This is Sleeping Beauty with a twist like you've never seen it before.

You'll be able to find Spindle Dreams on Amazon on August 9th, but until then, you can connect with Kirsten on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Goodreads.


Thanks for joining us today! Come back soon, and remember to add Spindle Dreams to your TBR List!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Blog Tour/Review: Spindle Dreams by Kirsten Fichter

Marita Kadlec is the only daughter of Rohesia's poorest – and laziest – weaver. Her father prefers to spend his days gambling in the tavern, leaving the spinning up to Marita. She hates the family business because she's constantly pricking her finger on the spindle. She'd much rather be tinkering on an invention that she hasn't had the courage to show anyone yet. A special invention that will rid her of spinning for the rest of her life. 

Felix is a young nobleman plagued with the same nightmare – a giant machine, twisting and clanking, shrouded in fire, bent on pain and death. He's determined to find out what it means, no matter where the answers may lead him. 

This is Sleeping Beauty with a twist like you've never seen it before.
 
     I'm nowhere near knowing where to start with this review. Perhaps, I'll start with saying that if you haven't read The Rose and The Balloon, you're missing out on a wonderful Beauty and the Beast retelling. I loved it. But somehow it can't compare. Spindle Dreams is beyond anything I expected from it. And I knew it was going to be lovely. (Side note: Of course, as always, there are perks to having read book one first, but you will be just fine if you jump into the series with Spindle Dreams.) First of all, let's start with how somehow Kirsten managed to write an enchanting fairytale with absolutely no enchantments. (Reminds me of the style of Melanie Dickerson, but shorter) And though it is a retelling all her own, snatches of the classic tale are thrown in and make you want to squeal in delight. What got me, though... Well, that would be the fact that every time I thought I had the story pegged- IT BLOOMING FLIPPED ON ME AND I WAS BEING SHOCKED!!!! The dynamics between all of the characters were absolutely spot on, and there's a heavy dose of humor, mostly caused by one of my favorite characters, Samson. And I swear if I don't get my sequel reasonably soon, I'll start flying hot air balloons and serving rose petal soup, because that epilogue got me GOOD, okay?
      Yes, sorry, was I ranting? What I meant to say was, "Wow, I loved this book. Five stars were earned, and I willingly bestow them."



I received an ARC of this book from the author, but the opinions expressed were honestly my own!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

SPINDLE DREAMS COVER REVEAL!!!!!!

(Yes, I am a little excited. Why do you ask?)

Spindle Dreams is Kirsten Fichter's newest fairytale book, and I am so in love! I can't wait for you to read it! Below you will see (A) the cover {DUH!!!} (B) The back of the book deal (C) Kirsten's picture and bio (D) Links to Kirsten's Facebook and Goodreads pages. {You should add Spindle Dreams to your Want To Read shelf... just sayin'}







{This gap is to build suspense ;)}






I love this cover, and I think her cover designer people are amazing!!!


Marita Kadlec is the only daughter of Rohesia's poorest – and laziest – weaver. Her father prefers to spend his days gambling in the tavern, leaving the spinning up to Marita. She hates the family business because she's constantly pricking her finger on the spindle. She'd much rather be tinkering on an invention that she hasn't had the courage to show anyone yet. A special invention that will rid her of spinning for the rest of her life.

Felix is a young nobleman plagued with the same nightmare – a giant machine, twisting and clanking, shrouded in fire, bent on pain and death. He's determined to find out what it means, no matter where the answers may lead him.

This is Sleeping Beauty with a twist like you've never seen it before.



Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to the most precious blessing, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). She is present in many online circles under the name “Kiri Liz” if you care about things like that. As you read this, she’ll be somewhere under a maple tree – trying very hard to finish the seventeen and half other stories she unwisely started all at once.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

UPDATED REVIEW: When The Squirrel Sings by Shana Hollowell

The girls wanted to review another book, so we're going to get their thoughts on this picture book. It's short, but sweet. (You've already read mine, but if you missed it you can catch it here)

Julie, 7: It was amazing. Great great great! My favorite page was the colorful, rainbow page. The story was great. The art was beautiful. My favorite part was looking for the hearts. It's my favorite shape! 🐾🐢🐧 Five stars. (She's chanting FIVE STARS over and over.)

Taylor, 11: The art was really good. I liked looking for the hearts. Some of them were really hard to find.
(Taylor is a girl of few words, and she feels like she's too old for picture books.)

I received this book complimentary from the author.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: Don't Drink The Pink by BCR Fegan

Don't Drink The Pink is a wonderful story about a little girl who receives a special potion on her birthday each year from her grandfather. She has lots of adventures with her adorable cat. This story will have your kids laughing and smiling the whole way and wishing that they had a potion-making grandfather too! I'm giving it five stars...

BUT..... Don't just take my word for it because...

Today we're having special guest reviewers, Taylor and Julia. I know you're going to love getting a real life opinion from real life kids. These gals are well-read, so they know what they're talking about. But here's a warning. There are SPOILERS!

Julia, aged seven: It was great. It was funny. Why did the grandfather have to die? My favorite potion was when she turned into a mermaid. My other favorite potion was when she could go back in time. And my third time was when every time she clapped her hands she got more money in her hands. The pictures were great great great great. Five stars. 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁 😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺

Taylor, aged eleven: The story was ridonculous, and the sad and hilarious story is great for kids. The illustrations get a thumbs up. My favorite potion was when she multiplied. That would be my best dream ever. Four stars. 


Don't Drink the Pink is available for preorder at Amazon. Release date is August 1st!
I received an ARC of this book from the author free of charge.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Review: When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson

Goodreads Blurb--- "After her father's death, Lizzy Brookstone, the star trick rider of the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, takes over management of the traveling show. In her new role, she has to work with both Wesley DeShazer, the man who once broke her heart, and Jason Adler, her financial partner. Soon, she finds herself torn between the two men.

Ella Fleming is fleeing a forced betrothal when she stows away on the Brookstone train. Lizzy finds her and gives her a job in the costume department, but Ella has a secret that could affect all of their lives, as well as the future of the Brookstone Extravaganza.

When Mary Reichert, a former sharpshooter for the show, learns that her brother, August, has been killed, she refuses to believe it was an accident. She returns to the show to find the truth, but is she seeking justice or vengeance?

As the three women work together to discover how August died, Lizzy strives to hold the show together. Can she keep the Brookstone Extravaganza alive without losing the desire of her heart?"

I'm giving this wonderful book 5 stars. I'm a sucker for Tracie's books. (I think I counted 45 of hers on my shelves...) I couldn't wait to read this newest one, and it did not disappoint. I don't think I have another book quite like this one on my shelves. An all-female wild west show? It's crazy! But amazing. I love the main characters in this book. Strong female leads, as always. And they're seriously relatable. The main themes of grief and love show life at its best and worst, simultaneously. And with a strong feeling of mystery in the whole book, you can't help but be craving the next book. I love how much I always learn from reading Tracie's books. There are so many random facts bouncing around in my head that I learn from reading. I think this is near the top of my list, if I were to rank how much I love Tracie's different books. I can't wait to read the next two in this series. Plus, get a load of this gorgeous cover. (Although, I have to say, the texture of this one kinda threw me for a bit. Once again, not like anything else on my shelves!) 



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer

"When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.   

Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?"
Have I ever read a book by Kim that I didn't love? (I'll give you a hint- NO!! NEVER!) Echoes of Mercy is certainly no exception. First of all... she set a book in a CHOCOLATE FACTORY! Hello??? What better place is there? Second, her characters always leap off the pages for me. From Caroline and Ollie to their three young charges to Noble and Annamarie. Each one was so faceted and what my 9th grade lit teacher would call "round characters". Something I always find as a theme in Kim's books is that family is who you choose, those that love you and whom you love in return. Caroline's family wasn't her birth parents. Her family was Noble and Annamarie, the couple that raised her as their loved daughter. With faith filling every corner of this book (without a moment of preachiness) you're sure to fall in love with this story as quickly as I did. Kim is one of the few authors that repeatedly keeps me up past midnight. (Roseanna White is the other I can think of who disrupts my late night sleep) Kim even manages to make each and every "villain" in all her stories as round and complex as our heroes, making the conflict not only believable, but also relatable. I hope you have a chance to grab this 5 star story and read it! You won't be disappointed. Okay... that's kinda wrong, because you will undoubtedly wish for some of Dinsmore's World Famous Chocolates. And then you'll be disappointed that they are merely fictional. But other than that!


Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

Goodreads blurb- "Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth?

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and seven-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.

Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?

Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”."

Wow! This book has just zoomed to the top of my 2019 favorites! This was my first chance to read a book by Carrie Turansky, and I am over the moon in love with it! No Ocean Too Wide has it all- characters who will tug at your heartstrings, a unique plot, enough injustice to keep your blood boiling the entire time, and NO reason to ever put it down. I enjoyed learning about the home children. Each character was so perfect in their place. If they could do it right, I'd wish for a movie. (But they really hardly ever do it right...) I can't get over this book, and I am so sad that I have to wait till next year for the sequel. With a plot that weaves in and out, the book had me gasping and hoping and trying to orchestrate circumstances (as useless as that sounds) and I devoured every page. The chapters are long, but that's okay. You really won't be looking for a stopping point. Inspiring and touching, this book should probably be bumped to the top of your TBR list. I'd give this book more than 5 stars, but we can't break the ceiling ;)


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