Book Reviews

David: The Unseen

Book Review: David (Book 3 in the Unseen series), by Johnny Worthen: I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series.  Eleanor was amazing, and Celeste was a heart-wrenching, action-packed cliffhanger (Ahhh!), so I have waited impatiently for David to come out.  This third and final book did not disappoint me. After assuming the shape of a… Continue reading David: The Unseen

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Of Wind and Winter (Tale 1 of the Snow Queen)

Book Review:  Of Wind and Winter (Tale 1 of the Snow Queen), by Danyelle Leafty: Aneira is 9 years old when she is kidnapped by Baba Yaga, and if she ever hopes to see her family again, she must help the witch. What starts out sounding like a straightforward task soon becomes complicated, for everyone… Continue reading Of Wind and Winter (Tale 1 of the Snow Queen)

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The Rose of Winslow Street

Book Review: The Rose of Winslow Street - by Elizabeth Camden Libby Sawyer and her father return from their summer home and discover that strangers have moved into their house. Widower Mikhail Dobrescu and his family have fled Romania and have come to Colden, Massachusetts to claim the house and property that belonged to his… Continue reading The Rose of Winslow Street

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Friends

Today I attended the bridal shower for my friend’s daughter. Marilyn and I have been the best of friends for almost 30 years. Our babies played together, and our families spent many happy hours visiting each other. No matter how much time goes by or how many miles separate us, when Marilyn and I get… Continue reading Friends

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Cinderella

A few nights ago, we went to see Cinderella. What a beautiful movie! The settings and costumes were stunning, rich with color and detail. The acting was good, and I absolutely loved the music. Though Ever After (1998) remains my favorite retelling, I enjoyed this version, even if the prince (Richard Madden) was a little… Continue reading Cinderella

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Huckleberry Hill

Book Review – Huckleberry Hill, by Jennifer Beckstrand Anna Helmuth is an elderly Amish woman with a penchant for matchmaking. She tells her patient husband, Felty, that they need to do something to help their poor grandson, Moses, to find a wife. So Anna decides that she needs an assistant – after all, she’s getting… Continue reading Huckleberry Hill

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Faking Grace

Book Review: Faking Grace - by Tamara Leigh Fleeing a botched attempt at investigative reporting, Mazie Grace Stewart moves to Nashville and applies for a job with a small newspaper, Steeple Side Christian Resources. But in order to get the job, Mazie must be an upstanding Christian. So Mazie buys the book, The Dumb Blonde’s… Continue reading Faking Grace

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The Kiss of a Stranger

Crispin, Lord Cavratt doesn’t believe in true love. It seems that every young woman and her mother pursuing him is after his money and title, and he has become jaded. While he walks in the garden with one of those grasping females, she goads him, saying that he probably doesn’t even know how to kiss.… Continue reading The Kiss of a Stranger

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On Gratitude

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” So Charles Dickens begins A Tale of Two Cities, published in 1859. As I look back on my life, I discover the same thing. Each phase is made up of both good and bad experiences, and what we take from both becomes our… Continue reading On Gratitude

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Pioneers

Last Wednesday Utah celebrated Pioneer Day with parades, speeches, and fireworks. We honored those courageous souls who left their old lives behind and crossed the plains to find a new home in the west. They buried loved ones in shallow graves along the trail. They crossed icy rivers, climbed snowy mountain passes, and in summer… Continue reading Pioneers