Category Archives: The Week in Reviews

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning March 7, 2016

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Music Video: “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin ft. Pat Barrett

“We all have a picture of who we think God is. When we get down to the foundation of what we believe, the truth is that God is exactly who He says He is – a good, good Father.”

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Tuesday:

Christian Chapters: An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller

5 of 5 Hearts. Kathleen Fuller Affirms That God Can Heal the Most Broken of Hearts.

Thematically, alongside its message of courage in adversity, Kathleen Fuller’s An Unbroken Heart is a moving and instructive story of love and forgiveness, pain and healing, endings and new beginnings.

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Thursday:

Fiction Shelves: The Newsmakers By Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

4.5 of 5 Hearts. Forget ‘Page-Turner’ – This Thriller is a Chapter-Turner!

Lis Wiehl’s latest novel is the first in a new series. She’s done an excellent job of establishing her heroine and filling her world with likable characters. More thriller than mystery, the real pleasure of The Newsmakers is in tagging along with smart, savvy, and strong Erica Sparks on her investigations, rooting for her to figure out what we already suspect and hoping that she can save the day!

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 29, 2016

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Christian Chapters: Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

3.5 of 5 Hearts. An Engaging, Yet Somber View of Amish Life in Conestoga, Pennsylvania, 1842.

Jan Drexel gives the reader a carefully researched, historically rich look at the forces which may have led Amish settlers, including some of her own ancestors, to leave Lancaster County and travel westward to Indiana. Though somber, Hannah’s Choice never loses hope while carrying its message that nothing is more important than faith and family.

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Tuesday:

Non-Fiction Shelves – You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide by Holley Gerth

5 of 5 Hearts. An Encouraging, Empowering, Scripturally-Sound Guide To Becoming the You God Created You To Be.

If you’re feeling lost, broken, unloved, imperfect, insignificant, overwhelmed, or all of these things, don’t fret. Holley Gerth’s You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide can help. You might say it’s like a road map, or, if you’re directionally challenged like I am, a GPS for your heart. What’s more, it’s as comforting as chocolate, hot cocoa, coffee, or ice cream! My advice? Set down your burden, dry your tears, pour a cup of tea or grab a cookie, and sit down for a “talk” with Holley!

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Thursday:

Christian Chapters: A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

5 of 5 Hearts. A Beautiful Testament to God’s Ability to Rebuild, Renew, and Restore.

A Reluctant Bride is not a fairy-tale romance or swoon fest, but it demonstrates clearly how God can take broken pieces of shattered hearts and create something not only beautiful but unbreakable. For that reason, it may just be the perfect love story.

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 22, 2016

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Christian Chapters: The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher

5 of 5 Hearts. An Inspiring and Lyrical Look at an Amish Community Facing Modern Issues.

The Imposter is impossible to categorize. Calling it a romance ignores the mystery. Calling it a mystery doesn’t fit either. There are many elements to this tale — romance, mystery, drama, humor, and faith to name a few. Just as our lives can’t be summed up with one label, neither can this story, and that’s what makes it so appealing. The Imposter incorporates everything readers of Amish fiction love about the genre, while steeping its setting and characters in modern realism, to a richly satisfying result.

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Tuesday:

Kids Corner: Nightborn by Lou Anders

5 of 5 Hearts. A Smash-Hit Fantasy Sequel Bursting With Action, Adventure, Worldbuilding, Humor, Gaming, and (Most of All) Heart.

The perfect fantasy series follow-up, Nightborn pushes all the right buttons while breaking the walls of its own world wide open! As the maps of the Thrones & Bones world expand, interest in the series is guaranteed to grow. If you’re hunting for a quality middle-grade adventure series, your search ends here!

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Thursday:

Kids Corner – American Girl: Kit Story Collection by Valerie Tripp

4.5 of 5 Hearts. An Illuminating, Kid’s-Eye Look at the Great Depression.

Kit Kittredge is everything you want from a heroine — intelligent, spunky, indomitable. As her story progresses, it’s easy to root for her and share her happiness, as well as her anxieties when hard times threaten. And those truly depressing times are rendered vividly by author Tripp, who never forgets that she is teaching as well as entertaining.

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 15, 2016

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Christian Chapters: The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

4.5 of 5 Hearts. Enjoyable and Edifying. A Literary Field Trip Turned Journey of the Soul.

Come along with Lucy and Helen as they fly to London and traipse through literary landscapes, examining history and their own lives. Katherine Reay uses her own realistically imperfect characters, and draws on inspiration from some of her literary favorites, to shape The Brontë Plot into an engrossing and thoroughly satisfying journey of heart and soul.

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Tuesday:

Christian Chapters: Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould

4.5 of 5 Hearts. A Lesson About Deep Faith, True Love, and What Both Really Mean.

Amish Sweethearts tells the complicated story of what happens when two people from very different worlds fall in love. Though unsure whether God’s plan for their futures has them together or apart, each sets forth on his/her own path, trusting in Him to guide their steps.

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Thursday:

Christian Chapters: The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

4 of 5 Hearts. A Story as Sweet and Satisfying as Veronica’s Raspberry Pie.

With The Forgotten Recipe, Amy Clipston begins her new Amish Heirloom series by introducing Veronica Fisher and Jason Huyard. If their sugary-sweet romance is any indication, readers will be as eager for the next installment as Veronica’s customers are for another yummy slice of her raspberry pie!

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Friday:

DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: Complete Season 2 (Collector’s Edition)

5 of 5 Hearts. Television For All Ages: Hope Valley Continues To Make Viewers Feel Like Family.

There is nothing on modern television like When Calls the Heart. It’s high quality storytelling, with a host of talent, both in front of and behind the camera. That’s why as the show moves forward, fan engagement continues to grow — so much so that Forbes magazine recently published a piece about the formidable influence of the combined voice of the enthusiastic viewers (#Hearties)!

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Saturday:

CD Review: Winter In Hope Valley by WordHarmonic

4 of 5 Hearts. Music That Brings the Peace of the Valley Home.

Winter In Hope Valley may not transport you physically to the Canadian west of the early 1900s, but it will bring the peace of that wonderful little wilderness town to you.

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 8, 2016

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Christian Chapters: A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

4 of 5 Hearts. A Heartwarming Tale of Second Chances.

No matter how broken things are, no matter how far you may have fallen, you are never beyond God’s loving reach. Susan Anne Mason’s A Worthy Heart is a story of love and redemption that ultimately proves it’s never too late to begin again.

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Tuesday:

Christian Chapters: The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

5 of 5 Hearts. With Her Latest Work, Julie Klassen Paints A Masterpiece!

With her latest work of historical fiction, award-winning Julie Klassen outdoes even herself! Complete with humor, pathos, mystery, romance, and adventure, The Painter’s Daughter is a gem of gems. Long after you’ve finished turning its pages, this story of love, sacrifice, and redemption will live in your memory and your heart.

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Thursday:

Christian Chapters – Sabina: A Story of the Amish by Helen R. Martin

4.5 of 5 Hearts. Engrossing Amish Fiction From Another Era.

Several of Helen Martin’s works were turned into movies or plays, which speaks well of her talent and popularity. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Sabina: A Story of the Amish is an entertaining novel, written by a hand skilled at turning out likeable, realistic characters. For the reader of today, it is an historical novel, illuminating the Amish world as it existed at the time of its writing at the turn of the 20th century. In comparing it to modern fiction about the Amish, it’s interesting to find how little things have changed in their world, and to wonder how thin the line is between tradition and stagnation. Fans of Amish fiction ought
to include at least one of Martin’s books in their reading;
Sabina makes an excellent choice.

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Friday:

Christian Chapters – An Amish Christmas Gift: Three Novellas by Various Authors

5 of 5 Hearts. As Comforting as a Hot Cup of Cocoa on a Winter’s Eve.

An Amish Christmas Gift is a good introduction to Amish Fiction and a wonderful way to get your Christmas spirit on! Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin use their pens to point out that love sometimes works in mysterious ways, so we should trust that God, in His timing, has someone special for us. For even when we are convinced we’ll never find it, love finds us.

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning February 1, 2016

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Christian Chapters – An Amish Market: Four Novellas by Various Authors

5 of 5 Hearts. An Uplifting, Varied Collection of Amish Love Stories.

Though these four Amish marketplace stories have commonalities, things are kept fresh by each author’s unique fingerprint — her own “flavor”. Sitting down with An Amish Market is like cozying up by the fire while sipping from different cups of tea or nibbling on four kinds of chocolate. All different, yet all delicious. In case the stories weren’t delightful enough for you, there are recipes at the back of the book to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Tuesday:

Kids Corner: Review and Giveaway – Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids by Sarah Young

5 of 5 Hearts. A Wonderfully Accessible Devotional Tool For All Ages.

Easy enough for kids, yet robust and meaningful enough for teens, or even adults, Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids is a special text that takes the struggle out of growing closer to Jesus and will likely make quiet time something kids not only enjoy but look forward to.

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Wednesday:

Christian Chapters: Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

4 of 5 Hearts. A Turn-of-the-Century Romance About Finding the Courage to Dream.

Irish Meadows was a joy and pleasure to read. Susan Anne Mason shows that it takes perseverance and courage to dream. Witnessing Brianna, Colleen, Gil, and Rylan navigate rough waters en route to love and happiness will inspire you to brave your own storm. (And spur you on to reading the next book in the series!)

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Friday:

Teen Zone: I Am The Traitor by Allen Zadoff

5 of 5 Hearts. A Killer Conclusion to a Stunning Spy Series!

With The Unknown Assassin, Allen Zadoff has created the perfect YA spy series. With each successive entry, he takes his plotting up a notch while also revealing more complexity and more likability in his hero (and yes, by the end Boy Nobody is unquestionably heroic). Though I Am The Traitor can easily be read in a day — heck, a sitting — resist. Proceed slowly. Savor it. For when you get the end, it’s, sadly, the end.

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

The Week in Reviews: ReadLove Recap For the Week Beginning October 26

 

Another week has come and gone at ReadLove ! Here’s what you may have missed:

Monday:

Kids Corner – Spotlight and Giveaway: Sweet Victory (The Cupcake Club) by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk

The eighth book in a delicious series by New York Times bestselling author Sheryl Berk and her cupcake-obsessed daughter, Carrie.

MVP Sadie knows what it takes to win – both on the court and in the kitchen.

But when Coach Walsh gets sick and has to temporarily leave school, Sadie’s suddenly at a loss. What will she do without Coach’s spot-on advice and uplifting encouragement? Luckily, Sadie’s got Peace, Love, and Cupcakes on her side. Her friends know that the power of friendship – and cupcakes – might be just what Sadie needs! Together, they rally to whip up the largest batch of sweet treats they’ve ever made, all to help support Coach Walsh. When the going gets tough, a little PLC goes a long way. But this record-breaking order might just be too much for the club…

Can the girls put it all together in time to score a win for Sadie – and Coach Walsh?

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Tuesday:

Christian Chapters: The Bishop’s Son by Kelly Irvin

4 of 5 Hearts. Out-of-the-Box Amish Fiction Guaranteed to Spark Discussion.

With The Bishop’s Son, Kelly Irvin ventures into an unforgiving Texas landscape to tackle tough questions about faith. Ultimately, whether you agree with her premise or not, should you come along for the ride, you’ll find it impossible to remain a bystander. There’ll be no sitting on the fence in this theological debate.

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That’s everything that happened on ReadLove this week. See you next week!

Until then, I’d love it if you shared a bit about your week in the comments!

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