The review of books on this site, are my own opinions. I have either bought these books, borrowed these books or been given an advanced reader's copy to review. I never receive any money for my personal reviews.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss

Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington is set during WWII in Washington state. The main character is Rosalie who works at the Boeing plant as a riveter on B-17's. She has lost her fiance in the war and is doing a sort of penance by staying busy at work and helping wherever she can to support the war effort. Eventually she meets a local reporter who does a story on her and makes her the local 'Rosie the Riveter" which leads to a lot of new experiences, some of which really force her into a spotlight that she doesn't want to be in.
I really enjoyed reading this story. Historical romances are always fun to read and sometimes we can learn something new. I hadn't known about the fake town roads and homes that were placed on top of big, strategic buildings like Boeing that could have become targets for the enemy to bomb. There were two things that I wasn't happy with in the story. One being Kenny using the term Doll when he spoke to Rosalie. It just seems a bit slangy and not necessarily a term that a guy would use for a woman he respected. I'm probably wrong that, but that's how I feel. It's not that important to the whole story, so maybe I shouldn't have even mentioned it. The other thing that seemed a bit out of the norm is how the Lanie character managed to be so easily forgiven by Rosalie. She didn't seem all that trustworthy to me and to make her a bridemaid doesn't seem like something someone who was hurt by her underhandedness would do. Yes, it's good to forgive, but sometimes it can take a little while to work things out for the best. Overall, I did enjoy this book very much.

This book was provided to me by Litfuse to read and review. I was not paid for my review.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Amish Proverbs by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Amish Proverbs is such a sweet little book packed full of wonderful old sayings that are still meaningful today. Reading through each chapter/subject was such a journey of memories for me. Many of the proverbs were familiar to me from my childhood. My mother was a source of never ending sayings that either brought fear or laughs depending on what it was that I was doing. I remember my mom saying that the Pennsylvania Dutch had an odd way of saying things. One of her examples was "throw papa down the stairs a pair of shoes". That always made me laugh. I could understand that sometimes saying things can be mis-understood by others. I can only hope that I learned from that example.
As wonderful as the proverbs are, the photos throughout the book are a testament to how beautiful the simple things in life really are. Each photo will either bring memories of drives through the Amish areas of Pennsylvania and other states or just show you a small part of how beautiful well kept farms really look. There are also many photos of simple tools, crafted items, quilts, food and many more lovely images that you will enjoy looking at.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. It's a joy to look at and read over and over again.

I received this book from Litfuse and the review is my own opinion.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Amish Proverbs and Your Family Proverbs

I have tried and tried to think of some family proverbs or family sayings, but have not had much luck thinking of any. My own mother used to say all sorts of things, that I just refer to as mommisms. Maybe that is really what most call proverbs, who knows for sure. My mom and grandmother often told me that if I kept making faces it would freeze that way. I didn't think it was true when I was a kid, and fortunately I was right or I'd be in really big trouble now. My grandmother also told me not to hang upside down on my swing set, because all of my blood would go into my head. I'm not sure that that would have been such a bad thing, but who knows. In order to keep granny happy, I wouldn't hang upside down when she was looking.
If anyone reading this would like to share their own family proverbs, please just post them in a comment. I will be giving away a copy of Amish Proverbs to one lucky winner chosen at random by a member of my family who has not yet been appointed to perform this task.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Amish Proverbs by Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Give-Away and Family Proverb Discussion

Suzanne's Amish Proverbs just hit the shelves. To celebrate she's giving away a KINDLE and throwing a party! Let the fun begin. See below for info and links.

Find out more about the book, Suzanne and the blog tour here.

Enter Suzanne Woods Fisher's Simple Wisdom KINDLE Giveaway!

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One Grand Prize winner will receive a Kindle preloaded with Suzanne Woods Fisher titles. The Prize Pack (valued at over $205.00) includes:

* A brand new KINDLE, Free 3G, 6", Latest Generation
* Amish Peace by Suzanne Woods Fisher
* The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest.

Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on September 1st.

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Join Suzanne for a Wrap-up Party on September 1st!

She’ll be announcing the winner of the Simple Wisdom KINDLE Giveaway, chatting with readers, and giving away copies of Amish Proverbs and The Choice! Be sure to join us on Wednesday , September 1st at 8PM EST at Suzanne’s Author Page

Be sure to check out the blog tour here or purchase a copy of Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Angel Song by Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman

Angel Song is the story of a young woman returning to her Southern home in Charleston to celebrate with her sister who has earned her master's degree. Unfortunately before the sister gets her degree, there is a terrible accident that she does not survive. The story evolves as Annie must get her family home ready to sell. The neighbor boy, 12 has Down Syndrome and has the uncanny ability to see and hear angels. Annie doesn't believe in God or angels so little Keith, although very sweet and lovable, makes Annie a bit uncomfortable with his drawings and stories about the angels that he sees.
Annie meets Ethan who has offered to help her get her house spruced up for sale. He also helps her to understand about how God is reaching out to her and trying to send her a message about His love for her. There are hints that a real romance will develop between Ethan and Ann even though Ann believes that she belongs in New York City, not back home in the South.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is easy to read and a good clean book for anyone to enjoy.

I received my copy to read and review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.