Book Review: Where Treetops Glisten

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Where Treetops Glisten
by
Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman & Sarah Sundin

Christmas, the nostalgia of the 1940′s, love and three of the biggest names in Christian fiction….what more could you ask for? Where Treetops Glisten has all that and more. This complication follows the stories of the Turner family of Lafayette, Indiana. Each short story follows a different Turner sibling.

 - Cara Putman’s White Christmas tells the story of Abigail Turner, a college student and part time employee of a candy shop. Having lost a love in the war already, Abigail wants nothing to do with men, especially soldiers. All that changes after a chance encounter with a handsome young man.

 - Sarah Sundin’s I’ll be Home for Christmas tells the story of Abigail’s fight pilot brother, Pete. While at home for some R&R, Pete meets a little girl looking for a father. When Pete meets the little girl’s mother, they both realize that they know each other from high school and the memories aren’t good.  Pete sets out to prove that he is no longer who he once was, but wonders if that’s enough.

 - Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas follows Meredith (Merry) Turner’s story. Having been betrayed by her beau, she signs up to be a combat nurse hoping that she can escape her heartache. Never in a million years did she think that her past would should up again halfway around the world.

I absolutely loved reading this book!  I think it may have something to do with the fact that I have the strange fascination with the 40′s, I often think I may have been born in the wrong decade. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the music of the time and those really awesome looking microphones they used. Haha!

I’ve read other books by all three of these authors and have enjoyed reading them all, so putting them all together in one book was sure to get rave reviews from me.  They each tell a beautiful story in their own style, but the stories intertwine seamlessly.  If it wasn’t obviously broken up into separate stories you’d never know that there were multiple authors. This is a great book for fans of historical Christian fiction, especially those looking to get into the Christmas spirit.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Cookbook Review: The Kitchn Cookbook

The Kitchn Cookbook
by
Sara Kate Gillingham & Faith Durand

I’ve used a few recipes from thekitchn.com with great success, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review this new cookbook. This is a gorgeous, hard cover cookbook with a ton of gorgeous pictures.  Not every dish has a picture included, but the ones that are included are the kind that make you hungry! :)

This book  is unique in the fact that the very beginning actually talks about setting up your kitchen in the efficient way, even covering various types of kitchens. It also addresses kitchen tools and how to care for them, even a cleaning schedule for keeping your kitchen running smoothly. Also covered are 50 basic kitchen skills, thumbing through them even I learned a thing or two and I’ve been cooking for quite a while.

At 130+ pages in, you finally get to the recipes. The recipes are laid out beautifully and well organized.  They are easy to follow with step-by-step instructions that don’t leave you guessing about what you’re supposed to do. There are many that I can’t wait to try.

The book is wrapped up with a section on how to plan a gathering. Included are topics such as how to set the table, how to set the mood and how to work with different dietary needs. I don’t know that I’ll ever plan anything fancy enough to need all that info, but it’s nice to know where to find it if I need it.

This beautiful cookbook would be a great gift, especially for someone who is just starting out with a place of their own. It provides a ton of useful information alongside from delicious sounding recipes.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Quilts of Love: Quilted By Christmas

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Quilted by Christmas
by
Jodie Bailey

About the book (from jodiebailey.com):

Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. After being abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the Army, she vowed to never love again and threw herself into her love for the outdoors, and the pursuit of a college degree – something no one else in her family had ever accomplished.

Her goal, as a young teacher in the foothills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle schoolers she teaches.

But when her grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held Taryn close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, she corrals her outdoor-loving granddaughter into sitting down with her to work on a final project together, an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn if she can only find value in herself and believe that though others have left her behind, God never will.

My Thoughts:

This is a beautiful story about love and second chances. It was interesting to watch Taryn fall back in love with her high school sweetheart, back in love with her savior and deepen an already strong love with the grandmother who raised her.  It’s a great reminder that it’s never too late to learn to trust.

Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: The Promise

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The Promise
by
Beth Wiseman

Determined to keep a promise she made as a teenager, Mallory Hammond goes to great lengths to help save a life.  Her quest to keep the promise takes her halfway around the world to Pakistan to the home a “friend” Mallory connected with online. She leaves her family, including her boyfriend Tate, behind as she follows her passion and enters into a world unknown.  What she finds there isn’t at all what she had expected, her “friend” isn’t who he claimed to be and Mallory finds her life in jeopardy. Just when she thinks she’ll never escape, she finds help in an unexpected place.

This book was AMAZING!  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I chose to review this book, but any expectations I may have had were completely blown out of the water. I’ve read a few of Beth’s books before and none of them even compare to how amazing this story is. From the beginning of the book to the last page, I was captivated by the story.  As interesting as the story was, it become even more interesting when I read the author’s notes at the end and discovered the story is based on actual events that happened to Beth Wiseman’s friend, that fact made Wiseman’s story even more powerful.

To read an excerpt of The Promise, click here.

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Book Review: The Sea House

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The Sea House
by
Elisabeth Gifford

About the Book (from us.macmillan.com):

In 1860, Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris. He hopes to uncover the truth behind the legend of the selkies—mermaids or seal people who have been sighted off the north of Scotland for centuries. He has a more personal motive, too; family legend states that Alexander is descended from seal men. As he struggles to be the good pastor he was called to be, his maid Moira faces the terrible eviction of her family by Lord Marstone, whose family owns the island. Their time on the island will irrevocably change the course of both their lives, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after they are gone.

It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together—a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? To heal her own demons, Ruth feels she must discover the secrets of her new home—but the answers to her questions may lie in her own traumatic past. The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford is a sweeping tale of hope and redemption and a study of how we heal ourselves by discovering our histories.

My Thoughts:

This is a very interesting story, one that I hadn’t quite expected when I picked up the book. It took me a while to get into the story, but I find that to be an issue with most books written in this style and language. Once I was able to get past those things I really enjoyed the story.  I really enjoyed the way the author tied together the past and the present in a way that gave great depth to the story.

Disclaimer:

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review: The Book of Revelation Made Clear

The Book of Revelation Made Clear
by
Tim Lahaye & Timothy E. Parker

This book tries to take one of the most intimidating and confusing books of the Bible, Revelation, and make it a little easier to understand. The authors have broken the book up into small chunk of verses and start each section with a short quiz about the verses they’ll be reviewing.  After reading through the verses, there’s a short section that attempts to explain what they mean and why they are significant. Each section is followed up by providing the answers to the quiz.

While I enjoyed the way the book was structured, I thought that it lacked depth.  I don’t think that the book of Revelation is something you can sum up so easily. The authors touched on some important topics, while just skimming over other very important ones. I’d have preferred if the reasoning for their interpretation was provided, of course that may make Revelation less clear than the title states. :) It’s not a horrible book, but it is lacking a little depth.

Disclaimer:

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Book Review: God Gave Us Angels

God Gave Us Angels
by
Lisa Tawn Bergren

God Gave Us Angels is the latest installment in the God Gave Us series by Lisa Tawn Bergren.  As with the other books in this series, Lisa uses a family of polar bears to help explain concepts to kids that are sometimes hard to understand. Paired with beautiful illustrations by Laura J. Bryant, this story answers questions such as “Will we become angels?” and “Should we pray to angels?” The author does a great job of tackling this tough subject with answers that kids can understand in a way that is fun and makes them want to read more about Papa and Little Cub.  My kids have been fans of the God Gave Us books for the last few years, they’re now 7 and 9, but they still enjoy reading them…and so do I. :)

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