Monday, February 15, 2021

The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Review


ABOUT THE BOOK

Haunted by her sister’s mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.

Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?

As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn’t expected: love.

Book:  The Moonlight School

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: February 2, 2021 

MY BOOK REVIEW

Suzanne Woods Fisher's books are the best especially her historical fiction.  She does a wonderful job at blending fact and fiction and introducing real-life figures. We are taken back to Spring 1911. Lucy Wilson is sent by her father to rural Rowan County, KY to assist her cousin Cora in the fight for literacy by providing reading and writing lessons for adults who want to improve their future. There really was a Cora Wilson Stewart. Lucy's family wasn't poor. She realized how privilege she was after going down to Rowan County where there was so much poverty. "The Moonlight School" is so needed. It raises awareness about how important being able to read is. Suzanne did such a great job relaying the theme through the story.  There is devastation, investigation, and love. Brother Wyatt develops an interest in her. She ends up opening up her heart to him.

If you can't read it does make you have self-esteem issues. This is a beautiful story. Suzanne did her research. Every character was beautifully written.  I highly recommend reading it. 


I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of CelebrateLit.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carol award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—one with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, Suzanne is the best-selling author of more than thirty books, ranging from non-fiction books, to children’s books, to novels. She lives with her very big family in California.

More from Suzanne

I’m Suzanne Woods Fisher, the author of The Moonlight School. This historical fiction will release on February 2, 2021, and is based on a true story featuring Cora Wilson Stewart, a Kentucky educator way ahead of her times. In 1911, Cora had a crazy idea—to open rural one-room schoolhouses in her county on moonlit nights to teach illiterate adults how to read and write.

So what happened next? Well, it’s so astonishing that you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Instead, I hope you’ll read the book and find out for yourself.

In the meantime, this infographic provides a fascinating look at illiteracy THEN…and NOW. Makes you want to thank your teachers, doesn’t it?

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, January 30

Batya’s Bits, January 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 30

CarpeDiem, January 31

Sara Jane Jacobs, January 31

A Novel Pursuit, January 31

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, January 31

The Avid Reader, February 1

Bliss Books & Jewels, February 1

lakesidelivngsite, February 1

Connie’s History Classroom, February 1

She Lives To Read, February 2

For the Love of Literature, February 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 2

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 3

Through the Fire Blogs, February 3

Texas Book-aholic, February 3

Inspiration Clothesline, February 3

Fiction Book Lover, February 4 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 4

Blogging With Carol, February 4

Lis Loves Reading, February 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 5

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 5

Simple Harvest Reads, February 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

HookMeInABook, February 5

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 6

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, February 6

Artistic Nobody, February 6 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

For Him and My Family, February 7

EmpowerMoms, February 7

The Write Escape , February 7

Mary Hake, February 7

Older & Smarter?, February 8

deb’s Book Review, February 8

Splashes of Joy, February 8

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 9

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, February 9

Beauty in the Binding, February 9

Blossoms and Blessings, February 9

Remembrancy, February 10

Bigreadersite, February 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 10

By The Book, February 11

Wishful Endings, February 11

Vicky Sluiter, February 11

Pause for Tales,

Spoken from the Heart 

Hallie Reads, February 12

To Everything There Is A Season,

Southern Gal Loves to Read



Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz


ABOUT THE BOOK 

Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family's shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they've been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

MY BOOK REVIEW


Laura Frantz painted a beautiful story. She takes us back to 1634 in James Towne, Virginia Colony. "Tidewater Bride" has so many twists and turns.  She tells a wonderful story about the struggles of survival in the 17th century. On every page, we learn about the characters. We see the way they live, their customs, and their personalities. 

Selah Hopewell and her family are merchants. Selah remains unmarried at the age of 26. Alexander has a successful tobacco farm. He is a widower, having married a Powhatan princess who died of a fever, leaving him with a son. 
are taking care of a young Indian girl.  Xander Renick is kind. He refuses to enslave Africans and relies on indentured servants for his land. He lost his Indian wife to sickness but is pursuing Selah.  We get to see how their relationship began to grow from friendship and admiration to a deep devotion. They had great chemistry.  "Tidewater Bride" explores the fragile relationship between the Powhatan nation and the Virginia Colony communities. It also shows the reality of slavery and the lack of rights for women. We see the uneasiness with the Native Americans. Praying to God asking him to make MotherNature give them the right environment for their crops. 

She paints the scenes and the struggles from merchanting, to owning and farming land to dealing with native people who live nearby. Laura has a history researcher background and it shows in "TideWater Bride".  I love reading historical stories because you get to escape from our time frame for a little while. It is important to be reminded of how people lived in those days and their customs. The book has a pretty good pace. The beginning was a little slow, but it picked up pretty quick.  I didn't want the book to end. I wanted to stay with the characters.  "Tidewater Bride" would be a great film. I highly recommend this book. It is full of information about the 17th century. 

I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was NOT required to write a positive review. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven historical novels, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, and The Lacemaker. When not reading and writing, She loves to garden, cook, take long walks, and travel. She is the proud mom of an American soldier and a career firefighter. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State. Learn more about her by clicking her. 

Her website: Click Here

MORE ABOUT LAURA:

I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books. 

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington, and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries. 

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class. 
It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing-- and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says "The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." 

I hope my books bless you. 
Laura




Tuesday, January 19, 2021

I Spy a Tiger by Clyde San Juan - Book Review and Giveaway


ABOUT THE BOOK

Worship daily in rhyme, reading I Spy a Tiger with the young ones in your life. On this colorful journey, introduce them to some of the beloved characters Adam named into the Animal Kingdom, God’s awesome design, along with a bit of His humor too! I Spy a Tiger invites young and old alike, “There is so much for us to see and explore! Go on … have a look … it’s right out your door!”   



Book: I Spy a Tiger 
Author: Clyde San Juan 
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 
 
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BOOK REVIEW

"I Spy a Tiger" is such a cute fun book for children. The book explores some of the animals in creation. Clyde San Juan brought the beauty of faith and how Adam named the animals.  The illustrations are adorable and memorable. There are lots of interactive aspects of  "I Spy a Tiger" and there are questions back and forth on the pages. For example, the first 2-page spread of each 4-page section starts with questions like, "I went into a cave, and what did I see?" The second 2-page spread has the answer - an animal who is doing something you would not consider an animal doing. It is full of fun silly things.  Every page contains adorable artwork that will get kids involved in the story. The words are larger making it easy to read and easy to follow along with the kids. They had a lyrical sing-song type quality to them. It is hard to get it out of your head too. Lol. "I Spy a Tiger" would be appropriate for children ages 2-7. I highly recommend this book. 


I received this book from the author through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Native SoCal author and illustrator, a backpacker on crooked trails, amateur photographer, and more recently, creativity encourager, Clyde enjoys teaching foundational basics and appreciation for drawing and painting to as many aspiring artists as 
he can. With unprecedented changes in the current social and commerce atmosphere, he is exploring the realm of Virtual Online classes in Art Instruction. As an author, like many dealing with the push and pull of life, he is working under the radar on four projects, ranging from three illustrated, fiction novels and a home cook targeted cookbook addressing the hurdles of ingredient intolerances.

With the anticipation of the momentous arrival of a first grandchild, the August 2020 Redemption Press relaunch of his Children’s Book, I Spy a Tiger, he’s seeing the book in a different light.

MORE FROM CLYDE

“I’ve been blessed to be able to combine visual conceptualization with writing. Right from the get-go, nothing but an exciting synergy leading into any project! Is it the writing, or the illustration that incites a certain section or aspect of a book? At every turn, a toss up, but the reciprocalities are always movement forward.

 I Spy a Tiger, a project my wife and I collaborated on while our boys, Tyler and Bryce were little was a bright season of creativity and joy I’ll always cherish. Anne, writing the first draft while I designed and executed the layout and illustrations and later, contributing copy rewrites and additions.

 Birthdays, anniversaries, intertwined with school, sports, scouting and all the natural inevitabilities maturing families encounter, quickly moved us into cascading seasons of life. Unceremoniously, I Spy, was slipped “underneath the bed,” along with some forgotten toys, for quite some time until, finally, its first edition was published in 2008.

 The seasons of life are many. And what we see, looking back over the years of our family’s tapestry, are divine gold filaments of God, indelibly sown in and amongst our bound human threads.

 We easily see it with all the good, but also, in all the not so good, despite our choices in self-power and self-will. Testimonies to His providence in all the victories, but more glorious, His presence with each advent of His protective shield through our trials. Grace and mercy ever-present throughout the entirety of our family’s legacy.

And now, with this latest season, in the only way a good God can, I’m seeing I Spy’s second edition in a different light! We’re all anticipating a first grandson, due in December. And come Spring, 2021, another grandchild! With impeccable timing, more golden threads of His glory spun and sown in!

 What fun, my new life as a Grampy, highlighted by the first reading of I Spy with grandson, Sonny! And in the blink of an eye, another baby San Juan in April.

 The blessings of reading of a book together with the little ones in your lives are eternal. Miraculous, serendipitous, laughter laden moments forever! In this fast-paced, virtual world, the interactive hands-on intimacy of a book between an inquisitive child and a nurturing parent or guardian, represent three cords of love coming together in a strong, invincible bond.

Close fellowship like this can only help edify families and relationships; never losing its high place in championing childhood imaginations.”

 Last night, I went outside, experiencing the first nip of the new season and was prompted to a romantic ditty . . .

 tell me of the season’s changes . . .

frosty mornings with steaming mugs of cocoa.

piles of fiery leaves tromped through, buffeted
about in all directions . . .

listening to the wind, I sketch in the shadows
that cling to every detail like the lichen . . .

and when I run with that fox, flash of reddish fur,

to the place where the great owl sleeps,

tell me of the honkings of Canadian Geese overhead.

Giveaway

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BLOG STOPS

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama

Library Lady’s Kid Lit

Remembrancy

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Simple Harvest Reads (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Fiction Book Lover (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Adventures of a Travelers wife

Sara Jane Jacobs,

deb’s Book Review

Spoken from the Heart,

Older & Smarter?

Texas Book-aholic

Mary Hake

Splashes of Joy

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews

Inklings and notions

Locks, Hooks and Books,

Stephanie’s Life of Determination,

For Him and My Family

Southern Gal Loves to Read

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting

Artistic Nobody,  (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Vicky Sluiter,


Monday, January 11, 2021

Sprinkled with Sabotage by Allison Pearl - Book Review and Giveaway


ABOUT THE BOOK

Lizzy Bennet loves life as a lawyer in the city. And not just because of the miles it puts between her and her ex. However, when she’s attacked on the street just hours after learning her identity was stolen, she tries to call home for help and ends up with the last person she expects: the very same high school boyfriend who broke her heart. He says he’s there to help, but she’s not so sure, and now, all the endless questions and regrets are clouding her judgment and preventing her from seeing the dangerous saboteur closing in.

Small-town auto mechanic, Koby Knightly, is looking forward to seeing a car show in the city. But when an unexpected call from his old girlfriend disconnects suddenly, he rushes to her apartment only to find her limping and bleeding. Throwing his plans out the window, Koby makes it his mission to protect her and discover the identity of the person trying to frame her. Will he also be able to figure out what went wrong between them back in high school or will a killer get to her first?

Book:  Sprinkled with Sabotage

Author: Allison Pearl

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

BOOK REVIEW

"Sprinkled with Sabotage" is a fast-paced romantic mystery series. It was easy to follow along even without reading the previous books. Lizzie and Koby have such amazing chemistry. The mystery starts right in chapter one. I am trying to write my review without spoiling anything.  I have read tons of mystery stories and I will have to say Allison Pearl did a great job of making it different and unique. Her characters and story are relatable and believable. Lizzy is working so hard to be named as a partner in her firm. After a crazy event, she accidentally calls her ex-boyfriend, Koby. Things work out in strange ways. Koby is in town for a car show so he was able to rescue her. On every page, we see how they have so much feeling for each other, as well as, anger. We learn about what happened. In the meantime, someone is out to get Lizzy. She gets framed for doing something she didn't. 

Pearl did an amazing job of bringing romance and mystery together. If you want a great escape from the world then I would highly recommend reading this series. I look forward to reading the next book in this series as well as the previous books. 


I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Allison Pearl is a small-town girl who’s lived just about everywhere. She loves books, tea, chocolate, and watching old movies with her husband and black lab, Sal. To keep in touch and get updates on new releases follow her Facebook page ‘Books by Pearl’ at www.facebook.com/allisonnicolepearl/ or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonPearl5 and Instagram at @allisonnicolepearl.

More from Allison

Doughnuts and Suspense: Now’s the Time

In a lot of ways, this pandemic season we are in is encouraging. Quarantined families are spending time together that sports, events, and the demands of normal everyday life wouldn’t otherwise have allowed. Churches are finding new and creative ways to connect with people and share hope. Stories of mind-blowing generosity are popping up on social media all the time. Yes, there’s a lot to be excited about.

But in a lot of other ways, this all sucks. Domestic violence. Drug addiction. Unemployment. Their numbers are all up. And on top of that, hundreds and thousands of people have died from this coronavirus.

We’re all doing our best to hang in there. But you know what, it’s okay to not be okay. And it’s okay to do something for yourself. Do it now. Do it five minutes ago. We’ve all earned it. Don’t stress about the COVID 15 creeping up your bathroom scale. Go get a doughnut. Get two. And then pour yourself a coffee and sit down with a book and escape. Worry about what’s going to happen in a made-up person’s life for a few minutes instead of what new catastrophe is about to drop. Escape into those I-didn’t-see-that-coming moments. Pick up suspense that will beg you to keep turning the pages and spend an evening in a comfy chair reading chapters instead of headlines. God can handle the news. You handle you.

Above all, I want Sprinkled with Sabotage and the whole Love and Danger in St. Claire series to give you a break and the comfort that faith brings. Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY


To celebrate her tour, Allison is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 

CLICK HERE to Enter


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