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    Book Review: The Enchanted Barn

    My friend Heather and her family moved into a barn this summer. They really did. Isn’t it pretty? You can read about it on their family’s blog: To Sow a Seed. I’ve always thought it would be kinda cool to live in a barn. I have Grace Livingston Hill to thank for that. When I was a teen I loved Grace…

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    The Last Ride – Review

    The Last Ride is the third book in the Circle C Milestones series by Susan K. Marlow. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This series continues the story of Andrea Carter from the Circle C Adventures series for younger readers. The Milestones series is for young adults, and I think The Last Ride…

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    Vintage ABC picture book

    Today, boys and girls, we are going to learn the alphabet. There will be a quiz, so pay attention, please! This is a “weekend re-run” from 2009 featuring a darling vintage picture book that was among some other old books that were given to me that summer. The cover is missing and there is not a copyright date on it, but the…

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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Good lighting… and story telling. Or more specifically, the Summer Photography Challenge for Day 2 is: “…to go out and practice using light and telling a story with your mobile phone camera.” I’ve been re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird this summer, and I’ve recently started working on mug cozies again to get my Etsy shop re-stocked for the fall. So…

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    Canyon of Danger – review

    Book 3 of Susan K. Marlow’s Goldtown Adventures series has just come out! Canyon of Danger continues the adventures of 12-year-old Jem Coulter and his sister Ellie during the waning days of the California gold rush. Pa has to be gone for a few days and leaves Jem in charge of the ranch. Jem is excited about this new responsibility……

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    The Bargain – review

    The Bargain by Stephanie Reed is not your typical Amish romance story. The heroine of the novel, Betsie Troyer, is indeed a young Amish woman, but the setting is primarily outside of the Amish community… and the time period is 1971 (during the Vietnam War) which adds some historical interest to the story. I loved getting to know the characters,…

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    On Distant Shores – review

    I have thoroughly been enjoying the World War II romances by Sarah Sundin. Her most recent book is On Distant Shores which is the second book in her Wings of the Nightingale series. The main characters of On Distant Shores are Georgie and Hutch, a flight nurse and a pharmacist, both working on the front lines of the war. It…

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    Anomaly – review

    Anomaly by Krista McGee is a fascinating sci-fi young adult novel. The publisher’s synopsis (below) drew me in, so I was happy to have an opportunity to review this book. Stories like this stretch my imagination with all sorts of “what if” scenarios. How would you share the gospel with someone who had never even heard of God? The plot…

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    Small Town Girl – review

    Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart is a gripping love story set in, as you might assume from the title, a small American town during the early days of World War II. While it probably would be considered a romance novel, the story had a little more depth to it than your typical romance. I loved the characters and…

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    Captives – review

    If you’ve been following my blog for very long you will know I read a wide variety of fiction genres. Some I enjoy more than others, but primarily I just enjoy a well-told story, regardless of the category. Dystopian* stories seem to be particularly popular with young adults readers lately. My main criteria for a dystopian novel, besides being well-written,…