A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

As someone who has lived in the South for almost twenty years, sometimes I forget that almost 100 years before the Civil War, there was another one waged on American soil—one between the British and those of the new Colonies. Author Lori Benton brings pieces of that war to life in the second book of her Pathfinders series, A Flight of Arrows

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The Wood’s Edge left readers hanging, wondering what would happen with two families torn apart by a desperate and selfish act of one man. A Flight of Arrows brought a fitting (albeit not all happy) conclusion to the tale of Anna Catherine, Two Hawks, Good Voice, William Aubrey, Stone Thrower, Lydia, and Reginald Aubrey.

A story of two families, two peoples brought together through love and forgiveness. A story of what true sacrifice and God’s grace looks like through human eyes. Lorie Benton once again weaves a compelling tale that is sure to leave an impression on every reader who opens the pages of this beautiful book.

***Blogging for Books and WaterBrook Press provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

From this Moment by Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden is most definitely one of my favorite authors of Historical fiction. Her latest, From this Moment, is another winner. First of all, look at that cover. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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Renowned artist, Stella West, has left her life in London and traveled across the sea to Boston in search of the truth. There is more to her sister’s death than an accident and if the police aren’t willing to search out the truth, then she will. Romulus White has tried for years to hire Stella as an illustrator for his magazine to no avail. Yet, when he learns she is in Boston, he is going to seek her out and make her an offer she can’t refuse. When Stella learns of his connections to Boston high society, she knows she can use him to help her find out the truth of what happened to her sister.

What I found most interesting about this book was that both characters walked the fine line of being unlikable. Both are sure of themselves, almost to the point of egotistical, and both are a little selfish. But Camden handles these characters well, making her readers root for them.

The interaction between Stella and Romulus are often humorous, at the very least, they will put a smile on your face. And while both are fighting their unwanted attraction for the other, neither is exactly sure what it means for their future.

Add in Romulus’s business partner and cousin with her strained marriage, and readers get a well-rounded story. In the end, every single character experiences growth and learns from the others around them. Each person has to come to terms with their faults, both in their personalities and in their relationships, and determine how to improve.

Don’t miss another great story from Elizabeth Camden.

***Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Win One of the Quilts in My Mother’s Quilts by Ramona Richards

I’ve am not a crafty person, gave up on the idea long ago. I don’t have the patience or the talent to pull off some of the beautiful things that crafters are able to put together. My sister has this talent but in didn’t inherit that DNA I guess. To be honest, I haven’t thought of crafts (whether it be home décor, painting, or needlepoint) beyond home decorating or gift giving but a little gem of devotional book came across my lap over the past couple weeks and it made me realize there is a story behind many of these items.

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In My Mother’s Quilts: Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith, Ramona Richard shares not only the beautiful quilts made by the women in her family (women of faith, strength, and prayer) but she shares a little history behind each of the quilts.

Each devotional beings with a Scripture verse and ends with a prayer starter but the real delight is in what falls in between. The stories. Stories of Richards’ grandmothers and mothers, of their love of family, God, and quilting. Stories of how when they were struggling they turned to their needlework and prayer or hymns and God’s Word. Stories of how life didn’t always turn out as expected (even for the author herself as she shares about some of the struggles of raising a daughter with severe cerebral palsy).

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There is a heritage of faith woven into the quilts that the author and her brother inherited from their mother and grandmothers, and Richards honors that heritage and preserves it even more in My Mother’s Quilts. This is a book that will have you thinking of your own family and the things you’ve learned from loved ones over the years.

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About the Author:
Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at ramonarichards.com.

Enter to Win!!!

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One lucky reader will win one of the quilts in this beautiful book. Not only will they become the owner of the friendship quilt, they now have a little of the history behind the colorful beauty. Other prizes are being given away as well. Enter to win. Contest ends June 30, 2016.

****Flyby Promotions provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Owlegories DVD (Product Review)

Let me start with a little disclaimer. While I have spent time with young children in roles such as Sunday school teacher, baby sitter and aunt, I do not have any children of my own so my opinion may be a little skewed.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about Owlegories Vol 1, a DVD series created by Thomas and Julie Boto as a fun way to teach their kids about God and his love. The first volume has three episodes (about 20 minutes) long: The Sun, The Seed, and The Water. In each episode, the owlets are sent on a mission to find different items while at the same time finding ways attributes of God are like those things.

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Each of the animated episodes ends with a 5-10 minute talk from a special guest. I think the creators intentionally did this for the benefit of anyone watching these DVDs with the little ones as they go into much more depth than the actual cartoons.

While at times it felt like the creators were trying to a little too hard with the humor, I know kids well enough to know they’ll think parts of Owlegories are hilarious. But even more important, we all know children will watch things they like over and over and over again. With these DVDs not only are they getting wholesome entertainment but they are memorizing Scripture and learning more about the Lord.

Interested in purchasing this DVD for your household? Well, the good news is that FishFlix is offering a $5.00 coupon when you join their mailing list. You can join here or text 5-GIFT to 44222.

But hold on another minute. If Owlegories doesn’t interest you, you’re still going to want to sign up for the $5.00 coupon because at FishFlix, there are Christian movies available to purchase for the entire family. Children’s programs, comedy, music, and family entertainment (including some hits such as When the Game Stands Tall and God’s Not Dead 2) can all be purchased from FishFlix.

***I was provided with a complimentary copy of this product in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Coloring Craze: Restore My Soul

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I’ll be honest, I don’t get the grown up coloring book craze (sorry, adult coloring books make them sound like something else entirely). Perhaps it’s simply the fact I’d much rather immerse myself in a good story than spend the time worrying about coloring inside the lines. Or maybe it’s because the details of these coloring books are so intricate I spend more time focusing on how much I still have left instead of on the motions and mindlessness of the actual act of coloring. And then there’s the problem of choosing the right book. A lot of the books seemed kind of new age-like to me (is that even still a term these days?).

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All that said, when Tyndale House Publishers offered the chance to review one of these books that included devotionals, I decided to give one a try. Restore My Soul, written and illustrated by Ann-Margret Hovsepian, offers thought-provoking devotionals and if you’re not one who has to concentrate on the actual coloring, you will have plenty of time to meditate on the words.

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While I’d much rather pick up a dollar kids coloring book, I know several people who enjoy these more complex designs. And the addition of the devotionals adds something you’re not going to get anywhere else. All in all, grown up coloring books still aren’t for me (it’s taken me over a month to color one page and I’m still not finished with it), that doesn’t mean it’s not for you. If you’re looking for something to keep your hands busy while focusing on the love and grace of God, Restore My Soul is for you.

****Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.