A Child’s First Bible: Psalms for Little Hearts by Dandie Daley Mackall, illustrations by Cee Biscoe

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Psalms for Little Hearts is a lovely little book suitable for reading aloud at bedtime or any time of day.  Each of the 25 psalms transformed into verse suitable for young children  are focused on a specific topical message, beginning with Psalm 4 “God Smiles at Me: A Psalm for When You Need Comfort.”  Some of the psalms end each stanza with a phrase that children will likely begin to repeat with the reader, leading to even more enjoyment and reinforcement of the messages about God. Continue reading

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse (review)

flightoftheraven_busse_bethanyhouseWith fantasy trilogies, the second books can be a bit of a letdown.  With the newness and set-up of the first often leaving a feeling of anticipation that does not find satisfaction until the ultimate climactic events that are saved for the third.  Not so in Morgan L. Busse’s Ravenwood Saga trilogy.

More airships, more character growth, and more is revealed of this world as Selene Ravenwood and her husband Damien journey to his lands and become better acquainted with each other.  Danger is never far, and they are both greatly tested in the ongoing political struggles. Continue reading

First Line Friday: An Unlikely Amish Match

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


I just grabbed the closest book to me to share and it is one of my current reads, An Unlikely Amish Match by Vannetta Chapman.  Be sure to check out the @justreadtours Instagram tour that began on February 12th. I’ll be posting on my Instagram as part of that tour on the final day, the 16th.

This week’s theme is “Kissing Books” and having read the previous book in Vannetta Chapman’s Indiana Amish Brides series from Love Inspired, I’m pretty sure this will qualify.

Here is the description:

She could never love an Amish rebel…Or could she?

Susannah Beiler is determined to protect the other young marriageable Amish women from falling for the new bad boy in town by pretending to date Micah Fisher herself! Their deal is simple: she’ll keep him company if he stays away from her friends. It’s not long before she starts to see there’s more to Micah than his reputation…

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Blog Blitz: Looks Like Love by Brandy Bruce with book excerpt

Looks Like Love JustRead Blog Blitz

Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Looks Like Love by Brandy Bruce, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Looks Like Love by Brandy BruceTitle: Looks Like Love
Author: Brandy Bruce
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Re-release Date: November 13, 2019

After a devastating break-up, Kasey Addison needs to rediscover life and love. She starts by taking a whirlwind trip to London to visit her best friend. When she returns, she’s given a new assignment at the advertising firm where she works. The cosmetics company they represent is releasing a special fragrance called Love. Kasey is tasked with finding out exactly what love looks like and how to sell it.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon


Brandy Bruce

Brandy Bruce is a writer, a book editor, a mom, a wife, and someone who really loves dessert! She’s the author of the award-winning novel The Last Summer, Looks Like Love, After the Rain, and The Romano Family Collection. Brandy, her husband, and their children make their home in Virginia.

CONNECT WITH BRANDY: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


     I stopped for a second and turned back to look at the huge stones. I silently told myself that I was really in England. I’d flown over the ocean. I was spending time with Amanda. I was standing at Stonehenge, absorbing the mysteries of history.

Lincoln’s words from the night before ran through my mind again. And as the cold wind blew over me, I started to believe those words. I believed that God was near to me. And for all the years I’d believed in God and held fast to my faith, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d truly felt close to Him.

My eyes watered from the wind, or maybe it was the cold—or maybe from my emotion. Whatever it was, the realization that I’d missed feeling close to God welled up in me. Along with a renewed hope that just maybe there was more in store for my life, too.

I had a strong suspicion that I was, at that very minute, having a significant moment in my life. A tiny corner of my heart whispered to me that if Riley hadn’t broken my heart, I wouldn’t have been experiencing any of this. Of course, if I’d had to choose between new life experiences and Riley—I would have chosen Riley.

But fate hadn’t given me a choice when it came to Riley.

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First Line Friday: Hometown Healing

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.


Does anyone else find themselves searching through the library – in person or online – for more books to read, in spite of the stacks of unread books waiting at home and/or a NetGalley backlog?  I was searching yesterday and happened upon a book that I’ll be reviewing this month as part of a book tour.  I snapped up the Overdrive e-book of Hometown Healing by Jennifer Slattery so I have the option to use quotes (and I sometimes have trouble finding downloaded mobi files on my Kindle).

Here is the description:

She’s home again, but not for long…Unless this cowboy recaptures her heart

Returning home with a baby in tow, Paige Cordell’s determined her stay is only temporary. But to earn enough money to leave, she needs a job—and her only option is working at her first love’s dinner theater. With attraction once again unfurling between her and Jed Gilbertson, can the man who once broke her heart convince her to stay for good?

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