“Every Bride Has Her Day” by Janice Thompson

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Before She Says, “I Do”….

At last, the love of Katie’s life has proposed.  So now everything should be perfect, Wedding Cake Pink Free Usebut it is far from it.  Since Katie works in a bridal shop, she is surrounded by “experts” who all want to tell her exactly what kind of wedding she should have.  Her boss, who is also her future mother-in-law, has some very concrete ideas about the way the big day should proceed–and she has already made reservations for a location!

Katie’s mother, grandmother, and aunt also weigh in with their ideas about the way the wedding should take place.  She is being pulled in every direction as she attempts to please Wedding I Do Free Useeveryone.  But one person isn’t getting pleased at all, Katie herself.  Nobody is letting her have her say about how she envisions her wedding day.

While of this tug of war is happening, a plethora of other weddings take place including a theme one based on the movie, Gone With The Wind, an oil heiress’s wedding in a barn complete with fabric covered hay bales, and a very glamorous affair involving two lovable senior citizens.

This is a fun, light story with a whirlwind of weddings.  I especially liked all the marital advice wedding guests gave at the last ceremony.  This tale stands on its own, even though it is the third book in A Brides with Style series.  This 5-star book will appeal to anyone who likes wedding stories with a twist of humor. Wedding Couple Cartoon Free Use

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Every Bride Has Her Day, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Fading Starlight” by Kathryn Cushman

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What Would You Do to Clear Your Name?

Lauren is reeling after what was supposed to be her big break, but instead it turns out to be her worst TV Camera Free Usenightmare.  Working as a intern fashion designer in a prestigious company, the gown she slaved on was to be worn by a popular teen star.  Unfortunately, just as the celebrity walked on stage, the gown seemed to fall apart, momentarily, leaving the girl exposed.  While this happened, the television camera captured it for the entire world to see.  Lauren is mortified for the teenager, and is stunned that a gown she worked so hard on could have had this happen.  As a result, she has lost her job, and been blackballed from working anyplace else in Los Angeles.

Lauren is offered a low paying job miles from Los Angeles that includes free rent.  Since the pay is so low, Lauren needs for the housing to be included to be able to survive.  But the rent free, broken down cottage is in a very unusual neighborhood.   The area has very strict privacy rules.  If the rules aren’t followed to the letter, Lauren could be kicked out.  Wanting to hide from the world, an over-the-top, very private place sounds perfect to Lauren.  Plus, Cottage Free Uselandscaping the neglected yard is therapeutic for her.

In this neighborhood, the most private person of them all, wealthy Charlotte Montgomery, lives right across the street from Lauren.  Elderly now, Charlotte, was involved in a scandal decades earlier, and rarely leaves her home.  She insists all the privacy rules are followed precisely.  Lauren feels God might have placed her there to befriend Charlotte, but all overtures she makes are met with cold hostility.  Charlotte cannot believe that anyone would do anything nice for her without expecting something in return.  But a small part of Lauren isn’t ready to give up on her.

An aggressive reporter, Kendall Joiner, contacts Lauren, and tells her the gown catastropheInterview Microphone & Arm Free Use was staged, and she could get proof that would clear Lauren.  However, Kendall will only do that if Lauren will give her information about Charlotte.  Is Lauren ready to sell out Charlotte, and risk losing her rent-free home by breaking the privacy laws?  Does Kendall really have proof that would clear Lauren, or is this just a ruse to get information about the reclusive Charlotte?

This was an entertaining book, and I really enjoyed the story-line about fashion designing, especially the clothes from a by-gone era.  Refreshingly, Lauren has a strong moral compass, and integrity.  The dilemmas she finds herself in are realistic, and I think it would be easy for readers to relate to Lauren.  The mystery surrounding Charlotte added a nice addition to the tale.  I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Fading Starlight, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Faith” by Lyn Cote

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Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Religion, race and gender work against good friends Faith and Honoree, as they attempt toNurse's Uniform Vintage Free Use tend to the Union’s wounded during the Civil War.  Many things cause an uphill battle for them.  Faith is a Quaker, and that denomination’s stance against slavery have many people blaming the Quakers for starting the war.  Honoree is African American, and despite being free-born, is often treated less than equal, even by the Union troops.  Although both women are trained nurses, that profession did not have any respect in those days.  Many doctors viewed them as little more than women with loose morals, and not helpful, but a hindrance, to have with the patients.

Both women keep persevering in their jobs because they have one goal in mind:  find Shiloh.  Years earlier, Faith’s childhood friend, and Honoree’s sister, Shiloh–despite being a free-born woman–had been kidnapped, and taken south to be sold as a slave.  They have Civil War Cannon Firing Free Usebeen following what few leads they have about where Shiloh might be.  But at this point, Faith and Honoree must stay with the Union troops until they can find a way to safely investigate the areas that are still under Southern occupation.

As the Union pushes closer to Shiloh’s possible location, Faith becomes friends with Colonial Knight.  Although he is a Union soldier, the Colonial has had a slave for many years, although he claims he will be giving him his freedom very soon.  Despite Faith’s growing attachment for him, Faith does not see how it could work for them since they have such opposite viewpoints about slavery.

Other obstacles have occurred that make their search for Shiloh difficult.  As winter approaches, even the Union camp is struggling with many hardships, and shortages.  Faith and Honoree are pressured by their family and loved ones to return home where they will have plenty of food, and not have to live out in the elements.  Both women have also faced dangerous situations since their search has taken place during war-time conditions.  Faith and Honoree have to make a decision that they can live with.   Civil War Tents Free Use

This was an amazing book.  To be honest, I did not think I would enjoy it at all, but was surprised by how quickly the story drew me in.  The author did such wonderful research, that this seemed like this story was about real people instead of a fictional account.  The personal struggles the main characters have, along with their faith in God, all ring true.  Although this is book three in the Quaker Brides Series, this story stands alone.   I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes Civil War or historical fiction, as well as, anyone who enjoys a well-written story.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Faith, for the purpose of review.  I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Murder Comes by Mail” by A. H. Gabhart

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What Would You Do?

Everything changed from the time Deputy Sheriff Keane stopped a man from committing Bridge Foggy Free Use - Copysuicide.  After Keane tackled Jackie Johnson to keep him from jumping off the bridge, Johnson told him, “You’ll wish you pushed me.” Almost from that moment on, everything started going wrong for the Deputy.

This is a terrifying story of people that Keane knows being targeted, and brutally killed by a serial killer.  Horrifying pictures of the victims begin arriving at the newspaper in the small-town of Hidden Springs that Keane lives in.  Other pictures are sent to Keane’s office.  Some of the evidence seems to point to Johnson being the killer, but certain things aren’t adding up if he is the one doing it.  For instance, Johnson seemed like a very simple man.  But these killings are the work of a highly intelligent, albeit sick, mind.

The only thing Keane knows is the killer always seems to be at least one step ahead of him, Jail Sketch Free Useand doesn’t waste much time between killing one person, and moving on to his next victim.  While trying to protect those Keane loves, along with trying to stop the mysterious madman, the deputy suddenly finds himself snared in a trap the killer has set for him.  The Deputy is being framed for these murders.

Who is next?  Deputy Keane has been running himself ragged trying to protect those he cares about.  Will anyone believe that Keane is really the killer, and keep him in jail?  What will become of Keane’s Aunt Lindy, along with his good friend Alex?  Both of these women seem to be the killer’s next targets.  Will jailing Keane take away their protection, and make one or both of them the killer’s next victims? Wanted Poster Jackie Johnson Free Use

This story is told from a Christian point of view, but parts of it are very chilling, and intense.  I have a very active imagination, so this is right on the very edge of what I could read without it keeping me awake at night.  This is the second book in the Hidden Springs Mystery Series, but this installment stands on its own, and it isn’t necessary to read the first one to appreciate this one.  This 5-star book is recommended for anyone who enjoys intense mysteries, as long as, the reader is not bothered by serial killers being part of the story.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Murder Comes by Mail through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment.

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“That’s Not Hay in My Hair” by Juliette Turner

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The Country Life

One day, you are living in a tiny apartment in New York City, the next, you find yourself onNew York 2015 New York Skyline - Copy a sprawling ranch miles from the nearest neighbor.  That is what happened to this author, seventeen-year-old Jules Turner, when she was in grade school.  One day her mom announced they would be moving to the Lone Star State, and shortly afterwards, they did.

Jules does a good job of contrasting what life was like while she attended a private girl’s school, in New York City, a few steps away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to a life of getting up at the crack of dawn to feed horses, and attend to other animals on their Texas ranch.  She includes some of the predicaments those animals get themselves, or Jules and her mother, into.  The move even forced her to dress differently, especially her footwear.  On their ranch, she has to wear special “snake boots” because of the ever-present danger of Snake Cartoon Free Usepoisonous snakes.

After their move west, Jules’ Texas grandparents become a bigger part of her life.  They bring humor, along with love and caring, in their interactions with Jules and her mom.  It was heart-warming to read about their get-togethers, even if bumpy at times.

Although their neighbors are fewer and farther apart than when they lived in New York Texas State Shape Free UseCity, the author is astonished when their Texas neighbors rally around them with food and comfort during a tragic event.  Jules remarks that the tenants of their New York apartment, who were mere steps away, would not have done that.  Trying to cope with the grief and loss she feels afterward, Jules shows wisdom beyond her age when she states, “…I found that life was made up of moments, and if I could just make it through that one moment, I could face the next.”  Good advice for us all, no matter our age.

There are some overriding questions that beginning forming in your mind while reading this book.  The biggest of which is:  where is her dad? Is he part of her life, or non-existent?  There was a perfect point in the book when it could have been addressed, but it wasn’t.  Despite that, this 5-star book is interesting, and it is amazing that it was written by someone so young.  No doubt this is geared toward readers from middle school up, but adults will enjoy it too.  A word of warning, the story at the end of the book could be something some parents might object to.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of That’s Not Hay in My Hair, through Zonderkidz Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Under the Sea Holy Bible NlrV Version” from Zonderkidz

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“….He Gently Leads Those Who Have Little Ones”–Isaiah 40:11

Ready to dive into the Bible with a catchy Under the Sea Theme?  Zonderkidz has come up Under the Sea Bible ABCs of Becoming a Christianwith one, a beautiful hardback Bible geared for children aged six to ten.  The cover itself is really eye catching with lots of brightly colored, glittery ocean life and fish.  The translation is one made for kids, too.  It is the New International Reader’s Version or NlrV, the NIV for kids.

When this Bible is first opened, there is a beautiful presentation page made of heavy weight paper.  It is colorful, and contains more ocean-theme characters.  The back of the page contains all the books of the Bible, along with ocean-life decorations.

What this Bible has to offer for children is very appealing.  There are three special sections geared toward children, and they are one page each.  Each of those pages, front and back, are incredibly cute with lots of eye appeal, and contain things geared just for kids.  Those pages, which are full color and made of heavy weight paper, contain:

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– The Lord’s Prayer
– Ten Commandments For Kids (Based on Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-21)
– Love Passage For Kids (Based on 1 Corinthians 13)
– Famous Children Of The Bible
– The ABCs Of Becoming A Christian

At the back of the volume, there is a list of Great Bible Stories along with a Bible Dictionary, but those are not printed on the special heavy-weight paper. There are no other pictures, maps or other supplemental material included in this Bible.  Also, other than the presentation page along with the three special page inserts, the type of paper used for this Bible is the regular, very thin, onion-skin type of paper used in traditional Bibles.  My concern is that six to ten year-old-fingers might have trouble turning those pages without tearing them.

Zonderkidz has done lots of things right in this Bible.  They have kept it affordable with a Under the Sea Bible Love Passage for Kidssuggested price of $24.99.  Having a special version of the text geared towards children is also a wonderful idea.  The cover is amazing, and the three supplemental pages are eye catching, and wonderfully creative, but that is where things stop.  Since this is geared towards children, I would have liked to have seen at least six to nine or more “special” colorful pages in this Bible, along with a least one colorful map–more would be even better.  There is a lot that is good in this 4 star Bible, but I think a little bit more would have made this a great Bible for children.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Under the Sea Holy Bible, through Zondervan Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder” by Rachel McMillan

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Scandalous Detecting Edwardian Style

The Toronto Society of 1910 is scandalized by the antics of two single young women–Edwardian Lady Oval Free Usebachelor girls–Jem and Merinda.  Everything they are doing causes no end of gossip about them.  They investigate crimes and murders, they disguise themselves in men’s trousers while investigating, and they are doing these things instead of trying to get married.

Jem’s parents are so upset they have cut off her allowance, hoping she will change her ways, and behave like a “proper young woman”.  Instead, she has gotten a department store job to make ends meet, since they rarely get paid for their detective work.

Jem and Merinda throw caution to the wind when they start investigating a murder.  To Police Lamp Free Use - Copythat end, Merinda convinces Jem to encourage the romantic advances of a man Jem can’t stand, which opens a large can of worms.  They also run afoul of The Morality Squad, whose main duty is to catch unescorted women after dark, and jail them.  Last, but not least, their work puts them in danger.

Although everyone seems to be against these two young women, they do have a couple of people in their corner:  Police Constable Jasper Forth along with newspaperman and reporter, Ray DeLuca, a recent Italian immigrant.  Newspaper Reading Man Silhouette Free Use - CopyFrom time to time, both men assist Jem and Merinda with their detective work, but sometimes they have to suffer the consequences for helping them.

Merinda and Jem are certainly swimming against the tide of Edwardian ideas of how women should behave.  The author does a great job describing the time period, and creating for the reader the “feel” of what it was like to live then.  The mystery was good, and I liked that there wasn’t anything offensive in it.  I wish the author had given more information about why Merinda and Jem feel so strongly about detecting.  Why do they continue doing it despite the danger, as well as, the ridicule they experience? If those questions were answered, it would go a long way toward understanding and connecting more with those characters.  I suggest this 4-star book to mystery readers, especially those who enjoy period settings.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder, through Harvest House Publishers for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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