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The History Major ~ Book Review

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About the Book:

After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

 

Our Review:

What an awesome read! We are never disappointed when reading a Michael Phillips Cash book! This one is a wonderful read! I love that this book is full of suspense and flirts with danger! The characters and setting are real, which makes the book come alive! Again, I cannot advocate this author enough… you must pick up this book to add to your library! If this is the first book by Michael Phillips Cash you are reading …don’t stop there… pick another from his repitoire and delve into worlds that you might not have known existed! You will not be disappointed!

About the Author:

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Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning and best selling author of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels. Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island, The Hanging Tree, and Schism: The       Battle for Darracia have all been named to Foreward Reviews Book of the Year Awards. Cash currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

This book and all of the authors books can be found on Amazon.com.

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If You Were Me and Lived In…~ Series Installment Book Review

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … : A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World, is the latest exciting new children’s series of children’s books from Carole P. Roman. Roman takes young readers all over the globe to explore different countries and cultures. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like for children if they were to live in another city or country, she examines the diversity around the world and the value possessed by each different culture. Think of the series as a children’s version of the travel Channel that is filled with entertaining and educational facts.

We reviewed one more exciting book in Carole P. Roman’s series

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In short we are in love with the idea of this new series! What a wonderful way to introduce young children to cultural diversity. The text of the books are simple yet powerful. We liked that the book was written for children … I did not have to summarize or paraphrase information because the text was outside of their knowledge grasp…what a plus! The vibrant illustrations were also a plus. My children not only loved listening and learning but took the book after we were done reading just to look at the pictures.

On a cultural note… this book really hit home for us. My grandmother’s side of the family is Italian and we are  friends are forever hearing of Italianh traditions and tasting homemade Italian delicacies. I thought this was very poignant for our family because it let the children learn about our own cultural identity.

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The books are geared toward Pre-K through age eight… well… my 5, 8, and 10 year olds all LOVED the books! Love of literature and cultural awareness is a must in our household, so this series was a hit!

Wow! What an excellent read! This is such a lovely book and we look forward to the next installment of the series!

For more information about the author or her books please visit www.carolproman.com

These books and the entire series can be found on Amazon.com

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Kregel Book Tour ~ Bible Stories Gone Crazy

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About the Book:

Created by Josh Edwards & Emiliano Migliardo
Eight Bible stories are depicted in bright color and comic, cartoony illustrations. There is a sentence or two explaining the scene at the top, and then details to spot, mistakes to find, and questions to answer along the sides of the picture, such as, “Did Noah’s workmen REALLY have power tools?” and “How many rabbits are in the picture?” Children will love scouring the illustrations to find the answers and spot more amusing details in the busy artwork of Emiliano Migliardo.

The stories are Noah and His Great Ark, Moses Crossing the Red Sea, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Big Fish, Feeding the 5,000, and Man Through the Roof.- See more at: http://www.kregel.com/childrens-activities/bible-stories-gone-crazy/#sthash.4UqMY8i4.dpuf

 

Our Review:

This was simply a delightful book!

The cartoony stories were a hit with my family. My children saw this book come in the mail and immediately picked it up and began to read! I was impressed … usually I have to show them the book and ask them to peruse it first … this time they were chomping at the bit to read it before I even asked! Enough said! We loved the fact that the pages are sturdy and of lamitate quality which means that the book will last and last! We also loved that it has an “look and find” aspect to the book… it makes the children search for items in the story while learning. The text also asks open ended questions that make for great family discussion on the stories! This book is a WIN WIN!

Fin this book and more at our friends at KREGEL Publications!

 

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Silly McGilly

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Are you Irish? I’m a little bit of Irish, but our family is always Irish during St. Patrick’s Day!  We like to celebrate the holiday by hanging up shamrocks, sticking leprechaun window clings on the bedroom windows, and eating corned beef and cabbage. We don’t do too much, but would love to add more fun to the month of March.  I cannot wait to share Silly McGilly with my family this St. Patrick’s Day season.

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Silly McGilly is a fun Leprechaun who likes to play silly tricks on children during the St. Patrick’s Day season.  Read the Silly McGilly book to your children and place the doll by a window each evening you want Silly to play a trick.  At night Silly will do some shenanigans in the house.  Some tricks can be leaving shamrock stickers around the house, turning the toilet water green, dying milk green, and anything else you can think of.  Then in the morning the kids get to wake up and see what crazy tricks their leprechaun played.

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The book is absolutely adorable, very relatable, and easy to understand for little ones.  The pictures are very colorful and the story is fun to read.

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The Silly McGilly doll is very cute and great for kids.  The plush is soft and easily sits on a window.  This would be a great tradition to begin in any family or classroom.  The Silly McGilly website offers some really great ideas for tricks that can be played. I cannot wait for March 1, when I can introduce Silly McGilly to my family!

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Children’s Book Review

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We are pleased to introduce the next installment to the Captain No Beard Series by Carol P Roman.

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What a great book! Our children just love reading about the Captain No Beard adventures! We (the parents) love the valuable life lessons that the book series teachers our children!

In this installment Fribbet the Frog has gone missing! The crew searches for the excitable frog and finally find him troubled and cying in the stern. Fribbet is very upset,and it is up to Captain No Beard and the crew to find out what is wrong.

Fribbet the frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving abd friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination.

Join Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.

About the Author:

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Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a formaer teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with he husband. Her most favorite job is being a grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit and was just named as one of Children’s Indy Best – The Pinnacle Award of 2013. “Strangers on the High Seas” was named Readers Views Kids Award ~ Best Children’s Book of the Year.

You can visit Carole’s website to find more about her and her books at caroleproman.com

 

You can find this book and ALL of Carole’s books on Amazon.com

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If You Were Me and Lived In…~ Series Installment Book Review

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … : A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World, is the latest exciting new children’s series of children’s books from Carole P. Roman. Roman takes young readers all over the globe to explore different countries and cultures. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like for children if they were to live in another city or country, she examines the diversity around the world and the value possessed by each different culture. Think of the series as a children’s version of the travel Channel that is filled with entertaining and educational facts.

We reviewed two more exciting books in Carole P. Roman’s series

 

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … SCOTLAND

In short we are in love with the idea of this new series! What a wonderful way to introduce young children to cultural diversity. The text of the books are simple yet powerful. We liked that the book was written for children … I did not have to summarize or paraphrase information because the text was outside of their knowledge grasp…what a plus! The vibrant illustrations were also a plus. My children not only loved listening and learning but took the book after we were done reading just to look at the pictures.

On a cultural note… this book really hit home for us. Our dear friends are of Scottish heritage and we are forever hearing of their Scottish traditions.  I thought this was very poignant for our family because it let the children learn about our friends’ cultural identity.

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … HUNGARY

The books are geared toward Pre-K through age eight… well… my 5, 8, and 10 year olds all LOVED the books! Love of literature and cultural awareness is a must in our household, so this series was a hit!

Wow! What an excellent read! This is such a lovely book and we look forward to the next installment of the series!

For more information about the author or her books please visit www.carolproman.com

These books and the entire series can be found on Amazon.com

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Wilhelmina’s Butterflies ~ Book Review

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Wilhelmina is 8 years old and loves classical music. She has a difficult time explaining why to her family, friends, teachers, and classmates. When she has the opportunity to attend her first concert at Symphony Hall, something might stand in her way. Will she be able to share her love of classical music with others, or will the mysterious “butterflies” ruin the day? Become immersed in Wilhelmina’s thoughts and feelings as she experiences the musical ambiance at the great Symphony Hall.

OUR REVIEW :

As a music loving family this book was welcomed in our house! It was loved by adults and children alike! We loved that the book was able to show my children how excited other people get when listening to music just as they do! My children expressed that they felt just as Wilhelmina felt in the book. I loved that in the back of the book there is a glossary of musical terms… my children and I reviewed these before and after reading the book…it was very instrumental in facilitating a discussion about the book and music! In the rear of the book after the story there is also list of some classical music that Wilhelmina listened to at Symphony Hall. This was so great to see … it gave names to the music … it also let me look up the music and play it for my children. My children loved listening to the music and again it facilitated a great discussion on classical music and even prompted my children to do a bit of research on the compsers… that was so wonderful for this musical mama to see!

Overall this was an EXCELLENT book…WE LOVED IT!

The book can be found on Amazon.com

718hlLnNI1L About the Author

 Clarice Thornton Davis holds            degrees from Florida Atlantic and  Walden Universities. She has always  had a passion for literature and  music. Her career as an educator  inspired her to become a writer for  children. A Florida native, the author  and her husband live in West Palm  Beach.

 

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Book Review ~ After House

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Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home. Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

A suspenseful thriller by Michael Phillips Cash. I love reading Cash’s thrillers they are well penned and a nice read. I especially like that this is a thriller with a little bit of romance thrown in! Not too much but enough to balance out the book. I would love to tell you what happened in historic Cold Spring Harbor… but I think you should read this book for yourself! You will not be disappointed!

mpc_headshot_2013   About the author: Michael Phillip Cash is an award              winning and best selling author of horror, paranormal,        and science fiction novels. Stillwell: A Haunting on Long      Island, The Hanging Tree, and Schism: The Battle for        Darracia have all been named to Foreward Reviews Book    of the Year Awards. Cash currently resides on Long            Island with his wife and children.

After House is currently on amazon in hard and digital copy. Buy your copy today on Amazon!

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Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

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Christmas at Rose Hill Farm


Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm is more of a back story of some of the older characters from Suzanne Woods Fisher’s other books, The Search and The Stoney Ridge series. You can read my reviews of book one, two and three at the corresponding links.

I thought this book was a sweet love story, but with a twist. It was fairly easy to guess who the character George was from his responses, though I do not remember him from The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher!

I LOVED learning more about the history of roses. Thanks to my husband, roses are my favorite flower. I had a rose bush at our townhouse and had been told how hard they were to grow, but that particular one flourished. I was sad to leave it. I tried bringing slips here to our new home but they did not survive. Sniff. Sniff.

The idea of waiting for the rose to open before revealing its identity added intrigue to the story for me. I really wanted to know what type of rose they had on their hands!

This book was really all about relationships, dealing with past misunderstandings, and as usual, I really enjoyed reading Suzanne’s book. I found that it was sad, funny and very interesting, as I loved learning more about roses. I honestly do not have any negative thing to say. If you have a loved one who loves to read, this would be a wonderful Christmas book to gift them!

You can join bestselling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember at any major book store near you that stocks Revell Books.

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A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

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A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley is the second book in the Logan Point series. You can read my review of the first book, Shadows of the Past here. These are Romantic Suspense novels from a Christian point of view.

Leigh Somerall is one of the main characters and her years of deceit kept me rooting for her to come out with the truth. Sheriff Ben Logan was the “hero” of the story, though, certain characters seemed bent on keeping him from remaining Sheriff of Logan Point. I loved the small town of Logan Point and how the town worked together and looked out for each other, with the exception of a few oddball characters.

I liked relationship Leigh developed with the Logan family. I despised the senseless acts of violence by the villains.

I could not relate to Leigh’s deceitfulness but I could relate to Ben’s effort to forgive himself and others. It was good to see these two characters work through their issues and come to a happy place in their lives.

I know I read so many of these books in the course of a year that I feel very repetitious! They are my mindless candy reads, I don’t have to think other than who the suspect, villain or murderer is, so these books are more for my entertainment than anything else. I get my intellectual reads elsewhere and I do not generally blog about them because it takes me much longer to get through those kinds of books!

While the romance aspect is generally predictable, the suspenseful plot did keep me guessing with its twists and turns. I was kept wanting to read to find out the who, what, when and where part of the mystery.

Overall, I liked the book, though I have not decided if it would be one I would read again.

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