Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Wellness Revelation Review

The Wellness Revelation is a fitness book by Alisa Keeton. I'm not usually into fitness books because they make me feel depressed rather than motivated.

This book is an exception. It's not your typical "work out, you can DO it!" book. It also focuses on spiritual fitness. Your walk with the Lord. That's the most important kind of fitness.

There are some elements of the book I don't agree with, such as the yoga stuff (how do you take something and "yoke" it to Jesus? :/), and some of the bible verses are misunderstood or taken out of context.

But, all in all, I enjoyed this book. It gives practical advice on how love yourself where you are. I really think that's key for some of us that have had trouble with weight and fitness... loving ourselves as we are. If you can't do that, you can't really better yourself. Because you don't love yourself enough. That's what I took away from this book the most. It's not all that the book is about, of course, but it's the best part for me. Working on the heart of things is the key to changing.

I do recommend this book. It's very freeing. You'll feel better about yourself, so, in turn, you'll want to better yourself. I'll definitely be reading this one again, and I'll be highlighting and making notes. :)

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Knit Before Dying Review

A Knit Before Dying is the second book in the Tangled Web series. I don't normally read the second book in a series without having read the first, but I made an exception this time. And I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed this book.

Josie Blair is the owner of Miss Marple Knits (I love this name!), a yarn store in Dorset Falls, Connecticut. She is landlord to Lyndon Bailey, who is set to open an antiques store next to Miss Marple Knits.

When Lyndon is found dead, and his business partner is standing over his body, Josie needs to find out what happened.

I love cozy mysteries in general, because they're usually easy to read and quite enjoyable. But I really love this book. There are so many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, in a good way, until the end. Just when you think you have the killer figured out, Ms. Hartwell throws you a curve. I honestly didn't see it coming.

The characters are so real and likeable. I can see several people I know in several of the characters in this book. Even Eb. I know a gruff but lovable guy like him. lol!

I definitely recommend this book... and I am going to purchase the first one too. :)

*I was given a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

*NOTE* For some reason, my full review didn't publish at midnight, as I wanted it to... only the first paragraph or so. I have no idea why, but I've edited it with the full review. To the author: I'm sorry about that. I really have no idea what happened. :(

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Scene of the Grind Review

I promise I'm not on Tonya Kappes's payroll. Lol! I just love her books. They're so fun to read, and her characters are so real. It's fun to delve into the pages of one of her books.

Such is the case with Scene of the Grind. This is the first book in the "Killer Coffee Mystery" series. Book 2 just came out, Mocha and Murder.

Anywho, Let's talk about Scene of the grind.

Recently divorced lawyer, Roxanne Bloom ("Roxie" to her friends) decided to move to her aunt's hometown of Honey Springs to open a coffeehouse there. Coffee was always a great comfort to her during her college days and in the midst of her divorce, so she knew opening a coffeehouse was a dream come true.

Honey Springs is on the verge of reopening their boardwalk area to locals and out of town visitors. The Bean Hive, Roxie's coffeehouse, is in a prime spot right on the boardwalk. Roxie couldn't be happier.

Until Alexis Roarke, owner of the Crooked Cat Bookstore, is found dead. By Roxie, no less. And who quickly becomes the main suspect? Aunt Maxi. So now Roxie has to use her sleuthing skills she'd learned in law school to track down the killer to get her aunt off the hook.

I loved this book! Mrs. Kappes has a talent for getting her readers to absolutely fall in love with her characters. It is so easy to fall right into their lives. They feel like your friends. And you definitely feel that way about the citizens of Honey Springs.

Now, anyone that has read my blog knows that I try to guess the killer before he/she is revealed at the end. I was trying to make what I thought was the least likely person, the guilty party. Everything they said/did I was all, "Mmmm-hmmm. That's because you're a killer." And, "That's suspicious activity, because you're a KILLER!" lol! But I was so very wrong. The killer was a complete surprise to me. I love that.

I definitely recommend this book. It's a page turner, for sure. :)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Southern Fried Review

Southern Fried is the second book in the Kenni Lowry mystery series.

Kenni Lowry is the sheriff in Cottonwood, KY. Her grandfather, in ghost form, looks out for her. And, with help from her ghost grandfather and hunky deputy Finn, Kenni sets out to catch a killer.

In this story, Owen Godbey was found murdered in Myrna's greenhouse. It was a very strange murder... it appears as though he was killed elsewhere and dumped there.

This book was great. There are so many twists and turns. Especially at the end! There is a major twist at the end that I totally did not see coming! I usually try to guess the killer before the protagonist does, but this book had me guessing until the end.

I call this another home run for author Tonya Kappes. A definite must-read for any cozy mystery fan!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tranquility Review

The book I am going to be reviewing today is not an ordinary book. Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal is just what it says: a prayer and reflection journal, and a coloring book. And it's absolutely beautiful!

Now, anyone that knows me knows that I tend to be more apt to use pretty things. So I made my planner pretty, my binders are pretty, even my desk organizers are pretty. And if I find something I want to use (such as a really good bible study), and it isn't pretty, I'll pretty it up. I'll use sparkly gel pens, or I'll put stickers all over it. I am drawn to pretty things. They don't have to be super fancy or super expensive, they just have to be pretty.

So how happy was I when I opened the package containing this book to find out how very pretty it is?!?!? The line on the left of the cover that separates the design is actually raised. It's another piece on top. Here's another picture:
 It's a little easier to see there. You can click the picture to make it bigger.

Anyways, as soon as I opened the package I flipped through the book to see all the different elements. Here are some:
Oh, my goodness! Look how pretty! Love! :)
Some pages contain a prayer, a scripture, some lines for writing your thoughts, and something to color.

Other pages contain a quote from the bible, something to color, and a thought or question for you to draw or write about.

I color with gel pens and/or colored pencils. The color goes on nice and smooth, and it looks really good on the page. The pages are nice and thick, so I haven't had any problem with bleed through. And I got this book yesterday.

I call this one a home run. I just know I will enjoy my morning quiet time so much more with this lovely journal! I hope they make more. :)

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Ghostly Mortality Review

Tonya Kappes is definitely one of my favorite mystery authors. Her characters are humorous, her stories are easy to read and engaging. She has a way of weaving a tale that makes you want to come back for more.

That's why I was excited to read this book. Emma Lee Raines is a "Betweener," she can see the ghosts of murder victims. She needs to help solve the murders so the ghost can cross over. Fun premise, right? I thought so too. In this particular book, Emma Lee's client is her sister, Charlotte. *tear*

I wanted to like this book. I did. And I really tried to like it. But in the end, I was glad it was over. Not a lot of investigating was done by Emma. Also, the biggest clue did not even happen in this book, it happened in the last book. It appeared in this book as a flashback. There was so much potential in this book that was never used, so many plot components that were never expanded upon.

I'm not one that likes it when the killer is pulled out of left field. This was done here. The killer didn't even have a name for the longest time. I understand crafting the story so your readers are guessing until the end. But the killer should at least be a character in the story, not someone that was barely mentioned twice.

I will continue to read any books in the series that Mrs. Kappes continues to write, because I've grown attached to the citizens of Sleepy Hollow, KY. And because I am a fan of her work. But I did not care for this particular novel. And that's ok. It's not possible to please everyone all the time. Even Agatha Christie annoyed me with the ending of Murder on the Orient Express. And that's supposed to be one of her best ever. I disagree. And that's ok.

*Note: if you choose to read this book, please know that the ghost is Emma's sister, so it's a bit of a tearjerker at the end. Have tissues ready.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Selah Bible Study Review

Shelley Noonan from Pumpkin Seed Press has created a new bible study she calls Selah. I've seen this word in scripture before, but I never really understood what it meant.

Selah means pause and listen. And that is exactly what you do with this bible study. Each week, you are given a new section of scripture to study. After you read the passage, you begin to fill in the study journal. There are sections for listing the people in the passage, for looking up words you don't know, and for noting any questions you might have.

There's also a section for recording how God revealed an attribute (or more) of his character. She includes samples of this in the back to help you.

And there are sections to write your observations of the passage, and sections to write how you can apply what you learned to your own life. There's a spot to jot down a verse or 2 that maybe jumped out, the main theme of the scripture. And, of course, a section for prayer.

If this all sounds daunting, have no fear. There are instructions in the beginning. I was a little overwhelmed when I first started this study, thinking I had no idea how to do it, or if I was going to get anything out of it.

But, I must say, it's one of the better bible studies I've ever done.

There's so much to think about, but in the end, it's all about pausing and listening to what God is really trying to say to you. There's no need to do a big, complicated bible study. There's no need to rush through it at a chapter or two (or three!) a day. Everything God wants us to know is right there in his word. All we have to do is listen to him.

Another great thing about this study, is you read the same passage every day for a week. I don't know about you, but I can read the same scripture several times and get something different out of it each time. That's the purpose in this study. Read it again and again and again to make sure you understand what God meant for you when he inspired it.

I really enjoyed this bible study. If you'd like to read more about it, you can go to the Selah website. This study (it's on the book of Ruth) will be available at the end of April. And, trust me, you'll want to grab a copy when it's available.

I received a free copy of this study in exchange for an honest review.