Book Reviews, Memoir

Amee’s Story – review

After reading  the first few pages of Amee’s Story, I wasn’t sure I would ever finish the book. That’s not because it was poorly written. Rather, it was so well written I was pulled back into  a difficult time in my own life. However, I persisted with the reading and I’m so glad I did.… Continue reading Amee’s Story – review

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Religious

The Third Grace – review

It’s always a joy to celebrate the coming out of a new book by a fellow Canadian writer. Today is the day we fete Deb Elkink and the re-release of her prize-winning debut novel The Third Grace (originally published in 2011). It comes out with a new cover, but the same rich interior. Here is… Continue reading The Third Grace – review

Book Reviews, Christian living, Memoir, Non-fiction

The Freedom of Dependency (review)

Patricia Mussolum’s little book the Freedom of Dependency packs a big punch as it riffs on an apparent contradiction—how dependency on Jesus leads to a life of freedom. Part testimony, part teaching, part a dare to greater faith and obedience, Mussolum covers a lot of territory. In fourteen brief chapters with intriguing names like “The… Continue reading The Freedom of Dependency (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction

Behind Her Name – review

Behind Her Name by Eunice Cooper-MatchettMy rating: 5 of 5 stars You would never know from the confident look of the woman sitting at the bookstore table signing books for her fans, that Sage Bush was still trapped in her traumatic childhood. But she was. In Behind Her Name, author Eunice Cooper-Matchett explores, with wonderful… Continue reading Behind Her Name – review

Christian fiction, Fiction, Religious

Blood Ties – review

Blood Ties by Tracy Krauss My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn Blood Ties, Book 2 of Tracy Krauss’s Three Strand Cord series, we again get involved in the lives of Stella, Tempest, and Cherise.College-educated Stella returns to her ranch home in Texas to find both ranch-hand brothers in love with her.Dirk, Cherise’s brother, falls for… Continue reading Blood Ties – review

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Young Adult

Three Strand Cord (review)

Three Strand Cord by Tracy KraussMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThe friendship bracelets that Stella, Cherise, and Tempest braid for each other in elementary school come to symbolize the ties that bind them long past their school days. However, when they meet again as young adults, their varied interests, experiences, social status, and temperaments have… Continue reading Three Strand Cord (review)

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction

Calm Before the Storm (review)

Calm Before the Storm by Janice L. DickMy rating: 5 of 5 starsThe year is 1914. All is idyllic on the Hildebrandt’s Succoth estate in Crimea—but for the death of mother. This has left the well-to-do Hildebrandt family (father Heinrich, children Katarina [16], Maria [14], Peter, Nicholas, and Anna) wifeless, motherless, and without a teacher.… Continue reading Calm Before the Storm (review)

Biblical fiction, Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction, Religious

Beyond the Purple Sky – review

Beyond The Purple Sky by Eunice Cooper-MatchettMy rating: 5 of 5 starsIn dramatic scenes fueled by an informed imagination, Cooper-Matchett takes us into a little-known time in Israel’s history. The Jews are in exile in Babylon. Zerubbabel—a brilliant Jewish lad and companion of Nebuchadnezzar’s successor Belshazzar and sister Belshalti-Nanner, is being groomed for service to… Continue reading Beyond the Purple Sky – review

Book Reviews, Christian fiction

Keeping Up With the Neighbours (review)

In Keeping Up with the Neighbours (Neighbours Series 2) author Tracy Krauss treats us to the adventures of colourful Newfoundland siblings who have left the Rock to find their fortunes in Alberta. The characters (the Malloys—five young men and their sister) are earthy, relatable, often humorous, and interesting. We follow them as they find jobs… Continue reading Keeping Up With the Neighbours (review)

Book Reviews, Non-fiction

YesterCanada (review)

YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure by Elma Schemenauer My rating: 4 of 5 stars In YesterCanada Elma Schemenauer tells thirty historical tales of Canada. Using her considerable story telling skill she puts us right into the various Canadian settings these stories inhabit, from the grassy fragrance of the Saskatchewan prairie, to the bone… Continue reading YesterCanada (review)