Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Just Between Friends" by Sandra Byrd



About this book:

  “Walking home from the beach, Lucy and Serena come upon a little dog that is hurt and lost—and has no idea tags. Lucy’s living in a “no dog allowed” cottage, and Serena’s dad is allergic. But they can’t leave the poor thing where it is! So the girls devise a temporary scheme…that could mean trouble.
   Things get even messier when they discover the dog is about to have puppies. Who will take care of all these dogs? Even more worrisome—who will pay the vet bill? Lucy and Serena decide their Diary Deed for the week is to find a solution and make it work. But the days are slipping by. Will they figure it out in time?”


Series: Book #3 of the “The Hidden Diary” series. {Read Book #1’s Review Here! and number two’s Here! There are a total of 8 books in this series.}


Spiritual Content- Matthew 18:20 is on the back of the book (Just the reference, it’s not written out there but is written out at the end of the book.); Church going & Youth Group; Prayers; A Scripture is quoted.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’; Some parents might object to “They had promised each other they’d do something similar—a Diary Deed—every week by Friday, no matter what trouble or adventure they came across.” (It says a couple of paragraphs before “Not getting-arrested kind of trouble, but amazing-kind-of-adventure trouble.”); Mentions of when Lucy’s parents were separated.


Sexual Content- It’s mentioned that Lucy thinks Jake is “…uh, nice.”.
             *Cover: Short skirts & shorts are worn. Lucy is smiling at (we assume) Jake while Serena is not.

-Lucy Larson, age 12
                                         P.O.V. of Lucy
                                                        108 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

{ Lowered ratings for mentions of Lucy’s parents arguing & separated a few years prior. Depends on your Family’s opinion on certain things.}
To compare the first three book in the “Hidden Diary” series, “Just Between Friends” would probably be my favorite one, by just a little bit. Manly because I loved the part when it’s mentioned that the Kingsley family is hoping to adopt from China—which if you’re been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that that’s a country near to my heart. :)
The Older High School Teens rating is lower because this whole series is “fluffy”, it's good if you’re looking for a not-depth read.  


See y’all on Friday with a new review! :) And I hope that everyone in the USA, has a Happy Thanksgiving!



*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Monday, November 24, 2014

"The Apothecary's Daughter" by Julie Klassen


About this book:

  Lilly Haswell Remembers Everything --- Whether She Wants To, Or Not ...
  As Lilly toils in her father's apothecary shop, preparing herbs and remedies by rote, she is haunted by memories of her mother's disappearance. Villagers whisper the tale, but her father refuses to discuss it. All the while, she dreams of the world beyond --- of travel and adventure and romance.
  When a relative offers to host her in London, Lilly discovers the pleasures and pitfalls of fashionable society and suitors, as well as clues about her mother. But will Lilly find what she is searching for --- the truth of the past and a love for the future?



Series: As of now, no.


Spiritual Content- Prayers; Church going; A couple talks about God & praying; Lilly grows in her Faith by the end of the book.
             *Note: five “h*llish”s.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘idiot’, a ‘stupid’ and four ‘dash it’s; Curses are said but not written; Mentions of drinking; Leeches (Ewww! Borderline semi-detailed to detailed) and Bleeding a person (barely-above-not-detailed).


Sexual Content- Three semi-detailed kisses; A urge to kiss someone; Noticing eyes & lips; Suitors & that drama; Dancing (the feelings, semi-detailed); It’s mentioned the Lilly’s mother left them for a man; a jerk tries to kiss Lilly (but nothing happens); Christina wears a dress revealing cleavage (she’s trying a new scheme to get her beau to propose); a mention that a married man has a string of mistresses; a baby was born out of wedlock; Love, wanting to fall in love, and the emotions.

-Lillian Grace “Lilly” Haswell
               P.O.V. of Lilly, Francis (starting at chapter 23 & on) and Dr. Graves (starting at chapter 31 & on).
                            Set in 1810-1815 (Prologue set in 1810, then Chapter one starts at 1813.)
                                                        411 pages

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Pre Teens-
New Teens- 
(and a half)
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
Was this a bad book? No, but it did have parts I didn’t like. With a few I did like sprinkled in. I cringed at the idea on putting leeches on someone—I’m so glad we don’t do that anymore! Some things I didn’t like (besides the Negative & Sexual content) was the drawn out choosing of a husband…it took about half the book!  


See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!



*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee" by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer



About this book:

  “Heaven’s Stolen His Heart.
  After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.
  Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.
    As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?”


Series: Part of the “Brides & Wedding” series. {They don’t have to be read in order; all should end with a City, State in the title. You can see our review of “A Bride’s Portrait in Dodge City, Kansas” Here!}


Spiritual Content- Mentions of Prayers, Praying and actual Praying; Mentions of Jesus’ birthday; Mentions of church going & Scriptures; Bibles reading & mentions of different parts of the Bible; A couple Scriptures are quoted; Jake tries to play the doubting game with Angel (trying to get her to doubt about God).


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘sissified’, two ‘dumb’s, two ‘hush’s, two ‘stupid’s; A fox attacks a hen-house & many hens are killed (semi-detailed); Mentions of killing/hunting animals for meat; Mentions of the war; a Mention of gambling; a Mention of having to put a horse down; a Mention of smoking; Blood (barely-above-not-detailed); People die (not-detailed).


Sexual Content- a Not-detailed kiss, Two semi-detailed kisses & a detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss & Mentions of kisses; Noticing; a women asks if another women & man slept overnight in the same house (that second women wonders if the other women meant under the same quilt; which they didn’t.);  Love, falling in love, and the emotions.

-Heaven Wharton
-Travis Logan
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Angel, Annabelle & Jake
                                              Set in After the Civil War {Maybe 1866? It’s not written}
                                                        316 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-
(and a half)

My personal Rating-
(and a half)

{ Lower these ratings half a star for very sensitive animal lovers. }
Again, I say, I like Western novels with the lady almost shooting her future lover. {Why? Maybe because it’s a women with a gun, protecting herself?} I enjoyed this novel but had to work on not dwelling on the animal killings. And I’d like to add how much I adore Angel! I’d love to see a story with her as the main character when she’s Heaven’s age!


See y’all on Monday with a new review!



*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.