Friday, March 27, 2015

"An Amish Cradle" by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller & Vannetta Chapman



About this book:

  “Tiny fingers,
     Tiny toes,
     And lives that will never be the same.
     Journey with four families as their lives are about to change forever.”



Series: Thomas Nelson has published quite a few novella collections with the title “An Amish ______” (Love, Kitchen, Wedding, Christmas, Garden, Miracle, Cradle) This was my first time reading one.

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“In His Father’s Arms” by Beth Wiseman

About this book:

  “Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan.”


Spiritual Content- Prayers; Talks about & mentions of God choosing special people & being Blessed; Talking to the Bishop; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Levi is angry at God.


Negative Content- N/A


Sexual Content- Married couples kiss; Wanting to touch (barely-above-not-detailed); Babies are born (detailed wise is barely-above-not-detailed but the emotions are semi-detailed); Mentions of nursing; Levi walks out of the bathroom naked (not-detailed); Mentions of abortions.

-Ruth Anne
-Levi
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                                        96 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens-

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 

My personal Rating-

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“A Son for Always” by Amy Clipston

About this book:

  “Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she and Ben will always be taken care of.”


Spiritual Content- Prayers; A Scriptures is quoted; Talks about God being in control & being forgiven; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God.


Negative Content- N/A


Sexual Content- Married couples kiss; A baby is born (not-detailed); Mentions of nursing; Carolyn had Ben when she was 16 (all that’s said is “She had given in to the pressures of her then boyfriend and found herself pregnant and alone.”)


-Carolyn Glick
-Joshua Glick
                                         P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        96 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

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“A Heart Full of Love” by Kathleen Fuller

About this book:

  “Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight and she s taken it up a notch now that Ellie s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.”


Spiritual Content- Prayers; Mentions of God & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘stupid’s.


Sexual Content- Married couples kiss; Mentions of nursing.

-Ellie Miller
-Edna Chupp
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Sarah Lynn & Chris
                                                        96 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens-
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-
(and a half)

Older High School Teens-
(and a half)

My personal Rating-

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“An Unexpected Blessing” by Vannetta Chapman

About this book:

  “At 42, Etta thought she was finished having children, but she s pregnant again. After a frightening labor, Etta finally gives birth, but her constant worry over her estranged grown son, David, haunts her still. As a new mother again, Etta must hold tightly to the promise that God will watch over her children and that one day David will return.”


Spiritual Content- Psalm 126:3 at the beginning & quoted in the story as well; Prayers; Talks about God & His Will; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; A mention of Abraham & Sarah; Discussions about the Amish & Mennonite beliefs.


Negative Content- N/A


Sexual Content- Married couples kiss; A mention of a monthly cycle; Mentions of menopause; Mentions of a stillborn; A baby is born (with a looped cord & cutting the cord, barely-above-not-detailed to semi-detailed); Mentions of nursing.

-Etta Bontrager, age 42
-Mose Bontrager, age 45
                                         P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        96 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens-
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-
(and a half)

Older High School Teens-
(and a half)

My personal Rating-

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Pre Teens-

New Teens-
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-
(and a half)

Older High School Teens-
(and a half)

My personal Rating-
(and a half)

A total of 400 pages (with recipes!), “An Amish Cradle” is a pretty super-clean read. Let’s break down my thoughts on each novella.
“In His Father’s Arms” by Beth Wiseman – As someone who has a heart for kids with special needs and a future Occupational Therapist, I did enjoy this novella. Tied for first with....
“A Son for Always” by Amy Clipston – Yay! I get to see Carolyn & Joshua & Ben again! Connected to “A Mother’s Secret” a full length story, it was nice to “see” them again...even if I can’t relate to the storyline.
“A Heart Full of Love” by Kathleen Fuller – While reading this novella, I got the feeling that I was missing something! Turns out it’s collected to a novella in the “An Amish Love” collection.
“An Unexpected Blessing” by Vannetta Chapman – Now this one...Hmmm. I got the same feeling from it but I can’t find that it’s connected to any other novellas/novels. Hmm!


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.
*I received this book for free from an Author for this review.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Worth the Time" by Laura Jackson



About this book:

  “Doesn't anyone feel she's worth their time?
  Routinely ignored by her single mother, high school senior Lindsey Hamilton hides her loneliness behind a mask of flirtatious self-confidence that has many boys wrapped around her finger. However, during community service required for graduation, she meets a shy guy with a haunted past who barely gives her the time of day. Why doesn't he like her?
  Then the father she thought had abandoned her before birth wants to meet, and she discovers everything she believed about him is a lie.
  How will Lindsey learn to trust so she can realize that she has been loved all along?”



Series: Book #2 in the “Waltham Academy”. {Book #1, “Worth the Wait”, reviewhere!}  


Spiritual Content- A Mention of Bible studies; Mentions of Prayers & most are written out; Talks about God, Him caring & His plans; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of Scriptures; Church going & Sermons; bible reading & discussing; Lindsey thinks that we control our own destiny (that view point changes by the end. ;) ); People try to witness to Lindsey.
*Note: “three weeks of h*ll” and “h*llhole of a school” are both said once or twice.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crap’, a form of ‘dumb’, two ‘gosh’s, two ‘shut up’s, four forms of ‘suck’, five forms of ‘screw’ and five ‘stupid’s; Mentions of Curses said, not written; Mentions of drinking, drunks & parties; Mentions of drugs & overdosing; a Mention of kicking someone’s butt; Lying.


Sexual Content- two ‘babe’s, three ‘sl*t’s, six ‘hot’s when referring to how someone looks; Not-detailed kisses and two semi-detailed kisses (But the guy asks Lindsey if he can kiss her!); Embraces & wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Lindsey was born out of wedlock; The opening chapter is set in Lindsey’s freshman year and is said that Lindsey kissed and slept with a jerk (it turns out it was all part of a bet with his friends; $100 for a date with her, $500 if he got her in bed—with a photo to prove it; it’s said the picture isn’t graphic, that it was taken “after”.); Dylan has been pressuring Lindsey to have s*x (he lets people think they’ve been sleeping together, which they haven’t); a Mention to get a room; a Mention of a girl who was raped; Rumors about cheating & sleeping with other girls; Boys, boyfriends, crushes, Exes & the drama that goes with it all.
*Note: Lindsey wears a strapless dress, shorts and tank tops.

-Lindsey Hamilton, age 17
                                        P.O.V. of Lindsey
                                                        246 pages

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Pre Teens-
New Teens-
(and a half)
Early High School Teens- 
Older High School Teens- 
My personal Rating-
(and a half)
{Ratings would be near this or higher for girls in Public school.}
In the history of reviewing books for this blog (almost 500 books have been reviewed), I’m 99.99% positive I have never read a book with the main character being named Lindsey. Which is my name (see my signature?). In reading “Worth the Wait”, the first book in this series, I was a little annoyed that the mean girl’s name was Lindsey. I was really hoping her story (and why she’s so mean!) would be its own book—and yay!—now it is. Reading Lindsey’s story and past makes you see why she was so mean in Book #1. This wasn’t an easy read because of the Sexual content, but I truly enjoyed seeing Lindsey’s faith grow. I would not recommend this book for everyone though, just because of the Sexual Content.


Lindsey is currently: Typing a review about a book with the main character named Lindsey and listening to Lindsey Stirling. #lindseysruletheworld   


See y’all on Friday 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.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this review.

Monday, March 23, 2015

"After a Fashion" by Jen Turano



About this book:

  “Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.
  Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.
  Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.”



Series: Book #1 in the “A Class of Their Own” series. {Book #2 will be releasing in July!}


Spiritual Content- Talks about God & His Will with the Reverend; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shut up’, a ‘stupid’, and three forms of ‘idiot’; Sarcasm; Mentions of drinking, gambling & smoking; a Mention of a dead infant (no details).


Sexual Content- Two almost kisses/Wanting to kiss and Two semi-detailed kisses; Hand kisses; Noticing & Staring; Silas is married but still hints about mistresses & brothels; Aunt Jane tells Harriet that she’s illegitimate and her mother was a man’s mistress; Love, falling in love, & the emotions. 

-Harriet Peabody, age 22
-Oliver Addleshaw, age 31
                                         P.O.V. switches between them. (With the Epilogue in the Reverend’s)
                                              Set in 1882
                                                        346 pages

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Pre Teens-
New Teens- 
Early High School Teens-
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My personal Rating- 
This was such a cute book! I’ve been looking forward to Jen Turano’s next book ever since finishing “A Match of Wits” back in July! Like the first book in the author’s debut series, I laughed many, many times! The only thing I wish there was more Spiritual content in “After a Fashion”, but I will continue with this series as the next books come out! (And hopefully there’ll be more Spiritual content!) :)


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.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.