Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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Friday, January 24, 2020

"Bake Me a Match" by Erynn Mangum

About this book:

  “Annie McKay is loving her new job at Merson's bakery and cafe, loving the church she's attending and loving the people who have adopted her into their circle of friends. Life seems to be going great - even with the 3:45am alarm clock every day. At least, it's going great until she accidentally creates the town's newest delectable obsession leaving her crazy busy at work, running into old coworkers and then there's Zach, the attractive music pastor at church, who is always asking her out. It could be love, but that would open up a huge box from Annie's past that is best left locked up tight in the attic of her heart...and surely God wouldn't want her to be opening it back up. Right? With the help of good friends like Laurie Holbrook, a few hundred cinnamon rolls and a lot of prayer, Annie is about to discover that life isn't always taking the easy, smooth highway but that the back roads, though bumpy and painful, can also be full of fun.”

Series: Book #5 in the “Lauren Holbrook” series. Reviews of Books #1Here, #2 Here, #3 Here, and #4 Here!

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are remembered, read, mentioned, & talked about; Prayers & Blessings over food; Church going, sermons, & hymns; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Many mentions of churches, church going, pastors, sermons, services, hymns/songs, & Sunday school classes; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & Bible studies; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of Christians & witnessing; A few mentions of Heaven; A few mentions of missions & missionaries; A few mentions of a monastery; A mention of Godspeed.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dang it’, a ‘holy smokes’, a ‘shoot’, two forms of ‘crap’, two forms of ‘darn’, two ‘gosh’s, five ‘heck’s, six ‘sheesh’s, eight ‘oh my gosh’s, and eight ‘holy cow’s; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); Quite a bit of sass & sarcasm; Eye rolling; Mentions of serial killers & killing (teasing/joking mentions); Mentions of Annie’s parents’ divorce, them fighting, & the physical abuse she went through (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a divorce & a custody battle; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of alcohol, Annie’s dad spending a lot of time bars, & being drunk; A few mentions of thieves; A few mentions of babies’ tendencies to excrete bodily fluids; A couple mentions of blood & stitches; A mention of suicide; A mention of jealousy;
             *Note: Mentions of TV shows, movies, celebrities, & fictional characters; A few mentions of car & clothing brands; A couple mentions of Starbucks; A couple mentions of a zombie apocalypse; A mention of social media.

Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, Hand holding, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Some noticing; Mentions of dating, dates, kisses, & kissing; A few mentions of a fiancé cheating; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of flirting; Tiny bit of love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A couple mentions of butting into a conversation; A couple mentions of nursing; A mention of PMS-ing.

-Annie McKay, age 28
                                1st person P.O.V. of Annie
                                                        434 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
Ah. Just a big happy sign from me. Can I leave my review at that? I just feel so refreshed and special after reading this highly anticipated book. One scene in particular had tears in my eyes and touched my heart so much. I loved that while this is currently the final book in this series, the ending is left open enough where we may one day visit the small Colorado town and see everyone again. 

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.

Friday, January 17, 2020

"Double Take" by Melody Carlson

About this book:

  “What do you do when your life is not all it's cracked up to be? Get a new one.
  It's spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over decisions on colleges, her parents' bickering, and pressures from her boyfriend, Madison gets in her car and just drives away.
  Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Anna Fisher wants to escape the so-called simple life of the Amish--which for her consists of caring for younger children, sewing, cooking, and gardening--and she's well aware that her future will simply be more of the same with a man she doesn't love.
  Worlds collide when Madison and Anna meet for the first time in a small town, realize they look uncannily alike, and decide the grass is greener on the other side. Neither of them will ever be the same.”

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Both Madison and Anna grow in their faiths during this book; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Amish beliefs, Ordnung, and shunnings (Anna does wonder if God will be able to hear her prayers when she doesn’t wear her head covering); Mentions of churches, church going, bishops, & being baptized; A few mentions of being blessed & blessings; A few mentions of the YMCA; A couple mentions of Scriptures; A couple mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of Christian fiction; A mention of religious freedom & those who died for it; A mention of hymns;
             *Note: Someone comments about the Amish being witches, a cult, & putting spells on their visitors; A mention of something being uglier than sin; A mention of idle hands being the devil’s workshop; A mention of monks.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, a ‘freaking’, a form of ‘idiot’, and three ‘stupid’s; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); Madison & Anna lie/deceive about being each other; Mentions of Madison’s parents’ divorce & their fighting (her mother comes across as very materialistic); Mentions of wine, alcohol, & hangovers (an Amish aunt drinks a bit of homemade wine while being pregnant); A few mentions of clubbing; A few mentions of lying & lies; A few mentions of eye rolling; A few mentions of urine; A couple mentions of the war & fighting; A couple mentions of a wife leaving her husband; A couple mentions of criminals & a kidnapping ring; A couple mentions of gossip; A mention of running over a child (used as an example, does not happen); A (joking) mention of drowning yourself; A mention of drug addicts; A mention of vomiting;
             *Note: Mentions of designer names, car brands, & phone brands; Mentions of TV shows & movies (including The Real Housewives of New York City); A mention of a magazine.

Sexual Content- a forehead kiss; Noticing a guy’s chest and muscles (barely-above-not-detailed); Boyfriends, dating, & drama; Touches & Shivers (barely-above-not-detailed); A woman gives birth & mentions of her pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of kisses, kissing, & hand holding; Mentions of touches; Mentions of flirting & embraces; Mentions of crushes & toying with someone’s feelings; A couple mentions of adolescent boys and girls jumping up and down together on a mattress; A mention of the possibility of having beautiful children with a guy; A mention of a model for a romance book;
             *Note: Mentions of underwear & seeing women on a TV show in skimpy undergarments; A few mentions of birth control; A few mentions of short dresses; A couple mentions of tight dresses; A couple mentions of shaving legs; A couple mentions of models being practically naked and/or starved; A couple mentions of skinny-dipping at age 13; A mention of PMS.

-Madison Van Buren, age 17
-Anna Fisher, she 17
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        271 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
I first read this book many years ago and according to my Goodreads rating of five stars, I’d say I really must have enjoyed it. Fast forward for recent days, though, I don’t remember anything about this book expect what the back cover says. After rereading this book, I can see why I enjoyed it so much. I wouldn’t say it’s a five star read for me now, but I still enjoyed it and had fun reading this story. 
Both Anna and Madison have to do some hard thinking by the end of this YA book and faiths are grown, which I liked seeing. Those sensitive to lying probably would not enjoy this book’s plot, but if it helps, both main girls at the end do feel bad deceiving those around them—even though they feel like these events needed to happen for their growth/changes in perspective. 

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.