Monday, August 31, 2015

"Mandie and The Trunk's Secret" by Lois Gladys Leppard



About this book:

  “Mandie and her best friend return to the attic to investigate and discover a set of old letters which include some important and exciting information.”


Series: Book #5 in “Mandie” series. (Read the reviews of: #1 Here! #2 Here! #3 Here! And #4 Here!) {There also is the “Young Mandie Mystery” series, (Book #1 review Here and Book #2 review Here!) but they do not connect together well}


Spiritual Content- Talks about God & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God (but not when “the Lord himself” is said); Prayers & a Blessing over food; A few Scriptures are quoted, mentioned, and prayed; A couple mentions of Heaven; Uncle Ned refers to Heaven as “happy hunting ground”; A mention of a graveyard.


Negative Content- April’s baaaaaack! (Not as bad this time though.)


Sexual Content- Reading old love letters & a mention of a man’s lips not touching a woman’s; Mentions of Joe & Mandie marrying when they’re older.

-Amanda “Mandie” Shaw, age 12
                                             P.O.V. of Mandie
                                         Set in 1900
                              126 pages (also available in a collection with four other Mandie books.)

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My personal Rating-
I think the Mandie series gets better as it goes. :)


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, August 28, 2015

"Clothed With Thunder" by Vicki Watson



About this book:

  “After sitting through a 4-H demonstration on the evolution of the horse, Rosie and Carrie are determined to present the arguments for creation at the club’s next meeting. The demonstration proves harder to put together than they imagined as everyone offers the girls their opinions. The lessons Rosie learns about creation extend into her life in surprising ways as she faces her old adversary, Billy King, who cheated her out of her first trophy with her pony, Scamper.”


Series: Book #3 in the “Sonrise Stable” series. (Book #1’s review Here!; Book #2’s review Here!)


Spiritual Content- Job 39:19-22 at the beginning & is later discussed; Scriptures are quoted, mentioned & discussed; Prayers & Blessings over food; A Major part of this book is Talks about God, evolution, millions of years, creations & many questions about those three; Talks about faith & how the Bible says the earth was made; Talks about prayers & forgiving; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Lots of research for a demonstration on creation; Trying to get people to see the creation side of believing; Mentions of those in the Bible.
           

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, an ‘oh my word’, and three ‘stupid’s; Rosie has a hard time letting go of her grudge about Billy and is a bit snippy at him; Mentions of Billy when he abused Bandit (Book #1); A bit of sibling bicker; Looking & Learning about an old horse leg (kind of gross but talks about the science part of it).


Sexual Content- Jessie asks Rosie if her letter is from her boyfriend, “Of course not.”.  

-Rosie, 10-ish
                                             P.O.V. of Rosie & Carrie
                                       128 pages

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My personal Rating-

This one had a much more serious matter with the debate about Creation vs evaluation and forgiving someone you don’t like. I’ve gone to many creation seminars, so it’s safe to say that I enjoying reading even more about that topic. The “Sonrise Stables” series is a great series for younger kids and it’s an easy, enjoyable read for older teens. I personally think it would be fine for girls and boys. Especially if they’re homeschooled…lots of Spiritual Content & Science in “Clothed with Thunder”! :)

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 the Author for this review.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Undercover Bride" by Margaret Brownley



About this book:

  “Pinkerton detective Maggie Cartwright is tasked with going undercover as a mail order bride. Her “fianc√©” is widower Garrett Thomas, aka the suspected Whistle-Stop Bandit. No sooner does Maggie arrive in Arizona Territory when she's confronted with an early wedding date—the clock is ticking on her detective work or she may end up a criminal's wife! As the day of the wedding draws near, Maggie begins to panic. The problem is that the more she gets to know Garrett and his two adorable children, the harder it is to keep up the deception. Can a man as kind and gentle as Garrett really be the Whistle-Stop Bandit?”


Series: #2 of the “Undercover Ladies” series. {Read review of book #1 Here!} 


Spiritual Content- Prayers and Blessings over food; The Lord’s Prayer is said; Many Talks about God, praying, & the Bible; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Church going; Hymns are sung & miracles happen; Mentions of those in the Bible; Garrett has no regard to religion and has a negative opinion on the church; *Spoiler* That changes 75% in. ;) *End of Spoiler*.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’, a ‘sure in blazes’, a unfinished ‘what the—‘, three ‘blasted’, three ‘blast it/blast it all’s, three ‘drat’s, three forms of ‘confound it’, two ‘dumb’s, four forms of ‘shut up’s, four versions of “____ in Sam’s Hill.”; A bit of sarcasm; Maggie’s father was hanged (barely-above-not-detailed); The whole plot is set around criminals, killers, murders & robberies; Blood (barely-above-not-detailed); Many, many, many, many mentions of the war, shooting & prisons (semi-detailed); Mentions of alcohol, drunks, gambling & tobacco; Mentions of hangings; Mentions of Indians & Scalping; A mention of spankings.


Sexual Content- two semi-detailed kisses, a detailed kiss; Mentions of & remembering kisses (semi-detailed); Noticing & Smelling; Touches & dancing (up to semi-detailed); a ‘wanton’, Rikker dresses up as a woman (for the case) and mentions of his fake bosoms; Mentions of undergarments; Mentions of a wife & sister who died in childbirth; Talks about the game of Chess & it’s history as a game of courtship; A couple mentions of an old bordello; A mention of a name only marriage; Mentions of an unmarried woman living with a man, waiting till the wedding & her virtue; Love, falling in love, & the emotions.

-Maggie Cartwright, age 26
-Garrett Thomas, age 45 
                P.O.V. switches between them {Maggie mostly. Garrett around ten times.}
                                             Set in 1882
                                                        320 pages

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My personal Rating-
I remember being really excited for this series to release back before I reviewed book #1, “Petticoat Detective” and was disappointed a bit with its plot. I feel basically the same with “Undercover Bride”. It was pretty good, but did have some Sexual Content in it that I wasn’t a fan of. I do have to say that I wasn’t very comfortable with the 19 year age gap between the main characters. (I know that was probably pretty normal back them but still….) All that said, I am still looking forward to book #3 coming out next year.


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 Publisher (Shiloh Run Press) for this review.