Friday, December 15, 2017

"Farley's Five and Dime" by Renee Riva



About this book:

  “A Charming Waltz Down memory Lane
  “It was just me and Daddy and Sammy that made up our family after Mama went to heaven in 1956. I was only nine years old when she left us. I remember thinking she must have been needed pretty bad up there, ‘cause I sure needed her down here, but heaven got her anyway.
The three of us ran the dimestore winter, spring, summer, and fall, without any outside help. We lived right above the store with a slide that landed us in the backroom, so we could look forward to going to work everyday. Summers were my favorite time of all and got a little crazy at times—but a good kind of crazy—‘cause when it got real busy, I got to work the soda fountain counter. The best part about that was getting to know everybody’s business, and believe me, there was a lot of business to know in Hog Eye Holler.”
There is something special about one’s first crush, and first waltz at the innocent age of twelve, especially in a small Southern town in the 1950’s. Farley’s Five and Dime is all of that, and more~”


Series: Book #1 in the “Mazie May” series.


Spiritual Content- Sunday School & lessons; Prayers; Talks about God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, & Sunday School; Mentions of Christmas & a live nativity; A few mentions of Heaven.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘darn’, a ‘drat’, a ‘stupid’, two ‘heck’s, two ‘idiot’s, four ‘dang’s, eight ‘dumb’s; Some sass & eye rolling; A few mentions of drinking & alcohol; A few mentions of gossip; A few mentions of animal waste; A couple mentions of tobacco & pipes; A couple mentions of lies; A couple mentions of hunting;
             *Note: Mentions of singers.


Sexual Content- Mentions of kissing, a possible kiss, an almost kiss, & a cheek kiss; Mentions of boys, crushes, blushes, butterflies, & winks; Mentions of dates & a dance; A few mentions of girls being boy crazy; A mention of a hunk-a-hunk; Butterflies from a crush;
             *Note: A couple mentions of hormones.

-Mazie May Farley, age 11-12
                                1st person P.O.V. of Mazie
                                                Set in 1958-1959
                                                        140 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add ½ for those who like sass for humor}
Goodness’ sake, y’all. This was a hilarious read. I stopped reading every few pages to go read a certain section to my mom with all the humor. There were points I was crying from laughing so hard. Oh, Mazie May. She tries to break up her crush with his sweetheart, but oh. It all backfires. I honestly would love to see AJ & Mazie meet (ignore the time period differences) because I feel like all the sass those two have would have me laughing on every page.
So, so enjoyed this one and cannot wait to read the sequel! :)


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 honest review.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice" by Angie Dicken


About this book:

  Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where...
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations
  Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.
  Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart...and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.
  Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him.  When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Rock. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.”


Series: Part of the “My Heart Belongs” series, but not connected to any other book.


Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned & quoted; Prayers; Church going; Talks about God, praying, forgiving, & believing; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Alex doesn’t believe that praying or believing in God helps and is vocal in his disbelief (but tries praying “to Someone he’d never wanted to speak to again” about half-way; *Spoiler* He asks God to take him back towards the end *End of Spoiler*); Mentions of God & His forgiveness; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of churches/temples, church going, worship, services, & sermons; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of Christmas & Easter; Mentions of faiths (Mormons, the Church of Latter Day Saints, Catholics, Methodists, Greek Orthodoxes, & Protestants); Mentions of priests & crossing; A few mentions of thanking God; A couple mentions of those in the Bible; A couple mentions of The Virgin Mary;
             *Note: Mentions of superstitions & curses.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shut up’, two ‘stupid’, and three ‘blasted’s; A few mentions of cursing someone; Some sarcasm & eye rolling; A fire & smoke caused by someone with malicious intent (up to semi-detailed); Being trapped in a mine & pain (up to semi-detailed); A bit of drinking; Many mentions of prejudice, hatred, & bullies/enemies; Many mentions of gambling, gamblers, & debts; Mentions of lynchings, riots, fires, smoke, & screams; Mentions of an accident & Leanna’s husband’s death; Mentions of a fire & deaths of men, women, & children (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of men trapped in a mine, pain, & injuries; Mentions of injuries, pain, blood/bleeding, & screams (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of alcohol, drinking, drunks, & bars/saloons; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of gossip & busybodies; A few mentions of smoking; A few mentions of nightmares; A few mentions of a married couple separating; A couple mentions of stealing; A couple mentions of fighting & hitting.


Sexual Content- a lips-to-fingers touch, two hand/palm kisses, a nose kiss, two forehead kiss, an almost semi-detailed kiss, two semi-detailed kisses, and two detailed kisses; Touches, Embraces, & Dancing (up to semi-detailed); Nearness & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Staring (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes & Butterflies; Mentions of seeing a married man having an affair (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of kisses & kissing; A few mentions of jealousy; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of labor pains & helping a woman in labor (barely-above-not-detailed).

-Leanna McKee, age 22
-Alex Pappas, almost 30
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                          Set in 1910-1911
                                                 253 pages

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My personal Rating-

Hmmm.
While I enjoyed all the prayers and faith content, I had a very hard time getting into this one. The opens up in a way that makes you feel thrown into the plot. I really wasn’t a fan of Leanna or Alex, to be honest. Their love felt similar to an insta-love story and had lots of kisses. I’m not sure why, but I didn’t feel like these two characters were in love like so many other couples I’ve read about in Christian Fiction. Like any book that deals with prejudice, it’s a hard topic to read about and though it ends better, it still felt very rushed to me.


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 (Barbour Publishing) for this honest review.

Monday, December 11, 2017

"A Wild Goose Chase Christmas" by Jennifer AlLee



About this book:

  “Upon her grandmother's death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure. Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the "treasure map," they're determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren't enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt.
  What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?”


Series: Part of the “Quilts of Love” line, but not connected to any other book.


Spiritual Content- Set during Christmas time; A couple Scriptures are read & quoted; Prayers & Blessings over food; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers, praying, & a prayer chain; Mentions of Heaven & eternal life; Mentions of churches, church going, & a pastor; Mentions of Christmas songs & worship songs; A few mentions of faiths; A couple mentions of thanking God; A couple mentions of blessings & being blessed; A couple mentions of a Christmas school; A mention of a miracle;
             *Note: A couple mentions of Santa Claus; A mention of the spiritual significance of arrowheads.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘confound it’, a ‘doggone’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘shoot’, and three ‘stupid’s; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Sarcasm & Eye rolling;
Mentions of a car accident & death (it’s unknown if the lady was trying to kill herself or if she just lost control, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of pain & injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of gambling, a fraud, creditors, & being ripped off; Mentions of a father walking out on his family; A few mentions of a police officer killed in the line of duty; A few mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of jealousy; A mention of blackmail; A mention of drinking too much; A mention of a groan that sounds like a dying animal (it’s not);
             *Note: Mentions of movies, actors, & actresses; Mentions of car brands; A few mentions of Disney, Nickelodeon, & YouTube; A couple mentions of designers; A mention of Starbucks; A mention of PBS.


Sexual Content- two head kisses, an almost kiss, a not-detailed kiss, & a semi-detailed kiss; Touches, Nearness, Embraces, Warmth, & Hand Holding (board-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Wanting to touch & embraces (not-detailed); Blushes; Noticing; Mentions of almost kissing; Mentions of dating, dates, boyfriends, & being interested in someone; A few mentions of crushes & romantic feelings; A few mentions of being alone in a girl’s bedroom (nothing happens); A couple mentions of blushes; A mention of a honeymoon; A mention of making out; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A couple mentions of Max wanting to see Izzy in her (one-piece) swimsuit more often.

-Isabella “Izzy” Fontaine
-Max Logan
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        218 pages

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I really enjoyed this one! The characters seemed very developed & the romance was pretty light. It was overall a good story & plot with a touch of mystery! :)


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.