Friday, February 22, 2019

"Alexis and the Sacramento Surprise" by Erica Rodgers


About this book:

  “If dinosaurs are extinct, then why do they seem to come to life each night?  When Alexis’ friend, Miss Maria, tries to save her business by importing mechanical dinosaurs to her nature park, Alexis and Kate are instantly on the spot to show their support. But the Camp Club girls are soon embroiled in surprises when they soon have to not only deal with mechanical dinosaurs appearing to have minds of their own, but also the local media, which also seems determined to destroy Miss Maria. Can the girls crack the case and keep Miss Maria’s dreams—and business—alive?”


Series: Book #4 in “Camp Club Girls” series. Reviews of #1, #2, and #3.


Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned & remembered; Prayers & Thanking God; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God, Jesus, & creation; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Christians & Christian history; Mentions of churches, church going, & preaching; A few mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of Jesus’ persecution & Roman torture;
             *Note: Mentions of a TV anchor making rude comments about Alexis’ friend and her faith in God (he later asks a few encouraging questions about God); A mention of creation versus monkeys.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘stupid’s; Some eye rolling; A few mentions of being deceitful; A few mentions of dog droppings & manure; A mention of an owl going to eat a mouse; A mention of a dinosaur possibly eating a cat (somewhat teasing mention, didn’t happen);
             *Note: Mentions of movies & fictional characters; A couple mentions of a TV channel (Discovery Channel); A couple mentions of a brand name clothing; A mention of a car brand; A mention of vampire squirrels.


Sexual Content- N/A

-Alexis Howell
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        159 pages

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Another fun book in this great series! Alexis and Kate have their work cut out for them when they have to find out who is messing with the mechanical dinosaurs.


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, February 15, 2019

"The Icing on the Cake" by Janice Thompson


About this book:

  Scarlet isn't sure if she has just the right ingredients for true love--or utter disaster
  Scarlet Lindsey is busy making her dreams come true. She's moved her bakery to a prime spot on Galveston's most popular street, she's planning an extravagant cake for her best friend's wedding, and she has a great relationship with Bella Neeley, the island's most popular wedding coordinator. Business is booming and Scarlet is enjoying the ride.
  But when Bella's dangerously handsome brother Armando breezes into her life, Scarlet is faced with a sticky situation. Should she stay with the safe, sweet guy who's been a fixture in her life for years? Or will this brash Italian hunk melt her guarded heart?
  Fan favorite Janice Thompson is back with more wit, more weddings, and more of what you love best--bridal-business drama laced with laughs.”


Series: Book #2 in the “Weddings by Design” series. Review of #1 Here! (Does feature characters from the author’s previous series, “Weddings by Bella” and “Backstage Pass”)


Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned; Prayers; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Many mentions of churches/chapels, stained glass, church going, church events, Sunday school classes, youth groups, sermons, preaching/pastors, & Scarlet’s father who is a pastor; Mentions of God; Mentions of thanking God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of godly people; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of a mission trip; Mentions of miracles; Mentions of angels; Mentions of worship music & hymns; A few mentions of those in the Bible;
             *Note: Armando comes across as having a chip on his shoulder when it comes to church; A mention of a devil of a time; A mention of a person who confessed to not have a belief in God.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shut up’, two ‘blasted’s, two ‘idiot’s, three ‘shoot’s, and five ‘stupid’s; Mentions of sarcasm & eye rolling; Mentions of nightclubs; Mention of tattoos; A few mentions of a car accident & death; A few mentions of the lottery & gambling; A few mentions of throwing up; A couple mentions of a noose around someone’s neck (not actually); A couple mentions of an addiction; A couple mentions of a person being high; A couple mentions of hunting; A mention of suicide; A mention of a machine-gun sound; A mention of cigarette smoke;
             *Note: Mentions of TV channels, TV shows, & fictional characters; Mentions of singers; Mentions of car brands; A couple mentions of designers; A couple mentions of Starbucks.


Sexual Content- a finger-to-lips touch, ten cheek kisses, a nose kiss, a hair kiss, and four barely-above-not-detailed kisses; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to touch & embrace (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); five ‘sexy’s; A handful of mentions of a bride receiving “the talk” from her mother (she later mentions that her mother didn’t tell her the half of it); A few mentions of kisses & kissing; A few mentions of guys being called gorgeous & yummy; A few mentions of a Casanova; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of married couples kissing; A couple mentions of flirting; A mention of being checked out (Scarlet wonders if Armando was checking out her backside); A mention of being hit on; A mention of a “come hither” look; A mention of a player; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Talks about & Many mentions of Scarlet’s “fluffy/chubby” weight, backside, & diets; Mentions of wearing spandex; Mentions of muscles & men going around topless (and those who do that and do not have muscles); A few mentions of going fat camps; A few mentions of envisioning people in their underwear; A mention of a dress showing off Scarlet’s curves; A mention of testosterone.

-Scarlet Lindsey
                                1st person P.O.V. of Scarlet
                                                        313 pages

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My personal Rating-

Let us all appreciate Scarlet’s last name before we start this part of the review, shall we? 😉
While I might not have enjoyed this book as much as the previous book in the series, it was still a fun read with good messages. A bit romance-y/kissy at a few times, but I did love the faith content and seeing this crazy cast of characters 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, February 8, 2019

"The Valentine Visitor" by Emily Thomas


About this book:

  “It's early February in Blue Hill, and Anne Gibson is surprised to receive a Valentine's Day postcard from an exotic locale addressed to her late aunt Edie. What puzzles Anne even more is the year-old postmark. The sender, whose scrawled first name is illegible, references a reunion at an undisclosed location in two weeks. Anne doesn't want the mystery correspondent to travel halfway around the world for a meeting that can't happen, but how can she figure out who this person is in time?
  Meanwhile, Anne must deal with Liddie's extreme enthusiasm for Valentine's Day as well as Ben's dread of it. And everyone in her life seems to be pushing her to attend the annual sweetheart dinner with Alex. But does she want to risk their friendship when she's not yet ready for romance?”


Series: Book #12 in the “Secrets of the Blue Hilly Library” series. Reviews of #1 Here, #2 Here, #3 Here, #4 Here, #5 Here, #6 Here, #7 Here, #8 Here, #9 Here, #10 Here, and #11 Here!


Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are quoted & remembered; Prayers; Church going; Mentions of God & faiths; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of missionaries & mission work; Mentions of churches, church going, church events, Sunday school classes, sermons, & a reverend/pastor; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A few mentions of Christians & faiths; A couple mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of a church retreat; A mention of Heaven.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘shush’, a ‘stupid’, and four ‘dumb’s; Mentions of natural disasters & wars; Mentions of pain, injuries, & blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of gossip; A few mentions of a bully & his threats; A couple mentions of a car accident & deaths;
             *Note: A few mentions of a car brand.


Sexual Content- Mentions of dates & dating; A few (teasing) mentions of Anne’s nine-year-old son having a girlfriend & crushes; A couple mentions of high school sweethearts; A mention of romance novels.

-Anne Gibson, age 34
                                P.O.V. of Anne
                                        263 pages

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This was such a fun plot with the mysterious antique postcards aspect! While a bit more romance-y due to Anne missing her husband and the whole Valentine’s Day plot, it was still a cute read. :)


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.