The Empowered by Craig Parshall: A Book Review

Last fall, I had the pleasure of reading The Occupied by Craig Parshall, and I quickly became a fan.  I was excited to read his new book, The Empowered, and it did not disappoint! As the book opens, protagonist Trevor Black is at his Carolina beach home, trying to connect with his adult daughter, Heather, […]

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrick Backman: A Book Review

Imagine being told that your memory is failing you.  That you will live in body long after your mind has forgotten most of the details of your life.  Imagine the terror. . .and the sadness. This post contains affiliate links. Such is the premise of Fredrick Backman’s book, And Every Morning the Way Gets Longer […]

American Fire by Monica Hesse: A Book Review

Imagine living in a sleepy little town where everyone knows everybody.  The biggest employer is the chicken factory.  This area used to economically boom when trains were the main mode of transportation, but now many residents have left the area, and there are many abandoned houses.  One day an abandoned house burns down; hours later, […]

Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome by Nancy C. Anderson: A Book Review {Kregel Book Tour}

Nearly 33% of men and 25% of women will have an affair at some point during their marriage.  This is one of the many reasons why more than 50% of marriages end in divorce. Nancy C. Anderson, author of Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome, was one of the women who had an affair.  But unlikely […]

A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner: A Book Review {Kregel Book Tour}

Pearl Spence is an 11  year old transplant to Michigan from Oklahoma when A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner opens.  Pearl lives with her father and a family friend, Ray.  Pearl’s mother is away, and as the story evolves, the reader realizes that her mother left the family shortly after the death of Pearl’s […]

Andi Lassos Trouble and Andi to the Rescue by Susan K. Marlow: A Book Review {Kregel Book Tour}

We were introduced to Andrea (Andi) Carter several years ago, and since then, we’ve been reading all of the books that Susan K. Marlow has written. Recently, Marlow has added two novels to her Circle C Stpping Stones series that follow nine-year old Andi.  The girls and I read these books aloud together, and we […]

Daniel Boone: Frontiersman by Janet & Geoff Benge

Daniel Boone is a name most school kids know.  They likely think of him with a rifle and his coon skin hat.  That is what I thought about.  Though I knew his name, over the years, I had forgotten his significance in U.S. history. This post contains affiliate links. That all changed when I read […]

The Delusion by Laura Gallier: A Book Review

Imagine if you took a drink from a well in the woods of your land because a man you do not know was there and kept pestering you to drink the water.  When you look down at the well, it is dry, but when the man pulls up the bucket, it’s full of clear water.  […]

{Why} Motherhood Matters by September McCarthy: A Book Review and Giveaway

This year has been a tough one.  We’ve grappled with our child’s autism diagnosis and spent so much time in therapy.  It’s exhausting, and sometimes I look at my life and think it’s not what I dreamt of when I imagined having a family.  For awhile after the diagnosis, I really mourned the hopes and […]

A Book Review & Giveaway: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This post contains affiliate links. When we were eating lunch at our homeschool co-op, one of the moms suggested that we all read the book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and then go together as a group to see the movie.  Afterward, we’d all discuss the movie and the book. I ordered the book off Amazon, […]