“365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories”, inspired by Jesse Lyman Huribut

I have been privileged to be chosen to read and review “365 Classic Bedtime Bible Stories”, inspired by Jesse Lyman Huribut’s Story of the Bible, and illustrated by Allessia Girasole.  Since I have a five-year-old granddaughter, I jumped at the chance to read this book.

I found this to be a wonderfully and insightfully written book for children.  I feel that it introduces the young person to the bible and its stories.  Keeping the stories short and to the point is especially good for children, and a good end of day reading for them.  The illustrations are very colorful and seem to be pointed toward the type of pictures that would interest children.

I will be giving this book to my granddaughter to enjoy for the next 365 days.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.


“Temptation” by Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux has written some of my most unforgettable novels.  I think “Temptation” is Ms. Deveraux’s version of The Taming of the Shrew.  This novel pits a head-strong American woman, who fights for the women of New York City against a hard-headed Scottish Laird.  Temperance O’Neil is considered a spinster who desires nothing more than furthering her causes.  After her mother remarries a Scotsman, Angus McCairn, Temperances’ life changes dramatically, and to her not for the better. Angus insists she come to Scotland to live and she is adamant that she will not.  When he threatens to cut off her money supply, she has no choice but to do as he wishes.  She wreaks havoc on his life from then on and in order to get her away from him, he “hires” her to be a housekeeper and matchmaker for his nephew, James.  This is not a good match, or so it seems.

I laughed my way through this novel.  I found the relationship between Temperance and James hilarious.  They picked at each other and irritated each other until both of them realized that the other wasn’t so bad after all.  I think you will enjoy reading this book very much.  I hated for it to end, so I’ll keep it to read again another day.

“Faith in the Great Southland” by Mary Hawkins

In a courtroom in England, 1835, a man stand accused of murder.  He, John Martin, is the son of Lord Farnley, but Farnley will not recognize him as his son.  Since John’s mother passed away, he had been living in Spain with her family who despised him.  He has travelled to England to meet with his father and tell him that he’s his son.  However, the son from Lord Farnley’s second marriage is determined that John will not do that.  When he is accused of murder and sentenced to be transported to South Australia for the rest of his life.

Elizabeth Waverly is determined to go home to South Australia to see her father.  He had sent her to England to be educated and now that she was done, she wanted to come home.  She did not tell her father that the ship on which she would be sailing was a prison ship, the same one transporting John Martin.

The inhumane treatment of the prisoners and the illnesses that they suffered were despicable to Elizabeth.  She helped the only doctor on board with caring for those suffering souls.  In that capacity, she met John and found him to be a gentleman, educated, and kind…not the sort of man to do murder.  After they landed, circumstances prohibited them from being together.  The story is so interesting because learning something about the penal colony in Australia and the transport of prisoners from England helped Australia become the country it is today.  “Faith in the Great Southland” by Mary Hawkins tells this story very well.  I enjoyed this book.

I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for posting a review.

“Journey Back to Christmas” by Leigh Duncan

“Journey Back to Christmas” by Leigh Duncan is a book based on the Hallmark Channel Original Movie.  I am usually not one for paranormal stories, but this one was right up my alley.  It brought a WW II widow from the 1940’s to contemporary time.  You can imagine the awe with which all the electronic, medical, and cultural changes were viewed by Hanna Morse as she finds herself in her hometown, but in the future.  Not only was she out of step in her manner, her clothes, her speech, but those around her were suspicious and fearful of her.

I thought that the story evolved quite understandably for a paranormal presentation.  I also thought that this is a good Christmas story to share.  It brings together all the things that make Christmas what it is and makes one long for the Christmases of long ago, where there was not so much commercialism and more time spent with family.  Loved the book!

I received a complimentary Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for posting a review.

“A Dangerous Legacy” by Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden has written a book that touched my heart.  “A Dangerous Legacy” is a book about the plumbing systems in New York in the early 1900’s.  The theme of this book was a surprise because I do not know of anyone who has written a historical romance centering around water, pipes and plumbing.  Lucy and Nick Drake’s family has been involved in a lawsuit with their uncle for over 40 years.  It concerns the greed of the uncle who appropriated the valve that Lucy’s and Nick’s grandfather had invented.  This valve made the building of skyscrapers a reality because water could be pumped to the higher floors.  Lucy and Nick wanted that valve to be available to even the poorer of New York.  However the uncle, a Saratoga Drake, was selling the item for an obscene profit and was also trying to get rid of the Manhattan Drakes.

Mick worked for the Water Authority in New York in the underground sewer system, while Lucy was a telegrapher for the AP news agency.  AP is in competition with Reuters, a British news agency and they share space in the same building.  Sir Bolin Beckwith has been sent to America to head the Reuters agency.  Lucy and Colin become aware of a plot to assassinate the president, Theodore Roosevelt and find that it involves the Saratoga Drakes.  The situations that arise from this knowledge and subsequent investigation are an exciting read.

I was very interested in this book because my father, grandfather and great-grandfather were plumbers in my home town.  My great-grandfather actually invented the pumping system for that town.  I just never thought I would be reading an historical novel about plumbing.

I received a complimentary print review copy of this book from Bethany House publishers in return for posting a review.

“The Gift” by Shelley Shepard Gray

“The Gift” by Shelley Shepard Gray is a novel from the series The Amish of Hart County.  The Schwartz family has just purchased a farm in Hart County, Kentucky’s cave country.  Since they have been living in a very small home and now have a farm and the house to go with it.  Susanna Schwartz has just dropped her little sister off at a friend’s home and is returning to her home when shots ring out repeatedly, frightening her horse into racing away and causing the buggy to overturn.  She is injured and comes to as a young man helps her and makes sure the authorities are called.  Neil Vance and his family have sold their farm to the Schwartz’s and Neil’s father is a bitter man because he thinks they were cheated.

After Susanna’s accident with the buggy, other sinister occurrences take place which seem to be part of a campaign to get the Schwartz family to move away.  These “accidents” become more deadly as they continue and no one has been found to be responsible.  Susanna and Neil team up to find the culprit or culprits and find more than that.

I enjoyed reading this novel and thought it was very well written.  Ms. Shepherd gave nothing away until the very end and I welcomed that…it kept me reading long into the night.


I received a print copy of this book from LitFuse.com in return for posting a review.

“The Beloved Christmas Quilt” by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter

I was anxious to read “The Beloved Christmas Quilt” by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter for the Barbour Review Crew.  I love the topics and looked forward to reading more from the Brunstetters.

I’m sorry to say that I was very disappointed in this book.  I thought the story premises were very good and would be great to read.  However, I thought each book depended mostly on the mundane daily life of the characters.  More to the point, each book consisted mostly of conversations about things that would be talked about in a normal family.  I did get that there were problems disclosed, discussed, and solved at the end, but I got really tired of reading who said what.  I’m sorry that I cannot give the great review I was expecting to give, but I have to be honest.  This book was a disappointment to me in many ways.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.