The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick | Historical Fiction Review

The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick

The Healing of Natalie Curtis
Jane Kirkpatrick
Historical Fiction 

She came to the West for rest . . . what she found was a passion.

Classically trained pianist and singer Natalie Curtis can't seem to recapture the joy that music once brought her. In 1902, her brother invites her to join him in the West to search for healing. What she finds are songs she'd never before encountered--the haunting melodies, rhythms, and stories of Native Americans.

But their music is under attack. The US government's Code of Offenses prohibits America's Indigenous people from singing, dancing, or speaking their own languages. Natalie makes it her mission not only to document these songs before they disappear but to appeal to President Teddy Roosevelt himself, who is the only man with the power to repeal the unjust law.

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick weaves a lyrical novel based on a true story that captivates to the very end.
 

The World is Awake for Little Ones by Linsey Davis | Juvenile Fiction Review

The World is Awake for Little Ones by Linsey Davis

The World is Awake for Little Ones
A Celebration of Everyday Blessings
Linsey Davis
Juvenile Fiction (0-4 yrs)

This joyful journey through an ordinary day inspires children to be thankful for all of God’s blessings that surround them. From blooming flowers in the backyard to the roaring animals at the zoo … the world is awake!

Written by ABC News correspondent and bestselling author Linsey Davis and paired with lush, whimsical illustrations by Lucy Fleming, The World Is Awake for Little Ones: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings is a lyrical walk through a day filled with love as seen through the magnificent world of our Creator. Engaging and uplifting, this board book reminds young children they are safely cradled in the hands of God, surrounded by all his wonderful blessings.

This is the day the Lord has made. A butterfly floats through the sun and the shade, while dragonflies flit past the flowers and trees and grasshoppers hop in the soft morning breeze.

The World is Awake for Little Ones by Linsey Davis

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Trick or Treat You're So Sweet! by WorthyKids | Juvenile Fiction Review

Trick or Treat You're So Sweet by WorthyKids

Trick or Treat You're So Sweet!
WorthyKids
Juvenile Fiction/ Halloween

Celebrate Halloween and the little ones who love it with this sweet lift-the-flap board book about Halloween's true hero—its candy.

Children love Halloween costumes and candy, and we love seeing them all dressed up, enjoying the spoils of their trick-or-treating. This book's simple lighthearted text celebrates children and their favorite candies, with a mix of humor and sincerity that will appeal to little ones with a sweet tooth—and parents looking for a cute, cozy tale.

Vivid illustrations feature a varied cast of trick-or-treaters, each with his or her candy of choice. As the text expresses affection in a clever-yet-"sweet" way, readers can lift flaps to reveal more Halloween fun. Heartfelt and funny, Trick or Treat, You're So Sweet! will soon be a Halloween favorite.

My Thoughts

Trick or Treat You're So Sweet! is such an adorable little book. The focus is on the actual 





 

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox | Fiction Book Review

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery
Amanda Cox
Fiction

Present Day. Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home, determined to finally follow her dream of running the family business alongside her mother and grandmother. So when her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that Old Depot Grocery is closing, Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a plan to save the store. But Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons--but she'll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she's pregnant with her deceased fiancé's baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve her family's reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-time story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.


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Breach of Honor by Janice Cantore | Romantic Suspense Review

Breach of Honor by Janice Cantore

Romantic Suspense

As a police officer in Table Rock, Oregon, Leah Radcliff puts her life on the line to help others every day. But at home, Leah’s battling her own personal nightmare: Brad, her abusive husband, a fellow officer, celebrated hero, and beloved son of a powerful prominent family. Brad’s violent outbursts and suspicious activities have left Leah physically and emotionally scarred, until one desperate action to put a stop to his abuse results in deadly consequences.

Though public opinion seems ready to convict Leah, Officer Clint Tanner is one of the few to believe she acted in self-defense. As he works with Leah’s attorney to produce the evidence they need, new truths about Brad’s dark side come to light—and reveal a deep-rooted problem in Table Rock. There are some who have breached their sworn duty to serve and protect . . . and they’ll do anything to keep their secret safe.

My Thoughts

It's been a couple of years since I read a story by Janice Cantore. That was a big mistake on my part. In that time frame I had forgotten just how good her stories are. She is a retired law enforcement officer and that experience shines through in her writing.

Breach of Honor revolves around the law enforcement of Table Rock, Oregon. On the outside all looks fine but when you begin to break open the shell you see deep corruption. Unfortunately the corruption isn't limited to just the police department. Other departments and even civilians are involved. Uncovering all of the participants can prove deadly.

This book includes domestic violence, smuggling, and any other form of corruption that you can imagine. Just when you think you understand what is going on a new element will be uncovered. You really don't know everything until the very end.

If you are a fan of romantic suspense then this is definitely a book you want to get your hands on. I'm looking forward to going back and reading Janice's books that I have missed. You better believe that I won't let this much time lapse again before I read more from her!


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate my review.


 

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