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Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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About the book:

Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans.
David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.
They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

My Review:

I throughly enjoyed book one of this series and dug into this second book with gusto. It is often that many people might judge this book by it’s title or even the cover and deem it a “romance novel” with disparaging tones, but I would be the first to argue with them.

While there is a story of love between a man and woman, the  main love focus that I saw was the love for the least of these. Orphans, prostitutes, and others that were not deemed acceptable always in this times period that the book is set in, were the focus of the heroine of our story. She is honorable, driven and a strong personality.

This story brings to the forefront, much of the underbelly of polite society, without being graphic or unseemly, but truly will give the readers much to think about and ponder. Who are the ones in our society that we put in this category?

The author is skilled in her writing, interweaving a tale that will pull you in until you are finished. I would encourage you to pick up a copy. I found this book not only interesting, but another learning experience about the moral society of that time.

I received this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed herein are my own.

This book is available for purchase. “A Love So True” 

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No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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If you’ve ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.

But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.

No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”

No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.

My Review:

If I had to list one book that touched me more than any other book this year, it would be this one hands down. In this book, Ms. Fleece does not pull any punches. She does not tell you that life is going to go well and God has you in the palm of His hand, which means things will be easy.

Instead, she walks you through the bible and gives you permission to grieve and lament, in a biblical fashion. She shows how God, instead of as many in the church seem to believe, loves to hear our laments and sorrows spoken aloud.

This book will bring you to a place of being able to embrace the trials a bit more as you suffer through them, but also not be as afraid to share with others your struggles.

I found as I read this, I was absorbing, living and loving the permission to be real, but not just in a complaining way, but that living in reality is not complaining. I learned that Christianity does not always mean being positive. It often means that life is full of hardship. She goes into what joy is and what joy is not. This is not another book that tells you to keep it inside and don’t let others know. She encourages you in the godly art of mourning.

As I read it, it felt as though something was released in me, the ability to be okay with not being as fake as I feel others often expect you to be. This review, even feels lame in my effort to explain, but just get it and read it! You will not be sorry!

You can order it from Amazon, “No More Faking Fine”. The Kindle version is only $1.99 right now. You can eve add audio for only $3.99.

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Harvest by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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About the book:

A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.

Every garden–not just vegetable plots–can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

 

My Review:

This book is one of those books you will want to have on your coffee table for people to page through. It is filled with gorgeous photography.  Not only that, but the useful information for those of you looking for uses for common plants, herbs or unusual garden plants.

I did find that some of the zoning seemed to be off on what plants grow where, but it did instruct you to refer to a updated zoning chart with an online link in the back. I was wishing for a zone map to be included, but they skipped that.

There were multiple recipes for alcoholic drinks, herbal oils, and some other recipes, but mostly, this is just a lovely book of amazing pictures, with some minor ideas of how to use the plants. Most of the plants mentioned only grow in zones 6 and up, so if you are a colder weather, northern dweller, know that some of the plants do grow here that they mentioned, but they do not mention your zone.

I did, very much enjoy this book and passed it along to  a friend to look at in the final stages of her pregnancy.  I am looking forward to making the lilac cream, some of the oils and lip balm mentioned in here.

This book was given to me for review by Blogging for Books. The opinions contained herein are my own.

It is available for purchase and would make an excellent gift for any gardener.

“Harvest”  It comes in a lovely hardcover volume.

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