Mar 30, 2011

Fool for Books giveaway ~ stop # 223

Congrats!  You've reached stop #223, i think,  on this blog hop!
Click here to go directly to the giveaway, or click on the Fool For Books page tab.


The 3 winners, chosen by Random.org are as follows:
Winner #1 ~ Mona G
Winner #2 ~ Renee G
Winner #3 ~ Shannon J

Congratulations to all 3 winners!  Make sure to check out the next giveaway, coming April 4th, and the next blog hop coming April 11th




High Tide tour: Ann Summerville

Available on Amazon.com and Kindle
High Tide
(Second Book in the Lowenna Series)      


     
Giovanna Matthews settles happily into the English west country village of Lowenna, but a storm is about to rock her world. Distressing the ladies from the knitting circle, a body drifts in with a high tide and unconvinced the death is an accident, Gia leaves no pebble unturned while sleuthing her way around the village. Her delving further disrupts village life much to the distress of many villagers who want every rock to stay firmly in place. Meanwhile, her boyfriend, David, has an unwelcome visitor who threatens to unravel the bonds that tie him and Gia. Can Gia solve the mystery and encourage the visitor to leave before her anchor in the village is uprooted and she too is cast out to sea?
    
 
A special thanks to author Ann Summerville for taking time from her writing to come by and answer a few questions about her new book: Cozy in Texas.  Her blog tour begins April 1st. 
Loves2Read:  How many books have you written to date?
Ann:  I have three cozy mysteries in print and another that I’m working on.
Loves2Read: Could you tell us a little about this book?
Ann: High Tide is set in a Cornish village on the south west coast of England. Although it is a cozy mystery, it is also about the friendships within the village. Giovanna Matthews, the main character, is faced with many dilemmas. A visitor arrives looking for Giovanna’s boyfriend and brings out doubts about her relationship. She is not convinced the death during the High Tide is an accident and scrutinizes each of the villagers for motive. Many secrets come out during her unwelcome sleuthing.
Loves2Read: What is the main message that you want your readers to grasp in this story?
Ann: Embrace friendships. We are often too busy to notice when someone needs us. These ladies meet at a knitting circle once a week and help and encourage each other.
Loves2Read: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
Ann: Rose Lanner. She is a no-nonsense woman with a heart of gold. Of course, if it’s a candlelight dinner David would be invited.
Loves2Read: What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Ann: I like to work in the garden, quilt, and knit.
Loves2Read: What do you do, or need, to get yourself in the “mood” for writing?
Ann:  I love writing and always seem to be in the mood to write something.  If I need to tackle something that I'm having trouble with, I set myself a specific time such as "an hour from now I will tackle Chapter 11 and work on it for an hour and a half" I find that works for me and keeping to that premise, I need to start painting the bedroom ceiling in 15 minutes!

Thank you Ann for stopping by!  I purchased a copy of High Tide through Amazon.com for my kindle, and I can't wait to read it.

As a kick off to Ann's April blog tour, all e-reader downloads of her books are now $2.99 until the end of April. Click on the Amazon.com linkk below for Kindle downloads or go to smashwords.com for other formats.Lowenna Series:
A Graceful Death
High Tide

Storms and Secrets (stand alone)

Stop by her blog, Cozy in Texas,  on April 1 to enter the giveaway.

Mar 27, 2011

Not So Moody & Meet Me Monday blog hops 3/28

Not so Moody Monday Blog Hop 3/28


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Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter
About Book:

Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of her grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.
A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce's own remarkable singing talent makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However, her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?
The first book in a trilogy, Lost Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.    

My Review:
This story is basically about how young girls who are abused, abandoned, and tragically hurt; turn into mermaids whose main goal is to lure unsuspecting boatloads of humans to their deaths.  They feel that this is justified due to the horrible things done to them at the hands of humans before they turned to mermaids.  The story leads the reader on an adventure through the life, turning and mermaid life of a young girl called Luce.  She experiences both tragic and amazing things as a mermaid, but discovers that though they change physically, they really don’t change much emotionally. Many of them remain bitter, testy and turn on each other at times.
Although the book started out both strange, and intriguing; I was not happy with the ending.  I thought it was a good read, very well written; but also left me a bit confused as I read through the story.  The ending sort of leaves the reader hanging in limbo, so I wonder if the next book will continue where this one left off?  I certainly hope so. 
If I had to rate this book on 1-5 scale - I'd probably give it a 3.5.  Well written and interesting, but you need to read more than just this book to really know what is going on with the story.

Mar 25, 2011

The Real Skinny on Losing It!

From the Back Cover
It ain’t over ’til the Fat Lady disappears!
So many things contribute to women’s struggles with weight that, no matter what infomercials and celebrities promise on TV, it’s never as simple as 1-2-3 to “get it off and keep it off.” That’s because the real issue usually lurks beneath the surface—in a woman’s heart and mind.
No matter how many sit-ups, push-ups, or miles on the treadmill you do, you’ll never see honest, life-changing results until you make peace with your inner self and the One who created you—take it from someone who’s been there and back—a lot!
Filled with great tips, recipes, advice, and encouragement, The Real Skinny on Losing It is a hilarious and blatantly honest story of Michelle McKinney Hammond’s own battle of the bulge and everything she’s learned about fad diets, nutrition, exercise, self-esteem, and self-worth along the way.
Girlfriend, trust me—this is the last diet book you’ll ever need!
My review
I am not a fan of “diet” books.  But this book is a definite “must read” in my humble opinion.  I love how the author, Michelle McKinney Hammond, uses both humor and personal testimony to encourage the reader to find out more, and give this book a try.  I had never heard of eating for my “blood type” before reading this book.  I have now, due to Michelle’s enthusiasm and list of resources, decided to personally check out what foods are good for my body type and blood type.  I highly encourage anyone, whether you have dieted before or not, to read this book and learn more about what foods are good for YOUR body!

Mar 24, 2011

The Vital Principle review & giveaway!

The Vital Principle (Second Sons Inquiry Agency Mystery)
The Vital Principle  by Amy Corwin
with Giveaway!
From back cover:
In 1815, an inquiry agent, Mr. Knighton Gaunt, is asked by Lord Crowley to attend a séance with the express purpose of revealing the spiritualist as a fraud.  When the séance ends abruptly, Lord Crowley is poisoned during the turmoil by an unseen killer.
Gaunt is now left to investigate not only fraud, but murder. Long-time friends turn against one another as the tension mounts, and Gaunt is challenged time and time again to separate fact from fiction before another death at Rosecrest.
The Vital Principle is the first mystery in the Second Sons Inquiry Agency series and features cooly intellectual Mr. Knighton Gaunt, the agency’s founder.  This witty, historical whodunit in the tradition of Bruce Alexander’s Blind Justice, will keep you guessing until the unexpected end.
My Review:
Pru Bransford is suspected of murder by the inquiry agent hired to reveal her as a fraud.  Even when falsely accussed of murder; Pru Bransford keeps her head, remains calm, and eventually her innocence is proven.  An interesting mystery from beginning to end.
 Amy Corwin’s writing style flows easily and keeps the reader interested, and continually guessing “what comes next.”  In each chapter, the tension mounts between the different characters involved, and continues throughout the book.  The suspense grows gradually, and builds until the final chapters where the murder is finally revealed and apprehended. 

Even after the mystery is solved, the story continues.  I love a good story where the ending is just as good as the beginning, and Amy Corwin delivers.  A great novel for mystery buffs. As for the "christian fiction" genre; there seems to be an underlying note that inquiry agent Knighton Gaunt believes in God, but it is understated.  Gaunt quotes in Chapter five that "there is only one truth." 
Though the language is clean, and this book is readable for most of my followers; I would recommend this for 13+ due to some of the more adult-oriented content of the story.

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The author, Amy Corwin, contacted me to ask for my review of her book "The Vital Principle."  I have in hand 1 copy that I will giveaway to a random follower. 
Giveaway will run from March 23rd 4pm CST, until March 28th midnight CST!

CONGRATS to RealtorSD ~ the winner of "The Vital Principle by Amy Corwin" giveaway!

Mar 21, 2011

Review of children's book: I'd choose You


I'd Choose You  by Dr. John Trent
Everyone knows what it is like to have a bad day.  This story follows Norbert and his really bad day at school.  Even though he rides a roller coaster to school, he had no one to sit with.  And at school no one picked him for a team, or sat with him at lunch.  When he comes home sad, his mother shares a blessing with him.  My 3 year old and 6 year old both enjoyed this story. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful, and the story has a very special message for both children and adults.  I love the idea this story portrays, of blessing your child.  I was also intrigued by the “write your own blessing” page at the end of the book.  A good story for both parent and child. 

New Reviews!

I have added a few new reviews on the other "pages" of  my blog.  Please check out the YA and children's pages for some great books!

Just added in Children's
Chrissie's Shell
I'd Choose You
Thank You, God, For Mommy
Thank You, God, For Daddy

Just added in YA:
Cinderella:  Ninja Warrior
Sleeping Beauty:  Vampire Slayer

Mar 20, 2011

I won an Award!?!


Apparently I have been bestowed the wonderful Stylish Blogger Award by SivMaria!  Thank you so much for the honor.  Check out her blog "Been There Done That" and follower her as well (nudge nudge)

According to the rules of the award, I have to post a link (above) to SivMaria's blog, write 7 facts about myself, and give this award to another 7 stylish bloggers.

Well, I'm not sure what to write exactly, but here are the 7 facts about me that you will not find in my profile:

#1  Although I do wake early, I prefer to stay burried under the covers for as long as possible in the mornings.

#2  I do NOT like, nor drink coffee.  Although I am a bit addicted to soda - none of that diet stuff either!

#3  I am the oldest child of 3, but was raised as an only child by my grandmother.

#4  I love to dance.  Though I have never actually had any training whatsoever, nor do I EVER dance in public - lol ~  I DO love to dance, and would secretly love to take lessons.

#5  I am taking adult swim lessons, since I never learned as a child.  I figure since I'm forcing my children to take them, I should as well.

#6  One of my all-time favorite authors is Grace Livingston Hill.  I have over 90 of her books on my bookshelf!

#7  I actually am a wanna-be, closet writer.  I have over a dozen stories started, outlined, planned or just notes written down.  Only a very few people know about it, and only 1 of them has ever actually read any of my stories or ideas.


And finally, here are the 7 wonderful, stylish bloggers;  that have inspired me, encouraged me, or had reviews that made me "run out" to get "that" book!
I chose: 



Mar 19, 2011

Winner Announced!

Congratulations to our 2 winners of the Lucky Leprachaun Blog Hop!  The winners of 2 copies of "Pearl in the Sand" by Tessa Afshar are:

Jan Mesalli   and   Lexie !!!!

Congrats to you both.  You have 48 hours to reply and claim your prize.     Since both winners have quickly replied!  :)  I will be mailing out your books tomorrow!  Congrats!

Great YA books - new twist on Princess stories


Cinderella:  Ninja Warrior
by Maureen McGowan

In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!
I am greatly impressed with this story.  I love that finally, Cinderella is not just a - too peppy little girl prancing around in rags, happily at the beck and call of her stepmother and stepsisters.  Finally, Cinderella is more down to earth; and her feelings, and fears are very realistic.  I love the little twists and turns the story takes.  The choices the reader gets to make in the story is reminiscent of my favorite “choose your own adventure” books I read as a pre-teen.  The author takes Cinderella on and adventure, but the reader gets to choose the way she gets from rags to riches!  Definitely a must read for ages 8 and up (including adult!) 







Sleeping Beauty:  Vampire Slayer 
by Maureen McGowan
In this thrilling story full of adventure and romance, Sleeping Beauty is more than just a lonely princess waiting for her prince—she's a brave, tenacious girl who never backs down from a challenge. With vampire-slaying talents that she practices in secret, Sleeping Beauty puts her courage to the test in the dark of night, fighting evil as she searches for a way to break the spell that has cut her off from her family. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Sleeping Beauty and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!
I enjoyed reading this story so much that I HAD to go back and read every possible twist and turn!  Though I must say that I did find a favorite “way” to read this adventure – there are many choices to make along the journey.  This story, as well as “Cinderella: Ninja Warrior” are not your typical fairy tale adventures.  Each main character has strengths and weaknesses that draws the reader deeper into the story, and aids in deciding which path to take.  Once again, a wonderfully written story by author Maureen McGowan!


***Although Maureen McGowans books are not classified as "Christian fiction" they are both clean and entertaining for all!

Mar 17, 2011

McKenzie by Penny Zeller

Desperate times call for desperate measures is the reasoning that prompts McKenzie Worthington, a young lady of Boston's high society, to respond to an ad for a mail-order bride for a man in the Montana Territory. McKenzie is desperate, after all, to save her beloved younger sister, Kaydie, from her evil, abusive husband, who robs banks for a living. And so, it is with reckless determination that McKenzie runs away from the comforts of home and hearth to head West and meet her new husband-whom she'll divorce, of course, after she rescues her sister.

Desperate times call for desperate measures is the reasoning that also prompts Zachary Sawyer, a rugged rancher after God's own heart, to post an ad for a mail-order bride in various newspapers across the country. Managing a ranch and caring for his adoptive son, Davey, has become more than one man can handle alone, and Zach prays for God to send him a wife with whom to build a life and share his dreams.

When McKenzie arrives at Zach's ranch, she immediately puts her plan in motion, searching for her sister and doing all she can to keep her new husband from forming an attachment. But his persistent kindness and significant self-sacrifices begin to change her heart-and ruin her plans. God has a way of working things out to the good of those who love Him, though, as McKenzie and Kaydie will soon see.



My Review:
Oh I absolutely loved this story.  I was captivated from the beginning with McKenzie's situation.  And I totally and completely fell in love with Zach.
Author Penny Zeller is a wonderful story teller.  Her writing captures the imagination and brings the characters and story to life.  I could not put this book down.  Then, the story ends with a small "cliffhanger."  Just enough to keep the reader (me) wanting more.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series:  Kaydie!  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure, romance, danger and mystery all wrapped up in a clean fiction package!

Review ~ God Gave Us the World

God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergen:




When Little Cub takes a trip to a special museum exibit on "Bears around the World," she begins to wonder:  Why didn't God make us all the same?

With Mama's loving guidance, Little Cub is taught to see the vastness of God's wonderful creation; His abilities as an amazing, inventive Creator; His desire for us to care about our world; and especially the important lesson that. . .

"Every bear has a special place in God's great, big world"

This adorable story offers young children who are discovering their place in God's big world and opportunity to learn aobut the wonder of diversity, the gift of creativity, the importance of caring for His gifts, and how each child - each creation - is special to God.


My children and I share an avid love of books, and I especially love books with a Christian message.   God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a wonderful book with both excellent, colorful illustrations; and a fun to read and hear message of God's love  My children (ages 2, 6, & 9) all loved reading and hearing this story over and over.  I personally was quite impressed with the adorable illustrations and the creative writing.  Having Little Cub learn that there are many different kinds of bears was a wonderful message that my 6 and 9 year old both picked up on.  The story also helped open the door to discuss with all 3 of my children, that God created all people, all things, and he loves every single person no matter their size, shape, culture or language; and that we are all wonderfully made by God who loves us.
I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is great for a variety of ages, is very cute and my kids and I all loved it.

Similar books Also Available:

God Gave Us You
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much – a limited three book treasury


Disclaimer:  In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising;" I am disclosing that: I received a free copy of this book from for review purposes.  I was in no way compensated for publishing my personal review

Mar 16, 2011

Dont forget to enter the giveaway!

Dont forget about the "Lucky Leprachaun Giveaway Hop"

Hosted by Books Complete Me 

Sign up for my giveaway below for (Pearl in the Sand - by Tessa Afshar),
 then click on the picture at right, and you can see a list of over 200 other blogs doing giveways at the same time!  Enter as many or as few as you like!  March 17th through the 20th!



Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desireable to men, make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Isreal?  Shockingly, the Bible's answer is yes.  At the age of fifteen Rahab is forced into prostitution by her beloved father.  In her years as a courtesan, she learns to mistrust men and hate herself.  Into the emotional turmoil of her world walks Salmone, a respected leader of Judah.  Through the tribulations of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another's worth in God and find healing from fear and rejection.
*  See the rest of my review below. . .


Here is a link where you can read chapter 2 from the book:  http://www.tessaafshar.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/PearlintheSandCH2.pdf


So.... sign up below and enter to win your own copy, then you can read for yourself!
Contest will begin on March 14th, and end on March 20th (11:59pm).  Winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.


GIVEAWAY CLOSED!




Mar 8, 2011

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desireable to men, make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Isreal?  Shockingly, the Bible's answer is yes.  At the age of fifteen Rahab is forced into prostitution by her beloved father.  In her years as a courtesan, she learns to mistrust men and hate herself.  Into the emotional turmoil of her world walks Salmone, a respected leader of Judah.  Through the tribulations of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another's worth in God and find healing from fear and rejection.

Pearl in the Sand, is a fictional story of Rahab the harlot who became an ancestor of Christ.  The author, Tessa Afshar, delivers a very powerful truth within its pages by taking what little truth is known and weaves it into an entirely believable fiction. Tessa gives Rahab a set of emotional baggage that seems entirely believable for a young woman of her background and circumstances.
As a heathen in a foreign land, Rahab uses what she learns about the Hebrews and their God, and makes a decision of faith in a God she does not know; yet she still doubts her acceptance.   She has complete  faith in Him as The Lord and yet is unable to believe that He would forgive her past,  or see her as having any value. Rahab, in this story, has a childlike faith, yet immense wisdom in how she understands what it means to serve the Lord.

This novel is a historical fiction yet relevant to life as a Christian today. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good christian fiction, with a bit of romance and conflict thrown in.  I enjoyed this book so much that I have ordered a copy to keep on my shelf, as well as one to give away!

And just to whet your appetite - here is a link where you can read chapter 2 from the book:  http://www.tessaafshar.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/PearlintheSandCH2.pdf

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Words from the Author:  Tessa Afshar


My fascination with Rahab actually started in Italy. During a visit to Florence, I noticed that Ponte Vecchio—the famed bridge straddling the Arno River for almost seven hundred years—had tiny shops built right into its walls. They bulged out of the sides of the bridge like odd-shaped barnacles sticking out of the hull of a ship.  Walking over this bridge reminded me of the story of Rahab. The Bible tells us that she lived in the bowels of a wall too. Her house was built right into the defensive walls of Jericho. I wondered what it was like to live in a wall as I crossed Ponte Vecchio. Then I realized that we all know a little something about that. Most of us have to contend with walls in the interior places of our souls. Walls built on foundations of pride, fear, rejection, loss; walls that keep others at bay and shield us from drawing close enough to get hurt again. Suddenly I was hooked. I wanted to write about walls, about living in them, about pulling them down. I wanted to write about Rahab.

Pearl in the Sand recounts the tale of a woman whose world was a mess, whose life was a mess, whose heart was a mess, but in encountering God, she found to her shock that her life was salvageable. More than that—it was valuable. She found that she was lovable. For her, this process happened through the love of a godly and persistent man who was nonetheless, flawed.

God started the most significant part of Rahab’s life by literally pulling down the walls of her home around her. As traumatic as that moment must have been for Rahab, she could not have moved on to the future God had planned for her without it. In a parallel pursuit of healing for her broken soul, Pearl in the Sand portrays a God who just as determinedly set out to ruin the walls surrounding Rahab’s heart. I think women today need to know God as the wooer and pursuer of their hearts. They need to know that sometimes the most glorious breakthroughs of life come through a vector of God-ordained pain. More than anything I hope the reader of this story will come away with a deeper glimpse into her own soul, and a more profound understanding of God the Father.

Thanks so much for having me as your guest today.

Tessa





Disclaimer:  In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising;" I am disclosing that: I received a free ebook copy of this title from Netgalley, for review purposes.  I was in no way compensated for publishing my personal review

Mar 7, 2011

Thank You God For . . . Reviews - 2 cute children's books

Thank You, God, For Mommy  by  Amy Parker

In this adorable board book, a little panda thanks God for his wonderful mommy—a mommy who gives hugs and cuddles, who takes great care of him, and most importantly, who offers love and guidance for her precious panda cub.
The love and sacrifices of mothers everywhere will be celebrated by mother and child as they snuggle up together and say Thank You, God, for Mommy
What a cute little book!  This book is about a little panda bear who thanks God for his mommy through 4 line poems.  On each page, there are colorful illustrations to go along with each phrase.  An entertaining book for infant through preschooler to read and enjoy with Mommy.  The cute rhymes are easy for young ones to memorize and repeat.  I highly recommend this book and it’s counterpart:  Thank You God, for Daddy.  They make excellent gifts for the little ones in your life, or for gifts for new parents!



Thank You, God, For Daddy  by  Amy Parker


Daddies do so much for us! It’s time to thank God for the blessing they are.
In this adorable board book, a little lion cub thanks God for his wonderful daddy—a daddy who gives big hugs and piggy back rides, who takes great care of him, and most importantly, who offers love, guidance, and encouragement.
What a cute little book!  My 3 year old daughter and I read this book over and over.  She loves the illustrations and the easy to read format.   Simple enough for infant through preschooler to understand and enjoy.  Wonderful , colorful illustrations on each and every page.  I love that the author wrote such an adorable book about Daddies!  I highly recommend this book and it’s counterpart:  Thank You God, for Mommy.  They make excellent gifts for the little ones in your life, or for baby gifts!

Mar 4, 2011

Been cloudy, but there is a Silver Lining!

After a rough few weeks of Sick me, sick hubby and sick kids - I'm looking for that "silver lining" at the edge of this "cloud" I've been wallowing in.  I have a few new reviews in the works, and should (hopefully) get them posted next week!
(if I can manage to keep myself and my family healthy long enough to get them posted) - :)

So, look for these reviews to come:

* God Gave Us the World by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J.Bryant
* Pearl in the Sand  by Tessa Afshar   (WILL include book giveaway!)
* The Vital Principle  by Amy Corwin   (with possible giveaway of book from the author)
* McKenzie  by Penny Zeller
* Winter's Awakening  by Shelly Shepard Gray
* The Real Skinny on Losing it   by Michelle McKinney Hammond

Mar 2, 2011

Cute Chilren's book ~ Chrissie's Shell Review


Chrissie’s Shell by Brooke Keith and Mary Bausman
What an adorable story!  Haven’t we all at one time or another felt like we just didn’t fit in our own skin?  Have you ever felt like someone else had nicer hair, eyes, body than you?  Well little Chrissie is an adorable turtle who feels like God didn’t make her the way He should have.  She wonders why she doesn’t have wings like a bird, or can’t climb like a squirrel.  The story is wonderfully written, and the illustrations are amazing and creative.  My daughter’s, ages 3 and 6, both absolutely loved this story!  I highly recommend this wonderful story for children of any age.