Monday, July 16, 2018

The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson {Book Review}

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His one wish is to win her heart. 

First, he must prove his worth.

He leaves with a hope to return and a promise to never forget.


ALADDIN, a rescued orphan from the Holy Land, is growing up at the cathedral and orphanage of Hagenheim. Quickly earning a reputation as one who is helpful, kind, and eager to do what's right, he is well on his way to becoming the duke's steward. Yet even with the favor of God and man upon his life, will he ever be good enough for what he truly desires? 

LADY KIRSTYN, daughter of Duke Wilhelm and Lady Rose, is growing up privileged and protected at Hagenheim castle. Feeling insignificant in the midst of so many siblings, she forges an unlikely friendship with the handsome, dark-skinned orphan. Could they ever be more than friends?

The Orphan's Wish is book 8 in the Hagenheim/Fairy Tale Romance series and is a Christian retelling of Aladdin. Lady Kirstyn and Aladdin spend their childhood going on all kinds of adventures together and becoming each other's favorite companion. When they both realize their friendship may be leading to something more, Aladdin risks it all to leave servanthood behind and to make a name for himself.

Soon after Aladdin leaves to seek his fortune, a traitorous orphan girl and a vengeful merchant's son take Kirstyn on a dreadful journey. Both Aladdin and Kirstyn discover that it may be more than their stations threatening to keep them apart for good.




My Thoughts

I love fiction set during medieval times and it was wonderful to be back in Hagenheim again! I've read every single book in this series (all of Melanie Dickerson's books for that matter) and have loved them all. This book, along with the rest in the series, is lighthearted fiction with a fairy tale feel minus the magic.

While The Orphan's Wish probably isn't my favorite in the Hagenheim series, it was still good. Aladdin is extremely likeable and reminds me of one of my favorite characters in the Old Testament. The book has an encouraging message of trusting God even in the midst of trial and having integrity no matter the circumstances. In my opinion, it's quite wholesome enough for teens.

The Orphan's Wish can be read as a stand alone, but I'd recommend reading the books in this series in the order in which they were written. Visit Melanie Dickerson's website to view the books in order.




Book Rating: 4.5 stars

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Home Gift Ideas

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Need a housewarming gift? Etsy offers quite the selection of unique and personalized new home gift ideas. My favorite? The dishwasher magnet. I have one that I made a few years ago, and it's SO helpful! (Especially with teens in the house.)

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Farmhouse Planters {Indoor}

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I love having plants as part of my home decor, especially real, live, growing ones! So far I've been able to keep pothos, spider plant, and some type of ivy that I found at Wal-Mart alive. I'd really like to try string of pearls but haven't yet. Faux plants/greenery are fine as long as they don't look too fake. ;) 

What about you? Do you like having plants in your home? Here are some lovely farmhouse style planters I found on Etsy that would be perfect for indoor gardening for faux or real plants.

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Check out planters at Hobby Lobby, too! It's one of my favorite stores. :)


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Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck {Book Review}

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A simple love letter binds the past to the present.

Was it enough to bind a Loyalist and a Patriot? 

Will it be enough to bind a screenwriter and an actress?


Present (Hollywood)

CHLOE DASCHLE is desperate to bid good riddance to her death scene typecast. Can't she just live for once? With her career on the brink of extinction, landing the lead female role in the upcoming film, Bound by Love, is her last line of hope.

JESSE GATES longs to find answers to his ancestor's past. He seeks closure by writing an entire script for a heroic love story based on a one-page letter written by his distant grandfather during the Revolutionary War. His script, however, may reveal more about himself than he's willing to admit.

Both Chloe and Jesse have sworn off love for different reasons, but after a chance meeting their attraction to one another is undeniable. When chance meeting turns into spending day after day on set together, will they be able to make room in their lives for love again?

Past (South Carolina, late 1700s)

ESTHER LONGFELLOW, mistress of Slathersby Hill, loves Hamilton Lightfoot. Despite her Loyalist father's opposition to a relationship with the nephew of a devoted Patriot, Esther risks much to follow her heart. And she's willing to wait as long as it takes for Hamilton to declare his feelings for her.

HAMILTON LIGHTFOOT, raised by his uncle since the age of ten, would rather hunt squirrel than men. He'd also prefer settling down with Esther to battling the British. But as tension mounts between the Tories and Whigs, he has no choice but to join the Cause. Bloodied and bruised in the heat of battle, Hamilton tries desperately to cling to the letter in which he finally declares his affection for the woman who holds his heart. 

The Love Letter links these four characters together in a captivating tale of loss and love. The dual plot keeps the pages turning, and the lesson that true Love binds no matter what warms the heart!



My Thoughts

I typically shy away from any type of modern fiction, and a Hollywood setting would almost always be a no for me. However, the dual plot connecting the past to present intrigued me. Plus, I'd recently read and liked two other Christian fiction books that followed a similar format. This was my first time to read a book by this author, and I thought it was written very well.

Rachel Hauck weaves a story of characters who are not only linked by ink and DNA, but who are bound by a steadfast love that sparks separate journeys of faith. Readers can relate to the loss of loves and dreams, but Rachel shows how love can mend even the most broken hearts.

My favorite scenes were by far the ones that took place during the time of Hamilton and Esther, and I couldn't wait to find out how their story ended. I even teared up a little toward the end. I'm not super keen on kissing before marriage, and I'm not too sure I really liked one of the characters named Smitty. But, overall, I liked the story and would recommend it to historical fiction and modern fiction fans alike.


Book Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Go to Sleep, Sheep! {Book Review}

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Go to Sleep, Sheep!
Illustrated by Sydney Hanson
Published by Tommy Nelson

Synopsis

It's time for bed on Sunshine Farm, but Mama Sheep's babies are still FULL of energy. The cute quadruplets stall as long as they can with all kinds of requests: five more minutes of playtime, one quick snack, one more story, a drink, and even a tickle fight.

Finally, after prayers and snuggles, the tired sheep are ready to fall asleep "all safe and snug in Bedtime Barn".

About the Book

Go to Sleep, Sheep! is a super fun bedtime story. A story most mamas can relate to, I'm sure.

This semi-sturdy, barn-shaped board book boasts soft, colorful illustrations that will charm kids and parents alike. Each baby sheep has a slightly different look giving each one a bit of character. One is plain, one wears glasses, one wears a red scarf around his neck, and one wears a blue bow around her head.

The book's 20 pages are written in 4-line poetry style with the second and fourth lines rhyming. After each stanza, you read the words, "Go to sleep, sheep"! The repetition is great for young children!



My Thoughts

I adore reading (and writing) picture books! I definitely miss the picture book phase of life with my own kids. I can't wait to have grandchildren one day, so I can take them to the library and pile up on picture books once again.

Go to Sleep, Sheep! is a keeper. I really wish I could go back for just one night and tuck my own littles in bed and read them this sweet story. I bet it'd be a favorite - one we'd have to read over and over again like Goodnight Moon and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

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