Thursday, March 23, 2017

Architecture of Survival: Holocaust Diaries by Israel Stein


I am fascinated by accounts of the Holocaust and was looking forward to reading Architecture of Survival. Israel Stein gives his first person account of what he went through during the Holocaust as a child in one section. His parents Paula Stein and Meir Stein wrote in diaries during their time and those have been translated and provided in other sections. The pictures and other information included in the memoir make this account a definite must read of the Holocaust.

I like the cover depicting Israel’s family and the countryside. The formatting is perfect. There were no issues in reading this on a Kindle. Grammar, editing issues: the story was adequately edited. There were no glaring typos or unclear sentences. Translation of the language sometimes threw off the flow of words, but not to the point where you couldn’t understand it. His mother spoke Polish and his dad German.

From the memoir, while in Russia, family and neighbors would go missing and never come back. Israel and his family were then taken away to the Lukishki prison. They escaped being sent further on because his mother was an architect. The rest of the memoir is Israel, his mother’s, and then his father’s recollections of that time period.

The author brings to life the ongoing struggles to stay alive and not be caught. I felt like I was there, hiding from the police, afraid for my life. Escaping to Bialystok, Israel and his family experienced a paradise of sorts, until he was intentionally separated from his family and hiding in a small space of a Polish family. Architecture of Survival is Israel Stein’s recollection of the holocaust and I recommend this memoir to all who are interested in this time period of history. At times graphic, at times very sad, at times incomprehensible, this memoir will touch your heart.


https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-Survival-Holocaust-Diaries-Memoirs-ebook/dp/B01N19K7X9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490273244&sr=8-1&keywords=israel+stein

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Family to Call Ours by Merrillee Whren


I loved this story by Merrillee Whren. This is Book 3 of the Front Porch Promises series, but you can read this one without having read the others. Tara Madsen is a widow with a young daughter Hailey who is fighting cancer. Caleb Fitzpatrick comes back to town to find his parents have hired Tara as their receptionist. Is she really who she seems, or does she have ulterior motives? Have his parents trusted the wrong person again? Caleb is still reeling from the actions of his ex, the last person his parents tried to help. Is Tara just like her or can she be trusted?

Tara had fallen in love at a young age, but since he’d died and left her with debt, she couldn’t trust another man to fall in love with. Plus she has a daughter to watch out for now, better than her parents had cared for her. They’d left her at her grandparents and she hadn’t seen them since. She wouldn’t do the same to her daughter.

Can Caleb and Tara learn to lean on God and not worry? In the midst of someone accusing Tara of not being a good mother and Tara’s mother coming back to see her, can Tara trust Caleb? Can Caleb trust Tara not to leave with his heart? What must he do to convince her of his love for her and her daughter?

I recommend this story to anyone who loves a great inspirational romance. I enjoyed the characters and their stories. It’s hard to trust God when things aren’t going well. But as Tara and Caleb find out, trusting Him in the hard times brings peace in the midst of trouble.


I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


https://www.amazon.com/Family-Call-Ours-Contemporary-Christian-ebook/dp/B01N2JH0I8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489774659&sr=8-1&keywords=a+family+to+call+ours

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Gillian's Heart by B.J. Bassett



I loved this sweet story by B.J. Bassett. Gillian and Dusty have nothing in common. She's restoring her grandmother's house. Dusty is a surfer. She's a Christian. He's not. But something draws them together as he's helping her with renovations. When Gillian needs someone, Dusty's there for her. But will secrets from the past pull them apart?

Gillian's Heart is a wonderful inspirational romance about letting go of the past, unconditional love, and finding forgiveness. Sometimes you've just got to let things go so you can move forward in your life.

I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


https://www.amazon.com/Gillians-Heart-B-J-Bassett-ebook/dp/B015923NNE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1488677357&sr=8-2&keywords=gillians+heart

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Building Benjamin: Naomi's Journey by Barbara Britton


Barbara Britton’s Biblical fiction story is a must read! I couldn’t stop reading about this tribe of Benjamin from the Old Testament. This story is brought to life as Naomi and Eliab struggle to reestablish the Benjamite tribe of Israel.

Eliab is part of what’s left of the tribe of Benjamin who takes Naomi from the tribe of Ephraim. How can God let this happen to her? Will her father and brother find her in time? When she is part of another kidnapping in the same night, she must come to terms with Eliab to ensure her safety and find her own path to follow God’s will for her life.

For such a time as this, she steps forth as a voice of forgiveness and mercy. But will anyone listen to a young shepherd and a young weaver?

I loved this story by Barbara Britton and cannot wait to read more of her books.

I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.



https://www.amazon.com/Building-Benjamin-Naomis-Journey-Tribes/dp/161116883X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487879488&sr=8-1&keywords=building+benjamin

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Grace and the Rancher by Mary Alford




“People have a way of remembering who you once were rather than believe it’s possible to change.”

This is so true. Grace has come to Delaney Mountain to get away from her past. Kyle is back to run his deceased father’s ranch. The townspeople know who Kyle was and warn Grace about him. But what happens when God gets ahold of you and changes you? Why is it so hard for people to believe something good has happened?

Kyle can’t forgive himself for what he did, so he doesn’t expect much from anyone else. After Grace tells him about her accident, they realize they have a stronger bond. Can they work through their past to find forgiveness for themselves and a future together?

I loved this contemporary romance by Mary Alford. Can’t wait to read more of her stories.


I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Rancher-Mary-Alford-ebook/dp/B01J4KUMA4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487791413&sr=8-1&keywords=grace+and+the+rancher

A Love to Call Mine by Merrillee Whren


Impossible wishes. A take-charge nurse. And an inconsiderate, self-centered man. God works through the difficult times in our lives, even Heather's preconceived notions and Max's annoyance of being told what to do.

Where does God's plan fall in for someone who has cancer? "It's hard to let our faith rule when bad things are happening to us." Max has to learn that God wants what's best for us, but sometimes we can't see it for what is happening around us. That's where faith comes in. Will God open Heather's eyes to see the real man before her today, not who he used to be before?

I loved this story by Merrille Whren. She's got a great author's voice. It's not often a book brings tears to my eyes when I get to the ending, but this one did. Heather and Max as a couple, their struggles, and the story line pulled me in. I didn't want to see this one end. If you're facing a trial and you see no way out, or how God could even have a hand in the outcome, you need to read this book. You may not understand the journey, but you can feel God's hand in yours.


I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Call-Mine-Contemporary-Christian-ebook/dp/B01KSWL9MW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1487605835&sr=8-3&keywords=merrillee+whren

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Rancher's Texas Twins by Allie Pleiter



I love this story by Allie Pleiter. Avery's twins are adorable as they take over Gabe's life with all their pinkness.

Avery Culpepper is summoned to a Texas town by her dead grandfather, whom she's never met. Gabe Everett is in charge of making sure she doesn't leave town until after the town's celebration, in accordance with her grandfather's will. If they don't abide by the will, her grandfather's ranch, which houses a boys' ranch, will be turned into a strip mall. Can Gabe convince her and her twins to stay in town?

When Avery shows up with her four-year-old twins, Gabe is overcome by all little things pink. But once they steal his heart, can he bear to see them leave? He may never see peace again, but their little giggles and laughs and tea parties draw him in and pierce his heart.

Can Gabe convince Avery to stay or will she go back to her life in Tennessee? Pick up this great book and see!

I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

https://www.amazon.com/Ranchers-Texas-Twins-Cowboy-League-ebook/dp/B01IP85PYO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487605508&sr=8-1&keywords=the+texas+ranchers+twins