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Thursday, April 27, 2017

#REVIEW: Alabaster by Chris Aslan

Title: Alabaster
Author: Chris Aslan
Series: none
ISBN: 978-1782642282
Pages: 208
Publisher: Lion Fiction (Kregel)
Published Date: March 28. 2017
Buy It Link: Amazon

Synopsis: Maryam is stuck in an abusive marriage, living with her in-laws in a conservative, toxically religious village. A few years back, her father was given a jar of priceless perfume by a dying leper and it seemed as if their fortunes would improve, but then Maryam's father contracted leprosy and was exiled from the village. Maryam and her siblings, Eleazar and Marta, experience the shame and ostracism this brings. The precious jar that was meant to bring them freedom has only brought destruction. But rumors abound concerning a new doctor; perhaps hope is on the horizon. . . .
Alabaster brings a first-century Middle Eastern village and its culture to life for modern-day readers.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is one of my favorite stories within the gospels. I love to see anyone attempt to fictionalize this and flesh this woman out. And this book did an amazing job.
Once I started it, and thankfully I did it on one of my days off, I couldn't stop, I couldn't tear myself away from this haunting and beautiful story of first century Middle Eastern culture. The heroine's tale is so well-written, I found myself right next to her in her pain, shame and grief. And when hope came along, I was right there with her, my heart soaring along with her.
You have to read it to understand how rich and captivating this story is, words just seem shallow in comparison to reading this book and being transported there.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

#REVIEW: Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top by Susan K Marlow

Title: Andi Saddles Up
Series: Circle C Stepping Stones #1
Author: Susan K Marlow
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Published Date: March 28, 2017
ISBN: 978-0825444302
Pages: 112
Buy It Link: Amazon


Synopsis: Andi Carter has just turned nine. She and her palomino, Taffy, are old enough to be a real horse-and-rider pair at last! With a beautiful new saddle, Andi's sure she is ready to learn to trick ride like her friend Riley used to do before he left the ranch.

Sadly, big brother Chad knocks down any trick-riding plans, but Andi cheers up when she discovers a new friend at her special spot. Her fun with Sadie is soon threatened, though. They are caught in the middle of a boundary quarrel between the two families. Both Sadie's pa and Chad are stubborn as mules and neither will back down.

Can Andi and Sadie hang on to their friendship while the adults are fighting?


My Rating: 4 stars


My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book stars a young girl, Andi Carter, in the 1800's . It starts out on Andi's 9th birthday, where finally she can ride her palomino, Taffy, all by herself. During the book, Andi is confronted with how to face disappointment as a growing young lady, and not a child, as well as watching how adults handle their differences. Unfortunately, learning how adults settle their differences wasn't exactly a pleasant experience for Andi, and nearly tears apart a budding friendship with their neighbors, with whom they now have a boundary issue.
In the end, Andi sees that boundary issues can be complicated, but only as complicated as you make them. It is more important to help those in need than to stick with your pride.






Title: Andi Under The Big Top
Series: Circle C Stepping Stones #2
Author: Susan K Marlow
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Published Date: March 28, 2017
ISBN: 978-0825444319
Pages: 105
Buy It Link: Amazon


Synopsis: The summer after Andi Carter turns nine the circus comes to town. She can't wait to get in line to see the elephants, acrobats, and--most of all--the champion bareback rider. What could be more thrilling than riding your very own horse under the big top?
When the Carters see the show, Andi meets Henry Jackson, a small boy selling concessions. Andi thinks his job must be perfect, hanging out with happy clowns, exotic animals, and excited visitors. But it's not all fun and games. Henry shares a secret with Andi: he ran away from home to join the circus--and now he's trapped. Andi wants to help him get free. But helping him may mean losing something very special to her.


My Rating: 4 stars


My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a continuation of the previous book, Andi Saddles Up, and stars a 9 year old girl, Andrea, nicknamed Andi, in the 1800's. How exciting can a circus coming to town be for a 9 year old in the 1800's?! She can't wait! When she finally does see the circus she meets a young boy about her age, named Henry. How much better and more exciting must his life be, in the circus, travelling around the country, than her own? Instead, she learns a much darker side to the flamboyant and colorful circus. Trying to help her new friend escape the circus could mean disaster for another friend even dearer to her.
This book is a great read for children in middle elementary school (my 8 year old loves it!) with a gentle undertone of Christian historical fiction.