Book Review: The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party by Mona Hodgson

The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party
By Mona Hodgson/Pictures by Julie Olson
ISBN: 978-0-910-75322-3
Juvenile Fiction/Religious/Christian/Early Readers
Retails for $16.99


Be kind and compassionate to one another.-Ephesians 4:32

Princesses Abby and Emma are ready to celebrate their birthday with their friends. But where did Beth go? Can Emma convince Beth to come back to the party? 


This book is a Zonderkidz I Can Read level 1 book for reading beginners.  This book was absolutely perfect for my first grader to practice reading.  The sentences were short and the words were easy to read.  The actual story was simplified and and the illustrations were cute and on par with the story.

In the story, the two princesses Abby and Emma are getting ready to have a birthday party with all of their friends. They dressed in their prettiest gowns, pinned up their hair and put on their crowns. 
 One friend named Beth leaves immediately after arriving and Emma chases her down. To our surprise, Beth says she felt like her dress was too plain. Emma didn't want her to miss the party, so to make Beth feel better, she took her crown off of her head and placed it on Beth's and told Beth she was beautiful. Beth told Emma that she was beautiful on the inside. 

The King said, "God sees your heart. You are loving and kind." 

We just learned kindness and how it comes from the inside. Sharing is caring. What a great little lesson to teach children. 

What a great book for all young readers. I give it a 5/5 stars. 

*FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book complimentary from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my review!* 

Book Review: Faith By Lyn Cote

By Lyn Cote
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7563-2
Historical Fiction/Christian
Retails for $14.99


Quakeress Faith Cathwell never imagined she'd find herself on the battlefield during the Civil War, but she had a gift for nursing and abolition. Her childhood friend Shiloh was kidnapped and sold by slave catchers. With the help of Colonel Devlin Knight who finds himself indebted to Faith for saving is cousin's life.. the two of them find their attractions for each other growing and quickly learn that the only thing more dangerous than war that is surrounding them is the battle in their hearts.


Without having read the first two books in this Quaker Bride series, I quite enjoyed this one, although I felt like there were some timeline gaps that maybe one day I can eventually fill by going back and reading the other stories so I can understand the main character more.  

Anyways, Faith is a beautifully written and thought out story. The author did her research and you could tell by how she kept the story historically correct. 

I felt like the main goal of the story was to find Shiloh, but so much other stuff was going on.  I felt like the characters were developed well but some parts of the war and battle struggles dragged on. At the end of the story, I wanted more.   

Faith Cathwell is a very strong and compassionate leading lady in this story. I fell in love with the relationship she formed with Dev and I hoped for more depth on the romance but it was very tasteful and appropriate for young readers. 

I would definitely consider reading more from this author. I rate this book a 4/5. 

*FTC DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my honest review.* 

Book Review: A Worthy Heart By Susan Anne Mason

A Worthy Heart
(Courage To Dream Book 2)
By:Susan Anne Mason
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1725-8
Historical Fiction
Retails for $14.99

Maggie Montgomery and her brothers escape Ireland on the brink of war and her ex-fiance Neill Fitzgerald and come to America to live with her older brother and his wife, with the hope building a new life in the land of opportunity.


Despite not having ready the prequel, Irish Meadows (Courage to Dream Book 1), I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I read the entire book in a 6 hour (round trip) from Springfield, MO to St. Louis, MO one day and totally fell in love with this story and the characters! 

When Maggie stumbled upon handsome Adam O'Leary, she wasn't familiar with his very sad past as a criminal. Immediately drawn to him, she finds herself deeply confused by others telling her to stay away from Adam because he is "trouble".  Throughout the story Adam punishes himself constantly. He feels he doesn't deserve love or happiness and feels like he is a burden to the world. But Adam is courageous and doesn't give up. He works hard to earn back the trust of his family.  He eventually falls in love with Maggie but pushes her away time and again because of fear of himself and this idea that he is not good enough.  And old fiance of Maggie's, named Neill Fitzgerald shows up and threatens lives including Maggie's in which his assaults her and tries to force her onto a ship to go back to Ireland, giving the story some good action and drama, which also leads to an intense fight scene with Adam.  

Adam eventually earns back the trust of his family and earns the favor of Maggie's brother's too. It took him coming to terms with his dark past and uncovering a painful family secret. 

I love stories of forbidden romance that have happy endings. This was one of the most enjoyable historical fiction reads I have had in a long time. 5/5 stars! 

*FTC Disclaimer: I received this book complimentary from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.* 

Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian 
By Han Kang
ISBN: 978-0-553-44818-4
Psychological/Cultural Heritage
Retails for $21.00


This novel by Han Kang tells of the account of Yeong-hye, a young South Korean woman who struggles with control in her life once she starts having nightmares that lead her to change her lifestyle drastically through the form of giving up meat, despite what her family thinks about it. 


Yeong-hye's decision to become a vegetarian was out of the ordinary and not taken lightly by her family.  Her extremely unsympathetic and controlling husband, perverted brother-in law and an overbearing sister are the ones who tell you her story from their point of view.
I expected this story to be about vegetarianism but it was anything but. In this story you see a person go completely off the deep end with a mental illness and how bizarre the emotions and consequences of this one choice had on a family. 
Overall, this book made me extremely uncomfortable. If you can't stomach stories about people being mistreated and abused, then this story isn't for you.  This story has you sitting on the edge of your seat and takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions.  I do not recommend it for young readers. It's definitely a thought provoking book and makes you wonder how your choices affect others.  I can't say I enjoyed this book.

*FTC DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me complimentary of Blogging For Books in exchange for my review.*