Falcon By: @RonieKendig

Falcon By: Ronie Kendig

Falcon is book 3 in the Quiet Professionals series, as a forewarning, make sure to read the first two Raptor 6 and Hawk before reading Falcon. I promise you won’t want to put any of them down. Kendig has always had an amazing way of weaving a story and Falcon will not disappoint. In this third and final installment we finally get to find out who is responsible for the attacks on the team.

This book will take you on quite a journey, you will not want to put it down. This book is amazing from start to finish! Put this at the top of your reading list (Or third if you haven’t read the others). This is not a series you will want to miss!

I received this book complimentary in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Big Tractors with Casey and Friends

Big Tractors with Casey and Friends

Vehicles have always been a big hit with kids and this new book will be one they enjoy, Casey is a farm girl and through this book she introduces you to all her friends on the farm and what they do on the farm. One of the things I enjoyed about this book is that although Casey and some of her friends are cartoons the pictures of the tractors and farm equiptment are all photographs of actual farm equiptment. Kids that love farms, tractors, and vehicles will absolutely love this book.

I received this book coplimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order By: Marlene Miller

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What’s it like to be one of the few outsiders to leave the Englisch way of life and join the Old-Order Amish—and stay? In Called to Be Amish, this rare memoir by Marlene C. Miller, she recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.

My Review:

Growing up close to an Amish community I had some understanding of who the Amish were, but wow has this book shown me how little I actually knew. Marlene Miller’s story is amazing and inspiring, the transition from English to Amish is not an easy one, and not many people make that choice and survive. There is no glitz and glamour to this story, Marlene simply tells her story as it happened and it is beautiful. I am not usually one that reads memoirs, and picked this up in between another book and found myself leaving the other behind in order to finish and was up half the night because Marlene’s story is so captivating and truthful.

Marlene is authentic in her story telling and you will feel like you are sitting across the table from her sharing a cup of tea while learning about her life. I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to many of my friends. If you don’t like memoirs, put that aside and give this one a try, it is well worth it.

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{More about Called to Be Amish}

Called to Be Amish (MennoMedia, February 2015) Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them. In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates. Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community. Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman. Learn more and purchase a copy.

{More About Marlene Miller}

Marlene C. Miller joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Find out more about Marlene at http://www.mennomedia.org.   

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

It’s safe to say, that if you know anything about me it’s that I love fairy tales and I loved Robin Hood (I’m watching the BBC Robin Hood series as I write this on Netflix, if you haven’t seen it be sure to add it to your list!) Needless to say when Melanie Dickerson released her latest story based on Robin Hood I knew I was going to love it. Not only that but the character of Robin Hood is a girl. (I always love a strong female character who can hold her own!)

In the Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, Odette cannot help but see the need of the poor children in the village, without enough food to live she decides to do what she can, however illegal it is. Odette chooses to take her hunting skills onto the Kings grounds to poach animals at night to give to those in need for food. Odette meets Jorgen who wants to help her care for the poor, however, Jorgen is the margraves forester is on her trail and he will stop at any cost to stop the poacher.

This may be my favorite story from Dickerson yet, I couldn’t put it down. This is one to add to the reading pile (as well as all of her other books!)

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

From the Start By: @Melissa_Tagg

Let me take a moment to gush over how much I enjoyed this book! I’ve read all of Tagg’s book and so far this may be my favorite! With each book Tagg has gotten better, she is an author you will want to keep your eye on! From the Start is about former football star Colton Greene and screen-play writer Kate Walker. When a tornado hits Kate’s hometown in Iowa she returns to help out and figure out her next steps. With a career ending injury and no direction Colton’s friend asks him to help out in his hometown for a few months.

Colton and Kate’s story is adorable and full of laughter as they figure out what their next steps are as individuals and help each other to move forward. This is the perfect book to take outside, kick up your feet and not return until the last page. By the time you finish this book you will feel like you personally know these characters and will be ready to move to a little town in Iowa! I cannot wait to see what is next for this author.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost #BehindtheGlow

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I have loved being a member of Influenster! My most recent VoxBox was for this product, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel is a great product, I will agree with other reviews in saying that if you have very dry skin this may not be the way to go, unless it is in the summer. The winter months are just to harsh on my skin and this product did not last the entire day. That being said I have been using it at night and really like it at that time and a little goes a long way. I like that it is water based and at night still leaves my face feeling fresh.

I received this product commplimentary from Influenster in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rasmus and the Vagabond By: Astrid Lindgren

There are some books out there that are generational, that can be enjoyed by everyone! Astrid Lindgren is probably best known for her character Pippi Longstocking but the story of Rasmus and the Vagabound should not be looked over. With it’s issued reprinting this is a book that parents and grandparents will want to share with the children in their lives. This is a story full of adventure that the entire family will enjoy. A great book to unplug and enjoy together. Rasmus and the Vagabond will quickly become a favorite that you will read over and over again.

I received this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe By: Max Lucado | IPAD Giveaway and Blog Tour

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

By: Max Lucado

Review: 

Max Lucado’s latest release is the fiction book Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, and I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe is not like any other fiction book you have read, it is a creative uplifting story. Most of Lucado’s books are non-fiction and even with the switch of genre Lucado has continued to teach through his writing.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds will show you the power of prayer and how so many things can be at work even when you don’t see them happening around you. In this book you will find that although everyone has questions all of your answers can be found in Christ.

I love this book, you may be thrown off as it starts, but it will pull you in completely.

I received this book complimentary from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

In Max Lucado’s new fiction release, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, he asks, If you could ask God anything, what would you ask—and how would he answer? When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Join Max in celebrating the release of his new fiction book by entering his iPad giveaway and RSVPing to his Coffee with Max webcast!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A copy of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on the Litfuse blog. Then tune in to a special webcast with Max on the evening of March 24th! RSVP here.

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

Remnants: Season of Fire

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Remnants: Season of Fire By: Lisa T. Bergren

It’s officially the release day! So head over to your favorite book dealer and check out Remnants: Season of Fire!

As the second book in the Remnants Series, Season of Fire has a bit of a slow start but from there picks up tremendously. This book is full of adventures and twists with every turn of the page. Season of Fire starts where Season of Wonder left on as we return to the journey of our favorite characters. What I love about this book, is that although we thought we knew these characters already, we have learned more about them and another level of the depth within these characters. Bergren has done amazing in crafting these characters and sharing their hopes, fears and struggles.

I love that this is also a Christian book and that theme echoes through ever page of the story. It isn’t watered down so that people will like it more, the artists shares who she is and her beliefs through this story. I cannot wait for book three! In a time where so many poorly written books with no morals stock the shelves it is great to see such a fun dystopian book.

I received this book complimentary from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

#30by30

Originally posted on Flying Solo:

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Over the last few years I have seen a few friends commit to creating and accomplishing a 30 by 30 list, and throughout the last few months I have been compiling my list and things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned 30. I admit that my list is slightly on the selfish side but I have also chosen many things that are going to be a challenge for me. So as of today I have exactly one year until I turn 30 and I decided that was the perfect time to share my list.

Throughout the year I will continue to post updates about where I am at on my list, and you will also be able to go to my #30by30 page to see updates.

I will also add as a disclaimer, that although I plan to complete this list, some items are open to flexibility…

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