Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dad is Fat

Jim Gaffigan is hilarious in his stand-up routine and just as funny in his book.  His humor is clean, but more importantly, I laughed out loud while reading this book.

Jim is the father of 5 children under the age of 7 living with his "highly fertile" wife in a 2-bedroom apartment in New York City.  That summary of his life is all he needs for his material.  His life is just plain funny, and he shares the humor in this book.  I only have 2 children but I could relate to all his stories.

I recieved this book free from Blogging for Books for this review.  Read more about this book here.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Appalachian Serenade

Delilah Morrissey wanted out of small town West Virginia in the 1930's, and marriage was her way out.  Instead of freedom, she was stuck in a bad marriage.  Her husband died and left her with a huge debt.  She had to move back to West Virginia and into the small home of her sister and brother-in-law.  Delilah wants to earn her keep and finds a job at the local store.  Of course in this historical romance, the storekeeper is a widowed man who notices the wonderful qualities in Delilah that make her a keeper, in more ways than one.

Since I live in West Virginia, I was interested in how the setting would tie into the story and how the locals would be portrayed.  I was pleasantly surprised that the characters were smart and hard-working. Often, we are portrayed as a bunch of hillbillies making moonshine.  The economy of this fictitious area depended on railway and on lumber.  Once again, I was surprised that coal was not the predominant industry, but it was not our only industry.

Overall, this was a nice book with a nice story.

Bethany House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NIV Life Journey Bible

It has been a while since I have reviewed a Bible; however, I had been looking for an NIV Bible for my Kindle so I thought I would this one a chance.

I like the ease of transitioning from one book to another in this ebook format.  The insights from Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsended are hyperlinked throughout the text.  In the print copy, the insights are printed on the page within the text.  I prefer the hyperlinks so that I can read them if I want, but can easily skip over them without being distracted.  You can also access the insights directly through the Insights Index where there is also the Essays Index and Profiles Index.

Readers who are new to the Bible can find books using the alphabetized list instead of the Table of Contents.  This is great for those who are not sure about obscure books of the Bible such as Philemon or Malachi.

The color maps are a nice addition, but the maps were too small even on my 8.9 inch screen.

Overall, I liked this digital version of this NIV Bible.  It was a much better experience than the very first NIV ebook I used a few years ago.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Loving Kitchen

I enjoy looking at cookbooks for new ideas to add to my arsenal of recipes.  I found many enticing recipes that my family will enjoy.   I was able to try a few with ingredients already in my kitchen.  I do not like cookbooks that have recipes containing obscure or hard to find ingredients.  This one had many basic ingredients that everyone will have in their kitchen.

In order to do a proper review of this book, I had to test out some of the recipes.  The Best-Ever Banana Bread really was the best ever.  The sour cream kept the bread moist and tasty.  I also like the Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese.  Boiling the potatoes before roasting helped keep the potatoes soft and sweet on the inside yet crispy and salty on the outside.  Next I want to try the Crab and Corn Chowder when it's a rainy day and I am in the mood for a good soup.

I liked this cookbook and will return to it often.  I am thankful that Thomas Nelson provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Monday, June 9, 2014

A Broken Kind of Beautiful

Ivy is a New York City model who is aging out of the system as she approaches her 25th birthday.  Davis is a successful photographer who has turned away from his craft because it became an idol in his life.  God performs a miracle in both of their hearts as only God can do.  He redeems their past and brings hope to their future.

This is a book about redemption and love and family.  It was well written even though the readers knows what will probably happen in the end.  SPOILER ALERT: Ivy and Davis fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after.

Even still, this book was enjoyable and will make a great summertime read.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  You can check out the author's website or read the first chapter here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Deadly Business

As a fan of Lis Wiehl, I was excited to received an advanced copy of this book.  This book starts with courtroom drama, and never lets up.

Mia Quinn is taking her place in front of a courtroom as a prosecutor in a murder trial when the suspected murdered lunges at her and tries to slit her throat.  She fights off his attack and attempts to return to normal proceedings.  However, her life is far from normal.  She is a single mom who struggles to maintain the balance between work and family.  Her balance is thrown off when a detective suggests that her husband's death was not an accident but premeditated murder.  As she looks deeper into her husbands life, she finds out more than she ever anticipated.

The story is fast-paced with lots of drama, action, and intrigue.  I enjoyed reading this story and know that there is more to come as Mia is starting to have feelings for 2 men in her life.  There will certainly be another book in the Mia Quinn Mystery series.

Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.