Posts Categorized: Book Feature

Book Beat – Paradise Valley

The cover endorsement for Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer reads, “If you like Amish fiction, you’ll love this book!” I would amend this…”If you don’t read Amish fiction, you’ll still love this book!” I don’t read much Amish fiction (although I’ve enjoyed Suzanne Woods Fisher’s books), but I’ll read anything Dale Cramer writes. He hooked… Read more »

My Favorite Books of 2010

Nothing says New Year’s like a list! Here are my favorite fiction reads from 2010 in alphabetical order. It was hard enough to pick only ten, much less rank them. Sadly, some amazing books are still sitting in my “To-Be-Read” pile. Taunting me. These include Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney, The Gathering Storm… Read more »

Book Beat – A Door County Christmas

A Christmas book? A novella collection? Sounds like a recipe for syrup – but guess again. Having lived in cynical California all my life, my tolerance for syrup is on the low side. I picked up A Door County Christmas because I admire two of the authors, Rachael Phillips and Cynthia Ruchti, and I was… Read more »

Book Beat – Stars in the Night

Do you love fiction set during World War II? Love classic movies? Love a good mystery? If you like any of these, Stars in the Night by Cara Putman is a fun read. Rosemary Shaeffer came to Hollywood to find fame in the movies. She found death. Her sister, attorney Audra Shaeffer, comes to Hollywood… Read more »

Book Beat – The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style

It’s tough being a “tween” girl of faith. You want to look cute. You want to fit in. You know you shouldn’t care about superficial things. But you do. If you have a young lady aged 8-12 in your life, you’ll want to get her The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style by Sherry Kyle (Legacy… Read more »

Battlefields & Blessings – Giveaway!

We all know Veteran’s Day is more than a day off work or school, but a day to ponder the sacrifices made for our freedoms. Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan by Jane Hampton Cook, Jocelyn Green, and John Croushorn allowed me to ponder at a deeper level…. Read more »

Veteran’s Week – Battlefields & Blessings Giveaway

This week, in honor of Veteran’s Day, I’m featuring Battlefields & Blessings: Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan by Jane Hampton Cook, Jocelyn Green, and John Croushorn. Today I’m repeating a post I wrote for Veteran’s Day, and Wednesday I’ll feature the book. Leave a comment today or Wednesday… Read more »

Book Club Beat – Watch over Me by Christa Parrish

Welcome to Book Club Beat, where book clubs share about their discussions. Book club name and location: Bibliovores, northern California Book: Watch over Me by Christa Parrish What it’s about: Deputy Benjamin Patil is the one to find the infant girl, hours old, abandoned in a field. As police work to identify the mother, Ben… Read more »

Book Beat – Love Finds You in Victory Heights

Readers often tell me they want to read more novels set during World War II, so I thought I’d share some of the wonderful books out there. I’ve always admired Tricia Goyer for her meticulous research and engaging writing, so I couldn’t wait to read Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington (Summerside Press, 2010),… Read more »

Book Beat – Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad

Every once in a while, a book comes along that’s so fun, you just have to share. Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad is one of those books – as refreshing as the strawberry sundaes its heroine craves. It’s refreshing to read a historical where ladies wear hats instead of bonnets. It’s refreshing to read a… Read more »