Priceless by Jen Barrick

PricelessMy Personal Rating: 4.66        Star Rating: 5 stars

Jen Barrick prayed for boldness and God answered her prayer in a powerful way.  She shares her unexpected, humble transformation in Priceless and what follows is a bold 30 day devotional for teen girls. These devotions address the different emotions common to teenage girls.

The chapters in Priceless are simple but not boring. They  offer questions, examples or activities designed to strengthen confidence, build a positive outlook of life and to give help through difficult times.  Bible verses and prayers in each chapter also encourage a deeper relationship with Jesus.

My 13-year-old daughter found this book extremely helpful. Instead of reading it from front to back like a novel, we used it more as a handbook. Reading the chapters as she experienced the emotion made it more personal and more effective. With chapter titles such as  “When I Feel Annoyed…I’m Free to Choose Thoughts that Please God” and  “When I Feel Tempted…I’m Too Valuable for Trouble” it was an easy book to navigate on the Kindle.

This is a wonderful book that would make a nice gift for teen girls. It’s has a positive message and can be read with a group of friends or alone.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Title: Priceless: Who I Am when I Feel…
Author: Jen Barrick with Linda Barrick
Publisher: Moody Publishers, Oct. 2, 2018
Reading Format: eBook, Kindle


The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck

the pecan manAbout this Book: The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined. This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.
Read More »

The Patriot Bride

The Patriot Bride 4About this Book

Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of
the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country? (Barbour Publishing)
Read More »

Snow flower and the Secret Fan

snow flowerSnow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is one of my book fair finds in 2017, but it was published in 2006. there were a couple of copies available so I snatched one up and couldn’t be happier that I did!

I opened a whole new world of perspective and led me to my passion of reading books the kinds of books I enjoy most today. I love learning about other cultures and the struggles people endured in the history of those cultures.

This story in particular takes place in China between 1823-1864 AD. It follows a little girl named Lily and her best friend, also known as a “laotong”. They endure their journey as Chinese women from childhood into adulthood and even motherhood.
Read More »

His Perfect Timing


Sometimes reading has to be put on hold and it’s usually just because life happens.  Recently our family  prepared for a much-anticipated vacation. We were  heading to Florida where we would be 14 minutes from Disney World and other activities such as  airboat rides, the T-Rex Cafe, parasailing, Kennedy Space Center, book stores, etc. These choices were the topic of our conversations for days prior to the departure date.  Our  excitement levels were off the charts this year.

Unfortunately, 2 days before we were to leave, we got news that a very dear person in
Read More »

Not A Sound

DeafPersonal Rating: 3.45                    Star Rating: 3/5 rating_3stars

Summary: Amelia Winn, a compassionate ER nurse, almost completely recovers from a tragic accident.  She is in the process of adjusting to a silent world and repairing her life when she and her dog, Stitch, discover a body in the woods.  Being that its near her home and that she knows the murder victim, Amelia involves herself in the case.  Does she really want to know who killed her friend? The more she discovers about the case, the more her life is at stake.

Thoughts: Heather Gudenkauf has again provided a mystery that will keep  your attention.  Her plot in “Not a Sound”
Read More »

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

MG #2

Personal Rating: 4.43        Star Rating: 4/5 rating_4stars

Summary: Johanna is a young woman who struggles to keep her family’s livelihood, the Blue Hedge Inn, afloat.  Her mom and little brother do all they can to help her, but the majority of the responsibility is heavy on her shoulders.  Opportunities for financial help present themselves but not without risks.  When a handsome man shows up at the Inn, Johanna faces moral dilemmas and a threat to her life.

My Thoughts: Michelle Griep’s books are ones I anticipate reading. Her writing style is engaging and her characters
Read More »