Monthly Archives: November 2014

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

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This was a very sweet story. I didn’t realize it was Teen Fiction, but I still enjoyed it.

Micah has been writing her Amish penpal since 5th grade. However, he thinks Micah is a boy. Naturally. Now they are almost adults, and the secret has been kept all this time! The two had become very close, and had confided in each other through many years and many difficulties of their lives.

But now the time has come. The two are going to meet! How will Zack react when he finds out he has been writing to a girl all these years? What will his family say? As Micah gets to the Miller home, she pretends to be the boy they all thought Zack was writing. But of course, that can’t last long. Will they accept her? Can she continue her friendship with Zack?

As the story progresses, Zack tells Micah a secret of his own. The two cling to their friendship as life takes a huge turn!

This was a very cute book, and if I were a teenager, I would have liked it even more. Very good, moral, clean read.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

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Meg is back from spending a year in Paris. It was good for her. She had spent her time with kind people who taught her to be beautiful inside, but also to look better on the outside too. No more the chubby, four-eyed, frumpy girl, she returns. Have things changed at home?

She is happy to be with her best friend Bram again. He had always been a big brother to her, but things are different now. Meg is grown up. She’s beautiful. As Bram sees Meg for the first time, he is completely shocked! She doesn’t look like that “little sister” anymore. What are these feelings?

As time goes on, the two begin to fall in love. But they know it can never be. Because of a dark secret of his past, Bram must marry another. But can his parents force him to marry someone he doesn’t love? Can there be a way out?

The bully from Meg’s past, suddenly comes back into her life, in much closer quarters that is comfortable. Has he changed? Maybe her future lies with Devin instead. Only time can tell, but there are almost definitely surprises where love is involved.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

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In the very first chapter of this book, the author confesses to her husband that yes, she had an affair. Their marriage was broken, so she instantly had credibility to write about Messy Beautiful Love.

In each chapter of this book, I was completely convicted and encouraged at the same time. Darlene did a fabulous job getting back to the basics of marriage. Throughout each subject and area of marriage, she gets to the heart of the problem. And the solution is simple: be more like Christ. Does He keep score? No. He forgives. Does He try to get even? No. He wants best for the other person no matter what. (Note: the author does not suggest women should remain under abuse just to succeed in these areas.)

I have read quite a few marriage books during my 10 years of marriage, and this is one of the best ones on marriage in general. Not much is said about submission. Not too much attention is given to areas of intimacy, although both these things are touched on. She simply paints a picture of Christ and the church, and how our marriages should be a reflection.

Highly recommend!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Love Letters From God by Glenys Nellist

This is a very sweet collection of major Bible stories. They are well written and the artwork is beautiful. But the most precious part about this book is the little “love letters” at the end of each story.

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After we read about the life of someone in the Bible – Joseph, Jonah, or especially Jesus – there is a little flap to lift up and read God’s “letter” to us. My kids have enjoyed when I put their names at the beginning of that cute little “letter.” We explain to them that the Bible is really God’s letter to us, but the things we read in this book just put it in different words.

I think it helps them see the personal side of the Bible, and the gospel, that Jesus doesn’t just love the whole world, He loves me!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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