First Line Fridays - Dual Power of Convenience



Happy Friday Reader Friends!! 

I don't know about you but although the week to me went super fast I am glad its Friday and the start of the weekend. Granted I have no big plans but it will be great to just be a little lazy this weekend and read just a little bit more! Who is with me? 😊  
It's another First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books today my first line is coming from Dual Power of Convenience by Chautona Havig. I just started this one last night so a review will be coming soon! 


My First Line:

"This isn't what I had in mind when I decided to
 open a mobile bookstore!"

Now it's your turn! Grab the book closest to you and 
post the first line in the comments.




A Bride's Journey to the Colorado Territory by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

A BRIDE'S JOURNEY TO THE COLORADO TERRITORY
Author: Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Series: Frontier Legacy Brides, Book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2020

After her friend dies, Cornelia’s Taggart’s parents send her to America under her brother’s protection hoping it will heal her heart. Cornelia is tired of people not listening to her concerns and sees this journey as a new start. It’s the land of possibility and traveling in a covered wagon means she’ll be equal to her brother because he knows as much as she does. She meets a man who seems as troubled as the friend she lost. Can she save him before it’s too late?

Jake Miles, once a prisoner of the Union Army leaves Tennessee in disgrace. His past makes him unworthy of the love of family and friends. All he needs to do is find enough gold to start a new life where no one knows his past. When a feisty young woman catches his attention, he imagines his life could be different. Does he dare to hope his future could change?

When brought together, will they look beyond past promises and old pain and discover treasure worth more than gold?

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Diana Brandmeyer does a great job at taking you into a journey across the United States on a wagon train with some very lovable characters. She sets a story with very realistic situations and she is so descriptive in her scenes its like you are almost there.  Although this can be read as a stand alone book it would help to read the first one and know more about Jake's story.  This story keeps you captivated from the very start! 

We start right off meeting Cornelia and her brother Raymond who are leaving Prussia to trek across the United States in search for gold. While on board they meet Jake who is struggling with his past and whom Cornelia feels compelled to help. Raymond decides to partner with Jake so they can help each other out monetarily and physically on this trek. 

Cornelia is compassionate and loves to help others, especially those that are hurt or in need. We see this right away when she befriends Nora,who will be joining the wagon train with her dad, and helps her as she sees her dad verbally and physically abusing her. She even sets her brother and Jake on the path to make sure Nora is well. Oh sweet Nora I was in pins and needles over her and still am! The author definitely leaves you in a cliffhanger concerning her story and I loved that because that must mean another book in this series!! 

 I think all the characters definitely change and grow for the better. Jake and Cornelia's romance is slow building but very sweet. Raymond learns that some things are more important than others. I love that this book doesn't lack for any adventure! It is full of it. The story itself is not too "preachy" for lack of a better word but the author does a great job at interweaving God's spiritual elements of faith and forgiveness. 

I think the author definitely left the story open for more... after all we all need to know what happens to Raymond and Nora. 

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Really Liked it.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are my own.

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CBA and ECPA Best-Selling author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.

Sometimes we don't know how strong we can be until we are forced to react to a difficult challenge. Brandmeyer writes fiction about women choosing to face their fears even though they want to run from them.

Perhaps you'll see a bit of yourself between the covers. 
To find our more about her books and subscribe to her newsletter visit her at: http://dianabrandmeyer.com/

A Strand of Hope by Amanda Tero

A STRAND OF HOPE
by Amanda Tero
Series: Librarians of Willow Hollow, Book 1
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publisher: Amanda Tero
Release Date: July 28, 2020

Lena David is the daughter her mom never wanted. But she survived. Through stories. Because books didn't judge. Books weren't angry she was alive. Books never expected her to be anything but who she was. 

As she grows up, her beloved library becomes her true home. So when the library is designated part of President Roosevelt's Packhorse Library Project, Lena is determined to get the job of bringing books to highlanders, believing she'll finally be free of her mom forever. 

But earning the trust of highlanders is harder than she imagined, and her passion for books might not be enough to free her from her chains. 
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I have been experiencing a lot of first time authors since I started this blog and all have been amazing including this young new author Amanda Tero. Definitely someone to watch out for in my opinion. As you step into this story you can immediately tell that the author has done her research on this topic and time period and she did an amazing job of it because you truly feel like you are in that time period experiencing all the hardship that Lena is. 

The story takes place in the Kentucky Mountains during the Great Depression in the little town of Willow Hollow. Lena is the main character and we see her struggle with the simple fact that her mother has never wanted her. She's never known what familial love is and because of this she finds comfort in the books she reads and the characters she encounters in stories. She has been taught that problems in the home should stay in the home and are not to be shared with others so there is no one for her to talk to or confide in. She longs to have a job to get away from her life so when the opportunity arises for her to become a pack horse librarian she jumps at the chance.

This changes the course of her life and belief system. Even though she reads the Bible and attends church she doesn't truly grasp the meaning of it all until she meets Homer and Norah, a couple that live on the mountains. Homer teaches Lena what it means to forgive and let go of all the bitterness that stems from her mom. 

Throughout the story you will definitely strongly dislike her mother, it is heartbreaking how she treats her but you will love all the other characters that present themselves to Lena throughout the story. 

This is a very short read and definitely geared towards young adults. I would recommend this for teenagers 13 and up. Scriptures and the lesson of forgiveness is woven throughout the whole story, so I can see this being a family read-aloud and sparking some great conversations. 

"Hope and praise must go hand-in-hand. As long as you worry, you will have a hard time keeping hold of hope."

My Rating: 4 stars/ Really Liked it

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.)

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Amanda Tero grew up attending a one room school with her eleven siblings - and loved it! She also fell in love with reading to the point her mom withheld her books to get her to do her chores. That love of reading turned into a love of writing YA fiction.

Amanda is a music teacher by day and a literary guide by night, creating stories that whisk readers off to new eras and introduce them to heroic but flawed characters that live out their faith in astonishing ways. If you would like to know more about her books and subscribe to her newsletter visit her at: http://amandatero.com/





Monday Musings ~ "Cleaning House"



Hello Friends!! 

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend. You know when you move into a new place and you are so excited and formulate all these plans/projects you want to accomplish but then life happens and you push them to the back burner? Yeah, I have lots of rooms in my house that need to be worked on! LOL! 

When we moved a year and half ago to NC and to our new house I saw all the possibilities of things I wanted to do. But then life began to get busy and things got pushed back or just forgotten. Then COVID emerged and since we had no place to go it gave me the opportunity to "clean house" so to speak. I have gotten rid of so much stuff that were just not needed. I have come to a point in life that I can't stand to have stuff just to say I have stuff...does that make sense? 

The kids room got an overhaul a few months ago and so did our bedroom and closets! So much stuff was given away!! It feels amazing to be a little lighter and a whole lot more organized. They still need some paint on the walls but at least they aren't cluttered with junk.

This weekend we started working in our homeschool room. That's the one room I had not touched since we moved and it needed it badly. First it definitely needed an update. The walls were plain and although we have posters and artwork it just needed coat of paint. I was getting tired of seeing the same things every day plus the storage situation was driving me a bit zany so that is something that I need to work on.  So this weekend we painted and tomorrow I will start to de-clutter and get rid of the things we no longer need. So stay tuned for next Monday and I will post pics of before and after of our school room/my office! 

Have you been decluttering since being at home more? Is there a room in your house  you feel needs some work? Let me know!! 

First Line Fridays - Start With Me



Happy Friday Friends!!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Friday and is ready for the weekend. It's another First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books today my first line is coming from Start with Me by Kara Isaac.I just started this so be on the lookout for a review soon! 



My First Line:

"Of course, this latest allegation has been a huge shock to all of us."



Now its your turn! Grab the book closest to you and
 post the first line in the comments! 


Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for 
 Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler Title: Falling for the Innkeeper
Author: Meghann Whistler
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

A battle for a charming Cape Cod inn… 
But what happens when romance checks in?

Single mom Laura Lessoway won’t accept her mother’s plan of selling her late grandmother’s beachfront inn without a fight. But when big-city attorney Jonathan Masters arrives to arrange an offer from his client, she’s drawn to him. And although he came to Cape Cod to close an important business deal—not fall in love—he can’t get her out of his mind.

Laura and Jonathan each try to fight their attraction and focus on business, but it’s not long before Jonathan finds himself confiding in her his other reason for coming to The Sea Glass Inn—he’s trying to find his mentally ill father, who’s recently been spotted at a nearby homeless shelter.

Working together to find Jonathan’s father only brings Laura and Jonathan closer. But with his career and her home on the line, can they ever find common ground?




Meghan Whistler did a great job at her debut novel. I enjoyed every minute of it. The dialogue was easy to follow and very entertaining. The characters are relatable, real and oh so lovable. The town of Wynchmere Bay is charming and makes you want to visit and stroll along the shops with Laura and Jonathan. 

Immediately from the beginning we meet the characters Laura and Jonathan. Jonathan is trying to acquire Laura's bed and breakfast so that he can earn a promotion for his job. His life revolves around work and making it to the next step in his career. But he is not without his hurts and faults. Although he grew up in a Christian household he has strayed from his belief and carries his own hurts mainly dealing with his father's mental illness.  Laura as well is a devout Christian but carries hurts from her past dealing with her ex-husband and her parents as well. 

It was great to see how the relationship between Laura and Jonathan evolved and even better to me was the relationship between Jonathan and Laura's daughter which he calls Tiny developed. You can tell right away once he meets her that he will be a goner for Laura and you can't help but to root for him. I am sucker for stories with kids in them. This story was definitely heartwarming and full of romance and definitely has some strong faith elements. 

It is a wonderful read so make sure you grab it!!

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Loved it!

(I received this book from the author through Just Read Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.)
 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meghann Whistler
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Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won’t make your grandmother blush. 

A hopeless romantic who met her husband on a blind date, Meghann recently left her marketing career to pursue her lifelong passion of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

Falling for the Innkeeper is her first inspirational romance, but definitely not her last! She loves to hear from her readers, who can reach her at www.meghannwhistler.com.

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Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart

APPALACHIAN SUMMER
by Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: June 30th, 2020

Is true love worth forfeiting fortune?

In 1933 Louisville, Kentucky, even the ongoing economic depression cannot keep Piper Danson's parents from insisting on a debut party. After all, their fortune came through the market crash intact, and they've picked out the perfect suitor for their daughter. Braxton Crandall can give her the kind of life she's used to. The only problem? This is not the man -- or the life -- she really wants. 

When Piper gets an opportunity to volunteer as a horseback Frontier Nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains for the summer, she jumps at the chance to be something other than a dutiful daughter or kept wife in a loveless marriage. The work is taxing, the scenery jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and the people she meets along the way open up a whole new world to her. The longer she stays, the more advantageous marriage slips from her grasp. But something much more precious-true love- is drawing her ever closer. 
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First can we take a moment and just admire this gorgeous cover! I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover but I do love when they are so pretty and eye catching and this one definitely is! This was my first book by Ann H. Gabbart and it was so lovely and well written. I had never heard of the Frontier Nursing Service or the person who began it Mary Breckinridge. I was actually so intrigued I went on a search myself and found her story very interesting and selfless that because of the heartache over the loss of her own two young children caused her to devote her life to the well being of of mothers and children in the remote areas of southeastern Kentucky. I think this made me love the book even more. 

The story takes place in the beginnings of the Depression Era and the after the suffragette movement where women have now begun to vocalize their wants to be more than just a trophy wife. This is where we meet Piper at her debut party and right away you can tell she is none too happy about it but wants to please her mom and not disappoint her. She feels like there is more to life and her heart definitely belongs to another. 

A the debut party we meet Piper's escort and man that her father has "arranged" for her, Braxton Crandall, I mean he is okay and I am sure a catch for the time period we are immersed in but right away I knew he was not the man for Piper! 

Truda is her aunt which definitely encourages Piper to follow her heart rather than what society and her parents deem from her. I loved Truda!! She definitely tells it like it is and is not afraid to speak her mind. She definitely stands by what she believes. You also get to learn why she is single and cheer her on the entire story. I won't tell you much but she definitely has her own story within Piper's!! 

When we meet Mary Breckinridge at a fundraising tea she is looking for more volunteers for her Frontier Nursing Service. She sees something in Piper and urges her to try something new. By leaving home, she leaves everything behind, including her best friend Jamie who she has loved since childhood. She learns so much about herself in the mountains and learns that she can do anything put before her. 

The love story between her and Jamie is sweet and definitely one you cheer on throughout the story. There are some times when you want to bonk him upside the head but I think that's how the author meant for you to feel which I love because it means you are totally invested in the story. 

If you like historical fiction I definitely recommend this book. I thought it was very well written and I can't wait to read more from this author. She has already been added to my growing list of authors to read books from! 

Favorite quotes:

"Every person should be allowed one idiotic dream in her lifetime." ~ Truda

My Rating: 4 stars/ Really Liked it!

(I received a copy of this book through the Revell Reads Blogger Program. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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Ann H. Gabbhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Holyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl.

Visit Ann's website http://annhgabhart.com or her two blogs, One Writer's Journal, www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com, and the Hollyhill Book of the Strange, www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspo.... Giveaways several times a year.


Monday Musings ~ Kindle or Paperback?



Happy Monday Friends!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and had a good Monday! I think this is the question that every bookish person has for other people so I thought I would cover it here too! When e-readers first came out I was completely against them! But then I had babies and it was hard to hold a book while feeding or rocking a baby. I mean its hard to turn pages while doing that! LOL! So I buckled down and got a Kindle and all was well with the world. I can get my reading done and rock a baby to sleep! 

Now don't get me wrong, while I love my Kindle, if given the choice I would choose a paperback anytime! I mean there is nothing like holding a book in your hand and turning the pages!! (I'm even one of those weird book nerds that enjoys the smell of books!) Its a glorious thing for me to browse through a bookstore (especially used bookstores) and find my next few reads. 

However my Kindle has helped me branch out to read Indie authors that I would have never picked up. That's why when I bought my Kindle I knew Kindle Unlimited was for me :) I have all these authors at my fingertips! I definitely have enjoyed reading new authors. And the bonus of the Kindle is when we travel I no longer have to have a separate bag just for books or purchase books while we are gone (although sometimes that can't be helped! LOL)

So all that to say that I love both! 



What about you? Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!!

First Line Fridays ~ A Bride's Journey to the Colorado Territory



Happy Friday Reader Friends!!

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Friday and is ready to begin the weekend!! It's another First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books today's first line is coming from A Bride's Journey to Colorado by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. I just started it so be on the lookout for the review soon! 





My First Line:

"I said you need to stay away from him, Sister."


Now it's your turn! Grab the book closest to you and drop the first line in the comments!

Christmas in Bayberry by Jennifer Faye


Christmas in Bayberry:
A Small-Town Christmas Romance from Hallmark Publishing
By Jennifer Faye
Genre: Contemporary Romance (clean)
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Release Date: July 7, 2020 (Paperback & ebook) 
Pages: 238

She’s trying to save the family candle company.
He’s trying not to fall for Bayberry—and her—again.


Kate Taylor knows what she wants in life: to one day run her family’s candle business, which is at the heart of the close-knit community of Bayberry, Vermont. But the company isn’t doing well.

Wesley Adams is on the fast track to be an assistant vice president at his financial firm in Manhattan. Before the promotion is announced, he’s sent to this small town from his past to do an analysis of the candle company.

He doesn’t expect to bump into his childhood crush, Kate, and when he does, sparks fly. As he spends time in Bayberry, he falls for the town’s Christmas traditions—and for her. But he has a responsibility to submit an honest report. Will it extinguish Kate’s dreams…along with any chance they have for a future together?

This heart-warming romance contains a free Hallmark original recipe for Cast Iron Beef Stew.
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Jennifer Faye is a new to me author and it was very enjoyable to read her style of writing. She had me engaged throughout the whole book. I sadly do not have cable so no Hallmark Channel for me which is super sad because one of my favorite things is to watch all the Christmas Movies so reading this book was the next best thing. It was like being a "fly on the wall" so to speak on this little town of Bayberry! And what a charming little town it is. 

The book is full of quirky characters that made it such an entertaining read. The main characters are Kate Taylor who is a native of Bayberry and works for her aunt who is the owner of Bayberry candles and descendant of the founders of the town. Wes Adams is the business consultant that gets sent to Bayberry to evaluate the state of the business there. 

I loved that Wes had lived in this little town while younger and had a small connection to the town. He had a huge crush on Kate and she had no clue about it. Even when they meet as adults she doesn't recognize him even though he absolutely does. I won't give you any spoilers but this was a sweet story. Wes learned what was really important in life and in Hallmark tradition of course there is a happy ending!

If you are looking for a good-feel story and something to get you in the holiday spirit then you should definitely grab this book. It definitely made me wish for Christmas decorations, warm cozy socks, sitting by the fire with a Christmas music in the background! 

My Rating; 4 Starts/ Loved it!

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.




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Heart of a Princess by Hannah Currie



HEART OF A PRINCESS
by Hannah Currie
Series: Daughters of Peverell, Book 2
Genre: Christian Romance, YA
Publisher: WhiteSpark 
Release Date: July 15, 2020


To the watching world, Princess Alina has it all – maids to serve her, a kingdom to revere her, a prince to marry her, and a wardrobe filled with enough frills, flounces and shades of pink to rival a flower shop. But behind the smiles and designer clothes, Alina has a secret. She’s barely holding it together.

After a moment of panic almost ends in tragedy, Alina is sent to a refuge far from the palace to recuperate. Her family claim it’s for her own good but – faced with cows, knife-beaked ducks and far too many of her own insecurities – Alina is pretty sure it will kill her first. And Joha Samson, infuriating man that he is, will laugh as it does.

Only there’s more to Joha than she realizes, and more to herself too. When the time comes to make a stand, will she find the courage?



Oh my goodness!! This book was sensational... I want more of it. Okay I have been following Hannah on Instagram for a while now. I have seen her first book Heart of A Royal from her posts but unfortunately I have not read it and my library doesn't carry it. But after reading this one I must have both of them on my bookshelf. Not only because the covers are STUNNING but I am sure the writing is as superb as this one and I must read it. 

I did not feel lost at all reading this story, so if you haven't read the first one you will be okay but I think it will give you a little bit more background on some of the characters and of course the kingdom of Peverell. What an amazing world Hannah Carrie has developed. I felt like I was inside the story with these characters which are very relatable... okay minus the royalty part lol! But seriously you truly fall in love with these characters and feel their pain especially the main character Alina. 

Let's chat about Alina a bit... at first I wasn't sure what to think of her. I mean she was a bit snobby but then I started realizing that she was a hurt soul who struggles with extreme anxiety. She blames herself for her mother's passing,  she feels betrayed by her best friend and although she is constantly surrounded by people and has a fiancee she feels completely alone. She is trying to be the perfect princess on the outside while she is crumbling on the inside. I felt for her and my heart ached for this character. She is definitely very relatable. 

Because of circumstances that I won't tell you about because I don't want to ruin the book for you, her brother takes her to a place called The Well outside of the kingdom of Peverell. There she learns not only a lot about herself but about her mother as well and finds herself seeking the peace, joy and love that she sees in the people there. 

We also meet Joha (insert dreamy sigh). I love the chemistry between him and Alina. She gets so frustrated with him that its comical but at the same time you know she just wants him to truly see her. See her like no one does. I won't delve too much on him because I know I will spill the beans and tell you too much and I definitely do not want to ruin the book for you... but the kissing scenes between him and Alina... BE STILL MY HEART!!! You seriously need to read this book!! 

Hannah Currie does an excellent job and bringing God's presence into this book. For me it was evident throughout the whole book but these two quotes grabbed my heart completely. I think we all have been in Alina's place at one time or another and we seek everywhere without luck trying to find peace, grace and love until we truly open our eyes and see the Faithful One waiting for us with open arms. 

"Because when you've known a love that accepts you - every little thing about you, even the parts that shame you so much you can't even speak them aloud -- how could you ever settle for anything less."

"God hasn't abandoned you. He never will. God calls you His. All will be well."

I definitely recommend this book to everyone. It is a clean read so this would also be perfect for a teenager. (Those teenager years are rough and this would be very relatable to them) 

My Rating: 5 stars / Loved it, touched my soul!

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.)

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Australian author, Hannah Currie, loves God, family, people (in small numbers, let’s not go crazy here!) and writing. A book nerd from birth, she knows firsthand the difference a good book can make in a person’s life. Even, and especially, fiction. Her dream as a writer is to make people laugh, cry and maybe even swoon a little but mostly to remind them that no matter how dark life may get at times, because of God, there is always hope.


She and her husband live with their three adorable kids in sunny Queensland, where it really is beautiful one day and perfect the next. Except, maybe, during heatwaves. They’re not so fun. 
To know more information on her books visit her website: https://hannahcurrie.com/







The Story of the Wright Brothers by Annette Whipple


THE STORY OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS
by Annette Whipple
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Genre: Children's Historical Biography
Release Date: July 14, 2020 (e-book format)

Discover the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright. 

A story about making ideas take flight. 

The Wright brothers were the first people ever to build and fly an airplane, doing what many people at the time didn't think was possible. Before they made history with their airplane, Wilbur and Orville were curious kids who loved learning about the world around them and how it worked. They fell in love with the idea of flying and taught themselves everything they needed to know to make their dream come true. 

Explore how the Wright brothers went from young boys growing up in Ohio to world-famous inventors, aviators, and businessmen. How will their hard work and big imaginations inspire you?

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We have been studying the Wright brothers in our History curriculum so this was the perfect little book to read after we were finished with our unit to sort of refresh our memories and gather a little bit more information on them. It was very kid friendly and engaging. My older kids loved the visual timeline and how it progressed from the Wright brothers as curious kids to famous flyers. They also loved the maps that were throughout the book and the think tank questions at the end of each chapter. As a mom I was grateful the vocabulary words were bolded as it helped my youngest son pick them out easier. The beautiful, colorful illustrations and the family tree were also a great addition to this book. As a mama I definitely appreciated the quiz at the end to aid with comprehension skills. 

We live in North Carolina so my boys are enthralled with the Wright brothers and we hope to one day be able to visit Kitty Hawk where they made their first flight. After reading this my oldest son decided to read it on his own. So this is definitely a great book for kids from ages 6-12. As a family we definitely recommend it!

My Rating: 5 Stars/ We loved it!

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I received from the publisher for my honest opinion. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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Annette Whipple learned to love science and nature during her years as an environmental educator and classroom teacher. Now she teaches through her science books for children. She lives with her family in southeastern Pennsylvania. Annette enjoys reading a good book and snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies. Learn more about Annette, her books, and her presentations at www.AnnetteWhipple.com

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books That Make Me Smile



Hello Friends!
It's another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Artsy Girl. Today's prompt is Books That Make You Smile. When I think about these classics they always bring a smile to my face. They are just enjoyable books that you can read over and over again and still find enjoyment out of them and most of the time they spark a forgotten memory. 

I am glad that my kids have also enjoyed some of these books as we read them together. We are currently enjoying the Penderwicks as a family read.

What books make you smile the minute you pick them up? Let me know in the comments!