Tuesday, June 18, 2013

the passion returned for this little girl....

who once dreamt of horses

she's willing to brush a coat
step up to say "I love you, Zach"

the willingness returned for this little girl....

who once giggled with happiness

when the time to ride arrived
so what happened?

perhaps the time apart was fruitful
in its own right

we will not understand
but I'm thankful to God that HE

can fashion in her heart this love again...

and she will ride!

*the photo was taken at a fair about 5 years ago. always, one of my favorites

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Simple Song

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina's best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father's health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents' wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?

Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it's over?

Melody Carlson has written a gem! I allowed my preteen daughter to read it and between the two of us, it was decided that the story was sweet and quite satisfactory! We are American Idol fans here, and as the story line reminded us of that, but held its own characteristics within the realm of Christian fiction.

Katrina is a character you absolutely root for. Her journey is one that is filled to the brim with decisions and also surprises. I absolutely loved the side story pertaining to her grandmother. Will Katrina be truthful to her heart and sound in faith? And will her dad receive the treatment he needs? I enjoyed my own journey to finding the answers to these questions!

Thank you to Revell for the complementary copy in return for a review.

Deadly Devotion- a review

Research scientist Kate Adams and her colleague Daisy are on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy suddenly dies. Kate knows that if it hadn't been for Daisy's mentorship, she wouldn't have the job she loves or the faith she clings to. So when police rule Daisy's death a suicide, Kate is determined to unearth the truth.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gives him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation of her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. In fact, despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate looks a bit suspicious herself.

As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?

The first installment of the Port Astor Secrets series gives the right amount of mystery blended with a little bit of romance. Kate is a determined woman trying to find the proper justice for her friend, Daisy. Tom is a man who decides to help Kate- but off the record. Whenever something becomes "off the record," the story is bound to be interesting! Sandra Orchard does not disappoint!

Twists and turns are very believable....and the relationship of Kate and Tom will just have to continue.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing in return for an honest review.