Silence

This word may not be for everybody, but it sure hit me where I’m at when I read it.

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Cole and Sav

Cole & Sav: Our Surprising Love Story 

There’s not many YouTubers that I consistently follow due to time management, but this sweet couple is one of them! They put out family-oriented videos a couple of times a week, and in this book, they give more details about how the met and their stories.

I first heard of Cole LaBrant when watching he and his mom on The Amazing Race a couple of years ago when they had a season of just YouTuber and social media influencers racing.  I didn’t look him up or follow him after that, just occasionally coming across a video of his.  I hadn’t heard of Savannah or her daughter at all.  Then, my favorite YouTubers, Jess and Gabriel Conte, mentioned how excited they were for Cole and Savannah, who had just announced that they were pregnant.  I immediately clicked over to watch their announcement video and cried at how sweet it was.  I was hooked after that! When they mentioned earlier this year in one of their videos that they were coming out with a book, I looked it up to see if I could get an advance copy.

I read it almost in one sitting! Cole and Sav’s way of storytelling made it seem as if they were just chatting with you over coffee about how they met.  It was an easy read, but a cute and inspiring one.  They really talked about how important their faith in God was to them, which I appreciated, and I thought the details of how they met were just miraculous! You can see God’s hand all over their story.  My only complaint would be that Cole would write about something, and then it would switch to Savannah’s perspective and basically repeat the same story, and vice versa throughout the book, which made it seem like it could have been half as long.  On the other hand, I also enjoyed seeing both of their perspectives and what they thought of each other, so I didn’t mind the repeat so much–it obviously didn’t deter me from reading it, and I didn’t find myself skipping through parts of the book either.

Anyway, I thought this was a really precious and inspiring story about God bringing two people together and redeeming their pasts and finding love.  I would definitely recommend it for anyone that wants to know more of the behind-the-scenes about this sweet couple!

I also just want to say congratulations to Cole and Savannah for writing a book together in the midst of doing YouTube and creating a family! I know they must have a lot on their plates, but I’m thankful that they shared their testimonies with us, because they truly are encouraging.

Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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October Update

It’s been about a month since I gave you all a life update, so I’m doing another one.  I know that in my update at the beginning of September, I said that August had been a wild month, but September was even more insane *in a good way*.

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A Worthy Rebel

A Worthy Rebel is the fifth installment in Jody Hedlund’s young adult medieval romance series (whew!).  A Worthy Rebel centers on the story of Olivia’s younger sister, Lady Isabelle, who is being forced into an arranged marriage to save the people of her village.  When she realizes what a cruel man she is being forced to marry is, she runs away.  A young peasant rescues her, and she thinks she has escaped successfully, but she doesn’t realize is the danger she has put herself and everyone around her in. Continue reading “A Worthy Rebel”

Together Forever

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train series, the sequel to With You Alwayswhich you can find my review of here.  While I suppose this book could work as a stand-alone, it will make more sense if you read book 1 to get background on the characters: who they are and how they came to be where they are at the start of book 2.

Marianne Neumann works with the Children’s Aid Society placing orphans from the streets of New York with families out west.  While she works, she looks for records of her younger sister Sophie who disappeared in book 1.  In doing so, she befriends another placing out agent, Andrew Brady, and the two of them travel out on the orphan train with a group of kids and the two of them learn to love and let go along the way. Continue reading “Together Forever”

Falling for You

Falling for You by Becky Wade is the second book in her “Bradford Sisters Romance” series, following True to You.  Falling for You works just fine as a stand-alone, however if you want some bonus background information on the characters, be aware that the heroine is the sister of the heroine in True to You and the hero is best friends with the hero from Becky Wade’s “Porter Family” series book 4, Her One and Only.

This book picks up following the story of the eldest Bradford sister, Willow. Continue reading “Falling for You”

A Noble Servant

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The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson is yet another fairytale retelling, but these never get old! This one is loosely based off the story of the Goose Girl, as you may be able to tell from the cover.  Speaking of which, I really like this cover.  The model’s long, blond hair reminds me of Buttercup from The Princess Bride, and the golden lettering is just so pretty.  I also love that you can tell which fairytale it’s based off of by the cover, as most times it’s very hard to figure that out until you read it with other Dickerson works.

As for the story itself, I really enjoyed it.  A few of Dickerson’s last works didn’t “float my boat”, but this one did.  I was hooked by the plot and was cheering for the main characters.  I appreciated the instances of prayer and belief in God, and that there seemed to be more of them in this book than in some of the author’s other works, but I didn’t think that they flowed into the story very smoothly.  Overall, I would highly recommend Dickerson’s fairytale books to tween and teenage girls who want an exciting, romantic, clean, and inspirational story that they can learn from and feel as if they are in some far-off castle at the same time.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*