This is another recent release that I received from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan’s Fiction Guild. It was compared to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, and I could see the similarities.
This third installment in the series follows the story of Pastor Jack and Daisy Pendleton, owner of a local flower shop. We’ve been introduced to both of them throughout the first two novels in this series, but if you haven’t read them, this still works as a stand alone.
Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof is the latest book I’ve received from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild. They have been sending me several books recently, so the next couple of Wednesdays will be highlighting Fiction Guild releases.
The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron was not what I had expected when I started it, but it was wonderful. I had not looked into what the story was about, or even read the back of the cover, so I did not realize that it was a split-time story. Now, if you’ve followed me for a little while you may know that I am NOT a fan of multiple time periods in one book. I think they’re confusing and jump around too much, not giving you adequate time to get to know the characters in each time period. So I groaned aloud when I caught on that this book didn’t just have two different time periods to keep up with, it had three.
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Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson…where do I even start? This book swept me off my feet. I know it takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable, and this book was full of vulnerability from Sadie about times she was afraid and how she overcame fear.
I loved everything about this book! I was afraid it was going to be a nice concept without much practical application, but Sadie made it personal and relatable and it really hit close to home for me. I really appreciated her personal testimonies and revelations of what God spoke to her.
Having followed Sadie for several years now, I did recognize many things in the book from previous messages she’s said, but it was good to read them again and see how it all connected for her personally. Some of my favorite parts of the book included her messages about plankton, connect the dots, and the real verses true comparisons. Sadie got SO REAL in this book and I know that it will be freeing for so many people!
At the end of each chapter, she had questions, challenges, Scriptures, prayers, and journalling opportunities to help make the concept presented in the chapters personalized and applicable to the reader. I highly recommend this to people of pretty much any age. I believe this book will really make an impact on those who are willing to answer some tough questions about themselves.
Thank to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
This was such a beautiful book! Joubert takes us on a heartfelt, emotional journey through the lives of a group of friends growing up in South Africa during World War II, and the plot line coincides with that of Child of the River. The characters grab onto your heartstrings and won’t let go! I finished this book in just a couple of days. It felt like a short story but also a good, hearty one because there wasn’t a moment where the plot dragged or slowed. I was constantly kept guessing as to what would happen next, which is somewhat unusual in books for me. I was caught off guard several times by the plot twists, and had four or five burst-into-tears moments and one throw-the-book-across-the-room moment. The South African setting lent a unique perspective to the second World War, and the message of the book about life being a crooked path yet one worth walking on was beautifully intertwined into the story. This is a story I will want to read over and over, and tell all my friends and family about. It is, quite frankly, phenomenal.
Thank you to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild 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.