The Saturday Night Supper Club

by Carla Laureano

 

 

I knew this book was the book for me when I saw the main character Rachel Bishop was a chef. I love reading about chef’s – always thought it would be a fun (and very hard) job. I blame Friends,  Monica always made it look so fun. 🙂

The author Carla Laureano did a great job at hooking the reader within the first page(s). I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see how this story unfolded before the first chapter ended. The Saturday Night Supper Club is a sneak peek into the world of fine dining. One I don’t know much about, so I enjoyed seeing it through the eyes of Rachel and Adam. The banter/ dialogue in this book was witty and fresh. The characters as well as the story was very well developed and flows so well. The cover is what grabbed my attention and I was so happy that the story was just as great as that beautiful cover. You will go on the journey with Rachel as she experiences some career lows and hard falls to finding a way to pick herself up and not let it keep her down. She has a great support system and friends who have her back. She can rebuild her life and maybe find not only that she still has a passion for food it just might not be what she always envisioned for herself. This book is a christian contemporary fiction book. Please don’t let that put you off from reading it. It is not a preachy christian fiction. This book is for all readers, yes faith is talked about and through out the book, but it is just one element and not the main focus. I saw on GoodReads that it is listed as book 1 in the series.  I was so happy to see that we will get to read more from the Supper Club.

One take away from this book which I’m sure isn’t the real take away: Always wait to post that negative review at a store, site or restaurant. Sometimes in the heat of a bad experience we can say things that maybe we wish we hadn’t. One bad review can cause a ripple effect that trickles down and so many people might face consequences. We all have off days or bad days even customer service people whether it’s a store or place to eat.

About the Book: Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back . . . even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life―and love―outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

Thank you so much Tyndale for sending me a copy of The Saturday Evening Supper Club for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

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Kill Devil

A Jed Patrick Novel
by Mike Dellosso

I had not read the first book in this series Centralia before Kill Devil, I meant to but there just wasn’t enough time and I felt like I’d be OK without having read it. This book is part of a series but could be a stand alone as well. You will not be so totally lost if you haven’t read Centralia first, however you will want to grab a copy after reading Kill Devil. There were a few times I would have known what they were talking about or more of the background story of a character. That didn’t detract from this book at all though, it just made me want to read the first book even more. I know I will be reading book 1 sometime soon. Kill Devil is a non stop action paced roller coaster ride. Mike Dellosso really knows how to write, the character development was great and you feel like you know them. The story line while it was fast paced was not so far fetching like some novels can be. Jed Patrick is a great series for both men and women and one I would recommend. Many times people are turned off but christian fiction but this is not preachy in your face christian fiction. The conclusion was believable and left it where I think he could write another book about Jed and his family. I hope he does I really liked this one. This was the first Mike Dellosso book I’ve read but it definitely won’t be the last. I know Father’s Day is tomorrow so it is too late to get this for a Father’s Day gift but it would make a great gift for a father who is a reader and looking for a great series. Plus you can read it after them, or before if you want to make sure they would like it. 🙂

summary: Jed Patrick is convinced he’s doing all it takes to keep his family safe–new names, new location, new identity. But just when he thinks he finally has his life back, trained men claiming to be CIA agents break in and threaten his wife and daughter, proving once and for all his family will never truly be safe until he eliminates the agency dead set on hunting him down.Not knowing if Karen and Lilly are better off by his side or in hiding, Jed is determined to protect them while finding a way to use the classified information that he possesses to dismantle the Centralia Project. But he soon learns that eliminating Centralia may require compromising his own values. As danger escalates, Jed isn’t sure whether there’s anyone or anything he can trust–including his own senses.

Restore My Soul

author & illustrator: Ann Margret  Hovsepian



Adult coloring books are all the thing now, they are fun and not just for adults many older elementary through high school kids enjoy them. I know I like them they are relaxing and a great way to wind down. Ann Hovsepian has combined coloring books with a devotional and created a wonderful way for people to create beautiful, frame-able quotes to have around the house and do devotions at the same time. 


The devotional page has a bible quote, which you can just read and reflect on or grab your bible and read the entire passage and reflect while coloring afterwards. After the quote she really dives into a real life application that makes the reflection time more meaningful.  She also includes an activity to do on the color pages besides coloring. The coloring pages are so pretty and different degree’s of coloring from faster and more simple coloring pages that you could finish in a day or two, to ones that might take quite a bit longer. You could use this as a day or weekly devotional. I think I will use it as a weekly that way I can take my time coloring and reflecting. That gives me 40 weeks of devotional time, giving me time to take a break for Lent and Advent devotionals. This would make a wonderful gift or group bible study. Not all quotes on the coloring pages are from the bible but they all go well with Restore My Soul. 



summary: Grab your colored pencils and get ready to refresh your spirit with this coloring book devotional journey!


For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, Restore My Soul is a beautiful, interactive devotional designed to celebrate our unique creativity and connect us with the ultimate Creator. Find refreshment in short reflections on Scripture and be inspired as you color accompanying intricate illustrations created for meditation and prayer. Both contemplative and imaginative, Restore My Soul is the perfect space for the artist in us all.

The Alliance

by Jolina Petersheim

 

The Alliance is a first for me by this author and it was really interesting. It’s an end of the world dystopian in the christian field. This book poses the question “What would you do, or Do you think your ready? ” We rely so much on EMP (electromagnetic pulse) and if they stop it would be chaos. The Englisher that survives his plane crash lands in a Mennonite community. The community ends up making an alliance with the Englisher and together they decide just how far people and a community can go to help those in need while still protecting their own families. This book wasn’t the typical Mennonite read that follows the same draft as all the other’s this one really broke the mold and made it a very fast paced read.

summary: When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it’s a foreshadowing of things to come. Once the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won’t start. Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.

Tranquility

A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal

 

Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

 

I love to color even before adult coloring books became all the rage I would grab some crayons – markers or colored pencils and color in my kids coloring books. They help you slow down, focus and relax. My friend once said they are like doing yoga with all the sweating. 🙂 She is right they are, and I think that is why they are so popular with women of all ages. The Tranquility A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal is a great gift to give this holiday season. Tranquility is something we all want to have in our lives. For me I wanted to be able to focus better on prayer this year. This journal was just what I was looking for.  Each page has a bible verse, thought and / or idea to focus your prayers on. The patterns remind me of my favorite thing to color mandala. Each page or spread is not so heavy and deep that you feel like it is a chore to do. The journal helped me focus on getting better with prayer. If you or someone you know is looking to do more praying and meditating than think about gifting them or telling them about this little gem. One thing that I loved about this book was that it was compact and had hard chipboard front and back so making it more journal like. I will say only use gel pens of colored pencils on the pages since you don’t want the colors from markers to bleed through.

Thank you so much Tyndale for sending me a copy of Tranquility A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free journal.

Catching the Wind

by Melanie Dobson

 

 

I loved every minute of reading this book. It had it all family, love, mystery, survival and is split between 1940 and present day 2017. I haven’t read any book by Melanie Dobson but this book has changed that I really want to read more by her. She is a wonderful author and writes such a magical tale. She captures the reader from the first page and hold your interest till the end. I still think about Brigitte and Daniel even after finishing the book. I grabbed this book since I really seem to read a lot of WWII novels. Catching the Wind will be one of my top 10 favorites of 2017. She transports you back in time and flows back to present day very well. You don’t feel lost or that you’re a ping-pong ball reader. I loved that Daniel never lost hope on finding Brigitte. So many people lost track of loved one during WWII and this book really captures that moment in time. This book was full of hope and really had me capturing reading moments since I didn’t want to stop reading. I had to know what happened and if all was alright. However I also didn’t want the story to end. This is a great historical fiction book even if you’re not a historical fiction reader. Add Catching the Wind to you Summer Reading list! This book gets a A+ from me and even gets extra credit for being such a wonderful tug at your heart-strings book!

about the book: 

What happened to Brigitte Berthold?

That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel’s final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby’s tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons—and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel’s lawyer, Lucas Hough—the lure of Brigitte’s story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

Thank you Tyndale Publishing and Melanie Dobson for allowing me to read Catching the Wind. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Be Bold A Coloring Devotional

by Ellen Elliott

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Be Bold is a great little coloring book / devotional for adults or teens that love to do something while studying the bible.  Each page has a color page with lots of detail. These pages take a while to color, for me it takes about a week of devotional time to color each page. On the back of the coloring page you have a bible verse that you can study more in-depth with you bible. Than below the scripture quote you have a real life application almost reminding me of a homily that you get after church mass readings. The papers are heavy and I think you could use sharpies if you wanted or even watercolor paint. I use plain old crayola markers we have lots and they are so affordable. I really like the Be Bold coloring book devotional just as much as the Christmas one I did through out advent. This one has the added bonus of lined pages in the back of the book for prayer request  or  jotting down thoughts of your readings and devotional.  I think this would be really fun to do with some girlfriends over tea (or coffee) as a little bible study group. This would also make a great gift for a friend along with some markers or gel pens (inkjoy are great for journaling).

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summary: Be Bold offers an outlet to simultaneously focus on God’s Word and express creativity. Using scripture as the foundation for her designs, Ellen Elliot takes readers through a series of inspiring verses reinforced with short devotional writings. Topics include joy, hope, self-image, peace, and more. Each coloring page and corresponding devotional will help the reader develop a closer relationship with the Heavenly Father.

 

 

thank you Tyndale for sending me Be Bold Coloring Devotional. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.