Like a Winter Snow (by Lindsay Harrel) … a humor, affection, special relationships, and a feeling of love

The sequel to The Secrets of Paper and Ink has you once again enjoying the sights, sounds, food, and people of Port Willis in Cornwall, England. I want to move there and be a part of this community!

There is humor, affection, special relationships, and a feeling of love … well established, maturing, and newly found. The sense of family responsibilities are strong and are a defining line in Joy’s life. Faith is woven throughout the pages along with friendships and the lesson of learning how to forgive oneself.

Thank you to the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I hope we will be able to travel to Port Willis again. But if not, any adventure with Lindsay Harrel is worth traveling!

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (by Fannie Flagg) … fall in love with the book and the wonderful characters

After falling in love with the movie many years ago, I have had this book on my to-be-read list for a long time. I ended up listening to the audiobook. And I believe I enjoyed it even more than reading a paper/ebook version. The narration was spot on with the Southern accent and lingo.

While the book is a little slow to draw you in at the beginning, do not give up! Your attention will eventually be captured and you’ll be hanging on to see happens next. Between Idgie and Ruth and Mrs. Threadgooe and Evelyn, you will be entertained and enthralled with the shenanigans, adventures, and against-the-majority decisions that are made.

I LOVED this book and would highly recommend it to everyone!

What If It’s True (by Charles Martin) … bible stories as the author imagines they did/could have happened

This is not one of the author’s typical fiction books. And, thus, did not pack the emotional punch.

I would recommend that you read the book more like a book of devotions…reading one chapter at a time.

One warning to potential readers is that Charles Martin presents the bible stories as he imagines they did/could have happened. He’s upfront about this early in the book, but I imagine a lot of Christians will be offended.

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Feels Like Falling (by Kristy Woodson Harvey) … you’ll find yourself in the middle of an emotional crisis

Once again, Kristy Woodson Harvey has brought us into the middle of an emotional crisis. Her words will have your emotions spanning the spectrum from heartwrenching sorrow to anger to exasperation to laughter. The upheaval in the lives of the main characters will have you waiting to see what will happen next. The feeling of hope for what the future can hold will keep you waiting for the next episode.

The story is told from the viewpoint of two women who are the main characters. You will be drawn into their lives and you will be cheering them on one minute while your heart will ache along with them the next minute.

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I look forward to another delightful story from the author.

Miles from Where We Started (by Cynthia Ruchti) … an emotional journey with God lessons and inspirational reflections

Once again, Cynthia Ruchti has reached deep into my soul and wrenched out the tears. Her books are always an emotional journey, but the God lessons she shares are inspirational and full of heartwarming reflections.

There are wonderful characters, husband, wife, and a quirky teenager who has been abandoned by his mother. The miles they travel together, the adventures they have, the people they meet, and the way God speaks to each of them in different ways takes you on a hope-filled expedition. Judah was a treat and I chuckled often at the words that came out of his mouth.

Pay attention to the waterfalls and their restorative powers. The author takes the most basic things…nature, humans, health, jobs…and uses them to teach us a spiritual lesson.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I can’t wait for the next adventure with Cynthia Ruchti.