The Inn at Hidden Run (by Olivia Newport) … family dynamics and an interesting history lesson

I really enjoyed the historical background provided in the first book in the Tree of Life series. This historical focus continues to be related to the present day portion of this story.

I fell in love with Jillian and her father, Nolan. They have a wonderful father-daughter relationship, and the way they handle difficulties and interact with the people in their life is entertaining. This book explores the extremes of family dynamics. So while Jillian and Nolan demonstrate a healthy familial relationship, that is no the case for everyone!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Escape from Camp 14 (by Blaine Harden) … horrendous living environments in North Korea

This was recommended to me by a member of the youth group at my church. She said that she was really enjoying the book. I am so glad she told me about the book.

This was a difficult book to listen to because of the horrible living circumstances the main character experienced. The North Korean regime forces families to endure such horrendous living environments. It is an absolutely unforgivable situation!

What an eye opening experience to learn of these horrors.

A Curve in the Road (by Julianne MacLean) … one twist after another

Not only a curve in the road, this book throws one curve after another at you from the beginning to the end. This story will grab you from the first page and hold on tight until the end. This book is full of emotional surprises … and it is a realistic trip through Abbie MacIntyre’s life via the book’s pages. You will wonder how much more Abbie can take, but the twists and turns keep coming.

An easy read but not boring. I love having the opportunity to read a good book without bad language and sex scenes. Just a good story!

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinions. I will definitely be buying all of Julianne MacLean’s books!

The Second Chance Supper Club (by Nicole Meier) … a story of forgiveness, finding a sense of self, and accepting responsibility

This is my first book by Nicole Meier, but it won’t be my last. I enjoyed the story and her writing style.

My stomach growled and my taste buds perked up reading about the delicious meals Ginny prepared. What a wonderful view of sister, mother-daughter, and romantic relationships. Each has its own difficulties, but watching each character grow and develop into a mature and responsible adult was rewarding.

This is a story of forgiveness, finding a sense of self, and accepting responsibility for each person’s role in the problems created.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author!

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!