Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review of "When Grace Sings" by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The second book in the Zimmerman Restoration trilogy, this book focuses on the three stories of B & B operator Alexa Zimmerman, cousin Anna-Grace Braun, and reporter Briley Forrester.

Briley, a tabloid news reporter, has come to the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville to prove those in the community are not all they seem to be. He is determined to find a scoop and therefore make a name for himself - and believes by living in the community and befriending people he will "get the dirt".

Anna-Grace is to marry Steven, a farmer with a homestead in Arborville, who secretly dreams of becoming a teacher. She comes to the Arborville community to see if she feels she can live there. Anna-Grace has recently discovered her birth family also live in this community, but she is reticent to learn who they are and meet them.

Alexa has also discovered that her background is not what she thought it was, and she struggles to find a place she belongs. Supported by the kindness of the Zimmerman family, as well as a budding friendship with Briley, she slowly begins to reconcile with the situation.

I have not yet read the first book in this series, but can confidently say that "When Grace Sings" is still a complete story. Filled with interesting characters and full of conflict, this story will satisfy those looking for a good read. I can easily recommend this book and look forward to more from this author.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review of "Magnetic" by Lynn Cowell

What a great find for not only teen girls but girls of all ages! Lynn Cowell's book, "Magnetic", asks just what it takes to become a magnetic person - one who is beautiful inside and out and attracts people, as their confidence is based in God and not others or their outfits or abilities. Lynn asks numerous questions throughout the book (and there is space for your answers). There are also quizzes to test your level of magnetism. Each chapter focuses on a different fruit of the spirit, and the wisdom here is incredible. My teenage daughter is reading it now and it is giving us lots to talk about!