Monday, January 9, 2017

Lions Can't Eat Spaghetti

Author: Bethany Ramos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Pages: 50
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Christopher finds a kitten on his doorstep, which, to his surprise, grows up into a lion! Since Christopher already loves his pet, he tries to introduce him to his everyday life, much to the horror of his friends, family, and neighbors.

Lions Can't Eat Spaghetti is a lighthearted children's book for ages 3 to 6 that celebrates the sp
ecial bond that all children have with animals.

My Impressions: 

This is such a sweat story about a little boy and his stray "kitty" that ends up actually being a baby lion.  Sadly, as the  cub grows up the boy must learn that even though he loves his cub dearly, it is not safe for him or his beloved lion to keep him any longer.  In a way the book is a little heart breaking, but it has a wonderful message to it that is essential to life. Sometimes the things we love the most in the world, are not necessarily good for us and we have to let go out of love. 

This book really hit home for my son whose father had to go away a few months ago due to drug and alcohol abuse. He obviously did not want to let him go and be away from his father, but for everyone's safety and because we love him, we needed to do what was best. This book made a great tie in for my son that he could relate to the little boy and loving someone so much, but needing to let go. 

Great book overall that is easy to recommend that has a positive message, with excellent illustrations that tie the story together.

I received this book free of charge from the author

About the Author: 

Bethany Ramos is a children’s book author, editor, and blogger. She is a regular contributor to Bethany’s first children’s book, Lions Can’t Eat Spaghetti, was published through 4RV Publishing in 2016. Her second children’s book, There’s a Bumbie Under My Bed, was published by Saturn’s Moon Press, also in 2016. Her first chick lit novel, 5 Stages of Grief, was published by Black Opal Books in 2011; her second chick lit novel, Adventure to Love, was published by Soul Mate Publishing in 2013.
Bethany works as Editor in Chief for Naturally Healthy Publications.


Saturday, December 10, 2016


Doctor Amy spends her nights running a secret clinic for supernatural creatures. When she is forced to use her magic to save the lives of a centaur infant and its mother, she vows never to regret her decision, no matter the consequences. Not even when the Mages capture her, beat her, and condemn her to die.

Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is abducted by a mysterious being named Rowan, who demands she use her healing abilities to save his father. But when Amy fails to save the ailing man, her actions unintentionally force Rowan into an exile that will soon turn into a death sentence.

Now Rowan and Amy must join forces with the creatures who were once her patients and fight to uncover the one secret that may be powerful enough to save them all.

My Impressions:    

Truthsight takes you on a magical journey filled with mythical creatures that was well written, imaginative and a fast paced page turner into the world of fantasy. I have to say I adored Amy, AKA Asa the mage. She is such a likeable character that has a phenomenal story. She is a doctor that turns her barn into a clinic for all the animals of the forest. She is also a mage and healer who has the gift of truthsight that allows her to see the real you. If that is not enough she is also being hunted by other mages. Eventually, her desire to save others is what gets her captured and sentenced to execution. I adore this story, it breathes real life and real circumstances with the struggle between your heart and your mind, your safety versus helping others and real love. It has great depth that you do not see very often in fantasy with a strong female. I cannot wait to see if this becomes a series.

 15141807About the Author
Debut author Miriam Greystone writes urban fantasy stories filled with magic, romance and the occasional centaur. She fuels her creativity with an insatiable appetite for reading and frequent episodes of Doctor Who. She lives just outside of Washington DC with her husband and children, and when she isn’t hunched over her laptop, she can often be found baking or going on long hikes with her family.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Devoted

I am a huge fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher . I have yet to read a story by her that was not deep, heartwarming, insightful and Godly. This book was not the exception. I adore how Suzanne shows how God plays a hands on, interested role in our lives, even when we do not realize it is His hand at work right away.

This is a great story with characters you can fall madly in love with. Easy book to recommend to those who love Amish fiction, roses or a beautiful story.  Throughout this story we see the pain, love, hurt and expectations all have of each other, their relationships and the right thing to do in Gods eyes.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Revell books in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Christmas at Promise Lodge

Christmas at Promise Lodge
by Charlotte Hubbard


GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)



Promise Lodge's first wedding is cause for celebration—but the bishop's narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn't sit well with the Bender sisters, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren't the only important gifts God gives--even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship. Amos hasn't given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He'll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.



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“Jah, your brother and the bride probably wonder what’s happened to you.” Not to mention Gloria, Mary Kate thought with a smile.

“I guarantee you that Noah and Deborah aren’t thinking about me,” Roman teased. “You did miss a pretty provocative wedding sermon, though. Your dat told my mamm and aunts, along with Amos and Preacher Marlin—by name—that they were to be married before the snow flies and that he’d allow no marrying of Amish to Mennonites. He also preached that the women’s only business was to be keeping house for their families.”

Her jaw dropped. “He really said those things? In front of so many people?” she whispered. “That’s not going to go over with Rosetta or your mamm or—”

“Preacher Amos was gripping the bench so hard I thought he might crack it in half. Preacher Marlin looked ready to stand up and leave—and Truman Wickey was as mad as I’ve ever seen him, too.” Roman shook his head as he rose from the swing. “I’m sure we’ve not heard the last of this. After all, who’s to run the produce stand or manage the lodge apartments if my mother and aunt aren’t allowed? I can’t see them handing over those businesses to men—even their husbands—after they’ve poured themselves into making a go of it here.”

Mary Kate sighed loudly. “My dat believes women should know their place and stay there, without making any fuss,” she murmured. “I don’t see why he’s so old-fashioned about stuff like that, when other Amish settlements allow women to work from their homes—which is what your mamm and Rosetta are doing. And anyone can see that Truman and Rosetta are meant for each other.”

“It’ll all work out, somehow.” Roman gazed at her. Although he stood nearly six feet tall and had a sturdy, muscled body, he didn’t give the impression of looking down at her, or of intending to keep her in his shadow or under his thumb. The slow smile that overtook his face appeared open and sincere—not a sign of derision or pity, that she could see. “You take care, Mary Kate. It was nice visiting with you.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40 years and their Border collie, Ramona.

Promise Lodge, Book 1
Zebra (February 26, 2016)
ISBN-13: 9781420139419 •• ISBN-10: 142013941X
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