Although I usually review adult fiction, I have reviewed a couple non-fiction books and Bible studies lately, so am branching out to children’s fiction today in The Dandelion Patch. MaryAnn Diorio has written a delightful book that older children can read for themselves, and is also a lovely book for a parent or grandparent to share with a younger reader. How do I know? Because I curled up on the lower bunk yesterday afternoon to read this story to my 5-year-old granddaughter Elinor, and we both loved it!
The illustrations by Doina Paraschiv are very engaging with bright colors and realistic drawings. And the story will tug at your heart as you hope for The Dandelion Patch to be saved for all generations.
Yolanda Riggins is called the Dandelion Lady since most of her foods are cooked from the dandelion patch right outside her yard, and she shares them with the children in her village–until surveyors and heavy equipment appear to tear out the dandelion patch. Yolanda emails the mayor and governor, and they both say the road has to be built.
I hope you will order this book on Amazon or from the author at http://www.maryanndiorio.com/bookstore to see how the problem was solved. Also found through Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple iBooks as well as through Ingram Distributors for local bookstores. And then, I hope you will find a child you love to snuggle up with and read this story together.
MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction for both children and adults. The Dandelion Patch is her fourth book for children. She and her husband of 47 years reside in New Jersey. They are the blessed parents of two amazing daughters and five rambunctious grandchildren. You can learn more about her at http://www.maryanndiorio.com
This post about The Story of With by Allen Arnold is much more than a book review. It is about a whole new way of looking at life by truly living your life Together with Christ! As the subtitle says ” A Better Way to Live, Love and Create.”
This book is one I read last fall after taking Allen Arnold’s class at the ACFW conference in August, and I am almost through reading it for the second time this year. The premise sounds simple–learn to live your life with freedom in Christ every step of the way. But, there are so many levels and layers to the story that I find myself called to re-read parts of it to understand it better as God teaches me more about this life-journey with Him. Continue reading
Kudos to Amanda Cabot for what I believe is her best book yet—A Stolen Heart. I have read all her contemporary stories and most of her historical books, and this book grabbed my heart from the get-go with a very likable, sympathetic heroine—Lydia Crawford. She takes a stagecoach to a new town, where she knows not a single soul. Everyone seems to be against her since she is a Northerner in Texas fifteen years after the Civil War. The townspeople distrust Northerners because they remember what the Carpetbaggers did after the War. And, some of the townspeople have been injured, or had family members killed, by Northern soldiers Continue reading
Although it sounds painful, The Broken Way is a great way to be! It seems like I have spent more time in Bible studies than on fiction lately which is a good habit to have! So, today I am reviewing the latest Bible study I am in with only one week left to go. It is so amazing and life-changing, it is hard to put into words, but I will try.
Although I had read and shared and given away copies to friends of Ann’s first book, One Thousand Gifts, I just studied it on my own and have continued to write down over 5000 things I am thankful for in my prayer journals over the years. I would still recommend the study if you haven’t done the first book. Continue reading
Are you ready to read Robin by Julane Hiebert? Are you ready to have your socks knocked off by a debut author? I cut my teeth by reading “prairie romances” and this has got to be one of the best debut historical novels I have read in a long time. Julane Hiebert grew up on the prairie in Kansas, and now lives on a lake in the beautiful Flint Hills there, and knows and describes them both in a way that you feel like you’re inside the story with the characters!
In the first book in the Brides of a Feather series, we meet Robin Wenghold waiting alone at a train station in Cedar Bluff, Kansas, and you immediately sympathize with her. And, you soon grow to love her as you read about how caring she is with those she meets on this journey to her new home. All is not easy for Robin, but she makes the best she can of each situation, and falls in love despite many roadblocks. She is a survivor, and a caregiver, and has enough love in her heart to make a difference wherever God places her.
And, if you love this book, there are two more in the series–Lark and Wren. So pick a cold winter weekend and read Robin, as you won’t want to leave the house until you are finished with this gripping read.
I was excited to hear that Kimberly Rose Johnson has had a book re-released retitled A Love Song for Kayla, and I bet you will want to read it after you read the blurb below.
Blurb: When two strangers cross paths their lives are forever altered.
Ever since she was sixteen Kayla Russell has dreamed of her perfect man. She even went so far as to make a list of desired qualities. The list has proven to be a bust since no man is that perfect, at least until she meets Derek. But will his secrets come between them and destroy what could have been something wonderful? Continue reading