Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lady In Waiting - Book Giveaway!

I am giving away a copy of 'Lady in Waiting' by Susan Meissner.

 I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review- which can be seen here.

This is a great book - read once and in Like -NEW condition.

Win It: One lucky reader will a copy of 'Lady in Waiting' by Susan Meissner! For your first required entry, just leave a comment below telling me why you want to read this book. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on February 28th. The Winner will be announced on the 1st of March.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Do you Communicate or Connect?

A Book Review of 'Everyone Communicates, Few Connect What the Most Effective People Do Differently' By John C. Maxwell.

This book review took forever to do because my Pastor - husband loved this book and would not return it for me to finish. So, it's a VERY good book. My husband plans for all small group leaders and all senior leader in our church to go through the principles in this book

With an easy reading style and an approach that reaches every reader and gives practical tips on how to make a meaningful connection with others you are trying to communicate with. I have found that the main focus is to put one's self aside and value and empathize with what others are saying. There are so many tips and how-to's in this book that I believe everyone would benefit from reading it.

To comply with regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission:
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

For Your Sweet Tooth

A Book Review of 'Always the Baker, Never the Bride' by Sandra D Bricker.

If you love Cupcake wars or Cake Boss then this book is for you!
With an engaging opener and a twist of diabetes, this book has something for every romantic and christian reader.

Emma is a talented baker who can't even taste what she creates because of her diabetes. Her creations earn her awards and with that comes demand for her as an asset as an employee. She gets offered a job as Head baker for a new specialty boutique hotel catering for one stop weddings - from the celebration dinners to the venues and honeymoon. A recently widowed man takes on the job of creating this hotel from top to bottom out of an older hotel with the help of his 4 sisters (all of which are southern, and care greatly for their brother and others).

A relationship blossoms and others are brought to full light, and through it all remains family, friends and prayers.

There are recipes throughout this book - adding to the charm.

This story has all the right amounts of everything to bake up a delicious story... including twists and prayers. And I'd ask for seconds!

A delightful, fun read!

5 out of 5 stars

I received no compensation for this review.

This book was a free Amazon ebook download.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

An Interwoven Story of Jane

A Book Review of 'Lady In Waiting' by Susan Meissner

The cover and the teaser at the back of the book do not do this book justice. With an interesting twist of parallels and a soul searching look at ones self and ones definition of happiness and joy... this book has a way of reaching into you and touching a cord.

Starting in the present, Jane an Antique store owner, is faced with a blow that shakes her to her toes. Her husband leaves her, and with that her stability and her understanding of happiness. The story explores all the supporting relationships Jane has with her family and friends as she discovers a ring in a locked box...

Switching to the Story of Lady Jane Grey and her relationship with a dressmaker and friend. And the discovery of truth, loss, sadness, choices and loss of choice, and love. The history is woven with hope of joy in this sad tale. Although the character of the Dressmaker is fictional the insight of relate-able things are brought to light and the joy and hope of love is paralleled by this character. The Ring and all that it symbolizes is explained.

Back to the Present Jane, we see that she is trying to discover her self, her joy, her strength to stand on her own and decide for herself what those things hold.

This is a book that highlights pain, and shows you how to heal. Also, it does not throw Christianity in your face... nor does it use Christian principals to solve the pain in the characters.

This is a good read... I enjoyed it. I really LOVE history and historical fictions, so I loved the story about Jane Grey more then the Modern Jane. But I must admit I took a long hard look at what makes ME happy because of the modern Jane story.

Thank you Susan for such a heart searching book!

4 out of 5 stars

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review