Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

Saphora Warren has had enough. She has her packed bags in her hands when her philandering husband opens the door and announces that he's dying of cancer. So instead of escaping on her own to their summer home, she moves there with him as he gets treatment and lives out his last days.

Along for the summer is their eight year old grandson Eddie. The first person they meet when they arrive in town is Tobias, a young boy who befriends Eddie - and changes all their lives.

Deep down Saphora still loves her husband and I think his illness reveals that to her. She seems to try to take care of anyone who comes her way. She makes a bold stand for Tobias more than once. She makes friends easily and she's comfortable with herself.

While I didn't find this book impossible to put down it was a joy to pick up. Picking such a busy time of year to read it, there would be days I won't have time to read but each time I picked it up, I fell back into the time and place very easily.

Highly recommended.


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

Sunday, December 5, 2010

If You're Missing Baby Jesus

This charming little gift book by Jean Gietzen is a very quick read and a wonderful book to read aloud to young children.

The story revolves around a family in 1943 who purchases a nativity set at the local five and ten store. When they get it home they find it has two baby Jesus figures. So they put a sign in the store "If You're Missing Baby Jesus call" with their phone number.

When the phone finally rings it's not at all what they expected and sends them out on a bitterly cold Christmas Eve on a totally unexpected mission that reinforces the true meaning of Christmas.

A simply wonderful book that needs to be read every Christmas season.


The Judge Who Stole Christmas

About November I start looking for books set at Christmas time to start reading. I was thrilled to see this book by Randy Singer as a free Kindle download and anxiously started to read it.

I so wanted to like this book and it does have good parts. But the legal drama seemed to just go on and on and on. A good portion of the book was spent on a girls basketball team and I'm just not interested in basketball so that was a drawback for me. I do enjoy books revolving around the legal system but this just seemed like it was repeating the same thing over and over.

The end of the book was very good. A couple of good twists that were rather unexpected and very pleasant ended the book on an up note.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bible Baby Christmas Storybook

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Baby Bible Christmas Storybook

David C. Cook; Brdbk edition (October 1, 2010)

***Special thanks to Karen Davis, Assistant Media Specialist, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Rev. Dr. Robin Currie is the Early Childhood Librarian/Preschool Liaison for the Glen Ellyn Public Library and serves on the staff of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. She is also the retired pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn. Before and during seminary she was a children’s librarian for public libraries in Illinois and Iowa. She holds master’s degrees in Library Science from the University of Iowa and in Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, as well as a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from LSTC. Her published books include seven resource collections for librarians and over a dozen children’s Bible story collections.

Visit the author's blog.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Board book: 36 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; Brdbk edition (October 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0781403685
ISBN-13: 978-0781403689

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER (Click on pictures to see them larger):

I absolutely loved this little book. The pictures are so colorful and adorable.