Reviews by Carol D'Annunzio

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A Dream of Miracles

A Dream of Miracles

On 5/3 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Ruth Reid is sort of “new to me” author. I vaguely remember reading a novella or novel of hers and liking it so I decided to give this book a try. One of the things that surprised me about A Dream of Miracles is the topic. It is very rare that a love-inspired novel focuses on the prejudices and ... Book Review: A Dream of Miracles

Carol's Rating:

2 Stars

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The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love

On 4/13 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: For 2016, I made a commitment to read one book a month on relationships/marriage and this book certainly fits the bill. Love is the foundation to all relationships, and in a conversational tone, Willis lays out what he believes to be the essential elements needed for loving God and others. There are ... Book Review: The Seven Laws of Love

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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An Amish Year

An Amish Year

On 2/6 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Beth Wiseman has done it again with lovely Amish country settings, engaging story lines, and memorable characters. This particular collection of novellas include “Rooted in Love,” “A Love for Irma Rose,” Patchwork Perfect,” and “When Christmas Comes Again.” Each story is endearing and enjoyable ... Book Review: An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Money-Making Mom

Money-Making Mom

On 12/8 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: As you may know, I am a huge fan of Crystal Paine. I have been subscribed to her blog, Money Saving Mom, since the beginning and when I saw that her latest book, Money Making Mom was available for review, there was no chance I was going to pass the opportunity up. :) Crystal has a wonderful way of ... Book Review: Money Making Mom

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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Semi Serious

Semi Serious

On 11/24 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: My husband has been a commercial truck driver for a long time and there aren’t many women in this profession; therefore, when I saw the book, Semi Serious, about a woman’s journey into the field, I had to read it. Personally, unlike my husband, I do not like to drive and can’t even begin to fathom ... Book Review: Semi Serious

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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H3 Leadership

H3 Leadership

On 11/17 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I have to admit that I am a little blown away by H3 Leadership. Anyone who is in the position of leadership should read this book – especially those of us how are authors or solopreneurs. Not only is it well-written, it is also practical, full of actionable advice, and chock full of real-life examples. As ... Book Review: H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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An Amish Christmas Gift

An Amish Christmas Gift

On 10/18 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I have to confess that I have two other books that I had on “queue” to read and review; however, I picked up the book (or rather, my Kindle) when I was out and about and looking for something to read while waiting for my son. Big “mistake.” It’s a mistake because once I picked it up I didn’t ... Book Review: An Amish Christmas Gift

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

On 10/4 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: This short novella is simply adorable. Just like I’m not a fan of historical novels, I’m not a huge fan of western novels. However, I absolutely enjoyed this book. The characters are immediately relatable and likable. In spite of the short length of the book, there is true character development, ... Book Review: I Hope You Dance

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Big House on Adams Street

The Big House on Adams Street

On 9/25 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: This book was offered to me as a “bonus” to an other book I was given to read and review. I was enticed by the book description and thought I would love this book. Sadly, I didn’t. Although there were parts of the book I liked a lot, there was much that troubled me. On the positive side, I love ... Book Review: The Big House on Adams Street

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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Her Brother's Keeper

Her Brother's Keeper

On 7/24 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: have been blessed with the opportunity to read several of her books and have loved them all. Having said that, Her Brother’s Keeper is not one of my favorites. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it; however, I just couldn’t get as engaged or sucked in as I have for her other books. As always with ... Book Review: Her Brother’s Keeper

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3 Stars

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A Fine Piece of Chocolate

A Fine Piece of Chocolate

On 7/15 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: When I was picking out a complementary book to read for the BookLook Blogger’s Review Program, I was given the option to pick a second e-book as well. There were three books to choose from but the other two books were historical fiction, and I am not a fan of historical fiction, so I choose A Fine ... Book Review: A Fine Piece of Chocolate

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1 Stars

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 6/26 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I have been following Jeff Goins’ blog for a while now, so I was thrilled to have the chance to read and review his latest book, "The Art of Work." Jeff Goins did not disappoint! Goins’ writing is engaging, and insightful. The many personal stories sprinkled throughout the book (Goins’ and others) ... Book Review: The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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An Amish Cradle

An Amish Cradle

On 6/1 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I completely enjoyed An Amish Cradle. It is an easy, sweet, and quick read; and with summer fast approaching, it is a great book to read while lounging at the beach. There are no real plots or drama in the stories because they all center on relationships, but that is okay, because it is impossible not ... Book Review: An Amish Cradle

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Motivate Your Child

Motivate Your Child

On 2/20 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: From Book Description Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanna Miller have spent years helping parents cultivate a healthy conscience and a vibrant faith in their kids. Motivate Your Child is a straightforward guide to doing this at home. Every chapter includes practical examples of families applying the Bible ... Book Review: Motivate Your Child

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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20 Short Ones

20 Short Ones

On 12/19 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I have to admit, I was at a loss as to how to approach this review when it came time to sit down and actually write the review. Writing is such a personal thing and to publish one’s writing takes courage and faith. Therefore, when I read a book I try to approach it with an open mind, especially if ... Book Review: 20 Short Ones

Carol's Rating:

2 Stars

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An Amish Second Christmas

An Amish Second Christmas

On 11/25 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Each story in the collection is unique and special in its own right. The characters are believeable and relatable. The plots are simple and yet draw you in. And, when you are finished with each story, it leaves you happy and yet wanting more. I didn’t want the stories to end, especially the last one, ... A lovely book to get you into the Christmas Spirit

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Forever Christmas

Forever Christmas

On 11/13 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Forever Christmas is the typical, feel-good novella. The characters are charming and relatable, the writing is good, and the plot is just what you would expect, for the most part. And, of course, it pulls all your heart-strings so you keep turning the pages. I can easily see this book being turned into ... Book Review: Forever Christmas

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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A Mother's Secret

A Mother's Secret

On 8/20 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: novelists, and A Mother’s Secret is no exception. I didn’t realize, when I chose this complimentary book to read and review through the Book Look Bloggers Review program, that it was the second of a series of books. It doesn’t matter though, this book is easily read on its own. What I love about ... Book Review: A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish

On 8/6 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: The story of Jonah has always been one of Andrew’s favorites; therefore, even though his book is meant for children much younger than him, I was glad to have the opportunity to read and review it. I was interested in seeing how the book compared to other versions of the story. Over all, this is a ... Cute version of a well-known story

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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Fly a Little Higher

Fly a Little Higher

On 6/13 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: If you want a heartwarming, poignant, and uplifting book that will make you smile, cry and send you running to hug your children, Fly a Little Higher is the book to do it. Reading the book will probably change the way you look at life, too. The book may be about one young man’s battle with cancer, ... Book Review: Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love

On 4/28 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I am going to get right to the point: I loved this book! I have had to opportunity to read and review a few of Amy’s books in the past so I was thrilled to have the chance to read this as well (thanks to the BookLook Blogger’s program). Amy’s writing is honest, vulnerable and her faith in God ... This book will Uplift and Touch Your Heart

Carol's Rating:

5 Stars

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My P-R-A-Y-E-R Journal

My P-R-A-Y-E-R Journal

On 3/17 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I am struggling with this review. I wanted so much to love this book but I didn’t. The book is supposed to be a daily journal, using PRAYER as an acronym (praise and thanksgiving, repentance through confession, ask [for needs of others and self], yield to the father, examine and reflect). So, each ... My P-R-A-Y-E-R Journal Review

Carol's Rating:

2 Stars

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No Cape Required: A Devotional

No Cape Required: A Devotional

On 3/2 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Who doesn’t love a hero? We all want (ed) to be one. My son is frequently pretending he is Spider-man or running around the place with a towel around his neck like Superman. Many of us (dare I say all of us?) wish we had some kind of superpower. What we don’t always realize however, is that we do ... Get Your Hero On!

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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An Amish Miracle

An Amish Miracle

On 1/27 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: An Amish Miracle is a set of three novellas. Always in my Heart by Mary Ellis, tells the story of Hope Bowman who gave her son up for adoption when she was young. Always His Provision by Ruth Reid is about Rosa Hostetler, a widow, who is in danger of losing her home and Always Beautiful by Beth Wiseman ... Book Review: An Amish Miracle

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation

Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation

On 12/27 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I owe an apology for the publisher, Booksneeze in taking so long to getting this review up! Between college work and finals, it took extraordinary longer than normal to get the book read and the review written. Thankfully classes are over and the review is here! In order to give a balanced review, I ... Book Review: Biff and Becka’s Stupendous Vacation

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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A Hopeful Heart

A Hopeful Heart

On 8/23 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I have had the opportunity to read other books by Amy Clipston, so I was excited to have the opportunity to read A Hopeful Heart. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. As a matter of fact, A Hopeful Heart is the first love-inspired Amish novel that I read that wasn’t “formula-istic” ... Book Review: A Hopeful Heart

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Letters to Katie

Letters to Katie

On 8/16 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: In many ways, Letters to Katie is a typical love-inspired Amish novel, complete with the expected happy ending, which isn’t a bad thing. That’s generally what I want in an Amish novel because I read them specifically for light reading after a stressful day or when I’m not in the mood for “heavier” ... Book Review: Letters to Katie

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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Francis

Francis

On 6/19 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I have read many good and wonderful books through the Booksneeze blogger reviewer program; unfortunately, Francis is not one of them. :( It’s a shame really. I was so excited to have the chance to read and review this book because in the short time Pope Francis has been in office I have grown to respect ... Book Review: Francis Man of Prayer

Carol's Rating:

1 Stars

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 5/15 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: ’ve read several of Beth Wiseman’s Amish fiction novels, so I was happy to have the chance to read The House that Love Built which is NOT an Amish novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It tells the tale of a widow named Brooke and a divorcee named Owen. They meet at the hardware store that Brooke ... Beth Wiseman does it again!

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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Threads of Grace

Threads of Grace

On 2/28 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Over all, I enjoyed the book. The characters were well presented and I was able to relate to most of them. The topics of abuse and autism were dealt with in this book and handled fairly well. In a word, Threads of Grace was like any other feel-good Amish romance novel. Having said that, I do have a ... Book Review: Threads of Grace by Kelly Long

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 2/5 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Secretly Smitten is a collection of four novellas with each story centered on a particular member of the Thomas family: Tess, Zoe, Anna and Clare. The novellas are connected and intertwined through a mystery of dog-tags of a thought-to-be deceased solder are found in the attic of Grandma Rose. So these ... My Review: Secretly Smitten: Love Changes Everything

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen

On 1/22 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: An Amish Kitchen is actually a collection of three short stories: A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long, A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston and Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman. Although I’m not familiar with Kelly Long’s writings, I’m a fan of both Amy Clipston and Beth Wisemann so I was excited to have ... Book Review: An Amish Kitchen

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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An Angel by Her Side

An Angel by Her Side

On 1/17 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: An Angel By Her Side is unlike any other Amish fiction that I’ve ever read – in a good way. In this novel, direct angel intervention meets Amish daily living when Elias is sent by God to intervene in the lives of Katie Bender, Seth Stutzman and others in the town of Hope Falls. In this story, Katie ... Book Review: An Angel By Her Side: A Heaven on Earth Novel by Ruth Reid

Carol's Rating:

3 Stars

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Heaven is for Real for Kids

Heaven is for Real for Kids

On 10/31 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: This book is based on a true story of Colton Burpo. When he was almost four years old he was admitted to the hospital. While he was there he has an experience with Jesus who takes Colton to heaven. He shares his experience with his parents who in turn wrote the original book Heaven is for Real and now ... Book Review: Heaven is for Real for Kids

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Wonder of Your Love

The Wonder of Your Love

On 10/14 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: This is a charming story is about Katie Ann Stolzfus, a single mother raising her son in a small Amish community in Canaan, Colorado and Eli Detweiler is an Amish man looking forward to enjoying the rest of his life after raising six children on his own. Thanks to a wedding, they meet and a friendship ... book Review: The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

God's Promises for the American Patriot - Deluxe Edition

On 8/18 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: God’s Promises for the American Patriot (by Dr. Richard G. Lee and Jack Countryman) should be read by every American. This book shows, in a very real way, the religious and moral principles on which our country was founded; making this book a timely read in this hour of uncertainty and unrest in our ... Book Review: God's Promises for the American Patriot

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 5/26 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: I didn’t particularly care for this book. Maybe I miss-read the above snippet, but I was expecting a fast-faced, almost suspenseful read that would keep me captivated and on the edge of my seat. This book was not that at all. In fact, I felt the narrative was drawn out, which I found strange since ... Book Review: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

Carol's Rating:

2 Stars

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Doing Virtuous Business

Doing Virtuous Business

On 5/1 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Book Summary: From the book description: “Doing Virtuous Business explains the true purpose of business and illuminates the connection between a free economy and religious liberty. Drawing from the notion of “social capital” that has been developed by generations of scholars, Malloch adds the ... Doing Virtual Business by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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We Be Big

We Be Big

On 3/17 Carol D'Annunzio wrote: Book Summary: To quote the subtitle, this book is “the mostly true story of how two kids from Calhoun County, Alabama, became Rick and Bubba” – the two “sexist fat men alive”. It chronicles the life story of Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey and how they Continue ... Book Review: We Be Big by Rick Burgess & Bill “Bubba” Bussey (with Don Keith)

Carol's Rating:

4 Stars

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