Reviews by Manderley
On 2/23 Manderley wrote: I was intrigued from the very start. Inspired by the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this book explores the battle between good and evil within us all. We all have parts of ourselves that are ugly and dark, and sometimes those parts consume us and seek to destroy our lives. This book explores one man’s ... The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart: A Book Review
On 1/8 Manderley wrote: From the moment I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. Being an introvert in the world and in the church, I always feel like a misfit. This book blew me away from the start with just how relatable it was. Some of the experiences the author describes have been my exact experiences. I just kept thinking ... Blessed Are the Misfits by Brant Hansen: A Book Review
On 10/25 Manderley wrote: What a beautiful book! This 31 day Christmas devotional is as unique as it is beautiful. This book is filled with gorgeous full color pages, thoughtful devotions to focus on during the season and activities to inspire your heart. What a wonderful way to draw near to God during this busy time of year. ... The Beautiful Word for Christmas: A Book Review
On 10/11 Manderley wrote: Christmas at Carnton is a novella set during The Civil War. The author does a great job in capturing the emotion of that era. The uncertainty, fear, harshness and heartache of the time period really show through the characters and their stories. I found myself immediately absorbed in the storyline and ... https://thesmugcloud.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/christmas-at-carnton-by-tamera-alexander-a-book-review/
On 8/18 Manderley wrote: I have some very mixed feelings about this book. From the start, I wanted to love it and the very beginning of the book set me up to do just that. Jen was very intentional about emphasizing that this book was for every woman. She specifically listed women in most all scenarios of life and it made me ... https://thesmugcloud.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/of-mess-and-moxie-by-jen-hatmaker-a-book-review/
On 6/19 Manderley wrote: This is the perfect summer read! I was first drawn to this book because it has such a pretty, eye-catching cover and an intriguing title. I also love that it is a YA book. The plot is a very modern day Cinderella story, which I found to be quite fun to read. The characters are very likable and the ... It Started With Goodbye by Christina June: A Book Review
On 6/2 Manderley wrote: Billy Coffey writes such unique stories. This is the second book I’ve had the pleasure of reading by him, and I am so impressed with his imagination and creativity. It’s refreshing to find an author in Christian fiction who writes in such a distinct way. I absolutely fell in love with Abel in this ... Some Small Magic by Billy Coffey: A Book Review
On 4/30 Manderley wrote: I was so excited to get this bible! I love the idea of an updated study bible specifically for women, designed by women. I also love that it happens to be in my favorite translation, the NKJV. When I received this bible, my first thought was “This far exceeds my expectations!” and “It’s beautiful!!” ... The Woman’s Study Bible: A Review
On 2/13 Manderley wrote: This book has a lot going for it. A unique story, interesting and likable characters and lots of intrigue. I felt that it grabbed my interest right from the start, but I did feel like it became somewhat drawn out and slow as it progressed. I really enjoyed Jonah’s character and watching his relationships ... Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen: A Book Review
On 12/5 Manderley wrote: I’m pretty sure this may be my first time reviewing a bible, so I feel weird doing so. Obviously, I’m not reviewing the text of the bible itself, but the way in which it is presented by the publisher. This is a nice looking hard back copy with a nice paper quality and a good, clean print. What is ... NKJV Know the Word Study Bible: A Review
On 9/16 Manderley wrote: I don’t know what it is about the word JOY that just gets me. I love joy and when I saw the title of this devotional and that it was written by Sheila Walsh, it definitely caught my eye! This is a very nice devotional and I love that it’s made to be read in just a few short minutes. Not that I think ... A Fresh Infusion of Joy by Sheila Walsh: A Book Review
On 8/31 Manderley wrote: I cannot recommend this book enough! This was my first experience reading a book by Lysa Terkeurst, and I was so excited for the opportunity because I had heard a lot of great things about her and her writing. And, every single one of those great things are true! This is a very personal book. This is ... https://thesmugcloud.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/uninvited-by-lysa-terkeurst-a-book-review/
On 6/1 Manderley wrote: This was my first time reading a book by Sheila Walsh, but I have had the opportunity to hear her speak on several occasions and I’ve always been touched by her openness, honesty and humility. These qualities definitely translate well in her latest book. The Longing in Me is a book about all of us. ... The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh: A Book Review
On 4/2 Manderley wrote: As an adult, I still enjoy a good bit of YA and Juvenile Fiction, so I was looking forward to reading this book. I loved the storyline for this book. A young girl moves with her mom from big city New York life, to a ranch in Texas. I thought this could be a really interesting story, but I feel like it ... That’s Not Hay in My Hair by Juliette Turner: A Book Review
On 3/10 Manderley wrote: I was not familiar with Sammy Rhodes prior to this book, and I was very much intrigued by a book about awkwardness. I myself am an introvert, and I’m all too familiar with awkward encounters! My feelings on this book are kind of mixed. It’s a book about awkwardness, so I feel odd saying this, but ... This is Awkward by Sammy Rhodes: A Book Review
On 2/9 Manderley wrote: There is a lot to love about this book! This is a story about friendship, and not just any friendship, but deep, authentic, I’d-do-anything-for-you friendship. This book describes the kind of friendship that has always been the goal of my life. The story centers around three friends and their lives, ... The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale: A Book Review
On 8/18 Manderley wrote: This book has so many thoughts rolling around in my head, I’m not sure where to start. I think it is one of those books that could spark many an interesting conversation. It is a very well written story, but there is a lot to digest in it. The biggest problem I had with this book is that it introduced ... The Curse of Crow Hollow: A Book Review
On 7/15 Manderley wrote: When I first chose this novel for review, I had absolutely no idea that this was Laura McNeill’s debut novel. Now that I am aware of this fact, I am even more impressed with her work. The premise of this story sounded intriguing, and it definitely lived up to it’s description. I would describe it ... Center of Gravity: A Book Review
On 6/27 Manderley wrote: This is the third installment in Vannetta Chapman’s Amish Village Mystery series. What I love about this series is that it is such a unique combination. A perfect blend of Amish fiction and cozy mystery. The main characters again unwittingly find themselves in the role of amateur sleuths, as another ... Murder Freshly Baked, A Book Review
On 5/4 Manderley wrote: Imagine being a normal, healthy twelve year old boy. Then imagine becoming ill one day and slowly losing every bit of who you are, only to “awaken” years later and not be able to communicate to anyone that you are truly alive and present. Martin’s story is incredible. Left completely helpless, ... Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius: A Book Review
On 4/20 Manderley wrote: Often times, secular works on television, in music or in movies are dismissed as having no spiritual value whatsoever. I’ve always believed that spiritual truths can be pulled from almost any source. Kevin Harvey’s view on Pop Culture is very similar to mine. While most of what you’ll find on television ... All You Want to Know About the Bible in Pop Culture: A Book Review
On 1/17 Manderley wrote: This is the second book in a mystery series involving the unlikely duo of an Amish girl and her Englisher employer. I love the idea of this combination and I am enjoying reading as this series progresses into an enjoyable cozy mystery series with such a unique twist. I think the author does a good job ... Murder Tightly Knit: A Book Review
On 11/22 Manderley wrote: I really enjoyed the unique perspective of this book. I was at first a bit confused about who was narrating the story, but once I realized it, everything made perfect sense. I found this book to be cleverly written, mysterious and full of intrigue. There were parts that seemed to drag or be a bit confusing ... Motherless, A Book Review
On 10/8 Manderley wrote: There is nothing I love more than a good, cozy Christmas book. This little book did not disappoint. Easily read in one sitting, this Christmas story tells a tale full of heartache, hope, love and the wonder of Christmas. I would almost describe it as a cross between A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful ... Forever Christmas: A Book Review
On 4/9 Manderley wrote: I really enjoyed the premise of this book. I loved the pairing of Hannah and Amber as amateur sleuths. The characters worked well together and I think the author weaved a great story combining the side by side living of the Amish and English with a great murder mystery. I would love to see this turn ... Murder Simply Brewed: A Book Review
On 3/10 Manderley wrote: I thoroughly loved this book. I am currently in a place in my life where I am evaluating the relationships I am in, and this book was exactly the tool I needed to really dig deep into the heart of my relationships and make intelligent decisions regarding their place in my life. Moody offers many biblical ... The People Factor by Van Moody: A Book Review
On 1/8 Manderley wrote: I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. My motivation for reading has been off for quite some time and this book was exactly what I needed to reignite that passion. I immediately became drawn to Sam, the main character, and engrossed in her story. Her letters to Mr. Knightley felt honest ... Refreshingly Good Read!
On 7/4 Manderley wrote: As a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, I just had to read this inventive biblical crossover. This was a very interesting and unique look at some of the mysteries of the bible…many I had never even considered before. Going back in time with Holmes and Watson, I felt like I was actually present during some ... A Unique Combination!
On 10/1 Manderley wrote: This little book was inspiring! With 52 lessons, all drawn from a piece of this beautiful film, it is sure to leave the reader feeling inspired, enriched and with a deeper understanding of God and themselves! As I read through the lessons, being an avid It’s a Wonderful Life fan, I was amazed by all ... It Really is a Wonderful Life!
On 5/16 Manderley wrote: Given the opportunity to review another Max Lucado book, I was not disappointed. Max Lucado’s unique and easy-to-read writing approach shines through in this Q&A style book. Full of questions on a wide variety of subjects, with relevant, biblical and easy to understand answers, this book is a great ... Max on Life, A Book Review
On 2/11 Manderley wrote: If you are a fan of G. K. Chesterton (author of such fine works as The Man Who Was Thursday) then this book is for you. G.K. Chesterton is known for his wit and wisdom, and this book packs it in. Arranged alphabetically, this book is chock full of meaningful quotes by Chesterton throughout his life ... The Quotable Chesterton, A Book Review
On 12/2 Manderley wrote: It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a Max Lucado book. That being said, I’ve always appreciated his writing style, and this book is no exception. This book in-particular is an easy to read, inspiring and motivational read. To me, it kind of felt like a devotional, it even included a prayer ... No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.