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A Time to Stand

A Time to Stand

On 9/25 Cricket Muse wrote: Robert Whitlow is able to take current issues and bring them to the forefront with insights into the various perspectives involved. In his newest novel he takes on the issue of a racially charged police shooting. What makes the plot even more charged is having a young African American woman lawyer choose ... A Time to Stand

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4 Stars

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The Space Between Words

The Space Between Words

On 9/13 Cricket Muse wrote: The story is not quite what the book blurb promotes. Instead of a mysterious historical search, a mixture of the current horrors of terrorism with the aftermath of PTSD is juxtaposed with the horrendous persecution of the Huguenots in French history. There is also a bit of magical realism woven into ... The Space Between Words

Cricket Muse's Rating:

3 Stars

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Portrait of Vengeance

Portrait of Vengeance

On 8/19 Cricket Muse wrote: If new to the series, this fourth book might have the reader wondering about some aspects of the protagonist Gwen's background; however, the author is able to fill in enough details to create a standalone read and to entice readers to look up the other books. The plot involves a double murder and an ... Portrait of Vengeance

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3 Stars

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It Started with Goodbye

It Started with Goodbye

On 6/13 Cricket Muse wrote: An upbeat contemporary retelling of the Cinderella theme: good girl, harsh stepmother, unfair treatment, a prince of a fellow, a happy ending. Christina June saves the plot from being sappy with some snappy twists such as a spunky, creative protagonist by the name of Tatum who makes her dreams come true ... It Started with Goodbye

Cricket Muse's Rating:

4 Stars

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Twenty-Two

Twenty-Two

On 6/8 Cricket Muse wrote: A unique blend of memoir and inspirational advice, with a touch of fiction form the basis of Allison Trowbridge's Twenty Two. This book provides readers with a series of letters from the author to Ashley, a fictional woman entering college who is looking for a mentor. Trowbridge attempts to fill in that ... Twenty Two

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4 Stars

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Some Small Magic

Some Small Magic

On 5/6 Cricket Muse wrote: Billy Coffey adds another installment to his town of Mattingly series. Although Some Small Magic is a stand alone read, it adds to the theme of the broken finding mercy through faith that is a part of this fictional town. This story centers on Abel Schifflet, a boy born broken, whose body is always on ... Some Small Magic

Cricket Muse's Rating:

3 Stars

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Unfolding

Unfolding

On 2/11 Cricket Muse wrote: Readers looking for a story that offers a lop-sided reality, look no further than Jonathan Friesen's newest offering: Unfolding. Set in Oklahoma, it is no surprise that tornadoes play a prominent part of the plot. Stormi, one of the lead characters, arrives as an infant during a tornado some eighteen ... Unfolding

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3 Stars

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The Great Good Thing

The Great Good Thing

On 1/5 Cricket Muse wrote: There are two noteworthy factors concerning Andrew Klavan's memoir. The first is that it's about a Jewish man describing his fifty year decision to become a Christian. The second is how well Klavan tells his story. And Klavan is a noted storyteller. Two of his novels have been made into films and is ... The Great Good Thing

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4 Stars

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Raising An Original

Raising An Original

On 12/27 Cricket Muse wrote: Julie Lyles Carr provides an original parenting approach in her appropriately titled guide, Raising An Original. A mother of eight children, all who are featured prominently in the chapters, Carr weaves together advice, experience, anecdotes, scriptures, and a healthy dose of charming humor founded in ... Raising An Original

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4 Stars

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Code 13

Code 13

On 5/9 Cricket Muse wrote: Having read Brown's Malaca Conspiracy and finding it an intriguing political thriller, I looked forward to reading his latest foray into current matters. The subject of drones and their intended purpose and actual use is definitely a hot topic. The story had the potential for a cutting edge expose on ... Code 13

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2 Stars

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God Bless Our Country

God Bless Our Country

On 2/28 Cricket Muse wrote: A delightful introduction to patriotic enthusiasm. This board book is a joyful celebration of our country which partners bouncy rhyme and soft illustrations to provide a lively appreciation of fireworks, family, and summer fun. The cuddly animals rendered by Steve Whitlow will no doubt capture a toddler's ... God Bless Our Country

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4 Stars

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Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids

Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids

On 2/28 Cricket Muse wrote: One of the best presents to give kids just learning to read is a collection of jokes. The short lines keep their interest and they begin to appreciate wordplay through the fun and pun of jokes, especially knock-knock jokes. You know this is going to be a great assortment with an author name like Whee ... Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids

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4 Stars

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Sandcastle Kings

Sandcastle Kings

On 2/11 Cricket Muse wrote: In Sandcastle Kings, Rich Wilkerson combines personal anecdotes with a study of Luke 7. Wilkerson akins the practice of building hopes, dreams, and lifestyle on worldly values much like the sandcastles he and his brother would construct on the beaches of Florida, in that they were beautiful, perhaps ... Sandcastle Kings

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4 Stars

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The Brontë Plot

The Brontë Plot

On 2/9 Cricket Muse wrote: Lucy Alling has created a world built on wobbly truths. Her little white lies eventually smudge her most precious relationships and she realizes she has to atone for her mistakes in order to rebuild broken trust. Reay provides amazing detail in all aspects of her third novel. She brings readers into ... The Bronte Plot

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5 Stars

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Faithgirlz Bible, NKJV

Faithgirlz Bible, NKJV

On 12/30 Cricket Muse wrote: The New Kings James Version of the Faithgirlz Bible is relatable, challenging, and is colorfully appealing. Along with cheery pink and lavender text, young girls will find quizzes, creative introductions, and informational sidebars to help them better appreciate their Bible time. Creatively designed, ... Faithgirlz Bible

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4 Stars

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Prayers That Changed History

Prayers That Changed History

On 11/14 Cricket Muse wrote: Aimed at middle readers (8-12), Goyer provides a book that is an inspirational compilation of biographies of people whose prayers and faith changed history. Young readers begin with Polycarp, one of Jesus' disciples, and read through the world's history to learn about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German WWII ... Prayers That Changed History

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4 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 7/1 Cricket Muse wrote: Ambiguity seems to be a trademark of Billy Coffey's writing style. When Mockingbirds Sing sets up ambiguity from the start. Is there evil or goodness in a little girl who has an invisible friend called the Rainbow Man? Throughout the story tension builds as each character comes to the acknowledgement ... When Mockingbirds Sing

Cricket Muse's Rating:

3 Stars

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Seven Men - Paperback

Seven Men - Paperback

On 5/16 Cricket Muse wrote: The world measures greatness in varying degrees. Celebrities, athletes, politicians, inventors are among those counted as great, at least to world standards. However, greatness, as Eric Metaxas points out, is something that is not always measured the same, but is recognizable. Metaxas presents seven ... 7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness

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4 Stars

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The Story for Kids, NIrV

The Story for Kids, NIrV

On 4/3 Cricket Muse wrote: Adaptations and retellings of the Bible are not new or different. What makes The Story for Kids stand out is how it is part of a larger campaign where entire families can receive the same message in a format best suited for their age level or reading comprehension. The publisher has presented the Bible's ... The Story for Kids

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3 Stars

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Both of Me

Both of Me

On 1/22 Cricket Muse wrote: Intriguing. Mesmerizing. Frustrating. These are all the various attributes of this YA--and sometimes they occurred on the same page. Imagine a modern day Alice in Wonderland meeting Neo from the Matrix. The pragmatic realist, Clara, our Alice, drops into the world of Elias, a bit of a Neo, who visits ... Both of Me

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3 Stars

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Bonhoeffer Abridged

Bonhoeffer Abridged

On 1/9 Cricket Muse wrote: For those unfamiliar with Dietrich Bonhoeffer's contributions and achievements they will appreciate Eric Metaxas's abridged account of Bonhoeffer's brief, yet impactful life. Metaxa introduces readers to the man willing to stand up to Hitler. Born into a large, prominent family, Bonhoeffer was touched ... Bonhoeffer Abridged: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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5 Stars

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Motherless

Motherless

On 12/3 Cricket Muse wrote: Misty, a distraught woman, wife and mother, supposedly commits suicide. Her body is never found. Seventeen years later wounds caused by her disappearance need to heal. Is she alive or dead? Motherless by Erin Healy is a story built upon deception. Who is being deceived and why, is the basis for this ... Motherless

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3 Stars

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Rebels

Rebels

On 10/15 Cricket Muse wrote: Rebels completes the Safe Lands series, yet leaves room for a spin-off, should the author go in that direction. Readers will definitely need to be familiar with the other two books in order to keep up with the multiple plot lines. Williamson keeps the action flowing with plot twists, daring rescues, ... Rebels

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3 Stars

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The Blessings of Friendship Treasury

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury

On 8/18 Cricket Muse wrote: Mary Engelbreit, long acknowledged for her charming old-fashioned illustrations and homilies, provides a more personal touch with her latest offering: The Blessings of Friendship: A Friendship Treasury. It's obvious Engelbreit finds joy in life through her expressive style, reminiscent of yesteryear ... Cricket Muse's reviews

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4 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/25 Cricket Muse wrote: Critical Condition has much going for it: an intriguing plot, likable protagonists, and enough feasible complications to keep reader interest. And what makes these strengths of the newest suspense novel by Dr Mabry, they also become the weaknesses. The main plot line of a seemingly unexpected and random ... Critical Condition

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3 Stars

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Outcasts

Outcasts

On 3/31 Cricket Muse wrote: The Outcasts as the second installment in the Safe Lands series by Jill Williamson continues where the action left off. Mason and his brothers are trying to rescue their people from the Enforcers and escape from the detrimental lifestyle of the Safe Lands. This dystopian series focuses on what happens ... Outcasts

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4 Stars

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Captives

Captives

On 3/3 Cricket Muse wrote: Jill Williamson provides a dystopian premise in her YA novel Captives. The story takes place in the not too distant future of 2088 and reflects many of the same concerns facing our own world: a pandemic brought on by casual sex, increased government surveillance, technology replacing genuine relationships, ... Captives Review

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4 Stars

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The People Factor

The People Factor

On 1/24 Cricket Muse wrote: Relationships. They seem to make or break our happiness. Van Moody, a pastor serving the Worship Center in Birmingham, Alabama, understands the importance of relationships and provides a compact guide with his The People Factor. The People Factor addresses the vertical (our relationship with God) and ... The People Factor

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4 Stars

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The Painted Table

The Painted Table

On 12/18 Cricket Muse wrote: Debut author, Suzanne Field, explores the painful process of watching a loved one drift into insanity through omniscient narration, an unusual point-of-view for this type of story, yet one that effectively provides an appropriate disjointed aspect. Summary: Joann hides from her childhood fears under ... The Painted Table

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3 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 11/23 Cricket Muse wrote: While the title sounds like yet another Jane Austen spin-off, Dear Mr Knightley, is actually an updated version of the classic epistolary coming-of-age novel, Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. Debut author, Katherine Reay, openly has the character borrowing both from Austen and Webster, which is either ... Dear Mr. Knightley

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4 Stars

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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition

On 10/16 Cricket Muse wrote: Good advice is like an umbrella when it rains--some use it, others don't. Dave Ramsey's ministry of financial advice is much like the umbrella analogy. Some people are in the middle of a financial drenching but they still won't open the umbrella of good, solid financial advice. Ramsey does his best ... Saving for the Rain

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3 Stars

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me

On 8/26 Cricket Muse wrote: What would it be like to be real spy kid? To have a parent in the CIA? Ian Morgan Cron gives readers a bit of glimpse of what is was like having a father who worked for the CIA in his memoir, Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me. The subtitle is A Memoir of Sorts because the book is basically a quest and ... Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me

Cricket Muse's Rating:

4 Stars

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