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Dawn at Emberwilde

Dawn at Emberwilde

On 7/23 Simply Emmy wrote: This is book two in the "Treasures of Surrey" series. "Dawn at Emberwilde" is a book about Isabel Creston, a 20-year old orphan who relocates to her Aunt and Uncle's place. As Isabel struggles to find her place at her new home, enter Colin Galloway, the local magistrate who is helping Isabel's Uncle ... Dawn at Emberwidle, Sarah Ladd

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3 Stars

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Kissed by a Cowboy

Kissed by a Cowboy

On 7/23 Simply Emmy wrote: Sparks and romance, quirkiness, rustlers and yes, cowboys - these are what you can expect in this story. Set in the small community of Wishing Springs, Texas where everybody seems to know everybody, "Kissed by a Cowboy" is fun, heart-melting, entertaining and sometimes comical. This book is the third ... Kissed by a Cowboy

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4 Stars

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The Hearts We Mend

The Hearts We Mend

On 4/3 Simply Emmy wrote: Two reasons why I picked up this book: (1) the cover, and (2) the description phrase of 'planning and post-it notes'. Why? Because I am a planning and organization kind of girl who hoards all kinds of post-its. I assumed that this story is about a gentleman rocking the world of a lady who thinks she's ... The Hearts We Mend, Kathryn Springer

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3 Stars

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The Goodbye Bride

The Goodbye Bride

On 4/3 Simply Emmy wrote: This is the second installment to the Summer Harbor Series, but this can be read as a stand-alone story. I was hard pressed to put it down until I am done with it. Y'all this book swept me off my feet! The story and the character is as intriguing as the title. There was no dull moment. The story picks ... The Goodbye Bride, Dennis Hunter

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5 Stars

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A Brush with Love

A Brush with Love

On 3/27 Simply Emmy wrote: This story has a lot of depth - withholding judgment, forgiveness, healing, moving on, second chances, redemption, confidence, going beyond the physical appearance - these and more can be gleaned from the story. Realistically speaking, this isn't just your regular romantic novella. My favorite scene ... Book Review: A Brush with Love

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4 Stars

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Keeper of the Stars

Keeper of the Stars

On 3/27 Simply Emmy wrote: What I liked most is that this is a story about forgiveness and healing. I finished reading the book in 3 days, mostly staying late until the wee hours of the morning even if I had to punch my time, because I am curious as to how Penny can forgive Trevor and how she and her father can heal from the losing ... Book Review: Keeper of the Stars

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4 Stars

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Glory Days

Glory Days

On 1/22 Simply Emmy wrote: I have always looked up to Max Lucado as an author. In my early years as a struggling Christian, his books encouraged me so much. And on days that the dark clouds hang over my head, I pick up one of his books from my shelf. It was no surprise that whenever he would publish new books, I would no doubt ... Book Review: Glory Days

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4 Stars

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Hands Free Life

Hands Free Life

On 11/9 Simply Emmy wrote: You know the feeling of picking up a book haphazardly and read the pages reluctantly, but then you come across a statement, or maybe a phrase, or simply a quote and then you decide to read on this time with eagerness? This book did that to me. I say this book got me at Introduction. When I read keeping ... Keeping Track of Life

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5 Stars

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Prayers That Changed History

Prayers That Changed History

On 9/19 Simply Emmy wrote: I absolutely liked this book! Although this book belongs to a YA/Chidlren’s genre but I think that this book is a good read for adults, too, especially for those who are really wanting to make a difference in their own personal lives and the lives of those around them. I like that fact that the author ... Prayers that Changed History

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5 Stars

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The Perfect Arrangement

The Perfect Arrangement

On 9/18 Simply Emmy wrote: These lines caught my attention. It’s in the first pages of the book. It’s two simple sentences, or phrases, or fragment of sentences (grammar peeps take over..) but it carries with it very profound meaning. And it can mean a whole lot of different things for different people. For Amelia, the character ... “Enough watching. Start experiencing.”

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3 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 8/23 Simply Emmy wrote: Hatmaker writes about the plain truth and avoids sugar-coating it. Her writing wit reminds me of Barbara Johnson or Erma Bombeck. She tells things as it is and is not afraid to be criticized. And I like that about writers. I like brave, smart and witty writers. However, I would have wanted more especially ... For The Love

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4 Stars

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Falling Like Snowflakes

Falling Like Snowflakes

On 8/21 Simply Emmy wrote: I found this story to be movie-worthy. Really. In fact, I was so engrossed with the story that when I started reading it at 7:30 in the evening and took a break only to finish with household chores, I went back to reading it at around 10-ish and purposely stayed until 2:15 in the morning to finish reading ... Falling Like Snowflakes, Denise Hunter

Simply Emmy's Rating:

5 Stars

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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

On 8/19 Simply Emmy wrote: As each story in the Year of Weddings, it doesn't really take a lot of imagination to figure out where the novella leads us, but the story of the characters getting to know each other and the events that lead them to having a sweet ending is exciting. In this novella, we get to know Skye, who is a ... I Hope You Dance

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3 Stars

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Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story

Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story

On 8/17 Simply Emmy wrote: This is a stand-alone story – a sweet and quick read – perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon or a quiet Sunday afternoon read. What I like about Springer’s take on this novella is that she has connected this to her A September Bride, her previous work on A Year Weddings novellas. The story revolves ... Love On A Deadline

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4 Stars

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Love Arrives in Pieces

Love Arrives in Pieces

On 8/14 Simply Emmy wrote: I didn’t really intend to read this book but BookLook recommended this as a 3rd book so I hesitantly added it to my list. Honestly, I did not regret it. I absolutely, absolutely liked this novel. It’s a story of forgiveness, healing, redemption and moving on. The characters had depth, which also ... Love Arrives in Pieces

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4 Stars

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Love Takes the Cake

Love Takes the Cake

On 8/11 Simply Emmy wrote: I honestly enjoyed the story. I enjoyed it so much that I was able to finish reading it in about 4-5 hours. I started reading it during lunch break at work, for about 30 minutes. And resumed in the evening just before going to bed and ended up finishing it nine minutes after one in the morning. Love ... Love Takes the Cake

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4 Stars

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Let the Journey Begin

Let the Journey Begin

On 6/6 Simply Emmy wrote: This book is a completely revised edition of a book that was previously released in 2009. This revision contains 32 new pages of content including a very interesting new cover, new excerpts from previous books such as In the Grip of Grace, Max on Life, Outlive Your Life, The Great House of God, You'll ... Let the Journey Begin

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4 Stars

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 6/6 Simply Emmy wrote: Before picking up this book to review, I've already had private conversations with God regarding career choices. I can't give up my day job, just yet, because I need to pay the bills and feed myself. It's for this reason that I picked up this book in the hopes that this will revive me in how I see my ... The Art of Work

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5 Stars

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The God Whom Moses Knew

The God Whom Moses Knew

On 6/6 Simply Emmy wrote: At first look, I thought the book is non-fiction but it's actually a novel about the life and times of Moses - a fictional account of Moses with the author filling in the gaps and the in-between scenes that we don't read in the Bible. It's a historical exploration of the books of Genesis and Exodus with ... The God Whom Moses Knew - A Novel

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3 Stars

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Savor

Savor

On 4/4 Simply Emmy wrote: his devotional is heart-warming and very motherly to single people like me. It's like you are sitting in your mentor's kitchen table and you too share a cup of good coffee and a big plate of pastry while she teaches you lessons about God, husbands, food and everything else. Hospitality, connection and ... Savor

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4 Stars

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 4/4 Simply Emmy wrote: Don talks about the different phases of his relationships with self and with others which I am certain reflects about us, too. I dare say that the journey is not Don's but ours, too. Only if we are honest enough to admit. What I especially liked in this book is how Don stressed the importance of accountability, ... Scary Close

Simply Emmy's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Daniel Plan

The Daniel Plan

On 12/30 Simply Emmy wrote: I like the fact that this book talks about faith and being physically healthy. Too often, as a Christian, we focus so much on the spirituality and we forget that our bodies need attention, too. And that God wants us to be healthy so that we are physically able to do His will. After all, we know from ... The Daniel Plan

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4 Stars

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NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

On 12/30 Simply Emmy wrote: Since the description speaks for itself, let me list the features I like in this Bible for the sake of review. First, I received my copy as an e-book or as an e-Bible, I should say, so I found the footnotes and the table of contents really helpful since they are represented as links. Both provide instant ... NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

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5 Stars

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Vanishing Grace

Vanishing Grace

On 12/27 Simply Emmy wrote: Vanishing Grace is a sequel to his Whats So Amazing About Grace, sort of. Reading the book makes me remember Jesus in Matthew 23:27. Not that Christians are Pharisees, but some if not most have slipped into Phariseeical philosophies and practices. This perhaps explain why there are others who are turned ... Vanishing Grace

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5 Stars

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An October Bride

An October Bride

On 11/3 Simply Emmy wrote: I have found this novella to be heart-warming and sweet. Emma’s decision seems reasonable especially when her father is concerned. Honestly, I could have done the same. But at the end of the story, truth prevails even if the motive of doing it in the first place is to please her father and make his ... Heart-warming and Sweet

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4 Stars

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Let's All Be Brave

Let's All Be Brave

On 11/1 Simply Emmy wrote: In this book, Annie uses personal experiences and biblical stories to offer this memoir-style inspiration on what it is like to be brave. She makes it plain that bravery is born in small moments and everyday decisions. Downs writes in a conversational tone, it feels as though I’m chatting with her ... Be Brave Everyday

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4 Stars

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How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness

On 10/9 Simply Emmy wrote: What draw me to pick up this book on BookLook Bloggers is not the title but its subtitle "...And Other Acts of Kindness" and its description "Serving People Just as they are". Reading this book reminded me of Philip Yancey's What's So Amazing About Grace, my all-time favorite. Just at the same time ... Doing Christianity

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4 Stars

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An August Bride

An August Bride

On 10/6 Simply Emmy wrote: An August Bride is perhaps my favorite, so far. I was literally giggling and smiling while reading it. Clopton wrote with vividness and was very descriptive in her writing I can't help but imagine every scene and situations in the book. It's like I am watching a movie. This will make a good movie, I ... Cuteness with a Deeper Meaning (If you really dig in)

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4 Stars

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A September Bride

A September Bride

On 10/6 Simply Emmy wrote: Although the ending is predictable, the details that lead to the happy ending is unpredictable. This is a bit different from all the other wedding novellas I have read. There's a bit of a mystery and uncertainty - and in a good way, and I like it. Annie arrived at the charming town of Red Leaf, Wisconsin ... Safe Haven

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4 Stars

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A July Bride

A July Bride

On 7/28 Simply Emmy wrote: In my opinion, Wiseman wrote her love triangle story very well because the twists make the plot more interesting and very unpredictable. At first, I was a little annoyed because I thought I had figured out so soon how the main characters would get reunited, but I was so wrong. I wasn't sure who Alyssa ... Love Triangle, Twists and Turns

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4 Stars

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The Hope Quotient

The Hope Quotient

On 7/24 Simply Emmy wrote: Pastor Ray Johnston starts the book with this sentence - "tough circumstances are no match for the kind of inner strength fueled by hope" and goes on to give examples of real people whose circumstances are beyond imaginable and maybe hopeless but went on to overcome and live a better life in the latter ... Read if you need a lift

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5 Stars

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The Nesting Place

The Nesting Place

On 6/29 Simply Emmy wrote: First off, I picked up this book from among the available books to be reviewed because the book's tagline "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" caught my attention. I believe in organized chaos and keeping things neat and tidy so I don't necessarily agree with everything that Myquillyn says ... Beauty in the Imperfections

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3 Stars

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How High Will You Climb?

How High Will You Climb?

On 5/13 Simply Emmy wrote: We can all benefit from taking a closer look at our attitude and why we react or respond the way we do. Maxwell has carefully and meticulously outlined in this book the importance of our attitude, the foundational truths of our attitude, what makes or breaks our attitudes and the opportunities to change ... Practical and Full of Common Sense

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5 Stars

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All In Student Edition

All In Student Edition

On 4/13 Simply Emmy wrote: The Battersons talked about values that still matter in today's generation, values that never change with the evolution of time. Although straight-talking, the words in it are seasoned with grace, humor and written in a language that the youth of today can understand. Topics in the book are relationships ... Highly recommended

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5 Stars

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I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has

On 3/16 Simply Emmy wrote: Mandy is such an engaging storyteller. Her writing is humorous, witty, light and yet intense. I like that she was so wiling and honest in sharing her experiences to the point of writing a book about it so that others can learn from it. She shared her weaknesses and imperfections through this book to ... Inspirational!

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5 Stars

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A January Bride

A January Bride

On 3/7 Simply Emmy wrote: The story is filled with warmth. I liked the idea of how Deborah Raney, the author, brought in the traditional or old-fashioned to the modern, that of the characters writing each other love letters – in the form of little notes. The relationship of the characters were built through the written word ... Slow and Sweet

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4 Stars

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A February Bride

A February Bride

On 3/6 Simply Emmy wrote: Reading this book was a heart-warming experience. I love this story. It’s both real and surreal. The characters I liked the most were Hannah and Julie – two people who I think know what understanding and forgiveness are. I love Marcus and his abiding love for Allie. I would love to meet a man like ... A Time to Tear, A Time to Mend

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4 Stars

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Futureville

Futureville

On 3/3 Simply Emmy wrote: I personally found this book interesting and slightly thought-provoking. It was not until I finished reading this book that I realized, really realized, that how we act in the present really affects how we perceive our future. In essence, if we believe our future is bright, we will be filled with hope ... Today Affects Tomorrow

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4 Stars

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Absolute Love

Absolute Love

On 3/2 Simply Emmy wrote: The pages of "Absolute Love" feels like a thesis to me. It's writing in my opinion is very scholarly and academic. To nail his points in, R.I. Wilroth reiterated a lot of Scriptures and quoted several authors, some of whom are actually my favorites. As the author himself said, this book is a study that ... Scholarly Presentation of God as Love

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4 Stars

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A December Bride

A December Bride

On 2/9 Simply Emmy wrote: Both Layla and Seth had history, but Dennis Hunter, the author of the book, did not bog down the present story with the past history, but allowing it to come out when relevant. The Christmas setting in the pages were vivid and alive. There were humor, lots of sweetness and cuteness. A classic love story ... Fun, Sweet, Easy-to-Read

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4 Stars

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Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Like Moonlight at Low Tide

On 2/6 Simply Emmy wrote: While reading this book, I was reminded of the following: First, self-esteem is never based on anybody’s opinion of us. Second, there is strength in quiet love. But, it’s not enough for us to love people in silence. They need to know. Third, let us not allow our own struggles and ambitions to forget ... This book moved me

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5 Stars

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Turnaround God

Turnaround God

On 1/26 Simply Emmy wrote: This book is both a push and a strong encouragement not to let anyone or anything convince you that God will do just enough when He wants to do more than enough; never to settle where we could soar; never be content when we could conquer because God has the power to take a life from desolation to destiny, ... Poignant reminder that our God is the God of impossibilities

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5 Stars

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Overextended and Loving Most of It

Overextended and Loving Most of It

On 9/3 Simply Emmy wrote: At one glance, you might think that this book is for women only but I say that men should not dismiss reading this. In this book, Lisa Harper challenges us to live our everyday life in a way that honors God and makes a difference if not globally but at least in our little corner of it. She will make ... Deep and Hilarious

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4 Stars

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