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Some Small Magic

Some Small Magic

On 3/20 Yvie wrote: All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past. When Abel discovers letters to him from the father he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, ... Journey Together

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5 Stars

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Written In Love

Written In Love

On 3/11 Yvie wrote: Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the ... Sweet Tale of Redemption

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4 Stars

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Happily Homemade

Happily Homemade

On 2/1 Yvie wrote: This month, we're featuring all kinds of LOVE!  Siblings, parenting, historical, newlywed, and self.  There's even a giveaway!  So grab a blankie and settle in...When We Last Spoke (Marci Henna)   With the heart and humor of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes and ... Love Stuff (Elle King) + A Giveaway!!

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5 Stars

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Chasing Slow

Chasing Slow

On 1/20 Yvie wrote: Rejuvenate.....a :  to make young or youthful again :  give new vigor tob :  to restore to an original or new state My 2017 'word of the year' is rejuvenate.  I plan to spend the year pampering my mind, spirit, and body...  To paraphrase the Beatles, "it's ... 7 Books to Re-Prioritize Your Life this Year!

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5 Stars

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What Falls From the Sky

What Falls From the Sky

On 1/3 Yvie wrote: Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all - until, suddenly, she wasn’t. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define ... Inspirational for Change

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5 Stars

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Devotions for Easter

Devotions for Easter

On 1/3 Yvie wrote: Prepare your heart and mind to celebrate the risen Savior. It’s time for fresh spring blossoms, colored eggs, special recipes, and family gatherings. This year, with each tradition, small celebration, and new story, take the time to stop and discover the ways Jesus is showing His love for you. In ... Perfectly Beautiful!

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5 Stars

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Falling Free

Falling Free

On 12/17 Yvie wrote: Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence. But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s ... Like a Girlfriend

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4 Stars

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Grace for the Moment Large Deluxe

Grace for the Moment Large Deluxe

On 12/8 Yvie wrote: Grace for the Moment offers inspiring devotions to grow in your faith as you embrace the hope of the Lord every day. Each daily reading features devotional writings from Max’s numerous bestsellers as well as a Scripture verse selected especially for each day's reading. This deluxe, large edition of ... A Lovely Gift

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4 Stars

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NIV Bible for Teen Guys

NIV Bible for Teen Guys

On 12/8 Yvie wrote: The NIV Bible for Teen Guys, designed specifically for guys ages 13 to 18, is for real teenage guys with real lives. Packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help teen guys grow ... Great for Teens & Pre-Teens

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5 Stars

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Strengths Based Marriage

Strengths Based Marriage

On 11/29 Yvie wrote: This book was a huge disappointment, largely because it doesn’t say anywhere that you’re going to need to budget the extra $89 per person to take the test. And the test is really a required element, if you’re going to get anything out of the book. The strengths include : Connectedness, Harmony, ... Not Recommended...

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2 Stars

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A Portrait of Emily Price

A Portrait of Emily Price

On 11/5 Yvie wrote: Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love. But Chef Benito Vassallo’s relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works ... One Sitting

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5 Stars

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365 Devotions for Finding Rest

365 Devotions for Finding Rest

On 10/26 Yvie wrote: Rest. You crave it. Your body needs it. Your tired soul longs for it. But in the madness of your day-to-day rush, how can you possibly find it? Truth be told, when life’s demands overwhelm us, the first thing we sacrifice is our own rest. But God has a different plan for us: He made us to enjoy deep, ... What We Need

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5 Stars

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Moments with the Savior

Moments with the Savior

On 10/26 Yvie wrote: Join Jesus as He travels with His disciples through the Galilean countryside. Press through the throngs at the temple in Jerusalem. Marvel at the Savior’s challenging words, miraculous authority, and tender compassion. Watch as strength floods a lame man’s limbs and wonder washes over his face. And ... Good, but Long

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3 Stars

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Raising An Original

Raising An Original

On 10/19 Yvie wrote: In Raising an Original, Carr helps to redefine the primary purpose of Christian parenting, this raising of the next generation. God has given each of our children specific gifts, abilities and capacities for specific purposes and He can equip parents to discover and support those powerful personality ... Great Parenting Book!

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5 Stars

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Devotions for Christmas

Devotions for Christmas

On 10/14 Yvie wrote: In the swirling busyness of December, take a moment to relax and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We all know that Christmas is a time to celebrate Christ the King born to us, to enjoy our family and friends, and to indulge in those annual traditions we look forward to every year. But even though ... Re-center the Spirit

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5 Stars

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Long Way Gone

Long Way Gone

On 10/8 Yvie wrote: At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish. Five years after losing everything, he ... Great Story

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5 Stars

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Christmas Love Letters from God

Christmas Love Letters from God

On 10/4 Yvie wrote: Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will ... Like the Jolly Postman...

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4 Stars

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With All Due Respect

With All Due Respect

On 9/27 Yvie wrote: With All Due Respect is a handbook for parents navigating the difficulties of the tween and teen years. Roesner and Hitchcock help parents identify what successful relationships look like and give easy-to-follow lessons in enforcing rules, communicating lovingly, resetting relationships, overcoming fears ... Great for Pre-Teen Parenting

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4 Stars

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NIrV Kids’ Devotional Bible

NIrV Kids’ Devotional Bible

On 9/13 Yvie wrote: For this session, the books are organized in the order that I read them....kids' books and adult books alike are intermingled here.Home Sewn (Cassandra Ellis)This beautiful craft book features distinctive sewing projects dedicated to living, resting, eating, and sharing. Use quality materials—from ... Back to the Books!

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3 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook

The Berenstain Bears' Holiday Cookbook

On 9/5 Yvie wrote: Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook (Berenstain)Be part of the fun and join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear as they cook up holiday favorites and some unique eats for friends and family with the all-new The Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook. Filled with traditional holiday favorites like ... Groovy Giveaway!

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5 Stars

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It's Not Fair

It's Not Fair

On 9/5 Yvie wrote: Hey, you. Are you debating whether to destroy something with your bare hands or curl up on the couch for a decade or two? This book will solve all of your problems. (Sheesh, that’s aiming a bit high.) This book is a cup of hot coffee, a ginormous bar of chocolate, or the magical fairy that comes over ... It's Not Fair...It's Life

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5 Stars

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The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

On 8/18 Yvie wrote: What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed? Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, ... Journey Inward

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5 Stars

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The Witnesses

The Witnesses

On 7/16 Yvie wrote: The Witnesses (Robert Whitlow) Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather’s uncanny ability to see future events in his mind’s eye—a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank ... First Book by this Author

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5 Stars

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Give Your Child the World

Give Your Child the World

On 6/17 Yvie wrote: Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children's literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared ... Great Resource!

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3 Stars

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One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

On 6/12 Yvie wrote: One Paris Summer (Denise Grover Swank) Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't ... Great for Moms and Teens

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4 Stars

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The Seven Laws of Love

The Seven Laws of Love

On 6/1 Yvie wrote: In our fast-paced, success-obsessed culture, we’re constantly tempted to chase after things that don’t matter. We’ve been conditioned to value possessions over people, status over relationships, and ourselves over God. But the reality is this: God created love to be the centerpiece of our lives. ... A Good Reminder

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4 Stars

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Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

On 5/18 Yvie wrote: Since the release of the newest Star Wars movie, I have been living in a Star Wars world with these boys.  Actually, to be more precise, a Lego Star Wars world!  But we've drawn some parallels through our play, and they're still picking up a thing or two.  When creating Star Wars, George ... MAY the Force be With You!

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5 Stars

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Code 13

Code 13

On 4/14 Yvie wrote: Caroline is just getting her feet wet at the prestigious Code 13, but is thankful for at least one familiar face—her old flame, P.J. MacDonald. He loops her into the assignment he is currently working on—the legality of a proposed drone-sharing contract with Homeland Security that would allow the ... Start with Book One

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3 Stars

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That's Not Hay in My Hair

That's Not Hay in My Hair

On 3/23 Yvie wrote: New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced ... Better than Expected!

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4 Stars

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An Unbroken Heart

An Unbroken Heart

On 3/12 Yvie wrote: One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger? After ... Definitely want to Read the First One

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4 Stars

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Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back

Jesus Called – He Wants His Church Back

On 3/9 Yvie wrote: As early as 50 AD, Christians had gotten away from knowing who Jesus really is. Our generation is no different. In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn't afford to lose: In the 1950's, we lost innocence In the 1960's, we lost respect for authority In the 1970's, we lost ... What We're Missing

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4 Stars

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The Hearts We Mend

The Hearts We Mend

On 2/28 Yvie wrote: Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, ... Spring Into a New Book!

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4 Stars

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 2/6 Yvie wrote: The first thing I’d say about this book is that, while it’s touted as a Christian-themed thriller, it’s really not overtly religious in nature. There are a couple of subtle mentions of religion and God, but that’s about it. Also, and perhaps why it’s marketed here, for a thriller, there was ... Ups and Downs

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3 Stars

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The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

The Secret of Hummingbird Cake

On 2/5 Yvie wrote: When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake. In the South you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends ... Bittersweet

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5 Stars

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An Amish Market

An Amish Market

On 1/20 Yvie wrote: I absolutely loved this book, but what's not to love? It is a compilation of four novellas, written by four different Amish-fiction-authors, where each novella centers around the theme of the market. They're all stand-alone stories, so you can read one tonight and not touch it for a week, without losing ... Amish Market

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5 Stars

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Walk to Beautiful (Paperback)

Walk to Beautiful (Paperback)

On 12/28 Yvie wrote: Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover. That's the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It's a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and ... Walk to Beautiful

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4 Stars

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Midnight Jesus

Midnight Jesus

On 12/28 Yvie wrote: The heart of God can be found in the unlikeliest places, in the unlikeliest people. Midnight Jesus shares fascinating, bizarre, and sometimes humorous true-life stories of everyday people looking for hope in their darkest hours. Poignant and unpretentious, Jamie paints beauty where at times it seems ... Midnight Jesus

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4 Stars

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The Mountain Midwife

The Mountain Midwife

On 12/13 Yvie wrote: Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is ... Lovely Trip to the Appalachians

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4 Stars

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The Five Times I Met Myself

The Five Times I Met Myself

On 12/7 Yvie wrote: This is a spiritual science fiction book, and it works!! I don’t think there is a person alive that wouldn’t change some of their life choices, if given an opportunity to view the outcome through the lens of long term consequences. As the cover says, "If you think fiction can't change your life and ... It'll Change Your Life!

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5 Stars

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The Girl From the Train

The Girl From the Train

On 11/23 Yvie wrote: I cannot write this review, because I never received the book to read. I emailed BookLook at least five times, and used the contact page, but no one ever got back to me. I cannot, and will not, review a book that I have not read. I thought that maybe if I completed this form, someone would actually ... DID NOT RECEIVE BOOK

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1 Stars

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Whispers in the Reading Room

Whispers in the Reading Room

On 11/10 Yvie wrote: Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she ... The Homemade Kitchen

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3 Stars

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All Is Bright

All Is Bright

On 10/27 Yvie wrote: As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friends at the grand hotel overlooking the ocean. While picking up still more twinkly lights and some last-minute groceries for the reception dinner, a huge truck runs her off the freezing, wet roads ... Really enjoyed this book

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5 Stars

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe - Paperback

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe - Paperback

On 10/2 Yvie wrote: This is my first fictional Max Lucado book, and I was not disappointed. The underlying messages of keeping the faith alive, letting go, and having hope are just what so many of us need to be reminded of these days. It did take me a while to get into it, and I nearly put it down before getting more ... Took a Bit, but Worth It

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4 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas

The Berenstain Bears, The Very First Christmas

On 10/2 Yvie wrote: Join the Bear cubs as they learn all about Jesus’ holy birth. From the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary to the visit from the three wise men, join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey as they discover the story of the very first Christmas. The newest Berenstain Bears book is out this year ... Great New Christmas Book!

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5 Stars

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The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie

On 9/26 Yvie wrote: I had never heard of this story before, but I loved it! It is simple and beautifully illustrated. The short version is that cookies were originally made to tell others about the real Christmas story of Jesus being born. You'll want to read the story itself, though, to see the rest of the history. ... A New Classic

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5 Stars

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Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation

Biff and Becka's Stupendous Vacation

On 9/20 Yvie wrote: Biff and Becka are recurring characters in a series. They are part of a family of rabbits being raised in a Christian home. I'm not sure why they are rabbits, since everything else about them is decidedly human. Their parents speak constantly about scripture, which isn't always bad, but every.single.thing. ... Not What I Expected, but Not Bad

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4 Stars

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Sorry I'm Not Sorry

Sorry I'm Not Sorry

On 9/1 Yvie wrote: I liked the idea of this story because bullying is a big issue in our society today. Bullying should never be okay; it is wrong and hurtful. And sometimes it creates a desperation that leads up to more serious situations. This book was engaging and easy to read, and hits on some key points as far as ... Sorry..Not Sorry

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4 Stars

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Autumn Brides: A Year of Weddings Novella Collection

Autumn Brides: A Year of Weddings Novella Collection

On 8/30 Yvie wrote: This was one of the best collection of novellas that I've read. I was familiar with only one of the authors, but will be checking out works from the other two now. The stories were short and simple, the women weren't pathetic, and the men were down-to-earth. In each of the stories, the bride has a ... Short & Sweet!

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5 Stars

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Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue

On 8/28 Yvie wrote: This is the second in a series, so there were parts of the first story included in this book. The book focuses on the Turtle – a submarine built for the purpose of attempting to sabotage British ships during the war. At the back of the book are a glossary, a set of questions, historical letters, and ... Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue (American Revolutionary War Adventures) (Hardcover)

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3 Stars

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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

On 7/27 Yvie wrote: I love clean romance books, the ones that are actually romantic. So no, I never caught on to Fifty Shades or Twilight, but preferred the novels that are not quite romance books but have more substance to them. I Hope You Dance–well, it is certainly the former, as it is a very clean romance (being a ... I Hope You Dance

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3 Stars

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The Crimson Path of Honor

The Crimson Path of Honor

On 7/27 Yvie wrote: Ms. Tosi is undoubtedly a greater expert on Native American culture than I, however, I found myself utterly unable to believe the characters that she presented. I suppose I always put myself in the shoes of the protagonist and as Luci Garling was dragged away by a savage man in war paint and carrying ... Crimson Path of Honor

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4 Stars

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Noah's Voyage

Noah's Voyage

On 7/27 Yvie wrote: Noah’s Voyage tells the story of a brave and faithful hero of the Old Testament. Written in the I Can Read level two standards, with age-appropriate vocabulary and concepts, young readers read about Noah, a simple man with great faith and trust in God. When God asks Noah to follow his directions, build ... Noah's Voyage

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5 Stars

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Love Arrives in Pieces

Love Arrives in Pieces

On 7/7 Yvie wrote: This was such a great read! It was light-hearted and funny in all the right places, while covering a serious topic. As Stella struggles to find her new identity, and overcome past relationships to move forward, you feel like you're standing beside her. One step forward, two steps back, she dances her ... Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts)

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4 Stars

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