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DebReads4fun

Joined May 2016

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Anticipation: A Novel | Melodie Winawer
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Get ready to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Mystras, Greece, where you will meet memorable characters who come to life on the pages of this book. You will learn about a debilitating disease being passed through many generations and you will experience the brutality of conquests and wars. You will learn some Greek history and enjoy enjoy a sweet romance. You will fall in love with Mystras. Historical fiction at it‘s best!

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The Lines Between Us | Amy Lynn Green
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I really enjoyed learning about the lives of smokejumpers and the brotherhood of folks who bravely fight forest fires. Teamwork, cooperation and trust were a must to ensure safety and success. So many life lessons and examples of faith were seamlessly included into the well written storyline. I encourage you to pick up this book and spend some time in the Pacific Northwest during WW2.

BookBabe Beautiful photo! Sounds like a good read. #stacked! 🙌🏻 1mo
DebReads4fun @BookBabe Thanks! It was a really good read! 1mo
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100 Favorite Hymns | Thomas Nelson
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I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful and beautifully written devotional which is based on 100 different hymns. This nicely bound, hardcover book has a gorgeous cover and the illustrations throughout the book are lovely. Reading this book was like a trip down memory for me. This book would make a great gift for any worship leaders or hymn lovers.

BookBabe Lovely! Adding to my wish list! 😃🙌🏻 1mo
BookBabe Hi Deb! Just wondering if you‘ve decided to join us for the Bible Buddy Read. If you decide to, please sign up here: https://bit.ly/BBR2022 . In the meantime I won‘t keep tagging you because I don‘t want to be a pest lol. But I want you to know that you‘re more than welcome and we would love to have you. ❤️ 2w
DebReads4fun @BookBabe I don‘t think I will formally sign up, but I will keep following your posts and I‘ll comment when I can. 2w
BookBabe @DebReads4fun Ok, we would love to hear your thoughts whenever you feel like popping into the discussion ☺️ 2w
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Her Perfect Life | Hank Phillippi Ryan
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I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Lily as she went about living her life. This book was filled with many stunning twists and turns, truly a satisfying page-turner. Such a suspenseful and engrossing read. It kept me guessing until the very end. Well done!

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As I began reading this book, I was invited to spend some time in London during the year of 1818. This was a well researched work of historical fiction, which was filled with legal drama and a multi-layered mystery. I really enjoyed the teamwork of an unlikely cast of characters who worked together to accomplish a common goal.

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Each chapter opens with an anecdotal life lesson which the author ties in to a Bible lesson from the book of John. He does this so well with wisdom, compassion, sincerity and even some humor mixed in. I really love this book! I highly encourage you to read it and be blessed.

BookBabe Amen! 🙌🏻 1mo
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This well written work of Biblical fiction was filled with the type of storytelling that draws you in, right from the first page. The Old Testament setting was brought to life for me as I spent time alongside opposing groups of Philistines and Hebrews. I found it fascinating to learn about how each group lived, worshipped and made choices. I learned about what gave them the will to live and what was worth dying for. Excellent book!

BookBabe Interesting! 😃 Where did you get the figurine? Looks handmade. 🙂 1mo
DebReads4fun @BookBabe It is a Willow Tree figurine. I know they are sold in Hallmark stores. 1mo
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The Heart's Charge | Karen Witemeyer
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This book is historical romance at its best, with the telling of not just one love story, but two. Through skillful writing, I was given the sense that the author truly enjoyed, cared for and was at times amused by her characters as much as me. I loved the way that friendships were portrayed in this well written book. I loved the ending! I read it with happy tears streaming down my face.

Texreader Fascinating! Daughter and I stopped in Llano recently for what‘s been described as some of the best bbq in Texas. It was quite good. So it might be fun to read a book set in that area. Beautiful river runs through it. I‘m just not into westerns or romance. Was there much about the geography? 6mo
DebReads4fun @Texreader Geography was talked about in this book. An important part of the story took place on and around Packsaddle Mountain. 6mo
Texreader @DebReads4fun Hmmm ok thanks! By the way, excellent review! 6mo
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A Piece of the Moon | Chris Fabry
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This book is filled with skilled storytelling. Palpable heartache was balanced with hope-filled dreams, much like a country song. I loved so many of the quirky residents of Emmaus, I couldn‘t possibly pick out just one favorite. They will be fondly remembered for a long time. And the ending… I loved the way everything came together. I finished reading this book with a big smile on my face.

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Secrets of the Pastor's Wife | Christina Ryan Claypool
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As I began reading this book, I was immediately drawn into this beautiful story about meaningful relationships and the power of sharing each other‘s burdens and forgiveness. As I spent time in Maple Grove, I grew to care for Pastor John, Cassie and Katie. Cassie had been carrying the heavy burden of carefully guarded secrets. Forgiveness and healing happened once her secrets and burdens were shared.

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There are many wonderful thoughts and lessons throughout this book. One of my favorites is centered around the word unexpected. As we expect the unexpected from God, that will open us up to doing the unexpected for those around us. If we busy ourselves with expecting and doing the unexpected, we will have less time for passing judgement and being critical. This was an excellent Bible Study on the book of Luke.

Nute Waiting on the unexpected from God...kind of like knowing that miracles can happen!😊 7mo
DebReads4fun @Nute I love that thought! 7mo
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The Last Green Valley | Mark Sullivan
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This story started in rural Ukraine. Imagine being caught between the Nazis and the Soviets. As the Martel family began their journey to freedom, they suffered through and endured many hardships and obstacles. I wish that I could have met Emil and Adeline! Even though we weren‘t given the opportunity to meet in real life, I was given the privilege of meeting them through the pages of this beautifully written book.

TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 8mo
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These Tangled Vines | Julianne MacLean
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In Tuscany, an epic love story took place during one glorious summer. In this story, purpose and destiny collided with a once in a lifetime passionate love between two souls who experienced the very deepest of connections. Lies, secrets, guilt and forced promises tangled the vines of a mother, a father or two and a daughter. I really enjoyed this book. The storyline and the characters will stay with me for a long time.

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I have really enjoyed the London Beginnings series. The Artful Match is the third and final book of the series. Cara is the youngest of the Bernay sisters and this is her story. As I read this sweet, historical romance, I was transported to 1881 Victorian London. As I spent time with these characters, I hoped with them, worried with them and even cheered them on. An enjoyable read!

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A Mosaic of Wings | Kimberly Duffy
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I enjoyed this well written and well researched historical fiction book. Nora was a strong willed young lady, deeply loved by her parents and she was mentored well. In 1885, women worked diligently to prove themselves worthy of pursuing and obtaining college educations and careers. Nora‘s relationship with her beloved father led to an educational path of entomology. Nora and her father shared a fascination and appreciation of insects.

kspenmoll Sounds great! Nice review. 12mo
wordslinger42 I adored this book! So beautifully written 💙🦋 12mo
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Land of the Cranes | Aida Salazar
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Reading this beautifully written book was a very moving and thought-provoking experience. The narrator of this book is nine year old, Betita. She shares her story through poems and sketches. Reading this book softened my heart and opened my mind to the plight of undocumented immigrants in my country. I challenge you to read this unusual, yet very well written book.

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Some of the best things come in small packages! This small book is packed with powerful words of wisdom, and invitations to spend some soothing time in the book of Psalms as the author guides us to trade our anxieties for peace.

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A beautifully written, satisfying love story about Savannah and Ben. Their extraordinary bond affected not just them, but many others in their circles of work, family and friends. Magical realism was a welcome part of the storyline. Truly a heartwarming, satisfying, splendid book.

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I was initially drawn to this book because I have always been fascinated by accounts of the Great Chicago Fire and I love historical fiction. What I found was skilled writing, wonderful storytelling and well developed and connected characters. Themes of faith and hope were seamlessly woven into the storyline. So very well done and so very much enjoyed.

Kdgordon88 Sounds right up my alley. Thanks for posting! 14mo
DebReads4fun @Kdgordon88 You are welcome! 14mo
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If you are interested in upping your journaling game, then search no further. Browsing through the pages of this book is sure to get your creative juices flowing. You will be introduced to various materials and techniques. The step-by-step instructions and the full-color photos are well done and inspirational. Filled with suggestions of what to journal, along with ways to organize and record your thoughts, lists, activities and goals. Enjoy!

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This is an in depth Bible study which examines the I AM statements of Jesus. Week 7 was my favorite part, as it focused on worrying. As we are living through the unforgettable and highly unpredictable year of 2020, there is a multitude of things and circumstances that cause worry. I was reminded to focus less on the problem and more on the Problem Solver... just what I needed! Wonderful book! Highly recommended!

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I could not have picked a more perfect time to read this book, especially as we are currently living through a year that has been stranger than fiction. This post-apocalyptic story takes place after a particularly virulent strain of the flu wreaks havoc across the globe. Many good things grew out of the ashes of disaster...teamwork, problem solving, ingenuity, hard work, persistence and maybe even some hope.

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A sweet children‘s story about Zippy, the young hare. Zippy‘s younger sister had become ill and needed medicine to help her. During his adventure to find the needed medicine, Zippy overcame fear and accepted help from a variety of other animals. Themes of helping others and cooperation ran throughout this story. The beautiful illustrations added to the enjoyment of reading this sweet book.

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Set the Stars Alight | Amanda Dykes
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The very art and value of good and creative storytelling plays a prominent role in this book. I love stories within stories! Stories can be told through ballads, songs, paintings and treasure hunts of sorts. They can be shared around a campfire or read from a book. Reading this book encouraged and reminded me to pay attention to the many examples of hope and wonder all around me. This book was a joy to read!

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Nina‘s quiet life had been satisfyingly filled with books, trivia contests, planning her quiet life and a few trusted friends. Her sense of peace and order was suddenly invaded by a family tree, filled with relatives she had never met. Nina experienced the greatest plot twist of her life. Join in the fun as Nina meets and grows to care for a cast of characters who perfectly fill the holes in her life... holes that she never new she had.

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During WW2 , in England, homing pigeons were drafted into military service. Having exceptional intelligence and stamina, the pigeons were well suited to carry secret messages back and forth, across enemy lines. Atrocities of war were balanced with extraordinary examples of sacrificial kindness. There were examples of justifiable despair and never ending hope. Add to this a love story and a wonderful ending. I really enjoyed this book!

kspenmoll Agree with you- A great read! 2y
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Mysterious, suspenseful, historical fiction at its best! Reading this well written novel will transport you to Chicago during the 1930‘s. This time and place is rich with intrigue, history, class distinctions, timely social norms and a cast of quirky characters. Part of the storyline occurs in, around and because of Dunning Asylum, a very real place with a dark history. Excellent storytelling!

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Reading this beautifully written book, I was invited to be part of a very real, vulnerable and intimate journey with the author and her husband. They navigated through the difficulties and multiple heartbreaks of infertility and also chose to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China. As they traveled and gave in to the awe and wonder of the rich history and breathtaking beauty surrounding them, a healing balm soothed their pain. Well done!

charl08 Beautiful image. 2y
thereadingowlvina Beaitiful pic! I'm enjoying this book now ❤ 2y
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I really enjoyed this futuristic retelling of the Cinderella story. This story came with a Cyborg Cinderella, a wicked stepmother, two stepsisters, an evil ruler bent on destruction and of course, a handsome prince. A highly contagious plague of unknown origin was threatening earth. I can‘t help but think of our current situation. Life imitating art much?

brilliantglow Ohhh this is one of my absolutely favourite series's! I loved all the commentary on current social issues 2y
DebReads4fun @brilliantglow So much good stuff in this book! I look forward to reading the rest in the series. 2y
MissAimz_55 I should try to read this again. Especially with the current situation, I bet it will be better timing for me. 2y
DebReads4fun @MissAimz_55 it was perfect timing for me. 2y
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Highfire | Eoin Colfer
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Welcome to the Louisiana bayou where dysfunction is the norm and maladaptive behavior is the only way to survive. The main villain, Regence Hook, was a laser-focused, cold-hearted, callous covered, sociopath wannabe...constable. I‘m sorry to say that I did not enjoy this book which was overflowing with graphic violence and filled with excessive foul language. I usually get attached to characters, but in this book, I didn‘t even like any of them.

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For me, reading this book was an experience like no other. I experienced empathy on an intimate level for Wren and for Kit, companions in sorrow. In the past , Kit had experienced debilitating sorrow, grief and depression. Wren was currently in the depths of depression. Kit became the best person to help Wren. She cared for her with extraordinary compassion and deep loving kindness. I so loved their relationship and I so loved this book!

Nute Excellent review! I pray that I can be a well of compassion for someone in need with a loving heart as you described takes places in this book. Stacking! (edited) 1y
DebReads4fun @Nute Thank-you! I have read three books by this author and I have loved each of them. 1y
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Above the Fold | Rachel Scott McDaniel
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I enjoyed this historical fiction novel centered around a second chance at romance storyline. Cole and Elissa had a memorable romance until time, distance and choices separated them. Years later, their lives collided together in a busy Pittsburgh newsroom. There were adventures to be had, competitions to win and trust needed to be rebuilt from the ground up. Forgiveness, faith and multiple second chances led to a heartwarming reunion.

Crazeedi I'll be checking this one out since I live bot too far from Pittsburgh!! 2y
DebReads4fun @Crazeedi I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Dog Driven | Terry Lynn Johnson
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On the cover of this excellent book are two of my favorite things...huskies and Northern Lights. I was immediately drawn into an exciting adventure that was at times fun, frightening, dangerous, heart stopping and heartwarming. I highly recommend this book to kids and adults alike. It is filled with many life lessons and experiences. Reading this book could open up wonderful discussions amongst adults and children. Very well done!

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Walk Me Home | Liza Kendall
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I really became attached to the small-town cast of characters. I even liked the grumpy old curmudgeon, also known as Charlie‘s grandpa. I loved this story filled with unknowingly needy people. Some needed to forgive and others needed forgiveness. Some needed a second chance while others needed to grant a second chance. Truth needed to be spoken and heard. This was a heartwarming, enjoyable and satisfying read.

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While reading this well-written book, I came to a greater understanding of what life was like for the passengers and crew of the Mayflower. They sustained great loss and discouragement. However, with faith, persistence and plenty of hard work, they were able to accomplish much and welcome joy back into their lives. I also enjoyed the sweet and satisfying love story that was woven throughout the book. Well done.

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What is your mind-set as you approach the holiday season and life in general? Reading this book will encourage you to embrace the mind-set of Christ and develop a servant‘s heart. It will also inform and remind you of just how much Jesus gave up when He chose to be born on earth. I encourage you to read this book to learn the backstory of the Christ story. Get to know what Christ did before that first Christmas. Very well written book!

BridgetteM Beautiful picture! 2y
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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The author of this book is an amazing wordsmith. She wrote some of the most beautiful sentences I have ever read. While reading this book, I spent some time in 1887, along the banks of the Thames, in a small village called Radcot. The Swan is an ancient inn, where the very best storytellers gathered and honed their skills. Inside the pages of this book, you will find mystical happenings, magical writing and a host of miracles. A joy to read!

sprainedbrain Great review! This is one of my favorite books read this year. ❤️ 2y
DebReads4fun @sprainedbrain Thanks! It‘s one of my favorites too! 2y
kspenmoll What a wonderful review! 2y
DebReads4fun @kspenmoll Thanks so much! I really enjoyed this book! 2y
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Memories of Glass | Melanie Dobson
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On a journey to Holland during WWII, you will meet ordinary citizens, brave resistance workers and the oppressive enemies who were part of the German occupation. Amidst much brutality, brave souls took steps to thwart the enemy and managed to save 642 precious children. I loved the ending of the book where everything came together in such a beautiful way. I shed many tears. Well done!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💛🧡💛🧡 2y
Crazeedi Sounds like a good one! 2y
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DebReads4fun @Crazeedi Very good! 2y
kspenmoll Lovely photo, and great review! 2y
DebReads4fun @kspenmoll Thank-you! 2y
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This is the story of how an atheist, through critical thinking, logical thought, deep questions and extensive searching came to believe in God. I was deeply drawn in to her journey of faith. She then pursued a degree in Apologetics and now teaches others how to share and defend the Christian faith in a thoughtful and intelligent way. Excellent book!

Rachbb3 So cool. 2y
Daisey This sounds like something I would really appreciate. Thanks for sharing. 2y
Crazeedi Sounds very good, will have to look for it! 2y
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Are you ready for some words, thoughts and observations of truth? As the author shares her own personal story, she will unpack ways for you to invite more truth into your life. I was reminded to remain humble and to seek opportunities to serve. I was challenged to forgive others and to eliminate hurry. There is so much good in this book!

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The Great Divorce: A Dream | Clive Staples Lewis
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As I read this book, I found it to be a journey of choices. The characters had decisions to make which would determine their address for eternity. I highly recommend this book. But, read it slowly, taking time to chew and digest it. Better yet, read it along with a group of others, and take time to discuss it.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Spring of Thanksgiving, by Liz Tolsma. In 1886, ranch life was difficult. It was filled with never ending hard work and occasional help from far flung neighbors. Could a near tragedy, which prompted an impressive spirit of cooperation, change hearts and minds? Could nearly hardened heats reform into thankful hearts? Reading this book was a sweet and pleasant experience, perfect for the autumn season.

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A fascinating and highly informative look into the history and present situation of modern Israel. I was impressed with Israel‘s many triumphs and accomplishments while being troubled, saddened and angered by its many challenges and threats...past and present. If you read this book, your mind will be challenged, you will be encouraged to think, and you might walk away with a new found respect and appreciation for Israel.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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This book is filled with wonderful storytelling, immersive writing, likable and even lovable characters. Be prepared to laugh aloud many times. Also be prepared to shed some tears as this book will warm your heart, break your heart, and then repair your heart. Forgiveness is always better than revenge. I loved this book!

kspenmoll Me too! Nice review! 2y
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Shades of Light: A Novel | Sharon Garlough Brown
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“May you find trustworthy companions, in joy and in sorrow.”

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The Noble Guardian | Michelle Griep
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Traveling through the English countryside in 1815 was not easy, nor was it safe. Let the adventure begin! Join Abby and Samuel, unlikely travel partners, as they journey through a not-so-peaceful time and place. So many experiences to be had...danger, illness, trust, suspicion, uncertainty and my favorite...divine appointments. What could possibly go wrong? Might things go impossibly right?
An enjoyable read!

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Shades of Light: A Novel | Sharon Garlough Brown
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You will explore and experience so very much while reading this book. Heartache and hope. Brokenness and healing. Fear and courage. The illusion of control and the release of surrender. And, you might just acquire a greater appreciation for artists. I loved and am intrigued about all the references to Vincent Van Gogh and I fully intend to learn more about him and his story. I loved this book!

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Reading this book has been an eye opening, informative, convicting and yet encouraging and inspiring experience. Put on your glasses, read this book and take a long, good look around you. Practice really seeing those around you. Our core values inform our choices. Let‘s all choose to serve!

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Are you ready for some Good Biology and some Good Theology? If your answer is yes, then grab a copy of this book and dig in. Start reading, start thinking and start learning. As you read, think and learn, your faith will grow. All of us are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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Her Sisters Secret | E.V. Seymour
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Enter into a world of secrets. As one of the Napier children meets an untimely death, the rest of the family finds itself in tatters. As Molly doggedly labored to uncover the truth, she peeled away multiple layers of secrets and lies. Who could she trust? Who should she trust? Filled with countless twists and turns, I really enjoyed this thriller-mystery!

Crazeedi Sounds really good!! 3y
DebReads4fun @Crazeedi It is really good and it is a Read Now currently on NetGalley. 3y
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