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Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

I liked seeing how Louisa was trying to make the best of things and took the circumstances at hand and made the best of it.  She is doing what she can to make a living, but when the chance to step up occurs, she tries to make a go of it, even though she doesn't know anything about being a governess.  I enjoyed seeing the things she came up with and how she makes it work.
     I received the book as a gift, the review is my own.


Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery) by Tracy Weber

The adventures of Kate, Michael, and Bella continue with book five in the Downward Dog Mysteries.  I love seeing what Bella gets in to and how she seems to get Kate into situations that she would rather avoid.  I also was intrigued to find out what was going to happen with Michael and is not so ex wife.  Kate has to get past her original feelings to help Michael to get everything settled and of course everything is not going to go smoothly.  A great read.
     I received a copy from the author, the review is my own.



Much Ado about Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan

I read that will keep you wondering.  In Much Ado about Murder, Charlotte finds her self doing more than getting the costumes ready for the theater's next production.  She finds herself trying to figure out if the director committed suicide or if something more was involved. 
     I liked seeing Charlotte's thinking process and how she was not going to let things go on business a usual.  I liked how she went through the process of determining if the police got it right or if something more was going on. 
     I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.



Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes (A Daisy's Tea Garden Mystery) by Karen Rose Smith

I enjoyed reading this mystery and loved the characters.  Daisy works with her aunt Iris at a tea garden and when a person is found murdered there, it is up to Daisy to figure out why and who.  She feels that she needs to do this since her aunt is tied to the victim and she wants the peace of her tea garden back.  I enjoyed seeing how the main character thought through things and the good foods mentioned as well
     I received a copy from the publisher, the review is my own.



The Character Builder's Bible: 60 Character-Building Stories from the Bible by Agnes de Bezenac (Author),‎ Salem de Bezenac (Author),‎ iCharacter Limited (Producer)

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This book contains stories from the Bible that are illustrated and great to use for the message of the Bible.  It pulls out the main stories and tells them in a way that young children can understand.  The stories that are highlighted have a great message and the topics chosen are those that would apply more to things that a young child could relate to.
    I really enjoyed this and choosing stories to read to young children. Sometimes they would pick out a story by the illustrations and we would talk about what the message of the story was.  A great tool to use to bring the Bible stories and inspirations to a level that they can understand.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


Tora Fright Patches Things Up: A Story about Forgiveness (Prayer Monsters) by Tracey Madder (Author),‎ Bonnie Pang (Illustrator)

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Tora's gone through a lot of work to make her prize winning armadillo and then it gets broken by her little brother.  At first she is unhappy about it, but then she is able to work things out and forgive her little brother.  This book tells a great story and has great illustrations as well,  It is one that can be read to a young child and one that they can start reading to you as well. 
I loved reading this cute book and sharing it with others.  The illustrations were so cute and the story line was great and great to use with young children to show forgiveness and guidance.
     I received a copy  of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.

Etched in Tears by Cheryl Holden

This is my first book in this series and it was enjoyable.  I can just imagine some of the artwork in the exhibit.  I love things made of glass.  In this book you get to imagine the artwork artwork and try to figure out  a mystery.  Savannah finds herself involved in the mystery of who killed Dennis, an artist who also has ties to her family.  As evidence comes to light, she feels more and more compelled to figure out what has happened.  A good mystery that will keep you guessing.
    I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher, the review is entirely my own.