With Love, Wherever You Are {Review}

With Love, Wherever, You Are is a new book published by Tyndale that would make a great read for those rare moments when you can sit and relax or the next time you need a book to help pass the time.

Review of With Love, Wherever You Are World War II love story

Can you imagine meeting someone and marrying them within just a few month……when you had no intention of marrying, possibly ever…..in the middle of a war….when you are both in the army? That is exactly what Frank and Helen did in this fun yet emotional tale. Based on the life of the author’s parents, this story gives you a glimpse of battlefield romance and the struggles of a couple serving their country while trying to nurture a new marriage.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It makes for a nice, relaxing read and sweet love story. It is full of twists and turns that keep you engaged and rooting for the couple while never really sure what is going to happen next. But is not so intense that you can’t relax. It gives you a realistic glimpse into World War II through the eyes of medical personnel and from the perspective of a couple where both members are serving – not necessarily a common perspective.

Review of With Love, Wherever You Are World War II love story

As an army wife myself, I found it interesting to read about a military relationship during another time and another war. While many things have changed in the army, quite a few are very similar. The struggles and challenges a military couple face really aren’t that different today. I’m glad this book had a wonderful heartwarming end. I’m pretty biased in favor of happy endings and this book did not disappoint!

You can read the first chapter of the book free here! 

Review of With Love, Wherever You Are World War II love story

Author of With Love, Wherever You are Dandi Daley MackallThe author, Dandi Daley Mackall, has written over 450 books for children and adults, speaks to a wide variety of audiences across the U.S. and has won several awards. She lives in Ohio with her husband, kids, and a variety of animals. You can learn more about Dandi and her writings on her website and Goodreads page and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Let me know in the comments if you have read or plan to read With Love, Wherever You Are!

I received a complimentary copy of With Love, Wherever You Are from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing {Review}

I was so excited to receive my copy of The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing and begin reading this one myself.

The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing Christlike Character one story at a time

Lamplighter books are beautiful. They look amazing on your shelf and just feel lovely in your hands. I know I am not supposed to judge a book by its cover, and I generally don’t. I have nothing against a mass market paperback. The words in the book are what I’m after. Good literature can be contained in any sort of package. BUT there is something to be said about beauty and I love how these lovely books make me feel!

I also love that Lamplighter books are old stories from a time when virtue, modesty, and etiquette were important. Something we seem to have lost in modern society. This particular novel was written in 1899. I love historical fiction but even more so when the book was actually written in the time it depicts. It adds another dimension when it is historical and contemporary to when it was written as opposed to being written in modern day by an author attempting to understand and recreate a time 100 years or more ago.

The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}

The Secret Bridge is the story of a speedy, unexpected marriage between a young girl and a sailor. He departs almost immediately and she is left to struggle to keep their marriage a secret from his family while he is away. He left her with the charge to befriend his family but not share who she is. Add in a long-standing family feud and the girl finding unexpected knowledge about her past, and this story is full of plenty of twists to keep anyone interested.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a lovely way to spend some relaxing mom-time. The story was beautifully written and engaging. I could picture every scene and felt the myriad of feelings with the main character throughout the story. For me, being able to picture the scenes and empathize with the characters is the measure of how well the story is written. This one certainly passed those tests!

The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}

Lamplighter Publishing strives to build Christian character one story at a time. They have searched out stories from the past, many that would otherwise be forgotten, that contain lessons of the importance of character qualities. The stories are all edited to adhere to the company’s Christian values. Throughout each story are woven character traits and Biblical truths to build up the next generation. The books are all published with and excellence in quality that reflects the excellence in character they are teaching.

In addition to books, Lamplighter also produces dramatic audios with the same values and Biblical truths. They are also home to Lamplighter Theater and The Guild. The Guild is an annual conference for students to explore and cultivate creative disciplines.

The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing Christlike Character one story at a time

When you explore the Lamplighter website, you are likely to find many books you would like to own. If you are anything like me, you may quickly feel overwhelmed and not know where to start (The Secret Bridge would be a great place but there are plenty of others). A great option for building a library of these beautiful and uplifting books at a discount is to join their Book and Audio Club. You will be able to choose a plan based on how many books or audios you would like to receive in a month. You will then create a list of the titles you want in order of preference and you will receive them in that order. You can pause or cancel this subscription at any time.

I have had the pleasure of hearing Mark Hamby speak at a homeschool conference. His seminar audios and transcripts are available on the Lamplighter Publishing website as well, I encourage you to check those out!

Be sure to also follow Lamplighter Publishing on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up to date on news, events, and new products!

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The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}


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A Double Book Review – Author Jennie Goutet

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Review of Jennie Goutet's novel The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte and memoir Stars Upside Down


Stars Upside Down

a memoir of travel, grief, and an incandescent God

Review of Jennie Goutet's novel The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte and memoir Stars Upside Down

What it’s about:

At seventeen, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly—teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York.

When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and addiction before being restored. Providence takes her by the hand as she marries her French husband, works with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa, before settling down in France and building a family.

Told with honesty and strength, Stars Upside Down is a brave, heart-stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds—and hope that stays in your heart long after it’s finished.

What I thought:

Jennie shares her story very openly and honestly, including some very personal details. Her story involves struggles that many people face and you are likely going to relate to at least some of them. It takes us through her searching for herself and finding her faith, overcoming her demons (and addictions), and facing loss and grief and upheaval in various ways. Through it all she demonstrates how God was present in her life and how she found hope and healing. It is a lovely story written in a friendly way that makes it a pleasant read. If you want to feel like you aren’t alone in your struggles or if you need help seeing God and finding hope in hard times this is a great book to read.


The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte


Review of Jennie Goutet's novel The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte and memoir Stars Upside Down

What it’s about:

Single moms are not supposed to fall for rich French aristocrats!

There’s just no way he will ever choose her.

Is there such a thing as Prince Charming? Chastity didn’t take a teaching job in France to find hers, but a woman can dream, n’est-ce pas? If the father of one of her students–the Viscount Charles Jean Anne Monorie de Brase–is the best local example of princes, Charming or Otherwise, Chastity is ready to put aside any thought of falling in love again.

She’s had enough of his arrogance and would prefer him to keep his distance, yet it seems there is no avoiding each other. With the ongoing pressure of a repentant ex-boyfriend, a nefarious drug dealer, and an art heist that spans the decades, Chastity and the viscount are thrown together by circumstances she would soon rather forget.

As the intimacy between Charles and Chastity deepens, they must decide if their love is enough to bridge the gap between their disparate worlds, and if happily ever after can exist outside of fairy tales.

What I thought:

I read this book shortly after it was released. It is a sweet, beautiful story! It is also completely clean so you don’t have to worry about stumbling across a scene with more detail than you need. It is engaging and keeps you turning the pages. If you need a few hours to relax and escape into another world this would be an excellent choice.


Review of Jennie Goutet's novel The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte and memoir Stars Upside Down

RIGHT NOW both of Jennie’s e-books are on sale on Amazon for 99 cents (sale available in the US, UK, and Canada). The sale is good through Sunday February 19th so hurry and get a copy of both today!


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I received a free copy of Stars Upside Down in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

The Polygamist’s Daughter Review

I am adding a new feature to my blog with “self-care” or “mom time” ideas. These will include crafts, hobbies, and leisurely reading suggestions for taking a little time for yourself here and there! Here is my first post in this category.

The Polygamist’s Daughter Book Review

This is an inspiring story about an amazing woman with an unspeakably painful past who escaped her father’s polygamous cult, overcame her circumstances, and created a better life for herself. She now shares her experience and the hope she found that got her through.

I “met” Anna through a very close friend of mine who also happens to be a close friend of Anna’s. She added me to the review group that Anna runs about a year ago, but The Polygamist’s Daughter ended up being the first book I got to review due to her taking a break from running reviews while finishing up her own book. I almost missed my chance to review this book because the sign up came out in the middle of my move but I was lucky enough to make the second round of advance readers!!

I received this book days after having a baby and it was a couple of days before I was able to start reading. Once I did I couldn’t put it down. Even my husband commented on how quickly I read it. Even with all the tasks of caring for a newborn, I got through it in just two or three days.

my review of The Polygamist's Daughter book

Anna shares heart-wrenching memories from her childhood. She and her siblings and other family experienced things that nobody should have to go through. It is mind boggling how adults can accept such a life but there is a vast amount of mental abuse and manipulation involved in cults like the one from which Anna escaped. The writing itself is engaging and the story flows seamlessly, making it hard to put the book down even though the story itself is so sad and painful.

It is not an “easy read” so don’t misunderstand me. The content is hard to digest and can be triggering for many who have experienced trauma in their own past. Be prepared to work through your own issues while reading this book.

One thing that struck me is how much grace flows through Anna’s writing. Even when discussing people who treated her horribly or situations that no child should ever have to experience I felt hope, love, and grace shining through the words. I could feel her love and care for her family members and her desire to see them also escape the mental and physical bonds that held them.

Anna blesses us all by combining her gift of writing with her past experiences and sharing the hope that can be found even in dark circumstances.

my review of The Polygamist's Daughter book

The Polygamist’s Daughter will be released March 21 but you can go ahead and pre-order a copy from Amazon to get it as soon as it is released. It is currently on sale for over $5 off the cover price, nobody knows when the sale will end so order today!

If you pre-order Anna’s book you are also invited to join her Facebook pre-order book club where the author herself will offer Q&As, prizes, live videos and more. (See the group description for instructions to join.)

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

If you plan to read The Polygamist’s Daughter and/or join the Facebook book club let me know in the comments!