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A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma

5 stars If you enjoy World War II historical fiction, this is the book for you.  I have read many WWII novels but this was a different spin on it with the story revolving around a little girl named Claire who had Down Syndrome.   I think I may need to re-read the ending because I was trying to read the book as fast as I could because I wanted so desperately to know how the story would end!  The character of Sister Maria-Theresa was one that I loved.  She had such strength and faith amidst the adversity that they were facing.  Maria-Theresa always sought the Lord during the crisis and had such wisdom for those around her.   I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. The book is set to be published on October 1, 2021 and can be found here:   A Picture of Hope (barbourbooks.com)

Autumn by the Sea by Melissa Tagg

 5 stars This was the first time that I read anything by this author and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.  I thoroughly enjoyed going on the Muir Farm and being part of their family. I loved the character of Maggie and how despite the difficulties in her life, she continued to try to help those around her and take care of her family.  The character of Neil was pretty fabulous too.  He had been through many trials as well but he worked so hard to care for Maggie and his family. This is one of the novels that you will cry for the characters as they are in the valley and cheer them on when they are on the mountaintop!! Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc.  The opinions are my own.

The Impossible Kid by Lucille Williams

I know that the title of this book was about the impossible kid and that was highlighted a little bit throughout the book but I think that most of the book talks about marriage and parenting from a Christian perspective.   I enjoyed how the author honestly told about the struggles that she experienced as a mom and some of the less flattering things that she did. I also enjoyed how the author concluded each chapter with a section written by her daughter, Monica, who was "the impossible kid".   Again, I learned a lot about marriage and parenting from this book and for that, I am grateful! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Christmas in Peachtree Bluff by Kristy Woodson Harvey

 4 stars I did not read the previous 3 books in the series so it took me a little  bit to figure out who all of the characters were and how they fit together, but once I did, I was hooked.  I enjoyed so much that this family came together during the holidays, even with all of their emotional baggage, and continued all of their traditions.  I also enjoyed how despite the trials, they still cared so much about each other. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc.  The opinions are my own.  

Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel

 5 stars This is the first book that I have read by this author and WOW!!!!  This author is like an artist and she paints such an exciting picture of the story with her words.  The story was told today and 100 years earlier and was such a compelling story.  I particularly enjoyed the current story of Chase and Devyn.  I enjoyed how more of the secrets came to light as the story moved on.  I will definitely be looking in to more books by this author!! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

The Nature of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner

 5 stars      This author is another must read for me when she has a book coming out.  In fact, I didn't even request it on netgalley because I wanted to buy it and have a copy for myself.  After my grandma read it, I finally got a chance to read it. This story is told from the perspective of the three of the characters from three different time periods.  It is not all about birds but definitely talks about them at times and the beauty of nature.  The main story revolves around little Minh who was part of the Baby Lift program from Viet Nam.  I had never heard of this before so this was fascinating for me.  International adoption has meant so much to me since I was able to go with my aunt to China when they adopted my cousin.  The book left me thinking about the emotions and the stories of each of the characters. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to the author releases her next one!

Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon

 4 stars This book was a powerful book.  At times, I was a little confused about who the characters were and how they related to the story but in the end it all came together for me.  There is so much suspense in the story and a little bit of romance which is perfect for me.  Zeke and Cate go undercover separately in a private boarding school in order to uncover illegal activities that are happening at the school.  The amount of lies and twists and turns in the story kept me looking forward to the next page. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc.  The opinions are my own.