About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Once Upon a Dickens Christmas: 3 Charming Christmas Tales Set in Victorian England by Michelle Griep

Once Upon a Dickens Christmas: 3 Charming Christmas Tales Set in Victorian EnglandABOUT THE BOOK

Three Delightful Christmas Tales from Beloved Storyteller Michelle Griep

Pour yourself a cuppa, get lost in the merriment of the season, and enjoy a Dickensian Christmas in three stories from fan favorite Michelle Griep:

12 Days a Bleakly Manor: Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

A Tale of Two Hearts: Pleasure seeker William Barlow needs a wife immediately to gain his uncle’s inheritance, and Mina Scott is just the girl to make him look respectable—too bad she turns him down. Ought he give her a second chance?

The Old Lace Shop: Recently widowed Bella White is finally freed from the domination of the overbearing men in her life, but when she enters into a business partnership with the handsome Edmund Archer, she begins to wonder if marriage is worth a second chance.


People who enjoy Victorian novels and Charles Dickens will be thrilled with this new release from Michelle Griep. Once Upon A Dickens Christmas is a collection of three of Griep's novellas that allude to the works of Charles Dickens and her tales rival those penned by Dickens himself. All three of these stories are set in London in the 1850s and the characters and plots will stay with you long after you've finished reading them. I loved that Charles Dickens makes cameo appearances and that all three feature a gold coin, second chances, and the possibility of love and romance at different stages of life.

The romances are certainly what we've come to expect in Victorian romance novels and Griep's descriptions of the London countryside and the Christmas traditions made me feel as though I was truly living during the era of Charles Dickens. Once Upon A Dickens Christmas promises to become a book that will be read and enjoyed each Christmas season!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Words of Comfort for Women by Carolyn Larsen

Words of Comfort for WomenABOUT THE BOOK

When we get out of bed in the morning, we don't know what the day ahead holds. It could be routine. It could be amazing. It could be devastating. No matter what each day holds, one of the biggest influences on the direction our days take is our own attitude. We can live in fear, worry, and anxiety, or we can choose to live with purpose, trusting God in every circumstance.

Compact and concise, Carolyn Larsen's Words of Comfort for Women and Words of Hope for Women each offer you 90 inspiring devotional readings that will help you remember God's presence in your days and see your world from a positive perspective. These short, to-the-point readings illuminate God's promises and show you just how they apply to your everyday life. Beautifully designed, these devotionals are the perfect gift for a friend--and for yourself.


Words of Comfort for Women is small enough to fit in most purses but it is overflowing with encouragement and comfort. Author Carolyn Larsen shares ninety devotions, each with an appropriate Bible verse, that cover such subjects as grief, stress, forgiveness, and trust. One that especially spoke to me was the devotion titled God's Comforter and Larsen reminds us that Jesus Christ promised to ask his Father to send One called a "Helper", an "Advocate", or "Counselor". This is the Holy Spirit and "The Spirit's work helps you know God more fully, trust him more completely, and love him more deeply. He is God's special gift for you.' (p. 144)

Words of Comfort for Women would be a perfect gift with its beautiful cover and lovely illustrated pages but it is definitely a book you will want for yourself.

I received a copy from Revell but a positive review was not required. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Carolyn Larsen has written more than 40 books for children and adults. She is best known as the author of the Little Girls Bible Storybook line of products, which have collectively sold more than one million units. In addition, Carolyn is a speaker who has taught and spoken extensively in the United States and overseas. She is the cofounder of the performing group Flashpoints, which is comprised of five women who share a God-ignited passion to encourage women and girls to know God better through drama, creative movement, signing, and humor. Carolyn is the mother of three and lives with her husband in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

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