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, May 7, 2021

It’s Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life by Kathie Lee Gifford: Review & Giveaway

It’s Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life
ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s never too late to unearth your hidden passions, rewrite your story, and live with a renewed purpose. Former Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford draws on stories from her remarkable life to weave together a beautiful reminder that whatever circumstances we face, God is still dreaming big for our years ahead.

When Kathie Lee Gifford stepped down as cohost of the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb, you might have thought her best days were behind her. It turns out, she was just getting started. As Kathie Lee says, “I’m not retiring; I’m refiring!” 

Taking us from her Chesapeake Bay childhood when she first heard God’s calling, to her skyrocketing fame with Regis, to her decision to leave television for Nashville, Kathie Lee inspires us to pursue what really matters. Because it’s never too late to forgive, to dance the cha-cha, or to make a difference in the world.   

God placed His dreams in your heart for a reason. And like Kathie Lee, you might just discover that the best is yet to come. Whether you’re an empty nester, newly single, navigating a career change, or just eager for any change, Kathie Lee helps you hear God’s loving calling because It’s Never Too Late to....
Begin Again. Make Sparks Fly. Leave a Good Thing. Have a Party. Change the Ending, Then Change It Again

Is it time for you to rewrite your story, unearth your hidden passions, and live with a renewed purpose? It’s never too late.





MY THOUGHTS.....

"If I have a pulse, I have a purpose."

I remember Kathie Lee Gifford when she was on Good Morning America, and I've followed her career through the years. I've heard her mention her faith on TV, but this book reveals just how important it has been in her life. Gifford shares her ups and downs, her triumphs and her failures, and she's credits God with the fantastic opportunities she's been given. She talks honestly about her marriages, her life with Frank Gifford, and the joy of being a mother to Cody and Cassidy. She also praises two former co-workers who became her best friends, Hoda Kotb and the late Regis Philbin.

It's Never Too Late
is a memoir, but I also consider it a motivational journal. Gifford writes as though she's giving a pep talk, as she urges readers to follow their hearts and their dreams. If a different path needs to be taken, don't be afraid, and never give up on those dreams! I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming book that is filled with memories, faith, inspiration, and encouragement, and I have a whole new respect for Kathie Lee Gifford!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via FrontGate Media. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathie Lee Gifford, four-time Emmy Award winner, is best known for her eleven years cohosting the popular fourth hour of the Today show alongside Hoda Kotb. Gifford continues to pursue her dreams as an actress, singer, songwriter, playwright, producer, and most recently, director. She has authored numerous books, including her most recent children's book, Hello, Little Dreamer, and four New York Times bestselling books, including The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi.


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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Secrets of Willow Springs 3 (The Amish of Lawrence County #3) by Tracy Fredrychowski

Secrets of Willow Springs 3 (The Amish of Lawrence County #3)ABOUT THE BOOK

Can an English family find peace deep in Amish country in this Christian Amish series filled with lies and deception?

Secrets from the past make a full circle as Daniel Miller faces the truth about his Amish family.

Raised English, he was left to fight his way through foster care, believing he had no living relatives other than his imprisoned mother. Only after finding his biological sister, Emma, was he made aware of Bishop Shetler's lies and deceit.

When life becomes to hard to bear will Daniel turn his back on his family, and drown the pain like his father did so many years ago? Can he forgive the man who ignored his existence, and will Katie Yoder be able to help him see God’s true plan?

Two worlds collide in this final book of Secrets of Willow Springs. Read how Emma Byler, Marie Cooper, and Daniel Miller pull from their Amish heritage to face life's most difficult challenges.


MY THOUGHTS.....

This book wraps up the Secrets of Willow Springs trilogy, and what a conclusion it is! Author Tracy Fredrychowski pulls out all of the punches to share Daniel Miller's story in book 3, and I found myself experiencing many of the emotions that a well-written story can evoke. Sadness, surprise, and even shock, as I realized why Daniel was going down a certain path. The bitterness that he felt toward a family member, a painful secret that he'd kept locked inside, and the way that he coped with it all. Was it right? Is excessive alcohol use ever the answer? Certainly not, but the delicate subjects of excessive drinking and child abuse are handled with extreme care. Fredrychowski shows that forgiveness is possible, and redemption can be achieved, when we allow God to work in our lives.

"If you want me to forgive, you'll need to put it on my heart because you know it's hard. I don't want to be angry anymore."

All three books in this series have been intriguing and inspiring, and it's apparent that this author knows and appreciates the Amish way of life. She understands that Amish people experience pain and heartache, and their struggles are no different than anyone else. Secrets of Willow Springs 3 is a wonderful story of love, hope, trust, and forgiveness, and I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian fiction.

I accepted a complimentary e-book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review and I am voluntarily sharing my own thoughts.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country.  The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.

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