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 promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Gimme Some Sugar, 90 Devotions to Sweeten Your Day in a Godly Way by Linda P. Kozar

Gimme  Some Sugar, 90 Devotions to Sweeten Your Day in a Godly Way

A Perfect Start to a Joyful Heart

As we wake to face our struggles of the day, there are two things to help us get through them: hope and humor.

Good things from God's Word can calm your soul and fill you with hope. In Gimme Some Sugar: 90 Devotions to Sweeten Your Day in a Godly Way  (BroadStreet Publishing, April 2, 2024)  by Linda Kozar, she offers her wit and wisdom to sweeten your life with spiritual nourishment, a perspective to pray about, and a touch of joy to bring you a smile.

Gimme Some Sugar offers sensible inspiration that will elevate your day, and encourage you to set your heart and mind on God's Word while having fun along the way.

Each devotion includes:
  • An engaging saying
  • Inspiring insight from scripture
  • Practical advice for daily life
  • A sprinkle of homespun humor

Daily you're greeted with a bite-size piece of humor or wisdom with a smile such as “Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise.”



The catchy title and charming cover of this new book grabbed my attention immediately but the contents are the true treasure! Author Linda Kozar shares ninety inspiring devotions that follow the pleasing format of memorable quotes or sayings, Bible scripture, her commentary, and a 'Sweet Spoonful' conclusion. The quotes and sayings are the perfect way to start each devotion and they're from various sources, including Billy Graham, David Jeremiah, Will Rogers, and even Calvin and Hobbes. Some are humorous and others are thought-provoking, but they all make me feel like I am hearing them from a personal friend!

Gimme Some Sugar is small enough to carry in a purse but its size is deceiving. It is overflowing with encouragement, Godly wisdom, and some good old Southern humor! These short devotions are the perfect way to begin a new day!

I received a copy of this book from the author via BlogAbout Blogger Network. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Linda Kozar is an award-winning author of multiple fiction and nonfiction inspirational books, among them Sweet Tea for the Soul (ECPA Bronze Sales Award 2022) and Sunshine for the Soul (Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Selah Award in the devotionals category and Nonfiction Book of the Year 2021). Linda was named American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year and has been involved in her local chapter since its inception. She and her husband, Michael, live in The Woodlands, Texas, and enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters; wonderful son-in-law; grandchildren, Eden and Wesley; and Gypsy, their rascally Jack Russell terrier. 

Learn more about Linda at lindakozar.com.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Unforgiven by Shelley Shepard Gray


Ex-con Seth Zimmerman has spent the last three years making amends by helping the vulnerable in his former Amish community. Lately, this mission includes calling on Tabitha Yoder, whose divorce from her abusive husband has isolated her from the community. Even though she never comes out of her house to talk to him, Seth knows she watches him from the window while he chops wood, clears her driveway, and drops off food.  

An uneasy friendship is just starting to take hold between them when small gifts begin to appear at Tabitha's home--gifts that can only be from her ex-husband. Seth might be Tabitha's only hope at maintaining her hard-won freedom from the man whose violent outbursts had almost cost her life. But coming to her rescue might mean he ends up behind bars once again.   

Get swept up in this emotional story of two outcasts who may be each other's only hope for happiness and redemption from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray.


An ex-Amish man convicted of murder and an Amish woman forced to leave her faith because she divorced her abusive husband. Neither have been shunned by their community but they're certainly not accepted. Amish faith is based on forgiveness, but will Tabitha Yoder and Seth Zimmerman always feel unforgiven?

Tabitha and Seth find friendship as they adapt to the judgment and isolation imposed on them by the Amish community that should be supporting them. I loved watching Tabitha blossom under Seth's efforts to help her, and I was equally touched by Seth's longtime crush on his former teacher and his determination to protect her when her ex-husband reappears. Author Shelley Shepard Gray proves that she is capable of writing in almost every genre as she shares their compelling story that's set in Crittenden County, Kentucky. I was moved by the special connection between Tabitha and Seth, fascinated by the added dynamics provided by the other characters, and completely invested in the continuing drama!

Unforgiven is a story of damaged trust, unreasonable judgments, and the inability to forgive. It is a captivating blend of romance, suspense, and faith, and it offers many profound truths while asking one powerful question. Why is it easier to forgive others than it is to forgive ourselves?

This is one of my favorite books by this author and I can't wait to read more of this new series!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Revell Reads. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Shelley Shepard Gray has written over one hundred novels. She currently writes Amish romances for Harper Collins, Kensington, and Simon & Schuster and contemporary women’s fiction for Blackstone Publishing.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s degree in English literature and elementary education and later obtained her master’s degree in educational administration. She currently lives in Colorado Springs and writes full-time. Shelley is married, the mother of two young adults and she is an active member of her church.

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