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!

Monday, April 15, 2024

Falling for Alaska (Moose Falls, Alaska #1) by Belle Calhoune

Falling for Alaska

Don't miss the first trip to Moose Falls, Alaska where a down-on-his-luck football player and a sassy restaurant owner find themselves going from enemies to lovers in this small-town romance — perfect for fans of Brenda Novak and Annie Rains!

A small-town restaurateur and a big city former football player go head-to-head in this heartfelt enemies-to-lovers romance . . .
As the oldest of three brothers, former pro-football player Xavier Stone is no stranger to making tough calls. Like returning to his small hometown of Moose Falls, Alaska to help run his grandmother’s hard cider company and gastro pub. He agrees to keep an open mind, but between working with his estranged father and confronting heavy childhood memories with his brothers, Xavier’s ready to rush back to civilization. Even the stunning woman who runs his grandmother’s restaurant seems to instantly dislike him . . .

True Everett knows better than to let a ridiculously handsome man distract her, especially when it’s the same guy who stands between her and owning Northern Exposure, the tavern she manages. She didn’t pour her soul into the restaurant just for Xavier to swoop in and snatch away her dreams. But amid all the barbs—and, fine . . . all the sparks—flying, True glimpses the man beneath the swagger. That version of Xavier, the real one, might just steal True’s heart.


This is a fantastic love story, but it isn't just about romantic love. Author Belle Calhoune explores the family love and devotion between the Stone brothers and their grandmother Hattie, and there's also another strong family bond shared by True Everett and her younger brother. Both Xavier and True have been a part of family units that have been torn apart and they each carry scars from their pain. They've also known the disappointment of failed romantic relationships. Could these common losses be the foundation for a lasting gain?

Calhoune is an author who never disappoints! Well-defined characters, realistic plot developments, and beautiful settings are guaranteed, but we must never forget the romance. True and Xavier share a wonderful chemistry and some of the scenes are swoon-worthy, to say the least, but never fear, "Falling for Alaska" is a clean romance!

I loved this heartwarming contemporary romance that's filled with family, hope, and second chances. I look forward to returning to Moose Falls, Alaska!

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Belle Calhoune writes heartwarming, inspirational romance novels set in small, cozy towns. Married to her college sweetheart and living in southern Connecticut, she is the mother of two girls. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she is one of five children. Growing up across the street from a public library allowed her to become an avid reader who aspired to be a romance writer. When she isn't writing, she enjoys reading, spending time in Cape Cod, traveling and enjoying time with friends and family.

Belle hopes her books will provide readers with inspiration, entertainment, and an escape from day-to-day life.

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Color the Stories of the Bible: Inspirational Christian Illustrations for Kids by Durand Loy

Color the Stories of the Bible: Inspirational Christian Illustrations for Kids

Embark on a colorful journey through the pages of the Bible with this engaging Christian coloring book for kid ages 2-6 years old. Each page is carefully crafted to capture the essence of beloved stories, providing an immersive experience that fosters a love for both art and scripture.

Watch as your child's imagination blossom while coloring scenes from Noah's Ark, David and Goliath, the Nativity of Jesus, and more. Every stroke of the crayon becomes a meaningful exploration of the Bible's timeless teachings, creating an interactive and memorable learning experience.

Foster a deep connection to faith as your child engages with the vibrant illustrations that highlight the values of love, compassion, and bravery. These carefully chosen stories are accompanied by encouraging messages that will leave a lasting impression on young hearts.

Make "Color the Stories of the Bible" a cherished addition to your child's library or gift to a loved one. Whether for quiet solo moments or shared family coloring sessions, this book provides a wonderful opportunity for fun and meaningful conversations about the values and lessons found within the Bible.

Key Features:

- 28 engaging illustrations inspired by popular Bible stories.
- High-quality, 8.5 x 11 inch paper is perfect for various coloring tools
Inspirational narratives from scripture accompany each illustration.
- Instills creativity, mindfulness, and a
 fun understanding of biblical stories.


Children are going to love this coloring book and so will their parents! Twenty-eight stories from The Holy Bible are highlighted, and each selection has a coloring sheet to color and a short story synopsis that explains the picture. Color the Stories of the Bible is a wonderful way to teach young children about the amazing stories found in God's Word and it's also a great supplement to The Stories of The Bible by author Durand Loy. Each coloring page in this coloring book is an exact black-and-white replica of the color version found in Loy's storybook!

I received a copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own opinions.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Durand Loy, a native of Natchez, Mississippi, is an author deeply committed to crafting enriching literary experiences for children of all ages. Born and raised in the heart of the South, Durand draws inspiration from his Southern roots and family life as a devoted husband and father of two young boys.

With a passion for instilling strong moral and ethical values in children, Durand specializes in creating faith-based children's books and engaging coloring books. His works are not only educational but also serve as tools for fostering character development and spiritual growth in young readers.

Driven by his belief in the power of storytelling, Durand endeavors to make learning and reading enjoyable experiences for children. Through his books, he seeks to spark curiosity, encourage empathy, and promote understanding, all while imparting valuable life lessons.

Durand Loy's dedication to creating uplifting and wholesome literature reflects his unwavering commitment to nurturing the minds and hearts of the next generation. With each page turn, he invites readers on a journey of imagination, discovery, and, above all, the celebration of love, faith, and family values.

Learn more at Durand Loy's Website  or by visiting Facebook

Color the Stories of the Bible: Inspirational Christian Illustrations for Kids