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

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.


"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


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.

Enter HERE to win a copy of Kathie Lee Gifford's book!

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.


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


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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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

When God Says "No": Facing Disappointment and Denial without Losing Heart, Losing Hope, or Losing Your Head by Elizabeth Laing Thompson

When God Says

No is not a four-letter word, but it certainly feels like one.

It’s one thing to feel God’s love when life goes your way, but what happens to your faith when life doesn’t go as you had planned?

When prayers go unanswered and dreams unfulfilled?

When the sick stay sick and the dead do not rise?

When you’re lost in the desert and the Promised Land seems like empty promise?

When God says, “No,” how do you grapple with disappointment?

Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson walks alongside readers as she tackles the difficulties that stymie our faith, stifle our prayers, and stunt our relationship with God. When God Says, “No” will help you to discover hope when life feels hopeless, good in what feels bad, and new dreams when old ones have died. This book is a fantastic reminder of Who is in charge—Who He is and how He works. How He loves us and why He limits us. The better we know Him, the more we understand that He says “No” to a few things, so He might say “Yes” to many more.   


Reading this book is like talking to a trusted friend. Author Elizabeth Laing Thompson seems to know what we're feeling, and what we need to hear and read. When God Says "No" has stories from both the Old and New Testament, along with the personal reflections of people of today. From Moses, who is told "No" to entering the Promised Land, to Jesus, who understood the need to surrender, this book is overflowing with sound advice, encouraging words, and thought-provoking statements. From dealing with lost hopes and dreams, to facing a terminal illness. we are reminded that God's "No" is given in love.

I urge you to grab a copy of this book, along with a highlighter, and savor this book that's filled with nuggets of inspiration that you'll want to remember. When God Says "No" is a wonderful resource that I will certainly read again!

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Elizabeth Laing Thompson is a minister, speaker, and novelist (The Thirteenth Summer) who lives in North Carolina with her preacher husband and four miracle children. She believes the recipe for a happy life is simple: laugh-cry daily, pray continually, caffeinate constantly. She has also written When God Says, "Go" and When God Says, "Wait".

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Hope Between the Pages by Pepper D. Basham: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book 

Hope Between the Pages

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian Historical

Release date: April, 2021

Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.


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"Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale."

My interest was captured with this first sentence, and my fascination never waned, as I read this new book by Pepper Basham. Hope Between the Pages is a historical fiction novel told in split time, and each story is a beautiful testament to the power of love. In 1915, a servant named Sadie Blackwell meets Oliver Camden, a young gentleman from England, and their mutual love of books sparks an attraction that seems destined to become so much more. A century later, another young couple discover each other, and one of them is Sadie's great-granddaughter. A search for a missing deed and the discovery of lost letters shows Clara Blackwell a side of her great-grandmother that she never knew, and introduces her to the beautifully haunting love story between Sadie and Oliver.

"Keep to your Bible and to your fairy tales, sweet girl. One is for your soul and the other is for your daydreams. Both will help you through this, and in both you'll find your story."

Basham fills this book with wonderful characters, two lovely romances, and a strong thread of faith woven throughout its pages. A Book Goblin and a Library Fairy add a fun touch to her stunning tribute to the written word, and the suspense and historical detail will certainly appeal to readers who enjoy these genres. There are many scenes that require tissues, and others that leave you yearning for that same love and devotion. Hope Between the Pages is part of the Doors to the Past series and I can't recommend it enough. It is a book meant to be kept and read again!

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Author

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor with southern Appalachian flair. Both her historical and contemporary novels have garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inspys, and ACFW Carol Awards. Her historical romance, The Thorn Healer, was a finalist in the 2018 RT Awards. Her historical romance novels, My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge and The Red Ribbon, and her contemporary novels, the Mitchell’s Crossroads and Pleasant Gap series, showcase her Appalachian heritage, as well as her love for humor and family. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-language pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, hats, and Jesus.


More from Pepper

Books are a uniquely portable magic – Stephen King

Appalachia is known for having a high illiteracy rate. A place of beautiful scenery and rugged landscapes, the people of the mountains developed stories through oral storytelling much more than “book learning”.  As a young girl growing up in this world, I loved hearing my granny share tales from up to five generations ago, filling in the narrative gaps between a birth date and a death date on a tombstone – giving flesh and breath to the stone-etched names.

It’s no surprise then, with a heart cultivated from rich oral stories, I fell in love with reading. Books became that “portable magic” that took me places my little Appalachian community couldn’t provide. I fell in love with the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew. Wept through the end of Bridge to Terabithia and Old Yeller. Traveled to the plains with Sarah Plain and Tall and fell in love with horses with The Black Stallion. But when I was in seventh grade, I read my very first “British” novel, The Secret Garden. In that one introduction, my world expanded into mysterious English manor houses and British classics. Before long, I’d consumed Jane Eyre, Austen’s classics, some Dickens, Dracula, Frankenstein…and the list goes on! And then…I found Tolkien and Lewis – and the ‘real’ world swelled into OTHER worlds.

I’m grateful for true stories of book-loving pioneers traveling into the world of Appalachia to provide books and literacy training to “my people”, because I know some of those books made their way to my tiny elementary school library…and not only brought me the chance to discover stories, but to write them too!

Isn’t it amazing how books can do that?

In Hope Between the Pages, I wanted to bring the same awe and discovery I felt as a child (and continue to feel as an adult reader) to the story of two people whose words had seemed small. Stories stretched their worlds, but the stories also gave them wonderful imaginations and positive perspectives. It’s still amazing to me that ink-and-paper words can make such a lasting impact on hearts and minds. They can lead us to dream, teach us new things, encourage our hearts, help us to think outside the box, swell our imaginations, broaden our horizons, and encourage our hope.

Books are not a replacement for real adventures and relationships, but they certainly provide a beautiful “door” into other lives and worlds that we may never have a chance to experience in real life. Sadie, my historical heroine, and Clara, my contemporary heroine, both have kept close to home but traveled greatly through books…and BOTH are given the opportunity to reach beyond the bindings to discover real-life adventures. I’d like to think that their love for stories helped them have the courage to step away from the page and into their own tales even more prepared than they would have been without stories.

What are some of your favorite books you read as a child? Did any of them influence you to become a more avid reader?

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To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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