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, November 24, 2022

Keeping Christmas: Volume 2 by Chautona Havig: Review Tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Keeping Christmas Volume II

Authors: Chautona Havig, Tabitha Bouldin, Susan K. Beatty, Jennifer Sienes, Melissa Wardwell, and Stacy T. Simmons.

Genre: Christian Christmas Romance

Release date: October 18, 2022

In castles far and near, long ago and yesterday, find happily-ever-afters wrapped in love and tied with Christmas joy.

Escape to Greenaway (by Chautona Havig): She just wanted to escape another holly, jolly family holiday. Because snowbound in a castle B&B with one of Santa’s elves (or as good as) is so much better. With the help of the castle’s owner, Tonya plays matchmaker in a bid to get that Christmas-loving girl out of her hair.

The King’s Promise (by Tabitha Bouldin): In a world of airships and kings, a prince makes a promise that tears him away from his love. An ordinary baker’s daughter finds herself caught in the middle of a game where the winner earns the queen’s crown. They both want what they can’t have as they struggle toward a seemingly impossible happily ever after.

A Castle for Christmas (by Susan K. Beatty): Sadie Foster abhors wealth. Will Randolph, on the other hand, works for the uber-wealthy owner of an over-the-top castle on the California coast–Sadie’s father. When Christopher Foster leaves the castle to her, Sadie doesn’t want anything to do with it or his money. But what if Sadie and Will use the castle and her inheritance for the good of others—together?

An Irish Christmas Heart (by Jennifer Sienes): Will she choose love or an arranged marriage? In the midst of post-famine unrest, Eleanor Blake, daughter of an English nobleman, is thrown into a maelstrom of emotions. How will she escape the duty for which she was born and the confines of the ill-fated Menlo Castle of Galway, Ireland to find her true love?

Christmas at Curwood’s Castle (by Melissa Wardwell): A Christmas party at Curwood Castle should have been Angel Davis’ Cinderella moment. Especially when her dear friend Jimmy arrives. Instead, one obstacle after another threatens to break any chance at a happily-ever-after.

Christmas in the Cotswolds (by Stacy T. Simmons): She’s a paleontologist and ardent Jane Austen fan. He’s enmeshed in the exactitude of mathematics, can they find common ground? Do opposites attract, will the romantic castle, and dashing duke be the undoing of Victoria’s plans?

Grab a mug of something hot and delicious and curl up somewhere comfy. Your literary chariots await to take you on a journey from an early twentieth-century castle in the San Gabriel Mountains of California all the way across the pond to the beautiful Cotswolds of England. These six novellas, all set in castles real and fictional, celebrate the heart and joy of Christmas in this second volume of castle Christmas novellas.


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Have you ever dreamed of being a princess with your own castle? Are you a lover of all things Christmas? This delightful collection of novellas is a chance to enjoy both castles and Christmas. Six different authors share tales that are set in castles around the world. Some are contemporary and some are historical, but they all offer romance, hope, and faith. No, they aren't fairy tales so there are realistic misunderstandings and conflicts but, in the end, happiness does prevail! Isn't that what we long for at all times, but especially during this special time of year?

This is an enjoyable anthology that's filled with the many emotions that surround the Christmas holiday. Reading it made me want to start my own Christmas preparations and it allowed me to discover some new-to-me authors. So, grab a copy of Keeping Christmas Volume 2, treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy Christmas in a castle!

I received a complimentary copy from the authors via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review, and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Authors

USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.


Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing—and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies including several in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.


 Tabitha Bouldin is a student at Southern New Hampshire University, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she works with critique groups and provides endorsements for other authors. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart. Tabitha spent ten years working as a Medical Assistant before God opened the door which allowed her to become a stay-at-home-homeschooling-mom and author.


Melissa Wardwell resides in Owosso, Michigan with her husband and three teen-aged children.She doesn’t mind alternating between the world of writing and the reality of being a mother, but she would rather sit with a good book or a good friend and a cup of coffee. When she isn’t penning works of fiction, she is busy reviewing books for her blog, Back Porch Reads. To see more from Melissa Wardwell, visit www.melissawardwell.com


Who says you can’t begin a new career after middle age? Certainly not Susan K. Beatty. She is passionate about writing about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer and other life trials. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan’s first novel, Faces of Courage, debuted May 2021, as part of the Faces of Courage series, including several novelettes. She is also the author of An Introduction to Home Education (AKA California Homeschool Manual). Susan is a professional writer/journalist and is active in the writer community. She is proof you can begin a fiction writing career at any age.


Stacy T. Simmons writes uplifting fiction that delights the reader’s romantic sensibilities. Thirty-four years of marital bliss is a great contributor. She is a mom of two grown children, and she and her family have a menagerie of pets she likes to call “Noah’s Ark.” You can find her working on her next manuscript with a piece of dark chocolate and a cup of coffee nearby. Connect with Stacy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and her blog, Fueled by Faith and Caffeine.


More from Tabitha

Castles near and far. Over time and across worlds both real and fictional. When it came time to write for Keeping Christmas, the world opened up to offer each of us a jewel for our stories. While I chose to base my castle off of a real castle in Romania, others chose a different route. Yet we all came together with a singular mission to write stories about Christmas and to bring the joy of Christ into each and every book. Keeping Christmas is about more than overseeing a holiday. It is looking back through the years of Christmases far and wide, from our real world through fantasy lands some of us dreamed up, and keeping the spirit of the season alive.

Come and keep Christmas with us as we journey across land and sea, through the skies on an airship, and deep into the contemporary halls and towering turrets. Here you’ll meet characters to fall in love with and read stories that span the ages, from a scribe in King Herod’s castle to a paleontologist in the Cotswolds.

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Splashes of Joy, November 28

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 28

Writing From the Heart Land, November 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 29


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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Sundown (Sky King Ranch, #3) by Susan May Warren

Sundown (Sky King Ranch, #3)

Former Delta Operative Colt Kingston knows when someone is lying. He may not know the truth, but he sure doesn't trust Tae, the woman who is caring for his ailing father at Sky King Ranch. Behind those beautiful blue eyes, he can tell there is a troubled--and smart--woman.

A few of her stories prove true--he's found the crashed plane and the dead body inside. Still, her story of survival seems too incredible to believe . . . until the thugs she claims to be hunting her show up and threaten Sky King Ranch. Now Tae must disappear, along with her secrets.

But Colt's not about to let her go it alone. And when they discover that her secrets include the antidote to a plague that threatens the world, it'll take all three Kingston brothers to save the country they've vowed to protect.

Susan May Warren brings her Sky King Ranch series to a climactic close with this high-stakes race against the clock.


This is the third book in the Sky King Ranch series and it's a thrilling conclusion. Colt Kingston is the primary focus in Sundown, but we also see his brothers Dodge and Ranger in action again. There's just something special about these Kingston triplets and their dad Barry. Is it their bravery? Their willingness to serve and protect their country? Or the faith in God that helps them survive and thrive? Yep, these Kingston men are truly amazing!

Sundown is filled with non-ending action and intense danger as Colt and Tae Price work feverishly to find a bioweapon before catastrophic destruction can occur. They also find themselves fighting the undeniable chemistry between them. No surprise since this is a Susan May Warren book. There has to be some clean but sizzling romance mixed in with the suspense! Sundown is definitely the book for you if you're looking for amazing characters and a strong faith message. It's an attention-grabbing contemporary romance that keeps you turning the pages until you reach its totally satisfying end!

I received a review copy courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website or connect with Susan on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Anything But Plain by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Anything But Plain

It's not easy being the bishop's daughter, especially for Lydie Stoltzfus. She's not like other Amish girls, as much as she wishes she were. The only thing she does well is disappointing others. Leaving her family and church seems unbearable, but staying might be worse.

Knowing Lydie is "between" jobs, the local doctor asks her to fill in at the front desk for a few months. To Lydie, this is a boon. It gives her time to figure out how she's going to say goodbye to her neighbor, Nathan Yoder--the main reason she needs to leave Stoney Ridge. Nathan claims he's in love with her, but she knows she's not good enough for him. If in doubt, Nathan's father reminds her frequently.

As Dok spends time with Lydie, she recognizes symptoms of a disorder rare among the Amish. She offers treatment for Lydie. But will it be enough to make her stay? Or has help come too late?

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge, a small town that feels like an old friend.


'Something was always happening to Lydie.'
This is why she plans to leave Stoney Ridge. Not because she wants to, but because she doesn't want to keep disappointing her family. She knows she will be leaving much of her heart behind, including the part that belongs to Nathan Yoder, but this is what she must do. Nathan is a young Amish farmer who wants to restore his mother's family farm to its former glory and believes that organic farming is the way to achieve this. He also believes that Lydie is the girl for him! Both of them have so many obstacles to overcome but can they conquer them together?

I loved this book! The characters, being able to return to Stoney Ridge, and the multi-layered plot that is so thought-provoking. Anything But Plain gives us an in-depth of Lydie's struggle with ADHD and the treatment that is recommended by Dok Ruth. How many times have you seen an Amish character with ADHD? Nathan's desire to practice organic farming is ridiculed by his father and brother, and I found myself extremely irritated with his father Walt Yoder. Guess all Amish people can't be as kind and likable as Bishop David Stoltzfus! And then there's the romance! Lydie may doubt herself but Nathan loves her just the way she is. There are a lot of misunderstandings between them but I just kept hoping that they could finally be together!

Faith, wisdom, and a genuine love for the Amish people are a big part of this delightful story and I'm always inspired after I read a book by this author. Well done, Suzanne Woods Fisher!

I received a review copy of this book courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


With over 1.5 million copies sold, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of over 30 books, ranging from novels to children’s books to non-fiction. She is a Christy Award finalist, a winner of Carol and Selah awards, and a two-time finalist for ECPA Book of the Year. She writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—one with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. Suzanne lives with her very big family in northern California.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Holy Pals PJs: Review of Special Christmas PJs with a Biblical Theme

Many families love to have matching pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Growing up, it was a tradition that my brother and I were given new pajamas, robes, and house shoes as part of our Christmas presents. No, they didn't match but we knew that they would be under the tree!

I'm thrilled to have a chance to tell you about a special product and to give you an opportunity to get your own special Christmas PJs. Holy Pals is a company that wants to help children to learn about God's Word.  When your kids wear these precious pajamas with various Bible print patterns, they don't just see biblical pictures---they're also learning God's Word because there's a reference to the Bible verse stitched on the sleeve. How fun is it to have biblical pictures and a Bible verse to go along with them?

Best of all, when you purchase these products, you are helping to give back! Every time you order a pair of Holy Pals pajamas, you are helping to send a cozy pair of Biblical pajamas to the children of the Littlest Lamb Orphanage in Egypt. Sharing with others is a big part of Christian living, and this offers a wonderful teaching opportunity for your little ones!

The Holy Pals pajamas:

  • are made from 100% soft and cozy cotton
  • the knit cotton is both very soft and comfortably stretchy
  • are consciously sourced and produced in India
  • are snug-fitting for women and children and loose-fitting for men
  • have a small label stitched on the right arm of each pair of Holy Pals pajamas, with the verse reference of the print
  • are available not only in Christmas prints, but also in prints featuring Easter, Palm Sunday, Esther, Noah, David & Goliath, Jonah, Adam & Even, and more

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

This is what we all need to remember and these Christmas pajamas are a fun and inspiring way to remind our children about the true story of Christmas. It's a delight to see these stories of The Holy Bible shown in a comfortable and cozy manner!

The Christmas patterns are pictured below. Starting from the top left, in clockwise formation, they are: Christmas Classic, Starry Night, Joy to the World, and Away in a Manger.

My Personal Holy Pals PJs Experience

I chose a long sleeve set for my 8-year-old granddaughter. The pajamas are well-made and the quality of the workmanship is impressive! The Starry Night Christmas set has a white Nativity scene pattern printed on a beautiful blue background and the 100% cotton material is extremely soft. My granddaughter is tall for her age so I chose a size 10. The pants are a perfect length, the material is beautiful, and I couldn't be more pleased with my choice!

But wait! There's one more special touch! Luke 2: 1-20 is the scripture reference printed on the pajama top sleeve and it's an awesome reminder of the night of Christ's birth. Another reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season!

Disclaimer Statement: I received a complimentary pair of Holy Pals PJs to facilitate my review but these are my own thoughts and opinions. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Passages of Hope (Doors to the Past) by Terri J. Haynes

Passages of Hope (Doors to the Past)

Discover the Story Behind a Secret Passageway
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Gracie Kingston begins renovations on the Philadelphia house inherited from her grandmother and finds a secret room. It is connected to a house nearby, the home of William Still, the man known as the father of the Underground Railroad. As she researches, she discovers a mystery in her house’s ownership. In 1855, Olivia Kingston helps a mother and her young child by hiding them in a secret room in her home. As she helps, she learns that there may be an impostor conductor in their community. As Gracie’s and Olivia’s stories intertwine, they learn the meaning of sacrifice and love.


I've long been fascinated with the history of the Underground Railroad and this book offers a fascinating look at this historic movement. Author Terry J. Haynes shares the stories of two different women, separated by over 165 years, and a house that may connect them in a way that doesn't seem possible. Gracie is a present-day young woman who is beset by many problems after inheriting her grandmother's house in Philadelphia. Olivia is a heroine who does everything possible to help runaway slaves reach freedom before slave catchers capture them and return them to their masters. Her story is set in 1855 and Haynes allows us to slip back and forth between Olivia's past adventures and Grace's present dilemmas. I was fully engaged by this dual-time plot, and I couldn't wait to learn the connection between Gracie and Olivia. Could Gracie's house with its secret room be the same house used by Olivia?

Passages of Hope is entertaining on so many levels. It has sweet romance, an inspiring faith thread woven throughout its plot, and an intriguing mix of fictional and historical events. Haynes poignantly portrays the pain and trauma associated with slavery, the hope and faith that spurred the quest for freedom, and the brave people determined to help their fellow men. Passages of Hope is a powerful addition to the Doors to the Past series!

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a mom, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist, and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She is also the owner of AT Haynes House Yarns, a hand-dyed yarn business. She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As she grew, her love for writing grew as she tried her hand at poetry, articles, speeches, and fiction. She is a storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers into the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.

Terri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology, a Master's degree in Theological Studies and a certificate in creative writing and graphic design. She serves on Project Knitwell’s board of directors and is the chairwoman of DMV Fiber Friends. She lives in Fort Washington, MD, just outside Washington, DC with her husband and three adult children.  

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Beneath His Silence by Hannah Linder

Beneath His Silence

Will Seeking Justice Lead to Her Own Demise?
A Gothic-Style Regency Romance from a Promising Young Author
Second daughter of a baron—and a little on the mischievous side—Ella Pemberton is no governess. But the pretense is a necessity if she ever wishes to get inside of Wyckhorn Manor and attain the truth. Exposing the man who killed her sister is all that matters.
Lord Sedgewick knows there’s blood on his hands. Lies have been conceived, then more lies, but the price of truth would be too great. All he has left now is his son—and his hatred. Yet as the charming governess invades his home, his safe cocoon of bitterness begins to tear away.
Could Ella, despite the lingering questions of his guilt, fall in love with such a man? Or is she falling prey to him—just as her dead sister?


Mystery, intrigue, and a need for revenge fuel this fascinating story but the themes of forgiveness and redemption make it so worthwhile! Beneath His Silence is the debut novel of Hannah Linder and she's completely satisfied my love for Regency and Gothic fiction. A young woman intent on proving that her sister was murdered sets out to trap the man she believes is responsible but ultimately discovers that appearances aren't what they seem. Yes, Lord Sedgewick carries a load of guilt but is it because he actually murdered her sister? What are the secrets and burdens that he's been forced to carry?

This book is fantastic! Ella Pemberton, Henry Sedgewick, and an adorable Peter Sedgewick are characters that I long to know better, and the Regency setting is perfect! Wychhorn Manor is often shrouded in fog and darkness, appearing to be a place where secrets are kept, memories are painful, and danger is lurking. Slowly, as this tale continues, it becomes a place where second chances seem likely, and forgiveness may offer redemption. If you enjoy Michelle Griep's Regency novels and you remember the gothic novels of Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt, do yourself a favor. Treat yourself to this must-read debut novel!

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


Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Cynthia Ruchti with Books & Such Literary Management, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels filled with passion, secrets, and danger. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award winner, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Her debut, Beneath His Silence, is releasing with Barbour Publishing this November.

In way of career, Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, National, and International bestsellers (hannahlinderdesigns.com). She is also a self-portrait photographer of historical fashion.

When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. Her greatest desire is to please her Savior and to write in a way that glorifies and uplifts Him. 

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Snuggle Time Love by Glenys Nellist

Snuggle Time Love

Snuggle up with your little one and read all about what it means to love someone in Snuggle Time Love, a sweet collection of snuggle-time rhymes that leads children through 1 Corinthians 13 and shows them that love is patient, kind, and never, ever fails.

Featuring cute, cuddly illustrations and read-aloud rhymes, this padded cover board book will delight children with its heartfelt poems all about LOVE. Get ready for repeated readings and lots of hugs!

This collection of 12 poems is:

Perfect for bedtime snuggles, with a padded cover that fits just right in little hands
Great for children ages 0-4
An ideal gift for Valentine’s Day, baby showers, baptisms, Christmas, birthdays, and other gift-giving opportunities

This is an adorable addition to the bestselling Snuggle Time series, with over 300,000 units sold!


I love this book and your children will too! Snuggle Time Love is a sturdy board book perfect for little hands to hold and the contents are irresistible! Author Glenys Nellist uses rhyming text to describe the love that's mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13, and illustrator Cee Biscoe perfectly captures the mama animals taking care of their adorable babies.

I'm always amazed by this author's ability to share God's Word with children and this book is no exception. Snuggle Time Love explains the concept of love in a way that they can understand and enjoy. This is a wonderful book to share with your children and grandchildren, but it would also be a great resource for Sunday school teachers and church libraries. Grab a copy of this book for some perfect snuggle time with your little ones!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher but there was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I'm an author of thirty+ books for children, including the best-selling Twas the Evening of Christmas, I Wonder: Exploring God's Grand Story, The Wonder That is You, and five popular series: Love Letters from God, Snuggle Time, Little Mole, Twas and Good News.

Here's my little story...

Although I live in Michigan, USA, I was born and raised in a little village in northern England. Four long decades later, I would find myself living across the pond, married to a wonderful man, mum to four adult children and three daughters-in-law, and grandma to three bouncing boys and one gorgeous girl. And as if all that wasn’t blessing enough, I somehow became an author, despite giving up on my first book halfway through.

And if you would have told me then, that this book would one day become a series, that I would begin a second series, and a third… I never would have believed you. The only possible explanation is that our great God is able to do immeasurably more than all I could ever ask or possibly imagine.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Make Your Heart a Manger by Karen Porter & Cherry McGregor


A story to forever change your heart

 If we could get a glimpse from the manger of the most glorious moment in history, how would it change us? What could we learn?

What could we learn from Mary? Elizabeth? Joseph? the Magi? The innkeeper?

The Christmas story might be the most oft-told story of all time. So familiar we might miss much of the miracle. Miss the life-transforming lessons each character in the story is ready to teach us. Miss the new heart available from a powerful Creator who became a child.

The Creator. In a manger.

Broken? Reluctant? Busy? Hopeless? Jealous? Skeptical? You need a manger.

The coming of the Christ child, the story that split history, can heal your heart. He
welcomes you to that place of healing. All you have to do is Make Your Heart a


This book is enlightening, inspiring, and the perfect way to prepare your heart for Christmas! Authors Karen Porter and Cherry McGregor share the Christmas story by exploring the thoughts and hearts of the people involved in this world-altering event and offering an intriguing perspective of those hearts. And then, they asked this thought-provoking question. Is my heart like the hearts of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Herod, and even the Innkeeper? Am I too unbelieving, heart weary, self-centered, and busy? Well, let me tell you, I want to be like Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, and Wise Men. I want to be ready to believe, willing to accept, and eager to show my love!

I've always loved Christmas but I want my focus to be on its true purpose. I want my heart to be ready to rejoice in this special birth, and this book has put me on the right path! Make Your Heart a Manger is a perfect addition to your Christmas devotion time, but it's a book that can be used any time of the year!

I received a digital copy of this book from the authors but I've also purchased my own print copy. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Karen is an international retreat and seminar speaker and a successful businesswoman. She is the author of ten books including I’ll Bring the Chocolate: Satisfying a Woman’s Cravings for Friendship and Faith and If You Give A Girl A Giant.

Karen spends most of her time coaching aspiring writers and speakers and training communicators across the globe.

Karen and her husband, George, own Bold Vision Books, a traditional Christian small press. She serves on the board of several non-profit organizations. 

Karen says her marriage to George is her greatest achievement, but she’d love to talk to you about her five grandchildren. In her spare time, Karen continues her life-long quest to find the perfect purse.  

Cherry is known for her creative genius and warm hospitality. Her life is full—raising kids and managing the books of the family business.

At her church, she is a key team member for event planning, leads the hospitality team, and is a teacher of a new member’s class.

Cherry has a bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and holds a Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic Medicine. She is a lover of basketball, college football, family board games, and all things Texas A&M.

She is married to Craig, a local dentist and has three children, Garrett, Gracen, and Gabriella. And in her spare time she’s mamma to 11 chickens and a big black lab.

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