Back in the Saddle

Where do I start? Back in the Saddle is about your typical fall from fame egotistic turned humble story. It follows the MC Colt who comes home after the harsh reality of getting played on Wall Street to find his home up in the air and in his hands to fix. He wrestles with the idea of love, family, and religion. It is a very “Hallmark” type story. I enjoyed this story and it always had something big going on, however I felt like the writing was mediocre and that made the story drag on in some places. This to me was the only thing I found wrong with the book. I am thoroughly excited about continuing on with these characters in Grey’s Glen. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a easy read and a light/heartwarming read.
Overall 3.5/5 stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Cover:5/5

DISCLAIMER: I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from blogging for books.

Peace in the Valley- Ruth Herne

Date Read: June 12- June 15

Cover: 4/5

Plot:5/5

Characters:5/5

Overall:5/5

I started the Double S Ranch series not knowing what to expect. Now that I have finished book 3, I can say that I love this series so much. I love how this book kept up the same atmosphere the first two offered. I love the family dynamic and ranch life that are so amazingly written. I would love to pick up more of Herne’s books in the future. Also forever hoping there will be more books in this series…a girl can dream right?

Mexico by Josh Barkin|| Book Review

Dates Read: Feb 24th-Feb25th

Cover: 5/5

Writing and Plot:3/5

Characters:3/5

Overall: 3.25/5

Josh Barkin brings us into a real world view of the drug war and crime in Mexico. With 12 short stories, each different in their own way, you get to experience different robberies and murders. There was never a dull moment in this book. Something was always happening, keeping you on your toes. However this book had no happy ending or good side to it. All the stories were dark and depressing. I would have liked to have seen a few of the stories be positive. Overall this was a fast captivating read that I enjoyed but did not love. I would recommend to anyone who likes action/adventure/drug lord/crime ect.

All I Want for Christmas- Jenny Hale

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Cover: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

Dates Read: December 17th-December 26th

I have come to really enjoy Jenny Hale’s work. Her writing is so fun and sweet. She has a way of creating characters that stick with you even when it’s months after you’ve finished the book. I knew this book was coming out around the start of the holiday season, so I snatched it up as soon as I could. However I wanted to save it and read it around Christmas so it would be that much more special. This story is about a lovely mom Leah and daughter Sadie who have dreamed of living at their family’s plantation Evergreen Hill. However when their Nan unexpectedly dies, their plans have been altered and they now share ownership with a man that Leah grew up with. I absolutely loved this story. I loved how this is the third book of Hale’s that I have read and it is still as family oriented as the first one. (I see a trend with Grandmothers throughout her books!!) I look forward to her next books that will be released. If you are sad that Christmas is over, and you want more then pick this book up and relish in the holiday spirit a little while longer.

Read on,

Brianna

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I received an early copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my HONEST opinion.

 

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart- Liz Curtis Higgs

Dates read: November 18, 2016- November 21, 2016

Cover:5/5

Overall:5/5

This book was so wonderfully written. I really noticed how full of love and happiness this writing was. It oozed off every page. I so enjoyed this book that I will be giving it out to a dear person for a Christmas gift. I think this book would be the perfect gift for the Jesus loving women in your life. Every verse spoke to me and Liz Curtis Higgs had a way with wording that made you feel like you were at brunch discussing Jesus with a long time friend. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to challenge their relationship to grow deeper, stronger, and better with Christ. I have so many people in my life who I think would benefit from reading this. Now to actually be able to hold myself back and wait to give it to them until Christmas….that is an entirely new challenge. We shall see if I make it. Go pick this book up and read the words that will make you feel so very loved and hopeful.

P.S. there is a study guide in the back along with tips to help you memorize each verse. How cool is that?

Much love and until next time,

Brianna

 

DISCLAIMER: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

 

Home on the Range- Ruth Logan Herne

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Dates read: November 9th 2016- November 13th 2016

Front and back cover: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Plot:5/5

Overall:5/5

If you scroll through my reviews of 2016 you will find my review of the first book in The Double S Ranch series, Back in the Saddle. I fell in love with that book and was so excited for the release of the second book in October 2016. I finally got my hands on a copy and dove right back into the amazing world of Grays Glen Washington. I love the Stafford family so being back with these characters was so fun. In the first book we follow Colt Stafford who comes home to his family’s ranch, while in the second book we follow his younger brother Nick Stafford and his two daughters who were abandoned by their high class mother three years prior. His oldest daughter is lashing out and ends up in some sticky situations so Nick finally takes the advice of everyone, and takes his daughters to see therapist Dr. Elsa Andreas. Elsa teaches the girls coping mechanisms and helps them move past their mothers leaving. Nick grows as a Christian and man and has one of the greatest character developments I’ve read along with his brother Colt. He faces many unwelcome thoughts from his past and throughout this Nick and Elsa develop a relationship that is sure to hit some rocky roads in the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first one or loves a good family oriented read.

p.s. I am totally fangirling for the third book that is due to come out in 2017. I want more of the Stafford family and the Double S Ranch.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review by Blogging for Books. Everything in this review is entirely my own opinion.

The Snow Queen-Hans Christian Anderson, Sanna Annukka

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Cover: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Illustrations: 5/5

Overall 5/5

This edition of a classic fairy tale is absolutely beautiful. It is filled with intricate illustrations that flow with the story. Each piece is so unique and really captures the attention of the reader. I love everything about this book. Every last detail is stunning and you can tell that the Sanna Annukka really took her time in incorporating the story in each image. This will be a great addition to any bookshelf and even make for great decor in any room. I highly recommend this to everyone!

 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my HONEST review. Every thing in this review is entirely my own opinion.

Why Not Me-Mindy Kaling

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Time Spent Reading: 2 days

Covers: 5/5

Essays: 4/5

Overall: 4.5/5

This is a memoir of a semi-famous actress Mindy Kaling who has acted in and written many great things. I was so excited when I got my hands on this book I pretty much started it right away. I did not want to put it down. I was in the middle of a different book that I was disliking and begging for an excuse to put to the side, and then this book appeared on my doorstep. It only took me two days to start and finish this book because it was just so funny. I am very confident that everyone can relate with at least one of the essays in this book. If not then they will find them funny anyways. I knew nothing about the author (minus what she acted in) before picking this book up. While reading it I felt like I was reading a book that one of my close friends had written. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. If you love humor and being privy of others life, then you will devour this book like no tomorrow. This was easily one of the best books I’ve read in a few months.

Y’all go pick this up like now. You will not regret it.

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM BLOGGING FOR BOOKS IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST OPINION. THIS REVIEW IS SOLELY MY OPINIONS AND VIEWS ON THIS BOOK. EVERYTHING IN THIS REVIEW WAS CREATED IN MY MIND AND TURNED INTO WORDS TO SHARE WITH YOU.