Broken Dreams Review and Giveaway

Friday, December 3, 2021

A lifetime ago, Maggie Alexander’s parents narrowly missed medaling in the Olympics as pairs figure skaters. Now a coach, her father Gordon is living his dreams through the skaters he trains—until Maggie is forced to deliver heartbreaking news: her mother’s battle against cancer will be a losing one. Shattered, her father loses his dreams in an instant—his beloved wife and his will to coach. Left to pick up the pieces, a devastated Maggie finds herself relying on the steadfast support of her childhood best friend, Lance Whitmore.

Despite the fact that Maggie has never seen Lance as more than a friend, his heart has always been hers. Lance does what he can to help Maggie work through her grief, and soon their friendship blossoms into love. But when distance threatens their relationship, Maggie is torn between building a life with the man she loves and helping her broken father rebuild his life. 

Broken Dreams is a novella part of the Dream Edge's series. This could be read as a stand-alone or part of a series. This novella isn't an easy read in that it deals with a romance in the midst of grief and trying to recover over the loss of a loved one. I felt like it was realistic in some ways by showing the sad points in the life and the resilience to deal with it and to find joy again. The characters were likeable and memorable. The story was well-written and planned out. I look forward to reading more in this series. Click here to learn more.

This post is in cooperation with the publisher. Please note that I received a free ebook to review, however, this is my honest opinion. This post also contains affiliate links.

Sprout Book Review

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A geek, and proud of it, twelve-year-old Pete is determined to win the school science fair in an effort to convince his sports-enthusiast dad into accepting science as a worthwhile endeavor and for once be proud of Pete. Upon discovering a giant seed in the forest, Pete figures he has the grand prize wrapped up in a nutshell. When the seed sprouts into a baby, the science fair is off—no one can know the truth about Pete’s newly “adopted” brother, Sprout. Not even his dad. But when Sprout grows at an alarming rate, his skin turns green in the sun, and he exhibits super-hero-like plant powers, Pete fears he won’t be able to protect his new brother for long from those who would view Sprout as a threat. To make matters worse, Pete fears his dad likes Sprout more than him.

I didn't read the "About the Book" synopsis before reading the book and I was surprised when a baby came out of a seed that Pete and his sister found in the forest. There were a lot of unexpected twists in this novel that the author foreshadowed that I didn't pick up on until the author revealed them. This book was a really interesting read. It was very different and unique mostly through the character, Sprout. The author did a good job at describing his uniqueness and his abilities and Pete's reaction to it. I liked how the author incorporated realism and magical/fantasy elements. There was a lot of layers in this book with the mystery, Sprout's amazing abilities and Pete trying to figure out his role and who he is. This would make a good book to discuss in a classroom setting or kids book club. It would also be a fun book to read out loud to kids. I liked seeing the progression of Pete as he starts to change his attitude and realize that some of his fears and worries are of his own making.  Overall, it's an interesting, clean read that I think kids would enjoy diving in to. It's a series that both boys and girls would enjoy reading. I am curious to see how this series plays out. To learn more about Sprout, click here.

Please note that I received a free ebook, however, this is my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links that help support this blog.
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book to review, however, this is my honest opinion.

The Friendly Bookshelf Virtual Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Monday, November 29, 2021

The Friendly Bookshelf

Written by Caroline and Katherine Brickley

Illustrated by Daniela PĂ©rez-Duarte

Ages 3+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Blossom Children’s Media Group | ISBN-13: 9780997782714

Publisher’s Synopsis: 

Meet Bibli, a brave little library bookshelf in search of a story about someone like him . . .

Once upon a time, in a library like any other, there lived a little bookshelf named Bibli who carried a BIG question on his shelves: “Could there be a story somewhere about a bookshelf like me?” Bibli is told that bookshelves are supposed to hold stories, not have ones of their own. But everything changes when he meets Cassie, a girl longing for a friend just as much as Bibli longs for a story to relate to. Bibli learns that with kindness, confidence, empathy, and friendship, even your biggest dreams can come true—and that everyone has an important story worth sharing.

The Friendly Bookshelf is a social-emotional learning (SEL) research-based book and the first-ever picture book about a bookshelf. Written to build self-confidence and self-esteem as well as encourage inclusivity, Bibli’s story empowers children to be brave, be a friend, and always be your-shelf! Readers will be inspired to go beyond the final page of the book and share their own stories, as well as be the pioneers of a kinder, more inclusive world where everybody (and every bookshelf!) belongs.

Available for purchase here and here.


Caroline and Katherine Brickley are twin sisters and the award-winning authors of The Blossom Shoppe and The Friendly Bookshelf. Inspired by their mother, who made up stories for them each night, the sisters spent their childhood coming up with stories of their own and bringing them to life. As they grew, so did their passion for storytelling, and in 2017 the sisters made it their full-time job by founding Blossom Children’s Media Group (Blossom) from their shared college dorm room.

Now a multi-award-winning company known for excellence in children’s literature and family content, Blossom continues to bring children, families, and educators from around the world together through wholesome stories and inclusive community experiences. In their free time, Caroline and Katherine love to swim, travel, and spend time with friends and family, including their golden doodle, Sugar, who served as the inspiration for the library dog featured in The Friendly Bookshelf.

For more information, visit

The Friendly Bookshelf is a cute book that shows that everyone belongs and that you don't have to always fit into the expectations that everyone else has for you that you can achieve your dreams and goals. This book has a good message about being kinder and being friendly. This book is unique in that it uses a bookshelf to tell the story and inspire kids to be friendly and brave to be yourself. The dialogue was engaging and it was easy to read. The message was inspiring and told in such a way that it was easy for kid to understand and relate to. This book would be a great read out loud at home, a library setting or classroom setting. The illustrations are attractive, eye-catching and cute. I think it's a book that kids will enjoy reading. I look forward to seeing what these authors will come up with next. I think the style and delivery of the book was well done.


Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Friendly Bookshelf! 

(7) Seven winners receive: A copy of The Friendly Bookshelf  and A copy of The Friendly Bookshelf donated to a library of your choice.

The giveaway ends December 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 

This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Blossom Children's Media Group, LLC. I received a free ebook to review, however, this is my honest opinion.
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