Keepsake Christmas Stories

Thursday, January 13, 2022

This commemorative collector's edition celebrates twenty years of the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square's beloved Christmas show—an annual tradition enjoyed by millions, both live on stage and through its holiday season broadcast on PBS stations, where it has earned Grammy and Emmy awards and nominations. Each year the show is hosted by a distinguished special guest, including Jane Seymour, Tom Brokaw, Kristen Chenoweth, and Hugh Bonneville. These holiday story adaptions have ranged from The Gift of the Magi to the story behind the writing of the hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul" to the inspiring tale of "The Candy Bomber"—an unlikely American WWII hero who dropped candy from his airplane to the children of Germany.

This coffee table edition is the perfect holiday keepsake for all ages and features photographs of the stage productions alongside the stories, which also includes a weblink to hear the stories from every performance.

Review: Keepsake Christmas Stories shares rich and inspiring Christmas stories that help readers remember the Christmas spirit. The stories are ones that you will want to read over and over as a family each Christmas season in this beautiful keepsake book. The cover of this book is beautiful as well as the illustrations in the book. I enjoyed reading the stories that are told in an entertaining and inspiring manner. I found that it helped me keep the mindset of Christmas. This book is worth adding to your collection.  Learn more here.

Please note that I received a free copy to review, however, this is my honest opinion. Please note that this post contains affiliate links.

Of Daggers and Deception Blog Tour and Giveaway

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Title: Of Daggers and Deception
Series: Book Two in the Duchy of Athens Series
Author: A. L. Sowards
Release Day: December 6, 2021
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Formats: Print, ebook, audio
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction, Medieval Adventure

Full book synopsis: 
After years as a soldier and mercenary, Rasheed has retired from battle to run the bathhouse in Thebes with his friends Gillen and Eudocia. The simple life suits them, so when Venetian strangers come to town looking to hire the renowned crew, their answer is no. But when one of his friends is abducted, Rasheed is left with no choice but to take up his weapons and join forces with the Venetians, including the beautiful and clever Cecilia, whose betrothed has also been seized by the unknown foe.

As the reluctant allies face ambushes and the looming threat of capture, Rasheed and Cecilia forge a surprising connection. But as the party races to rescue their friends, Rasheed discovers that nothing is as it seems. As his trust in Cecilia begins to waver, he realizes that in the end, they will both be forced to make a choice between love and duty.

Short book synopsis: When one of his best friends is abducted, Rasheed immediately gathers a rescue party. Joining forces with the mysterious Cecilia, the group faces pirates, old enemies, and a host of other foes. Rasheed forms a surprising connection with Cecilia, but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, especially when they are forced to choose between love and duty.

Author bio:
A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have earned a Whitney Award, several Whitney Finalists positions, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She currently lives in the beautiful state of Alaska with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.

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Of Daggers and Deception is a medieval action-adventure novel as the characters race to save a friend. The characters and the historical content are interesting and intriguing. This was a slow read for me, but I still enjoyed the adventures and action throughout the story. The characters encounter several obstacles and unexpected twists and turns. I also like some of the passages of Rasheed explaining Christianity to his brother. I felt like the author had some interesting insights that she shared through her characters. I also liked the diversity within this book. This book will appeal to both male and female audiences. I felt like the romance was really subtle and the book covered more of the dangers of this time period as they face slavers, pirates, enemies, deception and more. To learn more about Daggers and Deception, click here.

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Wendy's Pirates Review

Tuesday, December 14, 2021


In 1817, Wendy Darling returns from London to her family in Devon, where she meets Captain James Hooke, a dashing naval officer who both infuriates and intrigues her. But Wendy is hiding a dark secret—and running from a past that makes it impossible for her to trust the incorrigible captain. And James has secrets of his own, secrets he’s afraid will interfere with his desire to win Wendy’s heart.

When the Darling family takes in a young orphan boy named Peter, the two newcomers in Wendy’s life help her learn to open her heart and begin to trust again. But when a gang of pirates sails into port in search of Peter, will trust be enough to save Wendy and those she loves from danger?

Varnell takes J. M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan characters and introduces them to risks and romance that go far beyond the average fairy tale. As Wendy and Hooke fight for new beginnings, they learn that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

Wendy's Pirates is a described as a retelling of Peter Pan, however, I would say that it's more in the spirit of Peter Pan. Some of the characters are quite unexpectedly different from the original story and when I heard it was a retelling, I expected the characters to be similar from the original story. There were scenes that just were beautifully written. The novella also felt like it had the essence of what Peter Pan the story was trying to share to the readers. This story was a quick read that I really enjoyed. The story was clean and filled with mystery and action. I did feel like the foreshadowing was a bit forced in parts. The story kept alluding to the past without really coming out and saying what it was, and I understand that the author was trying to set up the plot reveal for later in the story, but it frustrated me as a reader. This book was wholesome and clean. This would also be a good romance for teens and young adults. I look forward to seeing what this author comes up with next. To learn more about Wendy's Pirates, click here.

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