August 18, 2017

Book Review: Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely


Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely, by Kira Archer is a contemporary romance focused on unexpected surprises, job choices, and plenty of romance.

While dealing with her meddling extended family, Jenny Boyd is temporarily back home from her life in Paris as a culinary school student. Due to her temporary status, she's interested in a temporary relationship and she's found the perfect guy. 

Even though Jared Crew is attracted to her, their connection through friends causes him to be hesitant, especially since Jenny doesn't initially remember him. As the story unfolds, Jared and Jenny have to deal with a possible pregnancy, their lives in two different countries, and their personal issues with relationships.
 
Sweetly, Deeply, Absolutely is geared towards contemporary romance fans. Even though it's the third book in the Sweet Love series, it's a stand-alone book, so it's not necessary to read the series in order.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Devotions for a Sacred Marriage


Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples, by Gary Thomas is a devotional guidebook for marriage couples.

According the the back cover, this book "explores how God can reveal himself to you through your marriage and help you grow closer to him as well as to your spouse.... These...devotions offer practical, biblical wisdom for nurturing your marriage as an expression of your love for God." 

As the title indicates, this book consists of 52 weekly devotionals for couples. These devotionals feature a scripture verse, title, and devotional text that spans several pages, as well as an ending comment or question to consider.

In the Introduction, the author shared, "While this devotional book consists of 100 percent new material, I based it on the principles first stated in my book Sacred Marriage. Although it's not necessary to have read Sacred Marriage to enjoy or benefit from this book, I would recommend going through Sacred Marriage first, and then reading this devotional book with your spouse or small group."

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage is geared towards marriage couples to read together or in a bible study group.

Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

August 14, 2017

Giveaway: Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop! 



The winner will receive a print copy of We're Going to Need More Wine Stories, by Gabrielle Union. I received this ARC uncorrected proof sample chapters at a recent book conference, and I'm looking forward to reading the full text when this book is published in October 2017.

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Book Review: Ten Days with the Highlander


Ten Days with the Highlander is an enjoyable and humorous contemporary romance by Hayson Manning.

As the owner of a small hotel in the Scottish Highlands, Callum MacGregor prefers his hometown to remain exactly the same without modern changes. However, Georgia Paxton has decided that his hotel would be perfect as the next step in her business plan. Even though Callum and Georgia are at odds, their instant attraction builds as they try to discourage each other's plans. As the story unfolds, quirky characters, unusual animals, and creative folktales create an intriguing storyline.

Ten Days with the Highlander is a quick read that's geared and recommended towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances set in the highlands.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Her Sexy Challenge



Her Sexy Challenge is a contemporary romance by Sarah Ballance, and the first book in the Firefighters of Station 1 series.

After moving to a new town, Caitlin Tyler is excited about her new dream job. Due to her fears and unusual circumstances, she needs to be recused twice in one day by the same firefighter, Shane Hendricks. While Caitlin is new to the town of Dry Rock, Colorado, Shane is planning to move away in two weeks, yet their instant attraction leads to a romance. And Shane's group of close friends are prominently featured in the story.

While this book focus on an interesting premise of the new woman in town needing rescued twice in one day by the same firefighter, the dialogue is slightly inauthentic and not quite expected. However, the situations provide humor, along with the close group of friends.

Her Sexy Challenge is a quick read and geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Two Dukes and a Lady


Two Dukes and a Lady, by Lorna James is an usual historical romance novella.

Charles Ashdown and William Kenwood are both dukes and best friends. Their childhood friend and the only woman they've loved, Lillian Drew, has returned to England as a widow. Since she's in desperate need of financial assistance, Lillian is seeking a husband and both dukes are interested in sharing that role with plenty of issues to sort out. In an unsettling manner, Lillian continues to befriend the ex, who tries to trick her and ruin the relationship.

Even though it's a short book, there's a lot of drama and romantic encounters, as well as a few surprises. It's definitely not a typical regency romance, and I didn't enjoy the story.

Two Dukes and a Lady is geared towards those who prefer reading descriptive and intense historical romances.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: The Wolf of Kisimul Castle


The Wolf of Kisimul Castle, by Heather McCollum is a captivating historical highlander romance.

Alec MacNeil is also known as the Wolf of Kisimul Castle, and he's ready to take revenge against those who murdered his wife, so he secretly kidnaps his enemy's bride on her wedding day.

Even though Mairi Maclean is preparing for her wedding, she's not in love with her groom. However, she never expected to be kidnapped, especially by a man with two adorable children - one of my favorite aspects of the book!

As the story unfolds, Alec and Mairi are forced to deal with plenty of secrets and ensuring dramatic events. However, Mairi is still considered Alec's prisoner, until she agrees to marry him. Even though it's the third book in the Highland Isles series, it's not necessary to read the books in order. 

The Wolf of Kisimul Castle is geared towards those who enjoy reading highly entertaining historical romances, particularly stories involving highlanders.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: The Man Who Loved Libraries


The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie is a children's biography written Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Katty Maurey.

In thirty-two pages, this informative and interesting book focuses on the life of Andrew Carnegie, particularly his desire for learning and love of libraries, which prompted Carnegie to build over 2,500 libraries throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, as well as across Europe and the Caribbean.

The Man Who Loved Libraries is a quality resource for children, particularly ages four to eight, yet it's worthwhile for all grade school students.

 
Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Light


Light: Physical Science, by Mary Lindeen is an informative book that provides a fun way for children to learn about various aspects of light.
 
As a part of the Read and Discover Science series, this book encourages children to learn about scientific subjects while working on their reading skills. According to a note from the publisher: "The series can be used with beginning readers to practice high-frequency words, academic language, and to expand comprehension of life, earth, and physical science."

Within thirty-two pages, there are interesting science facts and Did You Know sidebars intermixed with full-color images. Also, there are sections titled as How Have You Used Light Today, Connecting Concepts, and Word List.

Light is a children's non-fiction picture book that's geared toward kindergartners to third graders.

 
Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Animal Defenses


Animal Defenses, by Mary Lindeen is an informative book that provides a fun way for children to learn about animals and their natural manner of defenses against danger.
 
As a part of the Read and Discover Science series, this book encourages children to learn about scientific subjects while working on their reading skills. According to a note from the publisher: "The series can be used with beginning readers to practice high-frequency words, academic language, and to expand comprehension of life, earth, and physical science."

Within thirty-two pages, there are interesting science facts and Did You Know sidebars intermixed with full-color photographs. Also, there are sections titled as Connecting Concepts and Word List in the back of the book.

Animal Defenses is a children's non-fiction picture book that's geared toward kindergartners to third graders.

 
Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: The Wellness Revelation


The Wellness Revelation: Lose What Weighs You Down So You Can Love God, Yourself, and Others, by Alisa Keeton is an eight-week journey focusing on healthy living from both the spiritual and practical perspectives.

The author is the founder of Revelation Wellness, which is "now an international nonprofit ministry that uses fitness as a tool to spread the gospel message." According to the Introduction, "Through the book, we're inviting you to be a part of this fitness revolution. For the next eight weeks, you will move, step-by-step to the pace of grace, toward something greater than the number on the scale or the size of you jeans. You will learn the living and practical truth of what it takes to be healthy and whole (heart, soul, strength, and mind) while loving others as yourself."

This book is divided into eight main parts, which are titled as Embrace God's Purpose, Desire, and Design, Be Free, Live Out His Purpose for You, Rest in His Strength and Sufficiency, Renew Your Mind, Attend to Matters of the Heart, Be Transformed, and Press On. There are additional chapters, such as Note from the Author, Introduction, Acknowledgements Notes, and About the Author. Also, there are two bonus sections: Moving Forward Journal and Wellness Revelation Workout Calendar.

There's a high emphasis on scripture and healthy living, and it's a quality healthy living resource. The author writes in a conversational style and shares personal stories and research, as well as biblical stories and examples.

The Wellness Revelation is an informative and practical guidebook. This helpful resource is geared towards those interested in healthy living and spiritual guidance.



Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

August 12, 2017

Blog Hop: Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, What Are You Reading, Stacking the Shelves


Welcome to new visitors and returning readers! My blog, Reading with Beth, focuses on reading, particularly book reviews, blog hops, reading challenges, and giveaways! And I'm participating in the following weekly blog hops: Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading. Links to these sites are listed towards the end of this post.

Once again, NetGalley provided most of my books that I've reviewed this week with a focus on children's books. :)



Fiction Books:  
  • Dating You / Hating You, by Christina Lauren
  • Suddenly Engaged, by Julia London 
  • We're Going to Need More Wine, by Gabrielle Union


 

Children's Books:



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August 10, 2017

Book Review: Texas Monsters


Texas Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book is written by Anne Paradis and illustrated by Sanaa Legdani. This book is part of the City Monsters series, which "takes you on a sightseeing adventure. Find the hidden little monsters as you discover big-city landmarks."
 
As an interactive story, children will learn about the state of Texas, as they search and find adorable monsters throughout the colorful illustrations of various landmarks, such as the Alamo, Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Big Bend National Park,  

According to the back cover, "The Lone Star State is such a great place to live that even little monsters have taken up residence there.... Have fun spotting them all as you explore some of Texas' most iconic landmarks and sights!"

This easy-to-read board book is a charming children's travel book, which is geared towards younger readers, particularly ages three to eight.
 

Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Do Re Mi


Do Re Mi: All Illustrated Sing-Along to the Sound of Music is based on the song by Rodgers and Hammerstein and a part of the Broadway Baby series, which is illustrated by Miriam Bos.

Within thirty-six  pages, this board book introduces the classic song, Do Re Mi, from the musical, The Sound of Music, to little ones. According to the summary text, "It brings the classic song to life with illustrations of lyrics that are easy for kids to read and sing along to. Perfect for the family that loves musicals."

Do Re Mi is geared towards all children, particularly ages three to seven. 


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.   

Book Review: Little Detectives at Home


Little Detectives at Home features illustrations by Sonia Baretti. As a part of the Look and Find Book series, this children's book allows interactive fun while reading.

According to the summary at the back of the book: "Have fun playing detective and spot hidden objects in the vibrant and playful scenes. Specially conceived for young ones, this book sharpens observational skills and develops vocabulary."

As an enjoyable easy-to-read picture book, it's geared toward young children, particularly ages three to eight.


Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.