Drew Farthering Gentleman Detective

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering {a review} A perfect, cozy read for you and your teen Drew Farthering and his wife are back in this sixth wonderful mystery by Julianna Deering. As Drew begins to investigate the death of his host at Thorburn Hall in Scotland, he quickly realizes that the death is in fact a murder. Is it Nazis or just plain criminals? The mystery that Drew must untangle goes beyond a simple death. The more he investigates, the deeper the danger becomes so after stashing his intrepid wife, Madeline, in a local hotel, Drew gets down to the gentlemanly business forRead More →

Showing Your Teen She Is Adored

Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women – A Review for FlyBy Promotions Showing Your Teen She Is Adored First Impressions This book is roughly the size of a bible. It feels perfect in your hands. The artwork and cover design appeals to teen age girls, as well as adult women (at least me!) When you first open the pages, you are drawn into an introduction by the author which begins with love and ends with a simple statement: you are God’s adored daughter. I felt instantly drawn in by the author and knew this book would be perfect for any teenage girl, especially mine. TeensRead More →

True Identity

True Identity by John C. Majors {a review for Bethany House} True Identity is the kind of book you can safely give your teen. It is the kind of book that he will read and then come to you to talk about his ideas about love, marriage, and identity. Teenagers today are engulfed in a sea of messaging. They get it in school (unless you homeschool them). They get it in movies and books, the news and most especially from each other. These days I think (and hope) children and their parents are realizing that they need to find their heroes in different places. ChildrenRead More →

Fire Road

Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi { a review for Tyndale House Publishers } This is a fantastic book. Growing up in the 1970’s I remember seeing the picture of Kim Phuc as a child. The horror of that moment, however, was lost on me at the time. By the time I was old enough to understand Kim Phuc’s plight better, I had seen the photo so many times that it’s impact was not as great as it should have been. I knew many Vietnamese refugees growing up in school and in our community. I had read about the Vietnam War and understood the factsRead More →

Hinds' Feet on High Places

Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard {a review] Hinds’ Feet on High Places is a beautifully told allegory of the acceptance and recognition of God’s love in spite of the trials and hardships we undergo in life. It is a modern-day Pilgrim’s Progress based upon the Song of Songs. The story begins with Much Afraid who is stuck in the valley with her family, the Fearfuls, and betrothed to an evil cousin. Her fear overwhelms her ability to direct the course of her life and reach the High Places, until she spends enough time with the Shepherd. “The Lord God is my strength,Read More →

The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley {a review for Penguin Random House} Ada is a young girl who starts life in horrible circumstances with an abusive mother and caring for her little brother. She is lame, due to a club foot, but at the start of this second volume in the series, Ada gets that operation which will fix her foot and allow her to walk. The kindly woman, Susan, who has taken Ada and her brother in as part of the government plan to evacuate children from London during the bombing raids of World War II, has her work cut outRead More →

Where We Belong

Where We Belong by Lynn Austin { A Review } Where We Belong is a fantastic tale of two girls coming of age in and around the time of the U.S. Civil War and reconstruction. The Story Rebecca and her sister Flora, along with their widower father, take a trip to France to satisfy their love of travel and adventure. While there, they meet Mrs. Worthington who will change their lives. . . By 1890, the now young ladies finally begin their own solo adventure in Egypt as they continue their quest to discover where they belong. As always, their thirst for adventure is temperedRead More →

Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz (a Review for Penguin Random House) This action-packed story for older teens starts with a James Bond-style theft on the coast of England and a seemly-unrelated mystery. Alex Rider, the hero of a series of books from Anthony Horowitz, is recovering from the death of his nanny-guardian and adjusting to his new life in the family of a journalist friend. After four weeks in California with his new family, the orphaned teen gets an email which simply says, “ALEXX I’M AL,” and the adventure to discover if his nanny is still alive begins. The story is an exciting one.Read More →