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A Joyful Christmas by Cynthia Hickey, Liz Johnson, Vickie McDonough, Liz Tolsma, Carrie Turansky, Erica Vetsch – Book Review

A Joyful Christmas by Cynthia Hickey, Liz Johnson, Vickie McDonough, Liz Tolsma, Carrie Turansky, Erica Vetsch – Book Review

by Phyllis Helton
September 8, 2020
Book Reviews

Today I’m featuring another Christmas story. Yes, it’s that time of year already! At least where books are concerned. All the stories take place in the United States. Two take place during the Civil War, and several take place in the Midwest after the war. While each one touches on […]

Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano – Book Review, Preview

Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano – Book Review, Preview

Norman was adorably naive and nerdy! He had a propensity to do math in his head – not only when necessary to calculate something but to calm himself. He didn’t understand social niceties and couldn’t ride a horse – he was indeed terrified of them. This poor man still believed […]

Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy – Book Review, Preview

Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy – Book Review, Preview

by Phyllis Helton
March 17, 2020
Book Reviews

I love the unusual characters and circumstances in Mary Connealy’s stories! The narrative and conversations are always laced with such humor! There are so many quotable passages it’s difficult to not pick them all! The Nordegren sisters’ unique upbringing and circumstances made them appear quite eccentric to outsiders. Their fear […]