Thursday, January 29, 2015

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

If you're looking for a sweet romance to snuggle up with this winter then you'll love Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. This book has several layers to it and the characters are believable and will win you over one by one. From the bookstore owner who has been labeled the next town spinster, to the group of old ladies who want to find romance for her, to the new man in town trying to escape his past, you'll love them all. At almost four-hundred pages you'll have plenty to enjoy and it'll take you a while to get through it.
 Here's a video about the Paper Hearts

From the back cover:
Abigail Pressman never would have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could challenge her doubts about romance. A business owner in a quaint tourist town, she dreams of expanding. But lately, she's more focused on resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park's tradition of stamping the mail with the city's romantic postmark.
When Abigail is unwittingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the hearts, a distraction that couldn't come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail's new landlord, and he's threatening to end her lease.
As she fights a growing attraction to this man intent on crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts arrives, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail's doubts, or could it rescue her dreams...and her heart?

This book was provided for review by Tyndale.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Loved Back to Life by Sheila Walsh

In Sheila Walsh's latest book, Loved Back to Life, we read about Sheila's battle with depression that landed her in a psychiatric hospital in the early 90s. She shares her heart in this book and isn't ashamed to do so. It is a beautiful story of truth, God's love, and what mental illness really is. 
I was a fan of Sheila's music in the 80s and enjoyed watching her on the 700 Club. I was as shocked as anyone when she left. Not much was understood in those days about depression and mental illness. 
This book can help those who struggle with the same thing and those who love people who do.
It was a book that made me smile to see how far she's come and cry to see how much she was hurting during those early days.

This book was provided for review by BookLook.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Paleo Chef by Pete Evans

That was my thought when I cracked open this cookbook. It's a carnivore's delight. Full of healthy recipes to appease any appetite. The Paleo Diet is a very healthy way to live and this book is packed full of incredible foods to keep you on the path you've chosen.
It's a lifestyle change and a way to a healthy body and slimmer figure. The first several pages explain Paleo and then the next several talk about some of the common ingredients that are used in the plan. 
Then come the recipes.
Tell me your mouth isn't watering by just looking at these Vietnamese chicken wings
Of course, you'll also find breakfast foods, vegetables (sweet potato fries with rosemary and sage, yes please), fish and seafood, this jerk chicken and papaya-mango salsa
Or this Quick Chicken Curry

Then there are chapters on meat, dessert, and drinks (including a chai smoothie!)

If you are looking to make a change and get away from processed foods then check this out. Real food with real ingredients that will make you feel real good. 

This book was provided for review by Blogging For Books.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

I love a book written in first person. Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell is the kind of book that I imagine other books aspire to be. The main character was ignorant in all things that society expected of her and I found her to be delightful as she bumbled her way through events. This book warmed my heart, made me giggle, and reminded me why I adore this author. 

From the back cover:
It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.
Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assstant so that Carlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.
Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that  the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors that she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?

This book was provided for review by Bethany House. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Romancing Your Better Half by Rick Johnson

Romancing Your Better Half by Rick Johnson is a marriage that both men and women can benefit from. Rick covers topics in-depth and doesn't shy away from anything. As a woman reader I appreciated the advice that he shares on how to gain intimacy with your wife. The stories are easy to relate to and the advice is sound. I really enjoyed the chapters on communicating and romance and intimacy.
If you're looking for a marriage book that will bring a spark back into your relationship then I urge you to pick this one by Revell Publishing.

This book was provided for review by Revell.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Supermarket Healthy by Melissa D'Arabian

 Supermarket Healthy by Melissa D'Arabian (winner of The Next Food Network Star a few seasons ago) starts out with Melissa writing, "Whenever I walk into a high-end health food store, I drool. I would love to buy all of my food from those beautifully curated aisles where the oranges are assembled in perfectly aligned pyramids, the lettuces glisten with dewy drops of water, and the endcaps boast cold-pressed juices bursting with vitamins and goodness."
This girl is speaking my language. I would much rather drop good money on good food than on good clothes.
No comments please.
Healthy eating is something that I'm truly passionate about and this cookbook is full of healthy recipes. Check out some of these pictures:

 These are foods that I would feel happy feeding my family. A lot of people don't think that they can afford to eat healthy, Melissa shares how to eat healthy and be on a limited budget. She sets up your pantry by recommending some staples that you should always have on hand. Then she takes you through breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and even has a section on pasta (note: I typically substitute spaghetti squash in most pasta recipes). 
If you want to get started eating healthy but don't know where to begin, I urge you to pick up this book. Consider it a primer.
This book was provided for review by Blogging For Books.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Clean Slate

Clean Slate - A Cookbook and Guide, from the editors of Martha Stewart Living.

I've never gotten into Martha Stewart but this book caught my attention from the moment I saw it and I'm so glad that I got it! It is full of information from start to finish. Our family is really interested in healthy and clean living and this book not only includes recipes, but tells you why you should live this way. 
There are menu plans and then recipes to follow. There are short detox programs and also longer ones.
This book is a treasure chest full of information. 

And for people who don't believe that healthy food is good food, I offer these pictures of recipes in the book:
Yes, yes you do want to eat this coconut breakfast pudding with sauteed nectarines. 
How do banana-apple buckwheat muffins sound? Or cardamom quinoa porridge with pear?

There's an entire chapter dedicated to juicing and smoothies. Right up our alley. 

And lots of recipes for vegetables, which as we all know is central to healthy living.
This is one for barley with brussels sprouts, spinach, and edamame. It looks amazing, does it not?

There's even a section on healthy desserts.

This is the time of the year when everyone is looking to kick-start a diet or new plan for health. This book can help you turn your life around from dorito-crusted casseroles and feeling lethargic to energizing food that will wow your taste buds and give you life.

This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books.