CrossReaders Book Review: Grandma’s Treasure (English-Spanish edition) by Maritza Martinez Mejia

CrossReaders Book Review: Grandma’s Treasure (English-Spanish edition) by Maritza Martinez Mejia

Grandma's Treasure

Title: Grandma’s Treasure (English-Spanish edition)

Author: Maritza Martinez Mejia

Rating: 5

About the Book

An upset Grandma teaches their grandchildren a lesson for life, to value what they have as she reveals her most valuable treasures when she was a child.

Review

This beautiful book by Maritza holds priceless nuggets of wisdom on every page, with life-long lessons to draw from. With this book, we learn contentment and the need to appreciate life. Contentment and appreciation are two virtues that could get us very far in life and Maritza conveys this message perfectly in her book. Five Stars!

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This review was submitted by: Aridatha Yervant

For The Virtue Christian Book Awards

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CrossReaders Book Review: The Teacher’s Rescue (Historical Romance)  by Cynthia Hickey

CrossReaders Book Review: The Teacher’s Rescue (Historical Romance) by Cynthia Hickey

The Teachers Rescue

Title: The Teacher’s Rescue (Historical Romance)

Author: Cynthia Hickey

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

On March 18, 1925, a tornado roars through the southern portions of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, wiping town after town off the map as it ripped through forests and farmlands, over peaks and hollows, and across the mighty Mississippi River at speeds sometimes exceeding 70 mph. When the greatest tornado disaster in recorded history finally came to an end some 219 miles later, 695 people laid dead and more than a dozen towns and hundreds of farmsteads were left in splinters.

EMMA LARSON is a teacher in a small community outside of Annapolis, Missouri, and lives with her grandmother to help with expenses. She’s never wanted to be anything else but a teacher, despite the occasional unruly child. This year, the child who challenges her is the son of the town’s handsome doctor. While Emma’s heart goes out to the motherless boy, she insists the father take a firmer hand in disciplining his child.

After the death of his wife two years before, DOCTOR JESSE BAXTER wants only what is best for his son, whose behavior changed for the worst after his mother’s long illness, and death. He had high hopes that school would give his son something to focus on other than death. It seems not to be the case. His son is fascinated with anything to do with death, often stopping to examine dead animals on the side of the road. Jesse is at his wit’s end and asks the lovely schoolteacher for help.

Can these two help rebuild a town while letting down the walls around their hearts and find love?

Review

GIVE YOUR WORRIES TO GOD AND SEE WHAT WONDERS YOU EXPERIENCE

I love how Cynthia Hickey has taken historical disasters and intertwines them into a beautiful story, one with God’s love and a sweet romance in her Finding Love In Disaster series. The March 18, 1925 Tri-state tornado is rated as the number one worse EF-5 tornado in America’s history, killing 695 people and leveling entire towns. http://www.ustornadoes.com/2014/03/18/the-tri-state-tornado-of-1925/

Emma Larson had her life mapped out to be a teacher, someday get married and also have children. What she didn’t count on was her own parents dying in a car accident, leaving her all alone. When she is summoned to come to Oakton, Missouri to help care for her Grandmother Ruth, she leaves her lonely life in St. Louis and moves, becoming the new teacher for the remainder of the school year. Does Ruth have the beginnings of Dementia or is she a misunderstood free spirit. Doctor Jesse Baxter is at wit’s end with his six-year old son and his fascination with death since the passing of his wife and Tommy’s mother, Maureen two years earlier.

This story has the most delightful heartwarming characters and witty dialogue. It shares God’s love without being a preachy story. Can two people who develop strong feelings for one another find love after both have had heartache and pain. As the story unfolds and romance happens, it is a strong reminder, that as people, we need to hear the words “I love you.” It is not often a book makes me tear up, but this one did, with happy tears. Disclosure: I received a gifted Kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

The Gifts They Have by Staci Stallings

The Gifts They Have by Staci Stallings

My children have taught me so much. One of the things they continue to teach me is the brilliance of the Master’s Plan. I know it’s His Plan because this looks nothing like mine.

You see, my children came pre-set with personalities and gifts that I did not put there. Yes, I see flashes of things my husband and I liked, but overall, these kids are put together differently than either of us.

First of all, there’s my oldest who has a strong organizational streak. She love photography and graphic design. Putting slide shows together is like drinking water to her. In fact, she has now been commissioned to put one together for her school after she did such an excellent job on the one for her class last year. On the chores front, she likes to unload the dishwasher but not to load it. Don’t know why. It’s a God-thing, I guess. She seems like a timid little vulnerable flower, but she’s got a will of iron. However, she will be a good sport about just about anything–so long as no one was harmed in the event.

My second daughter takes music to a whole new level. I had assumed (because both my husband and I were musical) that oldest daughter would follow in that path. I was wrong! She took piano one year and suffered through it. Second daughter, however, was born with rhythm in her veins. She now plays drums very loudly but also quite well in our basement. She is teaching herself piano, and will take pieces she’s learned there and transfer it by memory to the bells and the marimba. It amazing to watch how quickly she picks up an instrument. Violin, guitar, piano, drums, bells, mirimba… It must be fun!

My son loves electricity. He loves to wire stuff up, change out light bulbs, and make things work. Snap Circuits are the best toy ever invented for this one. He can play with them for hours. His other love is stuff animals and making plays. So who knows, maybe his destiny lies in the theater or in lighting the theater… or maybe in drawing and creating children’s books as he is remarkably good at that as well.

I guess what I’m saying is that if you’re a parent or a teacher, help your child find THEIR calling. Don’t superimpose what you want them to do over them. Beyond the basics of math, writing, and reading, let God’s plan for them take over and guide them. You will be amazed at the gusto with which they pursue their passions–even at very young ages.

Copyright Staci Stallings, 2011

About the Author:

Staci StallingsNow a #1 Best Selling Christian and Inspirational Romance author, Staci Stallings, astay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors includinghttp://CrossReads.com, http://Graceandfaith4u.com, andhttp://StaciStallings.net.

CrossReaders Book Review: Beneath A Macon Moon by Laurean Brooks

CrossReaders Book Review: Beneath A Macon Moon by Laurean Brooks

Beneath a Macon MoonTitle: Beneath A Macon Moon

Author: Laurean Brooks

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

A long-kept secret revealed by Jaela Andrews’ mother sends her fleeing. But if Jaela expects to find peace and quiet in the old Victorian Home in Macon, she’s in for a big surprise.

Handsome handyman Eric Larsen, was hired to update the old Victorian home where Jaela is staying, and nothing will stop him. Not even complaints from the cute little spitfire who is house sitting for the Carlsons. He suggests that Jaela buy a good set of ear plugs if the noise from the machinery bothers her.

That isn’t all Eric and Jaela must deal with. A busybody elderly neighbor keeps her binoculars zoned in on the house. Was that an Indian war dance in the attic? Madge Wilcox does not buy Jaela’s explanation that the Carlsons are touring Europe and have allowed her to live in their home for the summer.

Madge saw a crime show where three hooligans moved in on homeowners, then took over their home. Weeks later, the homeowners’ bodies were found buried in the backyard.

Amid clamor, chaos, and confrontation with the charming but infuriating handyman, Jaela finds a lost letter from the man she’d believed to be her father. Through the letter and encounters with those who have found themselves in circumstances similar to hers, Jaela is able to finally let go of hurt and receive God’s healing for her emotional scars.

Jaela and Eric come from very different backgrounds. Jaela was born into an upper class, wealthy family while Eric has worked to help support his mother and younger siblings since he was fourteen. He’s smitten with Jaela but cannot provide her with the finer things she’s accustomed to. In Eric’s own words, “It’ like a match between a princess and a pauper.”

Love knows no boundaries. Though Jaela balks at first, declaring that she can “take care of herself,” she is touched by the handyman’s gentle, protective nature. No one has ever made her feel the way Eric does.

What secret does Jaela’s mother disclose? What does the hidden letter reveal about Jaela’s past and where does she find it? All these questions are answered between the pages of “Beneath A Macon Moon”.

Follow Jaela’s struggles as she finds forgiveness and discovers a special love that transcends boundaries.

Review

FORGIVENESS FOR ALL
What a fantastic story of love, betrayal, forgiveness and acceptance. Jaela Andrews finds her life busted open with lies and feels her world has been shattered. How could your parents, or who you thought were your parents keep those kind of secrets. The man you loved and adored is not your biological father. Eric Larsen has had to take on the roll of man of the house after his father decided he couldn’t take it anymore and walked out on his wife and three children. Words of a child spoken in anger leave bitterness into adulthood when they can never be unsaid. Is social standing more important that people and love. You can never unring a bell, and so it is a valuable lesson about watching what you say and do before you lose your loved ones. I loved all the clichés in the story. The characters are charming and heartwarming with lots of witty dialogue. From the nosy female crime sleuth neighbor, the lonely male neighbor with a sweet tooth and handyman brothers. The valuable lessons of forgiveness, not only asking for, giving to others and especially forgiving oneself. This story has many beautiful examples of God’s love, His precious Son’s gift, and forgiveness. It isn’t preachy, it is practical and a reminder to us all. The golden rule never goes out of style.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReaders Book Review: THE ROSE RING by Lucie Ulrich

CrossReaders Book Review: THE ROSE RING by Lucie Ulrich

The Rose Ring

Title: THE ROSE RING

Author: Lucie Ulrich

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

With a will that reads like a piece of fiction, the return of his long-lost brother, and the possibility of losing the family ranch, Micah Cooper calls on high school friend, Sky Baxter, to bail him out of a bad situation.

Though her brain tells her no, Sky’s heart says yes. She accepts Micah’s in-name-only proposal, knowing it’s unlikely anything permanent will come of it. She’s been in love with him since the ninth grade, and if he hasn’t figured it out by now, there’s little chance he ever will.

When an unexpected kiss ignites a spark, giving Micah hope for a possible future with Sky, a tragic accident threatens to take it all away. Torn between following his heart, doing the right thing, and forgiving the past, Micah is lost in a whirlwind of pain and emotions. Will he make it through the next two years, or will a long-kept family secret be the undoing of the Cooper family? (or… be the undoing of all of them?)

Review

I was so emotionally drawn into this story that I had tears and felt physical pain from the hurt feelings invoked reading this beautiful story. It has love, heartache, absolution, forgiveness and acceptance. Pain, loss and anger has caused so many of them to turn away from God and each other as a family. Each will have to seek God’s will and follow His guidance before healing can begin.

The story revolved around the Sky Baxter, a woman who had an alcoholic mother, never knew who her father was, and never really had a home life, she is on her own now. Carl Johnston, the owner of the diner where Sky works as a waitress. Carl is like a surrogate father to her. He lost his wife Peggy two years prior in an automobile accident. Micah Cooper runs the ranch that has been in the family for 86 years. He is the same age as Sky, and someone she has had a crush on since 9th grade. Noah Cooper is Micah’s estranged older brother, he left Montana for Atlanta when Micah was 11 years old. Sam Cooper is their late Grandfather, his Will set this entire story into motion. Annie is their late mother’s sister, she is the backbone that holds the ranch and family together. Morgan Richardson was the woman that Micah had dated for two years but turned down his proposal, she left but has returned.

I received a gifted copy of this book for an honest review. I read so many books, but it has been ages since I was so emotionally moved by a story as I have been by The Rose Ring.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts