Before We Were Yours

Featured

Wingate, Lisa. Before We Were Yours. New York, USA: Ballantine Books. 2017.

SUMMARY:
In 1939, wrested from their familiar and enchanting home aboard the Arcadia, a shantyboat traveling the Mississippi River, Rill and her siblings soon find themselves at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. Under the direction of Georgia Tann, many children were snatched and brought to the orphanage where they awaited adoption from wealthy, prominent citizens. Meanwhile, in present day, Avery Stafford stumbles upon some information that haunts her until she solves the secrecy of the notion. Determined to uncover her own involvement with her family’s history, as the story unfolds with times and events converging, Avery’s disclosure may affect all those around her.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Fictionalizing the true story of Georgia Tann and her involvement with a plentitude of scandalous adoptions, New York Times Bestselling author, Lisa Wingate, writes a deeply moving story. Utterly heartbreaking yet beautifully redemptive, Before We Were Yours is so well written and so emotionally grabbing, it is hard to put down. Though the subject matter was difficult to read, I couldn’t stop and even found myself thinking of the novel throughout the day. With a note from the author at the end of the book surrounding the actual facts of this true account, this story was quite authentic. Liking to find the reason or intent behind the title of a book, this one was perfectly named and even had a relevant picture which spoke volumes upon finishing the book.

RATING:
5+ (out of 5) pennies

Advertisements

Maverick and Me

Featured

Schwarzenegger, Katherine (author). Harris, Phyllis (illustrator). Maverick and Me. Nashville, TN: Worthy Kids/ Ideals Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Found cold, hungry and scared, a little puppy needs a second chance. Taken to a pet store by a kind lady, Maverick hopes to find a loving family the next weekend at the Adoption event. With his crooked ears and marbled color, he waits as many potential adopters stop but choose others. Finally, a little girl in pigtails visits him and falls in love. Promising to take the best care of him, Maverick’s new family hosts a welcome party for him where everyone is encouraged to rescue/adopt a homeless pet when next looking for a new furry family member.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist and animal activist, Katherine Schwarzenegger shares her life with the real Maverick while advocating for pet rescue. Collaborating with successful illustrated and passionate supporter of pet adoption, Phyllis Harris, the new book Maverick and Me is beautifully written with charming, colorful pictures and a powerful message of forever friends and homes for rescued pets. An excellent resource for children, this book would be perfect shared through a library, school or in a personal collection. I plan on sharing my copy with my local Humane Society, with the hope they will incorporate it into their youth classes. A great stepping stone not only for adoption but also respect, treatment and safety of animals.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Maverick and Me from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

At Any Cost

Jones, Mike and Hayley. At Any Cost: Overcoming Every Obstacle To Bring Our Children Home. Brentwood, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
atanycostWith two children of their own already, Mike and Hayley Jones feel called by God to adopt children from Sierra Leone…not a few children but eight more great children! Putting all their trust in God to lead them, provide for them, financially secure them and bring them all home safely, At Any Cost details that emotional journey. Heartache, tenderness, frustration and extreme faith mingle together to bring their children home…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I found Mike and Hayley Jones to be wonderful story tellers as they shared their personal story of triumph, redemption and faith in this book. Though not by any means an easy process, the success with which this story unfolds and ultimately finishes, is encouraging, supportive and motivating. Written in an easy to follow style with lots of emotion, I flew through this book, cheering along the way for this family. I truly loved the new name given to each child as well as the profiles of the children included in the end. I hope to see a follow-up story someday of the magnificent things these children may accomplish for the Lord. Hugs to all!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of At Any Cost from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*