Who I Am With You

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Hatcher, Robin Lee. Who I Am With You: A Legacy Of Faith Novel. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing. 2018.

SUMMARY:
Dealing with the sudden and tragic death of her husband and daughter, Jessica Mason is not only grieving but awaiting the birth of her next child. Hiding from the media, Ridley Chesterfield takes refuge in Hope Springs, not intending to meet anyone while he is there. Through invitations, consequences, unexpected situations, a generational Bible, and an adorable dog named Kris, Ridley and Jessica connect in present day but Jessica also makes a connection with her past. Forgiveness, faith, and friendship soon help hearts heal…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Told alternately between two time periods, a connection grows deeper with the past while affecting the present and determining the future. Well written, as well as gracefully told, Who I Am With You tugs on the heartstrings while being enjoyable to read. Though not an enormous fan of contemporary fiction, the mixings with the past provided an interesting storyline with just the right sprinkling of surprises to keep me engaged to the end. Romance, forgiveness, healing, and strength all combine in the first book of the new A Legacy Of Faith series by author, Robin Lee Hatcher. Definitely a series I will continue reading.  (Side note: I absolutely love the title of this book!)

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Who I Am With You from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

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Everyday Watercolor

Rainey, Jenna. Everyday Watercolor: Learn To Paint Watercolor In 30 Days. New York, USA: Watson-Guptill Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
As a watercolor painting guide structured to teach technique, perspective, shape, form. volume, depth and light with successful results in 30 days, Everyday Watercolor helps both beginner painters as well as those more accomplished. With each lesson plan set-up in 2-3 steps of sketching, choosing a color palette and painting on paper, a finished picture is the result each day. With clear instructions, lots of guidance and encouragement/ permission to create your own style, artist and author Jenna Rainey shares her love, design, education and enjoyment in her new book meant for all.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
By no means an artist of drawing, painting, or patience, this book actually took me by surprise and enabled me to paint beautiful pictures (at least, in my own eyes). Meant to be done in 30 consecutive days, the instruction works just fine on any consistent schedule. Done in a sequential manner building upon previously learned skills from the prior lessons, even I was impressed by what I was able to produce. With Jenna’s encouraging style and reminder to have fun while attempting something new, I liked her acknowledgement of her artistic gift from God which she has chosen to use and share.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Everyday Watercolor from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

MANMADE

Salgardo, Chris. MANMADE: The Essential Skincare & Grooming Reference For Every Man. US: Pam Krauss Books. 2015.

SUMMARY:
manmadeIn today’s world, it is okay for modern men to care about grooming, skincare, and health. With tips, techniques, ideas and personal style demystified, Manmade takes the guess work out of appearance. Containing answers from modern, real men (actors, businessmen, artists and tradesmen), no matter the style and type of men, grooming care is of utmost importance. From basics (shampoo, soap and clean nails) to more detailed (eyebrows, moisturizers, haircuts), life hacks (oily skin, toothbrushes, travel tips) complete the picture. Looking well groomed promotes confidence to the world which allows the inner self to be the best too…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Definitely written with the more modern man in mind, there were some very good tips for men of all ages. Shaving, eating, skin essentials, all of which are important to the whole person. From professional to rugged, the necessary care and result is the same…clean, healthy and confident. Though not everyone will connect with the style of this book, taking the mystery and attitude out of men’s personal care will definitely help some take more pride and responsibility in their appearance through their grooming. Perfect as a gift in middle school, college, or career-oriented, Chris Salgardo, president of Kiehl’s skincare line, does a nice job of making grooming a common occurrence for men.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Manmade from Blogging For Books for my honest review*