Cantrell, Julie. Perennials. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing. 2017.

Haunted by a fire that happened years ago, Lovey (Eva) leaves town, far away from her bitter sister, Bitsy (Elizabeth). Living her own life while dealing with guilt, disappointment, anger and loss over the shed fire, Lovey is called back home to help plan her parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Chancing a visit home though it may mean facing the pain from the event all those years ago, Lovey must make decisions which could change her life forever.

With an absolutely beautiful cover and a very appropriately named title, New York Times bestselling author, Julie Cantrell, centers her newest novel around perennials. Even with an inspiring and creative topic, unfortunately, I had trouble really connecting with this novel which surprised me.  Truly liking her previous books, I am not sure if it was the story or me personally that just couldn’t merge with the story this time. Struggling to finish with a few reservations along the way, I will definitely read this author again while hoping for a different reaction.

3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Perennials from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*


The Prayer Saturated Family

Sacks, Cheryl. The Prayer Saturated Family: How to Change the Atmosphere in Your Home through Prayer. Bloomington, MN: Chosen Publishing. 2016.


Author Cheryl Sacks shares the importance and power of prayer in family life. In her newest book, The Prayer Saturated Family, she demonstrates what happens when families pray together, how to take the necessary steps to action, and provides a daily prayer guide, all through personal stories, Biblical scriptures and lots of encouragement and examples. Family friendly with successful results!

Written in a friendly manner with proof of prayer affecting family climate change, this book is easy to use and well written. As a national speaker and best selling author, Cheryl Sacks supplies the tools to starting a family on a path to a strong faith-filled life. Wonderful as a church resource, a Sunday school project, a family ministry or personal use, this book would also be a great gift for a young family or grandparents to share with their grandchildren. Organized and effective, the kick-start is so helpful!

4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Prayer Saturated Family from Chosen Publishing for my honest review*

My Mother’s Quilts

Richards, Ramona. My Mother’s Quilts; Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith. Franklin, TN: Worthy Inspired Published. 2016.


“A quilt is love that serves a purpose”…written with this as the main theme of her newest devotional book, author Ramona Richards shares her personal stories, scripture verses, artful prayers, and beautiful renditions of her mother’s quilts. Full of heartfelt sentiments, precious memories, thoughtful legacies and aptly named quilts, each three to four page devotion is complete with a Bible verse, personal memory, starter prayer and lovely photography. With glossy pages, a satin bookmark, and a charming book cover, My Mother’s Quilts is perfect for quilters, mothers and special friends.

Beautiful!  Not a quilter myself but certainly able to appreciate wonderfully created artwork, the quilts and surrounding stories are exquisite. Though I enjoyed reading each devotional, of course I had a few favorites- the Dutch Doll quilt contains quilted dolls dressed in the author’s clothes from high school, the Storm at Sea quilt is designed of patterns of blue and purple, and the Turtle quilt is a tic-tac-toe pattern of turtles in various color schemes. Packaged in a quality book, I would be proud to share this book as a gift, although, I plan on keeping this copy for myself.

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of My Mother’s Quilts from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*