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About RobbyeFaye

An avid reader, homemaker and grandmother. I try to be as real, honest and thought provoking as possible. My blog is primarily devoted to book reviews, but at times it has stretched and grown, as it ebbs and flows with me. However, I still read a lot and review the books I read. Loving life and Jesus Christ.

No Journey Too Far by Carrie Turansky

My Review

Carrie Turansky sets us on a road of love, hope and faith in No Journey Too Far. The story gives a lot of historical background on the British Home Children. These poor children, in some cases for no reason, were removed from their families and then sent to Canada to be adopted.  Many of the children weren’t adopted but instead were treated as indentured servants. After they grew up, they kept the secret that they were British Home Children because of how society unjustly treated them.

Turansky’s skill at incorporating history with fictional characters is impressive, steeping us in the stories of WWI veterans and orphans. I cheered for each of the major characters as individual challenges arose, and I was greatly inspired by the way their trials, with God’s help through prayer, were settled.

A stirring and poignant tale of the McAllister family’s redoubtable odds and undying love, No Journey Too Far will leave you thinking long after reading the last page.

Although No Journey Too Far is a sequel, it works well as a stand-alone, also.

I received No Journey Too Far from Net Galley and Waterbrook Multnomah. However, my review is voluntary.

Link to a podcast with Carrie Turansky: Carrie Podcast

Publisher’s Summary

In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth?
 
After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon—his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.

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Friday Flashback: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Book One in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

My Review

If you enjoy stories with mystery and intrigue, twists and turns keeping you guessing at who is orchestrating the events, quick short reads (only 192 pages) and best of all-tied up with a Christmas bow-then Bleakly Manor is the perfect short story for you!

I don’t usually like mystery/suspense stories. However, Michelle Griep’s first book in her series, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, exudes just the right amount of inscrutability, that you will be reading quickly to get to the “who is doing it?” and then you’ll wish you’d savored it just a little longer.

Although there are some intense, mildly violent scenes, the story overall is one of trying to recover what each person feels they have lost. Some of the characters, like most people, are more at peace with themselves and God than others. Hence some are more pugnacious and crueler than others.

Don’t expect a happy time at Christmas in Bleakly Manor; it isn’t there in an overt or obvious way. Nonetheless, the ending (and the explanation of the traditions) provides the skinny Christmas bow.

I’m looking forward to the next edition in the series, and there is a sneak peek at the end of the book!

I received this book from Barbour Publishing. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Review

A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series–a page-turning Victorian-era holiday tale–by Michelle Griep, a reader and critic favorite.

Emily Lex Watercolor Package and Classes! GiveAway Included!

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I was recently offered the opportunity for a fantastic review. I have often admired and truth be told envied a little those who are very artistic. I have seen some gorgeous watercolors, so when I was offered this review, I jumped on it.

I received the following items:

  • A Flowers watercolor workbook
  • An Animals watercolor workbook
  • Truth for Today cards
  • Kids Truth for Today cards
  • A brass stand for the Truth for Today cards
  • PLUS, free registration for 3 online, go at your own pace watercolor classes, including one for kids!

You can’t imagine my joy at the chance to learn to watercolor! (I’ll post some of my before and after pictures soon.)

Each workbook begins with a note from Emily Lex. Then it transitions into information about watercolors and supplies.

As you get into each workbook, Lex provides pencil drawings with step-by-step instructions on the best way to color them. In addition, she supplies blank pages for you to draw the picture on your own and color it.

Emily Lex’s classes for adults and children are down-to-earth and easy to understand. She explains things well and makes the classes exciting.

If you have ever wondered if you could learn artistic ability, Emily Lex’s classes prove you can. I can’t wait to go further in my learning!!

I received Emily Lex’s Workbooks and Classes through FrontGate Media. All opinions are my own.

Don’t Forget the GiveAway

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Great GiveAway (Blog Coming Soon)

May Flowers Giveaway

Let’s celebrate the loveliness of springtime with happy floral favorites. 

One winner will receive:

  • Farmgirl Flowers Bouquet
  • Truth for Today Scripture Cards + Brass Card Holder
  • Olive & June Nail Polish (3 colors)
  • 1 Canoe 2 Zipper Pouch
  • Linen Tea Towel
  • Rifle Paper for Anthropologie Garden Party Monogram Mug
  • $100 Starbucks Gift Card

Good luck!

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