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Minno Kids Streaming Service And Giveaway!

About Service

Minno Kids is a streaming platform with endless hours of faith-filled kids shows and devotionals. We create and curate shows kids love and parents feel great about. Each episode on our platform is rigorously reviewed to ensure our content is entertaining, educational and theologically accurate.

Top shows on our platform include VeggieTales, Bibleman, Owlegories, Minno 5 Minute Family Devotionals, and Minno Church at Home.

We currently have an entire playlist of Easter episodes from popular shows like VeggieTales. Plus, we’ve created a brand-new series called Hopeful Easter with episodes on Good Friday, Palm Sunday and Easter.

My Review

The Minno streaming service has a wide range of programming variety for ages 0-12.  The majority of the shows are cartoons; however, there are quite a few in the 11—12-year-old range that feature people instead.

The stories cover a wide range of subjects, from how to treat others to action and adventure. VeggieTales is, of course, featured in the schedule. In addition, there are also videos of music and worship services, as well as church services.

Check out this fantastic streaming service, as you’re bound to find something for your children or grandchildren. Be sure to enter the contest below for a chance to win two months of free streaming!!

Many thanks to Minno Kids and FrontGate Media for providing a temporary subscription for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. 

Great Offer and Giveaway Below

Minno Laugh & Grow Bible 

Age Range: 4-8+ years

Hardcover: 336 pages

Written by VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer, this family Bible is more than a children’s Bible storybook . . . it’s a deep, engaging, laugh-out-loud gospel experience.

The Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids will guide readers from Genesis to Revelation, retelling beloved Bible stories AND tackling tricky questions like “What is sin?” and “What is the Trinity?”

Each story is vividly illustrated, takes just five minutes to read, and includes a family connection to encourage family Bible study and help readers learn, talk, and pray together! PLUS, bonus content connects the dots of each Bible story, making the Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids a family devotional Bible that provides a big picture, applicational view of the Biblical narrative.

Information for Giveaway:

Get your kids the Minno Laugh and Grow Bible for Kids. Inside the Bible, you’ll find a coupon for 2 FREE months of Minno Kids, giving you instant access to hours of faith-filled shows.

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The Sweet Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Publisher’s Summary

On sale May 3rd

Dawn Dixon can hardly believe she’s on a groomless honeymoon on beautiful Cape Cod . . . with her mother. Sure, Marnie Dixon is good company, but Dawn was supposed to be here with Kevin, the love of her life (or so she thought).

Marnie Dixon needs some time away from the absolute realness of life as much as her jilted daughter does, and she’s not about to let her only child suffer alone–even if Marnie herself had been doing precisely that for the past month.

Given the circumstances, maybe it was inevitable that Marnie would do something as rash as buy a run-down ice-cream shop in the town’s tightly regulated historic district. After all, everything’s better with ice cream.

Her exasperated daughter knows that she’s the one who will have to clean up this mess. Even when her mother’s impulsive real estate purchase brings Kevin back into her life, Dawn doesn’t get her hopes up. Everyone knows that broken romances stay broken . . . don’t they?

Welcome to a summer of sweet surprises on Cape Cod–a place where dreams just might come true.

Dawn Dixon and her mother, Marnie Dixon, couldn’t be more disparate. Dawn is an obsessive goal-oriented planner, whereas Marnie is a go-with-the-flow, Que será, será type, and therein lays the dilemma. However, they both discover through tough situations that neither has a right or wrong style—just their own style.

The Sweet Life is primarily about Marnie and Dawn as they learn to navigate their new life and being with each other on a full-time basis. Because the components of faith are vital and integral to the plot, I applaud Fisher’s ability to integrate faith and religious beliefs gently and consistently into the novel without browbeating or badgering.

I was captivated by the people of Chatham and how they contributed to the larger picture. Some I adored, while others I found difficult to like. They were all, however, well-developed and kept the tale moving forward.

Of course, I can’t fail to mention their ice cream’s incredible evolution. I had no idea how much time and effort could go into making or breaking ice cream. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter, as well as the definitions at the beginning of the book, helped tremendously in the overall understanding and pleasure of the novel.

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s story of the halcyon city of Chatham, a seaside village on Cape Cod, makes you want to pack your bags and move there.

I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own, and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

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Bunster An Easter Story by Christine Hwang Panzer

 

 

 

Join Us for This Tour:  April 5 to April 15, 2022
 
Book Details:

 

Book Title: Bunster, An Easter Story by Christine Hwang Panzer
Category:  Children’s Fictions (ages 0-3), 16 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   April 5, 2022

 
Content Rating:  G -Suitable for everyone. 
 

Book Description:

Join Bunster as he finds friends in unlikely places as a celebration of Easter!

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Bunster Review

Bunster, an Easter Story is a sweet children’s board book written and illustrated by Christine Hwang Panzer about a bunny and his duckling buddies during Easter season, emphasizing the importance of friendship.

The narrative is ideal for young children because it is neither too long nor too short, and it will hold their attention. In addition, the illustrations are sweet and appealing, showing off this first-time author’s fondness for rabbits.

I feel the plot development is more about friendship than Easter. However, I enjoyed this because our family doesn’t put a lot of importance on Easter egg hunts, so it was a perfect fit for us.

The book is well-made and can easily endure the tiny one’s “grabby” fingers. No torn pages!! The colors are relaxing and mellow, and the drawings are sweet and whimsical.

For toddlers, the vocabulary may be too advanced. Nonetheless, it can serve as an introduction to more challenging words for them, as well as a fun way for older children to appreciate the story, too.

The story uses a cursive typeface, which may be difficult for new and young readers to understand. It mixes in with the book’s beauty, but it could be a big drawback.

The book is marketed to 0–3-year-olds, and they will be delighted and amused by the tale and illustrations. Bunster, An Easter Story would make a great present for the smaller children in your life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

 

Meet the Author:

 

Christine is an artist that dabbles in storytelling and enjoys working in
different mediums including marker, ink, watercolors and colored pencil.
She enjoys drawing fantasy creatures, anthropomorphic animals, and
kids. She lives with her husband, Ian and sweet black kitty, Kida in the
Bay Area, California and likes to take walks, go out driving, and play
video games and board games with her friends.

connect with the author: instagram ~ goodreads


Tour Schedule:
 
April 5 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
April 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
April 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
April 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
April 5 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
April 6 – Character Madness and Musing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 6 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight
April 6 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
April 6 – Triquetra Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 6 –
 Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
April 7 – Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
April 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
April 7 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
April 7 –
 Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
April 8 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 8 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
April 8 – Westveil Publising – book review / giveaway
April 11 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
April 11 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
April 11 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
April 12 – Reading is My Passion – book review
April 12 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 12 – Book Vue – book spotlight
April 13 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
April 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
April 14 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
April 14 – Lamon Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 14 – Ravenz Reviewz – book review / guest post / giveaway
April 15 – Captive Dreams Window – book review / giveaway
April 15 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
April 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
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In Search of a Prince by Toni Shiloh

Publisher’s Summary

It seems like a dream come true . . . until it forces her to question everything.

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops a bombshell–Brielle is really a princess in the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, the king, is failing.

Distraught by all the secrets her mother kept, Brielle is further left spinning when the Ọlọrọ Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before her coronation, or the crown will pass to another. Brielle is uncertain if she even wants the throne, and with her world totally shaken, where will she find the courage to take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring?

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OK, before I start—can I just swoon (and maybe drool a little) over this cover and the dress, oh my, how beautiful!!

Brielle Adebayo is shocked and taken aback when her mother reveals to her that she is really a princess of the island kingdom of Ọlọrọ Ilé, off the coast of Africa. Not only that, but her grandfather is gravely ill, and she has to immediately assume the duties of her position, despite the fact that she has neither been to nor heard of the island before.

It’s simple to empathize with her and put oneself in her place. Realistically, anyone would be nonplussed and unnerved if they were asked to do what Brielle was asked to do. Yet, Brielle leaps in with both feet, eager to take on the challenge, but only after spending time in prayer.

As Brielle’s best friend, accountability partner and prayer buddy, Iris is the ideal confidante and ally. It was deeply moving to observe their mutual kindness, love and mercy toward each other. I loved reading about their interactions, chiding and teasing.

Shiloh crafts an extraordinary novel with brilliant plot and character development, as well as a powerful topic of faith and the perfect blend of obscuration and intrigue. She has created an island that is chimerically too good to be true, and the plot fits the backdrop. Ọlọrọ Ilé is a beautifully transcendent, magical island with a lot to offer.

I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own, and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart

About the Book

Kentucky packhorse librarian Tansy Calhoun doesn’t mind the rough trails and long hours as she serves her Appalachian Mountain community during the Great Depression. Yet she longs to find love like the heroines in her books. When a charming writer comes to town, she thinks she might have found it–or is the perfect man actually closer than she thinks?

Perdita Sweet has called these mountains home for so long she’s nearly as rocky as the soil around her small cabin. Long ago she thought she could love, but when the object of her affection up and married someone else, she stopped giving too much of herself away to others.
               
As is so often the case, it’s easier to see what’s best for others than to see what’s best for oneself, and Perdita knows who Tansy should choose. But why would anyone listen to the romantic advice of an old spinster?

Saddle up for a heartfelt story of love–love of family, love of place, and the love of a lifetime–from bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart.

I have always been ensorcelled and captivated by stories about packhorse librarians, and Ann Gabhart’s book, Along a Storied Trail, is no exception.

Tansy Calhoun, a packhorse librarian during the Great Depression, not only tenderly cares for the books she carries, but also for the people to whom she distributes.

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Several people make up the story’s cast of characters. One of my favorite characters is “Aunt” Perdita. Her aunt title is honorary, as she appears to be the honorary aunt to everyone, despite the fact that she’s seemingly not a true aunt to anyone.

I was thrilled to read and learn about the Federal Writers’ Project and the Civilian Conservation Corps, which were both New Deal projects during the Great Depression. Look into the programs and the packhorse librarians if you have the opportunity. It’s an intriguing period in American history.

Public Domain

Gabhart’s books are consistently enjoyable to read. I appreciate her research and commixture of faith with scriptural truths. She has a rare talent of being able to write across multiple genres, and each book is unique and gratifying to read.

Along a Storied Trail is a wonderful story of faith, community and friendship.

I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I am voluntarily leaving this review.
       

Invisible (A Mendocino Village Novel Book 1) by Ginny L. Yttrup

This extraordinary book is currently free on Amazon. (I don’t know for how long, so be sure to check before buying.) Be sure to put the entire title in or you will not find the book.

About the Book

When an overweight woman who’s hidden from romance discovers a handsome doctor is in love with her, will she finally risk her heart?

Ellyn–chef, café owner, and lover of butter–is hiding something behind her extra weight. While she sees the good in others, she has only condemnation for herself. So when a handsome widower claims he’s attracted to Ellyn, she’s certain there’s something wrong with him.

Sabina–tall, slender, and exotic–left her husband, young adult daughters, and a thriving counseling practice to spend a year in Northern California where she says she’s come to heal. But it seems to Ellyn that Sabina’s doing more hiding than healing. Why?

Twila has come out of hiding and is working to gain back the pounds she lost when her only goal was to disappear. When her eating disorder is triggered again, she’s tempted to go back into hiding.

As these women’s lives intertwine, will they dare to come out of hiding?

Ginny L. Yttrup is an award-winning author whose novels explore the issues everyday women face.

My Review

Invisible, by Ginny L. Yttrup,  is set in Mendocino, California and written in the four voices of the main characters.  Each person is hurting and hiding from life.

Ellyn, the chef and owner of a restaurant named Ellyn’s, is a lover of butter and slightly overweight.  She fights the battle of the bulge constantly but to no avail. Ellyn’s inner voice, whom she has named Earl, is persistently belittling her and causes her to second guess everything.  When one of the town’s doctors shows an interest in her, she is sure that something must be wrong with him.  She regularly struggles with her relationship with God and where she stands with Him.

Sabina, an exotically beautiful African-American, is on sabbatical from her job as counselor and from her family.   She came to Mendocino to heal.  Life hurts too much to face, recover and heal from, so she let depression take hold and is hiding instead.

Miles, a doctor, is recovering from the death of Sarah, his wife of twenty eight years, who lost her battle with cancer two years earlier. He’s always enjoyed Ellyn’s company when at her restaurant or treating her as a patient.  Sarah had noticed his interest and suggested that after she died, he should pursue a friendship with Ellyn.

Twila is the fourth voice.  She is a young woman recovering from anorexia and helping her Mom manage a health food store.  Twila has two tattoos, one very obvious on her face, and another not so obvious on her wrist. The tattoo on her face is a branch of thorns, chosen as a sign of solidarity with people who suffer. The one on her wrist says “Imago Dei” the image of God.  She chose both tattoos to remind her that others suffer and are also made in God’s image.

As they embark on journeys of friendship, each person’s life becomes interwoven with the other, in unexpected and helpful ways.

I really enjoyed reading Invisible. It was well-written, both accurate and true to life in its portrayal of the characters. The inspirational aspect is handled beautifully with prayer and Godly council throughout. I could easily empathize with the main characters, and in fact, have faced some of the challenges and problems they faced. Invisible is a book to savor and will linger in your mind long after you finish reading it. I know it has in mine.

Born To Be Soldiers: Those Plucky Women of World War II by Kayleen Reusser

From the Back Cover:

Few believed they could do it.
During World War II, 350,000 American women joined the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Army Air Corps. Some served on the American home front, while others volunteered to go overseas.
While people disapproved – even family, the women persevered and outshone everyone’s expectations.
Kayleen Reusser, author of books on World War II, has compiled an assortment of stories from interviews with women who served as nurses, cryptologists, and even pilots during the war.
The stories are frank, personal and heartfelt. From helping to tow targets while being shot at with live ammunition to nursing wounded men in France, these women responded wholeheartedly during their country’s time of need and helped to win the war.

As a biographical account of thirteen women who volunteered to work in different fields allowed for females in WWII, Born to be Soldiers: Those Plucky Women of World War II, by Kayleen Reusser, offers a unique and personal perspective from each of the women interviewed for the book.

The book is a condensed version of the individual histories of these courageous, patriotic and valiant young ladies who fought and defied the odds, as well as family and public opinion, to serve in the Women’s Air Service Pilots (WASP), Women’s Army Corps (WAC), Army Nurse Corps, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), and Semper Paratus, Always Ready (the Coast Guard’s motto and translation in Latin).

Photographs at the end of each woman’s account of her service add realism and awe to the book and help instill newfound gratefulness for all the young patriotic women did and accomplished.

WASP Trainees with Instructor Pilot

Embarked on a road less traveled though no less important to the war effort, these intrepid women smashed barriers and paved the way for future women to fulfill their hopes, dreams and aspirations to defend their country, too. Blazing the way and paving the road with their blood, sweat, tears and determination were “Those Plucky Women of World War II.”

I received this book from the author. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Friday Flashback: Bedtime, Little Bear by John Lancer

This adorable book is currently free on Amazon!

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Publisher’s Summary

Little Bear doesn’t want to go to bed. He wants to keep playing. When Mother Bear and the forest animals call to him, he pretends he can’t hear. But the sun is sinking and soon it will be dark. Will Little Bear find his way home before nighttime comes? Find out in this magical, moonlit, bedtime story.

Bedtime, Little Bear is an endearing story about loveable Little Bear, who, like all children, does not want to go to bed!

Little Bear is having so much fun playing!  Several times he thinks he hears his mother calling him. But he convinces himself that he doesn’t really hear her, even though his little friends tell him they also heard her.

The story’s pictures of Little Bear and all the woodland creatures, plus the changing of time from twilight and dusk to nightfall, are charming, delightful and enchanting. I so enjoyed the fanciful, creative and whimsical illustrations; they make you want to join Little Bear in his playtime, and then give him a huge goodnight hug, too!

Bedtime, Little Bear perhaps could have been better if Little Bear received some type of consequence for his misbehavior. However, I feel it might detract from the story. There is no age recommendation that I could find, but I am guessing it is perfect for the 1 to 5 age frames. At this age, children are more involved in the story’s plot than concerned with the lack of discipline. Some precocious children may question why nothing happened; in which case, this story turns into a good learning experience.

To Disguise the Truth (The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency #3) by Jen Turano 

Publisher’s Summary

When a man arrives at the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, anxious to hire them to find a missing heiress, Eunice Holbrooke realizes her past has finally caught up with her . . . and that she may no longer be able to hide under the disguise that has kept her safe for so long.

Arthur Livingston’s goal in life is to make his mark on the world as a mining industrialist, but after the man who could help him achieve his goal is murdered, Arthur feels compelled to seek justice for the family—but he’s left with more questions than answers after the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency refuses to take on his case.

Desperate to conceal her real identity and avoid the irritatingly handsome Arthur, Eunice takes on a different case that requires her to go deep undercover and entangles her in one troublesome situation after another. When other secrets come to light, Eunice has no choice but to confront her past, hopeful that it will set her free but knowing it could very well place her life—and the lives of those she loves—in jeopardy. 

Jen Turano has outdone herself again! Another of her books has captured my heart.

Turano has penned yet one more delightfully charming mystery and suspense novel that will keep you on tenterhooks through the majority of the plot. The novel captures your attention from the very first sentence and does not let go until the very last page.

To Disguise the Truth is book three of “The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency” series. (However, you could read it as a standalone.) You would, however, miss out on the genius that is Jen Turano, which, in my opinion, would be a tragedy.

The female prime mover in this iteration, Eunice Holbrooke, is droll, sharp and extremely entertaining. 

Her nemesis, Arthur Livingston, is the perfect foil for her. They are both knowledgeable enough to keep each other on their toes. In addition, their pointed and quick-witted comebacks made for a delightful read.

I enjoyed getting to know Eunice’s back-story as she’s always been an enigmatic, inexplicably mysterious person with a lot to discover. Turano clarified Eunice’s history in an adroit way, thus satisfactorily answering all my questions.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from NetGalley and Bethany House.  All opinions are my own and I am voluntarily leaving this review.