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The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

On 8/27 Rita Barriga wrote: The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig by Chris Chamberlain is both instructive and entertaining to read. I am not the cook in my house but I think I could try out making some of the recipes in this book. I have had teh pleasure of reading his others books and they always are so beautiful to look at ... The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig

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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 8/20 Rita Barriga wrote: Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon is another stunner of a novel in this series about Mckenna Reid and her everlasting connection to Doon. This book is a beautiful continuation of Mckenna's story and the idea that although we may choose to take a different step in life we are going to ... Forgive to live

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Storm Siren

Storm Siren

On 8/5 Rita Barriga wrote: Storm Siren by Mary Weber is amazing. I have never thought of myself as a reader of sci-fi novels but this one is so much more than just a science fiction story. I fell in love with the kingdom Faelen and all of its people which was why I was so saddened to know that they are suffering through a war ... She saved a kingdom

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Prelude for a Lord

Prelude for a Lord

On 7/23 Rita Barriga wrote: Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot is a beautiful period drama. I loved that the heroine Alethea Sutherton is going against the norm of the time and chooses to play the violin even if all believe it wrong for her to do so. It was a breathe of fresh air that she was of mature age and was fighting the ... Bath, England in 1810

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NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible

On 7/16 Rita Barriga wrote: NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible Grow Your Faith While Growing Your Garden By Contributor: Shelley Cramm can only be described as inspiring. As a gardener and the happiest green thumb I was so excited to have found this Bible and felt that it was created for the type of person that I am. It was a lovely ... NIV God's Word For Gardeners Bible

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NIV The Journey Bible

NIV The Journey Bible

On 7/9 Rita Barriga wrote: NIV The Journey Bible Revealing God and How You Fit into His Plan is just as it states, it helps you find the right path He has for you and everyone that reads this Bible. It gives great examples with lots of psalms and shares the words that will help all of in our time of need. I believe that the Bible ... Guidance

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MindWar

MindWar

On 7/2 Rita Barriga wrote: MindWar: A Novel by Andrew Klavan is a fascinating and creepy at the same time. The idea that our hero, Rick, is being monitored for his uncanny ability at gaming that will be used for our governments need is really scary. This story made me really think about how much of ourselves is visible by the ... A New Realm

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Veil of Secrets

Veil of Secrets

On 6/25 Rita Barriga wrote: Veil of Secrets by Shannon Ethridge is a good big or lose big kind of story. I have to admit this novel hit close to home and I weeped like a baby so many times, but they were not sad cries they were the I can relate cries, I have been in this kind of situation cry and that made the story that much more ... Veil of Secrets

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Seagrass Pier

Seagrass Pier

On 6/18 Rita Barriga wrote: Seagrass Pier (The Hope Beach Series) by Colleen Coble is a thriller. The best kind of novel to premier in this Summer season because warm days and cool night need stories that scare us to our core. Elin needed a transplant and fortunately she finds the perfect match it just comes with all the former ... Shared Memories

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Teen Study Bible, NIV

Teen Study Bible, NIV

On 6/11 Rita Barriga wrote: Teen Study Bible, NIV by Lawrence O. Richards and Sue W. Richards is suited for anyone really. I thought this Bible was exactly what the teen population needs in order to understand oneself and Him. Also, it sheds a lot of light onto so many areas that teens have so many questions about. The best part ... Teen Bible

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The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

On 6/4 Rita Barriga wrote: The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Bounty of the Moment By Nancy Vienneau was magical. The idea that if we share our bounty with others we are gifted pounds more in return. I know this is a collection of recipes, but the truth is that I devoured this book ... Deliciousness from Front to Back

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 5/28 Rita Barriga wrote: A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl and April Henry is a thriller. I could not put this book down because I just had to know what was going to happen to Mia and the rest of her family. To me, this story had so many fantastic turns that you could not help but become engrossed in the tale and whether or not ... Was it real?

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The Bridge Tender

The Bridge Tender

On 5/21 Rita Barriga wrote: The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen was emotionally evoking. I have never been the type of reader that will cry at reading stories, but this story was unbelievably relatable that I could feel her pain. I was taken on a journey of self discovery, forgiveness, and most importantly love and let's face ... Rebirth

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Sarah's Choice

Sarah's Choice

On 5/14 Rita Barriga wrote: Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue was a journey of love and guidance and the many decisions we have to embark on in our lives. We are our own heroes and though it may not seem like it we are completely in charge of all the steps that get us to where we need to be in life. Sarah may never ... Free to Love

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Merlin's Nightmare

Merlin's Nightmare

On 5/7 Rita Barriga wrote: Merlin's Nightmare by Robert Treskillard was magical and I am the last person to want to ever read historical books but I absolutely enjoyed this one. How can you not want to read about Merlin and Arthur's adventures and this one had lots of twists and turns that make for the best kind of book to get ... Magical

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The Heart's Pursuit

The Heart's Pursuit

On 4/30 Rita Barriga wrote: The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher is the ultimate historical novel dealing with love, forgiveness, and revenge. All three of which make for a fantastic read that fills the heart and mind with such beautiful imagery. Silver and Jade are both dealing with issues that have taken them both by surprise ... Silver and Jared

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Spirit Bridge

Spirit Bridge

On 4/22 Rita Barriga wrote: Spirit Bridge (A Well Spring Novel) by James L. Rubart is awesome. I was completely captivated from word one to the last and am sadden to see this series end. Sometimes there are stories that grab you and take you on the journey of a lifetime, creating relationships with the characters and with the ideas ... Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus

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Home Behind the Sun

Home Behind the Sun

On 4/16 Rita Barriga wrote: Home Behind the Sun by Timothy D. Willard and Jason Locy is the kind of book that can be used to guide and inspire us to see beyond the day-to-day issues. It seems that in life we can become completely absorbed in the way to survive living instead we should be looking at the beauty of the world as it ... Breathtaking

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A Lady's Honor

A Lady's Honor

On 4/9 Rita Barriga wrote: A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eaks is the journey of a girl not wanting to settle down with the man that her family wants her to and wants to find her own rightful spot. Elizabeth wants to do right by her family and follow their wishes, but she realizes their wishes are not her wishes and she sets out ... Journey

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/2 Rita Barriga wrote: Critical Condition by Richard Mabry, M.D. can only be summed up as awesome. I am not a fan of medical dramas, be them novels or television, and yet I can honestly say that I look forward to every single one of his novels to devour. This is the kind of novel that you just unplug from evrything and everyone ... Nail-bitter

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The Kissing Bridge

The Kissing Bridge

On 3/26 Rita Barriga wrote: The Kissing Bridge by Tricia Goyer is the kind of story that you shut off your television, cell phone, and computer to getaway from our day. It makes you break away from the day-to-day and pool in a chair and enjoy this story that is unfolding before your eyes. Amish living is so very interesting to ... Wonderful

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Below the Surface

Below the Surface

On 3/12 Rita Barriga wrote: Below the Surface By Tim Shoemaker is going to be my dirty little secret because I loved the story and cannot wait to enjoy the rest of the Code of Silence series. Yes this is a kids series and yes there is no denying that I absolutely loved every single aspect of this story line. I have suffered from ... Fears

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 3/4 Rita Barriga wrote: The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley is educational and stunning. With each and every novel of Higley I learn a story of a strong-willed woman taking onthe srtuggles of her time and her surroundings. It makes my issues seem ridiculous and I appreciate my problems for what they are and how I react ... Amazing

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Dancing with Fireflies

Dancing with Fireflies

On 2/26 Rita Barriga wrote: Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter is simply magic but then again I absolutely adore every single story written by Hunter. Her characters are relatable, funny, sweet, quirky, strong, opinionated, and all around awesome. To me, this is the story of second chances, forgiveness, and love, lots of love. ... Magic

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The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith

The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith

On 2/19 Rita Barriga wrote: The Berenstain Bears Keep The Faith by Mike Berenstain was the kind of book you could use to engage and teach children about religion. He showed that our faith is rooted in our love of God and that the pressures or fears we have can be subsided with the love of God. His guidance will get us through any ... Sweet

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Runaway Saint

Runaway Saint

On 2/5 Rita Barriga wrote: Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson is a poetic journey of a story, she uses her words like a painter uses paint creating a beautiful landscape. The lure of opening up to someone that his been out of your life for more than two decades is appealing for many reasons and one being reaquaintance. While reading ... True

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 Mark of Evil

Mark of Evil

On 1/29 Rita Barriga wrote: Mark of Evil by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall is one wild read. This is the kind of story that you just have to tell everyone that you are not to be bothered and you enjoy the ride. The idea that this is even a possibility is scary because all I can say is to pray. When everything we know and trust to ... Thrilling

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Butterfly Palace

Butterfly Palace

On 1/15 Rita Barriga wrote: Butterfly Palace by Colleen Coble is another fantastic read the kind that will stay with you for days following the last page. Lily starts over again in Austin, Texas and takes us with her to the time and place. I know I was with the powerful words and intriguing plot lines created in this story. So ... Amazing

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Smitten Book Club

Smitten Book Club

On 1/8 Rita Barriga wrote: Smitten Book Club by Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter was just what this hopeless romantic needed and enjoyed. It certainly feels like I cannot find love in this crazy world of digital media. It was refreshing to see that in this picturesque town the friends can find love, ... Delicious

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Luminary

Luminary

On 12/25 Rita Barriga wrote: Luminary (Anomaly) by Krista McGee is the continued saga of Thalli. Book 1 was a thrilling read that I knew I just had to grab a copy of the next adventures in Thalli's life and this book was even better than the first. You are grabbed from the first sentence and taken into a world that seems impossible ... Thrilling

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A Miracle of Hope

A Miracle of Hope

On 12/18 Rita Barriga wrote: A Miracle of Hope The Amish Wonders Series by Ruth Reid is the perfect novel to read when you need to have prood that love can be found where it is least expected. I always find amish stories to be the most uplifting tales on the market and this one was no different. The quiet way the amish live is so ... Love

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Running Lean

Running Lean

On 12/11 Rita Barriga wrote: Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples is a poignant novel that will be forever branded in my memory. I may not have the same mental, physical issues that Stacy is suffering through but I have had other types of difficulties that have affected my relationships. I was affected by this story on a level that ... Stunning

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The Sinners' Garden

The Sinners' Garden

On 12/4 Rita Barriga wrote: The Sinners' Garden is the right book for this time of year. The compassion described through out this novel is unbelievable and inspiring. A perfect novel for every body if for nothing more than an inspiring story to give us that little jolt we need to start our movements. This story is an example that ... Inspiring

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Carolina Gold

Carolina Gold

On 11/27 Rita Barriga wrote: Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love is the story of Charlotte and Nicholas. Charlotte has to start all over and Nicholas is the man that will help her begin anew. She is a determined woman looking to keep the life she knows and loves continuing. She needs her life, the life she cherished but unfortunately ... Magical

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The Painted Table

The Painted Table

On 11/20 Rita Barriga wrote: The Painted Table by Suzanne Field is poignant and heart warming. Having never dealt with any life altering illnesses I found this novel to be such an insight into the epidemic that is now hitting many people and their families. Saffee is a woman with many memories she would rather white wash but unfortunately ... Insightful

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Nightmare City

Nightmare City

On 11/13 Rita Barriga wrote: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan is intense. I am not a fan of mind blowing novels because I tend to get confused with all the drama but I actually loved this novel. I scare so easily while reading novels that I generally stay away from the twisty, creepy novel that if spent reading for long hours and ... Intense

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 11/6 Rita Barriga wrote: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay was such a fun read. I loved how the story unfolded through letters written over a few years. This is the most beautiful story of Samantha and Alex, Sam has a hard kind of life speckled with lots of troubles and Alex is of the privileged sort but they are made for ... Charming

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

On 10/16 Rita Barriga wrote: Peace on Earth by Mary Engelbreit was charming. I do have to admit that I am a huge fan of Mary Engelbreit and I can see nothing wrong with her work. Her illustrations are always so colorful and vibrant that they almost take on a life of their own. You need never worry that her retellings will lead you ... Charming

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Payback in Panama

Payback in Panama

On 10/9 Rita Barriga wrote: Payback in Panama by Noel Hynd is action packed. This is the story of Alex and the unbelievable paths that take her across the globe to take down those that are out to get her. The action in this story is so unbearable that you just cannot put this novel down and like many action filled stories the twists ... Thrilling

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To Know You

To Know You

On 10/1 Rita Barriga wrote: To Know You by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel was incredible. This is the story of Julia, a woman who has to deal with her past to help her future. She must find the children to gave up for adoption to save her terminally ill son. The whole idea of a mom giving up her children when she could not ... forgiveness

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Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea

On 9/25 Rita Barriga wrote: Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley is charming. This is the story of Miranda and Jeremy both who are working a case undercover and immediately have an attraction. Sparks fly. Love grows. Maybe thinks are not on the up and up but all will eveantually reveal itself in due time but can Miranda and Jeremy ... charming

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The Promise Box

The Promise Box

On 9/18 Rita Barriga wrote: The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer is magical. This is the story of Lydia and Gideon and how they come together with the help of Him. Lydia, who grew up amish, must now go back to help a loved one while also working. Her boss wants her to write a novel about the ins and outs of the amish life and there ... magical

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Fatal Tide

Fatal Tide

On 9/4 Rita Barriga wrote: Fatal Tide by Lis Wiehl is a journey of a tale. This is the story of twins, a detective, angels, and demons with a twist. This is the kind of story to enjoy on a dark night with only a dim light lit. The creepier the ambiance the better for the stories affect. I think this would have been a fabulous ... Dangerous

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The Merciful Scar

The Merciful Scar

On 8/28 Rita Barriga wrote: The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue is an amazing insight into the journey of one woman's self acceptance. Kirsten is, at the moment, dealing with a broken heart and a betrayal by her best friend. She does this by causing self inflicted pain which then lands her in a psych ward for the ... Healing

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Encouragement for Today

Encouragement for Today

On 8/21 Rita Barriga wrote: Encouragement for Today by Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, and Samantha Evilsizer is the most helpful devotional book for the everyday. I cannot think of another book like this that can help and encourage many individuals to endure the everyday aspects of life. I am so glad I had the chance to add this ... inspiring

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Dark Halo

Dark Halo

On 8/14 Rita Barriga wrote: Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore is one of the most beautifully written novels that I have read this summer. It was also one magical ride of a tale. Brielle is now on a journey solo without Jake. And worst of all she has to suffer the evils of Damien, a demon. Brielle has to make one of the most important ... Magical

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Snow on the Tulips

Snow on the Tulips

On 8/7 Rita Barriga wrote: Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma was not what I expected but then again she was a first for me, I have never read a novel by Tolsma. This was such a tough read for me because I, at times, was just not getting into the story. In all honesty I did not finish the story I kept thinking if I read just one ... Snow

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Anomaly

Anomaly

On 7/17 Rita Barriga wrote: Anomaly by Krista McGee is mind-mending. I personally never would have thought that a YA novel could grip me like this one did. I was traveling on a written journey and I took every step enthusiastically. The whole idea of having mere minutes to save the life of humankind is a journey worth reading about. ... Gripping

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A Bride for All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons

On 6/20 Rita Barriga wrote: A Bride for All Seasons The Mail Order Bride Collection by Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton was fantastic. I can honestly say that I am beginning to love short stories because they are rather quick reads and you get so much from so little. This collection was about ... Sweet

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The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree

On 5/29 Rita Barriga wrote: The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen is relatable. The idea of a woman dealing with marriage issues and still handling life is completely relatable. This story was just the perfect blend of real life and forgiveness. Ivy discovers that her husband has cheated and is now having to come to terms with his ... Discovered

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 5/22 Rita Barriga wrote: When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey is poetically breathtaking. This is the story of Amy and the wonderful townspeople who are in for a life altering experience, to say the least. This story weaves the struggles of belief and understanding like no other novel has done in quite a while. It was stunningly ... stunning

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 5/15 Rita Barriga wrote: herlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye by Len Bailey is transportive. Watson and Holmes are fantastically reinvented in this amazing novel. The idea of traveling and connecting biblical references with the situation these men must solve is thrilling. It grabs you from the first page and does not let go ... journey

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 5/8 Rita Barriga wrote: Simply Delicious Amish Cooking Recipes and stories from the Amish of Sarasota, Florida By Sherry Gore is a fantastic recipe book. First I read it then I made the mayonnaise chocolate cake recipe and it was a huge hit with my family. When I say I am not a baker, I mean I can count the number of times ... Delicious

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Afloat

Afloat

On 4/24 Rita Barriga wrote: Afloat by Erin Healy is like no novel I have ever read, she grips you from the first sentence and takes you for a ride. I am used to novels that you can already know where the story is going but still not be bored with the story. Fortunately this story had many twists and turns that I had no idea what ... Intriguing

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 4/10 Rita Barriga wrote: Stress Test by Richard Mabry is one thrill ride of a novel. I am not the type of person to read medical related novels or even watch all the doctor shows available for viewing. Fortunately something told me I had to grab a copy and am I glad I did. I cannot believe how many hours I thoroughly enjoyed ... Thrilling

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 3/13 Rita Barriga wrote: The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman is the perfect combination of cute and sweet, if that can be said of a novel. I fell hard for the story of Brooke and Owen right from the beginning. It is the story of a man and a woman struggling with life shattering issues and both are taking the steps to deal ... Sweet

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 3/5 Rita Barriga wrote: Truth Stained Lies (Moonlighters Series) is intriguing. The premise being that Cathy and her sisters solve the murder of their brother's ex-wife so that he does not serve a life sentence of the crime. Each of the sisters are doing their part to investigate what happened and why the criminal is after ... Intriguing

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The Survivor

The Survivor

On 2/20 Rita Barriga wrote: The Survivor by DiAnn Mills was intriguing and exciting. I was gripped from the first sentence to the last. I love this genre of novels, crime with love mingled in. Kariss is one tough cookie and can handle most anything that comes at her. Women that are strong are always a joy to read because I believe ... Intriguing

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Broken Wings

Broken Wings

On 2/11 Rita Barriga wrote: Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore is book two in the Angel Eyes trilogy and just like book one, Broken Wings gripped me from the first sentence. Brielle, aka Elle, has a lot to deal with. Jake, the boyfriend, and her dad do not get along with high tension from both. She and Jake are struggling with their ... Gripper

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Moon Over Edisto

Moon Over Edisto

On 1/22 Rita Barriga wrote: Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart is the story of Julia, filled with betrayal and forgiveness. Both of which make for a magical tale unweaving as you read each word and turn each page. This believable plot of a woman coming to grips with betrayal literally knocking at her door unexpectedly hit me like ... magical

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Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning

On 1/13 Rita Barriga wrote: Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley is a wonderful story about Molly Hatfield and her younger brother Donny. Molly is solely responsible for her Donny and he needs more care than the average younger brother. All Molly wants is that everybody treat Donny as if he is just like them, not something ... Cute

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Fire Prophet

Fire Prophet

On 12/12 Rita Barriga wrote: Fire Prophet by Jerel Law is adventurous. Sadly, I have never read a Law novel and am I glad I read this one. I know this novel was meant for young readers, but this can be read by anyone. The plot line of 1/4 angel beings on a journey is a must read, and the action alone is worth flipping through this ... Adventure

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Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong

On 11/20 Rita Barriga wrote: Right Where I belong by Krista Mcgee is transforming. I have never read a novel by Krista and I am so glad I did. She writes in a way that I could never explain properly but I will say she sure knows how to tug your heart strings. Just like in this tale you have to get out of your comfort zone to find ... Transforming

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Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate-Covered Baloney

Confessions of April Grace: Chocolate-Covered Baloney

On 11/14 Rita Barriga wrote: Confessions of April Grace: chocolate covered baloney is my kind of novel. I love reading and am proud of the fact that I have overcome my battle with it but some vocabulary stumps me. So, I tend to read young adult novels and this tale was perfect for me. I believed all aspects of poor April's crazy ... Hilarious

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Soul's Gate

Soul's Gate

On 11/6 Rita Barriga wrote: Soul's Gate by James Robart was amazing. Fantastic. Believable. I am the last person to ever want to read a fiction novel like this one, but I was captivated by the cover. And I was not let down and I am one happy reader because of this one story. James was a new writer to me and I am now going to make ... Amazing ride

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Lovelier Than Daylight

Lovelier Than Daylight

On 10/16 Rita Barriga wrote: Lovelier than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott is a must read. It is the story of Susanna and Joahnn, she a college student and he a reporter. They could not be more different and yet the perfect pairing of a couple. They both come to an arrangement that blossoms to a lot more. which for the both of them ... Lovelier

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Share the Bounty

Share the Bounty

On 10/10 Rita Barriga wrote: This was such a wonderful surprise of a cook book filled with amazing stories and lovely recipes. I spent more time reading than looking at the pictures of the meals that could be made, which was a first for me. I am not the cook in my household I leave to my daughter and she even loved the recipes provided ... Yummy

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

On 9/19 Rita Barriga wrote: His Love Endures Forever by Beth Wiseman is inspiring. In all honesty I thought this novel was just going to be about Danielle and her path to Levi and only that. When in fact it is about forgiveness, love, strength, trust, and His guidance. I truly believe that we can create and recreate our paths to ... Love

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The River

The River

On 9/4 Rita Barriga wrote: The River by Micheal Neale is transforming. I literally could not put this book down because I had to know how the story was going to continue. This story grabs you and takes you to a place you did not know you even existed. I was happy, I was sad, I even cried while reading this amazing story. This ... Transforming

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52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life

On 8/22 Rita Barriga wrote: 52 Little Lessons from It's a Wonderful Life by Bob Welch is exactly that a one-stop reference to the most memorable moments in the movie. They are perfectly fitting to today and I thought that was amazing. This book made me put in the movie and watch it for the 100th time and it was just that much more ... Life

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You Be Sweet

You Be Sweet

On 8/15 Rita Barriga wrote: I am not a baker nor a cook but this cookbook has me wishing I were. I think I may even try my hands at several of their recipes. You Be Sweet by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Lyles Wilson was more and better than I thought a recipe book could ever be. I was pleasantly surprised with the easy to read instructions, ... Delicious

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Song of the Brokenhearted

Song of the Brokenhearted

On 8/1 Rita Barriga wrote: Song of the Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma is a beautiful tale. It is the journey one woman has to take to make it through the curve balls that life finds a way of throwing themselves at us. Ava is living a very safe life and never thought anything could or probably would go ... Song

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A Path Toward Love

A Path Toward Love

On 7/25 Rita Barriga wrote: A Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James is such a beautiful story about a widowed woman and the man she grew up with, Andrew. These two individuals may not have started out or even had a relationship to speak of but times have changed and they need each other now. So begins the path to their love. Andrew ... Love

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The Scent of Rain

The Scent of Rain

On 7/18 Rita Barriga wrote: The Scent of Rain by Kristen Billerbeck is the perfect blend of two people unwittingly being helped by Him with their lives. He knows these two, Jesse and Daphne, need help in the direction of love and so he does just that. He helps them. I loved this take on the old tale of love between two people not ... Scent

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 7/11 Rita Barriga wrote: Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble was a magical tale of a woman coming into the woman she was meant to be. I really enjoyed this character and the troubles she overcame to get to where she needs to be. I related to many aspects of her life that it almost felt real. I will be keeping Coble in my mind when ... Inn

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Starring Me

Starring Me

On 6/20 Rita Barriga wrote: Starring Me by Krista Mcgee is adorable. How can you go wrong with a story about young love. I really enjoyed the whole story of a young woman trying to get her dreams of acting off the ground but it was intervened by God. Which was were she should have been looking to in the first place. I was grinning ... Love

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Through Rushing Water

Through Rushing Water

On 6/13 Rita Barriga wrote: Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond was a perfect telling of the struggles women faced in the 1800's; love, marriage, and their place in the world. Sophia is the kind of woman we all want to be but know it will take us a lot of work to get their in our lives. She faced her problems with grace ... Rushing

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 6/6 Rita Barriga wrote: Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate is amazing. This is the story of a family coming together through God and his guidance. All the while they are trying to enjoy the christmas holiday. In my opinion Kim weaves the christian faith in way that enlightens rather than annoys. The Sanders clan is a family to read ... Hope

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Simply Grilling

Simply Grilling

On 5/16 Rita Barriga wrote: Simply grilling by Jennifer chandler is amazing. I could not put this recipe book down after I opened the first page. The recipes are so easy to read and all the ingredients are staples in my kitchen. I am using this book all summer long and more because in California the weather is summery for a lot ... Grilling

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 3/12 Rita Barriga wrote: Eyes of Justice by Lis Wiehl and April Henry is another Triple Threat Club mystery. Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole are about to embark on the single greatest threat to their group. They are dealing with a killer like no other and each of them is pushed to the brink. Just as the ladies help in capturing ... Exciting

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Blue Moon Promise

Blue Moon Promise

On 3/6 Rita Barriga wrote: Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble was, to me, wonderful. It is the story of a woman alone with her younger siblings to raise. She needs a job for the necessities and unfortunately she also has some criminals after her. They believe she owes them a collection of property taken from them. Through God ... promises

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First Date

First Date

On 1/17 Rita Barriga wrote: FIrst Date by Krista McGee is about Addy and her quite existence. She is more focused on getting into her college of choice than being on a reality show in front of way too many eyes watching. Unfortunately there are other hands at play and she is selected as one of the contestants for a date with Jonathan. With ... First Date

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Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

On 12/14 Rita Barriga wrote: Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck is so beautifully written I cried at times and was angered at others but altogether it was a magnificent emotional roller coaster of a read. This is the tale of Jade, Max, and Asa. Jade and Max are married but what Jade doesn't know is that Max has an affair ... Love

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 12/5 Rita Barriga wrote: An Amish Wedding by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, & Kelly Long was a pure enjoyment to read. Then again I may be biased because each of these ladies are my favorite amish writers. I loved this collaborative piece in which they told the amazing love tales of a group of ladies from one county. Each of ... Love

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The Christmas Note

The Christmas Note

On 11/2 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: The Christmas Note (Hardcover) The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere is such a beautiful tale of one woman's self discovery and anothers forgiveness. As luck would have it these two women, Gretchen and Melissa, become neighbors and become reluctant friends. Both need each other more ... Christmas

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There You'll Find Me

There You'll Find Me

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The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder

On 9/14 Rita Barriga wrote: The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead was not my kind of novel. I tried reading it so many times I was so frustrated. I do not beleive it to be because of his writing, I just am not a sci-fi fan. I was expecting this to be a cross between action and thriller like. I was unable to get hooked into the ... Realms

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Bonhoeffer*

Bonhoeffer*

On 8/9 Rita Barriga wrote: Bonhoeffer by Metaxas is a remarkable read. I have never been so enthralled with a book of this type. Sadly I assumed it would be dry with dates and tons of facts to his numerous acts. I was happily mistaken. We are given his entire life story, nothing left out. The best aspect is how Metaxas threaded ... Bonhoeffer

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Stained Glass Hearts

Stained Glass Hearts

On 8/3 Rita Barriga wrote: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont is a poignant book for those who need a new outlook on life. This book is also perfect for those who need not dwell on the bad points of any situation but to embrace them and look for the good in them. A lot of the time we become obsessed with being overanylitcal ... Right perspective

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Sweet Sanctuary

Sweet Sanctuary

On 7/27 Rita Barriga wrote: Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma was magical. I was completely blown away by this book. I thought it was going to be all mushy with tons of over the top scenarios of a single mother. These two ladies created an entire cast of characters and a world so believable that I wish ... Wren

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Water's Edge

Water's Edge

On 7/13 Rita Barriga wrote: Water's Edge by Robert Whitlow was nothing like what I thought it was going to be. It was not my kind of novel, I just could not get into this story. It was a complete dud for me. The main character, named Tom, seemed boring with the story plot slow and go. I expected more action and excitement. I well ... Water's

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Cure for the Common Life

Cure for the Common Life

On 7/5 Rita Barriga wrote: Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot by Max Lucado is the perfect solution for someone in need of a push to their right direction. Or more so just at a loss of what to do or where to go in life that will make them happy in doing so. I believe Max to be the forerunner in this area, he can ... cure

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The Quotable Rogue

The Quotable Rogue

On 6/7 Rita Barriga wrote: The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words By Matt Lewis was a treat to read. I have been a huge fan of Sarah palin but never had one book to reference any of her thoughts. And this was perfect. My favorite has to be the one were her father says, "never back away, just reload", just ... Rogue

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A Reluctant Queen

A Reluctant Queen

On 5/31 Rita Barriga wrote: A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther by Joan Wolf was magical. Having been fictionally based on the story of Ahasuerus and Esther's relationship, I was plaesantly enthralled. I knew only bits and pieces but this telling makes their union sweet. Almost divingly purposeful. Esther was happily living ... Queen

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The Promise of an Angel

The Promise of an Angel

On 5/17 Rita Barriga wrote: The Promise of an Angel by Ruth Reid is simply stated... magical. I can honestly say I have never enjoyed an amish novel like I have this one. This is the story of Judith Fischer. She only wants to marry and start her own family. But when she thinks she just might be asked a family tragedy occurs. She ... The Promise

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Knitting Knee-Highs

Knitting Knee-Highs

On 5/3 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary (Paperback) Knitting Knee-highs by Barb Brown is filled with many wonderful patterns. I could not just pick one to start with, I want to create all of them. The photos of the patterned socks was also helpful in understanding ... knitting

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The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

On 4/20 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom (Paperback) The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness was insightful and frothful of fun facts. When I saw this book in the offerings I ... The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/19 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity (Hardcover) The Final Summit by Andy Andrews was, I thought, going to be an amazing novel. Sadly I was wrong, he disappointed me with this novel. I just could not get into this one. I have loved all of his ... The Final Summit

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 4/18 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: Heart of Ice (A Triple Threat Novel) (Hardcover) Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl with April Henry was okay. I have read most of their novels and I keep wishing they will get better but they do not. It takes more than half the book before they grab you. Or at least it is that way for me. ... Heart of Ice

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Lilly's Wedding Quilt

Lilly's Wedding Quilt

On 3/15 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: Lilly's Wedding Quilt (A Patch of Heaven Novel) (Paperback) Lilly's Wedding Quilt by Kelly Long was a beautifully written tale about finding your own perfect mate, life partner. While Jacob was heartbroken to lose whom he thought as his one true love, Lilly, on the other hand, has ... Lilly's Wedding Quilt

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What the Heart Sees

What the Heart Sees

On 2/27 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: What the Heart Sees: A Collection of Amish Romances (Paperback) What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller is about Ellie Chupp and Christopher Miller dealing with tragedies from five years ago. They were both affected enormously and both were changed for ever. They also both dealt with ... What the heart sees

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Love, Charleston

Love, Charleston

On 12/18 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: Love, Charleston (Paperback) Love, Charleston by Beth Hart will be my first bad read. I did not like the depth in to mundane things and the lack of back stories for the characters. Also I did not like that the two main characters were completely left out of the story for most of ... Love, Charleston

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/8 Rita Barriga wrote: The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews can easily be stated as the best. The best for being able to tell children that what they do can and will affect themselves and those around them. The best examples of how one decision can nurture another. The best illustrations to help narrate the story. ... The Boy Who Changed the World

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Fearless

Fearless

On 8/10 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear (Hardcover) MAX LUCADO'S FEARLESS- IMAGINE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT FEAR SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A HOW TO DEAL WITH LIFE BOOK. IF YOU WERE TO COME ACROSS A LIFE SITUATION IT WILL BE REFERNCED IN THIS BOOK AND YOU COULD FOLLOW THE TEXT AS A HOW TO MAKE ... Fearless

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Driftwood Lane

Driftwood Lane

On 6/30 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: Driftwood Lane: A Nantucket Love Story (Paperback) A NANTUCKET LOVE STORY-DRIFTWOOD LANE BY DENISE HUNTER CAN BE SIMPLY PUT MAGICAL. SHE STARTS YOU OUT RIGHT IN THE THICK OF MEREDITH'S LIFE, LUNCH RUSH. AS SHE IS GOING ALONG SHE RECEIVES THE CALL THAT WILL CHANGE HER LIFE FOREVER. ... Driftwood Lane

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Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

Hermie: Who Is In Charge Anyway?

On 6/17 Rita Barriga wrote: WHO IS IN CHARGE ANYWAY? BY MAX LUCADO IS FABULOUS. I LOVED THE FACT THAT HE ANIMATED HIS STORY FOR CHILDREN. I BELIEVE THIS MAKES IT MORE EASILY UNDERSTANDABLE THAN ADULTS EXPLAINING IT TO THEM. WE ALL KNOW CHILDREN RELATE TO DRAWINGS AND CAN IMAGINE LIFE THROUGH THESE CHARACTERS. WHAT IS EVEN BETTER ... Who is in charge anyway?

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A Summer Secret

A Summer Secret

On 6/2 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: A Summer Secret (The Mysteries of Middlefield Series) (Paperback) A SUMMER SECRET BY KATHLEEN FULLER WAS WONDERFUL. THE COVER PHOTO DOES GIVE AWAY SOME OF THE PLOT TO THE STORY. THERE IS A YOUNG AMISH GIRL LIVING BY AN ABANDONED BARN BUT WHAT IT DOES NOT SAY IS THAT SHE USES THE ... A Summer Secret

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

On 6/1 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ (Hardcover) JESUS MANIFESTO BY LEONARD SWEET AND FRANK VIOLA. ONE WORD... AMAZING. IF THEY IS EVER THE NEED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CHRIST THIS IS THE DEFINITIVE BOOK FOR IT. I HAVE NEVER BEEN STRAIGHFORWARDLY ... Jesus Manifesto

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Wonders Never Cease

Wonders Never Cease

On 5/7 Rita Barriga wrote: This review is from: Wonders Never Cease (Paperback) WONDERS NEVER CEASE BY TIM DOWNS IS AN INSPIRING STORY THAT RINGS TRUE. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN FOR FEAR OF LOSING MY MOMENTUM. I LAUGHED, I WAS ANGERED AND I WANTED TO CRY. I COULD NOT BELIEVE THE STEPS ONE WOMAN HAS TO TAKE TO GO ABOUT HER WAY ... wonders never cease

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Plain Paradise

Plain Paradise

On 4/12 Rita Barriga wrote: Pure Bliss, April 12, 2010 This review is from: Plain Paradise (A Daughters of the Promise Novel) (Paperback) A DAUGHTERS OF THE PROMISE NOVEL, PLAIN PARADISE BY BETH WISEMAN WEAVES SO MANY OF LIFES DIFFICULTIES. FAMILY DYNAMICS, LOYALTY, ILLNESS AND MOST ... pure bliss

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Read and Share: The Story of Easter

Read and Share: The Story of Easter

On 3/9 Rita Barriga wrote: READ AND SHARE THE STORY OF EASTER STORY RETOLD BY GWEN ELLIS, ILLUSTRATED BY STEVE SMALLMAN. IS BEAUTIFULLY TELLING THE STORY OF JESUS TO CHILDREN. YOU GET AN UNDERSTANDING THAT HE WAS BOTH LOVED AND HATED. THAT MANY DID NOT HAVE TRUST IN HIM AND NEEDED HIM GONE. THAT HE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH OF HIS ... The Story of Easter

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