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Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss

On 6/13 Joline Urban wrote: If you love a western romance from the 1880's, you need to read Four Weddings and a Kiss.  It's a collection of 4 novellas by some of Thomas Nelson's best selling authors. Although the characters in each story are not from the same town, the prologue begins with 4 traveling preachers sitting around ... Four Weddings and a Kiss by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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Dancing with Fireflies

Dancing with Fireflies

On 3/2 Joline Urban wrote: Denise Hunter "hit another one out of the ball park", with her latest novel Dancing with Fireflies. This is Book #2 in the Chapel Springs Romance Series.  Thomas Nelson was kind enough to send me a free copy to read in exchange for a honest review.  The series continues with the McKinley family ... Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

Joline's Rating:

5 Stars

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Princess Ever After

Princess Ever After

On 2/16 Joline Urban wrote: Doesn't every little girl dream of being a princess someday- to wear a tiara, have a closet full of ballroom gowns, live in a castle, and run a country?  Regina Beswick remembers her grandmother's fairy tale stories, but never imagined they were about a country named Hessenberg and she is the ... Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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Plain Peace

Plain Peace

On 11/18 Joline Urban wrote: Beth Wiseman continues on with her Daughters of the Promise Series in her new novel Plain Peace.  Set in Paradise, PA, Wiseman tells the story of Anna Byler, granddaughter of Issac Byler, the most strict bishop their Amish community has ever known. Feared by some and disliked by many, Issac ... Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman

Joline's Rating:

3 Stars

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Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea

On 10/16 Joline Urban wrote: Book 3 of The Brides of Last Chance Ranch Series tells the story of Miranda Hunt, a Pinkerton agent who has answered an ad for an heiress of Miss Eleanor Walker's ranch. Since Miss Walker has no children to inherit her ranch is looking for a strong woman who will put the ranch above ... Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

Joline's Rating:

5 Stars

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Rosemary Cottage

Rosemary Cottage

On 7/21 Joline Urban wrote: Colleen Coble has Book 2 of her Hope Beach Series available now for readers.  Rosemary Cottage takes place near the Outer Banks, NC and centers around Amy Lange a mid-wife who has come back to Hope Beach to investigate her brother's death.  Curtis Ireland is an officer with the Coast Guard ... Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble

Joline's Rating:

3 Stars

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The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree

On 6/13 Joline Urban wrote: Five years ago Ivy Marshall fled from Sunset Beach, NC as she broke off her engagement with Michael to marry Elliott.  Disappointing her family, she has lived an estranged life in the mountains on the other side of the state.  Yet, when she finds out her husband has cheated on her and ... The Wishing Tree by Mary Beth Whalen

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 5/17 Joline Urban wrote: Thomas Nelson publishers just sent me a free copy of Once Upon a Prince to review.  With a modern day setting off the coast of Georgia, readers are in for a royal treat.  Susanna Truitt has a plan for her life- get married to her boyfriend Adam of 12 years and work as a landscape ... Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 3/17 Joline Urban wrote: Sunday, March 17, 2013 The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman. With a modern day setting of Smithville, TX, the reader immediately feels like she is part of the small town. Owen has just bought an old mansion in Smithville. ... The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman

Joline's Rating:

5 Stars

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Threads of Grace

Threads of Grace

On 2/3 Joline Urban wrote: Sunday, February 3, 2013 Threads of Grace by Kelley Long Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of Threads of Grace by Kelley Long. This is the 3rd book in A Patch of Heaven Series. Young Amish girl Grace Beiler was married to Silas as a payment of debt owed by her parents. Trapped in an abusive marriage ... Threads of Grace by Kelley Long

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 1/6 Joline Urban wrote: Secretly Smitten is the second book in the Smitten, Vermont series written by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt & Denise Hunter.  Each author takes a turn telling the story of each of the 3 sisters and their mother. A set of dog tags is found in their grandmother's attic, belonging ... Secretly Smitten

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4 Stars

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Lovelier Than Daylight

Lovelier Than Daylight

On 11/4 Joline Urban wrote: Sunday, November 4, 2012 Lovelier Than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliot Book #3 of The Saddler's Legacy is published by Thomas Nelson. I am grateful for the free copy they sent me. This novel takes place in 1875 in Westerville, OH and centers around the Hanby family. Just as Susanna Hanby is primed ... Lovelier Than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Trouble With Cowboys

The Trouble With Cowboys

On 9/13 Joline Urban wrote: Thursday, September 13, 2012 The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter Book 3 of the Big Sky Romance series by Denise Hunter is finally available! Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of The Trouble with Cowboys to review. And Denise Hunter didn't disappoint! This novel continues with life in ... The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter

Joline's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Scent of Rain

The Scent of Rain

On 8/4 Joline Urban wrote: Saturday, August 4, 2012 The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck Daphne Sweeten is leaving Paris and moving to Dayton, OH to put her perfume creator skills to work. But first comes the wedding and that's impossible without a groom! Mark leaves her at the altar and leaves the keys to their ... The Scent of Rain by Kristin Billerbeck

Joline's Rating:

3 Stars

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Starring Me

Starring Me

On 6/25 Joline Urban wrote: Monday, June 25, 2012 Starring Me by Krista McGee Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of Starring Me to review. Kara has been chosen to audition for a teen version of Saturday Night Live in Florida. Chad has already been picked as the co-host, but his parents want his castmate to share his faith. ... Starring Me by Krista McGee

Joline's Rating:

5 Stars

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 5/28 Joline Urban wrote: Monday, May 28, 2012 Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of Kim Cash Tate's latest novel, Hope Springs. Taking place in Hope Springs, NC it meshes the lives of 3 main characters: Janelle ,a young widow, her cousin Stephanie, and Becca, a pastor's wife. They ... Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate

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3 Stars

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Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early

On 3/11 Joline Urban wrote: Sunday, March 11, 2012 Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley Thomas Nelson recently sent me a new novel by Margaret Brownley. Dawn Comes Early takes place on Last Chance Ranch in Arizona Territory in 1895. Kate Tenney is a dime novelist from Boston who has had her latest book banned and is looking ... Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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Blue Moon Promise

Blue Moon Promise

On 2/5 Joline Urban wrote: Sunday, February 5, 2012 Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble Book 1 of a new series that takes place "Under Texas stars"finds Nate Stanton a bachelor running the family ranch. Without his knowledge his meddling father sets up a proxy marriage with a young woman, Lucy from Indiana. So when he ... Blue Moon Promise

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5 Stars

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The Accidental Bride

The Accidental Bride

On 12/21 Joline Urban wrote: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter Denise Hunter didn't disappoint in her latest novel, The Accidental Bride. Second in the Big Sky Romance Series, the plot revolves around Shay, a single mom in Moose Creek, Montana. She agrees to play the bride in the Founder's Day reenactment ... The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

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5 Stars

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/6 Joline Urban wrote: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Smitten Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter have all come together to create the novel, Smitten. Smitten, VT is a dying town. The lumber mill has closed and with no hope of another industry taking its place, the townspeople are thinking to give ... Smitten

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5 Stars

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His Steadfast Love

His Steadfast Love

On 10/16 Joline Urban wrote: Sunday, October 16, 2011 His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons Set in Texas during the Civil War, Amanda Belle is determined to care for her younger sisters after her parents pass away. When Union soldiers occupy their home for awhile, she comes to care for Captain Kent Littlefield, a Pennsylvania ... His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Wonder of Your Love

The Wonder of Your Love

On 9/29 Joline Urban wrote: Thursday, September 29, 2011 The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman I received a free copy of Beth Wiseman's new novel, The Wonder of Your Love. It is book 2 in her Land of Canaan series, which takes place in Colorado. Katie Ann Stoltzfus finds her herself widowed at age 40 and raising a newborn. Eli ... The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

Joline's Rating:

3 Stars

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Cherished

Cherished

On 8/20 Joline Urban wrote: Saturday, August 20, 2011 Cherished by Kim Cash Tate I received a free copy of Cherished by Kim Cash Tate from Thomas Nelson. It was a Women of Faith novel that continues with characters from the setting of St. Louis, MO. This time the story centers on Kelli London, younger sister of Cedric and Lindell ... Cherished by Kim Cash Tate

Joline's Rating:

5 Stars

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Treasuring Emma

Treasuring Emma

On 7/17 Joline Urban wrote: Sunday, July 17, 2011 Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller I recently received a free copy of Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller from Thomas Nelson. The setting is in Middlefield, OH similar to her other novels that I've read. It tells the story of Adam who has been living in the English world in Michigan, ... Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller

Joline's Rating:

2 Stars

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Spring for Susannah

Spring for Susannah

On 5/30 Joline Urban wrote: Monday, May 30, 2011 Spring For Susannah by Catherine Richmond I received a free copy of this new book from Thomas Nelson. Set in the Dakota Territory after the Civil War, Susannah is to be a mail-order bride to her pastor's brother Jesse. Jesse is a strong Christian who tries to show Susannah how to ... Spring For Susannah by Catherine Richmond

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3 Stars

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Fairer than Morning

Fairer than Morning

On 4/22 Joline Urban wrote: Friday, April 22, 2011 Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott Thomas Nelson sent me a free copy of Fairer Than Morning to review. This is the first novel in The Saddler's Legacy series, based on the true story of the Hanby family who were citizens of Westerville, OH. Will Hanby is a saddle-maker's apprentice ... Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Lightkeeper's Ball

The Lightkeeper's Ball

On 4/7 Joline Urban wrote: Thursday, April 7, 2011 The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble Thomas Nelson sent me The Lightkeeper's Ball to review this week. This is Book 3 in the Mercy Falls series, yet this can also be a stand-alone book. I had only read Book 1 before this, and while they do bring in the characters from the ... The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble

Joline's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Cowboy's Touch

A Cowboy's Touch

On 3/13 Joline Urban wrote: Sunday, March 13, 2011 A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter Denise Hunter's latest novel, A Cowboy's Touch has just been published by Thomas Nelson. The setting is Montana at a ranch owned by widowed cowboy, Wade Ryan. There are secrets he is keeping and investigative reporter Abigail Jones is determined ... A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter

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5 Stars

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Seek Me with All Your Heart

Seek Me with All Your Heart

On 2/26 Joline Urban wrote: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Seek Me with all your Heart by Beth Wiseman I received a copy of Seek Me with all your Heart by Beth Wiseman this week from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Using some of the same characters from her Daughters of the Promise series, she tells the story of a new Amish community that ... Seek Me With All Your Heart by Beth Wiseman

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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Save the Date

Save the Date

On 1/15 Joline Urban wrote: Saturday, January 15, 2011 Save The Date by Jenny B. Jones Save the Date is the latest book I received from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The plot revolves around Alex, a former NFL player who is running for Congress in South Carolina. He has wealth, charm, and popularity, but the voters are looking for ... Save The Date by Jenny B. Jones

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5 Stars

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 12/13 Joline Urban wrote: Monday, December 13, 2010 An Amish Love by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Long Thomas Nelson publishing company has just sent me a collection of 3 novellas to read, all in one book called An Amish Love, written by 3 familiar authors: Beth Wiseman, Kathllen Fuller & Kelly Long. Each story is around ... An Amish Love by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Long

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5 Stars

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A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance

On 12/1 Joline Urban wrote: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 A Time to Dance by Karen Kingsbury A Time to Dance is Book 1 in the Timeless Love Series by Karen Kingsbury. John and Abby Reynolds have been married for 21 years, but in the last couple of years, the fighting has started as they had lead separate lives and neither feels ... A Time to Dance by Karen Kingsbury

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5 Stars

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A Suitor for Jenny

A Suitor for Jenny

On 10/25 Joline Urban wrote: Monday, October 25, 2010 A Suitor For Jenny by Margaret Brownley A Suitor For Jenny takes place in Rocky Creek, TX in 1881. Jenny and her 2 younger sisters have just settled in Rocky Creek after reading an article in the newspaper that this was the best city to find eligible men to marry. Jenny is guardian ... A Suitor For Jenny by Margaret Brownley

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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Where Hearts Are Free

Where Hearts Are Free

On 9/22 Joline Urban wrote: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Where Hearts Are Free by Golden Keyes Parsons Where Hearts Are Free is the third book in the Darkness to Light Series. The setting is Philadelphia, PA in 1681. Bridget is from a well-to-do family, and when she informs her parents she is in love with their indentured servant,Phillipe, ... Where Hearts Are Free by Golden Keyes Parsons

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4 Stars

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Faithful

Faithful

On 9/7 Joline Urban wrote: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 Faithful by Kim Cash Tate This is a Women of Faith fiction book that centers around the lives of 3 friends who belong to the same church in modern day St. Louis. Cydney is 40, a college professor, still single and questioning God about why He hasn't given her the "desires ... Faithful by Kim Cash Tate

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5 Stars

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Sarah's Garden

Sarah's Garden

On 6/30 Joline Urban wrote: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long New author Kelly Long writes about Amish life in the Allegany Mountains of PA in the book Sarah's Garden. Sarah is a young Amish woman who has rarely been out in the English world. Then her family needs her to operate their produce stand in town, ... Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long

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5 Stars

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God's Promises for Boys

God's Promises for Boys

On 5/18 Joline Urban wrote: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 God's Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker illustrated by Richard Watson There is a new gift book available by Thomas Nelson. It is titled God's Promises for Boys, and written by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker. It has a collection of verses, taken from the International ... God's Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker illustrated by Richard Watson

Joline's Rating:

4 Stars

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Plain Paradise

Plain Paradise

On 4/9 Joline Urban wrote: Friday, April 9, 2010 Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman Beth Wiseman's fourth book in the Daughters of Promise Series has just come out. This novel takes place in Lancaster County, PA and includes the characters from her previous books. It tells the story of an English woman Josie, who at the age of 17, ... Plain Paradise by Beth Wiseman

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5 Stars

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Gigi's Big Break (DVD)

Gigi's Big Break (DVD)

On 3/10 Joline Urban wrote: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Gigi's Big Break by Sheila Walsh I had a chance to view Gigi's Big Break by Sheila Walsh tonight. This is 2 fully animated Gigi videos on DVD. This was my first time hearing any of the Gigi stories. Sheila does a great job making the story true to life. In the first story, ... Gigi's Big Break by Sheila Walsh

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4 Stars

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Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart

On 2/9 Joline Urban wrote: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw & Tom Douglas Illustrated by Abigail Marble Thomas Nelson publishers have a new children's book available. It is called Love Your Heart, written by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas. This is a perfect book for girls ages 4-10. It tells of a conversation ... Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw & Tom Douglas Illustrated by Abigail Marble

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5 Stars

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I Wish You Enough

I Wish You Enough

On 1/22 Joline Urban wrote: Friday, January 22, 2010 I Wish You Enough by Bob Perks Author Bob Perks has a new gift book available. It is called I Wish You Enough. This is a book that will challenge you to be content with the life God has given you and to live it to the fullest. He talks about eight special wishes that will have ... I Wish You Enough by Bob Perks

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5 Stars

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Healing Sands

Healing Sands

On 12/1 Joline Urban wrote: Tuesday, December 1, 2009 Healing Sands by Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn I just finished reading Healing Sands by Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn. This is in the Sullivan Crisp series. It tells of the struggle that photojournalist Ryan Coe is going through now that she is divorced and her 2 boys have ... Healing Sands by Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn

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4 Stars

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Read and Share: The Story of Christmas

Read and Share: The Story of Christmas

On 11/13 Joline Urban wrote: November 13, 2009 The Story of Christmas by Gwen Ellis, Illustrated by Steve Smallman The Story of Christmas is a children's book that tells the complete Christmas story for young children around the ages of 4-10. It begins with an angel coming to both Elizabeth and Mary, continues on to Jesus's birth, ... The Story of Christmas by Gwen Ellis, Illustrated by Steve Smallman

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4 Stars

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The Tallest of Smalls

The Tallest of Smalls

On 10/27 Joline Urban wrote: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 The Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado illustrated by Maria Monescillo The Tallest of Smalls is the latest children's book by Max Lucado. Written much like a Dr. Suess book in a rhyming/singsong way, Lucado reminds children that they are created by God and therefore neither small ... The Tallest of Smalls by Max Lucado illustrated by Maria Monescillo

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4 Stars

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Plain Promise

Plain Promise

On 9/29 Joline Urban wrote: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman I just finished reading Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman. Set in Paradise, PA this is an excellent story of a young Amish widow, Sadie who takes in a non-Amish boarder. Kade is a wealthy man who is trying to escape his life. He finds peace in the ... Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman

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5 Stars

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A Man of His Word

A Man of His Word

On 8/22 Joline Urban wrote: A Man of HIs Word by Kathleen Fuller I just finished reading A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those interested in the Amish way of life. The story is set in an Amish community in Northeast Ohio. Newlywed Moriah has been abandoned by her husband who ... A Man of HIs Word by Kathleen Fuller

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5 Stars

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 8/8 Joline Urban wrote: Can we ever really know what is in a man's mind? Author Paula Rinehart helps us better understand the men in our lives in her book What's He Really Thinking. In Part One, she provides ways we can understand men better by looking at 7 different personality types. She is scientific in how she descibes ... What's He Really Thinking

Joline's Rating:

5 Stars

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