Monday, November 30, 2015


The Golden Braid (Thomas Nelson, November 2015)
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower…
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

Melanie Dickerson is the author of "The Healer’s Apprentice," a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

MY REVIEW OF THIS READ:  This is my first and will not be my last read from Melanie.   Who ever thought that you could re-tell a fairy tale?  Melanie has done it in the re-telling of Rapunzel.

Rapunzel has moved from village to village.  Anytime she thinks her mother is settling them down and she begins to make friends or a guy gets close enough to ask for her hand in marriage, her mother packs all of their belongings and moves them to a new village. 

This time they move to a city instead of a village.   The road is treacherous and they end up being rescued by Sir Gerek the knight.   His kindness makes an impression on Rapunzel, but her mother wants no part of him and puts off his kindness.

Will Rapunzel discover the secrets from long ago that her mother kept hidden from her?   Will Sir Gerek be the one true friend she can turn to in need and help her?   Come join Melanie on this re-telling of Rapunzel.

Saturday, November 21, 2015



Another Way Home (Abingdon Press, October 2015)
Sometimes God’s ways are not at all what we expect . . . and exactly what we need.
Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight.
Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She’s finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed.


Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.
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Have your plans ever gone awry, only for you to realize what happened was God’s plan—and much better than what you had planned for yourself? You’ll want to read Deborah Raney’s Another Way Home, the third Chicory Inn novel. Danae and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight. Danae is finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed.
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MY REVIEW OF THIS READ:  This is the third book in the Chicory Inn Series.   Come join Dallas and Danae Brooks as they tread the waters of infertility and face the question of adoption.   

Danae begins a journey of trying to find purpose in her life when she volunteers through her church at a shelter for battered women through her church.  The women that she comes to know through the shelter starts giving her purpose.

Will Dallas still be stubborn or will he bend to the idea of adoption?   What will happen to him and Danae?

My feelings about Danae .... yes, she seems a little distant and at times even short with her sisters who do not seem to have any problems conceiving.  How would you respond when everyone around you seems to have no problems having children?   How do you tread the waters of infertility, adoption and even foster parenting?

Join Danae and Dallas as they find their way in the book Another Way Home.

***This book deals with foster parenting, adoption and includes Domestic Violence too***