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    It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (1-28-19)

    Happy (cold, cold, cold) Monday! It’s currently 17° with a wind chill of 8, and it’s only going to get worse over the next few days. However, I’m thankful that we’re not facing the extreme cold that my friends in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan have coming their way. Can’t it be spring yet?It’s been f.o.r.e.v.e.r. since I last participated in It’s Monday!, and it’s time to get back on the old blogging horse. I actually didn’t read very much last week, as I pulled out my Fringe DVDs a couple weeks ago, and I’m completely hooked. However, the show is so much grosser than I remembered … I don’t recommend watching…

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    Review: “How the Light Gets In” by Jolina Petersheim

    In How the Light Gets In, author Jolina Petersheim takes the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz and transplants it into a modern-day Mennonite community.From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry…

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    Crucible by James Rollins

    I came upon Rollins’ novels by accident and I am glad I did. I find his novels to be a good combination of cutting edge scientific research and intense suspense. This novel fits that description well. The cutting edge science is artificial intelligence. The suspense is nearly continuous as the world as we know it might be destroyed.Another aspect of Rollins’ novels I like is that it includes Christian overtones. The AI being created is named Eve. There is the theme of a created being being introduced to evil and mortality. There are secret religious societies and priests battling each other. There is the concept of witches and those wrongly…

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    First Book is a Free Clean Read plus January Best-Sellers Still on Sale

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    2019 ALA Youth Media Awards: the Redeemed Reader Team Reacts

    This morning, the American Library Association (ALA) announced its Youth Media Awards. The ALA also welcomed awards announcements for titles awarded by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and the Association of Jewish Libraries. It will include announcements from the American Indian Library Association on even years when those awards are traditionally awarded. The Redeemed Reader team all watched the awards announcements live this morning and had a hopping Slack channel chat going while we also frantically put books on hold at our respective libraries. We’re thrilled to report that all but one of our Newbery Buzz titles this year got some awards love, even though only one garnered Newbery attention.…

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    Abigail (2019) — Release Day

    Abigail (2019) by Jess Heileman is a well-done debut. This book comes in eBook form, and is roughly a couple hundred pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy six-year old, this book took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Kathy at Clean Wholesome Romance/ I Am a Reader. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Abigail 4.5 STARS. This book is a Clean Historical Romance. About the Book For Abigail Blakeslee, becoming a debutante and entering Society is happening far too quickly. But now, foregoing…

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    Memorable Monday #25

    Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files. This week, I am featuring: The Mark of the King by: Jocelyn Green Amazon The Mark of the King was the first book I read written by Jocelyn Green. I LOVED this book and knew immediately that I had found a new Christian Historical author to follow. As with all her books — I’ve since read several more — the research in The Mark of the King is stunning, and the way she creates…

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    Who I Am with You (2018): An I Read With Audra Blog Tour and Giveaway

    About the Book For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith. Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows. Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with…

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    First-Line Friday #73

    Between Two Shores by: Jocelyn Green About the Book Lachine, Island of Montreal, Quebec Late August 1759 Catherine Duval was used to waiting. I just started reading this book and I already love it! It is so engaging, and the writing is so stellar I feel like I am walking right next to Catherine as she goes about her adventure. I can already say that I highly recommend this book. Check back on release day, February 5th, for my review of this fantastic novel! NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! GRAB THE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING, OPEN TO CHAPTER ONE, AND POST THE FIRST SENTENCE (OR SECOND SENTENCE) IN THE…

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    His Encouragement #64

    Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays. Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and…