Tag Archive | inspirational

*Mystic Montana Sky*by Debra Holland*5-Stars

Mystic Montana Sky

Mystic Montana Sky is a heartfelt historical fiction romance; that takes place during the 1800’s, in Sweetwater Springs, Montana.

The only thing Magdalena felt after being told that her husband had died, was relief. She had received her last beating from the mean, abusive drunkard. Magdalena decided that she never wanted to remarry and be dependent on a man again. She would guard her heart and make her own way in the world. Fate, however, had something else in mind for the beautiful Gypsy woman.

Caleb Livingston heard a scream after nearly colliding with a fast moving caravan. Guilt and remorse stabbed at his heart when he found a crashed caravan, a dead man, and an injured pregnant woman. Caleb Livingston was a person who could be depended on, to take control of a situation and keep a cool head. However, when Magdalena started to have labor pains, panic took over his usual self-assured, calm demeanor. The wealthy businessman knew nothing about delivering a child. But, since there was no one else around to help with the birthing process, he knew that responsibility sat squarely on his shoulders.

Stripped of his stuffy, confident manner, Caleb donned an apron and began with trembling hands his midwifery duties. Caleb was never one to take directions from another person, but since he didn’t want three deaths on his conscience, he paid close attention to everything Magdalena demanded of him. Little did Caleb know that delivering this child was going to change him and his life forever.

This book captured my attention from the start. I quickly became engrossed in the story and cared for the characters, especially Caleb and Magdalena, who had both been hurt in relationships before and were afraid to love again.

Mystic Montana Sky is a sweet inspirational romance about love, forgiveness, and acceptance. Highly recommended.

I received this ARC from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Glory Over Everything* by Kathleen Grissom*5-Stars

Glory Over Everything

Glory Over Everything is the sequel to Kathleen Grissom’s debut novel, The Kitchen House; and it is every bit as riveting as her first book.

Glory Over Everything follows the story of Jamie Pyke, a secondary character in The Kitchen House. Jamie grew up as a privileged white boy until the truth of his parentage, came to light. His father, a cruel and abusive man, bound Jamie to the slaves, headed for the auction block. Jamie escaped, though, and ran for his life. Henry, a runaway slave himself, helped the confused and frightened, thirteen-year-old boy. He taught Jamie how to survive in the woods and eventually pushed the boy to establish himself in Philadelphia. Jamie became a silversmith apprentice and was later adopted by his employer and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Burton.

Twenty years after his escape, Jamie, now known as, James Burton, was a successful silversmith and artist. Henry, shows up in Jamie’s life once again, only, this time, to ask for help. Henry pleaded with Jamie to take on his son, Pan, as a servant. Pan is a lovable character who quickly became my favorite. My heart broke, though, when Pan wandered down to the docks because I knew what was about to happen to him.

The story really takes off when Henry approaches Jamie’s back door, asking for his help, only this time, it was to find his missing son. Jamie, petrified of traveling into the South, tried to wiggle his way out of being the person to look for Pan. He was sure that the old overseer, Rankin, was still after him. And, if he were to be recognized in the South, Jamie had no doubt that he would be tried for murder as a black man, and would hang.

Kathleen Grissom’s writing is intense, vivid, and captivating. I felt part of the story, following Jamie, his loyal servant Robert, Pan, and dear brave Sukey through their horrid trials. Kathleen Grissom has become one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait for her next book. I hope it follows Pan’s or Robert’s life. Highly recommended.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Meditate Your Weight*by Tiffany Cruikshank*5-Stars

Meditate your weight

Meditate your weight is a meticulously crafted, well researched, and thought-provoking, solid 5-star read. This book is filled with facts about the mind-body connection, meditation, as well as valuable nuggets of wisdom for healthy living.

The author’s passion comes through on each page, motivating and guiding the reader throughout the book. I especially liked the mind-body connection and learning how to take a negative stress, and transform it into something that is good for my body.

Tiffany Cruikshank reveals truths, and dispels myths, for the reader about meditation and weight loss, based on scientific studies. I for one am happy to discover that it is not necessary for me to meditate thirty minutes a day, suffer through a rigid diet or do rigorous exercise, to start seeing positive results.

This book contains an inspirational 21-day program. Each day includes a three-minute meditation (or longer if you prefer), a short journal exercise and a positive message of intention for the day. And to make this handy guide complete, the author includes tips on healthy eating and some easy yoga poses. Meditate your weight is like having a mentor by your side.

I highly recommend reading this quality written book. I’m very happy I did.

I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Storm Clouds Rolling In* by Ginny Dye*5 -Shining Stars

Storm Clouds Rolling In, is the first book in the Bregdan Chronicles, a fascinating and well-written historical fiction series.

 

Storm Clouds rolling in

The book takes place in Virginia, during the 1800’s. Ginny Dye does a fabulous job presenting both the northern and the southern points of view on slavery, prejudice, and political opinions. This book gave me a deeper understanding, into the hearts and minds of the southern plantation owners, slaves, and the country folk of that time than what I had. I’m not going to include any spoilers, but what I will tell you, is that as soon as I finished Storm Clouds Rolling In, I immediately started reading books two through nine. I loved every single one of them. I anxiously await now for book ten, to be released.

This book is more than just a story about slavery and the horrid atrocities that happened during the Civil War. It’s a book about life, with all of its sad times and its joyful celebrations. It’s a book about love, betrayal, acceptance, and forgiveness. I found Storm Clouds Rolling In, and every book in this series, to be emotionally charged, compelling and inspirational. The stories moved me to tears, warmed my soul, and left imprints of inspiration on my heart. Will I be reading every new book in this series? You betcha. Ginny Dye is a gem of an author, and is now, one of my favorites. Discover for yourself the many nuggets of wisdom and inspiration in the Bregdan Chronicles. I highly recommend, reading Storm Clouds Rolling In, and every book in the series.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Life is Beautiful*by Sarah M. Johnson*5-Stars

Life is Beautiful

Sarah Johnson’s memoir is both an uplifting and heart-wrenching story. Sarah bravely shares painful memories of her life from being a socially awkward teen and drinking alcoholically, to surviving a plane crash, where both her father, and brother died, and her mother nearly burned to death.

Although Sarah grew up in a home where religion was frowned upon, she always had a yearning to know God. Sarah believed that she was a constant disappointment to her parents and, therefore, suffered periods of depression. She cherished her younger brother, Zach. He was the only one who could truly calm her when her nerves were frayed. He was her confidant and best friend. When Zach died in the plane crash, a big part of her life died with him. Although her mother survived the crash, she blamed Sarah for her burned body and shunned Sarah because of it. Sarah truly felt alone in the world.

Life Is Beautiful is Sarah’s story. She doesn’t claim to be a perfect person or have a perfect life. Sarah tells of her experiences, disclosing mistakes as well as accomplishments. She also shares how she came to know God, even though it was through a person who was no good for her. She drives home the point that every person who comes into our lives is there for a reason whether they bring happiness or pain. It’s all part of life.

Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your incredible story.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

*The Little Ghost Who Could…*by Susan E. Barton*5-Stars

The Little Ghost Who Could

The Little Ghost Who Could is a beautifully illustrated book for children, ages 3 to 9. It’s a story about friendship.

Gobby is a friendly and kind ghost. Everyone loved him, except for Globby, the meanest ghost in town. Gobby didn’t like the way Globby bullied his friends. But, when Globby made his best-friend cry, Gobby knew that something had to be done. So, he came up with a brilliant idea.

I absolutely loved this book, especially the illustrations. Every picture is colorful, well-drawn and has just enough detail, to catch the eye. The Little Ghost Who Could is truly a quality children’s book and gets five shining stars from me.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts* by Janet DeLee -An Uplifting Story with a Twist

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts, is a compelling fictional story about a group of individuals who encounter some paranormal mischief while working together.

Bestselling author, and founder of the Ideal Life Club, Ginny Lawther, heads a group where people help one another reach their dreams. Each member of the group listens to the other members and lends their support.

I especially enjoyed the paranormal piece of this book. Someone or something was moving objects around in Ginny’s home and messing with Lee’s construction jobs. There is also a twist to this story that took me by surprise.

This inspirational book touches on the positive ways to manifest dreams, such as utilizing affirmations and visualizations.

This novel is a well-written and delightful read. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an uplifting story with a twist.

~5 out of 5 stars~