Henry and the Hidden Treasure by B.C.R. Fegan

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Henry and the Hidden Treasure is an imaginative adventure a young child has in defending his pocket money against his little sister. Henry constructs elaborate defensive measures that he is sure will stand up to the clever ambitions of Lucy. Little does he know, Lucy has a few tricks of her own.

Review:

Henry and the Hidden Treasure is a cute book about a boy that wants to keep his “pocket money” safe from his little sister.

The illustrations are cute and interactive, the story is creative and adventurous, and the kids are subtly told that giving and thinking of others will put a smile on other’s faces. I also like that the story encourages kids to save their money rather than to spend it constantly.

There is a brief mention of monsters when Henry assigns some monsters to guard his treasure, also a dragon and some other mythical/adventurous characters that are charged to guard his treasure. But nothing is portrayed as “scary”.

I was very pleased with Henry and the Hidden Treasure and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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FANtastic Fiesta! Andalucian Nights Trilogy Giveaway From Author Hannah Fielding

Andalucian Nights trilogy

The award-winning epic Andalucían Nights Trilogy sweeps the reader from the wild landscapes of Spain in the 1950s, through a history of dangerous liaisons and revenge dramas, to a modern world of undercover missions and buried secrets. Romantic, exotic and deeply compelling, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, including a passionate young gypsy, a troubled young writer and an estranged family, The Andalucían Nights Trilogy is a romantic treat waiting to be discovered.

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Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes.

About Hannah Fielding

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

Hannah is a multi-award- winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain.

You can find Hannah online at:

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Hannah’s Giveaway!

Hannah Fielding is hosting a giveaway on her blog in which she is giving away 6 prizes; a copy of each of the books in the Andalusian Nights in paperback, and 3 gorgeous Spanish fans that correspond to each of the books.

I have read and reviewed Legacy, one of the books in the Andalusian Nights Trilogy, and though I, personally, loved this book, it is much more romantic than I usually promote and therefore encourage caution when looking into this book for yourself. If you want more details, please read my review here.

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If You Were Me and Lived in…China! by Carole P. Roman

I received this book from the author publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Carole P. Roman’s award winning series has traveling again and this time it’s to East Asia to visit the People’s Republic of China. In this book, younger readers can learn about the wide variety of climate when they read about China’s vast size. They will begin their journey in China’s ancient capital, Beijing, where they will discover the Imperial Palace of the Forbidden City.

Different regions of cuisine are discussed, highlighting the variety of styles and spices of food. Currency, sports, exciting tourist attractions, and a lovely description of the New Year Festivities are included in this introduction the beautiful land of China.

My Review: 

I have very quickly become a fan of this author because of her heart to teach young children. If You Were Me and Lived in…China is a really cute book that even I enjoyed reading.

There are a few sentences that young children can learn to say in Chinese and some really cool things to learn about the Chinese culture. The pictures are simple but yet easy to identify,  and the writing is lots of fun and interactive with the readers. Children of all ages will enjoy reading this book and I recommend it especially to homeschooling parents who are studying China this year.

This book does touch on the topic of the Chinese New Year and tells about the dances that the Chinese believe will drive away evil spirits, so if you do not want your young children to learn about that just yet, you might just skip over that one page or steer clear of this book. I do give it 5 out of 5 stars though.

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Angel Beneath My Wheels by Kathryn S. Moore

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Maybe she was his good luck charm. An angel beneath his wheels.

Beneath his playboy façade, young NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for a family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, is determined to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only two muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she wants nothing to do with him. But Luke’s gentle ways and down home country charm just might win her over—if his painful past doesn’t push her away.

When she begins to touch his heart, he’s haunted by bitter memories of the only woman he’s ever loved—the mother who abandoned him as a little boy. With an intense trust that God will lead her on life’s journey, Rachel perseveres, her innocence and grace breach his defenses and his walls begin to crumble. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love, their very lives, are threatened by the iron-tight grip that “Big Oil” holds over the whole auto industry and Luke realizes his final happiness must come through faith, in the One who has always loved him… and always will.

Review:

Learning to trust is hard, especially when the last person you trusted left deep scars.

This is the main issue both Rachel and Luke deal with all through the book, and believably so with their pasts. Rachel and Luke’s story is a memorable one, with plenty of highs, but also with the way they are able to overcome the lows.

It is clean of cursing and other language, however there are several detailed, intense kissing scenes, mentions of rape, abuse, and some other heavy topics that some readers may want to steer clear of. Our friend Luke also has the reputation of a womanizer and typically likes to take them to bed (though there are no detailed scenes of this happening, there is an instance in which we clearly know what happened between himself and another character).

Even though all of these issues were dealt with through the story, they were in place to show that no one is perfect and someone is always struggling with something. And especially that, yes, even Christians struggle daily, but when we turn our focus back on God, we are able to overcome those struggles.

Angel Beneath My Wheels is a fantastic book that I really enjoyed and would certainly recommend to others who want some realistic characters and a realistic story in Christian fiction for once. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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After a Fashion by Jen Turano

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The Synopsis:

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

My Review: 

Once again, Jen Turano has perfected the art of writing a hysterical romance!

Jen has remained one of my favorite authors because she never disappoints her readers. Her characters are amazing and unique, and her story-lines are simple yet full of light, funny scenes.

After a Fashion follows two delightful characters in their everyday life and beautifully brings them together in a sweet and charming way that is sure to make you smile. The characters are realistic in their faith in God, meaning that they have doubts but manage to hang on. The morals of loving your neighbors and giving to the poor are also illustrated beautifully and I was very pleased. Jen cannot write her next book fast enough!

I rate After a Fashion by Jen Turano 5 out of 5 stars!

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