Paper Hearts and Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #94

Hello, dear reading friends and welcome to Booknificent Thursday! I mentioned last week that I was reading the book Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh and that I would let you know what I thought. Well, I was not disappointed. The plot read a lot like a Hallmark movie (not a bad thing for me) but with a lot more depth, both in the character development and in the spiritual growth departments. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it if you enjoy that genre!

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I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

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  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
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What I’m reading these days and Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #93

Hello, dear reading friends! How has your week been? I confess that I found myself quite shocked this week to look at the calendar and see that it is not only April already, but that April is halfway over! I completely lose track of time when we have a baby in the house, especially since we live in a place with no seasons to clue me in.

I’ve been reading and thoroughly enjoying Annie Douglass Lima‘s Annals of Alasia.

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I’ve read the first three pictured above and I’m just finishing up the collection of interviews with some of the characters which you can pick up for free to get a taste of the series. I highly recommend the whole series. I felt the books just kept getting better!

Paper Hearts coverThe next book I’m planning to read is Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. A friend highly recommended it and sent it to me, so it gets to jump to the top of my pile since that’s pretty much how my “pile” works. Have any of you read it? The synopsis looks cute, and I love it when I can talk books face to face with people so I’m excited to read it and then chat about it with my friend. I’ll let you know what I think of it too.

Well, I’ll stop babbling and let you start sharing!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #92

Hello, dear reading friends! I hope you are having a good week. Ours has been emotional as Grandma and Grandpa left to go home on Tuesday. We miss them so much already!

A really sweet novella from one of my favorite authors released this week so I wanted to give all of you a heads-up. Pinky Promise by Valerie Comer is a super-cute and fun short read.

Pinky Promise by Valerie Comer

I always enjoy Valerie Comer’s books and this one was no exception. The plot is cute and the little girls in it are adorable. In particular, I thought Valerie did a really good job making the girls precocious without making them annoyingly naughty; I appreciated that they were obedient even while trying to figure out how to get their parents together. I did find myself wishing that it were a full-length novel rather than a novella because there was a lot more I wanted to know about the two main characters. I wanted more backstory on both of them, more communication between them, and more growth as their relationship progressed. I guess it’s good to be left wanting more, and this is definitely a fun escape type of read. If you’re interested in trying it out, it’s only $0.99 right now for Kindle or you can read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited! Just click on the book cover above and it will take you right to the Amazon page via my affiliate link!

I can’t wait to see what great things you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #91

Hello, dear reading friends! How are you doing this week? We are well but continue to struggle with our internet! If you are a praying person, please pray that we can get our internet sorted out. As I’m sure you understand, it’s pretty frustrating for a blogger not to be able to get online reliably.

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week, (assuming I can actually get online to see them). Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #90

Hello, dear reading friends! I hope you’re having a great week! Grandpa has arrived to join our party so we’ll be enjoying him along with Grandma for two more weeks. We are feeling so blessed! I love listening to my dad read books with my kids. It’s so much fun and a major throwback to my own childhood. Sweet memories and new ones being made!

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Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Book Review of The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

I was very excited to receive an advance review copy of Mesu Andrews’ newest book, The Pharaoh’s DaughterI am a big fan of Mesu’s books, which include

  • Love Amid the Ashesa novel not only about the sufferings of Job but of Jacob’s daughter Dinah as well.
  • Love’s Sacred Songa novel about Solomon and the Shunemite woman from Song of Solomon, who in the novel dedicates herself to showing him the power of true God-given love despite his, shall we say, “roving eye.”
  • Love in a Broken Vesselwhich is about the prophet Hosea who God asks to marry a prostitute who proceeds to be unfaithful to him repeatedly.
  • In the Shadow of Jezebelwhich describes a faithful few who withstand the onslaught of two of the most wicked women who have ever lived, Jezebel and Athaliah.

And now there’s this one, The Pharaoh’s Daughter.

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About the Book

Title: The Pharaoh’s Daughter

Author: Mesu Andrews

Publication Date: March 17, 2015

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Print Length: 384 pages

Summary (Amazon):

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s “good god” Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.

When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.

As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

Pharaohs Daughter Purpose Quote Mommynificent

“El-Shaddai has a special calling and purpose for your life. Everything that happens — good and bad — prepares you for what’s next.”                                                                          p. 241 The Pharaoh’s Daughter

My Review of this Book

While I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book, I was pretty riveted by the end. My struggle at the beginning was that I didn’t like any of the characters at all so I didn’t really care what happened to them. Had I not promised to review this book, I honestly might not have made it through it. But I am glad I did because the main character really grows and changes, and I was surprised to realize about two-thirds of the way through it that I not only cared what happened to her but I had actually grown to like her.

I most enjoyed how the author portrayed the Biblical characters of Miriam, Moses, Puah, Shiphrah, and Mered. I hadn’t really reflected on how an Egyptian upbringing would have affected Moses’ character and personality later in his life, but this book really brought that to the forefront of my mind and I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot and understanding some of the things Moses does later in his life a little differently than I had before.

I have to admit that I’m not really convinced about the timeline of this story nor that things really happened anywhere near this way, but it was fun to enter the author’s imagination and to see the hidden nuggets about these characters that she had found in Scripture that directed her plotline. The author’s note at the end where she explains the decisions she made and where her research took her may have been my favorite part of the book! The author is a fantastic storyteller, and this story is no exception. The story definitely made me love God more by serving as a reminder that He can change any heart and that no one is too far gone for His love to completely transform them!

Pharaohs Daughter Hope Quote Mommynificent

“Hope can’t be lost or stolen. Hope is a choice we embrace for ourselves each day.”                                        p. 293 The Pharaoh’s Daughter

About The Author

Author Mesu AndrewsMesu Andrews is an award-winning author of five Biblical fiction novels. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington. You can connect with her at her blog here.

If you’re interested in buying this book or any of Mesu’s books, please do so by clicking on the affiliate links at the top of this post. (My favorites so far have been Love Amid the Ashes and In the Shadow of Jezebel.) Thanks!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #89

Hello, dear reading friends! I don’t have a whole lot to share today and we are having an awful time with a spotty internet connection this week, so I’ll just leave it up to you! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #88

Hello, dear reading friends! Look who joined our family on February 26th!

Our new little guy!

We are doing well and adjusting to life as a family of 7 + Grandma right now. Boy, are we ever thankful for Grandma!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around! (You guys are amazing! With 51 links last week, we had our best ever week, even while I was “away” on my maternity leave!)

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Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #87

Hello, dear reading friends! I don’t have a whole lot to share today, so I’ll just leave it up to you! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!

And Another Next Book in a Beloved Series Week! – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #86

Well, this is the third week in a row that a beloved series has released its next book. I love February! This week, the third book in Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy series came out! These are totally clean and delightful young adult fantasy that I highly recommend for readers ages 10-100!

So what great books have you read this week?

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more. (For the next few weeks, I’m on a pseudo-maternity leave, so I may not be able to visit everyone’s posts like I usually do. For this reason, please do a little extra hopping around and commenting if you can! Thanks!!)

Happy linking and have a great week!