Secrets at Cedar Cabin

Secrets at Cedar CabinTitle: Secrets at Cedar Cabin
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8584-1

“Everything in her life had been a lie. Who wouldn’t be shaken by this kind of news?” Lance considers about Bailey in Colleen Coble’s novel, Secrets at Cedar Cabin.

~ What ~
Part of the Lavender Tides series, this three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those interested in romantic suspense that involves family lies and past secrets that surround human trafficking. Using the slang word heck a couple of times, topics of kidnapping, abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes a note from the author, acknowledgments, eight discussion questions, author’s biography, and advertisements.

In this current day tale based in the state of Washington, Bailey Fleming has fled to a small cabin in Lavender Tides when she learns her mother has been murdered. When two young girls’ bodies are found on the property, the woman who trusts no one due to all the lies she has been told questions her mom’s past relationships when FBI Agent Lance Phoenix tells her the area has been used for sex trafficking and may involve his own sister. As the two of the protagonists track down the person behind it all, they rely on God as their foundation.

~ Why ~
With human trafficking being the main focus of the book, it shows how devasting it is to those involved and their families. I appreciated the detail of the crime without it being too graphic and the interesting cat that plays a part. The relationship that grows between Lance and Bailey is realistic and written well. Without focusing much on God, the underlying prayers promote that God knows what we are going through and is in control.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like mystery stories with predictable romances may not enjoy this book. Some may feel uncomfortable reading about the topic of trafficking, but it is not overly-written. I found the plethora of characters from the prior books in the series made the storyline jump around, leaving the reader often confused.

~ Wish ~
Having read two prior books in the series, I vaguely remembered their contents and characters, so including a list would be helpful. Containing a map of Lavender Tides would be helpful.

~ Want ~
Similar to the other book in the series, this Christian romantic tale has a lot of action (some unbelievable for small town living) as it focuses on the seedy underworld of sex trafficking.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secrets-at-cedar-cabin-colleen-coble/1128128096

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I Love You, Funny Bunny

I Love You, Funny BunnyTitle: I Love You, Funny Bunny
Illustrator: Sean Julian
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-301-76541-7

“I love your generosity,
your gestures from the heart.
I love you, Funny Bunny.
You’re my favorite work of art,” ends Sean Julian’s illustrated children’s book, I Love You, Funny Bunny.

~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy bunnies and loving relationships. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about a mother’s love for her adorable rabbit. Including some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.

With beautiful depictions of a happy rabbit and his mom, the rhyming tale explains how the parent loves her offspring from his appearance, actions, personality, style, talents, and memories.

~Why ~
This is a charming story of the relationship between a mom and child, promoting how wonderful the bond is between the two. I like the silly, cute, and thoughtful illustrations that are depicted, showing the strong bond between the animals.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not parents or are not around young ones may not note the value of love through observation. Beginner readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.

~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the love the mother shows toward her child, the story does not include the father so he may feel left out reading the book to a little one.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute story of the unrequited love a mother has for her child, this is a thoughtful read but limited.

Thanks to BookLookBloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-love-you-funny-bunny-zondervan/1129865882

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BeMall Starry Pendant Necklace

CRESCENT MOON WITH VAN GOGH ALTERED ARTWORK JEWELRY

~ What ~
Made of an unstated material, this silver-looking necklace has round pendant displaying an altered version of Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting. The pendant is 1-inches long and 5/8-inches wide. The 24-inch necklace comes with an almost 2-inch extender and lobster clasp. The item arrives in a

~ Why ~
Since I make and sell jewelry, I am always in search of pretty pieces that are unique and stand out. I like the famous painting with its blue, green, and cream swills. The moon-shaped addition with filigree makes the round painting stand out more and eye-catching.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the painting as close up it appears to be a color paper insert that is altered with a blue building design in the sky. I found the craftsmanship not the best but this is costume jewelry and not the real thing, so it should be somewhat expected.

~ Wish ~
Although it is costume jewelry, I wish the materials were mentioned online in case someone is allergic to the metal. Adding the length of the chain would be helpful.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an artist painting included in jewelry, this would be a viable choice but realize it is not a high-end product.

Thanks to Bemall for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#starrynitependantnecklace

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L81MVJM/

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Sayceli Women’s Premium Soft Leggings

COMFORTABLE WORKOUT PANTS

~ What ~
Made of 88% Polyester and 12% Spandex, this women’s pair of yoga pants comes in 5 colors and 2 sizes of One Size & Plus Size. There is a 3-inch wide waistband and double ribbing tape at the shin area. No cleaning instructions are attached.

~ Why ~
I work out at the gym three days a week and like to look stylish. The material is durable and not thin. The One Size fits nicely on my Size 8 frame, ending at my lower calf area. It is nice to have a wide waistband.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the color combinations of black, gray, brown, navy, and maroon of this pair of yoga pants. Others may not appreciate the tight style of yoga pants that are popular now and prefer those that go down to the ankle or around the heel or are more tapered.

~ Wish ~
I wish more patterns and options were available from this company. It would be nice if a small pocket was included in the waistband like others have.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a pair of comfortable, stretchy yoga pants, these are a viable option.

Thanks to Farinal Sayceli for this product that I am under no obligation to evaluate.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1FSWBW/

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FLSNT 2 LED Chandelier Lights

FLAME TIP CANDELABRA LIGHT BULBS

~ What ~
This pack contains 2 LED light bulbs that are tapered and fit in chandeliers or candelabras. The dimmable lights that measure 4.2-inches long with a base of 1.38-inches have sockets that fit most E12 electrical housings. They use only 4 watts of electricity compared to the standard 40-watt bulbs and should last 25,000 hours.

~ Why ~
What I like most about this product is that they save me money because they are LED so should last a long time. In putting them outside in our two garage carriage lights, their warm white glow brightly shines on the area.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like how bright the lights shine, but the package states they are dimmable.

~ Wish ~
With the tapered shape, I wish the glass had a design or pattern on the sides.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a 2-pack of tapered LED candelabra light bulbs, this will make your fixtures shine brightly.

Thanks to FLSNT and ARTICASA for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#RankBoosterReview #Sponsored by Baina an #FLSNT #ARTISCASA #candelabralightbulb

This item can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KQG4DG3/

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Lucky Step Women’s Leopard Running Shoes

TRENDY, COMFY WOMEN’S WALKING SHOES

~ What ~
Made of suede upper fabric material with a white Phylon bottom, this pair of women’s shoes comes in 2 color choices of brown or black zebra design. Available in 7 sizes from 6 to 11, they include shoelaces, padded soles, and rubber bottoms. With a Velcro tab at the heels, they aid in slipping onto the feet. Each shoe arrives in a thin drawstring bag, and cleaning instructions are not included.

~ Why ~
I have a pair of these types of slip-on shoes, and I love them for walking our dog. I ordered an 8 for my women’s 7.5 size foot, and they fit fine. I like the look and thickness of the padded soles that give some support as well as the black and white design to the material.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the zebra look or that they tie. Others may not appreciate the way the ankle area wraps higher around the foot. With my foot being a 7.5 size, the 8 was snuggly so I recommend ordering a size up. There is a chemical odor initially, but it does dissipate after a few hours.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were more color selections for this pair of shoes as they are fun and cute for women.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a stylish pair of  “animal” shoes, check these out as they are comfortable, stretchy, and fun.

Thanks to Lucky-Step for this discounted item that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K42HL6D/

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* CONTEST * God Made Night & Day ~ 1 Free Book Giveaway!

God Made Night and Day

WIN HANNAH C. HALL’S CHILDREN’S BOOK,
GOD MADE NIGHT & DAY!

One FREE book to be given away by Hachette Book Group!

TEASER: “Join brothers Clive and Ian on a camping trip where they learn that God made night and day, the moon and the sun, and all of the sparkly stars!” the back cover states in Hannah C. Hall’s children’s book, God Made Night & Day.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest:

1.  Follow my blog if you do not already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Check out https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/hannah-c-hall/god-made-night-and-day/9781546034902/
5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book (although it is not required).

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Sunday, January 13th, 2019, after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this 4-star book: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2018/12/29/god-made-day-night/

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With This Pledge

With this PledgeTitle: With This Pledge
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0-7180-8183-6

“She’s given her pledge, and she’s a woman of her word,” Roland regretfully confirms in Tamera Alexander’s novel, With This Pledge.

~ What ~
The first in the Carnton Series, this four-hundred-and-forty-eight-page paperback targets those interested in a historical Christian romance in Franklin, Tennessee, during the American Civil War. With no profanity, the topics of physical abuse, amputations, war, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an afterword, acknowledgments, thirteen discussion questions, several food recipes, and the author’s biography.

Based on facts and set in the Carnton home, betrothed Lizzie is a governess whose world is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually altered when she helps the Confederate soldiers medically fight for survival. When Captain Roland Jones makes her promise to help save his leg, she questions not only what the South is fighting for but also if love between a man and a woman is mainly for procreation. While the two protagonists deal with pledges made, unforeseen circumstances, and accepting the abolishment of slavery, they must learn to trust God for His direction.

~ Why ~
This story shows how fighting Confederates had to deal with injury, loss of limbs, the fear of being sent to prison, and death. It has detailed information of the five-hour battle at Franklin and its devastating aftermath of pain and suffering. I appreciated the growing reliance on God when dealt with heartbreak and the fog of war.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like wartime stories with trying relationships may not enjoy this book. Others may not like the predictable ending or that the main character consistently solved problems and issues flawlessly.

~ Wish ~
Including a map and list of characters may help some readers. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are fascinated with a true story of two individuals in the South dealing with freedom, choices, and promises during the Civil War while including a love story, this is an interesting read.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/with-this-pledge-tamera-alexander/1128128094

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* CONTEST * God Made Animals ~ 1 Free Book Giveway!

God Made the Animals

WIN HANNAH C. HALL’S CHILDREN’S BOOK,
GOD MADE THE ANIMALS!

One FREE book to be given away by Hachette Book Group!

TEASER: “Brothers Clive and Ian take a trip to the zoo! Come along and learn how God made every different kind of animal. Wow!” the back cover states in Hannah C. Hall’s children’s book, God Made the Animals.

SIMPLE steps to enter this 3-day contest:

1.  Follow my blog if you do not already.
2. Click on the headline ** CONTEST ** to be sure you are on the Reply page.
3. Post in the “LEAVE A REPLY” section below why you want to read this exciting book (could be funny, clever, serious, or the words “I want” since the winner is randomly chosen).
4. Check out https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/hannah-c-hall/god-made-the-world/9781546034957/
5. If you are the winner, please consider posting a review regarding what you thought of the book (although it is not required).

This is a FAST CONTEST ending Friday, January 11th, 2019, after 5 PM PST so follow the requirements above and try for a chance to win a book that is mailed from the publisher directly to you! Winner’s shipping address must be in the U.S.A.

I read & reviewed this 4-star book: https://connywithay.wordpress.com/2018/12/29/god-made-the-animals/

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Havasu Premium Fat Burner Capsules

ALL NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS FORMULA

~ What ~
Containing 60 supplements, these elongated capsules support a healthy metabolism and manages appetite. The bottle states the dietary supplement should be taken 2 a day. The ingredients include B6, Garcinia Cambogia, CLA, Green Tea Extract, Apple Cider Vinegar, White Kidney Beans, and Coral Calcium Powder. There is a warning on the bottle regarding who should take it and consult their doctor before using. The bottles were stamped Lot # 8E04 and are best used by 05/2020.

~ Why ~
I regularly take apple cider vinegar supplements to curb my appetite, but I appreciate how this one has carb blockers without any preservatives or sugars added. I like that it is not just one supplement but that it contains 7 different ingredients. Being produced in the United States at a GMP facility is a plus.

~ Why Not ~
Those that are skeptical of non-prescription natural supplements may avoid this product. Those who should not be on KETO diets should stay away from it. Others may be concerned that some of the ingredients will negatively interact with prescription drugs, so contacting a physician or pharmacist is ideal.

~ Wish ~
I wish more than 1 month’s supply was included in the bottle.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a natural supplement with 5 clinically-researched ingredients that support a healthy metabolism and manages your appetite, this is an ideal way to do it.

Thanks to Havasu Nutrition and KeepMeClub for this discounted product that I am under no obligation to review.

#HavasuNutrition #KeepMeClub #FatBurner

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0774T33SD/

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