Blogging for Me Over the Years

When I started blogging some 11 years ago I used it as an outlet for writing about my life. I was going through a divorce and reeling from the feelings of being betrayed by an affair. I had a new baby as well. However, I found God was faithful and I enjoyed writing about everyday life and whatever came to mind. I started to learn to knit and my blogging turned into a way to connect with other knitters (this was before ravelry and facebook really took off). Blogging was simple. It was just people sharing their lives, writing about whatever came to mine, much like a journal…or imagine this…a web log (blog) of their life. :) However, I’ve found in the past 11 years that blogging as really changed and morphed, like all things do over time. I’ve found that much of the blogging world now is concentrated on blogs that are around solely to make money or to gain a huge following, making sure SEO is good and other confusing technical things. For a time I really got caught up in all that, trying to figure out how to best run my blog, not that there is anything wrong with wanting to do the best you can do, but I was sacrificing the simplicity of writing about life and what is on my mind, no matter how mundane, for the complexity of trying to come up with posts that are full of amazing content. While doing this I eventually got burned out, it didn’t really take long, I became frustrated that I couldn’t come up with these amazing lists or original ideas for homeschooling or whatever topic I thought I needed to expound upon. This means that my blog has really turned into just book reviews and that is not all I want from my blog. I miss having a place to just write and not worry about it being amazingly original content that will go viral and be pinned a billion times. I miss just sitting down to type about whatever is on my mind or happening in my life.

Recently, in an attempt to change up my blog, I applied to the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I was on the crew for a couple of tours and really enjoyed the comradery of other bloggers. As I contemplated applying this year I remembered that they have the requirement to post once a week or 4 times a month a non-sponsored post. I thought that perhaps being on the crew again, surrounded by other homeschool bloggers, and with the requirement to post would be helpful to me. So I went out on a limb and applied. The last time I was on the crew I had some late reviews due to being too rigid with our homeschooling and so I realized it was a long shot but I just decided to apply and pray that God’s Will be done. The leaders of the crew emailed me to chat about all of this and see where I was right now and ultimately have decided to give me a chance. I’m excited to be on the crew again.

I immediately started feeling a bit more spark about blogging again. I began to come up with ideas but they were all ideas that will require me some more thought and planning to post. I realized that I need to be able to post more frequently and not always do posts that require more research. I want to do posts like that from time to time but I was starting to stress about not being able to make the blogging requirements. Then it hit me that at one time blogging was just me writing to write, to document my thoughts, and for some reason I had strayed. So I have decided it’s time to find some freedom in my blogging. I hope to occasionally have more profound or thought out posts but I also want to enjoy the freedom of just writing, spewing out what is going on in our life. I’m excited to get back to the joy of blogging and I hope that you will enjoy the messy journey. :)

Holidays with the Odyssey Adventure Club!!!


What’s on your children’s Christmas wish list? As excited as they might be about that new toy, as every parent knows, the thrill of the gift will eventually wear off. Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey have created the perfect gift for those who want to give their children or grandchildren a present that will provide year-round fun with eternal impact.

The Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) offers families 24/7 access to 25 years’ worth of Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) episodes in a safe online environment where children can explore and learn. Christmas really is the perfect time to tap into your children’s imagination while infusing faith and fun into their day . . . and every day of the year.

To celebrate the holidays this year, the OAC is offering free content for everyone, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.

In keeping with AIO’s rich heritage of teaching children about biblical principles — such as the importance of giving — a portion of each OAC membership benefits Focus on the Family partner organizations. Here are a couple of examples of what has been accomplished through Odyssey Adventure Club members:

The Odyssey Adventure Club wants to reach beyond fleeting entertainment this Christmas, partnering with parents in helping their kids grow deep in faith and find their place in God’s story.


Speaking of the holidays, you can prepare for Christmas with Thriving Family‘s 2015 Advent Activity Calendar — Tales of Christmas Past: 25 Inspiring true stories of the season. Assemble a beautifully designed Advent poster to help your kids focus on Christ this Christmas. Then read Scripture passages and stories that relate to individual flaps on the poster. You can also create easy-to-fold booklets for each story. Get more information about this year’s free Advent calendar at, or sign up to download it.

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Every Life Matters | Evangelicals for Life (Guest Post)

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Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place January 21-22, 2016, in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.

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Readers of this blog will receive 15% off their registration by using the code FocusLife.

Kelly Rosati will be one of this year’s speakers. Kelly is the vice president of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family where she oversees the Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative and the Sanctity of Human Life department. In the article below, she speaks to how we can and should be both pro-life and pro-justice Christians.

Pro-Life Christian or Pro-Justice Christian? Yes.

Are Christians supposed to be pro-life or pro-justice? Kelly Rosati shares: We ought to be both.

Do you consider yourself a member of one of these two camps? The news about the gruesome harvesting of fetal organs by Planned Parenthood prompted some interesting discussion in this vein.

It’s important to consider how you ended up in one of these categories in the first place. As followers of Christ, our hearts become more like His as He transforms us from the inside out. We care more about people and life and justice as we meditate on His word and spend time with Him. As we grow in grace, it becomes impossible to be indifferent or complacent to the suffering of human beings God made in His image and whom He loves with an infinite love.

Verses such as Proverbs 31:8 (“speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”) and Micah 6:8 (“to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”) burn in our hearts as we join God in His redemptive work on behalf of preborn babies, victims of human trafficking, war refugees, orphans, those with disabilities, racial minorities, those without access to clean water, families living in extreme poverty, homeless, dying and lonely elderly neighbors, and many others who qualify as what Jesus called “the least of these.”

We’re changed as we seek to minister to the vulnerable. We listen to them and learn from them, and in them we see the face of Jesus, the one who admonished us that “whatever we’ve done to the least of these, we’ve done to Him” (Matthew 25:40).

In my role at Focus on the Family I’m blessed to meet and work with people in both the Christian pro-life and pro-justice communities. I’ve noticed they have much in common: They love Jesus, they love their families, they share a deep sense of calling and are led by the Holy Spirit, and they take Scripture seriously and find in it the inspiration to advance the Kingdom and to participate in God’s redemptive work. They all want to be careful to worship Jesus first and only, who called them to His work, rather than make an idol of the calling itself. They’ve sacrificed the American dream, many of them, to give their lives away like the One who gave His for them.

Yet . . . it often seems as if pro-life and pro-justice Christians come from two different planets. Their leaders don’t tend to know one another. All of their conferences are separate. They lean in different political directions, and each thinks the other should prioritize the issues differently. Yes, most would grudgingly agree they serve the same God and their passions come from the same Holy Scriptures. But at the end of the day, they have little interest in working together—in fact, they can often seem “at odds” with one another.

This is tragic because both communities have much to offer and much to gain by listening to and learning from one another. For the average Christian seeking to love and serve his or her neighbors, life and justice should not be an either/or proposition. Together, the life and justice communities can offer a both/and approach that is truly biblical and comprehensive.

I have personally gleaned much from Christian sisters and brothers in both communities. From the pro-life perspective, I have learned about perseverance and faithfulness to the truth, even when it’s the most unpopular position in the world. I have been moved by their conviction that God’s word won’t return void and that He loves both moms and their babies (and dads and everyone else!). I have been impacted by the conviction that abortion stops a beating heart and that life is always the better choice. I have encountered the breathtaking beauty of Christ’s forgiveness for those suffering grief and shame post-abortion. And I have come to understand the hope and optimism that can only come from Christ in the face of the discouraging reality of 57 million lives lost to abortion. And I know I have so much more to learn from this passionate group.

From the pro-justice community, I have learned about systems of oppression and injustice that must be challenged in order to love and serve our neighbors well. I have a deeper understanding of the solidarity of suffering and the ministry of presence. I have also learned about perseverance, patience, and the simple beauty of loving and serving those who suffer. I’ve been reminded about new life in Christ and the transforming power of His love for individuals and families. I’ve seen the beauty of humility and the freedom that comes from eschewing power, money, and privilege on behalf of one’s neighbors. I know I will continue to learn and be challenged by this group as well.

But . . . the division remains. Pro-life Christians tend to view their cause as primarily moral in nature—as if speaking up for oppressed populations, combating human trafficking, and addressing the root causes of poverty are not inherently issues of profound moral concern. And pro-justice Christians tend to view their cause as primarily a matter of justice—as if speaking out in defense of preborn babies as the most helpless and vulnerable members of society was not quintessentially a question of biblical justice.


Together, pro-life and pro-justice Christians have so much to offer a world that is buckling under the effects of sin. So here’s a short list of what I think each community could offer the other that would enhance the work of both:

  • When the pro-life community advances the dignity of every human person, it is at its best when making clear that along with the essential concern of innocent preborn lives lost to abortion, every sex trafficking victim, orphan, and victim of preventable death is worthy of the same defense. We must help the Church understand that all of these issues are biblically connected and directly tied to what it means to be “pro-life.” They are all related to the God-given sanctity, dignity, and intrinsic worth of every human life, and therefore they cannot be segmented or pitted against one another.
  • When the pro-justice community boldly and compassionately advances the cause of justice for victims of sex trafficking, racial hatred, failing schools, extreme poverty, or lack of access to clean water, it is at its best also to include the absolute necessity of justice and human rights for preborn children. Again, advancing biblical justice, promoting the common good, and enabling human flourishing must be for all people, born and preborn. There can be no neglecting of the cause of justice in the human right to life. They should not be separated.
  • Each community should endeavor to rise above easy (and sometimes valid) criticism of the other. Pro-lifers often lament that being pro-justice is “popular” in the broader culture whereas being pro-life is not. As a result, they can be tempted to view the pro-life cause as somehow more “noble” than the social justice cause. At the same time, the pro-justice community often suggests that the pro-life community cares only about life in the womb, but not life outside it, making it a myopic single-issue cause. Of course, in both communities (just like in every community) there are those doing it well and those doing it not so well. But by and large, both groups are motivated by deep conviction and the love of both Christ and neighbor.

What if, instead of marching resolutely down two different paths, we made a commitment to learn from each other, forge meaningful relationships with one another, and seek creative ways to help the Church learn about the comprehensive approach to life and justice reflected in the totality of the Scriptures? Can pro-life conferences address abortion and end-of-life issues as well as human trafficking and poverty? Can social justice conferences make room to embrace the cause of justice for preborn children? These are issues that transcend political parties and point directly to the heart of God Himself. Let’s step outside our comfort zones and work together for the common good, for life, and for justice—all because of the love of Christ.

This article was adapted from the original article posted on Ed Stetzer’s The Exchange blog on

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Cynthia Ruchti’s ‘An Endless Christmas’ and Holiday Cheer Giveaway

There’s no getting out of Christmas now, despite Katie rejecting Micah’s marriage proposal. Cozy up this holiday season with Cynthia Ruchti’s new novella, An Endless Christmas. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

Celebrate the holidays with Cynthia and An Endless Christmas by entering her $100 Target gift card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of An Endless Christmas
  • A $100 gift card to Target

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. The winner will be announced December 1st on Cynthia’s blog.

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Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason – Blog Tour and Review



Irish Meadows is the story set in Long Island, New York in 1911. The main characters are Irish immigrants who own a horse farm. However, times are tough for the horse farm and Brianna and Colleen O’Leary’s dad is insinuating that the only way for the farm to do well is for them to marry well, not for love but for money. Their father is very controlling, however, both girls are head strong and have different ideas for their futures.

Former stable hand Gilbert Whelan is like a member of the family. When his father passed they took him on like a son. When he returns from business school Mr. O’Leary sees an opportunity to help along a loan for his business by having him agree to marry the banker’s daughter. The problem is his heart is devoted to Brianna. What will happen when the sisters and Gilbert decide to go against Mr. O’Leary’s plans?

My description of this book does not do it justice. This story has loads of intrigue, romance, and redemption. Any lover of historical fiction about immigrant life will love this book. It left me intrigued the whole way through. I highly recommend this book and gave it four out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 

Read what my fellow bloggers had to say.

Below is from the publisher.

About the book:
Irish Meadows
(Bethany House, July 2015)

Faced with an uncertain future, sometimes all you have left is the courage to dream.

Brianna and Colleen O’Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he’s put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.

Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry—as long as her father’s choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men
quickly complicate everyone’s plans.

As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O’Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?

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About the author:

Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

Find Susan online: website, Facebook, Twitter

The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry – Blog Tour and Review


The Methuselah Project is set in WW2, my favorite time period to read about. The story line goes back and forth between modern times and WW2 times. Roger Greene was a fighter pilot who went down during a air fight over Germany. He was captured by the Germans but instead of being put in a prisoner of war camp he is taken to be part of some mysterious project called the Methuselah Project. He is the last one to be a part of the experiment. However, when he becomes the only one left after a bombing he is kept prisoner and led to believe the war is still happening for over 70 years.

Katherine Mueller is an orphan who has been taken care of by her uncle for many years. He is part of a mysterious organization called the Heritage Organization. Even as an adult she desires to please him out of gratitude for all he has done for her. But when things began to be questioned what will she find out about her uncle and this mysterious organization.

This book had me up late many nights reading it. I was in the middle of rereading a favorite book of mine and this book stole all my attention away. It was fast paced and enthralling. The only thing I was bummed about was that it didn’t tell us at the end what parts were based on fact and what was all fiction. I really like it when historical fiction novels do that. The writing style, however, was very engaging and the way he went back and forth between time lines was great as well. I was equally enthralled in both time lines. I would highly recommend this book to any lover of WW2 historical fiction.

Read other blogger’s thoughts on the book here.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 

The below is from the publisher.

About the Book

The Methuselah Project (Kregel, September 2015)

Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended.

Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed—until the day he’s shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.

When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success—but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn’t aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn’t Captain America—just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger’s sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there’s no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It’s 2015—and the world has become an unrecognizable place.

Katherine Mueller—crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle—offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?

Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

About the Author

Rick Barry is the author of “Gunner’s Run,” another World War II novel, “Kiriath’s Quest,” and more than 200 articles and fiction stories. In addition to being a World War II buff, he is the director of church planting ministries at BIEM, a Christian ministry operating in Eastern Europe. He holds a degree in foreign languages, speaks Russian, and has visited Europe more than fifty times. Rick lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Yesterday was the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. On the IDOP website it says that the days are the 1st and the 8th of November and the whole month is a month to pray for the persecuted church. There are tons of great resources there to download on the website so make sure to check them out.

Yesterday at church our church participated in this day of prayer. The following video was shown which is very informative so I thought I’d share it here before I share my personal experience from yesterday.



After the video was shown we spent some time in prayer silently for the persecuted church. This whole subject really hits home for me as I’ve been to China, Thailand, and Burma and seen some of the suffering and fear that people live in first hand. I’ve helped teach at an underground church in China while people cram into a small apartment (and we complain about seats and other silly stuff in our churches in America) afraid that they will be found out by the Chinese government. I’ve heard stories from people who live in Burma of the persecution that happens there. I’ve helped smuggle Bibles into Burma. My thoughts immediately went to these experiences and then the thought popped into my head (from the Lord I’m sure) to pray for the wives who are left behind when their husbands are taken from them and persecuted. Immediately my eyes started to leak (yes I was crying) as I thought of these women who are left as single mothers and have no idea what is happening to their loves. My heart is broken thinking of them. I can only barely imagine what that must be like for them. Will you join me this month in praying for them? Keeping them in our hearts and minds. I think as moms and wives we can uniquely intercede for them.

Also, on the website I linked above make sure to check out the resources for children. I also follow Bonnie Rose on facebook and her blog and she is offering for free her Christmas Unit Study on the Persecuted Church. I’m excited to dive into this with my kids this Christmas and wanted to share it here with you.

Do you know of any other practical ways we can pray for the persecuted church and teach our kids to be compassionate and prayerful about our brothers and sisters in Christ? Please make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung – Review and Giveaway

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The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung was such an anticipated release for me. I love almost anything from Crossway as I feel I can trust them to have a solid theological stance that is similar to my own. I was also super excited for this book because the art work looked amazing and it truly didn’t dissapoint. I haven’t really seen a children’s book illustrated in this way. I could easily just stare at the illustrations and all the colors for hours.


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But not only is it a beautiful book but it is full of great information. It is basically the story of the Bible in the light of Jesus, which is how the Old Testament should be read, with us looking to see how it all points to Jesus. Kevin DeYoung as done an amazing job of helping young children to see the big picture of the Bible and how it all points to Jesus, the snake crusher. I really highly recommend this book. It is theologically sound and masterfully written and illustrated. And if that’s not enough to sell you on the book than let me tell you it has a ribbon bookmark. LOL That is one of my favorite features when books have them. :)


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In addition to sending me a copy for review, Crossway has provided a copy to give away to YOU one of my lucky readers. :) Just enter via the rafflecopter below.



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I received a free copy of this product from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

Celebrate the Whit Award with Adventures in Odyssey


Most people can think of one or two figures whose love and life example had a great impact on the formation of their spiritual foundation. It might be a coach, a Sunday school teacher or a parent or grandparent. Whatever the role, it’s hard to put a value on the investment these people make on a daily basis. In an effort to bring honor to these countless, quiet heroes, Adventures in Odyssey announces the John Avery Whitaker Award. Named after Odyssey’s resident leader and the namesake of Odyssey’s most famous attraction, Whit’s End, the award will be bestowed annually on one deserving mentor.

Like the Adventures in Odyssey character John Avery Whitaker, or “Whit” as he’s known by fans of the show, the person should be someone who is passionate about innovatively teaching children the truths expressed in the Bible. Those who create Adventures in Odyssey know that while Whit might be a fictitious character, there are thousands of real people just like him. “Our hope is that by bringing those people into the light, others will be inspired to follow their example,” says Dave Arnold, the executive producer of Adventures in Odyssey. “If we can spur mature believers in Christ to mentor and influence a generation being barraged with messages of compromise, we can turn the tide and encourage revival in our youth.”

Nominations are being accepted now through October 31 for the “Whits” out there in the world. Beginning on November 1, one nominee will be selected daily and awarded with a prize package including Adventures in Odyssey’s latest album, Taking the Plunge, and a DVD of the movie Beyond the Mask. One grand prize winner will be chosen and announced on November 20. This worthy recipient will receive more than $500 worth of Focus on the Family resources, including an Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) membership. The OAC offers 24/7, on-the-go access to more than 800 episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, as well as a new, members-only episode every month. It is a safe, fun environment where the whole family can explore, create and imagine, all while learning biblical truth.

Nominations can be submitted via this form, or the information can be emailed to (See the Official Rules for all the details.)

To learn more about the John Avery Whitaker Award, visit Discover the Odyssey Adventure Club at or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin – Book Review and Tour


About the book:
Through Waters Deep
(Revell, August 2015)

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war.

Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges—and dangers—await them.

Sarah Sundin takes readers to the tense months before the US entered WWII. Readers will encounter German U-boats and torpedoes, along with the explosive power of true love, in this hopeful and romantic story.

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About the author:

Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

Find Sarah online: website, Facebook, Twitter

The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
I love any book about World War 2, especially Christian historical novels set in this time frame. Sarah Sundin does not disappoint with this novel. I’ve read so many novels of this genre but this is the first I remember reading set in the United States. It was so interesting to read about the different view points America had during the war. This book had me going from the first chapter. I loved the love story, although at times I wanted to slap them upside the head. But what truly made this book was the main character of Mary. She is just such a relateable character. She struggles with self-confidence from thinking she has too much pride. She was just such a lovable character that I found myself rooting for her through out. This book has love, friendship, war, and mystery. It is a beautiful story and I highly recommend it.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.