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The Old Mansion's Secret ~ a Christmas Story Review, Giveaway 12/14

The Old Mansion's Secret a Christmas Storyby Rebekah A. Morris
"Taking a shortcut on a lonely country road, Daniel, Esther, and their cousin, Moni, stumble upon a mystery! A glimmering, sparkling, brightly lit Christmas tree is framed within the window of an old, long-abandoned, dilapidated mansion. The children are determined to solve the mystery and discover the old mansion's secret–before Christmas." ~ Read Another Page

My Thoughts:

I thought I had the mystery of The Old Mansion's Secret figured out more than once as I read through this Christmas novella. Nope. There was a terrific surprise ending—at least it surprised me—though looking back, there were a few clues. I enjoyed the energy of the kids in this book. They are analytical thinkers who track down every clue that they can while following the rules the adults give them. 

I really enjoyed this book. I think it would make a terrific read aloud book for youngsters up through junior high especially. This is a short book—just 92 pages of easy, enjoyable reading. Clean, respectful, and parent honoring.

About the Author: 
Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Read More…
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Where Two Hearts Meet, Prince Edward Island Dreams Book 2 by Liz Johnson

In her kitchen at Rose's Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He's also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he's falling in love with the island's red shores and Caden's sweets. 

When Caden discovers Adam isn't who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he's writing could do more than ruin the inn's chances for survival--it might also break her heart.

My Thoughts:
I love how real Caden Holt is. She's good hearted and kind, cute but not overly pretty, pleasantly plump, and a little unsure of herself. She struggles with feeling like a man could never love her and that she's invisible. 

Adam Jacobs is struggling with the demon of the bottle. He's been off drink for a long time, but memories of the past draw him to it. He recognizes it for the fight that it is.

When the two meet, the interplay is more realistic than that in most books I've read. I enjoyed seeing how they built a friendship with honesty and openness—something I think we could all use a bit more of.

Liz Johnson's Where Two Hearts Meet is the second book in her Prince Edward Island Dreams series. You may read it as a stand alone book, but to get the full story, I suggest you begin with the first book, The Red Door Inn

It was a relaxing read that slowed me down and was calming.

Completely clean book, but I think adults would enjoy it most.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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