“For the Cause of Freedom”, a novel by Rebekah Colburn


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Our Confederate brother Charlie, may have seemed rash when he enlisted in the Army in a whirlwind of emotion, but we see now what a deep thinker he becomes as he sees real war up close. Suffering in a prison camp, he has time to think about previous decisions and the people he cares for most. The most unexpected rescuers come to his defense when he has had all he thinks he can take. He is chased, he is ill, he is ragged. Guilt and remorse beckon to him. Just as he almost succumbs to a deadly fate, Abigail Sterret, a Maryland daughter, finds him and is able to help him to safety. But this is not a final solution to his problems. He will have to be on the move again before the wrongs have been righted. While his heart beats hard for his family, his country and a new love, he must finish what he started. Read this courageous story of brothers that must reconcile after the Civil War almost tears both apart. Will they be able to heal? Read this wonderful historical to find out! I enjoyed this novel even better than the first part of her My Brother’s Flag series.

Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, Idaho

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“The Promise of Dawn” Lauraine Snelling


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If you have read previous Norweigan stories/books by Lauraine Snelling before, you have to admit that her characters are very realistic. They might be warm or they might be harsh, but they are real. In this particular story I cringed as I traveled along with a new family coming to Minnesota, Amerika on cheap fare/passage across the ocean. A seeking family, parents and children, facing for the first time the pangs of hunger, sea-sickness and unsanitary conditions. But even so, there were dreams and promises swimming in their heads. And after all, they were going to live with family in this new town and country! But when they arrive in the small community where they were to live and work, something seemed amiss with the Onkle that retrieved them and the Tante that was waiting at home. Would this be the land of adventure they had been longing for or was the whole trip a sorrowful mistake? Read and find out what God has in store for them all. (And for a real treat, read her other Norweigan stories!)

This book was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID

Melissa Jagears “A Love So True”


So easily deceived in her youth, Evelyn Wisely is now deceived that she can never attain the desires of her heart. Ashamed to confide in her parents of a faulty teenage decision, she lives with the memory overshadowing her every day. Her pastor father and mother are not sure why Evelyn draws back from every suitor she meets, but they wait patiently for many years hoping eventually they will have grandchildren during their lifetime. She works hard in a orphanage and loves the children, thinking that these might be the only children she will ever have. When she meets a lively young businessman that wants to help her plight in raising monies to help with a the orphanage and another women’s shelter, she finally decides to try to find out what happened to the man she married. Was he dead? Was she a widow? Thinking that David Kingsman might not live in her town too much longer she sets her plan in motion. What does God have for her for the future?

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This book was given to me by Baker/Bethany Books. All opinions are my own.

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller


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Although this might not be the best of Judith’s novels, I have read several that were excellent and look forward to reading more in the future! She is a gifted writer.

A cute story but not Judith’s best. A little too drawn-out and wordy in length. Hope lost her mother and lived rather privately with her Aunt Mattie. Her father was a traveling preacher and wanted a good and proper life for his daughter. But now she has convinced him to allow her to travel with him out of Pittsburg to a small mining town. Preaching from a train car? Yes, and living in one too! Hope becomes a vital part of the ministry with her music and lovely presence. But when she is drawn into a friendship with the coal mine owner’s son, she is put in some danger. Luke. a pastor in training with her father, falls is love with Hope and makes sure she is protected and watches out for the community as well. By the end of the story, Hope has proved herself a valuable asset and Luke shows his character and integrity.

This book was provided by Baker Books and this review is based on my own opinions.  Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID

 

Tamara Alexander, “A Note Yet Unsung”


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After reading this 5+ star novel it will be hard to go back to reading just regular books. Whether it has something to do with me growing up in Nashville, my paternal aunt attending Ward-Belmont, my father being a musician, and being old enough to somewhat relate to the changing of times during integration and women’s rights, this has to be one of the warmest, interesting, and endearing tales I have read. Ms. Alexander has the way of weaving a story with just enough of new words, just enough descriptions, and moving the story along with excitement. The character development of the violinist, Mrs. Cheatham and others prove the quality of her techniques. How long will we have to wait to read another of her master stories? I will try to be patient, but I will be watching closely to see when the next part of history and life is revealed. And in the meantime, I will hope to visit Nashville once again, my home, my history, filled with friends. Read this book for a look at transcribing music, the value of architect and acoustics, and clean romance in another world. You will be glad you did!

This book was provided by Baker and Bethany Books for my review. All words and comments are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID

Kristi Ann Hunter brings us “An Uncommon Courtship”


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Lord Trent grew up admiring the relationship of his parents. He saw them in an amorous and sincere marriage in their home. His older brother would probably marry first and that was fine with him because he wanted to take his time finding the perfect match. After all, his brother was the first born and bound to be the next Duke. But as they say, there are traps hidden everywhere; wealthy and prominent people must watch their steps. So with honor attached to his character, he finds himself in a precarious and private situation with a lovely but mousy girl as he does some exploring on a nearby estate. He must now marry without love lest he scandalize his family name and ruin her name. Neither were at fault. How will God teach and direct their lives through the early days of living together when they never even courted? Faith and Grace. Read and enjoy this warm tale.

 

This book was free from Bethany Books. All opinions in this review are my own. Mary Young Robinson, Boise, ID.

 

FATAL FROST, Nancy Mehl


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I thoroughly enjoyed reading a little different type of Christian Fiction with more action . The characters were well developed, and the story moved along with excitement. Mercy took on a career in law enforcement even though her estranged father also had the same profession. A young male she grew up with had this occupational dream, and in her encouragement of him pursuing, she did also! But her life began to change as she saw a side of gang life, the Cartel, drugs, and murder that she wasn’t used to so much in her world. Betrayal in her own ranks became devastating. Then her father falls. Now she has even more invested in a baffling case of a missing flash drive that the gang members have killed for. Where is it? For the first time, suspicion surrounds even her. Assigned to the case along with ex-boyfriend and new Christian, Mark, she is placed in a situation where she needs help. She has doubted God most of her life. Will she call on God? Read and see! Great story.

This book was provided by Bethany/Baker Books. These opinions are my own.  Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, Idaho.

THE COTTAGE


Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 2

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As Loni is breathing in the moist air of the Shetlands and meeting all kinds of new people, she realizes that she is becoming “Allonah”, her true given name. The connection to her family that she has been searching for is beginning to appear through hearing, reading and observing. The cultural, language and geographical differences throw her a real curve as she enters this new world. She can hardly believe she is loving oatcakes and tea! When she realizes this acquisition of land and monies is as much of a duty as an inheritance she begins to look at everything in a new light. But what about her “kind of a boyfriend “Hugh, and her high-rolling boss, Maddy in DC? She’s a long way away from her Quaker roots and her big business occupation. She doesn’t count on some new emotions that hit her head-on. What is it really that will encourage her to bond to this land of enchantment? You must read this installment of “Secrets of the Shetlands”. Another great one by Michael Phillips.

This book was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own.
Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID

 

 

Tracie Peterson’s “A Beauty Refined”


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Father loves daughter. Right? Count Graf Von Bergen wants a rich husband for Phoebe, takes her with him to America on a special trip, gives her a personal maid, but what is really deep in his heart? Phoebe has been lonely for years, losing her mother very young to a ship drowning. She and her brother are very different in personality and endeavors and her father is a distant figure most of the time. When Phoebe travels to America, she gets to see a new world in Helena, Montana. Her father is there to purchase sapphires to please a client that makes him very wealthy. Secretly he has already chosen a husband for his daughter. She must comply. Or will she? She feels like a woman for the first time as she meets a young man at hotel who is accompanying a little boy teaching him to swim. When the boy sees Phoebe, he is drawn to her face. He draws her in by asking his friend to teach her to swim. She is unsure, but a relationship for the three develops. Soon it becomes apparent that her father (vatter) has lied to her about her life. The mystery unfolds while in America. This is a story of evil, hate, greed and murder. God’s love wins out for our favorite characters. Read this one for intrigue.

This review is my own and this book was provided by Bethany/Baker Books. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, Idaho

Nice and Healthy Skin As You Age?


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Keeping Skin Healthy at 65!

I don’t usually seek to draw a lot of attention to my appearance for many reasons. #1: I never liked my hair: it was naturally curly and frizzy growing up making it unmanageable, and I lived in a humid climate both in Tennessee and Oregon for many years.

#2: Allowing myself to overeat from negative emotions has certainly not helped my high cholesterol or my waistline! What waistline?? My Apple shape has kept me from feeling as feminine. Wearing the clothes I like becomes harder. I do try to wear colors and styles that help me stay vibrant.

What gift I have appreciated is inheriting good skin. My mother aged well and wrinkled late. There are many reasons that help keep your skin healthy, like not smoking or quitting very young like I was able to do. but there are things we need to know to keep our skin healthy and glowing!

I want to share a few of these things that I use to help and have researched:

A.     Know this word. “Phthalates“. This ingredient in creams and soaps can be hidden as fragrance just as Formaldehyde (a chemical that disrupts hormones) is hidden in products. These nasty culprits also cross into your bloodstream. Could these be interfering with your life as headaches, lung dysfunction or other?

B.     Coconut Oil is beneficial from the inside and outside. I use this as a spread on bread and other, cooking, as a cleanser/moisturizer for my face and in my homemade deodorant. Coconut Oil can actually help you keep from sunburn from the inside as it moisturizes your skin. Before I found out just how helpful it is, I used Olive Oil on my face for many years also.

C     Vitamin C/Rose Hips has been known for centuries as a help for healthy skin as well as a healthy immune system. Whether you rub Rose Hips Oil on your skin or take a healthy C supplement, you want to remember that you might not get enough C during the winter especially when fruit is not in season.

D.     WATER, of course, cannot be left off this list as hydration is very important to skin. I have noticed where I live now in the High Desert of Idaho, that when I don’t get enough water it plays out in several ways, but I see more wrinkles in my skin in the mirror.

E.     CoQ10 is already prescribed by most doctors for those who take Statins and are over 55, but there are many reasons to take this supplement. By boosting cells that contribute to Oxygen, then helps energy and heart function, CoQ10 also plays into the way your skin breathes and looks. There is still confusion over whether Ubiquinol or Ubiquenone is the best so you will have to decide yourself, but the choice is available. (Trans-form is a good signal in creams that it is not synthetic)

F.    Last, but not least, I am adding Goat’s Milk because I have enjoyed it in products like healthy made soaps. I know my list is not exhaustive but I am writing this from my own experiences and reading.(Remember, most store soaps are detergents, not real soap, so I use natural made.)

You might purchase some expensive products thinking you are doing yourself a great service to find out when you read the ingredients that there are things in those cosmetics that will eventually cause more damage to your skin or to your health overall.

I turned 65 this June! Wow. But I do enjoy pretty good skin still and hope that I have helped in some small way on your own journey to keep you skin healthy, happy and glowing!