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Full Steam Ahead - Another Favorite from Karen Witemeyer

Witemeyer has done it again. At this rate, she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her last novel, Stealing the Preacher, was a keeper--needless to say, I had high expectations this time around. She did not disappoint.

In Full Steam Ahead, our heroine, Nicole Renard, has a mission--to live up to her father's expectations. Namely, find a husband (...aka an heir to Renard Shipping) before it's too late! Throw into the mix a lifelong rivalry with a shipping competitor, the Jenkins, and the coveted Lafitte Dagger, and Nicole is on the run from trouble while trying to secure a husband, as per her father's wishes. Along the way she meets Darius Thornton, a reclusive "mad" scientist obsessed with testing boiler explosions.

I loved this book--I wanted to savor it and enjoy the story, but I couldn't put it down at the same time--I was too connected to the characters. Darius and Nicole are interesting, unique, and fun characters, and Witemeyer's excitin…

Miracle in a Dry Season - A Unique, Charming Read

I'm glad I picked up Sarah Loudin Thomas' debut novel. Miracle in a Dry Season. It's a classic tale of forgiveness and healing--of pride and humility. Perla Long comes to 1950s Wise, West Virginia to escape her past. Instead, her past follows her right to town--and all the judgement that goes along with it. The townsfolk of Wise are battling a drought and looking for a miracle; a miracle that, seemingly, Perla can provide. Let's not forget bachelor Casewell Phillips--he has a strong lesson to be learned in pride and forgiveness. 

Miracle in a Dry Season made for a nice, light summer read. It had a whimsical element to it, a Spiritual side, and a hint of romance. I enjoyed reading it--it was easy to learn a lesson with engaging characters like Perla and Casewell. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A Keeper - Goodnight, Ark

I really loved Goodnight, Ark. I would go so far as to say it has become one of my favourite, most treasured picture book.

Goodnight, Ark is a fun slant on the classic Noah's Ark story--it's bedtime, but the animals are afraid from the storm. Poor Noah has a myriad of animals in his bed and has to find a way to keep calm and order. It makes a nice bedtime story to read together with your child.

I loved it. Why? A few things.

1. Everything rhymes. Sassi retells a classic story in a brand new way, but she also makes it rhyme. It's fun to read aloud and the rhythm makes it even more enjoyable for children.

2. The illustrations. They are full of color, action, silliness, and softness--children will take time to investigate all the details of the picture. The illustration made the book for me. They are beautiful.

I highly recommend this book. It's cute, it's fun, and it's brilliantly illustrated.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an h…