The House of Moody Avenue by Cellestine Hannemann

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The House of Moody Avenue by Cellestine Hannemann wasn’t my favorite book, to say the least, but I still did enjoy parts of this book.  I had a tough time staying interested in this book.  At times I found it hard to know who was talking.  I also felt the book was rushed in some places and in other places I felt like there were way too many details.  I did like most of the characters in this book though.  I also liked the plot of this book because it was different from anything other than I ever remember reading in the past.   I am sure that is the way I did enjoy parts of this book and why I didn’t want to just stop reading it.  Usually, when I read books that don’t keep my attention I have a hard time finishing them, and I usually give up on them.  I am sure that this book will work for some people, but I wasn’t one of them.

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An eclectic assortment of humanity, with all their foibles and failings, lived in the house on Moody Avenue over a period of ninety years. I tell their stories.

Lisette, her unshakable faith sustaining her, is undeterred in the face of adversity; Julia, a social-climbing snob, sees her world crumble when her children marry inappropriately; Clarence, a Casper Milquetoast bank clerk, absconds with a quarter of a million dollars; Frances, a country girl, comes to the big city to marry a rich man; Sammy, a black man, passes for white.

Beatnik squatters, high on LSD, burn down the condemned ninety-year-old house, leaving it naught but a precious memory in the hearts of those who once sought its shelter.

About The Author

Cellestine Hannemann (born March 28, 1924) is an American author and pioneering figure in the methodology of Oshibana art. Hannemann, née Hofmann, born in Chicago, Illinois, and currently living in California, is best known for developing new processes in the pressing of botanical materials to reduce discoloration and shrinkage. She manufactured a unique press incorporating polyester materials to cushion the plants that became known as “Cellestine’s Press,” and authored a book that is a popular reference guide for plant pressers and Oshibana artists. Hannemann also wrote two novels.

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The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale

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The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale was a sweet story. I loved the plot of this book because I am sure it has happened in the real world before and I always love books that could happen. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I would like to read her other book that she has released. When I think about this book, I just keep thinking about what a sweet story this book was. I did find that this book was predictable, but I loved that I haven’t read a book with this plot before. I felt bad for Jacey and everything that she had to have gone through to get her to where we meet her in this book. I didn’t care that much about Colin throughout the book which isn’t uncommon when I read books in this genre. I was able to predict what was going to happen but I was okay with that because I did enjoy this author writing. If you are looking for a new Christian romance book to read I think that you would enjoy this book just as much as I did.

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Jacey met the man of her dreams a year ago—and hasn’t seen him since. Finally relocating him as the pastor at her best friend’s wedding was the very last thing she expected.

A year ago, Jacey was trapped on a rooftop during a flood with perfect strangers, including a family and a man named Colin. After two days there together, she had no doubt that Colin was the man of her dreams. When they were finally rescued he tucked his phone number into her pocket. But an accident with the rescue boat left her hospitalized with amnesia and PTSD . . . and his number nowhere to be found.

Now, Jacey has still only recovered bits and pieces of her memory from that time. She clearly remembers Colin—but not his last name or any other details that would help her locate him. She’s trying to immerse herself in the joy of her best friend’s wedding . . . when she looks up at the end of the aisle only to discover Colin there in the minister’s role. Shock is an understatement.

On one hand, she’s elated to see him again. And then reality sets in. She never intended to get married or have kids. And being a minister’s wife was definitely never on her list. Was Colin not the man she thought he was? Or has the amnesia changed her more than she realized?

With the typical wit and honesty Celeste Fletcher McHale is becoming known for, it’s time for Jacey to take a fresh look at her life. Could this string of unexpected events have been setting her up for something far better than what she had planned for herself?

About The Author

Celeste Fletcher McHale is a Southern Lit author from Central Louisiana. Her debut novel, The Secret to Hummingbird Cake, is being released through HarperCollins Christian Publishing in February 2016.

Celeste earned a history degree and currently lives on her century-old family farm. She enjoys family, writing, football, baseball, and raising a variety of animals.

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The Paths We Walk Trails by Felicia Ferguson

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The Paths We Walk Trails by Felicia Ferguson was a book that I had a hard time getting interested in and staying interested in.  It is rare that I read books that I struggle with as much as I did with this one.  I only got through just over half of the book before I put it down and just walked away from it.  I am usually able to keep reading a book, but I couldn’t stay interested in this book for some reason.  With that being said though this book was well written and I am sure that most people would enjoy this book, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me.

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Set in Fairhope, Alabama, and the beach resort area of Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s Panhandle, four thirty-something ladies, support each other through the triumphs and hard decisions of life. When their own ladies’ retreat is canceled by the sudden illness of its veteran coordinator, Deli, Jess, Anne, and Lindsay travel to Seaside, Florida, for a local church’s meeting on biblical reflection and meditation. The verses they study bring unexpected insights into their relationships with God, their families, and even themselves.

Single ladies, Deli and Jess, gain greater insight into what it means to be a part of a godly relationship. Deli battles her abuse history and takes a step of faith toward a future she never imagined could be hers. Jess, on the other hand, struggles to come to terms with her failing three-year relationship with a man who has little interest in God and faith. Meanwhile, Anne and Lindsay confront issues of motherhood. Anne’s pre-teen daughter has begun a slow descent into silence and moodiness leading Anne to question her long-held beliefs about parenting. Lindsay has her own questions, but with two young daughters now both school-aged, hers is a battle of mother’s guilt against a possible return to her first love: a career in law.

Their questions are our questions. Their journeys are our journeys. Come join them as they discover their own answers and God’s plan for their lives on The Paths We Walk.

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Faith

Being a follower of Jesus is the most important role in my life. I love being involved in small groups and Bible studies and have made treasured friendships in each. I am a firm believer that each person has a journey that is unique to them. As Christians, our mission should be to support each other on our walks.

Fun

I love to travel and experience new places learn about the culture of the area. The back of my MINI Cooper is covered in decals from the cities and countries I’ve visited. I like to joke that it’s my moving passport! Scotland, England, and Charleston will play supporting roles in the upcoming additions to The Paths We Walk series.

Family

Although I am single, God has surrounded me with a tremendous group of people I call my family. Some are related by blood, others only by love. Without each of them I would not be the person I am today nor would I be growing into the person God sees me be.  I do have two children (four-legged and furry) who keep me on my toes and always make me smile. I call them my “salt and pepper shakers.” Buttercup and Lillie are French Bulldogs and half-sisters from Frenchy Farms in Venice, Florida. 

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Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

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Beyond Justice by Cara Putman was an okay mystery book.  I love mystery books but I tend to get bored with ones that are written by Christian authors because they just stay on the surface and they don’t usually include anything that is super gross in them.  Since this genre is my favorite I tend to like the books that have tons of details and go in deep when they are describing things.  Like I said before I liked this book but I got bored because of how it was written which I am sure makes me in the minority.  With that being said if you love mystery books and hate the ones that have tons of details in them you will love this book.  I also like to pick up books like this when I have been reading a ton of super heavy books because it is nice to read books that a book that doesn’t go so deep from time to time.

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Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It’s why she became an attorney and why she’s so driven in her career. When she’s handed a wrongful death case against the government, she isn’t sure if it’s the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there. She keeps the case alive through sheer determination and more than a little creativity, but then she’s fired by a partner with a vendetta.

Further complicating matters, Hayden keeps finding herself completely distracted by Andrew, her roommate’s cousin. But his father is a Congressman and she’s currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to see either the case—or her—die. Should she fight alone for the dead young man by launching her own unfinanced firm, or abandon the case in order to save her own life?

About The Author

Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life.

An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert School of Management, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.

Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey. She’s currently writing her 25th book with more on the way. Please check out her website to learn more about her books and read first chapters.

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A Fine Piece of Chocolate by Jacqueline R. Banks

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A Fine Piece of Chocolate by Jacqueline R. Banks was a book I had a really time getting through.  I always try and find something good about the books that I review but I didn’t like this book at all, and I was glad when it was finally over.  I couldn’t stay interested in this book and I was just wishing that it would end quickly.  I also felt like this book wasn’t well written and at times it left me confused trying to figure out what was going on in the book.  Like I said before I always try and find something good about a book that I am going to review but I can’t think of anything that I liked or enjoyed about this book.

About The Book

Showing that love doesn’t have to be a four-letter word and that redemption is possible, this novel follows three women all involved in the universal search of finding love. Instead, they find lust, betrayal, compromise, and finally, redemption. Banks sends a powerful message through these characters, encouraging readers to know their values, love themselves, and never compromise what is near and dear to them.

About The Author

Jacqueline R. Banks is a native New Yorker who enjoys reading, writing and life in general. Learn life’s lessons and become a stronger person for it, is her life philosophy. Self-described as a lifelong learner, Banks is a product of the New York City public school system and believes that education opens doors. A graduate of both Hunter College and The City College in New York, Banks became a New York City public high school teacher, enjoying a 28-year tenure.

Always having an interest in why people behave as they do encourage Banks to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Hunter College and a master’s degree in education from the City College of New York. Navigating youth at a tempestuous time in many of their lives and helping to guide them in making wise decisions has been a passion for Banks.

After a brief marriage, which produced one son, Trevor, Banks became an advocate for parents and was ministry leader for the single parent’s ministry at her church, Bethel Gospel Assembly in New York City. Believing in the importance of having a sister circle of friends as well as the male input of “brother friends” to get a complete perspective of life is a way of developing healthy intimate relationships and getting on the path of relationship victory.

 

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