Through poetry, Penny J. Johnson explores memories from childhood like this one in “Chicken a la King.” But, The Last Time We Were Children is more than remembering. Her poems describe descending sledding hills, climbing mountains, and playing in fields and fairgrounds. They also profoundly cast light—both with humor and […]
Now available in paperback and for Kindle! In 2012, While Bethlehem Sleeps awakened readers to reflect on the Christmas story through poetry depicting character sketches, Advent themes, and seasonal musings. This expanded edition provides devotional insights with poetic highlights. Activities at the end of each daily reading assist in extending […]
In September 2001, I joined my first book club. I recall my excitement at seeing the announcement in our church worship folder. As a young mom struggling for writing time and craving adult interaction, this book club was an ideal outlet. I remember the first book these women and I […]
Four Stars Run away to the circus. It is not an unheard of means of escaping reality. But, what if running away to the circus means hiding under the cover of the Big Top while WWII bombs burst overhead? The circus becomes a family for cast-offs through various circumstances, and […]
Four Stars Here is a story nestled in a secluded moor where reality pays a visit but rarely stays for long. It’s a century’s trove of secrets and memories decaying and reborn. Just like Evelyn Talbot, you will never want to leave Tall Chimneys.
Five Stars I loved the historical perspective about the Dutch art world in The Girls with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. The first-person narrative was especially effective in conveying the possible story behind Vermeer’s painting. Highly recommended!
Five Stars The Alice Network by Kate Quinn connects characters from both World Wars with historical integrity and fascinating fiction. This is a must-read for anyone interested in women’s roles during wartime and what they risked to save lives including their own.
Five Stars Finding the key is only the beginning to unlocking the compelling story of these in-depth characters. I can’t wait to read more of Hughs’ books!
Four Stars The Girl in the Picture by Kerry Barret tells the story of a present-day mystery writer moving to a small, England town only to discover an unsolved murder surrounding the family who lived in her house in 1855. Quite simply, this is a good, clean read. I finished the book […]
Five Stars Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is the definition of an epic epoch. Not only is this book centered around a specific time period–The Middle Ages–during the building of the cathedrals in Europe, it is a stunning volume of intrigue, scandal, and history-based story-telling. Do not be discouraged by the […]