Review: The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund

The Preacher’s Bride is an engaging, skillful narrative. The intriguing cover drew me in and as I read I was immediately transported and immersed in the day to day lives of the Puritans of 17th century England. Some reviewers have erroneously hinted that The Preacher’s Bride takes place in America in Amish country. Set in the framework of the rancor between English Royalist and the Puritans, the book’s message is that enduring faith, children and family trump persecution. I was unable to put the book down until I learned the fates of John Costin, a tinker “called to mend souls not just kettles” and his housekeeper. Elizabeth Whitbread, the heroine of this refreshing Christian historical romance, is a compassionate, persistent and perceptive young woman bent on protecting and nurturing the children of the recent widower. “My conscience before God will not allow me to stand idly by,” says Elizabeth. Author,. . .

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Into the Wild by Lerryn Korda

Into the Wild by Lerryn Korda Genre: Children’s Book Age range: 1 yr – 3 yrs Pages: 26 Hardcover w/ card stock pages Date Published: March 2010 Publisher: Candlewick Press Imagination goes a long way when four friends play together — even when they stay close to home — in a fresh, enticing story for preschoolers. Gracie is packing her knapsack. She’s going away into the wild, she tells Little Nye, Nella, and Lester — and she’s not sure whether her friends have what it takes to come along. Are they brave enough to climb mountains and camp outside in the dark? Can they sit very still and wait for fish to bite? Are they truly prepared to explore . . . the wild patch at the end of the backyard garden? Into the Wild, Playtime with Little Nye is a cute book. It is a wide and different shape. . .

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