1. The Lord is good; a stronghold in the day of trouble. 2. The Lord is a jealous, avenging God; wrathful on His enemies. 3. The Lord is slow to anger. All three statements fit within the truth that the Lord is good. Here's what that means for us.
Hannah is a woman of faith. She knows God. Hannah was complete and full, more than the wife with many children, because she gave her desires back to the Lord. Because she was humble, and she exalted the only One who can give life
“I know whom I have chosen.” There is a purpose for everyone on earth, even Pharaoh, even Judas. What God is doing, we may not understand now, but afterward (whether later on earth or in heaven), you will understand.
However, You are righteous in everything that has happened to us; For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly. -Nehemiah 9:33 Sometimes I ask myself, is God good, even in this? And while my head may automatically say yes, my heart harbors fear and doubt. But is He really?
"The Christmas Bookshop" is a perfect cozy holiday book for anyone who loves bookstores, romance, Scotland, or women’s empowerment. Pair this great read with mulled wine cupcakes!
"Dream Snow," by Eric Carle, teaches young children about counting to five and animal names using bright, fun colors. I've also included a recipe for coconut cupcakes that look just like snow ... as well as a fun craft.
A fun guide for parents, grandparents, teachers, or other adults to read "How to Catch an Elf" with their children, discuss questions, and bake cupcakes. Also: similar books to read next.
Teeka has been asked by Santa to get the reindeer ready for Christmas Eve, but her mean voice only upsets the reindeer. Teeka must learn an important lesson about kindness, in order to fix the mess she made. Also, a fun cookie recipe to bake with children and enjoy while reading the book.
Fun and informative book for children about Hanukkah, plus a recipe for "donut" cupcakes with vanilla cream filling and raspberry frosting!
This is a fun guide for parents, grandparents, teachers, or other adults to read "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" with their children and discuss questions, bake a recipe, and enjoy an optional craft together. It also contains similar books to read next.
A fun guide for parents, grandparents, teachers, or other adults to read "Never Let a Unicorn Scribble" with their children and discuss questions, bake a recipe, and enjoy an optional craft together. Also contains similar books to read next.
I am thankful for loss. Losing something makes me appreciate what I had, and even more so, what I still have, and who is still with me. I am also thankful for the loss of those I have loved because in this, through this, Jesus draws me closer to Him. No other person can fill the void in my life...
I’m thankful that Hallelujah is a command to praise Yahweh. When I do so, He is blessed, and I can better see how very abundantly I am blessed, and that everything God commands me to do is for my good, especially praising the Maker of all good things.
A person's insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.
I’m so thankful I can go back to the Bible and prayer, and that God’s words are NEVER more than I can listen, because unlike human words which drain, God’s words give rest and restore my soul.
God has all might, all power, all strength, to be and do all we need, and beyond that, even the things we don’t need but we desire. He holds in His powerful hands all sufficiency, the fullness of everything, for every human, animal, plant, all living things.
A steward is one who acts in a place of power for another such as a king, and can use some of the king’s rights and privileges in his absence. But it is temporary. I think that I own and possess material objects and people and my time and abilities. But I am merely a steward holding a place...
Some of us have had partners, parents, bosses, people who yelled at us for taking up space. For not doing things their way. They belittled and criticized and screamed. But You don’t need permission to take up space, or to exist. You were created to do so, and so much more.
I'm thankful for the gift of taste and all the wonderful flavors in this life. But nothing else satisfies our endless hunger and cravings quite like God does. No other flavor is so saturated with delight and satisfaction. I'm thankful we are invited to "taste" the goodness of God.
Regenerate means to regrow something lost, or bring to life something that was dying. Jesus prunes away what is broken, useless, dead, and replaces it with growth, with new life. if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!
Workaholics and perfectionists struggle with something called the “performance trap.” We tend to unwisely base our worth on what we have accomplished each day. God knows what will give me rest, and He desires and plans to graciously give us that rest...read how....
"Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me." Sometimes Jesus calls us to do or endure hard, even impossible things, to suffer, to lose. Like John the Baptist, sometimes we question whether or not He really is good, or really does love us, or really is all-powerful. HE is. Read how...
Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God would be displayed in him.
Early on the first day of the week, after Jesus had risen, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had driven out seven demons. -Mark 16:9
You are a Jew,” said the woman. “How can You ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The actions and faith of these two and all the persecuted are admirable and honorable, and God has a special reward for all of these, His persecuted church.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. These are some of my favorite people in the world. Just being beside them sets others at peace and reminds us to cease striving and find rest.
The Thankfulness Project is a series of devotionals about things I'm thankful for. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Who is or even can be pure in heart? Read on to find out...
The Thankfulness Project is about being thankful for different gifts of God. This one is about those who are merciful, who also will themselves be shown mercy.
The Thankfulness Project is about being thankful for different gifts of God. This one is about being thankful that those of us who hunger and thirst for God's righteousness, we will be filled.
The Thankfulness Project is about being thankful for different gifts of God. This one is about being thankful for the meek, and for the promise that awaits the meek: they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. I'm thankful that God always comforts, no matter how long or deeply or when I need it, better than any human.
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit (the humble) for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven, the blessings of heaven, and the gift of heaven. The Thankfulness Project is a list of things I'm thankful for.
Mary was the sister of Martha and Lazarus. Martha was an achievement addict, as I have been, but Mary prioritized Jesus. By her example, we can let go of the world's pressures to perform, and rest in Jesus daily, and be satisfied in doing only what He commands us, knowing He is pleased.
The Thankfulness Project is a series of devotions on different topics I'm thankful for in the Bible. This is about Gideon, who was fearful, filled with doubts and insecurities, yet God called him a mighty/strong/valiant warrior, and made him so, using his "jars of clay" to shine God's glory through.
An in-depth study of the Book of Ruth, chapter 4, for those who want to study the Bible.
An in-depth study of the Book of Ruth, chapter 3, for those who want to study the Bible.
An in-depth study of the Book of Ruth, chapter 2, for those who want to study the Bible.
An in-depth study of the Book of Ruth, chapter 1, for those who want to study the Bible.
Words are so powerful and beautiful, as is the construction of them to make a language, and the unique words of different languages. Words are one more amazing way God shows off who He is and how He loves us.
The materials were sufficient for them to do all the work. There was more than enough. -Exodus 36:7
Devotions on Thankfulness. This one is about how I can trade despair for praise and find despair dwindle, or diminish entirely.
Ice and snow are formed by the breath of God...a devotional on thankfulness for snow
The reason for God’s patience and long-suffering is to bring me back to repentance, to surrender, to living with and for Him, always, in everything. He desires fellowship with me, He desires every part of my heart, mind, and soul. And He is waiting for me, and you, now.
The Thankfulness Project-devotions. This one is about why we can be thankful for rivers.
The Thankfulness Project- a series of devotions on thankfulness. This one is about being thankful we are to please God first and foremost, not making an idol of people or living to please them.
A project on thankfulness. This one is about types of hugs.
There is nothing so discouraging, so soul-crushing, as slavery. Abuse is a form of slavery... clenching, strangling, controlled, humiliating, indentured servitude. The abused has no rights, receives no pleasures that are not gifted by her master, to dole out as he wills...
A classic tale of redemption, hope, appreciation, generosity, and hopefulness, "A Christmas Carol" should be read every year at Christmas time, a reminder of the hope and joys of the season that can accompany a grateful, kind heart.
I am looking to see all the color in this life, learning to appreciate it and thank God for it, for all the beauty and hope and joy that exist relentlessly even in darkness, like a lamp or a star that will never go out.
Whenever I go for a walk under a canopy of fall leaves, these blood red ones delight me the most, and remind me of the deep color of red wine, His first miracle. When I run through a neighborhood with red leaves scattered like drops of blood on the ground, I smile, remembering the blood of Calvary.
A project on being thankful, devotions about different topics. This one is about thanksgiving, the holiday and the action, and making it a mentality, a daily practice. It is also about how giving thanks leads to a more abundant, complete, joyful life.
A project on being thankful, devotions about different topics. This one is about the fact that though I didn't get to choose any of my own attributes, I can actually be thankful that they were chosen for me, by the One who made me for good purposes and a great plan.
A project on being thankful, devotions about different topics. This one is about thoughts—how to be thankful for them, how to control them, and how to choose positive over negative thoughts, especially for those battling anxiety or depression.
A project on being thankful, devotions about different topics. This one is about what true freedom is, how many of us aren't really living free and why, and how we can find it and be completely free from anything that binds us.
A project on being thankful, devotions about different topics. This one is about being thankful for love, in all its forms, and especially the love of God.
A project on being thankful, devotions about different topics. This is about God giving peace despite anxieties, through thankfulness, through
For those who want to Dig Deeper into the book of Isaiah chapter 1 in Bible study, this lesson includes lots of research, charts, and fun activities.
A project on being thankful, devotions about different topics. This one is about God making me uncomfortable, especially with my sin, so I can shed my old skin and grow.
A project on being thankful, devotions about different topics. This one is about God being where we place our confidence and how to be thankful for Him and in Him and for all His blessings.
For those who want to Dig Deeper into the book of Isaiah chapter 1 in Bible study, this lesson includes lots of research, charts, and fun activities.
For those who want to Dig Deeper into the book of Isaiah chapter 6 in Bible study, this lesson includes lots of research, charts, and fun activities.
In Sleepy Hollow sojourned a schoolmaster named Ichabod Crane. On the autumn night of a party, the story is told of the Headless Horseman, a ghost who seeks a replacement head from any wayward night-traveling villagers for his own missing one.
Because it’s like living with two people. And you want to believe that the good one is the real one, because how could the evil one be real? How can both of these opposite extremes exist in the same person? The mind fragments, and rejects the existence of the wicked one.
A stubborn, hardworking woman inherits a farm and awakens passion in the hearts of three men who all have a dramatic, sometimes dangerous part to play in her life. She must learn to release her pride and make the best choice for herself and her farm.
A Jane Austen classic about love, couples, matchmaking failures, and the interesting way life sometimes works out, with answers we seek being right next door.
“Far beneath the surface of the earth, hidden from the sun and the moon, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories." Zachary finds a book he was in when he was a young boy and nearly opened a door into another world.
Reminiscent of the classic movie "White Christmas," the book "Christmas in Vermont" is perfect for anyone looking for a cozy romantic comedy set in wintry New England, with two people destined for love and a sagacious little girl out to save the world.
Ailsa Rae is an Irish blogger in her twenties with a fatal heart condition in need of a transplant. This book will make you laugh out loud, shed tears for your lost loved ones, and stir you to question why more people don’t donate their organs so that others might live.
Margaret writes small biographies about obscure people long gone. Yet she receives a letter from a famous author, Vida Winter, who's never shared her real autobiography before. Now in her old age, she's invited Margaret to come stay in her mansion and write the story the world has longed to hear.
A wonderful college adventure, filled with first loves, big mistakes, and an unforgettable girl who will break your heart and keep you guessing until the end. Perfect for any John Green fan looking for a tragic comedy about college life through the eyes of a young man obsessed with last words.
A small family in a haunted hotel in winter discovers new ghosts, as well as those that have always haunted the father. Only a young boy with the gift of "shining" can save them. A frightening October read perfect for hungry fans of the classic film.
Three children will play a game against time in a haunted lodge, and must use savvy strategies to outwit an ancient adversary. "Dead Voices" is a clever, creepy middle-grade novel, with restless ghosts, and inanimate objects coming to life, making it reminiscent of "The Shining," but for kids.
A coming-of-age teen novel about family, friendship, and forgiveness; about participating in life and being present, not just as an observer; and about letting go of the things you can't control but still wishing for the happiness of others and contributing as much as you're able.
With her two best friends, Jack and Lola, Emmy will uncover some of the secrets of the Order of Black Hollow Lane and their connections to her father and his disappearance. A fun mystery for fans of English boarding schools, secret societies, and friends who band together against bullies and lies.
Holly’s husband Gerry just died of a brain tumor, and now she has to learn how to be a widow before she has even turned thirty. But Gerry left a series of letters for her to open, one per month, each with a different challenge, which will help her to heal and let go, one step at a time.
This article is about a funny, contemporary dramedy surrounding a lonely introvert and trivia expert who finds a family, romance, and a way to save her beloved workplace bookstore.
Whether you're reading "Where'd You Go Bernadette" by yourself or with a book group, whip up a batch of these blackberry French toast cupcakes and enjoy!
The Bookshop on the Shore tells of one woman’s struggles and successes with unruly children, two new jobs, and a perplexing yet handsome new boss.
Deeply intellectual, full of intriguing debate and perceptive observations, and interspersed with many delightful elements of the classic play Pygmalion. Perfect for anyone who has ever reflected on the world, our own motivations, or the point we are all working towards.
This book will make you desperate to try your hand at cooking Chinese dishes, show you how perception affects joy, and how a neighborhood can come together through the magic of food and love.
Emma's boarding school is in a German castle. A boy named Darcy has just arrived to solve the mystery of his missing twin sister, when Emma finds a magic book that makes anything written come true. A fun YA fantasy mystery for fans of Jane Austen and classic lit.
Summer is here, and it is HOT! So what essential items do you need to beat the heat? I've compiled a list of things that help my family make it through the long, hot months that should help you too!
Hopeful, rewarding, and highly informative, this book is a necessity for all who’ve begun the trilogy following along with the journey of the weary travelers. It is a satisfying ending for all who hoped to see good triumph over evil and the hopes of Middle-earth restored.
Filled with gripping action, wondrous scenery, and deeper revelations of the characters of men when tempted. A new cast of characters will reveal themselves—some as guides, some as hindrances—to what remains of the fellowship. But always there is hope, even during the mighty battle at Helm’s Deep.
Time paradoxes, irie, multiverses: "The Sun Is Also a Star" is filled with the maxims of a perceptive adult, through the eyes and wit of an NYC teen. It will leave you craving Korean food, karaoke, and to sit comfortably answering deep life questions with someone you love.
Rife with hope in the midst of many evils and darkness, a tale of how even a small creature is mightier than he realizes and that friends can always be counted on, especially when most necessary. This book will encourage you to begin or continue your own journey, for friends are always near.
Lizzie thinks she is a good judge of character, but her friend's choices and a few newcomers to town will prove how proud and even prejudiced she can be. A story about romance, pride, class, and wealth, filled with delightful drama.
With powerful imagery and an understandable need for vengeance and retribution as a result of the poignant losses she and her family have suffered, the voice of Beatriz Perez is fascinating and compelling. This book speaks on what it means to be Cuban and resilient.
"A story about a father and a son and mistaken identities and missed chances and vengeance…” with elements of justice, mythology, and questions about the truth in an upstate New York town on the brink of a winter storm.
Filled with all the high school drama and cliches we love, this book is witty, insightful, intelligent, and an entertaining account of a teen’s realizations. Norris is a black, French-Canadian hockey-playing teen loner who just relocated to Austin, Texas, where he literally cannot stop sweating.
"The Stranger Diaries" is a fast-paced mystery that is difficult to put down! Read on for a review of the book along with a yummy orange tea cookie recipe you can make for your book club.
A teenage love story about being faced with cancer and potentially dying at a very young age. "The Fault in Our Stars" is witty, romantic, clever, and surprising, and will teach anyone how to more deeply embrace whatever life you’re given.
As female heroine of her time digs into the past of the families that surround her, Castle on the Rise unveils a fascinating historic web of loyalty, duty, faith, and freedom, and especially the power of a woman, especially in times of revolution. A Perfect read for St. Patrick's Day.
Stella’s optimistic, achieving attitude is a stark contrast to Will’s pessimistic desire to live what’s left of his life outside of hospital rooms, yet both challenge each other to be different. An uplifting look at appreciating what you can do or overcome, regardless of what's holding you back.
Ellis, an aspiring writer at a retreat unveils the story of Corinth Blackwell, a Native American medium who has come to put the spirits of a family's lost children at rest. Both women are more connected than they realize. A ghost tale for those who love a bit of history, suspense, romance, and art.
Noah and Allie met as teenagers in the summer of 1932. She came from wealth and Southern privilege. He was a poor poet. "The Notebook" is a classic, powerful love story about the persistence of hope, the pursuit of love, and the presence of miracles across a lifetime, even in one’s twilight days.
"Hunted" is a tale of magic and new fairy tales, written for any girl who has ever felt out of place in society, who longed to see the edges of another world, who knows magic is real. It is a tale of a huntress who is hunted by a beast who must remember what it means to be human.
"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is a classic children’s book, but it is also a tale of magic, hope, and valiance that can be enjoyed at any age, so long as you still long for adventure and triumphs of good over evil, even by small people and creatures.
There is a ghost living in Xanthe's new home, a mother demanding justice for her daughter. This novel is an interesting historic mystery, about social justice, time travel, and being a misfit in society trying to blend in and discover who she is in two challenging worlds and time periods.
Dumplin' is about deep loss, first love, friendship, finding your compass and accepting yourself, no matter your shape or talents. It’s a perfect read for teens or those who remember those challenging years, especially the struggle of trying to chase that elusive “shadow of perfection.”
With all the awkward hilarity we adore in a romantic comedy, as well as gripping, heartbreaking drama, this book is a clever span across a decade into the lives of three intimate friends, who grow together and apart.
At winter solstice near a weathered pub beside the Thames river, a man washes up, banged-up and nearly dead, with a very young girl, as lifeless as a mannequin. Until she wakes up. Full of town secrets, and old legends, "Once Upon a River" is about a place where miracles and myth follow the river.
Annabelle is a 100-year-old china doll who lives with her family in Kate’s room. She has discovered a secret journal in the library, kept by her missing Auntie Sarah. This is a fun children's book that answers the questions of what dolls think and do when we are asleep at night.
A middle-aged farmer’s wife fascinated by the Tollund man in a museum in Denmark writes a letter to the professor who wrote about him. The man who answers is the curator, someone who will grow to share a deep bond with her and leave both of them questioning their life choices.
Anna worked at a boring mass-produced chocolate factory until a freak accident left her missing two toes and affected her self-esteem. Her former French teacher gets her a job at a prestigious chocolate shop in Paris. This is a hilarious feel-good comedy about longing, perfection, and chocolate.
Filled with hilarious, sarcastic humor from a man in a backward baseball cap, innocent judgments from an elderly lady, and reevaluations of life choices culminating in needed positive changes, "Catching Christmas" is a quintessential Christmas romantic comedy to cozy up with.
On a seaside cliff near a castle which houses the kingdom’s library, a baby girl was left to be raised by the hoary librarians. Deep in the nearby woods is the mages’ floating school where a magic book awaits translation. This story is a fantasy world to be savored and magic discovered.
Two sisters are preparing for harvest to end and winter to arrive, one is engaged to a farmer, and one is as wild as the autumn winds and her namesake. Their lives are changed when a blond stranger appears to rebuild his old family house, and capture both of their hearts. A tragic, romantic fantasy.
Olivia comes across a weeping woman about to throw a small black book into the river. As she snatches the book, the woman warns her to stay away from large places when the mist rises. Stick to small spaces. This book is fun, clever, and creepy for children and adults.
A psychiatrist attempts to untangle the connection between artists and their secret histories in order to understand and save the tortured mind of a brilliant, attractive man. A fascinating blending of psychology, art, and obsession with the past, and how it paints who we allow ourselves to become.
A tale of interconnected people across a century who have suffered loss and lived within the haunted walls of Birchwood Manor, often unknowingly beside its ghost. "The Clockmaker’s Daughter" hosts a web of intricately interlaced characters and is a treasure of the history of a house’s skeletons.
"The House on Foster Hill" is a gripping, haunting story of two women who seek to uncover the whole truth about a powerful, long-standing evil, and who choose to fight back and have hope even amidst the most terrifying circumstances.
"The Bone Witch" is an intelligent, consuming fantasy with an intricate world to unfold of magics, cultures, and classes with a girl who upends the status quo in order to save their world and its asha. She never meant to raise her brother from the grave, but she is more powerful than they imagined.
"The Distant Hours" is an engrossing unveiling of family secrets, the motivations of human nature, and the elaborate strides taken to protect what we deem most valuable. From the first pages, imaginations are captured by the dark tale of the Mud Man and all he symbolizes in this haunted tale.
With elements of ancient Judaism intertwined with sci-fi and a heavily post-apocalyptic fervor, "Strange the Dreamer" is a frightful lesson about the effects of genocide, fear, and hate against the power of knowledge.
A classic story about two self-indulgent creatures who are both the same parts of one dark soul, mirroring that which we all have within us. "Wuthering Heights" is an addicting indulgence for anyone who has ever loved a despicable character.
"Tiffany Blues" is a creative answer to the mysterious question of how the real Laurelton Hall came to be burned in a fire after many years of neglect, and an embellished, thrilling story of the lives of the artists who might have studied there.
"The Shortest Way Home" is a delightful escape to California wine country accompanied with reevaluation of life goals and a homage to taking a chance on your dreams (or finding new ones) no matter what age. You'll crave good wine and cheese, and the views of a gorgeous sunset over a vineyard.
"The Hobbit" is a must-read for anyone who would enjoy reading of grand adventures from their own hobbit-hole. This book review and discussion guide also include a delightful recipe.
"Jane Eyre" is an orphaned governess who develops romantic feelings for her employer. This novel is one of the most tragically brilliant pieces of Gothic fiction ever written, at times satisfying everything and nothing in a whirlwind of passion and drama that will appeal to readers for all time.
Find a recipe for Harry Potter-themed pumpkin pasty cupcakes along with discussion questions for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"—perfect for any book club.
Guernsey is a small English island of hope, a place that proves that even the oddest and most contentious characters can bond through literature and shared hardships.
"The Magician’s Nephew" is an inspiriting magic adventure about the ancient battle of good and evil, and a protest against slavery and the unkind treatment of others (and animals), especially those under our power or authority. It is also the prequel to "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."
Spinning Silver is a fast-paced fantasy novel overflowing with well-spun together variations of old fairy tales and a large cast of characters.
"Willa of the Wood" is a suspenseful, empowering adventure for older children and teens, and a lesson for all of us to live in harmony with nature and animals and to never allow greed to control our desires.
Snarky, broken, and completely endearing, Loveday Cardew of The Lost for Words Bookshop is someone you'd love to befriend. Her triumphant, tragic literary story will have you cheering her on through every page, and desiring your own book quote tattoo.
Miranda loves her uncle's bookstore, but she must solve one last series of riddles he left her there after dying in order to discover the truths about her family. "The Bookshop of Yesterdays" is a fun little mystery/drama for anyone who loves riddles, bookshops, or literature.
Fat Girl on a Plane a hilarious revealing of the fashion industry and the struggles of overweight women, and is a testament that women need to learn to love ourselves more, and compare less, while achieving our goals.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a cool breeze of Night Court air, and while contentions gurgle below the surface, it remains a deeper insight into a city and a world that dreams of peace, hope, and starlight.
"A Court of Wings and Ruin" is the culmination of the great war that has been building up for the last two novels and the satisfying answer to several questions posed by the series.
A huntress with an artist's soul and a dark, fallen Prince in the land of night become part of a new alliance developed to stop a terrible king. It is filled with clever, delightful revelations and is a tribute to the stars, those who wish on them, and the dreams that are answered.
Peppered with wonderfully dry wit, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is about accepting life’s unforseen ambushes, and will be an exceptional delight for readers who’ve dreamed of choosing which books to sell in a bookstore.
Part love story, part tragedy, "Love and Ruin" is a raw and heartbreaking historical fiction, exposing war, death, and the things that give life worth, told through the voice of Hemingway's second wife, Martha Gellhorn, a great journalist and novelist.
Reminiscent of the original "Beauty and the Beast" fairy tale in an intricate world of power and magic, "A Court of Thorns and Roses" is an alluring dark fantasy that burns like a wildfire, where no creature or story is what they seem to be.
Something Like Happy is chaotically funny and raw with grave tragedy. It encourages even the most sorrowful to find small ways to make ourselves, and those we’re accustomed to not even see, somewhat happier.
With clever twists, quick suspense, and engrossing tales interwoven in the storyline, "The Hazel Wood" will make you yearn for answers from grim stories you’ve truly never heard before.
Chanel Cleeton captures more than the essence of Cuba, she brings a country and its passions to life, while showing how to hold empathy even for an enemy and fury even for a comrade. Our hearts are broken at each loss and each death, yet still somehow filled with hope, like a true Cuban.
A brilliant, creative foray into sci-fi and the great "what if" questions adults have forgotten to ask. For anyone who's forgotten how to love, how to be happy, or the importance of living in harmony.
A book discussion of "A Wrinkle in Time" and a French toast cupcakes recipe inspired by scenes from the book.
A castle in a forest inspires the stories of three women scattered across centuries. An empowering historical drama and love story, with a fairy-tale castle's story written in generations of stone.
"Ginny Moon" is a fascinating window into the mind of an autistic teen girl. It will leave you captivated, sympathetic, and hopefully, encourage you to slow down and take life one question at a time.
Sara Smythe was the managerette of then-new luxury apartments in NY. 100 years later, Bailey is renovating the apartments. How did Sara wind up in jail for murder? An engrossing tragedy of the lost Gilded Age.
Charming and filled with mouth-watering descriptions, "The Simplicity of Cider" will make you long for homemade cider and dance under the apple trees.
Eleanor Oliphant, lonely and literally scarred by the past, is desperate to connect with someone. A woman who scorns the conventions of polite society, Eleanor is hilarious, tragic, and triumphant.
Comical and merry, "Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery" is an honest look at the misunderstandings that can occur when people fear to trust and love one another.
Daniel Sempere, 10 yrs old, selects an obscure novel from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, not knowing that his selection of Julian Carax and uncloaking his mysteries will endanger and begin his life.
Quentin is a high school boy who lives next door to the girl of his dreams, who takes him for a night of adventure then disappears. He must unravel her clues to find the paper town and the paper girl.
A psychological thriller about five women who carry ghosts and long-buried secrets, and the one reporter whose curiosity led to unraveling the tragic truths that began at a demolished apartment site.
Painful yet hilarious, this book is one of the most brutally honest and necessary teen novels of our time, about mental disorders, hope, and humor, even when you sometimes have to ride the spiral downward.
Two young boys who wander along dangerous coastlands and discover a rifle will lead to such monstrosities that one will suppress them as an adult, leaving only his brother to tell their horror story.
A humorous foray into summer love and second chances at Butternut Lake, featuring a librarian mother who loves Jane Austen, her rebellious teen, and a sympathetic listener, a Labrador named Murphy.
Many heroes will rise in this last installment of the series, and prejudgments will be shattered when “I open at the close” and beloved characters greet death like an old friend.
Filled with the beautiful poetry of magic and the thrilling dangers of corruption, "Uprooted" is saga for anyone who’s wondered what became of the beauty who lived in a tower with a dragon sorcerer.
Tropical Mimosa Key holds a stinky bait shop refashioned into a heavenly oasis of fragrant oils and new life for a young widow, where tragedy becomes sweet serenity.
A young girl named Frances is relocated to her mother’s hometown in England during WW1. A country in despair seeks hope, and a neighbor finds peace in the magic of the Cottingley fairies.
An NY lawyer visits her grandmother’s hometown in Maine to deliver a letter, but is met by mishaps. This book is a hilarious look at the choices that drive our impulses, and a glimpse of lost youth.
"The Life She Was Given" is enthralling and tragic, evoking pity and sympathy for both children and animals, and the choices others thrust upon the innocent.
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe will make you long for a cute little cafe on the corner with a bench under a pear tree, where you can eat baked yumminess, and maybe even be kissed by a handsome man.
"The Café by the Sea" is a humorous look at the contrast between city and country life, and where our souls long to rest.
Harry Potter discovers a book owned by a mysterious Half-Blood Prince, and meetings with Dumbledore will reveal more about Tom Riddle than anyone else knows, including the key to undoing immortality.
"My Cousin Rachel" blurs the boundaries of reality and deception, and what is morally right. See if you can determine who is innocent or guilty, and of what crimes.
Sara grew up with an embarrassingly eccentric grandmother named Mags and her hippie friends. But death brings Sara back to a small town to learn about the woman she hardly knew and her lost love.
If you're planning on hosting a book club gathering for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," here are some great discussion questions, a tasty recipe, and recommendations for further reading!
As a child, Leisl played in the woods with the Goblin King and promised to wed him one day. He has returned to seduce her into a magic world where she will hunger, play music and burn slowly for him.
Harry will have to use every bit of wit his friends have to survive the tournament in this thrilling, wise tale of triumphing over impossible odds through the aid of friendship and hard work.
Learn Joanna Gaines' secrets to overcoming hard life lessons in this encouraging story about Magnolia, filled with the wisdom and humor of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Read on for my review and recipe for pecan pie bites!
The Night Sister exposes generations of beastly family secrets and the monsters that hide in dark towers.
Discussion questions for the third "Harry Potter" book, plus a delicious "Chocoballs" cupcake recipe to accompany your book club night.
Love Harry Potter? Looking to discuss the second book and make a treat inspired by the series? In the second book, Harry must use his abilities and overcome the scorn of his peers to try to save a dear friend from dying when the Chamber of secrets is reopened by the heir of Slytherin.
This book is the perfect retreat for anyone who’s ever worked their hardest and failed anyway. It's about a girl who's always loved baking fresh bread and features a handsome honey-maker and a puffling.
Nina is a former librarian who adores books and is searching for a way to unite readers with their perfect book. So she leaves the big city for a small town in Scotland, with a van of books to sell.
With gorgeous Scottish landscape descriptions, this is a story about forbidden love, poignant art, and the connection between all those who live and work on the island with the mansion between tides.
With even more odd photos, Hollow City is an urgent necessity for those itching to know what happens next to the Bird and peculiar children in war-devastated London as they seek to defeat the hollows.
An abandoned orphanage on the coast of Wales with a suitcase of odd photographs will disclose what Jacob's grandfather meant about peculiar children and what happened on September 3rd, 1940.
The fairy king—a children's story. A legend says that an entire village in a town called Reliance mysteriously disappeared one day. There was a little girl named Lisa who was believed to have also disappeared...
On a shore in Scotland is a sea house where two tales unravel, one of them being about a woman renovating the house who found mermaid bones beneath the floor. The other, a reverend obsessed with finding proof.
A weekly Fish Fry at the Kingfisher Inn brings together a teen boy with a magic knife, a teen girl who cooks in a tasteless kitchen, and another boy who follows ghosts into the past.
In a "Dark, Dark Wood" is a large house with glass walls, host to a hen party that ends with Leonora Shaw in a hospital room, trying to remember the last violent night with an old friend and crazy MOH.
A creative writing professor must prove her innocence in a hit and run for which she has been framed, an event that echoes the loss of her daughter years ago, from which she never fully recovered.
At thirty, Josey spends her free time hiding from her controlling mother in her secret, second closet usually filled with forbidden sweets and travel magazines, until a waitress appears in it, whose advice changes everyone's lives.
Buried in the woods of Cornwall is the Lake House, frozen the day when a little boy disappeared. Detective Sadie contacts the aged mystery-novel author who lived there to find the missing baby.
"Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers is a story of love’s continuous mercies and how a woman who never dared to hope discovers that happiness can be found if we’re willing to forgive ourselves.
"The Witch of Blackbird Pond" centers on a 17th-century girl forced to move to Connecticut. Living near the recent Salem witch trials, she must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice for those she loves. Here are discussion questions, a themed recipe, and similar books for teachers to use in class.
"Garden Spells" is a perfect beach-day book that exudes the smells and flavors of summertime no matter what season it is and reveals what it means to be part of a family, no matter how eccentric.
Huguette Clark, an incalculable heiress and a “a shy ten-year-old throughout her life,” may be one of history’s most fascinating enigmas of all time, and this book a labyrinth of her many riddles.
Watchman forces us to watch heroes fall, rediscover the beginnings of bigotry and prejudice, and reassess survival in a small town, even if it means sacrificing part of yourself.
With layers of metaphor, this novel redefines prejudice and contrasts, through children's eyes, the barriers adults create. It reevaluates beliefs and their roots, and seeks trinkets in knotted trees
"Little Women" is about four young women in New England who use creativity and generosity to overcome the frustrations of maturity with “humor, pathos,” and wisdom. This is a rare type of novel that sympathizes with each character's vices and joys and teaches about life with grace.
In North Carolina, in the backyard of the Waverly home, there is a magic apple tree that blooms in fall and throws apples. Waverly women are known for each having their own magic abilities as well.
"A Paris Apartment" by Michelle Gable is a historical fiction novel set in Paris, told by an auction furniture specialist who finds the journals of an 1890s courtesan in her abandoned apartment.