Saturday, February 24, 2018

Spotlight Feature!


Today, I will post a spotlight of books I recommend, and you can comment sharing your thoughts.
As a homeschooler, I hope to feature fellow homeschooled authors frequently.

I am a Christian, so I expect the comments to be clean in word and description- kind and encouraging- not only to the author, but also to the other commenters and always glorifying to God. I reserve the right to delete any comment I find rude or offensive.


Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I will do a new spotlight, God willing, every Saturday.

If there is a book you would like me to spotlight or you are an author, you can email me and I will look in to the book.

If I have reviewed the book that I am doing a spotlight on I will put a link to my review in the spotlight.

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Kaylee Harrison

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For my first spotlight I am doing my favorite (This is the BEST series I have ever read!) book series...

The Baker Family Adventures

THE BAKER FAMILY ADVENTURES:

The Baker Family Adventures series follows the exciting lives of Mr. and Mrs. Baker and their four children: responsible Phil, sensible Abby, daring Andy, and inquisitive Tom. The Bakers are a Christian homeschooling family who, in their desire to help others, frequently find themselves in dangerous situations where they must grow in courage and learn important lessons of godliness.

Summer of Suspense (Baker Family Adventures Book 1) by C. R. Hedgcock

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When Phil, Abby, Andy, and Tom Baker hear that their cousin Millie will visit their farm for the summer, little do they imagine what a dreary time they will have with the snobbish girl. But when Millie disappears, life quickly becomes anything but dreary.

What starts out as a summer of chores and horse-riding on the farm turns into a cross-country adventure, as the Bakers find themselves matching wits with a notorious jewelry thief who pulls them into her web. Aided by a seasoned detective, the Bakers confront numerous dangers in their search for Millie, all while attempting to foil the plot of a major crime ring—making it a summer they will never forget.

Filled with mystery and intrigue, Summer of Suspense contains important lessons of Christian courage, humility, submission to authority, and repentance before God and man.

Peril on Providence Island (Baker Family Adventures Book 2)

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The Bakers are full of excitement as they head to the English countryside to celebrate Grandfather Wilson's eightieth birthday.

When an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer's Disease tells a tale of treasure lost on the high seas, the Bakers are sure she has confused reality with fiction. But as they find information that supports Old Marge's story, they begin wondering whether there is truth in it after all.

Can the discovery of an ancient treasure help Old Marge stay in her beloved cottage and out of a nursing home? This question sends the Bakers on a swashbuckling adventure of mystery and peril, following an old diary through mysterious caves and a maze of clues in search of the missing treasure. Along the way, their quest is marked by amazing providences that point to this key conclusion: God's ways are always right and true

Riddle of the Ruby Ring (Baker Family Adventures Book 3)

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The skies are clear, the weather is beautiful, and the Bakers are eager to welcome a new family, the Wilburs, to the farm next-door. Phil, Abby, Andy, and Tom Baker are learning how to relate to their new friends when they discover a mysterious crate hiding an ancient ruby ring which triggers strange activity on the Wilburs’ farm. A trail of clues leads to two conflicting stories of strife in the Old West, but it seems that the theft and aggression surrounding this ring haven’t stayed in the past. When the safety of both families is threatened, it’s up to the Bakers to figure out what is going on before it’s too late.

Can the Bakers bring an end to a legacy of conflict and restore honor to a tarnished family name? Can Andy learn the secret of his older brother’s courage? And, can they solve the baffling riddle of the ruby ring?


The Treacherous Trail (Baker Family Adventures Book 4)


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The Bakers and the Wilburs have become such good friends that they decide to vacation together at a lovely wilderness lodge. While the ladies and girls enjoy the lodge’s luxurious facilities, the men and boys go camping in the surrounding wild. They expect their greatest thrills to come from horse-riding, canoeing, and hiking, but the trip changes when they find an injured hiker. Then the hiker disappears with most of their supplies, and they’re stranded with little food, no communication, and a long trip back to civilization. What’s more — there are some very strange things going on in this forest, and the mysterious hiker seems to be at the center of them.

Mr. Baker must get his team back to safety with no supplies or means of contact, saddled with a thief who will not speak. Phil is forced to act like a criminal when thrown into a company of bad men, and the twins must survive in the wilderness with a man they do not trust.

Who is really Jigson? What is going on in the forest? And will they come out alive?

Prisoner of the Pyrenees (Baker Family Adventures Book 5)

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The Bakers are minding their own business when Briosa Del Quera bursts into their lives. She is an orphaned Catalan girl who is still reeling from her grandfather's death. His last words instructed her to find people called ‘Baker’ and get in contact with a secret agent they know—but Jigson has gone missing in suspicious circumstances and not even his agency is able to contact him.

Detective Mortimer says that Mr. Jigson was last seen in the Pyrenees mountains, and the Bakers are determined to find him and help Briosa get to the bottom of the plot against her grandfather. But as their journey through northern Spain becomes a breathless race to avoid villains and meet allies, they begin to wonder if Briosa has really told them everything. . . .

From a desperate car-chase to a stealthy escape from a Spanish fortress, the Bakers are tested to the limits of their courage and their trust in the Lord. Can they find Jigson and stop a global conspiracy, or will they all become prisoners of the Pyrenees?

Iceland Intrigue (Baker Family Adventures Book 6)

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When Phil Baker has trouble with an invention he’s building for a competition, Detective Mortimer arranges a meeting for him with a mysterious and brilliant inventor who may have the solution. The only catch is that reclusive Sigurd lives in Iceland ... in hiding.

Phil, grieving the loss of a friend, is more determined than ever to keep his family out of an adventure—but when they discover an organization with a machine that can trigger natural disasters, they know they’ve landed right in the middle of one. The organization leader says he wants to help the world, but with an old enemy at his right hand, his claim is hard to believe.

If the Bakers foil the plan of one villain, could they be furthering the plans of a worse one? How does Sigurd know so much about both of them? With the organization on the brink of unleashing destruction in a land of fiery volcanoes, and the future of the world at stake, the Bakers have to beat the countdown of “Earthquake The 2nd” and find out how much of the situation they understand ... and how much is still intrigue.

Hunting in the Highlands (Baker Family Adventures Book 7)

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After the perils of Iceland, the Bakers plan to enjoy a relaxing vacation with their relatives, the Drakes, in Scotland. Andy goes deer stalking with Uncle Clive, Abby goes horse-back riding and sightseeing with Phil and their cousin Millie, and Tom travels with his parents to the Isle of Bute.

Three incidents throw the trip into a spiral of confusion, and, scattered across Scotland, the Bakers have clues that don’t seem to belong to the same puzzle. A government weapon has fallen into the hands of a top-secret academy, and the only way to stop the spread of dangerous lies is to find the weapon and discover the significance of the name ‘Haelix.’

Who was the desperate poacher? Can Millie help Detective Mortimer solve the mystery while the Bakers’ favorite secret agent is being pursued in a relentless Highland manhunt? And can Phil and the twins reach him before it’s too late?

A race across the moors, a clue beneath the waves of Loch Ness, and an ever-shifting game of strategy—everyone is hunting for a long-hidden message that could affect the future of the free world.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Blog Tour and Book Review of Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher!!!

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Genre: Historical romance  
Release Date: February 6, 2018

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes. Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way—just in time. In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.
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My review

Genre: Historical Romance.

My Rating: 1 and ½ Stars.

Recommendation: I don’t recommend this book, as much as I tried I couldn’t finish this book.

My favorite character is: I didn’t really like any of the characters, with exception of Silo and Matthew. Phoebe Starbuck is spoiled and inconsiderate. Only caring for herself, to me she seemed weak, and she didn’t really care for Captain Foulger, it seemed like she loved that he was rich and popular. Matthew is okay he is trying to protect Phoebe from Captain Foulger.

There are some spoilers, sorry.

Reasons I didn’t like Phoebe’s Light, Captain Foulger was married to a woman in another country when he married Phoebe, he treats Phoebe badly, he has Silo whipped for no reason, and leaves her on an island when he think she is dying. I personally don’t like the age gap between Phoebe and Captain Foulger, especially since he has a daughter Phoebe’s age who doesn’t like Phoebe. There was no redeeming value or lessons learned from these negative things.

Warning: Captain Foulger is killed, but when he is killed is not shown.

I did like that the book was well researched and it was neat reading about whaling.

I don’t mean to hurt Miss Fisher, but Phoebe's Light was not a book that I liked and I only read the required 80% of the book. It doesn't mean that you won't like Phoebe's Light.  If you enjoyed it, please tell me why in the comments!

I did not read all of the book so I don't know if there is anything else that would be a reason not to read Phoebe's Light.

I received this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review and the thoughts are my own.

About the Author

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing, The Newcomer, and The Return in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

A Stroll down Petticoat Row Thirty years ago, I talked my sister into going on a trip to Nantucket Island. It’s one of those places that had always intrigued me. As a girl in the 1930s, my mother’s family vacationed in Nantucket; she even has a lightship basket to show for it. I expected the island to be interesting and beautiful, and it certainly did not disappoint. But something else happened as I walked down Centre Street one morning. This island captured my imagination in a way that’s hard to put into words. At the risk of sounding a tiny bit sun touched, I could practically see 19th century people on the roads, hear the “thee’s and thou’s” in their speech, even smell the strong scents of a bygone century—the musky perfume of rendered whale oil, the burning wood of the blacksmith, all mingled with the bracing sea air. Centre Street has a local nickname: Petticoat Row. It comes from the 1800s, when men were at sea for long periods and women stepped into their shoes to keep businesses going. Nantucket women gained a reputation for being strong and capable. Their competence was encouraged by the Society of Friends (Quakers), the island’s dominant religion, which believed in the equality of men and women in all aspects of life. That hasn’t changed. Today, half of all Nantucket businesses are run by women. Petticoat Row stuck in my mind, and eventually became the hook to contract a series of historical fiction with Revell Books. The ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series covers the rise and fall of Nantucket’s whaling period, when it became the wealthiest port in the world. First up is Phoebe’s Light, releasing in February 2018, a novel about a spirited young woman who seeks her fortune only to find out she already had it. After reading about Phoebe, I hope you’ll consider planning a trip to Nantucket (though try to go off-season. The population swells five times in the summer!). When you go, include a stop at the Petticoat Row Bakery (35 Centre Street)—the very location where Phoebe grew up, albeit a few centuries ago. Don’t leave the island without trying the Morning Glory Muffins, an island favorite. So worth the trip!
Nantucket’s Famous Morning Glory Muffins
Ingredients: 1 ¼ cup sugar
2 ¼ cup flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup raisins
2 cup grated carrots (4 large)
1 apple, shredded
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
½ cup pecans or walnuts
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
Instructions:
Sift together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.
Add the fruit, carrots and nuts and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with oil and vanilla.
Combine with dry ingredients and blend well.
Spoon batter into cupcake tins lined with muffin papers.
Fill each cup to the brim.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.
These muffins needs 24 hours to ripen their full flavor.
They freeze extremely well. Recipe courtesy of Pamela A. McKinstry, Sconset Café

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Bigreadersite, February 27
Bibliophile Reviews, February 28
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Psalm 100:4 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,     and his courts with praise!     Give thanks to him; bless his name! (ESV Bible.) ...

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