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Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery
Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery
by Melinda Marchiano
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story of courage and faith, Nov. 21 2010
Review by Jill Williamson

In Grace: a memoir, then thirteen-year-old Melinda Marchiano tells her story. First she was sick and weak. So she went to doctor after doctor trying to find out what was wrong. And after several appointments, she received the diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Melinda takes the reader through her entire journey. Her surgeries, chemo, transfusions, loss of hair, her high moments, and her darkest hours. Through it all, she fought to hold tight to God, her family, and ballet.

The subtitle of this novel is: "A child's intimate journey through cancer and recovery." That's exactly what it was. I felt like I knew Melinda by the time I closed the book. Her story of courage and faith is honest and inspiring. The book is filled with pictures, showing us the fun moments Melinda had while trying to live each day to its fullest. The pictures of her doing ballet are stunning. She amazes me. I'm wiser to have shared this journey with her by reading her story. We could all learn a lot about life from Melinda. We all have a story. I'm so thankful that Melinda shared hers with us all. I highly recommend you check this book out.

Valley of Bones
Valley of Bones
by Eric Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.40
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative, clever, and fascinating, Nov. 21 2010
This review is from: Valley of Bones (Paperback)
Review by Jill Williamson

I've been waiting and waiting for this one. It's all coming down to one fierce battle in Valley of Bones, the third installment of Eric Wilson's Jerusalem's Dead trilogy. Gina is reunited with her long lost love and gets to meet another family member she hasn't seen in years. Natira and the Akeldama Collectors are working hard to destroy all the Nistarim, but Cal's secret weapon is something they didn't consider.

A Christian vampire trilogy. That's what best-selling author Eric Wilson created with his Jerusalem's Dead books. I found all three creative, clever, and fascinating. This third book tied up all the mystery created in books one and two. The final battle was awesome in my mind, though I'd love to see it on the big screen. If you like vampire stories, biblical history, archaeology, and suspense, you must check out this series. If you've already read books one and two? What are you waiting for? Pick up book three asap, because it's an awesome conclusion to the series.

Plain Jayne
Plain Jayne
by Hillary Manton "Lodge "
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, romantic, and entertaining., Nov. 21 2010
This review is from: Plain Jayne (Paperback)
Review by Jill Williamson

Jayne Tate's father just passed away. But she's fine. They weren't all that close. Her boss disagrees and forces her to take a leave of absence from the newspaper. Jayne decides to make good use of her leave and come up with a brilliant article. She rides her motorcycle down to Amish country, hoping to get an inside look on how the Amish live.

Jayne meets carpenter Levi Burkholder, who helps her find an Amish family to board with. Sure, Levi is cute, but Jayne has a boyfriend back in Portland. But the more Jayne gets to know her new Amish friends, the more she longs to simplify her own life. But how? Making peace with her mother and sister is one thing. But what should she do about her boyfriend and Levi. Something has got to give. But what?

I had the privilege of hearing Hillary Manton Lodge read an excerpt of this at the Oregon Christian Writer's conference. It was a scene in which Jayne attempts to remove a pie from an over. What's the big deal about that, you might ask? Jayne is petrified of ovens. It's that kind of humor that adds a wonderful quirk to a charming story. I loved this book. Read it in two days. If you like romance and humor and the Amish, pick up a copy of Plain Jayne. You won't regret it.

Here Burns My Candle: A Novel
Here Burns My Candle: A Novel
by Liz Curtis Higgs
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.71
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is quite a story., Nov. 21 2010
Review by Jill Williamson

In Scotland, in the fall of 1745, bonny Prince Charlie and his rebel army ride into Edinburgh, intent on capturing the crown. In the midst of this historical event, one family struggles to choose which side to support. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a Highlander by birth. Her husband, Lord Donald, is aware of her loyalties to Prince Charlie, but if her mother-in-law discovered it, she would be livid. And Lord Donald has secrets of his own that threaten to tear apart their marriage.

Wow. This is quite a story. Liz Curtis Higgs can really write! Her characters are flesh and blood. I was sucked into their lives and I just couldn't put this book down. The history was fascinating, as was the way the society dealt with what was going on. Even with Lord Donald's terrible secret, I still found myself longing for him to change. I realize that this story parallels a biblical story, and I don't want to give that away or you will know how the story will end. I am happy to report that there is a second book where we can find out what becomes of Lady Elisabeth and her mother-in-law.

So Over It
So Over It
by Stephanie Morrill
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great series for teen girls., Nov. 21 2010
This review is from: So Over It (Paperback)
Review by Jill Williamson

After all the drama that went down at the end of her senior year, Skylar is ready to move on. She jumps at the chance to visit her grandparents in Hawaii. She only plans to stay a few weeks, but perhaps Hawaii would be a good place for a fresh start, where she won't run into her old friends everywhere she goes. But will she be strong enough to be who God is calling her to be?

Whew! I am thrilled with how everything came together in this third and final installment of the Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. There is still some drama going on in Skylar's life, even though she tried to get away from it. But she's finally learning that no one is perfect and that true forgiveness is an awesome, freeing experience. I loved how everything came together, and certain characters matured and were able to do the right thing, even when they wanted to do the selfish thing. I'm being vague because I don't want to spoil it. J

This is a great series for teen girls. There is romance drama, friend drama, and what do to with my life drama, but it's fun, realistic, and entertaining. You won't be able to put them down until you've read all three. I highly recommend!

Kestrel's Midnight Song
Kestrel's Midnight Song
by Jacob Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.94
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5.0 out of 5 stars An imaginative adventure from a promising young author, Nov. 20 2010
Slave girl, Robbyn, is nearly burned to death in a fire set by the Marauder King. Drift, a giant, rescues her. Together they set off to warn King Darius that the Marauder King plans to attack the land of Gable. But will they get there in time? And even if they do, will anyone believe the claims of a slave girl and a giant?

Shepherd boy, Micah, embarks on a journey. He must deliver a herd of sheep to the Gable Kingdom Castle. King Darius has requested that the sheep's wool be sheared for his wardrobe. Many dangers await Micah on this long journey. And little does he know that the fate of the kingdom rests on his shoulders.

Kestrel's Midnight Song is a solid addition to the fantasy genre. Jacob Parker writes an imaginative tale, filled with adventure, mystery, and unique characters. The storylines intertwine and keep the reader turning the pages, desperate to see how it will all work out. There are several plot twists that surprised me. I can't wait to see if there will be a sequel.

Healer's Apprentice
Healer's Apprentice
by Melanie Dickerson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.79
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful fairy tale romance for teens, Nov. 20 2010
This review is from: Healer's Apprentice (Paperback)
Rose has begun her training as the healer's apprentice. She hopes to learn the job well so that someday she can be the healer of Hagenheim Castle and not have to marry any aging bachelors. But the mere sight of blood makes Rose swoon. Still, she is determined to make this life work for herself.

One day, when the master healer is away, Lord Hamlin, heir to Hagenheim Castle, is brought in with a grievous wound. Rose is the only one who can help. As she struggles to do a good job, she cannot help but notice how handsome and kind Lord Hamlin is. But she is a mere peasant, and Lord Hamlin is betrothed to another. Rose must fight against her attraction and focus on becoming a healer. For that is her destiny, is it not?

Melanie Dickerson writes a wonderful fairy tale romance. Her characters are noble and good, yet struggle with doing the right thing and sometimes fail. She paints a realistic medieval world from the beauty of Hagenheim Castle to the laws that governed society then. I was drawn in from page one and read the whole book in one day. If you love medieval stories, fairy tales, and romance, you must read this book. I'm so excited about Melanie Dickerson's writing. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Highly recommended.

Venom and Song: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book Two
Venom and Song: The Berinfell Prophecies Series - Book Two
by Wayne Batson
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check out this series, Nov. 20 2010
Review by Jill Williamson

Just having arrived through the portal that transported them from Earth to Allyra, the seven elf lords must undergo training on how to fight and use their new powers before they will be ready to face the Spider King and his army. They also must learn how to use the Rainsong in order to save the Elven race.

Book two picks up where book one left off. The young Elven lords have arrived in Allyra and are being chased by the bad guys. There is a lot of action in this book to keep you turning the pages. The characters grow a lot as they spend more time together and learn to use their powers. I enjoyed Grimwarden and his tough training methods and how the teens interacted with each other.

Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper really know how to entertain. If you love teen fantasy novels, be sure to check out this series. It's a lot of fun.

Witness
Witness
by E. G. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a love story, and a good one., Nov. 20 2010
This review is from: Witness (Paperback)
Review by Jill Williamson

Rivkah's mother died long ago. It's just her and her father, who is a shepherd. Rivkah wants to be a shepherd too, though many of the boys tease her that girls cannot be shepherds. Only Shemu'el is her friend. Rivkah just knows in her heart that Shemu'el is going to marry her someday. Years pass, and the day comes when Shemu'el travels with his family to Jerusalem so that he can become a man. But when some Jews protest outside the temple and Roman guards attack, Shemu'el gets lost in the crowd and does not come home. His family believes he was killed.

But he is not dead. Shemu'el is taken as a slave to serve the Romans. He struggles to hold onto his faith, and hopes that he can someday return to marry Rivkah.

Yet Rivkah mourns Shemu'el's death as if they had already been married. Her father pressures her to move on and marry another man before she is too old. Can Rivkah and Shemu'el find their way back to one another before it is too late?

This is a love story, and a good one. The cover, while beautiful, doesn't make it look like a historical romance. Do not be deceived. This was a fascinating look at Jewish life and culture. It was fun to see Rivkah befriend Mary and little baby Jesus. And I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to know if Rivkah and Shemu'el would find each other in the end. Two thumbs up for this book. It's a fun read.

The Tombs Of Anak
The Tombs Of Anak
by Frank E. "Peretti "
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 8.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peretti is a genius storyteller., Nov. 20 2010
This review is from: The Tombs Of Anak (Paperback)
Review by Jill Williamson

Jay and Lila and their archaeologist father, Dr. Cooper, enter the tombs of Anak in search of a missing coworker. Instead, they stumble onto a village where the people follow a bizarre religion. These Anakim people believe that Anak Ha-Raphah is their god and will destroy them if he becomes angry. And Dr. Cooper's meddling in the tombs has angered the god. But Dr. Cooper is not afraid. He must discover what became of his coworker and no false religion will stop him.

Peretti is a genius storyteller. Even adults would enjoy these Cooper Kids Adventure classics that follow Dr. Cooper and his children as they explore this planet for history that proves the Bible is fact. As always, Peretti writes fast-paced, scary stories of good vs. evil. I enjoyed watching this mystery unfold. If you've never read a Cooper Kids book, I highly recommend them for readers ages 10 to adult.

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