Earth Day 2018

No littering sign

Earth Day 2018 is TODAY! This year’s theme is:

Plastic Pollution

This year people are being encouraged to reduce their plastic consumption and use more eco-friendly materials

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3316853/earth-day-2018-theme-international-plastic-litter-pollution-network/

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Book Review of “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson

n-Hidden-Places-TraciePetersonMy Review of “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson

The first thing I said after finishing “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson was:  “ When is Book 2 Coming Out!”

“In Places Hidden” is Book 1 in the Golden Gate Secrets series and it’s a page turner for sure! Not only is it filled with mystery, intrigue, and surprises, it also has a sweet romance and a reminder of how life was in the early 1900’s in San Francisco.

Camrianne Coulter, the main character in the story, is an independent young women who is highly educated and from a wealthy family in Chicago. She is active in the Woman’s Sufferage Movement and is very out spoken.
She also has a strong faith in God and prayer.
She travels alone to San Francisco to search for her missing brother, Caleb, and meets two other women of different backgrounds on the train. The three soon become friends and all end up staying together in Caleb’s home in San Francisco.
The story winds around the search for Caleb and the people Camrianne and her friends meet in San Francisco.
Faith, prayer, and trust in God are a very prominent part in all of their everyday happenings.

I really enjoyed this book and I do look forward to reading the next book in this series .

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review.   All opinions are my own.

—Leona J. Atkinson

NaPoWriMo 2018

What's Next? Sticky NoteJust a Reminder for all of you Poets:  NaPoWriMo 2018 starts tomorrow!

Yes, tomorrow, April 1st is going to be quite an eventful day!
Not only is it Easter Sunday, but it is also
April Fool’s Day and the beginning of
National Poetry Month and NaPoWriMo 2018.

So Happy Celebrating whichever one or all you choose!

Review of “Judah’s Wife” by Angela Hunt

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” Judah’s Wife ” by Angela Hunt

This was my first time reading an Angela Hunt book, but it will not be my last! I was totally captured by her very descriptive writing and attention to detail.

“Judah’s Wife” is a story of The Maccabees, who were a group of Jewish warriors living in Judea, which at the time was part of the Seleucid Empire. They strictly adhered to the Jewish religion and expanded the boundaries of Judea by waging war and conquering those under the influence of Hellenism who were trying to take over the Jews and silence their beliefs and worship.

The Books of The Maccabees are not in our Christian Bible today, but are part of the Apocryphal books. These Apocryphal books are included in the Catholic bible and I do remember reading Maccabees years ago when I was raised Catholic.

They are historical books that are about the many wars that were fought by Israel against the ungodly kings and rulers of those days. However, Angela Hunt weaved a wonderful personal story of love, strength and courage throughout her telling of all the wars and fighting.

“Judah’s Wife” focuses on Leah, a girl raised by an abusive father, who becomes the young wife of Judah, who was Judas Maccabaeus. one of the five Maccabaeus brothers, and the leader of the Maccabees. The story goes back and forth showing events from the perspective of Leah and then from Judah. This way of writing, to me, made the book much more interesting.

If you enjoy Biblical History coupled with a sweet love story and the drama of those fighting for freedom to live their beliefs, then you will enjoy this book. It will truly hold your attention from the first page to the last. I found it very hard to put down.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review.

–Leona J. Atkinson