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Part 4 – And Baby Makes Four

Could Phoebe and Jack finally have put their troubles behind them? All is calm at Hendry’s toy store, and Jack’s mother has even developed a grudging respect for Phoebe. If Archie is serious about addressing his issues, then things are really starting to look rosy for the couple again. But when did Phoebe’s life ever go to plan?

As they prepare for what should be the happiest day of their lives, fate decides to throw them yet another curve ball. What they face will test them to the limit, but Phoebe might just believe in miracles before it’s through.


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This book was given to me in exchange for a review as part of the book tour. 4/5 stars!  I really enjoyed this conclusion to a wonderful series. Phoebe seemed to have a little more of a backbone and more confidence in this novel. She and Jack work out their problems after the big fight in the last book and he even asks her to move in and wants to get married. Phoebe has to get the office ready for her going on maternity leave. She is still trying to better her relationship with Jack’s mother. May (Rebecca’s mother) is around more in this story and I just love her and her kindness toward Phoebe. 

This was a great conclusion to the story. Everything was tied up nicely and issues were resolved in a satisfying, yet realistic, way. It’s amazing to see how much Phoebe and Jack’s lives have changed in the last year. The story definitely kept my interest throughout with its varied characters and engaging writing style. Phoebe is a very relatable and easy to cheer for main character. I highly recommend this series!



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Kisses From Katie Book Review

Kisses from Katie Book Review

This review isn’t going to be that well-written or eloquent. Lol. Forewarning. :)

You may have heard of the book Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis with Beth Clark. It was a New York Times Bestseller! This is the story of Katie Davis. She grew up in a middle to upper class family in Tennessee. When Katie decides to go on a mission trip to Uganda, it changes her life. She feels such a calling to that place that she can’t wait to go back. Her parents are worried about it and agree she can go for only one year before she needs to return to the states and go to college. Katie ends up adopting 13 girls and starting a ministry in Uganda. According to her ministry, AMAZIMA’s website, she know has over 70 employees and many different areas of outreach.

I’m having trouble reviewing this book. It is amazing that God called an unlikely person such as Katie to come do His work in Uganda. I admire her for following His will and for all she has done. I love reading about adoption and so Katie and her thirteen daughters was awesome to read about and inspiring.

However, I had trouble fully understanding Katie’s story. I almost want to say it doesn’t sound real or believable, but Katie would say that God can do things that don’t seem believable. I guess I should word it that this book was seriously lacking in details that made me understand how all this happened. Katie goes to Uganda for a year before college. She ends up adopting a bunch of girls, yet she is still dating her boyfriend back home. ???? What exactly was her plan here? What the heck was he thinking when she told him about her ideas? None of that is explained. We know her parents didn’t want her to go to Uganda, yet we have no idea what they thought of her adopting all these girls. When she decides to start a ministry, she asks for her parents’ help back home, and BAM, tons of donations coming in and she has a full-fledged non-profit with numerous employees. Huh? I kept wondering how Katie could cook for over a hundred children who were part of the sponsorship program. It just didn’t seem possible for one woman to make and serve all that food and be able to supervise that many children. She does occasionally mention other helpers and I kept wondering where these helpers came from- were they friends? Employees of her non-profit? Where did she find these ladies? I also kept wondering how she had enough money to go through the legal process of adoption all these children, only to find out near the end of the book that they are technically foster children. I also didn’t understand how she could leave all her children to go back to college and why her parents would encourage her to leave children she had a legal (and otherwise) responsibility to. This book left me with SO MANY questions.

I guess this book was more of an inspirational story with mini sermons in it, than Katie’s actual life story. I did enjoy Katie’s thoughts, conversations with God, etc. It just lacked a lot of the information I would have liked to have read about. However, I’m giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because it was engaging and inspirational. It did make me want to really make a difference in the world. I would also suggest checking out the ministry’s website and considering donating or buying some jewelry made by the women there! It truly does seem like a great ministry.

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Cleaning the Kingdom Review

Cleaning the Kingdom Review

Title: Cleaning the Kingdom

Authors: Ken Pellman and Lynn Barron

Pages: 459

Genre: Non-fiction

Published: in 2015 by Synergy books

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This book gets 5 out of 5 stars! As a huge Disney fan and one who follows the Sweep Spot podcast, I snagged this book as quickly as I heard about it. I think I discovered a whole new genre of book- non-fictions about the various aspects of my favorite theme park- Disneyland! Like many Disney fans, I have often wondered what went on behind the walls of the magic. What would it be like to work in such a place as Disneyland? With this book, we get a good idea.

I was shocked by how thorough this book was. One chapter is a nearly minute by minute description of a custodian’s day at the park. Other chapters detail how they divided the park into sections, the amount of people that cleaned each section, and descriptions of the work they did. I had no idea how complicated being a Disneyland custodian could be! I am sure that one of the reasons Disneyland is so darn clean is because the schedules and locations of each custodian is so completely organized. I definitely grew to have a new respect for the people that keep the parks clean. As interesting as all these details were, they were not my favorite chapters.

I really enjoyed the stories that Ken and Lynn told about their experiences working at the park. There was a whole chapter about some of the nastiest things they had to clean. That chapter really opened my eyes to human nature! People are gross. 

I also enjoyed reading about how knowledgeable custodians are about the park and their interactions with the guests. There were some heartwarming, sweet stories in there! Custodians are often the ones who interact most with the guests because they’re always around! Finally, Ken and Lynn shared a bit of Disneyland history through their stories of watching the changes that occurred while they worked at the park. For example, Ken tells the story of taking the last ride on the Monorail. 

I highly encourage any Disney fan to read this book! It is so informative and thorough (also read: long, which is a good thing when the subject matter is so interesting to me) that it is well worth the money! If you don’t feel like spending money right now, be sure to look up their podcast on iTunes: The Sweep Spot.

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Speak Now: Or Forever Hold Your Peace

Speak Now: Or Forever Hold Your Peace

Author: Becky Monson

Genre: Chick Lit

4 out of 5 stars. I finally read a Becky Monson novel! I’ve been meaning to read one of her books forever. Bridgette gets dumped by her boyfriend after two years, on the night she thinks she’s going to get engaged. The saddest part about it is that Bridgette loves Adam’s family. Even after the break up, she keeps in touch with his mom, Carla. That’s how she finds out that Adam is dating someone new after only two weeks. Shortly thereafter, they’re engaged.

Meanwhile, Bridgette runs into her ex best friend and eventual boyfriend from college, Ian. They are really re-connecting and Bridgette thinks he might be her future when she finds out he’s engaged!

I really enjoyed this story. It was predictable, but still good. I liked Bridgette a lot and her grandmother was adorable. Ashley and Justin were good, loyal friends. The book is mainly in the present, but there are flashbacks to Bridgette and Ian’s relationship in college. This book did a good job of keeping you in suspense about certain things and then slowly revealing the truth. It was a very quick read and kept my interest the whole time. I read it in one day! I look forward to reading more from Becky in the future.

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The Queen Gene Book Review

The Queen Gene Book Review

Author: Jennifer Coburn

Genre: Chick lit

4 out of 5 stars! This sequel to Tales From the Crib was hilarious! Lucy and her husband, Jack, are fulfilling their dream of an artist colony. They have three guest houses in the back of their home for visiting artists. There is Chantrell, who plays the cello to encourage plants to grow. Maxime is a “pinprick” artist who moves in with his wife, Jacuqe. Randy is a very attractive glass blowing artist. Soon after the guests move in, their personalities seem to change and the place becomes a black hole, sucking everyone’s creativity. The house starts repairing itself and multiple women get injured from tripping and falling. Lucy doesn’t think much of it until someone suggests they may have ghosts. In addition, Lucy’s family visits Aunt Bernice in Florida, Lucy’s mom buys an anxious dog, Jack buys an old VW he parks on the front lawn to decorate for each season, and there is a wedding with a body painted bride. Just another day in the crazy life of Lucy and her family!

This book had less of an overall plot than the last book did. The possibility of a ghost was not brought up until late in the book. I did wish the book had a little more of a major plot to tie all of those crazy events together. However, this only detracted a little bit from the story.

Again, the story was hilarious. Lucy and Jack are calm, even-tempered main characters in the midst of some crazy events. I enjoyed reading about Aunt Bernice, Anjoli, and Kimmy and continuing their lives from the last book. I also liked some new characters we met, especially Renee. If you’re looking for a funny, laugh out loud story with a good heart, check this series out!

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