Book Feature: Dear Grandchild, This Is Me by WaterBrook

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About The Book:

Preserving a family legacy can feel like a daunting task, but this new keepsake journal makes it easy for grandparents to capture memories, wisdom, and stories in one beautiful package.

Being a grandparent is an incredibly rewarding experience. Dear Grandchild, This Is Me--designed for any grandmother or grandfather to complete--will allow grandparents to collect these priceless memories in one heartfelt keepsake.

Special Features:
* Built-in envelopes to stash special, private letters for specific occasions in your grandchild's future.
* A sheet of adhesive photo corners to adhere photographs and special memories throughout.
* Off-the-record questions to prompt fun stories.
* A family tree to track your ancestry.
* Space to share your favorite recipes, or those passed through the generations.
* A world map to showcase your travels.

Within these pages you'll find a place to answer questions that speak to a grandchild of any age from the simple questions about favorite things to deeper questions about childhood memories, identity, and faith. This book will be a tangible way to keep a loved one close at all times.

  • Genre: Family/Inspirational

  • Publisher: WaterBrook

  • Publiished: Aug 20, 2019

  • Pages: 80

Book Trailer

Inside The Book

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There are positive quotes spread within the book. Each quote is colorful and beautiful. I especially loved this one!

There are numerous pages where you can attach photos. Perfect to attach those trendy small Polaroid photos! You will also find little paper pockets to insert little things like letters, quotes, etc to look back at a later time. I especially loved this one - because you can insert something in the pocket that will remind you of good times when you are experiencing tough times.

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In the back of the book you will find a family tree. This is a great way to document your family and look back on when you’re older.

I absolutely loved these little questionnaire and fun activity sections. Grandchildren can learn more about their Grandparents and gain some wisdom. And not to mention all their yummy recipes! Who else had a Grandma that made amazing cookies and bakery goods?!

You can purchase the book —-> HERE

I hope you enjoyed learning more about this adorable book. It would make the most amazing gift this holiday season! Please share with the grandparents in your life!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to feature on my blog. All opinions and pictures are my own.

Most Anticipated Christian Fiction Books For Fall 2019

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It’s finally fall everyone! Just around the corner for some. For us in Florida, fall doesn’t really start till end of October/Early November. I am excited for cooler weather, the trees to turn colors, fall festivals, and everything associated with fall. Most of all I am really excited for all the new books coming out! Publishers publish the most books during fall and winter. And I am not complaining! There are so many good books coming out it will be hard to know where to start!

So without further ado, here are the most anticipated Fall 2019 Reads. Just click on the cover image to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and pre order if desired.

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Whew, a lot of books are coming out! Which books are on your TBR? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Christian Fiction Books Set During The Colonial Period

The Colonial Period is referred to the Era when America was first settled. The time when America was brand new and Native Americans were still roaming about curious about the new comers. it’s hard to imagine what it was like during this time as most of America was not colonized/settled. It always feels like a whole new world when I read these books. Also, it is one of the era’s that is least written about in Christian Fiction. I would love to see more Christian authors cover this particular historical era!

Without further ado, here are 10 Christian books to read that are set during the Colonial Period:

Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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 Macy, 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.

The Pelican Bride by Beth White

It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won't be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.

Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

Pursued by an unwelcome suitor, banker's daughter Penny Castlerock will do anything to escape town and Mr. Abbott's advances-even visit her grandfather's homestead for an undetermined amount of time. Out of her element, she must rely on neighbor Jonas White and his brood of adopted children.

Scandal chased Jonas out of Philadelphia five years ago. A scandal that socialite Miss Castlerock knows about. Since then, Jonas has kept to himself, worked his homestead, and focused on raising his seven adopted boys and his daughter. The last thing he needs is to be reminded of the past and the young woman he once fancied-especially when she's so far out of his sphere...

As circumstances force the two to work together, their tentative friendship blossoms into something more. But can two people from such disparate backgrounds find true love with each other?

A Bound Heart by Laura Franz

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning--together.

The American Dream Romance Collection

Meet the faithful dreamers who helped build the foundation of the new American nation—from four brothers in Colonial Connecticut determined to make something of their lives, to a colony of Quakers in North Carolina resolute in their faith, to settlers in the northwest frontier staking their claim in hostile territory. Watch as nine romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Brown

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people.

Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers. The "tobacco brides" would be on board--eligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fields.

Drew O'Connor isn't stirred by news of a ship full of brides. Still broken-hearted from the loss of his beloved, he only wants a maid to tend his house and care for his young sister.

What he ends up with is a wife--a feisty redhead who claims she is Lady Constance Morrow, daughter of an Earl, brought to America against her will. And she wants to go straight back to England as soon as she can. She hasn't the foggiest notion how to cook, dares to argue with her poor husband, and spends more time working on mathematical equations than housework. What kind of a wife is that? Drew's Christian forbearance is in for some testing.

Headstrong and intelligent, deeply moral but incredibly enticing, Constance turns what was supposed to be a marriage of convenience into something most inconvenient, indeed.

A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.

This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino's own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World.

Rose’s Pledge by Sally Laity

Step back into the early days of America, where Rose Harwood and her sisters become indentured to the highest bidders. When Rose’s new owner takes her deep into Indian Territory, a young frontiersman named Nate Kinyon tags along, hoping to save Rose from the machinations of a grubby trader and the appraising looks of young braves. How much is he willing to pay—in dollars and sense—to redeem the woman he loves? And how much is Rose willing to sacrifice for his protection?

I hope you found some new books to read!

Have you read any books set during the Colonial period that you enjoyed? Share in the comments!

- Heidi

Book Feature & Excerpt: Hope For Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin

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Synopsis:

 When Logan De Witt learns of his father’s sudden death, he returns home to the family’s dairy farm. During his stay, he discovers his mother’s struggle with finances and his younger sister’s struggle with grief. Concern for his family presses Logan to make the difficult decision to leave his career as a pastor and stay on the farm. As a way to make some extra money, he agrees to board the teacher for their local school.

Karen Millerson arrives from Chicago ready to teach high school but her position is eliminated so she accepts the role of country school teacher. Eager to put her family’s ugly past behind her, Karen begins a new career to replace the trust she lost in her own father who had been in ministry when she was a child.

Logan and Karen both sense a call from the Lord to serve him, but neither of them expected that one day they would do it together.

Can Karen learn to trust again? Will Logan lay aside his grief in exchange for God’s purpose for his life?

  •  Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing

  • Release Date: October 23, 2018

  • Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

Excerpt

She shouldn’t give her heart to him. Allowing that to happen would strap her to a life of suffering if he died and scandal if he didn’t. If only she could somehow return the kiss back to him. Then she’d be free. Oblivious to the knowledge of how well Logan satisfied her hopes. Things such as his call, like hers, to shape and influence lives. And his interests in lofty topics like history and religion. But so much more defined Logan as a man. Like the kindness that marked his every conversation along with the compassion for God’s people and the love for God’s word that kept him in the pulpit for the Meadow Creek congregation week after week. Karen studied his profile as they crossed the porch. Could such a gentle man really be as dangerous as she first believed?

About The Author

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Michelle De Bruin is a worship leader and spiritual services provider. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always looking for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story.

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Giveaway Time!

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(1) winner will receive a prize pack that includes a print copy of Hope for Tomorrow and a $25 gift card plus a set of handmade quilted hot pads and Dutch chocolate.

Giveaway will begin at midnight August 5, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on August 12, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. **US only.

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I hope you had fun learning more about Michelle’s new book. Good luck if you entered the giveaway!

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Please Note: I am participating in the Just Read Tour for this book. I was compensated with a copy of this book, however, I was not compensated in money.