Sisters in Bloom (Snow Sisters Book Two) by: Melissa Foster

Image    The second installment in the Snow Sister series finds Kaylie Snow very emotional and hormonal due to her pregnancy and Danica Snow loving her life with Blake and fulfilling her dream as the Founder of No Limitz, a community youth center.

Kaylie is struggling to understand her mother’s decision to stay with her father even though she knew about his affair and she is concerned that she will end up weak like her mother.  She is attempting to secure singing jobs for after the birth of her baby and when they don’t come as easy as they used to, she crumbles under the stress.  Danica is so happy and is challenged to make herself even happier but she is conflicted because she is always worried about her sister.

Will Kaylie be able to work through her fears and become the adult that she ought to be?  Will becoming a mother be enough for her?  Will Danica decide that she can’t make all of her decisions based on her little sister?  Wait until you read what is in store for these two lovable sisters!!


Time Flies by: Claire Cook

Image    Melanie had moved away from all of her friends and family years ago because her husband had believed that they could have a better life with their family in a new state.  Years later, he left Melanie to be with another woman.  Melanie was left alone to live in this state that she didn’t think she belonged in.

Melanie is dealing with going through a divorce, becoming an empty-Nester and facing her high school reunion.  She is passionate about her hobby of welding and making sculptures and was trying to make that her career, her only hangup was this complete fear of driving on highways. No one knows this about her, not even her best friend BJ.  BJ is trying everything she can to convince Melanie to attend this reunion and get together with her old friends.

High School reunions can be funny events.  They seem to make us want to prove that we are better than our former classmates but just as cool as we were in high school.  They can make us revert back to the behaviors that we exhibited in high school or can just remind us of the way things used to be.  Some of those memories may be distorted and some may be ones of pure enjoyment.

Melanie went to her reunion hoping to rekindle an old flame, instead, she found her true self.  I really enjoyed this book and I give it 5 crowns for book club groups and individuals alike.


He Knows Your Name by: Travis Cottrell with introduction by Beth Moore & The Power of an Ordinary Prayer by Michael W. Smith with Tom Williams


These tiny books, a mere 155 and 126 pages respectively, pack a wallop of a punch.  In, He Knows Your Name, Beth Moore opens  with a brief introduction that prepares you for the journey that Travis Cottrell is about to take you on.  The chapters focus on Worship and break it down into small sections including such topics as Surprises, Joy, Hope and Healing to mention a few.  Each chapter reiterates that fact that God knows each of us by name and is waiting for us to bring ourselves to Him fully.

In, The Power of an Ordinary Prayer, Michael W. Smith talks about how to pray for particular blessings from God such as Spiritual Health, a Pure Mind and Personal Holiness.  Some chapters contain personal stories and others mention stories of Biblical people.

With no more than 10 chapters, it is up to you as to how you would like to read and use these books.  They can be used as a daily devotional by reading a chapter a day and using the reflection pages each day; they can be used as a weekly devotional in which you can expand on the chapters by digging deeper into the Scriptures that are mentioned in each chapter and taking your time in answering the reflection questions; and it can be expanded over months by really creating a Bible study for yourself using the book as a guide.

They are a good read and  great devotionals but I wish that there were accompanying CD’s or a list of songs that have touched the hearts of Travis Cottrell, Beth Moore and Michael W. Smith.

Christian book club groups and individuals will enjoy these books.  I give them 4 crowns.


Sisters in Love (Snow Sisters Book One) By Melissa Foster

Sisters In Love, (Snow Sisters, Book #1, Love in Bloom series)     This is the first installment in a series of books about the Snow sisters.  Danica Snow is a therapist and is good at being one but lately, she is really considering if she is only a therapist because that was what was forced upon her by her parents.  Kaylie, Danica’s sister, is the beautiful, fun loving, free spirit.  It has been a really long time since Danica has had any type of physical attraction to a man but the second Blake Carter’s elbow connects with Danica’s nose in the coffee shop, her life changes.  She begins to feel things for this man that she has never met before and who winds up becoming her client.  Her entire moral and ethical code is being questioned by her worst enemy; herself.

Blake Carter is a player and prides himself on the fact that he can bring home a different girl every night.  His friend and business partner Dave, eggs him on and when Dave is no longer around, Blake starts to question himself and his behaviors.  \

Kaylie is no stranger to getting exactly whom and what she wants, but when Blake turns her down on more than one occasion she questions why it is so important for her to receive his attention.  She meets another man and her life is set into a roller coaster of events that changes her life completely.

This is a wonderfully written story that makes the reader think about their own life questions.  Melissa has written some romantic scenes but they are tastefully done.  I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next installment, Sisters in Bloom!