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Book Review: The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

The Children’s Blizzard is based on actual oral histories of survivors of the January 12, 1888 Dakota Territory blizzard. This was a book that I expected to sucker punch me with emotion. However, it did not grip me as emotionally as I expected. Continue reading “Book Review: The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin”

Turning the Page to 2021

As we say good riddance to the year that, at times, seemed like it would never end, we’d like to take a minute to share some of our favorite reads of 2020 and a bit of what we’re looking forward to reading in 2021.

While 2020 wasn’t the year anyone wanted to be, for the Bookish Ladies, it wasn’t a total loss since we did get to read some pretty good books.

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Book Review + Blog Tour: Take it Back by Kia Abdullah

Bookish Devices is thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Kia Abdullah’s Take it Back. Continue reading “Book Review + Blog Tour: Take it Back by Kia Abdullah”

Book Review: Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr

There is an old saying that states that you can’t go home again. However, the feeling of coming home again is exactly what I felt while I was reading Robyn Carr’s Return to Virgin River. Continue reading “Book Review: Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr”

Book Review: The Christmas Table by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Table was exactly what I needed! A light, Christmas story that helped me pleasantly pass a few hours.

In June 1972, John Creighton determines to build his wife Joan a kitchen table. Inspired to put something delicious on that table, Joan turns to her mother’s recipes. In June 2012, Lauren Mabrey finds a table that has been recently refinished. She discovers a drawer under the table which contains a stack of recipe cards. The story of the Christmas table unfolds in alternating timelines as Joan battles breast cancer and Lauren learns to cook, preparing for her baby’s arrival.

The Christmas Table is the latest in VanLiere’s Christmas Hope series. Do not let the fact that this is book ten be a turn off. You can read this book without having read any of the other books in the series. However, I highly recommend you go back and read each book. They are perfect, feel good stories for the holidays or anytime!

According to Amazon, this book clocks in at 240 pages. It is a quick read that I finished in approximately three or four hours. When I closed the book, I was pleased with the story, but felt I had read an abridged version of the book. There were certainly places where details could have been expanded upon and I would have enjoyed a deeper look into this story. When I am enjoying characters and their stories, I am always eager for more and that was the case with The Christmas Table. I will eagerly await the next book in this series to learn more about this cast of characters.

Looking for a story to start off your Christmas reading this season? The Christmas Table fits that bill with its reminders of faith. Grab a copy today!

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read and review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Christmas Table

Author: Donna VanLiere

Release Date: October 6, 2020

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Book Review: Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

Filled with characters that annoyed and a story that was only so-so made this reader glad to close Behind the Red Door. Continue reading “Book Review: Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins”

Book Review: He Started It by Samantha Downing

Let me put this out there first thing … I HATED the ending. Hated! Continue reading “Book Review: He Started It by Samantha Downing”

Book Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

What I wish for is that each Katherine Center novel would never end! Continue reading “Book Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center”

Book Review: Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

Don’t open this book thinking what you’re about to read is a mystery/suspense/thriller. While it has small elements of that genre, that is not what this book read like to me. If there’s a takeaway from Little Disasters, it is that mental health is important. Please talk to someone! Continue reading “Book Review: Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan”

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