Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

book review of The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins.

Evangeline is gifted with a heavenly voice, but she is trapped in a sinister betrothal—until she embarks on a daring escape and meets brave Westley le Wyse. Can he help her discover the freedom to sing again?

Desperate to flee a political marriage to her cousin King Richard II’s closest advisor, Lord Shiveley—a man twice her age with shadowy motives—Evangeline runs away and joins a small band of servants journeying back to Glynval, their home village.

Pretending to be mute, she gets to know Westley le Wyse, their handsome young leader, who is intrigued by the beautiful servant girl. But when the truth comes out, it may shatter any hope that love could grow between them.

More than Evangeline’s future is at stake as she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to protect the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

I didn't see what this book had to do with The Little Mermaid other than Evangeline losing her voice, but I certainly still enjoyed it. Westley le Wyse is the son of Lord and Lady le Wyse, who of course were characters in an earlier book in this series of fairy tales and was one of my very favourites so it was nice to have them back in the story.

This time our heroine is living in a castle, but not just any castle - she is the ward of the king of England. She's been treated very well living there, but now he wants to marry her off as a favour to one of his most trusted advisors. Lord Shiveley is twice her age and definitely not the man the king sees him to be. Taking a big risk, she and her maid run off with a band of peasants travelling back to their home town. 

As long as you don't read this as a definitive historical novel accurately detailing the times, it's pretty entertaining glimpse into the time period. Lords and ladies, servants and knights, oh my. It's a light read, it's clean and worth picking up.

I received this book from the publisher. My opinions are entirely my own. Thank you Thomas Nelson.

Author Bio

Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on line at Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks and Twitter @melanieauthor

Friday, December 2, 2016

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

Book review of Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson (Revell) by @papertapepins

In her kitchen at Rose's Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He's also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he's falling in love with the island's red shores and Caden's sweets. 

When Caden discovers Adam isn't who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he's writing could do more than ruin the inn's chances for survival--it might also break her heart.

The Red Door Inn opened in the first book of this series, and Caden Holt is now the chef at this bed & breakfast on Prince Edward Island. She works for Seth and Marie who own the inn and are worried about their ability to stay afloat financially. Then they hear that a travel writer will be visiting anonymously to review the inn.

When Adam Jacobs shows up and they find out that he is a journalist, they assume it's him and Caden is tasked with showing him around the island and with his general happiness during his stay. They really don't consider that their evidence is circumstantial and he might not be who they believe him to be.

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first in the series. This one seemed slower paced and the characters in general a little flatter, for lack of a better word. I didn't really come to care much about them by the end of the book, but I'm not sure why I wasn't more invested. If you've read the first book, then you should continue with the story, but I wouldn't start with this one. I am planning to give the next book a hopeful try because I do like this author.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About the Author

Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as a full-time marketing manager. She is the author of several novels including The Red Door Inn, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NKJV Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible

Book review of NKJV Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

The Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible is an exciting adventure through God’s Word in the trustworthy New King James Version®. Designed for children ages 7–11, the Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible brings Bible stories to life and helps kids discover vital truths from Scripture, finding real-life applications for children living in today’s world. Study features for the Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible are based on the characteristics of the Airship Genesis: Legendary Bible Adventure brand from Dr. David Jeremiah and the Turning Point for Kids ministry.
In the Airship Genesis: Legendary Bible Adventure, the Genesis Exploration Squad is commissioned to embark on a series of adventures that takes them throughout the Bible. Each mission is a learning experience, both in biblical understanding as well as character building.
Special features include:
  • Foreword to Airship Genesis from Dr. Jeremiah 
  • Introduction to the Bible 66 Mission Overviews exploring the main theme and purpose of each book in the Bible 
  • What Is the Bible All About? 
  • 100 Rupert Reports noting interesting Bible story facts 
  • 60 Logos Discovery articles to help kids see the main themes of Scripture 
  • 75 Power Force sidebars that help kids learn and apply Bible truths 
  • 50 Bible Heroes examining important Bible characters 
  • 100 Bible Blasts highlighting Scripture memory passages 
  • Full-color maps 
  • Concordance 
  • The trustworthy New King James Version® 
  • Full color throughout the Bible pages 
  • 32 vibrant, full-page Bible character illustrations

Discover bonus features and more at!
We had never heard of Airship Genesis before receiving this Bible. It's a neat website with a cast of 5 young cartoon characters, plus a couple others, who make it their mission to learn all about the history and stories in the Bible.

Book review of NKJV Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

As an added bonus to this already resource packed Bible, each one comes with a code that gives access to Airship Genesis audio stories and a game. There are also free stories available on the site at The site is very well done, very slick and modern and a lot of fun for kids. The Kids Study Bible is as well. I'm so impressed with the graphics as well as the content in the extras like the Power Force Sidebars and Logos Discovery.

Book review of NKJV Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

Book review of NKJV Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

Each book of the Bible starts with a Mission Overview that includes a brief summary and facts about the book. 

Book review of NKJV Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

There are also full page Bible character illustrations throughout. This is the best kids Bible I've seen yet, and we've had a number of them pass through our home in the last few years. I think because of both the illustrations and the 'cool factor' of this Bible the usual age range of a kids first full Bible of say 8 - 11 could be extended a couple years on either side of this, even as young as 5 or 6. My 10 and 12 year olds think this is the best ever and are enjoying exploring the airship genesis website. This would make a great Christmas gift for any kids 5+ on your list, girl or boy. 

I received this book free of charge from Thomas Nelson.

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