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A Clearing in the Wild - Jane Kirkpatrick

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

by Jan Messali
December 24, 2012

It's the early 1850's; Emma Wagner is a young German girl living in Bethel Colony, Missouri. The colony's goal is to remain set apart from the 'wordly' residents of nearly Shelbina and their vanities. Led by Father Keil, the colony residents lead... [Read on]

11 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 49
Jan's average score for this review: 4.5

A Clearing in the Wild

by Jane Kirkpatrick

A Wreath of Snow - Liz Curtis Higgs

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs, Book Review

by Jan Messali
November 26, 2012

Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors. You may remember my reviews of her books: Mine is The Night and Here Burns my Candle. It all started when I read Here Burns my Candle for a review. I love, love, loved it! Since then I've read... [Read on]

9 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 41
Jan's average score for this review: 4.6

A Wreath of Snow

by Liz Curtis Higgs

God of All Creation - James Robison with James Randall Robison

God of All Creation by James Robison, Book Review

by Jan Messali
September 28, 2012

“A friend once said, ‘If you can’t see God in everything, you won’t see God in anything.’ In this book we will explore…eternal truths as we consider our pets and other awesome residents of God’s vast creation.” —JAMES ROBISON When I read... [Read on]

7 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 34
Jan's average score for this review: 4.9

God of All Creation

by James Robison with James Randall Robison

Fearless - Eric Blehm

Fearless by Eric Blehm, Book Review

by Jan Messali
August 13, 2012

From May through July 2011, author Eric Blehm traveled around the U.S. interviewing the members of Navy Seal Team SIX, the ones who had just taken out bin Laden, and had lost one of their members, Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam... [Read on]

Jan Messali gave Fearless
5 Stars
20 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 96
Jan's average score for this review: 4.8

Fearless

by Eric Blehm

A Sound Among the Trees - Susan Meissner

A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner {review}

by Jan Messali
January 31, 2012

The story begins with Marielle who is recently married and settles into Holly Oaks with her new husband. Holly Oaks is not just any house... it's a Civil War mansion where her husband lived with his now deceased wife, Sarah. Adelaide, Sarah's... [Read on]

9 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 43
Jan's average score for this review: 4.8

A Sound Among the Trees

by Susan Meissner

Mine Is the Night - Liz Curtis Higgs

Book Review: Mine is the Night

by Jan Messali
December 11, 2011

Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs ISBN-10: 1400070023 ISBN-13: 978-1400070022 Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 15, 2011) Paperback, 464 pages List Price: $14.99 US You may remember my review of Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis... [Read on]

14 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 65
Jan's average score for this review: 4.6

Mine Is the Night

by Liz Curtis Higgs

Forever Faithful - Karen Kingsbury

Great read!

by Jan Messali
October 31, 2011

When I first saw this book, I thought, "What was I thinking. I'm never going to have time to read all that" (1136 pages).. but once I got started I couldn't put it down. This trilogy opens with Waiting for Morning, the story of Hannah Ryan, a... [Read on]

13 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 59
Jan's average score for this review: 4.5

Forever Faithful

by Karen Kingsbury

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck - Kathleen Y'Barbo

Delightful!

by Jan Messali
September 20, 2011

The story begins in London, in 1887, with Charlotte Beck, a spoiled, rich American girl making her debut into society, demonstrating the social graces she's learned from her tutor, Miss Pence. The problem is, Charlotte is a very independent,... [Read on]

25 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 115
Jan's average score for this review: 4.6
The Chocolate Diaries - Karen Scalf Linamen

Book Review: The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen

by Jan Messali
August 3, 2011

The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life by Karen Scalf Linamen ISBN-10: 1400074029 ISBM-13: 978-1400074020 Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 3, 2011) List Price: $13.99 US Karen Scalf Linamen is a... [Read on]

14 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 66
Jan's average score for this review: 4.7

The Chocolate Diaries

by Karen Scalf Linamen

Love and War - John and Stasi Eldredge

Every couple should read this!

by Jan Messali
June 28, 2011

Having read and loved Captivating by Stasi Eldredge last year, I had high expectations for Love and War, and it did not disappoint. This book should be required reading for every married couple honestly, its that good. The Eldredges sta... [Read on]

7 other readers have rated Jan's review.
Jan's overall score for this review: 33
Jan's average score for this review: 4.7

Love and War

by John and Stasi Eldredge

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