Book Review : Enclave

Upon arrival Enclave, by Thomas Locke, quickly went to my night stand.  Most days I only get to read before bed, so that is the most logical place for it to be.

Unbeknownst to me, the book did not remain there.  If you want an author that will grab you, and even your teenage bookish boys, this one is for you!!!  Jacob (my 17 year old) kept asking me if I had read it yet.  I kept saying no, and finally asked why he was pestering me.  Well, he read it.  Yep.  Snagged it off my night stand, took it to work and flew through it during his breaks.  That should tell you something!

Thomas Locke has written many of our favorites, and books I have reviewed. (Fault Lines, Merchant of Alyss). We read these books to review, but insisted to finish the series each time!

Enclave is a post apocalyptic story where there is no electricity.  Our world has become a place where groups of people live and they rule their own area.  Gone are the days of National Law, or State Law, or even sometimes local law.  Corruption is high, dangers are rampant, life is a struggle every day.

One of my favorite parts of this story was the characters – there is not just one main hero, but instead there are a few guys who come together willing to risk everything to find a better way for their loved ones.  Caleb and Kevin are thrown together and forced trust each other with one common goal.  However, evil lurks everywhere, and it is hard to know who to trust.  

Catawba is the enclave that Caleb is from, and when they find a thread of gold in the mining hills, they must find a way to harvest and sell without letting the competing government factions know.  Caleb and Kevin embark on a adventure to find freedom for their friends, and wealth for their enclave, but at great risk to themselves.

NOTE: I highly recommend this book, and any other by Thomas Locke – and Jacob does too!!  This book will be passed around the family and then put on a shelf to pull out again in the near future!  I was offered a free copy in exchange for my honest review.


Book Review : How Do You Say Goodnight?

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I have really enjoyed reading and reviewing the last few children’s books!  Luckily I have several friends who are expecting and a friend expecting her 2nd grandson, so I have many options to pass along these gems!

How Do you Say Goodnight is certainly a gem!

This sweet story is about a young zebra named Zoey, who goes on a “walk about” to see how other animals say goodnight.

There is a sing song style of rhythm in the story and it will definitely be one your little one wants to hear again and again!  Throughout the story Zoey encounters different animals with new and different ways, but she appreciated each.  I enjoyed a gentle approach to diversity, not in a aggressive way!

This would be a perfect book to get and wrap up for Christmas!  The illustrations are adorable and will be enjoyed by everyone!


NOTE : I received a copy of How Do You Say Goodnight? in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : Love Does for Kids

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Our family loves Bob Goff!  Love Does is a book that inspires one to act their love out.  Bob is a storyteller extraordinaire!  He can weave a tale like few authors I know.

This time around, Bob partnered with his daughter Lindesy to write a similar book to Love Does, but for kids.


When this book arrived in my house, before I could even touch it, my 14 year old took off with it!  That is saying a lot.  It was not just once that he was found reading it on the couch – but multiple times.  He gives it a raving review!  Eli said it was easy to read and fun to read.

This book is a great read-aloud for families or a perfect gift for a pre-teen aged person.  It is broken into 46 short readings, that would be ideal for devotions.

Each story is an example that Bob Goff uses to demonstrate how we can all live out a life that shows love to others.  Our family has thoroughly enjoyed the stories Bob shares through his experiences.

I highly recommend any books by Bob, but think this one is a great one to share with the family or would be a great gift for a child in your life!

NOTE : I received a copy of Love Does for Kids in exchange for an honest review.


Review : (in)courage Devotional Bible


There is something about pretty things.  I enjoy them maybe a little more than just something plain.  Pretty is fun!

This Bible : (in) Courage is an organization that knows something about truth and pretty!  Just about everything they put out from greeting cards, to devotions, to graphics – its all pretty!

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First, I love the linen feel to the cover.  It is in the photo below, a nice teal green.

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The colors throughout coordinate with that teal, as well as some peaches, roses and yellows – the colors are very pleasing and calming!


This is a devotion Bible, with 52 devotions throughout the pages.  There are themes to the devotions and those are : brokenness, togetherness, grace, leadership, friendship, hope, hospitality, gratitude, second chances, and brave.

I love that there is space at the bottom of the pages to write notes, I am a note writer in my Bible!  I would love that space to fill up with ideas and points from studies and sermons!!

It really is a beautiful Bible and I look forward to using it in my quiet time!

NOTE : I received a copy of the (in)courage Devotional Bible at no cost, in exchange for my honest thoughts!


Book review : Hidden Peril

Irene Hannon manages to weave a story together that pulls you in immediately, and one that you do not want to put down until the last page!  Hidden Peril is her latest novel in the Code of Honor Series.


Kristin Dane is the main character and her life starts to spin a bit out of control when one of her employees is found dead, followed by a customer from her shop.  Kristin runs a world market kind of shop, where she resells items from all lover the globe to raise money for different organizations.  When the murder happens, she realizes there is more going on with one of her suppliers than she ever expected.

Luke Carter is the detective that finds himself in the middle of a strange mystery surrounding Kristin.  Rick and Colin are Kristin’s childhood friends who are closer than family.  All four characters are pulled into this story in a variety of ways.

Kristin has some family drama that flares up at the same time as the crazy deaths.  Dealing with her own hurts from the past made Kristin seem very real and understandable.  Relying on Rick and Colin to help her deal with the fear she is facing as well as the strain with her family gives the reader a s strong sense of the bond between the three of them.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters in the story, while following along on the twists and turns!  This is a fast paced novel and an easy read, one very worth the time!

NOTE : I received a copy of Hidden Peril at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

More about the book :

As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she’s fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying. Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue—and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die…including Kristin?

About Irene HannonIrenepicbio

Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 50 romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels. She is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the RITA award—the “Oscar” of romance fiction—and a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. In addition, her books have won a Daphne du Maurier award, two Carol awards, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice award, a Retailers Choice award, three Booksellers’ Best awards and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!