Review of Song of the Shepherd Woman by Carlene Havel

Song of the Shepherd WomanReview of Song of the Shepherd Woman by Carlene Havel

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in reading Song of the Shepherd Woman but the title and a brief review intrigued me enough to begin.

I had never read any of Carlene Havel’s books before but I took a chance on winning this one in a free Facebook giveaway that was posted in July of this year, and was surprised to learn that I had won! Soon the 252 page book was in my hands and I was excited to begin reading it.

It is a very interesting story about a young girl who is orphaned and is sent to live with her Uncle and Aunt who are keepers of sheep in the fields of Israel and tells how shepherds lived in biblical times.

This book was filled with little surprises throughout. If you are a fan of biblical fiction you will surely enjoy this book as it tells a story of places and people that are not often written about but then weaves their story to bring familiar bible events to life within their lives, sort of like they were living during the time of the these events, yet not really a part of them, .

It also shows the deep love, dedication, sacrifice and faith of those who truly believe and follow Christ and how they lived among those who didn’t as the story was set during a time when believer’s had to meet secretly or face death for their faith.

I am very glad to have read this book, it made an impact on my life in many ways and I highly recommend others to read it.

Though I did receive this book as a free gift, I was not required to write a review and all thoughts I have written are my own.

–Leona J. Atkinson


A Review of “Praying God’s Promises” by Linda Evans Shepherd

Praying God's Promises book cover“Praying God’s Promises” by Linda Evans Shepherd
“The Life Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures”

As I read through each chapter I found myself instantly relating to the stories and testimonies that the author shared. Saying “Yes, I have experienced that” or “I believe that to be true”.

I think this is a book every believer needs to have on their bookshelf, for it is a valuable resource that you will want to keep on hand to read and refer to often.

In it you will find stories, testimonies, prayers and scriptures that will help you in times of need.

There are scriptures and prayers that deal with the many things that many of us are now experiencing or will be dealing with at sometime in our lives and you will be encouraged to pray them over whatever situation you are facing.

Some examples are: Breakthroughs, Comfort, Deliverance, Direction, Faith, Healing, Hope, Peace, Protection, Provision, Purpose, Relationships, Strength, Troubles, and many more.

This book is filled with Promises of God. There are Promises to pray for your children, for godliness, salvation and success and more. I think every believer will benefit from not just reading this book but also praying the scriptures that speak to whatever circumstance they are facing, for therein is the power that is needed to transform our lives and others lives, and help us to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil to stand strong and firm in our faith daily.

( I received this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, but I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. )

–Leona J. Atkinson

A Review of A “Defense of Honor”by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Defense Of Honor book cover“A Defense of Honor” by Kristi Ann Hunter
(Haven Manor Series Book 1)

Whatever you are looking for in a Historical Romance I feel you will find it, and more, in this book.

Kristi Ann Hunter has woven mystery, intrigue, fear, drama, deception, trickery, blackmail, prejudice, honor, love, compassion, strength and faith into a historical setting in the 1800’s London and its outskirts.

The main character Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert is a determined woman who is on a mission to seek justice for those who society has rejected, her intentions are admirable, even though her method of attaining that justice is not. She is a woman of deep faith, yet her independent spirit, coupled with a guilty conscience, causes her to take things into her own hands instead of seeking God’s way and will in the matter.

Throughout the book you will be led on a journey thru London and it’s high society, meeting many people of royalty and those who are of lesser status.  You will get a glimpse into how life was lived there in the 1800’s and it will, at times, be a confusing journey as you meet many characters and get bits and pieces of information that cause you to wonder what this story is all about. It’s rather like putting together a puzzle one page at a time. But, in the end, when all the pieces begin to fit together, you will be touched to the heart by what is revealed.

It is a book that you will have difficulty putting down once you begin reading but once you reach the end, you will want it to continue.

I highly recommend reading this book, you will not be disappointed, and if you do, I imagine you will be looking forward, as I am, to reading Haven Manor 2 whenever it is released.

(I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)

–Leona J. Atkinson

Summer Afternoons

Heirloom Roses

Heirloom Roses–Portland Rose Garden

Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. –Henry James

Enjoying a lovely summer day strolling among the roses in Portland’s Rose Garden.  Such beautiful sights and smells.


A Review of “Heart’s Revolution” by Roseanna M. White

Heart's Revolution book cover“Heart’s Revolution”  by Rosanna W. White is  a Historical Romance set in the year 1783,  just after the Revolutionary War ends. The places are  Wiliamsburg, Virginia and Annapolis, Maryland.

The war has ended for everyone except Lark Benton. She has an internal war going on inside herself. A battle only she can win or lose. It is a battle of her heart and mind, for she has been in love with a man named Emerson Fielding all her life. A man who has asked her to marry him, yet ignores her constantly, and barely acts as if he notices her, much less cares for her.

This book takes the reader on journey with Lark as she deals with anger, hurt, and betrayal from a man she both loves and hates. You will find yourself caught up in each aspect of her journey as she runs from her past and present, towards an unknown future, where she hopes to find freedom and true love.

But, will she escape Emerson Fielding? And if she does, will her heart ever forget him and love again?

If you love Historical Fiction you will surely enjoy learning about this time period of life in the US after the Revolutionary War as author Rosanna M. White has done much research to bring much truth regarding actual places and people into this fictional story.

This is a book I would enjoy reading more than once and I probably will!

–Leona J. Atkinson

Review of “A Breath of Hope” by Lauraine Snelling

A Breath of Hope book coverReview of “A Breath of Hope” by Lauraine Snelling
“Under Northern Skies” Series–Book 2

” A Breath of Hope” is what Signe Carlson is feeling as Spring comes to Minnesota and with it news that her sister-in-law and brother-in-law are being invited by Uncle Einar and Gerd to come from Norway to live and work on the farm.  This is a dream come true for Nilda Carlson and her brother, Ivar who have been working hard to save enough money to make the trip and also for Signe and Rune who can use the extra help with their heavy workload put on them by Uncle Einar.

Einar is still overbearing and rude,  even though Signe,  Rune, and the boys try their hardest to please him, but Gerd has softened in her attitude and is becoming healthier, much to Signe’s delight.

Rune is trying his best to build his own home to house his family but Uncle Einar is not helpful at all and so demanding upon his time that it is difficult.

Will Uncle Einar ever change?  They all wonder that daily.  Signe has been praying for him but finds her faith and hope is beginning to weaken as she sees no results. Rune is at the point of exasperation and his patience is wearing thin. What will it take to change Einar? Will he ever think of them as family instead of just slaves? Was he always this heartless? What happened to him to cause him to be so hateful?

The Carlsons try to keep moving forward in faith, hope and love as a family even though Einar’s bad spirit dampens every occasion when he is present.

Hopefully, with the arrival of Nilda and Ivar, the work will get easier and the family will have more time to enjoy life and each other, and hopefully get their new home built so they don’t need to live under Einar’s roof any longer.

This book two shows us what can happen to a person when they hold onto the past and let themselves become buried in anger, bitterness and greed. It also shows us that the only one that can change a person is God, and that we can only pray for them, as we treat them with kindness and try to love them as God does, hoping that they will come to repentance and seek God’s help.

(I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)

–Leona J. Atkinson