Review: Kosmo's Christmas Delivery

        `Kosmo's Christmas Delivery` written by author Deb Kalmbach and illustrated by artist Joey Palmberg is a fun, short read for all children. It has lots of colorful illustrations and short paragraphs on each page. It could be read by a parent to a child, or a child who can read. It would make a great Christmas gift.

        The story is told from a dog's point of view. The dog, Kramer, is jealous of the new dog Kosmo. Kosmo seems to get all the attention even though Kramer has been the family pet much longer than Kosmo.

        The picture on the front cover depicts the jealousy Kramer has over the happy, energetic Kosmo. I think the first illustration, in the book, is most effective in developing the story. It shows the daughter, Emily Jean, hugging Kosmo. While Kosmo is giving her doggie kisses, and Kramer is sitting in a chair pouting.

        The easily identifiable trait of Kosmo is that he is very friendly and loving. I believe children of any age can sympathize with Kramer while loving Kosmo. I recommend this story to parents of young children and to children of all ages.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

        `Twilight at Blueberry Barrens` is a contemporary mystery/suspense novel written by Colleen Coble. I received it in ebook form from Net Galley. This book has a who-done-it theme to it. A family is endangered of being killed and there is an uncle who recently escaped out of prison. Could this be a time for the female protagonist, Kate Mason, to fall in love?

        The setting is the top of the Mermaid Rock cliffs. Kate Mason is enjoying the sun peeking over the water bathing everything in a pink halo, and the dense salt in the air. Kate and her sister, Claire, had hiked to the shoals looking for puffin birds. That's when they saw two bodies who must have fallen off the cliff. This is where the story picks up.

        There are several plots and subplots. Were the people who fell murdered, and if so how? One of the most exciting is the family of puffins. In the meantime, will Kate's aplastic anemia make an appearance, again? Her father has escaped from prison and is on the prowl. Is he the one who murdered the couple?

  It took me several days to read and I was left hanging. I wish there had been more talk of God, forgiveness, and restitution. I felt like there were a lot of rabbit trails with no ending.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: Everything Is Possible

        `Everything Is Possible` is an autobiography on the life of and written by author Jen Bricker. Jen Bricker was born without legs, yet she is an inspiration to others.

        When Jen was born her parents left her in the hospital, giving her up for adoption. They weren't sure they could take care of her. In her loving, adoptive home there was only one rule, `Never say `can't`. She never gave up and is presently a motivational speaker, an author, and an aerialist. Jen has traveled internationally with Britney Spears's Circus Tour.

        I decided to review this book because of the cover, and because of Nick Vujicic, born without limbs, who wrote the forward. I have also reviewed two of Nick's books: (1) Love Without Limits (review link) and (2) Life Without Limits (Amazon link).

       Jen Bricker's book, `Everything Is Possible`, is her story of God working out His plan for her life. The author's purpose in writing this book is to inspire others. The book begins from when Jen was just a baby, next is her adoption to a loving family, and finally her endless possibilities. She does not call her uniqueness a disability or a handicap. Instead, she calls it a `gift` from God. Jen's thesis is, `I want everyone who reads this book to realize on simple, amazing truth: You are significant.

        Reading Jen's book, and seeing the many colorful photos, made it seem I was a part of her life, for a bit. She is very strong and outgoing and seems to have a very loving family.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

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5.5 x 8.5
Pub. Date
Sep 2016