Friday, October 14, 2016

The Littlest Familys Big Day By Emily Winfield Review

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wonderful Things You Will Be, meet Emily Winfield Martin's little forest family and the adventures they have on one very big day.

Who is only under 5 inches tall and has just moved to the woods? The cutest and littlest bear family you have ever seen--and their adopted teeny tiny fox tot! What happens when they venture out to explore their new world...?
With an easy-to-read story and the careful brushstrokes of Emily Winfield Martin's illustrations, The Littlest Family's Big Day captures the mystery and magic of the woods. Inspired by classic children’s books such as The Littlest Fur Family and Dream Animals, this is a radiant treasure to be cherished for generations.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

EMILY WINFIELD MARTIN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wonderful Things You Will Be as well as the author of Day Dreamers and Dream Animals. She makes paintings, books and other things. When she was small, she spent every moment drawing, reading, dressing rabbits in fancy clothes, and having many peculiar daydreams. When she grew up, she began to illustrate those daydreams and she created a cottage industry called The Black Apple, which sells all manner of her art and etceteras. She works in a tiny nook of a studio filled with old children's books, wind-up toys, and stacks of fabric. She lives in Portland, Or. You can visit her at

Cassandra's Review- A really nice book that my family wanted to read over again.  It is simple but the illustrations really bring out the story.  

Body Punishment By Maggie Lamond Simone Review

About Body Punishment

For as long as she can recall, Maggie Lamond Simone has been plagued by self-loathing and urges to harm herself physically while emotionally sabotaging her life. In Body Punishment:  OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal (Central Recovery Press, April 2015), she reveals it all. The obsessive thoughts that drove her to cut, starve, pick, drink, pluck, purge, and otherwise hurt herself. The profound shame, the utter despair and the confusion over her own inner workings that prevented her from establishing stable, long-term goals and healthy relationships.  Through this poignant story of her painful, eye-opening journey she explores the issues of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression that commonly occur with OCD, all in an effort to further the dialogue around mental illness and eliminate the shame and help others find a way forward toward healing.

About Maggie Lamond Simone

Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winning columnist and author. With two titles already to her name, her third book, Body Punishment: OCD, Addiction and Finding the Courage to Heal (Central Recovery Press) was released in April 2015. It traces Simone’s journey struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression. Her writing has been featured in multiple publications and collections, including Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Zen of Midlife Mothering (2013), Not Your Mother’s Book on Do-It-Yourselfers (2013), P.S. What I Didn’t Say (2009), and Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolution (2008).  Simone has been a guest on NPR and is a regular blog columnist for the Huffington Post. An an adjunct professor in the department of communications at SUNY Oswego and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, she lives in Central New York with her husband and two children.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- I can remember a time when sharing something like this would have you committed and a place in life where people would make you feel invisible or harass you for being different.  Today it is even worse for people with mental health issues.  No matter what you are dealing with no that you are not alone and many others will connect no matter what the problem.  I think the author could use this book to heal while helping others learn.

Unblemished By Sara Ella Review


Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

Sara Ella
Once upon a time, SARA ELLA dreamed she would marry a prince (just call her Mrs. Charming) and live in a castle (aka The Plaza Hotel). Though her fairy tale didn’t quite turn out as planned, she did work for Disney—that was an enchanted moment of its own. Now she spends her days throwing living room dance parties for her two princesses and conquering realms of her own imaginings. She believes “Happily Ever After is Never Far Away” for those who put their faith in the King of kings.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I am a huge fan of fantasy and being taking into a new realm where anything can happen.  I like characters that are made up but can become real somewhere.  While there is a lot of information to remember and things to be found, the book will probably really get traction in the teen world.  A youth adult that is going to create a fun reading experience for adults as well.  If you have a soft spot for a good fantasy, this is going to be super!

God Bless My Friends by Hannah Hall Review


Big and small, short and tall, fluffy and prickly . . . these playmates of all shapes and sizes are the best of friends. Share some giggles with your little one about how fun friendships—and differences—can be!

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A cute children's book that ryhmes while sharing a great message.  It is small enough for younger readers to read outloud for you, or a treat for you to read out loud to them.  The illustrations are very nice and easily catches a little one's eye.  Teaching kids to play regardless of shape or size is a good lesson.

All the Pretty Things By Edie Wadsworth Review

“The night the trailer burned down, I think Daddy was the one who set it on fire. . . . “

For a long time, Edie thought she had escaped. It started in an Appalachian trailer park, where a young girl dreamed of becoming a doctor. But every day, Edie woke up to her reality: a poverty-stricken world where getting out seemed impossible. Where, at twelve years old, she taught herself to drive a truck so she could get her drunk daddy home from the bar. Where the grownups ate while the children went hungry. Where, when the family trailer burned down, she couldn’t be caught squawlin’ over losing her things—she just had to be grateful anyone had remembered to save her at all.

And at the center of it all, there was her daddy. She never knew when he would show up; she learned the hard way that she couldn’t count on him to protect her. But it didn’t matter: All she wanted was to make him proud. Against all odds, Edie “made doctor,” achieving everything that had once seemed beyond her reach. But her past caught up with her—and it would take her whole life burning down once again for Edie to be finally able to face the truth about herself, her family, and her relationship with God. Readers of The Glass Castle will treasure this refreshing and raw redemption story, a memoir for anyone who has ever hungered for home, forgiveness, and the safe embrace of a father’s love.
Edie Wadsworth
Edie Wadsworth is a national speaker, writer, and faith blogger at life{in}grace. She has been featured in various media including Better Homes and Gardens. Edie is a physician and natural health enthusiast who left her medical practice in 2008 to raise her family and pursue her love of writing. She encourages and inspires women to live with more passion and purpose so that they can impact families and communities with their unique gifts.

 After overcoming her difficult upbringing to become a successful medical doctor, Edie left her practice to raise her family and pursue her love for writing. Her passion is to love her people well and to see women embrace the full measure of their life's passion and purpose. She blogs at on a variety of topics centered on home—including vocation, hospitality, faith, parenting, cooking, and life in the South. In 2012, she traveled to Nicaragua as a Compassion International blogger to advocate for children in need.

When she's not writing or teaching natural health classes, she enjoys cooking (with butter!), running, reading, banjo music, and the beautiful scenery of southern Appalachia, where she makes her home with her husband, Steve, and their awesome kids.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why? That is it real in a way that connects with some people while filling the heart of others.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  It has a lot of ups and down, but mostly downs and can get a bit sad.

- What did you learn?  The author had brute mental and physical strength and power, she also lists people up with God as a base.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Older teens and adults, because little ones really should not have that kind of drama delivered at their age.

NIV Wonders Of Creation Holy Bible Illustrations To Color And Inspire Review

9780310758914, NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible, Hardcover : Illustrations to Color and Inspire

The NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible explores the wonders of our created world though detailed black-and-white illustrations—each one ready to be filled with the hues of your imagination. From amazing Eden-esque gardens to the creatures God made, this Bible features over 50 ready-to-color pages alongside the full text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:

Beautiful cover with foil makes for a stunning gift
Over 50 pages of black-and-white illustrations ready to be colored
Key verses called out on each coloring page
The full text of the bestselling New International Version translation
Presentation page for gift giving
Ribbon marker

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The only downside is the kids did not want to color it, in case they messed up the bible.  If you have a little one that loves to color and read the word of God, this is going to be as great treat that they can treasure forever.