Archive for December, 2010

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul.

I absolutely adore Christmas novels.  So when I got the chance to read and review Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul I was thrilled.

For the most part I really enjoyed the story.  I did not know when I requested the book it contained “magically” elements but I thought they enhanced the story nicely.  I absolutely loved the main character Cora.  She was flawed and imperfect and working on her walk with God.  I know that is where we all are.  I also enjoyed the character of Simon.  My favorite character however was Sandy.  From the moment Mrs Paul introduced her I loved her.  The way Mrs. Paul handled the character of Sandy is absolutely wonderful.  Sandy may have downs syndrome but that was not going to stop her from going after an amazing life!

The only problem I had with the book was the choppy writing style of Mrs. Paul.  The book just did not flow well.  It was hard to read but Mrs. Paul’s characters and story will keep you reading.  The last 20 or so pages really make the story wroth reading.  I found myself wishing I could go to the ball…and that I could find Sage Street!

If you are looking for a delightful Christmas story full of magic and romance pick up Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball…you will not regret it!


About the book:

Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?

In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?


About the author and her other books.

Read the first chapter.

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***Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah and the Blogging for Books program for my complimentary copy of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul.

Baby Bible Christmas Storybook by Robin Currie.

Now that I have a niece I am very interested in childrens books!  When this came out for review I jumped at the chance…one thing our family finds very important is our Christ.  So to be able to introduce Toccoa to Him and the beauty that is Christmas with such a sweet book was special.  She loved it.  It is durable with great illustrations and I can tell she is going to enjoy this book for several years.  The story is beautifully told…of course the story of Christmas is beautiful anyway.  :)  Next year she is going to LOVE doing the actions with us!


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today’s Wild Card author is:



and the book:


Baby Bible Christmas Storybook

David C. Cook; Brdbk edition (October 1, 2010)

***Special thanks to Karen Davis, Assistant Media Specialist, The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Rev. Dr. Robin Currie is the Early Childhood Librarian/Preschool Liaison for the Glen Ellyn Public Library and serves on the staff of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. She is also the retired pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn. Before and during seminary she was a children’s librarian for public libraries in Illinois and Iowa. She holds master’s degrees in Library Science from the University of Iowa and in Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, as well as a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from LSTC. Her published books include seven resource collections for librarians and over a dozen children’s Bible story collections.

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Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Board book: 36 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; Brdbk edition (October 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0781403685
ISBN-13: 978-0781403689

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