Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Review: The New Answers Book 4

Ken Ham, the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis along with 22 other contributing authors have compiled "The New Answers Book 4" the latest installment in the Answers Series.  It contains, in much depth, over 30 questions and answers on creation/evolution and the Bible.

When I first noticed the over 400 page pdf….I felt a bit overwhelmed as I thumbed through the book.  This is by no means an easy read but once I started, I found it completely engaging.  With chapters addressing "What did the reformers believe about the age of the Earth?" (pg. 101) and "What are the tactics of the new Atheists?" it managed to capture my attention and interest.

This book came at just the right time. My husband and I host a weekly Bible study in which there are two extremely inquisitive boys.  They have asked me questions on topics such as the existence of dragons (pg. 27), evolution, etc.  This book served as a great reference to present Biblical answers to their questions.

I commend the authors for maintaining an emphasis on Biblical authority.  Many sources are cited and there are numerous footnotes whereas the reader can conduct further research at their own leisure.

The most enjoyable portion for me was Bodie Hodge's, "Dear Atheists…"  I found it to be direct and to the point addressing the many misconceptions of the atheistic evolutionary views.

On a minor note, there were quite a few charts, graphs and figures that were obviously listed in the book but somehow did not appear on the pdf. I received.  Other than that, I surprisingly enjoyed this book and it will surely serve as a reference in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book, which was published by Master Books, 
a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 


Friday, October 18, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Laundry

Five Minute Friday
There is certainly no coincidence that I should happen to stumble upon FMF this morning.  Yesterday, as I was folding my daughter's clean laundry my thoughts wandered far off while I was completing this simple task.  

As I sorted through all the clothes my youngest daughter has outgrown, my thoughts wandered to the younger members of my family who live in Ecuador.  There is such need among the children.

I thought of the little faces…beautiful little faces.

I thought of Pastor Alexis and the church in La Lometa, D.R.  The church has so many young children there who have many needs.

I thought of the little faces…beautiful little faces.

As I continued to fold away my daughters pile of warm sweaters and clean socks a feeling of thankfulness overwhelmed my heart. 

I relished the thoughts and memories of those young little faces for quite some time after I folded laundry and continued with my day-to-day to do's.

My to do…included praying for those little faces….beautiful little faces.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Book Review: Return to Me

Return to Me (Book 1 of the Restoration Chronicles Series) by Lynn Austin excitingly recounts the Israelite's exile to Babylon and their return to Jerusalem.

The book's main characters Iddo and his grandson Zaki…(which I love how his character is developed) have difficult decisions to make but ultimately they both choose to believe God and walk by faith no matter what obstacles may confront them along the way.

In the first sitting, I read nearly half of the book; it was just that good! The plot immediately drew me in.  Although the book is fiction it did contain many captivating Biblical truths.

This is the first book I have read by Lynn Austin.  I enjoyed her style of writing which was impressively descriptive.  The author conveyed the characters emotions vividly.  I felt the hurt and despair that the characters faced throughout their many ordeals and hardships as they leave the familiar comforts of Babylon for the promise and hope of their land, Israel.

I enjoy Biblical fiction and this lived up to my every expectation of a great read.  It was intriguing and captivated my attention till the very last page.

I enjoyed the book so much that I have started to read Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings Series (5 book series).  I have read through one book already and can't wait to get my hands on the other books!

I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Review: The One Year My Princess Devotions

The One Year My Princess Devotions by Karen Whiting contains 365 daily devotionals for girls ranging in ages 3 - 5.  Each day is laid out on a page which contain teachings that can be read in a small amount of time.

Each devotion includes Royal Words (scripture verse), Princess Thoughts (short teaching), A Prayer for the King (daily prayer), and Princess in Action (way to implement the teaching).  There is a useful Scripture index at the end of the book which can be referenced when going over the devotions.

Topics of the devotions range from wisdom to studying God’s word to obedience to God.

The Princess in Action section presents various suggestions to reinforce the devotion with various activities.  One suggestion that stood out to me was,

Take a breath mint.  It's sweet and makes your breath smell good.  Nice words are like breath mints.  Pass out pleasant words.  some pleasant words are compliments, like "You look pretty." Some words encourage a person.  You can cheer on a friend or brother or sister when you say, "You can do it!"

The beautiful hard cover book with lovely and captivating illustrations are delightful for young girls.  I've had a joyous time doing this devotional with my 4 year-old daughter.  She is quite fond of her book and enjoys the daily time we spend in it.

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Review: Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas

Author Pam Forster’s book "Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Mamas" is an uplifting and impassioned Bible study of third chapter of the book of Colossians. She has written this book specifically to encourage busy mothers to purposely set aside five minutes each day to study the  of Colossians.

The author suggests the study should only take about five to ten minutes a day.  Personally, it took me longer than five minutes a day to study the verses and to complete the corresponding assignments.  I did not want to speed through and just get it done. 

The author provided useful online resources to deepen the study of the Scriptures such as  She also includes materials to use during Bible study time, ideas for marking your Bible, and the comments that stood out the most to me was how to make time when you have small children.  She writes helpful tips on getting alone time with the Lord and His Word.  Having a 4 year old, I found her suggestions to be realistic and extremely insightful.

Being my first time studying the book of Colossians I found it to be an immense blessing and was left with a new perspective regarding this specific book.

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review: Defeating Jezebel

The Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel by Jennifer LeClaire is an eye opening book with many insights on the spiritual seductress called Jezebel.

The author identifies motives and tactics on who Jezebel really is, how it manifests, and how to overcome this spirit.  She clearly states that although widely thought and many are convinced that Jezebel is a controlling spirit which in fact hides its actions behind the mask of control and manipulation, it is really a spirit of seduction that leads people to immorality and idolatry.

The author goes on to paint a clear picture of who Jezebel really is and its impact on the Church.  All the while, she is clear to mention that only the Spirit led Church can and will definitely be able to identify this spirit and deal with it according to the Word and will of God.

The author provides numerous Biblical references to which the reader can refer to and identify this spirit from a Biblical standpoint and exercise God given authority on how to deal with it.

I appreciate the author including that the Lord has called the body of Christ to lovingly aim at seeking the individual to be restored.  Restoration should be the goal for our brother/sister in Christ who has been deceived by this seductive and lying spirit. Of course, also noting that the individual should be willing to renounce and repent and if not done Jezebel will still maintain rights to work in him/her.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have already recommended it.

I like how she worded that the body of Christ should love Jezebel back to Jesus!

I received a complimentary copy of this book by Chosen Books in exchange for my honest review.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book Review: Prayer Warrior Mom

Marla Alupoaicei's "Prayer Warrior Mom" is a book written from the heart of a women who passionately ministers to other women and inspires mother's to live prayer-filled lives.

There are  fifteen principals outlined in the book.  Each prayer principle includes model prayers (which outlines a sample prayer on how to lift up fervent and effective prayers for our children), Sword of the Spirit section (Biblical references to learn how to pray scripture over the lives of our children) and Small Group Questions (She encourages women to hold a small discussion group where you can have prayer partners and share the joys and encourage one another).

The book encourages mother's to lift up persistent prayers and to persevere in them knowing full well that the spiritual barriers that satan intends to build up (or if he has already) can and will come down in the name of Jesus!  She encourages the reader to take hold of the God given authority mother's have over the lives of their children and to cover them in prayer.  As I read the book it is made very clear that the author has the conviction that we can claim the victory over our children's lives in whatever situation and she transmits that same faith to the reader.  She also mentions throughout the book the "prodigal children" giving hope and comfort to mother's who are praying for their children who have strayed from the straight and narrow path.

What I also found enlightening is that she also conveys the message that as mother's we must convey the significance of prayer to our children, lead by example and model to them a prayer filled lifestyle.

Although, I did not agree entirely with the author's theology and doctrine, I found "Prayer Warrior Mom" to be a thought provoking read filled with heart tugging testimonies (I needed a Kleenex for a few of them).

I highly recommend this book to any mother who may not know just how to begin to wage spiritual warfare on behalf of their children.  This book is filled with Scripture and promises of the Lord and will certainly stir you up to pray with power, authority, gratitude and renewed faith in Jesus!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Book Review: Bedtime Stories and Prayers

This is a lovely collection of four bedtime stories in a padded hardcover book with 111 pages.  The four stories are titled:

* Bedtime Blessings
* Thank You, God
* Blessings Everywhere
* God Loves You

The first story, Bedtime Blessings, has a soothing rhyming pattern.  It begins with children enjoying the innocence of playtime and transitioning to end of the day and thanking God for all the blessing of the day just passed.

The book ends with the story "God Loves You".  This story focuses on God's unconditional love for us.  It lovingly weaves the undeserving love of the Lord even with our imperfections and faults.

The characters of the stories are beautifully illustrated multi-cultural children. They are very adorable looking.  They all have such sweet little expressions. The stories depict children enjoying the beauty and majesty of God whether they are frolicking about in a field of flowers, gazing up at the heavens and even taking the dog a bath.  There are also adorable and playful animals that appear throughout.

My four year old daughter enjoyed the stories as I read them aloud to her.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.


Book Review: Journible the 17:18 Series "Acts"

The Journible 17:18 Series is a great resource for those who desire to immerse themselves in Scripture and to write out your very own copy of God's Word.

The book of “Acts” is beautiful in its detail.  The hardbound book is sturdy and will definitely stand up to the test of time especially since the author’s desire for the “Journible” series books to be handed down from one generation to the next.

The book’s layout was well thought out considering the space that the “scribe” will need to write out the book of Acts.  The journal is formatted in a way where there is ample space on the left side of the book where thought provoking questions are presented along with a section to jot down personal notes concerning the text that was just written out.  There is a lovely watermark design on the page that gives it a decorative element to the journal.

On the right side of the book, the pages are laid out in a way that the chapter and verse are clearly written out, and gives the "scribe" ample space to write them out.

A ribbon marker allows the writer to mark the page where they left off.

I am more than pleased with my Journible Series book.  It is a beautiful addition to my own personal library.

I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book from Cross Focused Media, LLC 
in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: Ephesians (Discovering Your Identity & Purpose in Christ)

Sue Edwards is the author to "Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ".   I found her workbook format to studying this book of the Bible a very practical way to study the Scriptures. The format is extremely flexible and provides additional background information on the city of Ephesus and  the people living there

This is not a just filling-in-the-blanks sort of Bible study.  It delves into personal areas of ones life and even provides a section called "Digging Deeper" for those who would like to probe deeper into the biblical text.

A website is even provided where you can watch short video message clips from Sue Edwards to enrich the bible study experience and to share her personal insights.  I referred to just one of the videos. They are not necessary to watch in order to complete the study.

The cover of the book is beautifully designed and the coordinating pages are just lovely to look at.

I found the study to be a blessing and taking the time to making Bible study a priority is always edifying.

I highly recommend Sue Edward's Discovering Truth Series Ephesians Bible Study.

I received this complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest and inbiased review.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Book Review: When Jesus Wept

Knowing that the Thoenes penned over 65 works of historical fiction and are awarded authors, I was thrilled at the opportunity to read this novel.

"When Jesus Wept" is written from Lazarus' perspective of various Biblical occurrences, such as hearing the message of repentance from John the Baptist, witnessing Jesus' baptism, which was the first time Lazarus laid eyes on Jesus.

The Authors vividly depict the unfolding events, miracles and controversy that surrounded Jesus' ministry. The Thoene's managed to intertwine the Biblical accuracies of the time along with great Historical fiction content amazingly.

I appreciated them including many conversations that we find in the Bible between Jesus and Lazarus.

The friendship that Lazarus and Jesus establish is vividly described throughout the book.  The correlation of Lazarus being an owner of a vineyard and Jesus being the One True Vine is written out in picturesque detail.

Lazarus new all to well the care that went into having a vineyard that bore a delicious bounty of grapes.  He knew that much pruning to remove the fruitless branches was necessary in order to create a healthy atmosphere in which to grow in.  The message that Jesus' is the One True Vine who lovingly prunes and trains as necessary so we may also bear good fruit was captured impressively.

Other characters of the book such as Lazarus' overseer and the Jerusalem Sparrows provided a more developed story line of the intimate and personal account of Lazarus and his family happenings.

This is the first novel I am reading by Bodie & Brock Thoene.  The historical Christian genre drew me in and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I look forward to reading more from the Jerusalem Series.
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I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review


Friday, March 8, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Home

When I read the word I immediately thought of the home I lived in as a child.  My family, the apartment where my sister grew up in with my single mom in the heart of Manhattan.

My mother always longed to give us what she thought was the best.  I love her for it!  I remember her love and willingness to give instead of wanting to receive.  What stands out is a time when all we had for dinner where three tiny pieces of steak and plain white rice.  I wanted another helping and my mom looked into my eyes and said there wasn't any more.  I remember the hurt in her eyes.  I remember her desire to provide all that we needed and wanted.  She looked lovingly at her young daughter and gave up her piece and only ate rice that night.

In the Lord I strive to obey Jesus and through prayer infuse my home with His beautiful presence.  I want to emulate the love and compassion and selflessness that I learned and saw in the women who made a home for my younger sister and I.

Five Minute Friday


Monday, March 4, 2013

Counting My Blessings

1.  I was chosen employee of the month once again and I was given a gift card!!

2.  My mother returned from Ecuador and I was extremely excited and thankful to have her back again;
Spent Wednesday with her and enjoyed a day of laughing and sharing stories :)

3.  Excited to see how the girls are learning so much in Tuesday's classes.  Their enthusiasm is contagious;

4.  Received my Scentsy order.  As part of Scentsy: Scent of the Month club I received "Simply Irresistible". It is a delicious scent of lavender with a strong woody background of amber, moss and musk. It reminds me of a male cologne which is perfect for my husband to have something other than floral feminine scents being warmed.  I really enjoy this scent:)

Looking to order?  Reach out to Karen today.

"Crinkle" plug-in is so much prettier in person that in the catalog;

5.  Celebrated my wedding anniversary this week.  Thankful that the Lord has maintained us in HIM!

6.  My husband surprised me with this:

     Yes, it's a shopping cart, the small size.   I have been wanting one for awhile for local grocery shopping.  
I mentioned it to him months ago and he remembered - How thoughtful is he:)

7. Playing with Play-dough with my tot: imagination work out!

8. My Pastor was invited to preach at another church and we were invited to attend.  It was an awesome night of praising the Lord and the body was edified!

9. Seeing my little one in prayer:  

thank you, Jesus!

10. Wrapped up the evening with dinner at my mom's house along with Karen and her family!!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Book Review: Unglued Devotional

About the Book:
This companion devotional to Lysa TerKeurst's best-selling book Unglued, provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles.  Including a daily opening Scripture, thought for the day, devotion and closing prayer. This book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger and regret.

My Review:
This book includes 60 short and thought-provoking devotionals with extremely candid and relateable personal experiences from author Lysa Terkeurst. She allows us a sneak peak into her life, family and ministerial experiences by exposing her heart without holding back. While many of the topics discussed in this book make it clear that Lysa is writing to the hearts of women, I know that men would also be edified by the insight and Biblical truths that this devotional has to offer.

Each devotional is infused with hope along with a short prayer to guide the reader to accept the grace and mercy of God which is always available to us. As I read the allotted devotion for the day, I couldn't help but feel as though Lysa was writing to me. I felt connected to some of her struggles and her triumphs and knowing that she has been able to overcome, gives me encouragement.

I truly enjoyed this book and Lysa's writing style. She presents the reader with God-centered, authentic devotions and at the same time, addresses real-life challenges that we all face. Her honesty made this devotional relatable and the size of each devotion was perfect for busy moms.

Lysa reminds us that life isn’t perfect but in Him we can find the joy of the Lord that will give us strength in life's most hectic moments.

I'd recommend this devotional to everyone, young or old, who could use some encouragement and inspiration in their walk with God. You'll be encouraged and inspired to become unglued.

I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book  from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Counting My Blessings

1. Enjoyed a special treat Sunday..pupusas!  Geni calls them pupas:)

2. Geni is doing great in homeschooling.  I have to keep in mind she is only three.

3. Karen dropped by with the girls and we sure did laugh it up:)

4. I ordered my Scentsy plug-in in "Crinkle".  Joined the "Scentsy Club".

5. Spoke to my mother and so joyful that she is returning home soon.  She shared with me how my cousin is persevering in the Lord.

6. Thanking the Lord for my father this week.  Lord, please soften his heart and I pray that he may know you as TRUTH!

7. Time with the girls at the library is always fun!

8. Texted with my older sister.  Thankful that she is well.

9. Cooked up beef stew and it turned out delicious:)

10.  Set goals for this week and I was able to fulfill just about all of them.  PROGRESS!!!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Five Minute Friday: What Mama Did...

She was forced to grow up much earlier than she should have...
She new the many hardships of life earlier than she should have...

She came to this country to give her children a better life than she had...
She put her children before her own personal happiness...

She loved when she didn't have to...
She loved me when I was so unlovable...

She shared my joy when I overcame...
She remained strong when I failed...

She encouraged me along the way...
She infused hope...

She came to know the Lord Jesus as her Savior...
She is now loved and taken care of...

She still loves...
She hasn't allowed life's challenges to harden her heart...

I love mami...

Five Minute Friday


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Counting My Blessings

February 3, 2013 - February 9, 2013

1. Enjoying fellowship with my sisters-in-Christ during the car rides to Church; Love the laughter:)

2. Glad to hear my mother's voice and rejoicing that my aunt is recovering from her surgery;

3. Guidance and counseling from my husband is such a blessing to me;

4. Heart led conversations with my teen....amazing the way the Lord heals, renews and restores;

5. Enjoyed a lovely evening with my sister-in-Christ and her family celebrating her daughter's first birthday;

6. The same sister walked me through her homeschool lesson plans and gave me a great idea!  Thank you Jesus:)

7. My co-worker advised me of a great deal on binders.  Just in time to implement some much needed organization;

February 10, 2013 - February 16, 2013

1. Learned this week that my aunt is resting in the Lord;

2. The Lord is so merciful in that her operation was postponed about three times, just in time so my mom could get to Ecuador and pray with her.  She reconciled with the Lord!  You worked it ALL out for her good!

3. Thanking the Lord, for the strength and peace JESUS has given my mother and walking beside her through this process;

4. Thankful for the experience my daughter is receiving while volunteering at a nearby elementary school;

5. Visited my SIC. I thank the Lord for her and rejoice in knowing that the Lord's most perfect will is being done in her life.

6. Thankful for my job and hearing the Lord on the why of it...:)


Monday, February 11, 2013

Book Review: Bible Stories That End with a Hug

About the Book:
Little children love getting and giving hugs.  Show your little ones just how much you treasure them while teaching them about God's unconditional love.

My Review:
My daughter and I enjoyed reading through the bible stories.  Their is a collection of 75 Bible stories included in this book.   The illustrations are beautifully done.  The colors are soft and muted and captured our attention.

I was surprised to see stories of Balaam, Deborah and Ezekiel  pictured as these are often left out of children's Bible story books.  My daughter enjoyed reading these stories as we have not covered them yet in our bible study time.  Well known stories of Adam and Eve, David and one of my daughter's favorite Jonah are also included.  

Although I did enjoy the layout of the book and certainly the biblical content, the stories are very short.  Most stories are about three to four sentences long, however, what makes up for each story being so short are the questions that are included with each one which helps to elaborate a bit more. Also included in each story is a memory verse from the New Living Translation and a special "hug" time:)

This book can be used to introduce the child to the biblical stories BUT have your bible handy to read the WHOLE truth.
Tyndale Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book in exchange for my honest review.


Book Review: What You Need to Know About Healing

About the Book:
While no one is promised tomorrow, you will receive the encouragement for any circumstance, and you will better understand the compassionate nature of our Heavenly Father and how to find healing His way.

My Review:
This book provides many scriptural references for healing.
While God manifests His wonders and power, His miracles take place when people believe that God will hear their crying out to Him, wholeheartedly petitioning Him and trusting in the promises of Scripture.  

Many will get to know and trust in the Lord through sickness.  Through the experience they will be able to learn lessons that can only be learned no other way.  During this season of ailment afflicting their bodies many will get to experience and discover the presence of a compassionate Shepherd who walks beside them teaching them truths not only about His love and mercy but about themselves as well.

The Lord is STILL delivering miraculous healing to those who believe.  His desire is that we may be whole in Him - spiritually, emotionally and yes! physically as well.  Through Scripture we have the blessed assurance that the Lord has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.  His Word gives us the assurance that the Lord will always be by our side even through the valley of death.

I have to point out that the personal narratives of divine healing was my favorite part of the book.  To read the personal accounts and testimonies of people who witnessed first hand the glory of God's healing manifest in their bodies is such a testiment to God's healing power.

B&B Media Group, Inc provided me with a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book in exchange for my honest review.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Counting My Blessings

For Week: January 27, 2013 - February 2, 2013

1. My teen enjoying time with her little sister.  Thank you Lord, for working it all out for their good!!!

2. My girls and I ventured out in the cold to go to the Library...twice this week!

3. Worked extra days this week...

4. Received surprising news this week, however, my hope is in you, Lord!

5. Was able to speak to my aunts operation is scheduled for today Monday. We are praying and   waiting...on the Lord!

6. My daughter waiting up for me to come home from work....I enjoy our late night conversations:)

7. Scored great thrifty goodies this week..yay!

8. Spoke to my dear family in D.R....what a treat!

9. My girls enjoyed an afternoon with dad playing in the snow...

10.  Target trip was a success....I found a jean shirt that I have been wanting to get for my husband.  Best part it was $7.45!!!!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review: Secretly Smitten

About the book:
There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic-a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?

The mystery intrigues Rose's three granddaughters-Tess, Clare, and Zoe-and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

My Review:
Secretly Smitten begins in the romance destination city of Smitten, Vermont.  This book is a tale of four very close knit sisters.  The way the author weaves in the love that they end up finding is quite innocent.

I enjoyed reading of how the four sisters along with their mother would meet up every Sunday in their grandmothers home for Sunday lunch along with their great- aunts.  It is family tradition that has withstood the test of time and even hardships and betrayal.

Although I did enjoy the book and I finished reading in about three days I would have loved to see the characters be developed a bit more.  For example, the first love story begins with Tess.  I would have enjoyed reading more of who she was and how her relationship with Ryan evolved.

I would have enjoyed reading in depth of all the relationships that developed in the town of Smitten.

I feel that the tales of the romance that develops between each sister and their respective beaus' should have been played out more as the story lines all seem to end abruptly.  By the time the plot was getting good on one sister I would turn the page and the tale of the next sister would begin which left me wanting for more.

Oh, and the main idea of the book were the mysterious dog tags found in the attic, well that particular story line was only a few pages of the book.

All in all I did enjoy the book.
The "gals" are celebrating the release of Secretly Smitten with a fun Live Webcast on February 5th. They'll be debuting the *NEW* animated Smitten trailer, giving away tons of prizes, dishing on the book and their friendship. They'll also be wrapping up the Secretly Smitten blog tour, answering audience questions and testing your trivia skills. Don't miss the fun and bring your friends. Click here to RSVP and set up a reminder. 

LitFusePublicity provided me with a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book 
in exchange for my honest review.