Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Swoon Worthy Spotlights #1

Welcome to another one of our new Book Blog Memes hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Swoon Worthy Spotlights features 1-3 of our favorite books that we have read during the month. We will share the cover(s), our review(s) and a link to each other's post so you can check out which books we have all chosen!

So... without further adieu... our first...

Swoon Worthy Spotlights!


For my first Swoon Worthy Spotlights I am going to choose...


Destiny Came Knocking by Cindy Roland Anderson


Be Mine by Shannon Guymon



Paige's Turn by Jennifer Peel

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And don't for get to check Kathy's post here and Katie's post here!

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Do you have a blog and want to join us for Swoon Worthy Spotlights? Then grab the picture and post with us! We will be posting on the last day of each month. Make sure you share your link with us so we can check out your favorite authors as well!

Happy reading my fellow bookworms! 💗

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Weekend Ramblings #14


Are you ready for another Weekend Ramblings a la KJ?!

Well then... let's get ready to raaaaammmmmbbbbbllllleeeee!!!!!

This week's rambling questions are...

*What do you do when you come across content in a book that you are not comfortable with? Do you skip over it and keep reading or do you stop and move on to another book? What if the content didn't show up until you were about 75% into the book? What do you do then?*

This has happened to me a few times this week and it's rather frustrating and discouraging.

The first book was part of my 2017 reading challenge. I got about 58% into the book and finally just said.. I'm done! I do have to say that I skimmed through the book to see if my suspicions for the bad guy was correct and stumbled upon more content that I didn't really care to read about. But I found out I was right about one part but not the other. While I'm curious to see what happens, I am not curious enough to pick up the rest of the books in the series.

I only got about 5% into one of the other books I started this week before the author had a 14 year old character drop the F-bomb. That book got sent right back to Amazon. Thank you Kindle Unlimited! I didn't waste any of my money on that author. Well... maybe a couple of pennies. Lol.

The last book I ended up doing lots and lots of research on before I even started. Why? Because the previous two books were duds and the page count was 674 pages. Six. Hundred. And. Seventy. Four. Pages! That's just crazy! Needless to say an honest reviewer informed future readers that there was a lot of language including several F-bombs. Thank you Ms. Reviewer for your honesty!

If you couldn't tell the F-bomb is an absolute no go for me. I will stop reading any book, no matter how far I am into it, if I see that word. Yes, I know people use it all the time... I hear it constantly. But that doesn't mean that I have to put up with it in the books that I read.

And the sad thing about all three of the above books is that they were all in the Young Adult genre. To me that mean teenagers and it just ticks me off! While I am not a mom, I am an auntie to 16 AMAZING nieces and nephews. I would not want any of them reading any of the above books. I honestly don't understand why some of the content is needed in said books. It's really sad that some authors and/or publishers feel the need to add this content. I would love to share my passion for reading with all my nieces and nephews but it's really hard when I can't even trust that a Young Adult book is going to be clean. :(

Some of you might think I am going a bit overboard and you might be right. I am not a mom and do not have to face the challenges of raising teenagers but I would think that books should be a safe place for them to escape all the negativity that is out there. Not a place that fills their head with more negativity and bad ideas on what they could be doing as teenagers. Society is already bad enough in my opinion.

And on that note, I better stop. I could go on and on when it comes to content in books. Haha.

Now it's time to hear from you! What are your thoughts on the above questions? Inquiring minds want to know! :)

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Daring One by Cami Checketts


Synopsis:

Summer Anderson has the perfect life—designing toys and traveling the world—until the venture capitalist company, Mumford’s Sons, helps her dad sell his toy company to the highest bidder. Summer loses her designs, her job, and her lifestyle, and is forced to work for a friend in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Chance Judd, owner of Mumford’s Sons, takes a mountain biking trip to Crested Butte and accidentally runs Summer off a running trail. He asks her out repeatedly, but she always has a sarcastic response ready for him. When he finally convinces her to go to dinner, he realizes that he is partly responsible for her losing her job and designs, and knows she’ll hate him if she finds out the truth. He has no choice—he lies. 

But how long can a secret this big stay hidden and will Summer ever forgive him when she finds out the truth?

My Review: 4 Stars

After losing her job, her toy designs and her lifestyle, Summer is in need of a fresh start. What better place than Crested Butte, CO where one of her best friends lives for said fresh start?! Working at Sugar N' Spice until she can figure out her next move and find a new job, she embraces all the beauty around her. So what's a girl to do when a gorgeous stranger runs her off the trail? Why she embraces him too! ;) 

Chance is visiting Crested Butte for a much needed vacation. He's out enjoying the beautiful scenery when out of no where he runs a beautiful hiker off the trail. After their first encounter he decides that he must get to know her better. She's sassy, feisty, funny and can definitely keep him on his toes. But Summer isn't going to make it easy on him. 

Things are going great between the two of them until Summer discovers the secret that Chance has been keeping from her. How can they move forward when he was the on responsible for ruining the life she had? Does she care enough about him to overlook everything and forgive him? Or will she force herself to move on breaking both of their hearts? 

While I loved the setting, the banter, the swoony kisses and good ol' Chance, I have to say that I didn't love Summer. :( While I found her sassy in the beginning, it got to the point where she was a bit snotty and I wanted Chance to run far away. Haha. Maybe it's just my mood? But I absolutely LOVED Chance! I thought he was a pretty amazing guy. He can come rescue me any day! ;) Hehe. 

It never fails... Ms. Checketts always has me waiting not so patiently for her next book. I can always count on her to sweep me into a suspenseful, swoony adventure. I can't wait to see what she has in store next! 

As for the casting... for those that have already read this book already... please don't be disappointed in me! I just couldn't picture anyone else! Haha. The heroine is all me though.. ;) Hehe.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weekend Ramblings #13


Are you ready for another Weekend Ramblings a la KJ?!

Well then... let's get ready to raaaaammmmmbbbbbllllleeeee!!!!!

This week's rambling question is...

*What is a quote from a book that has always stuck with you?*

For me it's from Making Faces by Amy Harmon. I loved it so much that I downloaded an app to create the below...


I can't wait to hear what quote has stuck with you!

Author's Corner #1

Welcome to our newest Book Blog Meme hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month Author's Corner will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

We love finding and sharing amazing authors with others! We thought this would be the perfect way to share the love not only with other bookworms but with the authors that we absolutely adore! So... without further adieu... may we present our first...

Author's Corner! 


For my first Author's Corner I am going to choose...



Jennifer Peel is the mother of three amazing kiddos. Wife to her one and only for the past twenty-two years. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, the mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes, and southern living. She can frequently be found with her laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through her head.

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Picking only one book of Jennifer's is pretty much impossible! I have loved them all! Each time I finish one of them I think this one is my favorite! But then I reread one and think no this one is my favorite! But then she releases another one and I think no this one is my favorite! And then I realize... I just cannot choose! 

But if I have to pick only one I think I will choose... 


Rachel Whitney’s life changed forever when Drew, the son of her twin sister, Sydney, was placed in her arms—and there he stayed. At twenty-two, she had no idea what she was doing, but in that moment, she knew that raising Drew was what she was meant to do with her life.

Fiercely independent, Rachel makes her own way managing her family's insurance agency. Decidedly against introducing any men into her life, or Drew’s, she protects her heart against all romantic entanglements. But what she didn’t count on was a letter from her sister that leads a famous secret to her door eight years after her sister’s death. A secret with the same eyes as her son’s.

Desperate not to get the courts involved, Rachel allows Drew’s previously unknown father, Andrew Turner, into their lives, and to her surprise, little by little into her heart. But for Rachel, taking that step could open her family to a firestorm of media attention that not even Merryton can protect them from. Is love worth the risk? Or will Andrew's fame and ambition ruin their chances?

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Sounds amazing, right?! Well it is! You can check out my review here

And don't for get to check out Kathy's post here and Katie's post here

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Do you have a blog and want to join us for Author's Corner? Then grab the picture and post with us! We will be posting the 2nd Saturday of each month. Make sure you share your link with us so we can check out your favorite authors as well! 

Happy reading my fellow bookworms! 💗

Friday, January 13, 2017

First Line Friday's #13


Ok party people! It's that time again! First Line Friday's hosted by my amazing friend Kathy over at Bookworm Nation! Are you ready?! 

This week's First Line Friday is:


The Daring One by Cami Checketts

Summer Anderson has the perfect life—designing toys and traveling the world—until the venture capitalist company, Mumford’s Sons, helps her dad sell his toy company to the highest bidder. Summer loses her designs, her job, and her lifestyle, and is forced to work for a friend in Crested Butte, Colorado. 

Chance Judd, owner of Mumford’s Sons, takes a mountain biking trip to Crested Butte and accidentally runs Summer off a running trail. He asks her out repeatedly, but she always has a sarcastic response ready for him. When he finally convinces her to go to dinner, he realizes that he is partly responsible for her losing her job and designs, and knows she’ll hate him if she finds out the truth. He has no choice—he lies. 

But how long can a secret this big stay hidden and will Summer ever forgive him when she finds out the truth?

FIRST LINE

"Summer plodded along Snodgrass Trail, waiting for the promised views of Mt. Crested Butte, but so far it was a dirt path with lots of lush greenery - mostly aspen and pine trees. Crested Butte, Colorado, was beautiful, and she didn't completely loathe exploring the trails on foot, but she would've traded Diet Coke for life to be on a mountain bike."

I have to tell you that I have LOVED The Billionaire Bride Pact Series! I was sad to hear that this is one of the last books in the series! :( I have a feeling I am going to be savoring every minute of this book. I really do NOT want it to end! Thank goodness I'll be able to reread them over and over again! ;)

Do you want to participate in First Line? Yes?! Then tell us what your First Line is! Are you going to do a blog post? Then don't forget to link your post back to Bookworm Nation! Post your link in the comments. Don't have a blog? No worries! Just leave a comment with the title, author name and first line.

Ready?! And GO!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Destiny Came Knocking by Cindy Roland Anderson



Synopsis:


When Piper Jensen’s dog has a litter of puppies that aren’t anything like their purebred mother, she immediately suspects the culprit responsible for the mishap is her neighbor’s derelict dog. Seeking restitution, Piper confronts the owner, Gabe Wesson, a single father of two children that likes to keep to himself. She isn’t prepared for Gabe to be so handsome, nor so disagreeable, and is irritated by his demands for a paternity test to prove his dog is the sire. As she and Gabe try to work things out, they both fight a growing attraction neither one of them want. But when Piper finds her heart falling in love with his children, it might be the catalyst that tips the scale towards a destiny she never dreamed possible.

My Review: 4.5 Stars

After being humiliated and fired from her last job, Piper decides that she's in need of a fresh start and a change of scenery. When the opportunity to breed her purebred King Charles Cocker Spaniel arises in Snow Valley, MT, she jumps at the chance. Everything seems to be going her way until destiny comes knocking in the form of her neighbors rascally dog, Rascal. Apparently her puppies aren't as purebred and she was lead to believe. She plans to confront her neighbor to see just what he's going to do to make it right. But when she comes face to face with her handsome neighbor and his two adorable children, all thoughts of making him pay fly right out the window. 

Gabe isn't' the most trusting of the opposite sex. He has been horribly hurt by his ex-wife and has sworn off women for good. But when his beautiful neighbor shows up on his doorstep informing him of the trouble his dog has caused, he will have to fight with his heart and his head to stick with his convictions. But the more time Piper spends with him and his two kids, the more he realizes that he doesn't want to fight it. He would love the opportunity to see where things can lead with him and Piper. 

But when they are faced with Piper's past, the relationship will be tested. Can Gabe find it in himself to trust and move forward with Piper in his life? Or will past hurts rear its ugly head and ruin the chance for their happily ever after?

Destiny Came Knocking is a super cute book! I was sucked in from the beginning and didn't want to put it down! Shane and Lindsey were such a fun addition to the story! The antics of kids can be quite hilarious as well as adorable! These two did not disappoint! I loved seeing all the relationships develop between our hero, heroine and the kids. I am definitely a sucker when it comes to single parents finding love kind of books. Everyone deserves a HEA! 

I have to say that Ms. Anderson is definitely becoming a favorite of mine. She has a way of making me feel every single thing the characters are feeling. I laughed out loud, got angry, had my heart drop to my stomach, got teary eyed, let out lots of dreamy sighs and had a permagrin on my face while reading this book. She really is an amazing author and I seriously need to check out more by her! :) 

And let's not forget my casting. I think these two are amazing! What do you think?!  


Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest


Synopsis:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

My Review: 3.5 Stars


A Shade of Vampire is part of my 2017 Reading Challenge... the YA Bestseller. This is actually the 2nd time I have read this book, Well, actually, it's the 1st time all the way through. A couple of years ago I made the mistake of picking up the old version... the one with 150 pages. I only got halfway through the book before I said enough is enough... I just can't! So I gave up on it and moved on.

But when I saw that on of my best book buddies read the longer version and seemed to enjoy it, I decided that I would give the longer version a try. It just goes to show you that mood reading is a real thing because I actually did get through the whole book! Haha.

While on vacation, Sofia is kidnapped by vampires and taken to an island called The Shade. There she is chosen to be part of Derek Novak's harem. Terrified and alone, she does what anyone in her position would do, try to escape. But she quickly discovers that there is no way she will ever escape. She must face her fate and do the best she can to stay alive. And the only way to do that is to stay in the good graces of Derek Novak.  

Derek has never met anyone like Sofia before. She is a marvel. There is just something about her that not only draws him in, but makes him want to be a better person. He is much more than his circumstances and with the help of Sofia he just might be able to become better and stronger than he already is. 

But when outside forces attack and plant seeds of doubt, they both will need to face demons within themselves and enemies if they are going to survive. 

My advice, if you are going to be reading this book/series, is to keep in mind that this is an urban fantasy. Not everything is going to be believable, there will be insta-love and warnings that you see will be ignored by the beloved characters in the books. I know there are a lot of people out there who have a hard time reading books like this because there is so much within the book that just wouldn't happen. If you are one of those, then I would suggest skipping over this one. If you are not, then you will probably enjoy this book. 

After looking into this series more, I have discovered that there are 39 books so far. That is definitely A LOT of books! I am not sure if I will continue on and read the entire series but I think I am intrigued enough to continue on with Sofia and Derek's story. This book does end in a bit of a cliffhanger so if you love this book, be prepared to want to grab the next book in the series. 

And of course I can't forget my casting... what do you think? 


Content: 
Language - Mild... a handful or so including both b's, h's and d's. 
Violence - Mild to moderate. A couple of fights, death, attempted rape... nothing is detailed though. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Weekend Ramblings #12


Are you ready for another Weekend Ramblings a la KJ?!

Well then... let's get ready to raaaaammmmmbbbbbllllleeeee!!!!!

This week's rambling question is...

*Out of all the books you have read in the last month, who is/are your favorite book boyfriend(s)?*


So... my good friend Katie posted in the comments asking me for my favorites. I must have been really tired last night when I set this up! Haha. Oops! 

Do you want to know who are my favorites from the last month?! Well... there is Jackson from How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days. I absolutely love him! Kam from Be Mine. Seriously.. how can you NOT love that man?! And Jace from Righting a Wrong. *dreamy sigh* I love having book boyfriends! ;) Hehe. 

I can't wait to hear who your favorites are! :) 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hidden Moon by K.R. Thompson


Synopsis:


When 17 year old Nikki Harmon moves to Bland, Virginia, she expects her new life will be as dull as the town's name.

But she finds that not everything is as it seems and the forest surrounding her new home holds secrets—one of them being a centuries-old Indian legend, carefully guarded by Adam Black Water, the leader of a pack of boys known as the Keepers.

Nikki will soon discover that the forest holds more magic and danger than she ever dreamed possible as a killer lurks on the Appalachian Trail. As she searches for the truth, she will unearth the darkest secret of all.

But will she lose her heart? Or will she lose her life?

My Review: 4 Stars

After Nikki's father passes away, her mom, little sister and her move to Bland, Virginia to live in her great-grandmother's house. Between the look of the city and the name, Nikki thinks her life is going to be extremely boring. 

But looks can be deceiving. 

The forest behind her house is full of magic and secrets. There are also some people who are not happy to see Nikki and her family. Between the mean girl at school trying to make her life miserable and the Trail Killer, there is never a dull moment in Bland. 

On top of all that, there are two boys who are vying for Nikki's attention. Her new best friend Brian and the mysterious, aloof Adam. While she feels comfortable around Brian, there is just something about Adam that draws her to him. The connection with him is strong and undeniable. 

As Nikki embarks on her new journey in Bland, she will learn that not only is there more than meets the eye within Bland, but there is more than meets the eye within her. She will discover who she really is, the power she holds and what fate has in store for her. But will she find out before it's too late?

I do have to admit that in the beginning I was a little worried that I wouldn't end up finishing this book. When it comes to YA paranormal novels, I try my best to go in with an open mind. But when a book starts to feel like another book I have read, I get a little apprehensive. In this case, it had a definite Twilight feel to it, except with wolves instead of vampires. There were so many scenes and aspects in the beginning that were similar that I started listing them off to one of my book buddies. I had even mentioned that if it continued on like this, I would not finish the book. I was pleasantly surprised when the author's unique twist entered into the book and it intrigued me enough to continue with the book. I am glad that I gave this book the full chance that it deserved.  

I really did enjoy my first book by K.R. Thompson. I will definitely be checking out more books by her. 

Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson


Synopsis:

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year of high school ended in a fiasco. But now her father needs help, and Cambri has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and heads home, hoping against hope that Jace Sutton is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.

If only life worked that way.

Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she walked out of his life without a backward glance, he was left with no choice but to try to forget her and move on. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jace instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.

If only it were that easy.

My Review: 4 Stars

Cambri is not as brave as everyone thinks she is. When life gets tough, she gets scared and does the only thing she knows how to... runs. And that's exactly what she did when life with Jace and her father became too much. Now, six years later, her father needs her and she must return home. Will she have the courage to tell them why she did what she did? Will they understand that she needed to get away in order to become the person she is today? Will they forgive her?

Jace was devastated when Cambri just up and left without a reason, without a goodbye. He did everything he could to reach out to her but all she did was ignore him. Six years later and he's still trying to move on. But how can he move on when the only available house for him to purchase is the very one that Cambri spent hours telling him exactly what she would do if the house was hers. And it's about to get even harder with her back in town taking care of her father. He does his best to avoid her, but fate has something else in store for them.  

While Jace has every reason (in my opinion) to make things hard on Cambri, he chooses to be the bigger person and does anything he can to help her out while she's home. The more time they spend together, the closer they become. She finally opens up and tells him the reason she just had to leave. She wouldn't be the person she is today if she would have stayed. But now that they have rekindled what they had years ago, how will she ever be able to give him up a second time? 

I really enjoyed Cambri and Jace's journey. It was fun to see them overcome the past and grow closer and stronger together. I also enjoyed her repairing her relationship with her father. Both of them were definitely stubborn and set in their ways. But they were able work things out and have a real father/daughter relationship. My only complaint is the book just ended! I seriously hate that! Things were hinted to and BAM! The end! Grrrr. This girl needs closure dang it! Haha. 

I always enjoy Ms. Anderson's books! She never disappoints! And it never fails, every time I read one of her books I always think, "Why did I wait so long?!" I really need to start grabbing her books as soon as they are released! 😉

And of course I just can't forget my casting. My review just wouldn't be complete without it! 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Be Mine by Shannon Guymon


Synopsis:

Men are terrifying to Bailey Downing. Not that she wants anyone to know that, but with her mom insisting she fall in love and Kam Matafeo pushing her to feel things she doesn't want to feel, Bailey is determined to make a nice, safe choice. Dean Hogan is the perfect man for her. Smart, wealthy, charming and best of all, safe. But when her romance begins to unravel with Dean, she's faced with a choice: open her heart, or stay safe, cold and lonely. Kam is determined to help Bailey no matter what it takes and with the support of her sister Taryn and her brother Rob, she makes the decision to be brave. But Kam's ex-girlfriend Meredith isn't shy about wanting him back. Bailey will have to learn to fight for what she really wants. The question is, would she rather be safe or would she rather be loved.

My Review: 5 Stars

*dreamy sigh* I absolutely LOVE Be Mine! I have lost count on how many times I have actually read this book.

For those of you who have followed Shannon Guymon and her Fircrest series, you will know how hard this was for me to read again! But I felt like it was time! I needed to rip off the band-aid and just do it!

If you have NOT followed Shannon's Fircrest series you are missing out! You should definitely grab her series! But you MUST read them in order! Start with You Belong With Me and go from there. You can thank me later! 😉

Bailey has always intrigued me. She comes across as confident and strong. But part of me had a feeling that there was something going on with her... something that she is hiding... I just couldn't figure out what.

Kam takes one look at Bailey and knows that there is more to her then she lets on. He sees what she is busy hiding from everyone else... he sees HER. And he just knows that she is the one for him. He has a bit of a long road ahead of him to help her see that she deserves to be happy and loved but he is definitely up for the challenge.

You see, something horrible happened to Bailey when she was younger but she never told anyone anything about it. She kept it bottled inside because she was ashamed and didn't want it to hurt others in her family. But when she is assigned a story she has to make the tough choice of finally facing it and getting everything out in the open so that she can heal and move on... becoming a better and stronger person.

On top of all this going on with Bailey, she has to deal with Meredith... the psycho ex-girlfriend of Kam. All I have to say is WOW! What in the world happened to Meredith?! I knew that she was a feisty little thing but holy crow Batman!! She just went nuts!! But I do have to say I got a kick out of the cat fight between those two... it was awesome! Haha! They both are a little feisty... ;)

Once everything is out in the open and Bailey has faced it, she finally sees that she DOES deserve love and happiness. And she finds it in Kam. They had their fair share of ups and downs but in the end it was all worth it! And they are better together! These two are my most favoritest couple in the Love and Trust Trilogy!

As I said before Be Mine was just what I needed! It reassured me that even though there is evil in the world and no one is perfect... everyone deserves love and a chance to be happy! Love is not always easy but have a little faith in it... it can heal and make you whole again. <3

And as promised... my casting choices for Bailey and Kam...




The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner


Synopsis:

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden take care of one another. They have no parents, no other family—except for a grandfather they don’t care to see—and no home . . . until the night they find the boxcar. Old, rusty, lonely, and abandoned in the woods, it’s the perfect home for four brave children on their own.

My Review: 4 Stars

Growing up I had the hardest time reading books! I just could NOT get into them! I would rather be outside playing and going on adventures than in the house reading a book. So when I absolutely had to read books for school I searched a long time until my teacher helped me discover The Boxcar Children. From the very beginning I was hooked! I absolutely loved this series! 

So when my 2017 Reading Challenge had a favorite book from your childhood, I just HAD to chose this one! And I was so happy that I did! It was fun to reminisce about my childhood! So many great memories! I would have LOVED to have an old boxcar to play in with the stream near by, a fire pit, and being able to discover the world around me! I think this is a timeless classic and would be fun to share with all my nieces and nephews! :)