January 2019 Wrap Up!

Happy Friday! I’ve read some fantastic books this month. Curious to see which ones I read and reviewed? Good, because it’s time to reveal the January 2019 wrap up!

The Dad Next Door by Stephanie Dees

A Place to Call Home 

Lawman Joe Sheehan is desperate to bond with the daughter he’s just discovered he has. But as a virtual stranger to twelve-year-old Amelia, the task seems impossible. Until Claire Conley moves to town. A social worker renovating a mansion into a foster home, Claire is the first person to get through to Amelia. Falling for the single dad was not on Claire’s to-do list. But with Joe and Amelia around, the house finally starts to feel like home. Claire’s ready to fight to convince Joe that together they’ve done more than fix a house…they’ve built a family.

“The Dad Next Door” is the first book I have ever read by Stephanie Dees and it most definitely will not be my last. This was a super adorable read that would make a wonderful Hallmark movie. A huge thank you goes to Just Read Publicity Tours and Stephanie Dees for my review copy. Check out my full review HERE.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max Anders

If you’ve ever confused the ark of the covenant with the ark of Noah, or Jericho with Jeroboam, Max Anders’ classic book, 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, is for you. In just fifteen minutes a day, you’ll learn the Bible’s key people, events, and doctrines to get more out of God’s Word. This simple-to-use, straightforward guide has been recommended by Bible teachers and pastors for thirty years, and now it’s available in an expanded thirtieth-anniversary edition—with the most requested topics from the original edition restored and updated for today’s readers.

Features include:

The “Arc of Bible History” to help you visualize the Bible’s overarching themes
The “Story of the Bible” summarizing Genesis through Revelation in just a few pages
The core beliefs of the Christian faith, focusing on the teachings that have united Christians for the last 2,000 years
A 13-week plan that provides teacher’s every creative and effective tool for teaching the Bible in 30 days
Fan-favorite bonus content, previously removed, now restored from the original edition

This is a great resource for a Bible survey kind of class. Max Anders helps break down what each book is about, key people, geography, and why they’re important. Each chapter is short and perfect to do for about 15 minutes each day. I wouldn’t recommend this for mature believers as none of the information contained in this book is new. A huge thank you to Flyby Promotions for my review copy. Check out my full review HERE.

A Baby for the Doctor by Stephanie Dees

A Family to Call Her Own

After becoming a foster parent to a young boy, equine therapist Jordan Conley’s life gets turned upside down. Little Levi is in need of an exceptional pediatrician, which means seeking help from Dr. Ash Sheehan—a man that, despite her heart-pounding crush, isn’t her type. Her life is horses and hay, and she can’t imagine the suit-clad doctor in a pair of cowboy boots. As a confirmed bachelor, Ash has never been nervous around women, but there’s something about Jordan that flusters him, and working closely together doesn’t help. The last thing he’s looking for is long-term romance. But the more involved he gets, the more he wishes they could stay together…always.

This is the sequel to “The Dad Next Door” where Ash and Jordan are the main focus. This was also an adorable read. A huge thank you to Just Read Publicity and Stephanie Dees for my review copy. Check out my full review HERE.

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino

The manga version of the coming-of-age tearjerker that inspired two films!

Also known as Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, this deeply moving first-person story is about a high school boy who finds the diary of his classmate—and discovers that she’s dying. Yamauchi Sakura has been silently suffering from a pancreatic disease in school, and now exactly one person outside her family knows. He swears to her that he won’t tell anyone what he learned, and the shared secret brings them closer together. The two have very little in common, but they find themselves drawn to each other in Sakura’s final months to live.

I don’t normally read manga, but my brother came home with this one and it looked super cute. And it was. A full review will appear on the blog soon.

Their Secret Baby Bond by Stephanie Dees

He wanted roots. She chose a career. Can a baby bring them back together?

Wynn Sheehan planned to change the world—not return to Alabama alone and pregnant. Her life is in shambles, but at least she can help take care of Latham Grant’s ailing grandpa. Latham isn’t ready to trust the woman who eagerly left him and their small town behind. But can they ignore the spark rekindled by unexpected Family Blessings?

“Their Secret Baby Bond” was another brilliant addition to the Family Blessings series.  Wynn’s passion to leave small-town Red Hill Springs and venture off to Washington D.C. where she could make a difference as a lawyer turned out not to be what she expected. She returned home with a broken heart and a baby on the way. A huge thank you to Just Read Publicity and Stephanie Dees for my review copy. Check out my full review HERE.

And that’s a wrap! Did you see a book that I’ve read that is on your TBR? Or perhaps you noticed a book that you’ve also read and enjoyed? Or perhaps you found some books to add to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below.

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