The Proposal

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The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory met my expectations. I was looking for a lighter read and this offered one that was full of romance and predictability. This book was the February pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club.

Nik is at a Dodgers game when her boyfriend surprises her with a proposal. When she says no, she becomes the target of a lot of unwanted attention. She is rescued by a man that turns out to be someone she begins to date. The book was predictable, but sometimes that is a nice escape.

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Beneath A Scarlet Sky

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Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan is a historical fiction book based on the life of a real man during World War II. This story was fascinating and took place in Italy. A young Italian man works to help Jews escape the Nazis. He spends the rest of the war as a driver for a Nazi officer. Other books about WWII that I would recommend reading are:

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This Little Piggy

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This Little Piggy by James Serafino is a favorite of my four year old. He shared it for a school presentation and recited it. He finds it so humorous and asks to read it frequently. A little girl makes a mess eating cereal. She finds different animals to help her clean up her house. At the end,  she finds a pig that is able to help her with her cereal problem. Do you have a book that your kids love?

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Girls Club

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Girls’ Club by Sarah, Sally, and Joy Clarkson is the newest book from this family of authors. These women share how to cultivate friendship by sharing experiences from their own lives. I enjoyed learning from each author’s experiences since they are in three different stages of their lives. It encouraged me to look at ways that I can be a better friend to my friends. Thank you Tyndale Momentum for this review copy. I have read most of Sally Clarkson’s other books and love Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson which I highly recommend for mothers. Also, The Lifegiving Parent by Clay and Sally Clarkson is an encouraging parenting book. Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson is a must read for book lovers.

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Valentine Themed Books for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is February 14th and we love reading holiday themed books. Here are a few about Valentine’s Day:

Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas (Author) and R. W. Alley (Illustrator) is a cute book about a little girl that is making a Valentine craft for her mom.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond is a Valentine themed book about a beloved Mouse. He is making cards for all of his friends.

The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson and Tricia Tusa is a sweet story about a man writing ballads to his valentine. It is written in the rhyme of “My Darling Clementine.”

 

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Zoo Animals and Love

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My Heart Is Like A Zoo by Michael Hall is a creative book about animals in a zoo made out of hearts.

Sealed With A Kiss by Beth Ferry and Olivier Tallec is a new book about a French seal that arrives at the National Zoo. She has a hard time making new friends until a bird reminds the other animals that they were all new once too. This book is fun to read aloud especially if you have a good French accent.

 

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Love and Hugs

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Valentine’s Day is this month and here are some cute books that are about love and hugs.

That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Teagan White is one that as a mother I love to read to my kids. The author and illustrator are favorites of ours. The illustrations are beautiful to go with the sweet words of how a mother loves her child.

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell is one my son has memorized after reading it so much. A little boy calls himself a hug machine. He goes around hugging everyone and everything. He even has to refuel to keep his hugging energy up.

Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper is part of a series about a pair of hedgehogs. In this book, they find a creative way to hug each other without pricking each other.

 

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Harry’s Trees

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Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen was a book that I heard great reviews about. I started it and was worried that I would not like it. I do not gravitate towards magical realism books. I am so glad I kept reading because I loved this story. It was very well told and each part was expertly woven together. There is sadness, loss, love, and fairy tales throughout the story. If you enjoyed this, I would recommend The Astonishing Color Of After by Emily X.R. Pan which is a YA book about loss and magical realism. Do you enjoy books about fantasy and magic?

 

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