Code Name Helene

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Code Name Hélène: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon was one of my highly anticipated books of 2020. This book has been receiving great reviews everywhere and it did not disappoint. This WWII historical fiction book has dual timelines to tell of a brave woman and her fight against the Germans.  This fiction book is based on the life of a real woman named Nancy Wake.  I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend reading it.

I also enjoyed her previous book:

 

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The Traitor’s Pawn

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The Traitor’s Pawn by Lisa Harris is a new Christian fiction book. I enjoyed this fast paced FBI drama. The story kept my attention the whole time and it was a great story to escape into. It also involved some romance as two old friends work together on a FBI investigation. The story starts out with a kidnapping and dives right into a chase. An  investigation begins to uncover who is behind it. I would recommend this book to those that enjoy reading Christian fiction. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author:
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than 40 books, including The Nikki Boyd Files and the Southern Crimes series, as well as Vanishing Point, A Secret to Die For, and Deadly Intentions, Harris and her family have spent over 16 years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at http://www.lisaharriswrites.com.

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Oona Out Of Order

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Oona Out of Order: A Novel by Margarita Montimore is a new fiction book that is all over Instagram. I almost stopped reading this book because I was having trouble with the time jumping and didn’t really care for the characters. I kept reading and ended up enjoying the story of Oona and her life. It was a unique book and was interesting to read how strange her life was by living it out of chronological order.

 

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Secrets Of The Happy Soul

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Secrets of the Happy Soul: Experience the Deep Delight You Were Made For by Katie Orr is a new Christian non-fiction book. I struggled with this book and it may just be the circumstances we are in during quarantine because it has also received a lot of great reviews. All books are not for all people and this one was just not for me. The book was well written, but I struggled with what the main point was and it did not offer a lot of practical advice.  Some of the chapters offer questions for further study. There is a lot of Scripture used in this book. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the Author:
Katie Orr is passionate about helping women enjoy God daily. As a conference speaker, prolific author, and online Bible coach, she provides biblical teaching and relevant resources to help women jump-start their journey toward walking with Jesus. Katie and her pastor-husband have three children and serve together in the local church.

 

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Cincinnati Zoo -Staycation Ideas

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We love our local zoo and have been members for the past ten years. One of our favorite activities this time of year is spending time at the Cincinnati Zoo. Since the zoo is closed right now, we are bringing the zoo to our house.

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Here are some books that we read about the zoo:

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Snack ideas: Popcorn, animal crackers, Zebra cakes, ice cream (Graeter’s has a Fiona flavor).

Other Ideas:

  •  Make a zoo with stuffed animals or animal figurines.
  • Visit live animals if you can by still practicing social distancing.
  • The Cincinnati Zoo is doing a virtual safari every day on their Facebook page.

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Italy-Staycation Ideas

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We dined on lasagna for dinner. We had Italian Ice for dessert. Have to be creative with what you can get on Clicklist.

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We have these fun puzzles by Geotoys that are great geography puzzles.

Books for Adults:

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Admission

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Admission by Julie Buxbaum is a YA book that is now being released in December 2020. Thanks to Netgalley for an early review copy. I have a been a fan of Julie Buxbaum’s since I read  What To Say Next a few years ago. I then read all of her other books. In this newest book, it is a fictional book based on the college admission scandal. It is a timely read and took the perspective of the high school girl that was applying for college when her parents became involved in the admission scandal. Also, who can resist this cover?

About the Author:
JULIE BUXBAUM is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Hope and Other Punch Lines, What to Say Next, and Tell Me Three Things. She also wrote the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. You can find her procrastinating on social @juliebux (Twitter) and @juliebuxbaum (Insta).

If you enjoyed this book then I would recommend her other books:

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Day 4: England Staycation Ideas

4792EBC2-DBFE-48A9-A4D9-8DBBFF63C80DTea party with whatever tea set you have in your house. We made Easter sugar cookies to have for our tea party treat.

We had English muffins for breakfast.

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Books for Kids:

Books For Adults:

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Day 3: Walt Disney World-Staycation Ideas

Since Spring Break has been cancelled, we have been having fun visiting places from our own house. Today we experienced Walt Disney World. It is easy to watch any Disney movies and listen to Disney music at your house. We also have a ton of Disney books to keep us busy. Here is what we did to visit Walt Disney World:

  • Ride the rides on YouTube using laundry baskets.
  • Wear Mickey and Minnie ears.
  • Wear Disney shirts.
  • Wear Magic Bands from our last Disney trip.

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Snack Ideas: Eggo Mickey frozen waffles, Mickey ice cream bars, Mickey Goldfish crackers. Make cookies shaped like Mickey with a cookie cutter.

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Some of our Disney games that we played:

We played this Disney Scavenger Hunt:

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Staycation Day 2- France

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Bonjour! We traveled to France for day 2 of our Coronavirus Spring Break. We enjoyed a French baguette with our Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner. We read some Fancy Nancy books since she loves all things French.

Books for adults:

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