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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Friday, April 9, 2021

Billionaire's Sons(Book 5 of the Sayid Royal Family Saga) by Julie L. Spencer-Book Review

 



Product Details

  • ASIN : B08KNQK2MS
  • Publication date : April 6, 2021
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2524 KB
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
Four love stories, Six brothers, and the Inheritance that tears them apart.

The esteemed businessman, Nicholas Cohen, attempts to win the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Adele, despite his older brother ruining their wedding.

Meanwhile, his younger brother, Sam, impatiently waits for the girl of his dreams, Leanne, to finish her master’s degree hoping to whisk her away to a far-off land to complete her PhD.

Their younger brother, Jacob, falls for the captain’s daughter, Maryam, on a superyacht bound for the Caribbean, much to their parents’ dismay. One generation later, Emanuel elopes with a not-too-much-older woman, Aloise, three months after high school, less than 24-hours after they meet only to discover he’s married to enemy.

My Review
Billionaire's Son is the 5th book in a series. I really wished I could have read the other four books first. I actually felt a little lost. They are very intriguing characters so I wanted to know more about all of the members of this family. I know that I will be going back to read the previous books. The book has several POV's which to me only made this more interesting. The Sayid family has a lot of problems and most of them have to do with money and the fighting that takes place because of the wealth.

The novel is meant for older teens and adults. There are some adult situations but nothing too bad.The writing is good and I know that I'd like to read more from this author. 

Meet Author Julie L. Spencer
Julie L. Spencer is a bestselling romance author of over twenty-two gritty clean books with snarky, flawed characters, and romantic twists and turns. A scientist by day and moonlighting as an author, Julie is an indoor girl with very little desire to step away from her computer. She loves her books and her characters almost as much as she loves her kitten.

Learn more about Julie and connect with her at these places.
Purchase your own copy HERE

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5) by Stephenie Meyer-Audio Book Review



My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Audio Version
Listening length: 26 hours and 30 minutes
                                    

I've waited a long time to read Edwards's side of Twilight. I listened to the audio version and it was actually very good. In fact, I liked it a lot. It was great to get the vampire's side of things. It actually is more exciting hearing it from Edward's POV. I really loved getting to know more about all of the Cullen family and their backstories.I liked the last 1/4 of the book the best when Edward and his family are racing to save Bella from the tracker. It was non-stop action which we didn't see or feel as much in the original story from Bella's POV.                      

I'm glad that Stephenie Meyer finished this book and released it. I remember being so frustrated when someone dropped the early version on the web and then Meyer said she wasn't going to finish it. 


Honestly, I wouldn't mind at all if she went ahead and continued the series from Edward's perspective. In New Moon, Edward is in Rome with the Volturi for most of the book, so it would make a very interesting book learning how they truly run things.

***For those who don't know***

The Volturi are the largest and most powerful coven of vampires. They enforce the laws of the vampire world. The equivalent of royalty in the vampire world, the Volturi consists of 5 core members: Aro, Caius, Marcus, Sulpicia, and Athenodora.



 I know some readers said they aged out of this series. I was already older (than all of the teenagers LOL!) when I first read the series, so I still enjoy getting lost in the world of Twilight. If you liked the Twilight books at one time, then you genuinely need to read Midnight Sun. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it!

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Slideout: A Military Thriller By Gary J. Darby-Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title: Slideout: A Military Thriller
  • Author: Gary J. Darby
  • ASIN : B085PVFMWK
  • Publisher : Gary Darby Books, LLC (March 9, 2020)
  • Publication date : March 9, 2020
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1481 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary

The Countdown Begins as the World Hovers on the Brink of WWIII
A crazed terrorist.

A rogue submarine.

A nuclear bomb and a plan to wreak havoc and
destruction upon the American coastline and murder millions of innocent people.

US Navy Lieutenant Daniel Totter, “Teeter” to his friends, is a reluctant hero but the one man who can stop the coming maelstrom of death and destruction.

Aided by a secret agent, he races to discover the terrorist’s target, but time and a sudden war in the Middle East force him to take drastic action that pushes the US into a confrontation on the high seas with the Chinese Navy.

The countdown begins and the world hovers on the brink of WWIII.

If you are a fan of military thrillers, you don’t want to miss Slideout. Experience the heart-pounding action for yourself and buy now.
 


My Review
This is not usually the genre I read, but man was this good! The non-stop action made it hard to put down and me accidentally reading into the wee hours of the morning. I will freely admit there was a lot of the military jargon that was unfamiliar but it didn't stop me from enjoying the plot and characters in this story. The POV does change a lot between several key characters in this novel. After a while though, it was easy to keep them apart and fall headfirst into this thriller. 

It's funny but I kept thinking what a great movie this would be. It plays out just like that and there is a pretty big shocker at the end. I recommend this novel to those that love to read political and military thrillers, but even if this isn't your normal genre to read, you really need to give this fantastic book a chance. 

Meet Author: Gary J. Darby

Gary Darby grew up in San Antonio, Texas and started reading in the second grade when he discovered Robert Heinlein's Farmer In The Sky in the school library.

After that, it was on to the other Grand Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy. A reader for all his life, he loves to find current authors who spin a great tale though he admits that every so often, he will treat himself to a good Andre Norton, or Asimov, or Heinlein novel.

In recent times, his love of reading turned to a love of writing and hopefully along the journey the crazy story ideas he has in his head will turn into enjoyable literary fiction for you to read.

For those that wondered about Gary's military experience after reading his military thriller, he joined the US Navy as a medic after high school. He ended his career as an officer in the US Army. He has a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.
Learn more about Gary and his books HERE: https://www.garydarbysbooks.com

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Friday, April 2, 2021

The Crown of Rosemund By Michele Ashman Bell: Book Review and Exclusive Author Interview!




 

Product Details

  • Title: The Crown of Rosemund
  • Author:Michele Ashman Bell:
  • Genre: Medieval Fiction/YA Historical Fiction 
  • Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (April 1, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1524414344
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
Anduron, 1498

The king and queen are dead, murdered by one who will stop at nothing to rule. But the young princess―Rosemund―has survived, spirited deep into the forest by her parents' most trusted advisor. There, she finds refuge in a small cottage and a new life, one in which she must play a role that will ensure her survival. Soldiers are combing the countryside, searching for the lost princess, and they will not rest until she is found―and executed. 

Rosemund's strength grows as she trains for battle and endures the hardships and dangers of peasant life. When chance brings Maxwell, a young man from the nearby village, into her life, Rose finds in him an ally and a friend. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, the time has come for Rose to reclaim her birthright, and in a court controlled by a vengeful new ruler, she must play a deadly game of politics in order to seize the throne that is rightfully hers.


My Review

I was so excited when I found out that Michele Ashman Bell had a new novel coming out. I was very interested because of the time period when this novel takes place. The Heroine is only 15 years old when the book starts. Right off, Rosemund has to grow up quickly as her parents, the King and Queen of Anduran are murdered in their sleep. A trusted royal adviser, Jacob, takes Rose and hides her away and teaches her how to protect herself and prepare to be the future Queen of Anduran. 

I really loved how Rose started out as a young sheltered girl and eventually rises to become the young woman needed to reign over her country. This book is so inspirational, especially for teen and young adults. I will admit it inspired me too, even if I am an "older" lady. 

There were so many excellent characters in this novel besides Rose. I also loved Jacob, Max, and Ricker. I can't wait to read more in this series. There is a little bit of romance in this first book but I know there will be more in the next one. The Crown of Rosemund is a fantastic start to a series that is full of action, adventure, and a great new world for readers to get lost in. I know that readers will also be renewed by the messages that all of us have greatness within us to achieve, the ability to overcome trials, and also become a Warrior Queen in our own lives. 



Exclusive Author Interview with Michele Ashman Bell

1. When did you first have the idea to write The Crown of Rosemund?

I have been mulling over this idea for many years. My favorite books to read are stories about strong women who overcome difficult, impossible, challenges. Stories like these inspire me to dig deep and be strong and brave like them. My favorite stories are Not Without My Daughter and Follow the River. I continually ask myself if I would have the courage to do what they did. Joan of Arc is a phenomenal character and truly an ideal role model for women. At 16 she led armies to victory! I am also inspired by Esther in the Bible. She literally saved her entire nation by being brave and rising to the occasion even though she felt unworthy and unprepared. One day the title of the book came to me. That was all I had. I started asking myself who Rosemund was and why her story needed telling. It felt as if her story already existed and I had just discovered it and was able to write it.

2. Have you ever written a book before from this time period?

No, this is a first in this time period. I LOVE historical books and movies. During COVID I might have binge watched a few historicals during this period. It certainly solidified my desire to explore Medieval times and what life was like back then. A few favorite movies of mine are A Knight's Tale and The Princess Bride (book is great too). This era lends itself to romance and chivalry and war and kings and queens and the possibilities are endless.

3. What message do you hope readers gain from reading The Crown of Rosemund?

There are several messages (themes) to Rosemund's story. One, is exactly what Shakespeare said, "Some are born greatsome achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.” It is only through preparation that we can be successful when opportunity arises. In the story Rosemund is hesitant to do what she has to do to become queen, but her mentor and guardian, Jacob, trains her in different ways so that when the time comes, she is ready. We will all have moments in our lives when we have to step up and do what it takes. It's at that moment you find out your true self. I also want the story to tell readers that we all have greatness inside of us and usually we don't realize it until something hard happens and we are forced to unleash it. I want this story to inspire and empower readers. I want them to see in themselves the strengths and abilities they possess to tackle life's problems.

4. Do you have a favorite character in this book? If yes, whom and why? 
I love Rosemund. I love Jacob. and I love Maxwell. But Ricker is one of my favorite characters. We've just seen the tip of the iceberg of the role Ricker will play in the story. I love how funny he is and how fiercely loyal he is. 

5. What keeps you wanting to write books? 
 I have asked myself this question many times, especially when my family is going through a challenge. Their needs will always come before mine or any of my own pursuits. But even though I sometimes step back for a month or even a year or two, I am always writing and gathering ideas. It is truly in my blood. What keeps me writing? I can't not write.

6. Are there other authors or books that have influenced you in your writing? I've mentioned Not Without My Daughter and Follow the River, but I absolutely love reading biographies. I am a fan of learning about people and places. I love Jane Austen (she writes incredible characters and plots) and J. K. Rowling (she creates worlds and creatures and amazing tension in her stories) and I grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder who just tells stories like no other. 

7. What books can readers expect next from you? 
I am working on a contemporary series coming about and three sisters. It will take place in different small towns around the country and I think readers will love these three girls a lot. I'm also going to write two more books in the Rosemund Series, The Rise of Rosemund and the Reign of Rosemund. Readers can expect more action, more excitement and much more romance! I also have a Victorian Christmas story I've written and I'm kind of obsessed with it. There's a lot to look forward to!

Meet Author: Michele Ashman Bell

What can I say, I'm a mother of four and grandmother of seven, who, after ten years of hard work, perseverance and a lot (and I mean A LOT!) of rejection letters, finally got a book published. As a young girl I was a devoted journal keeper.  I would express my most personal thoughts and feelings in my journal in a way I could never express them verbally.  Coupled with my great love for reading it only seemed natural to become a writer.During the course of having and raising my children, as a beginning writer, I spent any free time I had writing and learning the craft.  I attended workshops and conferences, joined critique groups (I have the scars to prove it) and sent many of my stories and novels off to magazines and publisher, only to receive rejection after rejection.  I came close a few times, but something wasn't quite right.Still to this day I wonder why I didn't give up.  You'd think after ten years of rejections I'd finally get the message.  Actually I know why I kept writing, I couldn't not write.  It's in my blood.  When I get cut, ink comes out.  

There's something so wonderful and fulfilling about the creative process of developing characters and storylines and pouring your heart out on paper that can't be matched by anything else.  I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to write.  And I want to encourage anyone who has the desire to write to never give up on their dream.  If you want it bad enough and are willing to work hard enough, you will become published.  I believe that with all my heart because that's exactly how it worked for me. I grew up in St. George, Utah, where a lot of my family still lives, but now reside with my husband and family in the Salt Lake City area.  My favorite thing to do is support my kids in their many interests.  Between basketball, ballet and piano lessons we squeeze a lot into a week, but I wouldn't have it any other way.If you have any questions you'd like me to answer, please feel free to email me.  And thanks, for all your support. 

Learn More about Michele and her books HERE: http://www.micheleashmanbell.com/

Purchase The Crown of Rosemund HERE:

https://amzn.to/31LhoPr

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Until Vienna (Book #3 Romance on the Orient Express) by Heather B. Moore-Book Review and Giveaway!!



 

Product Details

  • Title: Until Vienna
  • Author: Heather B. Moore
  • Series: Romance on the Orient Express #3
  • Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (April 2, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1524415421
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1524415426
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
Georgina Ballard has been disappointed in love more than a few times, a fact that she is uncomfortably aware of amid her sister’s wedding preparations. When her elderly aunt Rowena bids Gigi to accompany her on an art tour across Europe, Gigi hesitates but eventually resigns herself to the train journey alongside a group of aged art connoisseurs, if only to mollify her aunt.

Once aboard the Orient Express, Gigi is pleased to discover that not everyone on the tour is in their twilight years: Clyde Haskins, an energetic young art professor from the University of London, will serve as the group’s tour guide. Clyde is equally intrigued that a young lady has joined the tour, and Aunt Rowena and her friends immediately set out to play matchmaker. Clyde and Gigi both find humor in Aunt Rowena’s antics despite knowing that each is determined to keep their heart carefully guarded. Yet, the enchantment of their European exploration weaves an undeniable spell between them. When their journey ends, can their holiday love story endure the obstacles of real life?

My Review

Oh, how I loved, Until Vienna. I often can relate to a character so well that it feels like I'm living the same experience as the character. I loved the sweet, kind, and loyal Gigi. Even though she had lived through many disappointing things in her life, Gigi was still happy for others and their good fortune. Then there is Professor Clyde Haskins who is leading the art tour across Europe. Right off, Gigi is attracted to Clyde but he lets everyone know that he is a confirmed bachelor. Gigi's Aunt Rowena does her best to bring the two young people together. Many funny things happen as Aunt Rowena and her two friends try their hand at matchmaking. I loved how cool and collected both Gigi and Clyde were when it came to the older women and their shenanigans. 


This series is so wonderful as we get to travel on the Orient Express with the characters. It was a wonderful premise when I first heard about it and I haven't been disappointed. I really loved the stops along the way in this novel. I felt like I was perusing the art galleries right along with the characters. The whole book felt like this animated dance between the main characters. Some days it was elegant and others it was quite awkward. Nevertheless, I loved to be there to see how their friendship developed leading to something much more.  


 This book can be read alone even if you haven't read the first two books in the series. Until Vienna was a pleasure to read and quite entertaining too. Heather Moore once again, writes an incredible romance, this time showing that second chances are there if we only reach out and take them.



Meet Author: Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore is a four-time USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management–which has absolutely nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.

Heather writes historical novels and thrillers under H.B. Moore. She also writes women’s fiction, romance, and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, including the Pine Valley series, The Newport Ladies Book Club, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthologies. Heather’s USA Today bestselling titles include Heart of the Ocean, Mail Order Bride, Mistress Grim, and Poetic Justice. Heather also writes Young Adult speculative under pen name Jane Redd, which includes the Solstice series. Foreign publications include Das Grab der Konigin (Germany), Drommen om lykke (Norway), and Sommer og kjaerlighet (Norway).

Heather is a hybrid author, traditionally publishing with Thomas & Mercer, Kindle Press, StoryFront, Shadow Mountain, Covenant Communications, Tantor Audio, Brilliance Audio, Cappelen Damm, and Amazon Crossing. She is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret Literary Agency. Foreign rights or subsidiary rights inquiries, please contact Lauren Abramo: labramo (at) dystel (dot) com

Website: www.hbmoore.com

Blog: http://mywriterslair.blogspot.com

If you’re an aspiring writer, she also manages the editing company: www.precisioneditinggroup.com

 

Literary Awards include:

4-time Whitney Award Winner

6-time Best of State Winner

3-time Rone Award Winner

Maggie Award Winner for Best in Short Contemporary Romance

NERFA Finalist for Contemporary Romance

Trumpet Award from Covenant Communications

Don Knotts Silver Bullet Finalist

Gold Award of Excellence by League of Utah Writers

Quill Award from the League of Utah Writers

Swoony Award for Best Romance Anthology



Purchase Until Vienna HERE: https://amzn.to/3w4A6iZ

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Coming Soon on April 5th 2021: Curse Queen (Forbidden Forest #4) by Amber Argyle

 


A warrior enchantress. An unrequited love. A new kind of fairytale . . . 

You think you know the truth behind the curse's origins? You know nothing. 
The path of a warrior enchantress is bathed in blood and magic.

Born to one of the most powerful families in the kingdom, Eiryss lives a life of luxury and magic. Until her father commits the ultimate act of treason.


Treason that sparks a war.

The life Eiryss knew is over. Her one-time friends are gone. All but Ramass. And if he would just look at her - touch her - the way she longs for, she might be able to bear it. But his heart belongs to another. There is only one path for Eiryss now: become a warrior enchantress and fight for what's rightfully hers. And if the powers that be deny her, well . . .

If they won't give Eiryss magic, she'll steal it.

CURSE QUEEN is a new fairy tale with hints of Snow White and Mulan. Though it fits best as the final book in the Forbidden Forest Series, it can be read as a stand alone. If you love stories filled with romance, dark magic, and wicked curses, pre-order your copy today!

HERE:https://amzn.to/39yCi8B Pre-Order Price is only $7.99!!


Other Books in the series:

Book 0.5

Lady of Shadows
A lady. A soldier. And the beast that hunts them.

Can you hear him? The beast is coming for you...

Lady Caelia has shut herself in her manor house for months, hiding from her town’s stinging gossip and her father’s bitter disappointment. She's convinced her life couldn't possibly be any worse. 

And then her only remaining friend is taken by the beast. 

On the night of the girl's funeral, Caelia stumbles upon something wicked. Something that leaves her only one possible escape.

The Forbidden Forest and the beast within. 

But Caelia's not the only one on the run from the shadows of the past. Gendrin failed to protect someone once. He won't fail again. If the two can learn to trust each other, they stand a chance of defeating the beast that hunts them.

And maybe - just maybe - they'll heal their broken hearts.


Book 1

Stolen Enchantress

Book 2

Piper Prince
An enchantress. Her prince. A dark curse . . .

Prince Denan lured Larkin into the Forbidden Forest with his magic panpipes and forced her to marry him. Together, they uncovered centuries of secrets surrounding the curse that spawned the wraiths. And Larkin began to fall in love with the man who had taken everything from her.

But the closer Larkin comes to the truth, the harder the wraiths hunt her.

If Larkin is to survive, she’ll have to unravel the curses's darkest secrets. Worse, those secrets are buried in the crypts of the Black Druids, men who consider Larkin a traitor they’ll kill on sight. But Larkin isn't the only one the wraiths are after.

Her piper prince's life hangs in the balance.

Beauty & the Beast and The Pied Piper collide in this romantic fairy tale retelling. Fans of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES and A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY will love the unique magic and daring adventure in Piper Prince . Read your copy today!

Book 3

Wraith King
An enchantress. Her king. A dying magic . . .

An assassin has set his sights on killing Larkin and ending her new reign as queen. Worse, the magic is dying. The magic that protects mankind from the wraith. The same magic Larkin has used to keep the curse from destroying the man she loves.

Because once that curse reaches Denan's eyes, he will be worse than dead.

But there is one hope left. There is a darkness growing inside Larkin. And with that darkness comes power. Perhaps even enough power to defeat the wraith.

But in embracing that darkness, Larkin risks becoming the very thing that hunts her.

You don't want to miss the exciting conclusion to the Forbidden Forest Series. Read the daring Beauty and the Beast and The Pied Piper fairytale retelling that has captured hearts the world over. Read Wraith King and let the magic, adventure, and romance sweep you away!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Stella By McCall Hoyle-Book Review and Special Art Work of Stella by my 2nd Grade Class


 

Product Details

  • Title: Stella
  • Author: McCall Hoyle
  • Publisher : Shadow Mountain (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Realistic Fiction
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1629729019
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1629729015
  • Reading age : 8 - 11 years
  • Grade level : 3 - 4
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
"This empathetic read is also full of important themes and lessons for young readers bravery, how to overcome fears, and that mistakes don't have to define us." --School Library Journal

Told from Stella's perspective, this story is about a special dog who must find the courage to overcome her fears in order to help save a young girl with epilepsy.

Ever since she was a puppy, Stella was trained to use her powerful beagle nose to sniff out dangerous chemicals and help her handler keep people safe. But during a routine security inspection, Stella misses the scent of an explosive. The sound of the blast is loud and scary. Unable to go back to work because of her anxiety, Stella is retired as a working dog.

When a young girl name Cloe wants to adopt Stella, the beagle knows this is her last chance to prove her worth. But how? When Stella smells a strange chemical inside Cloe's body, a scent that surges just before the girl has a seizure, Stella's nose makes the connection. But how can Stella warn her new family without them thinking she's having an anxiety attack? How can she convince others that she can be a new kind of service dog and hopefully save Cloe's life?

Even dogs deserve a second chance.

My Review
Stella was such a touching story. I read this to my 2nd grade class. They absolutely loved this novel. I had 8 of my students buy their own copy before we'd even finished the novel in class.They could hardly wait every day until it was time to read from Stella. This group of kids loves animals, especially dogs. They were particularly fascinated with the fact that this story was told from Stella's point of view. Most had never read a story from the animal's perspective. As an adult, I even enjoyed hearing the story from Stella's POV. 

This story does have some sad elements where Stella's original "human" Connie was killed in an explosion at the airport. Stella's former job was to sniff out dangerous chemicals at the airport. Something went wrong and Connie's life is lost and Stella is left with emotional and physical wounds. Readers learn of this from Stella's memories and nothing graphic. The beauty of this story is how Stella overcomes her past fears but she finds a girl who believes in her. Chloe and Stella's relationship is so sweet. They bond immediately and Stella ends up being a huge part of Chloe's life too. I also love the message to kids that even though you make mistakes in your life you still can overcome them and be successful. 

I highly recommend this book to younger kids to read with a trusted adult and older kids and adults will love reading this too. 

Meet Author McCall Hoyle

McCall Hoyle lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, children, and an odd assortment of pets. She is a middle school librarian and teacher. When she's not reading, writing, or teaching, she's probably training one of many dogs. You can learn more about her at mccallhoyle.com. 

Purchase your copy of Stella

Art from Stella: drawn and colored by my 2nd Grade Class
Here is the art work done by some of my 2nd graders. They wanted to color pictures of some of their favorite scenes from the book. They did a fantastic job and
truly show the heart of this story and what it meant to them.