Kit Kat and Lucy By Lonnie Hull DuPont

When we lived in the country we had lots of cats. They each had very distinct personalities and they never ceased to amuse or surprise us. I am an animal lover, any kind of animal. I was drawn to this book by the cover and of course the fact that was a personal story about a person’s beloved pets. I have to admit I was a bit concerned. Many books like this are, well to put it politely, boring and mundane. Also my past experience with several has been the author talking more about themselves than the pet the book is supposed to be about.
This book was anything but boring! I found it entertaining, humorous and I learned many new things I did not know about cats and why the act the way they do. The author had the perfect balance in sharing personal history about herself and her beloved cats. They complimented each other.
Kit Kat and Lucy were both rescues that found the DuPont’s. Like most felines they waltzed into their lives and claimed the family lock, stock, and barrel. I applaud Ms. DuPont for her openness about her depression and anxiety. The story wrapped around my heart about how Kit Kat and Lucy responded in very sensitive and amazing ways to comfort and uplift her. Ways that only a pet owner would believe and understand. I related as since my husband’s death, I for the first time experience panic attacks. My dog Bill helps me with his show of canine concern and love. The cat’s antics and manipulation of their “skin parents” were hilarious. For me it proved the old saying, “You don’t own cats, they own you.” This book was a joy and a blessing to read!!
I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All opinions are my own.

Lucifer’s Harvest By Mel Starr

When Mel Starr writes a new book I cannot wait to read it! His books are unique to historical novels with settings in the 1400’s. An era you rarely see written about in fiction especially Christian fiction. I never cease to learn something new. His research has yielded such detail about every aspect of that time that people come to life. I especially am fascinated my Hugh de Singleton’s occupation as a surgeon and doctor. His mysteries continuously keep me guessing who the guilty party is and I never cease to be surprised! Also, his wonderful sense of humor adds even more entertainment.
Lord Gilbert Talbot, Hugh de Singletons’ employer is always assigning him jobs that have nothing to do with medicine. Hugh must oblige of course. In this story, he is taken to battle with Lord Gilbert. In war someone with medical knowledge and skills will be needed. He does not want to leave his family and knows the risk he might not return is real. This is definitely out of his comfort zone.
A far different setting than his other books, gives readers an opportunity to see how battles were conducted during that time and the lives of soldiers. It is 1370 and Prince Edward has called all soldiers and knights to battle to reclaim British territory that the King of France has seized.
Hugh must not only be cautious about being so near the battle, but also watch his back from an old enemy, knight, Sir Simon Trillowe. Sir Simon hates Hugh and holds a bitter grudge. When Sir Simon is found dead, his father and friends point the finger at Hugh as the murderer. In their eyes no one else has a motive. Lord Gilbert supports him and believes in his innocence. As usual he sends Hugh to find the murderer, except this time he is the suspect!! Quite a twist!
Sleuthing is a bit more challenging for the surgeon this time, being unfamiliar with the new area and not knowing anyone. None the less he sets out with great determination to clear his name. It was interesting to also learn the affects war had on civilians during that time. I am always impressed with Hugh’s commitment to God in all his conduct. He does not hesitate to treat and care for his enemies. I love his integrity.
My only complaint about this book is that it was shorter than the others. I would be happy if Mr. Starr would write one the size of “War and Peace”, but that would just leave me wanting more books. At the end of the book was the first chapter of his new upcoming book “Deeds of Darkness”. Looking forward to it! Another great book Mr. Starr! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Kregel Publications. My comments are an independent and honest review.

The Secret Language of Dogs By Victoria Stilwell

Hands down Victoria is my favorite all time dog trainer. Her no nonsense approach combined with kindness above all continually impresses me. I love my dog, Bill. He is my pal and my companion. It would be a lonely dull life without him. He adoringly looks at me and follows me everywhere I go. Our pets are so in tune to us I think sometimes we assume we are the same wavelength in the way we view things. It is easy to attribute human characteristics to our fur babies that just aren’t possible.
Not that we do it purposely but it does happen, I know I have done it.
The fact is a dog is a dog no matter how much we love them. While this book had some common knowledge, the larger portion of it gave me a greater understanding of what makes Bill tick. It shifted my “all about me” viewpoint of our relationship to seeing not only our interactions through his eyes, but also interpreting his actions and signals I have been missing.
She reveals special aspects of different doggy personalities. From the special meaning of tail wagging to vocalization and everything in between you will learn how your dog is trying to communicate with you his or her way.
I absolutely LOVED the dog pictures. The special charts, illustrations, and tips were great! I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to using what I have learned to make Bill’s life happier and our relationship better.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

When There Is No Miracle By Robert L. Wise

This book gives help to shed light on the age old questions so many have asked. Why didn’t God answer my prayers? Why didn’t God heal my loved one? Why does God allow suffering and pain when He can take it away? These are deep heartfelt searches for answers, but sometimes the answers we want do not come.
With our limited abilities as flesh and blood all we can see is our sorrow and distress, and need for relief. God is all knowing and all powerful and sees a much bigger picture, an eternal one.
The author helps guide us to open our minds and hearts to God’s purpose and working past our expectations of delivering the miracle we so desperately need and want. He addresses this through scripture and real life accounts. In doing so I felt he balanced human emotions with God’s truth. What he shares helps prevent us from looking at God as genie in a bottle waiting to grant our wishes. He approaches this issue directly but with the compassion of someone who had been there relates to where we are. While some might see book as depressing I found it hopeful. It beautifully reminded me that no matter what I face or how God chooses to answer, faith and trust in Him is all I need. I found this book encouraging and enlightening.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Kregel Publications. My comments are an independent and honest review.