If . . . What If? By Tony Myles and Daniel Myles

How I wish we had this book when our girls were growing up! Family devotionals were, let’s say, a little dry most of the time. One of the rules we had was that the girls could not lie down or recline at all or they would fall asleep! Sad I know! If we had had these devotionals we would have never had to make that rule.
There are 365 days of devotions, I liked that! It is important with youth to teach and share God’s Word, but equally important that they see how to apply it to their lives. This book does exactly that. Best of all it is fun, with an essential purpose. The lessons begin with an “If” question to capture everyone’s attention, and getting those “thinking gears” turning. Followed by that is a “What If” question that will stir up discussion. With the family relaxed and talking a scripture reference and though provoking devotional come next. At the end of each one is another “If”, “What If” question that brings the topic home. Some even have suggestions for projects to do individually or as a group. I the found the “There is Hope” inspirational lines on every page, very encouraging. Every 7th day there is a “Catch up, Recap, Grow together, Open up, and Pray”. I plan to use this with my grandchildren and as lessons in our Sunday school class. This is an exceptional book that will make family devotionals something to look forward to, drawing them together and making a lasting impression on young hearts and minds.
BH Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

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In the Shadow of Croft Towers By Abigail Wilson

Sybil Delafield has been raised as an orphan at Winterridge by her beloved teacher Mrs. Smith. She was content and lived a simple life, until the day and mysterious letter arrived with a bracelet. Mrs. Smith also informs her she has been offered a job as a lady’s companion to the elderly Mrs. Chalcroft, a friend of her teacher. The year is 1813.
Never having been away from her only home, she is understandably nervous. I thought of how I would feel being thrust into such new and different surroundings. Well poor Sybil didn’t get off that easy. On her way to her new life, the coach she was riding is robbed by highway men. One of the men held her at gunpoint in the drenching rain and took her reference letter. Her ride ends at an Inn where she is left out in the freezing rain until they summon a coach from Croft towers. It is night and she enters this magnificent mansion and is taken to a stunning WHITE drawing room, drip, drip, drip, you get the picture. Around the fire are 3 obviously refined and wealthy people; a more than awkward moment and with no papers to prove her identity. While she is sharing her harrowing tale of the robbery, another man enters the room. Ut oh! It is the highwayman that seized her! What is she to do?
I am truly struggling to write this review! The book is so amazing I am finding hard to put everything into words. The very first sentence captured my attention and I was glued to the book until the end! There is suspense and mystery but it is so smoothly introduced into the plot. The author captured the era perfectly. Her descriptiveness in every area, from the setting, the emotions to the characters was so powerful that pictures popped into my head like a movie. (That’s a good idea! This would make a great movie!) At every turn there was a surprise, but they didn’t jump out and smack you in the face as with some novels. They slipped out in front of you catching you off guard! Some parts are so intense I found myself tensed up and gripping the book! The clever sense of humor Sybil and Mr. Sinclair’s shared with each other had me laughing more than once. I was entertained and kept guessing till the very end. I loved this book! It is staying on my bookshelf for good! I am anxiously awaiting her next book to be release July 2, 2019.
The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.