Misleading Miss Verity By Carolyn Miller

I have read the other two books in Ms. Miller’s Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series, and enjoyed them immensely, but I have to say this is my favorite thus far! I appreciate in all of the author’s books the strong spiritual thread that runs through the stories.
The setting is 1820 in Scotland. This is an era where the wealthy adhere to a very shallow, pretentious societal code of conduct, especially where young women are concerned. Verity is from just such family and much to her mother’s dismay could care less about the dos and don’ts. Sadly her mother was more concerned outward appearances and material possessions that one’s eternal soul. In fact not only was
Verity and unbeliever, but she saw the Bible as fairy tale. Constantly in trouble either by her conduct or speaking her mind, her mother decides to send her to her grandmother’s in Scotland to consider her ways. Ahh but Grandmamma is a kindred spirit! When she hears of her mother’s plans to marry her off to a disgusting older man, she secretly sends her to Scotland to stay with her school friend Helena and her family. Her father is a minister.
There she meets Anthony Jardine, new laird of an estate that has been neglected by previous relatives in that capacity. Pulled away from his duties as a minister, he wants to make a difference. He has little money, disgruntled and mistreated tenants, and a mansion that has . . . well, seen better days. Here he meets Verity. Helena’s family home adjoins his property. A romantic spark is lit between the two.
So many things to like about this book! Verity’s capers kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved her quick wit! The humor between her and Anthony kept me smiling and laughing. She delighted me that she was herself and nothing else, no matter what the expectations of others might be. In spite of the fact she was a viscount’s daughter she held no airs. The fact that Helena’s family was somewhat poor, Verity did not compare, but was always gracious and sharing.
God works in people’s lives in the most unexpected ways to bring them to Him. Would Verity’s “escape” from a disastrous marriage lead her to true freedom? As always with the author, the descriptiveness of the setting, the characters plus their inward thoughts and emotions drew me right into the story. Another delightful book by Carolyn Miller! I promise you, you will want to read all her books!
I received this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.

My Bedtime Bible Prayers By Karoline Pahus Pedersen

You can never start too soon teaching children to pray. My daughter prayed with her sons before they were born each night. They are just babies but the tradition continues. One of the most important privileges we have is to be able to speak to our God personally and directly, anytime or any place. Too often prayer has been reduced to bedtime or even just meal time with families. Children grow up hearing the adults pray with them but are not familiar with doing it themselves. This little book is a wonderful stepping stone to showing children they can talk to God. And even more importantly speak to Him as if He were a close friend.
The book contains 44 sweet prayers with scripture references. All illustrations are colorful and fun. The soft cover the book is easy to clean. Each prayer is simple and written as a child would speak. Although the book’s title says “Bedtime” prayers, they can be prayed anytime of the day. The table of contents at the front of the book is a great resource to choose a prayer meeting the needs of the moment. The questions and statements at the bottom of the pages make it personal for the child and God’s part in their life.
There were only 2 things I didn’t like about the book. Part of the time God is referred to as “Dad”. While kids need to know He is their Heavenly Father, I felt Dad was too familiar and disrespectful for our Creator. Also I would prefer there weren’t the pictures of Jesus, something I don’t like in any form of drawing. No one living knows what He looked like. Presenting the pictures as His likeness I feel is not appropriate. Otherwise it is an outstanding book!
I received this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.