What I Actually Read In The Month of September

At the start of the month, I wrote a post saying what books I wanted to read/review last month. Let’s see how I did!

I read completely different books than to what I said I would read; let me tell you that.


I didn’t read as much as I’d wanted to, and as you can see, it is VERY much different to my to-read list on my September Reads post! XD My older sister could read 13 books in 1 or 2 days!

Next month, I’m going to try and…

  • Read 15 books
  • Review at least 5 books, including my ARC’s
  • Read 2 classics
I think I’ve read about five of all the thousands of old books we have
  • Read The Green Ember
  • Ask for at least 3 books to review
  • Get a paperback book #desperation

Let’s see how I do at the end of the month! 😉

Do you have any books you are planning to read/review this month? Have you read any of the books I read?

Happy reading!


Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe {Blog Tour} {UPDATED}

Hello, hello!

I’m so excited to be here. Today I will be reviewing Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe.

Title: Where Dandelions Grow

Author: Lydia Howe

Genre/s: Christian fiction

Content: 0/5. No content that I can think of. It mentions that two people are dating, but that’s it.

Age-range: All ages!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be. 

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you? 

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers. 

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught. 

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?


Wow. This was beautiful. It took my a while to read it, due to no action, but this was an awesome book worth reading.

Plot 4.5/5

The plot was well on track, well developed, and beautiful. I loved the message it depicted; of hope, forgiveness, and letting go of the past to ‘take the higher road’ (WDG, Lydia Howe).

There were some parts that were a bit ‘meh’ to me, though.

And the ending. Wow! It was just beautiful.

Characters 4/5

I liked the characters, and the cousins relationships were sweet. But sometimes they were too sweet it became cheesy and their dialogue sometimes unrealistic.

Even though the book was written in first person, I couldn’t fully connect with Destiny. I don’t think anything would’ve changed if it were written in third person.

I really loved Mrs. Reed. The way she taught; she wasn’t preachy which was great. I loved the talk she had with Destiny. She is someone I would LOVE to have in my life. This is something that Mrs. Reed said that I loved:

Writing 4.5/5

The writing is simple, yet beautiful and the wisdom in it made me smile.

Overall 4.8/5

This book is full of wisdom. I don’t think I have ever read a book that has spoken to me this much, and made me smile so much at the end. And my favorite chapter is chapter 9. 😉

The 2% off the 5 stars is because of the lack of action that I usually enjoy reading. It’s not such a big deal, it’s just that it took me longer to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed christian fiction, books about hope, forgiveness and DANDELIONS.

I also absolutely LOVED the name Swallow Ridge! ❤

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to post a positive review.*

About The Author

Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who is partial to hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe, visiting friends in Africa, growing up in a barn and everything in-between. She currently works in a coffee shop during the day and concocts stories by night. Find her online at her Blog, YoutubeFacebookTwitterGoodreads, and Google+

Lydia Howe is also hosting a giveaway! If you win, you will get a $25 amazon gift card. How awesome is that?


Be sure to buy the book and enter the giveaway! I’m sure Lydia would appreciate it. 🙂

Comment below and help celebrate with Lydia! Share her book on social media, and comment down below your favorite quote from WDG that I included in this post.

Stay tuned for an author interview with Lydia Howe on September 30, and check out her blog to find the other reviews in the tour.

You can buy the book for only $0.99 on Amazon!

Don’t forget to review the book in Goodreads and Amazon. Reviewing books on Amazon really helps the author.

Thanks so much!


As In Olden Days – Questions of War #0.5 by Jesseca Wheaton {Mini Review}

A prequel to the “Questions of War” series. Set during the Christmas of 1939.








4.8 stars. I loved this short story prequel to A Question of Honor! Who doesn’t love Christmas stories? The writing was good, the characters, I loved (especially David, Gil and Rafe. I can’t choose between them, so for now they’re all mine).

The setting needed a little more help, but it’s only three chapters. The ending was a bit sudden, but overall, I loved it! It was so sweet, and the relationship between the siblings and friends was great. It was awesome to see a prequel to A Question of Honor.
A good book for all ages! 🙂

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

About The Author

Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

The Secret Slipper by Amando Tero & The Lady of The Vineyard by Kellyn Roth {Mini Reviews #1}

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

I really loved this book, a little more than the first one. The action was really good. I thought Raoul would be a teeny bit more happy when he found Ellia, but that’s okay.

I really loved Ellia’s character; stubborn, proud. But I didn’t like Dumphey at all. Sometimes it felt like he was older than Ellia, all though it did mention that he was younger than her.

The writing, the dialogue, the characters, the setting; everything was amazing! It is such a heartwarming novella of faith and a Father searching for his daughter whom he’d thought was dead. I loved this book!

There is no magic, not like the typical Cinderella story you all know, and instead of a Prince, it’s a Father!

Not much content warnings. Bioti slaps Ellia. No romance, no violence. Perfect for tweens or younger, or maybe young adults.

5 stars!

Since her divorce, Adele Collier has pursued her own pleasure at the expense of her daughter. When her ex-husband suddenly reappears in their lives, Adele allows him to take Judy to France with him for the summer. The time apart leads her to realize her daughter is the light of her world, yet she’s still not sure she’s ready to give up her lifestyle.

Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade her mother’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever … but someday she must return to England and her mother. However, Judy isn’t sure she can ever trust her mother again.

A novella set in pre-WW2 Europe, this sweet story is sure to delight lovers of light-hearted historical fiction.

Can a family come back together, or has too much time gone past?

Wow. This novella is amazing! I loved Judy and her father. However I don’t think Adele (Judy’s mother) was really keeping Judy away from her father. The book did say that Adele invited him to come to see Judy, but he always refused… That part I didn’t understand. (Kell if you’re reading this, maybe you can give me an answer? XD 😉 ) I also thought Colette sounded too old for her age.

My heart broke for Judy, having only the love of her Granny but wishing her mother wouldn’t neglect her. Especially when she had the talk with her mother. ❤

Kellyn’s writing is amazing, simple to understand, and the setting was perfect. I loved this book and I was really excited when I got it for free today on my Kindle! Unfortunately, by the time I got this post up it wasn’t free anymore. :/ But buy it anyway will you This was a beautiful story that I absolutely adored.

There is some romance, a great book for tweens, teens, and young adults.

5 stars!

About Amanda Tero

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Website: amandatero.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/truthpicsart/
Blog: http://www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero

About Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth lives with her parents, two little brothers, mad cat Sparrow, and dogs Gidget and Riley. She’s a Christian, country girl, and all-around American. Ever since she could talk, she had a fascination with words, always making up songs and poems. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time writing. Find out more about her and her novels at https://kellynroth.wordpress.com/

Thank you for reading that and I hope you check out these books!

I will be trying to post twice a week from now on, no specific days.

God bless and happy reading!


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Beyond The Horizon – Jesseca Wheaton (Book Review)

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Hi everyone!

Yesterday I found this book via Reveries Reviews, Beyond The Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton. And from Kellyn’s review, I immediately saw it as a great book. So enough of that, let’s get on with it. 🙂


Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: Amazon Kindle

Age range: 12+

Era: Late 1930’s (WW2)

Beyond The Horizon

This cover!!

Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she.

Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside.

But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her.
On a fateful night at a party she vowed she’d never attend, she comes face to face…

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