Our Christmas Tree, Our Christmas Tree! How Lovely Are Its’ Branches!

Why Our Christmas Tree Is Uglier Than Yours:

  • It literally has ten baubles on it (why? I don’t know)
  • Half the tree doesn’t have lights (why? Because we needed them for outside)
  • We took the candy canes of the tree (why? Because my nephews kept eating them)

My lame excuses:

  • This is my second time decorating our own Christmas tree
  • I have problems with putting baubles close to each other because I’m such a perfectionist and they can’t be close to each other because IT MAKES IT LOOK CLUTTERED (a.k.a we don’t have any more baubles. Last year we did… but now… *sigh* the others just mysteriously disappeared…)

Why I still like our tree:

  • Because it has green leaves
  • Because we have a star on the top
  • Because there are presents under the tree and I can’t wait to see my nephews’ and nieces’ faces when they open them
  • Because now people can see the lights out front
  • Because we actually have baubles on the tree
  • Because it’s tall
  • Because it’s a christmas tree
  • Because this is the second time we’ve had a Christmas tree
  • Because we have a christmas tree

Last of all, I’m sorry for such a scrappy post (actually I’m not sorry). I needed to write something and this came up from the top of my mind… So I hope you enjoyed it!

**UPDATE** I can’t believe I published this post WHAT AM I DOING

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.

My September Currently Reading and To Read

Hi everyone! Happy September! Wow. It’s already more than halfway through 2017. 2018 is just around the corner! And Spring is here! 😀 Our ornamental pear trees look like popcorn trees at the moment. XD

Let’s get on to do what I’m here for, shall we?

September’s Currently Reading

Review coming in October. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review coming sometime in October. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review coming September 28 2017. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. See my COVER REVEAL and the GIVEAWAY!

All of these books are really good so far!

My September To-Read’s

I feel like that’s a lot of books plus my currently reading, so I might not finish all of these. 🙂

Have you read any of these books? Do you want to read these books? Have you read Dreamlander? If not, you need to right now. It’s currently FREE on Amazon Kindle!! So grab a copy! 😀


The Bandit of Ashley Downs – Dave & Neta Jackson (Trailblazer books)

**The way in which my reviews are structured is not yet finalized. If you have any ideas PLEAAAAAASSSSEEE tell me. I feel this format is copying Reveries Reviews and I want it to be different. Thanks so much for your help!**

Title: The Bandit of Ashley Downs (book 7/40)

Author/s: Dave & Neta Jackson

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Series (if any): Trailblazer books (Thrilling adventure stories introducing young readers to Christian heroes of the past)

Genre: Christian historical adventure/real historical events

*note from authors*

George Müller founded an orphanage in Bristol, England, that at first cared for thirty children. By faith, and without going into debt or revealing financial needs to anyone but God, the orphanage grew until Müller had cared for more than ten thousand children during his lifetime.

The fictional character of Curly Roddy is based on a real boy – William Ready (who was not, however, a bandit). As the story states, William was brought to Ashley Downs in 1872 by James Walk, a city missionary connected with St. George’s Church on Bloomsbury Way in London.

All other characters are fictional, but each event at Ashley Downs involving prayer and faith is true.

Era: Late 1800’s

Setting: London, England & Bristol, England

Content: 0/5

Curly receives a beating from Spuds. No details. Curly’s memories of his violent Dad, no details. No kissing or romance. No language.

Age-range: 8-12 (but I would recommend it for readers who are older as well)

Overall rating: 5/5

Source: I actually have no idea. 😛 But you can get it of AMAZON KINDLE.

Introducing George Müller

By the time Curly Roddy was twelve years old, he’d already survived six years as a homeless orphan on the cruel streets of London in the 1870s. He slept in dustbins and ate orange peels when he could find them. Sometimes he earned a few coins by singing and doing acrobatics in pubs. He had perfected his skills at snatching purses and picking pockets.

But when Curly overheard that a church was raising £3,000 for an orphan house in Bristol, his scheme of an armed robbery promised to bring him enough money for a lifetime. Enlisting the help of a local thug and thief, Spud Baxter, a plan is soon put into place. With Spud’s pistol and brute force, the church’s treasure should easily be taken.

But the highway robbery brings Curly more trouble than he had bargained for. Is it scarier to be sent to the orphanage from which he stole the money than to be sent to prison? Will George Müller, the man in charge of the orphanage, make Curly into a slave to earn back at least a portion of the money? Or might they do something even worse?

Curly’s in for the biggest surprise of his young life!

An adventure story, ideal for readers 8-12 years of age.


Wow. Just wow. This book had adventure, thrill, christian values, and everything awesome mixed in. No moment was dull when I read this book. I loved how the book started of with adventure, with the MC, 12 year old Curly Roddy in danger. This series has always been a family favorite. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves christian historical adventure.


I believe characters play a big part in books, and these characters nailed it. I think Dave & Neta Jackson developed their characters very well. Curly is a boy who’s spent six years of his life living on the streets and some of it staying with a thug and thief, Spud Baxter. Curly is very adventurous and headstrong, at the same time caring. I loved his character so much. There was also Spud. He’s not a big time thief, until Curly drags him into a big theft. He has mood swings, but he’s a pretty decent guy. He was very well developed.


The dialogue and the description told us everything about Curly’s life, the way he lived, and where he lived. I had no trouble remembering it was in the 1800’s.

PLOT 5/5

I’m giving everything 5/5 here! The plot was full of twists and adventure. Never, ever a dull or unexciting moment. The plot flowed very well; I loved the idea of it all.


Seriously amazing! It described a lot; the action and adventure was so good. I LOVE THIS BOOK! The Bandit of Ashley Downs is a book I certainly will read over again. I actually have read many of the Trailblazer books more than once. I think this whole review pretty much covers all the other books in the series!

So go ahead and read this book! I promise, you won’t be wasting your time.

About the Author

Dave and Neta Jackson, husband and wife writing team, are the authors or coauthors of more than 120 books that have sold over 2.5 million copies. They are best known for the 40-volume Trailblazer Books series for young readers and the Hero Tales series for families. Adults love their Yada Yada Prayer Group series, House of Hope series, Harry Bentley series, and Windy City Neighbors series along with numerous nonfiction books. They make their home in the Chicago area. Find out more about them at http://www.daveneta.com.



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Blog Tour Part Two: Ivy Introspective – Kellyn Roth (Book Review)

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Hi everyone! Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her recently published books, The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective, the first two books in her series, The Alice And Ivy Chronicles. This book review is going to be shorter than usual.


Ivy Introspective

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn…

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First Post Evah

Hi guys!

This is Zielle here. You might know me from My Homeschool Notebook. I started this blog to share book reviews, book tags, books I love, and just anything booky.

I wouldn’t consider myself as a pro at reviewing books, but I do my best!

Further into the future, I’ll be accepting books for review, but for now, I’d like to jump of the edge starting with books I choose to review. 🙂

As you probably saw in the header, ardent means enthusiastic or passionate. That’s me, when it comes to reading books. Sure, I like to skim over books sometimes to find out what happens next, but don’t we all? Sometimes I tend to judge books by their covers, or more by taking on look at a randomly opened page and judging by that if I’d enjoy it or not. 😉 Well no need to be shy, I know you do it too. But, all the same, I love and cherish books. If they weren’t a part of my life I’d probably die. 😛 So I hope you enjoy my reviews and opinions on the books I read!

Please be polite and God-honouring, and you can hang around for as long as you like. 🙂

Welcome, and happy reading!