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Mama Kisses, Papa Hugs by Lisa Tawn Bergren and Aleksandar Zolotić

This book is just precious! The little boy thinks he’s too big for Mama kisses and Papa hugs, so Mama and Papa tell him about kisses and hugs. Polar bear kisses are rubbing noses together and elephant hugs are when the Papa elephant wraps his trunk around the baby elephant. All the examples are explained as ways that God made them show affection.

The boy asks how God kisses and hugs us, and Mama and Papa explain that God’s kisses and hugs are around us all the time, but sometimes we miss them because we don’t look for them. God shows His affection for us by the touch of a soft breeze, the morning sun’s rays spreading across the land to our window, and by the stars in the sky, among other ways.

I’m a kisser and a hugger with my kids, and they’ll never be too big to get that gesture of love from me. I hope that, in some small way, I’m giving them a tiny taste of the love God has for them!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review.

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The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall

I’m not an Amish romance (or any romance, for that matter) fan, BUT this was not a romance, although it did deal with two couples. One couple, Roy and Jemima, are married with four children. The other couple, Abigail and Chris, just meet and develop a relationship throughout the book.

Roy has a secret. He had a one-night-stand with an old flame and the kicker is, he doesn’t even remember what happened! He’s hidden this secret from his wife for more than nine months. When Jemima finds out, can she forgive him? How will this child fit into their world?

Through a series of twists and turns, Jemima does forgive and there are peace and harmony in the family again. You’ll have to read the book to find out how she gets to that place!

This was a very easy read, with some intrigue and mystery. I liked it. It wasn’t great, but I liked it. If you want some casual reading that will prompt you to think about the nature of forgiveness and the complexities of relationships, this might be just the ticket. Check it out!

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review.**

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No Ocean Too Wide

This is a first for me. I’ve been reviewing books for years, and this is the first book that I just couldn’t make myself finish. When reading for pleasure, I typically will jettison a book that doesn’t suck me in within the first few chapters. I gave No Ocean Too Wide a serious try. I read over half of the book! I just couldn’t force myself to go any further. I tried. I really tried.

No Ocean Too Wide was the sort of book I usually love: historical fiction. Set at the turn of the century, it chronicles the story of four siblings, three of which found themselves as “British Home Children”.

Between 1869 and the late 1930s, over 100,000 juvenile migrants were sent to Canada from the British Isles during the child emigration movement. Motivated by social and economic forces, churches and philanthropic organizations sent orphaned, abandoned and pauper children to Canada. Many believed that these children would have a better chance for a healthy, moral life in rural Canada, where families welcomed them as a source of cheap farm labour and domestic help.

After arriving by ship, the children were sent to distributing and receiving homes, such as Fairknowe in Brockville, and then sent on to farmers in the area. Although many of the children were poorly treated and abused, others experienced a better life here than if they had remained in the urban slums of England. Many served with the Canadian and British Forces during both World Wars.

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/home-children-1869-1930/Pages/home-children.aspx

Having just read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, I was expecting something similar (I highly recommend Before We Were Yours, by the way!). While there are similarities in the stories, there’s no comparison in the books. I just could not believe how slow-moving the storyline is in No Ocean Too Wide or how little character development there was.

I can’t recommend this one.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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