Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky

Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky David Allen Sibley Clarkson Potter
Today I'm reviewing something a little different- a set of bird-themed postcards illustrated by David Allen Sibley.

The postcards come in a well-made, sturdy case and are divided into 5 sections: Waterfowl, Woodpeckers, Wading Birds, Songbirds, and Owls & Raptors. My favorites were the songbirds, but I also really liked some of the woodpeckers and owls.

The postcards also look very well made (they are nice and thick) and the illustrations are very pretty, with good quality printing.

Overall, this is such a lovely batch of postcards! I've been wanting to start doing more letter writing (I recently bought a wax seal to motivate me) and I think this will be a great addition to my newly started stationary collection.

I received this product from in exchange for my honest review.

A Light on the Hill

A Light on the Hill Connilyn Cossette Bethany House
After being branded during the battle of Jericho, Moriyah has had no prospects for marriage--until now. She hopes to please the man, but things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the Levitical cities of refuge, she is unprepared for the dangers she faces, and the enemies--and allies--she encounters on her way.
     Yikes. I have no idea what to say about this book. Part of that might have to do with the fact that the blurb didn't really give me a good idea of what the story was about. In one way that was good, because everything was a surprise. On the other hand, I was expecting most of the story to take place in the city of refuge, but almost the whole novel is about the journey getting there. I'm not usually a fan of "travel" novels, so I admit I felt a little disappointed when I realized this. Also, Moriyah's journey involved using a lot of deception, which, under…

Daisy Cakes Bake

Daisy Cakes Bakes Kim Nelson Clarkson Potter
A beautiful baking cookbook of 100 recipes for the delicious cakes that made Daisy Cakes a huge success story of ABC's Shark Tank, plus cookies, pies, cobblers, and more--with 60 photographs evoking a sense of nostalgia for making your own family recipes.
The scent of cake baking in the oven, the pretty sheen of frosting being whipped up nice and light, or the glorious mess of measuring and mixing ingredients for cookie dough are memories cherished by many a home baker. Kim Nelson grew up learning to make family recipes alongside her mother, grandmothers, and great aunt. This pastime blossomed into Kim's beloved company, Daisy Cakes, which ships delicious Southern layer cakes in keepsake tins all across the US. Daisy Cakes Bakes shares those family cake recipes, as well as recipes for cookies, bars, confections, pies, ice creams, and more. The flavors are rich but never cloying, the recipes are crowd-pleasing and simple to make, and K…

Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Reclaiming Shilo Snow Mary Weber Thomas Nelson
Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.
But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.
     I hate having to wait for the next book in a series- besides being impatient, I often…

The Sea Before Us

The Sea Before Us Sarah Sundin Revell
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin's …

The Saturday Night Supper Club

The Saturday Night Supper Club Carla Laureano Tyndale
Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back … even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.

Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his…

Breaking Cover

Breaking Cover Michele Rigby Assad Tyndale
The CIA is looking for walking contradictions. Recruiters seek people who can keep a secret, yet pull classified information out of others; who love their country, but are willing to leave it behind to head into dangerous places; who live double lives, but can be trusted with some of the nation's most highly sensitive tasks.
Michele Rigby Assad was one of those people.
As a CIA agent, Michele soon found that working undercover was an all-encompassing job. The threats were real. The mission was a perilous one. Trained as a counterterrorism expert, Michele spent over a decade in the agency--a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet, secretly serving in some the most treacherous areas of the Middle East. But deep inside, Michele wondered: Could she really do this job? Was she in the right place at the right time, or had she misunderstood what she thought was God's calling on her life? Did she have what it woul…