Christian, romance

As the Tide Comes In

Authors: Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall
Publisher: WaterBrook
Genre: Christian Romance
ISBN: 978-0-7352-9101-0
Pages: 352
Price: $14.99

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Tara Abbott has helped raise her two half-brothers, and how she’s looking forward to the vacation they’ve planned for her. When tragedy strikes, she makes the trip to St. Simons Island anyway. Dazed and confused, she has no idea where she is or what she’s doing there, but she searches relentlessly for answers.

Gavin Burnside is attempting to solve the family’s financial difficulties after his dad passed away. With his mom and the rest of the “Glynn Girls” to help, they hope to have everything resolved shortly. Finding Tara, lost and alone on the island, isn’t part of his plan. But who is Tara, and what is she really doing on St. Simons Island? And how is her future intertwined with his own?

Watching Tara cope with such a devastating loss is heart-breaking, and at times I wondered how she would ever recover. But with her loving friends, the Glynn Girls, and Gavin to support her, she starts to make peace with the past. As the Tide Comes In is a moving picture of God’s grace in unimaginable circumstances. I highly recommend this beautiful story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger


Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse?

Author & Illustrator: Lisa M. Griffin
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1944882-18-1
Pages: 32
Price: $10.95

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Boone doesn’t like to try new things. So when his mother and siblings decide to cross over to the other side of the pond, Boone has no intention of going with them. He has a list of excuses not to go. But soon he begins to think about all the fun they’re having without him and wishes he was there.

Paddling like a crazy goose, he heads over to the other side. When he realizes he did it all by himself, he’s amazed! His mom is so proud of him, and his siblings have even saved him a sweet treat as a reward.

Children who are uncomfortable with change will relate to Boone’s feelings. Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse? addresses these fears of stepping outside their comfort zone, providing a helpful tips page for educators and parents.

Reviewer: Alice Berger


Night Night, Sleepytown

Author: Amy Parker
Illustrator: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Children / Board book
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1003-6
Pages: 20
Price: $9.99

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The residents of Sleepytown are hard at work, and soon they will wind down their day and head off to sleep. But first, kids will visit with them and say good-night. This cute rhyming book visits the mayor, the farmers, the police officers, teachers, and others as they work to care for the residents of Sleepytown. Each two-page spread ends with the refrain, “Night night, {persons, and other persons}, too! Thank you all for what you do.”

Night Night, Sleepytown shows a happy and positive scene of each person’s role in the community, expressing gratitude for everyone mentioned. It also helps to put kids in the mood for sleep as parents read it to them before bed. The closing note thanks God for looking down on Sleeptown, which is an easy prompt for kids to be reminded to say their bedtime prayers. This cute book is perfect for bedtime routines.

Reviewer: Alice Bergr