Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Christmas Cat and Trading Secrets Reviews

After years abroad, Garrison Brown returns home to Vancouver to build a new life. When his beloved grandmother passes away a few weeks before Christmas, Garrison goes to her house to sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While Garrison hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother's instructions don't allow for speed. She has left Garrison with some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends--plus a sizeable monetary gift for the new owners. Garrison's job is to match the cats with the right owners without disclosing the surprise gift. Along the way, he may just meet someone who can make him stay. 

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson is a purrfect way to start the Christmas season. (See what I did there?) :) But seriously, The Christmas Cat is a short read that is great for curling up with next to the fire. This is a heartwarming story that is not just for cat lovers, but for anyone who loves to get lost in a sweet Christmastime story. If you love Christmas (and of course you do if your looking to get this book!) then you are sure to like this book.

4 out of 5. A purrfect Afternoon Snack to go with a cup of hot chocolate. (I just had to do it one more time)

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

The truth may set you free--but it might also land you in some uncomfortably hot water.

Back in fifth grade, Micah Knight got an Amish pen pal, and over the years, they've exchanged many letters--and many secrets. At age seventeen, Micah finally has the chance to meet her pen pal face-to-face. The only problem is that because of confusion about her name when the pen pals were assigned, her pen pal was a boy, Zack Miller. And all this time, Micah's never told Zack that she's actually a girl! While she wants nothing more than to experience life on Zack's Amish farm, she's afraid he'll hate her for deceiving him all these years. But she makes up her mind to face the music--and that's where the fun really begins. 

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson has made me fall love with teen Amish stories!  I've never really liked YA Amish novels because they kind of all seem the same to me but Trading Secrets was a nice little surprise. I really liked the main character Micah, she seemed very real and, while at first she had trouble handling the position she was in, in the end she made it work. I also really liked the ending, it was sweet and I feel like it was a perfect way to end the story. All in all I think that Trading Secrets is a perfect read for both teen and adult fans (and non-fans) of Amish fiction. 

5 out of 5. A delightfully Amish Afternoon Snack.

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

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