Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Review: Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall

 Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, NEW! The Dawn of Christmas
Christmas in Apple Ridge is a special collection of three romance novels which take place in the quiet Amish community at Apple Ridge.  The books included are The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, and The Dawn of Christmas – which is the new one of the bunch.  While the books are not part of a series, you will recognize certain characters overlapping between books.  These delightful stories are a perfect read for the holiday season.

Having read one book by Woodsmall before, I have come to enjoy the fact that her Amish fiction is not what I have come to expect/dread about the genre.  She portrays the Amish respectfully, but definitely as real people with intriguing plots and well developed characters.  Though the book is quite large (well over 500 pages), you will be turning the pages so quickly that you will fly through it.  

On a side note, the second story centers on a character who bakes and decorates cakes.  I enjoyed the story so much, but my I was so hungry for cake after reading about all the yummy flavors she could bake.  I was surprised and glad the author included a few cake recipes for some of the cakes talked about in the book.  Now I am just going to have to try them out!

5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Press through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: When Your Parent Becomes Your Child by Ken Abraham

Having worked as both a nursing assistant and then a registered nurse in a memory support unit of a long term care facility – I was interested to hear the perspective of a dementia patient’s son.  And I was not disappointed by this deeply personal and touching account of the life of a wonderful mom, wife, and friend.  Her son beautifully points out her faith and enthusiasm for life while tracking the ups and downs of watching his mom battle dementia.
Unfortunately, the one word I could use to describe this family and countless others in this situation is – DENIAL (which the author admits).  Abraham and his family had many ways to explain away his mom’s increasingly bizarre behavior, which sometimes caused them to misjudge her ability to safely care for herself.  As she continued to decline, it took a very honest doctor and some “incidents” for Abraham to gain an accurate picture of his mom’s disease.

I would recommend this book to anyone who may find themselves caring for a loved one with dementia.  You will not find any magic solution, but you will find the comfort of knowing others are going through the same thing.  The road is difficult, but there is support out there for you among the many others who find themselves still raising their own family plus caring for aging parents paralyzed by dementia.
5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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