Happy Friday, reader friends! There are several fabulous giveaways going on right now on Faithfully Bookish and JustRead including two for children’s books! Don’t miss out! Check out the first line and my review of Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April W. Gardner below, then open the book nearest you and share the first line!
I’ll be updating ebook deals under $3 on the shop page today! As always, I only share books from authors I am familiar with or those that have been recommended to me by a well-read friend. Feed your ereader or Kindle app or try the Kindle Unlimited program or take the 2 free audiobooks Audible trial for a spin! Whichever way you choose to enjoy your stories, I wish you hours of happy reading this weekend!
Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April W. Gardner
Lying on the toasty, white sand after a long morning of chores was as close to Heaven as a girl of nine could get without actually dying.
I’m in a children’s book mood this week! Perhaps I’m feeling nostalgic because we are officially in the second half of our school year and these years are slipping by like the wind through my fingers! I’ve been reading this book aloud to the kids for quite some time (I’m not as consistent as I used to be with storytime) and we are actually finishing this book today so I’ll add my review here later! In short, it has been an eye-opening experience and one I hope will spark an increased love of historical fiction for my fantasy-obsessed children!
why we like it…
We landlocked midwesterners have a fascination with coastal and island settings and from the first line, this story’s setting provided a welcome literary escape. Lizzie’s experience during Germany’s WWII occupation of her home, Guernsey Island, provides a priceless historical perspective and illustrates important relevant lessons on the dangers of prejudice and the assurance of God’s trustworthiness despite our circumstances. The author’s attention to historical details and authentic relationships creates an irresistibly endearing story that sparked discussions of faith, geography, language, family, and friendship.