Book Club

Dear Readers,

How is the reading going?  Enjoying the book?  I am really enjoying the book myself.  But I guess I wasn’t so surprised as I have loved Allison’s books before.  If you haven’t read anything else by her, do yourself a favor and track them down and put them on your TBR pile right away.

I have loved getting to know young Katharina and Girt and even Theresa.  I found it difficult when they moved to the new convent.  A place that was so silent and so cold, in more ways than one.  I have often struggled with places that were like this and yet are suppose to represent the love of Christ to the world.  What do you think?  Are convents or monasteries places that should be honored for their services or do they create more division by separating themselves from the world?

I have to say, I really did love reading about the true message of the Bible and the meaning of being a followers of Jesus came to life for Katharina.  How it was such a shock to her.  How she was so unprepared that the church had maybe not told her the whole story.

It reminded me how important the Reformation was and still is today.  So you do have a favorite part?

Happy Reading,



Dear Readers,

I spent the other day home sick. The kind of sick where you truly just feel so miserable you don’t even want to get up to make another cup of tea because everything hurts.  But because of this I spent most of the morning binge watching CSI Miami.  (Don’t judge my TV habits and I won’t judge yours 😀).   I have also been listening to Agatha Christi’s books on my Overdrive App.

What a complete contrast is types of mysteries.  Agatha’s books are a straight mystery.  They are uncomplicated and you have to puzzle them out right along with our intrepid detectives, which ever one it is. ( I have listened to two of Inspector Poirot).  You need to reason it all out and put the clues together and even figure out who is lying and why.

Agatha is good at included most if not all of the information you need, but you have to find it yourself.  Now I have to admit that this second one I listened to, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, will not be my new favorite, and Murder on the Orient Express just might be one of my favorites, but they both reminded me of how much I missed reading a straight mystery.

Now, after watching a couple of CSI Miami’s I was struck how complicated their mysteries are and yet they lead you faithfully down the path to the bad guy every time.  They solve them using so many gadgets and technology it is amazing to me that anyone gets away with any crimes ever.  But it is fun to try and guess who is lying and why.

I enjoy both types of mysteries, technology filled and the simple puzzle mysteries.  I also understand the TV shows and books are not a fare comparison to each other, but I have to say that Agatha’s books kept me entertained much longer because they required me to use my own wits to figure out The Who-dun-it.

How about you, more technology in your mysteries or less?  Are you like me in the more murder and mayhem the better?

Also let me recommend the Murder of the Orient Express, fun, enjoyable and even kind of fresh, yes even after all these years.

Happy Reading,

P.S.  I am feeling much better, thank you for asking. 😀

Librarian’s day

Dear Readers,

Do you know a church librarian?  How about a public library librarian?  On October 10 we at Baker Book House will be hosting librarians at the store.  We have extra discounts, a gift bag for each librarian who attends and a chance to visit and meet with your fellow librarians.

If you are thinking of or just getting your library started, this is a great place to start.  With the extra discounts you can pick up a lot of books adding your shelves or restocking them.

No need to RSVP, come anytime during the day.  I will be there from 8 -7 with  workshops at 10:30, 2 and 6.

If you have any questions, let me know

Happy Reading,

New Releases – Sept. 25 – 30

Dear Readers,

Okay it is not something that happens often, but all four of these books on this list are on my TBR list or I am all ready reading it.  All 4 of these authors are proving writers, anytime they release a novel I put it on my list.

Happy Reading,

P.S. Welcome back Randy Singer.  I have missed you.

Bring Home Maggie – Kim Vogel Sawyer – Ten-year-old Hazel takes her three-year-old sister to pick berries in a blackberry thicket in 1943, and only one of them comes home again. Young Hazel s world crumbles, the weight of the guilt from that colors every relationship in her life for the next seventy years. But now Hazel s granddaughter Meghan is a cold case agent and has an opportunity to investigate this very personal family mystery. What she uncovers could provide healing for three generations of women.”

Rule of Law – Randy Singer – What did the president know? And when did she know it?For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.  But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.  Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.  Equal justice under law.  It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?

Time to Stand – Robert Whitlow – In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side?  Adisa Johnson, a young African American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career.  Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital.  Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable–defend the officer.  As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime.

Where we Belong – Lynn Austin – In the city of Chicago in 1892, the rules and expectations for Victorian women are strict, their roles in life limited. But sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not typical Victorian ladies. Their love of adventure and their desire to use their God-given talents have taken them out of society ballrooms and delivered them to the Sinai Desert–and into the teeth of a sandstorm.  Accompanied by Soren Petersen, their somber young butler, and Kate Rafferty, a plucky street urchin learning to be their lady’s maid, the two women are on a quest across the desert, chasing rumors of an important biblical manuscript.  As the expedition becomes ever more dangerous and uncertain, all four travelers sift through memories and adventures of their past, recalling the events that shaped them and the journeys and providence that brought them to this very time and place.



Inspire: An Evening with Authors

Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 pm

Venue Details

Baker Book House I 2768 East Paris Ave SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 I (616) 957-3110


Event Details – Join us for an evening with featured Breathe Writers’ Conference authors; Caryn Rivedenera, Andy Rogers, Rachel Macmillan, Leslie Leyland Fields and Glenys Nellist. They will talk about their book, read short parts of their books, and answer questions from the audience. Sure to be a great night!

Book club questions

Dear Readers,

So how are you enjoying getting to know young Katharina?  She sure has a lot of spunk. What do you think of her father, giving away a child to keep peace in his family?  I know that would not have happened in my family.

How about how the girls were treated at the convent?  With Katharina being left at the convent was what set the stage for her life, does that change how you think of her life there.  There were not many girls that were taught to read, let alone read Latin.  Even though there was not a lot of freedom, it seemed to teach Katharine to think for herself.

Question from the back of the book, what kind of faith example does Katharina receive from the authority figures in her younger years? Is there anyone in your life that you would list as person who influenced your faith? I know my grandparents were a huge influence on my faith.  Watching their faith no matter what was happening, no matter how much it cost, they gave to others.

I could list even more for better or for worse, there were lots of people that shaped me into what I am today.  What a great reminder from this book that everyone you meet and know has an influence on you.

What did you know about Katharine before reading this book?  Have you looked her up at all to see what else you could learn?

Happy Reading,

Cindy K. Sproles

Dear Readers,

Cindy K. Sproles newest book, Liar’s Winter should be on your TBR list.  It is a book that is a very frank look at life in Eastern Tennessee in the late 1800’s.  A time and place where people did things because they were the right thing to do, but they also believed things because that is what they were told even if it wasn’t correct.  Superstitions ran wild with folks and once they believed something it was almost impossible to get them to unbelieve it.

Loechiel was stolen from her mother shortly after her birth.  The family that raised her told her because of her birthmark she was the Devil’s child.  They hid her away from the world and treated her more as a slave or servant than daughter.  Loechiel believed she was unlovable because of what she was told.  That all changes when she is left for dead and rescued by Walter.

97808254445311For a small book, it sure does pack a punch.  There is so much of this book that will leave you uncomfortable, but you will not want to put it down.  It addresses many different issues including bulling, what makes a family and how we should all protect the least defenseless among us.

There is so much in this book, that I think I could read it again and find so much more than the first time through.  I found myself wondering how I myself would have fit into the story and how I would looked at Loechiel.

I am looking forward to Cindy’s next book, which I hope is scheduled to release soon.

Happy Reading,