NetGalley Mini Reviews: May 9

I’m excited to share my thoughts on these digital reads!

I have two digital review copies to share with you. I received these books from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Thank You, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Galliez
Illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh
Length: 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Release Date: September 1, 2020

My Thoughts

I adored this story about a child and her grandfather bonding through mindfulness and meditation. Miyuki is fascinated with her grandfather’s morning meditation ritual, so he guides her through the process. Using real life experiences, Miyuki’s grandfather teaches her how to stay mindful while staying aware of her surroundings.
The bond between Miyuki and her grandfather is simply precious! I also enjoyed the eye-catching illustrations on every page. This would be a very useful book for children to marvel at the beauty of a spring and summer day during moments of calm!



Until I Find You by Rea Frey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Length: 320 pages
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: August 11, 2020

My Thoughts

Rebecca’s journey in proving her son’s absence was truly intense! As a young mother handling a degenerative eye condition, Rebecca already has the odds stacked against her. The journey in finding her son adds another arduous task to an already stacked list of challenges!

Rebecca’s life turns like a tide as her condition slowly threatens to take over her life, which adds to the tension in this tale. Until I Find You had me constantly wondering what would happen next in Rebecca’s plight. It will definitely leave readers on edge!

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‘Out of the Embers’ by Amanda Cabot/A Review

Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
Length: 336 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2020

Synopsis:
Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don’t include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.

My Thoughts:
**I received a complimentary copy of Out of the Embers through Revell Reads Blogger Program**

Out of the Embers is a touching story about discovering a true sense of home through resilience and hope. The book follows a young woman named Evelyn Radcliffe and her young charge Polly after being saved (by fate) from their home being burned down. They find the sanctuary of Wyatt Clark and his family in Mesquite Springs, Texas. While Polly’s lineage has her own deep-seeded secrets, Evelyn changes her identity in order to have a more peaceful life. Along the way she encounters unexpected–and unwelcome–surprises from certain citizens. She also causes great changes in Wyatt’s life, as he seeks to discover his own destiny within the surroundings of his horse farm.

Both Evelyn and Wyatt are people seeking a change in their life paths: Evelyn seeking to start over from her devastating family losses, while Wyatt longs to branch out from a seemingly static life in Mesquite Springs. They each have a missing piece in their lives to fill as they establish their positions in society. Through the close-knit community of Mesquite Springs, Evelyn and Wyatt discover the meaning of family and kindred spirits.

I enjoyed the setting of the 1850s in Texas, as it displayed a simpler life. These residents live a happy life without the technology that bombards our present lives in every passing moment. Amanda Cabot also writes beautifully the nature of courtship, getting to know someone’s personality and quirks before committing your life to another. She also describes the bonding nature of female relationships, as Dorothy and Evelyn’s heartwarming scenes wonderfully describes.

I found Out of the Embers to be a heartwarming novel about community coming together during difficult times. It also has the touching connection of Evelyn and Wyatt’s story as they navigate their paths in life.

Rating: 4/5 Stars