First Line Friday; Pushing Past The Pain by Millia Holt.

Hello there and welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Let’s get those great book recommendations coming!

Pushing Past The Pain by Millia Holt. And the first line is… Drum rolls…

Ella Bellmont took one look at her mother-in-law’s puffy face and knew she’d have to postpone her trip to the grocery store.

About The Book.

A devoted father devastated by the loss of his wife. A young widowed mother whose wounds began long before her husband died. Will their shared grief bring them together or push them apart?

Ragnar’s life was shattered when a hit-and-run driver robbed him of his wife and his young daughter of her mother.

Ella was struggling to hold her fractured marriage together when her husband died suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt and a heartbroken young daughter.

When her new neighbor Ragnar moves in, their little girls soon become inseparable, and Ella is the perfect babysitter for Ragnar’s daughter. But as the chemistry between them grows, Ragnar wants much more than childcare.

He’s dreaming of finding love again while she is petrified of repeating the mistakes that made her first marriage a nightmare…

This is an inspirational romance with Christian themes.


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First Line Friday: Unfolding Grace by Kikelomo Kuponiyi.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I am sharing the first line from Unfolding Grace. This book you’d love.

And the first line is…

The leader of the jazz band made groaning sounds Bayo knew he thought were cool.


Bayo had it made. A rich father and good business acumen; a beautiful, professional fiancée, a new business that promises a wealthy future. What more could he ask for? Things were looking good. Then God stepped in! What happens now? Thus starts the journey of his life, where he would need God’s unfolding grace to come into the future pre-planned for him.

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Kikelomo Kuponiyi is a banker, lawyer and writer. After obtaining her law degree, she ventured into banking and built her career there. Her love for the arts was however maintained through writing journals, poetry and short stories. She recently retired from banking and is walking with God to navigate His plans for the second half of her life. Unfolding Grace is her first published novel. She is married with three children and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Amazon Website Instagram

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First Line Friday; Chance In A Million.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I am sharing the first line from Chance In A Million by Milla Holt. It is part of the collection Love under Lockdown: Heart-stirring Sweet Romance Isolationship stories. Who doesn’t just love romantic stories!!!

And the first line is…

It wasn’t fair.

About The Book.

Rick shook the dust of his home town off his feet when he moved out at eighteen. Now a self-made multi-millionaire, he’s proved that his malicious stepfather was wrong about him. He isn’t interested in going back to the town that holds so many painful memories. Until a family crisis draws him back home.

Amanda had a wretched home life while growing up. The kind lady next door was her lifeline, and is now her closest friend. Amanda can’t understand why her friend’s son Rick has turned his back on his family. So when her friend has a health emergency, Amanda thinks it’s time to hit Rick with some truth bombs.

Then a sticky basement door and some unexpected chemistry change everybody’s plans…


About The Author.

I write fiction that reflects my Christian faith. I love happy endings, heroes and heroines who discover sometimes hard but always vital truths, and stories that uplift and encourage.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Diverse Books By Nigerian Authors I Am Sure You Haven’t Read.

Lovely Tuesday to you! Today is Ten Top Tuesday! know you love to read and read diverse, sl here are some books written by Nigerian Christian fiction authors I am aurebyou haven’t read.

Unfolding Grace by Kikelome Kuponiyi

Once Upon A First Love By Tope Omotosho.

The Navie Wife: Rachel’s Choice by Ufuomaee.

The Small Print by Abimbola Dare.

A Beautiful Wilderness by Dupe Olorunjo.

Secret Places by Vivian Kay.

To Live Again by Unoma Nwankwor.

Crumbled by Tope Omotosho.

The Church Girl by Ufuomaee

Broken By Ufuomaee.

There you go. Let me know what you think.

First Line Friday: Kiss and ‘Telle?

Happy Friday Everyone!

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I am sharing the first line from Kiss and ‘Telle by Nadine Keels. Don’t you just love the cover!?




And the first line is…….

“Welp. We might as well, ’Telle.”


If only this type of thing were as easy as it looks in chick flicks.

Ever since her college days, Chantelle has had growing feelings for Dennis, a swaggering and smart geek-at-heart who’s got romance coming out of his ears. At least, he talks as if he’s mastered the art of dating, but how would Chantelle know if it’s true? She’s never gotten to experience Dennis as anything more than a close friend.

But wait! A huge opportunity comes along that could impact both their personal and professional lives. This may lead to the perfect time for Chantelle to tell Dennis what he means to her.

It may also be time for some of Chantelle’s own words about love to come back to bite her.




Nadine C. Keels

With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. Through her books and her blog (Prismatic Prospects), Nadine aims to spark hope and inspiration in as many people as she is privileged to reach.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Unique Nigerian Words In Ripples by Emike Osumah.

Hi Tuesday friend! I know you love to read and read diverse. If you are about to pick up the wonderful novella Ripples by Emike Osumah, you’d encounter some words you are not familiar with as. So today I picked out 10 words from the novella and I am going to explain it to you. Let’s dig right in.

  1. “Baba”: It means father but in this book it is a word used in Nigeria to call a herbalist who helps people “solve” problems using diabolical means.
  2. Kobo:  is a subdivision of the Nigerian currency equal to one hundredth of a Nigerian naira. So when a Nigerian tells you they don’t have even 1 Kobo they are trying to say they are really broke.
  3. “Emabinu”: It is a Yoruba word, the Yorubas are one of the major ethnic group in Nigeria. Emabinu means sorry, especially when a mistake has been made.
  4. “Bole”: Oh my! You really want to taste this. It is roasted plantain. It is best served with smoke fish stew or sauce. During the season for plantain in Nigeria, you’d see it been roasted in different places in so many different ways. The next time you are in southern Nigeria, ask for this delicacy.
  5. “Chei”: This is an Igbo word used to exclaim especially when some thing bad has happened or said. The Igbos are also one of the major ethnic group in Nigeria. This exclamation is used by a wide range of Nigerians. It is a common word.
  6. “Abeggy” or “Abegi”: Abeg is a vernacular word for ” I beg”. It is used in Nigeria to plead or make light of a serious situation. In the context of this book it is used to make light of a situation.
  7. “Janded”: A reverential word used to describe someone from overseas especially the western world and Europe.
  8. “Please free me”: It is a word used in Nigeria to get someone out of your hair.
  9. “Body no be firewood”: Correctly, it should be said “I am not made of firewood”. The person using it is trying to say they are flesh and blood and have feelings. Most times it is used when people are trying to make excuses for being promiscuous.
  10. National Youth Service Corps (NYSC): It is a scheme set up by the Nigerian government to involve Nigerian graduates in nation building and the development of the country. It is a compulsory one year program every Nigerian graduate has to partake it. After the civil war in Nigeria, the government was seeking for a way to heal and integrate the country and it’s citizens hence the NYSC. Nigerian graduates immediately after graduation from the University or Polytechnics are posted to a state in Nigeria where they have never been before to serve the country in community development and lots more. It is a very great opportunity to meet different people from diverse background and come together to raise up infrastructures to better serve the community they are in.
Emike Osumah

That is it! I hope you have enjoyed my crash course in Nigerian history LOL!

If you are reading a diverse book, share with us some unique terms and words common to that ethnicity.

First Line Friday. Dance With Me.

Hello there and happy Friday.

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. It is Friday, so it is time to pick up the book nearest to you or the one you are currently reading and share the first line with us in the comment section. Today I will be sharing with us the first line from the first Nigerian Christian fiction book I read. Dance With Me by Tope Omotosho.

And the first lines are…

He walked into the bathroom, the familiar scent of mint and honey filling his senses – resistant to fade even years later, bringing forth ever bittersweet memories.

About The Book.

The past is a tricky place. For some it’s a place to be desperately held on to, for others a place  never to be revisited.

For Micah Oramah, the pain of a profound loss has caused his faith to be shaken. Blinded by grief, he questions if serving God is actually worth it.

Tomboy and makeup artist, Zainab Baruwa-Philips is head over heels in love with God. The only cloud is her past which she is desperate to erase. However, she’ll learn that her past is a strength God is looking to use for his glory.

In Dance With Me, you’ll experience the beauty of out individuality to God.

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Throwback Thursday — Dash

Welcome to Throwback Thursday this final Thursday of May, 2020. In recognition of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I would like to share a poignant middle-grade historical novel about the Japanese American internment camps in the United States during World War II.

About the Book

What happens when a war comes between a girl and her dog?

New from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson, the moving story of a Japanese-American girl who is separated from her dog upon being sent to an incarceration camp during WWII.

Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home—or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it.

The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they’ve lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?


My Thoughts About This Book:

I am a huge fan of Kirby Larson’s historical fiction. Her books are well-written and well-researched. Her characters are multi-dimensional and her settings are so well-developed they become like characters in and of themselves.

A couple of summers ago I read her Young Adult historical series, ‘Hattie Big Sky’ and ‘Hattie Ever After’. Those stories are set in 1917 in Montana. I read and reviewed her fourth book in this ‘Dogs of World War II’ series, ‘Code Word Courage’.

One of the things I enjoyed about each of these books, including ‘Dash’, is the author’s ability to capture a reader’s attention and interest right from the start! In this book, we are introduced to the main character, Mitsi Kashino, and her beloved dog, Dash, in the first paragraph of the book. The story opens in Washington state right after Christmas, 1941.

Upon returning to school after the Christmas break Mitsi and the other students of Japanese descent are met with anger, resentment, and hatred from the majority of their classmates. The bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, fueled these negative feelings about the Japanese in the United States.

I believe this theme is an important historical issue to introduce to and discuss with middle-grade readers because we live in a diverse culture. Respect and acceptance are keys to thriving in our society.  I feel fiction can reach out to youngsters and touch their hearts in ways merely telling them to show ‘respect’ or ‘be kind’ cannot.

Throughout this moving story Mitsi navigates the serious issues of shame, prejudice, loss of friends, evacuation from her home, and internment in two Japanese relocation camps. She meets many cruel and insensitive people along the way. I found the author’s portrayal of these unkind individuals to be realistic and frankly, heart-wrenching.

The depiction of the depolorable conditions at the internment camps is accurate as far as my research into and knowledge of this subject matter. Family life at the camps was not easy for the internees because of the rustic/crude living conditions, lack of privacy, unfamiliar food, and severe weather conditions. I could almost taste the grit from the dust blowing around everywhere and smell the horrible odors in the latrines as described by this author.

A theme in this book which I especially appreciated was the kindness and understanding of several of the surrounding characters who were not internees.

Miss Wyatt, Mitsi’s school teacher, is a lovely person who does whatever she can to make Mitsi’s situation a little more bearable for the eleven-year-old. Mrs. Bowker, the Kashina family’s widowed neighbor, is loving and compassionate toward Mitsi and models what being a good neighbor and friend is all about. Some of the workers at the camps go out of their way to smile at and treat the internees with kindness. And then there is Dash, Mitsi’s loyal best friend! The two shared a deep bond and were both heartbroken when they were separated when the Kashina’s were evacuated.

Highly recommended for teachers, librarians, and parents/grandparents. Fans of World War II/American/California history and stories with diverse characters will appreciate this richly-layered story, too.

To learn more about this subject, follow this link to the United states national parks service website: 

Japanese American Confinement

Kirby Larson

About the Author

Kirby Larson went from history-phobe to history fanatic while writing the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, HATTIE BIG SKY. Her passion for historical fiction is reflected in titles such as THE FENCES BETWEEN US, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, as well as the sequel to HATTIE BIG SKY, HATTIE EVER AFTER, and her two latest titles, DUKE–which was nominated for 5 state Young Reader Choice awards as well as being a finalist for the Washington State Book Award– and DASH–which has garnered two starred reviews, a NAPPA Gold Award and a Capitol Choices nomination.

In 2006, Kirby began a collaboration with her good friend Mary Nethery resulting in two award-winning nonfiction picture books: TWO BOBBIES: A TRUE STORY OF HURRICANE KATRINA, FRIENDSHIP AND SURVIVAL, and NUBS: THE TRUE STORY OF A MUTT, A MARINE AND A MIRACLE.

Kirby lives in Kenmore, Washington with her husband, Neil, and Winston the Wonder Dog. When she’s not reading or writing Kirby enjoys beach combing, bird watching, and traveling. She owns a tiara and is not afraid to use it.




Throwback Thursday — Indian Shoes


Welcome to Throwback Thursday, Reader Friends! Today we’re featuring a story collection by Native American Author, Cynthia Leitich Smith. Indian Shoes was originally released in 2002 by Harper Collins. The book is recommended for children ages 7 and older.



About the Book

What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins…or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?

Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his Grampa. After all, it’s Grampa Halfmoon who’s always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes — like the time they are forced to get creative after a homemade haircut makes Ray’s head look like a lawn-mowing accident.

This collection of interrelated stories is heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Cynthia Leitich Smith writes with wit and candor about what it’s like to grow up as a Seminole-Cherokee boy who is just as happy pounding the pavement in windy Chicago as rowing on a take in rural Oklahoma.

Kirkus declared: “A very pleasing first-chapter book from its funny and tender opening salvo to its heartwarming closer. An excellent choice for younger readers.” School Library Journal hailed: “a good book for any elementary-aged reluctant reader and a necessity for indigenous children everywhere.” INDIAN SHOES has been named a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Award, to the 2003 Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education; and to Choices 2003, Cooperative Children’s Book Center. It also was named to the NEA Native American Book List and the 2004-2005 Crown List. Most recently, INDIAN SHOES was chosen as the featured intermediate title for “Read On, Wisconsin!” (an online book club for students sponsored by the state’s First Lady) in March, 2005.


My Thoughts About This Book:

Have you ever read a story collection where you told yourself as you finished reading each story, ‘That story was my favorite!’, only to read the next story to find yourself saying, ‘No, that one was definitely my favorite!’?

This is exactly what happened to me when I read this delightful collection of six short stories featuring young Ray Halfmoon and his grandfather, Grampa Halfmoon.

The pair currently live in Chicago, far from their relatives in Oklahoma. They are of Seminole and Cherokee descent. Grampa is raising Ray after Ray’s parents were tragically killed in a tornado.

Each story features incidents that happen in and around Chicago or in Oklahoma. Many of the stories have humorous scenes or humorous themes. Grampa’s feelings about life and his memories of the past are the underlying theme of each story. He enjoys sharing his family stories and cultural gems with Ray.

Grampa’s love and affection for Ray are evident in their daily activities and in the wisdom he exhibits for his grandson’s ups and downs and the challenges Ray faces in his young life. I admired the rapport between and the depth of their bond with each other and to their heritage.

The author’s use of higher-level vocabulary and her respect for the reader’s intelligence make this a great read for readers of all ages! I believe this would be an excellent read-aloud for families, classrooms, libraries, and youth/scout/church groups.
This collection was heartwarming and touching. I will be seeking out more of this author’s work to read in the future.

Highly-recommended to fans of Native American literature, diverse character fiction, family heritage fiction, historical fiction, and fiction where the main character is a male.

I borrowed this book from the New Book shelf in the children’s section of the local public library.


About the Author

Cynthia’s fiction is noted for its diversity, humor, lyricism, and mid-to-southwestern settings. Still early in her career, she has shown tremendous range and loves to experiment.

Cynthia lives in Austin, Texas and is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. The Austin chapter of SCBWI has instituted the Cynthia Leitich Smith Mentor Award in her honor. She also serves on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and leads the annual We Need Diverse Books Native Writing Intensive.

Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. She studied law abroad at Paris-Sorbonne University.