Rayleigh’s Book Review: The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron (and Kindle Fire Giveaway & Facebook Chat Party)

The Butterfly and the Violin

The Synopsis:

And then came war . . .

“Today.” Sera James spends most of her time arranging auctions for the art world’s elite clientele. When her search to uncover an original portrait of an unknown Holocaust victim leads her to William Hanover III, they learn that this painting is much more than it seems.

“Vienna, 1942.” Adele Von Bron has always known what was expected of her. As a prodigy of Vienna’s vast musical heritage, this concert violinist intends to carry on her family’s tradition and play with the Vienna Philharmonic. But when the Nazis learn that she helped smuggle Jews out of the city, Adele is taken from her promising future and thrust into the horrifying world of Auschwitz.

The veil of innocence is lifted to expose a shuddering presence of evil, and Adele realizes that her God-given gift is her only advantage; she must play. Becoming a member of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, she fights for survival. Adele’s barbed-wire walls begin to kill her hope as the months drag into nearly two years in the camp. With surprising courage against the backdrop of murder and despair, Adele finally confronts a question that has been tugging at her heart: Even in the midst of evil, can she find hope in worshiping God with her gift?

As Sera and William learn more about the subject of the mysterious portrait–Adele–they are reminded that whatever horrors one might face, God’s faithfulness never falters.

My Review:

“UPS”: The historical characters in this book were absolutely incredible! I loved each one of them and they were all so realistic, believable, and just excellently written. The story was also full of adventure, plot twists, and believable emotion, which made the book that much better. The Christian content was also great, nearly every page was full of prayers, faith, and Scriptures, making the book very refreshing to read.

“DOWNS”: The “present day” characters and story did not impress me that much, the romance between Sera and William happened way to fast to be realistic and really, kissing the day you meet is not a good move. William was a well developed character, but Sera, as a character, seemed confusing. Her hurt was believable at first, but the fact that she threw away all her guard and cation the day she meets William, made it seem as if she was just using her “hurt” as an excuse to ignore other guys, which I am sure the author did not try to do.

“OVERALL”: The “downs” do not overpower the “ups”! Despite the “downs”, I still give The Butterfly and the Violin a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 for my time well spent! Those of you who love historical fiction, you will love this book! I highly recommend it!

“I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

Author Bio/Website

Kristy Cambron

Kristy’s been fascinated with the WWII Era since hearing her grandfather’s stories of his experiences as a B-17 co-pilot in the war. She writes WWII and Regency Era historical Christian fiction titles. THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN, Book One in the ‘A Hidden Masterpiece’ series on the prisoner camp art of Auschwitz, will release from Thomas Nelson Publishers in July, 2014.

She’s a proud Hoosier, living in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

If you would like to read more about her, can visit her about page on her blog, HERE

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Blog Recommendation Sunday #7

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You can read #6 HERE

This weeks fantastic blog is Cousins in Christ written by Katie and Anna.

I just recently found their blog and I was very impressed with them. It reminds me a lot of my blog when I was their age, only they have it together better than I did! Katie and Anna take turns posting and it ranges from different books that they are reading to stories that they are writing. Anna does a weekly meme that falls on Wednesdays called, Wednesday Writing, in which she uses senses to describe simple sentences. For better understanding, you must read it for yourself! Katie does a weekly posting that falls on Mondays called, Monday Minute Challenges, in which she writes a short scene to a writing prompt (whether picture or sentence) that she found on another blog. Both of their writings are fantastic and I so enjoy reading them!

Feel free to host this meme on your own blog, all I ask is that you please link back up to me. Also, if you would like to be featured on my blog, drop a comment below with a link to your blog and I will go check it out. Just know that I will only recommend blogs that I personally enjoy and follow(and are preferably Scriptural and encouraging) , so if I am not pleased with your blog or am uncomfortable in recommending it, I probably will not. Thank you so much for understanding and thanks for reading!


Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Heads Up! Updates on Book Reviews

*So, as I typed “Heads Up” for the title, I pictured the scene from Frozen where Olaf says these exact words…..You have no idea how tempted I was to finish the line!!!*

So, on to the important things. Book Reviews. No, I am not here to tell you that I am ceasing to write reviews, I am simply here to tell you that I will be writing reviews for different kinds of books.

I have reviewed two children’s books in the past few months (Samantha Sanderson; At the Movies and The Imagination Station; Captured on the High Seas), youth fiction (Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company for example), and I have proof-read a few books for my siblings in between. And, sadly, it has come to my family’s and my attention that children’s books these days (especially Youth) are lacking in family qualities, wholesome realistic characters, or good story plot. Where a book will have Christian morals and family time, it may lack in story. Where the book (specifying to Youth here) will have amazing characters and story plot, it will lack in morals and the simple family qualities, like eating dinner as a family (without a cell phone I might add…).

Because God put this on my heart (and my family’s), and because I have this blog, I will be reviewing mainly children’s books and youth fiction (or YA, whatever you want to call it) for a while. There will still be a few “older” books here and there throughout the months, but very few. I will be reviewing for both boys and girls, so there might be a series that is geared for young boys every now and then as well.


I will be splitting the reviews up into categories; children’s 2-6ish will be called Tot’s Reviews; 6-11 will be Youngsters Reviews; 12-15 will be Youth Reviews; and the category containing the books I normally read (Historical Fiction; Suspense; Contemporary Romance etc….) will be titled Rayleigh’s Reviews (because I really cannot come up with a better name…). Every now and then, I will review a cookbook or devotional, these types of book will be under the category, Other Reviews.

Every time I post a book review, it will have the category title in the post’s name. For example, the review for Samantha Sanderson; At the Movies would be titled: “A Youngster’s Review: Samantha Sanderson; At the Movies by Robin Caroll”.

Each review will contain the cover image, the synopsis, my review, the author bio, a link to the author’s website/blog, and a link to buy that book from either Christian Books or Amazon, in that order.

My review will consist of “Ups”, which are obviously the good parts about the book; “Downs”, which are what I think the book was lacking (or had to much of)  from a Christian’s perspective; and “Overalls”, which will have my overall opinion of the book, who I mostly recommend it to, and what I rate it on a scale of 1 to 5.

So, I hope that I covered everything and if you have any questions drop a comment below or shoot me an email at typewritersheart(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks so much to all of you who follow me and to those who have helped spread the word about my blog, I appreciate you all so much!


Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


Book Review: Crater Trueblood and Lunar Rescue Company by Homer Hickam

Crater Trueblood

The Synopsis

Maria Medaris is the 21-year-old matriarch of the most powerful family on the moon. She is gorgeous, she is powerful, and she is high maintenance. But when Maria is kidnapped by purple-faced, gene-splicing scientists in league with her father, her only hope is the very man she once spurned: Crater Trueblood.

Much more than Maria is at stake: the planet Earth, majestically rising over the lunar horizon, is in the crosshairs of an asteroid engineered by Maria’s abductors. If Crater can’t stop it, then Earth faces a dinosaur-style collision. And humanity faces an extinction-level event…………..“

My Review:

 Honestly, the synopsis spoiled the book for me, so I only posted the first two paragraphs, it is waaaay too long and detailed. This is book three to the Helium-3 series and though I haven’t read the first two in this series, it retells enough of the characters’ history that I had no problem tracking with it. However, I hardly liked any of the characters. Crater seemed like a sort of suck-up and Maria gave off the vib that she is this perfect human with a terrible attitude. There is another “main” character named Creasent, that was so jealous of Maria that it was just, sickening.

I saw very few Christian morals as well, so I will not be recommending it to friends. However, if you are thoroughly into today’s YA science fiction and like exploring the galaxies, you may like this book/series, but if Sci-Fi is not your absolute favorite genre, I honestly do not think that you will like it.

“I received this book from Book Look blogger program in exchange for this honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


Book Review: Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer

Treat Yourself

The Synopsis:

If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions.

After much obsessing and experimentation, Jennifer Steinhauer has cracked the code for 70 iconic treats to re-create in your own kitchen. There are cookies with a perfect crunchy base for cream filling, snack cakes with frosting so thick you can peel it off all at once, candies dipped in chocolate and dusted with sugar, and ice cream pops so juicy that they drip down your arm. A self-taught baker, Jennifer had no interest in complicated techniques or chemical gunk, just easy hacks that break down and remaster these throwback snacks.

So go ahead—treat yourself to your own homemade version of these favorites:
• Samoas, Pecan Sandies, Chips Ahoy!, and other classic cookies
• Nutter Butters, Mint Milanos, Oatmeal Creme Pies, and other sweet sandwich cookies
• Twinkies, Drake’s Coffee Cakes, Devil Dogs, and other snack cakes
• Fig Newtons, Lemon Mini-Pies, Strawberry Pop-Tarts, and other fruity, filled treats
• Soft Pretzels, Pizza Pockets, Funyuns, and other salty, savory snacks
• Cracker Jacks, Goo Goo Clusters, Candy Dots, and other candy favorites
• Orange Creamsicles, Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Pops, Nutty Buddies, and other frozen treats

My Review:

This book is amazing! I made some of my favorite cookies (Lemon Coolers) and they tasted just like I had bought them (looked like them too!)! There are recipes for all sorts of stuff, from sweets, to candy (oh my goodness! There’s a recipe for Twix bars! They look amazing!), to savory, to frozen treats (I plan on making the Orange Dreamsicles next!)

Before every recipe, there’s an introductory to the recipe with a brief history about that treat and a few comments from Jennifer. Most recipes have pictures alongside them, but there are a few that do not. The outline of the book makes it easy to navigate through, and there is a little “bubble” that tells you about how long it takes to make that particular treat.

If you love baking and love sweets (the two kinda go hand in hand….) I highly recommend this book, as you (and everyone you bake for) will love this book!

“I received this book from the publisher via Blogging For Books blogger program in return for an honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.”


Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


Book Review: Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker

Rise and Shine

The Synopsis:

Shannon’s diving accident happened on her honeymoon, and she has been in a coma for nearly ten years. Waking up to the news that she’s thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that her young groom has recently died. He has provided for her ongoing medical care, and the tiny home they bought but never moved into is still available to her, but nothing else in life is much of a sure thing. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon’s tour guide into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone’s life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!

My Review:

Absolutely hysterical! I previously reviewed another book by Sandra called If the Shoe Fits which was a retelling of Cinderella. Rise and Shine is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and was an amazing one at that! I loved the main characters, Shannon and Daniel, and the story was very well written. Shannon’s personality makes the terrible trauma that she went through easy to read without getting depressed, of course we still care for her, and there are a few emotional scenes, but for the most part, you are laughing.

I loved how Daniel was such an amazing Christian. He thanked God for everything that happened, prayed before every decision, and even prayed with Shannon a few times. Though he wasn’t perfect, he was still a great Christian roll-model.

If you liked If the Shoe Fits, or just funny books, I can almost promise that you will love this book!

*Funny note that only those who have read this will get……: I will forever be calling ipads “menu thingys!”

“I received this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”


Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


Talent’s Flight

Learning to Fly by C.W. Sun

Learning to Fly by C.W. Sun

This post shall be my short story that I wrote from this picture. This picture is a writing prompt that was on Red Lettering :-) I hope you enjoy the my story, of which I call Talent’s Flight!

Talent’s Flight

Talent twisted his tail around my neck and clung to me with his life. His claws bearing into my skin as the wind blew in our faces.

“Talent please! You’re hurting me!” I tried to pull his claws from my back, but Golden Dragons are much too strong for someone like me, even at a young age.

Talent finally got off of my back and released my skin from his claws, but he then curled his body around my feet, making it impossible to move.

“Talent! Get a grip! I am sorry that I said I’d throw you over the side to force you to fly! But really, you’re acting like you’ve never been on a ship before!” I reached down and thumped him on the nose. He looked up at me with tears in his eyes and I immediately regretted my actions.

“I’m sorry Talent, I didn’t realize how much I had scared you. But look” I exclaimed pointing to the mountains floating beneath us, “we’ve flown this course at least a thousand times, and I am positive that it becomes more beautiful with every trip!”

Talent peeked up over the side of the ship and gazed down to the mountains so I continued, “Just imagine Talent! You and I flying over those same mountains and into the clouds, just the two of us! Without the whole fleet to slow us down. And we could go anytime we want!” I gestured with my hands as I spoke.

Talent closed his eyes, rested his head on my shoulder, and sighed a sigh of contentment. I waited a few moments, then saw my chance when he had fully relaxed, “We could do all of that if you would fly.”

I spoke quietly, but no sooner had the words come out of mouth, Talent’s head shot up, he began backing away from the edge and shaking his head to say “No way!”.

I rolled my eyes and began my speech, just as I had rehearsed, “Talent, I chose you to be my Companion Dragon because I saw your potential, even though you were the runt.”

I paused, took a few steps away from the side, and continued on with my persuasive speech. “I named you ‘Talent’ because I know that you have more talent in your tail then every other dragon has in his whole body! Now, it’s about time you proved it! Everybody at our training camp thinks that I’m the stupidest person to have chosen a runt dragon who can’t fly! Do you really want them to think this way about us?”

He averted his eyes from mine and shook his head, just as I knew he would. I walked up to him silently and said, “Please Talent, I know you can fly, please show everyone that I’m not crazy and that you’re not useless. Prove to them what I already know.”

He looked up to me with teary eyes and slowly nodded his head. I smiled and put my arm on him, knowing that this would take a huge step of courage for my young companion, I walked with him to the bottom of the mask pole. The mast pole is where we have attempted to get him to fly, but he only jumps back to the deck.

Talent looked up to the top of the mast and swallowed. “Come, I will climb with you! Today is the day you fly!” shouted I and I began climbing.

I reached the top and looked down, yelling over the wind, “Talent, give me your paw! I will hoist you onto my shoulders and you can fly from there!”

Talent hesitated only a moment, then I saw him grab every ounce of determination and courage inside of him as he handed me his paw and pulled himself onto my shoulders.

His back paw smashed into my face and his tail twirled around my feet. I braced my knees against his weight and held my breath when I felt his wings open in preparation.

We had been in this same formation dozens of times, I only hoped that it would end with Talent’s beautiful wings soaring through the clouds.

My shoulders began to throb and my knees began sliding down the pole, but I dared not rush Talent,one slight disturbance and we would both be climbing down, or falling.

Just before I was about to lose my grip, I felt all of Talent’s weight bare down on my frame and then disappear as he lept to the sky. I looked up as his wings caught the air and I gave a joyous shout as he flew to the heavens.

“Way to go Talent! I knew you could do it!” I whooped and hollered so much that I nearly fell off of the pole!

All of my noise captured the attention of the crew below me and they all clapped and shouted when they saw my beloved dragon in the air. The captain gave me a thumbs up and a tear slipped down my cheek when the crowd began chanting Talent’s name.

“You did it Talent, you did it.”I whispered and then began laughing as Talent did loopy-loops in the air!

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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Uncategorized


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