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The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

Author: Cheyanne Young
Published: October 2, 2018
312 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 7-18, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world — the best friend in the whole world — has died of cancer. Raquel can’t imagine life without her. She’s overwhelmed and brokenhearted.

And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from the afterlife?

In fact, Sasha has planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for Raquel, and when she follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha—and now Raquel—knows.

This boy, Elijah, might be just what Raquel needs to move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?

Jessica’s Review:

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade captures everything it intends to: Friendship, love, loss, grief, and new beginnings.  From the start you are pulled into Sasha and Raquel’s friendship.  They are true best friends about to be separated because Sasha has cancer.  You know they would have been best friends into adulthood.  Not many people get to experience that. 

Though we only briefly meet Sasha, we care about both her and Raquel and what will happen next. When Raquel starts receiving the communications from Sasha from beyond the grave, you want to know what the next adventure will be.  Sasha herself helps Raquel through the grieving process; Sasha shares a secret that she was unable to tell Raquel while she was alive. 

This is a truly touching read and one I will not forget. I surprised myself by not tearing up at all…Until I read the epilogue….  Though a complete story, I would love a second book where Raquel continues to receive letters from Sasha throughout the important events in her life.  Even though death separates them, you can see that these two girls are BFF’s for life.

Thank you so much to KCP Loft for my copy I received! I really enjoyed this read.

Special thanks to the author, Cheyenne Young who sent me some swag:

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Halloween Blog Blitz: Do Bugs Wear Shoes?

Today I am part of the blog tour for the children’s book Do Bugs Wear Shoes? by Addie Broussard and Anthony Puttee.  This one just came out October 16th.  I share my review today!

Book Description:

A colorful, fun-filled book packed with answers to all your silliest bug questions!
Learn what happens when a bug goes to space, to school, and to the gym. Find out if bugs have feelings like people do.

Discover robot bugs, dancing bugs, bugs that poop and so much more!

Filled with illustrations, photographs and interactive videos, Do Bugs Wear Shoes will have kids laughing and learning as they discover awe-inspiring facts about the insect world. This beautifully designed book is organized into colorful two-page spreads that each focus on a different question, making it easy and fun to read for children and big kids alike.

BOOK EXTRAS include videos and printable worksheets for extended learning. Great for educators and at-home learning.

PLUS, vote on the world’s most beautiful bug!

**Recommended for ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and up.

Don’t miss out on the chance to bug out!

Authors: Addie Broussard and Anthony Puttee
Published: October 16, 2018
42 pages

Reviewed by: Jessica
Date Read: October 27, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

This is a fun colorful children’s book about bugs that answers the questions kids may have.  It is aimed for ages six and up.  If you have a child in your life who is ‘all about bugs’, then this is the book for them!  There are a lot of facts that kids and adults will learn while reading this fun book, including the true definition of a bug and differences between arachnids and insects.

There is a mix of drawings and real photographs throughout.  The reading experience is enhanced as there are videos that can be watched via a website.  There are also a couple of pages that offer more resources to learn more.

This is a book I would have enjoyed as a child.  If you have a possible future entomologist in your life, buy them this book: They will love it and will want to learn more!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Authors:

Two Umbrellas is an educational publishing company that fuses education and storytelling.  We offer books and activities to help parents and educators empower tomorrow’s leaders.

Our founders, Anthony Puttee and Addie Broussard, love to travel.  Anthony’s favorite trip was to Antarctica and he has included some of his personal photos in this book.  Addie has traveled solo around the world. While in Portugal, she encountered a unique insect, which inspired a children’s book called The Beedog, which was published in 2018. The idea for Do Bugs Wear Shoes came from a playful team meeting on a rooftop in Mexico.

Contact Two Umbrellas:
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Twitter @TwoUmbrellasPIs
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Devotion Review: Loved Baby

October is National Infant and Pregnancy Loss Month. I have not experienced a loss as this, but earlier in the year I read and reviewed a devotion written by Sarah Philpott to help women that have experienced this loss. Today I choose to share this review with you as today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day . Thank you to Broadstreet Publishing for my copy I was sent via NetGalley.

Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve and Cherish Your Child after Pregnancy Loss
Author:  Sarah Philpot

Published: October 1, 2017
176 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 24-27th 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

At the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference on May 24, 2018, Loved Baby received Selah Awards for Nonfiction Book of the Year and Best Book in the category of Inspiration and Gift.

Close to one in four American women experience the silent grief of pregnancy loss. Loved Baby offers much-needed support to women in the middle of psychological and physiological grief as a result of losing an unborn child.

In Loved Baby, author Sarah Philpott gently walks alongside women as they experience the misguided shame, isolation, and crushing despair that accompany the turmoil of loss. With brave vulnerability Sarah shares her own and others’ stories of loss, offering Christ-filled hope and support to women navigating grief.

This fresh and compassionate devotional offers:
·       Real talk about loss
·       Christ-filled comfort
·       Tips to manage social media, reconnect with your partner, and nourish your soul
·       Knowledge that your child is in heaven
·       Strategies to walk through grief
·       Ways to memorialize your loss

Whether your loss is recent or not, Loved Baby can be your companion as you move from the darkness of grief toward the light of hope.

Jessica’s Review:

Firstly, I want to say I have not experienced a loss such as this so I cannot identify with who this devotion was written for. That is not saying I should not have read it. In fact, I am glad I did. I know many who have experienced pregnancy loss and now I feel I understand their loss better. I will never 100% understand this loss as I do not have children and more than likely won’t.

Sarah Philpott has written a 31 day Christian devotional to the women who have experienced various types of pregnancy loss: miscarriage, still birth, and ectopic pregnancies.  She wrote the devotional directly to the Mommy and she also shares her story of pregnancy loss and others share their stories as well. Philpott talks about the various changes one will go through medically and also the wide range of emotions that will be experienced. She also aims to help guide the mommy with spiritual changes.

There is also a devotion about the fathers, as they experienced the loss and grieve as well; there is a devotion about other children that the reader may have.  There are also devotions about honoring your due date, how you may feel afterwards if you want to try for another child or not.  There is also a devotion in regards to adoption or deciding to live a child free life.

Philpott includes Bible verses from a various versions of the Bible.  She has a section of each devotion called Soul Work to apply what the devotion was about. Each devotion ends with prayer time.  The last devotion is for the Mommy to share her story and cherish the baby she lost.

This is a devotion that should be completed.  I can see it bringing comfort to women. There will be a wide range of emotions and a great many tears as this devotion is completed. Philpott put her heart and soul into this devotion and her love for the mommies out there is felt and seen.

Bravo for a fabulous devotion to help the mommies that have gone through pregnancy loss, be it recent or from years ago.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


I want to share a site that might be helpful to both moms and those who have faced this type of loss.  The site is ThinkBaby.org

Before you go jumping to conclusions, yes this is a site for moms, but they also feature a Fertility section:
Fertility Resources
Fertility Stories

One of the Founders of ThinkBaby.org, Zoe, shares her fertility story here.

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