Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson

An incredible based on real life story of faith and survival is what you’ll find in Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson.

Everyone breathes a sigh of relief once Hitler is defeated. But, for young Josie Trollmann and her older brother, Andreas, the horrors are just beginning. When the communist leader of Yugoslavia attempts to wipe out the ethnic Germans, four-year-old Josie and twelve-year-old Andreas are separated from their family and sent to a concentration camp. Then Josie finds herself at the death camp, Rudolfsnad. Scared and alone, she must keep praying for her survival and to be reunited with her family again.

Wow! Every once in a while a story touches your heart and you know you won’t soon forget it. Josie¬†is that story. This amazing little girl endures so much on her journey. To think of a four-year-old girl being ripped away from her parents and grandparents and then finding herself alone in a death camp, it makes my eyes well up. Each time you think things will be okay, that safety and security Josie grasps for only moments is ripped away from her. Yet, she prays and prays and focuses on her survival and her desire to see her family again. Through mistreatment and undernourishment and illness, Josie prays for God to get home safely.

This inspiring story is written by Josie’s daughter and niece. What a touching tribute to a person I am so glad I got a chance to meet through the pages of this story. The Epilogue provides additional information about Josie and her family, which draws the reader even closer to them.


Josie by Susan Lowe and Diane Iverson is a must read for history lovers and those who enjoy incredible stories of faith and courage.

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File Size: 1260 KB
Print Length: 137 pages
Publisher: Susan Lowe; 1 edition (December 20, 2015)
Publication Date: December 20, 2015
Sold by: Services LLC
Language: English

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Book Review of To the Moon and Back by Kathi Macias


For some reason I have been a day ahead all week. So you’ll find my post at Christian Children’s Authors–a review of the novel,¬†To the Moon and Back¬†by Kathi Macias, today at¬†

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Amos Faces His Bully


This is the third Friday of the month, so I am blogging at Christian Children’s Authors. Today, I am sharing my new release,¬†Amos Faces His Bully.¬†This is my fourth children’s book, the third book I’ve published with Guardian Angel Publishing. You can find out more about my new book at¬†

Free EBook: The Place of Voices by Lauren Lynch


Anna is devastated by a fire that leaves her orphaned. Brendan struggles with a life limited by crippling illness. Tzutz Nik faces an arranged marriage to the prince of a ruthless dynasty. A mysterious invitation gives them each an opportunity to escape their struggles for a while and view their lives from new perspectives.

Deep in a remote jungle, amid long-forgotten ancient ruins, three unlikely time travelers collide. In the shadows, a relentless evil presence lurks, threatening to lead them astray. Will they triumph over their adversary or be trapped in his web of lies? Sometimes it takes a journey through time to learn the true meaning of sacrifice.

File Size: 1747 KB
Print Length: 260 pages
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

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From the Family Bookshelf – July


Both the Lil’ Diva and the Lil’ Princess enrolled in the summer reading program at our local library. They have slowly been plugging away at their books. While we were on vacation, they read a tiny bit, but honestly, by the time the day was done they were too tuckered out to read much. Thankfully, the Outer Banks is filled with history, so the places we visited helped them expand their horizons and kept them learning.

Together, the girls and I finished¬†Eight Keys¬†by Suzanne LaFleur and we’re almost done with¬†Scarlet¬†by Marissa Meyer. The Lil’ Princess finished¬†Mallory and Mary Ann Take New York¬†by Laurie B. Friedman for school, then completed¬†Heidi Heckelbeck Gets Glasses¬†by Wanda Coven for her first book of the summer reading program. She’s currently reading¬†Hank Zipzer: Niagra Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver. We loved the most recent book in this series, so she decided to start from the beginning. She’s also reading¬†MacKenzie Blue: The Secret Crush by Tina Wells and borrowed¬†Mackenzie Blue: Mixed Messages¬†as her next book.¬†The¬†Lil’ Diva read¬†Nobody’s Secret¬†by Michaela MacColl right before school let out for the summer. Now she’s reading¬†Skary Children – And The Carousel of Sorrow¬†by Katy Towell, with¬†Prada & Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard and¬†Messenger¬†by Lois Lowry waiting in the wings.

Thanks to vacation, Dad was finally able to polish off¬†A Light in Zion,¬†the fourth book of the Zion Chronicles by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Not sure what he’s reading next, but I’m sure with his work schedule it will take him months to finish another book.

As for me, I’m still playing catch up with all the book reviews I owe people. Here’s what I’ve read since my last post:

Natural Treatment Solutions for Hyperthyrodism & Grave’s Disease by Eric Osansky
Anasazi Intrigue  by Linda Weaver Clarke
The Brotherhood by Jerry Jenkins
What a Wonderful World! by Suzanne Chiew
Hands Off My Honey! by Jane Chapman
Help! For Writers by Roy Peter Clark
Goodbye is Forever by Mary Jean Kelso
Hug! by Ben Mantle
Peek-a-boo! by Ben Mantle
It’s Spring Time! by Elizabeth Bennette
You Can’t Take the Dinosaur Home by Mary Esparza-Vela
Splish, Splash, Splosh! by David Melling
Tremolo: cry of the loon by Aaron Paul Lazar

I’m reading¬†The Queen’s Vow¬†(historical fiction) by C.W. Gortner right now and am almost done with¬†Strong Rain Falling¬†by Jon Land, which I am scheduled to review next month at The Book Connection.

That’s it for this edition of From the Family Bookshelf. Happy reading!