Sarah Hinze’s Book, We Lived In Heaven


I received a free copy of Sarah Hinze’s book, We Lived In Heaven, to consider for review. I have spent some time with this book and finished reading it this week. It brought tears to my eyes.

Here are the words from the back cover:

“This book is a remarkable collection of accounts of families who have had the opportunity to meet the souls of their sons and daughters before they were born. Read about the vivid memories of life in heaven by young children, and dramatic stories of prayers answered by guardian angels who watch over us. Discover:

  • A letter from a mother to her son, whom she gave up for adoption, telling him of the dream that guided her through that painful decision.
  • A kidnapped child who survived her ordeal by the guiding hand of the baby sister who would be born years later.
  • A little boy’s memory of being brought to earth by his grandfather–a man he never knew.
  • A woman’s vision of a child in a garden, and the powerful certainty that he was her son, waiting his turn to come into this world.

“Sarah Hinze’s own personal pre-birth experiences complete this inspiring collection, which radiates a universal sense of peace, joy, and hope that touches us all.”

Whether or not a person believes or does not believe in experiences like those shared by countless individuals in this book, the read itself is uplifting. There were several occasions, as I mentioned up above, where tears came to my eyes and peace to my heart as I read through the personal accounts of many people in this sweet volume.

In fact, when I finished reading the book, I didn’t want it to end. I sincerely hope that Ms. Hinze has another volume soon to come.


Paperback–137 pages

Publisher–Spring Creek Book Company, Nov 2006

Author’s Website–Sarah Hinze

Joan Soward’s New Novel CHOCOLATE ROSES

Love chocolate? Love Jane Eyre?
Then you’re going to love the blog tour (July 26-August 6) for Chocolate Roses by Joan Sowards.

Janie Rose Whitaker’s world revolved around her chocolate shop until Roger Wentworth and his young daughter moved into the apartment across from Janie’s. Anyone would think Roger fit the mold of the “perfect” guy, but soon Janie discovers secrets that could keep them apart forever.

Though she resists getting involved in Roger’s complicated life, they are drawn further into a bittersweet relationship. You will laugh, cry, and crave chocolate as you read this LDS parody of the classic novel Jane Eyre.

Recently I received a free copy of Chocolate Roses to review. I was wondering what my response would be upon reading it. Why? Because romance is one of the few genres I avoid. I’m not a big fan of it. Not sure why, but there you have it. So I was pleasantly surprised to find once I began Chocolate Roses, I really wanted to know how it ended. I felt very wrapped up in protagonist Joanie’s life.

The greatest enjoyment from the novel? Janie was NOT a knock-you-dead-gorgeous female. Far too many stories seem to have larger-than-life women who are more beautiful than is realistic. One of the reasons I found Chocolate Roses fun to read was because Janie felt like “Every Woman.” If Janie could have the happy ending Chocolate Roses offers, there really is hope for the rest of us!

Chocolate Roses does have some difficult and sad moments in the story line, which is to be expected (being based on Jane Eyre). But if you are looking for a unique and quick read, something fun for your free time in the next few weeks, pick up Chocolate Roses. It really is a quite creative and fun read!

We have two great prizes up for grabs! Win either a copy of the book (2 winners) or this fabulous apron created by Joan!

All you have to do is leave a comment (along with your email address if it isn’t on your blog profile) and answer the following question: What’s your favorite type of chocolate: white, dark, or milk?
The more blogs you comment on the more entries you’ll receive. All comments must be left by midnight MST on August 8 to be eligible.

July 26

Nichole Giles–Random-ish by Nichole

Joyce DiPastena–JDP News

July 27

Deanne Blackhurst–Annie Speaks Her Mind

Tristi Pinkston–*Tristi Pinkston

July 28

Taffy Lovell–Taffy’s Candy

Alison Palmer–Tangled Words and Dreams

July 29

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen–The Write Blocks

C.S. Bezas–For the Love of the Written Word

July 30

Sheila Stayley–Why Not? Because I Said So!

LDSWomen’s Book Review

August 2

Kerry Blair–Now & Here

Marsha Ward–Writer in the Pines

August 3

Kaylee Baldwin–Kaylee Baldwin

Amy Orton–Amesbury Reads

August 4

Anna del C.–Anna del C. Dye’s Blog

Laurie Lewis–A View from the Other Side

August 5

Valerie Ipson–Of Writerly Things

Anna Arnett–Insights and Ramblings from Anna Arnett

August 6

Lynn Parsons & Danyelle Ferguson–Queen of the Clan

Chocolate Roses can be purchased from Deseret Book, Amazon, and of course your local LDS bookstore.