Friday, February 5, 2016

Dear Abby - Let's Go to a Bank by Laura Sootin (Book Review)

Dear Friends, 

It is chilly and good reading weather here, so I often enjoy curling up with Momma to read a good book featuring dachshunds.

I thought you might enjoy a peek at this book from my little dachshund books shelf here.  It's a vintage book called Let's Go to a Bank.  This book was written in 1957 by Laura Sootin, with illustrations by Barbara Corrigan.  It is a nonfiction book for children with pictures about how a bank worked in the 1950's.

This may not sound fascinating yet, but let me tell you ... the boy and girl in this book take their dog to the bank with them.   As you can see from the cover of the book, the dachshund is welcome at the bank.

The children walk down the sidewalk with their dachshund, eager to go to the bank.  I am pretty sure that doxie wants to withdraw extra money for treats and toys.

Here the dachshund - and her children - survey the old fashioned bank.  I like this picture.

As the children talk to a banker at a long desk, the dachshund reaches up to see what is happening.

As they leave the bank, a friendly security officer waves "goodbye."   The dachshund stands up so politely.

And here is a sweet picture of the children and their doxie pal walking home.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of a vintage book featuring a cute dachshund.  I had fun reading it again this week.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Book Synopsis
Lillian Porter takes a chance on a new job and a new future . . . but rumors surrounding her job make Lillian begin to wonder if she made the right choice in Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse's Beyond the Silence. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know . . . but soon the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?

My Review
Beyond the Silence is a lovely, sensitively written historical novel about a woman who wants a new life, a man who wants a second chance, and a vulnerable little boy.  

The historical details of life in small town California in the 1890's are really well done, and sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction.  This is a Christian novel and it is uplifting and inspiring.

Lillian is a sympathetic protagonist who has great strength of character.  I really liked the romance between Lillian and Woody.

I recommend Beyond the Silence to fans of inspirational historical fiction.   

Tracie and Kimberley are celebrating the launch of Beyond the Silence with a Loaded Fire Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on February 11!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • One copy of Beyond the Silence
  • A Kindle Fire 7
  • A $50 Amazon gift card to load your Fire with books
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/11. The winner will be announced at the Beyond the Silence Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie, Kimberley, and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.