Monday, October 23, 2017

Behind the Scenes

Just because you are not the Belle of the Ball, that doesn't mean you cannot find something to do to make the most of your time. Why not enlighten those that are around you, or even those that are not in attendance. Surely others can benefit from your time spent hiding behind potted ferns or near a delightful conversation.

Throughout this entire book, as with most all of Jen Turano's books, I found myself smiling, giggling, and even laughing out loud once or twice. Jen is the best story teller! Sometimes you cannot let life get you down, you just have to find other ways to occupy your time, just as the main character of Turano's latest book. Unwilling to let all those dance cards go empty? Why not take notes of all that you see, hear, smell, or taste? You never know, that information might come in handy. Especially if you don't meet societies standards, nor expectations.

I loved this book because I can relate in some small fashion. I have never been in the forefront of anything and that is fine by me. I like to watch and listen. You learn so much that way. Another fabulous book Mrs. Turano. Keep them coming!

Heart on the Line

Just asking; have you ever heard someone speak and your imagination sets into place exactly what that person looks like? You are about 90 to 95% sure that if you were to see this imagined person while out and about that you would know exactly who they were. Yes! Me too!

Have you ever cocked an eyebrow and then had that confused tilt to your head when actually see the person that matches up to that voice, and thought "Huh, now that is NOT what I had in mind"? Yep! My thoughts exactly.

Two of the characters in Karen Witemeyer's latest book have conversed over the wire for some time now and have set into place a very close friendship. A friendship that is teetering on that edge of a maybe, possible relationship. Maybe? But these two actually meet, it is definitely not under the normal circumstances. Nope, not when you are in a Witemeyer story. I love how the conversation proceeds to confirm that those in question are who they say they are.

Heart on the Line, written by Karen Witemeyer, falls right in line with her other fantastically written books. You have a damsel that is somewhat in distress and an unlikely knight trying his best to ride into town, albeit on an unsavory character. Just when you think you have the plot figured out and can wrap it up in a neat little package with a pretty little bow, Mrs Witemeyer  throws out there an unexpected story line and you are on a roller coaster again.

I loved this book and will read it again. I received this book and was requested to give my honest opinion of what I thought of it. So there you have it. Get your own copy today and let others know what you think.

A Name Unknown

A Name Unknown; well now, let's think about this. What does your name say about you? Some people have very distinguishable names and you know who that person is as soon as they are mentioned. What if your name ties you to a certain family? Others hide behind the name they were born into or given. Then you have those that will assume another name seeking anonymity. What does your name say about you?

Have you ever secretly wished that you could blend into your surroundings just for curiosity sake? I would love to blend into places just to explore behind the scenes! Then again, what I have imagined in my head might leave me seriously disappoint when coming face to face with reality. Another good reason I steal away into shadows of a good story. That way I can watch the movie unfold in my mind. Sometimes the best books are history books that work along with puzzle that needs to be solved. Once you have the pieces into place, you get a whole new perspective of tale that has been passed down for generations.

In the book, A Name Unknown, written by Roseanna M. White, you have two characters that would never have encountered one another in a normal everyday life. Ah, but this is no ordinary book. The events set here allow for a third party to step in and initiates the intermingling of these twos tales. You can never read a book just by its cover; same goes with a person. Never judge someone just with what they present to you. Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to discover the nuances that weave that person life story. You may have had to overcome an obstacle in you life, be it big or small. Just remember though, you are not the only one.

This was an enjoyable tale of highs and lows, discovery and intrigue. I will look for more books by this author. I did receive this book to read, ponder over, and offer my true and honest opinion and that is what I have attempted here. You may read this book on your own and offer your own thoughts to whether you would recommend this to yours.

Friday, October 14, 2016


If you have wondered around the web much lately, especially blog sites, you may notice some of the things that I have. A lack of simplicity. I love to search for information, pictures, ideas...but in my search, I am bombarded with adds, pop ups, what ever you want to name here. I personally call it web junk. I don't want to wait forever and a day for a simple article to pull up. I don't want to click through multiple arrows just the advance one picture or paragraph at a time. All the while doing so, my computer, phone, tablet trying to lock down because the sites are over loading it. I guess that is why I have not posted much lately to this blog. I became overwhelmed thinking maybe I should be these gidgets and gadgets to my site. But how?

Decision made. I will just keep it simple. Not much in life is simple anymore. I can at least keep this as simple or convoluted as I want. I am probably the only one coming back here to look at my pictures and books anyway. :)

So, I will restart on my book review journey. It won't matter what type of book I read, I will post a review if only to refresh my memory of those books read. I will venture out and post any sort of thing that I might think helpful or enjoyable, if only for myself.

A picturesque hide-a-way to go read my books and forget about my chores.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

No other will do...Karen Witemeyer

Yes, yes yes!! Karen Witemeyer has done it again! I just love this author and I wait oh so patiently, not, for her next books. From beginning to end, she holds my attention.

We begin our journey with a young man that has seen the unpleasant side of life. His angel of mercy rescues him, and her aunts say that she can keep him. Got to love it! He discovers that value of family only to have to abandon the only true family he has come to know and love, but they have instilled some very important values in him and made an everlasting impression on his life.

When his angel of mercy calls upon him a decade later in a desperate time of need, he does not hesitate, he heeds her call. She is fighting for her life and her dream and trust no other to help her.

The danger continually escalates with each passing incident. With each passing day and time spent together the sweet, lovable connection and need for one another grows even though neither want to admit their growing feelings for the other.

Ms Witemeyer has brought about a well rounded book that brings in compassion, understanding, Godly values, history, humor, excitement, tension, everything. There weren't any dull moments of predictability or lulls. She keeps you on your toes as everything seamlessly falls together. She hooks you from the beginning and you are on for the ride. Wonderfully explosive characters balanced well with the more sedate ones. A God given talent.

Wonderfully written and will read it and others again.

I was granted permission to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion. What a privilege!

Playing By Heart

A book after my own heart. I love music and I myself play the guitar and I played basketball in school. Granted, I was not the best basketball player, but I put my heart into it.

The story line between the two main characters could be tense in a way that you wanted to keep reading to see the outcome; an unexpected love between two people.

Lulu really grew in personality and spiritually by taking on a task she knew nothing about.

Great book and will read more from this author.

I was granted permission to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion by the publisher. Thank you for allowing me to read and review this book!


The elusive Lucetta ... in Playing the Part

I have loved Jen Turano's books from ay one. I was ecstatic to see the new book available. The elusive Lucetta gets her own story. As much as I liked the book, it seemed to fall short of what I had expected. Don't get me wrong, I loved the book, it's just that a lot of the plot lines in the book were very predictable if you have read the other two books in this series. The laugh out loud humor is still there which makes the book very enjoyable!

All your favorite characters from the previous books in the series make an appearance, plus some new faces. Add in a goat, some dogs, and cannon happy cohorts and you have the makings of an enjoyable book in your hands.

I was granted permission to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion by the publisher. Thank you for allowing me to read and review this book!


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