Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oh to be able to post.

I have been away too long. My apologies, not than anyone ever comes here. I really need to figure this blog thing out. I mainly try to blog about books that I read to keep a running count. I should have started a log many years ago. I probably have read well over a thousand or so books. If I could devote all my time to reading, I would be one happy camper! But, I have church, family, work, house to keep, etc. that keeps me from living in a world of books.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Love in Disguise

The moment I saw this cover, I was intrigued. Something about it drew me in. I try my best not to judge a book by its cover, but this thought was that I bet it is going to be good!

I was not disappointed. Ellie is a character you will not forget. With her background and history of always being around theatrics and the stage, she has a natural curiousity. She watches people with a critical eye to see how a character developes as far as voice, expression, demeaner, etc.

She was born into a stage family. Never quite getting there herself, she has always been in the background. Ellie mastered the makeup and costume for the actress that she was in the employee of and knows what it takes to master a quick change.

All this knowledge and talent! She is in for a ride. Suddenly unemployed, she must find work. Just so happens, she over hears of a detective job and the lady of disguises is now in business.

Can she discover the silver thief before the miners go bankrupt? Will she lose her heart and her identity in the process? Does she come to discover her worth to her heavenly Father through it all?

I loved the book and will look for more of Carol Cox.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My Foolish Heart

Unknown to her tiny town of Deep Haven, Isadora Presley spends her nights as Miss Foolish Heart, the star host of a syndicated talk radio show. Millions tune in to hear her advice on dating and falling in love, unaware that she’s never really done either. Issy’s ratings soar when it seems she’s falling in love on-air with a caller. A caller she doesn’t realize lives right next door.

After a devastating accident that took her mother's life, Isadora Presley suffers such severe panic attacks that she rarely leaves her home due to her fear of a meltdown.

Caleb Knight served a tour of duty in Iraq and paid a steep price. The last thing he wants is pity, so he hides his disability and moves to Deep Haven to land his dream job as the high school football coach. When his beautiful neighbor catches his eye, in a moment of desperation he seeks advice from My Foolish Heart, the show that airs before his favorite sports broadcast.
Before he knows it, Caleb finds himself drawn to the host—and more confused than ever. Is his perfect love the woman on the radio . . . or the one next door?

I have always been a fan of Susan May Warren's novels so I was happy for the opportunity to review My Foolish Heart. This one just may be my favorite one yet.

My Stubborn Heart

Ms Kate just wants to be married. Find the man the God meant for her to have and raise a family. However, at the age of 32, this still has not happened.

Matt has been married, to a former Miss America. He was a star Hockey player. But no longer. He has become a shell of the man he was.

Kate travels with her Grandmother to Pennsylvania to open and restore Chapel Bluff. She did not expect to meet Matt who is the handy man that is working to update and restore the house and the chapel. Matt is a one answer type of man. But, Kate takes on the challenge to get him to open up and thaw his frozen heart. It is just the case worker coming out in her.

Then you have the senior citizen characters that form the group that also play their part in this book. The situation with Velma and Morty was very comical. It is just a reminder of the things that we do at times to please the ones that we love.

The addition for classic antiques was a perk considering how much I love things with history. 

I was delighted with the story. Becky Wade is an author that I will look for again when looking for something to read. I like how she brought in the waiting on God to make the way.

I received this book as a review copy from Bethany House.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fairy Tale Come to Life?

God has answered Mona Reynolds's prayers and dreams of opening a coffee/bookstore, giving her the opportunity of a lifetime. With the purchase of an old Victorian home, Footstep of Heaven (I love that name for a bookstore) is about to open for business.

Mona is stubborn, determined, and financially decides to do all of the work herself. She soon realizes that she is going to need a handyman to help her in order to get it ready for the opening of tourist season in 6 weeks. Now Mona has no time for love and no hope that a man can ever be the hero of her dreams, Jonah, a character in her favorite author’s books. But when she hires mysterious drifter Joe Michaels to be her handyman. Joe has been wandering around for most of his life. He has come to Deep Haven to visit his brother that he hasn’t seen in years. Joe has many interesting secrets. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sour Dough Bread


Ok, now I know why my hips contiue to widen. I do not pretend. I love to eat. I love fresh bread, right out of the over with just a smidge of butter. (Oh, mercy!)

A man that I work with brings in sour dough rolls every Christmas. Finally, I asked for some starter and the recipe to keep it going. Why did I do that?? Now, I have no excuse not to eat it. Before, I just didn't have any to eat.

Just look at that crunchy crust, that soft airy middle! Does it not call out to you? Please tell me I am not that only one that can't stay away!!

My son, he can stay away. Poor thing does not know what is good. If it isn't chicken nuggets, pizza, cheese, or regular from the grocery store bread, he will not eat it. He calls my beautiful bread..."Stinky Bread!" Oh the horror!!! He broke my heart. I was so proud of those loaves rising, and then baking. He walks in a makes that icky face and ask what stinks.

Now when I make him a sandwich, he ask me if I used stinky bread or that bread from the bag. Boy doesn't know a good thing when he sees it.


This book pushes you beyond the norm.

Ok, I am not a guy, dad, nor husband. I am a Lady, mom, and wife. Of course I don't have the same outlook of a guy. But, after reading this book, it makes you look at your man. Your Husband, the father of your children. The man that God paired you with.

There are basically four main characters in the book. They all have faced, are facing, or will face the storms of life. Like we all will. This book makes you look at your life now. Are there changes you need to make before you lead your life down a path of destruction?

Now you have to make a choice; use the examples of the book to tweak your life a little, a lot or none at all. How close if your relationship with your family? One answer would be to look at how close your relationship is with God, of which is your Heavenly Father. Do you look to Him? Do you lean on Him? Do you talk to Him and He to you? Have you hid the words in your heart to recall later in life when you need it most.

Do you have the courage to stand up against the norms of life today. Ladies, do you look to your Husband to lead the house? Or do you push him away and take control. Men, do you lead your family with that firm but gentle touch? Do you love each other the way Christ loves us? Christ loves all sinners, that is who he died for. He forgives and forgets. Do we forgive reluctantly and hang onto that which happened?

This book touches on a lot. A lot action to keep you glued to the book. And the life lessons that we all really need to learn. Well worth reading! I hope to one day watch the movie.

How is your memory?

The Apothecary's Daughter
by Julie Klassen
As the book is title, Lilly Haswell is a daughter to apothecary.It is just her, her father and brother in the small town. Lilly's mother left the family three years ago, leaving Lilly to care for her family. She always wonders and looks for her mother.Although she has an excellent memory (a photographic memory) and a talent for preparing medicines, Lilly dreams of leaving her small town and visiting the places that she and her mother used to point out on a map. She gets the chance to broaden her horizon when her aunt and uncle invite her to live with them in London.
After a time, Lilly must decide to live a life of ease in London or return to her father, brother and the apothecary shop.

This book has several twist and turns to keep you interested. Klassen has done her research as well. The Apothecary's Daughter was enjoyable. There were some parts that were a bit lengthy, but overall a good read.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Life's Ups and Downs

The Ride of Her Life

The implications behind this book, I could so relate with. Considering the highs and lows, twist and turns of life, a roller coaster is a fantastic analog for life. Life can be a thrill ride just like a coaster. Some people don't like the unexpected in a ride nor in life. Some people are always trying to climb to the top, just to suffer the plunge into a valley below. However, if you lean on Him, he will see you through. He will carry you safely in His hands if you will look to Him with the faith, trust, love and the desire to do His will. It's is tough, But the Lord will get you through.

Anyway, back to the book. Third in the Lake Manawa Series by Lorna Seilstad, The Ride of Her Life.

Lilly, a widow, is trying her best to make the most of life for her little boy Levi. This young little man lost his dad at a young age. A kid that likes, snakes, worms, bugs, all things boy. Lilly is working as a cook in a diner stashing away her wages in hopes to buy a house of their own. Contracted with the diner is a work crew that is building the new roller coaster in town. A sweet man, Nick, has is eye on Lilly. He has a way with kids, loves Levi, and then falls in love with Lilly. But can she trust heart to him? Should she make room in her heart for him?

On the flip side, the In-Laws of Mrs Lilly Hart are causing some issues. The Grandparents are demanding, conniving, and deceitful people. What will they do to get there way?

I really liked this book and the other two in this series. I look forward to see what else Lorna Seilstad has in store.

The Messenger

The Messenger
By Siri Mitchell

Hannah's life is about to change. Her life and faith as a Quacker is to be turned upside down. She is challenged to become...a Spy!!!

Ok, no more drama. The Messenger by Siri Mitchell is staged during the Revolutionary War. Hannah's family has to move out of their home due to the Brits moving into hers. Her heart is torn because her twin brother is in jail, freezing, starving and sick. But, she has been forbidden to visit him by the Meeting Leaders. Whether she likes to admit it or not, she has a rebelious streak.

Her comes to her aid? An unlikely conspirator. Jeremiah. A tavern owner that lost his arm in battle that in a way has been forced to deliver messages for General Washington. What does he need? To deliver a message to a prisoner in the same jailhouse as Hannah's brother. He has connections and talks Hannah, who also, needs to get inside the prison to see her brother, into delivering messages if he can get her in.

This book took a while for me to get interested in. Not sure why. It was a good book, not great but good. Takes you on an adventure and shows how poorly the British thought of those that were Colonials.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing to review with my complete honest opinion. I was fortunate enough to snag it when it was free for the Kindle on Amazon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My family has some favorites when it comes to food. If I am cooking, it will most likely be a simple recipe. Do you need something that is buttery, sweet, fruity, and a little cheesy? I have a recipe for you! Who can pass up Ritz crackers, pineapple, and shredded cheese? Not my family! I introduce....

Pineapple Casserole

20 oz. Can of crushed Pineapple
1/3 cup of Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Self-Rising Flour
1 Cup of Shredded Cheese (I use a blend of cheese and more that a cup :) )
One sleeve of Ritz Crackers, crushed
Butter (as much or as little as you like)

In a medium casserole dish, combine the crushed pineapple, sugar, flour and shredded cheese. Once that has been mixed up good, pour the crushed crackers over the top of the pineapple mixture and smooth the layer. Add little bits of butter to the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Kindergarten comes to a close

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
Joshua 1:9, KJV)

As our Kindergarten year comes to a close, mom starts reflecting. How has the year flown by so quickly? We were nervous about the unknown of what Kindergarten would bring, but soon we were in a routine and moving along smoothly. Only an occasional hiccup here and there. Before I knew it, he only has 8 1/2 days of school left. What?!?! Wait a minute, we just started the school year. Are you sure we are almost done? Did we do all that we could to ensure his success in this first year? Could we have done more? Most importantly, where has that time gone? It wasn't long ago, I held you in my arms and rock you to sleep. Now when you sit in my lap, I can no longer see over top of your head. You start to wiggle to get comfy and I grimace in pain due to the tail bones digging into my leg. Then along comes baby sister to join in the fun and soon my legs go to sleep but I will not set you down because these moments are precious. I love you kids, and hope that you will grow into wonderfully people. So, in reflection of the last year, and looking ahead to the year to come, I leave you with a poem.

K is for Kindergarten---hip, hip, hooray.
I is for imagination we use everyday. (what an imagination he has!)

N is for numbers--we know one, two, three. (he can count so high now!)
D is for drawing, the best you can see! (those are looking better)

E is for exercise to keep our bodies strong. (Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle)
R is for reading books all day long. (you amaze me with what you know)
G is for good friends. We made more each day.
A is for the alphabet we know how to say.
R is for remembering everything we learned.
T is for treats every Friday we earned.
E is for excitement. This year we've had some.
N is for next year. First grade here we come.

What makes up a group of Friends?

Have you ever asked yourself,"What makes up a group of Friends?' Are we all the same? Do we have some things in common? Have we been forced together and friendships just evolve from current situations? Many things bring along and open the beautiful doors to friendship.

The Sister Circle Series
Voneete Bright & Nancy Moser

I picked up the 4 book set of Venette Bright and Nancy Moser's The Sister Circle. I was delighted in what I found. It all begins with recently widowed Evenly Peebaugh who is mid 50's, never had a job, and is now broke due to situation that her deceed husband left her in. In a moment of inspiration, she hangs out an old sign found in the attic from many generations back and opens a boarding house. Before she knows what has happened, her house is full. We have an aging hippie, a single mom and her daughter, a judgmental elder. Now, we all know that adding that many personalities to one house with no previous knowledge of one another is a learning curve in the making. The ins and outs, ups and downs, are worth reading into. I would recommend the series to any reading group or individual because the back of the book references the verses that are included in the story.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Gripping Story!

Runaway Choices

I loved the book!!! Very gripping. Reminded me a lot of Dan Brown's writing. The treasure is in us when start looking for it. Talk about a crazy adventure for someone that trust No one. Beck is running. Not for her life in the beginning of the book just running from life itself. Then a strange encounter on a plane to London changes everything. Now there are more choices to be made. There are people to meet, places to go and having to run for her life from a SuperHuman "McCreepy" and meeting a trustworthy companion on the way. Makes you wonder what your purpose is here in life. How do your choices affect others? In what way? Does your life and the way you live it help or hinder those around you?

Cowboy Boot Wedding!

I have been slack in my reviewing books. I have got to get better at this! I love reading! I just keep going without thinking about reviewing. Guess I better get starting. What better way to keep up with what I have read than to review it.

Bella takes on the responsibility of her parents wedding business. They have retired and decided to give the business over to Bella. To change things up and revive the business, she decides to try themed weddings. Her first wedding is a boot scoot'n country wedding with cowboy boots as the centerpieces. There is only one problem, Bella is full blown Itailan and her family has only ever done traditional weddings. She is at a loss of what to do with a cowboy theme. In need of a DeeJay to play the requested country songs for the wedding, she is thrilled when she over hears a phone conversation about DJ. DJ turns out to be in construction, but loves country music.

Oh at the situations and predicaments this girl gets into. Her family is delightful in a crazy way and DJ's family has their on spin. Throw in a crazy mobster bird and the Pizzaria Uncle and you have a romantic comedy.

Worth reading just to see what happens next.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
Julie Klassen

Can you imagine living life in the lap of luxury? Having everything done for you? From having help changing your clothes, doing your hair, cleaning the home, every meal cooked for you, anything and everything you want or need is done for you. Wouldn't that be nice? Now, look at the flip side of things. Getting up in the wee hours of the hours to start cleaning, dragging buckets of water to this room and that room. Having to become invisible each time your "boss" appeared. Listening to the gripe and compliant and character slurs without ever being able to defend or comment.

That is exactly what happens in Julie Klassin's book entitled The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. Everything she has come to know changes in the blink of an eye. A marriage forced onto her that she does not want. Her virtue about to be compromised. The only choice she has...Flee! But what is she to do? She has no where to go and no experience of life outside her comfy upbringing. She is in for a rude awakening. She is to learn the hardships and truth of life and the people that she thought she knew.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. It is not so much of a romance but more of a telling about historical lives with a little romance budding, a mystery to solve and friendships to form.
I recieved this book from Bethany House to be read and reveiwed.


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