Thursday, April 25, 2013

Will you be Swept Away?

Will you be Swept Away by the new book from Mary Connealy? This is the first book I have read by Mary Connealy, and I must say, I have found another author to look forward to. Mrs. Connealy kept me hopping in this book just to keep pace with her.

We start out with Miss Ruthy, who is a little spitfire. She has a had a hard life and planning to leave this so called "family" behind the very minute that she can. She also has enough brains to know not the cross the river but no one listens to her. Now she finds everything including herself swept away, down the river.

Luke just wants to get home and reclaim what is rightfully his. His ranch that has been stollen from the family and his father killed. The very person that wronged Luke is trying to slow him down, better yet, kill him.

While running from a posse, Luke happens on Ruthy who is unresponsive by the river. By the looks of it, she has been there a while. Untelling just how far she floated down the river.
Their two stories collide when Luke realizes that Ruthy has no where to go, but with him. Can he really drag her into his troubles?

I truly enjoyed reading Swept Away by Mary Connealy and will for more of her books in the future. This looks to be a series and I will look for the next in line. Especially to see how things turn out for the new widow and her children. Will the doctor find a wife in this broken town? Will the town of Broken Wheel ever flourish especially since the worst in town is now gone.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Last installment of the series??

Last installment of the series?? I hope not. I have fell in love with these characters and would love to read about them more.

I finished the last book. Sad, I know!

If you haven't read this entire series, you ought to!
  1. Always the Baker, Never the Bride
  2. Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride
  3. Always the Designer, Never the Bride
  4. Always the Baker, Finally the Bride
It is definitely worth reading. To keep up with the character progress, this series needs to be read in order.

Emma Rae Travis begins in the first book as a fabulous baker, in a little shop. Her world opens up when she has the chance to be in on the start up of a Wedding Hotel Destination. She takes the idea of one Jackson Drake's deceased wife up a notch. Add in the quirky sisters of owner Drake who are true southern belles, he nicknames the "Hens", and Emma's assistant that raises some eyebrow and you have the beginnings of an interesting story.

The second book, Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride, brings in Emma's friend that is a wedding planner. Sherilynn is the best in the biz!! Very detailed driven, she sees to everything.

She is in the midst of planning her own wedding. Problem is her "dresses", yes that was plural, keep disappearing. Poor thing has to keep starting over to find the perfect one.

She also starts having serious allergic reactions to something and they must find out what.

Emma and Jackson continue their courtship throughout the hustle and bustle of running a business.





In the third installment, Always the Designer, Never the Bride, we meet several new people.

Carly, the bride, is marrying her military guy. Her best friend, Audrey, designs stunning wedding dresses and is trying to make it big, but out of money.

So many things go nuts in this book. Some one crashes through courtyard tables from the balcony above. Dress designers steal someone elses designs. Someone get horribly sick at the most inopportune time. People fall in love with unexpected characters. Two people have dreams come true, and finally makes it big.





Last but not least, Always the Baker, Finally the Bride. Emma Rae Trivis, the fantastic baker just so happens to be diabetic. But she creates the best sweets and she decorates the best wedding cakes ever. This story is not the conclusion of a romance but a continuation of one between Emma Rae and Jackson Drake, who is the owner of The Tanglewood Inn.

After all this time and all that The Tanglewood Family has been through, it looks like things might finally be settling down. Not so. Emma is planning a wedding as you can guess from the title of the book. However, offers have been made to buy the wedding business and hotel. Decisions have to be made. Plans and dreams come true or put on hold? When all is said and done, everthing works out for the greater good.

Will we hear from this tight knit "family" again? Who knows, I sure hope so. The dialog between characters brings a spontaneous grin to my face. So does the quirkiness of the characters!

Sandra Bricker, you write a delightful story, with witty  characters and the humor keeps coming.

This is a Christian fiction, but that viewpoint is not overpowering, just very subtle. If you enjoy laughing, crying, and being totally captivated by characters in a story, then you'll love this series.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Noble Groom or knight in shining armor?

A Noble Groom. Hmmm.. Don't we all want a Noble Groom? A knight in shining armor. That is the impression I get while reading this book. By the way, isn't this a dashing young man on the cover?!?! Hmm...Hmm...Hmm, have mercy.

Ok

At the beginning of this book, you meet a young immigrant mother spinning fairy tales to her young daugther. Her life is anything but a fairy tale. Life is very harsh and she is doing all she can to keep a roof over her head, keep her farm, and keep food on the table. Her husband is now dead and someone is desperate to get her land. All the while, if she doesn't have the needed funds to pay off the debt, she will lose it all in a year. As with German customs, women have no say in their life. They are at the mercy of the men in their families. Since Annalisa is newly widowed, her dad has a say in who will be the next groom.

Now we meet a man of nobility on the run. In his home country he has been wrongly accused and is a wanted man. Escaping with his head still attached, he finds himself heading to America. All that he has known before is no longer, even if he longs for the familiar. Yet, he meets Annalisa and his thoughts and heart begin to change. He sees things differently than those around him because he was raised differently. Can his upbringing and outlook do the community surrounding him any good?

Jody Hedlund brings about history, faith, romance, and a bit of fairy tale to the book "A Noble Groom."

A delightful experience provided by NetGalley

A "Pancake" Cake

I know these are not the best of pictures, but the response from the birthday party attendees was overwhelming. They could not believe this was actually a cake. It sparked a lot of curiosity!

We had a pajama and pancake party for my special little girl. Two of her favorite things. We projected a movie on the wall to entertain the the kids while they wore their pj's and laid on blankets

while we finished preparing the pancakes, sausage, bacon, and fruit platters.

Everyone said that this was the best birthday party they had been to in a long time. Makes you feel good to make several people happy and not just the birthday kid.

Without the "Syrup"

 
With the "Syrup"


Stealing the Preacher!

To begin with, I love Karen Witemeyer's books. Every one that I have read, I have flown through just for the fact that I don't want to stop reading.

The main character of this book, "Crockett" was a secondary character in the "Short Straw Bride". So, to see the Archer brothers continued into another book was thrilling.

Crockett has left the only home he has ever known and is on his way to interview/preach at a church. Along the way, the train is stopped, and low and behold if the "robbers" aren't looking for the preacher that they know is on this train. Crockett is whisked off the train as a present for the ring leaders daughter. The only thing "Jo" wanted for her birthday was a preacher.

Quick witted and humorous, Karen knows just when to tug at the heart strings and when to insert just the right scripture. I mean, how many times do you think a prisoners cell has been decorated with pictures and comforts from home?

Joanna wanted a preacher to come and take over the church that had been abandoned and to have someone help win her dad to the Lord. Crockett just didn't know that the Lord was leading him to this family, to help in their time of need.

I loved that Crockett was placed right where he needed to be right when he was needed and not a moment sooner. Joanna truly had a servants heart; that is for sure.

Congratulations Karen on another great book! Keep writing and I will definitely keep reading!
I had the delightful priviledge to read and review this book from NetGalley.

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