Echoes Among the Stones

by Jaimie Jo Wright

Once again this author brings another tremendous story. I really liked the characters of this story both in the contemporary and historical. I think I liked Imogene most. Collin is an amazing main male character because he isn’t the typical one. I really enjoyed his humor and wit as well as his wisdom. I love the difference in him. He fits the book so well. The book is morbid and sad, yet there is laugh out loud humor as well. The plot has twists and turns, one in particular,at least caught this reader off guard. 

I really felt the storytelling was terrific ,and I enjoyed both the present and historical stories. For me, that’s rare. Usually, i find the historical story much more appealing. This novel, though, had me deeply interested in both.

The faith theme in the book isn’t overly strong, but I enjoyed it and how well it was woven into the story. I felt the main part of it was the knowing we have is that God is in control, and there is a strong message of hope to be found.

This book really had all the elements of a good story! 

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Silent Night Suspect

By Sharee Stover

BOOK BLURB

Suspected of a crime she knows she didn’t commit…

All she wants for Christmas is to remember.

Blood on her blouse. A gun in her hand. A cartel leader’s dead body in front of her. Widow Asia Stratton can’t remember what happened—just that she’s been framed. The only way to prove her innocence is to work with her ex-sweetheart, Nebraska state trooper Slade Jackson. But can they clear her name before this Christmas turns even deadlier?

MY REVIEW

Terrific read! Really enjoyed this suspense novel. The characters are really well done,the storyline keeps the reader guessing, and the plot has all the good and essential twists and dangers necessary to keep the reader turning the pages. My teen daughter also enjoyed this read…light romance , heavy suspense- perfect combination!! 

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Hereafter

by Jody Hedlund


“Perhaps real treasure lies not in the wealth deep in the labyrinth, but in the gifts God has bestowed upon us- gifts we can use for the greater good of the kingdom and the people.”

This series ended with the best book yet!! This book was fantastic. I loved the characters, the interesting plots, subplots and twists and turns of the story. The reader knows they are going to get the “Happily-ever-after.” This book, tho, isn’t entirely predictable…I love it for that! 

So much of want I would like to say gives away far too much. If you want to lose yourself in a book that is just plain a terrific story, go get this book and this series. It’s fantastic reading. I’ve never been a fan of fairy tale stories, but Jody Hedlund made me one with this book! So all I can say is read it. It’s the third in a series, and I highly recommend starting with the novella to get the full scope of the story.

The characters, plot, story, and faith theme make this a terrific, interesting, and enjoyable story.

“Now in the face of the biggest challenges yet, God was helping to unleash the gift.”

The complete series The Lost Princesses by Jody Hedlund.
All reviews of each book can be found on the home page.

A Pursuit of Home

by Kristi Ann Hunter

I’ve been waiting for Jess’s story, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was just as convoluted, mysterious, and exciting as Jess herself. There were beloved characters from previous books that added much to the story, but the character and skills of Jess really come through in this story.

Though the story is wrought with suspense and intrigue, Jess still is what makes this book so good. Her varied and amazing costumes, many talents, and backstory are fascinating. Her future uncertain

I really came to like Derek. He’s so far removed from what most thrilling main male characters are suppose to be. There is nothing overly exciting about him, but he’s content to be himself, which is rare. I’m no lover of art so that’s a foreign concept, but I loved that he knew so many interesting facts. He reminded much of my hubby…not exciting or thrilling, but steady and always there when needed. He really is a unique male hero, and that isn’t a bad thing.

This book has a mild faith theme that grows and is woven well throughout the book.

I usually would read a book like this in one or two sessions, but I didn’t with this one. I’m not really sure why myself. Maybe I wanted to savor a book that wrapped up so many book friends, or perhaps I was pretty sure of part of the ending at least so I didn’t feel I had to rush through the book. I savored this one.
With a wonderful cast of characters, a country that needs saving, and a young woman coming into her own and discovering new things about herself, it all wraps up to make for a terrific novel well worth the read.

Take a journey with Jess-mostly to see what she discovers about herself and where her heart calls home.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

“I know you can do it. You’ve had your time in the shadows. God has brought you into the light. Maybe it’s time to try living there. You might find that you shine.
Living in Light. What a concept.”

Foremost

by Jody Hedlund

Another fantastic medieval YA read by Jody Hedlund. So many interesting fairy tale events and characters, an amazing warrior hero, and a beautiful princess in need of safety. All the wonderful elements of a well told fairytale are wrapped in a beautiful book that has a cover as spectacular as the story. In this book, more than the previous, the reader gets a real feel of a fairy tale story.

The spiritual elements of forgiveness, self control, and selfishness are addressed in this novel. Maribel wishes to be a nun, and rosary beads are mentioned in the story- these staying true to the medieval times. The story itself holds more of a fairytale feel than the previous book, at least it did for me, and the reader gets a beautiful happily ever after. This book is a great addition to the story as a whole, and the series in no way loses its momentum. ( Which is saying something considering how well done the first book was written! ) I’m so looking forward to the conclusion of this series, though I know I’ll be disappointed when it’s over. However, a wonderful thing about books, they can be enjoyed over and over again.

Jody Hedlund has produced such a treat in these novels, and her writing skills come through magnificently. This had been a fantastically fun and adventurous series!

The Killing Tide

by Dani Pettrey

First of all I would like to thank Just Read Publicity Tours for their giveaway of The Killing Tide!!! I wanted this book so badly. Two reasons, I SO enjoy Dani Pettrey’s books…and secondly, my daddy was a Coastie. Growing up I always wanted to get stuff with their logo on it for my daddy. Do you know how hard that can be?? It’s like a forgotten entity…especially in Oklahoma, a landlocked state. However, my daddy was transferred there by the Coast Guard. Now that I live in DownEast Maine I hear A LOT more about the Coast Guard. That makes this series special to me. I entered several contests because my book budget was absent when this gem was released. Then life and health happens…and so Saturday I started reading this terrific novel…and Saturday, I finished. ( My Hubby says me buying books is a waste, but I do enjoy while reading them, and I sometimes re-read. Plus I collect them!😊 Books are never EVER a waste! ) Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and I’m thrilled and thankful I got to do so!

The characters are fantastic…and in an interesting twist some things about the characters you learn backwards ( just read the book, you’ll get what I mean). The suspense in this novel never ends. You jump in right from the first chapter…and just swim right through the book. Then BOOM, you are done! It’s a rush you don’t want to miss. Lots of action, just the right amount of romance.

My favorite thing about this book is how the author flows the prayers of the believers effortlessly through the novel. Just like I pray when faced with difficult things in my day. It made the characters more real and relatable to me. The faith theme is really good and just woven so well in the plot. The main female character really needed her head examined for some of her choices, but sometimes if your brothers underestimate you, you might just decide to try to prove them wrong! Not that I’d know anything about that at all. 😏

It’s a great book so run to the library, store, or the closest computer and get your eyes on this book!

I’m posting a more personal photo below. My daddy wrote a textbook called “Rules of the Road.” They put out quite a few editions because the rules change. If you click on the image it will take you to a page about the book. I use to have the textbook, but in one of our moves it didn’t make it I guess. Included is a pic of my daddy in uniform that was taken a few years ago.

Once again, big thanks to Dani Pettrey for writing a series about the Coast Guard and to Just Read Publicity Tours for the giveaway!

CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE AND READ ABOUT THE BOOK MY DADDY WROTE.

First Love Forever-Romance Collection

by Susanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey, Marcia Gruver, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Martha Rogers, Lorna Seilstad, Connie Stevens, Jennifer Uhlarik

Lots of wedding bells ringing in this beautiful collection by Barbour House.

This book has such sweet stories in it! For anyone who likes historicals and short stories you will definitely not be disappointed. They are sweet and touching. Each other tries to write a complete story in short format which is not an easy task.

His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels is especially compelling. It’s wonderful characters, touching storyline, and an incredibly done novella. I was hooked to the last page…and was so disappointed when it ended. The one sad thing about a story. It has a terrific happily ever after.

If you are looking for some historical romance stories don’t pass up this collection. It’s incredibly written and the cover is gorgeous,too.

I received this book from the publisher and through Just Read Publicity Tours. All opinions are my own.

Once Upon a Dicken’s Christmas

by Michelle Griep

REVIEW OF FIRST NOVELLA- 12 DAYS OF BLEAKLY MANOR

This is a short quick novella. I rarely thoroughly enjoy novellas as I did this one! There is so much mystery, suspense , intrigue, and romance packed into the pages of this enjoyable read. I’ve had it for a while, but I wanted to wait until closer to Christmas to read and review.

If you like novellas and shorter stories,I highly recommend this read. Great and interesting characters, much is hidden to be revealed at just the right time, and romance blossoms as well. Truly, this book is so well done considering the size…less than 200 pages. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable mystery read so go get it!!

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

REVIEW OF SECOND NOVELLA- A TALE OF TWO HEARTS

Another fantastic Christmas Novella from this author. I will readily admit that I’m not a fan of novellas, but I so enjoyed the first in this series, and I was eager to read the second.

Wonderful characters, great story, lovely faith theme, and much Dickens as well. To top it all off, of course a happier ever after….maybe for more than one thinks.

Terrific story.

I won one book and received one from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

MY REVIEW OF THE THIRD BOOK-THE OLD LACE SHOP

A wonderful Christmas novella by Michelle Griep! She creates fascinating stories even in novellas. That’s no small feat since I’m not a big fan of them. Such a sweet story…and I always love children in books! A sweet read that’s enjoyable,fun, and some wonderful Christian morals enter twined in the story. The little girl touched my heart.

This collection is a wonderful touch of Christmas for any reader. I thoroughly enjoyed each unique story…so go get it to enjoy a wonderful feeling of the Christmas spirit.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

The King’s Mercy

by Lori Benton

Lori Benton is a must buy author for me! She has such beautiful prose that sets the stage for her books. I savor every word in her books. I hate to admit this, but I’m sure you avid readers have sorta skimmed pages?? Am I the only horrible person that tends to do this in the slow parts of books?? Any guilty? Well , I am. However, finding a book written by Lori Benton is a treasure to savor…no skimming.

Her characters jump off the page and as I lose myself in the book, it becomes a movie. I fall in love with some characters, I cheer on for the right guy to win the fights, I cringe at the rudeness of others…I’m there, “a fly on the wall” watching it all. That is a Lori Benton book.

I think this book has the strongest faith and Christian theme than any other of her books. Now, I can’t promise that because my memory is faulty, but to me…it feels like the struggle Alex has with his Creator and Christ presents a terrific and strong Christian theme that makes it stronger in its spiritual message than in her other novels. It’s terrific…it even follows the story of a character in the Bible. Nope, no spoilers here…so just go get it and read it to find out.

Of course this book has its villains,too. Although it isn’t clear always who they are. One is a cruel man who takes advantage of younger women and children. This part of the storyline is difficult, but it is definitely a problem they encountered much during this time period…and sadly something our world still deals with because we live in a cursed world. The author handles this subject with great care, but I did want to mention it as some can’t handle stories like that. In the end there is joy and peace for those who seek the Lord…and justice for the villains.

It’s a wonderfully told story of love and redemption. The storyline is so different because it isn’t all a happily ever after exactly…but peace definitely reigns at the end…for the characters and the reader. Please don’t miss this beauty of a novel.

Happiness

by RachsRamblings

Many of us learned the song above when quite young. I did. In thinking about life and where it has taken me, the Lord brought this to mind. Amazingly, I remembered the words which isn’t always possible these days. I have noticed, though, that the verses and songs I learned when young…are much more easily remembered! ( Big thanks to my parents that we memorized so much scripture and spiritual songs.)

HAPPINESS IS THE LORD! It truly is. Finding happiness in our circumstances is sometimes impossible, and if we do…those circumstances change. For the Christian, happiness isn’t based on emotions, feelings, or what difficulties we face today. True Happiness is found in Christ. In this world, it’s so easy to lose sight of that.

I’m NOT saying you won’t experience sadness or sorrow. We are all human, and we all experience a wide range of emotions. Jesus did as well when he walked the earth. I’m not saying your life as a Christian will be sunshine and roses because, it won’t!

WHAT AM I SAYING??

Read some verses on joy and happiness.

We can be truly happy and content if we follow Godly counsel and meet and befriend Godly people.

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

These verses wrap some things up nicely. It puts rejoicing, prayer, and thankfulness all in one thought. A person will never be happy if they can’t be thankful for EVERYTHING! It doesn’t say to just be thankful for good things. Be thankful for everything because for those in Christ, he can work anything for good. Prayer brings a thankful heart. This is something that I’m learning as I seek to do as Christ would wish. More than anything, prayer has changed ME! With a prayerful mind, be thankful for everything…and rejoice always in Christ Jesus!

It isn’t an easy thing to do because our fleshly nature seeks happiness in things of this world, but that is fleeting. It is a daily thing to put our heart and mind on thankfulness and happiness. It is a choice we must make.

Reading his word and spending time in prayer is the best way for me to find myself in a state of happiness…counting my blessings is definitely another way God has helped me as I daily seek happiness and contentment. Click on the image below to read some good verses on happiness!

No matter what storms God may send our way, He is faithful to carry us through each one! We can rejoice in Him if Christ has a place in our heart.

THOUGHTS

Any of you have a verse that helps you? A song that brings joy? A story to share of how God helped you find happiness in a difficult situation? I’d welcome any comments.

Always

by Jody Hedlund

What a wonderful novella to introduce a new YA series by Jody Hedlund! It remains true to what she always puts in her YA reads. The importance of inner beauty and strength, the truth that we can’t live all on our own, and the truth that love grows and happiness can be a choice.

I eagerly wait for the series to begin! This was a fantastic start, and I’m not a big fan of novellas. This one was very well done. I don’t usually review a novella that introduces a series, but I felt this one was vital to the series as a whole.

“…happiness is a choice we make no matter what life brings us, is it not?”

“God, I whispered as I stared unseeingly at the glowing coals. I haven’t wanted to rely upon anyone, have only leaned on my own strength and determination. But I have nothing left. I can do no more.”

I knew now as I’d known then that my father depended upon God for strength and guidance in a way I never had.”

Evermore

by Jody Hedlund

Terrific YA fairytale read by Jody Hedlund. Though I’m no YA, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wonderful characters, terrific story, suspense, and a fantastic backdrop with knights, kings, and queens the reader is drawn into an exciting tale of a Princess who needs to regain her kingdom and become queen.

Some surprising twists and turns make this an even better read. I love the important morals and choices that are made, and the message that is given to young readers through this story. 

I definitely am looking forward to the rest of the series, and I do recommend the novella that sets up the story. I rarely say they are necessary, but to get a complete picture I highly recommend reading the novella “Always” before reading this one.

I bought the paperbacks, and they are gorgeous! Go get your ebook or paperback and be enchanted into another time and place!

The book Evermore and the novella that begins the series Always.

Spice King

by Elizabeth Camden

“God led us here,” Annabelle whispered. “ He planted a hope in your heart that was strong enough to send us a thousand miles across the country. There is a reason, and we’ll keep going until we find it. We can’t falter now.”

There is so much fascinating history in this read which is why I really enjoy this author’s novels. I never really considered that at one time salt and pepper was spicing up a dish-because it’s what they had. In this book, I really could feel the joy Annabelle experienced as she tried so many new spices and fruits that were incredibly rare in the early 1900’s.

The historical information about foods, Department of Agriculture, Smithsonian Institute, and so many other things made for a terrific and unique book setting. The Department of Agriculture played a huge role in our food supply-a much larger one than i ever knew.The characters are incredibly well done. I’m hoping for more from these characters in the future. This book combines so many good elements: It’s historical information and backdrop, information about the blind, incredibly well written and developed characters, and a forgiveness faith theme. All of the intertwined to make for a superb and enjoyable read.

In this case you can judge the book by its cover, and the cover is magnificent!

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

I never wanted to be blind, but if it’s the price I must pay to have found Walter Talbot…then I’m glad it happened.”

Diamond in the Rough

by Jen Turano

Another just plain fun book from this author. I could sympathize with the main character. I’m a klutz…have been all my life. She gets involved in so many “catastrophes” that her grandmother is seeking help. Poppy is such a great main character, and I love the things that come into play from previous books…especially the mention of someone getting stuck because of an interesting bustle! This author is always sure to get giggles and outright laughter from her books. Reginald is wonderful opposite Poppy. The story, characters, and faith theme all combine for another winner of a read from Ms. Turano. No one in Christian Fiction produces a novel like hers. Go buy any of her reads…and have fun! This is one of her best yet.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Finding Lady Enderly

by Joanna Davidson Politano

BOOK BLURB

“Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within–and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden. “

MY REVIEW

It’s another terrific read from Ms. Politano! Her books are terrific stories with vivid settings and wonderful characters. However, they are much more than that! The story the reader reads is a shadow of sorts of the true meaning of the words on paper. A type of allegory to get your mind thinking…what if this is me? Is this what I portray? 

I love how this author can write the most fascinating tales with double meanings. This is another book by this author not to be missed. Don’t miss the deeper meaning either

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own .

Clear Confusion By Kathy M. Howard

MY REVIEW

Clear Confusion has some great character development and a good plot. The story has a good flow to it except for the few times the point-of-view quickly changes. I was use to that further on in the story.

“…the simple fact that she also knew Jesus was a huge encouragement. She felt strangely strong and confident in that memory alone.”

This is a read for those who enjoy romantic suspense or who enjoy a strong faith theme in their reads. The faith part and the references to forgiveness, mercy, grace and more was well done and definitely puts this book into the Christian genre. I enjoyed the faith aspect of the story very much.

I had much of it figured out, but the ending was a surprise. That’s quite an accomplishment since I read a lot of suspense books. Of course, the book gets its happily ever after for the main characters. However, the secondary characters story is left open. I wouldn’t mind reading that story.( hint 😊)

If you like romantic suspense, them I recommend this read. It was a good, enjoyable read with a lot of faith elements that makes the reader feel good once the story concludes.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

EXCERPT

1:40 p.m. 

“Did you find the girl yet?” he asked, fearful of the answer. 

“No! Last time I saw her was when she disappeared into that crowd at the bus terminal. Man! I almost had her, too. Ya think it’s poss’ble she got on a bus instead of drivin’ off in a car?” 

“I doubt it. She didn’t look like the type to take a bus.” He shifted the phone to the other ear. 

“Well, keep your ears low to the ground. No one’s lookin’ for us at the moment. She’ll pro’bly talk, if she ain’t already. Don’t know what she’d say, though, other than what she saw us do. You’re convinced she didn’t see our faces; and if that’s true, she won’t be able to identify us. Kinda hard to pin something on us without an ID.” 

“It was an accident. Maybe she’ll just forget about it and let it go.” He tried sounding hopeful. 

“Accident or no accident, Roland don’t like it when we get sloppy. And he definitely don’t like it when there are witnesses.” 

“Did you tell him about her yet?” 

“Nope. Was hoping to take care of her on our own without lettin’ him know we messed it up. Just keep an eye out, will ya? Let’s don’t worry about Roland right now,” he nervously suggested. “I’ll fill him in soon enough.”

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Underestimating Miss Cecilia

by Carolyn Miller

“Perhaps this trial was yet another way God was trying to gain her attention,so she would focus more on Him, and not let the distractions of this world steal her thoughts and emotions.”

I enjoyed this read and the fun characters that really drive the plot. Cecilia and Ned are both flawed characters as Carolyn Miller’s usually are. If you are fond of the girl falling in love with the boy next door or the prodigal son returns home in a wonderful historical setting this book is for you.

I really like how well this author natural weaves a strong faith message into her books. This one is no different. It truly belongs in the genre of “Christian Fiction.” Throughout the book the reader sees how the faith of the characters affects their everyday decisions as well as those decisions that are going to affect their entire life.

It’s a lovely story with the characters learning as they grow giving the reader a chance to ponder if perhaps he could do a better job at putting the focus on God in our lives as well.

“Understand that God’s plans are for good, not to be a weighty burden. Remember that He is with us, in both good times and challenges, empowering us for His work.”

I received this book through the publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Express Bride

by Kimberley Woodhouse

“…at twenty eight, he had nothing to show for himself except wealth. That thought in light of eternity didn’t make him feel like he’d accomplished much of anything.”

This is another terrific novel in the Mayflower Bride series! The characters are so well done and set in a fascinating historical setting. It had mystery, suspense, and a terrific faith theme. All the elements combine to make a book that I just wish had been longer.

I don’t want to say it’s my favorite in the series, but if it isn’t-it’s close! The authors notes on The Pony Express are interesting and not widely known so don’t miss those. Definitely do not miss this next book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series! 

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
“Why God had chosen to spare him when he’d been such an atrocious human being was beyond his comprehension. But he was grateful.”

“ Thank you, God. For forgiveness. For grace. For a wonderful mom and dad.”

DON’T FORGET THE CAREGIVER by Rachel Farnsworth

PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE TO GO TO MY BROTHER’S BLOG AND READ HIS WIFE’S POST

This is so incredibly true…and the questions can be frustrating when the caregiver is constantly asked if the dystonia patient is better, when we have a progressive disorder that doesn’t get better…not in the many years we have had it. I quoted the last part of the last line before my daughter finished reading it to me because I know what I wish people would ask. My hubby was totally honest once, and just mentioned I had a seizure…and things weren’t good. That’s pretty much always the answer. He can’t always truthfully sugar coat the realities with which we live. Abby, my daughter, is a huge part of the care giving process in this home. It’s why she is considering being a nurse. She comments on this post…it’s sweet, but heartbreaking to this mommy’s heart. Please read! Josh Farnsworth’s wife,Rachel Farnsworth, writes the piece. Just click on the image above this paragraph. Or here…. https://www.mydystonialife.blog/2019/07/forgetting-caregiver.html

Where Dandelions Bloom

by Tara Johnson

“But whether I live or die is Gods decision. Not Yours.”

Where Dandelions Bloom brings the Civil War to life through several interesting characters. The reader gets to see the war through the eyes of a woman who chose to face war instead of the awful man she was goi g to be forced to marry, through the eyes of a photographer who wants to tell the story through pictures, and following a young lad who signs up as well.

The picture of war isn’t pretty, and it’s effect can be damaging. It is always life changing. The authors characters are based in history. Quite a few women did sign up and fight in the Civil War, and she uses her research to bring a realistic plot to readers. 

Really liked the faith theme in this story. Various verses come to mind for Cassie as she strives to get through the difficulties that she faces. They give her perspective and strength. They even give her strength to do something she thought impossible.

The characters are well done, the story well told, and a faith theme that flows smoothly through the story and gives the characters an anchor. War isn’t pretty, and this book did a tremendous job of bringing out some of the real horrors that were faced….and the waste of lives that occurred. If you like historical fiction or love Civil War era reads, this is definitely for you. Ultimately, it’s a story of forgiveness and triumph through Christ and the love and forgiveness he offers.

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you…
A hot tear escaped her lashes, tracing a warm path down her cheek. Yes, her father had abused her over and over again. He’d sliced her apart with his words, his fists…Forgiving him didn’t excuse him. But it would free her.” 

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

A Reluctant Belle

by Beth White

A terrific novel from this Author! It had just the right mixture of suspense, wit, humor, romance, and faith to produce an entertaining read that was at times incredibly funny and at others infuriating and tense.

Set during the very volatile time after the Civil War, the historical setting is incredibly well done and creates the suspenseful backdrop and circumstances surrounding a love triangle story where one angle clearly wasn’t IN the triangle. Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre ( though some days I might tell you it’s suspense) , and the historical backdrop is done so well. I love the strong faith theme present in this book. I take a special interest in that at the moment as a book I read recently had none. This author did a great job of weaving the message of faith through dialogue and other natural elements in the story.

It’s a hard to put down a novel with all the wonderful necessary threads needed to create a good read. This is definitely a book for the keeper shelf. If you enjoy historical fiction, go grab a copy. It’s a story that begs to be read and savored.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Cross My Heart

by Robin Lee Hatcher

This is by far my favorite series by this author! A split time series with a family Bible that is the link between past and present is a terrific idea, and I love the stories that have been created.

This has a wonderful plot, a slow moving relationship, terrific characters and just a really sweet story…both of them so touching. The angst and horror of war with faith as an anchor; a sordid past with faith getting him through each day. Reading the notes written by the man who relied on his faith through the war and beyond.

This book will go on my forever shelves next to the first in the series.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

No Ocean Too Wide

by Carrie Turansky


This was a fascinating piece of history about which I knew nothing. Taking children that aren’t wanted or are living on the streets, to a new world with parents waiting for them. It sounds like a wonderful idea, but with some involved it became a scary time for children and parents.

This book follows several characters in this backdrop of history. The characters are well done, and I enjoyed getting to learn about this time in history through their eyes. I found myself wondering what choices I would make in certain situations. It wasn’t exactly black and white for those who so very much wanted to right the wrongs that had occurred. The faith theme in this book is present and a good one! I always enjoy when Christian elements are present in Christian Fiction.

So take yourself on a journey through an interesting time in history…think of why your emotions, feelings, and mind would have suffered.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Ever Faithful

by Karen Barnett

MY REVIEW

Thoroughly enjoyed taking a trip to Yellowstone to “see” the geysers and enjoy a story with such a beautiful setting. The characters are well done, the time in which it takes place as well as the place are quite unique, and an interesting twist to the plot made this all a very intriguing and delightful story.
Honestly, I would so like to see this series continue. All the books have been wonderful. It isn’t likely I’ll ever see these beautiful places at the National Parks so I was thrilled to be able to read about them. The author did such a great job of setting the scenery in all three of the novels

The 1930’s and the CCC men who were sent to the camp in this story is a little discussed, little known piece of history. The author did a fantastic job in bringing this time period to life. I highly recommend this novel and the series. They have a place on my forever shelves!

I received a book from the publisher. All opinions are my own

My Dearest Dietrich

by Amanda Barratt

MY REVIEW

I think every reader starts a book with certain expectations. I expected this book to be good because I knew about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Haven’t most? This book wasn’t just good, it was unforgettable.

I found it amazing how enthralled I was with the story, knowing the outcome. It takes a special kind of writing to want to enjoy and savor a book where there really aren’t any spoilers. I knew the ending ; yet I so enjoyed the journey, the blessed journey of this couple..so beautifully written.

The scenes are painted with intricate detail…as they tried to visit in prison with others looking on, the reader can feel the tension and the hesitancy of the actors, the characters. They are alive…so real and vibrant. I knew the happily ever after would never come, that darkness was abundant. However, it doesn’t overtake the beautiful love story, and the love God gave these two for each other. This book makes Mr. Bonhoeffer more a man than a minister…more human, and more relatable.

The book has prose as beautiful as poetry, and tells of a beautiful love story…but in a way that I’ve never quite read before.

This book finds its place on my forever shelves, and I definitely plan on visiting Maria and Dietrich again!

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

All Manner of Things

by Susie Finkbeiner

MY REVIEW

A well written story with incredibly well developed characters. The timeline being that of Vietnam made it fascinating as that’s not a common backdrop for a fiction novel. For me, this story was definitely driven by its characters…by the end of the novel, you feel a part of the family…the depth of the characters so real, genuine, and engaging.

First of all, I know people who read my reviews will want to know that words such as “Golly,” “Gosh,” and similar words are used frequently throughout the story. I’m guessing these words were common during this time, but they aren’t words I use. I know some readers of my reviews don’t use them either so I wanted to make sure I mentioned that. No, there are no swear words or bad scenes…other than what is mentioned. It’s a completely clean novel with a minor faith thread that starts about half way through the story. It’s a natural progression of the story and done quite well.

The first words that comes to mind in regards to this story is it’s Americana. It’s the story of an American family and community. Their tragedies and triumphs, the difficulties of coming of age, the  burdensome problems of aging, the troubling ebb and flow of relationships…a well written drama full of life..real life. It reminds me much of Chris Fabry’s stories. Taking a piece of time, placing in it characters to love, and giving a tale of how lives are intertwined and how the dynamics of family play out. It’s a bittersweet story that could be similar to your neighbors. Nothing flashy, nothing suspenseful..life in all its beauty and heartbreak. 

It’s a winsome story that will touch your heart because of its veracity and endearing characters. 

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

The Noble Guardian

by Michelle Griep

BOOK SUMMARY

 Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, love is finally within reach. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentleman bachelors in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But to him she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her on the rest of her journey. He refuses until she offers him the thing he desperately needs to achieve his goal: money. Delivering her safely will earn him more than enough to settle into a quiet life.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

MY REVIEW

“ I respect your caution in sparing my sensibilities, sir, but I believe God provides us with fellow sojourners to help lighten our heavy loads through prayer and encouragement.”

I have so enjoyed this series by Michelle Griep! Lots of action, adventure, and love written on a page and woven into intriguing tales. The Noble Guardian for me was all about the characters .

Abigail is an endearing character full of spunk. She actually reminds me of a dear highschool friend so I really felt as if I knew her. She always makes the most of situations. Her character is so well done that the readers emotions are definitely highly invested in her outcome.

Samuel can be a bit of an enigma, unless you know a man with a harsh exterior and a heart as soft as a pillow. So he’s not so different from many men. His character is well done, and he brings a lot of mood and tension to the read.

With a brooding man who exudes a harsh exterior, a woman who needs his protection to get to her fiancé , and a little one who needs them to survive, all of this wrapped up in a story of magistrates, highway men, and a man wanting to kill for revenge…you don’t want to miss book number three of the Bow Street Runners.

“…ye can safely leave them in God’s hands. Not that He can’t use yer gun, though, mind he. There’s no sin in wanting to protect them. The fault lies when he think ye’re their sole protector. Aye?

“It’s more noble to love, even if it’s not returned, than to live without it.”

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Having some fun with photography!

My Dystonia Life. It’s a Family Thing! – Visit My Brother’s Blog

A shirt my sis designed for our family. 💗

Sharing about the disorder that affects almost every aspect of my life has never been easy for me. I’ve had the disorder over 25 years, yet there is a lot about it i don’t share. My mom, two brothers, and a sister have been diagnosed with it. It is different in each of us. My oldest brother has many of the mental issues and the dystonia seizures that I have. He has started a new blog to put his musing into the written word. It’s been therapeutic for him, and I highly encourage him to continue. I painfully know all to well of what he is speaking … that makes it hard. I got it first and for many years no one else showed signs of it. It was sad days when our family realized it wasn’t going to just be me. My sis got it next. I was crushed. My brother, Joshua, got it at 30. We have always been close, and we are close in age. I don’t remember life without him. I want to really encourage anyone who reads this to please read and follow my brothers page as he works through this disorder in his own way. Go here-

https://mydystonialife.blogspot.com

My brother and I….long ago! 😊 This pic will take you where you need to go!

He puts into words so much what it is like…and admits things about it I never have. I love all of my siblings more than any words can express. I was the oldest so I’ve loved them ever since they were born. Watching is hard…the comfort??

GOD KNOWS BEST!!!!

He is our Heavenly Father and wants what is best, but it isn’t easy. He didn’t promise that. He did promise He’d be with us as we live out the journey…the story He has written for our lives. Please visit this blog…perhaps leave an encouraging comment. Feel welcome to tell him his “ little sister” as he calls me, sent you! 😊 Some pics I had to share! I have lots, lots more…but I won’t bore you with them all.

The year my brother graduated from highschool
The Year I graduated from highschool. He was my “date” to the Senior Banquet.
My brother visiting me in Maine

Between Two Shores

by Jocelyn Green

I read this book back when it released earlier this year, but it was such an amazing read that I wanted to spotlight it on my blog which is fairly new.

A book with wonderful depth, terrific characters, amazingly accurate historical detail- these all combine to make a read that kept me awake till 2AM to get to the conclusion. One thing that I really loved about this book was that everything doesn’t necessarily turn out the way one might think, but that is life. God’s ways aren’t always ours, and sometimes he has a different path for us than what we wish. His way will be better.

I enjoyed the characters in this story, and one feels pulled into the time and place by the terrific historical detail. With all the treasures this book holds, I had to give it my rare five stars. You should get your hands on this read! It’s a beautifully written historical novel that just is meant to be read and savored!

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Always Be Thankful

Some Ramblings of the Heart…

Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always for ALL things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

Abby and I finished a Bible study that I titled “Attitude of Gratitude.” We finished the study, but we hope as a family we will hold each other accountable. Like when complaining the difficulty of having the sun shine in ones eyes, one pipes up to say that at least we SEE the sun at 7:30!! Come winter it will be dark at 4!!

Abby and I both realized during this study we needed to change…we also realized that always being thankful for ALL things is a verse that we will have to wrap our mind and heart around EVERY day.

There is always much for which to be thankful, but to be thankful for ALL things? It isn’t too much for our Lord to ask, but without him it’s a task I realize I can’t fulfill. Thankful for a week of rain? Thankful for Dystonia? Thankful for being so far away from my parents? YES!

  • Come summer a cool rainy day will sound nice
  • My Dystonia has brought many wonderful people into my life. This includes my dear Hubby and my daughter!
  • I live in my Daddy’s hometown so I get to see my wonderful parents ever year for several weeks.

Frequently, it’s our perspective that needs a change!

Just one verse in the Bible, yet I can’t perform this one without God’s help. How weak our flesh is, and how strong is God’s mercy and grace towards us. Always be Thankful!!

I wrote this a year ago, but I needed the reminder so I decided to add it to the blog. I hope it is a blessing. 💗

Breach of Trust

by Rachel Dylan

A great ending to a terrific suspense trilogy! I really enjoyed this read. Lawyers may be nice, but they can’t always play nice. Mia learns that through the situations that occur in court. Outside of court, her faith is being tested in so many ways…just like in anyone’s life. I really enjoyed the suspense in this read. The author did an awesome job of slight hints of things along the way without giving away who all was involved or exactly the end game.

It’s a terrific legal thriller with a page turner plot and very relateable characters. Some faith questions that are common in this wicked world…and characters from the previous books. All of this comes together for a tremendous legal thriller that I highly recommend. I will admit that it took me a bit to get into the read , but that was probably more my mood than the writing.

I really highly recommend this read, and this entire series.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge:Laurel’s Dream

by Pepper Basham


Pepper has written a beautiful novel…just as beautifully written as the picture she describes of her precious mountains. The main characters are sweet and take your heart. It has the good of people and the evil, the sweetness and the temper. The writing evokes so many emotions as the reader gets to know the beautiful Appalachian mountains and it’s people.

If you have followed this author for any length of time you know she has a special love for Appalachia. Her passion for the place, people, and her roots really comes through in this read. I have followed this author from her first book, and I think this may be her best yet.

It’s so incredibly done, and it has a special place in this readers heart!

I received this book from the author. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

<i>Daughters of Northern Shores</i> <br> <h4>by Joanne Bischof</h4>

Daughters of Northern Shores

by Joanne Bischof

I was so eager to get this book, and it did not at all disappoint. Beautifully written story with characters that become family. I just love Aven and Thor, especially. The writing itself takes you away to a different time and place, the characters jump off the page, and the entire book evokes so much emotion. Another book by this author that is incredibly well done! Highly recommend this read.. delightful, alluring,and so much more!

Governess of Penwythe Hall

by Sarah Ladd

I don’t know why God chose to give me this illness. How I wish it could have been otherwise, but if I had spent my life questioning His reasons…I would have wasted the days I’d been given.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency read by one of my favorite authors of this genre. Her writing is much more like classical writers so you feel a part of the story. This author gives the reader the feeling of true authenticity of the time and place.

The characters are wonderfully done in this read. The faith theme is present, though not a strong one in this read. Once again, I find children really pulled me into this storytelling. Each child is so well done, and I fell in love with all of them. As usual, there are somethings I as a reader knew would happen after the first chapter, but Sarah Ladd makes the journey getting there very enjoyable. The storyline and plot is well done as always, but this book ( to me) was really driven by the characters themselves.

If you enjoy historical fiction or the Regency age, you must try Sarah Ladd. This is one of my favorites of hers, I think. However, they are all worth the read. I really felt like I wanted a sequel with this one, but I doubt that’s a possibility so I shall write my own in my imagination. Enjoy a lovely book by a terrific writer and go grab a copy….you might find yourself smelling the blossoming of apple trees!

LIVE TO LOVE

RachsRamblings on the idea of real love…

In reading my devotions lately, in conversations, on social media, and in what little TV movies I’ve seen lately-much is said of love. It’s sad some of the ideas we have about love.

It seems many of the conversations on social media and TV go something like this, “ Well, if he loved me, I and my feelings would matter.” “If she loved me she would act differently.” “If they loved me they would ( fill in the blank.)”

As much as society would like us to think that love is GETTING. It isn’t! Love is giving…love is giving everything. Christ set the perfect example, of course, by somehow loving me when I was unloveable. Dying for me, when I was unloveable. The Bible never indicates that we are to only love those who give to us- quite the opposite. “ (Charity) seeketh not her own.” This verse is a dart straight to the heart and definition of love.

Before I was married, a lovely couple that has known me my whole life gave me a piece of advice I’ve never forgotten. “Marriage is NOT 50/50. Marriage is 100/0. Giving your all expecting nothing in return.” This is a piece of wisdom that I’ve held onto for seventeen years-a convicting one at times. If I love my husband because of what I get, it isn’t love. True love is the love that Christ gives- unconditional! We are just to love others. Period. No excuses- not in marriage, not in relationships. May I learn to love as Christ did! LIVE TO LOVE!

LOVING

<i>Burden of Proof</i> <br> <h4>by Diann Mills</h4>

Burden of Proof

by Diann Mills

“The darkest moments of our lives are intended for God to use in a mighty way.”

This is a terrific and fast paced suspense read. Right from the first page, you are pulled into the life of an FBI agent, father who is wrongly accused, and a baby being kidnapped. The journey from there is a fast paced rush of adrenaline to find the facts before the crooked law destroys all the evidence. Who can you trust?? Who is on whose side? No one knows, making the collecting of evidence and staying alive a game of cat and mouse with everyone.

I have always enjoyed Diann Mills books. Firewall has always been my favorite…this one comes close! Somethings the reader can figure out along the way, other things totally blind side the reader. 

Terrific suspense with a slight touch of romance which is my preference as I prefer the suspense over the romance. I highly recommend that any lover of suspense get their hands on this read!!


<i>How the Light Gets In </i> <br> <h4>by Jolina Petersheim </h4>

How the Light Gets In

by Jolina Petersheim

This is a masterpiece of a novel. I love the authors voice and how well she writes this book. I’m always mentioning, when authors ask what I’m looking for in a book, that I want more books beyond the wedding. Perhaps it’s not as romantic, but I retally enjoy reading books that have life lessons and are realistic….books to which I can relate.

There are several things in this book to which I relate, the biggest one really is adoption as we adopted a child that required much time and care. There is much to love about this read.

There is a twist in the book that I still am not sure exactly what I thought. One thing in particular I didn’t like, BUT this book evokes so much emotion that I as a reader was totally invested in these characters ( and kids in a book- I LOVE that!).

The twist is really totally brilliant and skillfully done on the authors part…but it doesn’t feel so much that way on the readers part as the reader makes their way through the plot twist. If a writer can pull so many emotions from a story, though…it’s gotta be a good one. Whether the reader is perfectly happy with the ending or not, I just had to give my rare five stars because I was confused, a bit upset, yet somewhat happy at the same time…and those emotions have changed as I’ve thought on the novel. This is a book I will be thinking about for a long time to come. This novel is really exceptionally done!

I highly recommend you read this book…and I’m so looking forward to reading everyone’s thoughts on this read. I’ve never read a book like this one.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

<i>The Memory House</i> <br> <h4>by Rachel Hauck</h4>

The Memory House

by Rachel Hauck

The author really delivers in this read! So much about life…it’s tragedies and triumphs, mountains and valleys, times of spiritual weakness, and times of spiritual growth and grace.

The characters in this book are very well done, and I was so glad that a big fight over a secret wasn’t the climax because that is rather overused. I read a lot so I tend to notice…plus it’s a constant Hallmark trope as well. This book breaks from the mold in many ways, for that, if for no other reason- it made this book stand out to me.

We adopted so that being a subject in the book also gives the book a special feel. This book has pretty much all emotions.

How people deal with loss is different for everyone, but there is only One who can make you live again! To me, that was much what the book was about…walking through the valleys, never forgetting them,but using them to continue to live.

I enjoy Rachel Haucks reads…this has to be one of my favorites by her. There were a few things I wish had been explored more or places where I wanted more remorse or a different emotion. This was a personal preference, tho, and this book was really well done with the plot and storylines. There is depth to this story that makes it a definite re-read…and some things on which to dwell. Definitely a book to read, savor, enjoy, and cause the reader to muse more about life…the messy, the tragedies,the lovely, and the ugly. It’s far more than just a romance read so go get your hands on this one!! Take yourself to another’s world and see if your perspective of things doesn’t change..at least a little.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

<i>The Golden Bride</i><br> <h4> by Kimberley Woodhouse </h4>

The Golden Bride

by Kimberley Woodhouse

The Golden Bride was an enjoyable story with fascinating history. It was an easy read based in San Francisco during the time of the gold rush. The story did a good job of explaining the conditions of the city during that time.

My favorite part was the sweet pieces of history from the previous books in the series! What a treat that was… I also enjoyed the strong faith theme in the book.

This is another delightful read in the Mayflower Bride Series.

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.