Archives for November 2013

Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay

Dear Mr. Knightley Katherine Reay

Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay was such a fun book to read.  This book so unique on the way it is written and set up. I loved that it was all letters basically written to one person and a couple of times there was a letter written back to her. I loved everything about this book and was sad when it ended because I loved the characters and everything about it. I do have to say that for me at least I kind of predicted the ending of the book but that could be because I have read so many books that it is hard for me to be surprised by the ending but I have to say that I loved this book and I can’t wait until she releases more books!


About Dear Mr Knightley

Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others-namely her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story-by giving that story to a complete stranger.

Growing up orphaned and alone, Sam found her best friends in the works of Austen, Dickens, and the Brontë sisters. The problem is that she now relates to others more comfortably as Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre than as herself.Sometimes we lose ourselves in the things we care about most.
But life for this twenty-three-year-old is about to get stranger than fiction, when an anonymous benefactor (calling himself “Mr. Knightley”) offers to put Sam through the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.As Sam’s program and peers force her to confront her past, she finds safety in her increasingly personal letters to Mr. Knightley. And when Sam meets eligible, best-selling novelist Alex Powell, those letters unfold a story of love and literature that feels as if it’s pulled from her favorite books. But when secrets come to light, Sam is — once again — made painfully aware of how easily trust can be broken.Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.


About Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in “Focus on the Family” and the “Upper Room.” Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. “Dear Mr. Knightley” is her first novel.

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Taking The Week Off!


I am taking the week off of work so I am not going to be blogging as well.  I am taking a much needed break.  I still have 2 posts that will go up because I was able to schedule them to post but other than that I am gone but I will be back on the 2nd of December so I will see you all then!

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A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman



I liked this book but I figured out how it was going to end about halfway through and it was kind of predictable most of the time. Even though I figured out what was going to happen I still really enjoyed the author’s writing and the characters in this book. I hated Sam’s dad who passed away within the first couple of chapters. I really liked Charlotte and I am glad in the end everything would out good for her. Like I said I figured out how it was going to end but I still read it until the last page because I loved everything about the story and authors writing. I can’t wait to check out other books by her.

About A Marriage in Middlebury

One decision changed both their lives . . . but will love win in the end? Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with. At eighteen she denied Sam Wilder’s marriage proposal after his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. They both moved on . . . or so she thought. When Sam walks back into her life more than a decade later, Charlotte is surprised that her heart still quickens. But is it because of his presence? Or because of the presence of Sam’s new fiancée? A second chance at love doesn’t happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?


About Anita Higman

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.
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Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter

Aloha Rose

Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter was such a fun book to read. I found at times that I would be laughing at the characters and some of the things that happened to them. I loved all the characters and I loved reading as Laney and Kia figured things out and grew as people. I did get pissed off at some parts in the book that I don’t want to give away so I am not going to talk about them but I totally understood why Laney reacted the way she did. If those same things happened to me I would act the same way that she did. I enjoyed this book and can’t to check out books by this author and also more books in this series.

About Aloha Rose

When Laney Carrigan’s adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God’s love.
Along the path to her true heritage, she meets Hawaiian cowboy/helicopter pilot, Kai Barnes. Kai is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family against a woman he suspects of being nothing more than a gold-digger, but he finds himself drawn to Laney in spite of his reservations. He’s spent his entire life seeking forgiveness from past mistakes and longs for a second chance at happiness.
Laney’s painstaking journey to find restoration and a place to belong among the breathtaking allure of the Big Island will lead her closer to her past and maybe even something more.

Lisa Carter

About Lisa Carter

Lisa Carter has been published in MomSense andChristian Parenting Today. Lisa is currently teaching music at a preschool and enjoying the enthusiasm and joy for life for which preschoolers are famous. She and David have two beautiful daughters.

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8 Books Everyone Should Read

8 Books

When I saw this was one of the prompts for the writers workshop I knew I had to write about it.  The prompt I chose this time is 5.) List 8 books you’ve read that you think everyone should read in their lifetime.  I have read tons of  books in my lifetime and I am going to list 8 of the ones that I have read so far that I think everyone needs to read.  I chose all these books for different reasons and I will write that next to the title & author of the books.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell– I read this book when I was in high school and I find it crazy how some of the things that happened in this book are happening in our country now.  I think that everyone needs to read this book because it is an amazing book and it is an eye opener.
  2. Fearless by Eric Blehm-This is about one of the Navy Seals from Seal Team 6 that went in and killed Osama Bin Laden.  He was shot during the firefight and this is a story written about his life.  I cried through parts of this book because he had an amazing story and I feel so bad for his wife and children who lost him way too soon.
  3. The Milestone Tapes by Ashley Mackler-Paternostro– I am not sure if I can even tell you how much I loved this book.  I cried through a lot of this book and I still loved it.  It is an amazing story and something I think I would do if I had young children and knew I was going to pass away from cancer before they children had grown to be an adult.  She basically makes tapes for her daughter for all the big things she knows her daughter will go through as she is growing up without her.
  4. Stress Test by Richard L. Mabry– I put this one on here because I love a good medical thriller and this one delivered on that.  If you lost suspense/thrillers than I know you will love this one.  (If you click on the title you will be directed to my review on this book)
  5. Anomaly by Krista McGee– I think everyone should read this one because it is about a dystopian society but it brings God into the story and I loved that about this book.  The next book in the series comes out in January and I can’t wait to read it.
  6. The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry-I just read this book recently and I have to say that I loved everything about it.  I loved learning about what was going on during this book and I also had to wonder how many people really lived this story.  It take place in North Korea and it broke my heart to read and I was also sad because you don’t know what really happens at the end.
  7. The Girl In The Box by Sheila Dalton– I read this book a few years ago and I really enjoyed it because like the book The Beloved Daughter I have to wonder how many people really live like this and how many times things like this happen to people.
  8. Defending Jacob by William Landay– I loved this one because you get to see how some people think and you also get to see what some people will do for their children.  I don’t know if my child did something like his does I am not sure how I would handle it and what I would do.

Do you have any suggestions for books that I should read?

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Influenster #RoseVoxBox


I was so excited when I got an email from Influenster saying that I was chosen to received the #RoseVoxBox.  I always love to receive these because they are totally free and come with all full size products in them.  Who doesn’t love to get full size products for free?  If you want to sign up for an account you can click here.  Here is a picture of everything that I got in the box this time.  I am going to talk about each of the products below so you can know what I feel about each of them after using them for a little while.All Items

The first item I am going to talk about is the Lindt LINDOR Truffles because who doesn’t love chocolate.  I think the only thing that could have made this any better where if they were dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.


The next thing I got in the box is BelVita breakfast biscuits, which to me are just cookies.  This are super good and the fill you up when you eat them for breakfast.  This one was in blueberry and I really enjoyed it.  I have tried this before and I have to say that these are my favorite so far.


The next thing that came in the box was these Dr. Scholls Cozy Cushions insoles.  I gave this to my grandma because she would use them where as I don’t know that I would use them.  I can say they are super soft and she seems to love them.  The one thing I like about these is the fact that you can them to any size to fit your shoes.Dr. Scholls

The next product I got was this Vitabath lotion in the scent Scrumptious Vanilla Sugar.  I usually don’t like lotions that smell like food but I have to say that I love this lotion.  It smells amazing and doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy after I put it on


 The next product I got was this Kiss Gradation Polishes.  I get my nails done so these didn’t work for me but I am going to give them to someone who can use them because it is such a great idea.  I wish stuff like this was around when I couldn’t afford to get my nails done because they would be right up my alley.

Nail Polish

  The next product I got was this Rimmel mascara.  I don’t really wear mascara but when I tried this one it didn’t make me want to itch my eyes off like they usually do.  I am glad that I have found a mascara that I can wear when I want to dress up a little bit.


 Those are all the products that I got the #RoseVoxBox.  I have to say that I love everything I got in the box and I can’t wait til I am chosen to get another one.


“I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

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The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry

The Beloved Daughter

The Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry was one of the best  books I have read in a long time.   When I was first contacted by the author I thought it sound like it would be a good book to read  but I never expect to be touched so deeply by the book.  I took me about a chapter to get into the story and after that I was hooked and literally read the whole book while I was at work one day because I had to know how it ended.  I felt so bad for all the characters and yet at the same time I was so proud of most of the characters.  I do have say that some of the characters did shock me and weren’t who I thought they were but I love when that happens because it so rarely happens anymore with the amount of books I read.  I can’t say more because I refuse to give the ending away but I recommend this book to everyone because it is amazing and so thought provoking at the same time.

The Beloved Daughter, an inspirational suspense novel by award-winning author Alana Terry, is a story of persecution and triumph set in the oppressive North Korean regime. The audiobook version of Alana’s bestselling debut novel is narrated by Kathy Garver, a four-time Audie award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Motion Picture Council. (You might also recognize Kathy as Cissy from the TV show Family Affair.)

Listen to a sample of Kathy reading from The Beloved Daughter.

The Beloved Daughter

Synopsis: In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. It is her father’s faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha’s well-being. The Beloved Daughter follows Chung-Cha into one of the most notorious prison camps the contemporary free world has known. Her crime? Being the daughter of a Christian.


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*Winner, Women of Faith Writing Contest

*1st Place, Book Club Network Book of the Month

*Amazon Bestseller (#5 Christian Suspense)


“…an engaging plot that reads like a story out of today’s headlines…” ~ Women of Faith Writing Contest

“Alana is a master storyteller, and I can’t imagine anyone failing to be
captivated by this harrowing tale
. What we have here is a compelling
story, but it’s also one of great importance.” ~ Brad Francis, Author of The Savvy Demon’s Guide to Godly Living

“The Beloved Daughter is a beautifully written story that is…both personal and representative of the challenges that many North Koreans still face today.” ~ Sarah Palmer, Rescue Team Coordinator at Liberty in North Korea

“The author does a phenomenal job… HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – but have tissues handy.” ~ Pauline Creeden, Editor AltWit Press
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The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman

 The Christmas Quilt

 The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman was such a sweet book to read.  I wasn’t sure at the start of the book if it was something that I would enjoy but once I got a few chapters in I didn’t want to put the book down. I love stories that involve the Amish because they always seem to so sweet and cute. I love seeing the world through their eyes because they live so differently than I do. I have to say that my favorite character in this book had to be Leah and I am not totally sure what that is about her but I loved her. I so happy with the ending and this book left a smile on my face because it end perfectly if you were to ask me.

About The Christmas Quilt

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.


About Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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