Archives for January 2014
A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher was a good book to read. This book was so sweet and it was also a book I came to love. In this book you get to follow along with Allison as she is healing from her divorce and trying to figure out everything that comes along with getting a divorce. I loved how this book went between Allison talking and her great aunt Emma talking. I wish I could say more about this book but I don’t want to give anything away. This is such a sweet story and I was glad I read it.
God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.
What had become of His promise?
Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.
The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she’d misunderstood.
Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.
As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord?
Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption,A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways.
About The Author
Robin is the author of 65+ novels and novellas. Her home is in Idaho, where she spends her time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving her family and friends.
Learn more about Robin at:http://www.robinleehatcher.com
If The Shoe Fits by Sandra D. Bricker was a fun book to read. I loved parts of this book and other parts I didn’t like. The author did a great job of making me dislike certain characters while loving other characters. In this book you get to follow along with Julianne as she dates a man named Paul all while not wanting to admit that she is in love with Will her business partner and best friend. I have to say that I hated Paul and everytime he was in chapter or Julianne talked about him or to him I wanted to punch the man in the face. I loved the ending and I was glad that I read this book because I have found an author that can write in a way that makes you truly feel like you know the characters.
Julianne used to believe in fairy tales; she’s been watching for Prince Charming to come charging in on his white steed ever since the day her mother read her Cinderella for the first time. But she’s never come close to finding the perfect man-instead she’s always tripping over her childhood best friend, Will. And who finds their Prince Charming on a 10-speed bicycle on the other side of the cul de sac? Well… Julianne does. Only she doesn’t have a clue.
She and Will are attorneys now, and they’ve joined up in private practice in a beautiful Cincinnati office building that overlooks the Ohio River. And then one day Julianne is on her way to court, and runs right smack dab into Prince Charming. But when she looks again, all she finds is a metaphoric sign she is certain came straight from Heaven: The Prince’s toolbox has fallen off the back of his truck, and a work boot along with it. What better way for God to grab the attention of a Cinderella-in-training than to show her a glass slipper…errrr, work boot?…waiting to be reunited with its owner?
So she sets out to track down the mysterious Prince Charming. He’s the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen…and a caring animal rescuer, too. Surely he must be the soul mate God has prepared her for.
But, Julianne’s prince is starting to look less and less charming all the time. No matter how she tries to romanticize him, he just keeps tumbling down off that dumb pedestal. And with the Bar Association dinner coming up that will honor her for her outstanding charity work over the year, Julianne wants so much for her friends and colleagues to see her with someone besides her best friend Will. To make matters worse, Prince Charming has no designs on wearing a penguin suit and attending a stuffy old dinner. With her pride pressing in on her like sticks from a cactus, Julianne sinks to the bottom of the proverbial barrel and actually offers to pay Paul to be her date.
Julianne is on a collision course with God’s perfect plan for her life…if only she could open her eyes and see it before it’s too late
Raised as a Cincinnati Kid, Sandie Bricker spent her formative years dreaming about the movies and television shows she would someday write. It came as no surprise to anyone when she packed up her Ford Fiesta and migrated to Los Angeles to study screenwriting.
“But life is what happens while we’re busy making other plans,” she jokes. While searching for a way to earn a living and pay her tuition, Sandie says she “stumbled into” her own business working as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill on the other side of the country, however, Sandie put soap opera clients, film dreams—and Los Angeles—in her rearview mirror to take on a new role:Caregiver.
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A Miracle Of Hope by Ruth Reid was a great book. I read this book in a day and a half because I was so drawn in by the characters and I wanted to know what had happened to Lindie. I loved how the author could make me feel as if I was there with the characters and I also could understand why the characters would do the things that they did. There has been only 2 other books that have brought me to tears and this will be the third one. There are so many points in this book that I wanted to cry and that tears did gather in my eyes. I loved this book and I can’t wait to read the books that will come in this series.
Book One in the Amish Wonders series.
How far can God’s mercy reach?
Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.
Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?
About The Author
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.
Find out more about Ruth at:http://ruthreid.com
I loved this book from start to finish. I read the first book in this series and I remember I liked it but not like I like this one. I loved all the characters in this book and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I loved Patience and I was sad when this book was over because I will miss her character. I didn’t really like William at first but by the end of the book I really did enjoy his character. I loved to see the changes in him and in Patience throughout the book. I also had to laugh at how Patience considered herself a spinster because she was 25. I am glad times have changed and that isn’t true in todays society.
About The Book
Patience Creighton has dedicated herself to the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. But the return of the enigmatic master of the estate puts everything she loves at risk.
Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she invests herself in teaching at her father’s school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to make the school successful.
Confirmed bachelor William Sterling also knows what is expected of him, but mistake after mistake has left him teetering on ruin’s edge. As master of Eastmore Hall he owns a great deal of property — including the land where Rosemere School is located — but possesses little money to manage its upkeep. When debtors start calling, he is desperate to find a new source of income, even if it means sacrificing Rosemere.
When a fire threatens the school grounds, William must decide to what lengths he is willing to go to protect his birthright. And when Patience’s brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience suddenly finds herself unsure of her calling. After a surprising truth about William’s past is brought to light, both William and Patience will have to seek God’s plans for their lives-and their hearts.
About The Author
Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
Learn more about Sarah at: http://sarahladd.com
On Monday I wrote a post about 2 groups of people I would love to read my blog and I decided it would be fun to list a few people who I think and/or wish didn’t read my blog.
- Family-Lets just say if they didn’t read this or I didn’t have to worry about them finding this blog I would have more topics to write about because there are so many posts that I write but can’t publish because I don’t want to have to worry about drama or my grandparents getting mad.
- People who I have had to stop being friends with because I couldn’t take any more of their drama or bad choices in my life any long.
- People who feel that everyone who places their children for adoption were forced into placing them or tricked into placing them.
- People who make it their life to make others feel bad about themselves. I have never had this done to be and I don’t know that I would bother me but it would drive me up the wall.
Those are just a few of the people that I wish didn’t or wouldn’t read my blog. I am sure the longer I think about it I will have more people that come to mind but these ones are the ones I worry the most about.
Who do you wish didn’t read your blog?
The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen was a great story but hard at times for me to get through. I really enjoyed this story and the authors writing but for some reason it was hard for me to finish and I am not sure why. I have read several others books by her and I loved them but this one for me was a little slow. At times I did get pissed at Julia for how she acted and things that she did but I always had to tell myself that this was different time and place. All it all if you love historical fiction books you should check this out.
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Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.
Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch’s daughter. Though he’s initially wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul—and hidden sorrows of her own.Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master—a man her mother would never approve of—but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village . . . and to her mother’s tattered heart?Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England.
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyreand Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She is a three-time Christy Award winner and a 2010 Midwest Book Award winner for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Learn more about Julie at: http://julieklassen.com
I chose another prompt from the Daily Post blog and the one I chose this time is:
If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?
When I read this prompt I knew I wanted to write about it but I wasn’t sure who I would want the one person to be. I have sat and thought about it and I know who I wouldn’t want to read my blog but as for someone who would I am not so sure.
I don’t think I could just pick one person so I am going to change it to a group of people. Even as I try and have it be a group of people I still have more than one so I guess I am totally breaking all the rules and just going to list 2 groups of people.
- I wish young people who are getting diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at a young age like I did would read this blog. I know when I was diagnosed it sucked that there was no one around me that was my age. When we would go to events I was always the youngest person and I wish I would have had someone I could relate to. It is hard to be 16 years old and be diagnosed with a disease that can’t be cured.
- I would want book-worms to read my blog because I know before I got into reviewing books I had a really hard time figuring out what to read next and things like that. I wish I would have had a blog or place to go where I would read reviews of books and a place to read about different types of books.
Those are the two groups of people I would like to read my blog because I think it would be interesting for them. I am sure there are other groups that would like to read my blog but those are the 2 main groups that I would like to read it.
Who would you want to read your blog?