Archives for May 2014

Widow Of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

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Widow Of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green was an interesting book for me to read.  I have not read many books that take place during the civil war so this was a different type of book for me.  I was glad to read it because I love to know what happened during different time periods in history.  Anyways on to this book.  In this book you follow along as Liberty’s farm is taken from her & turned into a field hospital.  I felt bad for Liberty and everything happened to her during this book.  I was sad when this book was over because I had fallen in love with the characters.

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About This Book

For all who have suffered great loss of heart, home, health or family; true home and genuine lasting love can be found.

When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering-and a Confederate scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

But when the scout doesn’t die she discovers he isn’t who he claims to be .

While Liberty’s future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty’s hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it?

Inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath, Widow of Gettysburg is the Book 2 in the Heroines Behind the Lines series. These books do not need to be read in succession.  For more information & resources about the Heroines Behind the Lines series, visit www.heroinesbehindthelines.com.

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About The Author

Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.

Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.

She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Connect with her on Facebook.

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Okay, that was my official bio. Now, here’s a little more. . .

  • If it weren’t for God’s presence in my life, I would not be able to inspire faith and courage in others. He is my inspiration, my strength, my joy.
  • My favorite verse is Isaiah 26:3. And also Psalm 30:5. Oh wait, Psalm 34:18 is another great one . . . I’ll stop now.
  • I’m an ordinary mom. I make lunches, wipe noses, play Chutes & Ladders, read bedtime stories, dispense band-aids, and give lots of hugs and kisses to my kids while they’ll still let me.
  • I fall behind in my household chores from time to time, especially when on deadline. I keep up with laundry pretty well, but my mop doesn’t see any action, for instance, while I write a book.
  • We love traditions in this house. Among our favorites: having pizza and Family Movie Night on Fridays, watching Rick Steves on Saturday mornings, spaghetti dinner (made by my husband) on Sundays.
  • I do my best writing wearing pants with elastic waistbands. I call these “writing pants.” My favorite pair is summer pajama bottoms from L.L. Bean.
  • I’m an introvert but enjoy public speaking. Weird, right?
  • I’m really big on list-making. I think it’s hereditary, because my 6-year-old seems to have inherited the gene as well. Evidence at right.
  • I tend to either cook 30 meals in a day or go for three months without cooking more than twice a week (and therefore using the 30 meals I had prepared ahead of time). It works out nicely. Although sometimes I wish I was one of those people who cooked and baked super good stuff for fun.
  •  I’m not very crafty. I’ll just say it. I really admire those who are, though.

Thanks so much for stopping by. This feels a little weird talking so much about myself, but that’s what this page is all about. I’d much rather connect with you in a way that’s not so one-sided, though, so please, connect with me through my blog, the contact page, or my Facebook page. I’d love to hear from you.

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Daisies Are Forever by Liz Tolsma

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Daisies Are Forever by Liz Tolsma was an amazing book.  I read the first book in this series and I have to say when I saw this book I knew I had to read it.  I love books that take place during WWII and this one didn’t let me down.  One thing I love about this author is she isn’t afraid to tell the truth about what happened during WWII and what really happened.  In this book you follow along with Gisela as she escapes from the invading Russian army.  She takes her cousins daughters with her as she leaves because her cousin and grandfather can’t go with her.  I didn’t want to put the book down because I had to know what happened.  If you love books about WWII then you will love this book trust me!

Daisies are Forever

About The Book

Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.

However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch’s identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her “marriage.”

Their journey to Gisela’s mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella’s daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.

In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever.

Liz Tolsma

About The Author

New York Times best-selling author Liz Tolsma is the author of Daisies are ForeverSnow on the Tulips, and the contributing author of A Log Cabin Christmas. When not busy putting words to paper, Liz enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and children, all adopted internationally.

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Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss by Kerri Pomarolli

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Moms’ Night Out and other things i miss by Kerri Pomarolli was such a fun book to read.  Like I said in the review of Moms’ Night Out since I am not a mom I can’t understand 100% what is talked about but it did make me smile.  I can see how the things that are talked about in this book would work and would help a stressed out mom calm down and maybe even laugh.  I am going to pass this book on to a someone I know will love it!

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About The Book

As a Mom, couldn’t you use a good laugh?

Inspired by the endearing, true-to-life movie Moms’ Night Out, comedian Kerri Pomarolli has created this light, yet inspiring devotional that will definitely make you laugh, but will also help you discover that indeed you are not alone, and that God’s gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work in your life and of your loved ones.

Whether you’re running full-speed-ahead or disappointed that it’s Monday (again), you’ll find joy in these devotions where Kerri shares hilarious stories and insights on daily life. Messy homes, messy kids, lost pets, never ending casseroles, forgetful husbands, and the desire to just take a long bath . . . This world can be a funny place, and these stories are bound to prove it. Read a devotion to brighten your morning, or catch a few words to make you smile before bed. There’s never a bad time for a good laugh, and as a Mom, you need aMoms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive.

Kerri Pomarolli

About The Author

Called Hollywood’s “God Girl,” Kerri Pomarolli is an accomplished actress, comedian, published author, Christian speaker and veteran of television—with credits that include 29 appearances on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central.

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Moms’ Night Out by Tricia Goyer

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Moms’ Night Out by Tricia Goyer was a book that left me smiling.  I am not usually a fan of comedy books but this one did leave me smiling.  I am sure if I was a mother I would find this even funnier because I would understand more what it feels like.  This is one of those stories where anything that can go wrong did go wrong and it always left me with a smile on my face.  After reading this book I know I have to go and see the movie because the book was amazing!

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About The Book

Moms’ Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours-what could go wrong?

Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Outis an endearing, true-to-life comedy.

Tricia Goyer

About The Author

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series andLead Your Family Like Jesus (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.

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Elbert Hubbard-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This weeks quote is by Elbert Hubbard.

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I loved this description of what a friend is and it is something that I agree with 100%.  What does being a friend mean to you?

What do you think of this quote?  What quotes are you loving right now?

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Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Thankful by Shelley Shepard Gray was an amazing book to read.  I loved this book but that isn’t a huge surprise to me. I loved the first book and I wasn’t let down by this book. In this book you get to follow along with Christina & Aden as they figure out what is going with them. This is such a sweet book and it is one that I am going to keep and add to my collection. I also can’t wait for the next book to come out because I love the characters in these books!

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About The Book

Thankful, Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek series

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray captures the beauty, devotion, and warmth of Amish life in this engaging tale of family, commitment, trust, and love set in the beloved community of Sugarcreek.

Christina Kempf has always known that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. As children, he was there to save her when she fell through the ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day ask her to be his wife.

Aden always planned to court Christina. But losing his mother and father changed everything—except his love for her. Her parents generously welcomed him into their home and treated him like a son. He can’t betray their kindness by admitting his feelings for the girl who is like a sister . . . yet so much more.
Pressured by her parents to court, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men, and now, Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?
Thankful includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

Shelley Shepard Gray

About The Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Timesbestseller, a two-time USA Todaybestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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Most Challenging

Most Challenging This week I am going to write about 1.) The most challenging part about blogging for you is…  I chose this one because now I am really struggling with certain parts of blogging and I wanted to write about them because there are definitely challenges that go along with blogging.

The first thing I have struggled with when it comes to blogging is coming up topics to write about.  I do tons of reviews because I love to read and it was a great way to find new books to read.  It took me awhile to break into the review world but I am glad that I did.  Anyway let’s get back on topic.  Other than reviews I struggle with coming up with things to write about because I am scared to put certain things on my blog because I am worried about the reactions somethings could bring.  I have tried to get more personal when it comes to adoption and Multiple Sclerosis because I know I need to get my feeling out but it is hard to expose certain things about me and let other people in.

Another thing I am finding challenging is finding other blogs to read and comment on so that I can find more readers for my blog.  Since I don’t really have a blogging niche like some blogs do so I am struggling to find other blog’s that are like mine.  I know that people don’t read my blog a lot because of the book reviews but I love doing the reviews so I just need to find a better balance between reviews & personal post I guess.

Those are the things that I find most challenging about blogging now.  Things always change in my world but as for now those are the things that I find the most challenging.  If you have any advice please let me know!

What do you find most challenging about blogging now? 

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If you want to join in pick one of the prompts below and click here to link your post up!

1.) The most challenging part about blogging for you is…

2.) You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?

3.) A blog post inspired by the word: sweet

4.) Describe your dream home.

5.) Choose a recent Instagram photo and use it to inspire a blog post!

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Adoption Thoughts: Mother’s Day

Adoption Thoughts

Mothers Day was a few weeks ago and because it is a hard time for me I couldn’t bring myself to write this post at that time.  I still wanted to write this post in hopes that it may help a birth mom out there know that she isn’t alone when it comes to hating Mothers Day.  I never have been a huge fan of holidays like Mothers Day before but now I hate Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is hard for me because I am in a weird place in regards to being a mother in the eyes of people in the world.  It is hard to know that you are a mother but to basically have everyone ignore the fact that you are.  I try and make it a nice day for my Grandma but in the end I always end up just being sad.  This is also one of days that I always wonder what it would have been like had I kept her and decided to parent.  Now that being said I don’t regret my choices because I know I made the right choice for her but you can’t help but wonder sometimes.

I guess I just wish that people in the world we understand that there are different types of mothers and not every mother looks the same.  Just like not all mothers become a mother the same way.  It hurts me to see other mothers talk down to birth mom’s because of the choices we made for our children.  It is also hard because if you don’t know a person placed their child then you have no idea.  It is just a hard place to be and it makes Mother’s Day hard.  It is also seemed from time to time on Mother’s Day that some people rub the fact that you placed your child for adoption in your face and think that he desire to be miserable and in pain on Mother’s Day.

Those are just a few thoughts that I have been having this year about Mother’s Day.  I also wanted to share this video that I found last week.  I knew I wanted to share it with everyone because it spoke to me and it was an amazing idea and it was an amazing video.  I hope it also helps people see that there are different kinds of mothers in this world.  Watch this video and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Box Review:NatureBox

Subscription Box Reviews

I get several subscription boxes sent to me each month and I figured I would review some of them for you in case you would be interested in signing up for them as well.  I love getting them because who doesn’t like to get surprises in the mail each month.  The one I am going to be talking about today is the NatureBox. They have three different sized boxes where you get a different amount of snacks in your box.  The one I get is $19.95 and I get five snacks each month.  One thing that makes this one different is that you can chose what you want in the box or you can let them surprise you each month.  Now lets get on to the fun part of this post.

Here is what the box looks like and what all the products look like:

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The first snack that I opened an ate were the Dried Peaches and I have to say that I loved them!  I love dried fruit and these were amazing.

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I didn’t try the next thing because I am not a fan of Seaweed but my Grandma did and she said they were okay but you could taste the seaweed in them.

Seaweed Rice Pops

The next thing I got was the Popsugar Must Have mix.  I received one these in Popsugar box as well as one in this box.  This was a great mix and I actually gave this one to my Grandma because I ate the first one and I didn’t need this one as well.

Popsugar Must have mix

I love pistachios and these ones didn’t let me down.  I love that you could taste the lemon when you are eating them.  I never would have thought to combine these two flavors but they did work!

Lemon Pucker

The last product I received in this box was Blueberry Almond Bites.  These were so good.  I love the different textures and the combination of flavors that you get with these.

Blueberry Almond Bites

I love this box because the snacks are healthy and they taste amazing.  If you want to sign up you can click here and get your own box.  Is this something that you would like to get?

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William Blake-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This weeks quote is by William Blake.  Go ahead and read the quote and I will take about it below.

William Blake

I love this because it is so true.  I truly believe that you can never go to high if you are doing things on your own and not depending on other people.  What do you think about this quote?  Do you like it?  Let me know in the comments below!

What quotes are you loving right now?

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