The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller

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The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller was a fun read.  This is the first book by Judith Miller that I have read and I have to say that she is a great author.  I can’t wait to check out more books by her in the future.  In this book you follow along with Ewan as he tries to make money running a brick maker because that is what he did in Ireland.  Even as he works so hard trying to get the business up and running his uncle spends time gambling and almost ruining it all.  I love this book because it did have twists and turns but it also had parts that made me just laugh.  This is a well rounded novel that I would recommend to anyone who loves historical romance books.

The Brickmaker's BrideAbout The Book

Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia

Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it’s Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man—a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he’ll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.

Judith MillerAbout The Author

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

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A Lady At Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Book ReviewA Lady At Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd was another great book by Sarah E Ladd.  I have to say that I don’t know that I have read a book written by her that I haven’t enjoyed.  Anyway lets get on to the review of this book.  I loved this book because it is such sweet love story.  I have to say when I wanted to review this book because of the author not because the book sounds super good to me.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I ended up really loving it when I didn’t know how much I would really like this book.  It just goes to show that you really shouldn’t judge a book by even the back cover because I loved this book and I don’t know that I would have picked it up if it wasn’t for the fact that I love the author.  I loved the characters and the setting of this book.  I have read the other two books in the series but you don’t have to read them to understand what is going on in this book.  If you love historical romance books than don’t miss this book.

A Lady at Willowgrove HallAbout The Book

Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.

His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own — one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?

 

SLadd-118About 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.
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What To Do?

What To DoIt is fall in Utah which means it will soon be snowing.  I saw a prompt that asked what I did on a dark and stormy day and I figured it would be a good topic to write about because that type of weather will soon be taking over in Utah.  There aren’t a ton of things that I do when it is storming out but a few things that I really do enjoy doing.

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this prompt was I love to watch football when it is stormy and nasty out.  I don’t think there are many things better than curling up and watching a good football game when it is cold and nasty out.  On with that theme I also love to just put on a good movie or even watch reruns of my favorite shows curled up in bed.  I love not having to go out and being able to watch it storm and be warm and comfortable in my house watching TV.

The only other thing that I really love doing when it is storming is to get whatever book I am reading and find a warm spot to sit and finish the book.  I love being able to read books when it is gross outside because I can read about warm places and forget for a while that it is snowing and freezing outside for a little while.  I also have started to love listening to audiobooks because there are days where my head hurts so bad that I can’t read but being able to listen to an audiobook is great for passing the time as well.

Those are a few things that I love to do when it is stormy and gross out.  What do you like to do when it is storming outside?

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Fuzzy Logic by Susan C Daffron

fuzzy logic buttonFuzzy Logic by Susan C Daffron was a fun book to read.  This was a nice change of pace for me and I am now going to go back and check out the first book in the series because the author does such a good job writing.  These books aren’t typically my favorite types of books but I really did enjoy this one and I loved that she made the dogs in the book seem like they were characters themselves.  If you love cute stories with animals & people than I know you will love this book!

fuzzy logicAbout The Book

Librarian Jan Carpenter likes things just so. Nestled in her tidy little cottage on the outskirts of the small hamlet of Alpine Grove, she enjoys her quiet life with her friendly, rotund black lab, Rosa.

Jan’s orderly life is turned upside down when she attends her mother’s latest wedding in San Diego. (Number six…or maybe seven, but who’s counting?) There, Jan encounters Michael Lawson, the obnoxious neighbor kid from twenty years ago. He’s still irritating, but not as annoying as his dog who has a habit of eating…everything. The last thing Jan wants to do is risk heartache on a vacation fling with a smooth-talking serial dater, even if he is sinfully gorgeous and finds her unusual ability to remember obscure facts fascinating.

Amidst wardrobe destruction, canine digestive indiscretions, and episodes of extreme mortification, Jan’s desire to avoid drama may put the brakes on her fiery attraction to Michael. But maybe being cautious and responsible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

susan c daffronAbout The Author

Susan Daffron is the author of the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies, a series of novels that feature residents of the small town of Alpine Grove and their various quirky dogs and cats. She is also an award-winning author of many nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue. She lives in a small town in northern Idaho and shares her life with her husband, two dogs and a cat–the last three, all “rescues.” You can read more about her at her website SusanDaffron.com.

 

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Slave Again by Alana Terry

Book ReviewSlave Again by Alana Terry was an amazing book.  I read her first book and if you haven’t read that review click here to check it out so this book was one I had high hopes for.  It did live up to those hopes and even surpass them.  This book at times was hard for me to read because of what the poor women & children have to go through.  Her books also have opened my eyes to what really goes on over there and it breaks my heart because things like this shouldn’t still be happening in our world.

Anyway let’s get on to the review of this book.   Like I said this book was amazing and it lived up to everything that I thought it would.  There are parts of this book that broke my heart and were hard to read but none of it made me want to stop reading.  This book did have a rough start for me but that isn’t because nothing happened.  A lot happened right at the start but I think the subject made it hard for me to read right in the start but once I was a few chapters in I didn’t want to put the book down.  I have to say that there are twists in the book and some of them I saw coming and others I didn’t which always makes for a good read.  I do wonder what happened to some of the characters in the end but all in all I loved this book and it is one that I am going to keep in my collection.

Slave AgainAbout The Book

After escaping a North Korean prison camp, Mee-Kyong is hustled over the border and sold into the Chinese underworld. She vows to survive, but sheer determination and willpower won’t save her this time. Is she fated to remain a slave forever?

Slave Again is a Christian suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry, whose debut novel, The Beloved Daughter, won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, The Book Club Network, and Readers’ Favorite.

alana-terryAbout The Author

Alana is passionate about human-rights issues in North Korea and has devoted her writing to raise both awareness and funds to help North Korean refugees find freedom and safety. You can find out more about Liberty in North Korea and Alana’s rescue campaign at alanaterry.com/link.

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Hidden In The Stars by Robin Caroll

Book ReviewHidden In The Stars by Robin Caroll was another great addition in The Quilts of Love series.  I have only read one book in this series that I didn’t like so these books always have so much they have to live up to and this one didn’t let me down at all.  This one was even better than so of the other ones because it takes place in the present time and it was more of a mystery book and those will always be my favorite genre to read.  I instantly fell in love with the characters and once again my only complaint was the fact that I wish the stories were longer because I love the books so much.  I did figure out how it ended but that is pretty much how it goes for me.  I loved this book and if you love mystery/suspense books than I know you will love this one as well.

Hidden in the StarsAbout The Book

A quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large—and who his next victim will be.
Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.
Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

 

Robin CarollAbout The Author

Robin Caroll is the author of 22 published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 20-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for ACFW. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.
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Quilts Of LoveAbout Quilts Of Love

Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

 

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The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt

Book ReviewThe Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt was a sweet book.  This is a book that I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it but I have to say it was a sweet story.  This one was different for me to read because it is basically told from the male point of view and that is a nice change from the books I usually read.  This author has an amazing way of writing.  I can’t put my finger on what I loved so much about it but I didn’t want to put the book down and I was sad when it was over.  There are very few books that I would read over again and this is one of them.  If you are looking for a sweet story make sure you check this one out.

The Mason JarAbout The Book

What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she’s ever read? “But,” she said, “it’s about you.” The author is your college ex.

In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather’s desk—letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.

Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.

A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.

Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common toDances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.

James Russell LingerfeltAbout The Author

James Russell Lingerfelt is the author of The Mason Jar and writes articles for The Huffington Post. James connects with readers at his blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective, and divides his time between Southern California and his family’s ranch in Alabama.

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Where Treetops Glisten

Book ReviewWhere Treetops Glisten was an amazing book.   This book was the best of two types of  books that I love to read.  It takes place during WWII & it is also is a collection of 3 short stories written by 3 different authors.  It also helps that I love all three of the authors in this book so reading it was great.  I am not going to get into the stories  but this such a sweet book and perfect for the holiday season.  This book will leave you smiling and wanting more.  I do wish that the stories would have been a whole book because I did love each of them and wanted to read more about them.  If you are looking for a heart warming story to read during the holidays than this is the book for you!

Where Treetops GlistenAbout The Book

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime

Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas

Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas,trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?

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TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger.

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The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

Book ReviewThe Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford was a fun book to read.  I am going to say right up front that some people had problems with some language in this book but I personally didn’t see a problem with it.  This book was so different from anything that I have read in awhile that I truly enjoyed all of it.  There were parts that I thought drug on a little longer than they needed to but the overall message of this book made reading through those part so worth it.  I recommend this book to everyone and I hope that you will stick through the slow parts because it is an amazing book.

The Sea HouseAbout the Book

Scotland, 1860

Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together — a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home — but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.

Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.

Elisabeth GiffordAbout The Author

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a vicarage in the industrial Midlands. She studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She is the author of The House of Hope: A Story of God’s Love and Provision for the Abandoned Orphans of Chinaand has written articles for The Times and the Independent and has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford OUDCE and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married with three children. They live in Kingston on Thames but spend as much time as possible in the Hebrides.

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Life Discarded by D.E. Haggerty

Life Discarded by D.E. Haggerty wasn’t my favorite book.  I believe that has to do with the subject matter and how related able the author made it.  That being said it was a hard book for me to read but at the same time it was well written and a book I am sure that people will love.

Cover 2.0About The Book

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Date Published:September 1, 2014

Why would a woman who has it all throw her life away? Morgan has the perfect life. She married the man of her dreams. Daniel is smart, gorgeous and successful. Everything she has always wanted in a husband and the father of her children. But he’s also domineering, over protective and jealous. Is living with him enough to drive Morgan over the edge? Or does something more treacherous lurk beneath the façade?

D.E. HaggertyAbout The Author

D.E. Haggerty was born and raised in Wisconsin but thinks she’s a European. After spending her senior year of high school in Germany, she developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. After high school she returned to the U.S. to go to college ending up with a Bachelor’s degree in History at the tender age of 20 while still managing to spend time bouncing back and forth to Europe during her vacations. Unable to find a job after college and still suffering from wanderlust, she joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policewoman for 5 years. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, she met her future husband, a flying Dutchman. After being given her freedom from the Army, she went off to law school. She finished law school and moved to the Netherlands with her husband and became a commercial lawyer for more than a decade. During a six month break from the lawyering world, she wrote her first book, Unforeseen Consequences. Although she finished the book, she went back to the law until she could no longer take it and upped stakes and moved to Germany to start a B&B. Three years after starting the B&B, she got the itch and decided to pull the manuscript for Unforeseen Consequences out of the attic and get it published as an e-book. Deciding that she may have indeed finally found what she wanted to do with her life, she went on to write Buried Appearances. After moving to Istanbul, she started on Life: Discarded , her third book. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune and reading books like they are going out of style, she writes articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, reviews other indie authors’ books, writes a blog about whatever comes to mind and is working on her fourth book.

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