Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson

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Blue Midnight by Tess Thompson was another amazing book.  This is the second book I have read by Tess Thompson and I have to say that I wasn’t let down.  She is an amazing author and I am so glad I get the chance to review her books.  Anyway let’s get on to the review for this book.  I loved all the characters and from the first page of this book I felt bad for Blythe and I spent the book hoping that everything worked out good for her.  I am always a sucker for love stories and this one didn’t let me down in the least.

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About The Book

“If you change your mind, here’s this.” Finn Lanigan kissed a young Blythe Heywood one last time under an Idaho star-scattered sky. It was the last kiss that ever weakened her knees, the last sky she noticed for over a dozen years. Then she left, returning to her fiancé, the wedding she’d committed to and the secure life she’d yearned for since she was a little girl.

Thirteen years later, her husband leaves Blythe for his young associate. Devastated, she’s unable to imagine the next chapter of her life as she packs her family’s belonging to move across town. Unexpectedly, she finds the forgotten slip of paper in the back of drawer.

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Hadn’t she tossed it years before, in one of the moments that first year of marriage when she vowed to be the perfect wife and mother? Apparently not. Here it remained. Her road not taken.

Facing three weeks without her young daughters, Blythe sets out to find the man she left behind so long ago. With only the name of the small town where he once lived, Peregrine, Idaho, and the memory of their last kiss under a starry sky, she heads across the Pacific Northwest in search of him.

What she finds in the foothills of Blue Mountain challenges everything she thought she knew and is the very last thing she expected. Within days, her life changes forever. But it is her destiny and destinies cannot be denied.

The first book of the Lanigan Clan Collection, laced with Thompson’s multifaceted and diverse characters, “Blue Midnight” is a mature love story about second chances, family and the complexities of trust and vulnerability after betrayal.

Tess Thompson

About The Author

Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright. She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California.After some success as a playwright she decided to write a novel, a dream she’d held since childhood. She began working on her first novel, Riversong while her second daughter was eight months old, writing during naptimes and weekends. She considers it a small miracle and the good-nature of her second child (read: a good napper) that it was ever finished. Riversong was released in April 2011 by Booktrope, a Seattle publisher and subsequently became a #1 Nook book and Kindle best seller. Learn more about Booktrope atwww.booktrope.comLike her main character in Riversong, Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She currently lives in Snoqualmie, Washington with her two small daughters where she is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.

She was an active member of the theatre community in Seattle as an actor and director during the late nineties. In 2000 she wrote her first full-length play, My Lady’s Hand which subsequently won the 2001 first place prize for new work at the Burien Theatre.

A voracious reader, Tess’s favorite thing to do is to curl up on a rainy afternoon and read a novel. She also enjoys movies, theatre, wine and food. She is fed emotionally by her friends and family and cherishes relationships above all else.

Tess will be releasing her second novel, Caramel and Magnolias, in February 2013. She is busy working a historical fiction set in 1930’s Alabama that is based on a short story of her great-great grandmother’s.

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Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

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Rival Hearts by Tara Randel is another book in the Quilts of Love series.  Once again I wasn’t let down by this series or this author.  I read this book in a few hours and I have to say I sad when it was over because I fell in love with the characters and the authors writing.   This is the first book by this author that I have read and I can’t wait to check out other books by her.

Anyway let’s talk about this book.  In this book you get to know Molly & Ben as the compete to get the same job at the publishing company that they work for.  They have to basically switch places and focus on the other person’s job.  So Ben has to make a quilt while Molly has to learn and go kayaking.  After the complete their different tasks they had to write about them and their boss would then chose who he thought would be best for job.  I love the ending of the book and I have to say that I wasn’t shocked at all by the final turn the  book did take but in all it was a great book and I am so glad I received it to read.

Rival Hearts

About The Book

They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

About The Author

Tara Randel is the author of five romance novels includingLasting LoveMelody of Love, and This Time Love. A member of ACFW, Tara is also the lead author of the new Annie’s Mysteries series (see AnniesMysteries.com). Tara lives in New Port Richey, Florida.

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About The Quilts Of Love Series

Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts 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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A Mothers Secret by Amy Clipston

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A Mother’s Secret by Amy Clipston was another great fiction book about the Amish.  This is the first book from this author that I have read and I have to say that I loved it.  I loved that in this book Carolyn had a son when she wasn’t married and only 16 years old.  The reason for this is that this is the first book where a current issue in today’s society was brought into the story and I really admired the author for stepping out of the box a little bit and making the story a little more relatable.  I loved this book but there were parts for it is flow the best but I was able to look past those parts because I wanted everything to work out for Carolyn & her son Ben.  I loved the ending of the book but it did seem rushed and I wish there would have been more to the ending than there was.  If you love Amish fiction that I would add this one to your most read list for sure.

A Mothers Secret

About The Book

Book two in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.

Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever?

Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin’s father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her.

His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn’t convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter.

When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn’s brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance.

After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family-and the unconditional love-she’s longed for?

Amy Clipston

About The Author

Amy Clipston holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, and two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.

Amy can be found at: website,TwitterFacebook

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Josephine Baker-Quote Of The Week

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This weeks quote is by Josephine Baker.

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This quote was on my calendar for the month of June.  I knew once I saw the quote that I had to use it because it is so true for me.  The calendar I am using now has a different animal picture each month and I haven’t really noticed the quotes before and when I read this one I had to smile because it is so true.  The animal on this months quote was a couple of dogs playing and I don’t have dogs I do have 2 cats that I love and adore.  One of them is coming to the end of her life and I know I will have to say goodbye sooner than I want to but I know I will always remember and love her!

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Forever Amish by Kate Lloyd

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Forever Amish by Kate Lloyd was another great Amish fiction book.  I have really been getting into Amish fiction books and this one didn’t let me down.  I loved the twists that this book took and it defiantly took me on a ride because I didn’t see some of things that happened happening that is for sure.  I loved Sally & Lizzie because they seemed like they could be real people.  I was happy with the ending because I had hoped throughout the whole book that it would end like it did.  If you love Amish fiction than this is definitely a must read!

Forever Amish

About The Book

The latest book in the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, Forever Amishintroduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This is a story of forgiveness, legacies, and the ties that bind through generations.

It’s the Last Thing She Expects to Find

Sally Bingham needs some time away to sort through the changes in her life and to rethink her upcoming marriage. Despite her ailing father’s hesitations, she takes off for a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County for a weekend away. But her best-laid plans leave her in a near collision with a bishop’s buggy and in the home of a mysterious Amish woman named Lizzie. Lizzie introduces her to a different perspective on life, a charming farmhand named Armin— and opens a Pandora’s box that will forever change Sally’s life.

Kate Lloyd

About The Author

Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She’s worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.

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Runaway by SM Knowles writing as Aubrey Kendall

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Runaway by SM Knowles writing as Aubrey Kendall was a book I don’t usually get interested in by I did enjoy it for the most part.  I felt back for Courtney and I understand the choices that she made and why she made them but I don’t think I could even do what she did.  The story was a good story but there were parts that didn’t flow as well as other parts of the story.  Now that being said I really did enjoy this book and I was glad I got the chance to read it because like I said if I hadn’t been sent this book I don’t know that I would have read it on my own.

Runaway

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At seventeen years old, Courtney Apuzzo is fed up. With a dead mom and an alcoholic father that beats her every chance he gets, Courtney decides that enough is enough. Packing up only what she needs, Courtney leaves home without telling a soul and heads off to find her new life.
Life on her own is not exactly as she thought it would be. With nowhere to stay, Courtney finds herself sleeping on an old stoop in an abandoned apartment alleyway. A chance meeting with a new group of friends seems like a great beginning to her second chance at a real life. But everything is not as it seems.
Tricked into a life she never wanted and fears, Courtney needs to run away, again. She needs to find a way out of this new and dangerous life. With the help from a man she barely knows, will Courtney find her way out? Or will she find herself on the run from a dangerous past, and a hopeless future? Faced with a choice that will change her life forever.

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A Moment In Time by Tracie Peterson

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A Moment in Time by Tracie Peterson was another great book.  I don’t know that I have ever read a book by her that I haven’t loved.  This is the second book in the Lone Star Brides series and I was so glad to be able to stay caught up with the characters I came to love from the first book called “A Sensible Arrangement”.  Now on to this book In this book you get to know more about Alice and things that happened to her and how she feels about everything.  The only thing I didn’t really enjoy about this book was the ending because I felt it was kind of abrupt but I am hoping they will fill in some parts in the third book in this series.  If you love historical fiction and/or Tracie Peterson that I know you will love this book.

A Moment In Time

About The Book

Alice Chesterfield is a woman pursued. Having survived an attack that left her scarred and her father dead, she is never free from the fear and memories of the man who is responsible.

Texas seems to be an answer to Alice’s prayers, and when she has the opportunity to relocate to a ranch near Dallas, Robert Barnett captures her attention. Unlike any man Alice has ever known, Robert doesn’t worry about the obstacles that stand in their way–and he hardly seems to notice the scar she bears.

But there are storm clouds gathering; devastating information about her family comes to light, threatening Alice’s peaceful sanctuary. Disillusioned, Alice must learn to place her trust in God as she seeks a measure of peace for her future…and for her heart.

Tracie Peterson

About The Author

Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

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Harte’s Peak by Maria Michaels

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Title: Harte’s Peak

Author: Maria Michaels

Release Date: June 20, 2014

Genre: Inspirational romance

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Synopsis

Vera Carrington loves her newly renovated home and her cafe, The Bean, but with a balloon mortgage looming over head and a man from her past ready to bounce on her misfortune, she may have to face the agonizing decision of keeping one and selling the other.

Deputy Sheriff, Ryan Colton, is a new man in Christ. His days as a flamboyant pro-circuit skier are behind him, but to help Vera keep her home and her business, he agrees to coach her for an upcoming open ski tournament. He even agrees to hand over the purse if he should win.

Can Vera beat the odds and win the tournament? Will Ryan save the day, or will they both learn to trust God, no matter the outcome?

Review

Harte’s Peak by Maria Michaels was such a fun book to read.  From the first page right up until the last page I didn’t want to put this book down.  I loved the characters in this book in fact I loved everything about this book & the authors writing.  I also loved that they brought the story back to go throughout and made me realize that anything is possible if you trust in God.

Excerpt

Vera served dinner at the counter, and they ate on the kitchen stools. No need to get fancy with Ryan. This wasn’t a date, and she wanted to make that clear.

Men like Ryan, church-going men, were to be her friends and nothing more. Even if those brown eyes, that devastating smile, and his athletic form reminded her that once she’d thought him a very attractive man.

A little too handsome maybe. She’d quickly placed him in the compete-with mirror-time category, but tonight it seemed she might have been wrong all along.

“This is delicious,” Ryan said.

He must have meant it because he cleaned his plate. She’d forgotten how satisfying it was to cook a meal for someone who appreciated it. “Thanks.”

“Maybe you should open that restaurant.” Ryan rose and took his plate to the sink.

In the sudden, gaping silence, Ryan seemed to regret his words. “I’m sorry. I know times are hard for everyone. Every business owner in town is struggling.”

Vera winced. She could ski with the wind and cook like a chef. “I don’t need your pity. The café is doing great.”

“That’s kind of what I thought. So tell me, why this urgency to get your hands on the top prize of twenty-five thousand dollars?”

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Author Bio

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When her dreams of achieving Rock and Roll Hall of Fame status were dashed, Maria Michaels tackled her first book in 2010, and now the people and voices that occupy her head refuse to leave.

She no longer sings unless you count randomly bursting into song to annoy her children (and the dogs).

Maria lives in northern California with her family, including two beagles, one who can say ‘hello’ and the other who can feel a pea through several pillows.

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If I Say Yes by Brandy Jellum

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If I Say Yes by Brandy Jellum was a good book.  I have to say that I felt bad for Elizabeth or Liza because of what she went through in her past and things that happened to her.  I have to say I wasn’t fond of Reid and to be honest I am not 100% sure what is about him that I didn’t like.  I thought Eli was super sweet and perfect for Liza.  There were parts of this book that slowed down for me but for the most part it held my attention and that means it was an okay book even during the slow parts.

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About The Book

Elizabeth Lewis was the child of Hollywood’s darling couple, until her father murdered her mother.

Six years later, she has traded her flashy, luxurious lifestyle for one of safe anonymity as a literary agent. With a different name and appearance, Liza Winter is living the life of her dreams—one where she’s known for who she is instead of what her father did. Except her apartment should be condemned, her car only starts when it wants, she hates the romance genre she has been assigned, and the CEO’s deliciously attractive nephew is out to ruin her carefully laid plans.

Reid Harder has never met an obstacle he couldn’t overcome. When his new position in the romance department comes with a benefit his uncle didn’t mention, he decides to wage a war against the intelligent, beautiful Liza to destroy every argument she has for turning him down. Still, the closer he gets to winning the prize, the more he realizes that the woman is keeping secrets that may endanger not just her life but his.

Will Liza overcome her mistrust of Reid to reveal her secrets before he learns the truth and walks away? Or will a grudge-wielding apparition from her past make her the next deadly Hollywood headline?

Brandy Jellum

About The Author

Brandy’s passion for writing began long before she actually sat down to write. As a child, she has had an obsession with reading. Everything from the classic stories by Jane Austen to YA Fiction by Richelle Mead. Finally, in 2012, she decided to create her own stories for people to fall in love with. Brandy bounces back and forth writing both Young Adult Fiction and Romance.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found chasing after her husband, her four children and her black lab Diesel. Or curled up on her favorite corner of the couch with her newest book.

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Multiple Sclerosis Tuesday-My Current Thoughts & An Update

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I thought I would so another Multiple Sclerosis Tuesday post this week.  Instead of talking about anything in particular I would just write down some thoughts I have been having about MS and a little update on what is going on with me right now.

Lately I have hated the fact that diseases like MS even exist.  I have gotten to know so many people that have auto-immune diseases and it just piss’s me off to know that god lets people suffer like we do.  That being said I know it is in his plan for all of us and that he gave us these things because he knows we can handle them.  I know that it is true but I often wonder if at times we aren’t given more than we can handle anyway that isn’t the point of this post.

I also have been wishing that people would stop judging those of us who have MS and think we are lazy because we can’t really do much.  Now that being said I for the most part can keep up with anyone and if I don’t tell you I have MS right now you can’t tell.  Even my own family thinks I am lazy because when I get home from work all I want to do it take my bath and go to bed.  People don’t take the time to ask or even realize how much energy it takes for me to just make it through my work day.

As for an update on me nothing much has changed since my last update.  I am back to getting my headaches almost every day again but I thinking that is just a part of the MS for me.  Also my Psoriasis is back with a vengeance which totally sucks.  It isn’t really the fact that it itch it find I am more embarrassed but it than anything else.  I mean it does hurt if I find myself scratching it but other than that I can ignore it.  I am glad that I wear a jacket all the time at work because it just makes me feel self conscious about myself.

That is all for this post.  If there is anything at MS that you would like to know more about please let me know in the comments below and I will make sure I get it written for you.

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