The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan was a fantastic book. When I opened the package that the book came in, I had to smile because there was a note that the author wrote tucked in the book, and it made me laugh. I also loved that some of the words had an asterisk by them and then at the bottom of the page it explains what it means or why she is using it. I loved that because it makes it easier to read because she explains parts of it, so you don’t have to stop reading to figure out what she meant. As I was reading this book, I had a constant smile on my face because the book just put me in a good mood. I love how well this book was written, and I loved that the main characters were doing things that women wouldn’t have been able to do during that time. I have read tons of historical fiction books, and this one is by far my favorite as of late, and I can’t wait for another book by this author to be released. It is an easy read, and it went by super quick. I love when I read books that are easy to read and go by fast because I don’t have to wait too long to find out how the story ends. I am sure most people would enjoy this book, and I recommend it everyone who is looking for a new book to read.

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

About The Book

In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.

Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.

While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever–if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

Rachel McMillan

About The Author

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week as come to an end and that means it is time for another wrap-up post. Here are all the posts from this past week in case you missed them.

Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink

Robert Browning-Quote Of The Week

Tears Of The Silence by Misty Griffin

Asperger’s on the Inside by Michelle Vines

A Dream Of Miracles by Ruth Reid

I hope you have all had a good week and I will see you back here next week!

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A Dream Of Miracles by Ruth Reid

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A Dream Of Miracles by Ruth Reid was an excellent book. I am a total sucker for Amish fiction and non-fiction books so because of that I figured that I would, at least, enjoy this book. I read one other book in this series and I loved it just like I did this one. If you missed that review you can click here to go and check it out. I really have enjoyed reading both books by this author and I can’t wait to pick up the one book that I missed in this series so that I can read the entire series. You don’t have to read these books in order if you don’t want to so I also love when that happens with series of books. I felt so sorry for Mattie because of everything she had to deal with. I can’t even imagine what understand what was going on and having people convinced that you hurt your child. I spent the entire book hoping that her and Bo would end up together in the end and I won’t give away what happens with them. All I can say is that I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Amish fiction because I know it won’t let you down.

A Dream Of Miracles by Ruth Reid

About The Book

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two small children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.”

Ruth Reid

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

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Asperger’s on the Inside by Michelle Vines

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Asperger’s on the Inside by Michelle Vines was an interesting book to read. When I saw one of the places I review books for was offering this book, I knew I had to get it and fit it into my schedule sooner than it would have taken me usually. I am so glad that I did because I loved everything about this book. I had to keep reading it because I wanted to know how it worked out for her and how her life turned out. I also loved that instead of just talking about her life throughout the entire book she answered questions. I am sure that it would bother some people that she jumps around but I love it because it made me understand a little bit more about how some individuals who have Autism may think. She also did an excellent job of making me understand why some people who have Autism don’t react to things right away and why that may be. I could go on for days about this book so I will leave it here. I think everyone should read this book because it was so super interesting.

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About The Book

Asperger’s on the Inside is an acutely honest and often highly entertaining memoir by Michelle Vines about life with Asperger’s Syndrome. The book follows Michelle in exploring her past and takes the reader with her on her journey to receiving and accepting her diagnosis.

Instead of rehashing widely available Asperger’s information, Michelle focuses on discussing the thoughts, feelings and ideas that go along with being an Aspie, giving us a rare peek into what it really feels like to be a person on the spectrum.

A must read for all those who enjoy deep personal stories or have a loved one on the spectrum that they wish to understand better.

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About The Author

Michelle Vines was born in Liverpool, Australia and grew up in a hilly forest region of Melbourne known as the Dandenong Ranges. After showing talent in the areas of mathematics and science, Michelle was accepted into the University of Melbourne where she received bachelor’s degrees with honors in chemical engineering and environmental science. Michelle began her career as a process engineer in the oil and gas industry and subsequently became a technical leader in manufacturing. However, after five years of feeling deeply unhappy in her work environment, Michelle paused her engineering career in 2008.

In 2010, Michelle moved to the United States with her one-year-old son, where she had another son the following year. She gradually grew to love the town of Houston, Texas, and has chosen to remain ever since.

At thirty years old, on the advice of friends, Michelle approached a psychologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center for assessment and was officially diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Michelle found the diagnosis to be a huge relief, and she has since dedicated a lot of her time to advocating for people on the Autism spectrum with the goal of helping the general public better understand the Autistic person’s perspective. In 2013, she gave a public presentation on “Life as an Adult with Asperger’s Syndrome,” which has been viewed by tens of thousands of people on YouTube and has been instrumental in giving many others hope and the courage to seek out their own Asperger’s diagnosis.

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Tears Of The Silence by Misty Griffin

We’re thrilled to be hosting Misty Griffin’s TEARS OF THE SILENCED Book Blast today!  Pick up your copy!

 

Title:
Tears of the Silenced
Author: Misty Griffin
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 444
Genre: Biography/Memoir
One freezing morning in early March I made a dash
for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. I was a frightened Amish
girl with no where to go, a second grade education and no ID or social security
card…… Based on the authors tragic true life story.
When I was six years old my
family started to live and dress like the Amish. My sister and I were kept as
slaves on a mountain ranch where we were subjected to almost complete
isolation, sexual abuse and extreme physical violence. My step-father kept a
loaded rifle by the door at all times and we were to terrified to try to
escape. We knew that no rescue would ever come because only a couple of people
even knew we existed and they did not know us well enough to care.
In my late teens my parents
feared we would escape and took us to an Amish community where we were adopted
and became baptized members. I was devastated to once again find myself in a
world of fear, animal cruelty and sexual abuse. Going to the police was
forbidden. A few years later I was sexually assaulted by the bishop, I knew I
had to get help and one freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a
tiny police station in rural Minnesota. When I refused to recant my police
report I was excommunicated from the Amish and found myself plummeted into the
strange modern world with only a second grade education and no ID or social
security card.
To
all abuse survivors out there, please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be
broken. Today, ten years later, I am a nursing student working towards my
Masters degree and a child abuse awareness activist. This is my story…….

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Book Excerpt:

I walked through the front door of
the tiny police station and went over to a heavy wood counter, where a
middle-aged policewoman sat at a computer. She looked up as I stood there, watching
her. I saw a surprised look on her face as she stared back at me. I imagined I
was very different from the people who normally walked up to her desk.
I was a young Amish woman, just a
little over five feet tall, wearing an almost ankle-length, plain, teal-colored
dress and apron, followed by knee-length black socks and black shoes. My coat
was a homemade denim coat with a high collar and hooks and eyes going down the
front. On my head was a stiff
white Amish kapp that covered nearly all my reddish-brown hair and was tied in
a small bow under my chin.
I was shaking as I stood there,
looking at the woman. I tried to get up enough courage to say something, I knew
I was going to be shunned by the Amish church for what I was doing. I could not
speak. The thought of being shunned was terrifying but I did not know what else
to do. My whole body was trembling….

About the Author
When Misty left the Amish she had a bare second grade
education and suffered severe PTSD caused by the horrifying abuse she suffered
as a child and later at the hands of the Amish bishop. Today, ten years later
she is a nursing student, wife and a Child abuse/Sexual assault awareness
activist.
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Robert Browning-Quote Of The Week

Quote Of The Week

This week’s quote is by Robert Browning.

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What do you think about this week’s quote by Robert Browning?

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Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink

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Sit Stay Love by Dana Mentink was an excellent book.  I am a sucker for books that have animals as one of the characters because I love animals so much.  I enjoyed this book right from the start, and I was sad when it was over because I loved Gina and Tippy.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Cal but by the end of the book, I started to like him.  There are parts of this book that made me laugh out loud.  I also love that the author of this book is donating a part of the proceeds from this book to a rescue group that takes care of older dogs.  This is the first book I have read by this author, and I can’t wait to read more because her book made me smile and I love that about it.  I can’t say enough good things about this book, and I can’t wait to read other books by her.  If you love super cute Christian romance novels then I know you will love this book as much as I do.

Sit Stay Love by Dana Mentink

About The Book

Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you’re ready for a lesson in love…Tippy style.

Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother’s elderly dog, Tippy, he’s quick to call on a pet-sitting service.

Gina isn’t thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can’t abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.

As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too…

Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.

Dana Mentink

About The Author

Dana Mentink enjoys writing in many different capacities. She currently writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House Publishers.

Dana is the recipient of a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and an ACFW Carol Award as well as a Holt Medallion Merit Award winner.

Dana loves feedback from her readers. Contact her via her website atwww.danamentink.com.

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It has been a few weeks since I have posted one of these so this is going to be a long one. Let’s just get right into the links.

Playing The Part by Jen Turano

Charles R. Swindoll-Quote Of The Week

A Jingle Valley Wedding by Martha Reynolds

A Few Of My Favorite Songs

Multiple Sclerosis Update-March 2016

Breaking The Story by Ashley Farley

Leaving Barringer by Tina Martin

Walt Disney-Quote Of The Week

The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd by Holly Kerr

Waking Amy by Julieann Dove

Back In The Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne***Updated Review***

April Book Reviews

Guessing At Normal by Gail Ward Olmsted

In The Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Theodore Roosevelt-Quote Of The Week

Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell

Jeep Tour by Gail Ward Olmsted

Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado

Those are all the links from the past few weeks in case you missed any of the posts.  I have tons of reviews coming up and a small post about the treatment I am taking for my Multiple Sclerosis so keep your eyes open for that in the next few weeks.

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Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado

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Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado I love the concept of these six books. I didn’t read all of them all the way through because you don’t need to since these are shorter books and are written with particular groups of people in mind. Even saying that I know that these books would be ideal for anyone who wants to take a few minutes and connect with God again. I found that for me these books were excellent when I needed to take a few minutes to de-stress or just a few moments to myself. These are an excellent way to bring God back into your day and to remind you to calm down and that God is in control of everything.   The last thing I want to say about these books is what they asked us to do with them after we have reviewed them and they asked us to pass them on to people in our lives that we think could use them. I am going to pass these books along to people, and I hope to share with you who I gave each of them too and why I thought that they needed the book.

Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado

 

About The Book

Pocket Prayers (with various authors; Thomas Nelson, March 2016)

Bestselling author Max Lucado has teamed up with six authors to write the Pocket Prayers series for those in need of peace, renewal, rest, faith, hope, joy, direction, serenity, and courage.

Short, simple prayers are very effective, which is why each book in the series contains forty guided prayers and complementary scriptures for any situation, including for:

-Moms (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
-Grads (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
-Dads (written with Mark Mynheir)
-Military Life (written with Mark Mynheir)
-Teachers (written with blogger Jennifer Hale)
-Friends (written with Betsy St. Amant)

Max Lucado

About The Author

More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.

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Jeep Tour by Gail Ward Olmsted

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Jeep Tour by Gail Ward Olmsted was an excellent book. I did review another book by this author, and you can click here to check out that review if you missed it. I enjoyed this book right from the start. This author’s style of writing made me fall in love with the book after only reading a few pages which most authors aren’t able to do. I wasn’t a huge fan of the setting of this book but because I liked the characters I was able to get still into this book. I have read tons of chick lit books lately and out of all that I have read recently, this author has written two of my favorites. I liked both Rick and Jackie right from the start of this book. They both seemed like they could exist in the world which I always love. I can’t get into books when I don’t think that the characters could exist in the world. Once again I enjoyed this author writing, and I can’t wait to read more books by her in the future. Like I said in the last review if you love chick lit I would recommend both of her books to you.

Jeep Tour by Gail Ward Olmsted

About The Book

Jackie Sullivan was drawn to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona after a failed marriage and an out-of-the-blue job loss. But did she move cross country to chase a dream or a dreamy tour guide? She had it all – the husband, the house, the job…but that’s in the past. A chance encounter with Rick, a handsome tour guide, gets her dreaming of a new life in Sedona. Jackie’s efforts to re-invent herself in the tight-knit desert community are, well … complicated. Sedona is terrific, but as the locals note, ‘it’s not for everyone.’ Does Rick want a relationship or just a friend with benefits? And in the case of her ex-husband, absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder! Is it her imagination, or is Rob more amazing than ever? With her 40th birthday looming, Jackie challenges herself to navigate a new path fueled by an unflagging sense of humor and lots of caffeine. Jackie has already had her happy; now she wants her ever after!

Gail

About The Author

I am hard at work on my third novel. ‘Driving on the Left’ is a sequel to JEEP TOUR, set in Ireland and will be published by Booktrope this summer.

Like JEEP TOUR’s main character Jackie Sullivan, I am a professor of marketing. I have taught at the college level for eighteen years. I am a recipient of the Deliso Endowed Chair Award and was recently recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as one of “29 Who Shine”. A hopeless romantic, I am married to the love of my life. I am mom to two young adults and three cats and enjoy reading, music and travel.

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