Julie Andrews-Quote Of The Week

 

Quote Of The Week

This weeks quote is by Julie Andrews.

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I loved this quote and I have to say that I picked it because I love Julie Andrews and all of the movies that she has ever been in.  After I picked it because of that and actually read the quote I knew I had to use it because it is so true.  If you fail doing something you need to keep trying until you get it right because each time you do something you will get better and better until you master the skill you are trying to learn.  What do you think of this weeks quote by Julie Andrews?

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up-Week 13

Weekly Wrap-Up

It is time for another wrap-up post.  This weeks was crazy because I did get called in for jury duty on Wednesday.  I didn’t actually get the book review that was supposed to be live on Wednesday but it didn’t get up until yesterday and the post that was supposed to go live yesterday didn’t get up until yesterday afternoon because I also didn’t get it written up on time as well.

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson

Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

The Bookshop Hotel by A. K. Klemm

A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears

Those are all the posts from this past week.   Next week I have 5 posts that will go live and all of them are either reviews of a book or a promotion for a book.  I hope to see you back here next week!

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A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears

Book Review

A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears was a great story to read.  Now that I am done with this book I have to say that I love Anthony the most out of all the characters which makes me smile because he is just a child in this book and most of the time I love the female characters. I think I liked him the most because I had a rough childhood and he reminded me a lot of myself when I was younger.  I also really like Silas as well and to be honest I am not 100% sure why I liked him so much but I did.  The book was stressful at times because of the whole custody case and me wondering who will get Anthony and how will this all work out in the end.  I loved the dynamic between all of the characters and it was a book I didn’t want to put down because I had to know it ended and how things worked out for all of the characters.  If you love historical novels that have a love story throw in than I know you will love this book just as much as I did.

A Bride at Last

About The Book

Silas Jonesey’s life in Salt Flatts, Kansas, has not followed the course he imagined. After his mail-order bride, Lucinda, abandoned him, it was an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices and sour moods. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true; his estranged wife has contacted him after ten years of silence to tell him of her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but after realizing she had been deceived about her intended groom she never went through with the marriage. Settling into life as a schoolteacher, she’s spent her spare time the past few years helping her student, Anthony, and his sick mother. When Lucinda passes away, Kate is ready to fulfill the woman’s wish that she take care of nine-year-old Anthony–until a man shows up in town asking about Lucinda and claiming he was married to the woman ten years ago.

Silas and Kate disagree over who should raise young Anthony, who has opinions of his own about his future. After being forced to come together for the good of Anthony, Silas and Kate begin to see another side to each other and the possibility of a united future despite all that stands between them. When Kate’s past comes to light, Silas’s feelings about women who abandon their grooms immediately throw the walls right back up between them. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony’s wounded souls bind them together as a family, or will past hurts and new resentments leave them lonely forever?

Melissa Jagears

About The Author

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She’s a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.

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The Bookshop Hotel by A. K. Klemm

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The Bookshop Hotel by A. K. Klemm was a very uplifting story to read.  I loved how AJ used the talents of people in the town to help build her bookstore and also re-invent the town.  I love how she would put ideas in peoples heads and once they thought about them for awhile they would do what she suggested.  This was another short story which I loved because they are something that I can get through in a day and with everything going on right now that is perfect.  I can’t say enough great things about this story and this author.  If you love sweet short stories I would tell you to check out this book because it was amazing!

The Bookshop Hotel

About The Book

After returning to her hometown of Lily Hollow, AJ Rhys sets to fulfilling her childhood dream of restoring the old hotel on Aspen Court. With nothing but the legacy of her great grandfather and the help of two dedicated strangers, AJ begins transforming the once grand hotel into her ideal bookshop and refuge. Only after the renovations are in full swing does it become apparent that the hotel is having an effect on the town and everyone in it. The memory of a past that still haunts both AJ and Lily Hollow finally begins to release its grip as the Bookshop Hotel becomes the tie that binds its patrons together. A story of family, tragedy, forgiveness and the power of books, The Bookshop Hotel is an intriguing introduction to the residents of a small town where the past is never far away and secrets remain just below the surface.

A.K. Klemm

About The Author

A.K. Klemm is an avid book blogger and event coordinator. She lives with her husband, daughter, and three hounds in Spring, Texas. The Bookshop Hotel is an ode to her years spent shelving fiction and creating displays at Half Price Books in Humble, as well as to one of her favorite stores called Good Books in the Woods located in the Spring/Woodlands area.

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Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

Book Review

Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone was a sweet story.  This is a novella so I was able to read it in a few hours which I am sure by now you all know that this is my favorite kind of  book.  That being said I did love these characters enough that I wished it had been longer but I still liked it this way.   I loved watching how Jenna worked through her emotions having to deal with Ashton.  I loved how she leaned on her new church as she got through everything she had to do as well.  This is the first book I have read by this author and I have added her on my list of authors to check out more books by them.

Picture Perfect Love

About The Book

Picture Perfect Love (Zondervan, May 2015)

When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren’t always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God’s plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away. When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton’s heart still hasn’t recovered.

It was me. His younger sister’s three words turn Ashton’s world upside down. He must ask Jenna’s forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

Melissa McClone

About The Author

Melissa McClone has published more than thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

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Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson

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Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson was an amazing story.  I was confused through the first part of the book but once I caught on to what was going on and who was who it was better.  I was confused about who was who and how they were related to each other.  Even though I was confused through part of the book I still didn’t want to put it down and because I loved the characters and the whole premise of this book was amazing.  I loved Libby from the first time she appears right up until the end of the story.  I think I loved her because she was so innocent and I loved that quality about her.  I loved seeing the all the different generations and how they dealt with a lot of the same things that the older generations went through.  I loved Maggie and how she tried to keep her daughters from going through the same things she went through and even though she tried her children dealt with the same things that she did.  If you are looking for a book that makes you think than I know you will love this book as much as I do.

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

About The Book

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor (Howard, June 2015)

When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.

Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.

Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.

Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways.

Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

Melanie Dobson

About The Author

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon.

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Weekly Wrap-up

Weekly Wrap-Up

It has been a crazy week for me to say the least.  Next week might be crazy as well because I might end up having to go to jury duty which is something I want but it will make blogging next week next to impossible so I have to try and get all my blog posts written this weekend so I don’t have to worry about anything being late.

Her Sister’s Shoes by Ashley Farley

Mercy House by Adam Cesare

Blue Wide Sky by Inglath Cooper

Exile by Sally Ann Melia Book 3

Beyond The Ashes by Karen Barnett

Bum Rap by Paul Levine

Part One of Aoléon The Martian Girl​ by Brent LeVasseur

Dying Brand by Wendy Tyson

Writers Workshop-Some Great Books

Those are all the posts from the past 2 weeks.  Next week I have 4 book reviews due so be on the look out for those if you are looking for a new book to read.  I hope you have all had a great week and I will see you next week.

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Writers Workshop-Some Great Books

WW-A Few Great Books

I haven’t taken part in the writer’s workshop for a few months and when I saw prompt number 3 which is to share a book review I knew I wanted to share a few books that I have read in the past few weeks so that if you are looking for a great summer read you have a few ideas.  It was hard for me to pick just a few of the books so if you are looking for more ideas you can click here and it will take to you all the reviews I have done.

Those are just a list of some of the books that I have read in the past few months and have loved.  I wish I had more time to read books other than ones that are sent to me to review so that I could read some of the books written by some of my favorite authors.

What book are you loving now or who is your favorite author?

 

Here are rest of the prompts for this week if you want to take part in it.

1. List 7 things you’d rather be doing this summer.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: challenge.
3. Book review!
4.  How is Summer Vacation different for your kids than it was for you growing up?
5. Take us somewhere local spot in your city and show us what we’re missing…you’ll be saving us thousands of dollars now that we won’t need to take that trip!

 

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Dying Brand by Wendy Tyson

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Dying Brand by Wendy Tyson was a book I wasn’t sure I was going to like but I ended up reading it in one afternoon and loving everything about it.  I have read one other book by this author but to be honest I don’t really remember that book.  This is the third book in the series but you don’t have to read the other books to understand this one but some of the smaller plot lines might be easier understood if you had read the other two books before this one but you don’t have to read them first.  Anyway let’s get on to the review of this book.  As I said before I loved this book but there were spots that could have been cut out because they just slowed the story down but all in all I loved the story.  I was a huge fan of the characters and the author writing.  She made me feel as if I was there with the characters and I could understand the choices they made even if I didn’t agree with them.  Allison at times did get on my nerves but that usually happens when the main character is female.  This book made me want to go back and read the other two books in this series.  If you love mystery books than I would for sure recommend this book to you.

dying brand

About The Book

When image consultant Allison Campbell attends an award ceremony to honor a designer friend, she’s thrust into a murder investigation. Only this time, it’s personal.

A former boyfriend is dead, slain on the streets of Philadelphia. His widow claims he was meeting with Allison, yet Allison hadn’t spoken to him in years. Nothing about his death—or life—makes sense. When compromising photos from their past arrive at Allison’s office, they raise more questions than they answer.

Driven to find justice, Allison deconstructs the image her ex had created for himself, looking for clues about the man he’d become. As her hunt for the truth unveils secrets, Allison’s past and present collide—with deadly results.

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About The Author

Wendy Tyson is an author, lawyer and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. Wendy has written four published crime novels, including Dying Brand,the third novel in the Allison Campbell Mystery Series, to be released on May 5, 2015.  The first in the Campbell series,Killer Image, was named a best mystery for book clubs in 2014 by Examiner.com. Wendy is also the author of the Greenhouse Mystery Series, the first of which, A Muddied Murder, is due to be released just in time for spring 2016.  Wendy is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers and she is a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, International Thriller Writers’ online magazine.  Wendy lives near Philadelphia with her husband, three sons and two dogs. Visit Wendy at:www.watyson.com.

 

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Part One of Aoléon The Martian Girl​ by Brent LeVasseur

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Part One of Aoléon The Martian Girl​ by Brent LeVasseur was such a fun book to read.  The one thing that I think of when I think about this book is that it had pictures in it and that is amazing.  I wish more books I read had pictures in them.  The illustrations in this book are amazing.  They made reading this book so fun and it was a breath of fresh air for me.    It is such a nice break to read a book with pictures that is super easy reading but yet still has an amazing story and kept me interested even though it was for middle school aged kids.  I think that this  book would be good for both boys and girls and something that kids would enjoy reading this summer.  If you have middle school aged children than I would for sure check it out.  Heck if you are looking for a fun summer book to read I would check out this series because it is amazing!

Aoleon The Martian Girl PART 1

About The Book

Book Title: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 1: First Contact, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category:  Middle-Grade, 125 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: January 31, 2015
Content Rating: G

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never…until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.

Brent LeVasseur

About The Author

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl

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