Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Simple Things..

Here is a poem I found in an old IDEALS book. I think it might have been written by Edna Jaques but the author's name is not attached.


Nor for the mighty world, O Lord, tonight,
Nations and kingdoms in their fearful might, 
Let me be glad the kettle gently sings,
Let us be thankful just for little things.

Thankful for simple food and supper spread, 
Thankful for shelter and a warm, clean bed, 
For little joyful feet that gladly run
To welcome me when the day's work is done.

Thankful for friends who share my joy and mirth, 
Glad for the warm, sweet fragrance of the earth, 
For golden pools of sunlight on the floor, 
For peace that bends above my cottage door. 

For little friendly days that slip away
With only meals and bed and work and play, 
A rocking chair and kindly firelight-
For little things, let us be glad tonight.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Love Without End Book Review


 About the Book

Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?

Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his seventeen year old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.

Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of become involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.

When 84-year-old Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet's families at last discover a love without end. (Goodreads)

 My Review

I really enjoyed the King's Meadow setting in Robin's book A Promise Kept. Love Without End takes us back to this wonderful little community and into the lives of Kimberly and Chet. Both single parents to teenagers they are both getting through life unsure of what the future may bring. Kimberly is used to the city and is afraid of horses yet her daughter can't seem to be around them enough. Chet offers to help Tara learn more about horses and Kimberly ends up being around them and a cowboy she wants nothing to do with. 
This story is predictable but I really liked reading it because it's a real story. Their families aren't perfect and at the end not all is solved. There is a side story about Anna who returns to the ranch and the readers get a glimpse into her past. I like the flashbacks, similar to those in Hatchers' previous books.  

This is a nice easy read, don't expect a ton of romance just a realistic portrayal of life written beautifully.

I really enjoyed, highly recommend for a contemporary fiction!

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

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About the author:
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

Find Robin online: website, Facebook, Twitter
Fire up the romance this holiday with Robin Lee Hatcher's latest offering in the King's Meadow Romance series, Love Without EndFor two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.

Celebrate love rising from the ashes of tragedy with Robin by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway.
 One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Love Without End and the rest of the King's Meadow Romance series from Robin Lee Hatcher
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 14th. Winner will be announced December 15th on Robin's blog.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Promises to Cherish CFBA Book Review


As World War II draws to a close, nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or face the judgment of a conservative postwar American society for her past mistakes.

It’s 1945, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the conscies—conscientious objectors to the war—and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community.

Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war, Christine’s world is violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life.

Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can’t see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Promises to Cherish , go HERE.

My Review

The first part of this book was really slow for me and sad. It's difficult to read about people who were in a mental hospital and how bad the conditions were. There is a huge twist to the story that I was not expecting and while it's hard to read it does make the story. I liked the authors way of writing and I think she did a great job of portraying this time period with an Amish background. There are a lot of emotions packed into this book so get ready!
I did enjoy this book just a bit slow from the start. Four stars.

"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Promises to Cherish
Howard Books (October 7, 2014)
Elizabeth Yount


Elizabeth Byler Younts is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force officer’s wife and a homeschooling mom with two young daughters. She makes her home wherever her family is stationed. Elizabeth was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Brothers' Keepers Book Review


About the Book
While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers that her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madisons unearth a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize that before they can save themselves, the must rescue an old friend. If he'll let them.

They sacrifice hearts and lives in a race against eternity on a four-thousand-year-old trail crossing three continents.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left. (Goodreads)

My Review

I really should have read the first book in this series. I felt a disconnect with the characters and that's really my own fault of not reading the first book. The overall idea of the story line is intense and there is A LOT going on. I was really confused at first because the story jumps around from people to place. It was hard for me to follow and honestly it was really hard for me to finish this book. I don't know if it's the way it's written or if it was simply me not getting into the story line. I have read good things about this author so I know others will really enjoy this book. It just wasn't the book for me. 

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."


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About the author:
After an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs accompanied (twice!) by heavy artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Calmly tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman. Driven uneventfully through Rome. And consumed gallons of afternoon tea across five continents. Her first novel, When Camels Fly, was released in May, 2014.The Brothers' Keepers her second in the Parched series, will be released November 17, 2014. The third in the series will release in the fall of 2015.

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Don't miss NLB Horton's The Brothers' Keepersinternational suspense at its best. While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madison family unearths a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend . . . if he'll let them.

Learn more about book one in the series, When Camels Fly, and enter to win a Kindle Fire.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • When Camels Fly and The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 7th. Winner will be announced December 8th on NLB's blog.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Andi Under Pressure Book Review


About the Book
Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldn’t be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camp’s curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranks—missing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees he’s acting suspicious, she can’t believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polk’s dark past before danger closes the camp for good.

 My Review

I read the first book in this series, Andi Unexpected, and really enjoyed it. While the series is meant for young adults, I still enjoy reading them as well. I think I liked the first book better but this one was intriguing. Andi is a science camp when strange things start happening. She is very aware to her surroundings and is rather curious. She starts asking questions and keeping track of the happenings. The reader follows her sleuthing ways until the surprise ending where the guilty party is not who you think it is. 
This is a fun book, clean and laced with mystery for anyone to enjoy!

"I received this book from BookLook bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

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