Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Turning to Autumn

I know it's a bit early but I can feel the change in the air. Autumn has started in my hometown and I can't help but feel it has here as well. The weather is so nice, I think I have spent more time outside than inside this past week. We just finished our patio area so we have been eating outside a lot. Our yard is slowly coming together. We have been in our house for a year and a half and always have a project going. This winter I'm going to attack the basement/spare bedroom. All of the floors are just concrete and I just don't enjoy the space.

We started a new study at church and I am loving it! Many have heard of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, it really is splendid. I am in the middle of the study and I have now read the book and it really has changed my perspective on daily life. Being thankful and always thankful to God really does change how you view things. If you haven't read it I suggest you find a copy.

I am always planning the next thing and this month it is my grandparent's 70th birthday celebration. Their birthdays are about a month apart so we are celebrating in the middle. I'm excited because we don't get together as a family too often so it should make for some good memories and family pictures.

This week has been strange for me and I've just been thinking "get through it as fast as I can". But really I shouldn't think that way, I need to get out of this glum mood. So I pick up a book and get lost in another world that I love. I see a friend and it lifts my spirit. I see my husband and get to make him dinner. I see our dog Remi greet me and I take the time to stop and pet her.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Love's Fortune Book Review


About the Book

Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga. (Goodreads)

My Review

I have read all of the books in this series but this one might just be my favorite. While you could read the books apart from each others, since it is a family, I recommend starting at the first book.

This book grabbed me and sucked me in until the end, I don't think I ever set it down. Rowena or Wren is a great character and I loved reading about her life. Her attitude with life and simple ways make this book so much better. James is also a great lead male character. He is smart and not an over the top hero type. Laura has made all of her characters realistic with real problems but creates a beautiful story continuing on the Ballatyne legacy.
I loved the setting and getting to imagine being on a steamship. Silas and Eden are also strongly in the story line which I also enjoyed.  Wren struggles with living in high society and she has to decide if she wants to marry as a business transaction, for love, or perhaps go her own way.

This is a sweeping story of family and love-beautifully written.

Highly recommend this book and the rest of the series!

Watch a video on how the cover was made!

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tried and True Book Review

About the Book

Kylie Wilde fought in the Civil War dressed as a boy---and now she's homesteading as a man! When somebody tries to burn her property, land agent Aaron Masterson inspects her claim---and realizes she's a woman. Will he keep her secret? And when the attacks continue, will she marry him just so she won't have to be alone anymore?  (Goodreads)

My Review

I have read many of Mary Connealy's books and she has a distinct way of writing in my opinion. This book is very similar to her other books with it's characters and humor.
 This book is a romance with a western flair and touch of humor. I love the front and back cover of this book, the colors are so pretty! I also like the idea about Kylie having fought in the Civil War as a soldier because it really did happen. I think this part of the story line could have been written better and I was a bit disappointed. I don't think Kylie's reaction to things or how she handles life is very realistic from someone who went to war. Her story is somewhat believable but the story line with the rest of the book was rather disappointing. Kylie's character drove me nuts, but I really liked Aaron. The romance was rushed (even considering the circumstances) but the side story of the sisters I really enjoyed. I think I will like the following books more so because I like the sister's characters more than Kylie.
This is not a bad book but I think it could have been better.
If you are looking for a light western romance you will enjoy this book!

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

Don't miss the first book in Mary Connealy's Wild at Heart series. In Tried & True, Mary is back with her signature humor and heartfelt story-telling.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone Book Review

About the Book
The captivating, untold story of the great explorer, David Livingstone: his abiding faith and his heroic efforts to end the African slave trade

Saint? Missionary? Scientist? Explorer?

The titles given to David Livingstone since his death are varied enough to seem dubious--and with good reason. In view of the confessions in his own journals, "saint" is out of the question. Even "missionary" is tenuous, considering he made only one convert. And despite his fame as a scientist and explorer, Livingstone left his most indelible mark on Africa in an arena few have previously examined: slavery.

His impact on abolishing what he called "this awful slave-trade" has been shockingly overlooked as the centerpiece of his African mission.

Until now. "The Daring Heart of David Livingstone" tells his story from the beginning of his time in Africa to the publicity stunt that saved millions after his death. (Goodreads)

My Review

David Livingstone was such a remarkable person. I had read a few things about him in school but this book goes into great detail on his journeys, maps included. I didn't realize he was such a well known person in his time. I guess I should have since they sent a reporter to find him when all thought he was dead. It's amazing how one person could have such an impact on others and the slave trade alone.
If you haven't read much about David Livingstone this book is packed with his life.
I do think the book was a bit slow just because of how it was written. I still enjoyed the book.

Four stars.

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Honest Thankful Moms

I've been getting rather irritated about people and the constant complaint about having children. We don't have kids yet, while there is a constant pressure from everyone in society to have them.
Then I log onto Facebook, get a text from a friend, visit a friend, read a blog post, and all I hear is negative. "Oh just you wait until you have kids you won't get anything done." "Oh I haven't sat down to watch a movie because our house is so crazy with kids."
"If I could just get away from the kids!"
"I'm so glad my kids are back in school, they drive me crazy."
I understand being tired and needing a break or needing to vent to a friend.  I'm talking about the constant complaint.
Honestly for a culture that pushes for others to have children they sure don't act like they are a blessing.
 I'm sick of children being made out to be mistakes and life enders.
After hearing these complaints on pretty much a constant daily basis, why in the world would I ever want kids?!
For you moms, that while you are tired with the youngsters, you are thankful.
You don't continually grumble.
You don't make those of us feel like we never want kids.
Thank you.

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