Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cleaning Out My Shelves-Two Paperback Books by Elizabeth Ludwig Giveaway

 I have been going through my book shelves and I figured a fun way to clean them out was to have a little giveaway. 
While I enjoyed the first book the third was not as thrilling. You can read my review here.
The good thing is that most everyone else loved them dearly.


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The Thrill of Romantic Suspense Meets the Romance of 1800s America

Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter, Cara Hamilton sets off from 1896 Ireland on a quest to find the brother she'd thought dead. Her search lands her in America, amidst a houseful of strangers and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh.

Despite her brother's warning, Cara decides to trust Rourke and reveals the truth about her purpose in America. But he is not who he claims to be, and as rumors begin to circulate about an underground group of dangerous revolutionaries, Cara's desperation grows. Her questions lead her ever closer to her brother, but they also bring her closer to destruction as Rourke's true intentions come to light.



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Two years ago, her fiance perished
during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder...

Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream--to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiance's demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lost In Translation Book Review

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About the Book

Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest?

Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee.

In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation. (Goodreads)

My Review

This is such a fun book! I wasn't sure what to expect but each page is a new word and it's meaning but this is way more fun than a dictionary. The author has discovered all of these words in other cultures and languages for different meanings.
Example: Spanish Verb: Vacilando - Traveling when the experience itself is more important than the destination.
Swedish Noun: Resfeber- The restless beat of a traveler's heart before the journey begins, a mixture of anxiety and anticipation. (Lost in Translation)

I loved many of the words but these were two of my favorite. I always enjoy hearing new words and I think this book could come in handy with a Scrabble game perhaps? Depending on the family rules of course.

This is a fun book and I highly recommend!

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Family Picture Time




So I love having pictures every year, it's important to me. We might do some more but we did these last weekend in our backyard. I set my camera on timer and had it propped up it worked out! Not having a camera man was actually a good thing because Remi wouldn't have sat so still otherwise. 

Yes I know there is a donkey in the last picture...Chance liked it so it stayed.....

I think they turned out alright for being pretty last second and more fun. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Quilted by Christmas Book Review






About the Book



A grandmother’s last wish is to communicate God’s love through an Irish chain quilt.

Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches.

When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?




My Review


This book took me by surprise and I ended up really enjoying it. I've read a few of these quilt books and some are great some are just ok. This book is obviously set during the holiday season which adds a certain charm to the story line. Taryn's life has been flipped upside-down and she has kept a secret for awhile. When her high school sweet heart returns home she is forced to think about the past and realize her own mistakes and forgive not only others but herself. The aspect I liked about this book is that the main character, Taryn, acknowledges that she made choices and understood her part in the pain from the past. She didn't push all the blame on someone else, nor did she wallow in self pity. I think she was written well and the author created a really good story line.

Highly recommend!

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






About Quilts of Love: 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.

 
About the Author: 

Jodie Bailey is Tarheel born and bred. After 15 years as a military spouse, she settled with her family back in North Carolina. She is the author of the military suspense novel Freefall and is a contributor to a devotional for military families, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home. While not working on her next novel, she teaches middle-schoolers to love writing as much as she does.

Connect with Jodie: website, Facebook, Twitter

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Princess Spy Book Review

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 About the Book


Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha---one of the few who speaks his language---understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin's message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself 'Lord Colin' is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy---not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook's wicked plot. (Goodreads)




My Review


 This is the first book in this series that I have read. I enjoy young adult books so I was really looking forward to this one. 
I really liked the characters and the overall story line of the "princess spying" and discovering her suitor might not be all he seems. The book has some great twists and there is a definite love story interwoven. The book moved really fast, almost too fast for me. I think some more details could have been through in but it is young adult and still a good read.
I think Melanie does a good job coming up with unique ways on fairy tales and not making them over the top. 
If you enjoy fairy tales, young adult, and a little history you are in for a treat.

Four stars.

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














 








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