Monday, February 25, 2013

Mid winter blues.. reading material

Are you in need of some good reading material?

I tend to get the mid winter blues at our house.  

You know the time when you are so ready for spring, warm weather.. just to be able to get outside and 
enjoy yourself.

I tend to really read during those times... it helps take 
my mind off of the nasty winter weather 
we get.

Today, I have two books I would love to tell you about:

The first one....

When the Heart Heals
by Ann Shorey

When the Heart Heals is a story about a Nurse from the Civil War
named Rosemary Saxon.  She has been declared by the towns people as a unfeminine and vulgar.   She wants to put the past behind her but when she needs a job, she turns to the new doctor in town for a job.  She also finds herself in the eye of 
someone who has a grudge against her, but she has no
idea who are what it could be.

Ann Shorey is an awesome writer   She has given us a delightful story with a little romance, and some mystery in the mix.  

Now on the the second book....

Picture Perfect by
Janice Thompson

Picture Perfect is a fun book to read! Janice writes some of the greatest, funniest books I have ever read.

I would try to tell you what its about but the blub does it much better.


She’s trying to focus on her future. How can one man make everything feel so . . . fuzzy?
Hannah McDermott has a successful photography studio. She’ll soon be featured in Texas Bride magazine. And she has a celebrity client whose Galveston ceremony will be her ticket to the top spot on wedding coordinator Bella Neeley’s list of recommended photographers. But it could all come crashing down around her because of one man: archrival and photographer extraordinaire Drew Kincaid.
As the competition between Hannah and Drew heats up, Hannah is surprised to find that it’s not the only thing getting more intense. She can’t get the handsome man out of her thoughts-or even out of her line of sight-and the job of her dreams is turning into a nightmare. Will everything she’s worked for slip out of her hands? And can she see past her pride to find a picture-perfect love?

This book with keep you laughing!  It was a perfect book to read during our little ice storm last week. 

I hope you enjoy yourself while reading these great novels...
while waiting for spring that is... 



Can love heal the rift between two souls?
When her beloved father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Though she should be married by now, it’s clear that Laban is dragging his feet, waiting for a higher bride-price to line his pockets. But then Rebekah is given a chance to leave her home to marry Isaac, a cousin she has never even seen, and her hope for the future is restored. Little does she know what a wondrous and heart-wrenching journey she is beginning.
As Rebekah experiences the joy of young love and the bitterness of misunderstanding and betrayal, her resolve is tested. When the rift between Isaac and her grows so wide it is surely too great to be mended, can she trust the God of Isaac’s father Abraham to bridge the gap?

I am always careful when reading Biblical Fiction novels.  Some are not even close to what is in the Bible.  Jill Eileen Smith writes some of the best fiction novels based on Biblical people I have read.   In 

writing Rebekah, she keeps it close to the Biblical account she can

 while showing you some of the trials, feelings and circumstances  

Rebekah must have faced as a wife.   It is a story that I have enjoyed tremendously.

The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow


The whole world is coming to Chicago. Charlotte’s whole world is coming down around her.
While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow’s attentions are entirely on one small boy-her boy-whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year.
When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child’s fate. Can she face the truth of her past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life’s struggles determine her path?
This compelling story of courage, strength, and tender romance captures the tension between the glittering wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable.

Olivia Newport, has done it again. She has written another great novel.  Charlotte Farrow is a woman who would do anything to save her child..but she has to make some hard decisions for his safety. 

Usually the wealthy will have nothing to do with the servants, but in this story you see them working together, becoming friends, and helping each other.  What a great story of people coming together to help someone in need.  I loved the story line and the character of Charlotte.  In The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, we are introduced to Charlotte, but don't really get her story... but in this novel, you get to really see the woman she really is.  

If your looking for a great novel to read... pick this one up... you will not be disappointed!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cheaper, Better, Faster


This is one of the greatest tip books I have seen in a long time.
It is filled with money saving tips anywhere from automobile car to health and beauty and your home. 

  Most of the tips in Cheaper, better, faster are
 easy simple things you can do to save some of your hard earned money.

Some are things that we forget about in everyday life.
Its great to have them all in one place.

Make gourmet coffee without the gourmet price. Remove hairspray baked onto a curling iron. Clean just about any stain off of just about any surface. Keep your cat out of your houseplants. Get the best deal on your next car. And thousands of other helpful tips and tricks.
Cheaper, Better, Faster is all the best advice you’ve ever heard (and plenty you’ve never heard) collected into one handy volume.
Every tip is short, to the point, and helps you make the most of your money and your time, making everyday life less hectic and more enjoyable. Collected over the years by financial expert and Debt-Proof Living founder Mary Hunt, these little nuggets of advice are sure to make your life easier, one tip at a time.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A new home for Lily

New town, new house, new friends-and always lots of fun!
Lily Lapp is moving with her family to Pennsylvania to join a new Amish community. In this small town, Lily has to get used to a new school, new friends, and Aaron Yoder, the most annoying boy in the world! But some changes are good, like exploring an attic full of adventure and getting a new baby brother. Still Lily wonders, why can’t God bring her just one sister?
I decided to review this book, because I love Suzanne Fisher's novels.  I also love this first book in the Lily Lapp series.
As a mother to young girl, I have a hard time finding books that will appeal to her taste.  Well, she loved the first book about Lily Lapp... this one was no different!
Suzanne Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger have written a cute novel with a wholesome story that girls will love...
My daughter and I are enjoying the adventure we have set out on with Lily Lapp... grab your copy and join us...

5 Days to a Clutter Free House

How many of you ladies deal with clutter?  

Do you want to de-clutter your home and life?

If so, this book is for you!

A clean, organized, and restful home is only 5 days away.
If you’ve picked up this book, you want to reduce the clutter in your home, organize what’s left, and keep it that way. But does the sheer scope of the project give you an anxiety attack? Don’t let fear stop you! Organizing and time management experts Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims show you how, with the right game plan and a healthy dose of adrenaline, you’re just 5 days from your goal.
With their proven team-based approach, even the most overwhelming de-cluttering job becomes doable. Section one shows you how to de-clutter, with each day of the week focused on one reachable goal. Section two shows you how to cultivate time-tested habits that keep your house in the clean, well-ordered state you’ve just achieved. You’ll even learn how to deal with common obstacles such as •filing •storage needs •health issues •space restrictions •the car •even family sabotage!
So what are you waiting for? The home of your dreams is just a week away.

Its a very practical book that I tend to keep on my self for those times when I feel like I need some motivation to begin that de- cluttering!  

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Scripture of the Month

1 Thessalonians 5:24
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

He is faithful to do all He has promised in his Word. I'm so glad that he is faithful to meet our needs and to give us our wants. There is no one Greater than OUR LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!
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