Monday, 30 June 2014

Book Review - Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer



Publisher's blurb: When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?

Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?

My review: I found this book funny, engaging and interesting. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and what made them tick. I enjoyed their frank interactions. It was fast-paced and held my interest. Not just a simple love story. I would definitely recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

Book Review - Child of Mine by Beverly and David Lewis




Publisher's blurb: Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.

Eight excruciating years ago, Kelly Maines's baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile.

Can this be, at long last, Kelly's beloved daughter?

My review: I enjoyed this book. I found it a bit far-fetched at times however. Still, likable realistic characters and enjoyable story-line.

I'd recommend it to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Book Review - Meant To Be Mine by Beck Wade



Publisher's blurb: Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school--irresistible. When their paths cross again after college--still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia's ready to be Ty's wife, but Ty's not ready to be her husband. He's a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he's long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he's known since childhood.

Five and a half years pass. Celia's buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty's achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn't forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia's trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

My Review: While I found the premise of this book to be far-fetched, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The characters meshed well and easily. The story was multifaceted and fast-paced. A really nice summer read. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"


Book review - Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin



Publisher's Blurb: When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.

It's Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate's rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She's not planning to get involved with one of the locals.

Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn't expect to be swept off his feet by the car's occupant. He's made a vow--no dating for a year--but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he's met Kate Darby. . . .

My Review: I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the story line and the information on condors, but I didn't find the male lead very believable. I would probably still recommend it as a nice light summer read.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"


Book Review - Sincerely Yours - a Novella Collection



by: Jane KirkpatrickAmanda CabotLaurie Alice EakesAnn Shorey

Publisher's blurb: Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever.

Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote hospital, you'll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey?

Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler's Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that "M. M." is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job?

One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn't marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she's found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.

A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her?

My Review: I enjoyed all of these stories. These are a nice quick read and all very upbeat and interesting. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review - One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon



Publisher's Blurb: Independent single mom Claire Summers is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Workaholic Keith Watson is interested only in the bottom line--until a letter from Claire's eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk and changes everything.

As the executive assistant to a philanthropic businessman, Keith is used to fielding requests for donations. But the girl isn't asking for money. She wants help finding the long-lost son of a neighbor. As Keith reluctantly digs into this assignment in his usual results-oriented style, he has no idea how involved he and Claire will become--nor how unusual the results will actually be. Who could have guessed that a child's kindhearted request would bring love and hope to so many lives . . . including his own?

My Review:  This was an enjoyable realistic book. I liked that the main characters didn't hit it off right away and that it wasn't all happiness and sunshine. It dealt with real-life struggles and issues. I found the characters likable without them being overly perfect. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 

Monday, 5 May 2014

A day in the life - Monday

Hi all, long time no blog huh?

I was reading someone's blog the other day and they listed all that they had done all day, and it seemed like a neat idea, since lately I am not sure what I have been doing all day - it sometimes seems like lots of nothing.

So I figured I could also incorporate my To Do list and check things off as they are finished, so that I can see what I have actually accomplished each day.

So without further ado...


7:00 alarm goes off, I go and get Peanut out of J's bed to put her out. I pack his lunch, that I remembered to make last night. I make him an omelet  as he has started wanting eggs each morning. Between his 2 per day and my 2 (sometimes more if I have boiled eggs at lunch), we are using a lot of eggs each week. I wish we could raise laying hens but it is not allowed in this area. Then I go wake him up, and then yell up the stairs at least 3 more times before he actually gets up to eat a cold omelet.


7:30 Next I make my coffee with coconut oil, today I used the blender to make it frothy, it was yummy!



Then to watch Breakfast television until it is time for J to leave for school. During all this K got his things together and left for work by 7:30. J leaves at 7:45. 

I check Facebook and my addicting Hobbit game on my tablet. Spent too much time on the Hobbit game today, you see I have 2 cities in each of 2 world and I have to farm (rob) other cities to get resources to train armies and build my city so I can farm bigger cities for resources...wash, rinse, repeat :P 
Hey I can't let my virtual cities die now can I?!

9:00 Make & eat my breakfast

9:30 Take food waste bag out to garage bin

To Dos for today

Get dressed at some point
Laundry (I did J's yesterday) Did 2 loads
Bake banana muffins (have thawed bananas in fridge for 2 days so far :P) And ate 3!
Get garbage & recycling out of office, garbage day is tomorrow (its been piling up)
Hamburger rice for dinner, K's to be stuffed into red peppers about to spoil (I don't like peppers)
Package & freeze chicken breasts in fridge
Package and freeze ground beef in fridge
Make J's lunch for tomorrow
Put away clean dishes
Wash dishesThen dirtied a bunch more
Work on current craft project

9:45 - 10:30 Work on blog post, get dressed, read blogs, surf the net, decide what to tackle 1st.

11:00-2:00 Started a load of laundry, had leftover pasta salad for lunch, watched a couple shows I had taped.

2:00-4:00 Made 20 banana muffins, washed dishes, 2nd load of laundry, worked on current craft project a bit, watch another recorded show with J..


4:00-7:00 Started dinner, washed dishes, ate dinner, then made J's dinner (he didn't like what we had), watched news, made J's lunch, packed up dinner leftover, enough for tomorrow Yeah!


Relax time, I am tired :)