Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Book Review - Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh


Publisher's blurb:
Can one Christmas change a life forever?
Rick Denton lives his life on his terms. He works hard, plays hard, and answers to no one. So when his mother calls begging him to come home after his stepfather has an aneurysm, Rick is more than a little reluctant. What was supposed to be just a couple days helping out at the family bookstore turns into weeks of cashing out old ladies and dealing with the homeless guy who keeps hanging around the store. The one bright spot is the lovely and intriguing young woman who works at his side each day.
As Christmas nears, Rick's old life beckons, the hurts from his past loom large, and the decisions he makes will determine more than just where he spends Christmas Eve.
With skillful storytelling, Dan Walsh creates a Christmas story that will have you remembering every good and perfect gift of Christmas.

My review:  I can add this to the list of books I have been disappointed in. It starts off well enough but quickly leads into details about a guy with a huge chip on his shoulder for no apparent reason. The characters were 2 dimensional and boring. I guessed the mystery of the story almost at the beginning. I would not 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 - The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson


Publisher's blurb:
The small town of Parrish Springs is not quite ready for Matilda Honeycutt.
A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town's quaint main street. When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn't fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.
Once again, Melody Carlson delivers a Christmas story that will touch hearts and delight the senses. Sure to be a classic, The Christmas Shoppe is filled with the special magic the best Christmas stories share—that intangible mixture of nostalgia, joy, and a little bit of magic.

My review: This is a quaint story that starts off fine, but then seems to lose its' hold on the reader. A basic "goodwill to others" "forgive & forget" type of message I found.  The ending reads as if the author just ran out of steam and wrapped everything up - I was not overwhelmed. I would not 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 - A Lancaster Country Christmas by Suzanne woods Fisher



Publisher's blurb: Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband, Sol, the Christmas gift they have both longed for--news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big Amish family isn't likely to become a reality. Will those empty chairs at the table ever be filled?
Then a winter storm raging outside blows an impatient young woman and her husband into the Riehl home on Christmas Eve--and into a much slower pace of life.
Both couples are about to find out if they can weather the storm--and if miracles still happen at Christmastime.

My Review: I enjoyed parts of this book but not others. I found the contrast between the two families extremely interesting. I liked learning about the Amish. I did find the relationship between Mattie and her husband to be somewhat unrealistic and I found the ending lacking. I don't think 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". 

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Am loving this song by Adele

Set fire to the rain

Thursday, 17 November 2011

My Own Lil Party

My boys (hubs & kid) are going hunting tomorrow morning and will be away until at least Saturday evening, perhaps even until Sunday noonish, if all goes well and they don't freeze.

I will have the house ALL to myself (well, except for the pups).

I plan to get some serious arting done, read some good books while drinking tea, stay in my jammies all day, eat bowls full of popcorn while watching the latest Harry Potter movie and having an all round fun time ALL BY MYSELF  :)

Hope you all have a great weekend too!

Book Review - Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin



Pulblisher's Blurb:
I was perfectly content with my life--that is, until the pages of my story were ripped out before I had a chance to live happily ever after.
Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in a book. But the happily-ever-after life she's planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real one. To top it off, Alice loses her beloved library job because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.
Longing to run from small-town gossip, Alice flees to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to the tiny coal-mining town of Acorn, a place with no running water, no electricity, and where the librarians ride ornery horses up steep mountain passes to deliver books. When Alice is forced to stay in Acorn far longer than she planned, she discovers that real-life adventure, mystery--and especially romance--may be far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.

My Reveiw: I enjoyed reading this engaging book - it was easy to get into and for the most part, held my attendion, there was a somewhat slow part in the middle that I had to work my way through and it soon got interesting again. I liked being reminded of all the modern convinences that we all take for granted. I like the idea of simplicity, yet not quite the backwoods roughing it that the people of this small town were used to. 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".

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Book Review - Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist



Publisher's blurb:

It's a Battle of Wills ... and Love Is on the Line!
Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world . . . which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.
Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.

My Review: I found this book a really fun read. It had an interesting story that didn't fall into any dull spots. I enjoyed the various info on bird watching too. 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".

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sorry I've MIA

Had company for a few days last week and then things just got busy.

Still no job, however.

I have been perusing Pinterest.com - very cool site.

Here are a few things I like. Click the link in the upper right to see the original posts.

I would LOVE this laundry room.

Or this bath/shower.

Indoor spa retreat anyone?

And afterwards sit by one of these.

And later that night go here or here.