Friday, 28 December 2012

Book Review - Courting Cate by Leslie Gould



Publisher's Blurb: "Leslie Gould's gift for creating compelling characters never ceases to amaze and delight! She raises the bar with every book she writes."
--Mindy Starns Clark, bestselling author of Echoes of Titanic and The House That Cleans Itself


When This Couple Gets to Courting, Sparks Will Fly!

In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Her sweet and flirty sister, Betsy, on the other hand, seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

But the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard-and-fast rule: older Cate must marry first, before younger Betsy can even start courting. Unfortunately, untamable Cate has driven away every suitor--until Pete Treger comes to town, that is.

Prodded by the men of the area, Pete turns his attention to winning Cate's hand. But is his interest true or is there a scheme at play?

My Review: I wanted to like this book, but really couldn't. I really disliked how Betsy, Cate's sister gets away with ruining people's lives and not having any consequences. I disliked how Cate allows herself to be treated as a doormat by her family & her new husband. Actually the entire premise of the book - Cate having to marry first because she is older, is simply archaic. This really could have been a good book but because of what I consider blatant mistreatment of Cate by her father, her sister & Pete, I cannot in 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 - The Breath of Dawn by Kirsten Heitzmann


Publisher's Blurb: Corporate turnaround specialist Morgan Spencer, dubbed the "success guru," has a Midas touch in business. But losing his wife sent him to the brink, and his two-year-old daughter, Livie, is all he's living for--until they encounter a woman whose trouble just might draw him out of his own.

Four years ago Quinn Reilly did the right thing. Now the man her testimony put in jail is getting out. Though she has put up barriers to protect herself and those around her, she has come to care for the Spencer family, especially the winsome Livie and her mercurial father. Unwilling to put them at risk when the threats begin, she requests something she hopes the super-successful Morgan might be able to deliver.

Fixing problems is what Morgan does best, but his counter proposal takes them in a direction neither is equipped to handle. Determined to confront the past, will they survive to build a future?

My Review: I enjoyed this book. It was relatively fast paced & and had various story-lines. While I found some parts hard to believe, for the most part, it was believable and the characters were likable. 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 - A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano



Publisher's Blurb: Rollicking Debut from an Exciting New Author


Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. After losing her family, her fiancé, and her faith, the disappearance of her fortune is the last straw. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she's determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London.


Much to Mr. Hamilton Beckett's chagrin, all the eyes of New York society--all the female ones, at least--are on him. Unfortunately for all the matchmaking mothers and eligible daughters, he has no plans to marry again, especially with his hands full keeping his business afloat and raising his two children alone.

When Eliza's hapless attempts to regain her fortune put her right in Hamilton's path, sparks instantly begin to fly. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces, but with all their plans falling by the wayside and their enemies getting the better of them, it will take a riot of complications for Hamilton and Eliza to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.

When all of Hamilton's and Eliza's best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.

My Review: I absolutely LOVED this book. It was funny, fast paced, had interesting believable characters oh and did I mention funny? :) 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".
 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Baby Stuff I Made for a Good Friend

I made a lot of this quite awhile ago, but my friend only received & opened it today. So now I can show everyone else.

My friend V lives in Calgary and is due to have a baby girl any day now :)

These are a few of the things I sent her.

Pic intensive.

A crocheted stroller blanket.


A baby quilt.


A couple baby hats, also crocheted.



This is a cradle & mini album I made her. I got the idea from Anne's Paper Creations. I asked her permission to copy it - there isn't a pattern, I just looked at her instructions & pictures. You can find her version HERE.





































Friday, 23 November 2012

Book Review: Debt-Proof Your Christmas by Mary Hunt



Publisher's blurb: Christmas--with no debt, less stress, and more joy!
Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also one of the most stressful--and most expensive. Expectations run high, and it's tempting to whip out the credit cards to create the perfect Christmas, with lavish meals, new decorations, and the latest, greatest gadgets and fashions for everyone on your gift list.
But you don't have to overspend or go into debt to have a fabulous holiday.
Financial expert Mary Hunt shows you how to assess your situation, commit to no new debt, and think creatively about gifts. With Mary's guidance, you'll discover what caused you to overspend in the past and how to approach this Christmas with a plan. It just might be the best gift you can give yourself and your family.
My review: I didn't find this book all that helpful . Perhaps because I am a consultant and don't have a "steady" income, I already know all the tips & tricks to being frugal. I didn't learn anything new in this book, if fact I found a fair bit of it out of date. For instance it has tips about zeroing your checkbook at month end to save any remaining balance. First of all, who still uses a checkbook? Online banking is all the rage here. Second, bills are no longer paid all at one time. There are automatic withdrawals that require funds to be in the account at all times. You can't simply move leftover funds at month's end. 
I found many of the stories in the book, while touching, to be a little out of date as well. Many seems to be written by older folk about things many youth or young adults today would just not relate to. For instance the story of the house-bound invalid Mother giving her son $10 that she had saved for a rainy day, as a Christmas gift. In the world of today where kids are just handed $20 whenever they want something, I don't think getting a saved $10 in a card is going to register with many of them. Sorry nothing new in this book - I would not recommend it 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".

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot



Publisher's blurb: Celia Anderson doesn't need anything for Christmas except a few more boarders, which are hard to come by in this small mining town. She certainly doesn't have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a wandering carpenter finds lodging at her boarding house, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man--the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle to get roses during a harsh Wyoming winter. But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .

Amanda Cabot invites readers to cozy up with a romantic, heartwarming tale of the greatest gift of all--love.
My review: I enjoyed this book. It was nice and short. It was heart warming, simple & sweet - just like a nice cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. It reminds us that people can be loving and good to friends and strangers alike. 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".

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson



Publisher's blurb: With Christmas around the corner, the Turnbull family is in need of a few small miracles.
It is 1937, and Lucy Turnbull knows better than to wish for a pony this Christmas. Her mother has assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony is the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they need at their boarding house are the paying kind. Then an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, and Lucy's world changes forever.

My Review: I Loved this book. It is the perfect light read for the busy holiday season & has a story that truly warms the heart. I really enjoyed Lucy's innocent longings. Oh to be eight years old again :)
I 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 Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Cute Peanut Randomness

This is what Peanut does after a nap & a nice long stretch...




Just look at that face :)

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Hi remember me?

I have been a slacker and haven't posted in forever - please forgive me.

Not a lot to tell you, not much happening.

Had a craft show, my 3rd, on Sunday Nov 4th. I sold 6 things, made $36, but the table cost $25, so I cleared $11 - woo hoo!

I had an interview a couple weeks ago - haven't heard anything from them yet, it is for a bank - they are almost as bad as the gov't with rushing things (insert sarcasm here).

I lost my art mojo for awhile. I hope to get it back soon.

Hubs & kid are going hunting tomorrow afternoon til Sunday - that means me & the dogs will be home alone! ART time - I hope. I have a ton of things I could work on or do.

Below are LOTS of photos of two mini albums with quotes I made recently - one for my friend Annette, the other for the craft sale. My sister H ended up buying it for a friend.

Each tag & insert has a quote or two. I didn't get pics of all the ones in H's mini though.