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.