Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Book Review - Small Town Girl by Ann H. Gabhart



Publisher's blurb: How long can two people stand on the brink of love without plunging in headfirst?

In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates with apprehension, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can't draw her interest.

Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything and Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways. Could she truly be in love with him? And if he enlists, will she ever see him again?

In her gentle and textured style, Ann H. Gabhart tells a timeless story of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip your heart and stir your spirit. Fans of Gabhart's Angel Sister will love seeing Kate Merritt all grown-up, as well as other characters they have come to love.

My review: I loved this book. It was fun & light at times and then deep & thoughtful at others. I liked reading about how people dealt with the news of the war. How innocent and simple things seemed to be back then. Imagine falling in love with someone you have never even kissed, completely unheard of today. It makes me want to find a pen pal and get back to the artful task of handwriting letters. There is something so intimate about a handwritten letter, even though we pour our thoughts and daily tasks out for all to see on our blogs, Twitter or Facebook each day. Aside from the war, this book takes place in a time I wish I had lived in :) 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 Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review - Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard



Publisher's Blurb: Kate knows the truth is out there--but if she's right, that means a killer is out there too.

Research scientists Kate Adams and Daisy Leacock were on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy was suddenly found dead. Kate knows that her mentor's death wasn't suicide or a careless accident--and she's determined to do whatever it takes to unearth the truth about what happened to the woman who changed her life.

Former FBI agent Tom Parker is finding it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gave him a job as a detective on the local police force, not everyone approves. Tom's just trying to keep a low profile, so when Kate Adams demands he reopen the investigation into her friend's death, he knows his job is at stake. But despite his attraction to her, Tom thinks Kate may have something to hide.

As evidence mounts, a web of intrigue is woven around the sleepy town of Port Aster. Can Kate uncover the truth? Or will Tom stand in her way?

My review: I liked this book. I liked all the background info on herbs & flowers. I liked not being able to predict who did in from the 1st chapter, as I can in many other books. I liked the way the author had us suspect various different people. Good book overall, would recommend 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 - That Certain Summer by Irene Hannon



Publisher's blurb: Two very different sisters . . . an unexpected homecoming . . . one unforgettable summer

Karen and Val are family--yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had other reasons for moving away--as well as a secret to keep--and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke.

Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with past mistakes as they care for their ailing mother. When two handsome men enter the picture, the summer takes on a surprising new dimension. As their lives intersect, can each of them learn how to forgive, let go, and move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love?

With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, award-winning author Irene Hannon pens an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex relationships, the search for forgiveness, and the life-changing process of finding love.

My review: I found this book slow going. It plodded on in places. The story was ok, but forgettable. I find myself disliking books that portray the lead woman as weak, boring doormats. Sure there are woman out there like that, but we all aren't. I find many authors use the weak woman role to help us sympathize with the character - I instantly dislike the character for not standing up for herself. I don't sympathize or relate to that personality at all. I can't say I liked this book all that much or will remember it in a couple months. Probably 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 - Steal the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer



Publisher's blurb: A cowboy who wants to be a preacher. An outlaw's daughter who wants to change his mind.

On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can't believe it when he's forced off the train by an outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the preacher she requested for her birthday. He's determined to escape--which would be much easier if he could stop thinking about Joanna Robbins and her unexpected request.

For months, Joanna had prayed for a minister. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. But just when it seems her prayers have been answered, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett he ended up right where he was supposed to be?

With her signature blend of humor, history, and lively western romance, two-time RITA Award finalist and bestselling author Karen Witemeyer delivers a Texas love story sure to steal your heart.

My Review: I liked this book. It was a tad predictable at times, but I find most books are. This is a good summer read. light & fun :) I would 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".



Book Review - The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson



Publisher's blurb: Emmalyne Knox has always loved Tavin MacLachlan. But when tragedy strikes her family, Emmalyne's father declares she can no longer marry. Despite Tavin's pleas to defy the decision, Emmalyne refuses. In her act of obedience, she gives up the future she'd always dreamed of.


When Emmalyne's father returns to the quarry business years later, Tavin and Emmalyne meet again. And though circumstances have changed in both of their lives, they cannot deny the feelings that still exist. Can Emmalyne find a way to heal the decade-long wound that has fractured the two families...and change the hearts of those who stand in the way of true love?

My review: I wanted to like this book but it really irked me. The main cause of all the heartache in the book is one man's stubbornness and he doesn't seem to care about the lives he ruins. I also didn't like how meek the lead female is to everything happening around her. It may have been true for its' time and place, but it bothered me none the less. Not sure if 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, 23 June 2013

Bridal Shower gift I made for my Niece

I made a box & mini album for my niece's bridal shower. The shower was today, she is getting married in August.

The following link is to a video that shows the box & mini album in detail. You do not have to sign up for Ustream to view the video, just close the sign-in box. It is about 12 mins long.

VIDEO

Alternately, you can just look at the TON of photos below :)

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Father's Day Gift for Hubs

This is what I made my hubs for Father's Day.

This post is has a LOT of photos.

(click on pics to enlarge)



 This is a joke as the birds are always 
trying to build nests in the grill :)

When hubs opened the lid, he said "oh cool, meat!"





 Hard to see, but there is an owl embossed on the paper. 
































And there are two pages left to add more pics.

It was fun to make :)