Thursday, 31 October 2013

Book Review - A Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling

Publisher's blurb: The Long-Awaited Prequel to the Red River of the North Series 

Twenty-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. It's not that she's lacked suitors, but now she no longer can have the one she loved.

With the future looking bleak, her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start afresh in America, as so many others have done before her. But how will she accomplish that with little money and no one to accompany her?

Roald Bjorklund is a widower who has been planning to go to America, lured by the promise of free land. He's a good man, a hard-working man--with a young son who desperately needs a mother. Ingeborg can tell Roald is interested in her, but what about love? This isn't how she's always imagined it.

Ingeborg Strand has a heartrending decision to make...

My review: I didn't really care for this book, Perhaps if I had read the previous book in this series, I would have liked it better, but as it was, I found it disjointed and pointless. The endless details of preparations to travel up the mountain, the endless details of life once they are there, was boring and redundant. The summary of this book is very misleading. The mention of Roald has you expecting him in the book, he only shows up in the last few pages. The entire summary is incorrect, it deals with the last chapter of the book only. I am going to assume this book is good if you read the previous books. I would not recommend it for anyone who has not.

"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 Bride For Keeps by Melissa Jagears

Publisher's blurb: Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He's already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn't in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn't given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she'll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she's experienced there.

Although Everett doesn't see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she's more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?

My review: I really enjoyed this book - it was very funny in parts, that I found myself laughing out loud :) This book shows how a simple lack of communication can cause complete chaos. 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, 12 October 2013

Latest Secret Project Reveal!

I had hoped to have this ready for the beginning of October, but real life got in the way :) - better late than never I guess

I came up with this idea a few months back, started working on it a couple months ago & then let it sit for several weeks while my creative mojo wasn't flowing.

I now have it finished! It is..... insert drum roll...

The Christmas Fireplace Card & Address Book Holder (kinda long huh?)
(building pattern for sale below if interested)

The top of the chimney flips open to hold your address book or list of people you regularly send Christmas cards to. The mantle opens to hold your handmade or store bought cards & envelopes. You can also store a pen and stamps in there for convenience.

I created the brick by cutting a brick stencil (I know I could have bought one, but I didn't think I had time, nor that I would use it again) out of thick acrylic packaging. I used tile grout (that I had) with white glue added and paint added to get the correct colour. I then applied it through the stencil. I like the way it turned out.

The front of the fireplace mantle is made from wood trim cut to fit, and then painted to look aged.

I do have the complete pattern (how to make the fireplace & address book) for sale in my Etsy store for those that are interested in making one. NOTE: The pattern does NOT include decoration instructions.

Of course you could decorate it and complete it any way you would like - I do not provide decorating instructions in the pattern. You could simply use really nice patterned paper as well.

Thanks all for looking :)