Friday, 31 January 2014

Book Review - All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson & Kimberely Woodhouse

Publisher's blurb: Gwyn Hillerman loves being a nurse at her father's clinic on the beautiful Alaskan frontier. But family life has been rough ever since her mother left them, disdaining the uncivilized country and taking Gwyn's younger sister with her.

In Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after an affluent patient dies. In a snowball effect, his fiance breaks their engagement. In an attempt to bury the past, Jeremiah accepts Dr. Hillerman's invitation to join his growing practice in the isolated Alaska Territory.

Gwyn and Jeremiah soon recognize a growing attraction to each other. But when rumors of Jeremiah's past begin to surface, they'll need more than love to face the threat of an uncertain future.

My review: I liked this book. I loved reading about the Alaskan wilderness and the trials the new settlers had to deal with. The extreme differences between the two sisters makes for shocking contrasts. I also enjoyed the mystery embedded in the story. The characters were likable & believable. 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 - No One to Trust by Lynette Eason

Publisher's blurb: She doesn't know who she's running from--and the man she loves may be someone else entirely

Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover?

The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of organized crime where people are used one moment and discarded the next. And with her deepest relationship of trust already shattered, Summer doesn't know who to believe.

Always thrilling, bestselling author Lynette Eason outdoes herself in this taut, breakneck story of lies, loyalties, and love that will have you up all night to discover the truth hidden in the shadows.

My review: I enjoyed this book although the female lead annoyed the heck out of me a lot of the time with her whining about her husband lying to her! With all that was going on, that was the least of her worries. And while she stays mad at him for some time, she immediately forgives her conniving sister. Over all I liked the book and its adventure. It was fast paced and an easy read. 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".

Book Review - The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

Publisher's blurb: Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch's daughter. Though he's initially wary of Julia Midwinter's reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul--and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master--a man her mother would never approve of--but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec's help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village...and to her mother's tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a "good match" in Regency England.

My review: I wasn't overly fond of this book at the beginning, but it slowly grew on me. The missing details on why the dancing master and his family have come to town is somewhat confusing at first, as is the reason for the rule against dancing. I felt the last part of the book explained all the questions but it was left too late in the book. I guess I am actually undecided about this book - I would probably still recommend it though.

"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".

Monday, 6 January 2014

The Documented Life Project

So I only heard about this on New Years eve day, so I had to scramble to get ready.

The idea is to get a planner (or make one as I did) and use it as a planner & an art journal throughout 2014. Basically to document your life, for at least this year.

The people that posted this project will post a challenge each week as inspiration for you to art about - you can do any interpretation of the prompt that you want, you can draw, write, paint, sketch, scrap whatever.

Here is the Original blog post explaining the project - there are also links embedded to more ideas.

This is the Facebook group page where you can get tons of inspiration from over 2800 people also in the challenge.

Here is the materials I started with.
Month tabs added.

Here it is partially decorated with washi tape on the edges and many fold-out pages added.

This is how I changed the binding once it started getting too fluffy for its' spiral binding.

Here is my interpretation of the 1st Challenge - your front door.

My covers are plastic, so I can't paint or draw on them,but I was thinking I could make a fabric slip cover using lace and vintage fabric maybe.I still have plenty of time to decide on that though.