Thursday, October 19, 2017

FREE E-Books!!!

 

The Elusive Miss Ellison will be FREE for two days only, 
October 19-20!!! 

I loved this book. You can read my review here.
 
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The Captivating Lady Charlotte will be FREE on October 21-22!!! 

Read my review of this captivating story here.

Purchase Link:
 
Both e-books will be on sale for the remainder of the week (until October 29) for only 0.99. 

 Make sure to check the price before you buy! 



COMING Oct 24th!!!
 Pre-order here. [not free :-) ]

 Will a damaged reputation and desire for society's approval thwart the legacy of grace?

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She's lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's society mama is appalled at the new company she's keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter--not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together--without finances, family support, or royal favor?

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 I'm reading the third novel now and will have my review posted in time for the blog tour coming Oct 23-27 2017. 

I'm sorry I won't have a giveaway copy but here is a link to one sponsored by the author: https://australasianchristianwriters.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/october-new-releases-plus-giveaway.html

~Happy Reading, Y'all~




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review ~ Picturing Heaven 40 Hope-Filled Devotions with Coloring Pages by Randy Alcorn

Revelation 21:21-27 

 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 

Published: September 5, 2017
Tyndale House

Imagine Heaven the way the Bible describes it—a place of exquisite beauty brimming with marvelous detail and intricate patterns; a special dwelling place free of corruption and sin; and a place of both rest and enjoyable, meaningful work.

Let the power and majesty of Heaven fill your heart with joy as you color these 40 designs carefully interpreted from the pages of Scripture. Savor a respite from daily life as you read and meditate on devotions from best–selling author Randy Alcorn, a leading authority on Heaven. Picturing Heaven will offer you comfort and relaxation, while filling your heart with restful assurance that God prepares a special place for those who love Him.


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My Review
5 STARS!!!

I was impatient to receive this coloring devotional in the mail. Originally, I thought I would dive right into the coloring but that didn't happen. I was so caught up in the beauty of the writing that before I knew it, I had read almost half the book without touching a marker or colored pencil! The selected Scriptures, and the thoughts from Randy Alcorn, mesmerized me and filled me with longing for my heavenly home!

I'm so excited thinking about the New Heaven and New Earth and all that it entails! I truly hadn't spent a lot of time thinking on it before, just passably knowing it would one day happen, but now I am eagerly anticipating the beauty and majesty. Oh, how sweet it will be to stroll down streets of gold with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! My desire to learn more about my eternal home has been stirred.

I highly recommend this lovely offering of 40 hope-filled devotionals enhanced with intricate and graceful illustrations to captivate creatives of all types. Thank you Tyndale Publishers for sending me a copy for review purposes. No compensation has been received.

~Happy Coloring & Reading~

Monday, October 2, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House #4) by Kristi Ann Hunter

 
Published September 5th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers

Award-Winning Regency Romance Author on the Rise

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she'll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

About Kristi


Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write. Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com.

Purchase Links


Rebecca's Review
4 STARS!!!

"The prospect of being bait hadn't seemed so daunting until she was actually surrounded by the trap with no way out, no way home, and no other way to save her family."

Desperation can drive a young woman to despair; so naturally when the beautiful Isabella Breckenridge entered into an agreement with her uncle, in order to save her nearly destitute family, she never imagined the conundrum that her harmless flirting would create. Caught between who she really is and who her uncle has presented her to be, Isabella catches the unexpected attention of the most eligible bachelor to be found in the country of England, the very Duke of Riverton himself.

"You probably spent all of last year debating the merits of various ladies."

Griffith Hawthorne, Duke of Riverton, applies logic to every decision that he makes, so when he decides that it is time to choose a wife, he considers every angle carefully, much like he is accustomed to doing before any large business transaction. He thought he had it figured out, until the cousin of his intended not only invades his every thought, she seems determined to thwart any notion of courtship with herself or with her cousin; how inconvenient can one woman be? Something curious is going on in the house of Lord Percy Pontebrook.

Witty, romantic, entertaining and inspiring; all attributes of this elegant conclusion to Kristi Ann Hunter's Hawthorne House series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

~Happy Reading, Y'all~

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Clinging to Christ

When my emotions overwhelm me and I can't focus, I turn to music. I found this beautiful song by Sovereign Grace, appropriately titled Cling to Christ. That is all any of us can do because Christ alone is the Savior. He alone is the Redeemer. He alone. I hope in some small way, if you are going through a trial that seems too much to bear, that these lyrics will speak to you through the power of the Holy Spirit and encourage you to hang on, Cling to Christ!



Soli Deo gloria,
Psalm 63:8 (NASB)
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
 


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review ~ An Inconvenient Beauty (Hawthorne House #4) by Kristi Ann Hunter


Award-Winning Regency Romance Author on the Rise

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she'll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

About the Author

Kristi is the RITA® award winning author of Regency romance novels from a Christian worldview. Her titles include A Noble Masquerade, An Elegant Fa├žade, and An Uncommon Courtship. Beyond writing, she is also speaker, teaching classes in writing as well as Biblical and spiritual topics. She has spoken to writers' groups, schools, and young women's groups at churches. 
When she is not writing or interacting with her readers, Kristi spends time with her family and her church. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a computer science degree, she can also be found fiddling with her computer in her free time. A born lover of stories she is also an avid reader. From very young she dreamed of sharing her own stories with others and praises God daily that she gets to live that dream today.  

Kristi has an amazing blog/website! 
Check out all her stuff @ http://www.kristiannhunter.com

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My Review
5 STARS!!! 

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, thinks the way to choose a bride is to be logical and in control of the situation. Until he meets Miss Isabella Breckenridge, that is.

Isabella is most beautiful and in a rather troublesome predicament that could dash every hope and dream she had about true romance. Surely, the Duke of Riverton will want nothing to do with her when he discovers her secret.

In typical Regency style, Hunter has written a dazzling tale of intrigue and romance. I enthusiastically finished this tale of intrigue and love in record time. I rode along on a wave of whimsy that truly swept me away to regency England! Exquisite ball gowns, glittering jewels, fluttering fans and a dashing Duke all conspire to create the perfect picture in An Inconvenient Beauty.

Faith, hope, and love are entwined in this deeply romantic historical that left this reader slightly saddened that the series has come to an end. And a beautiful, fulfilling ending it was! I adored Griffith completely. The whole family is just wonderful, even if they are fictitious. I look forward to future stories from Ms Hunter.

Fans of Jane Austen, Julie Klassen, and historical fiction with a softly woven theme of Christianity will appreciate An Inconvenient Beauty. I received a paperback copy from the publisher for review purposes. No compensation has been received.
 


http://www.kristiannhunter.com/hawthornehouse


I hope you'll look for this exceptionally written Regency series if you haven't read them. 
It really is super duper fantastic! Just click on the image of the books above and it will take you to the author's website where you can read excerpts of each book. :)

~Happy Reading~



 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Review ~ Bible Story Coloring and Activity Book by B&H Kids Editorial Staff

Published June 1st 2017 by B&H Publishing Group

Here are some of the great activities your kids will love:
Word searches
Mazes
Connect the dots
Hidden messages
Fill in the blank
Secret code
Matching
Find it
Unscramble
and more!

    

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My Review
4 STARS

Filled with over 200 coloring pages and 150 activity pages, Bible Story Coloring & Activity Book will provide hours of fun for young children.  While delighting in coloring, puzzles, word searches and finding hidden objects children will be learning more about the Bible and people who are most prominent in their Sunday school lessons. There is a helpful Parent Connection in the beginning to guide parents in how best to utilize the book. Parents will have an opportunity to engage one-on-one with their child and impart knowledge and understanding in spiritual matters. Little ones can practice their letters and reading and have fun choosing their favorite crayons to splash an array of colors on the pages.
I appreciate Lifeway and B&H sending me a copy for review purposes. No compensation has been received.


Review ~ Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station, #2) by Karen Witemeyer


                         Published June 6th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers                          
Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.
 
About Karen
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the National Reader's Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit www.karenwitemeyer.com.


Read an Excerpt here.


My Review
4 STARS!!!



Dependable can sometimes seem like a dull word but in this case it means anything but. Witemeyer is a dependable author. By this I mean her stories always can be depended upon to model utmost moral character while at the same time exhibiting the most charming romance. I find this a refreshing attribute. I never have to worry that the latest narrative might contain anything of an objectionable nature. Therefore, I highly recommend any of her books but especially Heart on the Line.

Amos Bledsoe didn’t strike me as a swoon worthy hero in the beginning. He is not your quintessential tall, dark, and handsome man. But what Amos ‘lacks’ in physical hero qualities, he more than makes up for in his character. By the end, I absolutely adored him! He is witty, brave, staunchly in love with Grace, and willing to put his heart on the line. J What more could a lady ask for?

Grace Mallory is hiding out in a small women’s colony after witnessing a tragic event. I liked her character but didn’t really connect to her in any way. The lady who did capture my attention was Helen. With a prickly pear demeanor and an air of mystery surrounding her, I found her fascinating. Helen’s love story is secondary to Grace’s, but stole the show, in my opinion.

“She glanced at the sky, where a handful of puffy white clouds swam lazily across the bright blue expanse. So peaceful. Perhaps even happy. Helen didn't really know what happiness felt like. To her, it was simply the absence of pain. Yet when she looked at a sky like this one, something inside her whispered that there could be more. There could be joy that led to dancing, to laughter, to a place where fear could not penetrate.” (Witemeyer, pg. 100)

There is a prequel novella, Worth the Wait, and the first novel, No Other Will Do. Although Heart on the Line is the second full length book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Fans of historical fiction with strong Christian values, mystery, and romance will enjoy this book.

I received a print copy from Bethany House for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. No compensation has been received. 
~Happy Reading, Y'all~



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cover Reveal ~ Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham



If you've read any of Pepper's books then you know she is a fabulously gifted writer! You'll have hours of great fun reading her stories. Pepper is a breath of fresh air in what can sometimes seem a monotonous obligation of reading and reviewing. I have enjoyed all of her books I've read and look forward to getting caught up with the ones I haven't. And while I haven't personally met her...yet...I am a part of her launch team on FB and can I just say that she is one of the most enthusiastic and sweet persons I have met in my book circle. I hope I get to meet her in person sometime soon! Our own Rebecca Maney has had the honor of meeting her a few times, I do believe. You know we just want to talk heroes and heroines! :-)

Now take a look at this adorable couple with those gorgeous mountains in the background and put it on your to-be-read list!




About the Book
Book 2 in Mitchell’s Crossroads Series
Releases November 1, 2017

When Dr. Alex Murdock is demoted to a university in rural Virginia, the last thing he expects to find is a future. But country charm never looked as good as it does on Rainey Mitchell.

Rainey Mitchell does not need a high-class flirt in her wounded world, but trouble and temptation wafts off the new professor as strong as his sandalwood-scented cologne.

When circumstances thrust them together to save her tutoring clinic, can the troublemaker find the hero inside and encourage the reticent Rainey to open her heart again?

About the Author

Pepper D Basham has been telling tales ever since she was a little girl. When her grandmother called her a “writer” at the age of ten, Pepper took it as gospel and has enjoyed various types of writing styles ever since. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of Seymour Agency.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review ~ Crown of Souls (The Tox Files, Book 2) by Ronie Kendig + GIVEAWAY of Conspiracy of Silence (The Tox Files, Book 1, e-book copy)

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!



                           Published September 5th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers                          
"Kendig has out done herself."-- RT Book Reviews on Conspiracy of Silence
Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole "Tox" Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.
Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he's out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.
Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating--he's using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.
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Sounds amazing, right?
That's because it IS!!!!
Seriously!!! This series is one of the best I have read and definitely one of Kendig's finest. 
It's release day so that means you can hop over to your favorite online retailer and purchase a copy. It's available in both paperback and e-book.
Here are some purchase links and I don't get any kickbacks!
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My Review
5 STARS!!!
Crown of Souls is a global thrill ride suffused with heart pounding, adrenaline driven moments. Kendig is a master at characterization and The Tox Files characters are just getting better and better! I was a little intimidated by the length of this book but it didn’t take long to realize when it was over, I wished it wasn’t. That’s the thing about Kendig’s stories, I can never get enough!
Cole ‘Tox’ Russell has become one of my favorite characters that Kendig has written.  Yes, he is the ultimate spec -ops soldier but this time he is really and truly swoony. Oh my! There are a couple of the most amazingly romantic moments between Tox and Haven.  Mind you, this is in no way a focus in this story but it’s such a vital glimpse into their relationship and getting to know them even better as a couple.
If you’ve read Kendig’s Discarded Heroes Series, you are in for a surprise. If you haven’t, you are missing the beginning of a great author’s career in fiction writing. And that’s all I am saying about that. ;-)
I genuinely loved this book and recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction with a high intensity military focus that weaves in a truly gripping ancient mystery. I think anyone who has enjoyed The DaVinci Code, Jason Bourne, The Librarian and any adventure/thriller/mystery/ancient treasure hunting book or movie will be enthralled with this series. I received a digital copy for review purposes from the publisher through Netgalley. No compensation has been received.

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*Giveaway is for a Kindle copy of the first novel in the series!

Now then, I purchased a gift certificate from Amazon for a Kindle copy of Conspiracy of Silence to get you started on this incredible series! Actually, there is a FREE novella, The Warrior's Seal, that is the very first thing you need to read, then read CoS.
But leave a comment below telling me how you follow my blog, along with your email address in a non-spam format ( jane at here dot com). If you are not a follower yet, please sign up in the side bar on the right and then leave your comment. I will draw a winner on Sept 10, which just so happens to be my birthday! 

Whew! If you made it to the end of this post, Thank You! 
You rock!!!

~Happy Reading, Y'all~


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Evenings with Tozer, Daily Devotional Readings , A.W. Tozer, compiled by Gerald B Smith


Moody Publishers / 2015 / Paperback


This volume of 366 selected and edited daily readings from Dr. Tozer's books, editorials, and sermons is published for the spiritual help it may consistently bring to "God's good, plain people," who, as Dr. Tozer himself pointed out, "are a benediction wherever they are found!" Previously published as Renewed Day by Day.

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My Review

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Tozer’s writings are as relevant today as they were decades ago when he wrote them. Taken from books and sermons and other writings of his, these 366 Devotional Readings are meant to be a complement to personal Bible study time and I have to say they are thought provoking!

In one of the readings, Tozer speaks of our devotional life being crowded out by busyness and modern technologies. Sound familiar? He was referring to radio and television but I can only imagine how he would feel with the distractions of tablets, phones, computers, and hand held games that we have in the 21st century. Rarely do I see families eating at a table in a restaurant without one or all of them staring at their individual electronic devices while silence reigns between them. I am guilty of this myself!

I have been re-energized by this devotional. My copy already has many passages highlighted. Tozer was a studied man, devoted to prayer, and a highly respected ‘modern day’ theologian for his time. I highly recommend adding Evenings with Tozer to your daily repertoire of study materials. 

I received a complimentary copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, only my opinion of the book. No compensation has been received.

~Happy Reading~
 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review ~ The Promise Bride (Montana Brides #1) by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham


Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Zebra
 In a booming frontier town, a heavenly match may be in store for mail-order brides seeking a fresh start . . . women of strength and spirit who embrace the challenges of life and love in the wild Montana Territory.
Determined to save her father and siblings from a crumbling Chicago tenement, Emilia Stanek becomes the long-distance bride of a Montana rancher. But when she arrives in Helena, a rugged lawman shatters her plans with the news that her husband is dead and deeply in debt.
County sheriff Mac McCall can t afford to be distracted by the pretty young widow, not with scandalous secrets emerging as he investigates his friend s suspicious death. Mac s gruff order that she leave town at once only spurs Emilia s resolve to take ownership of her late husband s ranch and face his debtors. But as her defenses soften, Emilia begins to accept Mac s help, feel compassion for his own wounded heart and learns that trust means taking a leap of faith . . ."


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My Review
5 STARS!!!

I spent fourteen days in June sitting at hospice with my father-in-law.  I was elated to have a review copy of The Promise Bride because at the end of each day, I would crawl into bed and escape into the old west with this riveting story of love anticipated and lost and new love found.

Emilia and Mac are one of the most engaging couples in my summer reading experience so far! Of course, when the story starts, they are not a couple but they sure do have chemistry. Their engaging dialogue kept me riveted as well as the theme of loss and redemption woven seamlessly through the book.

This story is filled with emotions but one scene struck me as no other. Mac is sitting alone at his kitchen table, missing the friend whom he had shared a bond with, perhaps closer than a brother. His emotions are overwhelming him and he cries out to God.

  Why, God? Why him? Why him and not me?
  No answer. No comfort. Just pulsating grief and the watery promise of heaven.
Mac needed something to hold, to touch, to strike. Heaven—though he knew it was as real as the pine-wood table supporting his crossed arms and bowed head—felt too insubstantial and slippery to prop up such heavy anguish.
              He pounded the table with one fist. Again. And again.
              Why, God? Why?
Someone had once told him that questioning God was a sin. The way he figured it, God didn’t 
mind the questions so much as those who tried to make up their own answers. So he prayed for all the things he knew were true—but weren’t offering consolation yet—to permeate his soul, clear his mind, and bring him peace.  –The Promise Bride, 119

I have read several individual novellas by Welborn and Whitman and enjoyed them but The Promise Bride superseded them all! I was drawn into this novel from the beginning. I didn’t rush through it, even though I wanted to. I savored the intricacy of the plot and pondered the circumstances that Emilia and Mac found themselves in. I felt as if I was living it right along with them. It was wonderful.

If you are a fan of clean historical fiction with descriptive prose, snappy dialogue, and a swoon-worthy sheriff, then The Promise Bride is for you.

Thank you, to author Gina Welborn for having a print copy sent to me. This is my honest opinion of the book. No compensation was received.

~Happy Reading~

Friday, August 18, 2017

You Might Call Me Crazy!

1 Corinthians 3:6 
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 

I love plants. Seriously love plants. Now that I don't have small children at home or indoor animals, I can have as many plants as I want. Thankfully, my husband loves them too.  :-) 

I found a great deal on some large tropical house plants at my local grocery store so I bought several to place around our living room. The problem was that two of them had super dull looking leaves with what looked to be dried water residue and dirt all over them. I sprayed them down outside with the water hose but they still looked dirty and dull. Sooo, I went looking for solutions and found the perfect one on Chemistry Cachet.


Alexis, the chemist @ Chemistry Cachet, recommends cleaning house plants with a solution of milk and water mixed together in a spray bottle. Super simple to make and if you follow the link, you can get exact measurements and read all about why milk is good for your plants. She also recommends an Epsom Salt solution as a natural fertilizer. I'll be trying that in a few days. 

By the way, I read an article that said it's good talk to your house plants because as you talk to them you are breathing out carbon monoxide and that's beneficial to them too! I felt a little odd at first but once I got going, I had all kinds of things to say to Spike (above) and *Optimus Prime (below). Actually, that's when I decided on their names. Spike is obvious. He's spikey and I had to keep telling him not to cut my fingers! 

*Optimus Prime, on the other hand, has leathery like leaves that are absolutely gorgeous! He reminded me of a transformer toy with how his leaves transform from solid green to display striking streaks of red, orange, and yellow.


 *Optimus Prime (he's a Codiaeum variegatum, aka Croton plant) had the most dramatic 'transformation' in the cleaning too! See what I did there? hehe :-)
He has a lot of leaves! And they are fragile despite being leathery in feel. I found that if I bent one too far while trying to get into the ridges to get all the dirt out, the leaf would 'snap'. He calls for a gentle touch. It took me about an hour to water and clean these two plants but in the end it was well worth it!

Do you have any indoor plants? Have you named them? Do you talk to them? 

I would love to chat about your plants and any successes or failures you've experienced. 

~Happy Gardening~


*no copyright infringement intended - just naming my plants after a toy that my boys loved playing with when they were young.