Friday, June 17, 2016

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon (Mitford Years, #13)

Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published September 22nd 2015)

About the Book

Over the course of twelve Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.

Now, Father Tim Kavanagh's adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do potluck. Ought to be fun. An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band. Gratis. And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends. Piece of cake, right?

In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It's a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you're invited--because you're family.

By the way, it's a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what's a good wedding without a good cry?

My Review
★★★★ 1/2

Dooley and Lace’s wedding story is quite the feast. In relatively short bursts of thought, instead of traditional dialogue and one or two POV’s, I was treated to a more intimate look at what the wedding couple and their guests are thinking and feeling as the big day approaches and preparations are made. I felt as if I could hear each person's thoughts and experienced a few laugh out loud moments. A couple of times I had to pause briefly to realize who was doing the thinking but it didn’t detract from the overall story or my enjoyment of it.

I’m going to throw in my opinion of Lace’s wedding dress because I’ve read numerous reviews that bemoan the fact we aren’t given a lot of detail as to what it looks like. When you realize what she is wearing (and you’ll not hear from this reader what it is), how much more of a description can there be?! I think the whole ensemble she put together speaks more to her personality than a fancy wedding gown would.

Come Rain or Come Shine is a sweet and tender story with some sigh-worthy moments. The flow is relaxed and makes for a satisfying read. I highly recommend this book to all established Mitford fans. It's a must in the continuation of one of literature’s finest series of books! 

I appreciate the publisher sending me a copy for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest opinion.  No compensation has been received.
Find out more about Jan Karon and Mitford on her website

~Happy Reading~

Friday, June 3, 2016

Patriotic Wreath Project {USAF}

Here's my Patriotic Wreath! 

For the most part, I'm pleased with how it turned out. I probably could have sprayed a little more paint on it for better coverage but I'm impatient and didn't want to wait. In other words, I procrastinated and made it at the last minute. ;-)

I found the idea for the light wash of color on the 'palette' from Pinterest too. Adding silver glitter to the white letters gives it a sparkle! They were rather dull and flat looking otherwise.

Our front door is teal colored and it looked ridiculous hanging up there, so I decided to hang it on one of my repurposed shutters and sit it out on our deck. We spend a lot of time out there and it's perfect for this USAF family living near an AF base. 

I think this wreath is versatile for any of our holidays that celebrate America and our Military.

I'm going on a short blogging break (as mentioned in my previous post) so I can spend time with our very own Airman who is coming for a visit, along with his brother.

See y'all in a couple of weeks!

May the Lord bless you!!!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blogging Break

Life just got busier. When I thought I had a month to play catch up with reading and reviewing and blogging, both of my sons have decided to bless my husband and me with a visit. I'm super excited since I haven't seen my Airman in almost six months and my youngest in almost three months. One will be here for two weeks, and the other for 8 days.

While they're here, I want to spend every available moment with them, so I decided a break is necessary. I'm going to try and get some review posts scheduled. I won't be around to reply to comments but be assured I will read them. I appreciate each one of you who takes the time to read and comment on mine and/or Rebecca's reviews. Well, mostly Rebecca's since she is a speed reader and reviewer extraordinaire! :-)

May the Lord bless you and keep you!