Sunday, March 29, 2020


My husband made a couple of Bluebird houses and within 24 hours, we had a pair coming to visit and check them out. I crouched down on the front steps behind a big plant and was able to catch a few images. 

Dad's on the lookout while Mom investigates.

Mom says, "I think this might be the perfect home to raise our babies in. Come and see!"

"Honey, I think you might be right. There's plenty of room and a lovely view!"

"The tree back here will give you a great vantage point to watch for predators, too."

"I'll go try it out!"

"Yep. This is a great place to keep an eye out for intruders and my blue feathers really stand out among the white blossoms! I am one gorgeous guy!!" 

Matthew 13:32 English Standard Version (ESV)

It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Thursday, March 19, 2020

FREE & Discounted Books

With all the craziness going on and the social distancing taking place, many authors and publishers are discounting ebooks and even offering FREE ebooks. I'll list a few out here for you.

FREE but double check before you buy!!

Mary Connealy:

Loving the Texas Lawman:

Loving Her Texas Protector:

Loving the Texas Negotiator:

Loving the Texas Stranger:

Loving the Mysterious Texan:

Sandra Byrd:

London Confidential (4 book set)

Carrie Turansky:

Where Two Hearts Meet

Seeking His Love

Sarah Monzon:

Book Nerds and Boyfriends

Michelle Griep:

There are tons of free and discounted ebooks available, especially if you're on Bookbub

I'm recovering from regular flu (yes, been in touch with doctor) so I haven't felt like reading or being online much. I hope y'all are doing okay and escaping any kind of sickness. I know some people have to work anyway and I am praying for your protection! 

Always remember there is no need for fear, panic, worry or anxiety!!
Isaiah 43:1-3

But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

Monday, March 16, 2020

Rebecca Reviews ~ Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs, #1) by Amanda Cabot

Paperback336 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company

Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents' murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don't include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.

Rebecca's Review

"Oh God, what should I do?"

Devasted after finding the only home she has known for the past ten years reduced to ashes, Evelyn Radcliffe flees Logansville, Texas with a young orphaned girl who has become like a sister to her. Travelling with Polly for days on end with no particular destination in mind brings them to the outskirts of Mesquite Springs, where Evelyn finally feels a sense of peace, for she has spent the past ten years looking over her shoulder, sensing danger lurking just around the corner.

It's in Mesquite Springs where she meets a horse rancher named Wyatt Clark, whose kind family offers Evelyn and Polly a warm welcome while Evelyn searches for a means of supporting herself. It seems like providence provides her with the perfect opportunity, doing what she knows and loves; managing a restaurant. But will what she holds dear, eventually put a killer back on her trail? And will Wyatt acknowledge how the lovely proprietor of "Polly's Place" might change the course of his future?

Readers will be charmed with the "folksy" atmosphere in Mesquite Springs where kindness and solidarity abound. But like any small town, there are misfortunes, and those who refuse to be thwarted. Written with a pleasant cadence and portraying an innocent romance, "Out of the Embers" hides a slightly darker agenda which the author cleverly disguises until the very end.

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 over 30 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".

Monday, March 9, 2020

Review ~ Like Flames in the Night (Cities of Refuge 4) by Connilyn Cossette

Paperback384 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Bethany House Publishers

About the Book
Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander's kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.

Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to discover his beloved daughter is dead. After his vow to hunt down her killer leads to months of fruitless pursuit, his last hope is in a family connection that comes with strings attached. Strings that force him to pose as a mercenary and rescue an infuriating woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted.

When an opportunity to pave a path to a Hebrew victory arises, can Tirzah convince Liyam to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will Liyam's thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, his God, and the woman he's come to love?

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My Review
5 STARS!!!

“I’d slipped into places far more dangerous than Liyam’s broken heart.”

Like Flames in the Night is the arresting conclusion to Cossette’s Cities of Refuge series. This is by far one of the best biblical fiction stories I have had the pleasure to read. The author paints extraordinary word pictures.

“She was like wine to my blood and breath to my dead bones.”

Wow. So many times I had to stop and just soak in the beauty of the words I was reading. Overflowing with rich history and vividly drawn characters that encircled my heart, I couldn’t hold back my tears in the last chapter. They fell fast and silent.

“Justice without mercy was tyranny, and mercy without justice was lawlessness. Yahweh had created both to work together, for his glory and for our good.”

I highly recommend this book (and series) to fans of historical fiction intertwined with Truth, romance, adventure, forgiveness and redemption. Cossette’s commitment to giving her fans the best she has to offer shines forth Like Flames in the Night.

I received a copy of the book from the author and publisher. No review was required. All opinions are my own.


Have you read this series yet? If not, you should! It's excellent.