Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Discovering Joye: Uncovering the Treasures Inside Ordinary People, Places, Things and OurselvesDiscovering Joye: Uncovering the Treasures Inside Ordinary People, Places, Things and Ourselves by Jim Stovall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Discovering Joye" by Jim Stovall

I am a fan of this author since reading "The Ultimate Gift"..amazing man that has faced his fears and now helps others to be able to see more in life...
This is a small book packed with gems of wisdom that you can take and share each day.  His phrase on the cover "Uncovering the Treasures inside ordinary people,places,things and ourselves", is just how he lives his life.
He makes me want to be a better person and I am sure you will agree after reading too.
Joye Kanelakos was just an ordinary woman with a hidden talent that was found after her death, in her poetry. Jim list much of her work in this little book and you will be amazed at the heart of this woman...
one stands out for me that I will list here:
"Today"
Remember,
God this day unfurled
to everyone
Throughout the world
Unblemished Day;
BeJeweled and Pearled~
A Gift to you and me.
For each man's tower
or just a stone.
Born to climb higher
or be left alone.
Time is the Gift.
Use it with care.
Climb to the Heights~
Our dreams flourish there.

~This woman points out what so many refuse to see in a lifetime~

I was given this book by The Bookclub Network to read and review, thank you for this opportunity....


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Full Steam AheadFull Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Karen Witemeyer writes  Historical novel "Full Steam Ahead"

Galveston is a port city and many types of ships can be found there, this story is written about the 1800's era.  Nicole Renard grew up on the island playing pirate games and her family is into shipping.
There is a feud and the story about a jewel encrusted dagger that makes for interesting reading.
When Nicole takes this dagger and leaves the island to save it, she encounters many hair-raising moments and when she is stranded along the way she meets Darius Thornton, whom many in the town thinks is crazy as he blows up boilers on his property, unkown is the fact that he is a scientist and trying to find ways to perfect the steamship boilers so they wont blow up at wrong times and cause so many deaths.  Nicole needs funds for the rest of her journey so she takes a job with Darius as assistant to earn her way.
This unlikely couple have more things in common then they are aware of and in time they have a mutual attraction that begins to grow.  Each thinks this is a mistake and tries to limit their times together.
She saves him during one of his testings and he saves her when the brothers come and kidnap her...
Will love continue to grow as they move full steam ahead?  can a compromise be made on both their sides.  You don't want to miss this story.

I received this book from The Bookclub Network and BethanyHouse Publishing to read and review, thank you so much.


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Friday, July 11, 2014

All for a Sister (All for, #3)All for a Sister by Allison Pittman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"All for a Sister" written by Allison Pittman

This story has three points of view..The mother- Celeste&Dana...

Secrets there are so many secrets and as the story unfolds you will learn the truth.  I love to read a story that keeps you reading wanting to know who did what and how they got away with it.
The Dufrane's were wealthy people and Dana's mother was a worker in the home at one time.
Papa Dufrane had a wandering eye and there were many women in his life.  some meant more then others and some he did not know at all...
Dana was imprisoned without a trial...more secrets.
Celeste was the apple of her daddy's eye.  This little girl was beautiful and she wanted to be in the movies and it helped that her father worked in the field of movies.
As Celeste and Dana,all grown up, learn each other's stories ,they face more questions then answers..Discovery comes..a written confession.
You will want to read to the end and see what happened to Dana at a young age and how the secrets unfold bringing truth to light.

I was given this book to read and review by the Bookclub Network and Tyndale publishing...Thank you for the opportunity to read this author.


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Treasured Brides Collection: Three Timeless Romances from a Beloved AuthorThe Treasured Brides Collection: Three Timeless Romances from a Beloved Author by Grace Livingston Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

~The Treasured Brides collection by Grace Livingston Hill~

About Grace Livingston Hill

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also wrote under the pseudonym Marcia MacDonald

A popular author of her day she wrote over 100 novels and numerous short stories of religious and Christian fiction. Her characters were most often young female ingénues, frequently strong Christian women or those who become so within the confines of the story.

I enjoyed reading these stories by this author of long ago.
her stories "The Big Blue Soldier", "Found Treasure", "The Patch of Blue" are of brides who will make you smile, cry and just remember the days that you were a bride too.
Love in the midst of their trials and faith leads them to eternal hope and peace..

I received this book from the Bookclub Network for an honest read and review, thank you and the Barbour publishing for a book to add to my collection on this beloved author.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Captured by Love (Michigan Brides, #3)Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Novel by Jody Hedlund-book #3 "Captured by Love"-series Michigan Brides


This story was written about Michilimackinac Island, sometimes referred to as Macanaw.  1814...
I visited this island not long ago and so while  reading this story of Pierre and Angelique..I could see them running through the wooded areas and imagine the fort that I saw.. looking like Jody wrote.

Childhood friends,Angel has always looked up to Pierre and followed he and his brother Jean all over the island.  Now all grown up the two have much to contend with.  Pierre was a fur trader and gone for long periods of time and Angel accepted Jeans proposal of marriage just before he left for the war that was going on between the British and Americans.  Angel knew she never wanted to live anywhere but this wonderful island.

We will see Love and War intermingled in this story and Jody does it well. Hunger as the war rages and supplies are low too.

 As Tensions mount and violence surrounds them, Pierre and Angelique must decide where their loyalties rest and how much they'll risk for love.  She is loyal to Jean and keeps telling Pierre she cannot accept his love although she aches with how she feels when he is near.

Thank You Jody for another wonderful story part fiction&part facts..I love to read your books and see the vivid characters you bring to life..along with your research of the setting of the story and how well we can feel we are there and sometimes if we are lucky we will have been already...



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Iam now reading this book and getting to know Pierre and Angelique 

you must pick up a copy and  get to know them too....

Captured by Love

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

Michigan Brides Collection, Book 3


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It is 1814 and the British have taken hold of Mackinac Island and its fort…
American residents were forced to swear an oath of loyalty to the British crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a voyageur–a fur trader who left his family home to find freedom and adventure. He’s been gone five years and when he returns, his family’s farm is at the mercy of the British invaders.
Torn between the life he’s grown used to and guilt over leaving his brother and mother, he’s drawn back into the loyalist fight against the British–and into a relationship with Angelique Labelle, a beautiful local girl who’s been befriended by the daughter of the British commander. As tensions mount and the threat of violence increases, both Angelique and Pierre must decide where their loyalties rest, how far they will go to find freedom, and how much they will risk to find love.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Raina's Choice (Western Justice, #3)Raina's Choice by Gilbert Morris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series Western Justice-book #3 Raina's Choice by Gilbert Morris

I have read this author before so didn't hesitate to pick up this book and read knowing it would be a great story.
Raina was a very pretty girl and had lots of trouble while living with her sister and brother in law.  She worked hard with nothing to show for it and he was always bothering her to the extreme that she knew she must leave,but How???
When she learns there is a young man in town going to Ft Smith -Indian territory where she knew her father had been, she jumped at the chance to go with him. She has been wanting to find her father for some time.
Tyler Kincaid ends up in jail and when a pretty girl brings him breakfast and ask for his help he is willing to help.

You will enjoy their journey and all the perils along the way.
Ty has his own demons to face and meeting Raina and her father helps him sort out his life and he too makes a choice before the end comes.

we will see a little about cattle owners and shepherds raising sheep and how the two don't get along also in this story.
I was given this book by TheBookclub.org and publisher Shiloh Run to read and review.  thank you


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