Monday, October 20, 2014

To Everything a Season (Song of Blessing, #1)To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series To Everything a Season, book #1 "Song of Blessing" by Lauraine Snelling

I received this book from for a review.
I love to read this author so was a "Blessing" for me....

I loved meeting these characters that I have read before, such strong honest hard working people most are from Norway.
This book tells the story of some young girls in training to be nurses and they come to Blessing to work with the Drs Bjorklund's, Elizabeth&Astrid.  Miriam is the oldest in her family and works hard to help, it is hard when she travels to Blessing for a year of training.
Miriam meets Trygve and they both find they are caring for one another when she must leave for a trip home when her mother is ill and not expected to live.  He hopes she will return but she is not sure she can.
There is struggles in work and faith in this story and you will love reading how this author brings it all together.

Thank you for letting me read and review this book

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County, #4)Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Becoming Bea is final book in series "The Courtships of Lancaster County" by Leslie Gould.

I have so enjoyed the stories of these women and the men who pursued them in the beautiful county of Lancaster....I loved meeting Cate-Addie-Molly and Bea.

Bea and Ben...Ben and Bea.. these two seemed to always to be competing in their school years together.  spelling bees were such a challange.
Bea was sure she did NOT like this boy.  When they were thrown together later in life, it was hard to put those feelings aside and have a grown up attitude where Ben was concerned, so many thought they hated one another.
Beatrice Zook becomes a mothers helper to a young woman that had triplets and there was lot of hard work involved along with the joy of "Babies".  She grows up a lot working there.
Friends decide to bring Bea and Ben together just feeling they are right for one another - can they get past "their past".  It does not help when a young man named Don moves back into the community who lies and schemes hurting many along the way..including Ben and Bea.
when trust is broken, how can it be renewed even after forgiveness?  Sometimes we want to hold onto things that get in the way of happiness being a part of our lives....

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Her family resides in Kentucky and Virginia.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love's Fortune is the final book in the series "The Ballantyne Legacy" written by Laura Frantz.

This author is from Ky and writing about  Rowena (Wren) as a Ky girl seemed fitting.  I grew up there and so wanted to read this author,  She does a great job with these characters and you hate to see it end.

The Ballantynes are a wealthy family and class is important to them, do the right thing always.  Wren's father left Pa long ago and raised his little girl in Ky.  This girl could care less for all the "Class stuff", she is in for a rude awakening when she meets the other part of the family, when she and her Dad travel to Pa and she is to become a "Lady"
She struggles to "fit in" but when she meets James Sackett, it all seems worthwhile.  James grew up with the family and they helped him to achieve all that he is today.  He loves them as if they were truly his family and would do anything for the family.
I so enjoyed reading about Wren's journey from Ky to Pa and all she went through becoming one of the "Ballantynes".  She played violin and knew all about them from her father and grandfather.
A chance meeting on the road one day and she met Malachi Cameron, who loved her simplicity -not knowing who she was he gave her a lift.    This chance meeting put her into another part of life's journey and they almost were married after her special season came about.
Unbeknownst to her a cousin had been in love with Malachi for a long time and still hoped one day he would see how well they could be together.  I was on pins and needles to see how this would all play out as I wanted them to be together too.
Come and read this story and you will be just as excited as I was to read the final pages and learn many truths along the way.
Thanks Laura Frantz for many hrs of enjoyment with Wren's journey.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

                                            B H Cotton & Goldie Cotton(my parents)
                                              Bill,Sue and Linda.
                                            Gone to Glory~Mom-Daddy,Linda&Sue~

                                                                                   ~ Mom~
                                                     Goldie Lillian Belle Orr Cotton
                                                      October 4th, 1910-1998

Time has passed , sixteen years already since you left earth .
You brought so much joy and happiness to your family while here
no Mother could have done better...
I remember you were always there, a stay at home Mom who cared,
working inside and outside to make our lives better, Thank you.
Children, you had nine, don't always think to say that but ..
I hope you knew we all appreaciated the clean clothes, your cooking,
a home that let us grow up feeling loved , knowing you and daddy
were there and making a refuge like no other for us.
You had the aunts-uncles and cousins visit often and we grew up
knowing family and the value of it.  Thank you.
Today would have been another birthday for you
I hold dear all the ones we got to celebrate with you...
Memories...sweet memories..I have of Home and You.

Love your daughter
Pauline Cotton Osborne
October 4th,2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

With Every Breath
With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

What a special story that gives us interaction between Kate Norton and The insufferable Trevor McDonough through their school years..
then moves on to Kate going on a job interview that brings her into a different kind of relationship with the same young man all  grown up with so many secrets.
Now you know Kate is going to have to find out what the secrets are all about.
When she finds herself having romantic feelings for the man -she is beside herself.  No- no way can she have those kind of feelings for the boy that wrested the scholarship away from her in school.  these two young people were so smart and always were trying to best one another.
You are going to find out lots of history on TB when they were trying to find a cure and the people that were used in a study.
Soon Kate finds herself trying to unlock mysteries about the man as well as the work and whom is trying to sabotage the work of Trevor who is now known as Dr T  M Kendall.
Elizabeth brings much to this book with romance lurking just under the surface for some time.  I always enjoy reading a book by this author and this one was fantastic.

I was given this book by The Bookclub Network and Bethany House publishing to read and review, thank you very much.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The RiverThe River by Beverly  Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The River is written by Beverly Lewis

The title  would make you think the story is mainly about a River, is and it isn't.  I think the story was more about two sisters who had left the amish community for reasons of their own and live in the "english world" as they call it when you leave the amish.
Tilly had a younger sister whom she cared for a lot die and she felt guilty that she was unable to save her, Tilly kept many things to herself not telling anyone how she felt. She felt she could not live there and see the place that anna had died so young all the time. She knew that God forgave her but she forgot to forgive herself.
Ruth had cared for Will Kauffman and when he made a choice that she was not comfortable with, she begged her sister to help her move from the amish community so she would not have to see him all the time.  She just wanted to forget all about Will and move on with her life.
An older brother invited the girls to come back for their parents 50th wedding anniversary when all the family would gather together, he also let them know their daed had heart problems and was not well.
Tilly and her daed had always seemed to not get along and they both needed to forgive and forget, they just did not talk to one another much and it had hurt the relationship over time.  There is much conflict and much happiness seeing all the family again..can you imagine?  many years had passed and Tilly had a husband and twin girls, no one in the family had ever seen them or knew about them.
So many secrets kept from one another...families should love one another enough to be close by communicating better...
I hope that as you read this story-if you have someone that there is a problem with in your life-you will speak about it together and make things right.
I am honored that I was given the opportunity to read and review this book for the author, thank you
Bethany House Publishers asked me to read-review this book and I have done so....

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Through the Deep WatersThrough the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Throught the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Dinah was raised by her mother in a brothel.  She never knew love or caring.  By the time she became a young woman the owner of the home wanted her to start work like all the other women and Dinah knew she had to do something, she did not want to live a life like her mother had.  Her mother died and soon after Dinah left going far away to join The Clifton where she might one day be able to be a "Harvey Girl"  Not being old enough yet they kept her there as a worker till she was older.
Amos Ackerman lived nearby as a chicken farmer, he had a disability with his foot and limped so did not feel he would ever have a chance to meet a nice woman to wed and have a family with...these two people who so desperatly needed love met and found they cared for one another.
Can you imagine a life of constant work yet hoping and praying that life will change and a new beginning can be a part of your life?  these two had many obstacles yet God intervened and brought them together.
Never say that life for you won't change because it just might with faith and patience.

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