Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Son (His Navy Years)



This son is my youngest and has a birthday this month
I recall his growing up years and toddling after his brother.
I remember my Mother-in-law saying the time would go fast
on days when I thought two little boys were a lot of trouble
for this MOM...
I didn't believe her then and now...
I know she knew because she had two sons too
that were grown .

This son needed us more then his brother
and today is no different then back then...
I yearn to hold him in my arms and keep him safe
BUT
This is not something a Mom can do
we must let them make their mistakes
while loving them and being there
to support them when needed...

I know Mothers reading this will know
where my heart is as I write these words
AND
Remember his time as a child
His time in school
His time in the Navy
His time trying to live life after the Navy.

My Mothers heart aches
and sometimes breaks
BUT
I cry his name out to the Lord
and place him in the hands that can heal
Anything-Anywhere
this is all a mother can do
all she should do.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Love LettersThe Love Letters by Beverly  Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Love Letters written by Beverly Lewis

Marlena Wenger's life has changed drasticaly when she leaves a beau behind and goes to stay the summer with her Mothers Mother in Brownstown, PA.
Grandmother is a Mennonite and she came from old order amish, this makes for some changes that she never thought she would see in her life.
Love letters are written back and forth to her beau and she soon knows he is not happy with her going to a Mennonite church.
A sister that had left the amish community dies is an accident and her husband is in army faraway along with his parents out of the country.  Marlena is asked to care for the child until others can be found and told.
Marlena soon loves this little one and will be sad when the father comes to get her.  This is another thing that her beau is unhappy with as he ask in his letter often, "When will someone come for the child"?
Marlena tries to be a helper to all, grandmother-baby and to neighbors-meeting others in the community and seeing how Memmonite study their Bible and talk and pray to Jesus has her thoughts confused.

I was given this book by Bethany House publishing to read and review, thanks for the opportunity to read this author again.


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Together with YouTogether with You by Victoria Bylin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Together With You novel by Victoria Bylin


This is a story mostly about FASD(Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), but Victoria has also added the story of Carly Jo Mason and Dr Ryan Tremaine....
She  has worked with this syndrome before and has a heartache that she has not forgiven herself for that happened with one on her watch.
He had an affair that contributed to the end of his marriage and also to the child born having this syndrome with his drinking.  He is agnostic and has no peace that could help him cope better.  My opinion here.
These are some tough issues yet Victoria has woven them into a story that will touch your heart in so many ways and leave you wanting to know more.
My heart bled for Penny who tries so hard to understand and yet brings so much confusion to all around her because she has this FASD and has also lost her Mom recently so she deals with a lot in the story.

I received this book from Bethany House pubishing to read and review, thanks so much for a wonderful story.


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Sweet CarolineSweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck


Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck


This is a story written about the low country and the traditions of that area.
A man had a cafe named The Frogmore cafe steeped with tradition -it even had a wall signed by many vets from way back.  Memories here ran rampant and the crew that ran the Frogmore were just like family.
All through the story the song of sweet Caroline kept running through my mind...
The owner Jones died suddenly from heart attack and everyone is surprised to find that Caroline has inherited it, she more then anyone.
She inherits all the debts and a place that needs much work to keep it running.
There is the lost love of a high school sweetheart when he leaves Caroline to make it in the music business in Nashville,gone many years and then returns to wreck havoc with all her senses.
A job offer in Barcelona...can you imagine a low country girl in that setting,neither can she.  Will she accept it?
come read this wonderful story and hear the sounds of "Sweet Caroline" running through your mind.


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series "Texas Trails" book #2 Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis


I received this book from author as a little thank you and was excited to read about the Morgan family.  Thanks.

This is the story of a young girl captured by indians and kept captive for many years, she went through a lot of heartache before she was able to escape wanting to find her white family.
She grew to love the indian family but always kept alive a yearning to return to her life as it had been.
There were so many things that had to be relearned after she was found along the road by a stagecoach driver who had nuns as passengers.  The nuns had much compassion for the young girl and took her with them to heal her body and soul.
It was quite a journey to find her white family and I know you will enjoy reading this story as much as I did.
I now want to find the rest of this series and learn more about the Morgan family and "The rest of the story".


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Gabriel's BrideGabriel's Bride by Amy Lillard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gabriel's Bride is a Clover Ridge Novel by Amy Lillard


I enjoyed this book and its characters so much that I finished it in couple days, staying up late at night reading.
Gabriel lost his wife of many years and has 6 children to raise, it is so hard being both mom and dad.  There are inside cores and outside chores .  Many of the chores around the house fell to his only daughter Mary Elizabeth.  one son had downs syndrome and needed special care also.    Mary nearing her running around years was so tired of working dawn to dusk and missing out on fun so she left a note and left the community.  Gabriel is devastated to find her gone in the early morning but knew there was no time for tears...much work needed done and the children needed breakfast.

When one of the ministers told him of a death in the community that he needed to attend with him, he was surprised but went because it was the right thing to do.
He met a young woman, who was the neice of the woman that died, on this trip and his life would never be the same.
Gabriel is a widower needing a wife and Rachel is about to lose her home and her goats if she must leave and go to Ohio where there is distant family.
I read of lonliness,fatigue,depression and on the flip side of that -love of the lands -the goats- the man that Rachel has just met and cannot seem to forget. the giant of a man with a gruff voice at the funeral.
you must read this wonderful story and then you will probably do as I have and search for the rest of the Clover Ridge stories.


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Where Trust Lies (Return to the Canadian West, #2)Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where Trust Lies is the second book in series "The Canadian West" by Janette Oke

I have not seen the tv series so reading the book was first of the Canadian family -The Thatchers.  A well to do family that has daughter Beth who taught a year in Coal Valley far away and is now coming home for a summer with the family.
Beth is given quite a surprise when her Mother and sisters let her know they are all going on a long cruise and want her to join them.
Father has a business trip of his own so won't be home long and not long after arriving she is thrust back into traveling but this time on a ship.
She does have one special thing to look forward to this summer, Jack whom she calls "Jarrick" has reminded her of his interest and wants to write letters and maybe call while she is away. She met this mountie while in Coal Valley and they became fast friends. They both are hoping she is called back to teach again in Coal Valley.
The steamship tour opens up a new world to the travelers and also to new people and some are not as honest as others.
Come read this exciting story that unfolds with family,friendship,faith and a love that slowly grows.

I received this book from Bethany Publishing to be read and reviewed, thank you so much, I enjoyed reading the story and meeting the characters.  An ending that was exciting and a surprise for me.


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