Sunday, January 17, 2016

At Love's Bidding (Ozark Mountain Romance #2)At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series Ozark Mountain Romance #2"At Love's Bidding" by Regina Jennings

A painting was sold that should not have been and so begins an adventure that takes Miranda Wimplegate far from Boston to the Ozark mountains in a search with her grandfather.
You will meet many colorful characters and see the mountains and the beauty of it as only Regina could tell it.
An auction house was bought sight unseen by Grandfather in an attempt to get this painting back before anyone knew of how important it was. A mystery ensues of the man it was sent to.
Wyatt has yearned his whole life to know who his parents and their family were, The Ballentines took him in when his parents were killed on a wagon train going west. They gave him their name and raised him to be their son. Yet Wyatt never felt he quite measured up and was always competing with his brothers.
From an auction house in Boston to one in the Ozark mountains you will find many new adventures from these characters that you don't want to miss.
A High society Miss and a country bumpkin, when the two find they kind of like one another, and wonder why? What can come from these feelings and where is the elusive painting?
I so enjoyed reading and reviewing this book by Regina Jennings and you will too.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January is my Birthday month

This one is monumental in that I will be 75...
Who would ever have thought when they were growing up that one day you would be old.
~Not I~
I grew up in Ky where the days were long and satisfying for the most part.
I had 8 siblings, it seemed as if the oldest 4 were gone by the time I was aware of my life
Two sisters getting married and leaving home still in their teens.
Two brothers joining the service and leaving home.
next was my sister Pearl who being just a little older,it seemed we were always doing things together
Below me was a brother and two sisters,Bill Sue and Linda.

My friends were school classmates and ones from church along with neighbors.
We were not allowed to venture far from home.
I spent many days playing with my siblings in our home or yard.
I just knew life would be so much better when I was grown.

! graduated-left home and moved to Texas ,
Big sister lived here and I soon found a job
Galveston island was so different from Ky.
This is where I met my first husband
He was a sailor and so cute in that uniform.

I married him too quickly,hardly knew the guy 
spent the next 20 years regretting my too quick decision.
The only happy part was having two sons that I adored.
Husband spent many years with the ups and downs of alcoholism.

My second part of life was after a divorce and few years later
met and married a retired army guy in Savannah Ga.
He treated me so special when we first met
just knew this would be a happier time

I am not a good judge of men it seems....

Saturday, January 2, 2016

"BUD" "Pauline"
                                                              ~January 20,2016~

A Brother and sister 
with same birthday
He really should gift-her
what do you say.....

A Sister and  brother
with same birthday
she should accept his offer
Don't you think thats OK....

Love between siblings
with same birthday
you can feel the Zing
No one has to pay

a virtual party coming your way
Cakes-pies-cookies and drinks
Music, you just have to sway
Today there will be no pranks

Have fun and remember me....

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Calling of Ella McFarlandThe Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Calling of Ella McFarland written by Linda Brooks Davis

Linda is a first prize winner of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest..
A first but I am sure not the last of this authors books.

A calling,This is what the Bible tells us of this:Romans 8:28

~And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.~

Ella has a strong dream and has worked toward the purpose of being a teacher,she feels this is what she should do with her life and works hard toward this goal. The Worthington School for Girls is the elite place for the girls that are well off. She has always felt this is where she should teach so when they do not accept her, she is devastated. The only good thing about her visits there with the board is that she met the newest member , Andrew.
Andrew wanted to court Ella but she was sure she should have a school and teach young girls so she started with one Lily that worked in the fields. Lily was the young abused daughter of a sharecropper. She brought Lily to her home -bathed and fed her-then started helping in anyway that she could to better the girls life. This caused her fathers abuse to be even worse not wanting charity from others.
Frank was a childhood friend that she had known many years but He proved false in his doings as an adult and hurt her in many ways...unbeknownst to her -he went after her sister secretly and caused so much heartache for the family and also the community.
The early 1900's brought Hope of Oklahoma statehood and the women's suffrage debate is raging, Ella meets women working in this and feels led to make her voice heard as she speaks for those that can't. Education is her heart's desire but there is also another desire that she cannot deny , Andrew pursues her and lets her know he is willing to let her do and be whatever she feels she has to do.
God's will is so important to Ella...She is a strong determined woman that will not let personal life deter her helping those that need her.
Her sister that she loves so strongly seems to always be doing things that hurts her. She flaunts her caring for Frank and he for her in front of the family. Viola thinks only of herself and is always shirking responsibility when it comes to helping at home, leaving Ella to help so her mother won't have to do so much.
Ella is determined to teach-to work towards women's rights yet she wonders can she have more..Andrew is such a warm caring loving person that she knows they can help one another in this journey called life. Finally she accepts his courtship and blossoms in the days to come.

I challenge you to read this story ,learn more about Ella McFarland ,the character named for the authors Grandmother and her journey in life, I loved the fiction and facts blending into a fictional story that gives us a bit of history from an earlier time. I will be looking for other books to come and am sure you will to from Linda.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Until The DawnUntil The Dawn by Elizabeth Camden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Until The Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

I know when I pick up a book by this author it will be a great story and this one is special,I fell in love with the brash Quentin and Sophie is just fantastic with her loving caring heart that will not look at evil or believe that it exist.
Quentin's family has owned a huge estate called Dierenpark that sits on a river that is secluded and believed to be Cursed...His father wants him to tear it to the grounds and burned, so there is only ashes and back to the bare earth.
Sophie had situated a weather station that she does volunteer work and loves this old estate with all her heart. No one in the family has been around for several decades so she felt like she was not hurting anything by moving it to the rooftop and getting her data. But.....
Now the family has came back and with dire explamations about the place.
Pieter is the young son of Quentin and was once kidnapped and now has many days when he is scared of everything, Sophie's heart wants to help him forget and live a full life, Quentin , his father has many days of pain and distress from his leg not healing properly years ago but he loves this son and wants to be closer to him since they have been seperated a lot in his few years. Pieter even fears his own father because of his brash ways..Will Sophie help bridge the gap and bring this father and son closer? Can Dierenpark be saved? Can Sophie ever have her hearts desire and man a weather station in her little community?
So many secrets abound, you will love to read this story and find the answers that Elizabeth has for us.

I received this copy from Bethany House Publishing Group to read and review,thank you so much for the opportunity of meeting these wonderful characters...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ALB - Dark HairShe Sells Priceless Antiques.
He Sells Livestock by the Pound.
Is He Really the Man to Make a Bid for Her Heart?

After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she’s accidentally sold a powerful family’s prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the people who could ruin them forever, they track it to the Missouri Ozarks and make an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house and all its holdings before the painting can move again.
Upon crossing the country, however, Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt Ballentine, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

At Love’s Bidding

What a delightful book! The relationship between Wyatt and Miranda develops naturally and comically. Their banter serves to ratchet up the romantic tension and propels the match forward in a captivating way. Great romance, sprinkled with a bit of mystery, and some laugh-out-loud humor, this tale is entertaining from start to finish. – 4 Stars, Romantic Times Reviews

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Christmas Ranch (Cowboys of Cold Creek, #13)The Christmas Ranch by RaeAnne Thayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Special Edition of two stories by RaeAnne Thayne,The Christmas Ranch and A Cold Creek Holiday...

The Christmas Ranch is a part of ranch that was set aside for all things for Christmas,decorations with lights, raindeer, a magical wonderland. Hope Nichols had traveled far afield for many years and is now coming home..BUT she finds out that this part of the ranch has been temporarily closed after her sisters husband died a few months before. Hope is determined to open it again even though Christmas is fast approaching.
She meets someone from her past and at the beginning does not remember him, he offers his help to get the place open and she accepts. working together so closely she soon finds she is losing her heart to this former navy seal,Rafe Santiago. Sparks fly when she realizes who he is and that he has not mentioned to her they had a past...One that left her with nightmares for awhile.
Come read a wonderful holiday book where you get two for one. thanks RaeAnne.

The second story , Emory needs to get away and chooses a Bed and Breakfast far away during the holidays to be alone and get some work done. She does not count on meeting a hunk of a man who is gaurdian to some adorable kids that want to be friends. They are drawn to her as a mother figure -now missing their Mom that had died. Holidays is not one to be alone and she is soon in the midst of helping the kids have a memorable Christmas and finding she is being drawn closer to the "The Hunk" more and more. This is a couple of stories you must read for the season.

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