Sunday, May 24, 2015

Love's Rescue (Keys of Promise, #1)Love's Rescue by Christine  Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

New Series Keys of Promise, Book #1"Love's Rescue" by Christine Johnson

This author really pulls at the heart strings as we read the pages of this story.  Elizabeth Benjamin is a wonderful character with desires that she is not sure will come true.  Time is slipping away and she wonders if her time has already came and gone.
Secrets abound in the family that she never knew and she is half afraid to find out...Her mother left a diary and reading the pages leaks things she never knew.
Elizabeth feels guilty about her brother's accident at the time of a storm and it eats at her soul.
Rourke is a "wrecker," he has a ship and when another runs aground or flounders he comes to the rescue for a price.  He has loved Elizabeth since she was a young girl and now that she is grown he is wanting to court her if only he can get her father to agree.  Father has arranged for Elizabeth to marry and she is fighting it every step of the way-hoping beyond hope that she can marry the man of her dreams.
Key West is a special place in the 1800's , this story has an aunt who is overbearing, Father is an attorney busy in his dealings, Elizabeth has a maid that has been with her for years about the same age as she and they do many things together...more friends then maid and mistress.
Reading this story will bring a tug at your heart for Elizabeth and Rourke.
Thanks Christine for hours of enjoyment and an ending that made me smile with contentment.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Hearts Made Whole (Beacons of Hope #2)

After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s been given the post as lighthouse keeper, and the isolation where he can drown in drink and hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s none-too-pleased to be giving up her position. They both quickly realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but Ryan’s unwilling to let anyone close, ravaged by memories and guilt. Caroline’s drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?

Getting ready to read this story and know it will be a good one because the author is "Jody Hedlund"  Love her stories....

Monday, May 18, 2015

Book 1 ~ Love's Rescue

Coming June 2015!

A tomboy tries to become the perfect Southern belle in order to win her father's approval of the man she loves

Set in 1850 Key West, this rousing adventure sets sail on the treachurous high seas with life-shattering secrets and heart-melting romance. 

I am soon to read this story by Christine whom I have read before and enjoy her stories, you will too when you try one of her books.  Christine writes from the heart and fills ours up along the way....
Stories of the 1800's has always made me love them with their rowdy cowboys and their genteel ladies.  This one is little different with a young girl who is a tomboy but wanting to become a Lady in every sense of the word, I know Christine will bring her to life for us.
Come read with me as we see this moth turn into a butterfly.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Amish PromisesAmish Promises by Leslie Gould
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series Neighbors of Lancaster County, book #1,"Amish Promises" by Leslie Gould

This story is little bit amish and little bit "English", neighbors who learn to be truly "Good Neighbors".  I liked reading and learning some of the differences between these two neighbors.
Joel has came back to his wife after Iraq, he is healing both physically and mentally.  Many challanges ahead for him.  Shani chose Lancaster County home of her grandfather to bring peace for them.
Eve Lehman  is helping her brother raise his children after his wife dies, he is protective of her because she left the community when she was younger and he is afraid she will again.  Tim is a brother who has not got over his wife's death and he is a man that is very strict with the family.
Joel has a good friend and fellow serviceman "Charlie" who has helped them a lot and visits often from Philly.  He and Eve become friends quickly and it is hard to be "just friends" for them.
Can an amish woman once again leave and accept more then a friendship from Charlie...she loves the children and once made a promise to her close friend -their mother-she would always be there for them.  She is torn.
The children accept one another instantly Zane is son of Joel and Shani.  He becomes so close to the amish children and even tries learning some of their Pa Dutch words.

Many things are going on in this story and you must journey the quiet Lane in Lancaster County where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing will meet.

I received this book from Bethany House to read and review, thanks so much

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~Before becoming a Mom~

As a young girl 
getting ready to wed
thoughts running through my head
none were of children...

We wanted to be happy
having fun 
getting to know one another
having our first place...

Met in an idylic spot
Galveston Texas
beautiful ocean
we walked the boulevard beside it...

Leaving after his service
Coast Gaurdsman
Going to his hometown
in South Carolina...

Now I am expecting a son
our first born
we have joined our lives
and moving on ....

March 1962 I became a Mom
A tiny baby so cuddly and warm
our lives have changed once again
Responsibility of being Dad and Mom...

I miss Hometown in Ky
another family we have become
raising a son and learning
just how to be a Mom...

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
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
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
I cry his name out to the Lord
and place him in the hands that can heal
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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