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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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

If I were Betty sitting in the garden looking quite complete, would you listen?

Gardens are special places that we fix flowers and items to view sometimes whimsical....
                                   at least I you?

Steps made of stone or brick making a pathway to walk and view, makes me think of the mazes some choose to make and a couple getting lost -finding the middle with a bench where they sit,talk a bit and maybe even spoon....a little kiss or maybe two.  Then emerging once again to face life as it is.

A Birdbath where the robins play sometimes drinking and sometimes bathe, but always with a merry tune for all to hear making the world a little sweeter that day.

A cat comes sneaking along the walk ...looking for someone or just taking a stroll down the pathway.

Dreams in the garden are always a little more sincere when we sit on a pretty bench and view the trees overhead swaying with the breeze, listening to the little small voice that wants to be heard and in our busy world we have no time to listen.  Now we do....

Sunshine cast its spell and warmth as we sit a spell the silence do you hear it, that magical moment when time stands still and no worries abound, just peace and quite making Hope spring into our souls and "just knowing" all is right with the world.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Streams of Mercy (Song of Blessing #3)Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series "Song of Blessing",book #3 Streams of Mercy written by Lauraine Snelling

I love returning to North Dakota and the little town of Blessing and all the characters that I have read several books about. The character that stands out the most to me is Ingeborg who is now a widow again, Haakan has been gone almost two years and the pain of it, is a little more bearable as the days go by.
But..this story is about Anji Baard Moen who to is recently widowed while in Norway and she returns with her children to the town of Blessing. She is a teacher and writes articles for the newspaper in town.
Thomas Devlin is a minister without a post and came into town looking for work as a carpenter to support himself until a church calls him to preach.
His work on the house of Anji helps to form a friendship that is fast becoming a relationship that both will be happier for. If...they can let themselves.
Within this story is the devastating tale of a circus train coming to town with some sick folks that soon leaves Blessing quarantined and diphtheria is found to be the culprit. Many are so sick and then dying ones everyday. The doctors at the hospital that was filled to capacity were exhausted. Trainees were added to help. An antitoxin was found and sent by train but many died before it arrived.
The little town of Blessing opened its hospital and homes reluctantly helping those that needed help.
Many cities before them would not let the little train stop in their cities. The animals were starving on the circus and the townspeople even helped with that.
If you are a fan of this author and her red river series,you won't want to miss this story and how it ends for the good people of Blessing.

I was given this book by Bethany House publishing to read and review,thanks.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The PhotographThe Photograph by Beverly  Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

Another wonderful story from this author..Lily and her sisters have lost their parents and live in the old family home that a brother will soon move into.  The women are expected to get married and have their own homes.  But then expectations are not always what one expects.
Lily leaves a note and leaves the community in the middle of the night.  Many try to find her and as they find out what has happened leading up to her leaving they are confused and worried.
Eva Esch is the closest to Lily and it seems to have effected her the most.

Jed Stutzman is an amish buggy maker in Ohio who shows up in Eden Valley with a photograph that he believes to be Eva..He soon meets her and a relationship follows in the short time he is there to visit a relative that has a business of buggy making.
You will want to read this tender story and find out if Jed and Eva get past the first stages of friendship.  Will Lily be found?  does she want to live as an English or does she want to come home and just not quite sure how to do it?

I was give this book by Bethany House to read and review with an honest opinion.  thank you.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Unexpected FamilyUnexpected Family by Jill Kemerer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jill Kemerer has written a wonderful LI story "Unexpected Family"

5 years Stephanie has kept a secret, a large one at that from the man she met -married and divorced years ago.  It has bothered her even though she has led a good life and raised a young daughter on her own.  She feels she should let her ex know that he is a father and let the little girl know her father.
Now just how do you think this is going to play out???
Well Jill does a great job of having Tom Sheffield and his ex meet again and learn that he is a father.
Come read this story and learn how two can find forgiveness and learn that Love just might be sweeter the second time around.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Restless Hearts (The Flanagans, #6)Restless Hearts by Marta Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series "The Flanigans", book #6 Restless Hearts

This is older book that I picked up at goodwill liking this author.  Fiona Flanagan lost her mother at a young age and her father sent her into foster care when he could not care for her alone.  Years later she goes to live with him when he remarries but life is not the same.  She finds out that her mother came from an amish background and left the home she was raised in to marry her father.  Now Fiona wants to go back to the area where many amish live and start her life as a midwife.  Finding the relatives of her father and mother is not in her mind, so she says but soon finds family is important and wants to know more when the  amish realize who she is.
Fiona meets a young lawman on her trip into town, there is an attraction almost immediately but they both know they must go slow and get to know one another.  Ted left the amish years ago to become a lawman and he is sensitive to the amish in the town where he lives and when there is a group of mischief makers causing problems he is torn in his duty and his love for the amish families.
New Beginnings-forgiveness-Love and adventure all rolled into this book.

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