Sunday, October 16, 2016

From This Day Forward (Song of Blessing #4)From This Day Forward by Lauraine Snelling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series Song of Blessing book#1 "From This Day Forward", by Lauraine Snelling

I so enjoyed going back to Blessing and to the characters that I had fallen in love with from the Red River series. Ingeborg is such a strong character and she leads the young women in the area by example. She had so much heartache from the early years yet she stayed strong by her strong faith and the friendship of family and friends.
You will be so blessed to read these books by Lauraine Snelling
This book tells the story of Deborah and her love for a man that cares for her but is afraid to make a commitment. Can she ever get him to get past his heartache from an abusive home before he and his brother were taken in by the Valders and saw a love that he had always wanted in his life.
His brother had overcame his past and had a good life with his wife and family and he is always trying to show Toby that he too can do this if he will only accept Deborah's love. Many in the town are trying to get the two together also.
You will enjoy reading this story of small town living and characters that are just like your neighbors next door.

I received this book from Bethany House publishers and thank them for the awesome read.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing GraceNewton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Newton and Polly is written by Jody Hedlund

Jody writes about John Newton and his time of being a sailor but also a time when his faith was not that strong, almost non-existent. John cared about himself to the extent of leaving his father and others wondering how he could just walk off and not be responsible.
When he first heard the caroling of Polly and her friends -He became smitten and wanting to know more about this girl not caring if he did not report back to his ship on time or not.
His actions made him,be picked up and bound to a ship as a sailor for several years.
Many times he would leave with an alloted time to come back and he would not, he drank excessively and gambled with the shipmates. His work was shoddy and he knew it.
When He and Polly met , she too liked this young man but knew she could not become involved with a non christian.  Her heart was torn.

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe, "Amazing Grace".

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

                                                          Tempus Fugit

                            As September has zipped right through her days and now is sailing forward to October I am at a loss as to how fast time is going since I became a senior.
                           I want the days of my youth when I ran and played with my siblings,no thought for how a meal would be there to feed thought for how the roof over our heads got thoughts other then happiness for the day.  no thoughts of tomorrow,I would sleep soundly and awake to a day of school-homework-playing again...I had no worries as I do now...
                        Generation after generations life goes on...Grandpa and Grandma leave us and soon we are the grandparents, smiling and happy to play with the grandchildren.  Proudly smiling as our children work a good job-have children& strive to be a good citizen ...paying their bills and living "The Good Life".  It is their turn to be responsible, making their children have no thoughts of where a meal would come from,knowing they could sleep soundly and live the carefree life of a child.
                         I am reminded of the verses in the Bible of "A time to live and A time to die", we will all die to this world-yet only by accepting the grace of our father in heaven-We can live eternally.
                         Our lives on earth are so short compared to what we can have afterwards.
                          I have met many people on my journey moving forward, in jobs that I have had, in neighborhoods where I lived.  In church where we met and Love was shared.
                          I hope your journey has been a good one and that you are ready to live that eternal life ahead, I want to meet you again my friends and family.....Accept and live.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

~Missing my sister Linda Louise,written by Pauline~

You have only been gone a short time from this earth and your body, as I write these words.
I sit here remembering your big heart and your smiling face.  I want to hug you one more time and know this will not happen.  You said many times you were ready to go but, I was not ready...will never be ready.

I know you are in a better place even before your body leaves the nursing home, you are soaring with the angels...running around on new feet,your body restored.

While I sit here with tears in my eyes and a hole in my heart...just thinking~I wish I had one more time to call.

Sisters should not have to be parted and now I have lost two of mine, younger sisters that should still be living and loving.  Now you are together ,you can watch for the rest of us.  We will be heading in your direction, keep an eye out for us...soon we will be together again.

September is Linda's birthday month and thoughts of her have visited my thoughts so pulled this poem I had written the day she died....My heart was so heavy with loss.  she died in April
Only a month later in May David,husband to Linda died suddenly ...leaving us stunned.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Love Transformed (Sapphire Brides #3)A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series Sapphire Brides, Book #3 "A Love Transformed" by Tracie Peterson

I have not read any in this series but this book and it read great as a stand alone.
Clara is a niave young woman who lets her mother plan her life for her and so she marries Adolph who is older and only marries her for prestege-there is no love between them yet they have a birth of twins and seem to get along with one another. Clara has no idea what happens in his business. She does do designs for him on the jewelry his company sells. He takes the credit and she does the work.
When she learns her husband has been killed ,his twin brother tells her that she will get nothing as her husband gambled it all away-bad deals.
Clara is afraid her Mother will come and force her into another loveless marriage so she packs all their things and travels to Montana to an aunt and uncle that she has stayed with when she was young. She had loved her summers there and wanted her children to see it.
There had been a summer romance and she still loves him, now she is destined to meet Curtis again. Can they find the love they once had and have a future together?

I was given this book by Bethany House to read and review,thank you .

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

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A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

I picked this one up at thrift shop, because I like reading this author.

Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow and lives on a Texas ranch..she was devastated when her husband was killed by a bull. Now 4 years later she wants to move thinking the ranch is a dangerous place.
One day she sees an ad in the paper from a man in Colorado looking for a texas woman who would like to come and have a sensible arrangement by marrying and living with him.
Its a way out that she is considering.
Jacob Wythe was a texan now living in Colorado and working as a banker. His heart is in Texas and hopes to return there one day and have his own ranch. This is one think he neglects to tell Marty when they write one another.
As the wife of a banker Marty must change the way she has lived and become a socialite. The president of the bank's wife wants to help her adapt and so much of it just seems trivial and Marty is soon bored. She had always been busy working on the ranch and now she had servants to do all the work in the home. She was to become like a social butterfly going from tea to tea.
Their marriage was to be ,just an arrangement, but both of them soon find they are so comfortable with one another and beginning to have feelings that are nothing like arrangements. Can they change -who must speak first? They are married after all.
I enjoyed reading this story and know you will too,from beginning to end this couple were respectful and each learning from the other that sensible arrangements could change if they had the courage to move forward.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Land of SilenceLand of Silence by Tessa Afshar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar

This is a fictional story of Bibical facts,The woman who touched the hem of Jesus Robe for healing.

Tessa has woven a fictional story giving this woman a voice and a name,Elianna who has such guilt when her only brother dies while in her care from a bee sting. She cannot forgive herself and it weaves through many years of her life.
She seems to always put others before herself,helping always helping.
She and Ethan were bethrothed from their youth but as she became the age to marry, one thing or another always stayed it. Until the day she told him she could not marry and he was free to marry another. It broke her heart to do this but as usual she was thinking of others and not herself.

Tessa does an outstanding job of telling about the area where this family lives and of all the troubles that beset them. I got this book from @Crazy4fiction,thank you.

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