Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Family Blessings by Anna Schmidt

Family BlessingsFamily Blessings by Anna Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love to read the Love inspired books and "Family Blessings" by Anna Schmidt was a lovely one. Pleasant is a woman that takes care of everyone else and thinks little of self. She married an older man with 4 children as a life of security and companionship, never thinking she would ever find true love. Pleasant thinks she is a plain woman, but she has love to give and she does just that giving all the time. Jeremiah moves from another state to Florida and takes up the building next door to bakery where Pleasant works, He plans an ice cream shoppe. Do you think these two souls that need Love in their lives will meet and become more then neighbors?
this book is about four children without their "real" mother and dad and a man and a woman whose lives need some changing finally coming together as a family.

View all my reviews

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Vannetta Chapman,s A Sipshewanna Amish Mystery "Falling to pieces"

Falling to Pieces: A Quilt Shop Murder (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery)Falling to Pieces: A Quilt Shop Murder by Vannetta Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a first amish mystery for me by Vannetta Chapman "Falling to Pieces" --A Shipshewana Amish Mystery. This is not your usual Amish buggy ride! I really liked this story the characters are great Three amish friends who have been friends since children. Deborah MeLinda & Esther whom also are quilting buddies. Callie comes to town after her Aunt Daisy dies leaving her the quilt shoppe she owned. Callie thinks she will scoot into town and sell the place and be gone in a flash, doesnt happen that way. way too many things start happening and she is right in the middle of a murder before she knows it.
Deborah trying to help her friends ask Callie to sell thier quilts and makes a suggestion that she do them on IBBEE which they finally figure out is E-BAY, the internet.
This is a wonderful story with the amish folk and also a mystery to spice it up and I for one am hooked, will read more of this author. thanks Vannetta.

View all my reviews

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Susan Meissner "A Sound Among the Trees"

A Sound Among the TreesA Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just finished book by Susan Meissner "A Sound Among the Trees" this story is a little unusual more about the house then people in it, Mariell met her husband to be on the internet-quite modern huh. The man she meets had a wife die and history of this woman was long and shadowed. The era is in the Civil war and the house is a huge plantation type one, I really liked the book cover.
Susannah Page's mother Adelaide has her own outlook on the house and history of it, she sits in the parlor each day sewing uniforms for military reinactments. There are rumors of a civil war spy but old letters found years later shines a new light on this.
I like the verse at the beginning of book:
There's a sound among the forest trees, away, boys,
Away to the battlefield, hurrah!
Hear its thunders from the mountain, no delay, boys,
We'll gird on the sword and shield.
Shall we falter on the threshold of our fame, boys?
Fanny Crosby..1861

This was an interesting read and I was fortunate to have got this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Pulishing as a free book to review.

View all my reviews

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Returning by Ann Tatlock

The ReturningThe Returning by Ann Tatlock

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a different type story then I usually read but still a good one. John had made many mistakes in his life, drinking was a big one that had a hold on him. One night he picked up a hiker while driving and very drunk and they had accident and the hiker died, making John to be charged with manslaughter and spend time in prison. This changed his life in many ways and that of his family. He had a son that was down syndrome child, and two daughters many years apart. When he returned from prison there were many obstacles to face. His wife loved him and tried to make this be a second chance but tho John did not drink now he still had a wandering eye where women were concerned and this still held him in its grip. The older children remembered him but the little one that had been baby did not know him at all and he spent much time trying to make amends with them. I was touched by his love and how he truly tried and though not sure about all things with God he still clung to a tiny hope that He could with Gods help make his life work now.

first book read by Ann Tatlock but am thinking I will read more of her.

View all my reviews

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Falling leaves in Ga

I love to take a walk outdoors in the fall and feel the leaves crunching under my feet.  Feeling the cooler fall weather and if it is a breezy day as it is today, to feel cool air blowing around me is so nice.  I like to take my walk and do a little talking to the man upstairs, it always clears my senses and helps my day be just a little brighter.  I hope wherever you are you will take a few moments to "feel" what is going on in your life.  It seems too often we let the busy-ness of the world confuse us and take our peace that HE wants us to have.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas stories by Jillian Hart & Janet Tronstad

My rating: <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/230569833%22%3E4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I just love both of these authors in this book Mail Order Christmas Brides, Jillian Hart with "Her Christmas Family" is wonderful story of Felicity Sawyer going to be a bride of man she does not know, he has a little girl and she wants to be a mama.  Tate is a rough man more to hide his true feelings then anything and it takes awhile for Felicity to understand this type of man.  Jillian is good at showing us how both man and woman feel about their lives and what happens when they meet and must learn to compromise.

the second story was by Janet Tronstad and she always writes a good story about "Dry Creek" this one "Christmas Stars for Dry Creek" story about Eleanor McBride  who knows that if she marries Sergeant Adam Martin she will get to be Hannah's Mama.  Eleanor arrives and is met by a neigbor and taken to Adams cabin which is very crude, not much food or firewood, she has several days alone before Adam returns with his Mom and his daughter and she has some soul searching to do with this aloneness.  she is a stubborn woman and will survive as she waits alone, she even catches some fish from the creek to eat as foodstuffs gets lean.  When she meets the Sergent, he is so military like that she wonders if she will be able to love this man but meeting Hannah is all she expected and the little girl took to her right away, they became close.  The Sergent's Mom though was another thing, she did not take to Elanor and thought the young woman was wrong for her son.  It takes some time for these women to become friends and for a wedding to occur as a blizzard soon comes after all are together.  You will like reading these stories.

"http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3327000-paula%22%3EView all my reviews</a>