Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Elizabeth Ludwig is hosting a Book-A-Day Blast in celebration of the release of TIDE AND TEMPEST. From February 1-March 1, 2014, she will be giving away one digital copy of the first book in the Edge of Freedom Series. That’s one eBook/day for 30 days leading up to the release of TIDE AND TEMPEST! Thirty lucky readers (chosen at random) will receive a free eBook version of NO SAFE HARBOR just for “liking” her author page. Hurry over to and “Like” her page to enter!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Invention of Sarah Cummings (Avenue of Dreams Series #3)The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Invention of Sarah Cummings book #3 in series "Avenue of Dreams" by Olivia Newport

I have not read any of this series but really enjoyed reading the story of Sarah who wanted to have a different life so badly that she made one up....
Sarah was a normal happy little girl until her life changed drastically one day when her parents were both killed and she was left orphan.  She was put in a orphan home because there was no other family.
Life as she knew it then made her dream of being someone else.  someone important.
At a young age she was put out to service and became a maid to a wealthy family.  Her Mother had taught her to sew so she remade beautiful outfits for herself from castoffs of the family.  and she dreamed....
I guess we all want to be someone else at one time or another in our life but Sarah took it so to heart that she invented Serena Cuthbert and became two people for awhile.
Have you ever thought of doing this?  Sarah could not see what was right before her in that Simon Tewell the head of the orphanage had feelings for her.  when she did notice she ignored it because he could not give her the life she thought she wanted.
I enjoyed reading how Sarah learned much during this story and am sure you will too ..come learn about Sarah and Serena and how this story ends...

I received this book from the Bookclub network along with Revell publishing, thank you.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Deepest WatersThe Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh

This story has its Joy of Love mixed with heartache and sadness almost from the beginning.  John and his new bride Laura choose  to honeymoon aboard the SS Vanderver headed to New York where his family lives.
Laura had married late in life fearing she would always be alone till she met John.  Now a shipwreck has torn them apart..will they ever find one another again.  Miracles abound in this story and you will want to read about them.
It seemed like the journey had only began when there was a terrible storm and the steamship was damaged...everyone must find a way off or go down with the ship.  a nearby ship was able to take the women and children and John and Laura became seperated.
Laura's journey takes her far from John who has his own journey through the waters of the Atlantic after abandoning the ship with only things they can hang onto like old doors and table tops.  The men look night and day for a ship to rescue them. The sun is relentless and no food and water takes its toll on the men...  It is hard to read at times but John has tremendous courage and his memories of Laura keeps him going along with his great faith in the Lord.
Laura meets an old black slave on the ship where she is taken and they seem to help one another as the days go forward with supplies getting low from taking on extra people that need food and clothing.

Dan has told the story well of these two and the others that survived a terrible storm and will want to read his tale.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Carolina GoldCarolina Gold by Dorothy Love
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dorothy Love writes "Carolina Gold"

This is the story of a young woman who returns to the old plantation after the war to refurbish and try to make a living raising Rice.
she has many problems from the house needing lot of work to the fields that she needs help with to grow crops.
Many of the black people that used to be slaves that she thought would be loyal and help didn't want to work for wages.  with a small crew she worked alongside them to make a rice crop.  Many times failing and starting again.
The beautiful lowcountry is just that,with the river nearby where she could use a boat to go upriver to her summer home at Pawley's Island, which was also in bad shape but livable and she so enjoyed the summers there when she was a kid playing on nearby beach. Many memories came back as she sat on the little beach...
Not long after coming back to the plantation she meets Nicholas Baetencourt who has two little girls that needs someone to tutor them since their mama had died, he ask Charlotte to take on the work.  she is reluctant at first but when she has such hard times with the rice crops and needs money she takes the job part-time.
A young boy named Daniel showed up one day hoping he could sit it on the girls lessons and learn too.  He was refused at first but when she found out he was homeless , he too ended up learning with the girls and helping out around the plantation for Charlotte in exchange of food and place to sleep.
I enjoyed reading the story of how all these people came together and became "almost family".  You will learn many things about the south as you read this story and I was thrilled to learn that a young woman by the name of Elizabeth Waites Allston Pringle actually did work in the rice fields of her family home after the war and was the inspiration for this story Dorothy has told.  I love to read about strong women who try to make a difference in the world.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Remembering Christmas: A NovelRemembering Christmas: A Novel by Dan Walsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dan Walsh writes "Remembering Christmas"

We probably all have special memories of this time of the year but Rick Denton lives through some really special ones and finds out some answers to questions he has had all his life.
One cold winter in Florida Rick will come to terms with many things in his life and learn more then he bargained for when he found out that his stepfather was in hospital in critical condition and he came home to help his Mom with their business "The Book Nook".
This little christian book store was the livlihood of his Mom and her husband whom he had never let take the place of his father so many years ago when they married.  Rick's life changed when his father left and he never knew why.
Our lives can change in an instant...
Rick had his life just the way he wanted it in a large city far from Florida and seldom saw his Mom or had much contact, he thought he had everything he needed till that winter when he helped in the Book Nook while his stepfather was in hospital fighting for his life.

Come read this wonderful story Dan has written about a simpler time and how we might think we know it all till life changes in an instant and we find out we didn't know as much as we thought we did...

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Love on Mimosa LaneLove on Mimosa Lane by Anna DeStefano
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love on Mimosa Lane written by Anna DeStefano

Law Beaumont has been hurt when he tried so hard to make a marriage work without Love for his wife.  When she told him a child was coming they married and he loved his little girl...he would do anything to make her life a joy.  His wife divorced him after many years but did not want him to have a life of his own, she was a vindictive mean woman with a love of alcohol that she seemed unable to change.

Kristen Hemmings was the assistant principal at school and she had always had feelings for Law but she never acted on them, knowing he was married and had a child.  Now there was a young boy( a troubled one) in the school that she felt Law could help so she enlisted his help.

You will enjoy the story that unfolds between Kristen-Law and the children Fin and Chloe.  Anna has made a wonderful story of forgiveness and Love that will keep you reading to the end wanting more of these characters.

thanks to Writerspace for an advanced copy of this book to read, I enjoyed the story and will look for more of this author Anna DeStefano..

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Monday, January 6, 2014

               January 20th, 1941

Another day for many but to my brother Bud it meant another baby was going to be born to his Mom. she already had five children and one more was not too much of a celebration.
Yes this day I,Pauline Cotton was born on my brothers birthday.  Do you suppose he ran to school to let them know another little one was coming and on his birthday too?  I am thinking he may have been a little disappointed to have the day stole away from him as I came squalling into the world that day.  
I hope his big sisters Rose and Bonnie made the day special for him since Mom was a little busy.  We were a large family when all was said and done Mom birthed nine children, three boys and 6 girls.  Daddy and the boys were outnumbered.
I was a tiny little girl and Mom only gave me one name, saying Pauline was long enough for me.  I have always been little disappointed that I had no middle name

What is and I was born and survived my childhood.  I am now a senior and looking back I wonder on many things but having lots of brothers and sisters was always something I felt good about, I loved them then and now.
I just hope that Bud was happy to see a new little sister and that his day was a good one for him on his birthday.
We all deserve something special to happen on  our our Birth-day. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Preacher's Wife (Brides of Assurance #1)The Preacher's Wife by Brandi Boddie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book by Brandi Boddie "The Preachers Wife"

This was my first book by this author and I was impressed. she writes a good story with characters that stay with you after you have finished reading.

1800's and life could get pretty rowdy on the Kansas plains. A new preacher man had just came to town, Dusty meets him and fills him in about the town of assurance as he takes him there. yep ole Dusty says the Devil has done settled in their little town and the preacher man has his work cut out for him there, Rowe feels he is up to the challange.

Soon after arriving he meets Marissa Pierce who just happens to work at "Jason's" the disreptable bar as a dancer. Her mother had worked there before her. When her mother died she asked Jason to watch after her girl not knowing how cruel he would become to her.

Marissa yearns for respectability but is scared to reach out to it, she is taunted by the townspeople who thinks she is a prostitute just because she works with Jason.

Rowe cannot keep her out of his thoughts and tells himself he is a fool to yearn for a soiled dove. What must God think of him.....

can two such people ever come together and live happily?

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