Friday, October 31, 2014

The Brides of Chance CollectionThe Brides of Chance Collection by Kelly Eileen Hake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Brides of Chance Collection by Kelly Eileen Hake

Six brothers named Chance and stories relating to their growth on the Chance ranch and the women that come and somehow get voted on to stay as brides.
Loved reading each and every story and you will too.

"One chance in a million by Cathy Marie Hake"
"Second Chance by Tracey V Bateman"
"Taking a chance by Kelly Eileen Hake"
" Last Chance by Cathy Marie Hake"
"Chance Adventure by Kelly Eileen Hake"
"Chance of a Lifetime by Kelly Eileen Hake

There is a bonus when "The MacPherson brothers -3" get thrown into the story and find brides from back home that will come and "Marry up" three more brides to read about and healing herbs brought into the mix-what a story.

Thank You Ladies for these wonderful brothers that will win every woman's heart as she reads his story and his bride.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

To Everything a Season (Song of Blessing, #1)To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series To Everything a Season, book #1 "Song of Blessing" by Lauraine Snelling

I received this book from for a review.
I love to read this author so was a "Blessing" for me....

I loved meeting these characters that I have read before, such strong honest hard working people most are from Norway.
This book tells the story of some young girls in training to be nurses and they come to Blessing to work with the Drs Bjorklund's, Elizabeth&Astrid.  Miriam is the oldest in her family and works hard to help, it is hard when she travels to Blessing for a year of training.
Miriam meets Trygve and they both find they are caring for one another when she must leave for a trip home when her mother is ill and not expected to live.  He hopes she will return but she is not sure she can.
There is struggles in work and faith in this story and you will love reading how this author brings it all together.

Thank you for letting me read and review this book

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Becoming Bea (The Courtships of Lancaster County, #4)Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Becoming Bea is final book in series "The Courtships of Lancaster County" by Leslie Gould.

I have so enjoyed the stories of these women and the men who pursued them in the beautiful county of Lancaster....I loved meeting Cate-Addie-Molly and Bea.

Bea and Ben...Ben and Bea.. these two seemed to always to be competing in their school years together.  spelling bees were such a challange.
Bea was sure she did NOT like this boy.  When they were thrown together later in life, it was hard to put those feelings aside and have a grown up attitude where Ben was concerned, so many thought they hated one another.
Beatrice Zook becomes a mothers helper to a young woman that had triplets and there was lot of hard work involved along with the joy of "Babies".  She grows up a lot working there.
Friends decide to bring Bea and Ben together just feeling they are right for one another - can they get past "their past".  It does not help when a young man named Don moves back into the community who lies and schemes hurting many along the way..including Ben and Bea.
when trust is broken, how can it be renewed even after forgiveness?  Sometimes we want to hold onto things that get in the way of happiness being a part of our lives....

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Her family resides in Kentucky and Virginia.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love's Fortune is the final book in the series "The Ballantyne Legacy" written by Laura Frantz.

This author is from Ky and writing about  Rowena (Wren) as a Ky girl seemed fitting.  I grew up there and so wanted to read this author,  She does a great job with these characters and you hate to see it end.

The Ballantynes are a wealthy family and class is important to them, do the right thing always.  Wren's father left Pa long ago and raised his little girl in Ky.  This girl could care less for all the "Class stuff", she is in for a rude awakening when she meets the other part of the family, when she and her Dad travel to Pa and she is to become a "Lady"
She struggles to "fit in" but when she meets James Sackett, it all seems worthwhile.  James grew up with the family and they helped him to achieve all that he is today.  He loves them as if they were truly his family and would do anything for the family.
I so enjoyed reading about Wren's journey from Ky to Pa and all she went through becoming one of the "Ballantynes".  She played violin and knew all about them from her father and grandfather.
A chance meeting on the road one day and she met Malachi Cameron, who loved her simplicity -not knowing who she was he gave her a lift.    This chance meeting put her into another part of life's journey and they almost were married after her special season came about.
Unbeknownst to her a cousin had been in love with Malachi for a long time and still hoped one day he would see how well they could be together.  I was on pins and needles to see how this would all play out as I wanted them to be together too.
Come and read this story and you will be just as excited as I was to read the final pages and learn many truths along the way.
Thanks Laura Frantz for many hrs of enjoyment with Wren's journey.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

                                            B H Cotton & Goldie Cotton(my parents)
                                              Bill,Sue and Linda.
                                            Gone to Glory~Mom-Daddy,Linda&Sue~

                                                                                   ~ Mom~
                                                     Goldie Lillian Belle Orr Cotton
                                                      October 4th, 1910-1998

Time has passed , sixteen years already since you left earth .
You brought so much joy and happiness to your family while here
no Mother could have done better...
I remember you were always there, a stay at home Mom who cared,
working inside and outside to make our lives better, Thank you.
Children, you had nine, don't always think to say that but ..
I hope you knew we all appreaciated the clean clothes, your cooking,
a home that let us grow up feeling loved , knowing you and daddy
were there and making a refuge like no other for us.
You had the aunts-uncles and cousins visit often and we grew up
knowing family and the value of it.  Thank you.
Today would have been another birthday for you
I hold dear all the ones we got to celebrate with you...
Memories...sweet memories..I have of Home and You.

Love your daughter
Pauline Cotton Osborne
October 4th,2014