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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh Book Review


Just Look Up
by Courtney Walsh

About This Book:

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home—a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work—something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along—if only she’d just look up.

My Thoughts on This Book:

A charming story about Lane Kelley, an interior designer living in the big city of Chicago having to return to her hometown because tragedy struck her immediate family. Even though she longs to see her brother heal, she can't handle the disappointment of her family and the memories of her past childhood that haunts her. As she reconnects with her family friend Ryan, she finds herself rethinking her life and her priorities. Is there more out there than her career for her? As she spends all her time focusing on her job and no social life, is love a possibility?

Ryan struggles with his past as well. A father that was drunk growing up and an absent mother. As he works through his haunted past can he too find love and share a life with Lane? You will love this delightful story by an author I have grown to admire.. Pick this book up today. You won't regret it!

About the Author:

Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

We Are Now Down to One..Homeschooling The Last




This is a bitter sweet post to share. I graduated my 2nd child back in May so this Summer has been planning our homeschooling adventure with just one left in the nest. My 15 yr old son. It has been difficult at times to think that I only have one left to homeschool and just 3 short years left until I graduate my last.

I allowed my son to choose what he wanted to learn this year. In years past they didn't seem to care which way I went so I decided for them. Since he is the last and only left, I wanted him to feel more in control of his education and not just Mom's idea!

He is looking into some sort of hands on job field when he is done with high school and is looking into attending college if what he ultimately chooses requires it. So Math, and science are two important subjects he needs to be focusing on. Here is his upcoming Sophmore Year: 2017-2018 curriculum..

MATH:

Saxon Geometry Homeschool Kit

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HISTORY/Literature:

Exploring Economics Textbook (2016 Release)   -     By: Ray Notgrass

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1st Semester

Notgrass Exploring Economics has a literature addition this year so we will be using that for his English credit for the year.

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2nd Semester

He has shown real interest in our Constitution even more so after the highly publicized election and the way the country is going today. I am very happy to see him interested in this subject.

Science

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Electives:

We are still undecided on his electives. He has been interested in cooking lately so we may dabble in this for a semester and give him a home ec credit if he wants to continue.. We will see! He also likes woodworking and mechanics. He has been helping his father with our vehicles and is something he is interested in as a career option so this will definitely be a hands on elective for him. The joys of homeschooling is flexibility and the delight in education..

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller Review

The Captivating Lady Charlotte

The Captivating Lady Charlotte
by Carolyn Miller

Book 2 Regency Brides- Legacy of Grace Series

About This Book:

Her heart is her own--but her hand in marriage is another matter

Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.

William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte's father's pick, not the young lady's own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return--and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte's sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.

Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean, and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Lady Charlotte, just old enough to be presented as an upcoming available bride by her parents, she has the desire to find her one true love and marry, but her parents want her to marry the title and forego the idea of marriage being about love but about a contract. Charlotte toys with this decision to honor and respect her parents and her desire to have love in her future marriage.

Duke Hartwell has seen nothing but tragedy in his life and couldn't think that any woman in his future could love him unconditionally. After finding hardship in his first marriage he doesn't know if he should seek marriage again, until he sees Charlotte. Her parents desire their marriage but out of contract, not love and he doesn't want to marry without love again. Can he convince her that she can marry him and love him too?

Carolyn has become one of my top authors recently. This is the 2nd book in the series. The first I read back in March and loved it. You can read my review HERE. The characters once again come to life throughout the pages of this book and you feel like you can connect to them. I loved this book and can't wait to read the 3rd book in this series...


About the Author:

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer Review

Heart on the Line

Heart on the Line
by Karen Witemeyer
Ladies of Harper's Station Novel


About this Book:

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Second book in the Ladies of Harper's Station, you will find this book full of adventure, drama, love and friendship. I was drawn in from the first chapter. I love Karen's writing style. Starting of the book tragedy strikes Grace and her father. She travels to TX to live at Harper's Station, a community of women helping women. As she continues her daily life as their Western Union Operator, she meets Amos, call sign A through the wires and becomes fast friends. After he overhears that something is wrong with Grace he travels to Harper's Station to help in anyway he can.

Can an over the wire relationship turn into something real during a time of turmoil? Will Grace finally find peace after witnessing her father's death? Will she finally find love after hiding her life and feelings? You will enjoy this wonderfully written story from page one. I couldn't put this book down until I was done. One day read and now can't wait to pick up Karen's next book.

About the Author:

Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer, a 2014 Christy Award Nominee, two-time RITA finalist, winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance because she believes that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Texas with her husband and three children.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.