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Monday, October 23, 2017

Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

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Cherished Mercy
by Tracie Peterson
Heart of the Frontier Book 3

About This Book:

As Oregon Territory teeters on the brink of armed conflict, one woman strives for peace.
Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers want the tribes removed from the land completely, one way or another.

At the request of family friend Eletta Browning, who is experiencing a difficult pregnancy, Mercy travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. At the Browning Mission, she meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam. Despite her attempts to befriend him, Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps her at arm's length. Why is he so intent on pushing her away?

When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the combustion point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam will have to rely on their faith in God and on each other in order to make it out alive.

My Thoughts on This Book/Series:

I have loved each of these three books in this series. Getting to know each sister throughout all of them as they leave off where the others have finished. The first two books we get to know the two oldest sisters, in this book we get to know the youngest, Mercy. Her compassionate heart even after tragedy as a youth shows how you can take a bad situation and still learn to love and live.

Mercy decides to take a long trip to help a family friend with a hard pregnancy. Not knowing the true history of this family and their daughter, Mercy makes it there and settles in. She meets Adam, the brother in law to Eletta. Adam thinking she will cause more trouble than help, he keeps his distance at first. When Mercy comes across more tragedy, her faith is put to the test. Can she overcome another obstacle and will she find love and forgiveness in her heart? This series was a delight to read and look forward to reading Tracie's next book series.

Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

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

The Wellness Revelation Review

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The Wellness Revelation
by Alisa Keeton

An 8 Week Journey...

What would it take for you to make a change?

Weight loss can be a very self-focused endeavor. Perhaps you have struggled with your weight your entire life, never feeling at peace in your body, riding a roller coaster of emotions as you watch numbers on a scale go up and down. Maybe you’ve been keenly aware throughout your life of both obsessing over your body and neglecting it. Friend, do you have a hard time loving the skin you are in? Does loving God and others often feel like more of a chore than a joy?

The Wellness Revelation will challenge you to get fit by seeking God first and foremost. God wants to free you from what weighs you down and keeps you from your marvelous purpose. In these pages, you will learn how to live well both physically and spiritually so that you are best equipped to love and serve others from a whole heart. The Wellness Revelation will change the way you love God, yourself and others.

Each week in this eight-week journey includes a teaching, weekly fitness training assignments, Bible study, 8-week workout calendar with video workouts, small-group questions, suggested food list, and more. Each will encourage you to love God, get healthy, and serve others and will provide you with the tools to spread the gospel with courage, confidence, kindness, and freedom.

It’s time to make a change from the inside out.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Are you looking to lose some weight? Find healthy habits to get into better shape physically, & spiritually?  I highly recommend this book. The Wellness Revelation is designed to help you renew you, from the inside out. The book is designed to be done over an 8 week period.

Each week you will read, respond, renew & relate.

Read the given information
Respond by taking an action
Renew by answering questions to help you
Relate by applying what you've learned during that week.

This is designed for you to lose weight with the focus on God, scripture and actually putting into action all that you've learned and prayed over.

An 8 week journal that can be printed is in the back alongside a workout calendar to follow.

You can also go to her website and sign up to get her 7 Day Detox emails to help motivate and encourage.

Learn more about Revelation Wellness by watching this video here

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

The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey by Carolyn Miller

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The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey
by Carolyn Miller
Book 3 Regency Brides Series

About This Book:

Will a damaged reputation and desire for society's approval thwart the legacy of grace?
Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She's lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara's society mama is appalled at the new company she's keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won't let him ignore the penniless viscount's daughter--not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they're pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent's Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together--without finances, family support, or royal favor?

My Thoughts on This Book:

I have enjoyed reading all the books in this series. We meet Miss DeLancey in Book 1 and hear about her life throughout each book. Now we get to focus much on her in this book which I was happy to read. I had a slight fondness for her character. She seemed very immature in her thinking as I learned about her shortcomings from Books 1 & 2. She was consumed by scandal and struggled to become better. As she meets someone in a chance encounter can she pick up her life and actually find happiness? Maybe even love? I have loved this series by Carolyn. an absolute delight to read.

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 free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Day 3-4 October Unprocessed

Days 3 and 4 were very productive with some easy to make dinners and one dessert/snack. I am trying new recipes this month hoping to spur my taste buds to try new things and ingredients. Lately with me working full time we've been rotating through about 10-12 different meals so it's been pretty mundane and boring. I just found out that my hours will be lightened up for the next couple weeks. No more overtime so I will be having more time to be in my kitchen.

So with no further ado, I made these yummy muffins with some leftover bananas I had. Trying to stick with the try new recipes approach I found this delicious Banana Oat Muffin recipe that uses less flour than the original banana muffin recipe I usually use and instead of sugar it uses brown sugar. Only 177 calories per muffin and with the oats, it's filling and kept me satisfied all the way until lunchtime without the need to snack in between.


You can make these delicious Banana Oat Muffins yourself by visiting this link HERE to get full recipe. I added a cup of chocolate chips to add a little sweetness to them. I used 60% Caco and not semi sweet.


I did a traditional dinner for Day 3. Made turkey tacos with all the basic toppings. Green Onions, Lettuce, Tomato and light on the sour cream and cheese. I added steamed zucchini for a side dish and served on a whole wheat organic tortilla.


Tonight's dinner: Day 4 I wanted to try homemade sloppy joe's. I dislike using the canned sauce as it tends to have nothing but added yuck and of course it's all processed so it's a no go. This sloppy joe recipe was not only delicious but was super simple to make. The time consuming thing here was just browing the meat. Add all the remaining ingredients, simmer to warm and served it on my homemade hamburger buns. You can get the recipe for the buns HERE.

Sloppy Joe recipe can be found HERE with all the ingredients and step by step instruction.

Tomorrow's meal will be a crockpot dish as I work late. Look forward to sharing on Day 6.. See you then!