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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Too Deep for Words by Andrea Boeshaar

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Too Deep For Words
by Andrea Boeshaar

Shenandoah Valley Sage Book 2

About This Book:

North meets South in the second installment of this popular Civil War series. Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days--as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead, and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.

As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep--her husband's best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he's a painful reminder of her lost love. Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?

As fans of Boeshaar's books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

My Thoughts on This Book:

This is the second book in the Shenandoah Valley Saga. This book leaves off just a few days later from the end of book 1. We follow Carrie Ann, a new wife to Yankee husband Peyton. Recalling her blissful new life with her husband, tragedy overcomes her. She finds him missing in action and presumed dead.

Everyone around her wants her to throw on black clothes and mourn the loss of her husband but Carrie Ann refuses to give up hope that he may be still alive. She finds Peyton's friend, a rebel officer the executor of her husband's estate pending his death and now he is in her life, stealing her heart away from her sorrow. Can Carrie Ann believe that her husband is indeed gone and follow her heart to a life with her husband's best friend, Eli?

This book brings you back to the days of fighting during the Civil War. This book gives you the perspective of the Confederate Army. Seeing it through their eyes. Book 1 showed the Civil War through the eyes of the Yankees. Gripping from page one since you are left right back where the first book left off you grab the story quickly and it takes you away until you are done with the very last page.

About the Author:

Andrea Boeshaar

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has been married for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Daniel, have three adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Andrea's educational background includes the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where she studied in English, and Alverno College where she studied in Professional Communications and Business Management.

Andrea has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl; however, it wasn't until 1984 that she started submitting her work for publication. Eight years after that, she was convicted about writing for the Christian market. She read books in her genre (Inspirational Romance & Women's Fiction), studied the market, and worked hard to hone her craft.

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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson Review

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Treasured Grace
Book 1 Heart of the Frontier Series
by Tracie Peterson

About This Book:

In untamed Oregon Country, one young woman fights to keep her family safe.
Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, became her responsibility. A hasty decision to head west seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start but has instead left Grace in a precarious position. When missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife agree to let Grace and her sisters stay at their mission for the winter, Grace is grateful. Until they hear from their uncle in Oregon City, the three sisters have nowhere else to go.

As Grace adjusts to life in the West, she meets a fur trapper named Alex Armistead who intrigues and infuriates her in equal measure. But when a measles outbreak threatens lives at the mission and among the native Cayuse who live nearby, it is Alex who helps Grace use the natural healing remedies she learned from her mother to help where she can, despite Dr. Whitman's disapproval. As the death toll rises, so do tensions between the settlers and the natives, and Grace soon finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Grace travels West with her two younger sisters to find a better life than they left back East. After a huge tragedy befalls her sisters, Grace tries to put the pieces back together of her dreams for her and her family. Torn on whether she should follow her heart or put love aside and follow the path that gives her and her sisters stability and a permanent roof over her head.

The story shows tragedy, faith, forgives and restoration.

I found this story very gripping. I have read many novels by Tracie and this one was full of page turning intensity. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series if they are anything like this one.

About The Author:

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weight Loss Update

size 6 jeans
I haven't posted in awhile about my weight loss journey. Been so focused on running my 2,017 miles that I haven't taken the time to see in the mirror my progress.

A friend gifted me a pair of new jeans not long ago. They were a size 6. I didn't think I would fit in them but when I tried them on, they did and very comfortably. You can see me in them above.

It's been a long journey to get where I am today. From everything that I've done and between the things I've tried and failed, I know one thing that has ALWAYS worked!

Exercising and monitoring my food intake.

Two simple things to pay attention to and most often are neglected. I use MyFitnessPal app on my phone. It's so easy to have there and quick to log my food as I eat throughout the day. The best part of this app is if you happen to eat something in a package there is a barcode scanner and VOILA it has all the info placed in your log for you.

I also use MapMyRun or you can use MapMyFitness or MapMyWalk since they are all the same. I log all my activity onto this and it transfers over to my food journal.

Since January 1st, logging the miles has really helped me build muscle and lean down. For the longest time the scale wasn't moving but I was getting smaller so that kept me going.  I started at 134 lbs at the New Year. I stepped on the scale this week and I'm down to 126.8 lbs.

I haven't been this small since when I met my husband 20 years ago so I'm super excited. At this point anything I lose is a huge bonus... Now it's all about toning, maintaining and building physical endurance to get me across the finish line of my half marathon in May.

Starting April 1st I will be adding more strength training to my weekly workouts so I can tone up what's left and help build muscle so I can run longer distances.. Can't wait to share with you as I progress...

Boob, Bowling & Zelda Cakes

I made my husband a boob cake for his birthday this year. He's been hint joking about this kind of cake for a couple years but I felt a little weird making one. I decided to give it a go and here you go..
boob cake collage 1
I think it turned out pretty good. He really liked it so that's an A+ in my book.

bowling cake collage
My son just turned 18 this month. He wanted to have his friends over to go bowling so I made him a bowling cake. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.. Super excited about learning how to use fondant..

zelda cake

I made my youngest son a Zelda cake for his 15th birthday back in December. This was a buttercream frosted cake.