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Monday, November 24, 2014

Swept Away-Quilts of Love Series Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Swept Away
Abingdon Press (November 18, 2014)
Laura V. Hilton
Cindy Loven


Award winning author Laura V. Hilton has penned many novels, including the Amish of Seymour series, the Amish of Webster County series, and the forthcoming Amish of Jamesport series. A member of ACFW, Laura is also a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites. A pastor’s wife, stay-at-home mom, and home school teacher, Laura and her family make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

A lifelong reader, Cindy Loven is an active church wife of a minister and mother to one son who is a home school graduate. Cindy and her family reside in Conway, Arkansas.

My Thoughts On This Book:

Sara Jane finds out that her grandmother hires a 'mountain man' to help fix her house up. Trying to find reasons why he shouldn't be around, she ends up getting to know the new Mr. Fix It, Drew. Even though sparks fly between the two, Drew doesn't want to get involved because of his past. Sara decides to get to know him the only way she can, threw his hiking journals that he posted online. 

While she reads about Drew's past, grandma is trying to bring them together. Sara Jane starts to wonder if something is wrong with her grandmother as she begins to forget things and not making any sense. Can she understand and accept what's going on with Drew and her grandmother or can she find a way to love them both?


Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but also as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between him and his new employer’s granddaughter.

Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts online researching him. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hunting Encounters More Than You Think

Hubby took the first week of November off so we could go out each day to hunt. With our hunting tags this year we could get white tail does or bucks and mule deer bucks. We were excited to broaden our reach because last year white tail was forbidden when a large population of them died due to a midge infestation.

The first days out, we saw bucks and deer galore, and had some opportunities to harvest a couple but conditions weren't ideal so we waited. We decided to find a really nice piece of state land about an hour northwest of where we live and explored it for a couple days. The first day we got there we saw a lot of white tails so knew it could be possible to find one to bring home so we kept scouting. 

After a day of scouting we ran out of light so we came back the next day and found another area in the state land. We saw them bright and early but were too late before they ran into the very thick brush on the edge of the field. We decided to come back that afternoon and set up where we saw them enter the brush, hoping they would re-emerge. After sitting quietly in a large section of sage brush, the light was waning and I thought it was getting too dark. I had an overwhelming feeling that I needed to stand up where I was so I did. I looked in my binoculars around the area to see if deer were nearby so I wouldn't scare them. This took seconds... I then put the binoculars down to turn to my left, and about 50 yards away a small doe stood there and was staring at me. She looked at me, I looked at her and then seconds later two more does tried to emerge from the brush behind her, urging her to move into the field where I was because they didn't see me, she pivoted on her heels and took the two with her back into the brush.

I was so upset with myself because the buck was with them as he was that morning and I could of just waited two more minutes and they would of came out and I had a clear close up shot of them. After a minute to think on it, I decided to crouch down again to see if maybe the buck would come out since only one deer saw me. About 2 minutes after I lied back down, I heard three grunts coming from the brush to the left of me.

My first instinct was "That sounds just like a bear".. So I got up grabbed my gun, and binoculars and headed back to the truck to meet up with my hubby. He was waiting for me just around the brush area. I told him about my encounter and he thought it might be a buck letting me know he was there so I went back half way and crouched down next to the brush to get a good view of the field. A couple minutes later I heard heavy foot prints in the brush to my left. I couldn't see anything but heard twigs cracking and leaves rustling. I told myself.. I'm done! I don't know what that is, and don't want to find out..

We decided to call it a day and come back before sunrise and see if we could see the deer before they headed into the brush for their afternoon nap. As I settled into the same spot I was in that morning, a truck kept driving past me on the road nearby. After three passes I was getting irritated because I thought he was trying to disturb my hunt. After the third pass, he rolled his window down and got my attention.

He began explaining that a grizzly bear was found in this area two days ago and that just this morning was spotted wandering around in the brush.. After I was done talking to the local land owner, I high tailed it out of there and said I'm done! What I heard the evening before was exactly what I thought it was... A BEAR.. I thought it was probably a black bear though not a grizzly so I was a bit disturbed when I heard it was a grizzly.. A very scary encounter that put me on edge the rest of the week.

The next day hubby wanted to try some Forestry land where a friend told us white tailed does are. This area is also grizzly country so I didn't want to get out of the car after my encounter. Luckily we didn't get very far until hubby and I spotted three does and he was able to get a clean shot of one of them.

While my hubby took care of the deer I stood over him, one hand holding my gun the other bear spray because I didn't know if there was any nearby and some grizzlies know when they hear gun shots that there will be a gut pile to snack on.. We rushed and drug the deer out as quickly as we could.. WOW! This was a stressful hunting week for sure. I still have my tag left and hopefully I'll decide to go back out and try to fill it before hunting season is up on November 30th. 

It's so cold here after a snow and cold weather system moved in on Monday and gave us 3 inches of snow and negative temps to add to it. It doesn't look like the cold weather will be leaving us for at least another week so not sure if I'm ready to embark the cold to find a deer. We'll see!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

An October Bride by Katie Ganshert


An October Bride
by Katie Ganshert

A Year of Weddings Novella

About This Book:

She wants to make her father's dream come true. She doesn't realize her own dream has been in front of her the whole time.

Emma Tate isn't a risk taker, so everyone in her small Midwest town is surprised when she suddenly becomes engaged to lifelong friend Jake Sawyer. No one but Jake and Emma know the true reason they're getting married-so Emma's dying father can walk her down the aisle.

While Jake and Emma plan an autumn wedding together, it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications-the biggest being their true feelings for each other.

In this novella by award-winning author Katie Ganshert, a young woman must reconcile her dying father's dreams with her own dreams for love and for her future.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Emma finds out that her father is dying. She feels hopeless to help him until she finds out that she can fulfill a wish he wrote down in a bucket list. To walk her down the aisle. The problem is, she told her ex-fiance' goodbye two years earlier after her father was diagnosed with cancer. So what does she do? Her long time friend Jake comes to the rescue to be the stand in 'fake' groom.

After convincing the entire small town that the wedding of the year is happening and real, preparations are put in place. But can they both go through with it for her father? Will real emotions become a factor? Will true love become the real reason or will the wedding be called off? Read this book to find out.. Excellent read.. This series gets better and better each book I read.. Loved it!

 About The Author:

Katie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she's not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. Visit her website at

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

A September Bride by Kathryn Springer


A September Bride
by Kathryn Springer

A Year of Weddings Novella

About This Book:

Annie's always wanted a home and a family. But will pretending to be a bride get her closer to her dreams?
All Annie Price has ever wanted is a place to call home. Growing up in the foster care system, that dream seemed far away, but now Annie's dream may be coming true. A friend she met in an online book group wants to retire and has offered Annie a fresh start managing her little bookstore. Believing the opportunity is an answer to prayer, Annie packs her suitcase and moves to Red Leaf, Wisconsin.

The residents of Red Leaf welcome Annie into the fold . . . everyone except the bookstore owner's son, Jesse Kent. But Annie refuses to let the handsome deputy keep her from embracing her new home with open arms. She even volunteers to help the local historical society refurbish an old church and agrees to be the "bride" for a special reenactment celebrating the museum's open house.

Jesse Kent can't believe his mother has handed the keys to her business over to a woman she met on the Internet. Annie's beautiful, of course, and smart as a whip, but what do they really know about her, anyway? What if she's come to their town just for his mother's money? The only way to see if his suspicions about Annie Price are true is to keep a close eye on her-even if it means he has to marry her! Planning their mock wedding will give him the chance to uncover Annie's motive for moving to town. But as the day of the wedding approaches and secrets come to light, Jesse must face the truth. He wants Annie to be his September bride . . . for real.

My Thoughts on This Book:

Another great book in the Year of Weddings Series. They just seem to be getter better and better each month. If you've been following this series then you will definitely want to read this one. You will learn about Annie. A newcomer to the small town of Red Leaf. Trying to make a new start as a bookstore manager, she decides to get involved with the community by joining the historical society. After helping restore the church, the community wants to re-enact the marriage of two historical people from the town's past. Annie volunteers but didn't realize that hunky Jesse, her bosses son, will be playing the groom. 

Sparks fly and memories come flooding from the past. Can they both put the past in the past and make a future together? Read this awesome e-book to find out!!

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

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Mom's Prayers for Her Son

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A Mom's Prayers for Her Son
by Rob & Joanna Teigen

About This Book:

 From the moment your little boy was born, you knew you were going to be doing a lot of praying. So you may wonder, What exactly should I be praying for?

Now the authors of A Dad's Prayers for His Daughter show you how to pray for every area of your son's life. Rob and Joanna Teigen give you a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of prayer for your son with a collection of specific prayers you can use to get started right now. With engaging stories from well-known authors such as Kathi Lipp, Pam Farrel, Lisa Samra, and others, you'll learn how to pray for your son's development of character, courage, self-control, forgiveness, and more.

Remember: you may not always understand your son, but God does! Start asking for his guidance, protection, and blessings today.

My Thoughts on This Book:

This book is a fantastic resource to help you pray for your son or son's. You have an option to read it cover to cover or pick a topic using the convenient table of contents to pray a specific area in your son's life. As a mother of two boys, now both teenagers I feel the importance more than ever to be praying for each of them. This book helps me tackle some issues and areas that may be heavy on my son's mind that I may overlook as a Mom or woman. 

Some topics that I found helpful include: 
Standing up for what is right
When he's afraid or angry
When he's looking for God
When he's going through a storm
When he's proud
When he needs to honor his parents
When he's stressed or rejected
When he's discontent

This book tackles 77 areas where we can pray daily for our son's. With categories of:

His Blessings
A Mom's Story
His Relationship with God
His Failures
His Purity
His Relationship with his Mom

Each topic starts off with scripture that pertains to the area in which we will be praying over our son, and then a prayer for us to pray out loud to God.

I will be keeping this book handy and using it when certain topics come along for one or both of my son's where they need a specific prayer.. I highly recommend this book for those who seem to not find the words to pray for our son's. A great resource to help you in your journey to pray for our son's regularly and to also build a better relationship with God for ourselves alongside our children.

About the Author:

Rob and Joanna Teigen are the authors of 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates and A Dad's Prayers for His Daughter. Rob is also the author of several joke books, including Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids (under the pseudonym Rob Elliott). The Teigens are the parents of a son in college, a son in preschool, and three beautiful daughters in between and live in West Michigan.

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

An August Bride by Debra Clopton


An August Bride
by Debra Clopton

About This Book:

Kelsey vowed never to love a cowboy again. But then she meets Brent.

After a cowboy broke her heart, Kelsey Wilcox traded in her boots for flip-flops and a bistro on the beautiful sandy beach of Corpus Christi. Two years later, still not believing in happy endings, she is about to endure a weekend of torture at her cousin's beach wedding. Not only will she be forced to watch yet another wedding, but her great-aunt and her two best friends-aptly nicknamed "the matchmaking posse of Mule Hollow"-are coming to the wedding, and Kelsey is sure to be on their radar.

Brent Corbin has had his share of bad luck with women and isn't looking for love or looking forward to the weekend of wedding festivities as a groomsman for his friend. When he sees a commotion on the beach and what appears to be a mermaid in distress, he doesn't hesitate to dive to the rescue. His attention is instantly captured by the woman he's saved and it turns out they're part of the same wedding party. But the instant Kelsey spots his soaking wet boots she wants no part of him.

Thrown together through the weekend and with the meddlesome encouragement from the matchmakers, Brent is determined to pursue Kelsey and change her mind about cowboys. Sparks fly at this August wedding as Kelsey and Brent dance a rocky Texas two-step toward a beach wedding of their own.

My Thoughts on This Book:

I've truly loved reading each of the Year of Brides series. This book takes place in the month of August, as Kelsey heads to her cousins wedding to celebrate with her as part of the wedding party. When she gets sucked into the ocean and then rescued by a hunky cowboy her world turns upside down. After vowing to never fall in love with a cowboy after being left at the alter by one two years earlier, she goes to great lengths to distance herself from Brent to keep her feelings under control. 

This book was a treat to read. The storyline did move quickly which I believe has a lot to do with it being a novella, but I did find the romance part a bit quick for me since I love to read more realistic storylines.. Other than that I loved the whole overall story and the two main characters.. A great read for sure..

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