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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

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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..
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I think it turned out pretty good. He really liked it so that's an A+ in my book.

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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..

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

500 Miles and Counting...

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I posted back the first of January that I was taking on a year long challenge to run/walk 2,017 miles in 2017. I had great intentions to post weekly on my journey but life tends to keep me off the computer.  Well we are finishing up the third month of 2017 and I am happy to say that I reached 500 miles three days ago. It has been a huge accomplishment to see this number. In 2016 I ran/walked 600 miles in the entire year and here I am in just the third month and have almost hit that number.

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One thing that has kept me going is I'm training for my very first half marathon. This will take place on May 21st. I am 8 weeks away from this special occasion and working hard to do my best.

Speaking of best... I'm super excited about sharing my 1st race of the year's results. I ran a 5K Clover Bud St. Patrick's Day Race a couple weeks ago with my hubby. This race was my first ever back in 2011 when I just started out running so it has a little sentimental value to it.

With all my running training I wanted to see how good I could run this. In the past my average was about 12 1/2 min miles. This time I did it in 32:59 which averaged a little over 10 minute miles. Not only did I add speed, but was able to run this without stopping and have little issues.. It was awesome!

The best part... I actually WON a medal. I was 2nd in my age division..

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My next race is coming up on April 9th. It's a color fun run so not really out to break records since these are mainly to get messy. Still will try to work on my timing since these events are good at checking times..

Here is a list of my races that I've signed up for up until my Half Marathon in mid May..

April 9th: Color Fun Run 5K
April 15th: Trail Run 5K
April 23rd: Icebreaker 5 Mile
May 6th: Color Fun Run 5K
May 20th: Half Marathon

It's going to be a busy Spring Running Schedule. I am happy to see this many races to choose from since my area typically is limited with races throughout the year. Mainly one a month so I'm excited about the line up..

Here's to my next 100 miles.....

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Polygamist's Daughter by Anna LeBaron Review

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The Polygamist's Daughter
by Anna LeBaron
w/ Leslie Wilson

About This Book:

My father had thirteen wives and more than fifty children . . .

This is the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. Ervil’s criminal activity kept Anna and her siblings constantly on the run from the FBI. Often starving, the children lived in a perpetual state of fear—and despite their numbers, Anna always felt alone. Would she ever find a place she truly belonged? Would she ever be anything other than the polygamist’s daughter?

Filled with murder, fear, and betrayal, The Polygamist’s Daughter is the harrowing, heart-wrenching story of a fatherless girl and her unwavering search for love, faith, and a place to call home.

My Thoughts on This Book:

This book was an eye opening experience and I read it in just one day. Once I picked it up her story was so riveting, I couldn't put it down until the end. You follow the life of little Anna. Just 9 years old when the story starts and living the life of polygamy with her mother, her mother's sister wives and over 40 siblings. The life of fear, death, looking over your shoulder and living in foreign countries, Anna lived a life of poverty so her mother could continue her life as the 4th wife of the famous Ervil LeBaron. Left to fend for herself and at times a child slave worker, she endured huge hardship for the sake of her families chosen life. Her father, a man who believed himself to be a prophet, lived his life to find followers and to cause harm to those that fell away from his religion even after his death.

Anna lived a life on the run, packing up frequently and with little personal possessions. By the age of 10 she found out that he father wanted to marry her off to another polygamist and was being groomed to do so when she was older. This story of a little girl searching for love and a desire to be wanted, grew up faster than she should of and saw more than any child or adult should see. This story will truly pull at your heartstrings.. Faith plays a huge factor in Anna's adult life with the ultimate grace of God.. Great book!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The words depicting in this article are my own. No other compensation was given to me.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot Review

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"A Stolen Heart"
by Amanda Cabot
Book 1 Cimarron Creek Trilogy

About This Book:

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites readers back into Texas's storied past to experience love and adventure against a backdrop of tension and mystery in this first book in a brand-new series.

My Thoughts on This Book:

As we venture in this first book in the Cimarron Creek series we get to know Lydia, a Yankee from New York coming to Texas to marry her fiance'. Until she realizes he has already married and he's missing. Lydia decides to stay in Cimarron Creek even if it's just to find out what happened to Edgar. She didn't realize that she was in the middle of a town mystery. Things aren't right and the new sheriff is trying eagerly to put an end to all the crime and place order back in their small town.

One thing leads to another and love and mystery are full in this wonderful first book by Amanda Cabot. You will not want to put it down until you've read the last page and even then you can't wait to read the next one. I know I am..

About The Author:

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

I received a copy of this book free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all my thoughts and comments regarding this book is my own.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller Review

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, #1)

About This Book:

"Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions."  
That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.
Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect. 
That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.
These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.
Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister's daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God's grace and the true strength of love. 

My Thoughts on This Book:

Set in the early 1800's in Great Britain, this charming story tells the tale of a reverend's daughter Miss Lavinia Ellison. After tragedy hits her at a young age and losing her mother, her heart is a bit hardened towards the family responsible. When the brother shows up and tries to charm his way into her life she holds a wall up with her whitty come backs and her charismatic expression.

She devotes her life in helping the poor in her little country village and tries to enjoy her simple life without a beau or prospect of one. Can Nicholas, Lord Hawkesbury, show her she is worthy of attention and love or will her feelings of his family and her mother cause her not to find true love..
A well written story. The characters came to life on the pages and found myself often chuckling at their ways of speaking to each other. I look forward to the rest of the books in the 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 previous novels have won several contests, including the 2014 RWA "Touched by Love" and 2014 ACFW Gensis contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy.


I received a copy of this book for the purpose of review. My thoughts on this book were my own and I received no other compensation for this review.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Senior High Class of 2017

I have been hard at work preparing for my son's upcoming graduation. In November I took on the roll of the Homeschool Graduation Coordinator since the one that was doing it for years 'retired' with her youngest graduating. I figured I could coordinate until my youngest graduates in 2020. This year it's my middle child, DS18 that is graduating in mid May.

Coordinating has brought on a LOT of to do lists, since we have 20 graduates this year.. A good size Homeschool Graduation! Aside from getting the group together, lists checked off, I needed to take the time to think of just my graduate..

So over the weekend I took him out to take his Senior Photos. I am showing you the ones I found to be my favorite.. What are your thoughts?

Pittstop Photography is my copyright and all photos are owned by me..

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Hopefully here in the next week or two the cap and gown will be in from our order and will take him out one more time to capture the famous cap/gown photos.. I think these turned out great displaying his love of his guitar... So proud of his accomplishments and look forward to his special event soon!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mystery of History Curriculum Sale Now



On sale now at Christian Book. Click on photo above to get savings.
Through February 14th save 30%.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Week 2: Run the Year 2017

Week 2 Run the Year 2017 in Review

I am a little behind in posting my second week in my Run 2017 Miles in 2017 just like the first week. I want to post weekly on my miles, any milestones that have happened, weight loss updates if there is any and recipes that I have tried in that week... I need to be more diligent at getting these out right after the week is up!

Weight Loss Update:

week 2 weigh in ldbg

Since week 1 I went down from 134.0 to 133.2.
.8 lbs down...

Work Outs:
week 2 workout collage

1/8:
5.5 miles

1/9:
7.25 miles

1/10:
3.5 miles

1/11:
5.5 miles

1/12: REST

1/13:
8 miles

1/14:
6.25 miles

Weekly Recipes: week 2 food collage

Italian Sausage & Sweet Potato Soup recipe can be found HERE

Spinach, Rice & Cheese Bake recipe can be found HERE

Beef Brisket and Cabbage recipe can be found HERE

Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet can be found HERE


Quote of the Week:
"Start Today... 3 months from now, you will thank yourself"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander Review

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When Love Arrives
by Johnnie Alexander

About This Book:

Dani had planned to spy on Brett--so how did she end up on a date with him?
Dani Prescott can't believe the lie Brett Somers is trying to sell to the media. During an interview about the plane crash that killed his parents, he blamed Dani's mother. But the crash killed her as well. Vowing to restore her mother's reputation, Dani has been following Brett and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use to discredit him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is?

My Thoughts on This Book:

After getting a copy of this book for review I realized it was book 2 in a series.. I decided to read it anyway even though I hadn't read the first one yet. I wasn't disappointed. The story filled in nicely what occurred in the first novel so I never felt lost or missing any major storyline plots. The first book if I can recall was focusing on AJ and his now fiancée Shelby..

This book focuses on Dani, an out of towner focused on finding revenge to a rich boy named Brett. After all he decided to slander her mother and call her a murderer in an interview. She decides to go pay him a visit and find some way to make him pay. Instead she got more than she could bargain for. A relationship with his cousin AJ and his fiancée Shelby, a job helping them and a relationship with Brett? Can that be?

Can she turn her anger into love? Will her secrets of why she came to town ruin any chance she may have for love, friendship and a place to belong?

Fantastic storyline that hooks you from page one. I couldn't put it down until the very last page. I see there is a book three coming out this year. Can't wait to pick it up as it will focus on Brett's sister, Amy who has a roll in this book..

About the Author:

Johnnie Alexander

Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. An accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer, she lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week 1: Run the Year 2017

Week 1 Run the Year 2017 in Review

I am a little behind in posting my first week in my Run 2017 Miles in 2017. I want to post weekly on my miles, any milestones that have happened, weight loss updates if there is any and recipes that I have tried in that week...

Let's start out with Day 1 Weight. I feel it's very important to take this large challenge on to see where you are on the first day. Since this is a YEAR LONG challenge I am looking forward to coming back to this post to see where I was on Day 1..



Since I started at 145 lbs back in October here I was on January 1, 2017.

1-1 1-4 Collage

I know I won't make the entire 2017 miles since this past year I only ran about 550 miles total. That would literally be 4 times the miles I've done this past year and I know that will put a toll on my body since it's not conditioned to run or even walk that much. I did start out pretty good in the first week. My ultimate goal was to do half and share the other half with two of my friends as we've signed up as a team for this challenge. Our name is "Women of Ass Destruction" because our goal is to use this fitness to tone down and get fit! Build muscle and destroy the fat!

Above here you can see my treadmill workouts I did for the first four days. On the treadmill I take a picture of each workout so I can journal my progress as the year goes on.

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The second half of the week I did these workouts. The 5th I broke up my workout with a 2 mile run which you can see on the bottom right and then another 3.5 miles speed walking on incline to finish my 5.5 miles needed for the day. I took a rest on the 6th and then back at it to finish the week off with a 4 mile workout.

week 1 food collage

My goal outside of physically working out is to change our diet with different foods to eat for dinner. My desire is to change it up so we try new vegetables and textures that are healthy, whole, real, unprocessed and full of flavor...

This first week I made some Chicken Avocado Wraps which were a huge hit. So good that they are still asking for us to have it again..

I also made a delicious moist, organic pork dish with kale, spinach, feta cheese and grape tomatoes.

I then also made a delicious sweet potato and ham soup.. YUM!

I forgot to take pictures of the other meals that week but I'm working on remembering before I eat it so I can journal it on here each week..

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly REVIEW

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Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

Book Summary:

Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program—and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now.

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as “Human Computers,” calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these “colored computers,” as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America’s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these “computers,” personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America’s greatest adventure and NASA’s groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine.

Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world—and whose lives show how out of one of America’s most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.
 

My Thoughts on This Book:

I will have to be honest, this could of been an extraordinary book with the fact that we get to know these four black women that made history. I struggled to get past the writing style. Very hard to digest and flipped back and forth in time. I felt like one minute we were discussing Dorothy and a person came on scene and we literally "squirreled" the topic off to the new character and their life story up to the point of their meeting.. Then after that she tried to pick up where she left off with Dorothy and the meaning was totally lost on me.

I wanted so badly to get into this book because I absolutely love reading about American history and it was a chosen book for my monthly book club. I almost felt like the author was pouring out her frustration on the segregation that took place in the 40's and 50's by how she wrote about it and kept going back to the same time periods and re-hashing the same topics.

I had a tough time keeping track of the characters. There was a lot of people coming and going in this text. The book looked long with 360+ pages to it but the story itself was only 265. The rest of the pages were her footnotes. Yes.. 100 pages of her footnotes describing where she got all her information.

Full of history that could of been told more in the perspective of one of the main black women since they all knew each other. But because it went back and forth, and had a lot of scientific technical wording, I just struggled with it..

I look forward though to seeing the movie and hoping that it will help connect the true characters more to me and that I can truly get a sense on who they were and how they ultimately changed America for the better..

I am writing this review on my own free will. I received a copy of the book at the library for the purpose of reading it for my monthly book club. No compensation was given by anyone in order for me to write this review.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

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About This Book:

The last thing Search and Rescue helicopter pilot Kacey Fairing needs upon returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana, is to run into her mistakes. After a devastating crash during her recent military tour in Afghanistan, she is emotionally broken but ready to start putting her life back together. She just wants to reconnect with her teenage daughter and spend the summer working as the new lead pilot of PEAK Rescue in Glacier National Park.

But her mistakes aren't so easily forgotten. Because Ben King is also back in town.

Country music star Ben King abandoned his past when he moved to Nashville thirteen years ago to start his career. He hoped to heal his broken heart, caused by losing the woman he loved. But when his father is injured, Ben is called home to help manage PEAK Rescue during his recovery. He doesn't realize his father has ulterior motives until his old flame, Kacey, walks into his house and back into his heart.

Now, with Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben will have to work together to save lives. But when secrets are uncovered and old hurts rise to the surface, will they walk away again? Or can they find a different ending to their country love song?

My Thoughts on This Book:

I was so happy that I read this book. The characters were well developed and I fell in love with all of them. I love reading any storyline placed in my home state of Montana. This was set in the Glacier National Park area near Kalispell. Following Kacey, a military helicopter pilot, home on leave sorting out her life. Her high school boyfriend, Ben, is also home from Nashville, as a singer for the group band Montgomery/King. Old flames reignite but will life be too complicated for them to make a go again? Will 'baggage' that Ben was not aware of be the deciding factor on whether he stays or goes?

Well written.. You will fall in love with these characters and pray the next book in this "Montana Rescue" series shows these characters again.. Love it!

About the Author:

Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Reader's Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.


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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year New Goals

Its 2017 already.. WOW! January 1st. I've been busy for the past couple months working on my weight loss goals (Sadly for the 2nd time this year) but I'm very motivated to get this weight forever under control and to make new goals for myself in 2017.

Over the past 2 1/2 months I've successfully shed 14 pounds and over 10 inches off my entire body. I'm not done yet though. I'd like to continue my weight loss until I reach 120 pounds. I have 13 pounds to go!

I'd like to share my photos of today which is my 'start' photo for 2017. This will be my before photo for my Run The Year 2017 Challenge that I've started which will take me until the end of this year to complete. I look forward to comparing this photo with the one I will take in December 2017.


I am taking this challenge seriously this year as I've stated in a post earlier this week. My goal is to complete at least half of the 2,017 miles and the other half will be shared with two of my friends as we've partnered up to take this challenge together.

I am now on my way to making goals along the way to help with this big one. Setting up races to keep me motivated and to keep me challenged. I am going to embark on my very first half marathon which will take place on May 21st of this year.. I now have a little over 16 weeks to prep my body and mind to conquer this goal.

We don't have a lot of races here in town that are more than a 5K. I will participate in those of course but want to maintain a challenge while training for my half. Here is the list of races I plan to participate in marking those that I've already signed up for!

Count Your Clover 5K- March 12th
Icebreaker 5 mile- April 23rd
Bloomsday, Spokane WA 7.47 miles- May 7th (Signed Up)
Buffalo Jump Half Marathon- May 21st (Committed)
Camp Patriot Fun Run 5K- July 1st (Organizing)
Rock the Clock (TBD)
Save the TaTa's 5K- July 21st
Kickin' Assphault 10K- August 19th
My Best Day 5K- September 10th
What Women Want 3.5 miles Fun Run- October 7th
Scheel's Pumpkin Run 5K- October 28th
Burn the Bird 10K- November 23rd

These are the races I'm looking to participate in and motivate me to keep running! Do you have any goals to get physically fit this year? Would love to hear from you!