I have to admit that I'm a sucker for any fiction set in Scotland. I got this book hesitantly, because I'm not crazy about graphic bedroom scenes or lI have to admit that I'm a sucker for any fiction set in Scotland. I got this book hesitantly, because I'm not crazy about graphic bedroom scenes or language. My tastes definitely run conservatively.
All that to say, that while this book did have some of those scenes that I didn't like, the story was well written and entertaining. I'm giving it an "ok" as far as rating goes. It wasn't the worst I've ever read and because of the scenes, I just can't give it a whole lot higher.
If you want to know more about the story, read the back of the book. :) I'm simply giving my opinion here....more
What a fun book! With 22 different patterns to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. :) I love to make things and especially to makWhat a fun book! With 22 different patterns to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. :) I love to make things and especially to make things for kids.
This book has six different chapters with multiple projects in each. They are:
Key Chains Storage Accessories Wearable Accessories Plushies Clothing Home Decorations
I have to admit that I didn’t like ALL of the projects, but the ones that I did like, I LOVED.
Among my favorites are the towel caddy and the electronic cases. I also think that the strawberry key chains and the octopus plushies are adorable.
Each craft has complete instructions and all of the patterns are full size in the back of the book. Each of the instructions have a level of experience needed to make the items. Most of them are beginner.
With bright colored photos and step by step instructions, Choly Knight makes her patterns easy to read and to follow.
Great for kid crafts and summer fun!
Many thanks to Fox Chapel Publishing and NetGalley for my review copy of this book. All opinions expressed here are mine....more
I have really been enjoying this. It puts the perspective of the Bible in such clearness. I love seeing when everything took place and how it all fitI have really been enjoying this. It puts the perspective of the Bible in such clearness. I love seeing when everything took place and how it all fit together. I'm still reading it and love it....more
When given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance with exuberance. Being an avid knitter myself, I have noticed that after the agWhen given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance with exuberance. Being an avid knitter myself, I have noticed that after the age of two or three, there really isn’t much out there as far as cute patterns for my kindergartener.
This book has everything from Sweaters, Cardigans, Dresses, Tops and even a snood. The patterns are easy to read and follow.
But I have one big complaint, which is why I will not be giving it five stars. I couldn’t find a single pattern or design in this book that I liked. The styles, in my opinion, are not normal and my little girl wouldn’t be caught dead in some of them. I can’t decide if they are so modern that they’re old-fashioned or what, but none of the young girls that I know would wear any of these things. Perhaps they just aren’t American and that’s the difference.
Remember, this is my opinion and my taste, if you thumb through the book and see something that you can’t live without, go for it. :)
Many thanks to the Taunton Press and NetGalley for my review copy of this book. As you can tell, the opinions expressed here are mine....more
Whew! Don't read this book if you unless you have time to devour the whole thing in one sitting. Good gracious, there was no time to even breathe. TheWhew! Don't read this book if you unless you have time to devour the whole thing in one sitting. Good gracious, there was no time to even breathe. The action just kept getting hotter and hotter and the plot thickens until the last page when it finally leaves you breathlessly holding onto the edge.
Oh, yes, oh, yes, oh, yes! I started this book by Regina Jennings and could not put it down.
After the death of her husband, Rosa Garner leaves everythOh, yes, oh, yes, oh, yes! I started this book by Regina Jennings and could not put it down.
After the death of her husband, Rosa Garner leaves everything she knows and loves in her home country of Mexico to go with her mother-in-law to the Texas family ranch. They arrive in Texas to find that they owe $166 in taxes and only a small amount of time to come up with the money to pay them.
Rosa may not understand the oddities of the American language, but she certainly knows how to work. She sinks every effort and time into trying to save the ranch for her mother-in-law and herself. But when it proves to be not quite enough, she must risk even more.
The book is a parallel story to the book of Ruth. Yes, we all know how the book of Ruth turns out. True. However, this story has so many twists in it that even close to the end of it, I wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen. An absolutely amazing, fantastic first novel. If you love historical romance and want a strong hero and heroine with splashes of humor and emotion that grips your heart, this is the book for you.
I’m giving it 5 stars and sorry, but I just can’t part with my copy of it. I’m planning on reading it again and again!
A huge thank you to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of this book....more
Triona has been given under the care of Ronan, a Scottish Chieftan, but she isn't happy about being made to be a lady and sit indoors all the time. StTriona has been given under the care of Ronan, a Scottish Chieftan, but she isn't happy about being made to be a lady and sit indoors all the time. Strong-wills, clashing heads, it's a fun story, but been done before. A lot. ...more
What is it about these books that allow for the man to sleep around with every woman out there and it be okay?? Frustration and disappointed. The adveWhat is it about these books that allow for the man to sleep around with every woman out there and it be okay?? Frustration and disappointed. The adventure in it was great, but I was disappointed as the morals of the male lead fell flat....more
I was given this book so I decided to give it a try. It was okay.
I liked the story idea of a lady pirate in disguise and the first part of the book, tI was given this book so I decided to give it a try. It was okay.
I liked the story idea of a lady pirate in disguise and the first part of the book, the writing was really good. By the end of the book, it felt as thought the author was trying to hurry up and finish the story and the "head hopping" began. No longer was each chapter from one POV, it would switch back and forth several times with no warning.
I also can't recommend it because of the bed scenes, but even that could have been skipped if the story was spectacular. It started out with great promise, but fell a little short for me.
Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, has been entrusted with the care of a young woman whose parents are presumed dead. A good and faithful servant of theGabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, has been entrusted with the care of a young woman whose parents are presumed dead. A good and faithful servant of the king, Gabriel fully embraces his responsibility even though he is plagued with a major problem of his own. The world is frequently bathed in silence.
Alexandria Featherstone, lives on an island and is distressed to be entrusted to a complete stranger. Not for a moment does she believe her parents are dead. She sets out on her own to track their trail. Alexandria encounter many hurdles and must use her brain and sometimes deceit to stay one step ahead of the Duke she has not yet met.
Jamie Carie weaves her tale enshrouded in mystery and intrigue. An engaging battle of wits and oh, so romantic. I was hooked from the first chapter and read through the whole book as fast as my eyes would let me.
There was only one thing that I didn’t like about this book: It ends with cliff hanger and now I have to wait until June to read the next one! However, even with the ending hanging over a precipice, I still highly recommend this book and will be reading it again and again.
I’m giving it 5 stars for creativeness in story and for being so engaging and witty.
Many thanks to B&H Books and Netgalley for my review copy of this book. Every opinion expressed here is mine....more
Four best friends are determined to save their town after the sawmill closes down and leaves most the community jobless. When they convince country muFour best friends are determined to save their town after the sawmill closes down and leaves most the community jobless. When they convince country music singer Sawyer Smitten to move his wedding to small town Smitten on Valentine’s day, they have their work cut out for them changing the town from a backwoods sawmill community to a romantic resort. Each woman shares the spotlight in this four-novels-in-one book.
Smitten, Vermont, a fictional town that will have you wishing that it were real. You’ll meet characters who will stay in your life long after you’ve turned the last page.
Meet Natalie – the baker and decorator, who tries ever so hard to get her gluten-free recipes just right. She is caretaker of her niece who puts up wreaths of hope all over town much to the chagrin of the local Mr. Smitten himself.
Julie – the resident spa woman who goes head-to-head with a “backwoods” sawmill cook with no time for such frivolousness.
Shelby – Etiquette classes are all the rage for this southern genteel woman and no unshaven, blue jean wearin’ man is going to stop her!
Reese – the outdoor enthusiast who wants to open a sports store and falls in love with her best friend. It’s just too bad that her attempts to woo him end up turning the tables upside down.
Each woman is as dedicated to their hometown as the last. Four best friends leaving you with a smile and a feeling that just for a moment you were a part of their special friendship.
I’m not usually a big fan of short stories because I always feel like that just as I’m starting to really get into the character, the book ends. But I loved this book because it continued with the characters flowing through out the entire book.
Written by many of my favorite authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter, these women are true life best friends and the stories keep that flair through out.
What are you waiting for? Grab a chair and dive in! You won’t want to miss out on the fun!
Many thanks to BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson for my review copy of this book. All opinion are mine without their input or suggestion....more
Jilted at the altar over 14 years ago, the last thing widowed Shay Bradenberger wants is to find herself married to Travis McCoy. However, a historicaJilted at the altar over 14 years ago, the last thing widowed Shay Bradenberger wants is to find herself married to Travis McCoy. However, a historical remake and a forgetful pastor land Shay in her worst nightmare – a wife for the second time.
Travis McCoy chickened out and left the love of his life on the courthouse steps back during his young and stupid days. Now with a second chance given, Travis will do anything to prove to Shay that he is a man of his word and won’t let her down the second time. Even if that means settling for being her knight in shining armor and saving her family’s ranch.
Backed into a corner with no where else to turn, Shay accepts Travis’ offer only to keep the generational family homestead for her daughter’s sake. However, she is not about to let him close.
Tempers flair and tension rises as Travis and Shay butt heads. Each one trying to find their own way and each determined to prove something to the other.
A story of forgiveness and love, Denise Hunter does it again with a tenderness and heart warmth only she can bring to a story. If you liked any of her other books, you’re going to love this one. It’s the second in The Big Sky Romance series and guaranteed to leave you closing the last page with a sigh and smile.
I’m giving this book 5 Stars and adding it to my Christmas wish list. It’s one I plan on reading over and over.
Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for my review copy of this book. The opinions expressed here are mine....more
With the one thing holding their marriage together gone, Eden and Clay go their separate ways. Their baby girl was kidnapped out of the bedroom in theWith the one thing holding their marriage together gone, Eden and Clay go their separate ways. Their baby girl was kidnapped out of the bedroom in their home.
Jump 5 years down the road. Clay refuses to believe that their daughter is dead. He doggedly keeps searching, chasing every lead and never giving up hope.
Eden was a bitter young woman. With her daughter dead, she runs out of her marriage never to look back. But God gets a hold of her life and she meets another special man who at any moment is going to pop the question she's been waiting for.
Then Clay has to show up and ruin her chances. They're still married? Clay never signed the divorce papers and what's more, he claims to have proof of their daughter's location. Without second thought, Eden follows Clay to Bluebird Ranch in South Texas.
What follows is intrigue, danger, and romance guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, or at the very least flipping through the pages.
The tension between the two characters sizzled and practically started a fire right in my hands.
Another well done book by Colleen Coble. Read it, you won't be disappointed.
Many thanks to Booksneeze for my review copy of this book.
Loved this book! I actually cried in parts of it. Tamara Alexander is very moving. This is one I'm going to add to my library and keep to read over agLoved this book! I actually cried in parts of it. Tamara Alexander is very moving. This is one I'm going to add to my library and keep to read over again....more
LOVED IT!! I'll be honest, I always have a little hard time getting into Laura Frantz's stories, but once I work past the first couple of chapters, I cLOVED IT!! I'll be honest, I always have a little hard time getting into Laura Frantz's stories, but once I work past the first couple of chapters, I can never seem to put them down. I'm not going to give the story away, but I'm so so glad that she ended up the man she did. I fell in love with the hero in this one.
Best of Laura Frantz's books yet! In my opinion, but you should read it and decide for yourself. (wink, wink)...more
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage with an abusive English Duke, Megan MacMurray settles for a fugitive from Scotland. Her plan is to keep him aDesperate to escape an arranged marriage with an abusive English Duke, Megan MacMurray settles for a fugitive from Scotland. Her plan is to keep him at arm's length. A marriage in name only.
To protect his mother and sister, the only two left in his famiy, Brodie MacCauley accepts Lady Megan's proposal. Only he has different ideas on how a marriage should work.
You can probably guess the end of this book right off the bat. While I usually love stories set in Scotland and I'm a sucker for arranged marriage stories that end with happily ever after. This one left something out. I'm not sure if I can even explain what was missing. The characters fell flat for me. I think that the idea of the story could have been great, but it didn't evoke enough emotion for me to really "feel" it.
It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I'm giving it an okay....more
Green. That is what means the most to tree-hugging Bridget Pickwick Buchanan. After losing the love of her life and husband several years ago, BridgetGreen. That is what means the most to tree-hugging Bridget Pickwick Buchanan. After losing the love of her life and husband several years ago, Bridget at the young age of 33, has withdrawn into her self and won't even say the words "Happily Ever After" (HEA). There is no such thing. It's a myth. Well, at least for her it is.
So she sinks all her time and devotion into their family estate and her garden center. It must be sold, but Bridget is determined not to let just any ol' developer buy it. No, she wants someone who is "green", dedicated to preserving the land and giving back.
So, she straightens her dreads and dons the high heels, hoping to impress the uppity but high energy eco-friendly developer, J.C. Dirk. She barges into his office in Atlanta and what follows is a story that will have you laughing until tears stream down your face.
Or at least it did me.
I must admit, when I first started this book, I wasn't very fond of the first chapter. I had a hard time relating to Bridget, even though I'm a greenie myself, without the dreads of course. :) However, once I read past that first chapter and I started understanding what made her tick, I was too engrossed in the story to put it down.
I loved the way the author weaved the eco-friendly ideas in with the plot. It was engaging, funny and had just enough tension, (okay a lot of tension) and romance to keep me glued to the chair.
I got this book from Multonomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review. (thanks, y'all!) I chose this book because of my own personal connection with healing the land and environment and living responsibility as every good Christian should.
Don't worry though, it's not preachy - neither on the relationship with Jesus nor on the environmental front. It has just enough of both to make it a great story. ...more
A parallel story taken from the life of John Bunyan with lots of romance and sweetness mixed in. Great book! :) Will definitely read more by Jody HedlA parallel story taken from the life of John Bunyan with lots of romance and sweetness mixed in. Great book! :) Will definitely read more by Jody Hedlund....more
Does she know how to write a bad book? I don't think so. Once again, Denise Hunter blows me away. I think what I love most about her stories is the emoDoes she know how to write a bad book? I don't think so. Once again, Denise Hunter blows me away. I think what I love most about her stories is the emotional tug she creates. I have yet to read any of her books without laughing out loud and sobbing through the story. Sometime both at the same time. Instead of telling you what the book is about, I'm just going to say, "READ IT" and everything else you can get your hands on by Denise Hunter. I have them all!...more
Set against the backdrop of political unrest and intrigue in a day and age when women are used as pawns to further wealth and titles in families, AnneSet against the backdrop of political unrest and intrigue in a day and age when women are used as pawns to further wealth and titles in families, Anne Neville is just such a woman. Her future rests first in the hand of her father. Married at the age of fourteen to a young man whom her fathers thinks will secure their family's position as royalty in England, she finds herself unwanted, unloved and an item.
Set in first person, this book gives a dramatically clear depiction of what being a born the weaker sex would have been like in that day and age.
Based loosely on the true life of Anne Neville, I was captured from the first moment of the story and held fast till the last word. While there was much in this book that was for mature audiences - namely being the politics and intrigues of that day and age - there were no crude or highly graphic bedroom scenes. There were suggestions, yes, but all done with good taste.