Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - July 16




It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Welcome back to Monday. We are home in Massachusetts and glad to be here. Lots of reading happened while we were away and you'll find several reviews were posted.

A review was posted at the tale end of our vacation for this one too.


I just finished this book yesterday, so look for my review this week.


I'm still reading the following books:



I started this one last night...



I'm not sure what's up next, but probably these two because reviews are coming up for them. 



What are you reading right now? Should I be adding any new books to my wish list? 



Musing Monday - July 16


Musing Monday is hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker It is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK'S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you ever get teased or looked at oddly for reading?

We are back to Monday and back to life in Massachusetts. We arrived home Saturday. As grateful as I am to spend time on vacation, it is always wonderful to be back to the normalcy of home. My work schedule started yesterday with an open house, but today is the first full day back to the regular grind.

As you can tell by the reviews I posted over the last two weeks, some reading got done while we were away. Thank goodness. If I am good and don't request too many new books to review, I might even make a dent in that TBR pile.

This week's question is an interesting one. I've never really thought about it. I'm probably like most bookworms--it's rare I don't have a book in my bag when I go anywhere. I've even learned to listen to books since I am on the road a lot these days. The one thing that comes to mind, though, is the strange look that comes my way when I say I don't watch television because I prefer to read. From time to time I'll find something I want to watch, but other than Downton Abbey, Cedar Cove, and Mercy Street, which are all off the air now, I don't turn the TV on except for the Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas.

Do you watch TV? What are some of your favorite shows? Do you prefer to read or watch TV?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Review: The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson

If you are looking for a heartfelt and meaningful story of how to create a home that is both inviting and warm to family and others, The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson is a great choice.

In this joint mother/daughter effort, they share their perspectives on creating a lifegiving legacy in your home through rhythms, routines, and rituals, growing relationships, celebrating life, being in service to each other, and shaping a certain family culture based on love, and combining personalities, history, events, and traditions. This book addresses how we have lost our center in the hectic, busyness of day-to-day life that our current modern, consumerist culture encourages.

The last point mentioned is why I requested to review this book. At the end, however, I can't say I'm any closer to finding a way toward creating the kind of home I've always envisioned we would have. The Clarksons sound like lovely, god-fearing people, whose goal is to inspire others. Sally and her husband founded Whole Heart Ministries in 1998 and Sarah is an award-winning author who also leads workshops on reading as a means to transform a child's mental and spiritual development. They have a clear calling from the Lord to serve others. While one can't argue that more time in prayer and with Scripture is key to making any change, getting from where you are in your crazy life now to the type of home culture you desire is a step-by-step process. While The Lifegiving Home is a vital part of that process, it may not be the starting point for some of us. I have to admit to enjoying Sally's chapters more because they are more conversational, whereas Sarah's style is more academic. Coupled with The Lifegiving Home Experience, a twelve-month guided planner, the reader may have more success creating the home culture she seeks.


Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (February 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1496403371
ISBN-13: 978-1496403377

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

This book is credited toward the following challenges:







Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My Favorite..Summer Time Memory


My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme.. page.

Our summer vacations have created many wonderful summer memories. Though I don't have the pictures with me, I think my favorite moments from the Outer Banks include the many years we attended the children's theater at the Roanoke Water Festival Park. This week is The Wizard of Oz. When the girls were younger we attended every year. It's been a while, but I recall those days fondly.

What is your favorite summer time memory?

Monday, July 9, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - July 9




It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Welcome back to Monday. It's been a week filled with good food, the beach and reading. That's my favorite part of being on vacation--reading. Well, that and writing. I wrote two poems last week and I just finished Chapter 19 of my historical middle grade novel.

Reviews for these books appear in last week's posts:




I finished reading this one for my children's and teen's book blog:



Right now I am reading:



I'm not really feeling either of these books right now, so I might switch back to fiction before too long. If I did, this is what I would read next:


What are you reading? 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Book Review: Poems About Life, Love and Everything in Between by Jo Anne Myers

Back in 2013, Penny's Tales ran a Christmas in October giveaway. I won a ton of great books--most of which have been featured here in one way or another.

Poems About Life, Love and Everything in Between by Jo Anne Myers is an emotion-filled, moving collection of poems about family, faith, and the world around us. Whether Myers is sharing her feelings about her mother, tears, autumn leaves, trust, searching for God or love, the reader is drawn into every stanza deeply and completely.

Some of my favorites:

  • I Could
  • My Holly Bush
  • Harmony
  • Stand
  • My Search



If poetry that touches your heart is a genre you enjoy, definitely pick up a copy of Poems About Life, Love and Everything in Between by Jo Anne Myers.

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 12, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 147823685X
ISBN-13: 978-1478236856

I received a copy of this book from the author through a giveaway. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

This book is credited toward the following reading challenges:




Book Review: The Rancher's Mistletoe Bride by Jill Kemerer

Love, faith and letting go of the past combine to create a magical seasonal romance in The Rancher's Mistletoe Bride by Jill Kemerer.

Alexandra Harrington returned to the ranch where she grew up after the sudden death of her father. With both parents gone, it is up to her to carry on his legacy. So, she takes a leave from her wedding planner business in Colorado, planning to hire a ranch manager and then go back to her career. Then walks in Clint Romine...

Clint needs this job, but he's certain if Lexi finds out about his past she won't consider him at all. A former foster kid, he has built up walls that he refuses to let anyone break down. When she takes him on, he plans to keep their arrangement strictly professional, even when it's obvious Lexi is struggling for answers and direction because of her father's death.

This is such a sweet romance. Two characters engulfed in their own pain and doubts find themselves attracted to each other despite their declaration to be no more than boss and employee. As they tiptoe around each other, the reader witnesses their romance unfold to its satisfying and heartwarming conclusion.

While this might be the first book of Kemerer's I've read, it certainly won't be my last. Her ability to create a moving scene and tap into her characters' emotions pulls you in right away. These characters are so real, and how they end up filling each other's needs and finding their way to each other despite the reasons they've decide they should remain apart, is truly touching. If you're a pushover for seasonal romances like I am, you need to read The Rancher's Mistletoe Bride.

Series: Wyoming Cowboys (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired; Original edition (September 19, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373623038
ISBN-13: 978-0373623037

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

This book is credited toward the following challenges:






Book Review: The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

The Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep.

As the French and Indian War rages on, Mercy Lytton is called to be a scout and accompany a team on a dangerous mission. Raised by Mohawks, her gift of keen sight will be invaluable to them. Along with her friend, Captain Matthew Prinn, and Rufus, the son of Brigadier General Bragg, they are transporting traitor Elias Dubois and a stolen shipment of French gold to Fort Edward.

A woman of duty and honor, she doesn't expect to be attracted to a despised traitor, but she struggles to contain her growing affection for Elias. As for him, he has a plan of his own and Mercy has no place in it. Why then does she steal his every waking thought?

The Daughter of the Mayflower series continues to draw readers in with superb writing, engaging and complex characters, and the rich historical background against which these stories are set. Like other books in the series, The Captured Bride features an independent young woman who rises to the challenges she faces. Her past is well tied into her present and helps define who she became and, ultimately, where she ends up at the end of the novel. If you ever watched, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, you'll find this story has that type of feel to it considering the tense relationship between the white men and the Native Americans.

The Captured Bride is a powerful and engaging new installment in The Daughter of the Mayflower series. One finds history, romance, faith and adventure swirling around to create a fantastic read for any lover of this genre. A total stand alone novel, my recommendation is you start with the first book in the series to truly appreciate all it has to offer.

Highly recommended!


Series: Daughters of the Mayflower (Book 3)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books; Gld edition (June 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1683224744
ISBN-13: 978-1683224747

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

My Favorite..Musical Movie


My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme.. page.

This is an easy one because it has been the same forever.


I fell in love with The Sound of Music from the first time I saw it. The acting, the scenery, and all that singing made for a perfect story. I've probably seen it over 100 times at this point. The only thing that dimmed the appeal was in learning that Christopher Plummer didn't want the part and didn't like acting with children. Life can't always be perfect.

What is your favorite musical?

Wishing You a Blessed Fourth


Let us spend today coming together as one nation. We are not perfect, but with patience, honesty, integrity and respect for all, we can continue to build a nation future generations can be proud of. May God bless each and every one of you with a happy and safe Fourth.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Top Ten Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers

Red and blue are two of my favorite colors, so it's easy for me to be attracted to books with those colors on the cover. These will be some books I've read and others that are on my wish list. Might not always be the right shade or red or blue, but I'll take some liberty with my choices.


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Monday, July 2, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - July 2




It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


How is it Monday again? At least it's the first Monday on the Outer Banks. Vacation has been fun so far.


I've read two books since we arrived...



I started this one yesterday...


Next up might be...


What are you reading right now?