Posted in Books, Random babblings, reading

August Wrap Up

Happy {almost} September! It feels like such a treat to be saying that – Fall, at last! :) Though I can’t complain, as August has been a very nice month, weather wise, with plenty of Fall-like temps.

Today’s wrap up post isn’t going to be the usual, because, well, I can’t get a picture of my bookish treasures that I aquired this month. I had the misfortune of slipping on one of our deck stairs almost 3 three weeks ago, and severely injured my ankle. We thought maybe it was just twisted, but as we compared my ankle with the one that didn’t get hurt, we could tell that it didn’t look quite right – seconds after I fell, the ankle was swollen like a balloon and there was a big knob on the side, so we went to the ER.  They took X-rays, and said it wasn’t broken, but I had torn 3 ligaments pretty badly. My ankle and leg looked pretty nasty, all black and blue. They wrapped it up and gave me crutches and a splint to put on after three days of doing NOTHING. But even after that, it was still so swollen and hurt that I couldn’t get the splint on. A week later when it was pretty much the same I went to the doctors and they x-rayed it again, making sure there wasn’t a hairline fracture, and there wasn’t. The doctor showed me some excercises to start doing, and so I started to do those. It is slowly getting stronger now – it’s been a loooong recovery process, and God has had to teach me a lot through it, because it’s hard to just sit still and not be able to do much of anything.

I’ve had 2 physical therapy appointments now, and each week it gets a little stronger. I’m still on crutches, and can’t walk on the ankle, but this week I will start using the splint to work on putting partial pressure on it while walking with crutches still. Looking forward to getting back to normal! But I am so thankful that this is temporary – I won’t be like this forever. It could be so much worse.

But yes, that is why I cannot get a picture. Because I can barely get upstairs to my books, let alone gather them together and take a picture. ^.^ I did get some lovely books in August; mostly review books, but also some nonreview books, like a few Susan May Warrens, a FBI mystery book, a Biblical Fiction book, etc. Looking forward to reading all the goodies. And I have been reading a lot, as you can imagine. ;) The books I’ve read are these:

 

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren  The Road to Paradise by Karen   Barnett  Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh  On Grounds of Honor by Rebekah Colburn  The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin  The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling  Canteen Dreams by Cara Putman  Sandhill Dreams by Cara Putman

And if I’ve reviewed them, you can just click on the image and that’ll bring you to the review. “The Promise of Dawn” was a review book, and that review shall be posted very shortly!

So in my reading, the time periods I “lived” in, were:

Present Day, 1920’s, Civil War years, 1956, 1909, and the 1940’s! A nice time-span. ^.^

 

 

Also in August, our little town has its yearly rendezvous/reenactment event, and this year we actually got to ‘work’ there! We love the place and go every year, and it holds lots of memories, but we’ve never gotten to really be apart of it, but this year we ran one of their new “ventures”, that being an “Eatery”. Though it was the weekend just after my fall and so I had to just sit in a wheelchair during it, I had lots of fun and was in charge of the money and token selling. ^.^ We’ll get to run the same shed/booth this Winter and next year too, which we’re looking forward to.

 

How was your August? Are you looking forward to Fall?

 

Posted in Book reviews

Book Review: The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin

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“The Case of the Clobbered Cad” by Debra E. Marvin

A Nosy Parkers Mystery

 

Review copy provided by the author

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

About the Book:   Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until… Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again. As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.

 

 

My Thoughts: 

Oh my word, this was such a delightful read! I was swept away the moment I started it. It was just charming! I know, how can a “murder mystery” be charming, right? But just read “The Case of the Clobbered Cad” yourself and find out!
This book has a darling cover, and a fantastic setting. 1956 Scotland – yes please! Main character, Heather Munro, is American spending time in Scotland as she studies. But she doesn’t find time for boredom – right off starts her in the midst of a murder, and a mysterious one at that, with her being a possible suspect – yikes!
Very well-written and captivating, with very pleasant characters. And I didn’t guess the murder till the end, which is always more enjoyable, to be kept in a bit of suspense. :)
I’ve enjoyed each story I’ve read by Debra, but this might just be my favourite. I already would like to read it again.
CCC was a clean book, with a couple mentions of faith. It wasn’t the main point of this novel, but the book was still extremely enjoyable, and I appreciated the few mentions of prayer and the Lord. :)
If you enjoy mystery novels, or BBC mysteries, or really just a great read, be sure to pick up a copy of “The Case of The Clobbered Cad”!

 

Posted in 1940's, Book reviews

Book Review: “Canteen Dreams” by Cara Putman

(Click on the image to go to its amazon page)

 

“Canteen Dreams” by Cara Putman

Book One in the Cornhusker Dreams Series

Review copy from author

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

A heartwarming WWII love story.
In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Nebraska schoolteacher Audrey Stone wants to support the war effort in any way she can. When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. She never expected to fall for a local boy…or face the challenges of budding love in the face of war.

Rancher Willard Johnson admires Audrey’s passionate nature, but when his brother is killed in action, he feels he must avenge by enlisting himself. His father insists he stay, but Willard knows he must go. Reality intrudes, and he never expected the jealousy he experiences when he sees those in uniform.

Can Willard’s budding relationship with Audrey weather the storms of war? Or will one of the other soldiers at the canteen steal her heart?

 

My Thoughts:

 

It’s been a while since I read a story set during WWII, so it was nice to get back into that setting/genre with “Canteen Dreams”. Very well written, with a captivating story line. And the faith-strand was quite excellent, weaving in sound truths that the characters learned. I thought that was beautiful. :)
“Canteen Dreams” was a very sweet story, with real characters, and real lessons. And the romance was believable, and pretty cute. ^.^ Not all simple and roses, but definitely good.
It was interesting to see how the War affected a smaller town, and what they did to pitch in.
If you’re a fan of WWII fictions, or even just good, sweet stories, be sure to pick up a copy of “Canteen Dreams”. :)
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Book Review: “On Grounds of Honor” by Rebekah Colburn

“On Grounds of Honor” by Rebekah Colburn

Book One in My Brother’s Flag series

Review copy from author

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

 

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the division of the Civil War is an inescapable reality for many households. For the Turner brothers, it means choosing politics over blood. Although his younger brother goes south to join the Rebels, Jeremiah feels honor-bound to defend the Stars and Stripes even at the risk of meeting Charlie on the battlefield and facing a deeper conflict of loyalties. His wife, Clara, is left behind at Laurel Hill to manage the farm with her father-in-law and his slaves. As the country is torn apart by opposing forces from within, Clara must find the strength to live in a world of uncertainty and change. What began as an act of patriotic loyalty for Jeremiah will become a test of character and courage. And as the death toll climbs into the thousands, Clara clings to the desperate hope that her husband will come back to her alive. Before it ends, the war will take far more than they could have anticipated. But in the wake of its destruction, Jeremiah and Clara will learn that sometimes victory can only come through surrender.

 

 

My Thoughts:

This book was clearly extremely well-researched. I commend the author for writing so much historical details into this book. I think I have learned more about the Civil War through “On the Ground of Honor” than I had previously known.
It’s very interesting, especially since it’s in a ‘fiction setting’, so you’re experiencing the time period through the character’s lives. So yes, the setting feels very accurate and well depicted.
The beginning starts out a bit slow and for me I didn’t feel like I got to really emotionally connect with the characters in the first few chapters of the book, but as it got going you do get to know them better and relate to them.
I really liked how neutral the views were regarding North versus South. There were characters with opposing views, but they were well explained and shown very diplomatically.
I was glad to see the point made by one character about slavery, that God didn’t create one race to be above or below another – they’re all His creation, not property.
And at the same hand, it was interesting to read other character’s viewpoints on it, though I may have disagreed with their stance.
So yes, definitely a thought-provoking book. It wasn’t a light read, as it dealt with a lot of depth, but it was certainly interesting and enjoyable. The romance was also innocent, real, and sweet. I liked that the main couple were married at the start.
*I would like to note that there were a few swear words used (‘d-m-‘ and ‘g-d-awful’).

 

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“Reintegration” by Ashley Bogner

Hello readers! Today I’m happy to be celebrating this new release of Ashley’s! This is her first published novel, and it looks quite exciting! Congrats, Ashley!!

 

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A perfect citizen. A captured rebel. One decision could destroy them both…

 

As a Regulator, seventeen-year-old Katherine Holliday’s duty is to protect the people of the Federation from a group of violent rebels who have exiled themselves to the mysterious wilderness. When one of these rebels is captured within the Federation, the government leaders propose an alternative to execution, a procedure they call Reintegration. The procedure involves erasing the rebel’s memory and attempting to make him a member of society. The rebel, a young man named Matthew, is not the violent criminal Katherine expects, and she can’t help but befriend him. A few weeks after Matthew’s Reintegration, Katherine realizes the procedure failed and she is now presented with a choice no one else can help her make. Can she warn her superiors that Reintegration failed, which could mean death for Matthew? Or will she defy everything she knows to help him escape—and risk her own execution?

 

 

AUTHOR BIO:

When Ashley Bogner was in third grade, she decided she would be a published author when she grew up. Ashley is a homeschool graduate and has lived in seven different states. She completed a year of Bible college and in the fall will begin pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. After college, her plan is to work in the Christian publishing industry. When not writing, she can be found baking, posting book reviews on her blog, and watching her favorite movies over and over to the point of memorization.

 

 

Connect with author Ashley Bogner:

Blog: http://www.ashleybogner.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashleybognerwriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@AshleyBWriter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16953932.Ashley_Bogner

Posted in Book reviews, Tyndale House

“Just Look Up” by Courtney Walsh ~ Review

“Just Look Up” by Courtney Walsh

Review copy from Tyndale Publishers Reading Program

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home―a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work―something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.
Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.
Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along―if only she’d just look up.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve only read one other of Courtney Walsh’s books, but I enjoyed that one quite a bit, so I was glad to get the chance to read/review this one as well.
I liked this book – especially Ryan. He was a great character. So sweet and selfless, but not without his own faults and struggles. Lane was a well crafted character too, though I personally didn’t relate to her quite as well, but there were times where I could.
This was definitely a romance book, but not a deep Christian book. There was a bit in the beginning/middle, but only a little and nothing really fully developed/focused on it. The faith strand just wasn’t a very major part of the book. It was clean, and there were mentions of God, and His role in our lives, it just wasn’t the focal point of the story.
The message of not being so connected to the online world etc. was good, and the story  was written well. It all flowed very nicely and was engaging.
So while I think I preferred the other book I’ve read by this author, “Just Look Up” was still a good read.
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“Out of the Ashes” by A.M. Heath ~ Book Spotlight

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(I know that by the time this post goes live, the facebook party will have long been over, but the banner image is so nice, I wanted to still use it!)

Hello readers! Today I am sharing in the celebrations for “Out of the Ashes”‘s release with a book spotlight! Congrats on the release, A.M. Heath!

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Out of the Ashes (Ancient Words Series Book 3) by [Heath, A.M.]

 

About “Out of the Ashes”:

Sometimes peace is won through battle. 

Haunted by the memories he can’t escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn’t understand why he’s forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances?

Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home to which he has returned is anything but peaceful. When racial tensions arise in Maple Grove, Frank finds himself on a battlefield once more. He’s desperate for peace, but at what cost?

When George Chandler heads off to wed his beloved bride, things don’t go as expected. Just as George starts to get comfortable with what he believes is God’s new plan for his life, history threatens to repeat itself. Will he fight for the woman he’s come to love, or will he let her go?

The War Between the States has destroyed more than just a nation. In four years, it has damaged bodies and wounded souls until the people think that nothing is left. Will they find the healing they so desperately need from the God that loves them?

 

Check out these books on Amazon:
Where Can I Flee

In the Shadow of Thy Wings

Out of the Ashes

 

 

About the Author:

 

Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

 

Contact Links: 
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AMHeathfanpage/
Blog: https://amheathblog.wordpress.com/
You’ll also find me on Pinterest, Goodreads, and Twitter but I’m most active on Facebook and my blog.

 

 

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You can either click on the image or this link to enter the giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b7851a908/?

 

 

Follow along with the tour:

 

July 31: Karen Hadley @ Karen Sue Hadley : Book Review

Aug. 1: Krista Noorman @ by Krista : Book Review

Aug. 2: Becky Dempsey @ Blossoms and Blessings : Book Review

Aug. 4: Alicia Ruggieri @ A Brighter Destiny : Book Review and Interview

Aug. 7: Dana Kamstra @ D.L. Kamstra  : Book Review

Aug. 9: Laura Wilson @ Blue Eye Books : Book Review

Aug. 11: Amanda Tero @ With a Joyful Noise : Book Review

Aug. 14: Deana Dick @ Texas Book-aholic  : Book Review

Aug. 15: Virginia Winfield @  Bigreadersite : Book Review

Aug. 16: Raechel Lenore @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae : Spotlight

Aug. 18: Debbie Curto @ Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations  : Book Review and Interview