"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer" - Albert Camus

Monday, December 29, 2014

Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren

Always on My Mind (Christiansen Family #4)Always on My Mind by Susan May Warren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Casper Christiansen has always been the "Mr.-Fix-It" of the family. That is until he found out that the woman he loves had a fling with his brother Owen. That ended in a fist fight at his sister's wedding and Casper with a bruised heart.

So, Casper takes off to Honduras, digging for treasure, trying to get Raina Beaumont off his mind. It, however, doesn't work. So he heads back home to resolve these feeling once and for all. He arrives on her doorstep, and gets the surprise of his life. Raina is pregnant, and the identity of the baby's father hurts him even more.

Heartbroken, Casper tables his dreams of finding tresure, and is determined to help his brother, Darek, keep the family resort afloat. Casper longs to be the hero of the family, just once, but it never seems to work out. Worse yet, his new job seems to bring him in constant contact with Raina.

Can Casper, put aside his hurt, and be the friend Raina needs? Will love overcome all obstacles and allow them to be together and have a family?

I loved this book. I have read another book in the Christiansen family series, and I fell in love with the story and the characters. I love Susan May Warren. I love her writing style and how she pulls you into the book so quickly. I would recommend this book, in fact the whole series, to any romance lover. I can't wait to read some more.

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book, from Tyndale Publishing, in exchange for my honest review and opinons.*

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook

~For Today ~

Outside my window: Dark, It's 8:30 at night..

I am thinking: That I wish it was summer year round

I am thankful : For God & Friends & Family!

From the learning rooms: Nothing. It's Christmas break..

In the kitchen:It's dark in there too.

I am wearing:sweatpants and my AJ Allmendinger shirt

I am creating: this blog, and a few books.

I am going: to be starting college in april!

I am wondering:  How fast February 8th will get here.

I am reading:

My mom gave it to me for Christmas!

I am hoping: for good health for all my family & friends.

I am looking: forward to February 8th and April

I am hearing:The dryer is going...

Around the house:  it's quiet

I am pondering: How hard getting my Bachelor of Arts in English will be ...

One of my favorite things: is The Walking Dead. The show & comic books!
and The Boondock Saints.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Christmas in a day and a half, Writing my books...

Here is picture for thought I am sharing ...

Poster I got for Christmas! ♥

Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman

Murder Tightly Knit (Amish Village Mystery #2)Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just as Hannah Troyer and Amber Bowman believe the Amish Village is going back to normal, after the previous murder investigation, Owen Esch is murdered on Pumpkinvine Trail.

Hanna Troyer already had a feeling something was amiss at The Cat's Meow yarn store. The manager Mary was not being as dependable as she usually was. Closing the store at odd hours and an English man has been lurking about.

Now as fall sets upon Middlebury, Indiana, Owen lies dead on the trail and the clues to the murderer's identity are pointing in different directions. The Cat's Meow being one of them!

The police have called in a FBI agent, but Hannah and Village Manager, Amber, aren't about to wait for them to figure it out. No one from the Amish Village could have possibly killed Owen. Could they? Hannah and Amber stay hard at work to keep the people they love from being suspects, and find the true identity of the killer.

They work together quickly and very had to bring peace back to the little village.

I really liked this book. I liked how I didn't have to read the first book to understand what was happening in this book. I loved the characters, and although most were Amish and I am not, they were easy to identifiy with. The personal trials they go through are not much different to us English.

I also like the way the author, conveying through the characters, put to rest the myths about the amish. They are not freaks because of the way they live, they just simply have a different belief system than most.

Although you don't have to read the previous book to understand the storyline, I would like to read it, and can't wait to read the next one.

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

*I recieved this complimentary copy free, from BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review and opinons.*

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

A Love Undone: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing GraceA Love Undone: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace by Cindy Woodsmall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At the age of nineteen, Jolene Keim was on the brink of a happily-ever-after amish life. That is until a tragic accident takes away both her parents at the same time. Left with her grief and five younger siblings, Jolene must decide wether to allow the amish community to seperate the children throughout different families, or keep them in their own home. With Jolene's decision comes heartbreak. Will she ever get her happily-ever-after?

Ten years later, Jolene meets Andy Fisher. A grass widow with a big heart for animals. Andy knows that the friendship blooming between them is wrong, after all, grass widows can't divorce or remarry. After six years, Andy had made his peace with what he thought would be his future. Until Jolene came along.

As Jolene and Andy face difficult decisions, can they trust God's fate for them? Will it be apart or together?

I loved this book. It was a wonderful story of never giving up hope, and knowing that god has plans for you although you don't know them. It proves that things can be alright in the face of turmoil. I would recommend this to anyone, who loves a good uplifting love story.

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from, Blogging For Books, in exchange for my honest review and opinon.*

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

Love Without End (Kings Meadow Romance, #2)Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love Without End is a story of hope and the belief that love can still truly exist.

Kimberly Welch lost her husband to a heart attack. In the blink of an eye, he was gone. Now slowly, day to day, she feels as if she's losing her daughter as well. In three years, Kimberly has gone from Seattle socialite to Kings Meadow charity, and her daughter isn't doing well with the changes.

Chet Leonard lost one of his sons in a car accident, and then his wife left him not long after. Abandoning him and their two other sons. He tries to keep his mind on the family ranch day to day just to get by, but the hurt still lives wild inside.

Then Chet is called to help Kimberly's daughter tame her horse, and everyone begins to get more than they bargained for. It really gets that way when Chet's Nana Anna shows up. Eighty-four, but you wouldn't know it, Anna sees the bloom of love between the two, and she's knows just what to do. Nana Anna has a certain magic, a magic that two single parents could really use. Magic, that creates the courage, to build something new from the ashes of tragedy.

I loved this book. It was hard for me to put down, once I got started. I identified with Chet and his hurt and I felt for Kimberly. I knew from the get, that these two should be together. It was just very apparent. It was an amazing story of love, forgiveness, and hope. A little of what this world needs.

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book, from Book Look Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review and opinons.*

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Miss Honduras Found Dead

Miss Honduras Maria Alvarado shot dead, buried after sister's boyfriend flies into jealous rage The 19-year-old beauty queen went missing Thursday and authorities confirmed her death and that of her sister, Sofia Trinidad, 23, on Wednesday. Trinidad's boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, is among four suspects in the murders.

Read more Here:

Normal Barbie is Here!

The Lammily Doll a.k.a. Normal barbie is here. She is available online for about 25 dollars. This doll was an art idea, to make barbie be "normal". The doll has what should be normal proportions for a 19 year old woman. This is based on data from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Lammily doll comes with an expansion pack of stickers. These stickers include: scars, bruises, stretch marks, glasses, moles, tattoos, and etc.

Is this a good idea? I believe so. It can teach little girls that not all girls are perfect. Some will have scars or etc. But just because we have these, does not mean we're not beautiful girls.

To read more, here is an article from The Washington Post. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nicholson: A Biography by Marc Eliot

Nicholson: A BiographyNicholson: A Biography by Marc Eliot

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jack Nicholson. A huge name in Hollywood. Linked to famous movies such as The Shining, and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest,
was once a normal boy from New Jersey with dreams to be famous. Then a normal man, living in LA, trying to find his way to stardom. Marc Eliot paints a intimate portrait of the life of One of Hollywood's elite.

I'm not a huge fan of biographies. It takes me forever to read them. It wasn't that this one wasn't well written, it's that way with all biographies. I'm a fan of Mr. Nicholson, but not as big as my mom. She is mainly the reason I choose this book. I plan to give it to her as a gift.

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Marc Eliot has had his books translated into more than a dozen languages in countries all over the world. They include biographies of Cary Grant, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Phil Ochs, and Steve McQueen.

Born and raised in New York City, he graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts-the "Fame" school-recieved his BA from the City University of New York, and his MFA in writing from Coloumbia University's School of the Arts. He did his postgraduate film work at Coloumbia, studying under Andrew Sarris. He frequently lectures to classes, at film events, and at conventions, speaking about his writing and his auteurist views of film. His work has appeared in several magazines, both in the United States and abroad. He is a favorite guest on several radio and television shows. He is also a member of the legendary Friars Club.

Nicholson is his twenty-fifth book.

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from, Blogging For Books, in exchange for my honest review and opinons.*

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Motherless by Erin Healy

MotherlessMotherless by Erin Healy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marina has spent her whole life, mothering her little brother Dylan, after her mother's presumed suicide seventeen years ago. After all, they have to call it a suicide. They have no body and she had a past of mental illness. That's all she's known. Untill one day her father gets into a car accident, that whisks him away from their world. Now Marina is trying to figure out how she and her brother will survive. They are in danger of losing their house on top of dealing without both parents. As she searches for the answers, secrets begin to be revealed. Dark, hideous secrets. And the answer to why her mother's body was never found. These secrets cast a dark shadow on her father, Garrett.

Garrett, being stuck between the two worlds, wishes he had the courage to tell his kids the truth so they wouldn't find out this way. Being too late, and not knowing wether he's alive or dead, Garrett watches as the secrets flow out. Like the waves on the beach where the lies began.

I really liked this book. It didn't turn out the way I thought it would. At times, I was confused at what was happening, but just as quickly as I was confused the answers came to me. I think it was an amazing book and a must read for suspense lovers.

About the Author

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She is a member of ACFW and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker's Wife, Stranger Things, and Motherless. She and her family live in Colorado.

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book, from BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review and opinon.*

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

Shovel Ready: A Spademan NovelShovel Ready: A Spademan Novel by Adam Sternbergh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Spademan is a garbage man. Only now, he takes out a different kind of garbage.

It's post-apocalyptic New York. After the dirty bomb hit Times Square. the rich are in the beds, tapped out and living their fantasies. The not so rich are toughing it out. All you have to do is call Spademan to take out the person you want gone. Pay him, and lose his number.

Someone wants Spademan to take out a famous evangelist's daughter. Spademan must navigate between the tapped out world and the real world to figure out the story behind this hit, and decided what's the right thing to do.

This story was ok. It was a little hard for me to read. I mean there are no quotation marks for conversations, so sometimes it got a little confusing. The story line was good for a nerd like me, but it was sometimes hard to follow because of the layout of the book. Otherwise a good story.

**I recieved a complimentary copy of this book,from Blogging for Books, in exchange for my honest review and opinons.**

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Thursday, October 23, 2014


Here's a little something in the Halloween spirit!

Your Top 5

My Top 5's

Here's a little way to get to know each other. There are 15 catagories. You list your top 5 favorites in each. Have fun!

Top 5 Movies:
1. The Boondock Saints 2
2.This Is the End
4.The Notebook
5.Secret Window

Top 5 Shows:
1.The Walking Dead
2.The Big Bang Theory
3.Sleepy Hollow
4.Z Nation

Top 5 Songs:
1.Say Say Say
2.The Kids from Yesterday
3.The Phoenix
4.Strange Currencies
5.An American Girl

Top 5 Books:
1.TWD Series (Comics and Novels)
2.The Notebook
3.A Walk to Remember
4.Twilight Series
5.Alex Cross' Trial

Top 5 Actors:
1.Norman Reedus
2.Sean Patrick Flannery
3.Andrew Lincoln
4.Ryan Gosling
5.Johnny Depp

Top 5 Actress':
1.Kate Winslet
2.Rachel McAdams
3.Lindsay Lohan
4.Lauren Cohan
5.Mandy Moore

Top 5 Athletes:
1.A.J. Allmendinger
2.Tyler Eifert
3.Andrew Luck
4.Corey Robinson
5.Colin Kaperknick

Top 5 Bands:
1.Fall Out Boy
2.My Chemical Romance
3.The Beatles
4.Matchbox 20

Top 5 Music Artists:
1.Michael Jackson
2.Gwen Stefani
3.Demi Lovato
4.Bruno Mars
5.Amy Winehouse

Top 5 Games:
1.TWD: Survival Instinct
2.Guitar Hero
4.Sonic the Hedgehog

Top 5 Horror Movies:
2.Silver Bullet
3.House on Haunted Hill
4.Dawn of the Dead
5.Thirteen Ghosts

Top 5 Authors:
1.James Patterson
2.Nicholas Sparks
3.Luanne Rice
4.Stephen King
5.Robert Kirkman

Top 5 Fictional Characters:
1.Daryl Dixon
2.Sheldon Cooper
3.Ichabod Crane
4.Rick Grimes
5.Burton Guster

Top 5 Cartoons:
1.Spongebob Squarepants
2.Care Bears
3.Rocky and Bullwinkle
4.Honk Kong Phooey
5.Sanjay and Graig

Top 5 Things You Hate:

Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

HitHit by Lorie Ann Grover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sarah is a senior at Kentlake, and she's deciding to possibly go to Mills Girls College on a scholarship. An avid poetry lover she's considering going into creative writing. That is until she walks into poetry class one day and meets Mr. Haddings, a Student-Teacher from nearby University of Washington. Suddenly life at the U makes more sense. Developing feelings for him, she tries to convey it to him through her poetry journal. Convinced he feels the same for her, she writes a poem to finally state her feelings once and for all. Setting off for school one rainy morning, she has the poem tucked safely in her back pocket ready to let him know!

Mr. Haddings knows Sarah has feelings for him, but he needs to set her straight. They can't have a relationship, even if she's 18. He's a student teacher and that could put his carrer at stake. He's got to set her straight soon. So he sets off for Kentlake one rainy morning, his mind on ways he can let her down gently. Getting distracted during the drive, he takes his eyes off the road for a few seconds. A few seconds that changed his life and not for the better. He feel a thump on his car, stops and sees a body in the road. That body turns out to be Sarah...

I loved this book. I couldn't stop, just having to know if Sarah survives and what happens from there. I was amazed at the story and how it gripped me. I'm glad that I got it.

**I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review and opinons.**

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane by Alex Irvine

The Secret Journal of Ichabod CraneThe Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane by Alex Irvine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ichabod Crane, thrown into modern day Sleepy Hollow after two centuries of slumber, keeps a journal. His thoughts about the new world and cases that he and his new partner, Abigail Mills, are working on.
Thoughts on today's:
and etc.

Thoughts on how he is one, of the two Witnesses and how he takes that postitin very seriously.
Thoughts on his wife, Katrina, and how he misses her.

If you're a fan of the Hit Television show, then this is a great book to have.

I loved this. I love books that are like journals, I think it's really creative how the authors can completely make you believe that the character really wrote these things. I was always fascinated by the Sleepy Hollow tale, but with the help of movies and now this show, I've become even more enthralled in it. I love how the tale has evolved over time.

*I recieved this book for free from, Blogging for Books, in exchange for my honest review and opinons.*

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Friday, October 10, 2014

NIV Once-A-Day Bible

Once-A-Day Bible for Women-NIVOnce-A-Day Bible for Women-NIV by Anonymous

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About a year ago I got the Pink bible from Zondervan and I adore it. Turns out my younger sister adores it as well, so when I saw this, I had to get it for her. She's not yet a woman, but she's a young lady. At almost 15, my sister is a beautiful young christian who truly loves God. I think she just about cried when I gave her this. This is what she had to say about it:

"I LOVE MY BIBLE! I really love how I can read my bible everyday and it brings me closer to God. I like how it serperates the days and verses. This is the best gift my older sister gave me!"

If you have a beauitful young or older woman in your life, I recommend this as a gift. It's perfect!

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book, from Book Look, in exchange for my honest review and opinon.*

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Willie's Redneck Time Machine by John Luke Robertson

Willie's Redneck Time MachineWillie's Redneck Time Machine by John Luke Robertson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Willie's Redneck Time Machine is one of the books in a four book series by Willie's son, John Luke Robertson.

The four books are:
Willie's Redneck Time Machine
Phil & the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca
Sin in Space
Jase and the Deadliest Hunt

I got this book for my 14 year old sister, who is a big Duck Dynasty fan. I really thought she would enjoy this and apparently she did. This is what she said:

"I LOVE my Duck Dynsty book. I really liked the story about John Luke time traveling to Willie's prom. I love how he really got into telling the story. It was almost as if he was really there! I'm so glad I read this book."

I have a second copy of this book I intend to give away for free. If you are interested in this e-mail me: darylswalker69@gmail.com or visit my blog: www.lifeisbutadream22.blogspot.com

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book, from Tyndale Publishing, in exchange for my honest review and opinon.*

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Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the RevolutionSleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Ichabod Crane is ressurected from his grave more than two centuries, after being a soldier in the colonial army and being killed in battle, he partners with Detective Abbie Mills from the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight evil forces that have taken hold of the town. He recieves a message from his wife Katrina telling him he needs to retrieve the Congressional Cross he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress. There's just one problem. Ichabod died before he could recieve his medal. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to discover the mystery behind this medal he was to recieve and why it is important that he retrieve it.

Facing a coven of witches, who also need these medals to bring back their leader, Ichabod and Abbie fight for the good of Sleepy Hollow.

I LOVED this book. I didn't watch the first season of the show, but after reading this book, I am an avid watcher of the television series. If you are into paranormal/fantasy books, this is the book for you!

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book, from Blogging For Books, in exchange for my honest opinon and review.*

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Big Book of Quizzes by the Editors of Faithgirlz!

Big Book of Quizzes: Fun, Quirky Questions for You and Your Friends by Ronald A Beers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the editors of Faithgirlz! comes a fun filled book of quizes.

I have always loved taking little quizes and when I saw this I just knew I had to get it so not only I, but my two little sisters could take these quizzes as well.

My 14 year old sister and I started taking the quizzes together as soon as I got the book.

I reccommend this book for anyone who has little girls...

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book, from Book Look, in exchange for my honest review and opinon.*

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Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad Is FatDad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From Comedian and fellow "The Walking Dead" Superfan, Jim Gaffigan, comes Dad Is Fat. A humorous look at being a parent of not one, but five kids in today's society.

Jim's humor could be taken the wrong way by some, but if you open your mind, you can see that even though parenting is an important job, it can be fun. At least I think it can...

I love the synopsis on the back of the book:

"Have you ever read a book that has changed your life? Well neither has Mr. Gaffigan.

This may be because Mr. Gaffigan is lazy and has poor eyesight, or it may be because he has five very young children and lives in a two bedroom apartment in New York City. Yes, five children. No, he only looks Mormon. Jim is like you: busy, self-consumed, and exhausted. The only difference may be that Mr. Gaffigan is a comedian and very, very good looking.

Sharply observed and explosively funny, Dad Is Fat is Jim's tribute to all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home."

Just the back of the book alone, gives you a peek into Jim's humor. I loved this book. I couldn't stop laughing as I read it.

*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book, from Blogging From Blogs, in exchange for my honest review and opinon.*

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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen

While on their honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Shaw make a pact. No matter what the have to sacrifice, they will return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina and but their own home. A beautiful pact made by newlyweds. A pact that was never to be.

Seven years into the marriage, Emily Shaw is left a widow. Alone, heartbroken, and past the point of caring. Until A man shows up with something for her from Ryan. Unsure if she's able to stay in their home, Emily returns to Sunset Beach, ready to hold up her end of the pact.

In no time, Emily finds the perfect home and becomes immeresed in the coastal town life. As the town debates among each other on wether to build a new bridge or keep the old one, Emily tries to decide wether she should side with her new neighbor and the Bridge Tender she has met, or side with the others.

Emily must also decide if she should and could, build her own bridge. A bridge to a new love and new chapter in her life, or will she be stuck on the old bridge, unable to let go of a past love?

This book was really good. At first I thought I was going to be bored with it. However, after a chapter or so, I was hooked. I wanted to know if Emily could move on and keep her end of this beautiful pact. In the end, I was very happy I got this book.

*I recieved this book From BookLook, as part of their blogger program, in exchange for my honest review.*

All For a Sister by Allison Pittman

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Table By the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

Juliette D'Alisa is the youngest heir to a French-Italian Restaurant & Food Writer. Sorting through her recently passed Grandmother's possessions, she finds a photo of interest. The man in the photo looks an awful lot like her brother Nico. Juliette seeks to find the truth behind this photo and her grandmother's past, all the while trying to keep it from her nosy family. Starting a long distance relationship only seems to complicate things. Will she have the strength to make tough decisions and unveil the truth behind her family's past?
I LOVED this book. I didn't want to put it down. I was disappointed in how it finished until I flipped a few pages and found and excerpt from the next book. I was thrilled when I saw that the story continues. I can't wait to read that one!
*I received this book free from Blogging for Book in exchange for my review*

Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry M.D.

Dr. Shannon Fraiser was having a nice quiet dinner with colleagues when a murder occurred. Right on her front lawn. The murder starts a string of mysteries unraveling Shannon's life. All the while Shannon is struggling with an event in her life, much like the murder on her front lawn.
Can Shannon overcome her fears from the past and work through the chaos ever present in her life now?
I really enjoyed this book. It's quite a page turner. Dr. Mabry has a way of mixing suspense and medical aspects that makes the story seem real. I couldn't put it down!
*I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review.*

My First book of Poetry

This is my first  book of poetry, published on Wattpad today!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox

18 summers. It seems like a long time when you say it, but really it flies by. After the tragic death of Butch Browning's wife ,four families realize how precious time really is. Can they make the most of the time they have left?

I'm still in the middle of this book but it's amazing. I love it & can't wait to finish it.

*I received this book free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review*

Firstborn by Lorie ann Grover

When Tiadone was born, her parents had 2 choices: Leave her in the wilderness to die or raise her as a male. In order to live in this community Tiadone must suppress her female instincts and act as a man would. Firstborn females are not allowed in the community. To make things worse, she has felling for her best male friend that only girls should have...

Can she stand up to her leaders for the right to live as a female?

I really couldn't get into this book. It was hard for me to follow. I'm sure, however, that others would enjoy it.

*I received this book for free from Book Look in exchange for my honest review.*

Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer


After a suspicious accident at the Dinsmore's World Famous Chocolates Factory brings Caroline Lang to Sinclair, Kansas, She goes undercover as a worker to investigate the accident. She's a agent for the Labor Commission and she's already taken a disliking to Dinsmore's for their employment of children.

Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the family business, is conducting his own investigation. Posing as a common worker named Ollie, he aims to find out all he can about the business before he takes over.

Caroline and Oliver become friends quickly but both have a different view on child labor. A certain circumstance makes it increasingly hard to hide their identities. With love growing between them, will the truth help them or hurt them?

I loved this book. It was heart-warming and I had a hard time putting it down.

*I received this book free through the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review.*

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FRAMES: 20 and Something by David H. Kim

Twentysomethings are different today than they were generations ago, but you already knew that. Even so, they are not as bad as people think. A doomed generation? Or just trying to get by in a world gone mad? Trying to understand your life or a twentysomething in it? You should definitely read this book. FRAMES has a great way of bringing you information compacted in a small easy to read book. Did you know that only 30 % of Millenials (aka twentysomethings) believe that churches have their best interests at heart? They believe Universities do more (32%). 25% of Millenials decline to affliate with any organized religion.
The top 5 things Millenials want to do before they turn 30:
become financially independant:59%
finish my education:52%
start a carrer:51%
find out who I really am:40%
follow my dreams:31%
In 2012, about 36% of adults ages 18 to 31 were living in their parents home. The highest number in this age group in 4 decades.
This is just some of the information in this book.
The realization that i'm in my mid-twenties just really hit me about a month ago. Rapidly approaching 24 & not really where I want to be in life, I wanted to know if I was the only one. Reading this book gave me some piece of mind. It felt nice to know that I'm not alone in some of my thoughts. I would definitely recommend this book to any Millenial or anyone just wanting to get into the mind of our generation.
*I recieved this book for free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my review & opinons.*

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Eden Christiansen is living in her little brother Owen's shadow. Owen is a NHL player & Eden is his biggest cheerleader, but looking after Owen has caused Eden to put her own life on the back burner.
Eden wishes someone would step up to mentor Owen so she can continue her life, but she knows better than to expect that from Bad Boy & team captain Jace Jacobsen. Jace, now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, is trapped by his reputation and Eden's guilt trip. When Owen's carelessness cause him to have a career threatening injury, Jace & Eden are thrown together.. and they start to see that maybe they belong on the same team after all. 

This book is an amazing book. The characters really draw you in & the individual stories of each character touch your heart. I also like this edition because it includes a novella entitled. "I Really Do Miss Your Smile". This novella tells the story of how the Christiansen family came to be. It was really good as well.

*I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my review.*

Susan May Warren

The Dawn of Christmas by Cindy Woodsmall

This book is part of the Apple Ridge series...

Sadie has been away from home on a mission trip in Peru, but her Old Order Amish family insists it's time to come home & settle down. Levi, is a bachelor who no longer trusts women after heartbreak in his life, and he has no desire for romance. Sadie and Levi devise a plan to keep their families from meddling in their lives, but will their plan backfire on themselves? Can they trust each other & maybe have a future?

I couldn't get into this book when i started to read it. That has happened to me before. That in no way means this a bad book. I will just have to try again.

*I received this book from Waterbrook in exchange for my review.*

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

This book is amazing. It's the story of Martin. A normal boy living in South Africa until one day, at the age of 12, he comes home complaining of a sore throat. In a few months, Martin can't walk, talk, move, or eat on his own. Through this book Martin chronicles the ups, downs, & breakthroughs in his health & how he met the love of his life.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone.

*I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my review.*