Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Murder on the Moor (A Drew Farthering Mystery) by Julianna Deering

Book Description:  At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontรซ hero. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor--property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered--and worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church.

Drew's friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it's hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can't help wondering if her affections lie more with the man's money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, it's up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it's too late.

My Thoughts:  Drew and Madeline Fathering are called by a friend to come to Bloodworth Lodge by Yorkshire moors (hence the title of this book) because strange and mysterious things have been going on.
Drew finds it "funny" that his friend is smitten with his new bride and the bride seems smitten with her funny and somewhat awkward new husband.  Drew seems to think she is out for his friend's money because she seems to have her eyes on the gamekeeper.
Now you see that "prejudices" that Drew has against the new bride.  He must look beyond his prejudices to find the murderer and to sort out the problems.
This novel is full of glamorous people, misty moors, unseen beasts, poachers, old problems and new loves.  And just when one thinks that's "it" a twist!
This is the fifth novel in the Drew Fathering books but one does not have to read the previous books to enjoy this read. Each book is a stand alone read.
I loved this cozy mystery! This is my favorite of all the Drew Fathering mysteries and I've read them all. 

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

Other Drew Fathering Mysteries:

  • Series: A Drew Farthering Mystery
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076421828X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218286

Monday, February 20, 2017

Really Woolly Easter Blessings Board book by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Book Description:  Winter’s nap is over, and new life is all around!
 Flowers are blooming. Birds are chirping. And the Really Woolly characters are discovering God’s goodness all around them. Curl up with your little one, and join the fun while learning about the hope of Easter and springtime!

My Thoughts:  Since I buy quite a few of the Really Woolly cards to send to people I thought that this board book would be a nice collection to our library.
I'm always on the lookout for cute, durable books for our Nursery class at church.
So, when I received this sweet board book I was happily surprised to see that not only is it durable but it's also quite colorful.  Kids love color!
The story of Easter is cute.  
My only complaint for this book is that it is rather long for toddler attention spans.  There is a poem, a Bible reference and a short prayer and has a nice, colorful illustration.  This is more like a child's devotional book.  
I chose to read the poem and show the picture...this worked well and the children didn't get word exhaustion.  Toddler's have short attention spans. ๐Ÿ˜‰
It was unanimous, though, we all loved the illustrations!  ๐Ÿ’—

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Really Woolly
  • Board book: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Brdbk edition (February 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718092562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718092566

Sunday, February 19, 2017

My Thoughts: Who doesn't love weddings?  And when Rachel Hauck pens a story about a wedding one knows it will be a great read.  Plus the book covers are so beautiful!  Makes one just want to delve into the story!
The Wedding Shop is "back and forth" story about Haley and Cora.  Their stories are intertwined thought out 80 years and they both revolve around a wedding dress.
Haley is a somewhat tired.worn out young woman just out of the Air Force.  So, when she heads home to Heart's Bend, TN she decides to reopen the wedding shop.  Now the shop is worn out and in need of repairs somewhat like Haley.  
The stories of Cora's romantic relationships and Haley's romantic relationships are somewhat "paralleled" in this story...that is the back and forth of the story.
I, aslo, like this story because my name is in it...Tammy is the best friend of Haley and together they had a dream.
A sweet story with lots of romance and dreams!

*This book was provided for review by The Thomas Nelson Street Team*

In case you missed the first two books:

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 16, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031034154X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341543

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Hope Unseen (Escape to the West, Book 2) by Nerys Leigh

It may be there are some things even true love can't overcome.

Sara Worthing is determined that she'll only marry for love, even if it means becoming a mail order 
bride and moving all the way across America to find it. When she finally meets farmer Daniel Raine, 
she has no doubt she's made the right choice. Daniel is everything he was in his letters and more. 
Kind, strong, caring, impossibly handsome, and his deepest desire is for a wife and family to love.
 He's everything Sara has been dreaming of.

Until the accident.

When Daniel suffers a terrible injury that throws all his careful plans into doubt, he 
sinks into despair, pushing both God and his new wife away. As her dreams fall apart, a man 
Sara met on the train repeatedly turns up at the farm insisting her husband has failed her and 
only he can keep her safe. And he seems unable to take no for an answer.

A Hope Unseen is the second book in the Christian historical romance series Escape to the West. 
All the novels cover the same period of time and can be read on their own, but hints as to what 
is happening in the other books of the series do come into each story. For maximum 
enjoyment and minimum spoilers, it's best to read the series in order!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} The Dog Who Was There

Book Description:  No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah. He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley’s eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we’ve never experienced before.

Barley’s story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver’s home and through the dangerous roads of Roman-occupied Judea.
On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told.

My Thoughts:  First of all this story begins VERY slowly, I guess to build up to some sort of action.  Secondly, and this may just be me, but I had a real problem with a dog telling/feeling a story about the love of our Savior.  

As much as I like dogs I'm just not sure that a dog can understand how great the love and sacrifice of our Savior was for us, humans. 

This was just not my kind.of story.  Too many "issues" for me.  

And I'm pretty liberal with my praise for books...authors take a lot of time and energy to tell great stories.  Unfortunately, this just isn't one of them.

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071808392X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718083922

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Love this recipe from Southern Living!  
This is one of the BEST breads I've ever made or eaten!  
It's more of a dessert...a moist, tasty pound cake! 


  •  1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • (8-oz.) container sour cream 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • large eggs 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped, peeled Granny Smith apples (about 3/4 lb.) 
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 1/2 cup pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 4 minutes.
  2. 2. Beat sour cream and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until blended.
  3. 3. Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to sour cream mixture, beating just until blended. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup toasted pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 9- x 5-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chopped pecans; lightly press pecans into batter.
  4. 4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, shielding with aluminum foil after 50 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.
  5. 5. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a 1-qt. heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, and spoon over top of bread; let cool completely (about 1 hour).
  6. Note: To freeze, cool bread completely; wrap in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.
When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.
Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.
But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?

My Thoughts:  Anytime Colleen Coble writes a new story I grab it.  She is one of my to.go.authors. 

As I began reading Because You're Mine I was immediately immersed in the story of Alanna and her unborn child.  

Alanna has not had the best of luck.  So, when her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour.... it seems that her life will not get better.  Poor Alanna!  It seems that life goes from bad to worse.  But there is always hope and Alanna holds on to life and hope for herself and her unborn child.  An interesting part of this story for me was the strong bond that a mother has for her child even her unborn child. And all that she will do to protect her child.

There are twist and turns in this spellbinding read!  

Of course, there are a couple of characters in this read that seem all to real and not likable at all.  But in true "Colleen Coble fashion" the twists come when the reader least expects them.

This is one of those reads that the mystery/suspense reader will not want to miss! ๐Ÿ’•

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild/Thomas Nelson*

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (January 10, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718083806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718083809