Thursday, November 27, 2014

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold {Harriet Beamer Series} by Joyce Magnin

Book Description:  After a whirlwind cross-country move, Harriet and her donut-loving basset hound, Humphrey, have settled into a new life in Grass Valley, California. When Harriet learns that she's going to be a grandma for the first time and get a new suite with room for her salt-and-pepper shaker collection, she can't wait for her best friend, Martha, to come visit so she can share her good news. But adventure is never far away when Harriet is around. After listening to the pleas of a desperate teen whose daddy needs money right away---and happens to have a gold mine to lease---Harriet falls hook, line, and sinker into the venture. Although she's nervous about her investment, Harriet chooses to keep it a secret from her son, Henry, and his wife. She can only imagine what she'll do if this turns out to be her ticket to a golden windfall. When suspicions arise, though, it becomes clear that Harriet may never see an ounce of gold. But will she continue to trust and risk losing everything? The fate of the young teen and a family emergency show Harriet where her true treasure lies.

My Thoughts:  I absolutely Loved the first book in the Harriet Beamer Series, Harriet Beamer Rides the Bus!
So, I waited and snatched up this book, Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold, as soon as it was available, because I knew that I would not be disappointed. 
Oh!My!  Joyce Magnin writes with a humorous flair that had me laughing out loud!  Harriet Beamer is a force to be reckoned with, for sure!
Harriet has a heart as big as Texas so when a "desperate" teen talks Harriet into leasing a gold mine her daddy has for lease....well, Harriet secretly makes her investment. Harriet just knows that this will be the best investment for her and help others too.  
Then there's Harriet's unbelievable salt and pepper shaker collection.  She collects the most unique salt and pepper shakers.  I think her collection shows her love for people who are most unusual.  She sees the heart.
Then the fun begins!  
Never try to cross a woman, especially an older woman who is quite determined.  Just when things begin to go sour, Harriet (and the teen) learn where "real gold" lies.
This read was beyond my expectations!  Loved, loved it!
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze*

GO HERE to visit Joyce Magnin's blog!

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031033358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310333586

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

We are making these today!  So cute and easy! 
  A great edible craft form Woman's Day:

  • 16 chocolate wafer cookies (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
  • 1 tube orange frosting with piping tips
  • 16 small peanut butter cups
  1. Place cookies on work surface; squeeze a dime-size dot of frosting in center of each
  2. Unwrap and invert peanut butter cups on frosting, pressing down gently
  3. Using the round piping tip, pipe a "hat-band" with frosting around peanut butter cup and a square "buckle." Let frosting set before storing.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Knitting Fairy (A Crabapple Yarns Mystery) by Jaime Marsman

Book Description:  The Knitting Fairy about a dejected librarian turned novice knitter who finds herself caught in a mysterious knitting scandal.

The cast of variegated characters will keep you laughing as the intricately woven chain of events unwinds. The mystery will have you hooked all the way to the end.

My Thoughts:  I'm not a knitter but I do like a good yarn {smile} and this is such a fun read!

A dejected, actually fired for a silly reason, young librarian, Molly,  is offered a job at a knitting shop.  As she learns to knit, she also meets very interesting people.  And to she gets the privilege of living in the upstairs apartment for free.  

The characters in this story are funny and whimsical . . . the kind that make you like them at first read.
Of course, just next door to the knitting shop is the most delightful bakery with cinnamon rolls!  And then there's the not too mushy romance that makes this one GREAT read!
I truly enjoyed this cozy mystery!  
I'm not sure one can label this a christian read . . . yes, prayer is mentioned but honestly, this is a cozy mystery.  But I'm grateful to christian writers who insert christian values into their reads! 
Is there really a knitting fairy?  You must read this book for yourself to find out!  

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: ShadeTree Publishing, LLC (December 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193733127X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937331276
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

Book Description:  Two years ago, Zayne Beckett's departure from New York City to meet up with his almost-fiance caused Agatha Watson no small amount of grief. So he is the last person she wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Looking worse for the wear, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and taken back East to his family. Even though she's over him, Agatha can't help feeling sorry for him and realizes she'll have to be the one to get the stubborn man back home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere. Content to sit and mope over his recent bad fortune and the desertion of his not-quite-fiance, he's prepared to drag his heels all the way back to New York. That is, until he and Agatha find themselves slipping back into the strangely enjoyable bickering and bantering of their old friendship.

It isn't until they arrive in New York City that Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies. When his attempts to repay her for helping him go sadly awry, Agatha proves herself just as stubborn as Zayne. Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

My Thoughts:  I must admit that I am fickle.  I chose this book because first, I love the color of Agatha's dress and hat and secondly, look at her eyes.  Eyes speak from the soul and these eyes are full of merriment and mischief!  

And I wasn't disappointed.  Agatha IS full of life (and mischief).  Now, her almost fiancĂ©, Zayne, at first I was somewhat "miffed" with him.  Honestly! Can't he see what is right before his very eyes?!  

But as the story continues the reader is taken in by his bantering (hence a match of wits title) with Agatha.  

I do believe that Agatha and Zayne are two of the most stubborn souls that may have ever graced this planet.  At times I was a bit agitated with both of them.  Learning to love each other and yet, liking each other seems hard for these two.  Maybe, it's pride?!  Yeah, that's what I kept thinking...just let it go and get it together so that you can have a life together.  Quite a mix!  What a match of wits!  What a couple!  Quite a story!  One of Jen Turano's best stories, yet!

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*
And a special thanks to the author too!  

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211270

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Plush Bible Collection, NIV

Book Description:  The Plush Bible Collection, NIV has the same convenient size and readability as the incredibly popular NIV Thinline Bible—now in fun and furry designs for kids and teens. Features include the words of Christ in red, an easy-to-read font size, and measures less than one inch thick.

My Thoughts:  I have been looking for a "cute" Bible for a young lady.  I know that if she likes the looks of the Bible she will be more likely to open it up and read.  Also, I noticed that when she's proud of something she shows it to her friends. So, I was excited when I saw this lovely Bible. Knowing it will make the perfect gift with a lasting impression!
Yes, it's plush and pretty...but more than that it comes in a nice size, it's a thin line which means it's not bulky, it's furry and fun!  And the font (the letter size) is easy to read (this is a "biggie" for me). I know that kids won't read a book or a Bible when the letters/words are too small.
I love the feel and the look of this Bible! And the color is too cute!
This is a great gift for that tween or teen on your list!  I wouldn't recommend this Bible for anyone under third grade.
Love it!!

*This Bible was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Age Range: 8 and up 
  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Box edition (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310746388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310746386

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Clara's Wish: An Amish Christmas Romance by Beth Shriver

Book Description:  In this Amish Christmas romance, Lizzy Ryder discovers that this holiday season could be her best friend’s last. Will she find the comfort and love she desperately needs?

My Thoughts: Another Christmas read before the busy holiday season gets under way! I love Christmas books and this one is more than Christmas it's about love and giving . . . not an overdone Christmas read!
I found the story of Lizzy and Clara and their sweet friendship to be more than a Christmas story.
Lizzy discovers that giving in the holiday season is more about selfless love and giving than about other things.  Even though the Amish are quite nonmaterialistic it seems that all humans struggle with giving more than pie, cakes and other goods. Not wanting to give any spoilers but want, you reader, to know that hair is involved.  To an Amish girl her hair is her pride and sometimes things happen to Amish girls just as  it might happen to an English girl.  {a little kleenex here} Sickness/illness affects all humans, Amish or English we all have trials to overcome.
This is a slower read but I found it quite interesting and, there are twists and turns that make this read interesting. Sometimes a slower read is needed with hot chocolate and a warm fire . . . it calms the mind and makes for a warm winter's eve.
If you enjoy Amish fiction then this is another great read for you!

*This book was provided for review by Bookteria*

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621365972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621365976

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Tooo cute!  I found this adorable
 Thanksgiving treat on Pinterst!

Easy to make:

Assemble by placing
 three pretzels on cookie sheet
 place one peppermint pattie on pretzels
 then add eyes 
 one candy corn for nose

**Unfortunately, I could not find the directions so after assembling I placed the cookie sheet in the oven for three minutes at 400*.  The barely melting method made it all stick together.
However, I did the eyes after the melting process and I used drops of white icing with a small dollop of white icing.