Friday, March 24, 2017

I have a dream . . .

And this is it!  A lovely library with wonderful books!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

If I'm Found (If I Run Series) by Terri Blackstock

Book Description:  Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?
Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.
As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.
My Thoughts:  First of all, I have waited and waited for this book!  😊
Secondly, it is the sequel to If I Run.   And thirdly, if Terri Blackstock has written I novel then I want to read it.
The reader MUST read the first book, If I Run, before reading this book, If I'm Found.  If the reader doesn't read the books in order a lot of the story won't make sense.
With that said . . .
You will remember from If I Run that Casey is running, literally.  But as she runs, hoping to find out the truth and trying to find out who set her up, she stumbles across another mystery.  It seems that wherever Casey runs, she is likely to run into people who are falsely accused.  
And Casey is all about truth.  So she helps those in need.  Even when Dylan is hot on her trail.
I've wondered from the beginning is Dylan trying to help Casey or capture her so he can benefit?
Then there is the heart wrenching abuse of a little girl that has Casey once again in the throes of a precarious situation. And now I'll anxiously wait for book three.  
This is quite a suspenseful read!  But o!so!good!

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Series: If I Run Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 21, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310332486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310332480

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

 

Such a cool, refreshing fruit salad!
I found this on Pinterest and it is Good!
I added fresh peaches. 
 I'm sure you can add your favorite fruits and it will be tasty, too!

Fruit Salad
Serves 3-4
2 tablespoons dry instant vanilla pudding mix
1 pound of strawberries, quartered
1/2 pint blueberries
1/2 pint raspberries
1/2 pineapple, cubed
1 bunch grapes
Mix fruit together and sprinkle with pudding powder. Serve immediately or allow to sit overnight.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Long Time Gone (The Cimarron Legacy, Book 2) by Mary Connealy

Book Description:  The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.


With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

My Thoughts:  Mary Connealy writes another great read!
Even though the Boden clan thinks their problems have ended with the death of their enemy, it seems that there is still plot to steal their ranch.  A ranch they have worked hard to cultivate with their blood, sweat and tears.  
Justin Boden is a John Waynes type of character.  Tough, unshakable but then when a pretty and tough doctor, Angie Dupree, comes to care for his brother, Cole, Justin finds that he is distracted by her beauty.
As Justin and his clan try to figure out what is going, it seems that there is a silent danger that they are fighting against.
It seems that Mary Connelly is quite familiar with New Mexico and it's vast lands, as well as, the ins and outs of ranch life.  😊  The descriptions and people make the reader feel that he is right in the midst of the ranch life.  
Mary Connealy pens a wonderful historical novel with western charm.  A wonderful western story!

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

  • Series: The Cimarron Legacy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076421182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211829



Monday, March 20, 2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace) by Carolyn Miller

Book Description:  Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.



Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.  

            

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known?

My Thoughts:  Carolyn Miller is a brand new author for me.  So I didn't know what to expect when I began reading The Elusive Miss Ellsion.
Since this is a Regency Brides read the Victorian way of life is quite evident in this story.
Laviania Ellison is a sweet, kind, helpful person and not a lady who thinks lazy, non-responsible earls are good people.  So, when the seventh earl of Hampton Hall takes ownership Laviania is not impressed with him at all.
But life has a way bringing people into one another line of vision. 
As the story continues the reader finds out why Lavinia has issues with the new earl. 
When Nicholas and Lavinia meet, Lavinia is not impressed; in fact, she is quite aloof in her attitude towards Nicholas.  
Nicholas doesn't know quite what to think but think he does.
Love and forgiveness with a secret or two make this a most wonderful read!

*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*

  • Series: Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (February 27, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825444500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825444500


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Home by Ginny L. Yttrup

Book Description:  When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.

My Thoughts:  When I read a novel by Ginny Yttrup I never know what is going to happen.  She is the queen of delivering a "boom" at the end of her novels.
I loved Invisible.  So I was quite excited to receive another book authored by this fantabulous author.
Again, when one reads a book by Ginny Yttrup, one never knows what the surprises will crop up at the end of the read.  I just love this about her books! {**hint**Notice I wrote that twice.😉}
In this novel, HOME, Melanie and her husband are facing some marriageable issues.  Melanie goes to Dr, Hammond and he listens ever so well.  
Melanie feels that her husband, Craig, and she are headed in opposite directions.  But it seems that Dr, Hammond understands everything so perfectly.
The fact that we all need a Savior is evident tin this read.  Also, I love the way that Ginny Yttrup brings out the way humans can so easily decide themselves.
And home is where the heart is.
Quite an inspirational read!  Love, love Ginny's books!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.*

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (April 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634099559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1634099554

Friday, March 17, 2017

Go Green . . .

If you're lucky enough, then maybe, 
you'll catch a leprechaun.
Some cute reads for a fun day . . .