Thursday, July 28, 2016

To Love a Stranger by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  Bessie Randall had no intention of moving to Wyoming. But could the life she would never choose be better than the one she had planned?
Bessie is shocked when she finds out that her sister Lenore has used her name to correspond with a soldier she's never met—and that she’s actually married the man by proxy with Bessie’s name. And if Bessie contests it, her sister could go to jail for forgery. Bessie has always felt responsible for her younger sister, and she believes she has no choice but to do the honorable thing and travel west to meet up with Jasper Mendenhall.
With his sister Jessica’s reprimand about marrying sight-unseen still ringing in his ears, Jasper is shocked when he meets the stagecoach. The little wren who meets him is not the beauty whose picture he holds in his hand. Jasper plans to annul the marriage and send Bessie back to Boston. She’s a city girl and he’s not sure she could even survive—much less be happy—at Fort Bowie.
But Jasper’s orders to return to Fort Bowie are moved up, and he has no choice but to take Bessie with him. To his surprise, he finds much to like in the quiet young woman: things like humor and grit. But even those qualities may not be enough as the Apaches move in, determined to eradicate the fort in their midst. Can God mend their hearts together in spite of the circumstances?

My Thoughts:    I enjoy Colleen Coble's stories so much that I've been re-reading many off them this summer.  And then I couldn't believe my eyes!  A new book!  {reader's happy sigh!}
If you are "lucky" enough to have a sister you know that sisters can be a help or a "pain.
As in, To Love A Stranger, Bessie is hocked, shocked I tell you to find out that her dear sister, Lenore, has been writing letters to a poor solider.  But that's not the shocker....Lenore has been using Bessie's name.
Bessie is in quite a quandary when she finds out, because she is married to the man by proxy!  Oh, My, Stars!  Bessie doesn't want to contest the proxy wedding because then Lenore will go to jail.  so, she moves on with her life.
Of course, her newly wedded hubby comes to get her.  But imagine his shock when he meets Bessie, not quite the young lady in the picture.
Then he gets orders to return to Fort Bowie and has no other alternative but to take Bessie with him.
To his surprise and delight he finds that he likes the quiet young woman with grit and humor.
Oh, What, A, Story!

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529103451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529103451

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

A cool treat for summer!  

 20 oz can drained crushed pineapple or fruit cocktail 

16 oz cottage cheese

small box of lime jello 

8 oz whipped topping. 

Mix together and chill for a wonderfully refreshing 

side dish or summer time dessert.

Monday, July 25, 2016

COTT {Clash of the Titles} Vote for a New Fav!

Summer's Sizzlin' Which of These Do You Want Sittin' Next to Your Glass of Iced Tea?

Summer's Sizzlin'

Scroll through these THREE new reads and vote below 
for which you'd pick up first to read while sippin' iced tea.
It'll be a tough choice! But somebody's gotta do it. May as well be you!

Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. Vogt

She’s won an all-expenses-paid, luxurious wedding — all she needs now is the groom! Winning a destination wedding would be a dream come true … if Caron Hollister and her boyfriend, Alex were already engaged — and if her ex-boyfriend, Kade, wasn’t back in her life, causing her to wonder “what if?” when she thought she was ready to say “I do” to someone else.

Rescue Me by Sandy Nadeau

Risking her life to save him is easy. Risking her heart to give him a second chance is impossible.

River Rest by Susan Page Davis

Unable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own grief. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him. 


If you have trouble viewing the entire survey, click here to load a dedicated page to the survey

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force, Book 1) by Diann Mills

Book Description:   Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man’s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.
Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

My Thoughts:  I am so pumped that Diann Mills has started a new series . . . The FBI Task Force and this book, Deadly Encounter, is the first book!  
I love the way Diann Mills brings true to life incidents to life through the exciting world of words.
I got so caught up in Stacy Broussard and Agent Alex Leblanc's work that I actually "lost" a day reading.  Yeah, I became one of them!
It seems that as Stacy, who is a airport ranger volunteer, is checking the perimeter of the Houston airport comes upon a dead man lying by his motorcycle and an injured dog And there is also a drone with laser capabilities.  Stacy calls in the scene but when Alex comes in he sees an act of terrorism. 
Now that Stacy and Alex are on the case it seems that someone has sinister thoughts and they are on the hot trail of something "bad."
Alex begins to think that Stacy is the target but yet, things don't add up.
A wonderful, fast paced suspense read!

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale Publishing*

Read first chapter HERE

Author Bio
DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader's Choice, and Carol Award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is the co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She also speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own beans. She's an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at

Series: FBI Task Force (Book 1)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 1, 2016)
Language: English
SBN-10: 1496410971
ISBN-13: 978-1496410979

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WOW! {Warm Oven Wednesday}

It's HOT in Texas so this is now my favorite salad!                     
And oh!So!good!  Another great recipe from Pinterest:


  • 2-3 heads of lettuce (such as butter crunch), washed, dried, cut in large pieces
  • 2 cups of watermelon, cut in small chunks
  • 2 cups of strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups of rotisserie chicken, chopped in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice


Cut the lettuce and place in a large bowl.
Cut the watermelon, strawberries, chicken, and basil. Lay on top of the greens.
Mix together the pesto, honey, lime juice.
Right before serving add the dressing; toss and serve.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Precious Moments: Happy Harvest Board book by Jean Fischer

Book Description:  Celebrate the harvest season with the bestselling Precious Moments®characters.  Full of the beloved artwork and timeless messages of gratitude, Happy Harvest is a sweet reminder to enjoy every season together.
As the leaves change and fields yield their fruit, it is time to celebrate a Happy Harvest with all of God’s creation! Talk with your children about God’s beautiful world in autumn and all the joys it holds—falling leaves, big round pumpkins, warm cider, and crackling fires that bring us closer together.
This charming board book will remind you of all your favorite aspects of the harvest season and invite you and your children to thank God for His abundant provision.

My Thoughts:  I love Precious Moments maybe because the pictures are so beautiful or maybe because the children's eyes are so cute or maybe because of all sweetness that seeps through the pages.

Whatever the case, this book Precious Moments Happy Harvest by Jean Fischer is another beautiful board book for children ages 2-4.

The colors are bright and vibrant in this lovely book.  But best of all little hands can hold this book and if those little hands are dirty then an adult can gently wipe the book clean with a wipey or damp cloth. 

I read this book to a class of two year olds and they loved it.  The pages are all about fall...pumpkins, poems, precious children.  They recognized trees, leaves, kitties and other fall items.

A beautiful book for the little people on your book list.

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Brdbk edition (August 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718032411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718032418

Monday, July 18, 2016

{Kregel Blog Tour The Cantaloupe Thief (A Branigan Powers Mystery, #1) by Deb Richardson-Moore

Book Description:  A crime novel set in NE Georgia, USA, and featuring a reporter, Branigan Powers, who is commissioned to investigate a cold case, an unsolved murder of a wealthy widow ten years previously. She enlists the help of Malachi Ezekiel Martin, a homeless man who is both a possible suspect and a possible sleuth: the idea being that homeless people get overlooked, and hence see things that are concealed from the rest of the population. An important twist in the story is that Branigan’s own twin brother is a derelict, his promising career destroyed by drugs. This is the first in an intended series of novels featuring Branigan, Martin, and Branigan’s friend Liam, who runs a shelter for the homeless.

My Thoughts:  A ten year unsolved mystery and a on.the.scoop.reporter.  What a crime and what a reporter!
Homeless man seems to somehow be involved intros age old crime.  But Billy, the homeless man, is also mentally unstable.  
Poor Branigan Powers does not have an easy time with this investigation.  So, she enlists the help of a homeless man, Malachi Ezekiel Martin.  However, Malachi is also a suspect in the crime.  But it becomes apparent that homeless individuals are invisible to others so Malachi also becomes a great sleuth.
Deb richardson-Moore is a pastor and ministers to the homeless so it was quite interesting to see the homeless portrayed in such a true way.
This is a clever, cozy mystery that will draw into the passages of another's life.
Of course, as Branigan is pulled into this case it becomes apparent that she needs to solve this mystery before she or a family member become the next target.
What an interesting story for the armchair detective.

*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*

  • Series: A Branigan Powers Mystery
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction (June 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782641920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782641926