Sunday, November 27, 2011

Love On The Line

Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world.which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.

Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers. Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do. But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line..

I have to admit that as I got into this book I thought "oh no - another book about birds!" I've read a couple of books lately that have birds as a major part of the book. I am not a "bird person". I don't dislike birds. I'm just not interested in them. But this book was so good that the fact that a major part of the story line revolves around birds didn't really bother me.

Georgie loves birds and is appalled to find that dead birds are being used as a decoration on ladies hats. She decides that she must find a way to stop this practice and sets on a course to save the birds.

Meanwhile, Luke works his way in to the town as well as into Georgie's heart. But is either willing to admit their attraction to the other?

A really good book.


My copy was provided by Bethany House for my honest review.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saving Grace by Annie Jones

Every year on the night of New Bethany's annual Splendor Belle Gala, reclusive Sera Grayson appears on the porch of her aging antebellum home dressed in a tattered ball gown. Legend holds she is reliving the greatest disappointment of her life: waiting endlessly for the man who stood her up more than fifty years ago. Rosemary, Naomi, Gayle, and Lucy, first introduced in Jones's Prayer Tree, together decide to help out the eccentric old woman-partly to strengthen their own special bond, threatened by time and the demands of everyday life. Will their joint project instead tear them apart forever?

This is the second book in the Prayer Tree series. It reads well as a stand alone novel as I did not read the first book and there were no references that I didn't understand.

I do have to say that I had a bit of trouble keeping the four main characters separated. I couldn't remember who was married to whom and who had which children. By the end of the book I had a bit of a better grasp on them.

The premise of the story is the four ladies band together to try to get Grace to welcome them and move back into society. They visit her and make attempts to get her to join them at community functions.

A nice story of how friends help each other and remain loyal despite the challenges we all face.


My Kindle copy of this book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Truth Tats

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card is developed by:

and the Advent idea:

TruthTats: The Christmas Story

B&H Publishing Group

***Special thanks to Susan Otis of Creative Resources, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***


Truth Tats: The Christmas Story
Celebrating the Season of Advent with Truth Tats

Designed just for the season, Christmas Truth Tats present a new way of telling the story of Christ’s birth. Truth Tats are temporarily on your skin, permanently on your heart.

This is a five week program leading up to Christmas day, each packet of Truth Tats includes a family devotional booklet that kicks off each memory scripture of the week. The twenty accompanying Scripture tattoos are a visual way to continually applying and memorize God’s word. Each week opens with a set of four identical Scripture tattoo designs so that each family member can have his or her own tattoo! Week two, there is a new Scripture for memorization and four new tattoo designs, again identical designs so each person is memorizing the same Scripture.

For over 1,000 years Christians worldwide have been celebrating Advent, a time of spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. The word “advent” comes from the Latin adventus meaning “coming toward”. So it is entirely appropriate that the four weeks prior to Christmas we will be preparing our hearts for His Advent.

Truth Tats are a unique way to celebrate the season as well as to “show and tell” God’s word to others. This is ideal for the classroom, family devotion time, and in personal Scripture memorization

Product Details:

List Price: $3.99
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Language: English

AND NOW...WEEK ONE OF ADVENT (Click on pictures to enlarge):

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Wedding Quilt

I have been anxiously waiting the arrival of my newest Elm Creek Quilts novel and was so excited to come home from work to find it boxed up and sitting on my desk.

I felt the story was very good. After many forays in to the past, we are transported to the future in this book. The last "contemporary" book had Sarah pregnant with twins. This book focuses on the wedding of Matt and Sarah's daughter Caroline.

In the other contemporary books we are given a view of the past, so too it is with this book - only the "past" in this book is actually our future.

We are treated to small snapshots of what happens to the characters in the intervening years - some are rehashes of past books (giving away information if you haven't yet read those books) and some are bits of new information.

The writing is richly descriptive as always. The characters are familiar and loved. The small bits of information on the intervening years make you long for more.

Another highly recommended book.


House Of Secrets

At their father’s request, three sisters return to their childhood summer home. However, their reunion turns bittersweet as the familiar landscape brings to the surface memories of their ill mother…and of their father making a desperate choice. The sisters had vowed to keep these memories secret, but is their silence hurting them more than the truth?

Bailee, Geena and Piper return as grown women to the place where they spent their childhood summers. But they are all troubled. Their father has asked them to return there because he needs to talk to them. Is he finally going to admit what happened that final night of their mother's life? If he does, will that end the struggles the daughters have faced since that night? Or, will it just make things worse?

A very interesting read.


My copy of this book was graciously provided by Bethany House Publishing.