Monday, July 14, 2014

Free Shawl Pattern



Today it is downright chilly here in central MN, so when I saw this shawl pattern I thought it was perfect for the kind of day we're having, feels like fall.



This is one of those patterns that puts me in the mood to knit, I've been rather lazy in the knitting department lately!  How about you?  Do you knit in the summer, or is it more of a winter hobby?

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review: Rival Hearts




They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost?

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests. Can girly‑girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he‑said, she‑said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?
Find out more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. After finding Romantic Times magazine in a bookstore many years ago, she found information about writing organizations. Soon after, she joined Romance Writers of America. She located the local RWA chapter and immediately attended her first meeting. There was no stopping her after that!

Through Tampa Area Romance Authors, Tara learned all about the business of publishing, starting with the craft of writing to behind the scenes of publishing. She served as contest coordinator for four years and served as President for one year, enjoying the organization and the lasting friendships made there.

When not writing, Tara owns a business with her husband and stays busy with her two daughters. She lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery. Enjoy!


MY THOUGHTS
This was a fun read....right from the beginning I couldn't help but cheer Molly on, and that little wicked side of me really wanted Ben to fail.  But, Ben grew on me.


The challenges Ben and Molly's boss choose for them are rather interesting, but designed to push them outside their comfort zone, how far will they go to win?  ...and there's an unexpected foe trying to sabotage Molly.


I really enjoyed how the book ended, it showed how big both Molly and Ben's hearts were, and the symbolism of the Rival Hearts was woven throughout the entire story, as well as the quilt.


A fun summer sit on the deck kind of a read!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publilicty

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review: Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss
Four Weddings and a Kiss 
Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy
Maisy MacGregor’s reckless ways injured rancher Rylan Carstens, endangering his livelihood. So she signs on as his caregiver – but just until he’s well enough to run his ranch. Maisy’s tender care soon has Ryan falling hard and fast. Can these two willfull souls give up their solitary ways to embrace love?

A Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher
Molly Everton writes the most popular features in her town’s newspaper. When newcomer Jack Ludgrove is named the new editor, Molly is flabbergasted. She wants the position for herself and will do what it takes to get it. But Jack is not easily intimidated. He’s determined to change Molly’s mind about him – and win her heart too.

A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton
Katie Pearl must rebuild her ranch after the tornado, but she can’t do it on her own. Treb Rayburn is a cowboy with a serious case of wanderlust. He signs on to help Katie so he can afford a new horse. But once Treb gets to know Katie, will his desire to stay drown out the call of the open road?

Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley
Grace Davenport is a young widow in a heap of trouble. When her son asks attorney Brock Daniels to take on her case, Brock wants to say no, but then he meets the lovely Grace. As Brock and the boy work to free Grace, Brock discovers that her arrest may be the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

My Thoughts:
I did not receive this book in the mail for review, but wanted to post about the stories within the book to help spread the word.

* This 'review' is on behalf of Litfuse Publicity

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review: A Mother's Secret

9780310335818A Mother’s Secret

Book two in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series.
Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever?

Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin’s father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her.

His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn’t convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter.

When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn’s brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance.

After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family-and the unconditional love-she’s longed for?

Learn more and purchase a copy at Amy’s site.

My Thoughts
Carolyn Lapp holds a very large secret, a secret that she knows needs to be told, but fears the consequences.  I've you've ever held onto a life changing secret you'll understand how Carolyn feels.

Carolyn has been dished out a lot of pain in her life, and it doesn't end with her family.  Her brother, his children, and her own father tend to give her a very hard time, and it is a difficult situation for everyone.

This story is about faith, healing, love and most of all forgiveness.  I really enjoyed this book, it's not all serious, there are parts that will bring a big smile to your face, maybe even a chuckle or two, especially when Carolyn dishes it out right back at a few certain characters!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CFBA: Rival Hearts

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Rival Hearts
Abingdon Press (June 17, 2014)
by
Tara Randel


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. After finding Romantic Times magazine in a bookstore many years ago, she found information about writing organizations. Soon after, she joined Romance Writers of America. She located the local RWA chapter and immediately attended her first meeting. There was no stopping her after that!

Through Tampa Area Romance Authors, Tara learned all about the business of publishing, starting with the craft of writing to behind the scenes of publishing. She served as contest coordinator for four years and served as President for one year, enjoying the organization and the lasting friendships made there.

When not writing, Tara owns a business with her husband and stays busy with her two daughters. She lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery. Enjoy!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.

Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Rival Hearts, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS
This was a fun read....right from the beginning I couldn't help but cheer Molly on, and that little wicked side of me really wanted Ben to fail.  But, Ben grew on me.


The challenges Ben and Molly's boss choose for them are rather interesting, but designed to push them outside their comfort zone, how far will they go to win?  ...and there's an unexpected foe trying to sabotage Molly.


I really enjoyed how the book ended, it showed how big both Molly and Ben's hearts were, and the symbolism of the Rival Hearts was woven throughout the entire story, as well as the quilt.


A fun summer sit on the deck kind of a read!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review: A Season of Change

Book One in the NEW Seasons of Pinecraft series | A Season of Change

An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.

A Season of ChangeAmish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.

Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret—that she was once Amish.

When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways—and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?



Learn more and purchase a copy at Lynette’s website.

MY THOUGHTS
This Amish read will make you feel as though you're on vacation!  I now want to visit Pinecraft, FL!

I loved that this book takes us away from the usual setting of OH, where so many Amish books are set.  This book has some sadness, but the healing will make you smile.

You can feel Jacob's heart break whenever others tell him he needs to move on, and he's being pursued by another.....and when they both extend their stay in Pinecraft you can't help but wonder what will happen.

Then...there's the mystery of Natalie's past....who is she connected to, will she ever find her past?

A refreshing read.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Review: All My Belongings



A new life and a new identity can’t protect Becca from a past that refuses to go away.

All My BelongingsAfter spending years running from the shame her father put on her family, Jayne is determined not to let him steal her future in the same way he stole her childhood. Changing her name to Becca Morrow, she moves to California and settles into a new life and new job caring for ailing mother of handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes.

But just as she’s wondering if she and Isaac are headed for a relationship, Becca’s patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage threaten to destroy all sense of home and all hope for love.

Even if she could clear her name, a phone call wraps a suffocating shroud around her heart. Her estranged father needs her help. But can Becca open her new life to the man who ruined her past?

Purchase a copy and learn more at Cynthia’s website.



Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with "Heartbeat of the Home" radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. Find Cynthia on the Web at www.cynthiaruchti.com




MY THOUGHTS
A very good read with a new plot.  It's always fun to read something when the plot is different from the usual.


Becca Morrow has a good heart, but sometimes doing good can lead to trouble...especially when doing what's right makes it so you feel as though you need to keep secrets....and we all know how secrets turn out...never quite like expected.

There are a few plot twists in this story that are unexpected, and thoroughly enjoyable....I'll definitely be watching for more from Cynthia Ruchti.


**I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity.





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