Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne

Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne

🍂 Today, we are going to quickly look at the book Book 2 of the Double S Ranch, Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne. This was a great read about family bonding and that no matter what, sticking together can get you through anything. The book itself is a nice size, fits great in a carry-on or in a large purse. It is also an easy read. I love the writing style, because it keeps you glued to the book. The only down size to the book is that it is small and the print is small. However, instead of looking at just the physical aspects of the book let’s dig into the story.

Welcome back to the Double S Ranch on the West Coast in the small town of Gray’s Glen. This time we meet Nick Stafford, the middle child of Sam Stafford. Nick is a single dad trying to raise his two beautiful daughters. His wife had left him for a rodeo man two years ago and his oldest daughter is struggling with the fact her mother left. Nick sees his daughter is failing in her school and the principal recommends a psychiatrist to help with the issues. This woman is Dr. Elsa Andreas.

When Nick and her first meet her in woodsy house far out of town, secluded from the rest of the world, Elsa slams the door in his face. Talk about introductions. They soon become friends and try to help the girls get through their difficulties. Remember keep the girls first! However, Elsa is dealing with her own ghosts. As weeks, past the friendship grows and they become closer, but Elsa still hold her darkest secrets. Just when everything is going well and Elsa is adjusting with her new life, the ex-wife  shows back up. Everything topples on Elsa and Nick is trying to put his girls first, deal with a ranch that is short on hands, deal with his past ghosts, and most importantly handle an ex-wife with many serious issues.

Will Elsa and Nick help the girls? Will Elsa let go of her ghosts and learn to trust Nick? Will Nick win the battle that is going on in his mind and handle his ex-wife graciously? You are just going to have to find a copy of the book for yourself. 🙂 Here are some locations where you can find the book:

Walmart: $8.00 paperback

Amazon: $9.00 paperback

Barnes and Noble: $7.99 paperback

I hope you enjoy this read. I sure did. I want to thank the Blogging for Books program for letting me get this book with no compensation for my honest opinion and review. I’ll see you all next time; hopefully with some delightful Christmas stories. 🙂

Now go grab a hot cup of Apple Cider and snuggle up with another great book!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!  🦃 See you in December. 🙂 🍂

 

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A Social Media Guide

A Social Media Guide

Okay, we all know that Social Media is alive and strong, and it is becoming a normal way of life. We all join Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to link up to friends and share awesome stuff. What’s the harm in what you share? Well… there could be depending on what you are posting. However, did you know about the wilderness that is internet culture?  You might know professional and grandma internet culture, but the reality is a true jungle. (a line I got from a friend. Th9781683223191_p0_v1_s550x406anks, Gamer x45x (xfourtyfivex) twitch.tv/x45x). The book I’m about to share with you looks at just that: The Teens Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices-21 tips to wise posting in an insecure world by Jonathan McKee.

You’ve been there, right? You just sent that text in the heat of the moment to your best friend. You were upset. You didn’t mean it harm, but apparently now the police are at your door.(Okay, maybe not all instances the police come, but you get the picture)

It’s all about W-O-R-D-S. WORDS!!! Yes, and they are powerful things and more powerful when no one can see or hear the inflection in your voice. According to author Jonathan McKee’s research, “20% of young people post something they regret once a week. Fifty-seven percent of Americans have posted something on social media that they regretted.” (Text from the book Tip 15). Those statistics are frightening.

The internet is a bigger world than anyone has probably dreamed of. You got to have a mind. Don’t share things that can be questionable (nudes, sexting, nsfw, etc; there are crimes about sharing that stuff and it is a fine line). Don’t share information with someone you barely know, especially never give out your cell number or street address or tag your location. Those are big no-nos. Be wise. What for key questions, like what you look like. If they send you a picture, you better double check to make sure that isn’t a fake one. There are many dangers.

There is just so much this book covers. When I first picked up the book, I thought I knew a lot about internet culture and the growing social media storm, but like my friend told me I only knew professional internet culture. Due to this problem, social media, I’m not allowed to speak to my friend at this time; I would very much apologize for anything that happened. He is still my friend. This book has shed so much light for me. Hindsight is truly 20/20, if only some issues could be easily resolved by reading a book like this.

This book made me very nervous and scared at first, it really was getting me to see the harms in social media. That is a good thing! Although, this book has a few mentions of Scripture, this book is for anyone, religious or secular, young or old. If you don’t know internet culture, then you are in a heap and world of trouble. You must be smart and know what you are doing out there. Be careful!

Where to get the book:

Barnes and Noble:  $11.89 paperback

Amazon: $9.97 paperback

Christianbook: $9.99 paperback

I hope you all enjoyed this review today. This book is something that I will keep on my shelf. It really has helped me understand the real world of the Internet. I thank the publisher for letting me have the opportunity in my time of need to read such an eye opening book. God must’ve known I’d need this book right now in my life. I can’t say more about this book.  I hope it helps someone that comes upon this site. My prayers are with you in your social media journey and struggles.

Until next time, snuggle with a good read!!!

 

Willie Out West by Rhoda Walker

This was a cute little book about a young Walrus, named Willie who has big dreams of heading out to the Old West. Children will enjoy this little short story and the adventures Willie goes on. We meet a lot of friends on Willie’s Adventures. He also meets some bad guys out there in the dessert. Willie the Walrus is the sheriff and he keeps everything together in his own way that is. 🙂

I recommend this little book for any child under 10. It is a great easy reader! I got the book, so that isn’t really kid friendly, but I loved the illustrations and how the text was written exactly as the pictures showed. It is a cute story and is very enjoyable to read. It even made me laugh.

Lastly, I want to mention that I received this book for an honest opinion from Booklook bloggers program.

fd34caad-c72d-445b-9c94-8240a7054a8a_1-e54295f7aeb00693909130297d7e5684Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan is a great mystery book; book 1 of the Atlanta Justice Series. This was my first law mystery thriller book, and I will say that I enjoyed it very much.

The book is about Kate Sullivan, a stubborn young woman litigator with an interesting past. She will not stop until her client’s gain justice for the inconceivable crimes that have been committed against them. Her faith keeps her going for her clients. She may even put herself into harms way in order to gain closure for herself and her clients.

Kate Sullivan is handling a case against Mason Pharmaceutical Company, a pharmaceutical company that has released drugs that have harmed individuals that have taken the medications. Kate’s newest client, Ellie Proctor, an employee scientist comes to her for help. Kate was hesitant from the first moment. However, Ellie had shown some light into the case at hand.

Several days after Kate and Ellie meant, Ellie is found dead in an Atlanta parking garage. Kate hires private investigator Landon James to help dig deeper into the case. However, their relationship grows closer as friends due to the threats Kate begins having against her.

Landon James is a former Army Ranger, who is very wise and wants nothing to happen to Kate. He warns her of the dangers and risks, but Kate is very stubborn. Will Kate heed Landon’s warning?

Landon’s faith is shaky after his deployment in the Middle East. Will Landon’s faith rekindle in order to help save Kate from the danger he senses or will he succumb to his past?

I recommend grabbing a copy of this awesome book at your local library or at one of the below retailers.

Christianbook:$8.79

Walmart:$8.88

Barnes and Noble: $9.89

Amazon: $8.88

As always, I did enjoy this book. It was very good. At first, it took me a while to get to the plot  and story line, but I soon was enjoying the book so much that the cover began to curl. 🙂

I want to lastly thank the Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read this fine book. I look forward to the sequels in this series. I think I can already guess who and what the next book will be about. There were some hints, but you’ll have to find out what I’m talking about by reading the book.

Leave a comment below to tell me what you think of the book I’ve just read.  Will you be getting a copy?

Are you ready for some laughs?

Hi, I’ve been reading this awesome book called Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops by Jane Jenkins Herlong. This is a very interesting book about several different types of women in the Bible to learn good virtues and how to be humble with a little humor put in the mix.

These are a few WOW (women of wisdom) characters we look at in the book.We look at Esther and her courage to know in her heart what was the right thing to do, even though her life was at stake. Then we look at Mary and Martha and how each woman had different feelings for the priorities.  We look at Sarah, Abraham’s wife and how she took matters in her hands, because felt tired and dried up.  And let’s  not forget Naomi and Ruth… both had many situations to over come, but kept their faith and God richly blessed them. There are more women mentioned in this book, but you get the point. Women role models that are good examples to learn by.

I have liked this book, but it hasn’t been my all time favorite. The humor was fairly good and well thought about. It always seemed to put a smile on my face. However, the book was just a so-so read for me. Sometimes I felt the topics and chapters wandered. However, that is just a matter of opinion. Lastly, I have to mention this was a complimentary copy of the book from Faith Words/Hachette Publishing company.

If you’d like to find a  copy, here are a few places.

Walmart: $10.19 paperback

Amazon: $10.19 paperback

Barnes and Noble: $10.33 paperback (sample digital available)

I’ll see you again next week with my newest legal thriller read.

Joyce Meyer’s latest book

Today we will be talking about Joyce Meyer’s latest publishing, coming out this Tuesday, September 12, 2017. This book is called Unshakable Trust and it really makes you think about how your trust in God should really be.

This book is about 22 chapters, and I always love to take Joyce’s books a day at a time to really think about what the application was saying. She talks about all the ways we forget to trust that God is in control. She mentions how we can gain more trust in God and be stronger in our walk with him.

She goes into using great examples from her life and how God sometimes makes difficult times a necessity and that we just have to wait through the rough spots, waiting and listening for God to tell us what to do next. We have to just learn to trust on a Higher Being and not just ourselves. That God has the plan and the road in front of us; we just need to follow him.

This book is awesome. I’m about half way as I write this review and I just am enjoying the read. I can’t say more about the easy reading style that Joyce uses in her books. She really speaks to you. God has truly been a part of Joyce Meyer’s far-from-perfect life. God is working through her to reach so many individuals.

I can’t close without mentioning that I got to received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to leave a review, but I wanted to make sure everyone got an opportunity to know about Joyce Meyer’s great book!

Ways to get the book!!!

Amazon: Book $16.32; Study Guide $10.21

Joyce Meyer Ministries: Book $19; Study Guide $13

ChristianBook: Book $15.99; Study Guide $10.99; or Both for $25.99

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back next week with another great read!

 

Come back to Amish Country Ohio for some more nice recipes and new friends!

Come back to Amish Country Ohio for some more nice recipes and new friends!

The Blessing by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the second in the series of the Amish Cooking Class. Again we meet Heidi and Lyle Troyer and their next set of students for cooking class. If you haven’t read the first book, you should check out my last review. There maybe a few spoiler details below, but I left out the details on what happens for you to ponder.

Heidi is anxiously waiting for the arrival of Kendra Perkins’ baby, the young unwed pregnant girl from the last story. Kendra has promised the Troyer’s that they could adopt the baby and raise it Amish, but plans may have changed. What will Kendra decide? Will Heidi be able to accept the decision even with God’s help?

We soon meet the next round of students. They are definitely a different bunch and have many more issues to tend to. Let’s meet our six new students:

  1. Lisa Brooks is a caterer looking for some new food ideas to offer in her business. She also has other stressful situations that continue to arise in her life,  like her renters… Will she be able to resolve the issues that arise in her life?
  2. Todd Collins is a food critic and is secretly reviewing the cooking class. He is also  secretly dealing with the pain of a broken past relationship. Will Todd’s heart heal and will he ever admit what he is really doing at this cooking class?
  3. Bill Mason is a janitor at a nearby school and he’d like to be able to make something other than the “usual” for the camping buddies. Will Bill show his buddies he has more to share in his cooking skills?
  4. Allie Garrett is a police officer’s wife, who has been given this course as a gift to treat herself to do something fun. However, her life is very chaotic. With her children going here and there and her husband constantly working late and acting defensive when he asks questions, she starts to worry that possibly he is having an affair with another woman.   Will Allie be able to be proven wrong on her assumptions or will they turn out to be true?
  5. Then there’s Nicole Smith. A teenager with a lot of responsibility on her hands. Her mother and father divorced and the situation is still very messy, due to the fact her mother is an alcoholic. Will Nicole be able to get comfort out of the cooking class?
  6. Lastly, there’s Lance Freemont. He’s the happy mailman, however his brother comes to town unexpected and turns his world upside down. How will Lance handle his brother?

As you can see these people are quiet the eclectic group. They all have some serious matters to attend to. Heidi even has her own issues, as she still longs for a child of her own. Her and Lyle have been married for 9 years and have never been able to have a boppli (Pennsylvania Dutch for baby) of their own. Will the void in her heart ever be filled? Will Kendra give her baby to them for adoption?

All these questions and more will be answered in this installment of the Amish Cooking Class Series Book 2- The Blessing.

Here are some places to find the book:

Walmart: $11.48 paperback

Amazon: $11.87 Paperback; $9.99 Kindle

Christian Book: You can get both books (1& 2) here for $19.49

Barnes and Noble: $11.86 paperback; $10.99 Nook. Also you can get the Extended Preview for free on Nook here.

I’d like to thank the publisher, Barbour Books Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review the second installment of this book for my honest review. I’ve really enjoyed the series so far. I can’t wait for the next installment coming in February 2018. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to read this book as well.

As always happy reading!!! See you again soon with another book. I still promise to post the children’s book I read while back… Procrastination set in. Sorry everyone.. See you soon.