I’m so sorry for the delay- now to Hearts Appeal

Hi, everyone. Time got away from me. I’m very, very sorry, but I haven’t forgotten all of you. I love reviewing books for you all. Tonight it is raining, so I decided to get this long awaited post to you. Are you guys ready?

The Hearts Appeal by Jennifer Delamere is about two people Julia Bernay and Michael Stephenson. These two individuals come from different sides of the tracks and living on opposing sides. Julia Bernay is longing to become a doctor in London of the 1880s. At this time, it seemed awful for women to become doctors. However, Julia was trying her best to become one. She had gotten through nursing school and was preparing for her schooling to be come a doctor. However, her school of choice is battling a lawsuit.

Michael Stephenson is a barrister for the Grey’s Inn district of London. Michael has been assigned to serve as the lead lawyer for the case against the women’s doctor school.

As Julia is on her way to a conference, the train she is on derails. Coincidentally, Michael is also on this train with his sister and his girlfriend. Michael is seriously injured and a metal spike stabs him in his neck artery, but Julia with her expert  training is able to apply the correct pressure and saves him until a real doctor comes.

Julia worries over her patient and wants to make sure he is okay and that she treated him correctly. She soon arrives at his sister’s house and meets Michael. Soon Michael decides to teach Julia Latin for her medical exam in exchange for saving his life. Michael agrees against his sister’s orders to help Julia reach her goals. This is entirely against what he is working toward.

Will Michael and Julia get past there differences and reveal deep secrets? Will Michael and Julia help each other succeed? And the question you are most wondering about do they fall in love? Well… You are just going to have to grab your own copy.  Although I will give you a slight hint, I believe there will be a sequel . 🙂 I can’t wait.

Before I got I want to thank the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, for letting me review this book for my honest opinion. It was a great read and I can’t wait for the next edition.

Here are some locations to find this awesome book:

Walmart: $12.53

Amazon: $9.99 Kindle; $12.53 Paperback

BarnesandNoble: $13.06 Paperback; $10.49 Nook

Until next week, Happy Reading!!!

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The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Happy Tuesday every one! It is the third day of the week by definition. 🙂 And it’s time for us to look at my latest read: The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo. Due to the fact I was sick last week, I didn’t get a chance to post my review, so I apologize. 😦

This  book is from the Daughters of the Mayflower Series. Now I have never read this series before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. For one, I noticed that the book was in two sections and very fast moving. The novel starts out with a girl named Maribel Cordoba on her way to Cuba with her father. Her father told her he had to take her with him on his voyage because her Mama and Grandfather had died suddenly in an accident. Maribel is devastated and clings to the only item she has left; her mother’s scarf.

The one thing about Maribel is she loves the sea and she loves to teach others to read, especially pirate books. Her best friend on the ship is William and he watches out for her. Maribel has a fascination about pirates. One day, Captain Cordoba’s ship is overtaken by the what Maribel suspects as pirates. This man is Captain Jean Beaumont. Captain Cordoba and Captain Beaumont enter a duel on board. The Cordoba ship is over taken and the two men end up in the ocean. Captain Cordoba drowns. Maribel is left an orphan and ends up on Jean Beaumont’s ship, which she argues is a Pirate Ship versus a Privateer Ship Beaumont declares.  Beaumont is reluctant in keeping Maribel on this ship, but obliges as she proves to be his best watch out.

However, during one of Maribel’s look outs one night the ship is over taken by the French, as there is a bounty on Captain Beaumont’s head. The ship was not taken at this point however during the attack,  Maribel falls into the ocean. Jean Beaumont being of a kind heart and having a connection to the girl, worries about Maribel and goes back to the area to find her. He sends several of his best men to look for her. Nevertheless, due to going back into enemy waters does not end well for Jean Beaumont. He himself and his ship are taken, as well as his best friend and doctor killed.

Many years go by, 10 to be exact. Jean Beaumont has returned home to New Orleans and life has moved on, but he has not forgotten this beautiful young lady Maribel, who God had embedded in his life.

Maribel has been at a Island for orphans and has grown into a vibrant young woman still reading about pirates. However, her memories are with her and she knows that they were not dreams. One day she receives word that her mother and grandfather are alive and are coming to retrieve her and bring her to New Orleans. Her is estatic! However, will this be the homecoming she is expecting to receive? Will she meet back up with her long lost Captain?

Well… I can’t say anymore because then I will spoil the story.  There’s a lot more that I didn’t explain; therefore, you must grab a copy for yourself at one of these fine retailers.

Amazon:  Paperback $10.54 (or you can get the preview here for FREE)

Walmart: Paperback $11.10

Barnes and Noble: Paperback $11.76

I want to mention that this book was well written. At times it was hard to stay focused, but once you were involved in the characters and enjoyed the story, you did not want to put down the book. I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did. I want to close thanking Barbour Publishing for the opportunity to review and read this book for my honest opinion. It has been lovely. 🙂

Happy Reading and enjoy! The next book we are going to review is The Heart’s Appeal by Jennifer Delmere. 🙂

Martha’s Flowers by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey

I have been looking over this great book for a couple of weeks. Martha’s Flowers is an amazing and interesting read. It is full of valuable information. I really love the photos and beautiful glimpses of Martha’s property in Katonah, New York.

When I received this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve read Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine and have enjoy the hours I’ve spent reading about her crafting ideas and other household and decorating ideas. I’ve been glimpsed at some of her wedding books, but this book was awesome.

It was organized by several different flower categories- spring, summer, and autumn. The one flower I was interested is more of a shrub. My mom has 3 hydrangeas that don’t seem to bloom so I thought this book might have the answers. Guess what, I found too many answers in this book. I found how what zones hydrangeas like and work best in. I learned that there are like 4 varieties of flowering hydrangeas. Then I learned how to prune, propagate, and  transplant. I learned how to get the hydrangea to have blue flowers (add sulfur or even lime; don’t use pennies). The best decorative information I learned was how to arrange them in a water vase and how to make the blooms last a while. 🙂  Martha adds and entire section of the book for arranging flowers, and you know how neat a Martha Stewart arrangement is! Lastly, I learned that they like all kinds of weather, except hot, because they wilt in the heat.  Just make sure to wrap them in burlap in winter months.

All the information I mentioned was learned in about 10 minutes. So if you know what type of flower and what season you are looking blooms  in, you can quickly look through this book and find the information for all those difficult confusing flowering plants.

So did I find out what was wrong with my mother’s hydrangeas? Well… I’m not totally sure, because I’m not definite on the variety of the plant. I know one hydrangea probably has root rot or something. The other two are huge, but no blooms. Maybe they need some special food to bloom or maybe they are being pruned at the wrong time. It could be multiple things, however, I’ve try a lot of ideas already. I guess I’ll keep trying and now I have this book to refer to. 🙂

This book was awesome and the photos are extraordinary.  I’m happy I was able to review this book today for you. It is the last book I have received from Blogging for Books. That was a great program, and I will greatly miss it. Thank you to Clarkson Potter Publishing as well for the opportunity to receive this great informative read.

Tomorrow we will look at The Pirate’s Bride. I can’t wait to share that with you.

Have a great day!!! 🙂

The latest books..

Hi, everyone get ready for a busy few weeks. I have over six books I’m going to be reading, because I’ve made a huge boo-boo in my requests. It is fine, but a difficult feat for me to conquer. However, this means you, my fans and followers are in for a great couple of months of posts and books to think about for the coming spring/summer season.

After all the nor’easters we have conquered the past month, we need a much deserved spring time. 🙂  I’m hoping I can continue to read and post, because I have this ridiculous tickle in my throat today. I’m hoping some emergen-C and elderberry will kill it off.

I can’t wait to share with you the latest books I’m reading. Here are some the following titles, you will see coming up

The Hearts Appeal- so far a very interesting novel

The Pirate’s Bride- I’m not quite half way, but it is very good and different from most books. It is split into two sections, but you’ll have to wait for that review.

Martha’s flowers- This is my last blogging for books request (I’m so sad the company is shutting down it had a great selection of books)

Until next week… Happy Reading!!!

The final installment of the Amish Cooking Class!

The final installment of the Amish Cooking Class!

Greetings from SNOWMEGGON!!167460

It’s been a very snowy march for me. Oh my! About three to four feet of snow in some areas. It’s the Berkshires of Massachusetts, so what do I expect. Sunny and 70 degrees. Oh not in March!!! Third Snowiest March on records at this moment. 🙂 Let’s get started

Here we go again. We are off to see Heidi and Lyle Troyer’s and their next adventure of cooking classes in the Amish Cooking Class: The Celebration by Wanda E Brunstetter.

Since we last saw the Troyer’s, they have welcomed in two foster children, Randy and Marsha, who have lost their parents in a tragic car accident.  Both children are devastated with their lost, but feel safe at the Troyer’s. As long as the children, accept their new way of life and Heidi and Lyle, they may be adopted into their family. 🙂 Only time will tell how the children will adapt. In the mean time, Heidi feels that it would help the children if they had some interaction with some other kids in the area.  This leads Heidi to open her doors once again to a cooking class. However, this time it is for children.

When Heidi begins her next round of cooking classes, not only do the children attend, but also their parents. We have Debbie and Kevin, who are the tiniest children next to to Heidi’s and whose mom is Miranda; Kassidy, who is the official class brat and her mother is Denise. Then we have two single parents, Ellen and Darren. Darren is a widower and he and his son, Jeremy are struggling with the lost of their wife and mother. And Becky is Ellen’s daughter. 🙂 Later on, we will meet the Troyer’s new neighbor, Velma, and her two younger children Peggy Ann and Eddie.

Each parent is struggling with ‘grown up’ issues; death, marriage separations, other marital issues, and family issues, etc. Through Heidi’s cooking classes and the precious verses she leaves on the back of the recipe cards, these help and speak to each individual differently, but give them much needed guidance in their current lives.

Will each parent receive the answers they need? Will they come to God for the answers? Will Heidi be able to keep these children that she dearly loves as her own? Well…. you just will have to grab a copy for yourself. If I continue, I may spoil this final installment of the Amish Cooking Class Series. I really recommend looking for the book yourself at one of the below retailers.

Walmart: $14.38 Paperback

Amazon: $11.74 Paperback; $9.99 Ebook (also see if Prime Lending Library or Kindle Unlimited let’s you borrow this book as well)

Barnes and Noble: $11.74 Paperback; $9.99 Nook

Christian Book: $11.49 Paperback; $9.99 eBook

I don’t want to close without saying thank you to the publishers of Barbour Publishing and the Net Galley program for allowing me to review this awesome story. I’ve really enjoyed this book.

I hope to see you again soon, and happy reading!

A little prairie girl we all know

Recently, I read this great book called A Prairie Girl’s Faith by Stephen W. Hines. This book was a great read because it actually looked deeper into a well known person and character we have all grown up reading about. This woman is Laura Ingalls Wilder.

This book is more of a historical synopsis of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s faith in God and religious back ground. We learn about her Ma and Pa’s faith and their individual beliefs. We learn about the hardships Laura deals with in each journey she had to handle.  We also learn a lot about her husband Almanzo Wilder and his faith journey, as well as their daughter Rose’s faith background.  The book also look into the events in their generation and how they approached things with the guidance of their faith.

I really have enjoyed this book. It gave me a different look are Laura Ingalls Wilder and who she was. I’m so glad that I received it for free my honest opinion through the Blogging for Book Program, which I’m sad to say will be closing it doors next week. 😦 It was a great program.  The best and the first program I ever joined. 🙂

This was a very enlightening read! I will recommend this book to anyone that is interested in learning more about the faith of Laura Ingalls Wilder. If you like Little House the Prairie then you will definitely enjoy this book.

Here are some places you may be able to find this heart warming and enlightening book.

Amazon: Hardcover $14.11; Kindle $11

ChristianBook: Hardcover $14.49

Barnes and Noble: Hardcover $15.51; Nook $11.99

Until next time, Happy Reading!! Next week I’ll be posting about the third installment to the Amish Cooking Class series that I have been reading since the beginning. 🙂 Stay tuned.

 

Book 2 Heart of Alaska Series-Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Book 2 Heart of Alaska Series-Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Hello, everyone. Here’s the review that has been long over due. 🙂 Today we are going to look at one of the newest books from Tracie Peterson.

First of all, I’m not new to Tracie Peterson. I have read some of her previous works many years before I’ve started this blog. I have enjoyed her writing and this book has not disappointed me and my expectations.

Heart of Alaska Book 2- Out of the Ashes- is a great novel, set in 1925 Curry, Alaska, a compilation from Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. If you have followed along, you will remember Allan and Cassidy’s budding relationship from the last book. Here we still get to see how Cassidy and Allan are doing with their marriage, but we get to meet three new characters, Jean- Michel Langelier and his sister, Collette, along with Katherine Demarchis.

Cassidy and Allan have been married about 2 years.  Their relationship continues to be a loving one with God the center of their lives. Cassidy is always busy helping Mrs. Johnson in the kitchen. Cassidy has noticed a unusual tiredness and dizzy spells when we see her again. Cassidy soon finds out that she is pregnant with her and Allan’s first child. Both parents are very excited, as well as the tough Mrs. Johnson. Cassidy soon becomes an emotional roller coaster and tries to pray for the Lord to guide her in her tough time.

Jean-Michel Langlier and his sister, Collette, have just lost their father and are both grieving. His father, in his will, suggested that Jean-Michel and Collette go on a trip around the world. Jean- Michel has been battling with, what we would say today Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He cannot escape the haunting recurrent nightmares and doesn’t feel that a trip should happen. As well, his sister Collette is very wayward and he has no idea what his father wanted him to do. All his father said was to seek God, but how can he seek God and guide his sister, when Jean- Michel doesn’t know what to do himself. However, Jean-Michel receives a letter from his former love’s, Katherine Demarchis, grandmother,Mrs. Harrison. In the letter, she expresses her growing  concern for her granddaughter and her abusive marriage (Katherine’s husband has died) and feels that if Katherine would see Jean-Michel, she would open her heart to love again.

Will Jean-Michel and Katherine be able to heal from their wounds?Will all three individuals find their way to God and will they open their hearts to love again? I guess you are going to have to grab a copy for yourself. 🙂

Lastly, I’d like to thank, Bethany House Publishers for giving me a complimentary copy and the chance to read this book for my honest opinion! This book has been awesome and I look forward for the next edition.

Check out your local library or head over to your local retailers.

Here are some locations that might be near you to purchase this book:

Walmart: $10.99 Paperback

Barnes and Noble: $11.09 Paperback; $9.99 Nook

Christianbook: $9.99 Paperback; $9.99 ebook

Amazon: $10.99 Paperback; $8.63 Kindle

Happy Reading and I’ll see you next time with another great book!