Monday, February 20, 2017

Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky Book Review

In Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky, Margaret Lounsbury is a lovely young woman working with her grandmother in their millinery shop in a little town in Northern England.  Despite the tragic events surrounding her parent's death several years earlier, Maggie is strong and confident as she is caring for her younger sister, Violet.  Maggie is flustered when Nathaniel Harcourt of Morningside Manor returns from his military service and is given control of his late father's estate and business.  Maggie and Nate had been childhood friends, but separated by class and time, they struggle to rekindle their friendship.  Maggie is not ready to accept Nate back into her life especially since he extended a generous offer to her as directed by his father.  When a turn of events bring Maggie and Nate together, she cautiously decides to accept his friendship.  The night before a fire destroys Maggie's business, she discovers some journals from her father implicating Nate's step mother, Helen Harcourt, in the crime of her parent's death.  Maggie is shocked and afraid.  She then embarks on a mission to know the truth and hopefully clear up the mystery that surrounds her parents.  She apprehensively confides in Nate and he begins his own investigation.  Meanwhile, the company that Nate's father owned has disgruntled workers and a possible strike might bring everything to an uncomfortable compromise.  Nate and Maggie are caught between tension in the village and their own private research.  Will what they discover bring them closer together or threaten to tear apart their budding romance?
This novel was a delight to read and devour.  The setting of Edwardian England in early 1900's is the perfect backdrop to this mystery romance.  I loved the character of Maggie Lounsbury.  She was very independent and strong willed, but she was also able to have compassion and think of others before herself.  The friendship turned romance between Maggie and Nate was slow and sweet, but also filled with questions and many fun moments.  There were a lot of characters and stories within the main story, but they all flowed together well and gave the novel a well rounded plot.  I really liked the hint of mystery and how the characters interacted with one another.  This is another great novel by Carrie Turansky that is sure to bring you many hours of delightful reading. 
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*I was given a copy of this book for review from the author.  All opinions are my own.*

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green Book Review and Giveaway


It's the 1720's and Julianne's new life across the ocean in the French colony of Louisiana was a far cry from her blossoming midwife career.  But one of her clients dies and she is marked as a murderer.  She desperately finds a way of escape and being forced to marry another convict was the only way for transport, but that brought her much closer to her beloved brother, Benjamin who had gone to New Orleans as a soldier.  Julianne encounters a law abiding military officer, Marc-Paul Girard who knew her brother but wanted to spare her the details surrounding Benjamin's desertion.  When some unexpected and devastating events develop, Julianne is left broken and alone.  She is determined to fight for justice and honor, but she cannot do it alone.  When she finally begins to understand that grace is what will keep her from plunging in the depths of bitterness, hate and fear, she finally opens her heart and life to a man who truly loves her and gives her the stability and safety that she needs.  But her brother is still missing and she cannot give up hope or should she?
Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is a historical novel with romance, history and plenty of action.  The descriptive scenes were incredibly well written as if the reader was there with the characters.  The intricate balance of plot, characters, setting, dialogue and climax was immensely appealing.  I could not put this book down.  There were some very heart aching and repulsive scenes that made this story come alive.  The main character was truly a heroine with many secrets, losses and loves that she determined to not let her concede. 
If you want to get lost in a historical romance, check out The Mark of the King.

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*I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Alison's Choice- DVD Review AND Giveaway!

Alison's Choice is a film about life.  Alison is a young girl who discovers she is pregnant.  Her boyfriend doesn't care and Alison feels scared and anxious.  She turns to the only option she sees: Abortion.  As she spends the morning at the clinic she encounters many people of differing opinions and bits of wisdom.  The sweet receptionist allows Alison to get some fresh air.  The eager counselor wants Alison to consider all her options.  The inner city girl urges Alison to go for it until her boyfriend shows up and she changes her mind and invites Alison to her baby shower.  A nurse finds Alison waking up from a bad dream and convinces her life will be so much better without having to care for a child.  A doctor sweetly persuades Alison to think about the procedure in scientific facts.  Alison's mind begins to doubt and have questions and then a janitor begins to chat with her.  She finds out that he is Jesus!  He's come to plead with Alison for the life of her child.  When the receptionist finally calls, "Alison, we're ready for you."  What will she choose?
I can just imagine all the feelings and emotions that are flooding through Alison in this tense situation.  She feels out of control and has to make a life altering decision.  She is bombarded by so many voices, but I love that she continues to listen to voice of God throughout.  She sees that despite all the ideas and beliefs being presented to her, she can ultimately make the choice that Jesus so desperately is asking her to make.  This film is an excellent way to share with teenagers, young women and any other woman who is considering abortion.  Choose life!

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD from Front Gate Media for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner 2017 + Free menu planning worksheets

2017 Planner (fall)
Two years ago I discovered the Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner and I have been hooked ever since!  I was so excited to finally find a planner that fit my needs.

Here is what I like about this planner:
*It's a convenient size.  I can slip it into my purse.
*The weekly task list helps me organize my to do list.
*I can record and see my menu plan for the whole week on the two page spread.
*I plan birthdays, cleaning projects, clothes I need, makeup brands, books to read and more.
*The tear out shopping lists are handy for recording my shopping needs and using for my grocery run.
*I keep a master list of shopping needs from my favorite stores.
*I can see a month at a glance.
*It's my brain and I LOVE it!

This planner has been such a positive impact in my life to be organized, productive and happy!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

When Calls the Heart- Hearts in Question DVD Review

 When Calls the Heart: Hearts in Question is another gripping episode of the ups and downs in Hope Valley.  Jack's mother, Charlotte, comes to visit and ends up staying with Elizabeth who is uncomfortable with her habits, her adventure and the fact that her son has still not completely made a permanent decision with Elizabeth.  But then there is a collapse of the Silverton Mine with many of the settlers needing to vacate their homes and take refuge in Hope Valley.  Rosemary and Lee are planning their wedding, but the needs of the town surpass the coming party and Rosemary gives many of her precious bridal dresses and dinners to help the cause.  Mayor Gowen and Nora try to "escape" Hope Valley, but get caught in the storm and Jack tries to save a young girl from the flood waters, but he gets swept away and Elizabeth desperately searches for him.  Will Hope Valley be able to help the misplaced settlers and will Jack survive his accident in the raging river?

This was a very intense movie, but it also showed again how the town of Hope Valley works together to help others and make sacrifices for the sake of others.  I especially like Abigail's tenacity and courage to help others in their storms.  She shows a strong spirit and a loving heart.  I am anxious to see how Jack and Elizabeth's relationship will progress as he shows her a piece of land that he has just purchased. 
*I received a copy of this DVD for review from Edify Media.  All opinions are my own.*

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Carrie Turansky (a novella) Book Review

 Sarah is a lovely single professional organizer living in an apartment complex in New York.  Her older neighbor, Lillian, who is a widow has a bad fall and needs to go to the hospital.  Sarah is asked to care for the dog until her grandson comes.  When Justin arrives, Sarah is unprepared for his casual, yet charming personality.  Sarah and Justin decide to help clean up Lillian's apartment as a surprise for her homecoming from the hospital.  They don't always see eye to eye and Sarah is not quite sure the status of Justin's employment, but she becomes interested in his friendship.  After spending Thanksgiving with Lillian and Justin's family, Sarah feels comfortable and peaceful.  But she is still confused and when she learns that Lillian is supporting a young man whom she assumes is Justin, her heart tells her to back away.  Justin can't understand why Sarah has become aloof so he offers to take her out for a fun night in Manhattan.  Sarah's feelings are confused and she continues to keep her thoughts to herself.  After Justin reveals his flourishing career and professes his love for Sarah, will she be open to having a romantic and fulfilling relationship with him?  Find out in Moonlight Over Manhattan by Carrie Turansky.

This sweet story is the perfect novella to read for the upcoming holiday season where love and hope are in the air.  Be swept away with Sarah and Justin's unpredictable friendship and eventual love story in this new story by one of my favorite authors, Carrie Turansky. 

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author for review.*

Saturday, October 1, 2016

When Calls the Heart: Forever in My Heart DVD Review

Once again, Hope Valley is in transition.  Jack has decided to help a young mom living with the settlers to get back together with her husband.  He also is looking at land on which to possibly build a home.  Abigail's world gets turned upside down when Cody's sister Becky returns and a blood relative comes to town and seeks to take the children home with her.  Rosemary is ecstatic when a producer decides to cast her in his film.  But is she ready to move and leave Lee whom she loves?  And Elizabeth finds a way to help Becky achieve success in a very important school project and to personally rise above her physical disabilities. 

This episode had a lot of wonderful moments of accomplishment as well as some heart warming moments between Abigail and the children.  It is always enjoyable to watch how the town of Hope Valley looks after each other and cheers each other on.  Come enjoy another episode of the people of Hope Valley and the ups and downs of their lives.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for review from Edify Media.  All opinions are my own.*