February 27, 2015

Twisted Innocence 
"Twisted Innocence"
Terri Blackstock

Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.
Though Holly’s stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family—she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he’s a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.
Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller—the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he’s innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can’t trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.
Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

Terri Blackstock's books are always full of suspense, twists n turns, romance and the unexpected.  "Twisted Innocence" was no different.  This book is a can't-put-down-page-turner, that will keep you up late at night reading it to find out what happens.  

This series focus's on three sisters and the disasters that have come their way.  But they stick together and remain united as a family.  They are there for each other and support each other through the ups n downs, blessings and mistakes of life.  This is how a family should be and reminded me of my sisters and me.   Although our personalities are not like the characters in the book, in the end we're still sisters and we're still family.  

I liked how Holly tried so hard to get her life back together and didn't give in to the temptation of her old life. (Something I didn't like was how much it talked about her feeding her baby.  Of course the baby needed to be fed, there's no reason to go on and on about it.)
She loved her baby too much.  She realized that God loves her even with her mistakes.  Which is always a great reminder.  God always loves us, no matter what!  

Read more about the book here.


February 24, 2015

"Paper Hearts"
Courtney Walsh

Abigail Pressman never would have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could challenge her doubts about romance. A business owner in a quaint tourist town, she dreams of expanding. But lately, she’s more focused on resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.
When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the hearts, a distraction that couldn’t come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail’s new landlord, and he’s threatening to end her lease.
As she fights a growing attraction to this man intent on crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts arrives, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?

I was intrigued by this book from the beginning.  Probably because I'm a hopeless romantic and was curious about the story behind the paper hearts.  

The first few chapters were a bit slow for me and really the beginning of the whole story was slow.  I was anxious to read about these paper hearts and they weren't even mentioned until about a third of the way through the book.  

Jacob was a bit annoying as he wasn't man enough to stand up for himself and for what was right.  He did eventually, so I guess we can give him partial credit.  What really bothered me was that he let a flashy woman he didn't even really care about do the pushing around.  

My favorite character was Ursula.  She seemed a bit crusty, but had everyone's best interests at heart, mainly Abigail's.  

"Paper Hearts" was a sweet story and was an relaxing read.  At times it was predictable, but still enjoyable.  

What I liked most about this book was the whole idea of the paper hearts.  It's very sweet, romantic and sentimental, although I would keep my paper hearts.  

 Read more about the book here.  


February 19, 2015

"Remember the Lilies"
Liz Tolsma 

Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.
Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.
When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.
Although I enjoyed this book, the characters never really became real to me.  Not as the characters did in "Daisies Are Forever".  Rand turned out being a lot better guy than the summary of the book led me to believe.  It was almost as if he were two different people.  Although Irene was supposed to always have a positive outlook, she didn't seem too positive to me.  Not that I can blame her in her situation, but the book portrayed her as being a positive person when she really wasn't.  Anita was my favorite character and I missed her when she wasn't around anymore.  I found myself expecting her to provide her wisdom and strong faith for Irene and was sad when it didn't come. 

"Remember The Lilies" had more gospel in it than "Daisies Are Forever" and I really liked that.  The way that the author intertwined life's lessons into the book was really good and she did without being preachy.   While the life lessons were good for me as a reader, it seemed the characters were forced to learn them, which made it almost unbelievable. 

World War II has always been interesting to me.  All of the things that our forefathers went through to protect this country still amazes me.  "Remember The Lilies" was a great reminder of the sacrifices they made for the freedom that we have today.  This book reveals things about the war and internment camps that I didn't know or never really thought about. 

The way the author included the title of the book throughout the story was lovely.  I liked the fact that she didn't just mention it once, but several times throughout. 

Read more about the book here


February 12, 2015

Hey y'all,

How are you?  I just wanted to drop in and share another gift Dixie made for me for Christmas.  She is just so talented.  That little creative mind of hers is full of ideas.  She made each of us in our family a clock for Christmas.  This one is mine!  I just LOVE it!  Three of my favorite things:  orange, coffee and the SF Giants!  :)

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Have a great day!
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 7, 2015

A Stitch in Crime 
"A Stitch in Crime"
Cathy Elliot

Thea James runs an antique store in Larkindale, so she thought co-sharing the town's first quilt show would be easy.  But she didn't foresee the many unpredictable events.  Such as someone attacking one of the judges and stealing her diamond brooch.  An antique heirloom quilt is stolen from under a locked glass display case.  Another judge is missing and those supposed to be helping Thea are no help at all.

Plus Thea's best friend from childhood has suddenly turned against her.  What more can go wrong?  Can Thea pull everything thing back together?  

An interesting book, but hard to get into at first.  A first rate mystery with only a touch of romance.

Read more about the book here.


February 2, 2015

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"At Home In Last Chance"
Cathleen Armstrong

Kaitlyn Reed has made some big mistakes in her life, like dropping off her little girl at her brother's doorstep and leaving her there.  She has made a complete turn around though and seems she is ready to grow up and face her responsibilities.  Kaitlyn is still dealing with her past mistakes and sometimes wonders what it might be like to just leave it all again.  But not this time.  This time she's sticking it out.  She has a daughter, Olivia, and she is not going to leave her again.   She's still trying to mend the broken pieces from when she left her before.  

Steven is biding his time until his training starts at the police academy.  He wants to leave Last Chance, but something keeps holding him back.  He's really attracted to Kaitlyn, but she doesn't care to give him the time of day.  It seems his charm isn't what it used to be.  Not just with Kaitlyn, but with everybody.  Steven finds a mangy dog on the side of the rode and takes it upon himself to care for her.  Olivia gets very attached to this dog and Steven can't help but like her for it.  

Meanwhile, Chris (Kaitlyn's brother) and Sara (Steven's cousin) are engaged.  Olivia doesn't like it.  She likes Sara and all, but she doesn't want things to change.  Kaitlyn's starting to realize that she doesn't either. 

This is book three in the Last Chance series.  I was able to read book two as well as this one.  I must admit, I wasn't sure how I would like this one because it's about Kaitlyn and I didn't like her in the last book.  She's a lot better in this book.  I felt sorry for her, as everyone still seemed to judge her for her past, even though she was trying to become better and work things out.  Sadly, that's how we are sometimes.  

At Home In Last Chance seemed to pick up right where book two left off.  Although, it was well into the 8th chapter when Sara showed up.  She was mentioned, but was never there.  

I like how this book is family oriented.  Even if some family members are difficult to get along with, they're still family.  

I also like Chris's big heart.  (Kaitlyn's brother)  He's the only one, and Elizabeth of course, that ever gave Kaitlyn a chance.  He was always there for her and helped her in any way that he could.  Juanita, the other waitress, kinda' got on my nerves.  She could have cared less about Kaitlyn, and didn't seemed to care if she knew it.  

All in all, it's a great relaxing read with likeable characters in a charming western town. 

Read more about the book here