August 21, 2014


A Grand Design 
"A Grand Design"
Amber Stockton

Alyssa Denham enters a contest in a bridal magazine on a dare & wins an ideal honeymoon trip, except she's not even dating anyone.  So she takes her best friend, Libby.  The trip is to Mackinac Island.  Alyssa is no stranger to the island for that is where her grandmother resides and she had been spending her vacation their until her father passed away.  But that is not the real reason she stopped going to the island.  Her grandmother also has plans for her & Libby to help her finish a friendship quilt started years ago.  Grandma also has ulterior motives & hires handsome Scott Whitman to be her carriage driver.  But can Alyssa forget the past so she can embrace the future?  Can she trust God to heal her fractured heart? 

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I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of Mackinac Island as I have always wanted to visit there.  Very well written.

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August 15, 2014

 
"In Perfect Time"
Sarah Sundin

Army Air Force flight nurse, Lt. Kay Jobson, is beautiful and sophisticated.  She dates a different man each day of the week just for fun.  She collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe.

Having been hurt and made fun of by her family when younger, she does this as a method to not being hurt again.  But in doing so, she earns herself a reputation as a flit and a tease, which gets her into trouble.  She meets Lt.. Roger Copper, who gives her a Bible in reply to some questions Kay asks him.  Kay turns her lifer over the Lord but can she erase her reputation and earn a new one?  
How does Lt. Cooper fit into all of this?  What about his past?  Can they accept the fact the Lord forgives and forgets?

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I enjoyed this book.  Sarah Sundin provides a history lesson without the reader even being aware of it.  She makes history interesting.  I did not care for somethings that happened to Kay, but I suppose the author was teaching a moral lesson as well. 

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Hey y'all,

Happy Friday!  Excited the weekend is here?  Here are some things we enjoyed this week.  What have y'all been up to?  Do anything fun or exciting or maybe just something you enjoyed.  Let us know!  We'd love for you to share it with us!

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1.  The weather has been somewhat cooler.  That's always nice!  Can't wait for Fall!  The leaves are already starting to change! 

 

2.  Had a movie night with the sisters.  :)



3.  They just opened up a new (to us anyway) restaurant called Cookout!  Our parents went earlier in the week and really liked it so we all went yesterday.  The verdict?  AMAZING!  The food was really good, service fast, a lot of food for your money and I like the decorations.  Cookouts are only in the South though, so if you don't live in the South and you're ever in TN, NC, VA, GA, or SC you should definitely check it out.  

 

4.  After we ate at Cookout, we went to hear the Jeff Little trio.  They're all great musicians, but I really enjoyed Jeff Little on the piano.  He played "Last Date", by Floyd Cramer, "A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On" by Jerry Lee Lewis, Gospel, and bluegrass.  
 

5.  Got a couple of new books in the mail.  That always makes me happy!:)


What have you enjoyed this week?
Happy weekend y'all
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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August 13, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin 
"The Butterfly and the Violin"
Kristy Cambron

A face in a painting haunts Manhattan Art dealer Sera James.  She first saw the portrait as a young girl when her father took her to Paris.  After doing research, she finds out the girl is a talented Austrian Violinist, Adele Von Bron.  Adele's father is a high ranking member of the Third Reich, but she risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna.

In Sera's search for the painted, she crosses paths with William Hanover, grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul.  Sera and William start working together to discover beauty in the grim camps of Auschwitz.  They are also trying to discover Williams' grandfather's connection to Adele.  While working together Sera and William develop an interest in each other.  But is William only using Sera to find the painting and keep his family's fortune?

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This was a very spell-bounding story.  It alternates between World War II and the present day.  It brought to light some things about the German camps for the Jews that I didn't know.  It also has a surprising twist at the end.  Very well written .  I found myself right in the middle of the story and the danger!


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August 8, 2014

WomanofCourage Woman of Courage 
"Woman of Courage"
Wanda E. Brunstetter

Amanda Pearson, a young lady of the Quaker faith, must rely on that faith to see her through some different and trying circumstances.  Jilted by her fiance, she gives up on romance and decides she will be a missionary to the Nez Perce Indians.  But to get there she must make a 3,000 miles journey that is fraught with danger.  

Set in the 1800's, this is a thrilling story of a young lady's faith and trust in God, as she is a witness to those around her.  Also, her fiance shows back up in her life wanting her to take him back, but Amanda has another love in her life.  Which will she choose? 

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This is a well written story of faith and trust in God. It is filled with adventure and just a touch of romance and shows what happens when you trust in the Lord.

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July 31, 2014

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"Stuck Together"
Mary Connealy

Tina Cahill is the sister of the pastor of Broken Wheel.  She too has strong standards and morals only she has a different way of sharing them with people.  She pickets.  Everyday at the same time she pickets outside the saloon.  She's convinced that that's the way to close it down, only no one seems to paying attention.  Or so she thinks.  

Vince Yates notices the very outspoken Tina Cahill, she's the prettiest girl he's ever seen, even if her causes are annoying.  Vince has earned the name of "Invincible Vince" because nothing ever stops him.  He's always the guy in charge and always knows what to do.  He's a born leader and nothing ever ruffles his feathers.  That is until his family comes to town.  His family that he doesn't get along with and that he hasn't seen in years.  His three friends are more of a family to him than his birth family.  They come full of surprises and he is having trouble coping with all of it.  

In the middle of having to deal with Tina's causes, his crazy family, being the only lawman, the Indian's threat to attack and much more, Vince has his plate full.  

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Vince has been my favorite character from the beginning of this series.  He had a strong personality, always seemed to know what to do and was always the protector.  His personality seemed to dwindle some in this book though, kinda' like he lost himself, considering his situations throughout the book it's somewhat understandable.  

Tina's character really annoyed me at first.  But when she started taking care of Vince's mom, I liked her better.  Tina had a hard life wanted someone to love her, but she didn't want anyone to get close enough to do so.  

Both Vince and Tina must learn to trust God and let go of their fear.  They also must learn to trust each other and accept themselves for who they are.  

I like how all of the main characters from the previous books were included in this one.  Although I was hoping there would be a book four, but it doesn't appear that there will be one. :(

Trouble in Texas has been a wonderful series!  I think my favorite book was #1, "Swept Away". 

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I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FROM BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.