Friday, February 17, 2017

Paper Roses, book #5

Ahhh .... my pioneer books.  After taking a short break from them, reading this one reminded me how very much I do love them.

This book may be one of my new all time favorites.  Not only did I love the story, but I loved the way the author, Amanda Cabot, wrote.  She included many, many "big fancy" words (examples ~ querulous, doffed, asperity, assuage, garrulous, taciturn, ablutions, prevaricated, redolent, swains, and cosseted) that really had me hitting the dictionary button on my paperwhite!  Some I could figure out from context clues, but I wanted to make sure I had the meaning right.  I just LOVE learning new words!  Another thing she did to draw me in was the use of language in the book, and for once I don't mean bad language!  The way she worded several phrases in the book really kept me on my toes.  

* staining the sky a bright red

* the woman whose stagecoach was even now lumbering into San Antonio

* While his heart balked at pronouncing the words

* he counseled her to take deep breaths

* but even more surprising was the juxtaposition of those graceful buildings with shops of rough-hewn wood and mismatched brick, shops whose almost casual architecture bore witness to the exuberance of the Americans who had built them, just as the curved lines of the adobe buildings spoke of the more formal society that had first established the city

* Sheer bravado propelled her declaration

* Night had fallen, bringing with it both a welcome respite from the sun’s glare and a new set of dangers

* The tremor in her voice was more eloquent than a thousand words would have been. Sarah was afraid.

* trying to quell the fear that had been a frequent companion for the past six months

* She took another deep breath in an attempt to eradicate memories of that night from her mind, though she knew they were indelibly etched.

* Though the calico was a deep rose that would flatter her coloring once she put aside mourning, Sarah could muster no enthusiasm for it.

* “When a child is born, we often say that God has blessed the parents, that the infant is God’s gift to them.” A few people murmured their agreement. “We may not realize that the parents are God’s gift to the child. Parents are his surrogates on Earth. They care for us; they nurture us; they teach us; they discipline us. They are the earthly manifestation of our heavenly Father’s love. How often do we thank him for these gifts?”

* We should forgive our parents their imperfections. We should love them for what they are: God’s children, his creation and his gift to us.”

I don't know if that type of writing speaks to you or not, but it put this girl's literature heart over the edge! Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!

The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem--he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East.  As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it. (picture and description from amazon)

Happy Reading!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Ordained Irreverence, book #4

This one I was one the fence about. It had parts that were funny about the goings-on and church ministry staff shenanigans, but there were parts that I thought crossed the line.  It was a short, quick book and there are a few more in this series, but I'm not sure when I will get to them.  

Elmo Jenkins is about to graduate from seminary with a masters degree in religious education and a minor in cynicism. When he lands an internship at a large metropolitan church, he quite literally stumbles his way through as he learns to baptize and bury, visit and marry the faithful flock. Think Ferris Bueller Goes to Church with a side of Holden Caulfield thrown in for good measure. The cast of characters filling the pews at First Church keeps him on his toes and more than a little bewildered at times. The salty widow who serves up a homemade pie with a surprise ingredient. The quirky single adult with a heart as big as Elvis who deems himself quite the ladies man. The larger-than-life music minister who pulls more than a few punches along the way, and even an old church janitor with a few ancient secrets of his own.  Woven throughout Elmo's adventures is a hundred-year-old mystery he's determined to solve and even a chance at true love along the way. Elmo's story pulls back the sacred curtain and allows the reader to examine the inner workings of a mega-church with all its warts and wonders. Ride along and watch as Elmo's cynicism slowly transforms into hope. (picture and description at amazon)

Now back to some pioneer out west romance!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pink Flamingoed, book #3

Look at this book.  Look at this title.  Read the description.  This looks like it should be the funniest book ever written, right?  Uhm, not quite.  While there were funny parts to it, it was, well, simple.  Plain.  Not necessarily too much description because I do like that, but too much "told".  I really didn't need that much of an imagination to read it.  I do like stories with some details so I'm not lost the whole time (see previous book) but this was the opposite and I could read it half asleep and not miss too much.  Luckily it was a short book and didn't take too long.  There are more in this series, but I'm going to have to take a break and read some meat.  Or bread.  Or at least milk.

When best-selling mystery author Brad Forrester inherits his grandparents' home on Aylesford Place, he sees the sleepy street as the perfect place to hole up and write his next book. What he finds instead is a cock-eyed cul-de-sac full of zany, yet loveable characters including one vivacious redhead who may just be the love he's been looking for. Join Brad for a year of block parties, pranks, romance and the ever-present faith in action that flows through Aylesford Place, making it one street you'll never want to leave. (picture and description from amazon)

I debated about what to read next, and chose something potentially with more substance.  It is also a quick read so if i don't like it I won't have to suffer long.  


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Can't Help Falling, book #2

A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England. Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter fa├žade, there’s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England—home to C.S. Lewis—to try and make amends for the damage she has caused. Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’s best rowers—until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream. When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with curious a wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac’s inspiring and romantic story about second chances. (picture and description from amazon)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Year, new books ... Mixed Signals, book #1

What a treat this book was to read!!  It was just a donation to the library that we couldn't use because parts of the cover were torn, but it was still an amazing story.  Goes to show you that you can't judge a book by its cover!  (Ends up this was her first fiction book, but you would never guess it by her amazing writing!)

Belle O’Brien, the woman behind the warmest voice in Virginia radio, has a problem: Her oldies show is a solid-gold hit, but her love life is an off-the-charts disaster. Her prospects for a husband are small-town slim. Will it be smooth-talking Patrick Reese, who launched her radio career? Moody but handsome David Cahill, WPER’s enigmatic broadcast engineer? Matthew the Methodist, her oh-so-available pastor? Or the mysterious radio listener who signs his letters, “All Ears in Abingdon”? As Belle embarks on a journey toward joy, Norah Silver-Smyth, proprietor of The Silver Spoon, cooks up her own delicious recipe for happily-ever-after in this winsome tale filled with humor, tenderness, endless surprises…and two happy endings! (picture and description from amazon)

>Next up, our Book Club book!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Mr. Miracle, book #31 because I finished it last year .....

Loved this fun, quick book I got on sale at my favorite BAM!!  I also loved how she "set the guidelines" for angels on earth, as in how the could cross the barrier of heaven and earth, yet still have a foot in both.

Beloved author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!   Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.  After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.  Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.  Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.(picture and description from amazon)

I have one more Christmas book I could read, or I could move on to other piles ... can't decide!!

Happy reading in the new year!!


Monday, December 26, 2016

A Royal Christmas Wedding, book #30

Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite authors!  This series of Royal Weddings has been a lot of fun to read, with her wit and humor and tenderness in each of the stories.  The series started with Suzanna in Once Upon a Prince, and then moved onto Regina's story in Princess Ever After.  Next came Corina's story in How to Catch a Prince and then she tied the stories up in a sweet little bow with this one.   

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?  College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.  Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.  When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.  Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?  In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew. (picture and description at amazon)

It is sad to reach an end to these lovely families, but that just means more time for new "friends" to be made in the pages of the next book!

Happy Reading!