Monday, May 22, 2017

The Knight and the Dove, book #13

I do love the oldies!  When Robi suggested we read this for May I wasn't too thrilled, because I had already read it about 100 years ago. (Meaning, I don't want to waste my time reading books I have already read when there are over 200 just waiting on my Paperwhite alone.)  But, I am a good sport and read it anyway.

Surprise!  I honestly did not remember any of it at all and I absolutely LOVED it!! While I do love me some historical fiction, this time period (1500s) is not a go to for me.  But see .... we just have to expand our boundaries and try new things!  Or old things, as the case may be!  I don't know that I will reaching for medieval again any time soon, but this story was timeless.  It could have just as easily (in general) been set in any time and still been awesome!
 

When the king commands Bracken to marry, high-spirited Megan is chosen to fulfill the edict. Unskilled in the ways of love, Bracken finds Megan captivating, yet cannot seem to voice his feelings until he almost loses her forever.  (description and image from amazon)

Happy reading!

O:)
Melissa


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Magnolia Story, book #12

One of the fun presents I got for my birthday was this book by the beloved Chip and JoJo.  I must admit I still love them, but I haven't watched their show in a while because it seems sort of "cookie cutter" ~ as in it has the same story line over and over.  But I still love Chip and Jo! And I have been to the Bosque Shop! 



Are you ready to see your fixer upper?
These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people? What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends.  The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.
They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day. (picture and description from amazon)

Next up? Book Club book!

O:)
Melissa



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A thousand voices, book #11


I must admit, I liked this book more than I ever imagined.  It does make me want to go back and scan through all the other ones again, but I pleasantly surprised myself!

Adopted at thirteen, Dell Jordan was loved, mentored, and encouraged to pursue her passion for music. Now, at twenty, after a year abroad with a traveling symphony, a scholarship to Julliard is within reach. But underneath Dell's smoothly polished surface lurk mysteries from the past. Why did her mother abandon her? Who was her father? Are there faces somewhere that look like hers-blood relatives she's never met?  Determined to find answers, Dell sets off on a secret journey into Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, drawn by the only remaining link to her origins- a father's Native American name on her birth certificate. In the voices of her Choctaw ancestors, she'll discover the keys to a future unlike anything she could have imagined.  (description and picture from amazon)

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Drenched in Light, book #10

Well, its been a while since I have read in this series, but it didn't take me too long to get back into it.  In fact, it was in 2015 when I read the first and second books in this Tending Roses series.  I know I also read the third book, but I must have forgotten to record it when I did.  I must say, I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first, because I'm not as much into "coming into oneself" books but by the time I was half way through I was hooked.  Each book in this series has been its own "coming of age" book, which is probably why I can't read them all in a row, but since this one has just one more I'll probably go ahead and read it and mark this series off my list.  


Once a gifted ballet dancer, Julia Costell buckled under the demands of a professional dance career, and has landed with a thud in an unglamorous job as a guidance counselor at a performing arts high school. Living back home with her parents and feeling lost, she is afraid she’ll never soar again…until the day young Dell Jordan is sent to her office, carrying an essay.  In Dell’s writing, Julia sees luminous sparks of hope. But as she fights to forge a brighter future for one disadvantaged student, she is drawn into startling undercurrents of conflict and denial within the academy. Only when she is tested in ways she never could have imagined does she begin to discover where real meaning and fulfillment lie—and realize that even though her life has seemed off course, she’s been on the right path all along. (description and picture from amazon)

Happy Reading!

O:)

Melissa

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tangled Webs, # 9





 If you remember Buried Secrets and Thin Ice you know that I am huge fan of Irene Hannon.  If you are not then you should be, especially if you like police/detective drama with some romance.  She will NEVER disappoint.   We decided to read this for Book Club for April and I couldn't wait to "jump in"!!

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.  Bestselling author Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page. (picture and description at amazon)
   
I'm only sad that this is the last book in this series, but I am sure there will be more down the line before not too long!

Now, back to pioneers or more police drama?? Or, dare we suggest, a nonfiction book?  Hhm ....

O:)
Melissa

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Rosie Project, book #8

So I took a huge divergence from my usual reading style for this book.  Rebecca and Leah are in a book club at school and this is the book they were working on for this month.  It looked interesting so I read it too.  

Honestly, it was a really good book.  But, like most good movies and TV shows these days, there was way too much useless profanity in it.  (That is a whole other post I have rolling around in my head.)  Rebecca has invited me to come to their next meeting, and I will be interested to see what the other people think about it.  Were they offended as I was over the language?  Or did they just fly right by it as they have become numb to it?  Does that make it ok?  Is there any hope for "society" when these words become just like other words?  Or are they just like other words?  What makes a word a "bad" word? .... ok, ok I really do want to delve into this deeper at another point ...  but what is your opinion on the blatant use of unnecessary profanity in TV, movies, books, etc.  Is it not that big of a deal?  Should we be outraged and try to fight it (but how?)? Should we choose not to align ourselves with media that uses it? (But what would we watch?  Just no TV or movies?) And if we just ignore it as we become numb to it, will we find ourselves using it without even thinking about it?  What other behaviors are we "looking over" (sex before marriage, living together before marriage, etc) that will soon become "acceptable" to the millennials we are raising?

Ok, off the soap box.  Like I said, besides that part, it was a really sweet love story about trying to balance being yourself, fitting into society when you just don't, and what does LOVE really look like?

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.  (picture and description from amazon)

There is a sequel to this book which I am tempted to read, but I'm just not sure ....

O:)
Melissa

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Bride in Store, book #7

This is the book I chose for Book Club to read this month because I absolutely loved the first in the series I read back in April 2015. I honestly can't believe I remembered how good that book was from two years ago, when I can't even remember what I did Monday!

Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn't even in town when she finally arrives.  Axel's business partner, William Stanton, has no head for business and would much rather be a doctor. When his friend's mail-order bride arrives in town with no money and no groom in sight, he feels responsible and lets her help around the store--where she quickly proves she's much more adept at business than he ever will be.  The sparks that fly between Will and Eliza as they work together in close quarters are hard to ignore, but Eliza is meant for Axel and a future with the store, while Will is biding his time until he can afford medical school. However, their troubles are far from over when Axel finally returns, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both. (picture and description at amazon)

Happy Reading!  We are on to suspense and mystery next month!

O:)
Melissa