Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Cowboy's Touch, book #7

After reading this book for Book Club, and then this one, I decided it was time to go back to Moose Creek and start the series over proper like.  As is par for the course, Denise Hunter did not disappoint.  While the Robert Whitlow book was a good deep swim into thick, deep writing style, these fun reads by Denise are more like Hallmark Movies.  While you know what the ending is going to look like, it's fun to see how it will play out.

Abigail is just in Moose Creek, Montana for the summer to temporarily care for her great aunt. But a tender-hearted cowboy beckons her to stay.  Abigail Jones intends to spend just one summer in middle-of-nowhere Montana with her Aunt Lucy. Time away from her job is just what Abigail needs to reassess her life. The slow pace has her breathing deeply for the first time in years. And the majestic scenery encourages her to get reacquainted with herself . . . and God.  What she didn't count on was the handsome widowed cowboy who owns the ranch where her aunt lives. When the rancher loses his daughter's nanny, Abigail decides to lend a hand for the summer.  Wade Ryan can't help being attracted to Abigail. But he's given up everything to protect his daughter, and he's not about to risk it all on a pretty face.  Under Abigail's care, Wade's home and daughter thrive. And with Wade's touch, Abigail's heart feels at home at last. But Abigail knows this elusive rancher is hiding something. Will her own secrets separate her from the cowboy who finally captured her heart?  (description and picture from Amazon)

I enjoyed this one so much I am already reading the middle one of this series!

Happy Reading!


Friday, March 9, 2018

A Time to Stand, book #6

This is the second option for Book Club this month.  While I did not necessarily enjoy the story line, I do love Robert Whitlow's in depth writing style and how he shows you the "lawyer side" without making it too complicated.

In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side?  Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career. Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital. Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable—defend the officer. As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime. This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice and to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves. (picture and description from amazon)

Wonder where my next reading adventure will take me!

Happy Reading


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Trouble with Cowboys, book #5

Well this month's Book Club choice was up to me.  The genre was supposed to be Western, but sometimes we get off course with the schedule.  A few of the ladies and I decided we wanted to read this one so we did.  And I was not disappointed.  Light, cute, quick .. not really pioneers out west, but cowboys so that is pretty close.

Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.  Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.  Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.  Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.  The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.  When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs. (picture and description from amazon)

Now I am going to go back and read the book some other ladies wanted ~ and see if I get done in time!

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Good of Giving Up, book #4

Folks, this book just blew my mind WIDE OPEN to what all Lent is ~ what it means ~ what it can do ~ and why I should do it. A few quotes from the book:

The desert is where God called his people to make them holy. We might assume that the wilderness is a place of exile and isolation, and it certainly can be that. But in the story of redemption, the wilderness has always been a sacred rendezvous spot for God and His beloved sons and daughter.

We do not go into the wilderness to find Good. We enter the wilderness because God has found us.

We need more than a Good Friday service two days in advance to get into the state of mind and heart to celebrate Jesus' victory over death and hell.

Lent is not our ultimate destination. The wilderness fast is temporary ... The bright light of the resurrection is ahead.

Hebrews 12
12 Therefore, *since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses*, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~~ A cloud of witnesses invites us to feast on Jesus through fasting, prayer and generosity [the trifecta of Lent]. Along with Jesus they are cheering for us to sit at the table. To do so may mean that we lay aside some comfortable hindrances, that we say goodbye to a few attachments. "Good riddance, I want a seat next to Jesus at the table!" That is what I'm called to do. And so are you.

We need Lent because repentance is not just a prayer. It is a posture. We need time and space to become repentant people, to experience the depths of Jesus' forgiveness.

Practicing Lent is like taking a long bath in the wonderful grace of Jesus.

And so we trekked out to the wilderness of Lent, unsatisfied on purpose, clinging to the promise of something better than the world could ever offer. So we put one weary foot in front of the other, fueled by the hope of Easter. And one glad morning we find that the journey is over. Lent has come to an end. ... When we come hungry to Easter, Jesus is ready to satisfy us with a heavenly meal. ... We are nourished by Jesus as Scripture is read, as the gospel is preached, as songs are played, and as communion is served.

Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Even if you don't read it for this season, it’s an incredible book and you will WANT to read it!!

(picture from amazon)

Happy Reading!


Friday, February 2, 2018

The Goodbye Bride, book #3

This book had so much potential.  The story was ok, but there is so many things that just didn't make sense.  Loved the story, disappointed in the delivery.

She only remembers loving him. But he can’t forget the way she left. Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life.  She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancĂ© Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.  Zac was just beginning to get his life back on track after Lucy left him with no explanation. And now she’s back—vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. Has he been given a second chance with the only woman who stirs his passion and haunts his dreams?  Lucy knows she must unlock those missing months and discover why she threw everything away. And Zac knows that if he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life—but if Lucy’s memory returns, his would-be bride might say goodbye forever.(picture and description at amazon)

I've actually started on a nonfiction book .... hope I can stick with it!

And, I've started a Bible Reading Plan, but this time I'm not listing those as books read.  

Happy Reading!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Most Inconvenient Marriage, book #2

Maybe my new favorite book!  I absolutely loved it from beginning to end!!

Abigail Stuart Thought she was Jeremiah Calhoun's Widow. But Jeremiah Calhoun Is Very Handsome, Very Alive, and Very Perplexed.  Most Inconvenient Indeed.  With few options of her own, nurse Abigail Stuart agrees to marry her patient, a gravely wounded soldier calling himself Jeremiah Calhoun. They arrange a quick ceremony before he dies; giving Abigail the rights to his Ozark farm and giving Jeremiah the peace of knowing someone will care for his ailing sister after he's gone--a practical solution for both of them.  After the war, Abigail fulfills her side of the bargain--until the real Jeremiah Calhoun shows up, injured but definitely alive, and wastes no time in challenging Abigail's story. Abigail is flummoxed. After months of claiming to be his widow, how can she explain that she's never seen this Jeremiah Calhoun before? How can she convince him that she isn't trying to steal his farm? And will she find a way to stay, even though this practical arrangement has turned into a most inconvenient marriage?  (picture and description from amazon)

Happy Reading!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

When a Man Loves a Woman, book #1

Well this book looked like it had lots of promise, but I was sadly disappointed.  The story was sweet, and if I had all the time in the world to read I might like to go back and read about the other brothers, but ... nah ... too many grammatical errors and inconsistent characters.  

Seven boys adopted from the foster care system by Alec and Maggie Donahue, a loving Irish couple living in Breeze Point, Cape Cod. Now grown men, the brothers are making their way in the world in their chosen professions, each hoping to find a love to last a lifetime. Faith. Family. Honor. And an abundance of love.
The Quiet One: The last single Donahue brother, Mac Donahue, is quiet and reserved. His brawny physique hides a kind heart and a wounded soul. Haunted by the tragic disappearance of his sister and scarred by childhood abuse, Mac has done his best to survive and thrive, in large part due to his adoptive family, the Donahues. A woodworker with a new business in Breeze Point called Woodworks, Mac is determined to move ahead with finding his sister, Callie, and discovering what happened to her all those years ago. Tired of being the object of matchmaking by his family members, Mac is stunned when he develops a bond with Delilah Dalton, the beautiful sister of his own sister-in- law, Sarah. When love blossoms between them, can they both put away the hurts of the past in order to forge a new future?
Delilah Dalton is a social worker who finds fulfillment in her profession. Jaded by numerous romantic relationships that have crashed and burned, Delilah has steered clear of love. When she connects with Mac Donahue over his missing sister, she finds a warm, tender-hearted man who has every reason to be bitter yet exudes positivity. As the two begin a relationship and pursue leads to the whereabouts of Mac’s sister, they find a special kinship in each other. Can Delilah put away her doubts long enough to accept Mac’s open arms?
(Picture and description from amazon.)

The next book up is for Book Club and it looks super awesome!  Can't wait to read it!!

Happy Reading in 2018!