Thursday, August 25, 2016

No way up by Mary Conneally

No Way Up (Cimarron Legacy, #1)

                      ABOUT THE BOOK

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately. 
Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike. 
Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.

                          MY THOUGHTS

I love this book! So far, I've laughed and snickered through this book! Mary is a fine author and I love her books! I always look forward to the next one and I wonder what surprises are in store for us in the next one?
Mary also knows just where to put humor in her books where it needs to go!
Chance knew his kids needed a good dose of reality. He wanted them to learn a lesson because he was afraid they'd drifted so far apart and lose the land that he worked so hard to build up. 
Sadie is my favorite and Cole comes in next. I'm thinking that Justin will come a close 3rd! 
Cole and Justin are so stubborn! Sadie is just as stubborn and sneaky it seems!

                   ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary ConnealyI wrote my first book when I was about twelve. A romance novel. I shudder to think what a twelve year old could know about romance. I have no idea what happened to the manuscript. I suppose my mother found it, and burned it while screaming in horror, but I’ve always been afraid to ask. Was it a hundred pages? Two? I have no idea, but I seem to remember just writing FOREVER! So I’m guessing two pages long at least.

As a new bride I marched straight out of journalism school and into the kitchen, I did a lot of scribbling. I still have those heartbreaking works of staggering genius, Ode to Roast Beef, things like that, all born out of the ‘Write What You Know’ school of literature.

I began writing more seriously when my baby went to kindergarten. Not writing well of course, but just putting words on paper. No one does anything well the first time. I’m sure Babe Ruth missed the first ball pitched to him. I’m sure Picasso smeared pages with paint-y fingers when he was a kid—as I remember he went back to that later in life. I’m sure Beethoven played the eighteenth century version of Chopsticks before went for the sonatas.

My writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. I just kept typing away. I think the reason I did it was because I’m more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when I really ought to speak up(or far worse, speak up when I ought to sit silently).

So, I have all these things, I want to say, in my head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. I keep all this wit to myself, much to the relief of all who know me, and then I write all my great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if nothing else, and more affordable than a psychiatrist.

So then a very nice, oh so nice publishing company like Barbour Heartsong comes along and says, “Hey, we’ll pay you money for this 45,000 word therapy session.” That’s as sweet as it gets.

My journey to publication is the same as everyone’s except for a few geniuses out there who make it hard for all of us. And even they probably have an Ode to Roast Beef or two in their past.

Eden Hill

Eden Hill

Nothing seems to change in Eden Hill, Kentucky, and that’s just fine with Virgil T. Osgood. He’s been content to raise his family and run the only service station in town. But when a new station is set to open right across the road from Virgil’s pumps, he suddenly faces obstacles in his career, his marriage, and his self-worth that he’s never even dreamed of.

Cornelius Alexander wants his new Zipco station to succeed and help establish a strong foundation for his growing family. As long as he follows the Zipco guide, he’s sure to be a success―and prove his father wrong.

Reverend Caudill wants to be a conduit for grace in his town, but that grace is challenged by the changes sweeping through in the early 1960s. For the sake of this small town, Virgil and Cornelius must learn to get along, but how do you love your neighbor when his very presence threatens to upend everything you hold dear?


his was a very enjoyable read!! Funny,very entertaining, and some seriousness too!
I loved that it was set in the 60's because it shows us that neighbors still cared about neighbors and helped them out in time of need.
Bill, I loved this novel and I Especially loved Reverend Caudill! He definitely had his hands full with the flock of Eden Hill!!!
Madeline Crutcher made me want to strangle her at times!
Virgil and his family cracked me up in mote ways than one. my thoughts were maybe he shouldn't have have hung around frank so much because he was always in trouble with Frank squeezing out of which wasn't fair.
I loved the town of Eden Hill, Kentucky. Wished it was a real place!
I wish that we today, could take time out to help ppl these days like they did back then.
But, people are hard to trust and we are just way too busy with our lives. The world has changed greatly since then and not for the good either.
Our generation has even shut God out of our lives and that is really sad for without Him we are nothing!
Bill, I hope you write a sequel to this story. I'd like to see Vee a grown up young man and see how he turned out and I'd like to see how the Reverend liked his new job
Bill Higgs


Bill Higgs is a lapsed academic, former engineer, and avid storyteller. He also admits to being a nostalgic baby boomer, with a keen interest in how things past can teach lessons for the present. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, author Liz Curtis Higgs, and her two cats. Eden Hill is his first novel.

Review for Seasons in Paradise by Barbara Camaron

Seasons in Paradise


Sam Stoltzfus left the Amish community and followed his older brother, David, into the Englisch world, walking away from a chance for love. Sam had clashed with his father, but is there more to his leaving the community than what he says? 
Mary Elizabeth, the woman he was starting to love before he left, is determined to find out the reason and bring him back into the fold in time for Christmas.


Oh my! I finished this book today. All in one day! That's how good it was!
God is good is he not?
Just when Mary Elizabeth lost hope in ever getting married God helps her along the way.
Mary Elizabeth is a pretty cool Amish woman. I loved how she bounces back after having her hopes up about marrying Sam.
Mary Elizabeth is a woman of many talents from cooking, sewing, whatever the case may be.
I just knew it was wrong when she was dating Ben because she was trying to show Sam up but I also knew she was using Ben as a rebound which isn't good either!
Aren't men just so hardheaded? Sam just goes to prove it by running away from home with his 2 brothers. Their father wasn't good to them but maybe it had something to do with the way he was raised? Some parents doesn't know how to show their affection especially men. From what I hear, it is more difficult for them to show their feelings which I think is a lot of malarkey. They're human too.
Sams mother mentions that it took Lavina to marry David to get him to come home. She also mentions it about Sam. It took someone to tell her that it was God's will that Sam might come home? Who knows? Only God does!
I am so so happy for Lavina! She's a wonderful inspiration as well.
Isn't there a pattern here? I think the Stolzfus's mirror the Zooks. I believe each of their children were meant for each other but sometimes it just takes a little nudge from God to help show us the way and that is why I love this story. This is why I gave 5 stars to this wonderful book
Barbara is an excellent storyteller!
Barbara  Cameron

BD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 24 books (including new series upcoming for Abingdon Press in 2011/2012) including fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers.

I sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and am the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.

My two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW).

Where Hope Prevails

Where Hope Prevails (Return to the Canadian West #3)


When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick's proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever.
But the town's rapid growth brings many challenges. A second teacher is assigned, and Beth finds herself going head-to-head with a very different philosophy of education--one that dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond.
At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father's company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?


I almost felt sorry for Beth who returned to Coal Valley to everything changed and new ppl in town. Beth isn't one for change and I have to admit I'm not one for change either even if it is for good. Beth has a lot to overcome. But, I believe she can with the Lords help. Beth also has a challenge. 
A new teacher has come to town. Beth isn't sure what his motives are and does t like his ideas for teaching. 
Mr.Harry Hastings is new in town and thinks he knows it all! His beliefs differ very differently from Beths. I shouldn't have been shocked as there are a lot of non believers ot there. 
I love Mrs. Molly. she runs a boarding house and is a wonderful person and counselor. 
Sometimes it seems as of she's a second mother to Beth with her wisdom and wise ways. One things for sure, she definitely kows the Lord. 
I love her husband Frank as well. He has a lot of knowledge about the town and who has settled there since it was founded. 
It seems to me there is a little mystery involved. Someone is causing a ruckus down by the river. Who is doing it and why? 
Beth thinks she can take matters into her own hands and concoct them to go her way.But, when things don't go her way she seems confused and wants to throw a temper tantrum. 
Jarrack is still the sweet man that he aways is. He is still my hero! I just looove a Mountie. 
I loved this book for. any reasons. first I lived it ease the author is showing us there is still hope no matter what happens in our lives! If and when God allows it, it will happen for He knows what will happen before we do! 
Two, she is showing is that there is friendship in this town called Coal Valley. people still do gatherings and feel safe plus they don't mind helping one another. I love that! I wish we could trust like that in today's world but we're not sure who has your back and who doesn't. 
One thing I know for sure is God's got our backs. He is always there if you need a true friend.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review
I love Janette Oak. I definitely love her writing style! I also wanted to say I loooooved the book cover. 
I gave this book a 5 star rating because it was full of wonderful people and I especially enjoyed retuning to my previous friends.

                                        ABOUT THE AUTHOR

4049Janette Oke writes with a profound simplicity of what she knows best—real life, honest love, and lasting values. With over 23 million in sales, her historical novels portray the lives of early North American settlers from many walks of life and geographical settings. She also writes engaging children's stories and inspiring gift books that warm the heart.

Janette was born during the depression years to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, and she remembers her childhood as full of love and laughter and family love. After graduating from Mountain View Bible College in Canada where she met her husband, Edward, they pastored churches in Canada and the U.S., and they raised their family of four children, including twin boys, in both countries. Edward eventually became president of Mountain View Bible College and recently established a coalition of colleges that became Rocky Mountain Bible College.

During her earliest years, Janette sensed the desire to write. Though she yearned to be a published novelist, she devoted herself to being a wife and mother because, she says, "there is no higher honor—that is my number-one priority." She began serious writing when her children were entering their teens.

Her first novel, a prairie love story titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others. She reaches both religious and general markets, telling stories that transcend time and place. Her readers of all ages and walks of life can identify with the everyday events and emotions of her characters. Janette believes everyone goes through tough times—the key is to be prepared with a strong faith as the foundation from which decisions are made and difficult experiences are faced. That perspective is subtly woven throughout her novels.

After Love Comes Softly was published, Oke found her readers asking for more. That book led to a series of eight others in her Love Comes Softly series. She has written multiple fiction series, including The Canadian West, Seasons of the Heart and Women of the West. Her most recent releases include a beautiful children's picture book, I Wonder...Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb and The Song of Acadia series, co-written with T. Davis Bunn.

Janette Oke's warm writing style has won the hearts of millions of readers. She has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medallion Award, The Christy Award of Excellence, the 1992 President's Award for her significant contribution to the category of Christian fiction from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and in 1999 the Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association International. Beloved worldwide, her books have been translated into fourteen languages.

In recent years, Janette and her siblings lovingly restored their parents' prairie farm home, and it now serves as a gift shop and museum of prairie life. Please see below for a special invitation to the Oke Writing Museum and The Steeves' Historical House. She and her husband live nearby in Alberta, Canada, where they are active in their local church. Visits from their families, including their grandchildren, are their delight.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Collision of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes

Collision of the Heart


Mia Roper isn’t a typical nineteenth-century woman. Refusing to pass up the hard-won opportunity to prove herself as a journalist, she left Hillsdale, Michigan, hoping in vain that Ayden Goswell would follow her to Boston.

When the train bringing her back for her first major story crashes in a snowstorm outside town, Mia is stranded. Not even the survival of a fellow passenger, a toddler, can ease her heart’s sudden ache at seeing Ayden, now a history professor at the local college, courting someone else.

Ayden’s never gotten over the fact that the most fascinating woman he ever met chose her career over marriage…and he let her go. But marrying the department director’s daughter could at least guarantee him a permanent job. It’s a satisfactory arrangement, yet his kind, pretty bride-to-be has one simple flaw: she’s not Mia.

As soon as the trains are running, Mia will be leaving again, unless she and Ayden can reconcile ambition and love—and take a leap of faith together


I absolutely loved this story! Laurie Alice Eakes has done it again! I love her writing and her imagination to write such wonderful stories! She has been a favorite if mine since I first picked up her books in 2014 with the midwives series.

The reason I enjoyed this story was because I could see God's work on the move. He had to work especially hard on Ayden and Mia because of their stubborn hearts. One blames the other for their heart breaks and neither realize it takes two to work things out
I love Mia for her kindness and generosity towards helping others in need. 
She is stubborn as well!! It's this stubbornness that often gets her in trouble. I wish I was more like her! She's my heroine! She's my heroine because I love the fact that she stands up for women. We ladies didn't get the right to vote until 1919. Men think we r still not supposed to have our own minds. Mia wanted women to be recognized for what we are instead of staying at home and wasting our minds as Ayden called it 
Ayden is just as equally stubborn. He thinks he has to be right all the time just like most men do so he in turn does stupid things never once asking God for help before he does these things.
However; I do admire his admiration for women to want to go to college as he's always bugging his sister Rosalie about lol
He also teases her unmercifully but I guess that what siblings do. 
I also lie the novel because Laurie is showing us how people came together in the wake of a tragedy. That small towns cared about one another. I wish it were that simple in today's world.
Like Mia said in big towns u can't trust no one or know what their about. If you lose your job, there is no one to pick u up if u fall. 
Indeed there is someone that can pick you up if you fall. All you have to do is ask and ye shall receive. I believe most people have forgotten Him. 
I cried at the end because things do have a way of working themselves out!

                                           ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurie Alice EakesLaurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories so she didn’t wake anyone else up. Sometimes she shared her stories withothers; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one. Family Guardian, her first book, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set during the Regency time period, four books to Barbour Publishing, as well as two novellas to Barbour Publishing and one to Baker/Revell. Seven of her books have been picked up by Thorndike Press for large print publication, and Lady in the Mist, her first book with Revell, was chosen for hardcover publication with Crossings Bookclub. She also teaches on-line writing courses and enjoys a speaking ministry that has taken her from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast.
Laurie Alice lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs and two cats, and is learning how to make tamales.

You can learn more about her and her work at


Monday, August 15, 2016

My son

Well, another summer has come and gone! My, where do the time fly too?
It seems like I ask myself this every year my son gets another year older. I'm having a very hard time because when I turn around one more time, we will be ready for graduation.
Yep, I've said Graduation and then it'll be empty nest syndrome. Not really looking forward for that day.
Sometimes, I feel like I will be the oldest Mom there.  But, I'm so proud of my baby!!! He's become a wonderful young man that I love so very much! I've had lots of help in raising him because when he was growing up, we weren't financially able to do it for some years. It has gotten better but, I feel he's settled in and I love the school system in Clark Co. so I don't see the need to upset him now.

We have had a great summer this year! Because Kevin was able to get a good job we were able to move into a house and get a car. We have gotten to travel to quite a few places like, Renfro Valley, Cumberland Falls etc. When we went to the falls I was disappointed in some ways! The river was running really high where they'd had a lot of rain and we couldn't see the Moonbow. I've always wanted to see that. That would be a fabulous site!!

I also got to see my best friend that I haven't seen in ages! She and I had a girls day out. We went out to eat at Olive Garden and then went to see Star Trek and Beyond where it mentions that Commander Spock had passed away (which he did in real life). We took photos in the photo booth that was there at the movies and we just giggled and laughed until we cried. I figured the Lord knew that we needed a day like this one. It relieved my stress in more ways than one.
Thank you God, for a very wonderful afternoon. God you are a wonderful creator and a loving father much more than my earthly Father has been .

I wonder what this school year will bring for my baby. In one of his classes he has college prep. He'll get to see the different colleges and maybe he'll decide to go to one of those. I pray he has a safe school year and will have lots and lots of fun! Maybe he'll even get to go on one of those school trip like he did last March when he went to Washington D.C.
He says he really did enjoy that trip! One of his favorite things was the subway.
He's also in Orchestra again this year which pleases me immensely because he will be 3rd generation of orchestra players in my family! I think that  my mom would've been proud of him also, as he is her only grandson had she lived. Michael is 5th generation of only children on my mom's side of the family!

Here are some family photos that were taken this summer

Wanda E Brunstetter's Amish Friend Harvest Cookbook


Overloaded with garden produce, CSA shares, or farmers’ market finds? Now you’ll know what the Amish do with these seasonal fruits and vegetables and how they preserve some of them for future use. Bring the wisdom of Amish gardeners and cooks into your own home with dozens of recipes and tips from the heart of Amish country in Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook. This well-organized book is sure to become a treasured resource.


I love seeing what is in a recipe! No wonder the Amish eat healthy! Plus, they're awesome cooks to boot!
I just got this book today and it didn't take me long to glance through it and oh my!!
Wanda Brunstetter is good in anything she does and her Amish novels are pretty good! I always look forward to seeing what she's going to out out next!!
I have seen a few of my favorites! And I'm going to get my sister to make them lol! But, now I ave this, I can do it myself!
I admire the Amish because they can cook and grow their own stuff and it would do us good to learn from them!
I also love the home remedies that are in this book!
Wanda you have have really outdone yourself in this Cookbook along with your friend!
Thanks for a wonderful Cookbook!
I gave this book a five star because it was put together so well! I so enjoyed all the colorful pictures that were in the cookbook as well! The cover of the book is just beautiful!!! 
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing.
Thank u for letting me read and review this book


Wanda E. BrunstetterNew York Times, award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties.
Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at