To the Farthest Shores

b8fd191a671a6b60b477f6a1618dbfa0Army Nurse Jenny Bennett has lived a hard life. Determined to put the past behind her she focuses on her job and hopes to gain a promotion. The sudden reappearance of Lt. Ryan Gallagher changes her life yet again.

Ryan Gallagher is one of a few who are able to carry out a certain mission. One that destroyed his reputation and the heart of the woman he loved. Now, returning years later, he not only cannot tell Jenny what happened, but he needs to ask for her help in his current assignment. Will she be able to put past hurts behind her, though? And when a threat to Ryan’s life becomes apparent, is it even safe to be near him? Does she want to be near him? Does she have any trust left in him? These are many things Jenny needs to face.

This was a very well-written story. The characters were developed nicely and my interest in their lives and the story as it unfolded was kept. I enjoyed the history that Ms. Camden incorporated into the story. There was enough to draw me in and hold my attention without becoming overwhelming. And I can’t not mention the cover art. I love it. It is so beautiful.

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

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An Uncommon Protector

5fd46a09bc22d29c51258a3bfb831259Laurel Tracey, feeling overwhelmed having to run a ranch on her own, makes a decision that will change her life forever.

Squatters have settled in a pasture and refuse to leave, leaving Laurel with no choice but to use the last of her money to free a prisoner and hire him to work for her. Thomas, imprisoned for fines he could not pay, is thankful to be free but now he is indebted to this woman. He counts down the days until he has true freedom. However, cattle start dying and Laurel’s life is threatened. Thomas soon realizes he is involved more than he planned to be. Can he protect the woman he has grown to love?

I tried reading this book yet had a very hard time connecting with the characters. Nothing was capturing my attention. I unfortunately stopped reading it, not getting into the story itself or the way it was written.

 

*I received this book free from Zondervan and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest thoughts. What I have expressed are entirely my own.*

A Note Yet Unsung

a note yet unsung“Women aren’t allowed to play in orchestras.”

 

Although a master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington’s hopes of playing in the Nashville Philharmonic are quickly dashed due to her gender alone. Nashville’s new orchestra leader. Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, agrees that Rebekah has talent, but what a shame she is female. He chooses to bow to public opinion. However, when it becomes clear he needs an assistant to help him finish his symphony he believes Rebekah is the one to ask. Yet how does he win back the trust of a woman when he has dashed her dreams?

Tamera Alexander brings music to life within these pages. Music, the city of Nashville in the 1870’s, as well as Chicory Hollow (two completely different settings beautifully flow together in this story). Ms. Alexander always has a way of bringing history to life with words. This is a beautiful story I greatly enjoyed.

 

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

Still Life book review

5896d5aac83b584fabc1b1443ad9b47b    Avery Tate, a crime scene photographer, attends a gallery opening for which her friend modeled for the photographer. However, the image is a very disturbing one. Her friend is posing dead. What makes things more unsettling is the photographer whose name is on it insists he did not take that picture, and Avery’s friend cannot be found. Avery immediately calls in Parker, a friend as well as a crime scene analyst. They soon come face to face with a relentless, deadly threat.

This is Book Two on the Chesapeake Valor series. I suggest reading them in order so you understand the main characters better. With that said, I read the first one and then this one. I made it about one hundred pages before I stopped reading Still Life. I could not connect with the events and how the story was written, unfortunately. It felt…. dull, to me.

 

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

Pursued book review

    Nikki Boyd is heading home to Nashville after a job. Her flight is routine and uneventful, until the plane crash lands at the airport. Although shaken up, Nikki is fine. However, she discovers the woman who sat next to her is missing. When questioning about the woman she is told Erika Hamilton is not on the flight manifest. Nikki is plunged into a missing persons case where she first needs to prove there is a missing person.

This is Book Three of the Nikki Boyd Files and once again, Lisa Harris does not disappoint. I have become a huge fan of this series and when I see the new one is coming out I wait as patiently as possible. I love mysteries and action and this series delivers on both. I am definitely looking forward to Book Four. (As a side point, I do suggest reading these in order so as not to get confused on Nikki’s personal events).

 

*I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

Because You’re Mine

because you're mineAlanna does not know where to turn or what to do. Her husband has been killed in a car bomb and she is left alone and pregnant. Her only hope at a new life away from the controlling hands of her father-in-law is to marry her manager. It seem like a dream come true. Alanna’s dream, however, quickly turns into a nightmare.

First, I have to point out, Alanna is from Ireland!! 🙂 so for part of the story it is set in that beautifully scenic country. IRELAND! And then colleen brings us to America’s Southern charm. The family heritage from both sides of the waters, both accents, the family home in Charleston…. And of course the mystery. What on earth is going on? (MINI SPOILER ALERT- The only thing I did not like was no satisfactory explanation, as in NO explanation whatsoever, of the large painting).

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are my own thoughts.*

The Mark of the King

the mark of the kingJulianne Chevalier has been condemned to a life in prison and branded as a criminal. Her only piece of hope is trading her prison life for a life in the new world as an exile. She is sent to Louisiana. One she is sent, however, she discovers she needs more strength than she ever imagined. Does she have enough to survive this new life?

This story took me by the hand and pulled me back to 1700’s France and America. From the Birthing Room to the prison, from the ship to the fledgling colony in Louisiana. And each step in Julianne’s journey brought trials and dangers. Some of them even meant choosing the “lesser of two evils”. I enjoyed this story very much. I will definitely be keeping a lookout for Jocelyn Green’s other books.

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared about this book are entirely my own thoughts.*

Relax and Explore Overseas

400x200_Dublin-Statues-Oscar-Wilde.jpg.aspx-&&ext=.jpg.cf    Good afternoon my friends. Is it just me or is this particular Wednesday tough to get through? I wish I had time for a nap, lol.

Any who, as the children are sleeping I thought I would take this quiet time to tell you more about Ireland. Specifically, where I find it especially relaxing. There is about park in Dublin, Merrion Squar Park that is set right in the city. Yet, as soon as bouts I walk into the park all the noise of the city- the traffic, the people…. fades away. It is as if it is in another world. The calmness of the park, the beautiful scenery along he trails. Above is a picture of the poet Oscar Wilde. He hangs out on that rock in Merrion Square Park. The greenery, of course.

I remember sitting there on a bench for a few hours as my friend worked. I could not have asked for a better place to hang out at. I wish I could travel there every day. The park even gave me inspiration for writing. There is a coffee shopot and bakery nearby asports well that had pretty yummy goodies. Yes, I definitely stopped there on my way to the park. How could I not?

I hope if you ever make the to Ireland that you are able too go too often Merrion Square Park and find it as relaxing as I do.

 

Peace,

Kymberli

No Computer Day

cd733ec0aaeac082f1dd3a52bf8c1603.jpg.cfGood morning my friends. I hope you are having a good week so far.

Today I have three kids to watch. And I’m making it a no Computer Day for the kids. Partly because of nessessity, partly for them. Yesterday my dog decided to chew and eat my charger cord to my you laptop. So until the new cord arrives we will other be using my laptop. And so I thought, let’s just make today a no Computer Day. And guess what? No complaints about it so far! I’miss pretty sure they will survive.

The three year olds are playing the Legos and my old Playskool dollhouse together. Oh, the conversations they are having with each other are priceless! So far I have not had to interfere or suggest new games. They are playing well together, no arguments, sharing well, and their imaginations are amazing!! I am looking forward to seeing what else they come up with!

Enjoy your day, and perhaps have a no Computer Day with your family?

 

Peace,

Kymberli

Balance

balance    Good evening friends,

Last week was a tough week for me. Some of you know and some do not, I have depression. Some days are great. Some are not. Last week were a lot of not great days. And then I wake up one morning and I am perfectly well. Such is the journey. It made me think, however, on my day to day activities. When I have energy and get my house sparkling clean and days where I can’t even get out of bed. But sometimes that’s okay. Because there is balance in that. Knowing when you’re feeling well and can get a lot done and when you need rest, physically and mentally. And that’s okay. It’s okay to take a nap during the day if you need it, or after work. It’s okay to put your pajamas on even if you are not going to bed right away. I cannot stress it enough. It Is Okay! Don’t stress any more than you might already be stressing. (Easier said than done, I know. But, at least try?) And when you are back on your feet, then tackle the dishes and laundry. Take care of yourself first!

That is my word of the week. Balance. Know when you can do things and do them. Know when to rest and rest. Again, I repeat, it is okay.

Peace,

Kymberli