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The Separatists book review



News journalist Erica Sparks is right there capturing every moment of this historic event. This is the biggest story in a very long time. If these groups are successful in separating from the USA, a second civil war could be declared. How far are these groups willing to go? And when Erica uncovers more and more, the stakes are raised to a very dangerous level.

Lis Wiehl did an exceptional job in taking me behind the scenes of Washington and journalism. Her ‘Newsmaker’ series keeps me riveted, as if I really am watching a true news event unfold. I was glued to the pages of this story the same way I would be glued to the TV if this really was happening. And that ending? Goodness! What more could happen??

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my personal honest review. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*


My star rating- 4 out of 5 stars

Parental Guidance- I would rate this book a PG13 due to Intense Scenes and Adult Situations

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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.*

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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?




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When Tides Turn book review

6aecc4b82a42f8cb87e4aabb6bb83579    Tess Beaumont joins the Navy’s newly established WAVES program for women. (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), hoping to convince people there is more to her than just a pretty face. Lt. Dan Amery is a determined man, focused on his job and doing his part in the war. The last thing he wants is a distraction named Tess. However, when she needs help rooting out a possible spy, how can he say no?

I have always enjoyed Sarah Sundin’s stories and as with the other books, I was looking forward to reading this one. I love how Ms. Sundin takes true events and weaves them into a novel. I always learn something new (to me) while reading her books. This ne is no different. I did not know about the WAVES program until this book. She makes history come to life.

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


Emerald Isle

    Good afternoon, Friends.

I hope your Wednesday is going well. It snowed some last night. I knew those plants should have stayed underground longer! The wind is blowing strong but at least it hasn’t snowed anymore and what did fall last night has melted.

For today’s Where in the World I would like to share with you my home away from home. My favorite place of all to visit. Ireland. I have been there three times. Before I went there the first time I knew it would be a place I would love and I was right. There is so much to share about Ireland but I’ll just share the bits and pieces. The main memories I have of this beautiful land.

* The greenery. How can I not mention the green fields and hills? Even though it is more grey and cooler there, and I prefer the sun and warmth, I love seeing all that green.


*The buildings that have lasted for centuries, literally. Being able to tour Bunratty Castle, which has been standing for, yes centuries, Durty Nelly’s Pub, the Blarney Stone…. just to name a few places.


*I don’t normally like visiting cities, I am a country girl through and through, but when I am in Dublin I actually feel comfortable and adventurous and I have fun exploringame the sights. This for me is a huge deal.

*Guinness Beef Stew over Mashed Potatoes. Yes, beef stew made with Guinness beer. Need I say more? This is a recipe that most definitely came home with me and has been made. So yummy!


And these are only a very few of theach reasons why I love Ireland. I will expound on it further on another post.




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Where in the world….

…. Do I find calm and quiet?


Very easy to answer this question. The bookstore. I go in, I get a hot chocolate if I am in the mood for one, and I take a sip. Standing within the walls filled with shelves of books does much for me.

*Bookstores calm my nerves, they are my de-stressors. Within minutes I feel myself relaxing. Any anxiety I am experiencing slides away. The longer I am in the bookstore, the better I feel, the more rejuvenated I get.

*Bookstores are a great place to acquire information, whether it is for a story I am working on, or for my own personal curiosity.

*There are like-minded people there, ones who love the written word.

*The joy and excitement of discovering a new to me author or the latest book from an author I like.

These are just a few reason why I like going to bookstores so much. I didn’t even go into details on membership discounts and sale books! But those are definitely great perks 🙂


How about you? Where in the world do you find calm and quiet?





Weekend Reading

20161218_130658Good afternoon friends!

I hope your weekend has by  been going well. Wherever you are in hope you are staying safe and warm. As you can tell it is a snowy day for me. And blustery and cold! It makes for a great reading day at least. I have started a new review book, The Things We Knew, by Catherine West. It kept me way passed my bedtime last night and I am having the hardest time putting it down. It has sucked me right in! I love it so far. What are you reading this weekend? I would love to hear about it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Happy Reading 🙂


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The Loyal Heart book review

2e77626e0328274c7653a1c31420a7b0    A pact made between brothers in arms. A promise fulfilled to a dying man. Can love be found in the unlikeliest of places?


Phillip Markham makes a pact with his fellow soldiers. If anything happens to either of them, their fellow brothers in arms would look after their buddy’s family. Robert Truax joined that pact, never dreaming he would be fulfilling that promise go Phillip’s widow, Mirada. She is depressed, lost, and an outcast. Robert makes it his duty to protect her. Throughe it all, however, he knows something about Phillip that could change Miranda’s view of her husband forever.


I tried so hard to get into this story, however, no matter how hard I tried I could not connect with it. I can’t quite put my finger on it, there was just something about it I could not follow. Unfortunately I did not finish the book.


*I received this book free from Fiction Guild and Zander an in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed as entirely my own thoughts*

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The Confessions of X book review

eeea2d2b5df388b515febe161a0de85c Prepare to be swept away.


Her name is lost to history, but she still had a story to tell. And Suzanne M. Wolfe made that possible. She has done a superb job bringing X’s life back for us to experience. Known only as X she was the daughter of a mosaic-layer. Augustine was a promising student and an heir to a fortune. Social status said they could not be together. Their hearts said otherwise.

This story is one of those rare types that finds a place in my heart and takes root. It has left an impression on me, one that I see myself carrying for years to come. I found myself searching out time to read this book. I never wanted to put it down. I had brought it with me on a cruise and I was reading it by the pool, in the car (and I get car sick after a while), I was reading it while I was walking! When you read it, and I highly, highly recommend that you do, warn your friends and family that you will be unavailable until you finish the book, lol.


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



The Mountain Midwife book review

874be01a2db3b0a0ba297d36382eaa29    Ashley Tolliver’s family has practiced the art of midwifery in the Appalachian Mountains for nearly two hundred years. Ashley herself has been a midwife for years and thinks nothing could surprise her. Until a young woman gives birth in Ashley’s house and both the mother and the baby are kidnapped. Ashley is determined to find them before it is too late.

Hunter McDermott is on his own quest- to track down his birth mother. When he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother, Hunter arrives in Ashley’s community. He is hoping she can give him answers. Both are on a mission, but can they help each other?

I was very excited about reading this book and when I started I was pulled in. However, I could not finish it. Names of characters changed (and no, they were not nicknames)- First names, last names…. It was getting frustrating. The Mountain Midwife will be added to my list of unfinished books.


*I received this book free from the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review*