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.*

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The Silent Songbird book review

    Evangeline has been gifted with a beautiful voice. But now she is on the run, determined to not be forced to marry Lord Shiveley- a man twice her age and harboring sinister motives. She remains silent, afraid if anyone hears her they will recognize her and send her back. Can she trust the man who has offered to help her with her life? Perhaps even with her heart?

This story had a way of easily taking me back to my teenage years, when I was about 14 or 15. The subtle fairy tale setting, the costumes, the characters…. in a way it was a breath of fresh air getting to experience that again for a little while. The cover image is captivating (although, I do need to point out that the model’s eye color is wrong. It does not match Evangeline’s eye color.) All in all this was a light, entertaining read. I already have a friend who wants to read it.

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

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill book review

    Welcome to the village of Ivy Hill, a quaint village overlooking the Wiltshire countryside. Its coaching Inn, The Bell, is its lifeline, as it has been for generations. Now, however, the coach line is threatening to change the route it takes. If it does, it could bring a close to The Bell forever.

This story reminded me of a mix of a Jane Austen setting with the determination of the women from Steel Magnolias, set on making their mark in the world. Although the story was centered solely around one family mainly, I liked that Julie Klassen included side stories of the other women in the village. Others who were determined to rise above challenges and make a life of their own. Not let the weight of their worlds push them down. I am looking forward to more stories from Ivy Hill.

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

Child of the River book review

    Persomi dreams of a world much bigger than the one given her in the Bushveld of the 1940’s and 1950’s of South Africa. How long and how strong can she continue to dream?

Persomi has been born into a poor, illiterate, farming family, a family working on someone else’s land. She dreams of an education, a profession, and of love. But her dreams seem too grand for her life; too distant. However, she has  determination. And she is not about to give that up. This is a compelling coming of age story with a memorable heroine, and I do not say that lightly.

This is by far my favorite book of the year so far. The cover image, the heroine, the rest of the cast, the style of writing, the setting, the situations Persomi is faced with, all of it. I inhaled this story because I could not put it down, and at the same time I did not want it to end. It has an ending, however, and I came to it too soon. I gladly lost sleep over this book. I was sad to reach the last page, the last sentence, the last word. Great job, Irma Joubert! I truly, highly recommend this book!

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

The Candidate book review

    How far would a candidate go to become the next president of the United States of America?

Newsmaker Erica Sparks is covering the presidential election campaign. As she questions and witnesses the interactions between the candidates she begins to suspect that one of them, Mike Ortiz, is dependent on his wife. To an unnatural degree. What is this seemingly perfect couple hiding? Can Erica figure it out before the vote is cast? Or is she being paranoid?

This is book two of The Newsmakers Series and I have not yet read book one. However, I did not feel as if I missed out on anything. I really liked diving into the back scenes of politics. Usually these types of stories are not my cup of tea but I could hardly keep this book down. I wanted to know what Erica would discover next. What was really happening? I very much enjoyed the book and I look forward to more from Lis Wiehl.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild 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.

 

Peace,

Kymberli

Growth

  Good morning, Friends,

Only a few more days until the time change and winter changes to spring. There is some snow on the ground but mostly we are in the season of mud. This morning as I took the older kids to the bus stop I noticed the buds popping up from the dirt, and in some spots even from under snow. It is amazing how determined and strong these tiny buds are. How determined they are to survive, even if we get one more snowstorm. The hope they give. Things will get brighter. Things will rise again, things will get better, even through our storms. Beautiful things. Remarkable things. We only need to keep weathering our storms. And that is what I am determined to remember today, this week, every day. There can be growth from my storms. This is why I have chosen this word for the week.

I hope whatever storms you are weathering, you are able to see the growth under them.

 

Keep strong,

Peace,

Kymberli

The Little Things in Life

Good afternoon, friends,

 

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying your day. It is cold today but sunny and how wonderful that is! The flowers and other plants are growing strong even with the lasting snow and cold. I enjoy watching them sprout up.

This passed week I have also been thankful for dinner out with my family and friend and afterward we went to Barnes & Noble. My friend had only been there one other time, to get tea, so I was beyond thrilled to go with her and experience the bookstore with her. She left with The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. A classic on my list. I found a book on Rosemary Kennedy that I am looking forward to reading. I also found my favorite secular magazine- Bella Grace. I love all of the uplifting, encouraging quotes and articles it has. I have kept every magazine I have gotten and read through them repeatedly. I saw the Life magazine and could not pass that up, on Beauty and the Beast. Yes, I am still a child at heart 🙂

Sunday I got to spend some time with my aunt and uncle. It wasn’t anything grand or spectacular in events but sometimes those are the best moments, right?

I am also going through some changes in my life, one of them being quitting a habit I have had for over two decades, and yesterday was a stressful day for me, but my friends and family were right there cheering me on and no matter how much I tell them and try to explain it, I will never truly be able to express how much their encouragement and faith in me to beat this means to me. (For those of you who don’t know already, I have Trichotillomania, a compulsive disorder to pull my hair out. I will explain on a later post what exactly that means for me but for anyone who would like to, I encourage you to look it up, and if you have any questions, feel free to message me 🙂 I will be happy to answer as best I can.)

And today (yes, I know, this post is a day late), I have my nieces with me and oh the snuggles and giggles and fun we have! I will always cherish these moments.

 

How about you? What little moments this passed week made their way into your heart?

 

Peace,

Kymberli

Nature

Good evening, friends 🙂

I am, I hope, officially back. Is this winter beating you with viruses the same as it has been with me? One after another? I have been healthy for almost two weeks now and am hoping to keep it this way from now on (as long as possible anyway). I hope you are all on a healthy road as well.

Winter is coming to its end and the snow is melting. The spring wind is howling through, the birds are singing in the mornings, the geese have been spotted more than once. Mud is everywhere, including in my house, lol. A perfect time of year to bundle the kids up and go on “hikes” through the backyard. With a three year old and a five month old a backyard trek is a hike, lol. I am so happy I bought a backpack carrier for the baby. She happily sits against me in the front and gets to look all around and my hands are free. And what an exploration we get to have. Think about it. It is almost like a treasure hunt and an exploration and a nature dig all in one. We get to see the first signs of flowers coming to life; the tiny bits of bright green tips popping through the ground. Pinecones found on the ground can become a new collection in a basket or be used for art projects (paint them as owls or other birds, trees, or anything else you can imagine up), we get to see birds building up nests and the geese flying overhead. As the days go on the little buds in the ground will blossom and we can pick them or plant more. How about building a bird feeder near a window at the house? Making a Fairy Garden? Don’t forget about the classic outdoor things…. climbing trees, races, I Spy, Cloud Creations (What does this cloud look like?), Tag…. The possibilities really do seem endless. We live in a technology driven world, but let’s not forget the world itself and all it has to offer.

What things do you and your friends and family like to do outdoors and on nature hunts? I would love to hear about your adventures 🙂

 

Peace,

Kymberli

I am Back!

Good Evening, Friends,

I hope you had a nice weekend. I know I was silent for a few days. To be honest, my weekend is a blur of blankets, a fuzzy robe, and lots and lots of sleeping. I hit the peak of whatever virus I had been fighting for a few weeks and it knocked me down for a bit. I am happy to report, however, that this morning I woke up refreshed and full of energy. A good thing when the week is beginning again and work is in full swing!

I am not going to try to catch up on all of the posts I have missed because it would take such a long time and I need to get to bed soon to begin tomorrow. Yes, I will get back to my regular posting tomorrow. But for a brief catch-up….

In reading this weekend, when I was not sleeping or foggy head, lol, I was, and still am “living in NYC” with a teenager whose mother has just died and her neighbor/friend becomes her legal guardian. Eliyana, a girl who sticks to herself due to a facial birthmark that causes staring and comments from people, is hoping to just graduate high school and move on. But now things have changed. With her mother’s death, things get weird. A hooded stalker, a Central Park battle that is one for the books…. and not *our history books*. Eliyana soon finds herself caught in two worlds and she wonders, can these worlds survive weaved together? I can’t decide if this is in the category of Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan or something entirely different. I’ll get back to you on it when I do my review.

I don’t have a recipe this week, mainly because I wasn’t eating much other than juice, popsicles, and chicken soup. I will have a recipe for you this week though. I already have it together.

I am thankful this passed week for the medicines modern science has been able to make that help us sleep through icky viruses when we can’t breathe and our throats hurt. I am thankful for the blankets my grandma crocheted so many years ago and had kept me warm during the virus attack. I am thankful for the food provided and the Disney movies that were playing on TV during the weekends so I didn’t have to think about what to watch (I will never be too old for Disney movies). And for the family that dropped off more juice and meds and other things, and my mom who helped with the kids when I thought I was getting better but clearly was not.

Peace,

Kymberli