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 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.*

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

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

Warmth

Good Evening, Friends.

 

As I get ready to sign off for the night I think back to my week and can’t help but to be thankful for warmth. Warmth from many things. A warm house on the cold winter days and nights. Warm blankets and yes, my dog and cat who keep me warm as well. The warmth from friends and family are a big one too. Knowing that they are near. Seeing my niece growing so quickly and watching her discover things. Knowing that she recognizes me and reaches out to me now definitely warms my heart. Seeing my refrigerator covered in pictures colored and drawn by my nephews and nieces always makes me smile and warms my day. It is one of the first things I see when I step into my house. Sometimes it is not physical warmth that we need. Sometimes it is not physical warmth that gets us through the day, but rather, those little things our friends, family, and pets (although I count pets as family) do for us.

I hope whatever kind of week you had, you had warmth.

 

Peace,

Kymberli

Just a Kiss book review

1d6f33229112506b7aef32cc985d7e17    Seeing the love of his life fall for his brother had been hard enough to send Riley to enlist as a marine. Beau and Paige are no longer together and it all seems to be time to tell Paige how he feels. And then he is hit with a IED that leaves him an amputee. He feels he is no longer worthy of Paige’s attention.

Paige is more than ready to help her best friend recover and as time goes by her feelings for him go deeper than that of friendship. But what if he does not feel the same way? Although she wants him to know how she feels, is telling him worth the risk?

As always, Denise Hunter strikes gold again. This story is easy to follow but did not lose my interest by being too slow or predictable. The characters were also easy to connect with. All in all it is a very enjoyable, entertaining story. I liked that is has a side story as well. In regards to the main story, it can be read as a standalone. However, to fully grasp the picture of the side story I do recommend reading the Summer Harbor series in order.

*I received this book free for my honest review from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild. What I have shared about the book are entirely my own thoughts.*

The Wedding Shop book review

the-wedding-shop    The enchantment continues, this time in a sweet wedding shop.

 

Early 1930’s Cora Scott is breaking ground as a career woman, following in her great aunt’s footsteps by inheriting her wedding shop. A place where brides come from all over to browse their collection and have a dream wedding. Meanwhile, Cora is waiting for her own love to return to her. More than eighty years later, Haley Morgan has returned home to Heart’s Bend. A devastating death and an unsettling discovery has Haley searching for her place in life. She is hoping that reopening The Wedding Shop will be her calling. As Cora’s and Haley’s lives intertwine within the walls of The Wedding Shop they dare to dream and believe in the power of love.

 

Rachel Hauck has a way with words. Whether I was walking with Cora by the river or doing remodeling with Haley, I felt as though I was there, really there. I felt each girl’s hopes, their fears. This is a sweet story of dreams and never giving up.

 

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

A Worthy Pursuit book review

pin5e5a8c210b72840cdec8684ab6ad1224A teacher on the run with three young students. A bounty hunter in hot pursuit. When Stone Hammond is hired to capture Charlotte Atherton, he thinks he is rescuing three kidnapped children. When he meets Charlotte and hears her side of the story, however, he begins to question who is in the right.

Both Charlotte and Stone felt they were in the right and they were willing to fight all the way for what they believed in. I appreciated that. The banter and thoughts between the two characters was entertaining. The love shown in the story was sweet. I loved Mr. Dobson, an older man who often brought a smile to my face with his quick comments. The relationship between Charlotte and Stone was fun to read. It was interesting to see how they would handle each other. Karen Witemeyer has yet to disappoint me with her writing. I loved the flow of the story, it got right into the action, the descriptions were great, everything- made for a fun, sweet story. I look forward to Ms. witemeyer’s next book.

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