January 20, 2015

 

"Lone Star Trail"
Darlene Franklin

"Lone Star Trail" by Darlene Franklin, is the first in a series of 6 historical fiction books called the "Texas Trails" series. The books are centered around the Morgan family and the struggles they and the people they meet face in mid-1800s Texas. Very well written, this book quickly draws the reader into the series. Even if you aren't normally into historical fiction, "Lone Star Trail" is written in such a way that it's easy to identify with the characters and relate to their trials and struggles. Though we don't face the same types of challenges in today's society, the human spirit of blazing your own trail and providing a safe place for your family remains the same.

The Fleisher's have just moved to Texas all the way from Germany.  They had a rough trip and all of them didn't make it.  When they first encounter Texans, the one's they meet aren't that hospitable, well the man wasn't anyway.  This not so hospitable Texan, Jud, ends up being their neighbor.  

Jud isn't always rude, just to Germans.  He doesn't like that they're coming in and taking over his Texas.  The Texas his dad died fighting for.   

Mrs. Morgan and Marion, Jud's mom and sister, take to the Fleisher's and want to help them.  So Jud gives in and hires Wande and Georg.  This forms a lasting friendship between the two family's, but Jud still has a lot of warming up to do.  

Marion and Wande become like sisters and Marion teaches Wande English.  Mrs. Morgan teaches Wande how to cook Texas style and Wande teaches Mrs. Morgan how to cook German food.  

Jud can't help but admire Wande's character.  Especially after she finds out her fiance has married someone else.  She still continues her duties and works with a cheerful countenance.  

The Fleisher's haven't made friends with everyone in Texas though.  Someone keeps sabotaging their farm.  At first Jud just thinks that they're careless and don't know much about farming, but then he investigates and finds out someone is sabotaging them.  But who and why?  

Jud eventually warms up to the Fleisher's and especially Wande.  But it might too late.  She suffered severe burns trying to help her family safe their house and farm from a fire that someone set.  

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I was excited about this book, but was disappointed.  It started off with adventure, but then it dragged until the end of the book, when it just ended.  I realize that when people began settling in America they faced hardships, but I think the Fleisher's had more than their share.  After all, it is fiction so things can turn out better than they really do.  

Read more about the book here

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FOR FREE FROM MOODY PUBLISHERS FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.

January 19, 2015

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"Hidden Agenda"
Lisa Harris

Michael Hunt is an undercover cop that has been working with the biggest drug cartel in Atlanta for the past year to get the information that the government needs to shut down the cartel for good. Michael has always loved undercover work, but now it seems like his double life as an undercover cop is finally going to catch up with him. His family thinks that he has been dead for the past eight months, the police department thinks that he is a traitor.  The leak inside of the agency, and the drug cartel leader have just discovered that he is a policeman and has ordered him to be killed. Michael is sure that he is going to die(for real this time) when an unexpected 'angel' saves his life.

Olivia Hamilton is a reporter and likes her job until she starts receiving anonymous emails about Antonio Valez and his connection to the drug cartel. Olivia does not want to believe the messages because Antonio Valez is her father. She is not sure what she should do, but like every good reporter she knows she has to get to the truth. While Olivia is contemplating what she should do her brother, Ivan, witnesses a murder and knows that somebody else is going to be killed in the next twelve hours. Ivan goes to Olivia to tell her what he has just seen and asks for help in freeing the other man. Olivia is hesitant about this and just wants to protect her brother and get him as far away as possible. Ivan does convince Olivia to help him rescue the other man and as the three are trying to make their escape, they are thrust into more danger than they could have ever imagined.

With danger around every corner, secrets and lies that have been kept through the years are beginning to be revealed. But is knowing the truth really the best thing for everyone involved? 
 
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Hidden Agenda is a very exciting book. I could not put it down until I was finished reading it. Lisa Harris has once again captured my attention. This book is filled with adventure, mystery, and romance. I strongly recommend reading the entire Southern Crimes series by Lisa Harris.
 
Read more about the book here.  

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FROM BAKER PUBLISHING FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. 

January 17, 2015

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This is the bulletin board I put up for the end of January and obviously for February.  It turned out a bit plainer than I envisioned it, but I still like it.   

In case you can't read what the kisses say, from left to right "Peace", "Hope", "Faith", "Grace" and "Comfort".  All of these things God gives us when we trust in Him and they are sweet!


Want to make the kisses?  
Here's what you'll need:
Hershey kiss template
thin cardboard pieces
cotton
hot glue gun/glue sticks
aluminum foil
tape
Here's what you do.
Print a template. Like the one here. (I copy and pasted it.  Then cropped and resized it on my computer.)  
Trace on a thin piece of cardboard.  Then cut out.
Apply hot glue (hot glue gun) on the cardboard and hurry and pad cotton on it. 
Cover with aluminum foil.  Tape in the back and there you go!  
*The more wrinkled the aluminum foil, the more authentic it looks.


And there you go!
HAPPY WEEKEND! 
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 16, 2015

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE polka dots!  You woulda' never guessed huh?  Well, for Christmas, my Mother made these beautiful curtains for my closet.  I just LOVE them!  I haven't had any curtains or doors for my closet.  Ya, I know.  But didn't they turn out perfect?   She didn't even measure!


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January 15, 2015

My family is real big on making gifts for each other.  Yes.  We still buy gifts, but we also like to make gifts.  After all, homemade gifts are the best gifts.  Right?  My older sister made this for me.  I love snowman!  She enjoys working with canvas and made this snowman tissue box for me.  Isn't it adorable?  I LOVE IT!!!!
The side of it is a snowball stand that says "Holiday Special".  I didn't get a good picture of it.
Have a great day!
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 14, 2015



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I  know this is a little late, but I'm posting it anyway.  Dixie is an artist and for the past two years she has entered a local Christmas drawing contest.  She has also won both years! Last year she drew the Nativity scene.  It was wonderful!  This is the picture she drew this year.  This was free-handed.  Not traced.  Isn't it beautiful? 

Have a great day!
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!