July 3, 2015

Two Roads Home 
"Two Roads Home"
Deborah Raney

Book #2, in the Chicory Lane Series, focuses on Corinne & Jesse.

Jesse Pennington has a friendly, outgoing, personality that has helped him to advance in a career, that supports his family's very comfortable lifestyle.  But his outgoing personality is about to get him into hot water.  

He is forced to take out-of-town business trips with a very pretty co-worker.  She takes his out-going personality as a personal interest and challenge.  When he turns down her advances, she cries harassment and is about to file charges.  This puts a strain on Corinne& Jesse's marriage.  It even puts their three daughters in danger.

Jesse has always had a secret dream.  If he pursues this dream, it will mean the loss of their larger income & family home.  But he will be away from his disgruntled co-worker.

Even though this is book two, you don't feel lost by not reading the first book.  It speaks honestly about some conflicts that can happen in a marriage, also between adult siblings, and parents and adult children.  
I want to read book one and I can't wait for book three!

Read more about the book here.


July 2, 2015

"A Heart's Betrayal"
Colleen Coble

Emmie Croftner was only married for three months when she loses her husband in an accident.  She wonders if matters can get any worse.  

Even though she is a widow, she still has their nice home.  Until one day she answers the door to find her husband's first wife and children.  A wife to whom he was still married.  Now, she no longer has a husband or a home because the home legally belongs to the first wife.

Emmie is displaced, powerless and ashamed, so she travels to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning.  But when she arrives there, she discovers she is expecting and her new start slips through her fingers.  

She meets Isaac Liddle, a handsome soldier with a kind heart.  But Emmie's afraid of what Isaac will say when he discovers her secret.  

All of Colleen Coble's books are very well written and grab your attention.  But just when you get into the book, it ends.  This really leaves you hanging and anxious to read the next book. 

Read more about the book here.  


July 1, 2015

"Becoming God's True Woman"
Susan Hunt
Mary A. Kassian

Have you ever wondered why God made both Male and Female? Have you thought about His purpose for you as a female? Have you considered the fact that God has intentionally planned everything about your life? Yes, yes, and yes?!
Then, join Bible teachers Susan Hunt and Mary A. Kassian in this 35-day devotional digging deep into God's Word, hearing what He says about your womanhood, and learning how to  live as a "true woman" day by day. Each day begins with a short devotion and then A Time For You section -- a time for you to read...to think..to pray...to live for God's glory Interspersed throughout are personal stories and thoughts from girls like you.
What you spend your time with and allow your mind to dwell on will be displayed in your life. Girls need to realize that they should only spend their time enjoying the words, sounds and images they want to become. (Allison, age 17)
The media encourages girls to be loud and bossy. In shows, the quiet girl is always picked on and ridiculed. (Connie Jean, age 13)
Modesty to me is beauty. It outwardly symbolizes what Christ has done to our hearts-made them new, clean and worthy of coming into God's presence . . . that's what modesty is about. (RuthAnne, age 17)

This book is a devotional book written for teens, but I enjoyed reading it and I'm well into my twenties.  

I liked how the book started at the beginning (Genesis) and wrote about the importance of the 2 genders God created.  We are both equal and both different, which is exactly how God wants it!  It's a wonderful thing to be a woman.  God knew what He was doing when He created everything and this book reminds us of that.  

Each lesson was very helpful.  There are many different topics in this book like:  accepting our role as women; purity; modesty; attitude etc.  

A couple things I didn't like was they used tons of different "bibles" when the King James Bible would have been better.  Also, the catechisms weren't necessary.  

I did like the testimonies that were shared throughout the book.  I think it's wonderful that these teenage girls have decided to follow Jesus in their dress and purity and being who He created them to be.

Read more about this book here.  


Daily Painting Book Review

"Daily Painting"
Carol Marine

A unique system for jump-starting artistic creativity, encouraging experimentation and growth, and increasing sales for artists of all levels, from novices to professionals.

Do you want to bring the joy back into your art?

Have you landed in a frustrating rut? Are you having trouble selling paintings in galleries, getting bogged down by projects you can’t seem to finish or abandon, or finding excuses to avoid working in the studio? Author Carol Marine knows exactly how you feel—she herself suffered from painter’s block, until she discovered “daily painting.” The idea is simple: do art (usually small) often (how often is up to you), and if you’d like, post and sell it online. Soon you’ll find that your block dissolves and you’re painting work you love—and more of it than you ever thought possible!

With her encouraging tone and useful exercises, Marine teaches you to:
-Master composition and value
-Become confident in any medium
-Choose subjects wisely
-Stay fresh and loose
-Photograph, post, and sell your art online
-Become connected to the growing movement of daily painters around the world

About the author:  

CAROL MARINE is an artist and the creator of the popular blog A Painting a Day (or Almost). She is a member of Daily Paintworks, a distinguished group of daily painters, and she teaches daily painting workshops around the country. Marine lives in Eugene, Oregon. Visit www.dailypaintworks.com.

In this book Carol Marine shares and teaches how it's best to start learning how to paint small paintings than to tackle a large one.  

The images she shares are lovely and the way she transports a picture into a painting is great.  

I must admit, I was hoping that this book would share different techniques.  Instead it just uses the same one throughout the book.  

This is a great book for a painter that's just beginning.

Read more about the book here


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"Desperate Measure"
Sandra Orchard

Kate won't be safe until all of Port Aster's secrets are revealed
Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the supposed "miracle plant" that tore apart her family years ago. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding her father's disappearance. She's willing to risk anything to find the truth, including her relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But with so many people in pursuit of the plant, going it alone might be a fatal mistake.

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster Secrets series.

Sandra Orchard is excellent at writing romantic suspense novels.  This is the second book that I have read by her and I loved it!  The story picked up right where it left off in book two, with non-stop adventure and suspense.  

Although I was still a bit confused about the crime and everything that it involved, and had a hard time keeping up with who was who, I still enjoyed this book.  There were a lot of different characters and at times it was a bit confusing.  

With all of the different characters involved, you don't know who to trust and who not to.  One minute they're acting like Kate's best friend and the next you suspect them as up to something.  The only person that Kate knows she can trust is Detective Tom.  Then she doesn't trust him half the time because he doesn't tell her everything so he can protect her better.  

While Kate is a devout Christian, and everyone knows it, she didn't seem as devout as was lead to believe.  Yes, she relied on God, but almost as an afterthought.  Not until the end did they really talk about Him.  

If you enjoy reading romantic, Christian suspense, then you will enjoy this book and author.  But I do suggest reading these books in order.  They're not stand alone novels.  

Read more about the book here.


June 22, 2015

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"In Firefly Valley"
Amanda Cabot

Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow's End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa's dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake's real identity?

This warm and witty story of dreams deferred and mistaken identity will have you believing in second chances.

Amanda Cabot know how to write an easy, laid-back read.  Her books are always light, and have good life lessons in them.  

I was a bit disappointed that Laurel and Drew didn't get their own book, but they did get their story.  

Read more about the book here.