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Friday, August 15, 2014

Scenes from Shakertown visit with Ann H. Gabhart

In preparation for Ann H. Gabhart's guest blog and giveaway next Monday I wanted to post some pics we took in June when our Book Club from Unity Christian Church took a guided tour with Ann. We have all read and loved many of her books, both those set in Shakertown and other places.

We were late arriving because the road out of Lexington to Harrodsburg was closed for repair, so we had to take the LOOOONG way around, but the trip was fun and well worth the extra drive!

Hope you enjoy the pictures, and hope you will stop by again next Monday, August 25th for Ann's guestblog and giveaway!

We first ate lunch with Ann in the Shaker dining room. Ann and Jean Fowler ate the Shaker lemon pie. Ellen Whitaker and I shared a dessert. And Ellen Kipela was so sweet already she didn't even order a dessert!

Then we took a pic of us all on the famous steps!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Book Review--While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad

Another delightful book by Lorna Seilstad--While Love Stirs

This is the second book in the Gregory Sisters historical series. The main character is Charlotte, the middle sister whom we met in the first book, When Love Calls.

Sparks fly when Charlotte Gregory meets Doctor Joel Brooks and they disagree over nutritious diets for pregnant and nursing women. Joel never learned much about it at medical school, and Charlotte just graduated from Fannie Farmer's School of Cookery, so knows a lot about cooking nutritious meals.

In fact, she finds a job doing cooking demonstrations for the gas company to promote gas stoves. Anytime they are together, Charlotte and Joel clash, but an attraction is also growing. Can their mutual attraction outweigh their strong personalities? Read the book to find out!

Although this is the second book in the series, you can read this one without reading the first, but I would suggest reading about Charlotte's older sister in When Love Calls, then reading this one, because I love to read series books in order!

This book was a gift from the publisher, but this review is my own opinion.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Book Review--Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart

What a treat!

I have enjoyed both of Ann Gabhart's other books set in the fictional town of Rosey Corner, KY, so couldn't wait to read this latest adventures of the Merritt family. The main love interest of this story is the third daughter, Victoria, who was widowed at the end of the second book in the Rosey Corner series. But we also get to catch up on Jay Tanner and Kate, the second daughter and the gal he married at the end of the second book, right before shipping out overseas at the beginning of WWII, and Preacher Mike and Evie, the oldest daughter who married at the beginning of the second book. So, we also see their struggles with rebuilding love after long separations and after the traumas of war. Since my husband spent two tours in Thailand during the Viet Nam War, this book brought back many memories.

This book does deal realistically with the effects of war on a family, but it is not doom and gloom, but rather very uplifting how God can work to overcome hardships by working through the members of a family who love each other and their small community which almost seems like part of the family.

If you have not read any of these books, I definitely suggest you buy them all (Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home) and start at the beginning. You are in store for a treat!

And, my readers have another treat in store. Ann Gabhart will be my guest blogger on August 25, and will be giving away a copy of Love Comes Home to one winner, so be sure to come back then and enter by leaving a comment. Also, anyone who leaves a comment on any post this month will be entered in the drawing for a copy of Jennifer Johnson's latest book--A Love Discovered, so we will have two winners this month!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

August Giveaway--A Love Discovered by Jennifer Johnson

It will be four weeks tomorrow since I last posted. I haven't been writing on my blog page, but I am writing--on another novel project to send off to my agent!

Since I set goals in my other writing, I decided it would help to set goals for my blog. This month I will post at least 4 times!

Today will be this post and tell about my book drawing for the month.But keep reading for another book drawing later on this month!
Tomorrow will be my review of Ann H. Gabhart's newest novel--Love Comes Home, another book set in Rosey Corner where I love to visit!
The third post will be on pictures I snapped while Ann took my book club and me on a tour of Shakertown, KY where many of Ann's books are set, and...
The fourth post will be a guest blog by Ann Gabhart telling what her life was like while she wrote Love Comes Home and she will do a giveaway of the book! So be sure to stop by on August 25th to read a post from Ann Gabhart and how to win a copy of Love Comes Home!

So, I hope you will stop by each week and leave a comment to win Jennifer Johnson's book A Love Discovered. It is about Ben Jacobs who was the little brother in A Heart Healed and A Family Reunited. This book was the drawing prize for last month, but I had no comments so it will be carried over to this month.

It was my fault we didn't have any entries, because I failed to blog more, so I owe Jen and all my readers a big apology for letting my blog go silent for almost a month, so please forgive me, and come back to visit and leave comments to be entered in the drawing for A Love Discovered. US mailing addresses only! I will post September 1 with the winner. The more comments you leave, the more times you will entered, and the more chances you will have to win!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Book Review of What Follows After by Dan Walsh

I have read and reviewed all of Dan Walsh's books. This one is another winner!

What Follows After has many dramatic elements--runaways, a kidnapping, a faltering marriage. But the emphasis is not just on the drama, but on the changing emotions of all the characters as they live out this true-to-life story.

You will feel like you are a part of this story as it is told, not just reading it, and you will be trying to read as fast as you can to find out how it ends, then slowing down to notice the details the author shares. Dan Walsh does a great job of getting into all of the character's heads from the young boys to the parents and grandparents and even the hired help.

I would recommend this book for all those who like to read dramatic stories that take you into the minds of the characters. It is a stand-alone book, but he has several other stories out, so if you haven't read any of them, check them out as you buy this one. They are all so good it is hard to pick a favorite, so mine is the one I am reading or just finished. So, until a new book comes out by Dan Walsh, this is my current favorite!

This book was a gift from the publisher for review purposes, but all opinions are mine alone.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

June winner and July book giveaway--A Love Discovered by Jennifer Johnson

June's book winner is Norma Gail, and this month's book to win is also by Jennifer Johnson--A Love Discovered. Everyone with a US address except for Norma Gail is eligible, so leave a comment with your email addy to be entered by July 31 to win this great read!

Here's the back cover blurb to whet your appetite: Ben Jacobs has big plans. None of them involve moving back home to his family's Tennessee farm after college. But when he plunges into a web of gambling debt, he has no other choice. Until beautiful single mom Maggie Grant comes into his life.

Widowed Maggie works tirelessly to make a better life for her young son. A relationship with a troubled soul like Ben is a risk she can't afford to take. Can Ben convince Maggie he's a changed man, willing to do whatever it takes to win over the two loves of his life?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

June book giveaway--Game of Love by Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Collins Johnson is one of my best writer buddies, and I love all her books, but Game of Love is extra special to me--the hero's last name is McCauley, and the book is dedicated to me! So leave a comment with your email address anytime between today and June 30th to be entered in the drawing.

I have several other posts featuring Jennifer and her books, so search with her name in the box at the top left hand corner of my blog and you will find them and a bunch of pics of her and her family and even some with me.

Winner to be announced on July 1st. Must have a US mailing addy to win.

And the winner of Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin is...Peggy Trotter!

Peggy has been contacted, and the book will be on its way to her as soon as she sends me her mailing address. Happy reading, Peggy, and for those of you who didn't win, I hope you will buy it in paperback or ebook. And check back next month for another giveaway.