Friday, January 22, 2021

Hey, It's Okay ~ 1/23/2021


Go visit Amber over at Airing My Laundry  to share what you're "Okay" with!

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Hey, It's Okay...

...that I totally skimmed over some of the pages in the reading of "Wyatt" and I admit it in my review.

...that I hate getting up at 6am to wake Laken up for school now that she is back to in-person learning.  I'd much rather wake up naturally than to an alarm.

...that I miss my hubby when he works second shift.  I'm pretty much used to him working swing shift, after 20 years of it, but I still get lonely in the evenings when he works the afternoon/evening shift.

...that I started burning my new candle, Vanilla Cookie Crunch, before my last candle was finished.  It just smells so good!


...for me to read new books before I read all the older books downloaded in my Kindle!  I'll get to them "someday".

...that I'm going to be 43 years old in 2 months.  I'm enjoying my forties so it isn't so bad :)

...if I don't get nearly 10,000 steps in a day.  (And that is even after walking on the treadmill!)  At least I'm moving.


What are you "Okay" with?

Colletta

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Book Review ~ The Loneliest Cottage by Melissa Storm ~ 1/21/2021


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Title:  The Loneliest Cottage by Melissa Storm
Series:  Alaskan Hearts Book #1
Pages:  296
Date Published:  July 20, 2020
Publisher:  Partridge & Pear Press

 Blurb:

An imaginative Beauty and the Beast retelling set against the Alaskan wilderness…

Lauren Dalton’s world shattered the day her father died. It shattered again when she found a box of old keepsakes commemorating a life she’d never even known he lead.

Heartbroken but determined, she accepts a seasonal job in rural Alaska to look after an injured musher’s dogs while searching for the truth about her father’s hidden past. But her cantankerous new boss comes with dangerous secrets of his own.

When a fire ravages part of the property, all will be revealed—and four-thousand miles away from the only home she’s ever known, Lauren will discover just how quickly everything can change.

Don’t miss the chance to lose your heart to Lauren, Shane, and their courageous team of sled dogs in this unforgettable tale of love, loss, and finding where you belong.
 
My Thoughts:
This is the first book of the "Alaskan Hearts" series and my first ever book by Melissa Storm.  I'm always a bit leery when reading a new author because I don't want to waste my precious reading time.  In this case, my time was NOT wasted :)

This book claims to be a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" and, boy, was Shane ever a beast throughout most of the book.  He had fits of rage and yelling but was always ever-so sorry afterwards.  The author was great writing his apologies!

Lauren was strong-willed and full of spunk.  She was fully capable of standing up to Shane and handling the sled dogs as well as a few other twists and turns.

I really enjoyed learning about the world of sled dogs and the mystery of Lauren's father.

This book was a roller coaster ride of emotions.  I look forward to reading more book by Melissa Storm in the future.  In fact, I'm off to see what I can download now :)

I downloaded this book for free to my Kindle off Amazon.  I think it is still free if you want to check it out!

Onto the next book!

Colletta

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My Weekly Bookishness ~ 1/22/2021


All things bookish!
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What I Read:



You can read my REVIEW HERE!


You can read my REVIEW HERE!

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What I'm Reading:


Blurb:

Maggie Carver found herself as the third wheel in her own relationship with a guy who was really good at living a double life—until he wasn’t. Since then, trust didn’t come easily. Two years later, her best friend convinced her to go live for a week in Summit Springs, an old mining town in Utah. In a historical reenactment experience, they would get to live as people did in 1866 during the Wild West. What Maggie didn’t plan on was falling for an outlaw from a wanted poster.

For John, it was love at first sight. He and Maggie had a rare connection, and it wasn’t every day someone understood his humor. He never minded playing the part as livery owner by day and outlaw by night at Summit Springs—until now. His other job came with a nice paycheck, but people normally treated him differently when they found out about it. John didn’t want a thing to change between him and Maggie.

Will Maggie let John steal her heart or will past fears foil the heist?

First Lines:

Prologue:

"Anna, are you sure about this?"  I asked my best friend through the phone.


56%/Page 56

She and Ricky had a secret conversation with their eyes, and I allowed them to continue by suddenly taking an interest in the rest of the room.
 

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

A secret venture, a regrettable love letter, and a heart he can't afford to lose.

Faced with her stepbrother’s betrayal and an unwanted marriage, Alice Rosemeyer accepts an invitation to the estate of Larkhall. Determined to earn her future security without a husband, she begins operating as the anonymous Ace of Hearts, writing love letters on behalf of the men eager to secure a match at the close of the London season. If she can manage to keep her identity secret, her reputation intact, and avoid the arrogant house guest, Mr. Thomas Herring, she might just call herself successful.

When Thomas Herring's sister marries an indebted man because of a love letter, he has no choice but to marry into money himself. Invited to stay at Larkhall, he sets his sights on the wealthy sister of his host. When she appears indifferent, he stumbles upon an advertisement: a gentleman offering assistance in matters of the heart. An ace, so he is called. But when he turns out to be she, and also a guest at the same house, his task is further complicated—especially as Alice proves herself to be as captivating as she is clever.

With reputations, secrets, and more than one heart at risk, Alice and Thomas become trapped in a game with no rules, a game neither intended to play. Had they been wrong to play love for a fool?

The Ace of Hearts is a sweet regency romance novel, book one in the Larkhall Letters series by Ashtyn Newbold.
 

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What I Can't Wait To Read:


Blurb:

Greta Nilsson's trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.

Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He'll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt's ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.


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What I Was Reading 5 Years Ago:

Originally a feature called Last Year I Was Reading created by Maria from ReadingMaria
Literary Feline liked it enough to continue, but has tweaked it
 to feature Five Years Ago I Was Reading. 


See the Blurb and My Review HERE!

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Book Haul:

 




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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  Do you own more than one eBook reader? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer) 

A. I do!  I have my 7" Kindle and my new Kindle HD10 that I got for Christmas.  I almost exclusively use my HD10 now.

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Bookishly Yours,

Colletta

Linking up to: 

   

https://hoardingbooksblog.wordpress.com/

https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

http://www.fredasvoice.com/  http://www.rosecityreader.com/

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Thankful Thursday ~ 1/21/2021

 
Here are some things that made me thankful/smile/excited this week:

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~Skipbo!  After our Friday night Bible Study, we stayed a little longer at my Aunt Donna and Uncle Charlie's and played Skipbo.  It was the first time they played so it was fun teaching them a new game :)

~Steph's Birthday and a Name!  Saturday was my cousin's (more like a sister) birthday!  Her third baby is due April 5th and she's having a girl!  The baby's name is going to be Annalea (Steph's middle name is Lea pronounced Lee).  Steph and her hubby are still trying to decide whether to pronounce Annalea as 1.  An-uh-lee or 2.  An-uh-lee-uh  .  She's polling everyone on what they like.  So which way would you say Annalea?  BTW, the middle name is going to most likely be Marie after the baby's grandmother.

~Family Room Rearrangement!  We once again rearranged the Family Room.  My desk area wasn't touched so I'm happy with how it turned out.  It is always a little strange getting used to a new arrangement.  Do you like to rearrange your furniture or do you like to keep the same arrangement you always had?

~New Followers!  I've recently acquired some new blog followers and I love the feeling that someone is actually reading what I write :)

~Three Things on Thursday!  I resurrected an old feature here on the blog called "Three on Thursday".  The idea is to list three things that have something in common such as "Three Reasons I Love My Hubby" or "Three of My Favorite Books".  I'll still be posting my Thankful Thursday but I'd love for you to also join in with a "Three on Thursday" of your own!  You can read today's post HERE!


What are you thankful for/smiling/exited about this week?  Tell me all the good stuff! 

Colletta


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Three Things Thursday ~ My Inspiration ~ 1/21/2021

This is a post containing a list of "Three Things".  
If you'd like to join in with a list of "Three Things" of your own, 
leave a link in the comments!

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My Inspiration for "Three Things Thursday":


 ~Back in 2016, I participated in a linkup called...."Three Things Thursday" and loved it.  It is no more, so I thought I'd resurrect it here on my blog.  You can see a sample HERE of Three Things I Love About Being a Mom.


~Back in 2012-2013, I participated in a linkup called..."Listicles" and loved IT, too.  Sadly, it also ended.  Listicles was all about making lists.  It was so much fun!  You can see a sample Listicle HERE of 10 Things Summer.


~Back in 2012 (yes, 2012), I participated in a linkup called... "3 on Thursday" and had a blast.  Again, it ended and I couldn't even find blogs for the hosts anymore.  You can see a sample HERE of 3 on Thursday of What I Would Do If I Won the Lottery.


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I hope you'll come back next Thursday to read about:

Three Things I Love About Winter!

Colletta


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Wednesday Blogging Challenge ~ My Childhood Collection ~ 1/20/2021


This week's topic is:  Something I Collected As A Child

My love of reading started at an early age.  I remember even in Primary School my favorite class was library!  So my "something I collected as a child" should be no surprise:  BOOKS!

Two of my very favorite things were the Bookmobile and Book Fairs :)

I thought I would share some of the books I collected that are now packed away but still loved:

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Eleven year old Rebecca Rowena Randall travels to Riverboro, Maine, to live with her spinster aunts, Jane and Miranda Sawyer. Her father has been dead for three years and her mother is unable to cope with her brood of seven growing children. Rebecca is being sent to her aunts' farm to try to improve her prospects in life and also ease the family's burden. The aunts had actually wanted her older and more placid sister, Hannah, who is more handy round the house to be sent, but Rebecca's mother sends the dreamy, more imaginative Rebecca instead.

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This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." This high-quality paperback features vibrant illustrations colorized by Rosemary Wells!

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. This edition contains newly color illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

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The books in this collection tell the stories of six American girls who lived long ago:
Felicity, a spunky, spritely colonial girl, full of energy and independence Josefina, an Hispanic girl whose heart and hopes are as big as the New Mexico sky Kirsten, a pioneer girl of strength and spirit who settles on the frontier Addy, a courageous girl determined to be free in the midst of the Civil War Samantha, a bright Victorian beauty, an orphan raised by her wealthy grandmother Molly, who schemes and dreams on the home front during World War Two

You can share their worlds - their friends and families, their struggles and successes, their sad times and celebrations, their secrets and adventures. You'll see that some things about growing up have changed, while others - like families, friendships, and feelings - haven't changed at all. These are the important things that American girls will always share. They come alive for you in the American Girls Collection.

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Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

It is no secret that Alcott based Little Women on her own early life. While her father, the freethinking reformer and abolitionist Bronson Alcott, hobnobbed with such eminent male authors as Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne, Louisa supported herself and her sisters with "woman’s work,” including sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. But she soon discovered she could make more money writing. Little Women brought her lasting fame and fortune, and far from being the "girl’s book” her publisher requested, it explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.

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When Rose Campbell, a shy orphan, arrives at "The Aunt Hill" to live with her six aunts and seven boisterous male cousins, she is quite overwhelmed. How could such a delicate young lady, used to the quiet hallways of a girls' boarding school, exist in such a spirited home? It is the arrival of Uncle Alec that changes everything. Much to the horror of her aunts, Rose's forward-thinking uncle insists that the child get out of the parlor and into the sunshine. And with a little courage and lots of adventures with her mischievous but loving cousins, Rose begins to bloom.

Written by the beloved author of Little WomenEight Cousins is a masterpiece of children's literature. This endearing novel offers readers of all ages an inspiring story about growing up, making friends, and facing life with strength and kindness.

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What a lovely trip down Memory Lane :)


So, what is something you collected as a child?  


Colletta


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Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ 1/20/2021

  
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1. What's something we'd find you doing most afternoons? 

Most afternoons you'll find me sending off Kaylee to work.  She works 2nd shift.  Ideally, I will be on the treadmill around 2:30 pm and then making supper thereafter.

2. Who do you take after? In what way(s)? 

I take after my Dad's side of the family.  I got his "big-boned" genes :)

3. 'After every storm comes a rainbow' or 'the calm before the storm'...which phrase do you relate to more right now? Tell us why? 

"the calm before the storm".  We've had a very mild winter so far.  I'm waiting for a "big snow".  Laken would love to have a lot of snow.  Her birthday is February 2nd and she loves EVERYTHING about Winter!

4.What are your plans for the day after tomorrow? 

The day after tomorrow would be Friday.  I'll be finishing up laundry and going to Bible Study in the evening.

5. Complete this sentence-"After all is said and done_____________________."

"God is still in control!"

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Speaking of Laken and Winter, she will be going Snow Tubing in a couple weeks.  Unfortunately, she has outgrown all of her "gear".  She has become a young lady overnight!  Luckily I have a friend with daughters a few years older that I'm hoping she can borrow a snow suit from.


I'd love to return the visit!  Please leave a comment and a link!

Colletta


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Monday, January 18, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books I Meant to Read in 2020 ~ 1/19/2021


Books I Meant to Read In 2020 but Didn’t Get To:

(Click on the cover to go to the Goodreads page)

These first five are Christmas reads that I didn't get to.  I had every intention of reading one book a week during December and these were my picks.  I ended up reading none :(







These next five are books that I downloaded and fully intended to read "right away".  They somehow got buried in my Kindle as I downloaded more books.  Right now I'm reading "Wyatt" by Susan May Warren so that will take one off the list :)








Are there any books you meant to read in 2020 but didn't get to?  I'd love to hear!

Please leave a comment with the link to your Top Ten Tuesday post so I can return the visit :)


Colletta

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Tuesday 4 ~ Let's Talk About Work ~ 1/19/2021

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Head over to Tuesday's Place for the questions and to visit everyone's answers!


Let's talk about work!

1. What kind of work does not bother you at all?

I actually don't mind folding laundry.  I love taking a pile of clothing and putting it into neat orderly piles.  I think I may be strange!

2. What kinds of work do bother you and why?

I hate washing dishes!  We don't have a dishwasher so I abhor sticking my hands into yucky water to hand wash dishes.  Even if the water is clean it still turns my stomach just thinking about touching something disgusting!  lol

3. Is there a job you've had you loathed or  perhaps one you loved? Why was that?

Before I got pregnant with Laken, I was a volunteer at a Christian Academy.  I loved it!  It was something I enjoyed and didn't HAVE to do.  I did it because I wanted to be there.

4. Do you have a job or kind of work you wish you were doing? What would make it attractive to you?

I'm a stay-at-home-mom and there is NOTHING I'd rather be doing.  I guess if I got paid to read books that would be OK :)


Colletta

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Book Review ~ Wyatt by Susan May Warren ~ 1/18/2021


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Title:  Wyatt by Susan May Warren
Series:  The Montana Marshalls Book #4
Pages:  298
Date Published:  October 2019
Publisher:  SDG Publishing


 Blurb:

He’s lost her twice…he’s not going to lose her again...

NHL Hockey Goalie Wyatt Marshall has everything--fame, money and a thriving career. But he’s hiding the two things that matter most...a career-ending injury, and his broken heart. He’s been in love with Coco Stanley since she walked into his life at age fourteen, a foster child for the Marshall family. She stole his heart years later, when, after a secret tryst, she returned to her home country of Russia. But she won’t let him back into her life—and he can’t figure out why.

She’s harboring a secret that could cost lives...

Coco Stanley is tired of living her life undercover. Or at least, with an assumed name, always pretending to be someone she’s not. And that’s not the only secret she’s harboring. If Wyatt discovers the real reason she left him, it might just destroy him. She’s resigned herself to loving him from afar...

But when he discovers she’s in danger...

Wyatt is horrified when he learns Coco has been shot and left in Russia, her fate unknown. There is nothing—nothing—that will stop him from finding her. So what if he’s not one of his super-heroic brothers, not a Ranger, not a SEAL...Wyatt is a hockey goalie, a special kind of crazy brave. Except, is he brave enough to face the secret Coco is keeping, or will it destroy everything he’s hoped for?

What will it cost them to save her?

What Wyatt and Coco don’t know is that revenge is stalking her and bringing her home just might cost them their long-awaited happy ending.
My Thoughts:
This being the 4th book of The Montana Marshalls series, I have gotten to know the Marshall family pretty well.  I do suggest reading this series in order to be in the know or it might be a bit confusing as to who is who.

Coco was really fun getting to know in "Ford", the 3rd book of the series.  Wyatt was a pretty low key character until this book, so I was just getting to know the non-cowboy/non-military brother of the Marshall family.

At times, I found the book to be a bit repetitive as "sit-reps" were given to numerous characters.  I found myself skimming over these parts unfortunately.

I really did enjoyed "Wyatt".  So many times, people think they need to be perfect to be a Christian when the total opposite is true.  None of us are perfect, at all!  We all have messed up and carry tons of baggage around with us even after we are forgiven.  This was a major theme in this book.

I look forward to finishing out the series with "Ruby Jane" which is already downloaded on my Kindle.

Onto the next book!

Colletta

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