Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review ~ A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills by Kim O-Brien ~ 8/17/17

 
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Blurb:
 
   David and Millie both have big problems. A widowed dentist with an almost-teen son, he’s being stalked by an amorous patient. Millie’s mom keeps sending her on blind dates, even though the cafĂ© owner has trust issues. So when a lost filling lands Millie in David’s office, the two of them find a solution—a faux relationship. No one gets hurt and no one gets nagged. It’s a great plan—until they really start to care. Now what will they do?    
  

My Thoughts:
 
 Wow!  It has been a while since I've written a book review!  I hadn't been reading much of anything for a while.  Finally, I started this book and found it really interesting.  Interesting enough to capture my attention and actually finish the book!

The faux relationship theme was really fun to read and I was hooked and couldn't wait for the moment it became "real".

I liked that the characters were very realistic with faults and flaws.  For instance, the leading lady had illusions of grandeur and becoming a star in Hollywood.  The hero was an average, ordinary....dentist.  I think this was the first book I've read where the hero is a dentist!  lol

The secondary characters were interesting as well.  There was Millie's mom and the "aunts" as well as Bart, David's son.  David's mother was a completely different story!

This book was a fun read and I'm so glad to get my reading mojo back!


 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hodgepodge ~ 8/16/17

  
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Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:
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1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.

I certainly try to have my actions match my words.  It is sometimes hard, though.  Especially when I say I'm starting a diet and then someone bakes a cake!

 2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has it's day, can't teach an old dog new tricks...now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

Most recently?  Well, not dog days of summer as it has been nice and cool and rainy lately.  Maybe dog tired...  I've been ready to go to bed by 9pm almost every night since starting back to work part time.

 3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

Balto.  I really haven't read a book but I have since the movie many times with my girls when they were little.  It reminds me of sweet snuggling times with them.  And what a dog!  A hero to be more precise.

 4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

I would LOVE to visit Ireland someday.  It has been a life-long dream but I just don't have the confidence to leave the country!  As my husband says, "There's so much to see here in the US."  I do love to take road trips and sight-see.

 5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

I am SO NOT funny when telling jokes!  I'm more of a dry sarcasm kinda funny.  But here goes:

Knock. Knock.

Who's there?

Boo!

Boo Who?

Well you don't have to cry about it!

See.  Not funny :)

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

My oldest daughter, Kaylee, has just started her own blog called


I hope you'll go check it out and leave her some bloggy love! 





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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday ~ A Wedding Blunder ~ 8/15/17


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My teaser for this week is from:
 
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~"He's your DENTIST, Mom.  I'm NOT going on a blind date with your dentist."~

 
What do you think?

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kaylee's Random Ramblings ~ A New Blog

My oldest daughter, Kaylee, has started her own blog!

Kaylee's Random Ramblings

So far she has only posted a welcome but I can't wait to see what she comes up with :)

I hope you can go check it out!

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 8/14/17

 

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The weather outside is::::

Beautiful!  But... we're supposed to have lots of thunder storms this week.  Good thing I like a good thunder storm :) 


On my breakfast plate:

Smart Ones Ham and Cheese Scramble
  
As I look around the house::::
 
We've made progress on the addition!  Right now, we're waiting for a call to let us know the trusses are finished being manufactured.  We're at a bit of a standstill until the trusses come.

On today's to do list::::

Work
Getting the girls back into the "school routine".
Exercise
Devotions
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... Work 8am-1pm, exercise
Tuesday...  Work 8am-1pm, exercise, Kaylee's dr apt for booster.
Wednesday... Work 8am-1pm, Schedule for next week, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday... Work8am-1pm, Menu and Grocery List, Dan's bday (my brother)
Friday...  Off work, Groceries, Laundry, Kaylee's Senior Pictures.
Saturday...  Weigh-in, Guardian Angel Picnic.

Currently reading::::

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I'm still very behind on my Goodreads Challenge.  This book has really captured my interest though so I think I'll actually finish it!  yay!  hehe
 
On the TV::::

Pirates Baseball
Steeler Football!!!  Whoohoo!!!
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
 
On the Radio:::

A mix of Country and KLOVE.
 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Chicken Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Broccoli, Oranges
Tuesday - Ham, Fried Potatoes, Corn, Strawberries
Wednesday -  Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Apples
Thursday - Kielbasa, Homemade Fries, Peas, Peaches
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Guardian Angel Picnic (I'm down for a dessert, any suggestions?)
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

I've put my crochet aside for the time being.  I just wasn't feeling inspired to crochet.

So, I decided to give Cross-Stitch a try and am LOVING it!

I bought a kit at Hobby Lobby and have been stitching away.  I don't have a picture but when I finish it, I'll be sure to post one.


Bible Verse/Devotional


If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.


Romans 14:8 NIV


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 7/15/17

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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This week I added the following to my shelf:
 
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 Tess has taken some ribbing from her fellow officer, Logan, for her quilting hobby. He finds it hard to align the brisk professional officer he patrols with during the day with the one who quilts in her off-time. Besides, he's been trying to get to know her better and he'd like to be seeing her during those few nights a week she spends with her quilting guild.

Then one afternoon Tess and Logan visit her aunt in the nursing home, and the woman acts agitated when Tess covers her with the story quilt. Aunt Susan is attempting to communicate a message to them about Tess's uncle. There's a story behind this quilt, they realize, one that may lead them to a serial killer.

Will they have a chance to have a future together, or will the killer choose Tess for his next victim before they find him?   
  
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Happy Reading!



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hodgepodge ~ 7/12/17

  
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Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

 


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1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

We live in the boondocks so we don't really have close neighbors.  However, if you count people in neighboring offices, then it would be today! :)  It was about me being sore from starting back to the gym...

 2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?

I prefer lakes but I think I'm most like the ocean.  Sometimes calm; sometimes stormy!

 3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

I've never been to Delaware.  My state is Pennsylvania and it is called the Keystone State.  It makes sense to me because it was the middle state when the country started.  I can't really think of anything else to nickname PA.

 4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

I had a potluck last night and took mashed potatoes to go with the main dish:  Chicken.  My usual go-to is homemade mac-n-cheese.

 5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Teach them to sleep in their own bed and STICK TO IT!!!

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of new parents...  My cousin (who is more like a sister) is getting ready to have her baby boy any day.  Her actual due date is August 2nd but she is measuring 3 weeks early.  I can't wait to hold little Damon and smell sweet baby smells :)




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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Best Yes ~ 7/11/17


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My teaser for this week is from:
 
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~"Dive thru ordering and my youngest daughter are a bad combination.  Brooke can do many things in life.  She's an amazing, beautiful, talented, witty, kind-hearted girl.  Who is amazing.  I believe I might have mentioned that already.  But she panics at the drive-thru box."~

 
What do you think?

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 7/10/17

 

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The weather outside is::::

It has been hot and humid with some thundershowers thrown in the mix. 


On my breakfast plate:

Special K Cinnamon Pecan Cereal
  
As I look around the house::::
 
Well, I "feel" heat!  Having no AC is different for us.

On today's to do list::::

Work
Bible reading
Blog writing/visiting
Atlanticus CAL
Girls' checkup

 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... Work 8am-1pm, Atlanticus CAL, Girls' Checkup.
Tuesday...  Work 8am-1pm, Laundry, Ross CAL starts, Ladies Meeting at Church.
Wednesday... Work 9am-2pm, Schedule for next week, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday... Work8am-1pm, Bills, Menu and Grocery List,
Friday...  Off work, Groceries, Laundry.
Saturday...  Weigh-in.

Currently reading::::

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I was getting nowhere with desiring to read again this week.  Ughh!  I'm getting so behind on my Goodreads Challenge...

So, I decided to try a non-fiction read.

This is a book I had to have as soon as it was published...3 years ago.  It has been sitting on my shelf ever since.  I picked it up off the shelf last night and have been reading away :)
 
On the TV::::

Pirates Baseball
 
On the Radio:::

A mix of Country and KLOVE.
 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Ham, Fried Potatoes
Tuesday - Baked Ravioli, Garlic Bread
Wednesday -  Pork Chops, Baked Potatoes
Thursday - Kielbasa, homemade fries
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Pancakes, Bacon, Eggs
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

I finished up Part 6 of Atlanticus this week but didn't even look at Part 7.  Part 8 comes out today so I'm falling a bit behind.

The Pippin Crochet Club on facebook is also starting the Ross CAL this week.  I think I'll wait until I'm finished with Atlanticus before starting Ross.
 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 7/8/17

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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This week I added the following to my shelf:
 
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 A quilt becomes a labor of love for a lonely wife mysteriously separated from her young husband.

After her fiancĂ© returns from the Klondike gold rush in 1897, Florence Harms sets about building a new life in her new marriage—even though the lingering effects of illness have left her weak and vulnerable. She and her young husband, Will, work tirelessly to clear the land around their Northwest cabin, content with their modest life.

But then a stranger comes knocking and Florence suddenly senses a restlessness in Will’s spirit that she had never seen before. When he leaves her with only a note that tells her he will return before their baby’s birth, she is devastated, and the illness that stiffened her joints returns. Counting the days until Will walks back through her door, Florence busies herself with a Tree of Life quilt displaying a map of the farm they call home. Doubts claw at her heart as Florence struggles to believe Will’s promise to return to her. Will her labor of love—and faith in God—sustain her as she waits to see her beloved once again?
    
  
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Happy Reading!



Friday, July 7, 2017

Tea Time ~ 7/7/17


 
Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~We took a mini-vacation this past weekend to Pittsburgh.  We left on Friday afternoon and stayed in a hotel overnight.  Saturday morning, we went out for breakfast and then to the Carnegie Science Center.  I hadn't been there in years!  The kids had a great time but then we had to leave to get to PNC Park for the PIRATE GAME!  I thought we were going to win but the game went into extra innings and the Giants pulled out the win :(  Bummer, but we had a great time :)


~My Dad turned 70!!!  Monday was my Dad's 70th birthday :)  He is now in a new decade.  We celebrated with his choice of dinner and a sugar-free jello/poke cake.  It was delicious!  Happy Birthday, Dad!


~The 4th of July!  I know I just started back to work but it was nice to have a day to spend with all the family.  We didn't do much.  In fact, I did the laundry and cleaned the bedroom.  We did put off our own little fireworks display, though :)


~Kittens!  We're looking for a couple of kittens for the girls.  We went to a farm that had some the other day but they all scattered and ran away when we looked at them!  EDITED TO ADD:  We got a kitten!  It is black and tan and so cute.  Laken named her Raspberry :)

~My first full week back at work!  I mentioned that I started a part-time job a few posts ago.  I'm back at the local College working as an assistant in the Nursing Department.  I know most of the people and am familiar with the work so it has been a very nice start back.  It was good to see some friends from the past :)
 

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hodgepodge ~ 7/5/17

  
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Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

 
1. When and where were the best fireworks you've ever seen? Speaking of fireworks...do you know your hot buttons? The things people can say and/or do to set you off? When was the last time someone pushed one of your hot buttons?
I don't know if they were the best fireworks or not but the best 4th of July I had was 17 years ago in 2000 when my husband and I were newly engaged and so very much in love!  We're still very much in love, btw :)

 2. Have you hosted any outdoor summer parties this year? Attended any? What makes for a great outdoor party?
We haven't hosted any summer parties this year as we're in the middle-ish stages of building on to the house.  I've attended a few though and I think the best outdoor parties involve a pool or water of some sort.  It has been SO hot lately!

 3. What does freedom mean to you?
Wow, deep question!  I guess to me freedom means salvation.  Whether religious or political, both apply.

 4. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy month...what annoys you most about people's cell phone habits?
I absolutely hate when people stop their face-to-face conversation to look at or answer their phone or text!  So rude!  It also really rubs me the wrong way when I see someone driving while on the cell phone.  So dangerous!

 5. What's your current summer anthem?



 6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  Before long we'll have to start thinking about back-to-school shopping!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 7/3/17

 

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Today is my dad's 70th Birthday!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!


The weather outside is::::

Hot!

I haven't looked at the forecast for the week ahead yet, but I think Summer is in full swing :)
 


On my breakfast plate:

Special K Bar and Diet Dr. Pepper:)
  
As I look around the house::::
 
The foundation for the addition is DONE!  Well, all but painting the sealant on the blocks.  I am so excited!

Now, we have to call and have the building inspector come inspect the foundation before we move onto the next step.

On today's to do list::::

Work
Bible reading
Blog writing/visiting
Atlanticus CAL
Celebrate Dad's Bday

 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... Work, Atlanticus CAL, Celebrate.
Tuesday...  Laundry, 4th of July!, Fireworks.
Wednesday... Work, Schedule for next week.
Thursday... Work, Menu and Grocery List, Girls' Well check-up.
Friday...  Work, Groceries.
Saturday...  Weigh-in, Laundry.

Currently reading::::

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I didn't read a single page this week!  I'm hoping to get into a routine soon and find time to sit down with this book!
 
On the TV::::

Pirates Baseball
(on TV and at the STADIUM!)

 
On the Radio:::

A mix of Country and KLOVE.
 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Fish Filets, Homemade Mac-n-cheese
Tuesday - Cook out
Wednesday -  BBQ Ribs, Fried Potatoes
Thursday - Chicken and Rice
Friday -  Pizza
Saturday - Pancakes, Bacon, Eggs
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

Part 7 of Atlanticus comes out today but I'm still finishing up Part 6.  I'm hoping to get it done today so that I can stay up-to-date on at least my pink and green Atlanticus.  The Beachy Atlanticus is still on part 2 or 3.
 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaser Tuesday ~ When I Fall in Love ~ 6/27/17


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My teaser for this week is from:
 
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~"It would be the most perfect day of her brother Darek's life.  Even if Grace Christansen had to personally hand-dip two hundred strawberries."~

 
What do you think?

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 6/26/17

 

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I recently took a part-time job.

I'm not sure what this will mean for my blog yet.  I'm tossing around a few ideas.  I'll keep you updated.

The weather outside is::::

We're supposed to have a gorgeous week, weather-wise.  I'm going to enjoy it fully :)
 


On my breakfast plate:

Special K Bar and Diet Dr. Pepper:)
  
As I look around the house::::
 
Progress is being made on the addition!

The foundation has been dug, the footer poured and the blocks are being laid.  Doug took a week's vacation to work on it with my Dad.  We're hoping to get the foundation completed and ready for inspection by the end of the week.

On today's to do list::::

Bible reading
Blog writing/visiting
CAL's
Wash the car

 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.... Devotions, Atlanticus CAL, Wash Car.
Tuesday...  Devotions, Sew Curtains, Laundry.
Wednesday... Menu and Grocery List, Schedule for next week, Wash Bedding.
Thursday... Laundry, Groceries, Bills, Pack for vacation weekend.
Friday...  Work 8-12pm, Trip to Pittsburgh!.
Saturday....Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh Pirates Game!!!.

Currently reading::::

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Susan May Warren is one of my very favorite author's.  I've loved the firs two books of this series and look forward to reading this one as well.
 
On the TV::::

Pirates Baseball
Dragonheart

 
On the Radio:::

A mix of Country and KLOVE.
 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Weiner Winks, French Fries
Tuesday - Pork Chops, Fried Potatoes
Wednesday -  Hoagies, Chips
Thursday - Chicken, Cheesy Potatoes
Friday -  Out (traveling)
Saturday - Out (traveling)
Sunday - Dinner at Church


What I am creating at the moment::::

Part 6 of Atlanticus comes out today.

I'm up-to-date on the my first Atlanticus and on Part 3 of my second.

I'm also going to be sewing some curtains for my sister-in-law this week.
 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 6/25/17

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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This week I added the following to my shelf:
 
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 No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter . . . but the hunted.

With this explosive first book in The Nikki Boyd Files, award-winning author Lisa Harris takes you on a fast-paced pursuit of justice that will have you holding your breath until the heart-stopping finish.
    
  
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Happy Reading!



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Review ~ Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell ~ 6/15/17

 
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Blurb:
 
  Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal city of New Bedford to restore a more than 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House, a former whaling captain's home, where the quilt is stored.
 
There she meets Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Gray House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline. Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she is drawn out of her self-imposed shell and embraces the family God has given her after her own family failed her.
 
As Kelly reads stories in a journal penned by Mary Gray, she learns there is no transgression beyond God's forgiveness, but the real obstacle is forgiving herself. During her and Tom's journey to grace and love, an unknown force works to keep both of them from discovering a long-buried truth that will change their lives forever.    

My Thoughts:
 
 I've enjoyed every "Quilts of Love" book I've read.
 
They are so interesting and intriguing.  This book was both of those things!  From the beginning it was mysterious and suspenseful.
 
The quilt aspect was very interesting as it is in all the books of this series.
 
Another really cool aspect of this book was Mary Gray's Journal from the 1850's that Kelly finds in Gray House.  I really enjoyed the excerpts spread throughout the book.  Each excerpt divulged a little more to the mystery.
 
I enjoyed the characters and the setting of this book greatly.  Kelly was an interesting Leading Lady and Tom was an intriguing Hero, each with their own past and frailties.
 
I loved how quickly I flew through this book!
 
On to the next!
 

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