Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 4/1/17


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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  In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, she’s about to discover that some problems aren’t so easily fixed....
Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure.…

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On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love?

In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. "Love's Reckoning" is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.
  
 
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 3/25/17


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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ABBY AND CONOR EACH THOUGHT LOVE WOULD NEVER AGAIN STIR THEIR HEARTS. BUT THE ONE WHO KNOWS THEM BEST MAY HAVE OTHER PLANS ...

Abigail Stanton's whole life was rooted in her faith, a faith she now clings to solely to survive. In the wake of losing her husband and young son, Abby sets out alone, bereft and heartsick, to discover what God wants her to do. When he leads her to Conor MacKay's doorstep, though, the very foundation of her beliefs starts to shift.

As the volatile rancher's new housekeeper, Abby is supposed to keep his affairs --- and his equally capricious little girl --- in order. Why, then, does she feel confusion, passion, desire, and anything but order every time they are together? Conor tries to hide his own seething emotions beneath a cold facade, but there is something about his prim new housekeeper that sets him on edge. And the more ruthlessly he attacks Abby's faith, the more his defenses crack.

As Abby and Conor draw closer to the flame of their attraction, they must grapple with their deepest beliefs and fears. In opening their hearts again, both risk even greater loss for a chance at the greatest love of all.
  

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At Gram's Country Cooking School, Betts and Gram are helping students prepare the perfect dishes for the Southern Missouri Show-Down, the cook-off that draws the first of the summer visitors. Everything is going smoothly until they discover the body of local theater owner Everett Morningside in the school's supply closet, and Everett's widow points an accusatory finger at Gram. Now, Betts has to dig deep into Broken Rope's history to find the modern-day killer-before the last piece of chicken is served...
 
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 3/18/17


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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Becca Robins leads a simple life, making jams and preserves on her very own farm. But when there's a murder in her quaint little town, she puts herself in the line of fire to defend her friend's innocence-and goes from making jam to being in one.

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Murder is easy-on paper.

Book restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright is happy to be attending the world renowned Edinburgh Book Fair. But when her ex, Kyle McVee, shows up with a bombshell. He has an original copy of a scandalous text that could change history-and humiliate the beloved British monarchy.

Trying to get Kyle's story out of her mind, Brooklyn takes a nightmare tour of the city. Unfortunately, the first landmark contains a dead body: Kyle's. The police are convinced Brooklyn is the culprit, but with an entire convention of suspects, Brooklyn conducts her own investigation. Before she can crack the case, she'll have to find out whether the motive for murder is a two hundred-year-old secret ... or is it something much more personal.
  
    
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 3/11/17


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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When Marcy Singer opens an embroidery specialty shop in quaint Tallulah Falls, Oregon, she throws a soiree and a Stitch-In. Soon, Marcy's sign- up sheet for embroidery classes fills up and everyone in town seems willing to raise a glass-or a needle-to support the newly-opened Seven Year Stitch.

Then Marcy finds the shop's previous tenant dead in the store-room, a message scratched with a tapestry needle on the wall beside him. Now Marcy's shop has become a crime scene, and she's the prime suspect. She'll have to find the killer before someone puts a final stitch in her.
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Not only is Scarlett Parker’s love life in the loo—as her British cousin Vivian Tremont would say—it’s also gone viral with an embarrassing video. So when Viv suggests Scarlett leave Florida to lay low in London, she hops on the next plane across the pond. Viv is the proprietor of Mims’s Whims, a ladies’ hat shop on Portobello Road bequeathed to both cousins by their beloved grandmother, and she wants Scarlett to finally join her in the millinery business.

But a few surprises await Scarlett in London. First, she is met at the airport not by Viv, but by her handsome business manager, Harrison Wentworth. Second, Viv—who has some whims of her own—seems to be missing. No one is too concerned about the unpredictable Viv until one of her posh clients is found dead wearing the cloche hat Viv made for her—and nothing else. Is Scarlett’s cousin in trouble? Or is she in hiding?    
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Happy Reading!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Book Review ~ Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll ~ 3/9/17

 
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Blurb:
 
 Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?    

My Thoughts:
 
The description of this book intrigued me.
 
I wondered how the author would bring all the aspects of not being able to speak into the story.
 
Those questions were answered soon enough but another question came to my mind.  Why did the cover have a ballerina on it when the leading lady was a gymnast?  I hate when covers don't follow the storyline.
 
However, I soon learned that the ballerina aspect played a very huge part in the story.
 
Robin Caroll is one of my favorite mystery/suspense writers, so I knew this would be a good read.  The main plot is the mystery and the "romance" was secondary.
 
I liked how the author ended the book with a hint of what was to come between the main characters, rather than a full blown "I'm in love!" ending. 
 
Another great "Quilts of Love" book!
 
 
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 3/4/17


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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Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?


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She’s all about going green. Could he be her white knight—or will he make her see red?

Tree-huggin’, animal-lovin’ Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is on a mission. Well, two. First she has to come to terms with being a widow at thirty-three. After all, it’s been four years and even her five-year-old niece and nephew think it’s time she shed her widow’s weeds. Second, she needs to find a buyer for her family’s estate—a Biltmore-inspired mansion surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoiled forestland. With family obligations forcing the sale, Bridget is determined to find an eco-friendly developer to buy the land, someone who won’t turn it into single-family homes or a cheesy theme park.

Enter J. C. Dirk, a high-energy developer from Atlanta whose green property developments have earned him national acclaim. When he doesn’t return her calls, Bridget decides a personal visit is in order. Unfortunately, J. C. Dirk is neither amused nor interested when she interrupts his meeting—until she mentions her family name. In short order, he finds himself in North Carolina, and Bridget has her white knight—in more ways than one. But there are things Bridget doesn’t know about J. C., and it could mean the end of everything she’s worked for…and break her heart.

 
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Review ~ LFYI Sunflower Kansas by Pamela Tracy ~ 3/2/17

 
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Blurb:
 
 Will Annie find treasure in her field of sunflowers?
 
Annie Jamison is the sister who keeps the peace. So when her mother goes missing, Annie's the one sent to retrieve her. There's one problem. It seems the town Willa Jamison (willingly) ran off to--Sunflower, Kansas-- doesn't exist. Sure, it's on the map, but when Annie drives there, she finds herself in the middle of a field. Of sunflowers.
 
In nearby Bonner Springs, Kansas, Annie finds her errant mother...and Joe Kelly, a handsome veterinarian who thinks Annie is part of a team of con artists out to swindle his father. It takes some time, but eventually, Joe's working with Annie instead of against her to bring their wacky parents to their senses.
 
When this unlikely team turns into an unlikely couple, Annie no longer wants to leave her field of sunflowers. She wants happily-ever-after with Joe Kelly. But when evidence of the con resurfaces, will Joe have enough faith in Annie to recognize the truth?    

My Thoughts:
 
This is the first book I've read by Pamela Tracy but I knew that it would be a good one due to the book being part of the "Love Finds You In" series.
 
I really enjoyed the concept of the daughter trying to track down her mother and get her out of "trouble", real or perceived.  Even though I don't have any sisters of my own, I have lots of aunts and cousins, so I know what family drama can be like!
 
I was really intrigued by the setting in the book, especially the old farm in Sunflower.
 
As for the love story (and there had to be one in this series!), I loved it!
 
Talk about a chance meeting between two complete strangers from different parts of the country.  All brought together by an oddly placed add for an armchair detective!
 
There were some seriously laughable moments in this book, as well as the mystery of finding the lost coins.
 
The author winds the story up nice and neat.  Just the way I like them :)
 
 
 
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 2/25/17


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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In 1775, Hayward Morgan, a young gentleman destined to inherit his father's estate in Derbyshire, England, captures the heart of the local vicar's daughter, Eliza Bloome. Her dark beauty and spirited ways are not enough to win him, due to her station in life.

Circumstances throw Eliza in Hayward's path, and they flee to America to escape the family conflicts. But as war looms, it's a temporary reprieve. Hayward joins the revolutionary forces and what follows is a struggle for survival, a test of faith, and the quest to find lasting love in an unforgiving wilderness.


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Avery Baker was once a New York designer, but inheriting her aunt's old Maine cottage has led her down a new career path-home renovation. Now, with help from hunky handyman Derek Ellis, Avery starts learning the ABCs of DIY. But when the designer-turned-renovator finds clues that lead to a missing professor, she wonders if she can finish the house-without getting finished off in the process.
 
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Happy Reading!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blogging Break

Hello, Everyone!

I have a lot going on right now and don't feel like I have the time to spend on blogging the way I want to.

So, I'm going to take a blogging break.

I'm also going to put the Favorite Color Swap on hold.  Maybe for my 40th Birthday!

I do have some posts that I already have schedule that will run but other than that, I'm not sure when I'll be back.  Hopefully, I'll still be checking out YOUR blogs, though :)

Until we meet again....


Colletta

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday ~ Fatal Fixer-Upper ~ 2/21/17


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My teaser for this week is from:
 
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~The letter from Aunt Inga arrived, as the saying goes, a day late and a dollar short.  Or not a whole dollar, exactly, but Aunt Inga must have missed a few of the recent postal increases, because the stamp was short by several cents, and that was probably why it had taken the letter almost two weeks to get from Maine to New York City.~

 
What do you think?

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Happy Tuesday!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Songs on Sunday ~ Even If by MercyMe ~ 2/19/17

 
 I'm loving MercyMe's new song "Even If"!
 
Enjoy :)



 
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves ~ 2/18/17


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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Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.

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An East-coast socialite embarks on a journey to the Wild West, and her life will never be the same.

A setting populated by hundreds of common laborers, outlaws, and Indians is hardly the place for a wealthy general’s daughter from the nation’s capital. But Josephine Cain is determined to accompany her father as he oversees the day-to-day work involved in the greatest undertaking of post-Civil War America: the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Life with the railroad is far from the proper life Josephine is used to, and she faces deadly gunfights, harsh weather, and vigilante uprisings. She is torn between West and the East; between her privileged upbringing and the dangers of a new frontier; between the pull of the suitable beau her parents chose for her and an attraction to a rough but charming Irish railroad worker. But if Josephine is willing, she just might find a new life, a unique purpose…and the love of her life.
  

 
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Happy Reading!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Tea Time ~ Valentines and Cozies ~ 2/17/17



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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Last week was a not so good week for me.  I didn't even do a Tea Time post because I just couldn't find much to smile about.  A visit to the doctor and a tweak to my antidepressant and things are starting to look up :)  So how about some smiles!

~Valentine's Day!  Doug and I had our Valentine Date on Saturday.  We had a very nice time eating out and talking about all that is going on in our life right now.  On Tuesday, I had a meeting, so Doug took the girls out for a Daddy/Daughter Valentine Date to McDonald's.  They had their hearts set on a Shamrock Shake but they were all out!  Poor things :)


~The other morning I made the girls their breakfast and as they were eating I started packing their lunches.  I looked over at Laken and saw her reading a book while eating her egg!  Girl after my own heart :)


~As I wrote about in my Family Time post this week, the girls and I made chocolate chip cookies as Valentine gifts.  I always enjoy spending time with my girls, especially when we bake :)


~Laken's Cheer Pep Squad worked really hard to raise enough money to get new uniforms.  They finally were delivered and the cheerleaders were so excited!  Here's a picture of MY little cheerleader in her new uniform :)


~Cozy mysteries have been making me smile lately.  This week I read a book called "Buried in a Book" by Lucy Arlington.  I loved it!  Be watching for a review and giveaway soon :)

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What made you smile this week?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Review ~ LFYI Annapolis Maryland by Roseanna M. White ~ 2/16/17

 
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Blurb:
 
 In 1784 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton. Never did Lark think she'd want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she's loved all her life, but then he betrays her with her cousin. She flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country's capital, and throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes. Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his bride. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new country he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater... before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.    

My Thoughts:
 
This book was so much fun to read!
 
I live about 15 minutes from Western Maryland so it was interesting to read about Maryland and some familiar places.
 
I hadn't read a book set in this time period for quite a while and I really enjoyed learning more about the United States following the War for Independence while the Nation's capital was Annapolis.
 
I was extremely entertained by the characters!
 
Emerson was a complete jerk in the beginning of the book and I loved to hate him.  I also loved seeing him change and learning to like him.
 
Lark led Emerson "merry chase" to winning her heart and didn't give it freely at first.
 
I enjoyed reading as their story played out.
 
I can't say that there has been a bad book in the entire "Love Find You In" series.  I look forward to reading another one soon!
 
 
 
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