Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ 9/28/16



Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. Have you ever been to and/or lived near the desert? What did you think? Travel and Leisure lists the 'coolest' American desert towns as-

Palm Springs CA, Virgina City NE, Bend OR, Winslow AZ, Marfa TX, Grand Junction CO, Silver City NM, Moab UT, Taos NM, Yakima WA, Borrego Springs CA, Terlingua TX, and St. George UT, and Tubac AZ

Have you been to any of these? Would you like to visit a desert town? Which on the list would you most like to see?
 
I've never even been near a desert.  I love road trips so I think I'd enjoy traveling to at least one of the cities on the list!
 
2. What's a plan or project you've deserted in the past year? 
 
I've deserted many crochet projects.  Sometimes I start a project and just don't "feel" the colors or pattern.  No sense wasting my time on something I'm not enjoying, so it never gets finished.

3. Desert-dessert? Share two or three words you find yourself having to think twice about when it comes to spelling.  
 
Its and It's

 
4. High and dry, like watching paint dry, dry run, dry as dust, not a dry eye in the house...which phrase can you relate to currently? Explain. 
 
Like watching paint dry.  Waiting, waiting, waiting....

5. How often do you frequent the dry cleaners? Starch or no starch?  
 
Never.  I make sure to buy clothing that is the "throw in the washer and dryer" type.

6. What's a food or beverage you enjoy that's named for a place? 
 
Boston Cream Pie

7. Do you need solitude? 
 
YES!!!!  I need a bit of solitude every day for my peace of mind.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Hubby went to work.  The girls are about to go out the door to school.  It is almost SOLITUDE time!!!!!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Teaser Tuesday ~ Injustice for All ~ 9/27/16


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My teaser for this week is from:

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~"Cha-chk.     Every muscle in my body stiffened, and my mouth went spitless.  Chambering a round was a distinct sound, unmistakable."~

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Also linking up to:

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 9/26/16

 
Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.
 
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The weather outside is::::

 Cool and Crisp!

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
 
2 pieces of toast and some caffeine

As I look outside my window:::
 
  I think it is finally FALL!  I love FALL!
 
As I look around the house::::
 
It is most definitely cleaning/laundry day!

It is also picture day and the girls are having a terrible time deciding what to wear even though I told them to pick it out LAST night!

On today's to do list::::
 
  Clean house.  Do laundry.
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday....Clean, laundry, work on Demelza, watch Poldark, Cheer rally.
Tuesday....Finish folding laundry, Demelza.
Wednesday... Baking day with Mom, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday.....Menu and grocery list, work on Demelza .
Friday....Grocery Shopping
Saturday....Schedule for next week, Homecoming & Fall Foliage.

Currently reading::::

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Well, I still haven't gotten my reading groove back.  I did read a few chapters but have been more interested in crocheting lately than reading.  Maybe I need to set aside time each day to dedicate to reading.  How do you get out of a reading slump?
 
On the TV today::::

I've watched a few movies this week.
"Me Before You":  Bawled my eyes out!
"Zootopia":  great little family movie
"The Four Feathers":  great movie.  Made me sad that Heath Ledger is gone.

I have a bunch of new shows in my DVR to try to get caught up on.

On the menu this week::::
I didn't stick to the menu very well last week, so a few are the same.

Monday - Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Corn
Tuesday - Baked Chicken, buttered noodles, broccoli
Wednesday - Chicken Casserole, rolls.
Thursday - Dan's Day (My brother will bring something home, so no cooking!)
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Pancakes, eggs, bacon
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment:::: 
 
Demelza Part 3.
1 down, 7 more to go!
 

 
 I got all of Part 2 done before Part 3 came out.  EXCEPT for those pesky ends I still need to tie in.  Why do I wait?!?  BTW, this CAL is going on in the Pippin Crochet Club group on facebook.
 
Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::


"For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

 
 
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Tea Time ~ Football and Spelling Tests ~ 9/23/16



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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~I'm back from a VERY LONG blogging break!  It is good to be back in blog land :)

 ~Laken got a 100% on a very hard spelling test this week!  So proud of my girl :)

~The Steelers kicked butt this Sunday!  Love me some Steeler football :)

~Part 3 of the Pippin Crochet Club Demelza CAL came out Thursday!  This CAL is so much fun :)

~We got the applications for permits to build!  Taking it step by step :)

 
What made you smile this week?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ 9/21/16



Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. Thursday (September 22) is the first official day of autumn in this part of the world...how will you welcome the season? I know some of you have been celebrating way too early, but it's official now so permission granted. House Beautiful recently listed ten ways to make your home smell like fall (you can read the list here) What's a scent you love this time of year and how will you add it to your home? 

I love Fall!  I think it is my favorite season.  I don't really decorate much for it but I do change my candle scents.  My favorite is Pumpkin Pie but I also like to mix it up with Apple.


 2. Apple pie or pumpkin pie? Apple cake or pumpkin bread? Warm apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte?


I can't decide!  It so hard to pick!

 

3. Do you suffer from what is sometimes referred to as an afternoon slump? What helps ward it off before it hits and/or tell us what helps you shake it off once it's here?

Yes, I often get an afternoon slump.  A little nap is what I like best.  I love naps!

 
4. Ladies-how have your friendships with women inspired you or made you a better person? For the men here today- how have your friendships with men inspired you or made you a better person?

My friendship with my Mom has inspired me and made me a better woman.  Mu other friendships are mostly with women in the Church so they also greatly inspire me in faithfulness.
 
5. Are you a people pleaser? If you said yes, do you think that's a good or bad thing? If you said no, do you wish you were more of a people pleaser? 
 
I used to really be a people pleaser.  I'm not so much anymore.  I've grown a bit of a back bone lately.
 
6. The seasons are a-changin'...share a favorite song relating in some way to change (not necessarily seasonal change, it could be change of any kind).

This song is about a change in outlook:



7. What do you wish would never change? 
 
Having my parents alive and well.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

It has been a LONG time since I've hodgepodged.  It was fun getting back :)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday ~ Promise Lodge ~ 9/20/16


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My teaser for this week is from:

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~"Rosetta Bender stepped out of the stable with a bucket of fresh goat milk in each hand, gazing toward the pink and peach horizon.  Sunrises felt special here at her new home.  She was grateful to God for helping her and her two sisters jump through all the necessary hoops to acquire this abandoned church camp.  Its name alone -- Promise Lodge -- made Rosetta feel hopeful, made her dare to dream of a better life for her family and for the other Plain folks they hoped to attract to their new settlement.  Even so, she let out a long sigh."~

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Loooonnnngggg Bloggy Break

I've noticed a trend with myself.  I'll blog hot and heavy for a while and then I need a break.

My last bloggy break was about 2-3 months long.  This bloggy break was (unintentionally) about 4-5 months long.  I just lost my blogging creativity, desire and plain old "took a break".

I woke up this morning with my desire back.  I actually had a dream that I was blogging and woke up thinking, "I need to start blogging again".  So here I am.

Lots has changed since I last blogged.  Well, not "a lot" but something pretty big has been taking place.

We moved!

My cousin is buying our house, praise the Lord!  So we've temporarily moved in with my brother.

"The Plan" is to build onto my Mom and Dad's house next spring.  We'll be building an addition so that we can have our own space while still being with my parents to help them take care of the place.  They live out in the country and have a good bit of land to take care of. 

They are in really good health but we are thinking of the future.  It will be beneficial for all, I believe.

I'm excited to once again be a country girl.  We're even talking about getting some chickens!

The hubby is excited to be planning a building project.  All he talks about is lumber and cement and roofing, etc.  He also grew up out-of-town and I think he's looking forward to being able to walk out the door and see wildlife.

Kaylee, the oldest daughter, isn't so happy about being out of town but she will soon have her driver's license and won't be "stranded in the country".  Laken, youngest daughter, is thrilled and would move in with my parents now if we'd let her.

So, lots of packing has occurred.    Lots of sifting, sorting and downsizing, too.  I have no idea how we accumulated so much STUFF!  It feels good to have finally pared down on "things" that we have no need for.  Very liberating!

So, I'm settling in for at least a 6 month wait until things begin with the addition.  Lots of planning to do and permits to get.

Hopefully blogging again will help the time pass quickly.

It is good to be back :)

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 9/19/16

 
Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.
 
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The weather outside is::::

 Too early to tell.  It is still dark outside as I type this.  Yesterday was rainy off and on.

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
 
Cereal.  Probably Captain Crunch?

As I look outside my window:::
 
  In about 2 hours, I'll be seeing school buses going up and down the street taking the wee ones to school.
 
As I look around the house::::
 
Dogs that have decided that don't want to go out in the rain to do their business!  Aargh!

On today's to do list::::
 
  Clean house.
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday....Clean, laundry, dishes, work on Demelza.
Tuesday....Finish folding laundry, Demelza.
Wednesday... Baking day with Mom, Prayer Meeting.
Thursday.....Payday, bills, menu and grocery list .
Friday....Grocery Shopping
Saturday....Schedule for next week,  Church Cleaning Day

Currently reading::::

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I haven't read in FOREVER!  I got off to a roaring start this year and read, read, read!  Then I didn't anymore.  As it happens, I'm still 3 books ahead of my Goodreads goal of 52 books this year.  I have 12 more to go.  Hopefully this book will get me get back in my reading groove.
On the TV today::::

The new shows are starting!  I'm so excited!

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Corn
Tuesday - Baked Chicken, buttered noodles, broccoli
Wednesday - Spaghetti, garlic bread, green beans
Thursday - Dan's Day (My brother will bring something home, so no cooking!)
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Pancakes, eggs, bacon
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment:::: 
 
Demelza Part 2.
 
 
 
I still have 2 more blocks to complete and all the ends to tie in before Part 3 comes out this Thursday.  I think I can. I think I can.   BTW, this CAL is going on in the Pippin Crochet Club group on facebook.
 
Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear."



 
Linking up to :  Menu Plan Monday , Yarn Along, Keep Calm Craft On, Linky Ladies, Pieces by Polly , Homemaking Linkup.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review ~ Brentwood's Ward by Michelle Griep ~ 4/27/16

 
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Blurb:
 
Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.

My Thoughts:
 
Michelle Griep is a new-to-me author.  I found her writing to be very compelling.  I love Regency Romance and was very pleased with the details.
 
This story was very emotional, witty, sarcastic and over-all delightful!
 
Emily started out as a very spoiled, hard-headed individual.  Throughout the troubles she came across in the story, her character developed into a great heroine.
 
Nicholas was such a fun hero.  He was a brilliant detective with wonderfully sarcastic wit.
 
The mystery and drama the author developed was highly entertaining.
 
I look forward to reading more novels by Ms. Griep.
 
 
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Review ~ Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot ~ 4/20/16

 
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Blurb:
 
An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart?

Bath, England—1810

At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.

In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.

But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.

Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.

Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .

My Thoughts:
 
It had been quite a while since I had read a Regency Romance, a genre that I fell in love with many, many years ago.  I was so excited to find this book while looking through the many books at Ollie's.
 
I also love music so I was intrigued by the premise of this book.
 
Alethea was so bold and confident that it was hysterical at times.
 
Dommick was so unsure of himself after having to deal with the horrors of war.
 
The mystery of Alethea's violin brings them together along with their mutual love of music and composition.
 
I really didn't have the mystery figured out until the very end when it became apparent who was trying to get to the violin.
 
This was a very nice read.  It reminded me why I love this genre so much :)
 
 
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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Stacking the Shelves ~ 4/9/16


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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Dr. Neal Stradbroke has a secret past that could destroy everything he’s worked since childhood to build. But when he falls in love with the daughter of one of his patients, he must choose between revealing his past and risk losing everything or keeping his secret and watching her marry another man.

Cadence “Caddy” Bainbridge has worked hard as a seamstress since her vicar father died, and for a while, things went well. But then her mother fell ill. Now, most of Caddy’s earnings go for doctors, medicines, and trips to the seaside trying to get her mother better. The last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement—but she finds herself torn between two men: Oliver Carmichael, whose wealth could give Caddy’s mother the life of ease she deserves; and Neal Stradbroke, for whom her heart yearns.

Oliver Carmichael has always drawn the eye of all the girls with no exertion on his part—all the girls, that is, except seamstress Caddy Bainbridge. So, even though he has plans to marry Edith Buchanan, he places a bet with his friends that he can make Caddy fall in love with him before the opening day of the Great Exhibition. Edith Buchanan has been disappointed in marriage prospects already, so she is not about to lose another suitor to a woman of lower social status—especially not her own dressmaker!—so she spreads rumors about Caddy that could not only ruin Caddy’s business but cause Caddy’s mother to have a fatal relapse.

Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who has an honest heart?
  

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It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won’t be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.
 
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Happy Reading!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Book Review ~ Sit Stay Love by Dana Mentink ~ 4/7/16

 
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Blurb:
 
Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you're ready for a lesson in love...Tippy style.

Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother's elderly dog, Tippy, he's quick to call on a pet-sitting service.

Gina isn't thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can't abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.

As Gina travels through Cal's world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too...

Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.
 

My Thoughts:
 
This was such a sweet story!
 
I absolutely adored reading about Tippy and her humans :)
 
I also LOVE baseball and enjoyed all the baseball references in the story.
 
This was a super-fun read and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author!
 
 
 
 Litfuse Publicity Group  - Something is always stirring here! 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review as part of a 
Litfuse Publicity Blog Tour.  
 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Book Review ~ The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter ~ 4/6/16

 
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Blurb:
 
Living side-by-side, a fledgling chef and a big-hearted contractor find a delicious attraction.

Trouble is, their chemistry could spoil their dreams.

Spirited PJ McKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her own restaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes it’s a contest she was meant to win.

Contractor Cole Evans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy—but this former foster kid knows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers the contest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found its saving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that an out-of-towner with a not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.

But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJ and Cole’s proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share the house for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into out-and-out competition—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

My Thoughts:
 
Sigh.... 
 
What a romance....
 
Denise Hunter is one of my all-time favorite authors.  Any book she writes, I read.  They have never let me down.
 
I loved the premise of this story.  Two people with opposing goals, having to live in the same house and after a year, finding out who will win the house!  I love it!
 
I loved the main characters as well as the secondary characters.
 
The romance was just plain swoon-worthy!  The author did a wonderful job keeping it nice and clean.
 
I loved EVERYTHING about this book!  lol
 
In case you missed it, I loved this book :)
 
A must-read!
 
 
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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Stacking the Shelves ~ 4/2/16


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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1205 - the town of Chinon is beseiged by enemies of King John, and his young Queen calls upon a trusted servant to conceal her treasured jewels.

Emily Braden is intrigued by the medieval story of Queen Isabelle, and cannot resist when her cousin Harry, a historian, suggests a trip to the white-walled town of Chinon, nestling in France's Loire Valley. But when Harry vanishes and Emily begins to search for him, she stumbles across another intriguing mystery -- a second Isabelle, a chambermaid during the Second World War, who had her own tragedy, and her own treasure to hide.

As Emily explores the ancient town of labyrinthine tunnels, old enmities, and new loves, she finds herself drawn ever closer to the mysterious Isabelles and their long-kept secrets.


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Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.
 
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Happy Reading!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review ~ Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne ~ 3/31/16

 
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Blurb:
 
It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding...and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor.  And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?     

My Thoughts:
 
This is the first book in the "Double S Ranch" Series and the first book I've read by this author.
 
I love a good cowboy story and I wasn't disappointed.
 
Angelina was a great heroine even though she seemed a bit abrupt and distant at first.
 
Colt was the perfect hero.  Strong, handsome and take-charge.
 
I wasn't sure were the story-line was headed exactly and I liked that.
 
I can't wait to read more about Colt's brother, Nick, in the next book of the series!
 
 
 
 Litfuse Publicity Group  - Something is always stirring here! 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review as part of a 
Litfuse Publicity Blog Tour.  
 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Review ~ Trouble in Store by Carol Cox ~ 3/30/16

 
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Blurb:
 
Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he's not about to let some obstinate woman with newfangled ideas mess up all he's worked for. He's determined to get Melanie married off as soon as possible, and luckily there are plenty of single men in town quite interested in taking her off his hands.
The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn't want her to marry up with any of them. He's drawn to Melanie more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store unexpectedly offer positive results.

But someone doesn't want the store to succeed, and what used to be just threatening words has escalated into deliberate destruction and lurkers in the night. When a body shows up on the mercantile steps--and the man obviously didn't die from natural causes--things really get dangerous. Can Melanie and Caleb's business--and romance--survive the trouble that's about to come their way?

My Thoughts:
 
This book started out as a fun, light-hearted read.  Then it turned into a murder mystery!
 
And for the life of me, I could not figure out whodunit!
 
Melanie was a brave heroine who traveled by herself form Ohio to Arizona.  She had great ideas for the store but had only one obstacle:  Caleb.
 
Caleb wasn't thrilled to have Melanie show up at the store claiming her half.  He was used to going it alone and taking care of his son, Levi, while doing so.  He definitely wasn't ready for the changes Melanie wanted to make.  He even tries to get her married off.
 
Levi was a six year old boy.  That should say enough right there!  The troubles he got into were sometimes hysterical!  He definitely added character to the story.
 
This book was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
 
 
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