Review: The Hope of Azure Springs

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Alone in a strange town, can she find healing for her new home . . . and herself?

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Welcome to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

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The Hope of Azure Springs is a historical romance novel by debut author Rachel Fordham. I wanted to read this novel because I was enticed by the cover. The setting is Azure Springs, Iowa: late 1800’s

I liked the hero, Caleb Reynolds, and how he was devoted to Em, the heroine, even though she was a homely looking woman. However, as Caleb learns, beauty is only skin deep. It’s the heart that counts. I did not like Eliza who was a spoiled brat.

I felt this was a cozy mystery novel and kept looking for the suspense to build. It finally climaxed, with a bit of violence, mid-way through the book.

If the reader likes a cozy mystery novel with a bit of suspense and romance then you won’t be disappointed in this book.

Disclosure: “I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.”

Where to Purchase
Baker Book House
Barnes & Noble

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ISBN 9780800734732
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
Pub. Date Jul 2018
SRP $15.99

Review: My Heart Belongs in GlenwoodSprings, Colorado

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My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is a historical fiction novel by author Rebecca Jepson. The setting is Glenwood Springs, Colorado: late 1800’s.

Millie Cooper, the heroine, is the nurse of her ex-boyfriend’s wife and mother. She remembered her training as a nurse when quizzed but could she remember when her skills were needed?

John Drexel, the hero, was the one who kept Millie and his brother, Stephen, from getting married so many years ago. Now Stephen is married to a high society girl and Millie is her nurse.

I believe the author wrote this novel so the reader could see how God can bring good out of our trials. I wanted to read this book because I like the My Heart Belongs... series.  It was a sad thing to lose Florence, the wife, to Typhoid Fever. However, It was remarkable how the high society family pulled together with the staff.

I liked this quote spoken by the preacher, ‘Marriage is a sacred institution, a covenant ordained by our gracious Lord. In it we find that mystery, that unfathomable union between Christ and His Church.’

This book had me eagerly reading from the beginning to the end. Lots of twists and turns. I recommend this book to fans of the ‘My Heart Belongs’ series.

Disclaimer: I received this ebook complimentary Net Galley and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Review: Forgiving God


Forgiving God: A Story of Faith is a memoir by author Hilary Yancey. I wanted to read this memoir because my family has also grown in faith as our special needs children developed. I think the author wrote her memoir as an encouragement to other families with special needs children.

I learned that the pelican is a symbol of the love Jesus has for us because a pelican will pluck out her own breast to feed her children. A pelican will become food for the ones she loves.

I love the author’s quote about her son on page #146. “I don’t know much about what Jack’s life will be, and if I am honest, it is his to tell me what it is like, not mine to know.” This statement is so true no matter if we are talking about a  special needs child or not. I also found it special to see that Jack and my son share the same birthday.

I recommend this book to readers with special needs children as an encouragement they are not alone.

Disclosure: “I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.”

The Lion of Judah Series: The Grass is Always Greener Part 2

Ta`Mara Hanscom

God tells David to go to Hebron, where the men of Judah anoint David king. This is where David learns of the kindness of the people of Jabesh Gilead toward Saul and his sons. David then sends a message of thanks, but it’s also sort of an invitation to recognize him as king as the men of Judah had done.

Meanwhile, up north…

Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ish-Bosheth son of Saul and brought him over to Mahanaim. He made him king over Gilead, Ashuri and Jezreel, and also over Ephraim, Benjamin and all Israel.2nd Samuel 2:8-9 niv 2011

Abner is the commander of Saul’s army, he is also Saul’s cousin. He took Isbosheth (verse 9) and he made him king.

Whoa…Abner must have quite an opinion of himself! Only through God can a king be anointed, and…

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Review: Okayest Mom


Okayest Mom is a Christian Living book on adoption by author Natalie Gwyn. I believe the author wrote this book as an encouragement to other families that have adopted or feel led to adopt. I was eager to read this book because I have family members that have adopted children, and I was interested in learning more about adoption.

The book met my expectations because it was informative, encouraging, and it showed God at work. I appreciate how honest the author is about the negatives and positives of adoption, and how her relationship with Christ is brought out throughout the book.

I love the cover because the family looks happy which shows adoption can be beautiful. I recommend this book to anyone considering adoption, or just interested, because Natalie tells the truth about how it worked for her and her family without sugar-coating it.

I learned that the people of Ethiopia not only live ten hours ahead of California time, they also count their hours differently. What we would call 6:00 a.m. in California would be considered one o`clock in Ethiopia. They began a day’s hours when the sun rises. They eat breakfast around 2:00, lunch at 7:00, and dinner between 12:00 and 13:00. Bedtime is around 17:00, and the next morning when you wake up, everything starts at 1:00.  The year runs differently too. As the author was writing this book in 2015, it was 2007 in Ethiopia. Although it was May 31 in California, in Ethiopia it was May 23. (pg# 136)

Disclosure: “I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.”

Wednesday Hodgepodge ~ 358

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Welcome to Wednesday Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions, we answer.

1. What’s something in your house you’d like to get rid of but can’t?

I can’t think of anything.

2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Elaborate.

When I listened to a song that reminded me of my mom. My mom loved easy listening music and would have it playing when she was home. I have fond memories of that.

3. You’re only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet…which three do you keep?

Prime Music, Facebook, Colorfy
4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? (Yes) If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? (Yes) What’s the last thing you baked? (Roasted potatoes, green beans, red onion)

5. What’s the biggest way you’ve changed since you were a child? In what way are you still the same?

My looks have changed, I hope I have matured. Yet, I still feel young.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Review: New Beginnings

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New Beginnings is book three in the Cutter’s Creek series by author Annie Boone. The setting is Cutter’s Creek 1880. The town of Cutter’s Creek is a lot like other small towns, everyone knows what’s going on in everyone’s family. So when two new women and a child show up the town starts talking.

Caleb Jefferson has been a widower for six years. He blames himself that his wife died. If only he had not been so busy with his work he could have saved his wife. He felt guilty and he simply couldn’t let go of the past.

Audrey Norris and her mom, Kathleen Riley were widows. When their husbands died they became penniless, so Audrey answers an ad for a marriage of convenience.

This book can be read as a stand-alone in less than a day. I loved this quote from the book and I believe it sums up the story, “Always remember that what is done cannot be undone. You can only face what comes next.”

I recommend this book to fans of western romance.

Disclosure: “I purchased a copy of this ebook and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.”