Friday, December 30, 2011

Kindle Fire Giveaway plus more - Ends Dec 31st

Author Monica Leonelle is sponsoring a Kindle Fire giveaway over at Sweeptight. She is giving away more than just a Kindle Fire but you will have to hop over to Sweeptight to see what all she is giving away.

She is having this giveaway because of the release of her new book Silver Smoke which you can get at right now for $0.99 What a bargain!! I know I bought mine for my Kindle Keyboard. The books has great reviews and is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars with 18 out of 23 reviewer giving it 5 stars and the other 4 giving it 4 stars. I have never read a book about the supernatural before but what the heck right?

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman -- Book Review

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Original edition (October 2010)
  • Author: Vannetta Chapman

Book Description:
Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and Annie has several important choices to make.

My Thoughts:

After finally waiting until the Christmas season to read this book I am disappointed that I waited so long to read it. I absolutely loved the whole storyline. I love the fact that Annie came home when she was needed most. I love the fact that she spent her rumschpringe learning to do something that she loved and that would help the community.

With the loss that Samuel is feeling and his love for his helping the community, and the anger that he had built up inside him, I was glad to see that he could overcome it and work through it all.

This is such a wonderfully written story and I wish there were a second book. Heck maybe there is and I just don't know about it. I guess when I am done with this I better go check it out.

I was not paid in anyway for this review. As a matter of a fact, I purchased this book for my Kindle from for a special price of $2.39 back in December 2010.


Friday, November 18, 2011

I Want A Moring Do Over!!


It is only 9:45am and I have had enough of this day already! At 1:07am I got up to go sleep on the couch because I could no longer sleep laying down because of this coughing crap. And yep, I have a Doctor's appointment on Monday. And while I was on the couch sleeping at about 4 o'clock I started battling a flea. Yep, I said it, a flippin' flea! Under my shirt!

Here is where I must back up and say that we had purchased the WalMart flea stuff that they have been advertising that is as good as Frontline and used it for the three months. Well, that won't happen again! This yesterday I went, well Rissa, went to the Vet's and got the good flea stuff....I think. Instead of giving the dogs the liquid you put on their backs they gave them the pill because we don't have to worry about tick this time of year. Well, I have come to the assumption that, that little pill must make them all jump off the dogs and on to me and not kill them. Now, we were only one day late putting it on the dogs so I know that WalMart crap does not work.

Well anyway back to the damn flea. He must have loved my Vick's VapoRub because I fought and fought the stupid thing for about two hours. Heck it could have been a bunch of them because I got up a few times and shook my shirt out and brushed my self off and still was feeling the stupid thing. Did I say I now hate WalMart? 

After I finally must have beaten the flea, and Jr gets up for work and tells me he is leaving I get back to sleep and her comes Rissa yelling at me, "Where are the box fans?" For crying out loud, I am sleeping! There are two places they could be, either in the spare room or in the basement. Did she look? Obviously not because she was yelling at me, "Where are they?" Of course I gave here the two choices and off she stomps telling me that the dryer is broken and all her clothes are wet. Just wonderful!

Now, at this point I am awake and coughing my butt off and I still have two hours before I have to get up and can't get back to sleep because of the coughing. Ugg! So finally I just give up and get up. I go out and sure enough, the dryer does absolutely nothing! I check the breaker and nothing. Now Jr (Mr. Fix It) is at his sister moving some stuff that needed moved and has not heard this yet.

So I figure I better get the floor vacuumed before the kiddos get here and I get the sweeper out and the belt needs changed because, well I won't go there but you can't set the sweeper on the lowest setting and then let it suck the throw rugs up in it and not expect it to burn the belt up. So, I get the new belt out and start taking the Kirby apart and the darned ole levers that allow you to take the metal plate off the bottom of sweeper that covers the beater bar won't budge. Not one little bit. I beat them and beat them and finally they move enough that I can get that off and swap belts and start sweeping.

At this point, dear hubby (Mr. Fix It) comes in and says, "I guess I should have went jeans shopping last night!" and turns around and he had ripped out the butt of his jeans. I just don't understand why they can't reinforce those things where they sew the top corners of the pockets on. So I tell him about the dryer. lol That made his day......not really. Then he leaves to go unload the stuff that he was supposed to be moving for his sister.

So, I decided to finish sweeping the floor. Not sure why, but I did. (Ah, dear hubby is back) As I am sweeping my bedroom, the darn sweeper catches a string from the fringe of a blanket on the bench and I didn't notice it at first because I am walking backwards out of the bedroom pulling the sweeper and that's when I notice all the clean clothes that was on the bench is now in the floor with the blanket. Ugg! 

Seriously, can I just go get some more Vick's VapoRub and go back to bed? Opps, I just heard the first four letter word from Jr, as he is working on the dryer. Yikes! Oooo, there went another one :(


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Giveaways that I am NOT missing!!


Mama to 4 Blessings has some great giveaways going on right now, and here are the ones that I am getting in on.


The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman ~ Book Review

Title:  The Wonder of Your Love (Land of Canaan Series Book 2)
Author:  Beth Wiseman
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Publish Date:  Oct 4,2011

Book Description

Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.

When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun
But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans
Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?

My thoughts:

First off I have to sadly admit that I missed reading the first book in this series, Seek Me With All Your Heart. But with even having missed the first book, I truly loved the second book and feel as if I didn't really miss anything. 

With Katie Ann being a new mother and a new widow it brings a lot of sadness to her life and a lot of hard times but she has one very close Englisher that helps her in any way that she can. Martha is such a wonderful person for the way that she helps Katie Ann and also for the way that she helps Danielle out.

Katie Ann meets Eli, who comes to Colorado for a visit and just can't seem to let him into her world for fear that he will leave her like her husband did before he was killed in a car accident. She is the about the same age as Eli but she is just now raising her first child and he has raised all his children and working on grandchildren.

Well, I don't want to give anything away but I do want to say that this is another great book by Beth Wiseman and I hope there is another book in this series because I am wanting to know more about Katie Ann, Eli, Martha and Danielle.

I review for BookSneeze®

Images and excerpt are from BookSneeze.

I was not paid for this review, I did however receive a copy of the book for my Kindle from BookSneeze. The opinions of this book are mine and mine alone.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Prairie Winter by Bonnie Geisert ~ Book Review

Title:  Prairie Winter
Author:  Bonnie Geisert
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date:  11-16-2009

About the book:

The Cresbard school means a lot to sixth grader Rachel Johnson. It means classes with a beloved teacher, important band rehearsals for the upcoming concert in Chicago, and time to hang out with Winnie and Darren and the rest of the town kids. For a twelve year-old living on a remote prairie farm with no phone, school means connection. And that connection is about to be severed. The most dangerous winter that Rachel has ever known is about to descend on Cresbard, marooning her on the farm and keeping her from the school she so desperately loves.
Then, in a surprising turn of events, Rachel’s dad agrees to fly his three oldest daughters to town so they can continue the school year. Rachel will be boarding in a hotel with no parents, no rules, and no chores. Her choice of desserts every night, two-stepping with Darren Baxter at the school dance . . .will Rachel ever be able to return to farm life after this?

My thoughts:

Even though this a book for children, I thought it was a great book. It really gave some perspective of what children in those times went through. Kids these days would not know what to do if they had to live their lives remotely like that. I really made me stop and think I good I even have it. I would recommend this for adults too, not just children.

Images and excerpt are from NetGalley.
I was not paid for this review, I did however receive a copy of the book for my Kindle from NetGalley. The opinions of this book are mine and mine alone.


The Healing by Wanda Brunstetter ~ Book Review

Title:  The Healing, Kentucky Brothers Book 2
Publish Date:  9-1-2011

About the book:

Now a New York Times and USA Bestseller! Seek a fresh start with Amish widower Samuel Fisher as he journeys from Lancaster County to Bluegrass Country, hoping to find a balm for the grief he’s carried with him. Will this single father, burdened by yesterday’s memories, discover a new and perhaps better life in Kentucky, the land of tomorrow? Esther Beiler, who helps watch Samuel’s children, develops a crush on Samuel and a true affection for his kids. Can she win his heart, or has she already lost it to an English woman? How will God untangle star-crossed lovers when jealousies and misconceptions threaten to tear them apart?

My thoughts:

This is the second book in this series and I just could not get enough of it. My heart was breaking for Samuel Fisher and his children and what they were going through without their wife and mother. It was nice to read that the children were taking to Ester like she was taking to them. This is a story of heartache and love. I am seriously hoping that their is a third book in this series because I am still wanting more. Definitely a 5 star and I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Images and excerpt are from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc.
I was not paid for this review, I did however receive a copy of the book for my Kindle from NetGalley. The opinions of this book are mine and mine alone.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Grandma

           My Grandma was one of the most honest people you will ever meet, sometimes brutally honest. If she liked what you were wearing, she would let you know. If she didn’t like what you were wearing, she’d let you know. But she would always say, “If we all liked the same things, we would all be in a world of hurt.”

            Together with Grandpa, like two peas in a pod, they loved to attend the Grandkids and Great Grandkids sporting events. I personally think their favorite was to go watch Rick and Adam when the played baseball and basketball. And I know that every chance that they could, they would be at that bowling alley watching Adam, Maurissa, Taylor and Abbie when they bowled on Saturday and then when the three older ones got into High School bowling there were there as much as possible to cheer them on as well. Heck, they loved bowling so much that they would even go down and watch Jodi and I bowl and sit up at the counter and split their order of chicken strips and French fries because Grandma said that Grandpa didn’t need to eat a whole order.  I believe that my Grandpa and Grandma attended more sporting events together than other grandparents could ever dream of attending.

            I sit back and remember spending nights at Grandpa and Grandma’s house and Grandma was one to always read books to us and color. Oh, how Grandma loved to color. She would sit and color with us for hours and always give us pointers on how to make our picture come alive.

            Oh, and how together they love to play cards with anyone who would sit down and play. For years and years and years they played cards at least one night a week with three other couples, if not more, rotating houses that they played in. And you never interfered with card night. Grandma would always be so proud when the women would beat the men, but Grandpa would always say “We have to let them win once in a while.”

            Not only did they love to play cards but they love to play all kinds of games with us Grandkids. I can remember them, Mark, Mathew and I playing Go Fish, Crazy 8’s and then when we got older we played dominoes, Rack-o, Uno, and Tri-ominoes. Even after Jr and I were married we would go up and play games with them when we visited.

            Grandma also loved her beauty shop. Heck, I loved it to. As kids, Mark, Mathew and I would go out and use the dryer chairs as race cars because the levers to lift the feet made great gear shifts. Grandma would always call us out there to show us off to her clients who were older ladies which we thought was neat. One day I got this brilliant idea that I wanted Grandma to give me a perm like she did her clients, with short hard to perm gray hair. Well, she did and it would have been perfect if it weren’t the mid 80’s because I looked like Lionel Richie from the early 70’s.

            Another thing that Grandma loved to do was feed the wild birds and sit and watch them. Of course she fussed at the chipmunks and squirrels  for getting into the food but she loved her birds. She always kept the feeders full and was proud of the different birds it would attract. When us Grandkids were growing up she taught us the names of all the birds that visited her feeders and I carry on that same tradition thanks to her.

            Grandma had two favorite sayings that us Grandkids just loved. One was “Ah horse feathers!!!” And it never failed that one of us Grandkids would have the comeback of “Oh Grandma, horses don’t have feathers!” And her other favorite saying was “Oh shit, Roger!!”

            Grandma was also a wonderful cook and I am sure that everyone will always remember her apple salad, potato salad and cheesy potatoes with everyone fighting to claim those perfectly crispy burnt edges.
            Grandma, there will never be another like you! I will forever miss you and always love you!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's that time of year again for.......HEAD LICE!

I am not a bug person at all and just the mention of head lice gives me the heebee jeebee's. I have been scratching my head ever since dear hubby came home from driving the school bus one day couple weeks ago and then on Monday one of the daycare Mommies informs me "The girls have head lice." Oh, how I hate those dreaded words. So then last night I was dreaming of head lice. Eww! As I am typing I am itching not just on my head but all over. lol 

Luckily I had washed all the blankets and pillows over the weekend so that was already taken care of and put away after naps on Friday. So I began the other clean up in the daycare room and I have all that done. I just wanted to post a little information that I found on the Center of Disease Control website today. 

As you can see, the eggs and the adult lice are not very big and can be hard to see and find. Trust me it is no fun having to search through a child's hair for hours everyday until you no longer find any. I had to do that years ago and I decided then that I did not wish that on my worst enemy.

Head lice are not known to transmit disease; however, secondary bacterial infection of the skin resulting from scratching can occur with any lice infestation.

Getting head lice is not related to cleanliness of the person or his or her environment.

Head lice are mainly spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. The most common way to get head lice is by head-to-head contact with a person who already has head lice. Such contact can be common among children during play at:

  • school,
  • home, and
  • elsewhere (e.g., sports activities, playgrounds, camp, and slumber parties).

Uncommonly, transmission may occur by:

  • wearing clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, or hair ribbons worn by an infested person;
  • using infested combs, brushes or towels; or
  • lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal that has recently been in contact with an infested person.
You can call your Doctor and get a prescription shampoo for this or you can buy the over the counter stuff, which I find to be quite expensive. To read more on the treatment you can do so over at the Center of Disease Control.

Now, I am off to comb my hair once again with the nit comb and praying it still comes out clean.


    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    When Do You Put The Flag At Half Staff?

    I don't know about all of you but I have always wanted to know the answer to this because I have a flag out in my front yard. Well I was searching for some images to use for the 9/11 tribute and came across a handy widget for my blog. Can you see it up there in the upper right hand corner? It will put that flag at half staff on the days that it should be. Also you can sign up for emails telling you the days to lower your flag and you can print off a calendar of half staff days

    We provide an email alert service of when to fly your American flag at half mast.

    The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
    Days the American flag should be flown at half-staff:

    • May 15th – Peace Officers Memorial Day
    • Last Monday in May  - Memorial Day (half-staff until noon only, then raise to the top of the staff)
    • July 27th – Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
    • September 11th – Patriot Day
    • December 7th – Pearl Harbor Day

     By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of the State, territory or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory.

    In the event of the death of other officials of foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to presidential instructions of orders, or in accordance with recognized customs practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.

    Flags flown on poles affixed to a home or building are not to be flown at half staff but a memorial streamer can be affixed to the top of the flagpole to signify half staff.

    Now, hopefully with all this I don't miss any more half staff days.

    Now, here is something that is a pet peeve of mine. If you can't hang the flag correctly, then don't hang it. So here is some info on how to hang it:

    General Flag Display

    It is the universal custom to display the American flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

    The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

    1. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the American flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. No other flag or pennant should be placed above, or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea...for personnel of the Navy...when the church pennant may be flown above the flag.

    No person shall display the flag of the United Nations of any other national of international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory of possession thereof; provided, that nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a positions of equal prominence of honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.


    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Book Review ~ What a Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller

    Title:  What a Heart Sees
    Author:  Kathleen Fuller
    Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
    Pub Date:  3/8/2011


    Together for the first time, three Amish romances from Kathleen Fuller.

    "A Miracle for Miriam" from An Amish Christmas 

    Miriam fell for Seth, but he broke her heart. Years later, after he’s nearly killed in an accident, Miriam sees him at a Christmas party and notices something is different about him—not just how he looks, but how he acts. When Seth pursues her, she must decide whether to guard her heart or accept his love. 

    "A Place of His Own" from An Amish Gathering 

    When Josiah left Paradise the first time, he didn't even say good-bye. Now he's back, ten years later, and he's changed. Why is he so distant and bitter? Where is the boy who used to be Amanda's best friend? Amanda is learning that there are things even a capable Amish girl can't fix. But can she stand there and watch him walk away...again? 

    "What the Heart Sees" from An Amish Love 

    A tragic accident rocks a peaceful Amish community, leaving Ellie Chupp blinded and Christopher Bender's future shattered. But they find love and forgiveness in a place they least expect.

    My thoughts

    "A Miracle for Miriam" ~ Miriam had been in love with Seth for as long as she could remember. Along with remembering how much she was in love with Seth she remembered how he crushed her heart in front of everyone when they were younger. Now that they are adults in the community and have came in contact with each other again she has to fight to keep those feelings for Seth down inside her because she is afraid that he will once again crush her heart. 

    This is a great short story but I found myself wanting the story to continue so I could find out how their lives turned out.

    "A Place of His Own" from An Amish Gathering ~ Amanda lost her best friend, Josiah, when she was growing up and had no idea why he had moved away. Then, one day he comes back into her life for her only to find out that he is leaving again. When they were growing up he was her best friend and she thought that she knew everything about him but boy was she surprised. Both Amanda and Josiah had a lot to deal with in this story but I found enjoyed it very much.

    "What the Heart Sees" from An Amish Love ~  Ellie Chupp was in an accident with two other Amish friends and the result was that she had lost her sight. Luckily she was not the one to lose their life but there was so much for her to deal with since the accident. When she lost John she felt like she would never get married and have the family that she always dreamed of. 

    Then their was Christopher Miller who left the Amish faith because of the accident because he could not bring it to himself to forgive the person who caused the accident which caused the death of his fiance, Caroline. He had dreamed that they would have such a great life full of children and that was taken away from him and because he could not forgive he was shunned by the community. After five long years he decided that he truly missed the Amish faith and his family but when he returned to his family he was thrown a few more surprises that made forgiveness even harder.

    I would really like to read more about all three of these stories. This is my first Kathleen Fuller book and I am looking forward to reading more. 

    You can purchase this book at:

    Images and excerpt are from NetGalley and
    I was not paid for this review, I did however receive a copy of the book for my Kindle from NetGalley. The opinions of this book are mine and mine alone.


    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Book Review ~ Lilly's Wedding Quilt by Kelly Long

    Title:  Lilly's Wedding Quilt
    Sub Title:  A Patch of Heaven Series #2
    Author:  Kelly Long
    Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
    Pub Date:  3/29/2011


    Handsome, headstrong Jacob offers Lilly his hand in marriage, but his heart belongs to someone else. 

    While Lilly Lapp has loved Jacob for years, she wouldn't compete with Sarah King, the woman Jacob was determined to marry. But when Sarah marries another, Jacob spontaneously agrees to wed Lilly.

    Lilly divides her time between teaching the local Amish children and caring for her widowed mother who suffers from depression. Lilly's faith comforts her, but her heart still longs to be the sole object of Jacob's affection

    As the days slip by, Lilly decides that hoping is too risky and vows to protect her heart. But God is subtly as work, and as winter turns to spring, their hearts awaken.

    The furthest thing from Lilly's mind is her Amish wedding quilt, a traditional gift for new brides. And the person she'd least suspect is the one making it. Like stray pieces of fabric quilted into a new design, Jacob and Lilly's marriage begins to bind them together in ways neither expected

    My thoughts

    With Lilly Lapp being in love with Jacob, who has had his eyes and heart sat on Sarah King for as long as he can remember is hard for Lilly. But it is even harder for Jacob when it is time for Sarah to marry. This is when Jacob gets himself into some trouble and this is also the time when he and Lilly start their friendship.

    Their quick words and not so smart thinking gets them into a bit of a bind as they unexpectedly announce their engagement to cover up Jacob's overnight disappearance. In order to keep every thing on the up and up they go through with the wedding even though Lilly knows in her heart that Jacob is still in love with Sarah.

    I love how their friendship blossoms and how their love kindles in this book. I have never read a book by Kelly Long before and I am hoping that their is another book in this series.

    I definitely give this book 5 stars!!

    You can buy this book at:

    Images and excerpt are from NetGalley and
    I was not paid for this review, I did however receive a copy of the book for my Kindle from NetGalley. The opinions of this book are mine and mine alone.

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Calling for some blogger help!

    My blogger friend from over at Mom Caboodle is trying to win a trip to Disney World for her family and can really use some bloggy help. She is in need of some daily votes to get on up there into 1st place and keep her there.

    This is the picture that she has entered, isn't it quite creative? See Cha Cha down there? What a cute frog! And I hate frogs!! lol

     Cha Cha Down Under on a hunt for the fierce Red Tailed Shark

    Voting is easy, click on the above picture and it will take you to the site where you can just click on the green vote now button. It's easy peasy!!

    And don't forget to vote DAILY!!


    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Book Review ~ Vanish in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

    Title:  Vanish in Plain Sight
    Author:  Marta Perry
    Publisher:  Harlequin
    Pub Date:  5/31/2011


    A young mother VANISHES in plain sight...

    Since she was a little girl, Marisa Angelo has been haunted by the image of her mother walking away, suitcase in hand, to return to her Amish roots.

    Marisa and her “Englischer” father never saw or heard from her again. Now Marisa has received a shocking call from police. Her mother’s bloodstained suitcase was found hidden inside the wall of an Amish farmhouse.

    Desperate for answers, Marisa heads to Lancaster County. But no one—not the police or Marisa’s tight-lipped Amish relatives—can explain what happened to her mother.

    Only one man is as determined as Marisa to unravel the mystery— Link Morgan, the handsome ex-military loner who found the suitcase in the house he inherited from his uncle. Because both Link’s and Marisa’s family members are implicated in the decades-old disappearance.

    The secret lies somewhere in the quaint Amish settlements. But someone will do anything to ensure the truth remains hidden forever.

    My thoughts

    At first let me say that I was a little afraid to read this because it is published by Harlequin and when I was younger I used to read some books from Harlequin and it seemed they were all the same with different names and places. Well, I learned a great lesson from this book, Harlequin is not what it used to be.

    Now, I love books about the Amish so that is what prompted me to get this book to review and I am glad that I did because I couldn't put it down. It wasn't as much about the Amish as I thought but it did have an Amish background but it really didn't matter because it was a great book anyway.

    Marisa Angelo had quite a life growing up without her mother and having to deal with the fact that she believed that she left her and her father and that she did not want her. That is a lot for a child to deal with. I do have to admit that this story didn't really go where I expected it to go but that is good because then I don't think the book would have been quite as great!!

    Make sure you visit Marta Perry's website here!

    You can purchase this book from:

    Images and excerpt are from NetGalley.
    I was not paid for this review, I did however receive a copy of the book for my Kindle from NetGalley. The opinions of this book are mine and mine alone.


    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Win a FREE sofa at Fobango!!

    Who wouldn't want to win this FREE sofa? I know I would love to have it.

    Well, now here is your chance to win one. Over at Fobango (love the name) they are giving one away. Fobango is new and they are trying to build their community so they are doing so by giving this couch away. Hop over and check it out!

    I did not receive anything to do this post. The picture is from


    Friday, August 19, 2011

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    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    KINDLE Giveaway

    I have a Kindle and absolutely love it. I am constantly reading books on it all the time and the great thing about a Kindle is that you can get FREE books everywhere so I very seldom have to buy one unless I am looking for a specific title or author.

    So here is a great chance for you to win yourself a KINDLE. Author Suzanne Woods Fisher and her publisher Revell books have teamed up to giveaway one. And with the Kindle goes the book Amish Values for Your Family and signed Bill Coleman original. Bill Coleman is the photographer who takes the pictures for Suzanne's books.

    Click the Suzanne's button below to go to Suzanne Woods Fisher's blog to enter the giveaway.

    Pictures are from and Suzanne Woods Fisher blog.