The Reluctant Warrior | Book Review

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One of my favourite things about book reviewing for Bethany House is finding new favourite authors.

That’s what happened when I read The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy.

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Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He’s come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.

When danger descends on the cabin where they’re huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection–and in the process he might just win her heart as well.

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A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction

I started this blog more than two years ago, in 2016.  At the time I felt like I had nothing to say.  I had worked for my local church full time wearing a few hats, one of the main ones was mission’s coordinator.  I had the amazing opportunity to travel the world with teams, but most of all I was a part of starting a children’s home in Guatemala.  Then I became a mom.  And my adventure looked a bit different.  Wonderful, rewarding, but quite different.

When my husband and I started a family (our first born is five) I left my position to stay home with our son.  I’m thrilled with that decision, though I do still very much miss missions work.

I stopped writing around that time.  I felt like as a mom Continue reading “A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction”

A Song Unheard, a book review

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Book Review: A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White (Shadows Over England, Book #2)

This book was gripping from the start.

In terms of historical fiction it did not disappoint. In terms of comedy it did not disappoint… not to mention mystery, drama, and of course a love story.

Alright, you caught me. I loved this book. Amongst my favourites.

Willa’s parents abandoned her by age six, and soon after she became a part of a “family” of sorts. A group that chose to be family, a group of orphaned children, that stole as a means of survival. Except they were really good. “London’s best pickpockets”.

Willa was hired to steal a coding machine from Lukas de Wilde, a famous violinist, but unbeknownst to anybody, this machine was not a thing but Continue reading “A Song Unheard, a book review”

Out of the Ordinary – That doesn’t Even Cover it (A Book Review)

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Well.

I’m not sure I was prepared for this book.  I mean, I have read many historical fiction pieces.  In fact, historical fiction might just be my favourite genre.  But this novel fell under more than one category.  Mystery, romance and comedy would definitely have worked as well.

Out of the Ordinary is the first novel I’ve read by author Jen Turano.  The next time I’m looking for a light read, one that is sure to have me laughing out loud and all but forcing my husband to hear the odd line or two, I might just have to see what else she has come out with.  I won’t have to look far, since Out of the Ordinary is actually second in the Apart From the Crowd series.   The debut book to the series (in case you want to pick it up) is called Behind the Scenes.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get my hands on that one before reading the sequel, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage.  However, I was caught up to speed easily by the author’s great ability to pull the reader along and fill in any blanks I was wondering about.

Are you wondering why I wasn’t prepared for this book?  I guess this is a good moment for a spoiler alert Continue reading “Out of the Ordinary – That doesn’t Even Cover it (A Book Review)”

Fiction Readers, Check This Out!

This is one of those moments when I probably should be getting some shut eye while the two year old with the leaky nose is napping, BUT I just have to take a moment to post this.

I know I have been neglecting my blog, but trust me it is not without good cause.  And I have some good stuff coming up.

I won’t go into all the details, but between my eldest starting school (how did that actually make us busier?), my hubbie’s crazy travel for work schedule, our commitments at our amazing church, and then me having lasik eye surgery between his trips (yay!  I’ll write about that later), things have been a little nuts and to be honest, I have chosen sleep over writing.  Sometimes I write in my mind while I’m drifting off to la la land, but somehow that doesn’t transfer to the blog so easily.  Is there an app for that?  I wish…  All this plus, I got a little hooked on a fun book series I am reading by Lauraine Snelling (Dakotah Treasures).  Which brings me to this….

I’ve been keeping a secret until now.  I have become a book reviewer for Bethany House!  Yes, that’s right, they send me books, I read the books, and I tell YOU about the books.  A-mazing!

And I just received my first book to review!  It’s called Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano.

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I’ll have that posted in a few weeks.  So!  If you’re a Christian fiction fanatic like me (especially historical fiction), then stay tuned!

In the meantime, I am going for a catnap before making pizza dough to rise, followed by picking up J from school.  I have a devotional coming soon too, it’s in my head begging to be transferred here.  I can’t wait to share it with you!