Simply Calligraphy, book review

41ke2bb-csql-_sx408_bo1204203200_I have always wanted to have super pretty handwriting. While my penmanship is adequate, it was never the type to be used on hand lettered invitations or place cards. But this book, Simply Calligraphy, is a super easy to use guide to learn this timeless art. The small, but well ordered book gives easy to follow instructions for even a beginner to become proficient in just a few practice sessions. While I do need more practice, I am well on my way to mastering the art of calligraphy.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Lead me Home” by Amy Sorrells, book review

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“Lead me Home” by Amy Sorrells, book review

The town is drying up. The farmers are selling and leaving. The businesses are boarded up. And now the church is going to close. James, the pastor, feels like a complete failure. What good is a pastor who loses all his church members?

Noble has been doing all the dairy farm work since his abusive father left. His escape has been playing his guitar and singing, especially with Shelby, the pastor’s daughter. Now music may be his ticket to escape the farm and care for his family.

Both men are learning to lean on God in these extreme circumstances, and lean on friends too.

This was an enjoyable book and easy to read. While I felt sorry for the problems these families were experiencing, I enjoyed the author’s way of showing hope through it all.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Code 13” by Don Brown, book review

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“Code 13” by Down Brown, book review

Caroline is a good Navy Seaman, and an attorney. She is honored to be promoted to the prestigious JAG office at the Pentagon. But the best part if that her old flame, PJ is assigned to Washington DC too. And they are off to a good start, a run through the capital mall. But a gun shot changes it all!

On the line is a billion-dollar contract for drones to monitor the shore line. There are movers and sharers on both side of the drone contract, and both are willing to do anything to see the contract go their way. Including kill. And how Caroline must write the judgment for the contract.

This book is a page turning murder mystery with lots of navy information. There is so much intrigue and surprise. And evidence of God’s love and forgiveness.

I enjoyed this book. While traveling I read this book through many airports and flights. It was full of action and kept my attention. I would enjoy another book in this series.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton, book review

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“A Flight of Arrows” The Path Finders Book 2, by Lori Benton, book review

The book starts where book #1 (“The Woods Edge”) stops. All the characters are moving on with their lives. But the decisions of the past still have a huge impact on so many lives.

Reginald switched his dead newborn son for one of the twins born to an Indian woman during the fall of Fort William Henry. These twins grew up in very different circumstances- one in an Indian Village and another in a white man’s home.

When both boys learn the truth of their birth, it changes so much for each of them. And all this while America is trying to fight its way out from under British rule.

This book traces the lives of both boys, now young men, as they learn forgiveness from God as well as men.

I enjoyed this book. While I had read the first book in the series, it was hard to get started in this book as the names of characters were numerous. But a couple of chapters in, I was caught up and engrossed in the story. This book will stand alone, as the author gives much of the back ground in the second book. I am looking forward to #3.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Purex with clorox2- reveiw and drawing for free coupons

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Summer is here and with it comes so many stains! But Purex has Clorox2 contains enzymes to remove 100 stains.

Here on the farm we encounter some rather unique stains, but this new Purex was up to the task. With the rain we have had a lot of mud, and the dark color of the soil here makes mud stains difficult to remove. Plus all the regular farm stains… And with picnic season here, I am ready for food based stains like BBQ sauce and ice cream.

So, are you ready to try this new Purex with Clorox2? I have 3 free product coupons to give away to readers. Just leave a comment with your toughest laundry stain. I will chose 3 winners 5/16/2016.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a sample of Purex and 3 coupons from the manufacturer. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Having a Martha Home the Mary Way” by Sarah Mae, book review

510q0lh06ol“””Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 days to a cleaner house and a satisfied soul” by Sarah Mae

Mary and Martha were two of Jesus’ friends in the Bible. They entertained Jesus and his disciples in their home. One confrontation between the sisters is recorded in the Bible. Martha was trying to clean and prepare the food, and she was frustrated with Mary who was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to him teach.

We, as women and homemakers, can learn so much from both Mary and Martha. Even if we are fairly good housekeepers, there is always an area or two that frustrates us. Author, Sarah Mae, takes us through 31 days of Biblical lessons as well as scheduling house keeping chores. This is a very thoughtful book full of personal examples as well as cleaning tips and ideas.

This is a well written book, with short chapters and assignments. There is room to write daily answers to questions regarding personal responses to Bible readings and chores. Feminine graphics on the cover and through out the book add a very nice touch. I will be giving this book as a wedding gift to young brides this season.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“A Dream of Miracles” by Ruth Reid, book review

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Mattie is a young widow with 2 toddlers. She is barely able to keep the farm going even with the help of her Amish community. Then her son gets sick and the new doctor is not helpful. When she takes her son to the hospital, the doctor calls the authorities and accuses her of child abuse.

Bo is a very successful social worker. He really cares about the kids. Mostly because he was once in the foster care system, so he truly understands.

When he is assigned Mattie’s son as a case of suspected child abuse, he is able to understand the tension between the Amish and the English community, especially the health care and legal issues.

This is an easy to read book, rather predictable, but shows how different points of view can seem right to those do not want to see the other side. I will enjoy reading more in this series.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Mapmaker’s Children” by Sarah McCoy, book review

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“The Mapmaker’s Children” by Sarah McCoy, book review

This is a parallel story of contemporary Eden Anderson and Civil War figure Sarah Brown. Each has their own story and struggles that eventually intertwine in to solve issues in their lives.

Sarah is the daughter of abolitionist John Brown, who is killed for his part in freeing slaves. Sarah wants to help in the effort of the Under Ground Railroad (UGRR) and uses her unique talent of painting to prepare maps that pass as living room art. These maps help many escape, until they are discovered. Later she turns to painting on doll’s heads to depict the way to freedom.

Eden is struggling with the move to New Charleston, WV with her husband. They have been trying unsuccessfully to start a family, and this move is a time of reset for her body and their marriage. In an effort to comfort her, Jack brings her a dog. It does not work! Eden is ready to throw them both out!

In the interim, Jack hires the neighbor girl to care for the dog. Cleo is an interesting figure, but quickly finds friendship with Eden as well as Cricket, the dog.

This story transitions back and forth between the two women as they deal with life and the two stories slowly come closer together.

I enjoyed the book. It had real life like characters and experiences. I appreciated the research and historical notes that the author used to write this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Broadway books. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“An Unbroken Heart” by Kathleen Fuller, book review

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Joanna’s life is changed in just a moment when a truck hits the buggy she is riding in with her parents. Sadly, her parents are instantly killed, and Joanna is severely injured and must spend time in a rehab hospital followed by more physical therapy at home. Just before the accident, she had asked Andrew to marry her. But now she knows she will be a lifelong burden to him, so she calls off the wedding at the last moment.

Andrew has loved Joanna for many years and has been waiting for her to grow up. Now that she is of age, he wants to be her husband. But she leaves him at the alter. How can he go on?

This is second book in the Amish of Birch Creek series. I have read the first book and there were some of the same characters, although they had minor appearances. I am looking forward to book #3 “A Love Made New” to be released 9/2016.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Faith” by Lyn Cote, book review

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“Faith” by Lyn Cote, book review. The Quaker Bride book #3.
During the Civil War Quakers maintained their religious position by serving in non-combat roles, and this included some of the women. Faith used her nursing skills to serve soldiers on both sides. But she had another mission, searching for her Shiloh, the free born childhood friend who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.

While serving, Faith meets Colonel Delvin Knight. Knight is fighting for the north, but has relatives on the other side. He is trying to fight for what is right, but he is struggling to determine what is right now that the world has been turned upside down.

I have read the other 2 books in this series and noticed there were some of the same characters, although they played minor roles in this book. I enjoyed the book and learned about the struggles on folks who had to fight against their families.

Discalimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale Fiction. All opinions expressed are my own.

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