Love is in the air.
The store shelves are lined with hearts, candy and Valentines. Television commercials and pinterest are eager to give us additional gift ideas from jewelry and roses to something handmade from the “heart”. You will have to forgive me, but here on February 13th my mind is elsewhere. You see, 15 years ago I was having pizza with a friend, enjoying a day out with Taylor, who was two. That evening the pains intensified and I knew it was time. Continue reading
Nancy Mehl has done it again! I’ve had the privilege of reading and reviewing her last four books, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity to read her latest book, Deadly Echoes.
This is the second book in the Finding Sanctuary series. The reader will recognize the quaint town and several characters, but it certainly could stand on its own.
The main character, Sarah, who is the town school teacher is shocked to discover that her sister, Hannah, was murdered. As Sarah learns more about the attack, she begins to see similarities between it and her parents’ murder. She wants to keep her niece safe, but also desires to see that another family isn’t shattered by this killer. Therefore, with the help of her friend and local deputy, Paul, Sarah embarks on her own investigation. Will it lead to answers or danger?
Deadly Echoes brought out the sleuth in me. Nancy did such an exceptional job crafting the story that it had me guessing who could actually be trusted until the end. The twists and turns kept the pages turning. I would highly recommend this book, as well as, her previous suspense novels.
Imagine for a moment that you are making matches, crushing candy and then suddenly you are surrounded by chocolate and out of moves. Before you know it the scene level FAILED appears. Your heart sinks, so quickly from hero to zero. The good news is with one click, you can reset the game and start over. If only life were that easy. Continue reading
After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else’s baby.
Heartbroken, especially when he discovers the identity of the baby’s father, Casper tables his dreams and determines to be dependable for once, helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening. Casper longs to be the hero of at least one family story, but a never-ending Deep Haven winter and costly repairs threaten their efforts—and the future of the resort.
Worse, one of Casper’s new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina, whom he can’t seem to forget. A tentative friendship begins to heal fresh wounds, but can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together?
Always on my Mind is the fourth book in the Christiansen Family novels. Susan May Warren shows exceptional skills as a writer as she weaves the reader into the lives of this family. She creates such a welcome environment that you can jump into the series at any point, although you will quickly want to start from square one and not miss a minute of this endearing family.
I also love how Susan incorporates faith throughout the story without forcing it off on the reader. I would highly recommend Always on my Mind, as well as, the rest of the Christiansen Family novels. Invite this family into your library and they will quickly find a place in your heart.
I vividly recall each of my children learning how to walk. Their adorable faces, cubby legs and tentative little feet as they stepped out on their own for the first time. Each one was so determined to keep going. The independence was fine within the safe parameters of home, but walking outside or in public places was another story. However, as a parent I knew I couldn’t continue to carry them everywhere through adulthood, so I had to let them try. I was holding their hand and right beside them every step of the way. If they happened to stumble, I was there to lift them up, hold them close and wipe their tears. Then, they were ready to try again. Continue reading
Merry Christmas to You!
I want to thank you for being a part of this community. Whether you have been here for years or hours, God has woven our lives together. For that I am so thankful, you have blessed and encouraged me with your comments.
I look forward to 2015 and all that God has in store. I invite you to grab some friends and come along.
Have a very Merry Christmas! I pray that God will touch you and your family in a special way this Christmas season as we focus on the precious gift He graciously gave to us – His Son.
Even before the turkey graces the Thanksgiving table, it is an all out sprint to Christmas. The retailers begin lining the shelves with Christmas ornaments, trees and gift-wrap before the Halloween candy has even been passed out. Not to mention, the countless preparations you need to take care of around the house. Continue reading
Before I announce the next winner, I would like to share my newest and most favorite Christmas decoration this year, my book tree. I simply selected books from our numerous shelves around the house. Can’t tell we like to read, you can? Continue reading
There are several characters within the Bible that I am drawn to Abraham for his faith to follow God’s command without needing explanation, Peter for his courage to step out of the boat and David for his willingness to go into a battle where the odds were stacked against him. However, Esther is the one I can relate to and has had such an impact on my life. No, I am not a beautiful young lady who won the position of queen in a beauty pageant. Continue reading
As it draws near to Thanksgiving, people young and old begin to think of what they are thankful for. Some think of family, health or finances before diving into the turkey and mashed potatoes. However, we are commanded to not just give thanks on Thanksgiving, but everyday in all circumstances.
At first glance that seems almost impossible… Continue reading