Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Memories Suite FREEBIE!



My Memories has a super cute freebie out right now! It won't last long, so don't wait!!


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Music offers Kate sweet refuge from her troubles . . . but real freedom is sweeter.

In Westerville, Ohio, 1855, Kate Winter’s dreams are almost within reach. As the first woman to graduate from Otterbein College, she’ll be guaranteed her deepest wish: escape from the dark secret haunting her family. But with her mother determined to marry her off to a wealthy man, Kate must face reality. She has to run. Now. And she has the perfect plan. Join the upcoming musical performance—and use it to mask her flight.

Ben Hanby, Otterbein College’s musical genius, sees Kate Winter as an enigmatic creature, notable for her beauty, yet painfully shy. Then he hears her sing—and the glory of her voice moves him as never before. He determines to cast her in his musical and uncover the mystery that is Kate. Still, he must keep his own secret to himself. Not even this intriguing woman can know that his passionate faith is driving him to aid fugitives on the Underground Railroad.

A terrifying accident brings Kate and Ben together, but threatens to shatter both their secrets and their dreams. Kate can no longer deny the need to find her courage—and her voice—if she is to sing a new song for their future.

MY THOUGHTS:
Rosslyn continues the story of the Hanby family in Sweeter Than Birdsong. Inspired by

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another Birthday Cake!



We just celebrated another birthday in our house.


You can probably guess that it was for my little guy...

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings



Today, CFBA introduces Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
With nothing to their names, young widow Rosa Garner and her mother-in-law return to Texas and the family ranch. Only now the county is demanding back taxes and the women have only three months to pay.

Though facing eviction, Rosa can't keep herself from falling in love with the countryside and the wonderful extended family who want only her best. Learning the American customs is not easy, however, and this beautiful young widow can't help but catch wandering eyes. Where some offer help with dangerous strings attached, only one man seems honorable. But when Weston Garner, still grieving his own lost love, is unprepared to give his heart, to what lengths will Rosa go to save her future?

MY THOUGHTS:
This is Regina’s first novel, but you wouldn’t know that.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love



ABOUT THE BOOK:
She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie Daly has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn't quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.

Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.

Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff's kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God's promise to trade beauty for ashes.

MY THOUGHTS:
I enjoyed Dorothy’s first book in her Hickory Ridge series, Beyond All Measure, so I was glad for the opportunity to review Beauty for Ashes

Monday, February 6, 2012

Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer



This week, CFBA is introducing Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

Thad McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.

Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he's come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?

MY THOUGHTS:
Ahh, Kim.

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Love That Multiplies by Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar



Who hasn’t heard of the Duggars? This super-large family is awed by their fans and censured by their critics.

I have only recently begun watching their TLC show, 17/18/19 Kids and Counting (depending on which season you’re on), after I received two DVDs for Christmas.

After watching several episodes, I couldn’t help but wonder how in the world do they do it?!, so I was excited to receive a copy of their second book, A Love That Multiplies, for review!

Admittedly, the first third of the book had me in tears. Most of the beginning of Michelle and Jim Bob’s second book deals with the scary circumstances surrounding Josie’s birth and the difficulties of a preemie in the following months. My situation wasn’t the same, but my husband and I lost our first baby boy at 26 weeks, and the Duggars’ story reminded me of that frightening time in my own life.

Even if you’ve watched only one episode

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Memories Freebie!



Here's a great freebie pack for you, courtesy of My Memories, which includes:
  • 2 digital papers
  • 2 page elements
  • 2 quick pages
The items are all in .png or .jpg format, so you can use them in any program, but if you haven't bought the My Memories Suite yet, I highly recommend it!

To download the freebie,
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