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Friday, December 14, 2018

Book Review - A SOUTHERN SEASON by Everson, Fullerton, Mulligan, Yezak

What an enjoyable group of stories! I have to give them five thumbs up.

I couldn't list them all on the subject line, but each of the authors--Linda Yezak (Ice Melts in Spring), Eva Marie Everson (Lillie Beth in Summer), Claire Fullerton, (Through an Autumn Window), and Ane Mulligan (A Magnolia Blooms in Winter) have produced a short but sweet Southern story that left me longing for the characters to come back.

I'm so sure you'll love them all that I'm giving you links to the buy sites. Click Amazon or Barnes and Noble to take you there.

I was given a free copy by one of the authors, but the opinions expressed herein are always my own.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Book Review - ALL THIS LOVE by Belle Calhoune

Love is sometimes illusive. Sometimes scary. Sometimes surprising. This love seems a little scary, but more like the surprising end of it. Four really solid stars.

As a little boy, Heath finds his mother dead. As a soldier, he saw his best friend killed. And now, as a man, he's running from the love he feels for Bella. The ones closest to him die.

Available from Amazon.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, but my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Book Review - WEIGHED DOWN by Laurie Boulden

This is a pretty unusual love story--and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Why this world has decided that heavy people don't need a fulfilling love is beyond me, but nearly every story I read stars a Barbie-beautiful woman. No buck teeth, no zits, no unsightly bulges.

When Avery is dumped by her boyfriend of a few years, she's sure it's because of her weight, although he never mentions it. That does it. She hires a life coach.

A good-looking, fit, strong life coach. But she can't get into the good-looking guy because obviously he's not going to want her. Besides, the challenges he puts her through just aren't worth it. It's just too hard.

For every woman (or man) who has given up because they agree--overcoming imperfection is just too hard. Available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, but my opinions are still my own.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday Morning Devo - Down in the Dumps

The first time I went through a depression was when my youngest was on the way and just after he was born--more than forty years ago. It was bad enough that the doctor prescribed something that knocked me for a loop. I wouldn't take any more until another doctor (an old family doc) told me to. I hate painkillers and sedatives. They make me feel pretty yucky.

Anyway, here I am again, battling that inertia that keeps me from doing anything more strenuous than watching movies. I smile, I laugh, I hide the symptoms--whenever I have to be around others--but when I'm alone it's a different story.

So I haven't written much on this blog lately, nor have I kept up with other writing assignments and needs. What right do I have to tell everyone how to live their lives when mine is in the doldrums?

All the way through, Jesus keeps reminding me He's right there with me. He says, "Remember, this too shall pass." It would be easy to think this feeling will last forever and therefore I might just as well die, but His gentle words and presence keep me going. One step at a time. One moment to the next. One more day, and then another.

What would we do without Him?

I don't ever want to find out.

Lord, thank You for being here, always, without fail. I love You. You are so very worthy of worship. Amen.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Review - SECOND-CHANCE DOGS edited by Callie Smith Grant

Who doesn't love a dog story? Well, how about thirty-six true stories? These stories touch my heart, maybe because they're about rescue dogs. Usually, you think of rescue dogs as ones we get from a humane society or one of the rescue societies. This book is a little unusual that way because it's also about some dogs who rescued their humans in one way or the other. Five stars!

Dogs seem intuitive when their humans are upset or sick or needing something more than a cup of coffee or a satisfying meal can bring. A lot of us have stories, and these thirty-six writers shared stories of hope and healing. I know with my own dog, she really helped me through the grieving period after my husband died. She still does on those missing the hubby days that still occur.

If you've ever loved a dog, you know what I mean. The book is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I received a free copy from one of the writers, but my opinions are my own.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Review - FLOOD, A WIFE FOR SHEM by Laurie Boulden

I'm always delighted to read a good Biblical novel, and this one is that. The bonus is the bit of romance thrown in. I'm giving it four big stars.

Probably a majority of the people in the modern world have heard about the flood story--you know, Noah and the Arc. The whole story occupies only a little over four chapters in the Bible, but Laurie Boulden has fleshed out Noah and his family just beautifully, maintaining the accuracy of the Bible. Their personalities, with all the weaknesses and flaws, are there. I found it easy to get lost in her story, even though I've read the Bible version a bunch of times. I highly recommend Flood.

It's available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Go for it.

I received a free copy from the author of this book, but as usual my opinions are mine alone.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Review - MARRYING MISS MARSHAL by Lacy Williams

Another historical, one filled with intrigue, justice, and (of course) romance. Lacy Williams did a fine job with this one, and I'll give her five stars. The only thing I really object to is yet another heroine in a "man's profession" in the Old West, which I don't think historically happened all that much. However, it did make for an enjoyable read, so I'll get off my high horse 😏 and say, "She done good."

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble--and probably in more than a few local bookstores!