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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

I recently selected to read For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. This was part of the Blogger Review program with Bethany House/Baker Publishing. The story is about Stella Muller who was rescued from a firing squad at Dachau by a mysterious Nazi soldier. Stella's life is completely changed from that moment forward. She has the opportunity to forget her past and forge a new life or she can try her best to help others in the camp Theresienstadt. 

This was a really enjoyable book that followed a plot line similar to that found in Esther. The story was gripping and moved quickly. The characters were believable and they seemed like they could have been real. Overall, I was impressed and continued to be drawn back into the story. Stella had very real struggles that had to be faced. I found myself wondering how I would react in her situation. This book was extremely well written. My only complaint was that historically it did not measure up, but on the other hand history did not dictate what happened with the plot. I love history (that's what I majored in) and that was why I struggled in that area.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction or a good romance story. 

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Above was how I really felt about the book.


Sometimes I get so caught up in my own thoughts that they consume whatever brain space is available. I will think over, under and through issues until they are driving me crazy. Am I the only one who does this?

What do you do when you can't get something to stop bothering you? Things will literally cloud my mind while I am driving, getting ready, trying to sleep, you name it. Not when I am working or watching TV, reading or praying, they go away then. I guess I need to do more of those things.

There isn't much on my mind today and it is nice. I am enjoying the freedom to think.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Then and Always by Dani Atkins

I was provided an advanced copy of Then and Always by the publisher through NetGalley. You can find Then and Always at a retailer near you on May 20. 

What would you do if you had an accident and woke up with different memories from the past five years? What if the best friend you thought was dead was alive? How would you react? Who would you choose to be?

These are the questions that Rachel Wiltshire must ask after a tragic accident. When she wakes up everything she remembers from the past five years is completely different. Her life, her accomplishments, her family, her relationship status, and most importantly her best friend. Rachel is the only one who knows anything about the past in her head and she alone must decipher what is real and what is not. Will she be able to figure it out?

This was an excellent book. It was intriguing and delightful. I didn't want to put it down and was frustrated that I had to sleep. I wish that I had picked it up when I could finish it in the same sitting. Rachel is a very believable narrator for her journey. Her emotions are varied and raw. The story moves along in unpredictable and exciting ways that made it a great, fast-paced read. 

I haven't read What Alice Forgot, but I imagine that if you liked it, you will like Then and Always by Dani Atkins as well. I highly recommend this for the pool or beach as it will pick you up and carry you along. (It would also be great sitting on your couch.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14

Today is the anniversary of our first date. I don't have a picture of that, but I do of our second date. 

Man we were young!

Mary and Will are both doing great. They still don't get along all that well, but no one gets hurt so thats something. I don't have a picture (there's a great one here), because someone (Will) can't be still once the camera is out and the somewhat blurry photos I do have, I haven't been able to get off of my phone.

Things are good otherwise. We stay busy with work. I read a lot (this book has stayed with me and this series was great), watch TV a lot and sew a lot. Sometimes I pin things. Other times I hang out on Facebook. I've been doing really well with Swagbucks lately. You should join too - that's my referral link!

We saw Divergent the second weekend it was out. It's a great movie and I think it was one of the best book adaptations I have seen in a while. It really stayed true to the story. I think that it probably helped tremendously to have Veronica Roth, the author, on the production team. 

What's been going on with you?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Outcasts by Jill Williamson

Outcasts by Jill Williamson picks up where Captives left off. To tell much about the plot would spoil Captives, so please don’t let me do that for you. In fact I am going to put a big picture here so there aren’t any accidents. You can’t unread this post.


So, in Outcasts we find brothers, Levi, Mason and Omar still inside the Safelands, along with other members of their village. They have managed to break a lot of rules, but have also found a way into hiding with help from an outlaw named Bender. When one of Bender’s lackeys winds up dead they have to wonder who they can really trust in the city. They also know that they can’t leave the Safeland without the kids that were taken when the village was raided. Will they be able to get the kids and escape? Will they get turned over to the authorities by their “friends”? Will Mason or Omar find love?

This book delved more into the lifestyles and choices of those living in the Safelands. The constant used of vaping drugs and alcohol was intense. It seemed like Williamson was really working hard to drive home several points: don’t have sex outside of marriage and don’t do drugs. Her other theme was, to me, more mature. It was that family is the most important thing and it is what you make it to be.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t predictable or boring. It moved quickly and the constant changing of perspective was smoothly done and gave a well rounded view of the story. I really recommend this series and can’t wait to read the third part.

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher through BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout is a wonderful read. It was charming and sweet with just enough mystery thrown into to keep the plot clicking right along. The story is about Dr. Cyrus Mills. He has recently moved back to the town of Eden Falls, Vermont to take over is estranged, now passed away, Father's veterinary practice. The only problem is that the "Healthy Paws" vet franchise in neighboring Patton is gunning for him. Will he be able to get enough business to prevent Healthy Paws from buying him out? Will his love life get sorted through? 

This book was right up my alley. It's about dogs. It's cute. It's set in a small town. Cyrus Mills was living in Charleston before he moved back to Eden Falls. I did think that it started on a weird note and in looking it up I found that it is the follow-up book to Trout's The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. This meant that some of the characters had already been developed and so they weren't in this book. It didn't lose anything, it just made them seem a bit flat. However, not having read the first book, I really liked Dog Gone, Back Soon and it stood well on its own. 

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, April 4, 2014

She Shares Truth: Joshua 1:8-9

Joshua 1:8-9

When I was a kid we had these "GT and the Halo Express" tapes that we would listen to. I loved them. The songs were all scriptures verses and there are often times that I find myself singing them to myself as an adult. Joshua 1:9 was one of those. "Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you whoever (wherever) you may go." 

I love that verse. On the tape the kids were scared of a thunder storm. I am easily scared by storms, so I could relate to their fear. I need this verse constantly to remind me that God is with me. Much like He was with the Israelites. 

The thing is this: Joshua 1:9 is preceded by Joshua 1:8. "Mediate on it (the Bible) day and night." Constant meditation. Not just reading it. Thinking on it, soaking in it. Breathing it. There is no mistake of the correlation between being strong and courageous and meditating on the Book. 

I wake up each morning with a song in my head. It's usually random. Sometimes I haven't heard the song in years. (The other day it was "I have decided to follow Jesus" - from my childhood.) Well when I was being more deliberate in listening to Christian radio and music more often than not the song in my head each morning would be one of those songs. I was able to focus on the words that kept repeating in my head as I got ready for the day. I was able to worship as I put on my makeup, rather than focusing on whatever else was going to come my way.

This weekend I am going to re-visit some scripture to mediate on as I go about. Will you join me?


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