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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney

My Thoughts:

Two Roads Home is the second book in the charming Chicory Inn series by Deborah Raney. It focuses on Corinne and Jesse Pennington (innkeepers Grant and Audrey Whitman's daughter and son-in-law.) Jesse is a handsome and successful businessman and Corinne is happily living her dream to stay home with her young daughters. All seems to be going well until an attractive lady coworker begins flirting with Jesse. Jesse tries to put an end to this and shades of Fatal Attraction wreak havoc on his family, not to mention his career and marriage. When his daughters disappear and a mysterious letter is received, Corinne and Jesse realize that this situation is beyond anything they can handle on their own...

I enjoyed Two Roads Home because it was exciting and suspenseful and yet family was always evident to give it heart. The Whitman family is endearing with their Tuesday night dinner gatherings at Chicory Inn, sister chats and playful banter between Grant and Audrey Whitman. I did feel that the ending was a bit abrupt and thrown together. Too neat and tidy compared to the thrilling build up at the beginning of the story. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

About the book:
Two Roads Home (Abingdon Press, June 2015)

What if it's too late for dreams to come true?

Minor---but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman's initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans' son-in-law, Jesse. Jesse Pennington's friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless---and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk.

With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

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About the author:
Deborah Raney's books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas-the setting of many of Deborah's novels-for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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*I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer's List by Anita Higman

                                                                      My Thoughts:

Summer's List is the story of a young woman, Summer Snow, who is on a mission to complete a list of activities given to her by her beloved grandmother. Summer's grandmother is dying and wants more than anything for her granddaughter to find happiness, possibly love, before she leaves this earth.

I loved Summer's grandmother- such a dear lady with a precious faith in the Lord. Granny adores Summer and knows what her grand daughter needs to be happy. The clever idea of completing this list allows Summer to uncover what's been missing in her life and heart. Granny is one smart cookie with a heart of gold and the way she calls Summer "little love" is utterly endearing. I'd love to read a prequel to Summer's List that told Granny's story along with the early days of when Summer and Martin were young.

The premise of Summer's List intrigued me. Completing a check list of activities (taking a hot air balloon ride, building a treehouse, solving a mystery, etc.) and rediscovering an old friend after 20 years is disarming! Don't we all wish we could go back and revisit the past at some point in our lives? I wanted to root for Martin and Summer- I truly did. To be honest, their banter and relationship felt forced to me. Perhaps flashbacks to their past would have made the story more believable? The dialogue, pillow fights, secret glances, etc. never quite rang true in my opinion and while their quirky relationship aimed for approval it just came off as a bit desperate at times. Sweet story but not one I would recommend to others.
A dying wish alters the course of a young woman's life.

Life hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness---caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore---she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love . . . didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something---or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

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About the author:
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She's been a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Find Anita online: websiteTwitterFacebook

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Savor by Shauna Niequist- Delightfully Comforting Devotional & Cookbook!

My Thoughts:

It felt like Christmas morning when I downloaded the newest book by Shauna Niequist, Savor. I absolutely adored Shauna's book, Bread and Wine, (sticky notes are scattered throughout the pages and there's red wine vinegar spills aplenty!and knew I MUST get my hands on her newest creation! The name is perfectly appropriate- savor. Just like your favorite blanket, Shauna covers you, comforts you with her stories, mouthwatering recipes (I can't wait to try Lindsay's Green Chile Strata and Curried Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches!) and a beautiful focus on the Lord. Part devotional, part cookbook and all heart. I've bookmarked many pages and highlighted passages that I'll be revisiting again and again, just like an old friend. Savor made me sigh, dream, cry and reflect on my life. I'll definitely be gifting this book to friends and family. It's a treasure. Thank you, Shauna Niequist.

Book Description

Part devotional, part cookbook, all Shauna!
Focusing on food, faith, and Shauna's genuine, heartfelt voice, this devotional for women will be as comforting as a pan of homemade mac 'n' cheese on a cold winter's night.
Combining content from Bread and Wine, Cold Tangerines, and Bittersweet with takeaways, this devotional from Shauna Niequist speaks spiritual truths to women in easily digestible bites that are perfect any time of day.
A foodie, gourmet cook, and master entertainer, Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life-friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God.
About the Author
Shauna Niequist is the author of Bread & Wine, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. As an author and blogger, Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life - friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God. Shauna is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron and Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac.
*This delightful book was given to me by Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Friday, June 5, 2015

As Waters Gone By- A Literary Masterpiece for your Heart- by Cynthia Ruchti

My Thoughts:

While reading As Waters Gone By I worried about how to convey to you the depth of my love for this book. I savored every page, painstakingly reading and rereading passages that spoke to my every emotion, be it sadness, joy, heartache, hope, and more. I devoured the story and it filled my heart. Oh, to be able to move to Madeline Island and befriend Emmalynn Ross and Bougie Unfortunate... 

As Waters Gone By is a story of rebirth, forgiveness, faith, love and friendship. The characters living among it's pages are unique and fascinating and I guarantee you won't soon forget them. Bougie Unfortunate, owner of the Wild Iris Inn, is one of a kind. An old soul with a penchant for "recycled" prom dresses, an unwavering faith in God and a gift for tending wounded souls who've lost their way in life, she's larger than life. Cynthia Ruchti, you've outdone yourself with Bougie- Bravo!  Emmalynn Ross is broken, almost past the point of being salvageable. Her husband is in jail, her dreams of children never materialized, she's lost her home and her business and all that's left is an old hunting cottage and a broken heart. The beauty of Emmalynn is the way that God reached out to her in her brokenness. It's when we're at our lowest that we realize how very much we need the Lord. In love he draws us near and heals us in a way that the world can never do. Hope Elizabeth (Emmalynn's husband's daughter from a previous relationship) is another character that I absolutely adored. Just 12 years old with nowhere to go, she comes to stay with Emmalynn in her darling little cottage on the beach. She's a keeper. :) And Comfort, sweet Comfort, the little dog that wanders into Emmalynn's life. How much better we'd all feel if we had a little Comfort in our lives. Precious.

Needless to say, Cynthia Ruchti is my new favorite author. I'm going to read every one of her books- and reread them. As Waters Gone By is definitely a masterpiece for the heart. 

About the Book:
How can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls?

Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured she could never be a mother and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out. On a self-imposed exile to beautiful but remote Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, Emmalyn has just a few months left to figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again.

Nudged along by the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Café, a circle of misfit people in their small town, and a young girl who desperately needs someone to love her, Emmalyn restores an island cottage that could become a home and begins to restore her heart by learning what it means to love unconditionally. Yet even as hope begins to find a place within the cottage walls, Emmalyn still wonders if she's ready for Max's release. She may be able to rebuild a cottage, but can she rebuild a marriage?

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About the author:
Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with Heartbeat of the Home radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

Can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti's new book, As Waters Gone By. Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured she could never be a mother and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out.

Cynthia is celebrating the release of As Waters Gone By by giving away a summer of fun to one lucky reader!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A $100 cash card to put toward your trip to Madeline Island (discover the beauty of the setting of As Waters Gone By) or your summer vacation destination

  • A book-club set (10 copies of As Waters Gone By and a downloadable starter kit) so you can start your own summer book club

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 10th. The winner will be announced June 11th on Cynthia's blog.

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Plus, now through mid-July, sign up for Cynthia's mailing list for a five-day virtual tour around Madeline Island for the chance to win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack. Each day begins with an email from Cynthia that introduces where you'll be “visiting” that day (all key places from As Waters Gone By) with various interactive elements, including“I wish you were here” postcards, trivia quizzes, and an ongoing Island scavenger hunt. The person who interacts the most will win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack (valued at more than $200). That includes:

  • The letterpress block Hope sign from DaySpring

  • A set of 6 Hemmed in Hope notecards showing a hope-themed Bible verse

  • A leather “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope” journal

  • Signed copies of each of Cynthia’s books, fiction and non-fiction

*I was given a copy of this wonderful book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade- Your Heart Will Swoon, Soar and even Skip a Beat!

My Thoughts:

A Love Like Ours, by Becky Wade, is Everything. Wonderful. And more! Horse racing, fairy tales, childhood friendship, heroes, cowboys, Peanut Butter Cups and "kissing her like he was never going to stop". (Did I get your attention?) The main characters, Jake and Lyndie, have been best friends from childhood. Here's a peek at the first page...

I was in love with A Love Like Ours from the very first sentence. Jake was Lyndie's protector and hero and Lyndie was full of adventure and heart. They relied on each other from such a tender age. Yep, I was swooning from page 1!  Of course, you never know what God has in store for your life and that's where the story picks up, 20 years later...

Jake and Lyndie are absolutely meant for each other. You will cheer for them through the entire story! Lyndie is adorable. She has a passion for animals, writes and illustrates children's book (I particularly enjoyed her inner thoughts of character creation and how they were often inspired by friends and family- delightful!) Lyndie is also a determined and devoted lady with a heart for the Lord. Jake is a broken man suffering from PTSD after a horrific tour in Iraq. Nightmares and guilt plague him day and night and his faith in God is pretty much non-existent. When he sees Lyndie after 20 years he avoids her as he sees himself as no longer a good enough person to be her friend. Thank goodness, Lyndie has other plans and God steps in to set things right.

There is so much that I loved about A Love Like Ours.  Becky Wade certainly knows how to create memorable characters. The chemistry she develops between them makes me giggle, cry and occasionally blush. :) I remember names long after the story is over- talk about leaving an impression! I also love how each person has a special gift, just like God gives each of us. In particular, I as impressed with Lyndie's sister, Mollie. Mollie has severe cerebral palsy that has left her blind and nonverbal. Though she spends her life being cared for by others she has a special ability to heal others, at least in Lyndie's eyes. Their relationship is precious. Of course, I love, love, love reading about Jake and Lyndie. I want to post a few snippets but that would ruin it for you- so I'll let you discover their romance all on your own. You should run and out and get a copy- right now. A Love Like Ours will go right on top of your book stack!

Becky Wade is one of my favorite authors and she never disappoints her readers! If you enjoy romance mixed with delightful humor, clever bantering between characters and memorable individuals that youll grow to think of as friends then  I guarantee you'll swoon over for stories, too.

About the book:
A Love Like Ours (Bethany House, May 2015)

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

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About the author:

Becky Wade
 is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky's work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

Find Becky online: websiteFacebookTwitter

Fall in love with Becky Wade's new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys. A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!


One grand prize winner will receive:

love like ours - prize pack 

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky's site.


  • A $100 cash card

  • A copy of A Love Like Ours

  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD

  • A scarf

  • A dog-tag/cross keychain

  • A pair of earrings

  • A Scarf

  • A Texas-shaped cutting board

  • A Jake Porter mug

*I was given this wonderful love story by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Truly Free By Robert Morris- A Godsend to the Hurting and Hopeless

My Thoughts:

Are you struggling with a weight on your soul that you can't release? Are you unable to break free? As Christians we know in our hearts that God is forgiving and wants us to be happy but sometimes we just can't get past our problems, trials or mistakes. When we truly repent and ask forgiveness from the Lord then we are on the way to healing. Of course, the enemy wants to hold us hostage and captive by our doubts and fears.  I believe that God sent Truly Free (by way of BookLook Bloggers), written by Robert Morris. to me. It's truly a godsend as emotional suffering and pain from past sins had recently begun to wreak havoc on my soul. If you're experiencing hardships due to repeated mistakes you can't seem to quit or past mistakes you can't get over this book will be a certain blessing to you, too.

I appreciated how Robert Morris shared his personal experiences with his readers. He, too, had trouble breaking free from sin (pornography) in his life. It's a daily struggle for all of us to conquer temptation but some sins have deeper roots and are harder to conquer. Through Bible verses and stories Mr. Morris talks to us as if he's a good friend. A dear friend that loves the Lord and cares about others very much. I cried often as I read through the pages of Truly Free. The guiding words and loving prayers were a healing balm and an encouragement to me. I can't tell you how much I needed to read this book. If you're struggling, I greatly encourage you to also read it. God loves you. He forgives you. Don't let Satan and his demons hold you hostage. Praise the Lord, there is hope for the hurting and hopeless! Thank you Robert Morris for writing this book and thank you God for your  endless grace and forgiveness!

An important reminder on what keeps us from being truly free...
Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18). As believers, we have Christ and never need to be afraid. Yet it's also true that we are not immune to the effects of evil. Christ has conquered sin and death, but in his infinite wisdom-for reasons that are often difficult for us to understand-evil is still permitted to exist. Even if we're saved and trust in Christ, we may still find areas in which we just can't get victory. Maybe it's a sin we've confessed again and again or a constant struggle with depression, anger, or lust. These long-imbedded patterns of shameful living continue to entangle us day after day, month after month, and even year after year.
In Truly Free best-selling author Robert Morris invites us into a glorious truth-that the promise of being set free from the slavery of sin is a promise to be set free completely. Although evil is real and Christians can be oppressed by it, we have the promise that the one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Jesus saves us, trains us to resist the power of evil, and delivers us from anything that holds us back. With Jesus, we can be finally free forever.
About the Author
Robert Morris is the founding senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He is featured on the weekly television program The Blessed Life and is the bestselling author of eleven books, including The Blessed Life, The God I Never Knew, and The Power of Your Words.

*This wonderful book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch- Delightful Stories for your Family!

My Thoughts:

This was my first experience reading the delightful adventures of Andi Carter. She's a spunky young lady in the late 1800's that's sure to capture your family's heart. The stories reminded me a bit of Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables as they are wholesome, heartwarming and engaging- funny, too! This book includes short stories from different time periods. My favorite stories were The Best Gift of All and White Christmas. The Best Gift of All is about Andrea's Mother's birthday and how she (Andi) has only 12 cents to purchase a present. She wants desperately for the gift to be from her with no help from her brothers or sister. It's a bit of a tearjerker- just precious. In White Christmas, Andi travels with her older brothers- for the first time- into the mountains to find the perfect Christmas tree. She's so excited to go along but then something unexpected happens and the fun adventure becomes a lesson in survival. Oh, and I have to mention the story of Aunt Rebecca and the Hat! Oh my goodness, I couldn't stop laughing! Aunt Rebecca is a lot like Aunt March in Little Women- crabby and full of rules. You know the type!

Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch are absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend enjoying them with your family. They are sweet stories with a heart.

The independent tomboy Andrea Carter and her beloved horse, Taffy, were first introduced in Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home in 2005. Since then, popular author Susan Marlow has penned five more books in the Circle C Adventures series, filled in Andi's early years with the Circle C Beginnings series, and started a chronicle of Andrea's teen years in Circle C Milestones.

Published to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this positive role model for girls, Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a collection of short stories inspired by fan questions that fills in many of the gaps between Circle C Beginnings and Circle C Adventures. Taking place between 1873 and 1880, each story is prefaced by an explanatory note that pinpoints the action of the story in relation to events in the existing Andrea Carter books.

Wholesome fun, and with a clear Christian message throughout, Andrea Carter's Tales from the Circle C Ranch is a must-read for fans of the series and a fun introduction for those who haven't yet discovered these historical gems. - See more at: http://www.kregel.com/susan-k-marlow/andrea-carters-tales-from-the-circle-c-ranch-3160/#sthash.reuAVKOi.dpuf

*I was given a copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*