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Thoughts and musings on books I’ve read.

Book Review: The Christmas Shoppe

Whimsical is not quite the right word for Melody Carlson's book The Christmas Shoppe. Perhaps some of you will understand it this way: Nanny McPhee opens a shop in a small town.

Book Review: Picture Perfect

Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella series) by Janice Thompson was so delightful that I couldn't wait to try out her new Weddings by Design series, starting with Picture Perfect

Book Review: Stealing the Preacher

The online book club I am part of was buzzing quite a bit about a book by Karen Witemeyer. After I checked out the book description and a couple of the reviews, I too couldn’t wait to dig into Stealing the Preacher.

Freedom to Believe in Your Marriage

The current divorce rate is roughly ____. How many of you quickly filled in the blank with 50%? Would it surprise you to know that statistic is WRONG. As in W-A-Y wrong. What if I had some good news about marriage — like roughly 80% of you are HAPPY in your marriage, or your chance if divorce is closer to 20%? Seriously!

Imagine the difference to our collective consciousness if we say “Most marriages last a lifetime” rather than “Half of marriages end in divorce.”

My Marriage REALLY has a chance? Divorce doesn’t have to be in my future?

The Good News About Marriage from coverYes! Your marriage has a GREAT chance!

I know some of you are looking at the ridiculous level of stress your marriage is currently under and wondering if this could possibly be true.… Want to read more?

Book Review: The Memory Jar

The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer first came to my attention last winter. Several ladies in my online book club were reading it and enjoying it, and since I’d enjoyed a couple of Ms. Goyer’s other books, I decided to give it a try. What I found was a story that echoed a piece of my own eclectic home.

If I want to be remembered for anything, cupcakes would be it.

Book Description from Amazon

The Memory Jar front coverEvery year, 30–40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides. Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love and be married.… Want to read more?

Book Review: A Passion Most Pure

I don't tend to pick long books, and Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure definitely qualifies as long to me at 480 pages. But occasionally a story will so fill my mind that the length doesn't matter. It also helped that I bought this as an eBook, so I didn't know how long it was until I realized how slowly I was making progress through it.

Book Review: A Distant Melody

This might be the year of the new author for me, as the book I'm about to tell you about is written by Sarah Sundin, another new-to-me author. And if you read many of my reviews on my blog, then you know I only tell you about the books I consider worth sharing. A Distant Melody definitely makes the cut!

Book Review: Blowing on Dandelions

Over the last several months, I’ve heard quite a lot about Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell. Normally, I’m not one to jump on the latest popular fiction bandwagon, yet the description intrigued me. So, I picked it up and began to discover what everyone was talking about.

She had learned years ago to put her prickles to the forefront to keep from being disappointed. At least she knew what to expect that way and didn’t chance opening her heart only to have it stepped on.

Book Description from Amazon

Blowing on DandelionsDo Dandelion Wishes Actually Come True?  Katherine Galloway knew this moment of calm wouldn’t last, blown away like the dandelion seeds she scattered as a girl. In 1880, three years after her husband’s death, she struggles to run an Oregon boardinghouse and raise two girls alone.Want to read more?

Book Review: Out of Control

Two brothers who fled after tragedy, one brother determined to stay put, a mystery man living in caves, and a chance for family healing. So much about this book appealed to me, and I'd seen the name Mary Connealy so many times I was confident Out of Control would be a good read.

Book Review: Declutter Now! Study Guide

I love when I find a great book. It's even better when the authors find a way to make the book even better! That's exactly what Lindon and Sherry Gareis did with their book Declutter Now!