Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Stillness of Chimes: A Review


When Laura comes home to settle her mom's estate, the past is waiting for her. Her high school boyfriend still loves her, and her dad who disappeared when she was a child may still be alive.

I loved the hero of the book, Sean. He's strong and steady despite an abusive father. He's still in love with Laura, and I wished the book would have delved into why a little more. It had been a long time since she broke his heart and moved away. What was so special about her?

I liked Laura too, and I think the author did a great job exploring Laura's feelings about her parents and their weaknesses.

The plot is slow and steady at the beginning and then a rush of action at the end to a satisfying conclusion.

I recommend this book to fans of Christian fiction who enjoy a mystery with more character development than action.

I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meant to be Mine: A Review

Only Becky Wade can take a guy who tells his bride the morning after the wedding that he loves someone else and plans to win her over and a girl who keeps her daughter a secret from her husband and turn these two characters into two of my favorite characters in a long time!
I stayed up way too late reading this book, but I couldn't put it down.
Ty and Celia are real--authentic and genuine with the good, bad, and ugly, and their relationship has all three for sure. Wade does a great job humanize both characters in a way that makes the reader love them despite their shortcomings.
The romantic tension was strong and well-written. I knew how it was going to end, but the ride to true love with each other and Christ was still incredible.
Fans of Christian fiction don't want to miss Wade's latest book, which I think is her best yet.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review (and also bought a copy). My thoughts are my own.

Love Comes Calling: A Review


Flighty Ellis rarely thinks of anything other than escaping her life to pursue of dream of acting in Hollywood. When she unknowingly agrees to cover a friend's shift as a telephone operator, she overhears a plan to hurt someone--the guy who has been her friend for years and the only guy who's ever made her consider staying right where she is.

I love several aspects of this book--the prohibition angle, the telephone operator plot, and a character having ADHD. Another interesting part of the plot was the police's involvement/cover-up of those breaking the law during that time.

However, I didn't like the main character much even at the end. Ellis never seemed to really care about anyone, not even Griffin, the guy she's trying to save. Everything seemed like an act with her, which got old pretty fast.

I'm a long-time fan of Siri Mitchell, and I think most of her fans will enjoy this book.

I was given this book in exchange for my thoughts, which are my own.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Confessional Friday

Linking up with Leslie at

I confess that I'm just like my eccentric grammy. I saw this on the parking lot ground and had to pick it up. 

I confess that I love this dog. I'm dog/house sitting for my sister, and  Sydney is a crazy dog--an escape artist and guardian of the backyard. I also confess she's my favorite.

I confess I'm tired of the NFL draft talk. I love sports, and I'm happy with the Texans picking Clowney. BUT, I'm sick of hearing about it! And I'm tired of hearing about Manziel!

I confess that I'm loving that the Spurs are schooling the Blazers.....makes me feel a little better about my Rockets.

I confess I haven't even bothered to watch what I eat this week. It's Teacher Appreciation Week, and there have been sweets galore. One parent had cookies delivered--and they were still warm!! Be still, my sweet tooth. I'll get back to it Saturday.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Confessions

Connecting with Leslie at
I confess that I'm too nervous to use pictures from the internet for this blog. I've heard several stories about bloggers being sued for taking pictures from Google and using them in their blogs. (I would think some companies would consider it free advertising for their products.) But, as an author, I understand photographers' desire to be compensated/acknowledged for their work.
I confess that I have no clue about current events these days. It's become overwhelming to me. There so much sadness and sorrow. The girls kidnapped in Nigeria and forced to marry instead of going to school. Tornados. Racism. I'm so glad I know the answer--Jesus. But, it makes me weary.
Can I just stick my head in the sand some days?
I confess that yesterday, I taught my second graders how to make fortune tellers. Yep, proud librarian here. One of the kids asked me if I knew how to make one while we were drawing/writing. Twenty minutes later, I had taught most of the class. My work is complete.
And, I confess that I gave up pedicures to go to games 1 and 5 of the Rockets' playoffs. And it was worth it. I'm just rocking the closed-toed shoes even though it's getting hot here.
Last night was game five, and it was CRAZY fun! My friend from college Jamie and I are both sports fans, so we try to go to as many games as possible--we don't even care which sport it is.
Painted faces, free t-shirts, great time....