Friday, September 21, 2018

Finding Love in Big Sky Montana by Angela Ruth Strong

Finding Love In Big Sky, Montana (Resort to Love--Finding Love line Book 2) by [Strong, Angela Ruth]

Here is the book summary:
Bright Star Ranch led him to her--but will he stay?
Josh Lake is forced to head home for the holidays after he’s suspended from his job in the city, but running into Paisley Sheridan could be exactly what he needed. Not only does she board him at her ranch in exchange for his advertising expertise, but spending the Christmas season with her in Big Sky, Montana, brings more joy than he’s felt in a long while. Is he willing to give up the lavish lifestyle he’s worked for in exchange for the gift of love?

The last thing Paisley wants for Christmas is to spend time with Josh Lake—the guy who broke her heart in high school—but until her bank loan goes through, she has to take all the free help she can get. Unfortunately, Josh seems to want back in her life again, and the town’s quirky coffee shop owners don’t help by hanging mistletoe at every opportunity. Will Paisley succeed in driving him away, or will she find the healing needed to have hope for a future together?

And now, my review:
Don’t ya just love this cover?  That’s what drew me into this one along with the premise.  It was the first time that I have read any books by this author.  She really poured her heart into this one and I could tell.  She painted quite the picture of what living in Montana looks like and she compared it to Chicago life, which I really connected with being from the midwest.  Her characters come alive and I love a book that makes me want to come away and visit with the characters.  Her characters became real in my mind as I was reading and there was a sense of community among the people of Big Sky, Montana.  I was on the hunt to find out if he was willing to give up the rich city life for the rustic ranch life.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Perfectly Creamy Frozen Yogurt by Nicole Weston

Perfectly Creamy Frozen Yogurt: 56 Amazing Flavors plus Recipes for Pies, Cakes & Other Frozen Desserts by [Weston, Nicole]

Here is the book summary:
Learn to make frozen yogurt at home that’s just as light, smooth, and delightful as what you buy. You’ll use Greek yogurt as a base and a basic ice cream machine to make these 56 flavor recipes that range from traditional to artisanal, including black cherry vanilla, toasted coconut, peach Melba, chai spice, watermelon, maple bacon, chocolate malted, pistachio, and browned butter pecan. An additional 50 recipes for treats like blueberry sugar cookie sandwiches, brownie baked Alaska, Neapolitan semifreddo, cinnamon bun pops, and salted caramel swirl bonbons ensure this is the sweetest guide ever to making and enjoying frozen yogurt.

And now, my review:
Can you say Yum!!  That’s what I said when I first saw this one and I was NOT disappointed.  This delectable book is full of yummy delights.  It’s got frozen yogurt, cakes, sauces and more.  It’s full of all sorts of flavors that my family and I were just drolling over.  It’s got nuts and chocolate recipes.  We really want to make the bonbons soon, maybe this weekend.  There’s definitely something for everyone in this book.  Get your copy today.

I received an advanced reader’s digital copy of this in exchange for my honest review.

Dishcloths to Crochet by Pat Olski

Here is the book summary:
Crocheters of all skill levels will delight in these playful patterns for crocheted dishcloths — they're as fun to make as they are to use! Animals, flowers, and fruits are among the themes of the 25 patterns, which include Sweet Strawberry, Perky Pig, Dandy Daffodil, and other designs.
Full-color photos accompany the easy-to-follow instructions. The directions also show how to convert any of the dishcloths into a potholder with the simple addition of a ring. Great to stitch during warm-weather months, the dishcloths make cheerful displays, and the textured stitches are ideal for efficient dishwashing. They're great gifts, too!

And now, my review:
I received an advanced reader’s digital copy of this book and the images did not transmit well.  The script did.  What I can say about the script is that it was well executed in detail to help me to perfect my very own dishcloth in some very creative patterns.  That was the thing that intrigued me to check this book out in the first place. It’s always a nice thing to dress up the kitchen and also to be inspired to make gifts for others.  Happy crocheting. 

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

In His Image by Jen Wilkins

In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character by [Wilkin, Jen]

Here is the book summary:
Sometimes we ask What is God’s will for my life? when we should really be asking Who should I be? The Bible has an answer: Be like the very image of God.
By exploring ten characteristics of who God is—holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise—this book helps us understand who God intends for us to be. Through Christ, the perfect reflection of the image of God, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow his will and are conformed to his image.

And now, my review:
This book nails the premise of seeking God’s will.  The very fact that we are currently able to breathe in and out means that we are recipients of His mercy.  I love how she spoke on justice, mercy, and grace.  She said that justice is getting what we deserve.  Mercy is not getting what we deserve.  Grace is getting what we do not deserve.  She called mercy and grace sisters.  She talks about God and all His amazing attributes and HOW, we as His children, are to walk in the light of these truths about Him and us as we are made in His Image.  I highly recommend this read and look forward to reading more from her in the future. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Teach us to Pray by Gordon T. Smith

Teach Us to Pray by [Smith, Gordon T.]

Here is the book summary:
One of the most basic and vital dimensions of the Christian life is the practice of prayer. Frequently our prayers begin with a petition or request, so the content of our prayers is informed by our circumstances. But what if the opposite were true? What if we allowed our prayers to inform our lives? What would our lives be like if prayer altered our living and began to shape the contours and content of our daily experiences? Gordon Smith invites us to learn three movements of prayerthanksgiving, confession, and discernmentin order to be formed and transformed by prayers that seek God's kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven." Whether you are a beginner in the life of prayer or further along, this small book is a resource for deepening your prayer practice.

And now, my review:
This book is based on the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray when they asked Him to teach them.  This author takes each step and walks us through it and explains what it can look like.  He starts us with the step of thanksgiving, confession, and practicing discernment.  He tells us what he thinks it means when we pray “Thy kingdom come” and all the other phrases.  The author tells of the importance of leaning on the Spirit to guide us with this.  There is evidence that he brings out of how we can tell if we are praying in the Spirit.  This author makes reference to the Eucharist, Ignatius Loyola, and Bonhoeffer as well. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Mail-Order Brides Collection by Various Authors

The Mail-Order Brides Collection: 9 Historical Stories of Marriage that Precedes Love by [Besing, Megan, Marchand, Noelle, Schlachter, Donna, Shackelford, Sherri, Shocklee, Michelle, Shorey, Ann, Tolsma, Liz, Uhlarik, Jennifer, Y'Barbo, Kathleen]

Here is the book summary:
What kind of woman would answer an advertisement and marry a stranger?
Escape into the history of the American West along with nine couples whose relationships begin with advertisements for mail-order brides. Placing their dreams for new beginnings in the hands of a stranger, will each bride be disappointed, or will some find true love?

Perfect for the Preacher by Megan Besing
1897, Indiana
Fresh from seminary, Amos Lowry believes marriage will prove to his skeptical congregation that he’s mature. If only his mail-order bride wasn’t an ex-saloon girl, and worse, pregnant.
The Outlaw’s Inconvenient Bride by Noelle Marchand
1881, Wyoming
After a gang of outlaws uses a mail-order bride advertisement to trick an innocent woman into servitude, an undercover lawman must claim the bride—even if it puts his mission in jeopardy. 
Train Ride to Heartbreak by Donna Schlachter
1895, Train to California
John Stewart needs a wife. Mary Johannson needs a home. On her way west, Mary falls in love with another. Now both must choose between commitment and true love.
Mail-Order Proxy by Sherri Shackelford
1885, Montana
A mail-order marriage by proxy goes wrong when a clerical error leads to the proxies actually being married instead of the siblings they were standing in for. In their quest to correct the mistake, the two discover outlaws, adventure, and even love.
To Heal Thy Heart by Michelle Shocklee
1866, New Mexico
When Phoebe Wagner answers a mail-order bride ad that states Confederate widows need not apply, she worries what Dr. Luke Preston will do when he learns her fiancé died wearing gray.
Miss-Delivered Mail by Ann Shorey
1884, Washington
Helena Erickson impulsively decides to take advantage of her brother’s deception and travels to Washington Territory in response to a proposal of marriage intended for someone else. How will Daniel McNabb respond when Helena is nothing like he expected?
A Fairy-Tale Bride by Liz Tolsma
1867, Texas
Nora Green doesn’t feel much like Cinderella when her mail-order groom stands her up. But could the mysterious jester from the town’s play be her Prince Charming?
The Brigand and the Bride by Jennifer Uhlarik
1876, Arizona 
Jolie Hilliard weds a stranger to flee her outlaw family but discovers her groom is an escaped prisoner. Will she ever find happiness on the right side of the law?
The Mail-Order Mistake by Kathleen Y’Barbo
1855, Texas
Pinkerton detective Jeremiah Bingham is investigating a mail-order bride scam bankrupting potential grooms. When unsuspecting orphan May Conrad answers his false ad, she becomes the prime suspect in the case.
And now, my review:
From the beautiful cover to the premise of the book, it got me hooked from the start.  There are 9 historical romance short stories in this book and each one holds its own unique intrigue.  I just love when I’m reading and I can tell that the author, in this case, the authors, are putting their heart into it.  This is a historical romance and with it comes wild west adventures.  There are hills and valleys, romance, laughing-out-loud moments, and it kept me reading.  Check it out.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Gardening Complete by Cool Springs Press

Gardening Complete by [Authors of Cool Springs Press]

Here is the book summary:
Gardening Complete is the most up-to-date and complete guide to gardening for homeowners. Inside, eight of North America’s top gardening experts—and Cool Springs Press authors—present 19 subjects of critical interest to anyone who wants to learn or broaden gardening skills. Whether your main interest is in designing landscapes and gardens, ornamental gardening to make your yard more attractive, or gardening to provide nutritious edibles for the family table, this book will become your definitive source of information. It is intended for serious beginning to intermediate gardeners, but even veteran gardeners will be intrigued by what these experts have to say about core gardening skills and common horticultural subjects.
Gardening Complete is a practical book that demonstrates how to accomplish the routine activities of gardening, including: planning and planting your garden, essential care for the garden during the growing season, dealing with pests and diseases, and harvesting fruits and vegetables. While many gardening books focus on regional plant species or devote large sections to some form of plant catalog, this book is different. Gardening Complete serves not only as a self-contained manual for gardening skills and information in all regions, but also as a sampler that may help you determine where to focus your gardening hobby in the future or even help you identify authors you’d like to explore further. Each of the eight authors has an impressively broad background in publishing and lecturing on gardening, and you may discover a new favorite writer in these pages. We haven’t just allowed these authorities to express their individual views—we’ve encouraged them to do so. As is true in a healthy garden, we’ve aimed at diversity for this book.
This book is not an organic gardening book per se, but if you have any previous familiarity with Cool Springs Press or any of these authors, you will know that we tend to take a low-impact approach to gardening. Thus, our authors generally offer advice that is gentle to the soil, to the environment, and to beneficial insects and animals. 
Success in your yard and garden awaits you with the help of Gardening Complete. Our authors are among the most passionate gardeners you will ever meet, and they have helped thousands of home gardeners just like you.

And now, my review:
The thing that drew me into this book at first was the expanse of flowers and vegetable plants.  I already grow a vegetable garden but can always learn new tricks of the trade with it.  There are things that I face every year that have me rejoicing or looking to find a fix.  So this is a great go-to for me.  It tells me about diseases, pest control, and even helps with finding the right amount of water.  In the winter, I can look through and dream up what next summer will/can look like.  Also, the added information on the flower side is a great inspiration that can get me moving in planting more and more beautiful flowers around my house.  I can always learn more and more about fertilizer and I found the pruning to be very helpful. A recommended resource for your garden library.

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.