Hello August!

August. . .
it's like the Sunday of summers.

Happy August, my friends!
I trust July treated you well
and I hope August is on its way to being simply perfect.

I wanted to thank all of you for the lovely comments on my last post.
I truly appreciate your faithfulness in following along
and in reading my posts.
This summer I needed to just step away for a while
from writing, crafting, and the Internet in general.
I must confess that it has been good for me
and I feel very refreshed and ready to go.
I am eager to get back to my blog and have been busy changing things up here
as well as sewing up a storm in my craft room.
I look forward to reconnecting with you,
sweet friends and readers.

I hope each and every one of you are well.
Summer is still in full swing here
and my son and I are trying to get all of our fun in 
before school starts in a month.
We seem to be surrounded by wild fires this summer
and have had quite a bit of heavy smoke in our valley.
One night I was out for a run and I could feel the ash burning my eyes.
I guess now I understand the saying,
"Smoke gets in your eyes"
because that's exactly what it was doing.
I am so appreciative of the men and women who are fighting the fires in Colorado.
And oh, how thankful I am the fires have not reached our town.
We've had a couple of scares, but thankfully they were put out quickly.
God is good. . .all the time!
I will say that the smoke makes for beautiful sun sets.

Well, my friends, I have another book review for you.
It's titled More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer,
one of my all-time favorite authors.

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. 
Orphaned at a young age 
and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes-one bright blue, the other dark brown-
Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. 
Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world's judgments, 
and Eva has two-Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers. 

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, 
Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, 
to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father's death. 
Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, 
he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. 
When Zach's sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine 
every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. 
Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, 
and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

My Thoughts
Karen Witemeyer. . .what a fabulous author!
All of her books have enchanted me
and left me with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.
She has a beautiful way of writing a tale 
that will leave the reader simply happy and content.
And oh, the quick wit she weaves throughout her stories is always perfect.

More Than Meets the Eye is a sweet story
about overcoming heartache and loss
and choosing joy and peace rather than hatred and bitterness.
Only the Lord can bring change
and throughout this book the reader will be drawn in by the love and hope
that comes only from the Heavenly Father.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author wrote about the salvation and forgiveness
that is available through Jesus Christ.

The characters were very enjoyable
and Evangeline's sunny disposition was absolutely contagious.
I found myself smiling late at night while reading this book.
And dear Logan. . .what a charming and heartwarming young man.
The reader can't help but fall for him and cheer him on.
Along with Zach and Seth {Evangeline's brothers}
I felt the group of characters were very diverse 
which made for a good and interesting read.

My only complaint is that I felt the story dragged just a wee bit in the beginning.
The first few chapters were great and very exciting,
but then the storyline slowed down and it seemed to take a while to move on.
One last thing,
the book is historical fiction and starts out in 1879,
but I felt the characters were just a touch too modern.
These two personal "issues" are nothing serious,
but I thought I would mention them anyway.
More Than Meets the Eye is a clean, funny, charming, and inspiring story
and it's a book I would certainly recommend.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award 
and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, 
bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance 
to give the world more happily-ever-afters. 
Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas, 
with her husband and three children. 
Learn more about Karen and her books at www.karenwitemeyer.com.

Have a most beautiful day, my friends!
Love and hugs!


Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

Happy August to you, Stephanie, and everyone who visits here! Oh, its so wonderful to see your new refreshing, uplifting blog postings once again!

I totally understand the need for some family time away from the internet and blogging. Mine seems to pull me back at every twist and turn, but it's important to keep our hearts and minds focused on the most important things in life - God and family! And, what a beautiful summer the Lord has given us to enjoy together!

Thank you for the review of Karen Witemeyer's book More Than Meets the Eye. She is my favorite author - so I can't wait to pick up this one and read it! I love that each of her character's have such great depth, but each story ends with a happy ending!

Blessings on your Family, Your Day & Summer!!! Net

Regina said...

It's so good to hear from you Stephanie. Your post reminded me , I still need to post my book reviews. Have a pleasant rest of your week.

Vee said...

High praise tempered with a bit of criticism...you’ve managed to pique my interest. The accuracy or lack thereof is one of my pet peeves for a lot of television programming, movies, and books.

So glad that you have been enjoying a time of refreshing this summer. The blog looks beautiful, as it always does.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Your blog looks so lovely Stephanie. I'm sorry about the fires in your area. I have a family member who has gone to CA to fight the fires there. Enjoy the rest of your summer. ~ Abby

Rose L said...

I do hope all of the fires are soon squelched! I would avoid outside activities for a while if I were you! Take care!

Teri said...

Dear Sweet Stephanie ... I love the pretty new look of THE ENCHANTING ROSE. I do love the month of August. We have even enjoyed a few days that seemed almost fall like. Although, it looks as if summer is coming back. I begin to think about fall and fluffin' and featherin' our little nest. I think it is always nice to enjoy a little quiet time to relax, refresh and renew. Happy August From Our Little Cottage To Yours.

Debby Ray said...

And a very Happy August to you, dear Stephanie! I do hope you have enjoyed your time off and I love the new look of your blog! I have been hearing a lot about mostly the wildfires in CA but not as much about those in CO...how scary! It seems like they are happening more and more as of late and I do pray that they will be able to extinguish them soon! Beautiful sunset shot, though. Glad to see you back! Hugs!

Creations By Cindy said...

Happy August to you dear lady. The summer has seemed to slip away. Well, more than half a year has fluttered by. Mercy! Sometimes it does us WELL to step back from things in life. A breather, a sabbatical, a break, is needed. So good to read a post from you today. Hugs and blessings dear lady.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hasn't the year flown by! Hard to believe we are now in August!
A very Happy August to you and yours Stephanie.
Sometimes a little time off is just what we need!

I do like your new look blog, and always look forward to seeing and reading your posts.

My good wishes

All the best Jan

Linda said...

I am so thrilled to see you posting. I also like your new look here. I have a another friend who lives not far from where the fires are, she lives not in the valley but in the mountains. Keeping you in prayer.💗

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Welcome back Stephanie! I've missed you! It's good to hear you've had some nice refreshing relaxation and fun time with your family. That is always so good and we need that! Stepping away sometimes and going somewhere and then coming home again, gives us new perspective on things and I've found a look forward MORE to doing what I was doing before! I've been sewing up a storm... working on a strip quilt for my son's 40th birthday in less than 2 months! Yikes... I don't work well on a deadline but am trying. My sister is going to quilt it for me as she has a longarm machine. Bless her heart. Looking forward to more posts from you and I too love you new look and colors! Hugs... Marilyn

Chris Lally said...

Welcome back, Stephanie! I love the new look of your blog and wish you even more success since leaving ETSY.
Trusting you will stay safe from the wildfires, and that the brave firefighters will be safe also. I have a family member who fights forest fires in California - scary, serious business.
Good to see you're back reviewing these awesome books. I am appreciative of your honest opinions. Now I have one more to add to the list.
Happy August!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh sweet friend, how wonderful to read a post from you! I can hardly believe that August is here already. My, how the months fly by, don't they? Your sunset shot is beautiful, and yes, I know you're grateful for the firefighters that so bravely do their job. Thank you for the book review, and your honest opinion. Enjoy your last month with your son before school starts! Love and hugs are sent to you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie i am so glad that you are safe from the bush fires,love the pic of your sunset in the smoky haze,stay safe my friend and take care xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Gee thanks Stephanie - another author I have to add to my long list that I want to explore! Stay safe my friend - praying the fires come to a quick end.

Gina said...

Stephanie, Happy August! It was so nice to see your comment. I've returned to blogging. You are cordially invited to my Touches of August giveaway! ♥

Sandi said...

That dessert in the middle at the top-- GASP!

Mari said...

Welcome back! It's nice to see you posting again.
I'm kind of sad to see August arrive. It seems summer passes by too quickly!

The book sounds like a good one.

Kate Yetter said...

Glad to have you back, Stephanie! I am glad you had a relaxing and refreshing time off.
I have never read any of Karen's books but I own one. Maybe I should put it higher up on my to-read list.
Happy Wednesday,

Conniecrafter said...

so good to hear that you and your family are well and safe from the fires, it is all so scary! Hope they haven't slowed down the fun that you are all having this summer.

Elizabeth said...

Hello, dear Stephanie! My, it is a treat getting to stop by your lovely blog this evening...it looks lovely! I love the soft pinks and of course, the roses are so sweet {{smiles}}

I've been so busy this summer with moving...we'll be in our new home one month this Saturday! We're mostly settled in now, but still have some boxes to unpack and things to set up. I, too, have taken it easy with blogging this summer but am slowly getting back into the rhythm of writing, as it is something I love and have missed.

I have heard and seen about wildfires in California, but had no idea that Colorado was experiencing them, too...I'm so glad and thankful that you all were kept safe from them! I hope you and your son are soaking up these last few weeks of summer fun before the school days commence...I know they will fly by!

Looking forward to popping by again soon! Much love and joy to you ♥

mamasmercantile said...

I am thrilled to hear you have been having a wonderful summer spending quality time with your son. So sorry to hear about the fires, my heart goes out to all those affected. Take care.

Anna said...

Happy August to you and your family !
I'm doing the same...less internet, less craft but more quality time with my family and myself ;)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

So good to see you back dear Stephanie. Glad you have been spared fires in your area, but sorry you are having to deal with smoke. I pray the fires will be brought under control soon.

Have a nice day ~ FlowerLady

Farmhouse and Feathers said...

Hey Stephanie! I stepped away for a while too and it was a good thing. I have a new blog and name. A fresh start. It's so good to be back among my blog friends. I have a lot of catching up to do.. I was away for 2 years.
Sherry (I used to be thrift my house)

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, I'm glad you are well, and I was wondering how you've been. We have had fires here in California as well, and although I'm not that close to them, it still scares me, so I know what you're feeling right now. I'm so sorry that the smoke has traveled your way and there is heavy smoke in your area. The sunset is just lovely.

I'm doing good, and Nel is about to deliver any day now. I will have another grandbaby soon. Yes, God is good, my beautiful friend.

love, ~Sheri

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Happy August! So happy to visit with you again!

Lorrie said...

Hello dear Stephanie,

Happy August days to you! The summer does go by quickly, doesn't it? I'm glad you've been able to enjoy time with your son, and time in your sewing room. Creativity is very restorative, I find.

Wildfires are roaring here, too, with such devastation. I'm grateful for the men and women who fight them under such trying conditions.

Enjoy this Sunday of Summer!


Kerin said...

It is amazing how quickly time flies by!

Yep.. the smoky yucky skies have been quite prevalent this summer, throughout the west, for certain. Here in Utah, we have been having fires as well, and such a hot summer.
For the first time that I can remember, we are on water restrictions here in our little town. Sure would love some Autumn thunderstorms :)

Have a happy day.

Debbie said...

I adore the new look, nice, clean and streamlined!! I am so happy to see you today, I think you have used your summer days wisely!!

And I hope you read the comment above mine and delete it!!

Tamago said...

Happy August to you, too, Stephanie! Great to see your update. I love your new blog layout!
There are so many wild fires going on. I hope you stay safe and enjoy the rest of summer :-)

sarah said...

Dear Stephanie, I love your new look here! It's so fresh and cheerful and pretty! You are such a bright spot in blogland, and it's sheer happiness to see you writing here again.

Dianna said...

Thank you, dear Stephanie, for the good book review. I so appreciate reviewers such as yourself because you give an honest review. That means a lot to me and plays an important role in whether I would want to read the book.

Love the new blog look! I'm so thankful that the fires have not gotten a hold in your town.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello Stephanie,
I'm just stopping in to say hi & catch up on your blog.
So sorry for all the fires in CO; you all could sure use a good few years of rain~
Glad your summer is going well, Mine was sadly broken by the passing of my dear mother in July. :,,( We are trying to cope; With Jesus we will. Hugs to you, karen o

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Welcome back, Stephanie! About the only thing I like about summer is summer fruit, and I hope those fires don't ruin the delicious Colorado peaches (or bring harm to anyone, of course). Excellent review--you brought up one of my pet peeves, "the book is historical fiction and starts out in 1879,
but I felt the characters were just a touch too modern." Reminds me that writers can't seem to resist putting in social commentary on their own pet modern-day issues

Margie said...

I can't believe that it's August already! Glad to hear that you've enjoyed your blogging break. I haven't been as productive as I would have liked this summer. I blame the intense heat!

The wildfires in the U.S. and Canada are terrible. A few weeks ago, a firefighter from Alberta died while battling the wildfires in Ontario. It's very sad.

Sue said...

So nice to visit you, Stephanie, I too have been sporadic in my blogging, which I have missed so much. I am trying to find my way back.
Thank you for this review, I enjoy books that are uplifting,"More Than Meets the Eye" sounds like a great read, I also love happy endings,~wink~
Blessings, and welcome back to blogging.

Carla from The River said...

Thank you for the review. I just finished reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky .. I liked it at first but by the end I did not.. out of 5 I gave it a 2.5.

Paige said...

It's wonderful that your blog break has been do refreshing! We need that sometimes. :) There are terrible wildfires around me too (though not very close). I hope you continue to stay safe!

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