1/16/19

New Year...New Hopes...New Dreams

To accomplish great things,
we must not only act,
but also dream;
not only plan,
but also believe.
- - Anatole France - -


A very HAPPY NEW YEAR
to you, sweet friends!
I may be 2 weeks late 
in wishing you a happy new year,
but please know that I hope 2019 is extra special
for you and your loved ones.
I hope this year is filled with a million moments
that contain joy, love, hope, and peace.
I pray that this year is truly extraordinary!

And now we welcome the new year.
Full of things that have never been.
- - Rainer Maria Rilke - -


Another year is dawning: 
Dear Father, let it be, 
In working or in waiting, 
Another year with Thee; 
Another year of progress,
Another year of praise, 
Another year of proving 
Thy presence all the days. 

Another year of mercies, 
Of faithfulness and grace; 
Another year of gladness 
In the shining of Thy face; 
Another year of leaning 
Upon Thy loving breast; 
Another year of trusting, 
Of quiet, happy rest. 

Another year of service, 
Of witness for Thy love; 
Another year of training 
For holier work above. 
Another year is dawning; 
Dear Father, let it be, 
On earth or else in heaven, 
Another year for Thee.
- - Frances R. Havergal - -


'Tis a new year, my friends.
It's a year for new hopes, 
new dreams, new aspirations.

It's a year for being adventurous,
seeing new places, trying new things.

It's a year for deepening our spiritual lives 
and growing closer to the Lord.


I asked the New Year
for some motto sweet,
some rule of life
by which to guide my feet.
I asked and paused;
it answered soft and low,
"God's will to know."
- - Unknown - -


With this new year comes some changes. . .

My sweet and lovely friends,
I feel the need to slow down on my blog
and have decided to post only once a week.
I will do my very best to share beautiful creations,
delicious treats, encouraging words, and all-around loveliness
on a weekly basis.

I am also stepping away from my online shop.
I don't know for how long,
but for now I simply want to create 
and make treasures at my leisure.
Often I get too wrapped up in trying to keep my shop fully stocked
that I forget to enjoy making something just because I feel like it.


You are never too old
to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- - C. S. Lewis - -

I have dreams. . .
my husband and I have dreams. . .
and maybe this is the year 
that some of those dreams will come true.
{{smiles}}
I am truly hopeful that this year will be extra special
filled with an abundance of blessings.
I hope the same for you, sweet friends.


Every day take the chance
to do something new.
It won't cost much more
than the courage it takes to do it.
- - Unknown - -


It's good to be back, my friends,
and I look forward to catching up with each one of you.
I hope you have a most beautiful day
and I will "see" you next week.

Love and hugs!
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1/7/19

A Bound Heart - Book Review

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall 
grew up on the same castle grounds, 
Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. 
Lark is but the keeper of his bees 
and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture 
that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. 
But when his wife dies suddenly, 
Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up 
in a whirlwind of accusations, 
expelled from their beloved island, 
and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. 
Yet even when all hope seems dashed 
against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, 
it may be that in this New World 
the two of them could make a new beginning together.


My Thoughts
Laura Frantz never disappoints
and her latest book A Bound Heart
is truly a winner.
Laura has an eye for detail
and that attention flows through to her writing.
When I began reading this heartwarming tale,
the words were like artwork. . .
they were a feast for the eyes
that brought beautiful images to the mind.
With the lyrical Scottish words
and the talent of Laura's writing
well, you're bound to be captivated by this book.

A Bound Heart will take you 
on an epic and unforgettable journey.
Lark and Magnus face many hardships,
but love, hope, faith, and grace will prevail.

One of my favorites things was the delightful quotes 
at the beginning of each chapter.
Here are just a few to give you a taste
of A Bound Heart.

A gaudy dress and gentle air
may slightly touch the heart,
but 'tis innocence and modesty
that polishes the dart.
- - Robert Burns - -

I find as I grow older
that I love those most
whom I loved first.
- - Thomas Jefferson - -

The true measure of a man
is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- - Samuel Johnson - -

I highly recommend this book
especially if you enjoy and appreciate historical fiction.
Laura Frantz is an extraordinary storyteller
and you will not be disappointed if you add
A Bound Heart to your library.

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

About the Author
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist 
and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, 
including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, 
The Colonel's Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, A Moonbow Night, 
and The Ballantyne Legacy series. 
She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. 
Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.
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1/4/19

Code Of Valor - Book Review

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
My dear friends,
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Season
and I trust your New Year is off to a beautiful start.
I am still on my blogging break,
but I have a few book reviews to share with you
in the next week.
I look forward to returning to my blog
and hearing about your holiday festivities.
Until then,
know that you are thought of!
Love and hugs!


Book Review
What Detective Brady St. John really needs 
is a relaxing vacation. 
Unfortunately, just as the sun is setting 
on his second day at a friend's cabin on Lake Henley, 
he hears a scream and races to rescue a woman from her would-be killer. 
When the killer escapes only to return to finish the job, 
Brady vows to utilize all of his many resources to keep her safe 
and catch those who would see her dead.

Financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain
doesn't trust many people.
And even though she's trying to cooperate
with the detective who saved her life,
there are some things she doesn't know-
and some things you just don't share with a stranger.
Little does she suspect that what she doesn't know
just might get them both killed.


My Thoughts
Woooeee, Lynette Eason does not hold back
in Code of Valor.
This book is a real page-turner
and when I say page-turner, I mean it.
From the very first line in the book
to the last word of the story,
the reader will be spellbound by Code of Valor.
Lynette Eason has been one of my favorite authors
for many years and the story of Brady and Emily
is just another reason to admire her work.
This book is packed with all of the good stuff. . .
suspense
mystery
intrigue
action
forgiveness
compassion
hope
second chances
love.

Emily is quite the lady.
She is someone who allowed the Lord to pull her up 
from the deepest, darkest pit and live a life full of hope.
As I read further into the book
I couldn't help but admire her tenacity and outlook on life.
She's a gem and if you read this book
I think you'll enjoy her unique character.

Brady is a true gentleman with honorable intentions 
and a desire to protect those he cares about.
What can I say. . .
the reader will like him immediately.

While Code of Valor is the book three in the Blue Justice series,
it could be read as a stand alone.
If you would like to get to know the St. John family
than start from book one because this series is about them.
But if you just can't wait and want an amazing book to read now
than start with Code of Valor.
You'll not be disappointed with Lynette Eason
and her skill for writing a phenomenal story.

Also, I would personally recommend this book 
for an older audience such as 18-years and older.

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

About the Author
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, 
the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, 
as well as Always Watching, Without Warning, Moving Target, 
and Chasing Secrets in the Elite Guardians series. 
She is the winner of two ACFW Carol Awards, 
the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. 
She has a master's degree in education from Converse College 
and lives in South Carolina. 
Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.
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