Friday, August 30, 2019

First Line Friday - August 30, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

My first line today comes from Reunited In the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus. I'm planning to read this book soon. I think the cover is such a peaceful scene.

"Twenty-four hours ago, Jude Stephens had his life figured out."

Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

Title: A Broken Kind of Beautiful
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publication Date: 2014
Length: 308 pages

About the Book

Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the fa├žade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still? 

Friday, August 23, 2019

First Line Friday - August 23, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

My first line today comes from An Informal Affair by Heather Gray. This book revolves around on-line dating and has made me chuckle more than once. I tried on-line dating for a year or two and the stories I could tell! One of the best is a dinner where my "date" picked something out of his teeth, flung it under the table and it landed on my leg. I'll save my second best story for my review of this book so be sure to check back! :)

"Lia Promise stared at the man across the table from her. This couldn't be happening. He reached for his fork, pried one of the tines wide, and used it to scratch the inside of his ear."

Friday, August 16, 2019

First Line Friday - August 16, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

Today's first line makes my animal-loving heart very happy! I'm sharing the first line from Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter. It was recently rereleased in combination with Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe (which I featured last week) in a book called Sweetheart Reunion.  

"Fifteen dogs and twenty-one cats."

Friday, August 9, 2019

First Line Friday - August 9, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

Today I'm sharing the first line from Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe. It was recently rereleased in combination with Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter in a book called Sweetheart Reunion, but I can't seem to find a picture of that. I'm looking forward to reading both books!

"It had been a good many years since Rebecca Anshaw Simpson had inhaled the earthy combination of cattle, horse, and hay that was home."

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Review: The Healing Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter

About The Book

What if you have waited to find love only to be rejected when it finally comes?

Lenore Lapp is an Amish schoolteacher in her late twenties still living at home with her parents and grandparents. She thought love had passed her by until she meets Jesse Smucker, a widower with a baby daughter. She quickly falls in love with them both and accepts Jesse's proposal of marriage, but Jesse breaks off their engagement when he realizes he can't marry only for convenience.

Resigned to living single, Lenore throws herself into caring for her elders. While working in her grandmother's garden, she digs up an old jar. Will Lenore find healing for her broken heart and solve long-buried family secrets by reading the note contained inside?

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this book. Even though this is the third book in this series and I didn't read the first two, all of the subplots and extra characters were explained well in this book and I didn't feel lost at all. If you have read the first two books in this series, then I HIGHLY recommend reading this book so you can catch up with previous characters and see how things end up for them.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Review: Four Little Blessings by Merrillee Whren

Title: Four Little Blessings
Author: Merrillee Whren
Series: The Dalton Brothers Book 1
Publication Date: February 2019
Length: 200 pages

About the Book

When Wade Dalton moves to a small Florida beach community for peace and quiet and a new job, he encounters the four little kids next door who are anything but quiet. Because of difficult circumstances, the little noisemakers live with their young aunt, Cassie Rankin, who is their guardian. Wade is drawn to her determination, giving nature, and beauty, but she’s at least a dozen years younger than he is—way too young for him. At least that’s what he keeps telling himself. Besides, he has issues that would only make life more challenging for Cassie and her charges. So he plans to stay out of their lives, but four little blessings refuse to let that happen.

Friday, August 2, 2019

First Line Friday - August 2, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

Today I'm sharing the first line from The Healing Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter. This is the first novel that I've read by her! I've recently started really enjoying Amish fiction so I'm discovering lots of authors that are new to me.

"Tears sprang to Lenore Lapp's eyes as she stood with the others who had come to witness this special English wedding."