Monday, August 28, 2017

For our Whits End friends, 
Our kids have started reading Focus on the Family Imagination Station Adventures. They seem to like these more than the adventures in odyssey books. We request them at the library: 

We discovered that they have a nifty feature in the back pages where you can plug in some answers from stories in the book and get a free episode. (one for each book you figure out the code!)

We realized you can use the Http code on these episodes to email them to ourselves, then have access to them while in the car on road trips, or just at a later date.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review: The promise of Breeze Hill by Pam HIllman

Pam Hillman writes a highly imaginative tale that draws you in and makes you forget there is a world outside the book you are reading. The Promise of Breeze Hill is a stirringly passionate story that starts out with a man willing to become an indentured servant in order to bring his 3 brothers from Ireland to America. Much to his chagrin, a woman purchases his indenture and he begins his years of service by repairing their burnt out wing. The plot thickens and he discovers a full out attack on the estate is in progress to kill off the current and future heirs of Breeze Hill estates.
The romance is more than the underlining story in this book with great attraction at every turn. I would not recommend it to the younger generation because of this.
With lots of twists and turns this book, this author shows just how much entertainment can be found between the pages of a book.
Book provided for my review.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

With You Always by Jody Hedlund

This book was a very good read. I enjoyed the twists and turns. The parts you didn't see coming, the ways the characters change and mature, but slip back into old habits and thought patterns making them real enough to relate!
The main character, Elise has worked hard to keep her sisters and the orphans they care for off the streets. When a break seems to open up for them where they get housing and work she isn't sure if she should be grateful to the God she has blamed all her troubles on or not. A chance encounter with a nice, however probably wealthy business man, lets her see that she was possibly wrong thinking all the upper class was total snobs.
Twists and turns ensue as she loses her job and their home is threatened. She finds a way to get work in the west which leads her to the most back breaking work in the kind businessman's new town he is building for a competition to own his families business. As she shines light on the man's care of his employee's, something he had never thought about, he is faced with making the winning choice to ignore it or raise wages and treat them better, ultimately knowing it could cost him the family business.
All this with a woven and faulty love story threaded throughout the books makes a timeless tale that deserves a good read.
I would caution it for younger readers. This book does hold some mature content. Elise is continuously warned that the gentleman's intention for her is something more than one of simple interest, a woman gets attacked and raped, the mutual attraction between the two lead characters becomes strong at the end leading up to their wedding with lots of suggestions.

This book was given to me for my review. My thoughts are my own.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Review: A Name Unknown by Roseanna White with a giveaway!

This book was an amazing read. Written by Roseanna White, whom I've never had the pleasure of reading before, and who I pray I never have the end of reading! She pulls you into the story and continues to tug you along with no indication of how the story is going to end. Even planning for a happy-ever-after, I was still struggling as I neared the end that everything would be wrapped up by the last page!
This story about a thief. One who has accepted her lifestyle as who she was and a talent she is gifted with, no need for God in her life because she can take care of herself.
This thief is so good she gets commissioned to find out where the loyalties of a certain gentleman lie...With England or as a traitor. Thinking that she only would get paid if he is a traitor she gets herself hired on as a librarian giving her plenty of access to all his records. What she didn't plan on was access to his God and his faith.
The book is such a gentle blend of truth and fiction and is about an author.  I don't know about you but when an author writes about a fiction author it brings out something of their personalities and certain qualities one would never think about as a reader.
The plot takes twists and turns and even if you know what ending you hope for, rarely can you see a way for it to work out! The book has a life of its own and, though it isn't so riveting that I couldn't stand to put it down, it is one of those books that shouts to you as you walk by it to pick it up and finish it!

Book provided by litefuse publishing group. My opinions are very much my own.


Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels . . . to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. She passes said boring life with her husband and kids in the beautiful mountains of eastern West Virginia.


She’s out to steal his name . . . but will he steal her heart instead? Find out in A Name Unknown, Roseanna M. White’s new book.Rosemary, a former pickpocket who grew up on the mean streets of London, has the challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. When Rosemary arrives on Peter’s doorstop pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, Peter (who wants to prove his loyalty to the crown despite his German last name) believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past. Anger and danger continue to mount, though, and both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth—about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
Enter to win a copy of A Name Unknown. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced August 21st on the Litfuse blog!