Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride

After a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, Hope Irvine is ready for a new adventure. When her father takes a position as a preacher in a railroad car converted into a traveling church, she's thrilled at the chance to accompany him. While accommodations in their new chapel car home are tight, Hope couldn't be happier putting her musical skills to good use and ministering to the people of West Virginia alongside her father. But when their chapel car arrives in Finch, West Virginia, they find a coal mining community that has hit hard times and is suspicious of outsiders. 

Luke Hughes works for the coal mine when he can, but the struggling company doesn't always offer steady work. When Reverend Irvine and Hope arrive in town, Luke is intrigued by what the reverend can teach him--and by the lovely and kind Hope. 

When Hope's desire to bring supplies and Sunday school classes to neighboring counties leads to her traveling with a flirtatious young mine manager, Luke is hard-pressed to suppress his jealousy. But when he begins to suspect the manager's motives are less than charitable, can he prove it without hurting Hope, or worse, putting her in danger? 

::My Thoughts::
As you all know I love historical fiction of any kind. This book was no exception as it gives a lot of information on ways of living for coal miners and their families. The poverty, dangers, and all around struggle. 
This book also keeps the Christian values that I know many of you appreciate while reading a book. 
I did wish the characters had a bit more depth to them, but it didn't discourage me from enjoying them or this book. Luke was my favorite although I felt he needed more passion and drive. Hope is very caring but also seems spoiled in many ways. Kirby is most definitely a spoiled adult child and I expected more suspense surrounding this character. 
There wasn't as much suspense as I typically like in these types of novels, but if you like a really easy going read this book is perfect. 
The author definitely did research so this book is rich in history, and the details are amazing. I always love the little details in books, and this book delivers. All in all I felt this is a good book to pick up if you want an easy weekend read, or just something more laid back.

::Product Details::
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764219057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764219054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

God's Easter Miracles

:::From the back of the book:::

In God's Easter Miracles, the sea kids learn that Easter isn't about the Easter bunny or candy. It's about Jesus Christ giving up His life for all of us, and how we are to sacrifice ourselves for others. 

Paul, who is autistic, struggles with relationships, Jimmy doesn't want to share, and Lenny clings to life due to a terrible boat accident. On Easter Sunday, the children witness the power of their prayers. Their Sunday School teacher, Miss Linda, tells the children, "Truly, God has blessed us with many Easter miracles. Lenny was healed, and Jimmy asked Jesus into his heart." Even Paul has a miraculous change of heart. A true lesson of becoming more like Jesus is learned in this beautiful Easter story of love and grace.

:::My Thoughts:::

God's Easter Miracles, written by Lee Ann Mancini, is part of the multi-award winning Adventures of the Sea Kids series. It is a fantastic book for the littles, and would make an amazing addition to any home or church library. It is a great book to teach children about Jesus's love for us. There are many different great learning messages contained within the pages of this book. From teaching the important of prayer not only for yourself or others, but also teaching about compassion and friendship. We greatly enjoyed this book. We read it as a family and my children that can read on their own read it alone as well. It is more than just a book to read. There are little symbols hidden throughout the book on the pages for children to find, which makes it very interactive as well. The story flowed nicely and is very easy for children to understand which is wonderful. This is a book that far extends beyond just Easter, but has great lessons for everyday life. The pictures are also very well illustrated. They are nicely done, colorful, and fun. It will definitely pull your kids into the pages, and transport them. I can't wait to check out more books from this wonderful author. I highly recommend it.

:::Find this book at some of the following:::
Amazon   Walmart   Barnes & Noble  

:::Product Details:::
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: GLM PUBLISHING (February 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0997332514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997332513

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookCrash member in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 05/08/2017

Good afternoon all, hope you had a great weekend. I heard on the radio the other day how people always say they need more days in a week, but really we need more days for the weekend! LOL! How true that is! I have some exciting new ideas for the blog that I brainstormed about over the weekend. I will be doing a lot more hauls so those are coming up in the very near future.

::The weather::
Not too bad. We did have rain for 2 days straight but other than that it's been in the 50s & 60s but sunny. We at least don't need our thick winter coats.

::On my reading pile::
I finished Girl In Pieces (review will be posted this week) and I am now halfway through The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller.

::Movies or Shows I watched this weekend::
I didn't get around to watching much other than vlogs this past weekend.

::On my TV::
Catching up some missed episodes of Oak Island with hubby
Gotham with hubby tonight
Tomorrow a New show hubby found called Cooper's Treasure on Discovery. New episode comes on tomorrow at 10pm. Here is a summary:
COOPER'S TREASURE is a new documentary series that tells the incredible story of a legendary astronaut and the secret treasure map he began from space. In the 1960s, Gordon Cooper was one of NASA's original space pioneers, breaking the record for the longest space flight while completing a 122 hour mission. Sent to detect nuclear sites, it was on this mission he discovered something extraordinary that he would keep secret for over 40 years.

While in space Gordon noticed a series of anomalies around the South Caribbean and photographed over 100 of them. These anomalies were dark patches that appeared on his photographs of the earth. He believed there was only one explanation for these and thought them to be sunken ships, including the lost fleet of Christopher Columbus. Working for decades in secret, he created a map that he believed could uncover billions of pounds-worth of treasure. Before he passed away, Gordon shared his secret with his long-time friend Darrell Miklos in the hope that the exploration would continue and the mystery would finally be solved. Now, the one man Gordon trusted has the research and evidence, together with Gordon's map from space and is setting out with a team of seasoned explorers and researchers to once and for all accomplish his friend's long-held dream - to uncover the world's greatest treasures.

Cooper's Treasure airs Tuesdays 10pm on Discovery!

::On the menu for this week::

Monday 5/8
Baked Chicken & Chinese Rice w/veggies

Tuesday 5/9
Hubby's making his Chili

Wednesday 5/10
Tuna Patties, Mac & Cheese, Peas

Thursday 5/11
Spanish Rice, Fried Potatoes, Skillet bread

Friday 5/12
Crockpot BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches & Coleslaw

Saturday 5/13
Grocery shopping day for us this week

Sunday 5/14
Hubby is making me a surprise Mother's Day dinner

::On my to do list::
Monday - Laundry, general tidying up around the house today to straighten back up after the weekend.

Tuesday - rearrange kids bedrooms

Wednesday - meal planning, Make grocery list, more laundry, general household cleaning, book review to be posted

Thursday - normal chores and work on kids playhousek

Friday - errands

Saturday- Grocery shopping day

Sunday- Mother's Day. Spending time with the hubby and kids and my mom.

::What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::
I have been working in my adult coloring books. They are so relaxing.

::Looking around the house::
Kitchen is tidy as I just cleaned counters, loaded the dishwasher, washed the dishes that couldn't got in the dishwasher, and cleaned the living room.

::What I'm wearing today::
Workout capris and a plain blue t-shirt.

::One of my simple pleasures::
Being the first to wake up on beautiful sunny mornings. I usually read, just relax in the quiet, or even just have some quiet time for my thoughts.

::Bible verse, Devotional::

I am joining in on a link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

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