Review of HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL by Julia Ridgmont

I must confess that historical romance is not usually the genre that I choose to read, but the premise of the book enticed me to read it. Susannah Eversoll’s husband of twenty years committed suicide, so she reluctantly offers to be a mail-order bride, taking her adult daughter Melissa to Oregon with her. Once there, Susannah fulfills her obligation to marry David, but she seems resigned to live without love and to take care of his two rambunctious boys whom she was not prepared to care for. One night, Susannah and David go to the town’s skating party and everything changes when Susannah is hurt and suffers from amnesia. David continues to hope that Susannah will regain her memory and we begin to see that he really cares for her. There are a couple of mysteries woven into the story, one of which threatens David and Susannah’s new marriage. I enjoyed the book because the pace was quick and the characters were sympathetic and believable. The few twists that were included certainly added to the story for me! Fans of historical romance will enjoy this clean read.

Disclaimer

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

My rating:

My rating is mostly based on the fact that there were some events that seemed too coincidental, but otherwise, I was impressed with the author’s tight writing.

Available today:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2t7EFx8

The Keeper of Peace

I read this devotional this morning and it really struck me that Jesus is the Keeper of Peace in our hearts. I have not been sleeping well lately because of joint and spine pain. I went to my ortho doctor yesterday and I am scheduled to have a spinal injection next week, hopefully to alleviate the pain. Regardless of the outcome, the Lord keeps speaking peace to my heart. He keeps saying, “Trust me.” I leave you today with a prayer for a blessing on your day and your life and a prayer that you will have God’s peace in your hearts.

https://www.faithgateway.com/the-fruit-of-the-spirit-peace/?utm_source=devosdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=devosdaily20200128#.XjLhtS9OmhA

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Review of BEHIND EVERY LIE by Christina McDonald

This book will be available on February 4, 2020, but it is available for pre-order now.

Once again, Christina McDonald has sent me into the world of a deeply dark domestic thriller and would not let me escape. Eva Hansen wakes up in a hospital after being struck by lightning and is told that her mother Kat has been murdered. And she is a major suspect in the murder! Eva’s snatches of disjointed memories adds to the stunning, unexpected twists throughout the book. The book takes place in Seattle, where Eva lives, and London, where her mom used to live. It is told from the points of view of both Eva and Kat and from the times of present and past. All of these changes back and forth kept me so absorbed in the book that I did not realize sometimes how late I was staying up to read. I felt like a pinball at the beginning of each chapter, and I mean that in the best way possible. McDonald sent me spinning each time, bouncing from one twist to another and waiting for the lights to zing in my head and show me what was really going on. There were clues, but they were subtle and very well-written. This was a book about mother-daughter relationships (or lack thereof), but it was so much more! It also included sibling rivalry and the budding love relationship with a new fiancé. This book was a thriller like no other that I have ever read and I read a lot of thrillers! I loved it and absolutely devoured it! Fans of thrillers and suspense will definitely want to read this fast-paced and fascinating book. In fact, I want to read it again to read all of the clues that I skipped over, not noticing what the author was telling me in her tricky and masterful way!

Disclaimer

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. (But I also want to say that I have purchased an e-copy and a hard copy for myself to own! I love this author’s books so much!) I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

My rating:

This rating is based on how well the book was written and what a good job it did of entertaining me. For those looking for a clean read, this is not one since it includes violence as well as the “F” word repeatedly.

This cover is a perfect representation of what is happening in the book: shattered memories and running on an unknown path towards an unknown future.

Links to purchase:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/37DUxX8

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/36BtUB1

Lest We Forget

I remember many farewells, probably because we moved so many times. I recall telling good friends at different bases that we would keep in touch…and then I didn’t. I confess that I got busy with my new life at the next base and forgot those that I had left behind. From all our friends at all the bases we lived, I have one good friend with whom I keep in touch. Well, at least, we exchange a letter every Christmas about what is happening in our family these days, if that counts as keeping in touch. It seems that I have forgotten more than I remember.

But one thing I have vowed never to forget. Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. No, I did not live during the Holocaust. However, as a young teen, I read the “Diary of Anne Frank” and cried over the loss of someone so young. As a young Christian, I read about the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps in books by such people as Corrie Ten Boom. I was afraid that such a thing could happen to so many people while the world did nothing, so I feared that it could happen again. I understand that there was not technology like we have today, a world in which images are sent worldwide in seconds. Nevertheless, I am determined to raise my voice for those who can no longer do so, because the Nazis in their fervent hatred of all things Jewish did their best to wipe out an entire population. Thank the Lord that they did not succeed! Where did such hatred come from? Dr. Denison has good insight into this:

https://www.denisonforum.org/columns/daily-article/international-holocaust-remembrance-day-three-reasons-people-hate-the-jews-and-an-incredible-example-of-courage/

I will close with a Scripture verse, taken from a wall sign on sale at Amazon.com:

God loves each of us, especially His chosen people, the Jews. Today, we call them Israelites because they have their own country. Pray for Israel! Pray for peace in Jerusalem! And pray that another Holocaust never occurs again! May God bless the souls of those destroyed by hatred and may God’s great love spread throughout the world! Thank You, Lord, that you do not forget your people. Thank you, Lord, that you are our God and that you love us so that we can love others.

Review of WHEN GOD MADE THE WORLD by Matthew Paul Turner

This wonderful book is recommended for ALL children everywhere! It is a clean read that is a creative and beautifully illustrated view of creation. Available on January 28th, but you can pre-order it today!

This is an amazing book with wonderful illustrations. It is Biblically accurate about the story of creation, told in a way that will attract children and help them to remember the awesomeness of God and the diversity of His creation. I loved the illustrations; each page was an adventure to see and a wonder to behold. I enjoyed the way the story of creation unfolded with rhymes and vocabulary to expand a child’s world. I highly recommend this for all parents, grandparents, for anyone who wants to tell the Biblical story with truth and color.

Disclaimer

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

Links to purchase:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TUNLZ2

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2Gr0tXv

Books-a-Million: http://bit.ly/30Px7eQ

CBD: http://bit.ly/37qWGWj (lowest price, by the way)

To my readers: I sincerely hope that you will consider buying this book as a gift for a young person in your life. The vocabulary is fantastic, a whole world of new words in a rhyme scheme that is unbelievably creative.

Happenstance or God?

My husband left early on Tuesday to take a five hour trip to check on his brother. Richard has recently been put into a nursing home, and my dear husband has waited until we completed all of our travels to see grandchildren before going to visit him. Harry was also reluctant to go since I wanted to stay alone, something I have not done much since my stroke five years ago today. Anyway, Harry took the old Kia that we own, wanting to leave the newer Toyota with me. I promised to call someone if I had an emergency and to just stay at home and rest. We prayed before he left, that the car would make it there and back and that he would be safe in it. Well, guess what? He got back late yesterday and went out today in the Kia to run errands. At the library where he went to pick up a book for me, the car just quit. He thinks it threw a belt and he called AAA for a tow and me for a ride. Isn’t God good? Harry drove over 400 miles in that little car and had no problems with it, just as we had prayed. Then, once he was home, it quit. It is sitting in the garage now awaiting the mechanic’s verdict about whether we should get it repaired or not. I’m just so thankful that God answered our prayers. Harry was safe on the whole long trip, Richard is doing well and enjoying the books that I sent him, and Harry has peace of mind about his brother now. The Kia? Well, that is up to God, but I trust Him.

The second photo is from anchorofmysoul.com here on WordPress.

God is good…all the time. Happenstance? Nope! God answered the prayer that we prayed just as we had prayed it. Be specific in your prayers, my friends, because God is listening. Blessings for a restful night!

Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

No matter which side of the abortion debate you are on, you probably know about the Supreme Court decision in Roe V. Wade. In this historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman has the right to choose abortion up to the point of viability of the fetus. The issue is when is the fetus viable? When does life begin? As a pro-life supporter, I am a strong believer that life begins at conception. The governor in the state of Virginia in which I live says that the mother has the right to end the baby’s life even after birth. What? Why isn’t that murder?!? His left-wing beliefs are even decried by some abortion advocates, but not enough to get him to change his mind. By the way, before he was governor, he was a pediatric neurologist. Seriously? Someone let him work with children when he didn’t value their lives? I was appalled when he was elected and continue to be outraged at some of his beliefs.

So, on this anniversary of Roe V. Wade, I want to once more state clearly that I believe life begins at conception. If the mother’s life is at stake, then that is a decision between the mother, the father and God. It should never be the decision of the state nor should the decision be influenced by a mob of angry people shouting, “It’s a choice!” I myself get angry about all of the people who get involved in what is supposedly the mother’s choice. Planned Parenthood uses our tax dollars to perform and encourage abortions. That violates the Hyde Amendment, but everyone seems to be looking the other way where PP is involved. They are an evil organization that does not fear God or His laws or the sanctity that He has placed on life. So, on this date, I want to call on you to stand for life. Write a post about your stand. Go online and post about your stand. Take a stand for life! Someone needs to speak for the unborn who do not have a voice. Here is Dr. Denison’s post today about this subject:

https://www.denisonforum.org/columns/daily-article/abortion-is-the-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-us-the-persuasive-logic-and-compelling-story-of-life/

And if you are still not persuaded about God’s view on when life begins, think about this Scripture:

If God knew Jeremiah in the womb and He is no respecter of persons, do you not think that He knew you in the womb also? And He knew all of the millions of babies that have been killed by abortion?

I pray God’s blessings on you this day and that it may be a thoughtful day of prayer for all of those souls lost to abortion and for those who are lost in the trap of Planned Parenthood and other organizations like it. May God have mercy on their souls and bring them to repentance and belief in Him!

Partisan But Loving

I am a partisan conservative in a country that has rapidly divided itself along the lines of being for or against our President. I want Congress to do the work of the people who elected them and stop this nonsense of trying to find a way to get the President out of office. I want the President to be able to do his job without interference from a vocal and noticeably angry Congress. I am incensed that the people who did not allow the President to have a fair trial with due process in the House of Representatives is not trying to tell the Senate how to run the trial. Nevertheless, in spite of all of my feelings and beliefs, I am a Christian first and a partisan conservative after. I do not want to turn people away from the Lord for all of eternity just because I am intent on pushing my beliefs. After all, separation from God once it happens is eternal…think about that. President Trump will leave office, next year or in 2024 or whenever it happens. Members of Congress will retire, die a natural death after serving a lifetime in their office, or leave office. Things on this earth do not last. Nothing does. But a relationship with God is eternal, so we need to work on nourishing that relationship within ourselves and with others. How will people listen to us speak lovingly about the Lord when we are railing unreasonably and loudly about a man who may or may not deserve our defense? God is all, always. That is what we need to remember.

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Here is the article from Dr. Denison on this topic:

https://www.denisonforum.org/columns/daily-article/the-impeachment-trial-as-a-rorschach-test-three-rules-of-engagement-for-christians/

Blessings to each of you as you are the light and salt today and every day to a world that is lost.