Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

A Name Unknown
by: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0764219269

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group I'm thrilled to have been given the opportunity to read and review her first novel in the Shadows Over England series, A Name Unknown.

Summary:

She's out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets-now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary's challenge of a lifetime comes when she's assigned to determine whether acertain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family's history, their very name?
Rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last nameand wants to prove his loyalty to the crown-so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter 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.

My Review:

I've only had the pleasure of reading a handful of Roseanna M. White's novels and have loved every single one of them. I'm glad I get to start a new series with A Name Unknown! One of the things I love about reading novels by various authors is that they have different writing styles and different things pull me in for each one. This was a slow read for me, but in a good way. There was so much to take in, to digest as you read, that I really had to focus. Sometimes books are a quick read, this one wasn't. Nothing wrong with that, and in fact, I thoroughly enjoyed!

I'm not a student of history, but I sure do enjoy reading about what it could've been like back then. When we meet Rosemary, she's being given a job that will help her "siblings" in a financial way that she can't turn down. She's a their raised on the streets of London, surviving by those means. If she can get this job done, they'll have food on the table.

When we first meet Peter, the man she's supposed to steal from, it's hard to wrap your mind around the fact that he's anything other than who he seems to be. Many of the towns people have labeled him a German traitor, and Rosemary is out to prove it.

I really loved all of the characters in the story. There were some I loved to hate and a couple that I was surprised I that I ended up liking. I wasn't a fan of his close friend, Gryff, but I began to like his as I kept reading. I loved Rosemary. In fact, towards the end of the book, I was actually crying because I loved her character so much! lol

I'm already looking forward to the next books in the series! I wish authors could write faster than I can ready. Waiting to read more about the characters you've gotten to know, especially in A Name Unknown, is a rather painful thing to do.

About the Author:

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.
Find out more about Roseanna M. at http://www.roseannamwhite.com.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Bedtime Book By Mary Engelbreit Giveaway

The Bedtime Book
by Mary Engelbreit
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 9780310733294

Summary:

Mama comes to tuck you in,
Pulls the covers to your chin,
Squeezes fingers, squeezes toes,
Lays a kiss upon your nose.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Engelbreit presents The Bedtime Book, a beautifully-illustrated picture book that pairs sleepy time text with Mary’s beloved, timeless art. From endearing poems and snuggly stories to sweet blessings and precious prayers, each page of The Bedtime Book features ways for you to read your little one to sleep.  The Bedtime Book has a beautiful cover decorated with embossing and spot gloss.
My Review:

I remember one of my favorite times with my children was bedtime. We'd read books, I'd tuck them in, and we'd pray. I always loved that time with them. We had a stack of bedtime books that we'd go through. Some were their favorites, others were mine that I loved sharing with them. I have always loved Mary Engelbreit, and was excited to see she had a new book out for children.

The first thing you notice is the beautiful artwork of Engelbreit! It's undeniable that this will quickly become a family favorite! There are familiar stories, sweet poems, and prayers. Each one gets it own set of critter families that children are sure to love.

This is an absolutely delightful book, and one that should grace any child's bookshelf.

About the Author:

Mary Engelbreit
Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Threads Of Suspicion By Dee Henderson

Threads of Suspicion
by Dee Henderson
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN:

If you've read my reviews before of any Dee Henderson's books, you know I'm an avid fan. Whenever I have the opportunity to do a review of her books, I definitely jump on it. This time was no exception! Thanks to Bethany House, I was able to read the next installment of her Evie Blackwell Cold Case series.

Summary:

Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's Missing Persons Task Force. With so much public fanfare surrounding the launch of this elite investigative team, the political stakes are high, and the team will have to produce results--and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. As Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood over the disappearance of a college student, David searches for a private investigator whose last case involved a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But the questions that lie just beneath the surface in Evie's personal life are also begging for answers.

My Review:

Do you ever think, "If I could have the mind of so and so, I'd be able to _______!"? That's how it was for me reading Threads of Suspicion. The reader is able to watch as Evie takes on the case of a missing college student. She's teamed up with David Marshal who's also trying to solve a missing person case in the same area. His approach to working through a case and Evie's is different, but it also helps both of them to work through the crimes. I'd say that's the part that I enjoyed the most throughout the story.

There was also the side stories of the relationships they have with their boyfriend and girlfriend. Evie is trying to work through her thoughts and emotions about potentially being married to Rob. David has been dating and engaged to a famous pop star for years, but after he became a Christian, Maggie struggled with his new found faith.

I found some interesting overlapping of cases and relationships in the story. Seems that six degrees of separation can happen even in crimes. Henderson keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as she takes them from one possible answer to another as Evie and David try solving their mysteries! I'm already looking forward to the next installment!

About the Author:

Dee Henderson is the author of numerous novels, including TakenUndetectedUnspoken, Full Disclosure, and the acclaimed O'Malley and Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Learn more at www.deehenderson.com.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Fun Giveaway Event With The Rope Co.

Last year I had the pleasure of working with The Rope Co. on a review and giveaway of their doormat. It still graces my front door. I can't wait until we have a patio and I can add one there, too. I've already seen some of the ones they're working on for Christmas, and this gal is planning ahead!

This year I've partnered with them once again! With it being the month of July, our month of Independence, and working with this Made in the USA company & The Rope Co. makes my heart happy how could I choose any other? And if you haven't checked out their Instagram feed, you're missing out on some great photos! I'll be doing a review soon on their beautiful bins.




Aren't those wonderful? The bin I'll be receiving is similar to the top one in color. The only thing I have to do is figure out where I'm going to put it because I have a LOT of ideas where I'd like to see it. I'll probably end up getting a couple more!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Be Prepared For Bad Weather

One of the things I looked forward to when I moved to the East Coast was no more threats of tornadoes. Well, I learned pretty quickly that Maryland has tornadoes just like Minnesota! In Minnesota one of my first purchases was a Midland weather radio. Now that we're full on into tornado season, I reached out to Midland to see if I could do a review of their WR120. Thank my lucky stars they agreed!


I left mine in Minnesota honestly thinking I wouldn't need it here. I mean, if there's a hurricane, everyone's going to know about it, and I'm just going to drive to my mom's with plenty of time to spare. Finding out there were tornado warnings

When we lived in Washington, the girls had to put together a bad weather kit to bring to preschool and elementary school. It was in case an earthquake happened and they were stuck at the school for an extended period of time. I was shocked they didn't do the same in Minnesota for possible tornadoes.

I took this in the dark so you could see how bright the notification is.

So, I uproot the family and head to VA/MD and find out, SURPRISE! they have tornadoes, hurricanes, and have had the occasionally mild earthquake. What the...? And here I sat with nothing around the house to warn us in the middle of the night if something is heading our way. I also wasn't expecting to live close to the Bay and a hurricane would do some seriously mess with our home.

This bad boy will alert us anywhere in this house because the alarm is LOUD! lol The first night we had it plugged in, it went off downstairs at like 4am. Thankfully I figured out how to work that radio and we shouldn't be freaked out at 4am unless absolutely necessary! Let me just say, it's been moved to the bedroom so it can alert us and we can make decisions on what to do after the alert.

Now we have the new WR120 from Midland to help keep us alerted to any weather that would effect us and our home. It was extremely easy to set up.

What I like about weather radios is that you can pick the areas around you that you know you're close to, which is called Specific Area Message Encoding. You can pick up to 25 of those areas! I've usually picked the ones that surround out county. That way if something is possibly heading to our area, we'll know with plenty of notice.

I decided on the tone display at the lowed volume. I figured the voice might freak me out in the middle of the night and the display wouldn't wake me up even thought it's bright enough. Even at the lowest volume it's enough to wake us up in the middle of the night.

When we lived in Minnesota, we had a type of shelter in our house that was mostly surrounded with concrete and was under the stairs. We called it the cubby. If we heard the word "tornado" and it was anywhere near us, we'd head into the cubby and sit there until the weather had passed us. I always just kept a deck of cards down there and had them grab something from their room to pass the time.


Now I know it would've been better to have kit created for each kid so they could just have it in the cubby or safe place when the need arose. Every spring or late fall we ended up sitting down there for at least 15 minutes. I put together a couple of kits to give you ideas of what you could include:

Bad Weather Survival Kits For Kids

  • Granola Bar
  • Water Bottle
  • Deck of Cards
  • Travel Game
  • Activity Book
  • Crayons
  • Rubik's Cube
  • Sudoku (for mom or dad)
Be prepared for bad weather with these survival kits that your kids can use! They're definitely boredom busters when you're trying to stay safe.

A great place to find some inexpensive books and games is at a dollar store or maybe even Goodwill! Super easy to keep the kids distracted, especially if you end up having to stay in your safe area for longer than expected.

I'm glad to have a weather radio again. I can't think of a home that couldn't put one to use, whether for a thunderstorm, tornado, or other bad weather that could effect your family.

 
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