Thursday, October 31, 2019

Hope's Highest Mountain

 book cover of Hope\'s Highest Mountain

Misty Beller is an amazing story teller. As evidenced by her latest novel, Hopes' Highest Mountain.

Dr. Micah Bradley has hermited himself after losing his wife and daughter to small pox. Coming across a wreckage, he is able to save the love survivor.

Ingrid Chastain's mission is to deliver life saving small pox vaccine to the remote mountain of Settlers Point. With the unfortunate accident that has killed her father, Ingrid is determined to complete his mission. However, with  a broken leg it is near impossible for her to travel. She convinces Micah to help her to complete her journey.

This story is one of determination, encouragement, self forgiveness, and selflessness. Traveling the Montana territory in the 1800's would have been daunting. Yet Ms Beller brought the adventure alive with her descriptive narrative. She wove a story of lost faith, and how God encouraged Micah through this trial. The characters were well rounded, and even though there were many real dangers,  they were able to resolve them with courage and hope.

During the early 20th century, small pox is estimated to have been responsible for the death of 300 - 500 million people. Many of which were children.The development of the small pox vaccine in the early 1800's proved early inoculation warded off the disease. Ingrid's determination to get the vaccine to the remote mountain village, even if she had to walk there, was paramount to this story. Great historical fiction.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Happy Wedding

I finally got the binding all sewn down and finished this quilt. It was 82" x 82", the largest quilt I have quilted on my machine.  But I just love it!

I hope the newlyweds love it too!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Aiming for Love

Wow! This has to be one of the most refreshing stories I've read in a long time.

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy is the story of three sisters, living in a remote mountain their whole lives. When Dave Warden comes in search of pasture land for his cattle, he finds himself captured by Jo. This wild hunter, who moves silently through the forest. Jo is curious and fascinated by Dave. Her sisters are more resistant to having strangers from the outside world.

This is the first novel by Mary Connealy that I have read.and it was certainly very enjoyable. The budding romance between Jo and Dave are a hallmark as the attraction between them grows. As Jo invites Dave's family into her home, sister Ursula's fears escalate. And little Ilsa's medical prowess takes the Warden family by storm. This story has so many new and refreshing twists. A total delight. I loved it. Looking forward to the next one in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Net Galley and the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Christmas panel

Okay, have you ever bought panels and planned to use them for something and then don't?

I bought this panel of Christmas fabric planning to decorate kitchen towels. I never have gotten around to doing it.  So I decided I would make a little quilt for my granddaughter.

And here it is. I had already cut some of the panels so I incorporated them into the side lights.

I hope she likes it.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Box full of fun

It's been a while since I received a package full of fun.

Recently I won some amazing Island Batik fabric from Lisa of the Quilt Jam.  What a delight it was to open this box.

 And find such beautiful batik fabric.

I used to be an Ambassador for Island Batiks until time crunches made it impossible for me to continue. So I am very thankful for these lovely fabrics. Thanks Lisa!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Once Upon A Dickens Christmas

 Once Upon a Dickens Christmas: 3 Charming Christmas Tales Set in Victorian England

Once Upon a Dickens Christmas captivated me. Although I have never read much of Dickens, the three tales were so delightful.

The Second Chance coin makes it's appearance in each story. Which tells you that each story conveys the hope of second chances. 12 Days at Bleakly Manor brings a group of strangers together. Each one offered something they want if they can stay the 12 days. The story and characters were so interesting and how they manage the 12 days a mystery.

A Tale of Two Hearts passes the Second Chance coin to Mina Scott. William Barlow embroils Mina in a scheme when he learns that his uncle is likely to name him as an heir if he is married. I won't say more, but nothing goes as smoothly as Will thought..

The Old Lace Shop is reminiscent of North and South with the industrial play. When Bella White is given the Second Chance coin after being widowed, she finds a former love as a business partner. Her heart is torn with the hardship people have experienced from working in the Nottingham Lace and Hose factory.

This is a delightful collection of historical fiction with a touch of romance. Finding truth, forgiveness and faith makes for an inspiring collection. Michele Griep has researched this well with historical facts from the 1800's

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Net Galley and the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Monday, October 7, 2019

Christmas is coming!

How are you doing with your Christmas projects? I've got several in the works right now.

 What started as this..... turning into this!

Happy Quilting.......

Friday, October 4, 2019

True blue Olfa

I'm a true blue Olfa girl. From cutters and mats and blades. Since the first one I bought back in the 80's, I have only used Olfa cutters and mats.

This one would be vintage now. But you know if you keep changing the blade, it still works!

Over the years I have found that my blades last longer when I use the sister mat.

One time I was cutting at a friends house, and used her mat, which was another brand. My blade dulled almost immediately. So I have stuck with Olfa mats, and I have several. Makes me happy!

Have you seen the Ruby Anniversary cutter?

I had to pick one up to add to my collection :-)

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

More cases

 A good way to work down my stash (at least by a little bit).

I will be delivering 25 pillowcases for Ryan's Case for Smiles to my nearby Quilt shop. I have more cut out, but I thought maybe these would make it to some of the kids before Christmas.