Monday, June 29, 2020

A Hallmark story

A Cottage Wedding: A Heart's Landing Novel from Hallmark Publishing by [Leigh Duncan]

A Cottage Wedding by Leigh Duncan is the second book in the Hearts Landing series. A charming, delightful story about finding love.

Jason Heart is the owner of the Captain's Cottage, a wedding destination set in Rhode Island. Jason has a commitment to making every wedding special and will do whatever it takes to make the bride and grooms day a success. Senior editor Regina Charm is set to come to Hearts Landing for her review for the Weddings Today top spot. After Regina's wedding fell apart, she decides to send Tara Stewart to expose the truth behind the myths. But Tara has trouble from the start. She finds everything in Hearts Landing to be beyond what she expected. She combs the archives, looking for any discrepancy that would dethrone Hearts Landing as the number one wedding destination.

But Jason becomes her tour guide and as they are thrown together time and time again, they find themselves instantly attracted to one another.

I have so enjoyed the Hallmark books, this one being the second one to The Simple Wedding.  Leigh Duncan is a master story teller as she weaves feelings and sentiments throughout the story. Her characters are well rounded and the secondary characters add much to the tale.A sweet clean story that makes you want to come back for more.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Hallmark Publishing and NetGalley. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Answers to questions

A couple of you have asked about the state of the trailer and my hubby. As I am not able to contact you via email (no reply and a rejected email) Here is the answer.

My hubby hasn't had any issues with the trailer. But if you have been reading my blog for a while, you will remember that he had some health issues a couple of years ago. And again in January where he actually passed out while driving his truck. Thankfully he had a friend with him who grabbed the wheel and they were able to get the truck to the side of the road. So the issues are more about his concern with something happening while pulling the trailer. We have loved and enjoyed our trailer. It is comfortable and large enough for my big guy. Yet it is streamline to drive. We can park it in places the other big rigs have trouble with.

So don't be afraid to go for a trailer. Just find the one you like. We picked the Airstream because they hold their value and don't leak.
Hope this answers your questions. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Back home again

We recently took a trip to Georgia. It will probably be our last trip with our trailer. We have decided that it is too much work for my hubby at this time in our lives.

 But as we traveled through Georgia, we stopped in one of my favorite quilt shops along the way.

Birdhouse Quilts  is such a sweet shop and the people are always so friendly. And it's right off Interstate 75.

I spied this little quilt hanging between the rows, and I just had to have a little bit of fabric.

Isn't it sweet?

Happy Quilting!

p.s. If anyone is interested in a 2008 Airstream, give me a shout out.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day

The Lord has blessed us with a wonderful husband and father. And sons who are making their way following their fathers footsteps. Wishing you all a Happy Fathers Day!

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow

As the weeks have drawn on with sheltering in place, I have found that I have had more time to read and review books.

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow by author Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a story following the Pack Horse Library Project,the real-life WPA program that was developed in the 1930s-1940s. Taking books into the Appalachian coal mining country.

Addie Cowherd finds herself dismissed from the University of Kentucky with only weeks from graduation. Her parents aren't paying tuition. She must put aside her dream of being an author and leave the school to find a job to pay the bill and help her family. 

Upon graduation, Emmett Tharp finds he is unable to get a job with his new degree in commerce. When all else fails, he finds himself working in the coal mines along with his father.

The Appalachian communities are steeped in prejudice and superstitions. But as Addie befriends Nanny Fay, the truth finds its way out in the open. Bettina Webber's life is one of pain and rejection, yet she finds her way by letting go of her prejudice.

This story covers lessons in family, prejudice, and forgiveness. Sawyer weaves faith throughout as each character finds their reliance on God.

"Books, Addie, have the power to change people for the better."  That was precisely the goal of the WPA program. Sawyer's research and writing encapsulated the spirit of the time. I think you will find this to be an intriguing heartwarming read.

I received a copy of the book from WaterBrook & Multnomah via Net Galley. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Monday, June 15, 2020


The quilts have all been  mailed. It was quite a feat for me. My sewing machine kept giving me problems that I had never experienced before. I took it to the sewing machine shop. The guy looked at it and didn't say much. Just that he would tune it up. 

Ok, so I get the machine back, and it still is doing the loopy things on the back. So I take it back. And he says it's not the machine, it's the operator!  I sit there for 20 minutes as he tries it, and has me quilt in front of him, and says again, it's not the machine. Of course it didn't do it when he was standing right there (remind you of when you take the car to the shop and you tell the man there is a noise, but it never does it when he tries?).

So I came home, changed all the threads, slowed my quilting down, and it still does it! So tell me, how come after sewing on this same machine for 15 years, all of a sudden it is the operators fault. What is the problem!

Sigh!  I think I'm going to take a quilting break.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Flag Day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.For the total background about this holiday, pop over and read Flag Day in the United States.

May our flags wave high!

Happy Quilting

Saturday, June 13, 2020

A new series - At Loves Command

At Love's Command (Hanger's Horsemen Book #1) At Love's Command by Karen Witemeyer is a heartwarming romance set in the 1890's.

Josephine Burkett is a doctor who is strong minded, intelligent and spunky. Sparks fly when she meets Matthew Hanger, a member of the Hanger's Horsemen. A group of men who defends the innocent and brings justice to outlaws. Men of honor and integrity. As an ex-Calvary officer,  Matthew's back story is one of pain and guilt, which drives him to be on the side of justice.

When Dr. Jo approaches Matt to find her brother, who has been kidnapped and held for ransom, the story's suspense heats up. As does their relationship.The secondary characters are well rounded and sure to be part of forthcoming stories.

Karen Witemeyer writes clean Christian romance novels. This one has great action and suspense. Some bantering between Matthew and Jo is always entertaining. I love how Witemeyer weaves how God is working in their lives. All in all it's a beautiful well written story. What we have come to expect from Ms. Witemeyer.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

I like Thursday

Knock out roses in full bloom!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Unveiling the Past

Unveiling the Past: A Novel by [Kim Vogel Sawyer]

I have read several of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books, but I have to say I could not put this one down.

Unveiling the Past by Kim Vogel Sawyer has Sean and Meghan Eagle, cold case detective partners in Little Rock Arkansas. As a new case develops, Meghan is asked to take the lead in finding Sheila Menke’s father. He went missing in 2002, when he did not return from work. He was found guilty of embezzlement, and thought to have left the country. Sheila never believed it, and wants to know what happened to her father. 

Meghan and Sean have a difficult decision to make. They have always worked together, but the current case they are working on is about to break. Sean makes the decision to stay with the case, as Meghan is assigned to work with an efficient yet angry co-worker, Tom Farber

The case becomes personal for Meghan, never knowing own her father, yet wanting to make a contact with him. As the story unfolds, Meghan's mother, Diane, runs interference between Meghan and her father, a man who has had four wives and cannot seem to find happiness or fulfillment.

Sawyer has a way of drawing you into the story. Her characters share their lives in an open way, imperfections and all. Unanswered questions and reflections from a  painful past, are addressed in forgiveness and building of family in a clear spiritual message. Clean Christian fiction and a touch of mystery. Very well written.

I received a copy of the book from WaterBrook & Multnomah via Net Galley. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Saturday, June 6, 2020

What to do?

We have been sheltering at home. And it's getting to where we are starving for fellowship and conversation. Our church started back last week, but meeting outside in 95 degree weather (we live in Florida) is a bit of a challenge.

So hubby suggested that we have some people over. We have a very nice enclosed patio, where we can do social distancing and eat at the same time. But then the question was, who to invite. First he suggested family. Then some people from church. Hubby loves to cook, so I wasn't surprised when he asked about working something out.

What have you been doing to retain community? Any suggestions about reuniting with friends and family?

I found this little quip on the blog and just had to share. It seems appropriate.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

I like Thursday

Ok, so where are we? Florida is fraught with Palm trees but this is not in the Sunshine State. This picture was taken in Australia, from one of the trips my daughter took a couple of years ago.

Wishing you a Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Hands2Help challenge

As the weeks have flown by, sewing and quilting for the Hands2Help challenge has taken me a while to compete. My machines decided that they were going to be a challenge in and of itself. So between talking with support, and having my main sewing machine in the shop for repairs, I am still working on getting these quilts finished.

But these are the ones that have been designated to charities.

And not quite finished -