Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Beyond the Tides // Book Review

About the Book:
When Meg Whitaker's father decides to sell the family's lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she's never had any interest in running the small fleet--or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness--she can't stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago.

Oliver isn't proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg--an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he's not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to.

Meg's father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he'll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren't what they expected.

My Review:
Beyond the Tides is the first book in the Prince Edward Island Shores series. I really love the cover! It’s pretty and it portrays the story well. I honestly didn’t care much for the actual story though. I had a hard time getting through this book. I personally didn’t find it very engaging and I really didn’t care for the main characters. Meg kind of annoyed me. I thought 10 years was a long time to hold a grudge against someone. 
Oliver was an okay character. It took me a bit to like him and I never fully did like Meg. 
I did feel bad for Meg with the whole situation with her mom. That part of the story was pretty sad. 
The romance was also a bit much in my opinion. The romantic aspects felt a little out of place since for most of the book Oliver and Meg didn’t get along.

**Thank you Revell for the book in exchange for my honest review 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

My Big Adventure

 Last month I got to spend a whole week with my friend Brooklyne at her house. It was so much fun!
I have lots of amazing memories. This was my first time flying alone and it went well. 
Some of the fun things I did while visiting Brooklyne was jet skiing, riding a horse, hiking, celebrating the 4th of July, four-wheeling, tie-dye, movie nights, and book shopping!

Going book shopping with a fellow bookworm like Brooklyne was loads of fun!

Before we went shopping we stopped and got a frozen hot chocolate drink. Brooklyne got me hooked on those things! ;)

We spent 3 hours in the book store and it was as absolutely amazing!

We both bought When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin! We’re looking forward to reading that one. 

We both got some amazing books. I am super excited to read all of the ones I got. 

The Grand Canyon last year and spending a week with Brooklyne this summer, I can't wait until our next big adventure! :D

Monday, July 5, 2021

Favorite Books From The First Half Of This Year

So far 2021 has been a great reading year for me! 

Today I'm going to share a few of my favorite books that I've read so far this year. :)

Erynn Mangum is for sure one of my very favorite authors! Her books are always so fun and enjoyable. 
The Paige Alder series is very fun and I found myself relating to Paige many times. 

A Secret to Die For was really intriguing! It was fast paced right from the beginning! If you want some good Christian fiction suspense books! You should definitely check out Lisa Harris's books! (I haven't read all of her books, but the ones I have read I have enjoyed immensely! 

I surprised myself with how fast I read Sketchy Behavior! It was super good and very funny too. I laughed out loud a couple times. 

Finding Lady Enderly was a great book. The mystery aspect to this story was super intriguing!

I've heard a lot of good things about Melanie Dickerson's books. I finally gave one of her books a try! The Healer's Apprentice is a a fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I don't typically like fairytale's or fairytale retellings a ton, but I really enjoyed this one!

The Librarian of Boone's Hollow was a very enjoyable, well written story. It is a little bit more of a slower paced book, but still good! I loved the main character Addie. She was so sweet. Addie said this and I loved it... "I truly have never regretted being kind to someone, but I have regretted doing the opposite." (p.266)

The Nikki Boyd Files is a suspense filled series! Each book is very well written and kept me guessing what would happen next! Each book was good but book 1, Vendetta, and book 4, Vanishing Point, were my favorites! 

Lady Jayne Disappears was another great book by Joanna Davidson Politano. I really like the style of her books and the mystery aspects to them 

What are some books you've enjoyed recently? 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

A Little Update

 Wow, it's been awhile since I've been active here on my blog! I hope to be a little more active with blogging this summer. 

I feel like I always say this, but life has been super crazy lately! I've been staying busy with work, having fun hanging out with friends, planning summer adventures, and having fun family time.

I've been reading lots lately which has been amazing! I plan to write up a post talking about some of the books I've recently read and enjoyed. 

Now onto a picture update!

Trips to the library to get some fairytale retellings!

I've been listening to audiobooks and it's been fun!

Carnival time!


I got these fun shoes on a recent shopping trip. ;)


I love sunsets!

Lots of reading!

Thrift store book haul!

A great reminder! 

More library books. Lisa Harris is a new favorite author!

It doesn't get much better than peanut M&Ms and Erynn Mangum books! ;)

A recent zoo trip. 

Our cat Cali recently passed away which has been really sad. 

Cali ❤️

Sunsets + books = two of my favorite things!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Multi-Media Tag

Today I am here with a fun tag! 
My friend, Brooklyne, is actually doing the same tag on her blog today so you should definitely check out her answers. 

 1 || a song that describes you some way
I'm not sure...

2 || a movie that inspires you
I Can Only Imagine. This movie is so good and has definitely inspired me. 

3 || a book that the main character is like you 
Katie McCoy from Katie in Waiting by Erynn Mangum. Katie and I are SO similar! 

4 || a song that you love
More Hearts Than Mine by Ingrid Andress is a great song!

5 || a movie that you love 
Beyond the Blackboard is a movie that I absolutely love! It is so amazing and I definitely recommend it. 

6 || a book that you love
A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke. If you haven't read this book then you are definitely missing out!

7 || a song you do not like
Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

8 || a movie you do not like 
I'm not a fan of the Hallmark movie called Love on a Limb. 

9 || a book you do not like
I wasn't a huge fan of Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson.

10 || a song that makes you happy
Only One by NF makes me happy. :)

11 || a movie that freaked you out
I'm not sure what it was called but it was a horrible movie. Very disturbing, and I didn't even watch all of it because it was that bad. 

12 || a book that made you cry
June Bug by Chris Fabry was the first book that ever made me cry. 

13 || a song you listened to a lot when you were younger 
A Little Good News by Anne Murray. 

14 || a movie you watched a lot when you were younger 
I watched Set Apart a lot when I was a young teen! That's where I actually first heard the song I mentioned in the last question. 

15 || a book you read a lot when you were younger 
Elsie's Endless Wait is a book I read a lot when I was younger. 

16 || a song that irritates you
Once again, Reckless Love by Cory Asbury. (God's love is not reckless.)

17 || a movie that kept you on the edge of your seat
I actually don't watch many suspenseful movies and those are really the only ones I'd think that would get me on the edge of my seat.

18 || a book that left you breathless 
The Escape by Lisa Harris. It was super good and it had a cliffhanger ending....I need book 2!!!! (except it's not out yet...)

19 || a song you listen to when you can't sleep
I have no clue.... ;)

20 || a comfort movie
I'd probably have to say the TV show When Calls the Heart

21 || a comfort book
The A Life of Faith: Millie Keith series are definitely comfort books to me. 

22 || a song by an artist you wouldn't normally listen to
What Ifs by Kane Brown.

23 || a book you didn't expect to love
While I really like Erynn Mangum's book I wasn't expecting to love her book Sketchy Behavior. I figured I'd like it, but no, I absolutely loved it! :D

24 || a movie that you shockingly loved
I am surprised I liked the movie I Still Believe as much as I did. I really don't like movies where a  character has cancer so I was shocked that I actually liked the movie. 

25 || current on-repeat song
Live Like You're Loved by Hawk Nelson. I listen to that one everyday on the way to work. 

26 || currently reading
I am currently reading The Librarian of Boone's Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer. 

27 || recently watched 

Season 8 of When Calls the Heart. ;)

Answering these questions was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. ;)

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Life Lately

March is here! It's been awhile since I've done any kind of life update, so I decided to write one up. :)

--Life lately has been pretty busy with work and just life in general. Life has also been pretty stressful, but I'm trying to remember to choose joy. There's always something to be thankful for. 

--I have made my way through the Christy Miller series again. This time I listened to the audiobooks. It was lots of fun. 

--I used to never listen to audiobooks books but lately it has been nice to do some audiobooks along with physical books.
While I listen to books I love to do diamond dot crafts! They are so fun and very relaxing for me.

--When Calls the Heart season 8 has started up! The first two episodes have premiered and it's off to a good start. :)

--On February 13 we got lots of snow! We haven't really had any all winter so it was fun to get some!
I got to go sledding which was great. Although while going down a hill I ran into a 2x4 that was frozen to the ground and I got a huge bruise on my leg. 

--My younger brothers and I have hosted lots of parties as well as went to several. It's always fun hanging out with friends. :)

--I went on an online book shopping spree which was lots of fun. 

What's something fun you've been up to lately? 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

When Calls the Heart Blog Party // Day 3 // Season 7 in Pictures

 Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to the third and final day of the When Calls the Heart blog party! I really hope you have enjoyed this as much as Faith and I have enjoyed putting it on.

There's only one week left until season 8 premiers! 

For todays post I will be highlighting season 7 in pictures.  ;)

Elizabeth and Lucas <3

Jesse and Clara's wedding was so sweet! 

I loved how Clara asked Bill to walk her down the aisle!

I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for Fiona in season 8.

(No caption needed. ;))

While I'm not a fan of Allie I am curious to see what's in store for her and Nathan this coming season.

I like how the saloon is really just a fun meet up spot for the town. 

I loved it when Lee was giving Jesse relationship advice. ;)

These two are the cutest couple!

Rosemary and Elizabeth's relationship has sure come a long ways since the end of season 1. I love how they're friends now. 

The newlyweds!

Who will Elizabeth choose?!

I really enjoy the scenes with little Jack. I'm excited to see what he's like in season 8 now that he's getting older. 

Elizabeth really is comfortable around Lucas. They get along great. 

This little guy is so cute. 

I think it will be fun seeing Clara and Jesse grow as a couple. 

The bachelorette part...

...and the bachelor party. I loved how these two parties played out. ;)

Then there was the whole problem with Nathan's father coming to town.

Lucas and Mr. Gowen start doing some business together...

...and there was some drama there but I'm very much looking forward to seeing how that all plays out in season 8. 

Carson and Faith are both such caring and kind people...

...I'm looking forward to seeing their relationship progress.

Bill and Nathan keeping the town safe.

I would absolutely love to see these two become parents!


Are you excited for the start of season 8 next week?

Okay! Now to announce the giveaway winners!
1st place: Abby Elissa
2nd place: SawyerMarie 

Congratulations to both of you!

Head on over to Faith's blog to read her post!