Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Proving // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
Amanda Dienner hasn't seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What's more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months.
Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she's determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess! 
The inn isn't Mandy's sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn't ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters. 
Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?


The Proving was such a delightful book! I just really enjoyed it. A good part of the story took place in Gordonville, Pennsylvania, at an Amish Bed and Breakfast. I’ve actually been to Gordonville and have stayed in an Amish bed and breakfast, so this book was especially fun. There were even mentions of places that I have been to before, in Lancaster County, so that was fun.
I was expecting this book to be good, since I really like Beverly Lewis’ books, and it did not disappoint! The story was very well done and enjoyable, and I loved all the characters. It’s definitely a great book that I’d recommend and that I’ll be re-reading sometime. :)


I give this book 9.5 out of 10 R's




Monday, October 9, 2017

Growing the Big One // Movie Review

About the Movie:
Radio DJ Emma Silver leads a chic city life in Seattle until she finds out her beloved grandfather has died. Traveling to his farm in quaint Valleyville, Washington to take care of the details, she is stunned to learn her grandfather has left her his farm, along with a sizable amount of debt. To keep the bank from foreclosing, Emma must find a way to raise the money, or face seeing her grandfather’s precious land end up as a parking lot. Following her grandfather’s famed legacy, Emma decides to enter Valleyville’s annual pumpkin growing contest with his prized seeds and grow the world-record biggest gourd. If she can win the grand prize of $50,000, she can save the farm.
With the help of her neighbor, Seth, Emma takes on the challenge, but the two end up cultivating something much more evergreen.


Growing the Big One is a sweet, fun, romantic comedy. I really enjoyed it when I first watched it last fall, and I’ve enjoyed it since then. This is definitely a fun movie to watch during the fall since a lot of it has to do with pumpkins and festivals and all. I will admit though, that the giant pumpkins are pretty fake looking, but it is still a really fun movie! :)


I give this movie 8 out of 10 R's




Monday, October 2, 2017

Book Recommendations ~ Fall Reads

Today I am here with some more book recommendations! I will be recommending some fun fall books.
Also, there is a fun blog party going on hosted by Rebekah Morris over at Read Another Page. There's a bunch of different book recommendations and you can even enter to win a prize. So you should definitely head on over there and check out all the fun!

Okay onto the book recommendations! :)


The Wish by Beverly Lewis
Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own.
Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.
When Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Leona's fiancé, the deacon's son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?

The Wish is such a good book! It is one of my favorite stand alone books by Beverly Lewis. This book just feels like a great fall book.




Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she's been evicted, she finds herself sleeping in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude. 
The Martins aren't a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith. 
When Gemma's past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins' trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins' love and God's forgiveness go?

I read Martin Hospitality a couple months ago and really enjoyed it. The whole book isn't set during the fall, but a good portion of the beginning is! Definitely an autumn read!


Sanctuary by David and Beverly Lewis
Melissa James has a picture-perfect existence — or so it seems. In reality, she has been looking over her shoulder her entire life. Just as her secrets are about to catch up with her, she seeks a haven in Pennsylvania Amish Country. Will her stay bring her peace, or will it bring danger to the Plain community?

I really can't remember if Sanctuary takes place in the fall or not, but I think it might. I did read it in the fall though, so that could be why. ;)




Tea and Touchdowns by Erin Keeley Marshall
Autumn’s colorful splendor reaches its pinnacle in Lancaster, Maine, as the high school football team preps for a game with its biggest rival. To promote Tea for Two, Jan Blake and Elaine Cook take their tea and goodies to the town’s annual Fall Fest. But when Jan joins a horseback trail ride, she finds a woman injured on the ground, with her horse standing nearby. Was it an accident? As the clues add up, the cousins soon realize there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

Tea and Touchdowns is definitely a great book to read during the fall! I read it a couple weeks ago and it was so fun. It was very fall-ish. It is book 12 in the Tearoom Mysteries series, but it could be read out of order.



October Song by Beverly Lewis
From Newlyweds Katie and Dan living in the shadow of the shunning, to Rachel and Philip embracing parenthood even as he acclimates to Amish life as an outsider… From courtship of Lydia Cottrell and Levi King, her betrothed, to Sarah Cain, now a wife and mother struggling to bridge her own life with that of the People… October Song is overflowing with simpler things of life that makes a Lewis novel an unforgettable journey into the depths of the human heart.

This just looks like a fall book with the title and the cover! October Song would be best to read if you have read The Heritage of Lancaster County series, The Postcard, The Crossroads, and The Redemption of Sarah Cain all by Beverly Lewis, because October Song is different short stories that follow up with the books I just mentioned. 


What are some of your favorite fall books?



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Games, Football, and My Birthday! -- My September Highlights

September is over. It's been a great month.


~The weather has definitely been feeling more like fall. The beginning of the month it was super smoky around here and for several days we had a red moon from all of the smoke. Last week it was really rainy, but this week has just been sunny, but not too hot.


~I got a new violin student. It's going well so far.
I also started my students on Christmas songs this week so that they have enough time to work on their songs for a recital in December.

~We hosted a game day at our house. It was really fun. We had friends over and everybody just played different games and visited. A few days later my sister and I went to a game night at our church.

~Two of my brothers are playing flag football. I've been going to the games that I can make and it's been fun.

~I watched a lot of Signed, Sealed, Delivered. It is such a fun show. My mom and I had a Signed, Sealed, Delivered marathon and it was super fun. I have also been watching Chesapeake Shores. There's only 2 episodes left until the season finale.

~Fall finally came! I just love fall and winter! On the first day of fall I went down to a nursing home and passed out "Happy Fall" cards that I made.

~Some friends and I had a girls night. We stayed up late and just had fun talking, watching movies, and playing games.

~I went to a library book sale. I didn't find much, but it was still fun.

~The day before my birthday my mom and I went book shopping and it was a lot of fun. Then later in the day my dad and I went to Chick-Fil-A for dinner.

~My birthday was this month! :D I had a fun day!

Some of the gifts I received

The books I read:
SummerHill Secrets volume 1 by Beverly Lewis
A Question of Courage by Jesseca Wheaton
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Tea and Touchdowns by Erin Keeley Marshall
Steeped in Secrets by Susan Page Davis


How was your September?


Friday, September 22, 2017

Welcome Fall!

Fall is officially here!!! I am so excited! Fall is one my favorite seasons.


I'm going to be sharing some of the things that make it feel like fall to me!

~All of the beautiful trees. The trees around here haven't actually started changing yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

This picture was taken while on my trip to Pennsylvania 

~Fall clothes. This is the time of year wear I like to start wearing long sleeve shirts, fall colors, and boots.


~Decorations. I love decorating for practically all holidays and seasons.




~Apples. Apples really remind me of fall. Since fall is when they are in season some years my family gets a lot to make apple sauce. One year we got 400 pounds of apples and we were busy for awhile making, apple sauce, dried apples, and apple pie filling.



~Candy corn. Candy corn isn't exactly a favorite of mine, but I still always eat it each fall. ;)



~Colder days that are perfect for curling up with a good book.




What are some of your favorite things about fall?




Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Bookish Tag

My friend Faith over at Chosen Vessels, she also blogs at Stories by Firefly, tagged me for this fun bookish tag. Thanks, Faith, it was lots of fun!



The Bookish Tag Rules:
-You must be honest.
-You must answer every question.
-You must tag at least 4 people.


1 ~ What book has been on your shelf the longest? 
I’d have to say Elsie’s Endless Wait. I had borrowed this book from a friend and really enjoyed it and I was so excited when I found it one time at a used book sale.

2 ~ What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? 
The last book I read was Tea and Touchdowns by Erin Keeley Marshall (book 12 in the Tearoom Mysteries series).
The book I am currently reading is Steeped in Secrets by Susan Page Davis (book 13 in the Tearoom Mysteries series).
What I plan to read next will be either Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer, Katie in Waiting by Erynn Mangum, or Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall.

3 ~ What book did everyone like, but you hated?
I really don’t know.

4 ~ What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? 
I keep meaning to read the American Girl Kaya mystery, The Silent Stranger, but I never have. I own it, but I just never read it even when I was really into the American Girl mysteries. I do want to read it one day though.

5 ~ What book are you saving for retirement?  
I have no idea!

6 ~ Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end?
Definitely wait till the end! I used to enjoy looking ahead, but not so much any more. I want to be “surprised and delighted”. ;)

7 ~ Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? 
I think that the acknowledgments are fun to look through. Especially if you kind of know the author and can recognize some of the people, or if you’re in them, then that’s pretty cool.

8 ~ Which book character would you switch places with? 
I wouldn’t want to switch places with anyone forever, because I like my own life, but for a day or two I’d choose Millie Keith.

9 ~ Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) 
Well, I read The Atonement by Beverly Lewis a couple months after my trip to Lancaster County, PA. It definitely reminded me of that wonderful trip and the characters in the book actually went to a place that my mom and I went to!

10 ~ Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. 
Well, it’s not really all that interesting or different, but I wanted to try the Christy Miller books, but volume 1 cost around $12 on Amazon. I didn’t really want to spend the money on it not knowing if I’d like the book. I almost bought it but decided to wait and a couple days later I found volume 1 in great shape at a thrift store for just under $3. I was very happy. :)

11 ~ Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Yes, I have. I love giving “just because gifts”. It’s so much fun. I’ve done this for my siblings before. I’ll get them a book and then set it up somewhere where they’ll find it.
I also really enjoy giving books I've enjoyed to friends for Christmas and birthday gifts.

12 ~ Which book has been with you most places? 
Not a book, but a series that’s been with me the most places is the A Life of Faith: Millie Keith books. I’ve read the series six times I think. So they’ve been to violin lessons, other peoples houses, the car, lots of different places! :)

13 ~ Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?
Well, in 8th grade I had to read a couple books for history that I really didn’t care for. One of them was In Freedoms Cause by G. A. Henty. I really did not like it. I haven’t read it since, so I don’t know if it wasn’t as bad as I thought, but I just didn’t care for it.

14 ~ Used or brand new?
I love new books, but I don’t like the price. ;) I’ve found some used books for great prices before and the book was in great shape.

15 ~ Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
No.

16 ~ Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book? 
Most of the time I like the books better or I like them equally, but I really enjoyed the movie A Dog Named Christmas better than the book.

17 ~ Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included? 
I don’t know if a book has ever really made me hungry while reading, but looking back, the series The Courtship of Nellie Fisher by Beverly Lewis could definitely be one to make you hungry. The main girl owns a bake shop and there’s lots of mention of treats and all.

18 ~ Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take? 
My friend Faith!! We have such similar preferences! :D

19 ~ Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 
This isn’t a book that was out of my comfort zone, it’s just the type of books I didn’t really think I’d like. The Circle C series by Susan K. Marlow. I saw her books at a homeschool convention several years ago as my mom and I were looking through the vendor hall. We decided to get the first book in the Circle C Adventure series, but I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it since I’m not really a horse person. Well, I read Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home and loved it! The Circle C books are now one of my top favorite series.


I tag:
Shantelle @ Between the Pages of This Bookish Life
Lauren @ Lauren's Amazing World
Rebekah @ Rebekah's Remarks
Blessing Counter @ Counting Your Blessings One by One





Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chesapeake Shores Season 1 // Movie Review

My Review // About the Movie
Chesapeake Shores is a Hallmark original series. I started watching season 1 last summer and I did enjoy it, but I re-watched it this summer and I actually enjoyed it a lot more. (Not as much as When Calls the Heart though. ;))
Chesapeake Shores follows the story of Abby O’Brien, a business woman who lives in New York, but grew up in the picturesque town of Chesapeake Shores. Abby left Chesapeake Shores several years ago for the city and when she left her hometown she also left behind her high school sweetheart, Trace Riley.  Abby is divorced and has two young daughters. Through some certain events Abby and her girls come back to Chesapeake Shore temporarily during the summer. While back home Abby stays at her childhood home and all of her siblings end up being back in Chesapeake Shores together for a while. The series follows the lives of Abby, Trace, Abby’s parents and grandmother, and Abby’s four siblings. So there are lots of different story-lines going, but it’s really fun to be able to get to know everyone.
Season 2 is currently airing on TV and it’s been real fun too. :)

I give season 1 8.5 out of 10 R's




So, have you seen Chesapeake Shores before? Do you want to?





Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Highlights

It's kind of hard to believe, but summer is coming to an end. I'm really looking forward to fall though!
August has been a good month.

This picture was taken during the eclipse. 

~The solar eclipse happened on August 21. It was so cool! Some of my family and I went over to my grandparents house to watch it with them.



~The fair! My friend and I went to the fair and it was so fun. We rode a bunch of fun rides, ate cotton candy, and just had a fun time!

~I discovered that I enjoy embroidery.

~I watched some good movies. I watched Woodlawn and it turned out to be better then I thought it would be.
I also watched the Hallmark TV show Chesapeake Shores. I re-watched the first season and discovered that I liked it a lot more than I did last summer when I first watched it. I also started watching season 2.



I didn’t read as much this month but the books I read were:
When the Clouds Roll by Myra Johnson
Whisper Goodbye by Myra Johnson
Mystery and Macrons by Elizabeth Adams
Leading the Way by Marsha Hubler
Royal Fire by Jonathan Hangstefer


How was your August? Are you looking forward to fall?



Monday, August 21, 2017

The Solar Eclipse

Today was the day of the solar eclipse! I had a lot of fun watching it with my family. We were in a good spot to see it.
We got the total eclipse and it was really cool. It lasted for 27 seconds. Not as long as in some places, but it was still really cool.






Did you get to see the eclipse?


Friday, August 4, 2017

July Highlights

July is over and August is here!



--The 4th of July was a fun day. We went over to some friends house and had lots of fun.

--I went to the movie theatre twice this month. I saw Cars 3 with two of my friends. I enjoyed it. I didn’t think it was as good as Cars 1, but I did think it was better then Cars 2.
The other movie I saw was Wonder Woman. I went with my mom and sister and some other mothers and daughters. Going with friends to the theater was fun, but I did not like the movie at all.

--My aunt and uncle came to visit for a few days. We had a fun time with them.

--My book club is continuing to go really well and it is super fun. The last book club only two of the six girls were able to make it, but we still had fun. :)

--I watched two Christmas movies this month, because of Christmas in July! ;)

--It’s been really hot here lately. Most days it’s in the high 90’s.


I read some good books this month:
Southern Belle’s Special Gift by Marsha Hubler
Kathleen’s Unforgettable Winter by Tracy Leininger Craven
The Mystery on the Train by Lydia Dyslin
Kathleen’s Abiding Hope by Tracy Leininger Craven
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
When Hope Springs New by Janette Oke
The Farmers’ Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter
Summer Camp Adventure by Marsha Hubler
Kathleen’s Enduring Faith by Tracy Leininger Craven
Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire
Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne



How was your July?



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Christy Miller

If you have ever read the Christy Miller books, then you might realize that today is Christy Miller’s birthday. I know, she’s a fictional character, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate! Today through July 31, all of the Christy Miller books are on sale at Robin Jones Gunn’s website. So this is a good chance to get some books.

I do enjoy the Christy books. It’s so much fun to see Christy in High school, College, her early married years, and now as her and her husband start having kids!
I wasn’t sure if I’d like the Christy Miller books at first, but they grew on me. I started liking them the best during the later High School Years series.

Have you ever read the Christy Miller books?



Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Recommendations // Homeschooled Authors

I always enjoy giving book recommendations! It's fun to share good books with others. Today I am recommending some books by homeschooled authors!




Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts 
Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .
Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?
Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . . for one day, the flower will be gone.

~This is a very good book written by a good friend of mine. It is a contemporary love story.




One Summer's Desire by Abigail Prigge 
Sixteen-year-old Hadassah is a sweet, absentminded missionary kid and a camp counselor for two weeks. Her summer dreams are as big as the Montana sky. Hadassah's ambition is to share the truth about Jesus with her campers, but in another corner of her heart, she longs to make a true, lifelong friend. Her desires clash and bring her trouble she never planned on, friendships never imagined and a ministry not anticipated.

~This is a fun, summer contemporary book! 




Charlotte's Hope by Abigail Prigge, Ashlyn Busenitz, and Jana Busenitz
Charlotte is none too thrilled with her father when he sends her and her two sisters to spend Christmas with relatives in Argentina. Little does she know of the adventure, danger, and espionage that awaits her and her sisters, Clara and Constance. Neither does she expect to have her faith in the Lord tested like never before. Charlotte despairs that she will ever be able to mend her relationship with her father. Clara is convinced that she will never be able to marry the man of her dreams. Constance is determined to keep her beloved horse. Will Charlotte and her sisters escape the clutches of the outlaw gauchos trying to destroy them and their family? Will Charlotte be able to maintain her hope in the Lord in the midst of hopeless circumstances?

~This book is set in Argentina and the story takes place around Christmas time. 




A Question of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton (book 1 in the Questions of War series) 
A man. A child. A war. When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met. David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater. A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives. Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.

~This is a really good historical book! 




Gift from the Storm by Rebekah A. Morris
One cold, dark evening a young stranger appears outside the Morgan home with two small children. Injured and on the verge of complete exhaustion, she will only say that her name is “Amy.” Where did she come from? Who is she? And what has she been through? Dr. Justin Morgan and his family look for answers as they struggle to minister life and health to the needy ones in their midst.

~A fun book that kept me guessing through a lot of it!





Beyond the Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton
Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she. Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside. But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her. On a fateful night at a party she vowed she’d never attend, she comes face to face with a shocking truth. As the world around her teeters on the brink of war, Eliana struggles to figure out just where her loyalty lies; a decision that will drastically change the course of her life. Will she ever be free to see what lies beyond the horizon?

~This is a Christmas World War II, Cinderella re-telling. It is a fun, enjoyable book.





The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser by Hosanna Emily 
"Rosy growled, and I knew she was pacing the porch. I sensed her uneasiness. Something was wrong. Rosy never barked at cars; why would she choose this one?"

13 year-old Emily Kessler believes in God, but when she discovers someone trespassing in the middle of the night, can she learn to trust in Him completely? Will she have the courage to solve the mystery with her friends? And when everything falls apart, will Emily be able to keep those she loves safe?

~This is a fun mystery!





A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu 
A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret . . . Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after. But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream . . . of the same prince. In the end, are dreams even all they're made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed? A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

~A Cinderella re-telling with some unexpected twists!



Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite books by homeschooled authors?



Monday, July 3, 2017

Departures // Book Review

Today I am here with a book review. I decided to do review Departures by Robin Jones Gunn today because it is such a summer/4th of July book. So since tomorrow is the 4th of July I just had to do this review today. :)


From the Back Cover:
Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen cross paths on their way to summer vacations that reveal what a gift it is to have a true Forever Friend.

Now Boarding at Gate 10
After her high school graduation, still aching from Todd’s departure, Christy joins her family on a trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives. While there, she reunites with Matthew, an old friend from junior high. When Matthew starts to show a romantic interest in Christy, she realizes this summer vacation could change everything she thought her future would be.

In the Event of a Water Landing
Fifteen-year-old Sierra Jensen can’t wait to spend her summer vacation with her friend Jana at a pristine lake in Montana. But when they arrive, it becomes clear that Jana’s only interest is acquiring a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out with the guys as friends, but Jana turns every encounter into a possible romantic relationship. As their friendship begins to suffer, Sierra wonders if it’s possible to find a Forever Friend who will listen to you, laugh with you, and keep your confidences.


Departures
is a really fun summery book with two novellas in it. One is about Christy Miller and the other is about Sierra Jensen.
The first story, Now Boarding at Gate 10, is about Christy. She has just graduated from high school and she and her family take a trip to visit her grandparents. This story takes place between Sweet Dreams, book 11, and A Promise is Forever, book 12, in the 12 book Christy Miller series.
The next story, In the Event of a Water Landing, is Sierra's story. She is 15 in this story and it takes place about six months before the Sierra Jensen series starts.
Christy and Sierra unknowingly cross paths on their way to their summer vacations.
These stories take place on and around the 4th of July, which makes this a really fun summer book!


I give this book 7.5 out of 10 R's




Sunday, July 2, 2017

June Highlights

June has already come and gone. It was a good month. It was not near as busy as May was, which is super nice. :)


~My mom and I sold some books at a used curriculum sale. It was a lot of fun and I sold about half of my books.

~Our homeschool convention was in the beginning of June and that was pretty fun.

~I went to a carnival that our town puts on every year and it was super fun as usual! :) I went with my younger brothers and we rode the rides. I had such a fun time!!!

This is one of my favorite rides!

~At the carnival I was able to get a caramel apple! I have not been able to get one for the last few years because of my braces, but I finally was able to have one this year. It wasn't quite as good as I had hoped, but it was still good.

~I got my hair cut. It's just a little past my shoulders now.

~My good, friend Faith just published her novella, Dandelion Dust. It actually just came out yesterday!!


Books I read in June:
A Place Called Lonesome by Jesseca Wheaton
Sierra Jensen volume 3 by Robin Jones Gunn
Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Sierra Jensen volume 4 by Robin Jones Gunn
Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn
Departures by Robin Jones Gunn
A Horse to Love by Marsha Hubler
On the Victory Trail by Marsha Hubler


How was your month?


Friday, June 30, 2017

Dandelion Dust Blog Tour // Book Reveiw

Today is the release day for my good friend Faith's novella, Dandelion Dust!!



Today I will be reviewing this book!!

About the Book:
Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?


Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . for one day, the flower will be gone.


~My Review~
Dandelion Dust is a wonderful book!! It is such a sweet heart-tugging story. It was very realistic and the story wasn't predictable at all! I actually almost cried once or twice while reading this, which doesn't happen too often.
All of the characters were wonderful and well written.
I knew Faith was a great writer, but I wasn't too sure how much I'd enjoy the way this book is written. It is written in first person but in present tense. I had only read one other book before this one that was written in present tense and I didn't really like it. It just felt kinda strange. Well, that wasn't the case with Dandelion Dust. It was written very nicely and the writing style didn't feel strange at all.
This is just such a great book and it has a very sweet love story. The theme about trusting in God always was very well done as well.
This is definitely a book I'd recommend!!


About the Author:


Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she's not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.

Writing blog: Stories by Firefly 
Faith's blog: Chosen Vessels 
Social media: Goodreads //Pinterest // Instagram


You can see a schedule for the blog tour in my previous post.



Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Dandelion Dust! You can enter by going to my previous post here

Also go here to purchase a copy of Dandelion Dust! :)


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dandelion Dust Blog Tour // Book Spotlight

Today I am participating in my friend, Faith's blog tour for her novella! This is such a wonderful book! It comes out tomorrow!!






About the Book:
Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . for one day, the flower will be gone.

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About the Author:

Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she's not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.

Writing blog: Stories by Firefly 
Faith's blog: Chosen Vessels 
Social media: Goodreads  // Pinterest // Instagram


Blog Tour Schedule:
Wednesday, June 28th 
Olivia @ Living for the Other Side // Book Spotlight   
Soleil @ Reviews by Soleil // Book Spotlight & Review 
Liv @ Liv K. Fisher // Book Spotlight & Author Interview 
Mikayla @ Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Father // Book Review 
Kaitlyn @ Twin Thoughts // Character Interview 


Thursday, June 29th 
Rebekah @ Rebekah Ashleigh // Book Spotlight 
Angela @ The Peculiar Messenger // Author Interview 
Raechel @ Gods Peculiar Treasure Rae // Book Spotlight & Author Interview 
Lydia @ Lydia Therese // Book Review 
Rebekah @ Rebekah's Remarks  // Book Spotlight & Author Interview 
Faith @ The Writer's Song // Book Review & Author Interview 


Friday, June 30th (Release Day!) 
Rebekah @ Rebekah Ashleigh// Book Review 
Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life  // Book Spotlight & Review 
Laura @ Books and Chapters // Book Review 
Olivia @ Living for the Other Side // Book Review 
Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory // Book Spotlight, Review, & Author Interview 
Bethany @ A Great God and Good Cocoa // Book Spotlight & Review 
Micaiah @ Adventures Beyond the Horizon // Author Interview 



You can also enter to win this lovely book!