“Undercover Bride,” by Margaret Brownley

ha ha ha! Maggie, a Pinkerton Detective, is posing as a mail-order bride, in hopes of capturing the “Whistle-Stop Bandit,” in this newest book by Margaret Brownley. Maggie is the future bride of Garrett Thomas, a widower with two young children. According to witnesses and Pinkerton information, Garrett is the Whistle-Stop Bandit, however, once she meets the man and is settled into his home in Arizona, she begins to have doubts as to Garrett’s suspected guilt.

This was not my favorite book by this author, however, it is entertaining:) The ending is especially entertaining! Garrett’s son Toby and Aunt Hetty are my favorite characters. Toby is smart, with a great imagination and he can invent amazing stuff! I loved the little guy. He has some courage in him too. I want an Aunt Hetty! She’s a great ole’ gal, suffering from every ailment known to mankind! What’s not to love??? She is feisty!

Take a gander! I think you’ll like this book. Happy Reading!

 GIVEAWAY! Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley, giveaway ends 6/7/15.picture from pinterest.

“The Moon-Spinners,” by Mary Stewart

Nicola Ferris arrives in Crete for a holiday, Agios Georgios to be exact. She is vacationing with her cousin, however, her cousin is delayed and Nicola gets a ride with an American couple who reluctantly drop her off a short walking distance from Agios Georgios. Following the flight of a bird, Nicola discovers a man who has been shot and is feverish. He is not happy that she has discovered him and wants her gone as soon as possible. However, Nicola isn’t easily hurried away. So begins Nicola’s adventure. ***** 5, that’s right, 5 amazing stars!!!

Oh my goodness! Anytime I want to travel to Greece, this is the book I will read! Mary Stewart is so good describing landscapes, flowers, birds and the sparkling ocean around Crete. She’s also good with suspense!!! Her villains are sneaky, stealth like beings who skulk around and can’t be stopped. Nicola was a believable female protagonist who was determined to help in any way she could. She was a strong woman! I really don’t think Mary Stewart’s female characters think of themselves as strong though. I really enjoyed the book, very much. Unfortunately, last night I watched the movie, The Moon – Spinners and I was disappointed.The book is always better. The movie stars Haley Mills and Disney filmed it. They changed so much of the story! Oh my my my. I do not recommend the movie at all. I do highly recommend the book! Happy Reading!

The Moon-Spinners (Rediscovered Classics) by Mary Stewart,http://www.amazon.com/dp/1569767122/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_R2Mbsb18GH6F3WGX     Seems a little hokey now but I loved it when it came out. The book by Mary Stewart was great!pictures from pinterest.

Classic Movies!

I love classic movies. It’s impossible to say, I’ve seen them all, but I’ve seen soooooo many of them! I could sit down every night, and at times I have, with a big bowl of popcorn and watch a classic movie. Who doesn’t love Alfred Hitchcock??? Kathryn Hepburn is amazing! Then there’s Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Betty Davis and the list goes on and on. So, I decided to share my top 3 favorite classic movies!!! At least right now they’re my faves! Drum roll please . . .!!!

d21edc56cca86bffc8d52d97c0b7f652[1] My #3 favorite movie is “Barefoot in the Park.” This is a comedy about a newlywed couple. I remember the first time I saw it, I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, but it was oh so worth it!

7bc349e9820202e3655a0d16ea461174[1]My #2 favorite classic movie is “The Bells of St. Mary’s!” Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman work their magic as the priest and the mother superior at a private school. They don’t always see eye to eye, but they do have one thing in common, they love the children.

96fa11f991ef6960389097d978a9c147[1] My #1 favorite classic movie, you guessed it, Casablanca! Rick, unexpectedly meets his old flame, when she enters his nightclub with her husband in this amazing movie! I do believe this movie won best picture at the academy awards many years ago!

Do you watch the classics? If you do, please share with me your faves! I’d love to hear what they are!

pictures from pinterest!

Come on in and meet Lydia Thomas author of “The Field!!!”

Drum roll please . . . Introducing and a big welcome to Lydia Thomas, author and great blogging buddy! I was surprised – I read my stats in wordpress and discovered Lydia and I connected twelve months ago. Awesome! http://www.lydiathomasauthor.wordpress.com

So, without further ado, here’s Lydia!

1.) How long have you blogged and why do you blog?

Answer: I started blogging about nine years ago on Xanga. My best friend started one when she went on a missions trip to Peru, and I started mine to read and comment on her posts. I started out blogging about everyday comical situations I’d find myself in, but I do it now because I love to write and I’m always meeting incredible people.

2.) What is your favorite genre?

Answer: I have two, on kind of opposite ends of the spectrum: fantasy and literary fiction.

3.) Who is your favorite author? If you want to, name more than one!

Answer: J. R. R. Tolkien and Charles Dickens. J. R. R. Tolkien for his world building, and Charles Dickens for his characters.

4.) You are going to meet your favorite fictional character at a local coffee shop. You can visit with this fictional character for one hour. Who are you going to meet and why? What are you going to talk about?

Answer: I’d visit with Jo March because she reminds me of myself (always has). Not just because she’s a writer, but because we’ve both had sisters destroy our writing, we don’t respond well to criticism, and we both want a big house so we can fill it with kids who just need love. I imagine we’d talk about our mutual passions, and she’d probably give lots of great advice.

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5.) If you could live in a fictional story, which book would you live in and why?

Answer: I’ve really been getting into steampunk lately, so I imagine something along the lines of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009). I’d love to be part of a mystery, maybe not even solving it, but just being one of those mysterious characters, you know.

6.) Has a book ever inspired you? What book? How did it inspire you?

Answer: Most recently, in fiction, I was inspired by Ashley Townsend’s Rising Shadows series. It’s a fantasy story but her characters are very three-dimensional, and I just connected with them. Anyway, some of the things the characters would say confronted things I was thinking about myself that weren’t right. It was refreshing. In non-fiction, I was inspired by Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz – it made me want to up and move to the Pacific Northwest. (A move I’m hoping to make in the next couple of years).

7.) If you could travel anywhere in the world – no cost to you – one location, where would you go and why?

Answer: Mount Rainier in Washington. I’ve only seen pictures, but it looks stunning, and I’d love to hike around the area for an up close and personal view.

“The Field” is being republished through Vox Dei Publishing (Fall 2015)! Check it out!

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Thanks so much for visiting with us today Lydia, it’s been a pleasure. The pictures were provided by Lydia. I always enjoy seeing pictures of the desk where authors write and this one is no exception! Thanks again!!! 🙂

“The Choosing,” by Rachelle Dekker

To be honest, I read this book because I was curious – very curious. I wanted to read a book written by Ted Dekker’s daughter. I need to say, I was not disappointed. Rachelle has a talent all her own and in this story, she has created a futuristic, cruel, dystopian, society. I cringed at their treatment of people! I was horrified at their teachings! I started reading this book, when I saw it at the bookstore and the first chapter captivated me and I read five chapters before I left the store!

Carrington is a lovely young lady who searches for self-worth, identity and purpose. She has prepared, waited and looked forward to the day of The Choosing. Well, when that day finally arrives, she isn’t chosen and must work as a Lint for the remainder of her life. After she begins her work as a Lint, something extraordinary happens and she has a second chance to be chosen, but things might not be as they seem.

Larkin, Remko, Carrington’s father, Arianna and Helms were all great characters, but Remko and Carrington’s father were my favorites. Since I am concerned about spoilers, I think I will stop there. I am looking forward to Rachelle’s next book. Happy Reading!

New Release: The Choosing by Rachelle Dekkerpicture from pinterest.

“The Cowboy’s Homecoming,” Carolyne Aarsen :)

I have been known, on occasion, to read a clean romance. I especially like romances with a cowboy. Well! Now that that’s out there 🙂 I can move along.  ha. Last night I finished reading, “The Cowboy’s Homecoming.”

Lee Bannister has a troubled past. He’s been in prison and since he was released, he’s been working offshore to pay his parents for a large debt. Well, now Lee has returned home for his sister’s wedding and the ranch’s 150 year anniversary. There is a lady, whom he hurt deeply. She is now a magazine photographer and she’s been assigned to cover the anniversary of the ranch for the magazine. So, naturally, they are thrown together. As they become reacquainted, she learns Lee isn’t the rowdy young man she knew years ago and they both learn forgiveness.

I liked it! My heart went out to both Lee and Abby. They had both been through so much and both were likable characters. I thought Lee had a quiet strength and Abby was open and receptive to forgiveness.They communicated! This is the second book I have read by this author and I enjoyed both of them. I look forward to reading more of her stories in the future. Enjoy!

  4 stars readalot: The Cowboy's Homecoming by Carolyne Aarsen (Refuge...picture from pinterest.