“A Family Under the Christmas Tree,” by Terri Reed

A Family Under the Christmas Tree: A Novel by Terri Reed https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F2MYJQQ/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_S6YQxb4XC0NJQ:

This is my first Christmas story of the season, well, a little early. 🙂 I do confess, when I was at the bookstore, I gushed when I saw the puppy on the cover. I mean really, who wants to resist a Bernese mountain dog puppy!!!???

David’s brother and sister-in-law died unexpectedly in an automobile accident. Troy, their son, comes to live with his Uncle David. David is single and owns a company.

Sophie is a successful photographer. With camera in hand, she travels the world taking pictures. Her grandma, is David’s neighbor. Grandma hurts her ankle and asks Sophie for her help for a few weeks while she recovers from her ankle injury. Grandma has a puppy ~ Riggs! Well! You guessed it, David and Sophie meet . . .

This is a sweet, faith based, holiday story. David, Sophie, Troy, Riggs and Grandma are all very lovable. It has a wintry setting in the northwest. I liked it. It’s safe for teens and adults alike. ***3 stars. Enjoy!

Which Reading Nook is Perfect for You??? Bethany House has a fun quiz!

 The results: A Bunker! LOL! That’s right, I need a bunker! 🙂


“You take your reading very seriously, so a soundproof bunker is the only choice for you. Don’t let concrete walls and multiple locks intimidate you ~ inside, it will be very well furnished and comfortable (and with a stock of food and other essentials so you can stay and binge-read for days). After all, you have to do something to keep out distractions that might take you away from the latest page-turner.”

Bethany House recommends “A Lady Unrivaled,” by Roseanna White and “The Warrior’s Seal, by Ronie Kendig for my reading pleasure. 🙂

Tuesday Teaser! #TuesdayBookBlog

Tuesday teaser is a weekly bookish meme hosted by http://www.booksandabeat.com

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Be careful not to include spoilers ~make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.

Share the title and the author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers!

Without further ado ~


The Shattered Tree, by Charles Todd is a Bess Crawford Mystery. I’ve read several Bess Crawford mysteries. She’s a WWI battlefield nurse and she solves mysteries. The Shattered Tree is described as “thrilling and atmospheric.” ~goodreads

“In the strange glare of the shell, slowly descending, we looked drained of color, our faces deeply shadowed and almost frighteningly unfamiliar. It had faded by the time we had the last patient safely strapped down, and I was turning to find my seat in the ambulance carrying the severely wounded.”



No meat!

Yesterday I made apple crisp. This morning, I made meatless beef stew. I found the recipe on pinterest.  I spent my morning in the kitchen chopping and watching the stew simmer.

I don’t eat meat! Shocking! I know. Rick eats meat. It’s a little bit of a challenge, at times, to feed us, but we manage. I really don’t have a point to all of this, but have a great weekend! 🙂

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Classic Movie Friday!

After the Thin Man (1936)

William Powell

Myrna Loy

James Stewart

Elissa Landi


William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Skippy (aka Asta) in After the Thin Man (1936). Asta picks the darndest times to play hide-and-seek! Gimme that clue!:

Well! Nick and Nora have returned to California after their visit to New Your City. Upon their arrival, their presence is required at the home of Nora’s relatives, only to discover that the husband of Nora’s cousin is missing. How rude!!! Nick cautiously agrees to take the case, however, these situations are always complicated when said missing husband is shot!

A cute, fun and entertaining movie! Enjoy!

Kids Books

The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite De Angeli

72543Robin is a young boy who looses the use of his legs when he becomes ill. His mother is tending the Queen and his father is fighting in the north. After his caretakers become ill, a wandering friar comes to get Robin and takes him to a monastery where he cares for Robin and sends a message to his father informing him of his son’s condition.

Robin’s father does respond and Robin is to meet his dad at a castle near the Welsh border. Well, it is a perilous journey, but our intrepid Robin and his companion make the trek. What is in store for Robin when he arrives at the castle? Good question, I’m glad you asked. 🙂

“None of us is perfect. It is better to have crooked legs than a crooked spirit. We can only do the best we can with what we have. That, after all, is the measure of success: what we do with what we have.” ~Brother Luke

I liked this book. I just thought, kids today, wouldn’t be interested in the old English. But, it was a good story and Robin has quite an adventure. ****4.5 stars!

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois


Professor William Waterman Sherman departs San Francisco in a hot air balloon. He intends to soar around the globe, but after a few days of good flying, circumstances land him on Krakatoa!

I thought this book would be great for kids who enjoy science, inventions, and ballooning. There are interesting illustrations in the story. Discussion about what happened to Krakatoa would be educational. I watched a television show on PBS once about Krakatoa and it was so captivating. I was completely focused on that catastrophic event in history as I watched the special! I think I digressed a little bit but the book is good. 4.5 **** stars.

“We couldn’t see what was left of Krakatoa because it was wrapped in a thick huge tremendously tall black cloud of pumice, ashes, smoke, lava, dirt . . . “

Onion John, by Joseph Krumgold


I thought this story is more about Andy and his dad than it is about Onion John. There is a strong sense of community in this book! Onion John was an interesting character. He seems eccentric and has difficulty communicating with people. He’s a pleasant guy and Andy becomes his friend and understands him. 4****stars.

“He was like the street lights turning up after supper when it got dark. Or the afternoon shadows moving under the locust trees in the park across from the courthouse. He was there when you were on your way to school . . . He was always around.”

Have you read any of these books? I’d like to hear from you. Enjoy!

Top Ten Tuesday!

Random! That would be how I describe my Top Ten Tuesdays! I choose a topic out of . . . out of out there and create a Top Ten Tuesday! Drum roll please . . . this weeks Top Ten Tuesday ~ the top ten reasons I enjoy visiting the local bakery!

~ The Employees! Oh yes, those dedicated workers who somehow stay friendly and fun throughout the day. They are great people and I love talking to them. One never knows what the topic of conversation will be while the eager customer *me* is selecting decadent treat. 🙂

~ Dark chocolate! My my my! Dark, delicious, thick, creamy, hot dark chocolate. They have the best hot dark chocolate in the city. *gushing*


~ Delicious bakery treats. Oh yes! They have an assortment of cookies, cakes, scones, brownies, lemon bars, coffee cakes, quiche, croissants, and all manner of goodies to tempt your sweet palette.

~ Celebrity look alikes! Who knew??? I was at the bakery one afternoon and I saw Johnny Depp! It was not my imagination. A friend of mine met the Johnny Depp look alike and took a photo with him! I also saw a Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) look alike one morning as I ate my cookie! So! There you  have it!

~ A customer can read for hours and never be disturbed. Oh yes. Many a day I have been transported to Narnia, Middle Earth, England, New York City, Canada and on and on the list goes as I journey with characters in books and experience their stories with them as I savor a delectable treat.

~ Our bakery has many times been the meeting place of friends. We sit, talk, laugh and have great conversations and make delicious memories together.

~ The unique activities happening around me. I observe ladies knitting in large groups. It is an everyday occurrence to see people focused on laptop computers and ipad’s. I’ve been at the bakery when local stations have been filming for television. I always stay behind the camera!

~ The bakery is located inside an interesting historic building. It’s large and the walls are a crumbly type stone of some kind. If one gazes up at the ceiling, there are exposed beams and the “guts” of the building are exposed.

~ I normally walk to the bakery. It’s great exercise as I walk the 1 1/2 miles from our house to the bakery.

~ Watching all the customers try to select a treat! Especially the children!

There you have it. Do you have a favorite coffee shop/bakery with a tasty treat, you like to frequent? I’d like to hear from you. 🙂

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