Tranquility

A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal

 

Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.

 

I love to color even before adult coloring books became all the rage I would grab some crayons – markers or colored pencils and color in my kids coloring books. They help you slow down, focus and relax. My friend once said they are like doing yoga with all the sweating. 🙂 She is right they are, and I think that is why they are so popular with women of all ages. The Tranquility A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal is a great gift to give this holiday season. Tranquility is something we all want to have in our lives. For me I wanted to be able to focus better on prayer this year. This journal was just what I was looking for.  Each page has a bible verse, thought and / or idea to focus your prayers on. The patterns remind me of my favorite thing to color mandala. Each page or spread is not so heavy and deep that you feel like it is a chore to do. The journal helped me focus on getting better with prayer. If you or someone you know is looking to do more praying and meditating than think about gifting them or telling them about this little gem. One thing that I loved about this book was that it was compact and had hard chipboard front and back so making it more journal like. I will say only use gel pens of colored pencils on the pages since you don’t want the colors from markers to bleed through.

Thank you so much Tyndale for sending me a copy of Tranquility A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free journal.

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The Wife Between Us

by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Publication January 9 2018

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A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. 

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

Assume nothing.

 

 

The Wife Between Us is a book like no other I’ve read. I thought I had it all figured out but boy was I wrong. There are so many plot twist and turns that the they really keep the reader on their toes. I’m not going to say to much since I don’t want to give away even the tiniest bit of information. Just know that this book is so good and you have to add it to your TBR, and move it to the top!  Nellie is a woman who you feel a bit sorry for her. She has the love of her life’s ex-wife who just can’t seem to leave her alone. She really is starting to question this woman’s sanity and her own safety. Vanessa is just trying to help she doesn’t want Nellie to fall into the same trap she fell into. Can Vanessa save Nellie without risking her own life? Is Richard really prince charming or someone all should fear?

The authors have a lot of back story to set up so stick with it. The beginning might seem a bit slow but is worth it. I enjoyed this book so much and this may end up being a favorite mystery – thriller – suspense book I read so far this year.  I didn’t want to put down but also didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait to read more from them in the future.

Thank you so much St Martin Press for sending me a copy of The Wife Between Us. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

Holiday Wishes

by Jill Shalvis

series: Heartbreaker Bay

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Looking for a sweet romance to read this holiday season Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay 4.5) just might be what your looking for. This book is only available as a e-book or mass market paperback.

 

It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.

But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air

How to Find Love in a Bookshop

by Veronica Henry

 

 

The enchanting story of a bookshop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers—a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia’s loyal customers have become like family, and she can’t imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive.  There’s Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there’s a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage—she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings.  Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future—and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

How To Find Love in a Bookshop was such a charming book. I feel in love with the book, writing and characters. This was just a feel good book that sometimes you need as a reader. I had just read a pretty heavy thriller and needed some fun chick lit. I loved how I instantly liked Julius, it starts off with him passing away and Emilia taking on his bookshop and promising him she would keep it open. The author gives us a glimpse of the love story of Julius and Rebecca – Emilia’s parents. I really liked Rebecca and they were so perfect for each other, love at first sight and a sweet love story. The book doesn’t just focus on Emilia and the others who were close to Julius that helped him with the bookshop. Peasebrook England is the backdrop of the book and the book focus’ on the whole little town. After reading How to Find Love in a Bookshop I want to walk around Peasebrook and see if all the sights she talked about are really there. English countryside seems like a place I would love. In my town we use to have our own version of Nightingale Books. I loved that shop and would go there weekly that weeks book to read. I’d get my now high school-er a picture book then we’d go next door to the little coffee shop for a London Fog, hot cocoa and dessert. It was our little outing and I was so sad when it closed. This book brought back all those memories and while I like taking my girls to BN and the BN cafe it’s not the same as a quaint little bookshop where you get to know the people who work there and they become book friends. I knew I’d love this book I mean a book about a bookshop and book lovers set in England – win, win, win. I really enjoyed Veronica Henry’s writing style and will look into reading more of her books in the future.

Thank you Blogging for Books and Pamela Dorman Books for sending me a copy of How to Find Love in a Bookshop. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

The Lost Woman

series: Louise Rick #9

by Sara Blaedel

A housewife is the target of a shocking, methodical killing.

 

 

Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground. Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is a Danish citizen–one who’s been missing for almost two decades–so Louise Rick is called on to the case. 

Then the police discover that the woman, Sophie, had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover. Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Unsettled by the connection, and sick with worry for Eik, it falls to Louise to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…

This was my first Sara Blaedel book and man was it good, makes me wonder why I’ve waited so long to read her. I know I probably shouldn’t have started with book 9 but I really didn’t feel like I was that lost. Sure some of the relationships took a few more seconds to figure out but really I was fine reading this and I really enjoyed it. Louise is a like-able character and I liked the police procedure drama that unfolded. The ideal of a sharp shooter killing you through your kitchen window really gave me the creeps and has me shutting those curtains at nightfall. I liked how it explored a very taboo topic that is behind Sofie’s murder.  There were some big plot twist and turns even for a newbie like me. I called them both but that didn’t bother me. It was interesting to see how the author disclosed them. Even with the big cast of characters I felt each was well developed and I got to learn about them all. I really liked the chemistry between Louise and Eik and really can’t wait to dive into the whole series so see how their relationship unfolds leading up to book 9. If you are like me and haven’t had a chance to read Sara Blaedel’s series Louise Rick than pick a copy of The Lost Woman or start with book 1 Call Me Princess. Really while I do usually recommend reading a series from the start I think this author is such a great writer you could start anywhere in the series and be OK.

Thank you so much Hachette for sending me a copy of The Lost Woman. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple’s Last Case

by Agatha Christie

series: Miss Marple book 13

 

 

 

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In her fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a “perfect” crime committed many years before.

 

 

 

Sleeping Murder is a relatively unknown Miss Marple book, or at least for me it was. I hadn’t heard of this one but found it at Half Price Books when I went Agatha Christie shopping. The premise behind the book sounded so good. I enjoyed the slow to unfold story line and the cast of characters were great.This one reminded me a lot of my all time favorite of her’s And Then There Were None. Gwenda goes to England ahead of her husband to find and establish a house for them to live in. She is drawn to one in particular and starts to have visions of a time when she was just a toddler. She finds that a bit off since she grew up in New Zealand. Upon some sleuthing of her own she finds out she did indeed live in that house before. Her visions turn sinister when she see’s a murder through her 3-year-old eyes. Can her, her husband and new friend Miss Marple get to the bottom of things or should they just let it be…

Well if you know Miss Marple and Agatha Christie they can’t just let it be

Agatha Christie really is the Queen of Mystery and if you haven’t read her please try to pick up one. My middle grade reader loves Agatha Christie books and for the most part they are fine for her. This one does mention adult situation in 3 sentences for a total of 15 words. Nothing she hasn’t heard on Teen Wolf. I’m really glad I read this one and a bit sad as well. She wrote this as well as another one to be published after her death as a farewell to Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. I really wish she had written Sleeping Murder way before since I really enjoyed the husband and wife sleuthing team of Gwenda and Giles. Guess if I want a team I’ll just have to read the Tommy and Tuppence book series.

So if you are a fan of mysteries, thrillers and suspense grab Sleeping Murders from your local library or bookstore. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie and haven’t read this one yet you simply must, it was so good!

Pupcakes

by Annie England Noblin

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All she wants is a settled-down life.

What she gets is a dog—and a whole new normal . . .

There he stood in the doorway: overweight, depressed and nearly homeless—a pug named Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was Brydie Benson’s latest problem, arriving on top of her messy divorce and sudden move. Brydie needed a place to start over, so this rent-free home seemed a great idea. She just never counted on Teddy, or his owner, the Germantown Retirement Village’s toughest customer, Pauline Neumann.

And because rent-free doesn’t mean bills-free, Brydie gets a night-shift job at a big-box grocery. Whoever guessed there were so many people who wanted baked goods after midnight?

Then, she gets an idea—why not combine her baking skills with her new-found dog knowledge? And so her store Pupcakes is born. Along with a new start comes a possible new love, in the form of Nathan Reid, a local doctor with a sassy Irish Wolfhound named Sasha. And as fall turns to winter, and then to Christmas, Brydie begins to realize that life is a little bit like learning a new recipe for puff pastry—it takes a few tries to get it just right!

The cover is what sold me on this book. I mean I’m not a pug person but Teddy is so cute on this cover I had to read it. I have had Sit! Stay! Speak! in my TBR pile for a long time again the cover sold me, but have never picked it up. I will be picking it up right away. If it is as good as Pupcakes I’m going to be upset I haven’t read it before now. Pupcakes has a great cast of characters and a sweet story line. This is one of those books that I just fell for and while some character’s had there moments I liked them all. Brydie needed to start over new after losing her bakery that she ran with her now ex husband and going through a divorce in a small town. She ran to her best friend’s town and there she was able to start a new life for herself. She was working in a bakery again on the next town over, baking dog treats on the side and building up quite alot of repeat and new customers. She was taking care of a cute little dog and house since the owner is in a nursing home. Teddy Roosevelt is just like every dog I’ve owned he get’s in the trash, has accidents after just coming in from being let out, he eats things that he isn’t suppose to and sleeps all day! I could relate to Brydie’s dog dilemma’s. I liked how each set of chapters was grouped by month, October, November and December, then you had a final chapter taking place 1 year later. Brydie finds love again in the doctor that makes he rounds at the nursing home that Pauline is living at. They are not all sunshine and roses they have some big fights and disagreements. I liked that it wasn’t always smooth sailing. So many romance books it is head over heels sunshine and roses from start to finish. That is partly why I’m not a fan of romance books. Brydie has to bring Teddy for weekly visits since both Pauline and Teddy miss each other. Through out the book Brydie and Pauline forge a great little friendship they are  just what each other needs to heal from the past and be ready to face what is ahead. I loved their friendship as well and it was almost like Pauline was the mom/grandma that Brydie has been needing as well as Brydie is the daughter Pauline never had. This was a great holiday book and I will be looking into reading more Annie England Noblin books.

I know this has nothing to do with the book. In a way it kinda does but I just have to say I really wish the elderly could take their animals with them to the nursing home. I know it would be total chaos with those animals and some can’t really take care of them but it just makes me sad. Pet’s become family both for us and them, and it makes all involved very sad to be separated. Have you ever looked at all the tags where the dog or cat at a shelter has been an owner surrender? It always makes me wonder if it is the case of an elderly person who couldn’t take them with them when they went to a nursing/assisted living home. OK I’m done this book just kinda touched base on it and it is something that I wish could change.

 

 

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Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Her poetry has been featured in such publications as the Red Booth Review and the Moon City Review. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.

Thank you so much William Morrow and Harper Collin’s Publishing for allowing me to read Pupcakes. I enjoyed every minute of this book and was sad when it ended. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.