Jun 21, 2018

Random Thoughts and Broken Bones

Home at last, and I am exhausted. It has been quite an adventure the last few days. I tumbled down my basement stairs on the weekend, got a ride to Urgent Care, had x-rays and was sent home. Pain and swelling has increased, so I went for a second opinion. I have a couple of broken bones at the top of my foot, and no weight bearing or driving for maybe six weeks.

The good news is about the box of books I was carrying when I fell, they are uninjured. Haha.

I am getting lots of reading done while my feet are up, and book reviews will be completed just as soon as I am able.


May 27, 2018

Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

Book description:

Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations.

My thoughts:

Savannah's story in Where Hope Begins is one of abandonment, broken dreams, desperation, and her somewhat predictable reaction was to attempt to run away from her problems. The early chapters seem to focus so much on her pain and betrayal.

I loved how Savannah's brokenness soon turned to one of hope, faith, forgiveness and even second chances. As she opened her heart and her compassion towards her neighbours, she was able to look at her own brokenness with a fresh perspective. She soon learned that her own heart needed some adjustments, and she was exactly where she needed to be.

Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster as you journey along with Savannah through the worst and the best times of her life.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

May 15, 2018

Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter

Book description:

After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news — his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.

Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.

Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.

As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.

My thoughts:

Denise Hunter is one of my favourite authors, and Honeysuckle Dreams is another winner in my opinion.  I loved the story from beginning to end. Two friends came together in a time of desperate need, and they put each other ahead of their own personal wishes.

Although a match of necessity to save little Sam, Hope and Brady soon discover that there was so much more involved if they are to continue in their fake marriage. They had no idea that things would change so much between them.

I highly recommend this book and also the first one in this series, Blue Ridge Sunrise.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Apr 29, 2018

The Runaway Wife by Dee MacDonald

Book description:  

One evening in early August, while mashing the potatoes for dinner, Connie McColl decides she’s had enough…

Connie McColl is tired of solving one family crisis after another - usually involving her unruly grandchildren - while her husband Roger spends all day at his beloved golf course. Surely it must be time for her to shake off her apron and start living again?

So Connie packs a bag, gets in her little green car and drives off...

On her journey from England to Scotland, Connie stops in on long-lost friends and makes all sorts of colourful new companions along the way. As Connie has the time of her life, sleeping under the stars and skinny dipping in the sea, she finally begins to rediscover herself. And she starts to wonder, will she ever be ready to return home?

Or will this summer change her life forever?

The Runaway Wife is a funny, inspiring and joyously uplifting novel. If you loved The Kicking the Bucket List and A Man Called Ove this book is for you.

My thoughts:

A bored housewife, Connie simply ran away from it all.  Her journey of self-discovery, interspersed with a bit of rebellion, brought her some quirky new friends and a ton of life changing experiences. I admire her gumption as she tackled whatever came her way ... from a jewel heist, picking up hitchhikers, sleeping under the stars, some unexpected romance, and even some skinny dipping.

Her last minute journey to run away from her humdrum life took her from England to Scotland, and she never looked back until her money ran out.  She discovered so much about herself, and her new outlook on life is a definite inspiration!

This laugh out loud book is a delight from cover to cover!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.