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Told You Twice

Told you Twice – Book Review - by Kristen Heitzmann:  Alexis (Exie) Murphy is engaged to the ‘perfect’ man and looks forward to a Grace Evangeline wedding and a happily-ever-after life. She’s willing to give up her talents and the essence of who she is in order to have the stability she craves and to… Continue reading Told You Twice

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Christmas Traditions

Our family has many Christmas traditions. Holiday songs and traditional carols fill the air. The house and tree are decorated with lights, the teddy bears wear their Christmas scarves, and there’s always a new nutcracker standing by the doorway to guard our home. A handmade, wooden Nativity is set up where the children can see… Continue reading Christmas Traditions

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Saint Anything

Book review:  Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen. Sydney has always been the quiet one in the family, while her older brother, Peyton, gets all the attention from their parents. His behavior becomes increasingly wild, and when a drunk driving spree results in an accident that leaves a boy in a wheel chair, Peyton ends up… Continue reading Saint Anything

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Double Play Giveaway

Double Play:  A girl with a terrible secret.  A young magician on a desperate mission.  Together they face vengeful Fey, killer Giant rats, and gangs as they work to heal their fractured city. Double Play is a YA urban fantasy, an adventure with a twist of romance.  Want to read Double Play for free?  You're… Continue reading Double Play Giveaway

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Christmas Highlights

Christmas is over for another year, and as I reflect back, I am grateful for my family and friends, the time we could spend together, and the love we have for each other.  Here are a few of the highlights: - Watching my grandson's excitement as he opened his train set and then spent hours… Continue reading Christmas Highlights

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Choices of the Heart

Book Review: Choices of the Heart - by Laurie Alice Eakes I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. Esther Cherrett was trained as a midwife by her mother, and she is proud to follow in the family tradition. But then the worst happens, accusations fly, and scandal threatens to shame her family. Esther… Continue reading Choices of the Heart

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The Magicians of Caprona

Book Review -- The Magicians of Caprona, by Diana Wynne Jones Once again, Diana Wynne Jones has thoroughly impressed me, this time with a wonderful story about a boy who lives in the Italy of one of the Chrestomanci worlds. The only magic Tonino Montana can do is talk to cats, and that is not… Continue reading The Magicians of Caprona

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Longing For Home

Book Review: Longing For Home, by Sarah M. Eden. Katie Macauley has seen poverty, starvation, death, cold, and the cruelty of mankind in her young life, yet she possesses great courage and determination. Carrying the fiddle she stole from her father, Katie arrives in the frontier Wyoming town of Hope Springs with one object in… Continue reading Longing For Home

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Hope Springs

Book Review: Hope Springs, by Sarah M. Eden (Longing for Home, Book #2) Katie Macauley gives up her goal to return to Ireland in order to make a difference in Hope Springs, Wyoming, where she has become a beloved friend and a rallying beacon for the Irish half of the town. As Katie endures the… Continue reading Hope Springs

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America the Beautiful

Independence Day was the beginning of a fun holiday weekend, with family and friends gathered together to eat, play games, go swimming, watch the latest FIFA game, and talk. The best time of all was at dusk on July fourth when we all piled in the car, drove to a good spot, and watched the… Continue reading America the Beautiful