Thursday, May 23, 2024

Parentheses

 

                                            Skywatch Friday   

                                            My Corner of the World

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Reflection

Patriotic holidays are normally the time when we enjoy picnics, bar-b-ques, football games and other crowd pleasing outdoor events.

But sometimes......... it is a time of quiet and reflection.


It's time to fire up the grill

Monday, May 20, 2024

The Road Before Us

 

The Road Before Us have Jade, Benny and Bridger travel the long road of Route 66. Healing old wounds and recapturing Benny's love story along the way. Jade Jessup's reputation is tarnished after her fiancé is caught milking wealthy accounts in the firm they both worked for. Jade finds herself on this road trip as she tries to regain her status in the financial world.

The writing was a bit wordy in descriptions, but Rosche intertwines three different time periods deftly. The story explores areas of love, loss, faith and redemption. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

A view....

 ....of downtown Tampa from the Bayshore.


                                            Skywatch Friday   

                                            My Corner of the World

 

Monday, May 13, 2024

A Provincial Peer

 


I so enjoyed A Provincial Peer, by Sian Ann Bessey, and learned a lot from her diligent research.

Lord Benedict Benning is more involved in his farming estate than his title. As a gentleman in the 1700's, he is expected to be in the social circle but finds himself helping with calving and milking. When little Meg wanders into his estate, he is instantly charmed. He is intrigued by the veiled woman who comes looking for her.

Caroline Granger and her daughter Meg returned to her father's vicarage after she loses her husband to small pox which has left her severely scarred. She was Benedict's younger brothers playmate when they were children. She is drawn to Benedicts kindness and compassion. But Caroline must place her trust in God as she seeks a measure of peace for her future, and her heart. 

This was such a captivating romance, where one's outward appearance was not the focus. I loved the well developed main characters as they make their way through the ravages of the dreaded disease. This is the first book by Bessey that I have read and will be reading more. She has a very distinct writing style with apparent lots of research of the time period.  A nice, light hearted, clean faith based story, tender with a bit of humor and mystery. I definitely recommend this story.  

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Sunday, May 12, 2024

Mothers Day

 

Mother's Day is a special day. Not everyone is a Mother, but we've all had a Mom in our lives. Whether it was a natural Mother, an adopted one, or just a special woman who came along side to encourage you. My own Mom went to be with the Lord when I was in my 20's, but there have been women who stood in her place. I am thankful for God's mercies to allow me to share special "Mom" time with these women.

If your Mother is still living, be sure to give her a hug. And if your Mother is already gone, find someone who could really use a hug. It could be a relative, a friend, a neighbor, or even an acquaintance. In the Bible we see when Jesus hung on the cross, he gave His own Mother into John's safe keeping (John 19:26-27). I'm sure after Jesus died, Mary needed a hug. And when the Lord returned from the grave, in my heart of hearts, I know He hugged His Mother. Mary probably treasured those moments, just as she did when the shepherds told of the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:19).

May the Lord bless each one of you, whether you are a daughter, Mother, Grandmother, sister, niece, friend or neighbor. Everyone deserves to be remembered.