Sunday, November 12, 2017

Answer A Question: Where is your favorite place to buy books?

Ollie's. It's Ollie's. They have an incredible inspirational section, and their prices are great. I can get some for as low as 2 or 3 dollars. I just need to be willing to sit on the floor and sort through them since their organizational system seems to be... non existent! After Ollie's though is definitely Barnes and Noble. In fact... If I had unlimited funds, I would be at B&N every day.

Where do you get your book fix from?

(P.S. Sorry it's been so long.... keeping up with school and a blog simultaneously is... challenging at times!)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

From the back of the book....

Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cy is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers want the tribes removed from the land completely, one way or another. At the request of family friend Eletta Browning, who is experiencing a difficult pregnancy, Mercy travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. A the Browning Mission, she meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam. Despite her attempts to befriend him, Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps her at arm's length. Why is he so intent on pushing her away? When tragedy strikes and tensions n the territory teach the combustion point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam will have to rely on their faith in God and on each other in order to make it out alive.

Wow guys... I'm giving this book 5 stars.

It has been forever since I've written a review... or read a book... or done anything non-academic. (Actually, that's not true. I do non-academic stuff all the time.) Anywho... Cherished Mercy.
I've been a fan of this series from the start. I've always been interested in this topic, probably because my cousin Jennifer used to play Indian with us all the time. Cherished Mercy was an incredible climax to this series. The baby of the family finding her one and only, while the rest of the family is busy having babies. (By the way, I love how many kids are in this book!!!) And of course, with the theme of (unofficial, but whatever) adoption throughout this book I was on cloud nine. It honestly felt so good to read something that wasn't a textbook. I will admit that it took me a couple of chapters to get my sea-legs back. I kept seeing words and not the story. It was weird and I was not a happy camper, but then Tracie's writing swept me away, and I was reminded of how much I love forgetting that I'm reading, and the internal movie theatre takes over, and then I can see the story, really see it! Argh! I'm in love with this book, and with this series. And I've seen Tracie post things on Facebook about a possible sequel series with the children as the main characters. Can I just say, YeS PLEAsE!!!! (Also, I'm sorry about the really bad run-on sentences in this. It just feels so good to wrote something not on the topic of nuclear energy. And I don't really feel like fixing it. It just shows my enthusiasm right ;P) Oh, and did I mention the beautiful cover??? Cause I totally love it!

Let me know what you think, and I'm sorry if this review looks like it just jumped from a helicopter into the Arctic Circle. I'm unfortunately out of practice. Anywho... can't wait to hear from you.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Book Spotlight: Tarnished Halos by Linda McDonald Davis

Okay.... so I can't in good conscience actually review this book. The reason... well, I happen to know the author. Not like I know other authors, as in this author put my grandmother in her book. (Yep... you should look for a reference to Olive Oyl, Popeye's girlfriend) and may or may not have bought a Christmas ornament for me. My mother refers to her as Aunt Lin.... Yes, all these are reasons why this book would not get an unbiased review. But I can spotlight it! This book is Oops, almost started reviewing there again...

A book about "Miss Lydia" and her journey through teacher college and her teaching years, Tarnished Halos is 245 pages worth of little stories combined into one. Well, I'd better just give you the official run-down here, huh?

Lydia stood on the steps of SHS reminiscing about her school days. Her long hair cascaded down her back like a shawl thrown loosely about her shoulders. Although never aspiring to being a teacher she found that she fell passionately in love with teaching, in spite of herself. Comfort "Miz Lizzy" when her entire fourth grade disappears and gasp as Bobby falls from the classroom window. Your heart will break to learn that two of Lydia's angels have life threatening diseases.

Why is Lydia holding a gun when the principal is shot? Ready for thrills? Follow "Miz Lizzy" back through time.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

Jen Turano is by far and away one of the funniest authors I've ever encountered. Her works are filled with a humor that is borderline ridiculous, in the best possible way. Out of the Ordinary releases in November and I can't wait to see what kind of laughs she'll bring.


"With all the charm of a Regency romance, the humor of a drawing room farce, and the swoonworthy delight of a fairy tale, Turano's first Apart From the Crowd historical absolutely sparkles."--Publishers Weekly on Behind the Scenes
Working as a paid companion may be quite commonplace, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader's eccentric employer makes her job unpredictable, to say the least. She finds herself carrying out an array of highly unusual tasks, including wearing peculiar outfits and returning items the woman pilfered. But when the wealthy Mrs. Sinclair catches Gertrude sneaking around the Sinclair yacht with some of the missing items in her possession, she immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair is caught in the middle of a misunderstanding between his mother and Gertrude, but he can't help coming to his friend's defense. Even as he hopes their friendship might become something more, Harrison is unprepared for the outlandish escapades that seem to follow the lovely, anything-but-ordinary Gertrude at every turn.

Jen Turano is the USA Today bestselling author of nine books and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at

Waiting-On-Wednesday is hosted at Breaking The Spine.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Recipe: Pumpkin Bundt Cake

*Original recipe from Buns In My Oven*

I found this recipe in August and modified it a little. I love it. Here's what you'll need.

For the cake:

1 Box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1 can pumpkin

1/4 cup water 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 eggs

For the Glaze:

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour bundt pan.

Mix all the cake ingredients together for 2 minutes on high, or until it's all combined and smooth.

Bake for 40-50 minutes. (I always do 40)

Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Flip onto cake plate, and finish cooling.

For the glaze, brown butter on low. (It takes forever!)

In small bowl, whisk in milk and powdered sugar.

Pour glaze over cake.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It's pretty simple and very yummy, also super moist. I don't do recipes often on here, but this one is practically begging to be shared with the world!

Here's a picture of one I did. Not the greatest pic, forgive me!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Julianna Deering writes wonderful mysteries that put me in the mood for a good British period drama, like Poirot.

This book comes out in November.


Investigating a suspicious accident leads Drew on a path that points to international intrigue and ever-growing danger
Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield, hoping for a relaxing holiday with his wife, Madeline, and friend Nick. But death meets him once again when Lord Rainsby, their host at Thorburn Hall, is killed in a suspicious riding accident--only days after confiding in Drew his fears that his business partner was embezzling funds.

Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each appears to have dark motives for wanting Rainsby out of the way. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

LitFuse Tour: Know the Word Study Bible (KJV)

Okay guys, surprise post! I've had every post in October scheduled for months, except this one. I was so blessed to get on this tour. Here are some of my thoughts on this study Bible. (I'm not even going to think of this as a review, much less call it one. That seems a bit.... not good.) Anywho... I love this Bible. It has three different methods of study in it. Book by Book, Verse by Verse, and Topic by Topic. The only one I haven't done yet is the book by book and that's cause I'm in the middle of a book and don't want to switch swap and hop in the middle. I love the verse by verse method because then I can get a better understanding of some of the terms in the Bible, and also go to other references that have the same theme happening that might shed some light on the meaning of the passage. The topic by topic is also really good. There is a paragraph at different Scriptures to read that match up with certain verses and it just makes really good application. I love all the notes in this Bible. I use it to make the devotionals for my kiddos at work, and I use it in Hermeneutics class, which is a blessing, and I use it for... okay, for everything except church. I use my other Bible for class. I love the studies, I love the layout, I love the pages, I love the color scheme, and I love the smell. I just love this Bible. I would recommend this for sure.

I received this product for free from LitFuse.
Features include:
-King James Version Bible text
-Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
-Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
-Words of Jesus in red
-Beautiful two-color interior page design
-Comprehensive list of theological notes
-Full-color maps
-8-point type size
About the publisher:

In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God's Word.
Find out more about Thomas at

 Thomas Nelson's 'KJV Know The Word Study Bible' Kindle Fire Giveaway

That was an odd post to write, it was a little difficult to put it into words, but I hope you enjoy. What's your favorite Bible? I'd love to hear from you. Sound off in the comments. Thanks for reading. You guys are treasures!