The Ellusive Miss Ellison 

I was so excited to get this all the way from Australia where Carolyn Miller wrote this captivating book. 

Free to read kindle edition today!! 

I just want to start by saying I love the old English writing in this book, I like that it actually makes you think to understand what they were saying. It was the perfect mix, easy to read yet still held that Jane Austen feel! 
From the back cover: 

Pride, Presumption, and forgiveness…

Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter—all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother—his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic singing voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible—he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along. 

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?
I started off thinking this was just going to be a spin off of pride and prejudice, but to my delighted surprise it was definitely a new story of its own! I think it started a bit slow in the beginning and towards the end there were some twists I did not see coming! (Which led me to stay up half the night to finish it haha) I really enjoyed it! 

I also started to think at one point while reading she would have to know that the guy was into her, it seemed so obvious. Then I started to realize I know all of his thoughts and hers in this book, if I was her I’d probably feel the exact same way! So I love that she captured the thoughts of each character spot on! 
Loved: I loved that she was so independent, that she defied the class system back then, she had such a heart for the poor and that it was contagious. The resentment she held and slowly how God revealed she was not reflecting God doing so. I loved the character of Nicholas and all the different experiences in his life that led him to who he was. I feel like she really incorporated him as a person with war, growing up privileged, the guilt and seeing God. 
Lacked: I think that after keeping family secrets for long for her to just say I think I want something different and they tell her everything seems a bit too easy after her whole life they guarded those secrets so adamantly. I wish it would’ve been more of a change in her and after a long while of them realizing they couldn’t make her happy there they finally tell her. 
I feel like there’s much more to uncover because it feels like there was so much more unsaid. I have a sneaky feeling this will show up in the next book! 🙂 
Can’t wait to read more! Thanks so much for letting me read!! 
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review this in no way changes my opinions as stated above. 

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety… yep I said it. 


Postpartum depression and anxiety… even typing those words I just want to erase them because it feels like I just admitted something bad. The truth is it is a topic many people don’t talk about and is embarrassing for some reason? 

I’m about 11 month PP and still struggling with it from time to time. I never thought this would be my life and I’m not on the “I want to kill myself” spectrum but I def have some blues and anxiety. 

This has been the hardest year of my life! I feel like it can only get easier. A colic baby, I think would send any sane person into depression.. seriously someone needs to find a cure for that (if that’s possible lol). Some days u just want to cry and you’re not even sure why.  Other days it’s not sadness but just wanting to get away and have a different life. But mostly it’s just feelings of seriously what am I doing with my life??? Not feeling like yourself and if I have to hear crying for another minute I might snap. Having zero energy to invest in other people but feeling bad for not. When you get out of your pjs and do your hair and makeup.. it’s a good day. 

Wish I could say here are all of the things I did to get over it, but for now I’m just in it. Instead of always posting how peachy great life is, sometimes it’s not. 
That doesn’t mean I don’t see the blessings in my life though! Like my child who I am obsessed with even if he makes life hard and a loving husband, family that cares, a cozy house and even my God who sees me right now and listens to me complain about this aspect of my life when he has given me so much, but I think he understands where I’m at. 

For any mom out there going through the same thing, I feel ya. 

God Made You Nose to Toes 


Help little ones understand that God created each part of their bodies so they can enjoy life and everything in it. In this delightful padded cover board book by well-known author and family therapist Leslie Parrott, children can follow along with Toucan––with a great big nose––as he helps them learn God loves each one of them completely.

This was a cute little book, illustrations weren’t my favorite and I wish it had more body parts kids could learn. Overall I liked the idea and think it was cute how they related things. I like how they incorporated God into the book! 

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A Noble Groom


I’ve never once pondered what it would be like to be an immigrant or be in an arranged marriage, until this book. I never thought of all the hardships you would have to endure. How it would be like to forever be committed to someone you don’t love only staying because you’re told and also surviving without a man would be quite difficult when you scarcely have anything. I love that this book has some true historical facts.

 Annalisa, In a loveless marriage is left to fend for herself and her daughter Sophie. With only a year left to repay the loan for the land she wishes to buy, will she make it in time? Or will she be forced to be homeless? 

Carl, a man on the run needs somewhere to hide, with some distant connections he manages to make it to the middle of no where ….doing work that is far below him, or so he thinks. He must keep a low profile or be found out. He also must hide his identity or risk his life. 

How their two paths collide, you should read and find out!! 

Loved: 

-the bits of German I had to learn 

-The revelation of the class system and how flawed it is

Lacked:

-hate who dies!! Lol 

Against the Tide 


From a young girl left on the dock awaiting her parents return Lydia Pallas was left orphaned at a young age. Once she became an adult, she began her new journey for security and reliability, that is until Alexander Banebridge waltzed into her life. He keeps his true past a secret and everyone at a distance because he is a wanted man. With the professor hunting down Bane, he must stay on the run while trying to bring down the professor and his enterprise. After finding God he started his mission to right his wrongs in the drug world. He just never planned to meet a girl who he would tell everything to. Lydia gets entangled in Bane’s world and finds herself in a series of unfortunate circumstances. Will Bane get to her in time or will she be found out? Lydia finally realized she was always missing something, a purpose. 
Loved: 

-There were actually some twists to this book I wasn’t expecting! I love that I didn’t guess everything! 

-I also loved that there were true historical facts packed into this book. 

-the character of Bane!! 
Lacked:

-I don’t like how the book portrays that the guy can read the girls mind. Not very realistic. 

-I also think the character of the professor was lacking. At the beginning he was scary but as the book went on I pictured him as more of an old man who loved books with a temper and much less of a drug lord. 

The Lady and the Lionheart 


This book really keep me engrossed, I literally stayed up til 4am reading this one! And finished it in 3 days with a small child so you know it was a good one. 
I really love the setting as usual for these books set in the past. I’ve never read a book about a circus and thought I honestly wouldn’t enjoy it but to my surprise I just couldn’t stop reading! I love all the unique characters and it honestly made me think about the people in the circus and how they must feel. People paying to watch them because of their talents and a more sad reality bc they are different and people love to gawk. 
The main part of this book is about a girl who always plays it safe until one day Charlie walks in to where she works and will change everything! She has always shied away from people of religion because of her jaded past but Charlie just might bring her back. 
Charlie is a loner and lion tamer with a huge heart, always rescuing others no matter what the cost. When he meets a girl who is starting to chip away his reserve, he has to decide if she can handle all the secrets he has kept buried. 
Loved: I love all the characters! So original! I also loved the lesson of never judge a book by its cover. I also loved how Charlie depicted Christ giving himself up for others and showing love to all that felt unlovable. There was so much to love but I don’t want to spoil it! 
Lacked: I wish it wouldn’t of wrapped up so quickly and there was more of a build to the end. I also wish u knew more of what happened next… but maybe there will be a second book for that? 
The Lady and the Lionheart https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997513705/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_J9KsybRK6Z8YF

The Cautious Maiden

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Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents’ New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet’s own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind.

Review:

I absolutely love all of the books by Dawn Crandall, of course this one is no different. I love the era of when this was written, the characters I have fallen in love with and the way she puts you into the book feeling like you are actually there! I have a new baby and sleep is a rare commodity, yet I find myself staying up all hours just to finish this book! I think the only thing I would change would be to make it longer so I could keep reading!!! I’m a sucker for old school charm and chivalry and this book is full of it. I love era this book is written but I am so glad she didn’t write it how “Pride and Prejudice” is written I don’t think I could get through it. Yet somehow she captures the same feelings as if you were back in time.  I love all the lessons about forgiveness in this book and that you’re never too far gone to be saved by God. From book one you start to learn about the Everstone family and I love how each book you learn a bit more about each member. This series is my second favorite of all the books I’ve ever read. You should definitely start with book one so you get lost in them and this is book 4. It releases Oct 4th! Be sure to grab your own copy on Amazon! You can pre-order now! ***** <This is my rating… 5 stars!!

https://www.amazon.com/Cautious-Maiden-Dawn-Crandall/dp/1629117501

RUMORS AND PROMISES

 

kathleen rouser

Just finished this novel and I really enjoyed it! I love a good christian historical fiction book. I always learn things when reading them and I’ve decided even though they aren’t real life stories, I seem to always get a lesson for real life.

This one as it is titled rumors and promises is very fitting. It is about a girl who was forced to lose her purity and in that day it was basically the worst thing that could happen to you short of being homeless and poor. She got pregnant and her parents, trying to save their reputation and tried to make her give up the child. So she decided to run away to a small town, change her name and start over. Instead of being shunned here she decided lie and tell people her daughter was her sister, but rumors started to form about it being her daughter. She was tired of running and just wanted to make a life for her innocent little one. She met a reverend who showed her God’s unconditional love no matter how it made him look and treated her with respect. Slowly she started to see that God’s promises to keep safe watch over her and that He had a plan for her life all along. Giving her a sweet daughter always pushing her to better herself and meeting the reverend whom she later marries. Even though she feels she isn’t good enough for him God continually pushes her to forgive herself and prove that we are all sinners just the same no matter how big or small your blemish. Ian (the Reverend) later confesses to her how he ignored a young lady who was with child in a bad circumstance and she ended up committing suicide. Although tragic, I like how she shows you how all people are burdened by something from their past. Everyone falls short of perfection, this being the reason we ALL need Jesus, even a reverend. Also that it is so easy to tell someone that God has forgiven them for their shortcomings but that actually doing that is much harder.

I also liked that sometimes you can’t see God’s plan for your life. She was poor as dirt, a child to take care of and had no where to go. You wonder where is God in that? Later you see he had a plan all along but that doesn’t mean it won’t be tough at times. You should definitely take the time to read this one!!

Living together before he pops the Q

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Before you pack up all your boxes and make the big leap moving in together, take a look at this person’s thoughts and statistics. I like this take on living together, I personally wanted someone who is all in, as they stated I didn’t want a trial of what married life looked like I agree without the commitment of marriage it’s just too easy to give up. That’s why in my life I decided not to do the whole move in first thing (and because it doesn’t follow my personal beliefs) because no matter the odd things they did or how messy they were it isn’t a deal breaker for me. I also feel like it’s a privilege to live with someone and not just anyone should get that. I just wanted to do that one time in my life when it was someone I was ready to do forever with. So many girls ask me why the guys aren’t proposing and seem like they are in no hurry either, well I know I’m super old school and that most people don’t follow that way of thought anymore but I just don’t see why a guy would need to commit if they are already getting everything they want. This way they don’t need to have the responsibilities of being a husband and they get you. The girl is just left waiting for him to ask, and is unhappy wanting more. For me I want a lifelong commitment the whole “till death do us part” business, it’s worked out really well for me 🙂 Check out the link below.
http://firstthings.org/what-you-should-know-about-living-together