Thursday, December 1, 2016

This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick A Review

When Tabitha Brown's son makes the fateful decision to leave Missouri and strike out for Oregon, she refuses to be left behind. Despite her son's concerns, Tabitha hires her own wagon to join the party. Along with her reluctant daughter and her ever-hopeful granddaughter, the intrepid Tabitha has her misgivings. But family ties are stronger than fear.

The trials they face along the way will severely test Tabitha's faith, courage, and ability to hope. With her family's survival on the line, she must make the ultimate sacrifice, plunging deeper into the wilderness to seek aid. What she couldn't know was how this frightening journey would impact how she understood her own life--and the greater part she had to play in history.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800722337
ISBN-13: 978-0800722333
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

If you'd like more information about me, please come visit my website at and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it's like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You'll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!

One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, "The Courting Quilt" is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out this fall. Called Barcelona Calling, it's the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she'll find it with fame. It's a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you'll enjoy it.

This is a story about a family who decided to move west, but didn’t want to take their mother Tabitha Brown. They said she was to old and crippled. Didn’t make sense to me because she was only in her 50’s and still could walk with a cane. Anyway she talks them into letting her go and she writes of her adventures.
  They took a different path than the Donner party, but also had trouble with steep trails, no food to gather or hunt and many other difficulties.
  The story was really interesting as it told of the older woman and her daughter and granddaughter. Also of several others in this remarkable story.
  I recommend this if you like adventure and perseverance.

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble A Review


“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family. The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again.

Series: A Sunset Cove Novel
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 20, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401690300
ISBN-13: 978-1401690304
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at

  Book three in the Sunset Cove series. I read book one and book three. Book two just slipped by me. Anyway each book can be read separately, but it really helps if you’ve read the whole series.
  I love the way Colleen Coble writes. She is very realistic and has such an interesting way with words.
  Kate has been through so much with her Uncle and Mother being in prison and her twin sister being kidnapped when they were very young.
  Mysteries keep happening. Now a man’s brother and his wife are dead. The police say it was murder/suicide, but he doesn’t believe. So now Drake has two nieces to raise. He goes to the place where they were mudered to find out all he can. He stays at a cottage Kate put up for rent and she agrees to watch his nieces.
  This book is full of danger, suspense, love, forgiveness and believing in yourself.

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When Calls the Heart complete season 3 DVDs


Journey to the Canadian frontier where Elizabeth Thatcher and Jack Thornton face trials in their relationship---and in their town. Can Hope Valley endure a tragic mining landslide, a gang of outlaws, and more? Boxed set includes the Hallmark Channel episodes plus special features, including footage from the Hearties Family Reunion and a trivia game. Closed-captioned. 10 DVDs.

My Review
Season three of When Calls the Heart is just amazing. The titles of the shows are:
It Begins With Heart
Troubled Hearts
Heart of a Hero
Forever in my Heart
Hearts in Question. That is just the beginning of what’s in this wonderful 10 DVD collection of season three When Calls the Heart. You get wonderful bonus features and a terrific slide show. You will also get the Hearties Family Reunion. A exciting question and answer section with your favorite actors/actresses. A neat trivia games and what’s your Hearties IQ.
  You will have many hours of fun, romance, suspense and excitement with this fantastic DVD collection of season three. I highly recommend this set. A wonderful Christmas present for your special someone or for yourself.

Format: NTSC
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
ASIN: B01LX170T1

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