You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Publisher’s Summary

In a small town in Idaho’s idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future . . . together?

Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Meyers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it’s an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can’t pass up, for Alycia’s sake if not her own.

Derek Johnson, Chad’s best friend since boyhood, isn’t keen on the return of Brooklyn Meyers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres that would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad’s dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl’s mother?

Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn, while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.

My Review

Brooklyn Meyers was determined to make life better for herself and her ten-year-old daughter, Alycia. That was her main reason for not returning to Thunder Creek, Idaho. That and her cruel, abusive father. However, when she receives an unexpected, much- needed gift after the death of her estranged husband, Chad Hallston, she knows she must return.

Derek Johnson isn’t too happy about the news of Brooklyn’s return. He blames her for Chad leaving Thunder Creek, and in a small way, he figures she led to his death, too. But Chad’s dying wish forces him to deal with Brooklyn and Alycia.

Robin Lee Hatcher’s book, You’ll Think of Me, primarily takes place in Thunder Creek, Idaho, a picturesque, idyllic town. The local population cares greatly about its town and townspeople, jumping in to help whenever and wherever it’s needed. Miss Hatcher deftly weaves a story of a young woman beaten down by life who doesn’t trust anyone except herself but has begun to learn to lean on the Lord for guidance and assurance.

As the story progresses, key characters in the story help Brooklyn to grow and learn life is a series of forgiveness and trust. Although the story could be dark and deep, Miss Hatcher uses just the right touches of depth and feeling to illustrate the tough situations within the story.

I received a copy of You’ll Think of Me from two different sources: NetGalley and The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

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A Ruby Glows (Cutter’s Creek Book 15) by Kari Trumbo

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About the Book

A Ruby Glows

Book: A Ruby Glows

Author: Kari Trumbo

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release Date: Jan 3, 2017
Ruby’s heart froze as she threw her dead husband over the cliff.When Beau walks into her life, one glance has her running from her past. He couldn’t want someone like her. It should be easy to avoid his quiet charm.If he can convince her she’s a prize, not prey, he might have a chance. Beau’s captivated when Ruby scrambles from him whenever he gets too close. Her sweetness is an allure he can’t fight.
Can Beau convince Ruby she is beloved?

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My Review

Kari Trumbo’s story, A Ruby Glows, deals with a very tough issue. Ruby is the oldest daughter of eight girls, and her father wants nothing to do with any of them. He feels girls can’t, or won’t, do as much as a boy. Ruby is unfairly exchanged to pay a debt owed to her father, and therein begin her struggles.

Beau knows Ruby is hiding something, the question is what, and does he really want to know? The deeper he digs, the more confusing things become.

A Ruby Glows shows how a person can come from impossible situations and still remain kind. The ruthlessness of Ruby’s father is staggering, and yet Ruby faces life’s challenges and overcomes daunting obstacles.

I enjoy historical fiction, especially those with unusual twists and messages of faith, hope and forgiveness. A Ruby Glows by Kari Trumbo fulfills those requirements and more.

I received a copy of A Ruby Glows from Celebrate Lit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.


About the Author

Kari Trumbo

Kari Trumbo is an inspirational romance author, blogger and proud home schooling mother to four great kids. She interacts often on reader groups on Facebook and volunteers at the local library when needed. When she isn’t writing, she is obsessively reading and expanding her skills as a wordsmith. Kari lives in her great-grandfather’s remodeled 1890-built home in central Minnesota with her husband, children, cats, and one hungry wood stove.

Guest post from Kari Trumbo

Greetings! I hope this isn’t your first introduction to Cutter’s Creek, but if it is, let me explain a bit about it. Cutter’s Creek is a series written by myself and three other Christian authors. Though there are numbers on each book, you don’t have to read them in order to get into the series, in fact, since each author writes in their own time period it might be somewhat confusing. Especially if you like a consecutive story. However, they are all stand-alone books and can be read in any order. If you like to read them in date order, you’ll want to read Kit Morgan’s books first, then Vivi Holt, Annie Boone, and finally mine, that will put them roughly in time order.

The Cutter’s Creek series has been a huge blessing to me. I’ve gotten to write with some wonderful authors and learned so much about writing a series together. So, out of my Cutter’s Creek books, why did I choose Ruby over Lily, Ivy, or Carol…well, I hate to play favorites, but Ruby is my favorite. She’s quiet, and her strength is surprising. She has a big trial, and some hurt to work through, but when you find the right person to help you through it, that’s a gift more precious than anything.

I hope you love Ruby as much as I do. Blessings, Kari

Blog Stops

May 18: Blogging With Carol

May 19: Back Porch Reads

May 20: Reading Is My SuperPower

May 21: Just the Write Escape

May 22: A Reader’s Brain

May 23: A Bakers Perspective

May 24: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

May 25: Moments Dipped in Ink

May 26: Connie’s History Classroom

May 26: A Greater Yes

May 27: Carpe Diem

May 27: Karen Sue Hadley

May 28: Daysong Reflections

May 29: Bibliophile Reviews

May 29: Bigreadersite

May 30: Captive Dreams Window

May 31: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

May 31: Mary Hake

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Short History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day originally began with little fanfare after the Civil War when many areas began paying tribute to the more than 600,000 fallen soldiers. Initially, it was known as Decoration Day. Women of the South began a tradition of placing flowers on the graves of their fallen. In 1868, not long after these impromptu tributes, General John Logan proclaimed the 30th of May to be the day of commemoration.

General Logan served in the Mexican-American War and was a general in the Union Army. In addition to being a state senator, US Congressman and US Senator, he was the head of an organization for Union Civil War veterans. His efforts to commemorate fallen soldiers lead many to believe his movement makes him the most prominent figure in Memorial Day being recognized as an official holiday.

Northern states quickly picked up the tradition, and by 1890 all were paying tribute to their fallen on May 30th. However, the Southern states held their honors on different days.

Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968, making Memorial Day the last Monday in May in order to allow for a three-day weekend. The act went into effect in 1971, and Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday. It is now celebrated nationwide on the last Monday in May.

The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston

Publisher’s Summary

When Mattie packed her hope chest, she put away the heartache of her past. But as her daughters begin to unpack it, she discovers a healing more powerful than she ever hoped for.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.

But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.

My Review

Mattie’s daughters discover their mother’s hope chest, and along with it secrets she has kept from them. She struggles with how to tell her story and yet not change their views of her or their father. Can she do it, does she want to and should she? These are all questions she must face.

Leroy, Mattie’s husband, is a wonderful character. His love for Mattie began when she was a little girl and never wavered through much adversity and hardship. I enjoyed Leroy’s character so much. He had little (and big) ways of demonstrating his love to Mattie that were so endearing.

Amy Clipston’s final installment of An Amish Heirloom Novel,  The Beloved Hope Chest, deals with very heavy subject matters. Mattie has endured much in the past, and the pain still remains so how can she explain to her girls that she is happy despite her tragic early life?

The Beloved Hope Chest demonstrates how love, forgiveness and redemption can and will overcome grief, loss and hidden secrets.

Miss Clipston’s story resonates with faith, inspiration, forgiveness and restoration; it makes me want to read the other three in the series!

I received a copy of The Beloved Hope Chest from three different sources: Celebrate Lit, NetGalley and The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Sandpiper Cove: A Hope Harbor Novel by Irene Hannon

Publisher’s Summary

Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities–including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn’t looking for love either–but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.

Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam’s help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different–and better–future planned for them than either could imagine.

My Review

Lexie Graham, single mom and police chief, is flummoxed. A rash of vandalism in an otherwise crime-free area has her wondering what’s going on in her beautiful Oregon hometown of Hope Harbor.

Adam Stone is an ex-convict and seems to be the target of many of the acts of vandalism. Is he the perpetrator and just trying to throw everyone off his trail?

Irene Hannon has written a captivating story of life in small town Americana. Her story is richly detailed with a wonderful cast of characters whom you come to love as you get to know them. She undeniably understands the meanings of small-town life, friendship and faith. Her story resonates deeply with all three. In addition, she examines redemption and second chances.

Sandpiper Cove has a deep underlying tone of Christianity and belief, genuinely illustrated by many of the residents of Hope Harbor. I enjoyed the dynamics between the different town’s people and their neighbors. I think I would enjoy being a town member myself, especially since it’s near water!

Sandpiper Cove: A Hope Harbor Novel is the last in a series. However, each book is written in such a way as to be a standalone.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from LibraryThing. I was under no obligation to post a review.

Some Small Magic by Billy Coffey

Publisher’s Summary

All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past.

When Abel discovers letters to him from the father he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems.

With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel decides to run away to find the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely on his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman they met on the train.

From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. But will it be the sort that will bring a broken boy healing? And is it the magic that will one day lead him home?

My Review

Some Small Magic is the first book I have read by Billy Coffey. He is a very talented and articulate author, and his imagery puts you right in the middle of the scenes. However, having said that, I had a difficult time reading Some Small Magic.

I fell in love with Abel, the son of Lisa, a poor, hardscrabble woman just trying to make it day to day as a waitress. Abel was born with soft bones and was constantly breaking one; also, his hips were misaligned, and he was smaller than most children his age.

I also loved “Dumb” Willie, so named for his slowness in speech and learning, caused, many believed, by his father crushing his head when he was an infant. He and Abel loved and cared for each other as only true friends can.

My difficulty came from the way the author graphically depicts the town bully’s cruel treatment of Abel and the overwhelming amount of supernatural overtones, and some tough scenes of violence. I wanted to like the story; in fact, I read the entire book for that reason. However, there was just too much of the preternatural for me to feel good about the book. (Perhaps if it hadn’t been from Thomas Nelson/Zondervan, I wouldn’t have felt this way. **However, I still would not have cared for the story.) The only real reference in the story to anything of a religious or biblical nature is to a preacher that is a shyster.

I guessed early in the story, even before there were some obvious clues, what had happened and what the ultimate ending would be. If you like dark stories, with some redeeming qualities, you may like the book.

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There are many instances of one particular curse word, and another one is also used. There can be triggers due to some scenes of graphic violence.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Fiction Guild and was under no obligation to post a review.

**This sentence was edited and added after the review was written and published on several sites.

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary by Susan Page Davis

Publisher’s Summary

Journey now to Tuscon, Arizona, and into the Superstition Mountains of 1866, where… 
 A Chance for Escape Takes Two Unlikely Allies on a Romantic Adventure Along a Desert Trail

Since orphaned at age twelve, Carmela Wade has lived a lie orchestrated by her uncle, pretending to be a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and profiting from telling her made-up story on the speaker circuit. But as she matures into adulthood, Carmela hates the lies and longs to be free. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with US Marshal Freeland McKay and his handcuffed prisoner.

The stage is attacked. Now a chance to make a new life may suddenly be within Carmela’s reach. . .if she can survive the harsh terrain and being handcuffed to an unconscious man.

Will Carmela’s wish come true, or will she forever be branded by her past?

My Review

Carmela Wade has prayed for the day she could stop the lies she was forced to perpetrate by her Uncle Silas. Not only did he force her to tell lies, but he also forced her to give him all the money the two of them accrued because he said her father owed him money. Carmela’s opportunity arrives when their stagecoach is robbed, and the robbers take it with her uncle inside.

US Marshal Freeland McKay never dreamed he’d be the victim of a stagecoach robbery, and to add insult to injury, he’s handcuffed to a woman. They have no water, horse or any way to survive except through tenacity and lots of walking.

Susan Page Davis does a well-thought out job of showing the dilemma Carmela faces. She pulls you into the story and makes you feel the torment and agony Carmela faces after reaching adulthood.

Carmela’s story is one of courage in the face of extreme adversity, forgiving yourself and others and learning to trust the Lord.

Susan Page Davis has written a unique and different type of historical novel. It is a story that readers of historical romance are sure to enjoy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review.

Home by Ginny Yttrup

Home by Ginny Yttrup

Publisher’s Summary

Novelist Melanie Vander runs away—from conflict, from pain, from reality. When Melanie finds herself faced with a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to a novel-worthy locale. Call it research. Maybe a bit of distance will inspire her husband to appreciate her again, too, she reasons. But once she’s away, she further distances herself from reality as she becomes obsessed with the male character in the story she’s writing. When hit with a dose of reality, Melanie must choose whether she’ll check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.

My Review

Melanie Vander is doing what she does best, hiding. Hiding from pain, grief, her husband and most of all God. However, God doesn’t let her hide.

Ginny Yttrup has written another stellar book about life. Her books tackle tough issues, and she doesn’t back down from hitting them head on.

Home, written from the different perceptions and insights of the main characters introduces us to an intriguing cast, including Melanie’s fictional therapist, Dr. Hammond. Melanie is a novelist struggling to meet a deadline and writing a book she doesn’t want to write: it opens too many wounds. Craig, her husband, is overwhelmed by the recession eating away at his business and is too overcome by life to do much but watch his marriage seem to fall apart at the seams. However, God is working on each partner in ways neither can begin to fathom.

I have read several of Ginny Yttrup’s books. They all deal with major, sometimes heartbreaking, true to life events. She doesn’t pull any punches and puts it out there for us, the readers, to read, absorb and learn from. Home is a book that may open wounds for some people and heal them for others. However, it is not a book that will leave you unmoved, and I believe it is not a book to be missed, either.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

No Answers

The procedure didn’t show anything we didn’t already know i.e. I have a hiatal hernia and inflammation in my stomach and small intestines. These are being treated already and are NOT the cause of all my symptoms. I have a follow-up with my Dr on June 6th.

It looks like we are back to square one.

I’m trying to stay positive and not get so very discouraged, but it is very, very hard.  I am in constant, unremitting pain (I’m afraid to take any pain killers for fear of developing an addiction, plus they exacerbate the pain, so I’m toughing it out).

Why

 

Where Have I Been?

This is just a quick note for all who have been asking what happened to me.

I recently, beginning toward the later part of February, until now, have been fighting health issues. This has included a month-long stay in the hospital and another major surgery. I have a procedure coming up tomorrow, that will hopefully answer many questions. Specifically, why I am unable to eat- I can only tolerate fluids and very few of those.

I appreciate all the outpouring of prayers, well wishes, love and concern everyone has expressed to me. Thank you deeply from the bottom of my heart.

I will be back to reviewing very soon—and watch out, I have a LOT of books to review!!

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