About RobbyeFaye

An avid reader, homemaker and grandmother. I try to be as real, honest and thought provoking as possible. My blog is primarily devoted to book reviews, but at times it has stretched and grown, as it ebbs and flows with me. However, I still read a lot and review the books I read. Loving life and Jesus Christ.

Book Spotlight

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Book Title: Storms in Serenity

Author: Fay Lamb

Release Date: February, 2018

Genre: Romance, Mystery

How can one man save the town he loves when he’s the reason for the destruction?

Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.

David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when two brothers, John and Andy Ryan, arrive in town and he gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime, and the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, he has nowhere else to turn.

God is the only one Who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does?

A tempest has been brewing for thirty years, with only one island town in its path.

About the Author

Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories with a Romans 8:28 attitude, reminding readers that God is always in the details. Fay donates 100% of her royalties to Christian charities.

Storms in Serenity is the first book in Fay’s Serenity Key series. Fay’s other series include, Amazing Grace and her novels, Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, Everybody’s Broken, and Frozen Notes. The Ties that Bind Series includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. Delilah, is coming soon.

Fay’s is also the author of The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Guest Post from Fay Lamb


I’m one of those people who love storms. I revel in the lightning that streaks across the sky, the rumble of thunder as it rolls over the air, and I dance to the eerie sound of the wind coming through a crack in the window. Storms don’t frighten me. I’m an East Coast Floridian. I’ve lived through many a tempest.

However, so that you won’t think me completely insane, I have also fled a few hurricanes. In our house, a Cat III storm is something to debate as we watch to see how low the millibars fall at the storm’s center. A Cat IV means gather the important documents, place them into plastic bags and tuck them into plastic tubs, batten down the hatches, and depending upon its projected proximity, hunker down or flee. A Cat V is a no-brainer. Run!

If only the storms in our lives had categories so that we know when to stand and face the winds of life or to debate the direction, or to decide when to flee. Sometimes, the storms of life come at us without warning, with no stirring up of the waters by our own hands. Other times, the storms can be abated by the stance we take, the decisions we make, and by failing to move out of harm’s way, perhaps in an opposite direction.

That’s what my first novel in The Serenity Key series is about: one man stirred up a storm many years prior. The destructive force of that storm amassed because he didn’t take a stand, he failed to make crucial decisions, and he chooses to run from a situation that God would not allow him to outrun. Storms in Serenity is a modern-day retelling of the Biblical truths of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the destruction the storms of life that blew apart not only David’s family but also those he called friends.

Mostly, though, Storms in Serenity, is a novel that proves that when it comes to sin, truly, no man is an island.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, March 13

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 13

A Greater Yes, March 14

Bigreadersite, March 14

proud to be an autism mom, March 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 15

Multifarious, March 16

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, March 17

History, Mystery & Faith, March 18

A Baker’s Perspective, March 19

Simple Harvest Reads, March 20

MargaretKazmierczak, March 21

Texas Book-aholic, March 22

Carpe Diem, March 23

Pursuing Stacie, March 24

Janices book reviews, March 24

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 25

Red Headed Book Lady, March 25

Daysong Reflections, March 26

Among the Reads, March 26


To celebrate her tour, Fay is giving away a grand prize of an Echo Spot!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca75

(I’ve not been feeling well, as I guess you can tell since I haven’t posted much. I have decided to do a few book spotlights and then next week do my cozy winter reads.)


Valentine Bride: A Sweet Romance Novella (Holiday Brides Book 1) by Shanna Hatfield

My Review

What a fun novella to read. Shanna Hatfield’s first story about the city of Holiday is sometimes whimsical and silly. However, everything, at least for a while, isn’t coming up roses for her characters.

Fynlee Dale’s grandmother is droll and entertaining and manages to keep poor Fynlee on her toes while she tries to save herself and others from her grandmother’s lovable and laughable schemes.

Carson Ford’s aunt, Ruth, moves into the same retirement home where Fynlee’s grandmother, Matilda lives. Carson has his hands full, too, with his aunt and her escapades with Matilda.

I had only read two and a half pages before I was spontaneously laughing hysterically, picturing Matilda as she was described. The Valentine Bride is a fun, adorably imaginative and creative story. The novella opens with Fynlee having to leave work to rescue her grandmother from another typical escapade, and it keeps you on a wild roller coaster ride from there. Toss Carson’s shrewish girlfriend, the other residents at Golden Skies (the retirement home), and some situations that leave Fynlee, Matilda and Ruth understandably confused into the mix, and you have a wild ride on your hands. You’ll find yourself excited for the characters when things are going at a steady pace. Your heart will plummet when things seem to be out of control. Then you will coast into the ending with a smile as things straighten out with a little help from friends.

I received the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Two unlikely matchmakers set the stage for love…

Fynlee Dale returns to Holiday to take care of her wacky grandmother. Although it means giving up her dreams of a career and husband, she needs to be there for Grams.

Carson Ford vows to take care of his elderly aunt after buying her ranch. Comfortable with all aspects of his life, his world turns upside down when he meets a woman who’s impossible to forget.

They find themselves in the midst of a plot by two scheming old women determined to make them fall in love.

Valentine Bride is a funny, sweet romance novella given a liberal dose of humor through a cast of colorful characters intertwined around a heartwarming love story.

The Reluctant Groom (Brides of Seattle Book 1) by Kimberly Rose Johnson

My Review

Kimberly Rose Johnson’s book, The Reluctant Groom, is book one in the Brides of Seattle series, which begins with a curious premise. Ray O’Brien’s grandfather stipulated, in his will, that Ray must be married before his twenty-eighth birthday. If not, he loses ownership of his gym.

Katie Fairchild is losing her apartment because her best friend is getting married. One day, without thinking, she off-handedly comments to Ray that he could marry her.

A marriage of convenience is not something you usually read about in a contemporary novel. However, Johnson has written a believable and plausible story.

When you throw in a snobbish future mother-in-law for Katie, a darling precocious niece for Ray, Katie’s absentee mom and the pressure of having to marry for Ray, you get a myriad of feelings – from confusion and fear to frustration and anger. It all becomes a perfect recipe for disaster. Yet, somehow it all works out when God is first and foremost.

The Reluctant Groom is a sweet story, but not without its sadness, too. Johnson has done a great job of writing likable, relatable characters in a tale typically reserved for historical fiction. I can’t wait to read future books in the series.

I received the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

Publisher’s Summary

When everything goes wrong, can two friends discover true love?

When Ray O’Brien’s world is turned upside down, Katie Fairchild wants to help, but the personal cost is high. Neither desires a marriage of convenience, but when Katie blurts the first thing that comes to her mind Ray can’t dismiss her offer of marriage. It would solve all his problems except for one thing—they aren’t in love.

Can these two friends team up for the greater good and perhaps find love along the way, or are their expectations impossible?

Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston

My Review

First off, I have to say, that even though it admittedly took a while, I have now come to love novellas. I especially like when there’s a book of novellas by the same author. Having said that…

Amy Clipston’s book, Amish Sweethearts, is a book with four novellas. I appreciated the development of each story. Even though they are novellas, as a reader you won’t feel left with a lot of questions, left hanging or frustrated in a hurry up and finish pace as you reach the end. The only complaint (if you could really call it that) is I would like to know more about each character. However, I feel that way about almost every story I read, be it novella or novel.

A Home for Lindsay surprised me. There were situations depicted that I never realized were a part of the Amish community (no spoilers, so I won’t say what). I truly hurt for Matthew Glick and Lindsay Bedford, though I felt Matthew’s decision was a little impetuous. They were both thrust into a complicated, challenging situation.

I enjoyed Love and Buggy Rides because it dealt with tough issues such as obedience to your parents, plus acceptance of difficult situations just to name a couple. Throughout the story, I could relate to the struggles that Janie Lantz and Jonathan Stoltfutz faced.

In Where the Heart Is, Clipston portrays the cost of anger and poor decisions, along with their consequences for others. Tobias Smucker has a rough time, most of it caused by his own thoughtlessness. However, he is willing to do anything he can and needs to do to make the situation right.

Love Birds deals with much more profound issues. Ellie Lapp is coping with grief and loss. Lloyd Blank is dealing with frustration over his father’s behavior, and from a betrayal he would never have imagined.

Clipston’s familiarity with the Amish way of life shines through in each novella. She deftly weaves stories of love, redemption, hope and forgiveness throughout the entire book. If you are looking for something to read quickly, or you want something a little longer, you can’t go wrong with Amy Clipston’s Amish Sweethearts.

Each of the four stories brings back characters in earlier series, and two, Love and Buggy Rides and Love Birds, are also published in other anthologies.

I received this book from Fiction Guild and Amy Clipston as a member of her Bakery Bunch. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Love and Buggy Rides (previously published in An Amish Harvest)

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

A Home for Lindsay

From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?

Where the Heart Is

Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.

Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market)

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

(Images from Pixabay, google and author’s books-some images i have enhanced)

Where Did All the Likes and Comments Go?

That title reminds me of an old, old song! “Where did all the flowers go?” Hmm,… never mind! (What can I say, I have very eclectic tastes in music, truthfully almost everything, in fact. I’m really not very old, ahem..ha, ha! Honest, I’m not, especially if you believe age is only a number in your mind!)

Once again, either WP or my computer, is eating my likes and/or comments.

This is me (I promise I won’t inundate you with lots of giphys today. Yesterday’s was the result of almost 60 hours of non-caffeinated, no drug-legal or otherwise, sleep deprivation insanity. But, boy did I have fun??).

Me, being like…


I’ll be back tomorrow, and hopefully, it will be fixed by then. In the meantime, thank you, thank you to all my new followers!! I’ll repost answers and responses to the comments that are out in cyberspace somewhere (either that or you will get about 5 responses where I kept trying to get it to work when it said: “Message failed. Resend.” For all the extra comments, I apologize!) and will catch up on the new ones, too (unless it happens again!).

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the weekend, how about you?

The Discover New Blogs Liebster Award!

I was awarded this lovely Liebster Award some time ago by the beautiful Esme at https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/  My sincerest apologies for taking so long to respond.

The Global Aussie at https://theglobalaussie.com describes the Liebster Award as the following:

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

I feel honored to be nominated, and especially to be thought of in such a wonderful way!!

Official Rules

1. Acknowledge the blogger that nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions.
3. Nominate 11 bloggers and encourage them to accept this award for blogging.
4. Ask them 11 questions.
5. Let them know you have nominated them.

Questions to my (https://cookandenjoyrecipes.wordpress.com/) nominees:

1.   You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
2.   A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
3.   If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
4.   What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
5.   What was the last gift you gave someone?
6.   Which post on your blog are you most proud of?
7.   What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
8.   Would you rather live for a week in the past or the future?
9.   When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
10. Which 3 famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party?
11. Which of the Seven Dwarfs is most like you?


#1. Hmm, an elephant for life (they live approximately 70 years, you know?!)! I would teach it to let me ride it, then it would become my primary means of transportation. As long as I didn’t go broke feeding it during its average 18 hours of feeding on hay, twigs, grass-hey, (pun intended, LOL) maybe I could rent him out to mow grass in the summer since it grows prolifically in the South during the summer months-twigs, etc. Perhaps I put too much thought into that one, huh? 🙂

elephant GIF

#2. He says, “I see your heat isn’t working again (since it’s not). Cancun was a nice, but very brief break, I need somewhere that is cooler!”

#3. A toss-up between my favorite animal the buffalo (I know, strange, right? Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know why, I just do!!) and a killer whale. The buffalo just because I like them, the killer whale because they are sleek, beautiful and live in water.

#4. The songs I’m listening to and singing at the top of my lungs!!

#5. A book, LOL, figures, right?!?!?!?

#6. This is just one of a few, I  had a hard time choosing, there aren’t too many that I could say were my favorites. I don’t know if favorite is the right word, but it’s one that was the hardest for me to write.  https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/friday-flashback-3/

#7. I don’t really like ice cream (hurts my teeth too much, especially those broken when I fell).

#8. Oh, wow!! Either of those prospects is a scary thought! I think since the past is somewhat known regarding what happened, I would choose to relive a week in the past. Now, do I get to pick the week or change anything during the week, or…?

#9. Read, sing, cook, bake, clean, go for a drive sometimes several at the same time, sometimes each one separately.

#10. Ooooooo, another really tough one! The first one would be Jesus, C. S. Lewis (had to have an author, too!) and Ronald Reagan. This was REALLY hard, so many people with so many differences, such an eclectic group were thought of, then left off my list.

#11. Right this minute-Sleepy, LOL. It’s 5:45 AM and I haven’t gone to bed for the night yet. Otherwise, I’d say Dopey! Look at this post and my answers, I rest my case. And, I’m going to bed!! Good night! I’ll be up again around 8:30 or 9 so I can choose my awardees and post this. In the meantime, see #1!

I had such a very hard, a long struggle trying to figure out who to nominate! To everyone that I follow, please know that even if you are not listed, I truly enjoy your blogs. If I could, I’d give you all an award for the best blog in the world!!












(I know, I know that’s twelve, but somehow I left poor Margaret off my list-and she had been at the top. Don’t know what happened. I’ll blame it on lack of sleep, LOL!)

My Eleven Questions

My sympathies to the winners! It’s truly a daunting task to think of eleven interesting questions to ask you. I would like to know each and every one of you, and that leaves me so many more questions, too!!! OK, are you ready? Here we go!!

  1. If you sat down next to Jesus on a bus, what would you talk about?
  2. What book character would you like to be for a day and why?
  3. What is one thing you do not have (doesn’t have to be a material object, for instance, you could not have patience and want it)?
  4. What saying do you use to help you through your day?
  5. Have you been told you look like an actor? If so, who?
  6. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?
  7. Using only three words, describe yourself!
  8. What band would you be embarrassed to admit you listen to?
  9. If you had to pick only one color for your clothing to be that color forever, what color would you pick?
  10. If you could choose the age you would be forever, what would it be and why?
  11. What one word would you use to describe your ability on the computer?

Wow, those should get the ideas going, huh?

Since this is turning into a book (apologies and gratitude to all who have read the complete post! You win the virtual patience of the year award because you definitely needed it to finish this post! (I almost didn’t read it all, LOL!!)

I can’t wait to see the answers!

(I use a LOT of exclamation points and parenthetical phrases, don’t I?!?! Hmmmm, something else for me (and you!! Oh, no, a parenthetical inside a parenthetical!!!) to ruminate over!!  (If I made any errors, please let me know!  I think I can live with it given the length of the blog, LOL)

Oh, and joy of joys for us all…I have more awards to accept! Yippee!! I can’t wait, how about you? (Really! Any snarkiness or sarcasm is in your mind, not mine!!)

LOL, LOL I caught a LOT of mistakes after I posted! Hopefully, I caught them all this time-are, not or…I can’t even!!!!

(All images are pixabay. I have enhanced them with giphys!)

A Quick Notice

Barbour Publishing, Inc., just announced that Devotions for the Hungry Heart will be free until 2/27/18. It is available on all e-book platforms!!

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Author at All Things Southern, newest devotional, Devotions for the Hungry Heart is on eBook special!