Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Lacemaker - Book Review

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg 
on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson 
is abandoned by her fiancĂ© and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. 
No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, 
a man with formidable enemies of his own. 
Liberty is left with a terrible choice. 
Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, 
or stay true to her English roots? 
And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz 
is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. 
With her meticulous eye for detail 
and her knack for creating living, breathing characters
Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers 
who long to feel they are a part of the story.




My Thoughts
Laura Frantz. . .
a lovely and talented author that never lets the reader down.
Whenever I read a story written by this wonderful author
I feel as though I have traveled back in time
and am experiencing history at a very real level.
Laura does not hold back
and the work and effort she pours into a historical fiction novel shows.
The content in incredibly rich in detail
and the characters are brought to life through historical events.
I have always appreciated Laura's writing
and I am thankful she keeps her stories clean.
The romance intertwined throughout her books is discreet
yet always enough.
In my opinion, the reader does not need "steamy" scenes
and Laura refrains from those descriptions throughout her novels.
Thank you, Laura!

The Lacemaker is a beautiful story
that is filled with courage, faith, romance,
and detailed history of the Revolutionary War.
While it was a little slow at first,
it was well worth the effort to persevere to the end
because trust me, the reader will be content and satisfied
when the last page is read.
The characters were charming
and the relationship between Liberty and Noble
developed at a perfect pace.
I read one review that said,
"Laura Frantz's writing is amazingly beautiful and practically effortless to read. 
She makes writing a book look easy, though I'm sure it's not."
I couldn't agree more.
My dear friends, if you enjoy historical romance novels
than you won't want to miss this book.
And if you have not read any books by Laura Frantz
I can't help but wonder. . .
what are you waiting for?!
{{smiles}}

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. 
Thank you Revell! **

About the Author
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist 
and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, 
including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, 
The Colonel's Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, A Moonbow Night, 
and The Ballantyne Legacy series. 
She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. 
Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Oath Of Honor - Book Review

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. 
With three brothers and two sisters, 
she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. 
And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. 
Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, 
Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, 
possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. 
With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan
 shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. 
How can she secure justice for her partner 
when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? 
And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years 
won't leave her side?

With her signature fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, 
Lynette Eason invites readers into a captivating new series 
where justice is a family affair.




My Thoughts
Lynette Eason has been a favorite author of mine
since the very first book I read by her,
and with her extraordinary writing skills 
she remains at the top of my list of favorite authors.
Lynette has a way with words
and every time she writes those words down on paper
she weaves an incredible story that is rich in content.
Her stories leave you satisfied,
yet also have a way of making you wish the story could go on. . .
she's just that good.

Oath of Honor is another winner
and the beginning of a series you won't want to miss
especially if you love action, suspense, romance, and faith.
As Izzy and Ryan race against the clock 
to find the man who shot their beloved friend and brother
they are thrown into something much bigger and more dangerous 
than they could have possibly imagined.
You'll need to hang on to your seats, my friends, 
because this story will take you on a wild ride
and  it will have you questioning everything. . . 
who did what,
which character can be trusted,
and will a family that was always respected 
be brought down by lies and dishonesty.

My only complaint, 
a very trivial one and one that has no impact on the story itself,
was the texting throughout the book.
Now I know we live in a day and age where everyone texts,
but I did not enjoy reading the text messages sent between the characters.
The reason:
I truly dislike the abbreviations, acronyms, and poor spelling.
A silly complaint, I know, and in all reality it's one that can be swept under the rug
because it's nothing in comparison to the greatness of this story.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. 
Thank you Revell! **

About the Author
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, 
the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, 
as well as Always Watching, Without Warning, Moving Target, 
and Chasing Secrets in the Elite Guardians series. 
She is the winner of two ACFW Carol Awards, 
the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. 
She has a master's degree in education from Converse College 
and lives in South Carolina. 
Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The House on Foster Hill - Book Review

Before I jump into this book review
I wanted to let you know that I will be back to blogging next week.
I can't wait to catch up with all of you 
as I have missed your blog posts, visits, and comments.
Before I return next week I have several book reviews that I must publish
so please enjoy reading them over the next few days.
January is a perfect month for reading, right?

Until then. . . 
know that you are thought of!

* * * * * * * * * *

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. 
When her husband died two years ago, 
her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. 
In desperate need of a fresh start, 
Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. 
But one look at the eerie, abandoned house 
immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. 
And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, 
Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. 

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill 
holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. 
When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, 
Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. 
Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, 
even as she works together with a man from her past, 
can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--including her own--are lost?




My Thoughts
WOW! And just to be clear, WOW!
You can see on the front cover what Colleen Coble said,
"This novel is spellbinding and unputdownable."
Her words are accurate and on point.
I am amazed that The Hill on Foster Hill is Jaime's debut novel
because it is a work of art.
This fabulous author outdid herself and it's with great anticipation 
that I look forward to her next novel.

The Hill on Foster Hill is set between two time lines.
In 1906, the reader will follow Ivy and will read of her determination 
to bring justice and life to the memory of "Gabriella," 
the nameless young woman found dead in her hometown.
The story also follows Kaine, 
a young woman haunted by the death of her husband. . .
and something else.
Though centuries separate these two women 
their stories are interwoven together.
Through their stories the reader will be taken on a suspenseful journey
filled with shocking and heart-breaking moments.
And through the two of them maybe justice and hope can be served
to a beautiful, nameless woman.

The Hill on Foster Hill is an intense mystery
that will surely keep fans of this kind of genre rooted to their seats.
The author does an amazing joy of keeping the story real.
The suspense is chilling. . .
the pain comes through crystal clear. . .
the romance is tender. . .
the healing brings hope. . .
and the faith leaves the reader thanking the Lord for all things.

A remarkable story written by a very talented author.
The House on Foster Hill is a book I recommend to an older audience.
4.5 stars!

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts and opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Jaime Jo Wright is the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas, 
and a human resources director by trade. 
She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. 
The House on Foster Hill is her debut novel. 
To learn more, visit jaimewrightbooks.com.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Year End Sale At Rose Petal Blessings

Hello, lovely friends!
I hope this finds you well
and I trust you had a blessed Christmas.

I am simply popping in to let you know
that I am having a year end sale at my Etsy shop
Please enjoy 25% off your order - no minimum required.
Offer is good until
December 31, 2017.

And always. . .
free shipping in the USA.




See you soon, my friends!
Enjoy your week.

Love and hugs!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Merry Christmas From Our Home To Yours

Hot chocolate is like a hug
from the inside.




Greetings of LOVE
from me to you, dear friends.
Christmas is quickly approaching
and it's time for me to take a little break. . .
it's time to simply slow down and appreciate 
what this beautiful season means. . .
to celebrate the birth of our precious Saviour.


And she brought forth her firstborn son, 
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, 
and laid him in a manger; 
because there was no room for them in the inn.
- Luke 2:7 -




Let me pour you a cup of hot cocoa, sweet friends.
Would you like extra marshmallows?




I also have some oh-so-sweet Christmas cookies,
homemade caramel, and our family-favorite fudge.
Help yourself!
{{smiles}}




I just love this time of year.
Yes, I enjoy the pretty Christmas decorations,
the sweet holiday baking,
the Christmas songs and carols,
and I can't help but get excited when my husband, son, and I 
head off into the woods to find the "perfect" Christmas tree.
But do you know what I love the most?
The fact that this time of year represents the birth of Jesus Christ.
And do you know what His birth means for all of mankind?
Salvation. . .
eternal life for each one of us.
This sweet gift is free and all one must do is believe. . .
believe that Jesus Christ was born, died upon Calvary,
and arose again to live victoriously.

 For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life.
- John 3:16 -




Lovely friends,
please enjoy the beautiful Christmas music
while you read through this holiday post.






All my heart this night rejoices as I hear,
far and near,
Sweetest angels voices.
"Christ is born"
their choirs are singing,
Till the air everywhere now with joy is ringing.
- Paul Gerhardt -




And there were in the same country 
shepherds abiding in the field, 
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, 
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: 
and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, 
Fear not: for, behold, 
I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people.




For unto you is born this day 
in the city of David a Saviour, 
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; 
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 
lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel 
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, 
and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace, good will toward men.
- Luke 2: 8-14 -




God rest ye merry, gentlemen let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Savior was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father a blessed angel came
And unto certain Shepherds brought tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name
O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

"Fear not," said the angel
"Let nothing you affright 
This day is born a Savior of pure or Virgin bright
To free all those who trust in Him from Satan's power and might"
O tidings of comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy
- Unknown -




Wonderful-
He would be wonderful 
in what He would accomplish for the fallen human race.

Counselor-
He would be our guide through life,
and our advocate before the heavenly Father.

The Mighty God-
He would be the God before whom
every knee shall one day bow.

The Everlasting Father-
He would be the God
of eternity.

The Prince of Peace-
He would be the one who would ultimately bring
a true tranquility among all nations.




For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: 
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, 
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
- Isaiah 9:6 -




His Name is Wonderful,
His Name is Wonderful,
His Name is Wonderful,
Jesus My Lord.

He is the Mighty King,
Master of everything;
His Name is Wonderful,
Jesus My Lord .

He’s the Great Shepherd,
The Rock of All Ages,
Almighty God is He;

Bow down before Him,
Love and adore Him,
His Name is Wonderful,
Jesus My Lord.
- Audrey Mieir -




The shepherds had an angel
The wise men had a star
But what have I, a little child,
To guide me from far,
Where glad stars sing together
And singing angels are?

Christ watches me, His little lamb,
Cares for me day and night,
That I may be His own in heaven;
So angels cald in white
Shall sing their "Glory, glory,"
For my sake in the height.
- Christina Rossetti -




Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
- John T. McFarland -




How important it is that we take time to help out children
see beyond the glitter of the Christmas season
and teach them the true meaning of Christ's birth.
The most thrilling story ever known to man began
in Bethlehem at Christmas.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -




O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in the dark street shineth 
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary,
And fathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God, the King,
And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous Gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell:
Oh, come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Immanuel!
- Phillips Brooks -




In the same way that God's "wondrous gift"
came to Bethlehem, silently,
so Christ comes into our lives today
and casts out our sins and fears 
if we are willing to have Him abide in our lives.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -




To give knowledge of salvation unto his people 
by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God; 
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
To give light to them that sit in darkness 
and in the shadow of death, 
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
- Luke 1:77-79 -




Precious friends, sweet readers, and faithful followers,
the time has come for me to end this post.
By now the first song is likely over
so please enjoy this beautiful musical piece of "Silent Night"
as you read the heartwarming words of this beloved carol.




 Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, All is bright
 Round yon virgin mother and child.
 Holy infant so tender and mild,
 Sleep in heavenly peace.
 Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night!
 Shepherds quake at the sight,
 Glories stream from heaven afar,
 Heavenly hosts sing alleluia;
 Christ the Savior, is born!
 Christ the Savior, is born!

Silent night! Holy night!
 Son of God, Love's pure light
 Radiant beams from thy holy face,
 With the dawn of redeeming grace,
 Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
 Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
- Joseph Mohr -




May the peace and hope
of Christ's birth
be with you now and in the days ahead. . .

Merry Christmas
from our home to yours.
I will "see" you in the New Year.
{{{ hugs }}}




Also, I joined Karina from
for her ornament exchange.
I haven't received my ornament package yet,
but I thought I would share what I sent.

These are the goodies I sent Hannah's way. . .




As you can see,
I was drawn to gold and all things sparkly.






I found some lovely gold card stock
and made tags out of it.
On the back I wrote Scripture verses.




The gifts were wrapped up in pretty paper.
Tulle and glittery snowflakes finished the look.






Again,
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Love and hugs to you!
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