Friday, December 30, 2016


What an amazing and heartwarming tale...

Keiron, a Heartborn guardian angel is a being of purity and goodness in a world of violence and deception.

Teenager Livvy Foster has been through much more than the average teenager being born with half a heart. Through countless surgeries and scars she is broken but still very brave.

With a form of scrying it is determined Livvy is the one who can help as trouble brews and they are on the verge of war in Keiron's world. Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, even death though that is the only way Heartborn's can die, sacrifice.

Terry Maggert's Heratborn is certainly a good read that need to be in everyone's library. I do highly recommend the audiobook version performed by Julia Whelan. I was blown away by how easy it was to get lost in the story. Each character had a distinct voice which Julia performed wonderfully. The quality of the audiobook is very high which is perfect especially on the go or lounging in a sweater and slippers with a hot beverage.

I gave this audiobook 4.5/5 stars and highly recommend this book to everyone!

Thank you to The Audiobookwork for the opportunity to adopt Heartborn in exchange for my honest opinion. Very happy adoption!

Friday, October 21, 2016


By Beatrice Ojakangas
Published by University of Minnesota Press

Beatrice Ojakangas, the oldest of ten children, came by it naturally—the cooking but also the pluck and perseverance that she's served up with her renowned Scandinavian dishes over the years. In the wake of the Moose Lake fires and famine of 1918, Ojakangas tells us in this delightful memoir-cum-cookbook, her grandfather sent for a Finnish mail-order bride—and got one who’d trained as a chef. 
Ojakangas’s stories, are, unsurprisingly, steeped in food lore: tales of cardamom and rye, baking salt cake at the age of five on a wood-burning stove, growing up on venison, making egg rolls for Chun King, and sending off a Pillsbury Bake Off–winning recipe without ever making it. And from here, how those early roots flourished through hard work and dedication to a successful (but never easy) career in food writing and a much wider world, from working for pizza roll king Jeno Paulucci to researching food traditions in Finland and appearing with Julia Child and Martha Stewart—all without ever leaving behind the lessons learned on the farm. As she says, “first you have to start with good ingredients and a good idea.”
Chock-full of recipes, anecdotes, and a kind humor that bring to vivid life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world, Homemade delivers the savory and the sweet in equal measures and casts a warm light on a rich slice of the country’s cooking heritage.

Wow. I am completely enthralled by this cookbook/memoir from Beatrice Ojakangas' kitchen. She talks about her family's life and history in between recipes and it's just put together so beautifully. I really appreciated how Beatrice went in depth on each of her recipes explaining everything so that even my husband, who can barely cook boxed macaroni and cheese, could understand. I wish there would have been pictures of the finished product but I enjoyed looking at her family photos.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend Homemade for any kitchen. The recipes are easy to follow and Beatrice's story is a wonderful accompaniment. This would be a perfect Christmas gift in my opinion. The receiver can not only curl up on the couch planning the family dinner but enjoy a little memoir and history to go with it. Thank you to Netgalley, University of Minnesota Press and Beatrice Ojakangas for a wonderful cookbook and story to read.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fifty Nifty Facts About Cats

By J. M. Chapman and S. M. Davis
Published by Valpine Press

Cats have lived with humans for almost ten thousand years, and in that time we’ve learned a lot about our furry friends. Did you know cats have a dominant paw? That cat spit causes allergies? That cats shouldn’t drink coffee? Discover these nifty facts and many more in this delightfully colorful, picture-packed exploration of America’s most popular pet!

Are you a crazy cat person or just have a love of cats? Even if you just like quick and factual reads this is the perfect book for either. This is the first book about cats that I enjoyed. I have two holy terrors myself and it's nice to learn about them and know more. We've had cats for years but I never knew some of the facts listed like how cats can drink salt water because their kidneys can filter out the salt. Did you also know that cat's saliva can cause allergies? I actually knew this one because I am allergic to cat saliva, I break out in hives if they lick me or if I pick up a cat after they just bathed.

The pictures are the perfect accompany to the facts the authors laid out. Every time I turned a page I kept saying "aww" or "aren't you so cute?" It amazes me how the photographer was able to capture some of those pictures. I can not get my kittens to sit still long enough for a decent picture let alone trying to recreate some of those pictures. There is also a happy mix of informative and silly facts.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book to all cat lovers. If you have kitties you should have this book. Even if you don't have kitties but love cute pictures and fun facts you will love this book. Thank you to Netgalley, Valpine press and authors Chapman and Davis for this enjoyable read in exchange for an honest review.

Bookmark DIY: Duct Tape Bookmark Corner

This is a super easy super quick diy bookmark. I made it in under 3 minutes and used items I had around the house. 

All you need are scissors, duct tape and a used envelope. I'm using junk mail envelopes because I have plenty. 

First I held up the envelope to the duct tape to judge where to cut so the corner has some excess tape on top. The only part of the corner you want meeting the edge of the duct tape is opening.

Make a small cut where you want to start. Don't mind my foot hahaha.

Cut the edge off the envelope, it doesn't have to be perfect.

Judge how long the tape needs to be.

Lay the envelope corner on the duct tape lining the bottom's edge together. Like I said earlier, leave a little space at the top so the other side has something to stick to.

Cut a 2nd piece of duct tape for the other side of the bookmark. You don't have to use the same design tape if you don't want to. You can have different sides. It would make things more fun.

Make sure the bottom can still open up.

Cut the excess tape away on both sides.

Just make sure when you cut the tape away that you do not cut right up against the envelope corner. Leave a little bit of room so the corner still stays intact and the duct tape is sticking to itself just past the outside corner lines. As you can see mine is not a perfect triangle but it doesn't need to be which is perfect because I suck at cutting out perfect triangles.

Slip it on the corner of the page you want to save.

It will hang out of the book a little but that just makes it easier to find.

And there you have it. Cute easy bookmarks that are fun to make.

What designs did you use? Did you tweak the design and use bubble scissors or add embellishments?
Add you pictures in the comments. Hope you enjoyed!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Christmas at the Dog and Duck

Ellie Browne has left behind her high-flying job in London to return to the charming Buckinghamshire village of Little Leyton. Working shifts at The Dog and Duck and running her own doggy-day-care business, Ellie’s looking for a much simpler way of life and a good old fashioned Christmas.
But Little Leyton’s landscape is changing; Johnny Tay, Ellie’s ex, wants to pick up where they left off; sultry property developer Max Golding, has moved into the village and is ruffling feathers; and rumour has it that the pub, which holds a special place in Ellie’s heart, might be sold. Suddenly, life’s looking a whole lot more complicated…
Can Ellie juggle her emotions and commitments in time to celebrate Christmas?

When I first read the summary I thought this was going to be an adorable Christmas story about a woman and animals she worked with in a pet related business called the Dog and Duck. I got part of it right. This is a story about Ellie who returned home to Little Leyton to stay. She is working at the Dog and Duck pub and running her own dog walking business.

I expected there to be more of a Christmas atmosphere in the book since Christmas is in the title. The tale spans over a year and Christmas really comes to play in at the end.

With that being said I very much enjoyed this read. It was an adorable and fun love story. The ending was my favorite part and I can't give anything away but it made me happy.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend Christmas at the Dog and Duck to any readers who enjoy fun romantic stories. Thank you to Netgalley, Aria publishing and the wonderful author, Jill Steeples. I will enjoy reading more of her books.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Ace Collins
Published by Abingdon Press
Release date of October 4th, 2016

From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

This book really makes it the most wonderful time of the year with a full month of scripture and history and gift ideas. This would be a perfect early Christmas gift for your Christian family or friends. I would consider it the adult version of the advent calendar with history, new treats or gift ideas to discover the countdown to Christmas AND a few days more till New Year's. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I have a friend who is a Pastor and I think I found his Christmas gift. I'll have to give it early so he doesn't miss a day. 

Ace Collins did an amazing job and obviously a lot of hard work researching for this book. I loved that there was a little bit of everything in this book and cannot wait to try some recipes. 

Thank you for this experience Netgalley, Abingdon Press and Ace Collins for a wonderful devotional.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Published by Ballentine Books
Release date: October 4th, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. I was a little disappointed because from the title I was expecting more of a Christmas feel to it. There was too much about Christmas besides the children's choir. Other than that it was a very well written love story, as expected, from a wonderful author. 

I enjoyed the conflict at first and then how Julia and Cain grew on each other. I loved the idea of an experiment and showing Julia's blog posts in the book. I wish her blog post would have been a little more descriptive or contained more details. The posts were very broad bit overall I enjoyed the book format. 

I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed the book but wished there could have been a lot more elements of Christmas. I would recommend this book to a reader who wants a page turner during the Christmas season but does not want a slap you in the face with Christmas read.

Maybe if you have an Ebenezer-like person in your life who needs a nice little shot of Christmasy spirit and love then buy this book, march across the hall or drive or whatever and give this book to them. It might just brighten their mood. 

Thank you to Debbie Macomber, Ballentine Publishing and Netgalley for a nice love story

Monday, September 26, 2016

Across The Wide And Lonesome Prairie

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell (Dear America)
By: Kristina Gregory
Published by: Scholastic Inc.

Now that we're in the North Platte River Valley the air feels dry and thin. My lips are so chapped they bleed when I talk. The only thing to do is dip our fingers in to the bucket of axle grease and rub our lips every hour or so. It smells bad, it tastes bad, and the blowing dust sticks.
It feels like we must be halfway to Oregon, but Tall Joe says, no, we've only gone five hundred miles. He also says the worst part of the trail is to come.
Does he mean more rivers to cross...? I'm afraid to ask what he's talking about.

When I was in elementary school we had a club for girls who liked to read. We would meet after school in the library and talk about the book. This was one that was featured. We had 'skeeter cakes' which looked funny (at least ours didn't have real mosquitoes in them). Our tables were decorated with girly antique things like you could find along the Oregon trail. It was very enjoyable as a young lady.

I cannot tell you how many times I have read this book. Even the blue ribbon is frayed to the top so I can no longer use it as a book mark. I have had many books come and go but this one will never leave my shelf and it's been almost 20 years.

This diary of the Oregon trail is full of adventure, love, loss and growing up. I would highly recommend this book to young ladies even grown ladies. It is an adorable read and just talking about it I have a hankering to reread it...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Claude's Christmas Adventure

Will the McCawley's make it home in time for Christmas?
Will Claude ever have a full tummy again (especially of gingerbread)?

This Christmas a little dog is in for a big adventure...and so are you as the reader! I give this book 5 stars.
Even though it's Fall get the hot chocolate and Christmas crafts ready and prepare to have your heart strings pulled.

Poor Claude accidentally gets left behind from the family excursion across the channel just a few days before Christmas with no warm comfy basket or full food bowl. So what is a sensible dog to do? Belly flop through a cat door flap, of course, and into an amazing adventure with new friends and old adversaries.

This is a fun story about community, friendship and love. I was happy with the ending but sad that the story ended. I would recommend it to anyone whether they need to get in the Christmas mood or not. Thank you NetGalley, Avon Books UK and of course Sophie Pembroke for a wonderful Christmas read!

Sophie Pembroke

Sunday, September 18, 2016

So Long Lollipops

Will Peter EVER find his way back to Bits???

I actually found this as a free Novella on Audible. The description said it was an in between in a series but once I started listening I never would have known. It reads so well on it's own and I really didn't feel like I just jumped in the middle of something and just be lost. 
I am really curious about the rest of the series because So Long Lollipops almost feels like a teaser trailer that gets you needing to know more!
I enjoyed Peter's character in this story and want to learn about the other characters mentioned as well. In another review I read that it was nice to hear from Peter's point of view since I guess he's a secondary character in the Until the End of the World book which is kind of disappointing know that I know Peter.
I could feel Peter's frustrations when obstacle after obstacle kept popping up and keeping him from his peoples he's been desperately trying to get back to.
AND I really want to know what happens to Peter's new friends...
All in all great book for a car ride! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

I am so excited for Christmas this year. It'll be our first Christmas in our new home. It's only September and I'm already in a Christmas mood.

I'm even more excited to be reading Claude's Christmas Adventure by Sophie Pembroke (Avon Books UK).

I cannot wait to tell you how the book is...