Thursday, June 7, 2012

Book Review: Anniversary Waltz by Darrel Nelson

The Anniversary Waltz: A novelAbout the Book:
It’s the summer of 1946, and Adam has just returned from the war to his home in Reunion, Montana. At a town festival he meets Elizabeth Baxter, a young woman going steady with his former high school rival and now influential banker, Nathan Roberts.

When Adam and Elizabeth share a waltz in a deserted pavilion one evening, their feelings begin to grow and they embark on a journey, and a dance, that will last a lifetime.

My Review:  I feel in love with this book the moment I read the back cover! It's such a delighful story about Adam and Elizabeth and the obsticles they must overcome. I laughed with the characters and cried with them too. I love the nostaliga of the book taking us back to a simpler time. Once I started reading the book I could not put it down. A must read for anyone who wants a heart warming romance!

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Friday Fragments at Little Early 6/7/12

Mommy's Idea
1. I have a book review due in the morning so I decided to post my Friday Fragments early.

2. School is finally out as of Tuesday. It has been a very long year! By God's grace alone have I made it through this year! I have learned so much about God and life by being in the SILC class.

3. Our six students were challanege and completely stole my heart!

4.I have continued to run. I want to run a half marathon in December. Crazy hunh!?

5. I'm start to train now because Texas summer are brutal! I'm not big on running outside to begin with and this running in the heat is for the birds! I'm trying to run either really early or really late at night.

6. Speaking of heath and fitness my hubby just bought me (okay I should say us-becasue he uses it too) a Bowflex! It's so cool and so easy to use. I'm feeling muscles I didn't know I had before! :)

7. Also, I want to thank everyone for their prayers. My husband started his new job today and so far it sounds like a great place to work! :)

8. I still do not have a permanate job yet. I don't like it at all either. Instead of worrying I am trying to trust God but some times it's easier said than done.  I am supposed to have an interview some time the week of June 18 for a permanate positon in the class I worked in this school year. Please pray that God's will be done!

9. Since I've been working out I've really been struggeling with eating sugary stuff. Particulary cottan candy. It's like I cravy the stuff. I'm not sure why? If this is what exercise causes maybe I should stop! LOL :)

10. My baby girl has been on puppy vacation this week with my mother in law. Boy do I miss her! I've gotten a lot of work done but I miss the pitter patter of puppy paws on the floor! I hope she comes home soon!

11. Sunday I'm voluteering at another triathalon. They are so much fun to work and such an inspiration.
What are your plans for the weekend?

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book Review: After All by Deborah Raney (A Hanover Falls Novel)

Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband, David, and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal.
But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave.
A secret that changes everything she thought their marriage had been.
For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?
Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence—because her dearest friend was someone else’s husband. Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls’ fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters
who lost their lives that awful November night.
Can he ever shake the feeling that he should have somehow prevented the tragedy?
As he tries to rebuild the team at Clemens County’s Station 2, it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.

My Comments:
In the first two books, I thought that Susan Marlowe seemed to "perfect" To put together. In the final book in the Hanover Falls series we see that she is imperfect like the rest of us. This book does a wonderful job of reminding us all that our lives are messy.  That one person we can truly count on and put our trust in is God. I also like how the book shows how unforgiveness can affect people. When it's dealt with and when it's not. Of all the books in the Hanover Falls, After All is my favorite. 

ABout the Author:
: Deborah Raney is the award- winning author of numerous novels, including A Nest of Sparrows and the RITA award-winning Beneath a Southern Sky and its sequel, After the Rains. Deborah's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was the inspiration for World Wide Picture's highly acclaimed film of the same title, which in December 2004 aired on prime time network TV for the second time. Deb's novella, Playing by Heart, was a National Readers Choice Award winner and a 2004 Christy Award finalist. Her novel with Howard/Simon & Schuster, Yesterday's Embers, appeared on the ECPA Christian fiction bestseller list. Known for her sensitive portrayal of family struggles and relationships, Deb has also written nonfiction books and articles and often speaks at women's retreats and writers' conferences around the country. She and her husband, illustrator/author Ken Raney, have four children and make their home in Kansas. Learn more at

I received this book from the publisher through Glass Road Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
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Fruit of My Spirit Book Review by Deanna Nowadnick

Fruit of My Spirit-Reframing Life in God's Grace  by Deanna Nowadnick

About the Book: 
In a memoir of missteps and misdeeds, Deanna Nowadnick writes of the hugeness of God's love and faithfulness. Reframing life in God's grace, she discovers an indefinable, inexplicable love that has encircled her without fail through joyous, sad, cringe-worthy, heartwarming, forgettable, memorable moments in life. 

My Review:
Even from the introduction of the book I felt as if Deanna was describing my life. I to have struggled with God's grace in every day life. This world tries to beat and drag us down . We need to be reminded that God continues to work in us and through us. This book is a short but delightful read. Art work along with music at the end of the chapter tie in nicely to the theme of God's unfailing faithlfulness and grace.  I recommend this book for anyone who feels far from God or like He has left them. 

About the Author
Deanna Nowadnick

When not writing, Deanna serves as Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, a financial advisory firm. Deanna is active in her church, playing the violin and editing the monthly newsletter. She loves to knit, adores chocolate, and most importantly, enjoys a blessed marriage to Kurt. They are the proud parents of two adult sons, Kyle and Kevin.
Deanna is currently working on Book 2. Signs in Life: Meeting God at the Corner of Grace and Mercy tells of those times when God has come alongside and guided, directed and turned her. The book is another collection of short stories, this time recounting how God has met her at life’s crossroads, when she’s been “on point” with God, not because of anything she’s done, but because a loving, gracious, merciful
God was there time after time, again and again.
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I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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