Book Love: A Hopeful Heart (Audio)

Wow! I don't even know *where* to start with this book. I had originally found an audio CD copy to listen to on my way to work. I ended up listening to it every chance I could. It really kept me on my toes! "A Hopeful Heart" wheels theft, attempted murder, arson, deceit, a web of lies, and tackles issues of tough love.

The main character, Tessa, heads to the west to find a new life for herself. There, she trains to become a ranchers wife by learnings the ropes: cooking, cow herding, assisting the ranch hands, and more. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with the most unlikely candidate. But, it may come at a high price.

I found the characters real, likeable, and eventually wishing they could come to life and move to my neighborhood. I could see myself cooking up old-fashioned biscuits with Aunt Hattie, and getting into mischief with Sally.

Ahhh...I just loved this audio book. I also loved the voice casting. I'm interested in finding out more about what books she has done for audio covers. Five stars!

Evelynn's 4 Month Update!

We have had so much fun with Evelynn this last month! She's been so easy, and has such a sweet spirit. It's fun watching each new milestone as she passes them. :)

  • She started using her Bumbo seat this last month. She loves it! The first time I put her in there, she got super excited. It was pretty cute.
  • We introduced "Sophie" the giraffe, but she wants nothing to do with it.
  • She's holding her head up much better, and doesn't mind tummy time quite so much.
  • Still loves her wubba nub, swing, and listening to music.
Love you baby girl! :)

Book Love: The Story Keeper

What an incredible story...

Jen Gibbs has landed her dream publishing job, and left her painful past behind. But, when a mysterious package that includes forbidden works from the "Slush Pile" arrives, she is forced  to return to the mountain lands that holds dark secrets from her past.

As the story unravels, you will see Jen grapple for peace of mind while reading through the painful past of another woman long ago. An excellently woven tale that touts mystery, love, and taps into the age-old issue of prejudice.

At first, I had a hard time connecting with Jen, but rightfully so. She's harboring bitterness and pain from a childhood fraught with horror. But, as she reconciles with her sisters, she find healing in unexpected places...and the beginnings of love.

My only bone to pick? I just wish the story had lasted longer. I wasn't ready to set the book aside.

I am thankful for my free copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. I give it a hearty 5+ stars! I'm looking forward to reading more books by Wingate.

Dating Josh

Last weekend, my mom watched baby Evie so Josh and I could have some time together. It was much-needed, and so refreshing. One of the things my parents taught me was to always date your spouse. I'm glad that we've made it a priority to set aside a few hours for "just us" time each week. It's also nice that little miss is bonding with her grandparents...she ADORES them.

We ended up heading to one of my favorite little tourist communities nestled in the Ouachita mountains. We took a few scenic routes so that I could take pictures, ate some amazing Italian food, window shopped, and ended the afternoon with a new favorite....Affogato! I chose espresso poured over Mexican Chocolate Gelato. Josh had his poured over Pumpkin Spice Gelato. Both were amazing!!

Here's to many more awesome "dates" with my love! 

Book Love: Love Letters From God

This was such a sweet book. I really loved the concept, and felt it provided an interesting twist to your typical children's books. The book begins and ends with Bible stories that are retold in modern form with a "matching" letter from God. It begins with the creation story, and ends with the resurrection story. At the end of the book there is a blank letter that children can use to write their own letters. I also enjoyed the lovely illustrations!

I would recommend this for older elementary ages since the stories are fairly in depth. It would make a wonderful gift for the little ones in your life!

Many thanks to BookLook Bloggers for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. I would give this one four stars. Check out their blogger program here!