Clean and Simple FTL 1

The Clean and Simple card blog has started to revisit their layouts. I thought this was an ideal time to start stamping again! Really, one card a week shouldn’t be too much. Here is my take on the Fall To Layout 1. I made this one for my nephew.

Supplies:

Card Stock:  Real Red (Base), Only Orange, Gable Green, Ballet Blue, So Saffron

Ink:  Palette Noir Black

Stamps:  Birthday Chalkboard Greetings (My Favorite Things)

Extras:  Balloon dies (MFT), Bakers twine, brad

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Shattered by Dani Pettrey

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Shattered is the second book in the Alaskan Courage series, but can easily be read as a stand alone book.

One night, Piper McKenna is awaken to find her brother, Reef, in their home. He is shaken, upset and covered in blood. Reef is accused of murdering Karli, a fellow downhill ski competitor. There is overwhelming evidence, including eye witnesses, against Reef. Piper is convinced that her brother is innocent and will stop at nothing to prove it.

A long time friend of the McKenna family, Landon, is the detective working the case against Reef. He and Piper have a strong friendship that is moving toward something more. Since they have been friends since childhood, the conflict and conversation between them is humorous and believable.

I truly enjoyed reading this book! The characters are brought to life in a very realistic way. The intriguing storyline made this book very hard to put down.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Song of the Brokenhearted

_140_245_Book.677.cover Song of the Brokenhearted opens with Ava Kent doing what she does best: helping others in their time of greatest need. She is in the perfect position to lead the benevolence ministry in her church. She has a happy marriage, two wonderful children, and financial security. As she looks out her window, she notices that her willow tree is dying.

All at once her picture perfect live falls apart. Finances are not as secure as she thought, both children are having personal problems, and the facade she has built her life on is falling away. Just like her willow tree, radical changes must be made for survival. Ava must go back to her roots and learn to trust God in a new way. Instead of hiding her broken heart behind a safe life and good works, she learns to trust God to heal her.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Abducted by Janice Cantore

Read the prequel, “Accused” first.

This book centers around a cop, Carly Edwards, who is faced with her partner’s baby’s abduction and the multi-faceted crime web that unravels during the investigation. At the same time, she is considering reconciling with her ex-husband. He is also a cop and had been recently shot; he is undergoing frustrating rehab. The divorce was because he had an affair before either of them were saved, but I found myself rooting for them to work it out. In the mean time, she is working to maintain a positive relationship with her wild best friend and roommate who has a deep-seated resistance to religion. Carly is trying to apply her newly found Christian faith to all of these areas.

The book is an easy read, it is fast-paced, and shows how Christian faith can be applied to life’s many situations. Although I’m not a cop, the author is, and uses that experience to build what appear to be authentic police scenarios.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased book review

Touching the Sky by Tracie Peterson

Touching the Sky is the second book in the Land of the Lone Star series. The book is set in Corpus Christi, Texas shortly after the end of the Civil War. Tensions run high since Texas was quite evenly split between families that supported the Union and those that supported the Confederacy. The main character, Laura, is in a precarious situation. Her younger sister has recently become engaged to an angry ex-Confederate soldier. After a very short engagement, they are married. Laura doesn’t trust her new brother-in-law. She overhears him talking about a plot to kill colored Union soldiers. She must find a way to help both her sister and the troops.

Personally, I have never considered how people responded to one another in the post Civil War era, especially those that supported different sides of the war. Laura is a very independent thinker who would like to see all the former slaves educated. The commander of the unit of colored soldiers shares her views that the former slaves need to be educated and accepted in order to be able to better themselves in this new world.

Inescapable by Nancy Mehl.

Inescapable opens with Lizzie and her young daughter, Charity, getting ready to flee Kansas City. She has been wrongly accused of embezzlement, she is being stalked by a strange man, and she has receiving threatening letters. As she arrives in Kingdom, a small Mennonite town that is hidden and isolated from the outside world, she rekindles many of her childhood friends. As she sees her old community through more mature eyes, she realizes that she has much more moral support than she had originally thought.

The is an excellent book to read! Page turning suspense and intrigue keep you thinking and guessing throughout the book.

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble

Libby, a restorer of historic properties, is working on acquiring an old Inn on Hope Island when her business partner, Nicole, is kidnapped. Libby watching the kidnapping via web cam. She rushes to Hope Island hoping to find her friend.

When Libby arrives on Hope Island, she finds that she has inherited the Tidewater Inn from her recently deceased father. She has no memory of her father and is shocked to find that she is the owner of the Inn, plus has a sister and brother to contend with.

This story is full of suspense, drama, romance, faith, and intrigue. Most of these elements work well together. The story does have a few quirks that don’t make sense in context. Libby has no knowledge of her siblings, but it is unclear if they knew about her. At one point they seem surprised to know she exists, at another point, the author says that their father talked about Libby often. Libby also seems unwilling to share details of the kidnapping with the people of Hope Island. This distrust doesn’t make sense and leads to Libby being a person of interest in the kidnapping.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I would have liked to see some of the characters developed more, maybe their actions would fit better with the story.

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