Book Review: Be You. Do Good


I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. It looked okay, but as I got into it, I found more and more excellent food for thought. It’s a lot about calling, endeavors, discernment, etc.

But, one of the things I liked the best about the book were the author’s life anecdotes. Whether he was writing of his past, present, or simply about the coffee business, he kept it very interesting, yet low key.

I wouldn’t heitate to recommend this book and will be putting it in my church library as a resource.


Book Review: “On Lone Star Trail” by Amanda Cabot

Set at a resort in Texas hill country (gotta go there someday – the author makes it sound so special), this is the final book in the Texas Crossroads series. Author Cabot gives you much to enjoy in this deeply layered, nuanced romance.


If you enjoy handsome love-interests in your fiction, this book gives you two. Heroine Gillian (soft or hard G, I don’t know) gets her choice of two credible men. One is a politician named Mike, who is wealthy and a pretty good catch, not just because he’s well off — he’s actually nice. The other man is TJ, a widower and un-ordained former preacher, who is on a trip to check off items on his dead wife’s bucket list. Another “nicey”. Which will be her soul-mate? You can guess, but the author plays it close to the vest, making you all the more willing to keep turning the pages of this well-crafted novel.

The story opens with former concert pianist (accent on the second syllable :) on the road to see her friends at their resort, Rainbow’s End. A motorcycle, driven by TJ, crashes into her car and he goes flying over the guardrail. He emerges from the desert ditch relatively unscathed, but his smashed up motorcycle isn’t so blessed. So, instead of going on to the last bucket list item, he is held up in Dupree for several long weeks while the bike is repaired.

Without giving away any more of the fascinating details, you will “ride” along on the story, while gifted author Cabot skillfully blends several redemptive story lines, all of which are interesting enough to keep me turning pages. Another nice thing about this book, is that it took me longer than usual to read — telling me I hadn’t wanted to miss one detail.



Book Review: “Thin Ice” by Irene Hannon

Hannon, one of the best writers currently being published in the Christian fiction market, has done it again. An engaging set of characters, combined with just the right amounts of tension, conflict and mystery, provide a satisfying read.

100_9887Part of the “Private Justice” series, the story brings a grieving young woman (Christy) together with a valiant FBI agent (Lance). As they work through the series of unsettling threats and arrive at a gripping solve, they begin to care for each other.

The fact that Lance is working on her case forces him to leash his intentions — love those leashed desires! And former Olympic hopeful ice-skater Christy fights off horrid feelings of victimhood, while her heart is yearning toward Lance — love those yearning hearts!

The St. Louis setting is interesting, the plot moves along at a good pace. I recommend this to any reader who enjoys inspirational romance, well-written, and with a healthy dollop of suspense.

Book Review: Hannah’s Choice

Hannah’s Choice, by Jan Drexler features a cover depicting an Amish woman, from the back. She’s got on a bonnet, but I believe this book is a departure from the norm in Amish/bonnet fiction. This true historical fiction book, set in 1842, offers much much more than the average book of this genre.

This is true historical fiction, laden with fascinating bits of the lore of yesteryear. On top of that, the author has built a story with much conflict, tension, and highly interesting characters. The plot thickens nicely due to the characters’ competing goals.

The title character, Hannah must choose essentially between love and family of origin. Morality, mixed marriage, mental illness, and differing levels of spirituality, are just a few of the interesting elements to this story.


Book Review: Merchant of Alyss

Merchant of Alyss, by Thomas Locke is 354 pages of fantasy — an epic battle between good and evil, light and darkness. Lovely heroines, romance, gallant heroes, otherworldly threats — if this is the sort of novel you enjoy, there’s much here for you.

The author has both deftly created an enticing story world. He also draws the reader in within a short few pages. You’ll be wanting to read on once you sample his gripping descriptions, get an idea of the stirring of the plot, and begin to cheer on the hero.

If you’ve read Emissary, the first book in the Legends of the Realm series, you won’t want to miss this exciting offering.





My Latest Baby Quilt & the Story Behind It

100_8707I love to quilt, and have made and given away dozens of quilts over the years since I started about 25-30 years ago. Most of the quilts I have made are baby quilts. I have also made quite a few bed quilts (which I have kept for my family), and some lap quilts for the elderly.

The baby quilts have mostly gone as gifts, except for the ones I made for my own babies and a few in my girls’ hope chests. One of my favorite friends, Debbie, gave me a gift a few years ago of a fabulous fabric collection from Keepsake Quilting Co. A rich selection of 1930s reproduction fabrics — they were bright, and included many juvenile prints (little animals doing quaint things). The quilt you see pictured is the first one I have made using the full array of the fabrics from this gift.

Now, even though I have quilted all those years, until this year I never got the courage to try free-motion quilting. The quilt pictured above is the first one I created using that technique – and I loved the technique. I will never hesitate to use it again.

This quilt will be going to a special little girl who will enter this world in about two weeks, Lord willing. I hope she and her family enjoy the bright colors, whimsical fabrics, and soft flannel backing.


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