No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert – book review

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of the book; opinions shared are mine.

Perspective is a powerful yet vicious thing.  Sometimes perspective can provide insight; other times, it can be blinding.  When I read No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, I felt like perspective was slamming against my brain and heart from all sides. [Read more…]

Visit the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Disclosure: I received passes for the museum; opinions shared are mine.

Now that we’ve crossed off the Christmas box on the calendar, let’s start planning adventures for 2018!  During fall break, we had the chance to go to the Creative Discovery Museum located in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  My last Chattanooga trip was 20 years ago, but I remembered taking my students to this children’s museum. It was wonderful to take my own children there!  If you’re starting to think about a spring break trip with the kids, here’s why your family will LOVE the Creative Discovery Museum. [Read more…]

Reviews Finally – PART 1

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Today I had the chance to catch up on blog browsing, finding many posts on 2018 Reading Challenges.  Though I am not participating in a reading challenge, it was fun to see what other people added to their lists.  My Goodreads TBR has fattened up quite a bit, and I realized that there were MANY books I hadn’t reviewed — either here or on Goodreads.  Though this isn’t a comprehensive list, I wanted to share some of those reviews.   [Read more…]

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – book review

It was a productive day. I folded a load of laundry, made breakfast, and read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.  No better way to spend vacation, right?  [Read more…]

A Name Unknown by Roseanna White – book review

Disclosure: I received this book to review; opinions shared are mine.

Imagine a group of Dickens-like characters in a Downton Abbey setting.  Though that scenario doesn’t seem like it would work, A Name Unknown combines the two themes in a surprising blend of romantic intrigue.

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The Child by Fiona Barton – book review

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Fiona Barton taught me a lesson with The Child.  Last summer I read The Widow and didn’t really like it, despite all the hype surrounding the book.  I almost didn’t read The Child because I thought it would be a repeat performance of a let-down story.  Wow, was I wrong!

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Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas, dear readers!  [Read more…]

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond – book review

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When my daughter noticed my ravenous addiction to The Marriage Pact, she asked if she could read it, too.  I hesitated.  Normally, I don’t mind sharing my books with her.  This one doesn’t have explicit content or anything; the bedroom scenes are mentioned in passing with little description.  Though there is profanity, it’s not excessive and certainly not any different than she’d hear in the 8th grade hallway at school.  So why the reluctance? [Read more…]

Do your traditions include matching Family Christmas PJs ?

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It’s fun to hear about my friends’ family traditions when it comes to Christmas. Many of them have a specific dish or dessert they look forward to. Some, like our family, enjoy opening gifts at the same time every year. Others plan outings and events, such as cookie baking or caroling, to welcome Christmas. One friend told me that she always buys her kids a special set of pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve, so that their Santa-present pictures look good in the morning. Pretty smart! While I’m not usually organized enough to keep track of things like that in advance, I have to admit that having matching family Christmas pjs sounds super cute.

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The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas – Bethany House review

Disclosure:  Bethany House sent me this book to review. Opinions shared are mine.

As you can likely tell from the cover, The Sound of Rain is a 1950s era novel.  Alternating locations between the eastern region of the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky and the southern paradise of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this story plays on the cultural norms of the 1950s.  Lowcountry elite meets mountain man, if you will!  [Read more…]