To Honor and Trust; by Judith Miller and Tracie Peterson

To Honor and Trust is set on Bridal Veil Island resort during 1913, this novel shows the blurring of social class lines and how those that were not happy living as ‘society’ expected fared. Whether it was following in your father’s footsteps… or living your live of nothing after having plenty… there is a character in this book that will tug at your dreams and remembrances.

For Callie, her place in the world is as a family tutor for a wealthy family that knew her when she had plenty and traveled in their circle.

For Wes, he is trying to avoid committing to join his families company and being stuck in a factory for the rest of his days.

How will God bring these two together, and what is His purpose for their lives? That is the question that makes this novel a great read! I love you Judy and Tracie bring out the faith aspect of their characters’ lives. Showing how God does apply to everyday life and works towards His ends. This book came across like it was someones personal testimony… with a little intrigue with the thefts thrown in for good measure. I will certainly be rereading this one, and adding to my gift list when picking books for presents {yup, it was that good!}.

From the Publisher:

Come home to magnificent Bridal Veil Island resort!

Bridal Veil Island, Georgia
1913

Callie Deboyer arrives at Bridal Veil Island to spend the winter working as a governess for the Bridgeport family. However, she finds she can’t fully enjoy the beautiful resort because questions about her future weigh heavily on her mind: Should she continue in this job she enjoys, or is God calling her to join her parents in their missionary work?

When she enrolls young Thomas Bridgeport in golf lessons, Callie meets instructor Wesley Townsend, who urges Callie to take lessons, as well. During their time together, Callie comes to care for Wes–until she discovers that he’s been hiding something very important from her.

Then expensive pieces go missing from various homes around the island, and suspicion is aimed in Callie’s direction. Callie wonders if this is a sign she should leave it all behind and join her parents in Africa. Considering Wesley’s deceit, will he ever be a man Callie can honor and trust for the rest of her life?

DISCLOSURE: I received an eCopy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the publisher to review. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

The Icecutter’s Daughter, by Tracie Peterson {Book Review}

I am very excited to present this new book by Tracie Peterson to you… almost as excited as I was to have the chance to read it! And as with her other books, this one lived up to my anticipation and I couldn’t but it down.  To be released on March 1st, 2013 by Bethany House Publishers add a note to your calender.

The Icecutter’s Daughter, is set during winter in Minnesota {a place you will never find me in the middle of winter, brrrrr} at the end of the 1890s. Merrill Krause is part of a large Swedish family of Icecutters that make their living from the ice. Hence the job title… Icecutter. That just gives me the shivers, LOL! It was fun reading about her brothers, and how the horses were such a big part of their lives. It was also interesting the differences in Merrill’s life out of town and her cousin(?) Corabeth who lives in ‘town’ with their Granny. The difference between the hard work of carving a living out of the wilderness, and having time to care about your looks and socialize {as much as you could in a tiny town}.

Rurik Jorgenson arrives, from Lindsborg Kansas, to help his Uncle Carl with his furniture business. While being betrothed by his father, Rurik struggles with figuring out what God wants him to do in life. Definitely something I can relate to, and I am sure you can to. With both Merrill and Rurik trying to figure out the next steps in their own lives… Rurik’s Kansas life follows him to Minnesota leading several twists and turns to this story.

A real page turner, with a strong ending, I highly recommend you add this to your bookshelf!  As soon as it is released.  Again… mark your calender for March 1st!

From the Publisher:

Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she’s bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses–despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior.

About the Author:

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than eighty-five novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Visit Tracie’s web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com

DISCLOSURE: I recived a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers {via www.NetGalley.com} to review. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

 

Taming the Wind, by Tracie Peterson {Book Review}

Taming the Wind, by Tracie Peterson; Book 3 of Land of the Lone Star series.

I think know this was my favorite of the three books in this series. I do feel that you need to have read the 2nd book, Touching the Sky, to be really familiar with the lead characters in this book. Since it was more of a continuation of Touching the Sky, I love getting to see what happened to Brandon and Laura after their ‘story’ ended. Seeing Carissa’s personnel growth and seeing Hannah and William {Chasing the Sun} again was also a bonus.

I sometimes have a hard time getting into series since I have a tendency to forget the relationships between the characters from the previous installment. Not an issue with Tracie’s books! Everything seemed like a natural progression with real life thrown in there as well. Seeing another aspect of life after the conclusion of the Civil War, life out in the middle of nowhere, was eye opening.

My favorite character was little Gloria. Out of the mouth of babes, was a common phrase that ran through my head while reading about her. Having two little girls with more energy than I can ever keep up with… I can totally relate to Carissa about Gloria.

If you like Historical Western Romances you should definitely add all three books from this series to your collection!

From the Publisher –

Peterson Continues a Bestselling Tradition!

When Cassie Lowe goes to live with her sister in the years following the Civil War, she is reacquainted with a man who once saved her life, Tyler Atherton. But Cassie is no longer the lighthearted young woman he once knew. She is now a widow with a young daughter, and she is nursing the disappointments and hurts from a difficult marriage. Though she longs to open her heart again, she is bound by fear and mistrust.

Tyler has demons of his own. Still haunted by the knowledge that his father was murdered by Comanches, he puts all his focus on reclaiming his inheritance: the ranch stolen from his family as punishment for his fighting for the Confederacy. With his affection for Cassie growing, he longs to provide a home and future for her and her daughter.

Though yearning to pledge their love, both Cassie and Tyler struggle to conquer their fears. Will Indian attacks, post-war renegades, and the hardship of life on the Texas plains destroy their future? Or will they find the strength to surrender their wills to God…and embrace his perfect plan?

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

 

Week 24 ~ Project 2012

Kit {elements and papers} Garden Party Kit, Wishing Well Creations and Just Jaimee

Layout: Shabby Shoppe’s Project Scrap 2011 or Bundle One

Week Sticker: Date Bits Templates 1 by Misti Cato {freebie}

Fonts: Bimini, journaling and quips; Christie for the date sticker

Shadows: Rock The Shadows Layer Styles 120 group, by Tracie Stroud {worth every penny!}

I feel like I am finally making a dent… small though it may be… in getting 2012 scrapped.  {been spending to much time up listening and cuddling my sick babies, sigh}  The spring colors in Garden party are great for my pages, since the girls spend so much time outdoors.

On the first page… the light blue box ‘under’ the circle and frame is where I put my journaling.  Quick Fix~ if you want to keep stuff private and are using PSE, just make your journaling text layer invisible.

I used a mostly transparent box as a backdrop for text in places and behind photos on these pages.  To play with the transparency of elements/layers/photos simply click on the layer you want to play with.  At the top of your layers palette, you will see ‘Opacity’ with a percentage {most likely 100%}.  Click and either type the percentage you want or move the slider.  You can edit this multiple times.  Don’t like the look?  Just use ‘Ctrl’ + ‘z’ together {your shortcut to undo steps} until you are happy again.

Garden Party does not come with the blue ‘plaid’ paper I used for the right portion of Page Two {under the parenthesis}.  I took the blue pinstripe paper from the kit, and created my own paper using The Shabby Shoppe’s Stripes to Plaid tutorial.  Another way you can play with opacity levels to create you own look.

Let me know if there is anything here that you want help recreating, and I will do my best to help!

 

 

Chasing the Sun, by Tracie Peterson {Book Review}

Chasing the Sun, by Tracie Peterson; Book 1 of Land of the Lone Star Series

Put two of my favorite things together, Tracie Peterson and Texas, and you have my new favorite series!

After just the first few chapters, I could see this book running through my head like a John Wayne western…. just I am not sure which character John Wayne would be! It was fabulous!

I always find reading about the old west interesting. Especially in how women were treated. To think that men really did think that we are weak and feeble minded because of our gender is just so appalling that it is hard to believe it was ever true.

Seeing what Hannah and William overcame to figure out or grow… whichever you prefer… their feelings for each other was great. I felt like they were banging their heads against invisible brick walls at times. Just like in real life and relationships. I love how even in a setting so different than what we experience everyday, Tracie Peterson’s characters always grow on me. I find myself rooting for them, but love the twists that sometimes happen.

Want to know what happened after the last page in Chasing the Sun? Find the answer in Taming the Wind!

From the Publisher:

Tracie Peterson Embarks on a New Texas Series

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction.

Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family’s ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of events, he’s surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.

Hannah, desperate for help, and William, desperate to regain his family’s land, form an uneasy truce. But nearby Comanche tribes, the arrival of Confederate soldiers, and a persistent suitor all threaten the growing attraction that builds between them. Will they be able to set aside their own dreams and embrace the promise of a future together?

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

Scrappy Moment ~ Snapshots

Kit/Papers: Just Jaimee’s November Storyteller Collection

Layout: The Shabby Shoppe :: Easy As Pie Challenge Eight

I was trying to get a good photo of the three of us… what I got was… a series of unfocused photos showing how maneuvering for maximum photo presence can lead to lots of giggles and some fun memories.  You don’t have to choose just one.  Have fun with these and create a photo cluster page!

Scrappy Moment ~ V-Day at Camp Mabry

 

Papers/Elements: November Storyteller Collection by Just Jaimee

Layout: The Shabby Shoppe :: Project Scrap 2011, December

Fonts: Title, Kiev; Journaling, Pegasus

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