Heart of Gold {Book Review}

Looking for your next historical fiction novel?  I highly recommend this newest release by Robin Lee Hatcher.


A Heart of Gold, by Robin Lee Hatcher, was a fantastic historical romance set in a little gold town in Idaho during the Civil War.  Ms. Hatcher is a favorite of mine, and I think this book is going to be one of my favs from this favorite.


Her characters are very well developed in a quirky setting of the small gold town of Grand Coeur, Idaho. The town is full of details that show you what living in one of these developing towns may have been like at the turn of the Civil War.  Ms. Hatcher explores how even though the War was far removed geographically from small western towns that it still had an impact on the residents and had far reaching fingers.


While Shannon Adair was definitely the lead female character, I found that my favorite character was Alice Dubois {the dying sister of Matthew Dubois the leading man of this story}.  Her strenght of faith was amazing.  Here she is dying of a tumor and she has the presence of mind to know that she will not pass one moment sooner than is in God’ plan.  That was something I definitely have needed a reminder of lately.  Just from the sense of being a worrywart that thinks about oddball things {not that you could tell by this blog, LOL}.  With my two young girls I have wondered how life would go on for them should something tragic happen.  The way Alice handles the certainty that he will be leaving her young son behind was a great reminder that God always has the final say and that He already knows what your future holds.


The relationship that develops between Shannon and Matthew is so sweet.  One of those unexpected friendships that turns into so much more.  They both have much to overcome in order to develop into the people they are at the end of the book.


I adore books that make me think about my own life, beliefs, and actions.  This book definitely challenged me personally which puts it at the top of my favorites list.


Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!


From Publisher – Book Description


Against Shannon’s wishes, love stakes its claim in her heart. Will she discover treasure or treachery?


When Shannon Adair accompanies her minister father to the western gold rush town of Grand Coeur, she’s certain she’ll never be happy away from her beloved Virginia, even though the South is still gripped in civil war.


Wells Fargo driver Matthew Dubois isn’t sure the lovely Shannon belongs in Idaho Territory either, but he is a desperate man. His widowed sister is dying and leaving her young son, Todd, in his care. Matthew wants to return to driving coach for the express company soon—so he’ll have to find a wife to look after the boy when he’s away.


Shannon is determined not to lose her heart to a man who is neither a Southerner nor a gentleman. But love stakes its claim. Now, will her heart survive learning the truth behind the courtship?
DISCLOSURE: I recived a copy of this book from BookSneeze to review. However, the opinions contained in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.


Lonestar Angel {Book Review}

This is a must read in my book!


I am soooooooooooo in love with Colleen Coble. She is probably my current favorite. And I have already found LoneStar Homecoming and LoneStar Secrets to read next. It seems that these ‘Lonestar’ books are all set in West Texas, but are not a series. I will report back on that in the next review.


Lonestar Angel was set in a small town, BlueBird, near the Mexico/Texas border in the Big Bend area {a place I definitely want visit}. In this story, Colleen Coble, shows how hard it can be to deal with the loss of a child. That losing the child is just the beginning of the damage it can cause. Another ‘issue’ addressed is how knowing Christ can change people and relationships. The central figures of the story, Clay and Eden, have a long journey to take to reconnect with each other, and that journey just wraps around you and tugs at your heart strings.


Add to the love story the intrigue and suspense incorporated and you have an amazing page turner in LoneStar Angel. Colleen Coble thought up some amazing twists and turns when weaving her plot for this story.


This was probably the quickest I have read a book since Ms. V was born, LOL. Hopefully I get to read the next two as quickly… child cooperation will need to continue though.


Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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

From the Publisher ~ Book Description
Eden’s hope is rekindled when Clay delivers astounding news: their baby girl has been found.


Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson’s baby was stolen. When they went to pay the ransom, what happened changed their lives forever—the kidnapper’s car with Baby Brianna inside sunk deep into the river. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.


Now Eden’s moved to a new town. She’s found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She’s even dating again—a sweet guy named Kent who plans to marry her. But then Clay arrives out of the blue and delivers shocking news: he never signed their divorce papers, so they’re still married. What’s more, Clay has been searching for Brianna all this time. And he believes he’s found her: their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch. All five little girls there are the right age—he’s just not sure which one is Brianna. Or how she survived.


To uncover the truth, Eden and Clay sign on as counselors at Bluebird Ranch. They move into small quarters in the bunkhouse and oversee the kids as they try to find out more. Working ogether, they rediscover their love for each other. But danger is closing in—Eden, Clay, and all their young charges are in jeopardy. As they fight to save their family, Eden realizes that God has been
fighting for them all along. And His plans are for a more abundant life than they’d ever hoped.

Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson{Book Review}

Where were you 9/11/2011?

I was outside feeding the horses when the first plane hit the Towers. I was watching the television when the second jet struck. The rest of the day was a blur of watching the news, praying for the rescue of the survivors, prayers for the families that lost loved ones, and wondering how this could happen in America.

I remember being thankful that as a family we didn’t have any one in New York or the Pentagon. No one at church had anyone missing either. That didn’t stop us from having a nightly prayer meeting the week following the attacks.




Being a little bit of a documentary junkie I have watched several shows on 9/11. This was the first book about that day I have read. It is a simple telling of a complicated day. Michael and Susy weave the happenings of that day (9/11) with times from Michael’s past that show you what it means to Michael to be blind. Relaying antics of his youth, learning to use the white cane, driving a car, and getting his first guide dog, you get an inside look into his inspiring life.

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be well written and full of details. The stories were about so much more than Sept 11th. I highly recommend this book to you.  It would also make a fantastic gift this coming Holiday Season.

What book have you been reading lately?

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

DISCLOSURE NOTICE:  I received a copy of this book to read from Mr. SD’s mom.  Though I do reviews for Thomas Nelson Publishers, this was not a book I received from them to review.  As always, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

From the Publisher:

In Thunder Dog, follow Michael and his guide dog, Roselle, as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs. When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom, frightening sounds, and muffled voices swept through Michael’s office while shards of glass and burning scraps of paper fell outside the windows.

But in this harrowing story of trust and courage, discover how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America’s darkest days.

Max on Life, by Max Lucado {Book Review}

In Max On Life, one of the most trusted pastors and authors of our time takes on life’s most important questions. {from the book cover}

Here is another book by Max Lucado that is a must have for your library. With his customary frankness, Max gives bible based answers to some of those pesky questions people have asked you, or you have asked yourself.

Do angels really walk among us?

How should I discipline my kids?

Why do I worry so much?

How do I know what God’s will for me really is?

While reading this book, I added several sticky notes on questions/answers I want to look at again and reference in the future.  An answer that I found really helpful was to the ‘question’: I don’t like the narrow-mindedness of Christians. It is absurd to say that Jesus is the only way to Heaven.

I have never really known how to answer that question. I know that God created one way. The bible says Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. But how to say that to someone without sounding the a judgmental prick has always been a struggle for me. After reading Max’s opinion I am now prepared for the next time I need to speak intelligently on this topic.

 Since he does answer so many questions {171} in only 230 pages, some of the answers barely scratch the surface of what could be a topic for an entire book. But they do definitelygive you a direction to go if you are looking for more meat on a particular issue/question.   In the book there is a topical index and a list of scriptures referenced in the book with the page they of the book they are referenced on.  I found this to be very interesting to flip through while checking this book out.

We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?

A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.

Including topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight, Max on Life will quickly become a favorite resource for pastors and ministry leaders as well as new and mature believers.  ~ From the Publisher ~

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

DISCLOSURE:  I received a copy of this book from Book Sneeze to review. The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

B.R. ~ The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Colleen Coble

The Lightkeeper’s Ball (A Mercy Falls Novel), by Colleen Coble, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
This Story was fantastic! Colleen Coble is definitely being added to my favorites list. In fact I have ordered book 1 and 2 of this series from amazon, LOL! Yes… This is the third book of the Mercy Falls series, and her eighteenth book to write. In general, I truly dislike reading novel series. I prefer standalone storylines now that my attention span has been dramatically shortened by motherhood. But this novel does standalone from the others in the series, which made starting the series with book 3 okay.
I could really relate with the main character in her strong loyalty to her family. The plot development was unique with several unexpected twists and turns {no spoilers here} that kept me very intrigued. The hero was droll worthy of course.
One of the main themes she illustrated throughout the story was how a little white lie of omission can affect those around you and yourself. It can eat away at your peace of mind, and those that are ‘helping’ keep your secret. Even when your reason to not tell the truth seems legitimate.
On a side note I read the digital copy I received of this book on my iPhone, and it was nice to have it with me to read wherever I was. Not that it took me long to read (even with my two distractions at home), LOL. I downloaded the file onto a flash drive then opened the file through iTunes to sink up with my iPhone, and it worked like a charm. I love it when technology works like it should.
I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze to review.  The opinions stated in this review are 100% my own opinionated opinions.

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