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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Trouble with Patience Review!!!!

The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

Book Description:
Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience's desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this "hanging lawman," Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye--and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

My Opinion:
So different from the book description.  The Trouble with Patience is really not much like the back cover described!  Or at least nothing that I was expecting after reading the book description.  I was immediately entertained when these characters began to interact!  And I really grew to love them!  Great surprises included a murder mystery, cattle rustling, and more!  I really loved the pace in the beginning, and the middle flowed beautifully, but the last few chapters drug a little for me.  But I absolutely LOVED the Epilogue!  Full of historical detail in places and people, Maggie weaves in facts with her fiction nicely!  The story kept me interested and the twists kept me on my toes, figuring them out only a little before the characters did!  Overall this book turned out to be SO much more than I thought it was and I am really happy it did!  I expected a sweet love story, with some humorous moments.  What I got was more than one whole love story, lessons on forgiveness, complete mysteries, great character relationships and growth, and so much more!  The Trouble with Patience is an entertaining read and I'm happy I got the opportunity to read it!

Songs that I think fit the story: "
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" by Alan Jackson, "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin, and "Forgiveness" by Matthew West
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Proverbs 15:1, Psalm 23


*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Trouble with Patience. ~ASC

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mittens For Sale!

It is COLD!
So I crocheted up a pair of mittens in flashy colors!  
They are up for sale over on 
ASC Book Reviews/ASC Photos & Designs facebook page 
if any one needs mitts to warm their hands head on over and check them out!
They are made from 100% Peruvian Highland Wool in my hand dyed Cherry/Limeade Twist color scheme!  
Because I hand dye my yarn they are 
100% unique!

I've also been crocheting away this winter and I hope to post pics and share with you once my projects are complete! :)

God Bless and keep warm ~ASC

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Betting on Hope book discussion?

Good evening all! :)  I hope everyone is staying warm!  I wanted to know if anyone is interested in having a book discussion about Debra Clopton's Betting on Hope?  If so I'll post the discussion questions and we can all share our answers in the comments! :)  If you are interested please leave a comment on this post saying "I'm in!"

Thanks and Happy Reading! :)


Betting on Hope Review!!!!!

Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton 

Book Description:
Betting on Hope (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)

A bet gone wrong. A small town's meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it's beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie's bosses know this is the opportunity she's been looking for to launch her career---and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he'd like, but he knows it's the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru's fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do-for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart's desires.

Purchase a copy:

About the author:

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

Find Debra online: website, Facebook, Twitter

My Opinion:
I LOVE THIS BOOK! :D  And I LOVE Debra as an author!  Everything I've read from her, so far, I've loved, and I can't wait for more!  Especially the next Four of Hearts Ranch Romance!  I was intrigued from the start with the book description.  Interested in cutting because of my family and country roots, I was drawn to that aspect of the story.  And I also wondered how a bet was going to come about!  It turns out to be highly entertaining and funny how these two get themselves into this situation!  But Betting on Hope is SO much more than the book description lets on!  There's twists and secrets that weave into the plot and make everything even more interesting!  There's choices, and bravery, sadness, a joy, fear, and faith, and of course HOPE! :)  Debra's writing about riding, horses, and ranching is one of the best that I have read.  The only things that confused and bothered (for lack of a better word) me was that Maggie's horse started out as a boy then changed to a girl mid stream, but that was about it!  This book has everything for me really: humor, Faith, secrets, love, cowboys, horses, and so much more! ;)  I also LOVE the message of making the choice to rise above your past to a better life instead of choosing to wallow in it and go down the wrong path!  The characters are fantastic and highly entertaining.  Just the addition of Tru's brothers make me want more and to see what's going to happen to these confirmed bachelors! LOL!  Overall this is a fabulous read that makes me want more! :)  I highly recommend it!!!

Songs for the book and from the book: "Something Beautiful" by Steven Curtis Chapman, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" from Instrumental Music Songs,"I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton, "The Fireman (Album Version)" by George Strait, and "Happy Trails" from The Countdown Kids
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11


*I requested and received this book as a member of Litfuse for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Betting on Hope. ~ASC

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Spring Blossoms Review!

Spring Blossoms by Beverly Nault

Book Description:
It's springtime in Cherryvale, and when Cupid says, "make it a double," town organizer Grace Harkins is busier than ever planning not one but two weddings. Threatening her joy though, a newcomer stirs up long-buried fears, and when a very public meltdown exposes her emotions, everyone in town wonders if Grace has finally taken on too much. Welcome to Cherryvale, where neighbors share, gardeners care, and God allows do-overs. The trees along the CherryPath are blooming, the weather's glorious, and life is about to become exciting for folks in the town everyone wants to come home to.

My Opinion:
I don't want it to end! :)  I have really enjoyed and loved going to Cherryvale and reading along with Grace and her friends; I am SO happy God led me to this great author and her fabulous stories!  This one, the last in the series, is a wonderful wrap up with new beginnings!  I love the way Beverly brings her characters to new ventures as a way to end the series, because it feels like they still go on even if the books don't!  The messages are as deep and heart felt as ever!  In the beginning we are grabbed with great romance, and of course a little humor!  I really felt along with Grace as she struggles through the stress and issues she's facing.  Overcoming fears and working past bad feelings she comes to a whole new chapter in her life.  Maggie of course is right in the middle of things and many other well loved characters come back in to send everything off on a high note!  In Spring Blossoms Grace must push herself to move past hurt and angry feelings she holds towards a strange new comer, and Beverly captures the "who's that girl, where did she come from, and why is she everywhere" feelings! LOL!  I think maybe I've felt for Grace through this book the most because I've been there!  From happiness, to sorrow, from new life, to leaving this world behind, from plannings to parties, Spring Blossoms brings you through many emotions and lessons along the way!  I highly recommend you looking into the series and being introduced to the wonderful characters in the lovely town of Cherryvale! :)

Songs: "It Is Well With My Soul (Album Version)" performed by Chris Rice, "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, "When They Ring Those Golden Bells" by The Cluster Pluckers, and "Morning Has Broken" by Third Day

 Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

John 14:27, Psalm 91:4-8


*I received a review copy of this book from Beverly for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true feelings about Spring Blossoms. ~ASC

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