Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough


New authors excite as I don't know what to expect.  Will I want to finish the book?  Will I be sad when I turn to the last page?  This book was the first book I ever read by this author.  I saw it was Book 3 and was prepared to be confused and bewildered for awhile.  But I was able to catch on pretty quick and could figure out what Ruby McCoy was all about. 

Ruby felt responsible for her father's actions.  She was trying to pay back to all the people who were harmed by her father.  She travelled from city to city to accomplish this goal.  She was afraid to let anyone know who she was as she knew that she would be shunned and thrown out of town.  She kept her identity a secret. 

She arrived in Fairplay to try to erase her guilt.  She sensed that Fairplay was different.  She felt like she belonged there.  It didn't hurt that she was attracted and interested in the town's sheriff, Rex Truett.

Rex took care of his aunt and two orphan children.  He wanted to protect them from any harm.  He wanted to adopt the children but he had two strikes against him.  He was single and he had a dangerous job.  He was the sheriff.  He became the sheriff of Fairplay after his father was killed by a villain. He felt guilty that his father was at the bank (the scene of the crime) because of him.  It was his fault that his father was there in the first place.

Ruby and Rex made life decisions on their feelings of guilt.  Neither were guilty of anything but took it upon themselves anyway.  This guilt dictated their decisions.

Rex and Ruby fell in love but also learned that no matter what they did the feeling of being responsible of something they had no control over could never go away.  They had to learn to allow themselves to feel God's love and understand what they can and can not control. 

With this new understanding, they were to able to turn to each other and grab on to the happiness they both deserved. 

Great book.  I received this book free to review.  I highly recommend the book as well as the series Secrets on Sterling Street.
 
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection



Story collections are great to read.  They are quick, enjoyable and to the point.  I am always excited when a new collection comes out.  This collection is about young women who aim for the Blue Ribbon prize as a way to fulfil their dreams.

Altered Hearts by Gina Welborn is the story of Reba and her dreams to live in the city and open a millinery shop.  She visited the city when she was a child and she decided that there is where she wanted to go.  Reba loved designing hats.  Winning the Blue Ribbon gave Reba the courage to leave Parker, South Dakota for the big city. 

Levi had a plan but didn't discuss it with Reba and he assumed she was agreeable.  He was going to marry Reba and live with his family at the dairy farm. 

Reba felt she was a failure and that the success of her shop would reveal  God's will for her life.  She opened her shop but realized she didn't have the business sense to keep it going. 

Levi realized that he never properly courted Reba.  Reba looked at him as a friend.  Well, he wasn't going to sit by and lose her.  He was going to Sioux Falls and persuade Reba to marry him.

Levi's dream was to study horticulture but he put his dream aside to assist his family's dairy farm in accounting and paperwork.   Reba's dream was for her shop to be successful as she loved designing hats.  The more successful her shop, the less time she had to design hats.

Both were praying to God asking for guidance.  How can they come together and agree on their future? 

This book is about compromise, prayer and God's will for our future.  

I received this book free to review.  The stories were delightful. 

Five stars




To celebrate their tour, The Blue Ribbon Brides authors are giving away an award winning themed basket that included a quilt and an Amazon Kindle Fire!

Link to giveaway: https://promosimple.com/ps/a7ea
Link to purchase book: http://amzn.to/2f9xBIR