Saturday, June 24, 2017


Welcome to my stop on this fun tour for:


Jenna Clark always tried to bury her bleak beginnings in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, but a new found secret about her father's identity forces Jenna to dig up her past. While there, mysterious threats and dangers suddenly enter her life that bring about an unexpected man of her dreams--Michael Callahan. After a lifetime of running away from family and love will Jenna find the courage to confront her past and step forward into the future?


I have been in a reading slump lately, but was so excited when I was contacted by the author and asked to review this book!  I got me out of my funk.  It was so good.  I love love stories, with mystery involved.

Jenna has been avoiding her hometown for quite a long time.  When the airline she is working for sends her back to Montana and her hometown she starts to realize that family is more important.

Jenna was in a bad relationship and was on the verge of deciding to keep it going because it was comfortable or moving on.  When she meets a handsome man named Michael.  Micheal is yummy.  He comes with baggage, but boy is he yummy.

While at a wedding, Jenna was talking to an Aunt and she told her that someday her "real" father could maybe walk her down the isle.  Jenna had very few memories of her father, and thought her Aunt had misspoke.  Then she proceeds to tell her that her mom was pregnant before she married her dad with someone else's child.  

This opens up a who new book for Jenna.  She is determined to find out who her birth father is.  Once she starts looking strange things start happening to her.  She is getting followed, people are running her off the road, and getting strange messages.  Jenna has no idea what she has done to attract such attention.

The story just gets better and better the further you read.  I love mystery, and when love is involved it makes it an even better book.  This has such a great ending!  I loved this book from the very beginning to the very end.  

If you are in the market for a romantic mystery, you should pick this one up.  The writing is beautiful, and the setting is so lovely.  Just an all in all good book.





Janice Mineer
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A hopeless romantic, Janice Mineer has played harp for weddings, even for one that took place on the edge of a cliff over a river. Because of her first husband's long illness, Janice and her family spent extended time away from home to be near the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. When her husband passed away, Janice dedicated herself to work with the Ronald McDonald House to provide a home away from home for families who need medical care for their children. Janice graduated from Brigham Young University and later taught English, allowing her to spend quality time with something she loves-the written word. Janice is the author of a children's book, Gingerbread from the Heart. Heartbeat of the Bitterroot is her first novel. Janice lives in the Bitterroot valley of Montana with her husband, Randy. Between them they have five children and 11 beautiful grandchildren. 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017


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Compassionate Soldier illuminates some of the most fascinating and yet largely unknown stories of men and women whose humanity led them to perform courageous acts of mercy and compassion amid the chaos and carnage of war. Arranged by war from the American Revolution to the Iraq War and global in perspective, it features extraordinary stories of grace under fire from valiant soldiers and noncombatants who rose above the inhumanity of lethal conflict and chose compassion, even knowing their actions could put their lives and liberty at risk.
Included in this collection are the stories of Richard Kirkland, a Confederate soldier during the Civil War who disobeyed orders and brought blankets and water to the wounded from both North and South during the Battle of Fredericksburg; Patrick Ferguson, a British soldier during the American Revolution who had the chance to kill George Washington, but refused to shoot a man in the back; and Oswald Boelcke, a German WWI flying ace who was one of the most influential tacticians of early air combat, but was known for making sure the airmen he shot down made it to the ground alive.
These inspirational stories illustrate that even in the midst of unspeakable horrors of war, acts of kindness, mercy, compassion, and humanity can prevail and, in doing so, expand our conventional thinking of honor and battlefield glory.

War stories are always hard for me to read.  My heart aches for what the soldiers and other go through during war.  This was a different kind of book.  Yes there are terrible things that happen, but in the midst of all the terrible there are some heart warming stories.  These kind of stories make me realize that even in the worst of times we can show our best character.
One of my favorite stories (and not just because she is a women) is about Edith Cavell.  She was compared to Florence Nightingale, so you know she is going to be an amazing woman.  Edith was a nurse who helped soldiers escape to safety.  It was hard for her because she had to trust her other nurses, and do it while the soldiers weren't watching.  When she was captured and sentenced to death,  she told Reverend H. Stirling Gahan "I want my friends to know that I willingly give my life for my country.  I have no fear or shirking.  I have seen death so often that it is not strange or fearful to me".
It is so wonderful to read about those doing good, even if it meant loosing their own life for it.  I want to think I would be that brave.
Another story that seemed to hit me right in the heart was about Kim Phuc.  She was photographed by Nick Ut right after a napalm attack.  The Cao Dai Temple was suppose to be a safe haven for families, but it was a mistaken target.  Phuc watched as her Aunt's baby was thrown from her arms, and Phuc was hit with such force that she didn't wake up until she fire enveloped her.  The photographer took her to a hospital in Siagon.  He story goes on to tell about meeting the Pilot who coordinated the attack on the village.  The pilots name was  John Plumber and he asked Phuc for her forgiveness.  
She being kind, and compassionate told him she forgave him.  She goes on to say "Faith has helped me, give me thankful be here in this life and to have another chance in my life, it's a miracle.  I was suppose to be dead"
I am amazed at these stories.  They are amazing.  You get to see the good and the bad side of war.  People who put their own lives in danger to rescue others.  Those who were ordered to kill, but didn't out of respect of combat rules.  People who helped other escape at the expense of their own lives.  It's such a great book.
Thanks to SHADOW MOUNTAIN PUBLISHING for allowing me to be part of this tour.  Pick this book up when you get a chance I promise you won't regret it.
Source:  I was given this book as part of a tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.



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Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and nonfiction. He has written about World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the Vietnam War. He is the recipient of the George Washington National Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Jerry and his wife, Marcella, raised four children and live in the Rocky Mountains.


Sunday, April 16, 2017


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Welcome to my tour stop for this sweet book hosted by:


With rollicking rhymes and fanciful images, this adorable picture book celebrates the special relationship between mothers and their children. Filled with stories of all kinds of mommies-like pilots and artists and scientists-this book shows how modern mothers still treasure that precious time spent together at home. A perfect book for moms and kids to enjoy this Mother’s Day or any time of the year!


I love children's books so much.  I don't have little kids to read to any more, but I hopefully will be a grandma one day, and have tons of nieces and nephew that I can share them with.  I love to have them, they just make me happy.  This book is no exception!

The book is such a sweet story about Moms spending time with their kids when they are home from work, or stay at home moms.  It made me stop and think that about how much quality time I am spending with my kids.  I have always been a stay at home mom, but sometimes we don't actually spend "quality" time together.  I admire so much those moms out there that work and still take those sweet moments with their kids. It's so important.

It reads so sweet, with rhymes, and beautiful illustrations. This would be a sweet gift for Mother's day.  If you're like me and don't have Littles it would still be a sweet gift!!!!  I treasure children's books with their sweet, simple messages for life lessons, and love to share them with kids that come to my house.

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful book.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





Alison Moulton
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Alison loves words. Her favorite word is lollygag. Her least favorite word is laundry. She likes to wrangle stray words into poems, stories, and songs. Alison has worked in several interesting jobs, but her favorite has always been mothering. She loves being at home with her husband and 5 children and feels blessed to count 20 girls as former foster daughters. Alison studied Human Development and English at Brigham Young University and Brigham Young University-Idaho. 

She is an amazing mom…at least once a day. The rest of the time, she's lucky to stay sane. Check out her website at to find ways to be amazing once a day.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Thanks for stopping by for my stop of this wonderful tour hosted by:

pic and description taken from Goodreads


As the mother of one of the children who died at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, Alissa Parker had her world shattered by a mass murderer's rampage. She was left to make sense of her daughter's life and death and to rebuild, seeking a deeply spiritual path to carry on with her life and find new meaning and purpose.

As a co-founder of, a touring national advocacy group that helps people take action to make schools safer, Alissa has talked to hundreds of parents around the country about her ordeal and how she was able to endure the unspeakable horror of Sandy Hook.


I have been trying to put my words on paper about this book.  Then I decided there are no words that would adequately express how much this book touched my heart.

I had a chance to hear Alissa talk about her tragedy in person.  It was just as hard to put into words then how I felt as it is now after reading the book.

I am also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Her stories inspired me, and touched me so deeply and still do.  It wasn't until I finished reading her book, that I realized it doesn't matter what religion, background and color etc. we may be, this book is inspiring.  It teaches about love, healing, and finding our way though tragedy.   Every one will experience some kind of tragedy, at some point in their life.  Whether little or big.  What this book teaches, is how to go about healing after the tradegy without becoming bitter.

I cannot imagine what Alissa and her husband Robbie and family went through on that fateful day, and still do.  Yet she has found a way to be happy and find healing in the simple things in life.  She has found a way to connect with her sweet child that is no longer with her physically on this earth, but is still very much with her.

I cannot tell you how emotional this book made me either.  This is hands down one of my biggest fears every day as a mother.  When I send my kids off to school every day, and have actually gone through some shut downs at school because of kids who make bad choices.  I cannot fathom a life without my children in it.  Yet, I see through this book, and through my own faith that we are never really separated.  Though we may not always be together physically, we will always be together.

If you are suffering with loss in any way, please take a moment to read this book.  It doesn't take long.  It is powerful, and uplifting.  It is inspiring.  Although the reason for this book is horribly tragic, the words written on the paper and the sweet pictures included, far out weigh the tragedy.

I cannot thank Alissa enough for being willing to put her thoughts into words to inspire others.  This book has changed my life.  It has given me a greater understanding of life after death.  It has increased my faith, and understanding of the importance of always treasuring those moments with our kids while they have been placed in our possession on this earth.

I could go on an on about how much this book has touched and inspired me, so I hope you take the opportunity to experience it for yourself.  You will not regret it.  The sweet feeling of peace that came over me while reading it, I hope will stay with me for a very long time.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





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Alissa grew up in Ogden, Utah the youngest of five children. She graduated from Weber State University and there married her high school sweet heart, Robbie. They are the proud parents of three beautiful girls; Emilie (who passed away at age 6), Madeline (8) and Samantha (6). Alissa currently resides in a small town outside of Vancouver, Washington with her family and their four chickens. Alissa is an avid photographer, crafter, reader and amateur gardener. After her daughter Emilie was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, Alissa co-founded two non-profit organizations; Safe and Sound Schools which empowers parents and educators about school safety and The Emilie Parker Art Connection that helps fund and support art programs for children. But the job that means the most to Alissa is being a full time mom to her daughters.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Welcome to my stop on this tour.  I am excited to share my thoughts with you on this book!

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Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.

Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.

A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.

As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?


I love me some Proper Romance Books.  I love them.  I haven't read one yet that hasn't been wonderful.  Kilpack does it again with another great novel.

Historical romances are probably one of my favorite genre's.  This story is so sweet, and so frustrating all at the same time.  Which makes it a wonderful read.  I couldn't put this book down.  

Cassie is dying to be out in society, but she has to wait for her older sister to find a match.  Lenora, is quiet, scared, and not good in social situations.  Cassie on the other hand is out going, connects well with people, and is ready to be out and available to date.  Tradition is tradition though, and Cassie's parents are all about tradition.

A new man is in town though, and he is new to the whole high society thing.  He has become heir to his Great-Uncles fortune because he is the only surviving heir to take over.  While he is trying to become acquainted with the high life he takes a breather at one of the balls.  

While taking his break he hears someone else come up, and hears her crying so Evan tries not to intrude, but wants to offer a neckerchief to her.  When doing so he meets Lenora.  It's a just a quick meet but enough to peak an interest.

Cassie, sees an opportunity, and takes it.  If she can get Lenora married she can finally come out in society and start a family of her own.

What Cassie does, is out of love for her sister, even if it is a bit deceitful.  This is when the story gets really interesting.

There is a love story, along with some impropriety and deceit.  It makes for an interesting story.  It's the first time this little town has really seen any kind of scandal.

If you like historical romances you will enjoy this book.  I hope you take a chance to read it.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  Clean and wonderful






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Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction.  Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.

When Kensington Press picked up her first national women's fiction novel, As Wide as the Sky, Josi was in need of a pen name to differentiate between her other genres. For years, Josi has bee called Jessica Pack by people who hear her name but don't know her, it made her new pen name easy to choose. As Wide as the Sky will be released in paperback sometime in 2018.

Shadow Mountain for this wonderful opportunity!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Welcome to my stop for the Dragonwatch Tour!  I am so, so excited about this book!

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In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?


Thank you Brandon Mull!  Thank you for bringing back this wonderful world and these wonderful characters.  I have missed them.

Welcome back to the wonderful world of Fablehaven.  Where we get to go on another adventure with Kendra and Seth Sorenson.

We get to be introduced to a tiny hero and fierce dragons, along with all the other amazing creatures and characters Mull brings to life.  If you have a teenager who is wanting to read a wonderful series, have them start with Fablehaven, which will lead them to Drangonwatch.  

Mull's world is absolutely beautiful.  Kendra and Seth become caretakers of Wyrmroost, and are immediately sent into the line of fire as they try to save Wyrmroost and the rest of the world from the dreadful dragons.

While on this journey we get to see a different side of Kendra and Seth as they take on the role of caretaker.  Great adventure still, but now they are in charge.  It's exciting.  It's fun...It gets intense for them.  

I am in love with all the creatures we get to meet in this book.  Like I said early, tiny creatures with big hearts, large creatures, and lots of in between.  It's so exciting to be brought back to this wonderful world.  I cannot express how much I loved this book.

I know that this is geared towards younger readers, but I think I love this world just about as much as any other great book I have read.  Mull's writing grabs you by the arms, and pulls you in full speed.  The creatures capture your hearts, whether with joy or anger, but you cannot deny the power they have over you while reading.  I enjoyed every moment in this world, with these characters and creatures.  Grab a copy!  I promise you won't be disappointed.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Thanks to:  Shadow Mountain Publishing for allowing me to be part of this tour.  It was so wonderful.





Brandon Mull
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Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.