Special Sundays!~You Don’t have to Worry About It!

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.~Matthew 6:25~

 

~Don’t worry about tomorrow. Put your trust in the One who holds tomorrow!~

 

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The Lady of Bolton Hill~Elizabeth Camden~

The Lady of Bolton Hill

Synopsis

When Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain’s worlds collide after twelve years apart, the spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a romance neither of them thought possible.

But time has changed them both.

Daniel is an industrial titan with powerful enemies. Clara is an idealistic journalist determined to defend underprivileged workers.

Can they withstand the cost of their convictions while their hearts–and lives–hang in the balance?

~My Review~

I loved re-reading this book! It seemed as if it was better than the first time that I had read it! How can that be possible! lol! The story was fantastic…again! It really drew me in from the time that Clara and Daniel are growing up as best friends until the sweet epilogue. I can guarantee y’all that was the best epilogue that I’ve read in a book since like,EVER!

I love how classical music drew them together and if you’ve read the first chapters you’ll agree. It’s so sweet!

I really like how Elizabeth Camden can weave a masterful story around her characters! Especially the heroes! I really love Daniel’s story. In this book, Daniel is another *swoon worthy* hero. So awesome! You must read it if you haven’t! It’s also funny at times which was very enjoyable! I love to have a little humor in whatever I’m reading (except in suspense). 🙂

Also, the author does introduce a character(Bane) who would be in her next book. “Against the Tide”  is mostly about the opium trade back then also a very interesting read! In her book, “Against the Tide”,the author goes more into detail. I also recommend “Against the Tide” so that you’ll read more about Bane’s story. It’s a very good story and I really like the heroine as well!

The Lady of Bolton Hill has everything that I anticipated in a novel. It was adventurous,the story wasn’t really predictable, and it kept me turning page after page. I didn’t want it to end! It’s very beautifully well written story to cherish forever! The book cover was spectacular as well! I totally recommend it to anyone who is looking for a very good christian historical fiction to read. (5 stars)

 

Elizabeth Camden goes through the details of how the book cover process went for Lady of Bolton Hill. Very Interesting!  Click on the picture and it will take you to the website. I love the book cover now but the third book cover below looks really interesting as well. 🙂

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~Elizabeth Camden~

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KINDA LIKE A PART 2 – AGAINST THE TIDE

Against the Tide

As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she’s finally carved out a perfect life for herself–a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or “Bane,” a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.

Just as Bane’s charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia’s part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

 

 

HAPPY READING Y’ALL!! 🙂

 

Which Elizabeth Camden book is your favorite? If you’re a fan? What’s not to like about Elizabeth Camden’s writing!!! Right? 🙂

Part 3 : Friendship -Being Single,Courtship and Eventually Happily Married!

Hi everyone!  Welcome for Part 3 of this series! If you have missed any of the series, then go to the page on my blog that says BLOG SERIES cause you may not be able follow along as I refer to different things that may be from the former series.I’ve had much of this written down for weeks and I can’t wait to share this with you! So let’s get started! 🙂 (Also any experience is welcome, I’m just writing down what I’ve heard and believe on the subject as I said earlier.) 🙂

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So many of you know that there is basically a friendship or an introducing before officially courting someone. However long the friendship is, it may be one or two weeks or so. But,there is a time where you’re either introduced to a certain young gentleman or gents to a certain young lady before you two officially start courting.Or whatever way you may meet.

The friendship is basically to find out basic things about the person and if you two would be compatible. Certain things like the following will make themselves known during this stage, “Does he have a true relationship with Christ?” or “Is he only the flirting type?” Or “Is he someone who looks as if he’ll be someone who would be a good husband for you?”

Prestage to Friendship-BEFORE FRIENDSHIP THERE’S FELLOWSHIP:  Fellowship doesn’t really last as long with some couples so I’ll not dwell long on this. Say for instance a person may introduce you two to each other and you may never have seen each other before but this might be the first time that you’ve met. So maybe you shake hands and exchange pleasantries like,”Hey, how are you? ,What’s your name? ,What state are you from?, Where you do attend church?” Little stuff like that I guess. You can fill in the blanks if you want. You’re basically finding out if this is the one God has ordained for you! You may see each other a couple of times at church,work,or you both fellowship in your youth group but nothing’s been really set in stone as of yet. This pre-stage to friendship it may progress or it may not. It may the case of, “Oh, I know a really good girl that I work with or go to church with that may be good for you! You want to meet her?” Something like that. It may get serious in the Friendship Stage or it’s just the case of  the person is really searching out  the other person to see if there’s anything there to pursue seriously.

Christian Speed Dating made by #Dannielle Buckley

(I don’t believe in speed dating in any way,but the pic. above demonstrates that while in the fellowship stage,  you’re asking different questions about this gentleman or visa versa. The purpose of this is that you NEED to find out if God is their all and all. Sometimes you may not even have to ask them straight out but is their everyday life bearing fruit of what their mouths are testifying? Also, if you find out there’s something there that isn’t what you’d want in a godly husband,you have the right to either keep pursuing this relationship or not. It’s your choice! )
STAGE 2: The Friendship
Let’s say that maybe you both go to the same church or you may even work at the same place and you both go to different churches or what have you.  Or maybe, he’d just met you and really likes fellow-shipping with you because you’re different from all the other girls. There’s something special about you. What to do? Well there are two ways you can approach this situation. For the young woman’s part you aren’t or should I say you shouldn’t be the one to start or keep the relationship going. That may shed the wrong light on you as young lady and the gentleman may get the wrong idea. Which would be because the woman is not to pursue the man but the other way around.

The BEST thing for the young lady to do is to PRAY AND SEEK GOD FIRST and let God handle it.Like you can say, “Dear God, I really,really like this young man and he seems to be nice but he hasn’t noticed me so far or the relationship may not going  any farther than I would like. If it be your will, please work out something to let me know if it’s you or not. Remember, the knowledge from God will be on both you and the boy/man’s end. God will let you both know! Don’t go for the one-sided “revelation”. For example, if you’re having a relationship and the young man may come up to you and say, “The Lord told me to marry me. Would you be my wife?” Please don’t fall for that! I beg you. If this is from God, God will let you and the man know and it’ll not be one-sided! Trust me on that one! 🙂
 It’s good to pray about it because some friendships are started the wrong way and it could become a friendship with benefits and, that’s something which is NOT WHAT WE AS YOUNG CHRISTIAN SINGLE WOMEN WANT OR NEED!

WHAT WE AS CHRISTIAN SINGLE WOMEN NEED TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT, WE DON’T NEED TO DATE JUST DATE. WE DON’T HAVE  TO DATE JUST  BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE AROUND YOU SAY THAT THEY ARE DATING AND ARE HAVING “FUN”. ENTER INTO THE COURTSHIP, THE LORD WILLING, WITH A PURPOSE. COURTSHIP IN MY OPINION IS THE PURPOSE OF POTENTIALLY OBTAINING A HAPPY  CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE. ANYTHING THING ELSE MIGHT GET A PERSON IN SOME SERIOUS TROUBLE.

Totally agree. So true. He was my best friend before we were anything else.
Say also there’s a young gentleman as well,and he may be interested in you but he doesn’t know if you’ll like him or not. If he’s really serious about meeting you and starting a relationship, then he would be man enough to ASK your father,guardian  or someone like your pastor or someone who knows you real well for their permission to pursue a relationship. Well, let’s just say you finally get to meet one another and you introduce yourselves to each other and you both meet the families.  Everything’s casual and nothing is really set because you basically are still trying to learn one another.

You may see each other at church and you may have just that open relationship were you may talk about the word or something like,”Hey, some of the  youth group is going out for pizza. Do you think you can be able to make it?” Remember this friendship can be done in groups and is very casual because the gentleman should see if there’s anything there that he wants to continue pursuing.  In this stage, you’re never by yourself with one another cause you’re in groups or just sitting at the table together with the family having dinner.
 Young women while this friendship is going on, it’s very good to be observant about how he acts and how his family acts. It’s best to have your eyes wide open so that you’ll know what you’re getting into if you’re interested for the relationship to keep going. Most of the time how  his family acts might very  likely how he would act.

So the boy and girl are still interested in each other and they know a little bit more about each other. They’re comfortable around one another now it’s  the time for the gentleman to act and ask for permission to officially court the lady. If your father or guardian sees that this young man is serious and he doesn’t have evil intentions, they’ll give him the go ahead to enter into courting seriously.

 And so this is why I married my best friend.

I’ve always believed and still believe, that we should be married to our best friend. That way we should know each others weaknesses and failures but still come out stronger than before.It has to be someone you can’t live without or he can’t live without you. I can’t explain it but I believe God has a way of showing us the “ONE”.

If a person isn’t really compatible with you, then you should seriously check it out before things are really serious. Like I said before, if a man is constantly abusing you whether physically or emotionally in the relationship, I CAUTION YOU TO RUN!  I promise you that you won’t be able to change him after marriage unless by some miracle. But it’s best avoid it before being deeply involved. So with that being said, we’re ready to go into the next stage, and that’s Courtship! 🙂 

Stay tuned for part 4: Courtship! 🙂

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Special Sundays!~Joy Will Come in the Morning!

 

….weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.-Psalm 30:5

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Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Keep pressing the battle! Have faith that God WILL HOLD FAST AND FULFILL HIS PROMISES! REMIND HIM OF HIS WORD! HE KNOWS HIS WORD AND KEEPS HIS WORD! DO YOU HAVE FAITH TO REACH OUT AND CLAIM GOD’S PROMISE?

NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH OR HOW DARK IT SEEMS, REMEMBER THAT JOY WILL COME IN THE MORNING! 🙂 THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH!

HAVE A VERY  BLESSED SUNDAY! 🙂

~What I’m Reading!!~

Hi everyone! Here’s What I’m Reading this Week!

 

WHAT I’M READING…

Moonlight Masquerade (London Encounters #1)Injustice For All (Justice Seekers, #1)In the Shadow of Jezebel (Treasure of His Love)The Captive Maiden

 

WHAT I’VE READ…

Friend MeRoses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I (Ladies in Waiting #3)Wings of Glass

A Distant Melody  (Wings of Glory, #1)The Quarryman's Bride (Land of Shining Water, #2)The Lady of Bolton HillEyes Wide Open (The Outlaw Chronicles #1) (Eyes Wide Open #1-4)

My StoryJane Austen Ruined My LifeHearts Awakening (Hearts Along The River #1)A Beauty So Rare (Belmont Mansion, #2)

 

 

WHAT I PLAN TO READ NEXT..

 

Glittering Promises (Grand Tour, #3)Into the WhirlwindDaddy-Long-Legs & Dear Enemy (Daddy-Long-Legs #1-2)

Northanger AbbeyWedded to War (Heroines Behind the Lines, #1)

I’M STILL ADDING TO MY LIST.LOL! WHATEVER I’M IN THE MOOD FOR!

 

 

 

HAPPY READING Y’ALL! 🙂

 

 

A Miracle of Hope~Ruth Reid~

A Miracle of Hope (The Amish Wonders, #1)

 

Synopsis

How far can God’s mercy reach?

Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?

 

~My Review~

 A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid
An Amish Wonders Novel
HeroineLindie Wyse    Hero-  Josiah Plank

This was such a wonderful story!! I think it has to be the best Amish fiction that I’ve read this year so far! 🙂
I was really captivated by Lindie’s story from the first page! I was  impressed by this book I can tell y’all right now! lol. The story does have drama and very interesting situations which made it all the more desirable to read by the moment. This is the first book by Ruth Reid that I’ve read and I was very intrigued by how well she wrote this story.
Josiah Plank was a very sweet hero! The romance wasn’t mushy. The worst thing I can’t stand in a book is very mushy romance! The romance was handled very well in this book.
The book is true to its name and it’s truly miraculous! If you ever read it you’ll understand why! I had never seen that written in a christian novel before. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the characters in the book. I believe that the author did a very good job with the character development and plot. I really liked the theme of a marriage of convenience throughout the story. For some reason I’m drawn to mail order brides and marriages of convenience. To me it was a pretty clean and decent book with the theme of marriage of convenience as the plot. I really commend the author keeping it that way because all I want is to read a very entrancing story and I don’t need the unnecessary details!
I need to include that there were some situations in this  book may be a bit mature because it does deal with her situation of her being with child before she’s kinda forced into a marriage of convenience. I though it was  dealt with very well in my opinion but some readers may not feel comfortable reading  about it. Whatever works for you!
I commend the author of this book for holding the reins very well in the way of romance while delivering a very sweet and touching story!  I thoroughly enjoyed this story!!! I also loved the book cover vibrant and different!  I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an Amish read. I’m certainly looking forward to more books by Ruth Reid! (5 stars)
Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

 

~About Author Ruth Reid~

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children. Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid

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*Library read. I was looking for a different change of genre to read. Boy was it worth it! :)*

If the Shoe Fits~Sandra D. Bricker~

If the Shoe Fits

 

Synopsis

Julianne used to believe in fairy tales; she’s been watching for Prince Charming to come charging in on his white steed ever since the day her mother read her Cinderella for the first time. But she’s never come close to finding the perfect man-instead she’s always tripping over her childhood best friend, Will. And who finds their Prince Charming on a 10-speed bicycle on the other side of the cul de sac? Well… Julianne does. Only she doesn’t have a clue.

She and Will are attorneys now, and they’ve joined up in private practice in a beautiful Cincinnati office building that overlooks the Ohio River. And then one day Julianne is on her way to court, and runs right smack dab into Prince Charming. But when she looks again, all she finds is a metaphoric sign she is certain came straight from Heaven: The Prince’s toolbox has fallen off the back of his truck, and a work boot along with it. What better way for God to grab the attention of a Cinderella-in-training than to show her a glass slipper…errrr, work boot?…waiting to be reunited with its owner?

So she sets out to track down the mysterious Prince Charming. He’s the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen…and a caring animal rescuer, too. Surely he must be the soul mate God has prepared her for.

But, Julianne’s prince is starting to look less and less charming all the time. No matter how she tries to romanticize him, he just keeps tumbling down off that dumb pedestal. And with the Bar Association dinner coming up that will honor her for her outstanding charity work over the year, Julianne wants so much for her friends and colleagues to see her with someone besides her best friend Will. To make matters worse, Prince Charming has no designs on wearing a penguin suit and attending a stuffy old dinner. With her pride pressing in on her like sticks from a cactus, Julianne sinks to the bottom of the proverbial barrel and actually offers to pay Paul to be her date.

Julianne is on a collision course with God’s perfect plan for her life…if only she could open her eyes and see it before it’s too late

 

~My Review~

“If the Shoe Fits” was the first book that I’ve read by Sandra Bricker. She’s definitely going to be on my favorite authors self! I really enjoyed reading this book! The book had all the combinations  of a winner in my opinion because it was funny and heartwarming. I was very intrigued by the story from the first page until the very end!

Since Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy tales, this book really drew me into the story. I found myself laughing out loud at certain points because the author maintained a very good sense of humor throughout the story. I think that any book that makes me laugh (in a good way) is certainly a keeper in my opinion!
The story was a light and a very interesting read. In a way, it reminded me of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I say that cause after I had read the book I watched Persuasion and to me there was a slight similarity. I hardly read contemporary christian fiction but this one is worth reading again!  I would recommend this book to anyone who looking for a decent contemporary read. (5 stars)

 

Author Sandra Bricker

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Sandra Bricker’s Book I hope to read next!

Rise and Shine: A Contemporary Fairy Tale

About Rise and Shine

Shannon Malone thought she’d found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking up to the news that she’s thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon’s tour guide into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone’s life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!

As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes-both in the world and in her-she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show? And where is her beloved dog, Freeway? Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart’s dog, not hers.

Shannon’s three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beauty style with her well-being always a priority. And Edmund’s sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel’s kiss awaken her once and for all?

 

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂