Thursday, February 26, 2015


Nichole Murphy lost the love of her life, Seth.  They had plans to be married when a IED destroyed that dream.  After a year, she still couldn't get a grip on her new life without him.  
Army field medic Roberto ‘Cam’ Camareno was there when it happened. His best friend died in his arms and he was helpless to stop it.  His friends last request was that Cam would be there for Nichole and help her after his death.   How could he help her when his guilt at being the one still alive was eating him up?  Can Nichole love again?  And will Cam allow love to grow between them? 

There were quite a few differences between Cam and Nichole when it came to their childhood.  Cam came from extreme poverty and only had his mother to call his family.  Nichole's family wasn't rich, but they weren't poor either.  Especially not poor in the amount of family either.  There were many of them and they were a tight knit family.  Cam seemed to carry around a lot of guilt; even more than just surviving the blast that killed his friend and injured the rest of them in the jeep.    Guilt over how hard his mother's life has been, guilt  and shame over his dead alcoholic father.  Guilt over his attraction to Nichole.  
Nichole is attracted to Cam as well, but quickly gets over any feelings of guilt quicker than Cam.  She's finally ready to try to move on, like her mother and family keeps urging her to do.  But every time Cam opens up to her, when he seems to be getting too close he withdraws from her too.  He has secrets, and she still wonders what happened to Seth on the day he died.  
I think the author did a really good job of sharing the agony of war for those who survived. Also those that were injured both physically, mentally and emotionally.   She did also share some of the pain of those left behind.  I liked Nichole's quirky family and the back and forth dance between Nichole and Cam.  Cam's mom was enjoyable as well; couldn't help but like her.   Everyone was just trying to move on with their lives. 
If I was giving this a title for a review it would probably be something like, " A Pleasant Read even amongst the Sadness of War".

"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review." 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


*My rating?  A Pretty decent Amish Story **

Hannah Glick, an Amish widow is working at the local hotel as a cleaning lady to help with finances after her husband's death. She loves her life in the Amish community but she also enjoys her work at the hotel. It leads her into the path of an outsider, non-Amish Trey Peterson. He lost his wife and daughter in a tragic accident and they are understand each other. Her brother in-law Joshua works with her on the horsefarm that he co-owned with his brother. He's been in love with Hannah for years. Which life will she choose is the question? And what will it cost her?
I liked the story, it was a romance after all, with all of the complications that come with it. I didn't like the manipulation that different people seemed to operate in when it came to Hannah. Even Joshua wasn't above it, even though no one really seemed to recognize it as such. Her mother-in-law? Eck, really unlikeable person. I guess every religion has one (well, at least one). Even Hannah's one daughter wasn't above rebellion and manipulation towards the end. Made for a pretty believable story though.
Is there a HEA? Well, Yes AND No. At least Hannah ends with love, but leaving one of your kids behind? Kind of hard to imagine. Was Hannah hoping that she could restore her relationship with her daughter? Yes. Not so sure if that would happen but hey, its supposed to be fiction, so I think I'll go with the idea she would.


Bookstore owner, Meg Michaels just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to men.  To make things worse, she finds herself pregnant and in no hurry to have to explain anything about her situation, so she is hiding it.  She finds her secret is discovered while at a party for Theo Taylor, an Army medic who has been wounded while at war.  He agrees to keep her secret and their friendship begins to grow but there is plenty of trouble to deal with for both of them.  Is there any future beyond friendship for them?  Is even the friendship doomed?  Is this just one more person who is going to disappoint Meg and leave her high and dry?  
There were parts of this story that I liked and some that I wasn't as fond of.  How do I explain that statement?  I think Theo might be a good place to start.  Great idea and follow through on the struggles that he goes through on his being home.  He has trouble adjusting to being home and the pain of his injuries, although I'm not an expert, it felt like that was well written.  Couldn't help but like him, even when he kind of slipped in and out of being able to cope with everything.    I didn't like that he would disappear and people would try to call him because they were worried about him but he wouldn't call back.   But hey, that's true in real life too. 
What can I say about Meg?  I liked her. She was one messed up gal.  Likable, kind hearted but had  a whole lot of drama to deal with; some she caused herself. When you read more about her, you begin to understand some of her decisions.  In some ways a few things were predictable but there were plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention as well.   Boy, secrets, did her family ever have secrets.  Seemed like every time you turned around, you'd stumble over another one.   That's why I say "twists and turns".    One thing I didn't like was a stupid decision she made, and in keeping in character with her impulsive personality, I could see it coming.  I don't want to spoil the book so all I will say is, "Engagement ring from ex-fiance".  I'm reading it and practically screaming...."No, no, don't do it!!!!  This isn't gonna end well."   
Meg, did have some good friends around her which made for another interesting part of the story also.  
I did like how the story ended.   
Oh.  Just letting you know.  Meg might be pregnant but there was still sex going on.    

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Splatter Nail Polish Frames

Splatter Nail Polish Frames

Splatter Nail Polish Frames

  • Dollar store frame
  • Nail polish (colors of your choice)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towel
  • Nail polish remover
  • Optional: blue masking tape or paper to protect glass
  1. Wipe frame clean of any fingerprints.
  2. If you can't remove the frame glass, be sure cover it with tape or paper (or you can clean up the glass with nail polish remover while polish is still wet).
  3. Protect work surface and your clothing.
  4. Splatter and fling nail polish over frame.
  5. Let polish dry completely. Insert your favorite photo!


7 new fish recipes to try this Lent - Fox 2 News Headlines

7 new fish recipes to try this Lent - Fox 2 News Headlines


7 new fish recipes to try this Lent - Fox 2 News Headlines

7 new fish recipes to try this Lent - Fox 2 News Headlines

Cooking School

There is also some Salmon recipes included.


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