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The In Between Time

This is the in-between time, summer in essence is abating, and autumn is well nigh.
I wait in expectancy for autumn to arrive.
Autumn in Texas is not a melodrama of beautiful colored fall foliage, and it will be a while before we start wearing sweaters and long sleeves.
Yet it will mean for us that we can say goodbye to temperatures of over 100 degrees, and hopefully even be finished with temperatures above 80.
This has been a long hot summer for Texas, and we are in a severe drought.
Where are you my readers? Has it been an unbearably hot and dry summer, or worse you feel in your spirit a parching dryness that cannot be quenched?

"O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to y…

Review-"Mark Of The Cross"

"Mark Of The Cross" by Judith Pella, Bethany House Publishers, Published 2006
448 pages

"Mark Of The Cross" is a saga of Philip deTollard and Beatrice Marlowe. The time period stretches from 1263 to 1273. The story is set in southern England, France, and Jerusalem.
This is the age of knights, crusades, ladies in waiting, the fight for lands and power, the strength of the Monarchy, and women being used as pawns in the struggle for power, control, or dowries.
Philip is the illegitimate son of an English Lord, the legitimate son is Gareth. Gareth and his mother are both equally vengeful, calculating, manipulative, hateful, evil.
Beatrice is the only living child of Edmond Marlowe, Lord of Cassley Manor.
Philip and Beatrice as youth fall in love, yet much evil stands in their way.
Their story carefully and gradually unfolds through the chapters of the book and the chapters of their lives as they age. Various trials accompany them and the reader is inspired by both of…

The Next Blog Tours

The Next Blog Tours that I will take part in for WaterBrookMultnomahwill be:

September 14-18 for "You Were Born For This" by Bruce Wilkinson

September 21-25 for "If God Is Good" by Randy Alcorn

I have 2 book to review for the publishing company David C. Cook B&B Media Group,
"In The Arms Of Immortals, A Novel of Darkness and Light" by Ginger Garrett----The tour date is September 17.
"The Transformation Study Bible" NLT, General Editor is Dr. Warren Wiersbe---The tour date is September 25.

Blissful Reading!

"Question Of The Week #31"

"Question Of The Week #31" From Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible

Becky contacted me shortly after I'd announced that I did not know when we would have more "Question Of The Week" posts. She was able to post a number 31.

"Do you have a favorite bible study book for children? If you're a parent or grandparent, what books would you recommend for Christian families to have in their home libraries? Is there a particular author or a particular series that stands out as excellent? Or in case you're not around any little ones, which books do you remember-if any from your own childhood days? Or what things do you look for in a 'good' Christian book for children?"

I will have to go with the next to the last question in this number 31 question.

From my childhood the book that I remember the most (which I wish I still had) was:

"The Golden Children's Bible: The Old and The New Testament" edited by J. Grispino,
Random House Children…

Review-"Rose House"

"Rose House" Book #2 in the "La Rosaleda" Series, by Tina Ann Forkner
WaterBrookMultnomah, a division of Random House
310 pages

The main character is Lillian Diamon and she has mourned not only the loss of her family, but her hopes and dreams, those she trusted, and her stability. She has been living in a fog, going through each day, and not wanting to live the life she has been left with. The book displays her struggle to move forward.
The setting is the Sonoma Valley of California.
I love the opening first line of the book.
"It seemed to be a cottage that was alive..."
Great first lines in books set the spark that will keep the reader reading.
I felt like something was missing in this book, maybe more struggle and depth of feeling from Lillian, we the readers are only taken to a certain point in Lillian's depth of sadness and pain.
I felt that her new love interest character came on too fast in the developing of their relationship. In real life it would have…

Review-"The Sweet Gum Ladies Knit For Love"

"The Sweetgum Ladies Knit For Love" by Beth Pattillo
WaterBrookMultnomah a division of Random House
354 pages

"The Sweetgum Ladies" is a group of 6 women that meet to knit and discuss books. Sweetgum is an "everybody knows everybody" town in Tennessee. The group leader of this knit and book group is Eugenie and she chooses, "Great Love Stories in Literature" as the theme for a series of books they will read.
The title of the book could fool an unsuspecting reader into thinking this is a bubble gum-light read. The book is a panoramic view of many characters in the town of Sweetgum, not just the 6 women that meet for knitting and book discussion. I kept notes on all of the characters and their stories and this helped me to not get lost. Each of the 6 women are examples of women from different walks of life. The town of Sweetgum itself is mapped out, the reader becomes apart of the town as if we too are strolling the sidewalk on our way to a football g…

Review-"The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper"

"The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper" by Kathleen Y'Barbo
WaterBrookMultnomah Press, A Division of Random House
344 pages

Eugenia Cooper, or "Gennie" as she is called, lives a lush life in 1880's New York City. Her future life has already been determined by her wealthy family, but she covets an exciting western adventure like her paper back novel heroine. Gennie is handed a golden opportunity to fulfill this wish and she is off, off on an adventure unlike her pampered New York City life. Gennie being young and naive, meets her match in her future endeavor the be a governess and to break away from her traditional role.
The book is a simple story of a young girl wanting something opposite of her station in life.
The book is entertaining, enjoyable, it is light reading.
I enjoyed having another story within the main story of Gennie, there are short stories at the beginning of each chapter of the other story.
Gennie's character is naive and spoiled, yet her ch…

Coming Up Next!

I will be reviewing 3 books this week for WaterBrook:
"The Sweetgum Ladies Knit For Love" by Beth Pattillo
"The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper" by Kathleen Y'Barbo
"Rose House" by Tina Ann Forkner

Blissful Reading!


I found several noteworthy blog posts from those blogs that I follow.

The post "A Miracle from God!" August 18, 2009 @A Child of the King

Becky's Book Reviews is always an interesting respite from our hectic world.

Edgy Inspirational Author is professional looking and updated often, many book give aways.

Garnetsgarden is a wonderful and relaxing oasis.

Over at Inspire the post "Keys to Writing a Dynamic Novel" posted August 19, 2009.

At lovely Jane Austen's World, the post on August 22, 2009 "Perils of the Sea: Shipwrecks off Dorset's Deadly Coast."

The blog Joyfully Living For His Glory on August 10, 2009, "At the Well...Moments with Jesus."

At Novel Matters, "Watch Your Mouth Young Man" from August 24, 2009, and also "When The Lord Shuts a Writer Down...or Up" from August 21, 2009.

At Stephanie's Written Word "Sex and the Austen Girl" posted August 24, 2009.

And over at my friend @WordVessel the post "…


BBAW or Book Blogger Appreciation Week is September 14-18, 2009

First Day of School

Today was the first day of kindergarten for my granddaughter Celeste. I am so happy that I was able to be there to take her on this memorable first day. When it came time this morning for us to say goodbye to her in the school cafeteria, she ran back over to me for another reassuring hug. She realized that the moment had finally arrived for this "new thing" called school. I gave her a reassuring pep talk, telling her how much I loved her and that I was so proud of her, that I knew she would do just wonderful. I told her that all the other children feel just as she does, because it is all new to them also, but soon she would be a pro at this. After another kiss and hug she went and sat down, then we scooted out the door. It is a necessary thing this letting go, it is all apart of the process of growing up, to let go a little at a time until the final letting go that will happen when they graduate and or leave home.
I would not say I'm a pro at this, but I've sent 2 so…

New Challenge

Last Tuesday after breakfast dad said, "I have something I need to tell you." Whenever dad says those words my ears perk up because I know he is going to tell me he has a new health problem.
Dad told me he was seeing double vision.
I immediately made an eye appointment for him, we were in luck someone had just canceled their appointment and we were able to see the doctor the next day. I also called the Walmart pharmacy to check and see if any of dad's medications might could cause the double vision. They encouraged me to contact his primary care doctor. Early Wednesday morning dad had blood work, then later he saw the eye doctor and then his primary care doctor.
Dad has been diagnosed with 6Th Nerve Palsy in the right eye. The 6Th nerve controls the muscle in that area of his right eye, diabetes has caused the nerve to not work. This condition is supposed to last 2-3 months, and it has already gotten worse (which we were told it would.) Dad's right eye crosses. He has a…

Review-"The Friends We Keep" and "40 Minute Bible Studies"

"The Friends We Keep, A Woman's Quest for the Soul of Friendship" by Sarah Zacharias Davis
Published by WaterBrookMultnomah 7-21-2009
210 pages

Why do we choose the friends that we have? And a greater question is why do we keep those friends that are not friends to us?
What I mean is why do we invest in a relationship with a person that does not also invest in the relationship? What are we holding on to?
How do we let those friends go?
The book is thought provoking and challenging. Sarah writes with deep insight and draws on her own personal experiences.
She describes the friendships that women in other cultures have, and the relationships that develop when women work together.
She writes that men have different levels of friends, where as women need the "safety net" of other women friends.
The questions alone in the book are valuable for the reading audience to examine!

I have decided to give myself time to ponder my own motives and expectations with my friends.
My oldes…

Review-"The Hope of Refuge"

There is a wonderful video interview of Cindy Woodsmall from 20/20 at

"The Hope of Refuge, An Ada's House Novel" by Cindy Woodsmall, WaterBrook Multnomah, published 8-11-2009, 341 pages.

Cara and her young daughter Lori are living in New York City where Cara works as a waitress.
Cara has lived a life of fear, mistrust of people, loneliness, insecurity, and hardship. Cara has built a wall of protection between her and other people in order to try and protect herself and Lori.
There is a warped man in the shadows stalking Cara. Cara and Lori escape to an Amish community in Pennsylvania. A kind Amish man named Ephraim takes it upon himself to help them. Cara struggles against the lifestyle of the Amish, and Ephraim struggles against his community in being uncomfortable with having an Englisch woman living amongst them.
Ephraim has a sister named Deborah, she is planning a wedding with a man named Mahlon. Deborah has been…


Do you pray before you post on your blog?

I must pray before I post a review or any other posting. I must have the Lord's guidance and direction. I am completely lost as to what to type without Him.

Review-"When The Soul Mends"

"When The Soul Mends" by Cindy Woodsmall, WaterBrookMultnomah, Published 9-16-2008,
354 pages.

"When The Soul Mends" is book 3 in the "Sisters of the Quilt" series, it is also the conclusion.

Hannah is my heroine. I admire her courage and her fortitude, I admire her teachable heart and faithfulness. I am thankful that the author listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in creating Hannah, and thankful that the reader is able to see in Hannah's story that we are a make-up of life experiences, but as a Christian there is comfort and peace in that God is at work in all of the details of our lives.
In book 3 Hannah's career goal is completed. She seems to have her life in order and planned, but there are loose threads from the past that must be repaired. Hannah must journey back to her beginnings, not knowing what response she will receive from her family, friends, and the Old Order Amish community.
In each of the books I never felt a longing for the s…

Review-"When The Morning Comes"

"When The Morning Comes" by Cindy Woodsmall, WaterBrookMultnomah, Published 9-4-2007, 322 pages.

"When The Morning Comes" is book 2 in the "Sisters of the Quilt".
Hannah has began anew. She has left the Old Order Amish, the community that had been all she knew. She has left her family and friends. She is now living in a new place.
Hannah has goals that she is achieving and new friends. Her life is busy with day to day activities living in the Englisch world. Her mind often returns to those she left behind in Owl's Perch, Pennsylvania.
The series of books also follow the lives of Hannah's family and friends in Pennsylvania, her sister Sarah, brother Luke, best friend Mary, and friend Matthew. Hannah's old love Paul is also followed along in the books. New characters are introduced in book 2, these are the people that are in the "Englisch world."
Hannah is 2 people; 1 from the Old Order Amish, and 1 living in the "world." When rea…

Review-"When The Heart Cries"

"When The Heart Cries" by Cindy Woodsmall, WaterBrookMultnomah, Published 9-19-2006,
328 pages

"When The Heart Cries" is book 1 in the "Sisters of the Quilt" series.
All three books in the 'Sisters of the Quilt" series are engrossing and hard to put down.
The books follow the story of Hannah Lapp, the eldest daughter of an Old Order Amish family living in Pennsylvania. Hannah is an independent minded girl of 17 when book one begins, she has a blossoming relationship with a Mennonite boy named Paul. An incomprehensible act happens that turns Hannah's world upside down, and she is shaken, shocked. She wanders in a fog, not knowing what to do. The book ends with Hannah making a defiant decision.
"When The Heart Cries" is the authors first novel and it is brilliant.
I am taken with the main character Hannah, and wish that more in the series was possible.
Hannah's story is haunting and unforgettable.
I loved the different type of characters …


Noteworthy blogs for the first week of August.

At The Well...In Pursuit of Titus 2 From the post on August 6, "Born To Fix".

Garnetsgarden This is an intimate, personal, inspirational blog, it is a joy to visit.

Relz Reviewz While listening to music that puts you in the mood for something mysterious--read her reviews on 2 new books that will be published in 2010. The books are "A Woman Called Sage" by DiAnn Mills and "Blood Ransom" by Lisa Harris, books published by Zondervan.

Five Books by Cindy Woodsmall

I will be posting a review on "The Hope Of Refuge" by Cindy Woodsmall. The publishing date on this book is August 11, 2009. The Blogging For Books program by WaterBrookMultnomah is featuring this book during this weeks blog tours.
I had never read any of Cindy Woodsmall's books before, and I felt that I should read some of her previous books as well. One night I drove to 3 stores in our town in order to find her previous 3 books. I read all 4 of these books in 1 week. I loved all of them!
The following books are by Cindy Woodsmall:
"When The Heart Cries, Book 1 of the Sisters of Quilt"
"When The Morning Comes, Book 2 of Sisters of Quilt"
"When The Soul Mends, Book 3 of Sisters of Quilt"
Her newest book is "The Hope of Refuge, An Ada's House Novel",
"The Sound of Sleigh Bells" will be released October 6, 2009.


The winner of a copy of "Blue Like Play Dough" by Tricia Goyer is Carmen7351 also known as Desert Rose.
Her copy is already in the mail.

Blissful Reading! Annette