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Review: No Safe Harbor, Edge of Freedom Book One by Elizabeth Ludwig

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Title: No Safe Harbor, Edge of Freedom Book One
Author: Elizabeth Ludwig
Publisher: Bethany House October 2012
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Ireland, Emigrant, Romance, Political, Mystery, 19th Century, Irish American, History
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary:
New York City, NY 1897
Cara Hamilton arrives at Ellis Island as an emigrant from County Derry, Ireland. Her twin brother, whom she thought had died, is Eoghan. Eoghan contacted her by letter and asked her to come to New York City, but it was important that she not tell anyone her reasons for coming to America. Shortly after arriving, Cara, unable to find her brother, becomes concerned wondering what kind of trouble he has gotten in to. A man named Rourke Walsh befriends Cara, earning her trust. Cara is torn, her brother had warned her not to confide in anyone, yet Cara feels alone and afraid.

My Thoughts:
What I liked about No Safe Harbor:
I don't usually remark about the covers on books---I do like …

Review: Courting Cate, The Courtships of Lancaster County Book One by Leslie Gould

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Title: Courting Cate, The Courtships of Lancaster County Book One
Author: Leslie Gould
Publisher: Bethany House November 2012
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Amish Fiction, Lancaster County, Romance
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 352
Rating: 3 Stars

I do not consider myself an Amish fiction reader, definitely not a fan. On rare occasions I do read them. I was given this book for free from Bethany House, from their program for book clubs.
Having stated my feelings, it makes it a challenge to review an Amish story.

Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Summary: Cate is the elder sister. Her younger sister by a few years is Betsy. Cate is level-headed, reserved, loves to read, not interested in cooking or baking, she's not boy crazy, she helps their father in his business. Cate is a young woman who's been hurt in the past, and she guards her heart. Betsy is an emotional type gal, she's a pretty girl and has a charming personality---both of which she uses to her advantage. T…

Weekly Readings, May 19 Through May 25, 2013

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This past week I read:
1 Samuel chapters 1, 2.
Daniel chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
Hosea chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
Ezra chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

For the mini-challenge in May hosted by Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible. 
Psalm 139 three times
Psalm 23 three times
John chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.

Hoping you will have a restful Memorial Day weekend. Hoping you will not forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"A soldier once said, 'When I die; do not play taps over my grave. Instead play reveille, the morning call, the summons to rise.'" Author Unknown.

eBook Giveaway for January Justice by Athol Dickson

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The author has graciously stated he will giveaway ONE FREE eBOOK COPY!

If you will leave a  COMMENT and answer  ONE question you will be entered to  WIN!

What is your favorite action adventure actor? It can be a current actor, or an actor who made movies back in the early days of Hollywood.

My favorite action-packed actor would be a tie between Matt Damon from the Jason Bourne character, and Humphrey Bogart from the character of Sam Spade. 
I love both characters because they are seemingly calm cool and collected, yet men of action.



Review: January Justice by Athol Dickson

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Title: January Justice, The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs
Author: Athol Dickson
Publisher: Author Author November 30, 2012
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Action Novel, Suspense, Murder Mystery
Format: eBook on Kindle
Age: Adult
Pages: 701 KB (307 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars

Summary:
Reeling from his wife's unsolved murder, Malcolm Cutter is just going through the motions as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Hollywood's rich and famous. Then a pair of Guatemalan tough guys offer him a job. It's an open question whether they're patriotic revolutionaries or vicious terrorists. Either way, Cutter doesn't much care until he gets a bomb through his window, a gangland beating on the streets of L.A., and three bullets in the chest. Now there's another murder on Cutter's Mind. His own.

Excerpt:
ONE OF THE STRANGEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY was the sudden way it disappeared around the edges. One minute you were down on Sunset Boulevard surrounded by glass and concrete, and the next …

Weekly Readings, May 11 Through May 18, 2013

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Daily Bible readings for this past week~~~
Judges chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. 
Ruth chapters 1, 2, 3, 4.
Ezekiel chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48.
Romans chapter 3.

And for the Treasury of Truth Mini-Challenge hosted by Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible~~~
Psalm 139 read 3 times
Psalm 25 read 3 times
Colossians chapters 1, 2, 3, 4. 

A quote I read this past week that I loved.
"God appoints leaders-God's assignments are always based on character. The greater the character, the greater the assignment. Before God gives greater assignments Hebuilds in them greater characters." Kay Arthur

Reveiw: As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

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Title: As A Man Thinketh
Author: James Allen
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Christian Living, Christian Growth
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 64
Rating: 3 Stars

Free download of eBook:
http://manybooks.net/titles/allenjametext03mntkh10.html

From the James Allen Free Library:
http://james-allen.in1woord.nl/

From Project Gutenberg:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4507

Summary:
James Allen (1864-1912) wrote the short book or essay, As A Man Thinketh, from Proverbs 23:7a.
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" NKJV." According to Wikipedia James Allen, was a "pioneer in self-help/modern inspiration thought." 
My copy of this tiny book is from a collection of old books of my dad's. He probably bought this book in the early 1960's. I'd read this book many years ago and coming across it again I decided to re-read it.
James Allen's, mission in his book is to teach the reader that they really can control what t…

Pearl Girls Mother of Pearl Mother's Day Blog Series, DAY 9 – Mother Ship by Melody Murray

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Welcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series—a nine-day celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of today’s best writers (Tricia Goyer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Beth Vogt, Lesli Westfall, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on Mother’s Day.


AND . . . do enter the contest for a chance to win a beautiful handcrafted pearl necklace and a JOYN India bag. Enter at the bottom of this post. The contest runs 5/4-5/13, and the winner will be announced on 5/14. Contest is only open to U.S. residents.


If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info, subscribe to our blog, and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith to help support Pearl Girls™.





And to all you MOMS out there, Happy Mother…

Weekly Readings, May 5 Though May 11, 2013---Mother's Day

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There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about mother, nor a day when I do not miss her. Then, there are those dark moments and even days when I grieve for her. Mother's Day is bitter-sweet. It is bitter in that I miss my mother who is no longer here, but it is sweet in that I know exactly where she is. My mother is in heaven.
I feel that as humans we think things are just going to go on and on as they always have been, status quo. Yesterday, our youngest son closed on buying his first home. He will be slowly moving out of our nest over the next week. This is going to be a big change for all of us. Change is life, we know that in our head, but it's our hearts that lag behind with heaviness. I would like to go sit in a corner and cry. I would like to tell the world to slow down a bit, or even pause so I can soak in these last few days with our youngest still at home. This is impossible, because time trudges along.
I read recently about a woman who wrote a book with …

Pearl Girls Mother of Pearl Mother's Day Blog Series, DAY 8 – My Final Words to My Mother by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

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Welcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series—a nine-day celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of today’s best writers (Tricia Goyer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Beth Vogt, Lesli Westfall, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on Mother’s Day.


AND . . . do enter the contest for a chance to win a beautiful handcrafted pearl necklace and a JOYN India bag. Enter at the bottom of this post. The contest runs 5/4-5/13, and the winner will be announced on 5/14. Contest is only open to U.S. residents.


If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info, subscribe to our blog, and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith to help support Pearl Girls™.





And to all you MOMS out there, Happy Mother…

Pearl Girls Mother of Pearl Mother's Day Blog Series, DAY 7 – The Pursuit of Imperfection by Beth Vogt

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Welcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series—a nine-day celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of today’s best writers (Tricia Goyer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Beth Vogt, Lesli Westfall, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on Mother’s Day.


AND . . . do enter the contest for a chance to win a beautiful handcrafted pearl necklace and a JOYN India bag. Enter at the bottom of this post. The contest runs 5/4-5/13, and the winner will be announced on 5/14. Contest is only open to U.S. residents.


If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info, subscribe to our blog, and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith to help support Pearl Girls™.





And to all you MOMS out there, Happy Mother…

Review: An Unholy Communion, The Monastery Murders Book 3 by Donna Fletcher Crow

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Title: An Unholy Communion, Book 3, The Monastery Murders
Author: Donna Fletcher Crow
Publisher: Lion Huson/Kregel Publications 22 March 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: The Monastery Murder Series, Wales, Anglican Church, Murder Mystery, Suspense, Spiritual Warfare
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 384
Rating: 2 Stars

Summary:
Father Antony, and his fiancé Felicity, are the chaperone's and guides of a youth walking pilgrimage through Wales. Father Antony is a young Anglican priest and teacher at College of Transfiguration in Yorkshire, England. Felicity, is a young American living in England, and attending the same college that Father Antony is at. She is an ordinand, she also sings in the choir. They plan to marry at the end of the year. The walking pilgrimage takes place in June. It is a small group of youth and college students. They sleep in churches using sleeping bags. They are fed by the churches parishioner's. Before the pilgrimage begins Felicity suffers a frightful an…

Pearl Girls Mother of Pearl Mother's Day Blog Series, DAY 6 – History Has a Way of Repeating Itself by Tricia Goyer

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Welcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series—a nine-day celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of today’s best writers (Tricia Goyer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Beth Vogt, Lesli Westfall, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on Mother’s Day.


AND . . . do enter the contest for a chance to win a beautiful handcrafted pearl necklace and a JOYN India bag. Enter at the bottom of this post. The contest runs 5/4-5/13, and the winner will be announced on 5/14. Contest is only open to U.S. residents.


If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info, subscribe to our blog, and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith to help support Pearl Girls™.





And to all you MOMS out there, Happy Mother…

Pearl Girls Mother of Pearl Mother's Day Blog Series, DAY 5 – Daughter Sing Softly by Lesli A. Westfall

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Welcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series—a nine-day celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of today’s best writers (Tricia Goyer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Beth Vogt, Lesli Westfall, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on Mother’s Day.


AND . . . do enter the contest for a chance to win a beautiful handcrafted pearl necklace and a JOYN India bag. Enter at the bottom of this post. The contest runs 5/4-5/13, and the winner will be announced on 5/14. Contest is only open to U.S. residents.


If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info, subscribe to our blog, and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith to help support Pearl Girls™.






And to all you MOMS out there, Happy Mother…

Interview with Author Rita Gerlach

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Rita Gerlach is the author of six novels in the Christian fiction market. She is an outstanding author in writing about early American historical fiction. Her stories contain elements of romance, early American history, British history, American Revolution, sea voyage, emigration, and the colonial era American and Indian wars. Her characters are imperfect people (both men and women) who had visions that were often clouded by their own desires, yet God never abandoned them. Their wrong choices, did not alter God's will for their lives.
Titles of books:  Thorns in Eden and The Everlasting Mountains. The Daughters of the Potomac Series: Book One Before the Scarlet Dawn---Book Two Beside Two Rivers, and Book Three Beyond the Valley.  And two stand alone novels: The Rebel's Pledge and Surrender the Wind. 1. How do the stories, characters, themes, plots, come to you? Once you sit down to type a story is it all of sudden? Or maybe ideas of these things come to you in dreams?

Rita:  Stor…