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Friday, July 29, 2016

First Line Fridays - Week Fourteen


Ahhhh!!!! Where did this week go! I woke up this morning thinking it was Thursday!

This week I wanted to mix things up a little and use NON-FICTION First Line. I have long admired Audrey Hepburn(the GIANT framed poster I have of her testifies to that). Her story is one of trials and challenges with amazing results of strength and tenacity. This book is one of my favorite biographies of her life.


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"'Children have no enemies...' Although her heart told her so, Audrey Hepburn's memories of her own childhood denied the truth of this."


So what is your first line? Grab the nearest NON-FICTION book to you and post the first line! 

Don't forget to join in the fun with my wonderful book blogger friends:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Captive Imposter - The Everstone Chronicles Book Three - Dawn Crandall

Hiding her true identity may be the key for Estella Everstone to discover who she truly is. 

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)


From the back of the Book
Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to. 


Saturday, July 23, 2016

An Elegant Façade- Hawthorne House Book 2 - Kristi Ann Hunter

How much is Lady Georgina willing to risk to protect her secret? Will she be able to keep up her façade long enough to land a titled husband who will protect her at all costs?

My Rating

★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

From the Back of the Book

Lady Georgina Hawthorne has always known she must marry well. After years of tirelessly planning every detail of her debut season, she is poised to be a smashing success and have her choice of eligible gentlemen. 



With money and powerful business connections but no title, Colin McCrae is invited everywhere but accepted nowhere. He intends to marry someday, but when he does it will not be to a shallow woman like Lady Georgina, whose only concerns appear to be status and appearance.

Friday, July 22, 2016

First Line Fridays - Week Thirteen


First of all, I want to let you know that Ezra ended up having a strain of flu last week. (If you didn't see my FLF last week, he had a fever and went to the ER.) But he got over it super fast and is doing great! He even picked out our First Line this week!

I grew up reading The Chronicles of Narnia and they will always have a very special place in my heart. I will never forget the first time I ever heard about these books. We were at a doctor's office (I was super young and have no idea why) and a father was reading The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe to his daughter in the waiting room and invited my brother and I to listen to the story as well. My mom decided we were ready for them and the rest is history. 

My First Line:


The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

"This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child."


Want to join in more First Line Friday fun? Head over to my wonderful friends' blogs and find out what their first line is today! If you are interested in hosting FLF on your blog, send Carrie a message on Reading is my SuperPower!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Northanger Abbey - The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations

Listening to this Radio Drama collection brings back loads of memories of sitting around the radio as kids listening to Adventures in Odyssey from Focus on the Family. So much fun and easy to follow the storyline.

Publisher's Summary
A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels.
Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle.
Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.
Sense and Sensibility: forced to leave their family home after their father's death, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood try to forge a new life at Barton Cottage.

Friday, July 15, 2016

First Line Fridays (REMIX) - Week Twelve


How did it get to be the middle of JULY??? Thankfully our weather in WA has been mild so far this summer...other than a few weeks of 90 degree weather here and there. Thankful for our A/C unit and for weeks of 68 and RAIN in between. 

So excited for our weekend project this week...Painting the exterior of our house! Yay! Thankfully my hubby and his dad have their own construction business, so they have all the equipment and tools to make it a smooth day. 

Do you have any summer projects that you are hoping to get done around the house?

Now...on to my First Line:

Well, since writing the above, our night has taken quite the detour. [Yes, I usually write these posts on Thursday night.] My husband is on the way to the ER with Ezra, for a fever. If you don't know about his condition, the short version is this: Ezra was born without a functioning immune system (SCID) and received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from his brother at 9 weeks old. We just reached his 2 year post transplant anniversary. He is doing SOOOOOOO well! But they still need to take extra precaution with fevers/infections. I know that he will be fine, but it is late and this is always stressful for me. They will give him a dose of IV antibiotics and draw cultures to test for infections. (Hopefully it is just a cold.) And then he should head home in a couple hours.. I will try and update this in the morning if there is anything further to report.

**UPDATE 8:30am: Zach and Ezra got home about 2:30 this morning. Ezra's temperature maxed at 102 in the ER. They gave him one dose of Motrin (between Tylenol doses) and by 6:00am his temp was 100.4. We gave him another dose of Tylenol and I am letting him sleep right now. Prayers for Zach while he is at work today. And we NEED Ezra's temp to stay below 100.4 without the aide of Tylenol. No result on the cultures yet. All his labs are normal right now though, so that means he is not dehydrated and his kidneys and everything are functioning just fine.**

In light of all this I am really switching up First Line Fridays today...I want to know what is YOUR first line in the Bible that you run to in trying times?

The verse that has gotten me through many battles is:

25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Matthew 6:25-30 NLT


Don't forget to head over to these lovely sites and join in more First Line Friday fun! Happy Friday!!!

Reading is my SuperPower - Carrie (Mastermind behind FLF)
Faithfully Bookish - Beth Erin (Brilliant reviewer)
Singing Librarian - Sydney (Genius coordinator of Singing Librarian Book Tours)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Courageous (Valiant Hearts Book Three) - Dina Sleiman

From the Back of the Book

Will They Trust God's Call Even When It Leads to the Most Unexpected Places?


Inspired by the vision of the young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She'll gladly give herself to the cause, as she's haunted by a tragic mistake and feels she no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.

Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church but has always dreamt of protecting the innocent as a Templar knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of adolescents. When faced with political intrigue and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.


My Thoughts

I loved the first two books in the Valiant Hearts Series. Exciting and engaging. However, the final book in the series fell very short of my expectations. It was fun to revisit

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Promise in Defiance - Guest Post with Heather Blanton

In celebration of the release of A Promise in Defiance by Heather Blanton, I have a special treat for you today! 

I recently read A Lady in Defiance and was intrigued by the style, the story and the faith that touched my heart in a very profound way. (My review can be found HERE.) I was curious about why Heather writes the way she does and she was kind enough to agree to write a guest post for me! I am so excited for you to hear her heart on her writing style. Make sure to head over to her website (links below) to find out more about her books.






Why I Write the Way I Write

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Celebrating 101 Book Reviews - Giveaway - And Special Guest Post!


I did it! I made it to (and passed) 100 book reviews on Bookworm Mama! I was trying to decide how best to count and calculate how many book reviews I have posted, I just decided to count the individual book review posts that I have published. Because there are a few posts with multiple books...I figured this would be the easiest way! And as I was getting this post ready, thinking I still had 2 more books to review to hit 100, and I realised that I am at 101 book reviews! Yay!

Friday, July 8, 2016

First Line Fridays - Week Eleven



Is it just me or did this week just FLY by? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we had a long weekend with Independence Day...Or the fact that I really didn't do much this week? Haha! Anyhoo, it is time to grab the book nearest to you and post your first line! Many thanks to Carrie from Reading is my SuperPower for bring together myself, Beth Erin from Faithfully Bookish, and Sydney from Singing Librarian for First Line Friday fun!  

My first line comes from the book next on my TBR (To-Be-Read) pile...island...ok planet...I am so excited for this one! The first book was very good and I have heard nothing but praise for this one! 


"There was something fascinating about the rhythm or writing, at least when someone else was doing it?"

Gah! I can not wait to dive into this book this weekend! What is your first line? AND What book is next on your TBR list???

Make sure to post your first line on:


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Reading Challenge - The Year is HALF Over...WHAT???

I have become dreadfully behind on my personal reading challenge. Although, I am so excited about the books that I have discovered and devoured through this. Books I normally wouldn't pick up that have become among my favorite! Several new authors and genres to explore. So much fun! I hope you are having fun with whatever reading challenge you have for 2016.




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry - Book Review

From the Back of the Book

Sometimes Love is Found in the Most Unexpected Places!

Love isn't always a fairy tale, and it doesn't always go as planned. Sometimes the best stories, though, are the ones that are the most unexpected. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that celebrate the power of love to triumph . . . even when circumstances go awry! 

The Husband Maneuver - Karen Witemeyer
When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely.

Friday, July 1, 2016

First Line Fridays - Week Ten


Welcome to Week Ten of First Line Fridays on Bookworm Mama! 

We are proud to welcome another member to our team of Friday fun...Beth Erin from Faithfully Bookish has joined Singing Librarian, Reading is my SuperPower, and myself in kicking off the weekend with bookish fun. If you wish to join us, message Carrie.

In celebration of Week Ten...I am posting the First line of Chapter Ten.


"Without the king, Susa seemed like a body without an energizing spirit."

Now, what is the first line of CHAPTER TEN of the book nearest you?

You can read my review of Esther: Royal Beauty HERE. And make sure you head over to check out these first lines: