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Book Review: Wings of the Wind

When I first read one of Connilyn Cossette’s books, I was very happily surprised at how well-written it was. (Not that I was thinking it would be bad – it just far surpassed my expectations!) You can imagine how happy I was to see the third of her “Out From Egypt” series.


The publisher’s blurb:

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage–for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

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Book Review: Trusting Grace

This kind of felt like I was reading a Disney movie from the 1970s set in the Old West. Think The Apple Dumpling Gang or Hot Lead and Cold Feet. This book didn’t take me back to the time period it was supposed to be set in, mainly because the dialogue simply didn’t fit.



The publisher’s blurb:

All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband’s ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.

Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart.

Readers will be swept away into 1860s Montana’s lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional conclusion to the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series

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Make It Yours!

I am always, always looking out for cool ways to repurpose old things and spruce up items I’ve been using. This book is one of those true inspiration-filled guides a crafty person needs!

The publisher’s blurb:

Transform everyday objects into handcrafted pieces to wear, share, and display.

In Yellow Owl’s Make It Yours, you’ll learn techniques for bringing personal touches to objects all around your home. Upgrade your plain scarf with a colorful abstract design. Turn a dresser into an eye-catching art deco showpiece. Whip up a desert-inspired quilt to enliven your living room. Expert printer and Yellow Owl Workshop founder, Christine Schmidt, shares her trade secrets for creating gorgeous projects using unexpected materials, from gold leaf to cake fondant. What’s best: the included Yellow Owl Workshop templates and techniques can be mixed and matched to create countless more projects! Featuring inventive ideas for every room, skill level, and time constraint, Yellow Owl’s Make It Yours will teach you to print, stamp, stencil, and dye your way to a personalized life.
Projects include:

• Monogram Leather Clutch
• Roll Stamp Table Linens
• Fruit Shoji Blinds
• Shibori Dyed Bed Linens
• Plaid Tote
• Upholstered Chair with Hand-Printed Fabric
• DIY Delftware

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Amish Or Englischer?

The ebb tide, when the tide is at its lowest, revealing things otherwise hidden beneath the ocean, half-buried in the sand. An apt title for this book, where when we feel everything is stripped from us, only to discover a bit of shiny we were supposed to be all along.

The publisher’s blurb:

When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter’s nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Sallie has long dreamed of seeing more of the world, but her parents are reluctant for her to put off baptism yet another summer, and the timing is unfortunate for Perry Zook, who has renewed interest in courting her.

Though she loves nannying, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Kevin Kreider, a marine biology student who talks freely about all he’s learning and asks about her interests, unlike most of the guys she grew up with. Time with Kevin is invigorating, and Sallie realizes she’s never felt quite this alive around Perry. Then again, Kevin is Mennonite, not Amish.

Sallie tries to brush aside her growing feelings for Kevin, but she fears what her parents would think about her new friendship. Just as concerning, however, is Sallie’s realization that her time in Cape May is increasing her desire to see the world, challenging her plans for the future. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will Sallie only find what her heart is longing for back home in Paradise Township?

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How Long Would You Wait?

If you knew he was the right one for you, how long would you wait for him? Even though he promised he would return and marry you soon, a year later he sends a short letter to you, telling you he will not be returning, and he wishes you well in your life. Would you still hold out hope that he might someday return?

The publisher’s blurb:

It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett’s heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.

Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can’t pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.

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We Can Always Go For Indian…

When my sister and I were very little, Mom had an au pair for a few years. The au pair, Mari, was dating a young man from India, Jiwan, who taught Mom how to cook a few Indian dishes. Vibrant India, a cookbook by Chitra Agrawal, brought back those memories with a smile.

A bevy of delicious dishes, all plant-based, harking from southern India. You won’t find the heavy creams and curries in this book! Instead, your tastebuds will be taken on a delightful journey led by a tempting array of spices.

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