Archive | December, 2018

Book Review-Searching For You

29 Dec

Searching for you was written by Jody Hedlund and is the third book in the Orphan Train series.
Summary: Sophie Neumann will do anything to care for orphans Olivia and Nicholas. She loves them like they were her own. But, being an orphan herself, things are getting desperate. How can she continue to provide for them and keep them safe?
When Sophie and her friend Anna witness a murder, they are forced to flee for their lives by boarding the orphan train heading west. But Sophie has plenty of misgivings-will she be able to keep them all together? Is this what is really best for Olivia and Nicholas?
The last thing she wants to be is a failure, but everything in her heart is telling her she is not good enough. It has to be true, or why would her sisters have abandoned her when she needed them the most?
For now, all she can do is her best for Olivia and Nicholas, and she will-no matter what the cost to herself.
My Thoughts: This is a great book. The writing is wonderful, there are plenty of twists and turns, great characters, and the book does a great job finishing off the series. I also really liked reading more about the history of the orphan train-such a fascinating part of American history.
You can read this book on its own, but I do recommend reading the other books first-simply because there are so many characters and so much backstory, you can enjoy this book more with a better understanding of the full picture. Otherwise, this is a wonderful book, and I really enjoyed it!

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Christmas Card Day 36

27 Dec

Today I am posting my last Christmas card for 2018!
This card was my favorite, so I saved it for last. 🙂
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Supplies: Patterned Paper, Card Stock: American Crafts; Stamps, Dies: Lawn Fawn; Other: Punch, Glossy Accents
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
12 Months of Christmas #48:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #417:
Please join my Facebook page
Merry Little Christmas #5:

Lawn Fawnatics #43:

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Hope you enjoyed my Christmas card series this year! 🙂

 

Christmas Card Day 35

26 Dec

Yes, I am still posting Christmas cards! 🙂
Another Critter Hugger card today:
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Supplies: Glitter Paper, Patterned Paper, Card Stock: American Crafts; Stamps, Dies: Lawn Fawn; Other: Punch, Glossy Accents
I love these dies so much!!! 🙂
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
12 Months of Christmas #48:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #417:
Please join my Facebook page
Merry Little Christmas #5:

Lawn Fawnatics #43:

Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes:
Stay tuned for day 36-the FINAL day-tomorrow! 🙂

 

Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

.~Christmas Barn~. @adeleburgess                                                                                                                                                                                 More
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Card Monday-Christmas Card Day 34

24 Dec

Welcome to Christmas card day 34 and Merry Christmas Eve!
Two more Critter Hugger cards for you today:
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Supplies: Glitter Paper: American Crafts; Card Stock: American Crafts, My Favorite Things; Dies: Lawn Fawn; Silhouette
The blue background and trees were cut with my Silhouette, and the rest are die cuts.  I had so much fun making these!
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
12 Months of Christmas #48:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #417:
Please join my Facebook page
Merry Little Christmas #5:

Lawn Fawnatics #43:

Stay tuned for day 35!

 

Christmas Card Day 33

23 Dec

Welcome to Christmas card day 33!
I’ve saved my favorites for the last few days before Christmas. I had a blast playing with the Critter Huggers from Lawn Fawn this year, and I have a few to share.  Here is the first one:
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Supplies: Card Stock, Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Dies: Lawn Fawn; Other: Stickles, Punch
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
12 Months of Christmas #48:

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge #417:
Please join my Facebook page
Merry Little Christmas #5:

Lawn Fawnatics #43:

Stay tuned for day 34!

 

Book Review-Flights of Fancy

22 Dec

Flights of Fancy is the first book in the American Heiresses series, and was written by Jen Turano.
Summary: Miss Isadora Delafield is a very wealthy New York heiress, and as such, is pursued quite fervently by the single gentleman in her social circle.  Her mother has her heart set on Isadora marrying a Duke, so when one presents himself willing and able to take Isadora as his wife, her mother’s meddling reaches new levels.
In order to escape the persistent Duke (and her mother), Isadora must flee her home and hide.  But where to hide?  Everyone knows who she is, and there isn’t anywhere in high society she will be safe.
With help from her friends, Isadora concocts a daring plan-she will apply for a housekeeping job in Pennsylvania.  Having never worked a day in her life, the task seems daunting, but how hard can it really be to order other servants around? She knows how to do that.
Little does she know just how unprepared she is.  But, when Mr. Ian MacKenzie finds himself in desperate need of a housekeeper for his aunt and uncle, he is forced to at least give her a trial run.
Will Isadora be able to keep up the charade, or will she be discovered by the Duke and forced into a loveless marriage after all?
My Thoughts:  This is a great book.  I thoroughly enjoyed the fish-out-of-water experiences that Isadora is exposed to, and the hilarity that ensues.  The deep relationships between the characters, the funny and crazy situations Isadora finds herself in, and the overall drama of her possibly being discovered for her true self, really lend to a fun and fascinating read.  I highly recommend this book-it is worth checking out-so go read it!  🙂
As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book for my unbiased review.  Thank you!
*Please note-this book will not be released until January 1st, 2019.