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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Up Side

Up Side is our way of looking at the positive parts of possibly having to redo our shower and tile our bathroom. The up side is that I got to look for some great ideas on Pinterest. Allan and I are going to get to spend lots of quality time together working on this project. More likely than not, my sweet Daddy is hopeful going to help us and not least (but last) I am extremely grateful that we have two guest bathrooms to use while ours is out of commission.

I'm off to wake up the dragon Allan for another day of ripping things out of the bathroom. It should be fun!

Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

I always enjoy Denise Hunter's books and this one is no exception. She finds a way to tell Jade and Daniel's story so anyone can relate even if you haven't been in their exact shoes. People don't often comment on the cover or title of the book but in this case I want to take the time to say how much I love both. If you've ever spent a summer night running around catching fireflies and taken a moment to appreciate how beautiful a night like that can be then you can't help but love the title and cover chosen for this book. Then you read this amazing story and it's impossible to find anything short of wonderful!

After reading and reviewing Barefoot Summer I have been patiently waiting for this book to come out! While this is the second in her Chapel Springs Romance series you can read this without having read Barefoot Summer but I'd encourage you to check out that one as well because it's a great read. While this book does cover some sensitive issues I believe Denise Hunter did a wonderful job handling it. I will say that I am a sucker for a story in which the guy has been in love with the girl for years and instead of telling her he continued to act like a brother. Thankfully guys/boys grow into men and usually gather the courage to admit how they've felt all along. I hope you all enjoy Jade and Daniel's story as much as I did and I can't wait to see what Denise Hunter has in store for us next!

Book Info

About the book: A Chapel Springs Romance

Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she'd never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He's loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she's back, his feelings are stronger than ever.
As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she's hiding secrets from her family, and she's strangely attracted to the man who's always called her "squirt." Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.

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About the Author: Denise Hunter is an internationally published best-selling author. Her books have won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and was a RITA finalist. In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all of her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps, too. When Denise isn't writing, she's busy raising three heroes-in-the-making with her husband.

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Don't miss Denise Hunter's latest Chapel Springs Romance, Dancing with Fireflies. Reviewers have already labeled Dancing with Fireflies "swoon-worthy" and "the perfect love story." 

Join Denise in celebrating the release of her new book by entering her Kindle HDX giveaway and RSVPing for her April 10th Facebook party.

One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • Dancing with Fireflies and Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 10th. Winner will be announced at the Dancing with Fireflies Facebook Party on April 10th. Connect with Denise for an evening of prizes, book chat, and an exclusive look at the next book in the series.

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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. As little girls my sister and I spent a lot of time picking blackberries and returned home from the pasture many a time with blackberry-stained hands. In my opinion the most critical point of this book centers around an afternoon of blackberry picking with Laura, Sean, Cassie, and Tigger. Unfortunately it takes the entire novel to understand why this particular afternoon would play such a huge impact on the rest of their lives. Laura's dad, Elliott, finds them picking blackberries by the railroad tracks and reminds them to keep a close eye on Cassie's little sister, Tigger. Although they promised they would, once Sean leaves to go to the lake Cassie is quickly able to persuade Laura to leave Tigger so they can go back to Cassie's house and paint their fingernails. A bulk of the story takes place when Laura returns home to bury her mother and sort through her things. More than saying goodbye to her mother this trip becomes all about digging into her father's disappearance and assumed drowning that had occurred twelve years prior, just before Laura left for college. Rumors around town claim that her father has been seen recently. Laura sets out to discover if there's any truth to those rumors and before long Sean, her best friend and high school sweetheart, is helping her but finding it difficult to imagine the man he idolized could have walked away from his family but in the back of his mind he knows it could be possible. It becomes apparent that not everyone wants Laura looking for her father and after a few incidents Sean refuses to leave Laura alone for fear that someone might harm her.

Now that you've got a good summary of what's going on I'll give you my opinion of how everything comes together. I was disappointed and I'm not entirely sure why. I think perhaps I didn't like how the search for Laura's father drug on and on and then at the very end of the book there were too many twists too soon and not enough time spent explaining the why behind them. While I would still say this is a good book I just don't feel it's as good as it could have been but it's a wonderful story that takes a harsh look into the possibility of a man walking away from his family and the lingering effects that his absence had in the lives of Laura, her mother, Sean, and friends of her father. I only wish certain parts of the book had been expanded a bit more. I also wish the end had been a bit different with Laura and Sean. Once I read the ending I completely changed my mind about how I felt about the two of them as a couple.


If you think this sounds like a book you'd be interested in you can get more information about the book here, check out the author's website here,  and read her bio here. Meg Moseley can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. I highly encourage you to check out Gone South, one of her previous novels that I also had the privilege to review. It was a wonderful book!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.