Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Field of Redemption by Lori Bates Wright

•°o•:*:•. Interesting & Different Civil War Era Story .•:*:• o°•
Macon, GA 1864
Abigail McFadden is a “Yankee” nurse serving in the South. Her priority is people, whether on the battlefield, makeshift hospital ward or living on the edge of society in the shantytown.  She has had to start over, and nearly everyone in Macon has been kind and giving to her.  Save for the power-hungry General Farris who is attempting to convince everyone she is a Union spy.
Colonel Ian Saberton is a strong, confident leader. However, he is rather unprepared for a town full of women who demand to be heard and useful in this war.  They have strong ideas, but over time he discovers one in particular needs his help to avoid an unjust hanging. The more involved he becomes, the more he learns about who Abby is and how strong her faith is.  Faith is something he’s put on the shelf since the war started, leading him down a path of destruction. Favorite Quote: Ch. 9 “Abby McFadden was a most peculiar female. Whatever circumstance she got herself into, she acted with all of her heart.”
Young Hickory has returned from book 1 and takes an active role in the story.  He is a wonderful character who is clever, cautious but still happy to be a kid when there is an opportunity despite hardship and loss.
The evil side of men is shown throughout the story, so if you enjoy a strong sense of danger without too much gory detail, this book offers it.  It is countered with Ian’s conviction to serve, protect and conquer injustice at every turn.
The more personal details of what people are worried about and dealing with in wartime were interesting, particularly since this book is told primarily from the southern point of view, and I did enjoy it.
The scene with the Georgia peaches was a particular favorite.

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Connect with the author: www.LoriBatesWright.com

About the Author in Her Own Words:
My favorite childhood memories involve sitting around my grandmother's kitchen table listening in while my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles told amazing stories of times gone by. Sometimes I laughed until I'd lose my breath. Sometimes I sat quietly, on the verge of tears, hearing of the bravery and perseverance shown by those who'd gone before me.  What I wouldn't give to have known them. History has been a passion ever since. Couple that with an insatiable love for story and there you have the heart of what inspires me to write books with a timeless message of love and hope. In many ways, I've come full circle. The legacy torch carried by my parents and grandparents has now been passed to me. I pray my novels convey all the charm, romance, wit and wisdom of the past to enlighten and fascinate a whole new generation. I am a child of the Southwest. Raised in New Mexico, I now live in Texas with my husband of 35 years. I have two wonderful grown kids and four grandboys that can leap tall buildings in a single bound! My family is truly the heart of who I am. The only thing I love more than my family (and books) is Jesus. My sincerest hope is that you sense that in my writing. Happy reading! Lori

Sierra Vista Books – 07/23/2019
The author sent me a complimentary book in the hopes of a favorable review.  I was not paid for my opinions which are entirely mine.
4 stars
The Saberton Legacy:
2.     Field of Redemption, Ian Saberton and Abigail’s story
3.     Book 3, Zachary Saberton and Aurora’s story, coming soon

I pray that you are well dear reader.
May your bookshelf & teacup
be filled, and the Spirit of
the Lord guide your path 
in righteousness. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Good morning! I just took a "personali-tea" quiz through Harney & Sons for a contest they are having.  It was kind of fun, but the animal choices were odd.  It's a quick one so give it a go and then come back and paste your own in the comments below.

Your Personali-tea is Herbal!
You like variety in your life and you enjoy switching up your hobbies, favorite foods and routines often. Though it may be hard for your friends to predict your next move, you also have a calm and therapeutic nature that makes you a pleasure to be around.
Like you, herbal teas like to mix it up. Herbal teas, also known as herbal infusions, are typically a blend of herbs, flowers, spices and dried fruit. This blend of ingredients is then brewed in the same way as your favorite traditional tea, either loose or in tea sachets or bags. By combining quality ingredients, blends can be created that calm, invigorate or treat minor ailments. Colors and flavors range from light and fruity to vibrant and spicy to match your mood. We offer over 40 different kinds of blends, many of which are caffeine-free and just as chill as you are.

(Answer 5 simple questions to discover the tea type that best suits you! 5 lucky quiz-takers will win a $50 Harney & Sons gift card. Contest ends August 7, 2019)


(Note: I am not in any way affiliated with this quiz/contest/prizes. Just sharing it for fun!)

I am hoping I correctly shared the link, but if not it is on the Harney dot com blog :)

Until Next Time ~ Hugs and a Cup of Tea,
Heather Elizabeth

Tuesday, July 23, 2019


These are sweet little stories to pass the time. 
Barbour Publishing © July, 2019
The quilt graphics at the beginning of the chapters are charming. 3 stars overall / Netgalley and the publisher kindly sent me a review eBook in the hopes of a favorable review, with no further expectation or compensation. All opinions are my own. 

(1) Bygone by Mary Davis (4 stars)•*• Heartwarming •*•1884 Texas – Matilda (aka Tilly) Rockford has returned home from Baltimore, all grown up. She never expected Orion Dunbar to be the person meeting her at the station. “Would he squeeze her hand until she cried like when she was a child? No, he held it gently, helping her into the buggy. He laid a quilt across her lap to keep her warm on the ride.” Orion had arrived on the orphan train, a broken and angry little boy. He acted out and hurt people, especially little Tilly who was always kind to him. Now grown, he only wants to make up for his past mistakes. “His heart sped up at having her so close. She smelled of lavender and vanilla.” However, there is another man who also wishes to pay Matilda special attentions.
I enjoyed this sweet story, yet there are several incomplete sentences: e.g. 1. “Show her she could trust him.” 2. “The same place that had always hungered for her attention.” 3. “And smiled.” 

(2) The Bridal Shop, a Novella by Grace Hitchcok (5 stars) •*• Sweet Story of learning to trust in others•*•
1886 Charleston, South Carolina – Alice has been so hurt by men that she has resigned herself to a life without them and she now runs an up-and-coming bridal shop. “Giles lifted his faced heavenward and groaned. A bridal shop, Lord? Not to sound ungrateful, but You couldn’t have made it a tailor shop? And not some place full of women?” I enjoyed Giles very much. Clearly a good and Godly man with a sense of humor. Eustace is a total cad! And he deserves the brat of a wife he married. 
TEA MOMENT: “Alice couldn’t bring herself to go to bed quite yet. She decided to treat herself to a pot of herbal tea and the last of the oatmeal cookies from the bakery over a Harper’s Bazaar.”
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:3?”
I like Grace Hitchcock’s writing style. This is the second of her books that I have read.

(3) Mending Sarah’s Heart, a Novella by Suzanne Norquist (3 stars) •*•Learning to Trust God Again •*•
1884 Rockledge, CO – Sarah Anderson is a widow. She and her sons live in a CO mining town near family. She believes God has let her down and now she is forced to earn a living in her dress shop. Jack Taylor has a mission to accomplish. Turn over funds to his deceased partner’s widow and skedaddle. He does not expect to find a woman in desperate need of help with sons in need of guidance. 
This was a sweet story of learning to trust God again and feeling unworthy of God’s love, or anyone else’s. Not a lot of depth, but an easy afternoon read. I liked how Jack stepped in to guide the boys, even though he didn’t know them. However, the immediate desire for him to protect the widow did not click for me.

(4) Binding Up Wounds, a Novella by Liz Tolsma (3 stars) •*•A Decent Story of Acceptance•*•
1865 Regent, WI, - Lance Witherspoon fought for “the other side”. He carries a multihued patchwork quilt that saved his life. With nowhere left to go, he sets out from VA to find the woman who created it and thank her. Melissa Bainbridge is quiet, shy, private. She lives with her grandparents and creates dolls. Her town does not understand her. The young women either torment or shun her. “The three girls burst into a fresh round of laughter. Now would be the perfect time for the Second Coming. Anything to deliver Melissa from this misery. But no trumpets sounded from heaven.” Her grandparents adore her and strive to love all, including strangers considered by most to be “the enemy”. The two main characters spend weeks together, getting to know each other in the process. I appreciated that the author did not have them tripping into each other’s arms after a few days. Overall, I liked the idea of this story and what pulls Lance to Melissa. It is such a harsh thing he has to go through, being an outsider in his own country. Melissa was rather immature and for far longer than necessary, i.e. multiple times during the same day, which was nerve-wracking. Lance had such a pure heart. 
A decent enough story.

Until Next Time,

Hugs and a Cup of Tea ~ Heather Elizabeth

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Express Bride-5 Stars-Daughters-of-the-Mayflower-Series

•°o•:*:•. VERY HAPPY .•:*:• o°•
After not enjoying the last book in the series, I was so very pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy book no.9 in the “Daughters of the Mayflower”: series.  Once I found out it centered around the Pony Express, I decided to accept the invitation to read it.
Some fun facts from the book: Now called the Pony Express, it was the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company (COC&PP). It operated from 04/03/1860 until 10/24/1861 when the telegraph took over.  It went from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA in 10 days.

The story involves one mystery surrounding forged treasury notes and another involving a missing heiress. There are quite a bit of godly men sharing their faith, and our heroine seeking God as well that I enjoyed.
**Kansas City, MO**
Elijah Johnson is entrusted by his friend and business partner, Charles Vines, to find his long lost daughter before he departs from this world.  But, she’s been gone for 26 years!  It will take a lot of fortitude and brains to ferret out any clues that old; plus some guidance from the good Lord.
**Utah Territory, forty miles from Virginia City**
Meanwhile, in Carson Sink, Jacqueline Rivers has taken over her father’s station following his recent passing.  She is manager, hostess, cook, boss, big sister and surrogate mom to “her boys” who ride for and deliver the mail for the COC&PP. 
“Every time she watched a rider head out, she prayed until he was out of sight.  The number of riders and horses it took to cross the two-thousand-mile trail was extravagant.  But to get the news in a week rather than a month or more was huge.  It never ceased to amaze her, so every day she found herself praying for these young men who sacrificed so much.”
“Jack” is coming to grips with her loss and new duties when two men show up on the stagecoach seeking her help with two entirely different problems.
Michael, her adopted brother, was a fun character.  I appreciated his youth and humor.

Tea References:
“As she looked down at her cup of tea, the image of her mother, so dreamlike and beautiful, still hovered at the edges of her mind. If only she could keep it there and remember more.”
“But being the doting father he was, he usually gave in and ordered her something pretty.  She’d never forget the first time she asked him to buy a china tea set. His face had been almost comical.”

Cautionary Note: This book does contain some violence, including wife beating (not in grave detail) and also cold-blooded killing/shooting.

Extra tidbits about the P.E. are listed after the story, including the fact that it was a “huge financial flop”!  I also like the Express riders oath shared within the story.

I loved the final sentence which made me laugh out loud.

I was approached by Barbour Publishing and asked to review an eVersion of this book without fee, expectation or compensation.  My opinion is my own and offered freely.  Please read other reviews for a well-rounded purchasing decision.

© July 1, 2019, Barbour Publishing 5 stars

Monday, June 24, 2019


Good day to you friends!
I have been having a few fun tea moments and thought I would share them here.
This first one was in honor of my daughter who left last Wednesday for a missionary trip to Europe.  One of her flights to was from Dublin to London and then on to Budapest, Hungary.  Well, because Dublin decided she had to check her carryon luggage (even though 6 airlines had already okayed her previously), it caused her to miss her London flight.  She then had to scramble and reach out to people for help because the next flight was not until the next day!  She made contact with a young man who she had met here in California, who actually played backup drums for her at a coffee shop and after checking with his folks, welcomed her to spend the night at their home.  God is so good!  After that, she was able to meet up with her team in Hungary and they are off and running as they get to know each other and share the love of Jesus with others.  She is the only one who flew in from America, so this a big deal in her life!  Lots of prayer from this mama, I can tell you!

I enjoyed this tea with my latest concoction of oatmeal, which is super fun to play around with!  I have graduated to steel cut oats which seems so grown up to me - ha! To 3 cups of water and 1 cup oats I add the zest of one small orange (from my tree), a pinch of cardamom, a generous sprinkling of cinnamon, a handful of dried cranberries and raisins, a 1/8 cup of pumpkin seeds, 1/8 cup of dried coconut, 1/8 cup of sliced almonds.  After it's all cooked, I add a tsp. of local honey.  It is so dang tasty!!!! It also gives me a couple of extra servings to put in the fridge.
TEA TIP: If you see the adorable 3 pack of London themed tins at Marshall's, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, etc. you may want to skip them unless you simply want the tins and not the tea.  They have turned the tea into something resembling instant coffee. Yuck!
Yesterday, I found the cutest little lemon mug at Dollar Tree along with a lemon lavender candle that just had to come home with me.  When I pulled the sticker off the bottom, it said Royal Norfolk which sounds utterly fancy!  Naturally, I pulled out and brewed my Lemon Lavender Lane tea from Celestial Seasonings (I purchased mine at WalMart).  I also opened up the Lemon Marmalade I had been saving.  It was made in Italy and I think I found it at Marshall's.  It had a nice lemon taste, but also slightly earthy.  But, tea and toast are always a good idea!  The flowers came from the farmer's market that morning!  They sell the cutest little $5 bunches or 3 for $14, so I decided to get a couple for friends as well.
This is exactly why I save spaghetti sauce mason jars! (smile).
Then last evening, I decided to make a BLT salad with raspberry vinaigrette and corn on the cob.  My new mug was perfect for pink lemonade.  Ok, not tea related... but, having fun with the mug!I don't know why I never thought to do a BLT salad before.  It was tasty!

Finally, this morning, I had a sweet devotional time with some lovely farm fresh eggs from my daycare littles, spinach, and avocado, plus Bates Brambleberry tea in my new mug, followed by a cup of Vanilla Comoro because one cup of tea just was not enough!  Even as I write this, I am continually checking on social media for my daughter's missionary team.  It looks like one leg of their trip fell through and now they are scrambling to find housing for the next couple of days in East Hungary or West Romania!  So, if you would not mind, please lift them up in prayer.  I know God has a plan :)

Thank you for joining me for these little moments.  Have a lovely week!
Until next time,
Hugs and a cup of tea!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

More than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

Honey Grove, TX 1896
Click for Honey Grove Preservation League

Abigail Kemp is running a bakery with her pretty younger sister, Rosalind, as she has been doing for quite some time.  However, now that her father has passed, “somebody” has dug up an antiquated city ordinance that does not allow women to own a business. “These stuffy male councilmen might want to hold her down, but like a well-made bread dough, she planned to rise to the occasion.”

Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to do as he pleases.  He has fulfilled his obligations to his adopted siblings and moved away from near-by Pecan Gap to start fresh.  He has carved a niche at the local lumber mill and keeps to himself as much as possible, save for a corner table at the local bakery where he enjoys coffee and sticky buns every morning and the occasional run-in with his boss’s passel of kids. Life is pretty comfortable now.  Although his past deeds still haunt his thoughts. When Abigail approaches Zach with a proposition, he nearly chokes over her business plan.  But, after some thought, he might consider it, with a few tweaks to her contract.

This was a wonderful, feel-good read.  I really enjoyed getting to know Zach more.  He is somebody special. He’s a bit gruff, but he feels deeply.  He is a champion when needed and fights hard to overcome obstacles, even the unseen ones of foolish female hearts. I appreciated that Abigail was not the typical size 2, but a curvy, kind soul with a lot to offer.  Both characters came to know each other and fit so perfectly together, in a way only God could have orchestrated.

I also liked learning about how Davy Crockett was responsible for naming Honey Grove in real life.  Apparently, he set up a camp under the trees on his way to the Alamo and enjoying it so much, he carved his name in a tree along with the name Honey Grove, intent on returning there one day. Sadly, he did not survive the Alamo, but a friend, Sam Erwin purchased the land and honored the name.

DSC_0158Humorous Tea Moment: “One sat by the window. Bran muffin and tea with sugar. Man and muffin shared a remarkable resemblance – both a bit squatty and thick around the middle with smooth, round tops.”

I highly recommend this 5-star story and look forward to the next one.       Thank you to Bethany House Publishing who sent me a review copy.  My opinion is my own without expectation or compensation.

Award-winning & bestselling author Karen Witemeyer “writes historical romances because she believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters”. She is one of the sweetest authors you can connect with!  You may do so at: http://www.karenwitemeyer.com/ or at: 
The Posse FB group fan page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1839437643052460/ where the ladies in the group build community like no other group I have experienced! Truly a blessing.

Places To Purchase (click selection):

Patchwork Family Series:

1 - More Than Meets The Eye 6/5/2018 – 5 STARS
2 - More Than Words Can Say 6/4/2019 – 5 STARS
2.5 - Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection - expected 11/5/2019
Until next time,
Hugs and a Cup of Tea!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Number of Love – The Codebreakers Book 1 Roseanna M White

The Number of Love – The Codebreakers Book 1 Roseanna M. White

***Hooray! Theme & Characters from ‘Shadows Over England’ Series Return ***

London 1917, WWI
Margot De Wilde has returned to us as a key player in this story featuring Room 40 and the life of Codebreakers whose sole job is to decode war messages in various forms day in and day out.
She has always seen life through numbers.  The Lord speaks to her in numbers.  She calculates every step and motion with the utmost effectiveness.  At 17, she is generally the most intelligent person in a room.  However, her intelligence and calculations leave little room for emotion.

Drake Elton is an undercover agent and a very good one.  His younger sister Dot struggles through life and he needs to see her settled with a job before he heads out on his next assignment.  In doing so, he meets a girl with “impossibly dark eyes” who challenges his thoughts. But, he has little time to delve into that while a war is raging and answers need uncovering.

Das Gespenst proves to be a mysterious villain and adds the necessary element of danger.  His character was interesting while trying to discover his “angle”.  He also brought a GO board with him, another attention-grabbing throw-back to the previous series.

The story is continually moving forward at a great pace as the players in the war, on both sides, do their parts. Reading about anthrax and the effort to uncover code books from U-boats, Zeppelins and Gotha bombers were very interesting.  

Tea Quotes: “Here you go.” Cheerful and smiling and utterly oblivious, she handed him a cup of steaming, fragrant tea. “Just the way you like.”
“And after another night shift, she was more than looking forward to a hot cup of tea, her clanking radiator, and maybe a not-warm-enough bath before she went to bed.”

Spiritual Moment: “Do not neglect your prayers, Drake. Neglect your chores, neglect your ablutions, neglect your mother, but never neglect our prayers.  They are what root you to the Lord.”

Wonderfully written as always.  While we do get to visit old friends, you do NOT need to have read the previous series as plenty of backstory is scattered within this book.  I would also add, that while the time frame is WWI, you are not dragged through the gruesomeness of war.  I very much appreciated that. I am looking forward to Phillip Camden’s future story.

Image of The Admiralty Office at Whitehall, 1760 (aka The Old Building) from an engraving by D. Cunego as found in the book Royal Navy Handbooks, Naval Administration, page 17, publ. 1896,by Sir Vessey Hamilton, G.C.B., Late First Sea Lord of the Admiralty. A copy of this book is in the public domain via Cornell Univ. https://archive.org/details/cu31924030895860/page/n37

Room 40 was on the first floor of the northern wing (right) of The Admiralty's Ripley Building (built 1726) in Whitehall. It was on the same corridor as the office of the First Sea Lord.

About the Book:
Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.
Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?
Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

It is my privilege to share my opinion without expectation or compensation. I received an advance copy without charge from BETHANY HOUSE PUBL. 

(5 stars)
SERIES: The Codebreakers
The Number of Love –  Book 1 June 4, 2019
Wings of Devotion – Book 2 tba

Author Bio:  Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/2WdRsY0
Christian Book: https://bit.ly/2U3x4LB
Roseanna’s Shop (Signed): Click Here

Some of my other reviews for Roseanna's books (click beneath photos):
A Name Unknown 
A Song Unheard

An Hour Unspent

Until next time,
Hugs and a cup of tea!

National Iced Tea is coming up! JUNE 10th

Monday, May 20, 2019

Tea Themed Soap and Tea Themed Book

I was gifted this soap for Natl. Child Care Provider's Day (always the Friday before Mother's Day) and thought some of you might enjoy it as well.  It has a sweet floral fragrance and can be found at Bath and Body Works.  It is also available as a candle.

Tearoom for Two – Tearoom Mysteries 1 – Susan Page Davis
***An Enjoyable Cozy Mystery with NO Murder ***

I received the first three books in this series as a gift from my mom because anyone who knows me is well aware of my love of tea!  These books have actually been in my Amazon wishlist for quite some time!

What I find particularly interesting is that each one is written by a different author so we shall see how well they do maintaining the original feel of the characters in the other books.

I was so happy this mystery did NOT have a murder in it.  In fact, there are two mysteries happening simultaneously!
Middle-aged cousins (clapping hands for real-world people, not just pretty, young things), are ready for new chapters and decide to start a tearoom together.  We go along for their moving in together to flea market shopping, meeting the neighbors, returning to the church of their youth, trying new recipes for the tearoom and uncovering historical treasures.  Each has her own characteristics whether shy or apprehensive, or outspoken, but through it all, they balance each other and support each other.  It was nice not to have to read about griping or rudeness from these two, but the kind of friend you would actually want to move in with.  Prayer is offered up when needed and plenty of cups of tea are poured.  A sweet kitty starts visiting the back porch who earns a tea themed name (which I will not spoil).

Tea Quotes: 1. They had come prepared for this moment and went back out to the driveway, where Elaine unlocked the trunk of her car. Jan managed two folding deck chairs, while Elaine took in a box holding her own Nanking teapot, a small copper teakettle of Jan’s, a pair of bone china cups and saucers, two spoons, linen napkins, loose Lady Grey tea in a tin, a tea ball, honey and creamer.
2. “You’ll have to stop in,” Elaine said. “Uh…what if I’m not a tea drinker?” “Oh, we’ll provide coffee and lemonade for those who refuse to be civilized.” J (hahaha)

Spiritual Moment: “Let’s pray together,” she said to Elaine. “You know - for the business.” “Yes, let’s.” They sat close together on the couch and clasped hands. Jan closed her eyes. “Lord, thank You for bringing us here and letting us have this house and the tearoom.” Please let everything we do here honor You,” Elaine added.

I appreciated how chapter numbers included a pretty teapot and point of view changes were indicated by a cup and saucer.

An enjoyable and easy read that I would recommend. (3 to 4 stars)

It is my privilege to share my opinion without expectation or compensation.  

Published 2016 by: Guideposts

SERIES: Tearoom Mysteries
Apparently, there are 25 books in the series published between 2016-2018 (holy moly!) available in hardcover or eBook.

Until next time, 
Hugs and a cup of tea!
Teatime by Albert Lynch

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Pink Bonnet 2 Stars

•°o•:*:•. ***TRAUMATIC STORY*** .•:*:• o°•

Summer 1933, Tennessee
I'm not sure why anyone would want to write a gut-wrenching story about kidnapped children and the horror of a mother's quest to find her stolen daughter. This was a very difficult read. I gave it 2 stars (vs. 1) because it was well written despite my lack of enjoyment of it. This is certainly not what one could call entertainment.
There are strong thematic elements including physical abuse, so caution is advised.
This story is based on real-life events involving the kidnapping and selling of thousands of children by one woman (Georgia Tann) and a slew of corrupt politicians, which is awful, but having it rewoven into a semi-fictional tale for entertainment purposes is not my cup of tea.

Incidentally, after reading book one, I requested a copy of book two and three without knowing the background of the book. I kept my commitment for this book, but sadly after reading what book 3 is about, I will contact NetGalley to see if I can skip it. Can you say aaaawwwkkward? :(

I downloaded a copy of this book through Net Galley via the publisher with no fee and no compensation in the hopes of an honest review. My opinion is entirely my own.

This book is part of 6 in a new series by 3 authors. Go to True Colors Crime dot com to read more.
True Colors Books/Barbour Publishing:
March 1, 2019 The White City by Grace Hitchcock (5 stars)
June 2019 The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma (2 stars)
August 2019 The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken
January 2020 The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock
And two more tba

Definitely needing tea!
tea-hee! j/k

Sunday, April 14, 2019


About a week ago, as some of you may recall, I blogged about a new author.  Well, “as way leads on to way”, a former teacup swap-partner (Hi Sam!) sent me an email and she said I might enjoy another new author and lover of all things tea and Jesus! She introduced me to June.  After looking up her blog and her new book I decided to take a chance and rather than just putting her book on my online “want to read” lists, I ordered the paperback, which I actually had enough Amazon points saved up to cover - YAY! I received it in yesterday’s afternoon post, bumped it to the top of my pile, brewed a cup of Teavana Youth Berry tea
and wandered into the garden to stage some pictures I hoped would complement the story. I kicked off my shoes and began as the breezes blew gently and the birds sang sweetly.

Friends, I cannot recommend this book enough, or rate it high enough!  This book fed my soul and should truly be sold with a box of tissues.  I read about two-thirds last night and then woke up and grabbed a cup of Harney and Son’s Chocolate Black Tea topped with Reddi Wip to finish the book smiling and crying throughout.

•°o•:*:•. The Estate Sale (The Legacy Series#1)  –  
by June Chapko  .•:*:• o°•
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The story is richly woven and begins with 97-year-old Mary Ludwig who is not long for this world.  She has engaged her nurse and friend, Emily Tucker, to help settle her estate, planning a very special sale after she retires to be with the Lord.  She has also enlisted her trusted attorney Seth Gardley. Flyers are given to: Rita Crawford, a struggling artist who loves Chai, whom Mary enjoyed discussing art with; Sheila Jennings, a neighbor and garden pal of Mary’s deceased twin, Bertha; Blanca Moreno, a local bus driver and single mom to her daughter Briana who has struggled for over 20 years since her husband, Carlos, walked out on them.
Spotting the ads in the paper are: Betty Langley who collects vintage hats, has a large curio cabinet filled with teacups and other collectibles, age 48, never been married and has her own publishing company. 
Kathy Hills (Kat) is a college student and her dad, Brian, works for Boeing.  It’s just the two of them these days, since her mom passed away.
Prior to the estate sale, they had never laid on eyes on each other.  After, their lives will never be the same.  The sale brings them together in a very unique way and they begin “doing life together”. Sometimes that means celebrating.  Other times its supporting dreams or dealing with tragedy or even something sinister.  It is truly special, packed with emotion, love and friendship set mostly in and around San Antonio, TX.
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Spiritual Moments: Well, this entire book is a journey filled with faith, but I did not find it to be in-your-face preachy.  Just comfortable, the way friends who love Jesus weave Him into their everyday lives.  I loved it. “When I was younger, and mom was alive, we had a rocking chair in a corner of the living room. Mom called it her prayer corner. She kept her Bible on the little side table and after reading a while she would rock quietly.”

Tea Moment (there are plenty throughout for this tea lovin girl): “Betty prepared a cup of Margaret’s Hope tea (which I learned is a Darjeeling tea – my favorite!) and slipped easily into her recliner, adjusting the doily that protected the arm.”

Modern story, told in third person. Also of note, the quality of the paperback is very nice. It’s rather heavy with 207 nice, sturdy pages. It would make a lovely gift and I am already making a mental list of who I will share it with!  Fun recipes in the back as well. 

Paperback and eVersions available on Amazon.


(c) Oct. 1, 2018, Franklin Scribes Publ. 
5+ Stars
I purchased this book and am offering my opinions without any compensation or expectation.
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Now here is a bit of teatime fun I spotted on Instagram! :)