Monday, December 26, 2016

For the Record by Regina Jennings

(borrowed from
Boondock hill country of Pine Gap, Missouri 1885

In my previous review, for book #2, At Love’s Bidding, Betsy Huckabee is a young girl from the hills who has GREAT insight.  She is spunky, outspoken and very protective of those she cares about.   In this book, she is all grown up and is a local reporter for her uncle’s newspaper.  She has a desire to become a journalist for a major paper someday.  She believes herself to be married to her career, and has carefully avoided suitors up to this point.
Deputy Joel Puckett, from Texas, has been transferred to the tiny town of Pine Gap, and quickly decides it needs his expertise to gain control over the criminals that have been terrorizing the town, along with the local vigilantes trying to protect the town through less than legal means.  Joel carries a secret with him, that has forced him to leave Texas, and he is in no mood for the head-strong reporter who has decided she wants to shadow his every move. Plus, the townspeople seem less than interested in welcoming a new-comer. While it’s been agreed they will provide a horse for him, the tiny pony awaiting him does not exactly command respect.

Betsy is excited to finally have someone new from which to draw on for her stories, so she decides staying close to the new sheriff is her best bet.  However, she also has a responsibility to her uncle’s family, where she feels like an outsider taking advantage, being that she is a full grown woman, and still living under his roof.  If she can just use the new sheriff for inspiration, maybe she could make some money selling fictional stories to a larger paper.
She soon finds there is much more to Joel Puckett than inspiration, and he finds there is more to the strong-headed local girl than just being a nosy, in-the-way reporter.
I enjoyed this historical, Christian romance, that weaves wit and mystery into the story, and recommend it to others.
Find it for an excellent price here: CBD
5 stars

© 2016 Bethany House
329 pages

I received a copy from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 7, 2016


Finding Margo
Jen Turano
•°o•:*:•. OY! I loved this book .•:*:• o°•

OY! I loved this book, is how I promised Jen Turano I would start my review (if, of course, I DID love it), because she had commented that nothing good ever starts with “OY!” after a not-so-nice comment was posted on an unrelated review. And, I am happy to turn that around because I certainly did enjoy this modern mystery romance, filled with faith, animals, some Amish ways, and true-to-Jen comedy stylings.

I don’t usually read modern fiction, but if Jen is writing it, I am reading it!  This mystery about modern pop-star Margo Hartman had me guessing the entire time, particularly since the mystery goes back more than 20 years.  Margo has bolted from her high-pressure life, via a quick dye job and a vintage mini-cooper to simply get away and see where the open road takes her.  However, her adventure is cut short, when an unexpected guest joins her, and causes her to seek help in a nearby town primarily home to Amish and Mennonite families.  I won’t give the guest away, but she’s a favorite!  Seems Margo’s adventure may be only just beginning.

Deputy Brock Moore has been tirelessly following up on a case that he has a personal connection to, when, a stranger shows up in town.  Determined to figure her out, he sticks close and ultimately realizes she may need his protection.  He’s a really good man, who is too hard on himself, and a natural servant.

I really enjoyed how the various cultures blended in this story; simple country folk, crazy stage mom and Hollywood types, a “slightly famous” (-smile) pop-star, Amish and Mennonite people.  Mrs. Hershberger is extremely clever and has a good heart, who helps the story in many ways.

Ch. 5 was a “holy cr*p!! moment that caught me completely off guard.  Won’t spoil it for you, but when that happens, well, that’s good writing.   Ch. 19 had a big reveal that brought me to tears. OY! My heart!  There are times when you just want to slap those ultra-rich, have-no-clue characters. And then there are tender moments:

It is my great privilege to be included in Jen Turano’s Influencer List and I received this copy for no compensation.  My opinion is strictly my own, and I highly recommend this five-star book.

Oh, and as a side note, I have to say Bravo! To Gilead  Pub. for their excellent packaging of the book, in cardboard so it did not get damaged (like those blasted golden, padded envelopes that never quite survive shipping). I thank you for the book & the packaging!

Read: 11/5/2016

SERIES: Finding Home

Until next time; 
hugs and a cup of tea,

Friday, November 4, 2016


While the weekend may be a time to relax, don't forget to be a blessing to others. Find little ways throughout your day... Compliment a cashier, send a note to a senior in your life, use social media to uplift instead of complain, pick some flowers and put them in a jar with a little note on a neighbor's porch, text a prayer to someone instead of just saying you will pray for them. Let your little light shine!

As for me, I bought these flowers at Trader Joe's today and wanted to share that with you! Enjoy your weekend... for God's glory!

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Here is a fun craft you can do
with your Littles.

Start with a pumpkin picture glued to cardstock,
or simply draw one.  I just happened to have these pumpkins
left over from last year, so I used rubber cement to glue them to a piece of folded cardstock to make a book, and trimmed around 3/4 of it.

Pumpkin seeds (ours are baked because that's what somebody brought us).
Glue. Cinnamon stick cut in 1/2 with pliers.
Green pipe cleaner cut in 1/2 w/scissors.

Take a black marker to write the words inside, unless your Littles
are old enough to write.  If that is the case, write the words
on a separate piece of paper so they can practice
their writing skills.
Have them color pulp inside with an orange marker or crayon.
Have them glue pumpkin seeds inside & ask them to count the seeds.
Use plenty of white glue for the cinnamon stick & the pipe cleaner.

Read the story.

Then ask questions about each part.
What color is the pumpkin?  What do pumpkins grow on? Then have your Littles "read" it back to you and to other family members.  Later, at dinner, in the car, etc.  ask questions again.  Hey, do you remember who makes pumpkins? etc.

I hope you enjoy this fun learning craft!

Harvest Blessings,

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Welcome November

Excited for my Advance Reader Copy from my favorite author.
Busy little bee on my jasmine.

Currently dealing with a head cold, but grateful for chicken soup, echinacea tea, airborne, and OJ. And grateful for friends like you.

God bless you!
Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem!
Rejoice in the LORD your God!
For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness.
Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains
of spring. Joel 2:23

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Happy Sunday Friends

I pray you are enjoying the Autumn weather and are able to spend some quality time with the Lord today.

photo from A Book of God's Gifts; A Little Golden Book

Blessings and a cup of tea,

Friday, September 30, 2016


I forgot to add the lovely background autumn music to the post I just created.
We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns

I have updated my post to add it, but if you only read my blog in your email, chances are you will miss out.

These lovely hymns feature the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, penny whistles, and accordion.

Right Click: 14 Autumn Hymns for You 
and open in new window. 
Enjoy while surfing the web and sipping a cuppa. :-)

Purchase it here:
or here:



Seems my life has been so busy lately.  On this last day of September, I thought I would toss up a bunch of pictures here and see where they land... just to say HI!!!


Today 9/30/2016 is the anniversary of the writing of Little Women in 1868, per the click here--> Louisa May Alcott Orchard House museum.  I adore this story.  
Louisa May Alcott's Green Tea Blend
I have not had this, because I do not favor plain green tea
but I think the idea is really cool! :-)

Find Garden Dolly by clicking here
This is Marigold.  I collaborated with the artist on fabric, ribbon, hair color and choice of name.  She adventured all the way from England to me.  Isn't she darling?
Sherry at The Charm of Home blog posted this photo,
which inspired me to write the following poem.
Check out her inspiring BLOG and IG some time.
*by me, Heather G. 9/3/2016
Off to the woods, wild and free, that's where I wish that I could be. Picking an apple, dipping a toe, not caring which direction I go. Oh, for a breeze, and pine-scented trees. Ducks bobbing in ponds and birds that sing. A plaid thermos of tea I happened to bring. Perhaps a book in a secret nook, or a pad and a pen to write my thoughts in, my dreams, my prayers and doodles.  Oh to look up in wonder, content in all that surrounds, knowing He who created it, shall never fail or let me down.

There is nothing like a mossy spot, 
To lose yourself in quiet thought.
Contemplating on art you've seen,
Knowing you're a daughter of the King.
Contentment comes easy,
In moments like these,
Ever so softly upon the breeze.
9/10/2016 -Heather G.
My beautiful  Heather doll sent all the way from Essex by the lovely @garden.dolly on IG & @gardendollys on FB. Many of her dolls have flower names & she named this one after me :-)

We collected leaves in the park today. We discussed how they look, smell and feel. The backsides were a soft, fuzzy texture, which was really cool!

"Come little leaves", said the Wind one day, "Come to the meadows with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold; for summer is past, and the days grow cold." - George Cooper

From the book: Tea Party Today, Poems to Sip and Savor
My kitchen shelf decked out
for Autumn.
This is the prayer I made up, and I have taught
my daycare Littles for years :-)

"Father God,
Thank You for this food,

Thank You for this day,
Bless our food
And bless our friends,
In Jesus name we pray.

From the book: A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Art by Tasha Tudor
I just ordered this book here and can not wait to receive it!
& clove muffins I made to go with our Poetry Tea Time to welcome the 1st day of 
Lately it has been far too hot, but I
enjoyed some breezy Bible time last week :-)
The berries are a dark orange, but soon turn bright red.


I started The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith last month, but paused to read a book for a book review I agreed to do.  Hoping to get back into it because it is very good. My copy is thought to be from the late 1800s and is notated in the front cover, Grace M. Marks, Nashua, Iowa, Dec. 25, 1897. Originally published in 1766, the amusing style reminds me of Jane Austen. 

Ch.2"When we had dined, to prevent the ladies leaving us, I generally ordered the table to be removed; and sometimes, with the music master's assistance, the girls would give us a very agreeable concert. Walking out, drinking tea, country dances, and forfeits, shortened the rest of the day..."

Ch.5"Here too we drank tea, which now was become an occasional banquet; and as we had it but seldom, it diffused a new joy, the preparations for it being made with no small share of bustle and ceremony. On these occasions, our two little ones always read for us, and they were regularly served after we had done."

Well, friends, I do hope you have enjoyed my ramblings and pictures.  I pray you have a very pleasant October filled with crisp air, God's grace, wonderful reading, friends and family, and lots of tea. (-smile)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Love's Faithful Promise Book Review

Enjoyed tea and toast while switching between
this wonderful novel & my daily Bible reading.

Love’s Faithful Promise –Courage to Dream Book #3
Susan Anne Mason

•°o•:*:•.LOVED IT.•:*:• o°•

Final installment does not disappoint. Again, extremely detailed and several characters with different points of view.
Matthew Clayborne carries heavy burdens from his past, failed marriage.  Now a widower raising a fragile young girl, he is desperate to provide for her, while not letting anyone in to break his heart again.  He splits his time between his daughter, and helping rehabilitate wounded soldiers with new physical therapy techniques.
Deirdre O’Leary, a young nurse, aspiring to one day become a pediatrician, has been sent by her father to convince the doctor to leave Canada and travel to Irish Meadows in New York, in order to help her mother who recently suffered a stroke.  She is bold and determined to persuade the stubborn doctor, or learn the techniques herself. 
There is another story that takes place between Jo, a stable hand, and Connor O’Leary set amongst the wonderful O’Leary horses.  It is a great story as well. It’s like reading two books in one. 
The relationship between the O’Leary parents and really the entire family is so endearing and enjoyable.  It’s a family you want to visit or be a part of.  There is a lot of kindness and love there.  There are also dangerous moments that send the heart rapidly beating, such as when young nephew get a little too adventurous.  And there is faith and prayer as well.  The weather is crisp and cool, until finally it snows, so I enjoyed reading this book in Autumn (-smile).
The cover of this book was another gorgeous picture that grabbed me instantly. The back shows Irish Meadows covered in snow tucked behind the leafless trees of winter.

(Keep updated at the author’s website,

Thank you to Bethany House and the author for an advance copy to review as part of the Influencer Team. My opinion is my own, and given freely. Read: September 20/21, 2016

SERIES: Courage to Dream
Irish Meadows - Book#1 – 06/30/2015
A Worthy Heart – Book #2 – 01/05/2016
Love’s Faithful Promise – Book #3 – 09/13/2016 -388 pages
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