Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ornaments Unwrapped

Good Saturday Morning Friends!
You may recall I participated in an Ornament Swap hosted by the very kind Karina over at Merciful Moments.

Look at the beautiful paper filled with words.
I love words on things.  Words that speak to my heart.
Celebrate. Merry Christmas. Joy. O Holy Night. Rejoice.
Selection of teas, Lovely embroidered towel,
Notepad & Pen, Dove dark chocolate with almonds,
frankincense & myrrh cute, teeny hand soap.
Well, I received a very special package yesterday!  So, let's unwrap it shall we?

BEAUTIFUL sculpted winter woodland
creatures ornament.
This package came all the way from Georgia.
Map of Atlanta Georgia GA
She lives near Atlanta.
 The lady who sent it is 
Judy & she likes many of the same things I do: Tea Parties, Hallmark movies, reading.  She has also been married 45 years! Isn't that wonderful!!! Round of applause for you Judy!!
I also want to say how grateful I am for all of the effort you put into making this package special for me.  I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, blessed by the love of Christ.
Hugs and a cup of Christmas tea,
from my Christmas kitties and me!

Map of Los Angeles California CA
from somewhere near So Cal.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Came Early

Christmas came early when my
favorite author's latest book arrived!
Out of the Ordinary – Apart from the Crowd #2
Jen Turano

June 1883 – New York
Harrison Sinclair and Miss Gertrude Cadwalader were delightful supporting characters in book 1 of this series.  Now, we see them front and center, beginning on a yacht party for their dear friends.  Gertrude is a paid companion for Mrs. Davenport, an eccentric older lady, who has gone missing…again.  Harrison is a self-made man and has no time for romance, and an unusual fashion sense that drives his best friend mad. However, Gertrude is an intriguing and different sort altogether, as well as his friend.  Mystery abounds as items go missing, and Gertrude seems to land in hot water.  
Harrison is so kind, and determined to help clear his friend’s name.  Their “friendship” catches the attention of other women hoping to snag Harrison, and trouble quickly follows.
In the meantime, Mrs. Davenport has secrets of her own that keep us guessing.  And she has odd ideas of fashion design she insists on testing out on poor Gertrude; including a reconstructed birdcage!
Tea Moment: Mrs. Davenport gulped down her tea, even though doing so had her eyes watering, probably because the tea was still rather hot.  Setting her cup down on the small table beside her, she picked up a shortbread cookie and stuffed the entire cookie into her mouth.  That made it all but impossible for her to respond, although she made a great show of turning to look out the drawing room window as she spit some of the cookie into a napkin. –Ch. 15
Once again, I highly recommend Jen Turano’s book.  She is my all-time favorite author. With a style completely unique, and the laugh-out-loud moments you cannot go wrong! I have read every single one of her books including the free novella prequels.  Never disappointing. 

© Nov. 2017 Bethany House
346 pages
In exchange for my honest opinion, I received a copy from Bethany House Publ. which I am privileged to provide with no other compensation. - I highly recommend this five-star book.
Read: 11/21/2017 Reviewed: 12/5/2017 (sorry for the delay!)
SERIES: Apart from the Crowd
0. At Your Request – Free eNovella Prequel (click here)
1. Behind the Scenes April 2017 (read my review here)
2. Out of the Ordinary Nov. 2017
3. Caught by Surprise July 2018

At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella by [Turano, Jen]
Free Download Here
Read my Review of book 1 here

Pre-order Book 3 here
The delightfully
entertaining Jen Turano
(click here)

Hugs and a cup of Christmas tea,
Two of my favorite Christmas Teas
featured.  One is brand new from Trader Joe's!