Monday, December 15, 2014
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Sunday, December 14, 2014
About the Book: If you are looking for a book that grabs your attention from the beginning, keeps your attention until the very end, and sends you on an emotional roller coaster in between, When Mercy Rains is for you! It is the first book in The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. This is the story of Suzanne Zimmerman, who was Old Order Mennonite. When she discovers she is pregnant at age 17, her mother sent her away from their community in Kansas. Ashamed, and with a broken heart, Suzanne moves to Indiana, became a nurse, and raised her daughter all on her own.
Twenty years later she is contacted by her estranged family back in Kansas, with a request for her to return home and care for her ailing mother. Can Suzanne face her family and community? Can they let go of the past and offer forgiveness, and can she forgive her mother?
What I Thought: If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you know I'm an Amish fiction addict! So when the chance came to read a story centered around the Mennonite, I was excited for a change. I'm so glad I did, because When Mercy Rains was incredible! I could not put it down and read it in record time. It was full of twists and turns and so much emotion! I loved the characters of Suzanne and her daughter Alexa. They were so real and deep. The only negative is it left me wanting to read the next installment of the story-When Grace Sings-due out in Spring 2015. I'm counting the days until I get my hands on it!
About the Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print and have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, with husband Don and their four feline companions. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and ten grandchildren.
You can get more information and purchase your own copy of When Mercy Rains at Waterbrook Multnomah.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books. All opinions expressed here are my own.
A nice, white smile is something everyone wants. There are so many products out on the market now to help us achieve that. But most of the over the counter products aren't strong enough to do much to make our teeth whiter. Dr. Song Medical has a Professional Teeth Whitening Kit that contains 44% Carbamide Peroxide, the same strength used by dentists!
After I ordered my Dr. Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit from Amazon, I received it very quickly and it was packaged securely. It contained 8 pre-filled syringes (enough for 50 applications), moldable teeth trays, an LED blue light accelerator, and a gel applicator brush. The teeth trays were very easy to mold per their instructions, and the entire process was very easy. The LED light works great, and the applicator brush was very helpful to get the gel everywhere.
Dr. Song Medical is a medical cosmetic laboratory that originally manufactured products for professionals, doctors, and medical facilities. Their products are made in the USA and FDA compliant.
I've definitely noticed a difference in how white my teeth are since I started using Dr. Song's Professional Teeth Whitening Kit. I used to use the strips, but this is a much stronger product. I do want to point out that because this is the maximum strength, you should be careful if you have very sensitive teeth. I'm looking forward to seeing how much whiter my smile is after I use all of my Dr. Song Teeth Whitening Kit!
You can purchase your own Dr. Song Professional Teeth Whitening Kit at Amazon.
Friday, December 12, 2014
The Bachelor, by Stephanie Reed, is the second book in the Plain City Peace series. I read the first book in the series, The Bargain, and really enjoyed it. In this story, Betsie Troyer is back at home, away from the Englisch world she was working in. She continues to be distraught over her parents leaving the Amish church. Now its just Betsie and her sister living in the house, barely making ends meet.
Betsie's boyfriend Charley has told her he wants to spend his life with her, and she is counting on that promise. But when the Englisch family she worked for comes to her door needing her help, she can't turn them down. Because she helps them, most importantly a little girl who needs love, she is in trouble with the Amish community. She also has a deep friendship with Michael, the English family's son, which is threatening her relationship with Charley. Betsie doesn't know which direction to go with her life.
What I Thought: Another great story in the Plain City Peace series! The Bachelor was easy to get caught up in and quick to read. I really like the character Betsie-she seems real and down to earth. I felt for her-she feels abandoned by her parents. She also can't turn down someone who needs help, even if her Amish community does not agree. Betsie is torn in many different directions-between two men and two communities.
Right now The Bachelor Kindle edition is only $1.99 on Amazon.
*Disclosure: I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I love curling up with a good book any time of year, but especially in the cold weather. An Amish Second Christmas is perfect for lovers of Amish fiction and those who love Christmas! It contains four separate novellas, each around 100 pages. The four authors are some of the best authors in Amish fiction, in my opinion.
A little about each novella:
*When Christmas Comes Again, by Beth Wiseman: Katherine and her family have recently lost their husband and father, so this Christmas will be difficult. When a stranger gives her pictures of her late husband, she wonders what this Christmas will have in store.
*Her Christmas Pen Pal, by Ruth Reid: Joy has had her heart broken by her beau Henry. When she sends a letter to her cousin about her heartache, it accidentally ends up in the hands of a young, single Amish cabinetmaker. They begin corresponding, and sparks fly!
*A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller: Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were young. There has been no romance between them. When Anne Marie learns she must move to another state, she realizes she has feelings for Nathaniel. Does he feel the same?
*The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer: Esther is new to the Amish community in Montana. When she gets her mother's prized recipe for Vanilla Crumb Pie, she quickly learns that it is 'bachelor bait.' She doesn't want to stay in Montana, but what if she finds true love?
I loved each of these novellas-they were wonderful, and very quick reads. What was unique about this collection was the stories centered on the Amish tradition of second Christmas-the day after Christmas for visiting with friends and loved ones. Along with the wonderful stories, also included in An Amish Second Christmas is yummy recipes from the stories and a Reading Group Guide. You can purchase An Amish Second Christmas at Amazon.
Author Tricia Goyer has graciously offered a copy of An Amish Second Christmas to one of my readers!! To enter, leave a comment below letting me know your favorite Christmas tradition. I will accept entries through 12/14-this is a quick one! I will draw the winner on 12/15 and notify via email. So-you MUST leave your email address in your comment!! Good Luck!
Here in Utah, many older homes don't have air conditioning, and we are in one of those older homes. We do have a swamp cooler in one window, which works wonders for that room, but not so much for the rest of the house. We also don't run the swamp cooler when its humid. So, when the hot weather hits, we get out the fans. We have a few box fans that we've had for years, but they are big and cumbersome, and last year we got a small Ozeri fan that we love-here's the post on that fan. Well, we now have a new fan from Ozeri-Ozeri 3x Tower Fan with Passive Noise Reduction Technology.
We love this fan too! The picture at the very top is the front view. Its tall (44") and narrow, making it look more like an electronic piece or stereo speaker than a fan. The next picture just above is the side view-it's amazing how thin it is! Here is some of the basic information on the Ozeri 3x Tower Fan, from the manufacturer:
*Boasting unrivalled technology, the 3x Tower fan is engineered with 3 independently controllable fans and 3 fan speeds, offering up to 9 levels of cooling and customized airflow.
*Defining the latest in stylistic innovation and digital decor, the 3x Tower fan is among the world's thinnest fans at less than 3 inches thick and boasts a visually arresting design with an elegant reinforced glass base stand.
*Features 3 preprogrammed airflow patterns designed to foster sleep, relaxation and comfort with 90 degree whisper-quiet oscillation for optimal air circulation.
*Extended range remote control and the touch sensitive LED control panel provide easy access to all features, including a 7.5 hour timer that can be programmed in 30 minute increments.
*Upgraded with canted fan blades that utilize the physics of blade curvature to generate opposing sound waves to reduce blade noise and isolate the soothing sounds of the airflow itself.
There are tons of features on the Ozeri Tower Fan that I've never even heard of before-like cool airflow patterns to mimic nature. The remote control is small and tucks into a space on the back of the fan perfectly. The Ozeri 3x Tower Fan is stylish and works well with very minimal sound. This is definitely the fan to get if you are in the market for one! You can buy your own Ozeri 3x Tower Fan at Amazon.
*Disclosure: I received this product free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.