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>Review of The Glory of Green by Judy Christie

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>The Glory of Green PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

The Winds of Change Blow into Green, Louisiana!
With wedding plans well underway, Lois Barker plots to gracefully get rid of her groom’s catfish collection-stuffed, ceramic, woven. Her husband-to-be, Chris, on the other hand, has decided to get rid of something else: his homestead, which he gives to a needy Mexican family at church. 

Life is full of possibilities, and the community of Green is tickled pink that their newspaper owner is settling down with one of their own. 

However, the beloved small-town journalist is about to be blown away-by tragedy and by the grace that enfolds her in her third year in Green, Louisiana.

Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 260
Trim Size: 5.5×8.5
ISBN: 9781426700569
List Price: $13.99

My 2 cents:

Book 3 was just as good as the first 2 in the Green Series.  It is Lois and Chris’s wedding day things are going well and as planned so far.  The wedding takes place and it is time for the reception when something awful happens that no bride ever wants to see.  Through this tragedy good things and some bad things start to take place.  
What I liked most is like small towns, the community comes together to help everyone.  You see the love and care for others.  You actually see some of the not so nice make miracles come together to happen for some of the people in need.  
The best part about this series is the way the author makes you feel right at home when reading.    I adore this series and hope there will be more.
Thanks to NetGalley and Abington Press for allowing me a free copy to read.  I did not get compensated and this free book did not sway my opinion what so ever.

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January 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm


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Hello everyone, life has been crazy this week around my house hold.  I have also been thinking about change for the blog.  Nothing major, but I want it to be more me and not all the memes etc.  I want the cozy, friendly, feel at home atmosphere.  
Feel free to comment :).

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January 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

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>Winners of Henry P. Gravelle’s giveaway is

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This one has 3 winners and they are:

Had to pick a new winner Liz E

Lisa M….confirmed

Cindy M….confirmed

The winners have been notified.

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January 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

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>Winner of Marcia McClures Book is

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The winner is

Meredith M.

She has been notified.

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January 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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>Guest Blogger Larissa

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 Lets Welcome Larissa today 🙂

“Hey everyone! Im so happy to be here today! Thanks to Barbara that invited me to guest post =) Barbara gave me a couple ideas about what to write and I decided to talk about Why I blog and give some tips for new bloggers…

This whole blogging thing for started back when i was living in Israel. Me and my BFF had this thing where we called my life a “Real reality show” because all these crazy things keep happening. So, when I was living in Tel Aviv, I was going through so many crazy adventures, that I decided to start a blog called “Welcome To Larissa’s Life”, which was the name me and my BFF gave to “my reality show”.

That was back in November 2007 and for almost 2 years, my blog was completely personal and I had one follower, my mom. In 2009 I read an insane amount of book {365 total} and around August i had started actively tweeting about it and tweeting with some authors. That’s when I found out about Book Blogging and I decided that since I was already reading like crazy, why shouldn’t I start reviewing the books I was reading? 

That was it, it all changed from that day one. No, I didn’t get a thousand review requests or followers right away, but from that day on I decided to dedicate an insane amount of time to blogging. I contacted a couple of my favorite authors and they were the first authors that ever agreed to give me an interview. I will always be thankful to Dakota Cassidy and Larissa Ione for paying attention to such a newbie blogger like me and giving me the time of day.

I blog about books because I LOVE books. If I didn’t received free books, I would still blog. That’s the first and I believe the most important one, don’t blog do get free books, blog because you want to share your love for books. Blogging takes a lot out of you and your life, much more than you might think and dedicating that much time and effort just to feel like you’re getting advantage on something is shallow. That’s my personal belief, many may disagree.

Also, It takes a while for you to find your voice and find out what works for you. You might prefer blogging a couple times a week or everyday. You might like doing a few memes every week or you might just stick with your reviews. Whatever you do, follow YOUR heart and feelings, don’t try to do what everybody else is doing. That way, blogging will always be about you and not about anyone else and that’s what it should be.

I don’t have a formula for blogging well, for getting followers, for getting review requests. But, I do know what i enjoy reading in blogs, so I’ll tell you 5 things I like to see in Book Blogs:

1- Always have at least one image in any post you write and be careful when resizing it, so you don’t lose the resolution.

2- Have at least some information and Goodreads/Online Store Link for the book you’re reviewing.

3- Answer to comments people make on your posts. Being with another comment, commenting on their blog or responding directly by email.

4- Have available on your sidebars links to where to find you online: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.

5- Be you! Don’t try to be anyone else when blogging, your personality will shine through!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!



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January 27, 2011 at 12:30 am

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>New Review of The Mysterious Lady Law by Robert Appleton

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The Mysterious Lady Law………PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

In a time of grand airships and steam-powered cars, the death of a penniless young maid will hardly make the front page. But part-time airship waitress and music hall dancer Julia Bairstow is shattered by her sister’s murder. When Lady Law, the most notorious private detective in Britain, offers to investigate the case pro bono, Julia jumps at the chance—even against the advice of Constable Al Grant, who takes her protection surprisingly to heart.
Lady Law puts Scotland Yard to shame. She’s apprehended Jack the Ripper and solved countless other cold-case crimes. No one knows how she does it, but it’s brought her fortune, renown and even a title. But is she really what she claims to be—a genius at deducing? Or is Al right and she is not be trusted?
Julia is determined to find out the truth, even if it means turning sleuth herself—and turning the tables on Lady Law…
31,600 words

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Publisher: Carina Press (January 31, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB1TB8
My 2 Cents:
This was a surprising read I was not expecting time travel.  This is the first “Steampunk” book I have read.  Lady Law solves over 600 cases and make Scotland Yard look foolish, but the way she solves these cases are mysterious at best.  I didn’t like that she goes about solving the cases  illegally.  At least she will share her methods while in prison.  It was a quick read.  

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January 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm

>New Review of An Amish Love by Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long & Kathleen Fuller

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An Amish Love: Healing Hearts/What the Heart Sees/A Marriage of the Heart (Inspirational Amish Anthology..PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Two of today’s most popular genres–Romance and Amish fiction–together in one volume.

“Healing Hearts” by Beth Wiseman: Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman are alone for the first time in 30 years. When Naaman left to visit cousins in Ohio, Levina wasn’t expecting him to be gone a year. Now that he’s back, will they be able to move beyond this estrangement and fall in love again?
“What the Heart Sees” by Kathleen Fuller: A tragic accident rocks a peaceful Amish community, leaving Ellie Chupp blinded and Christopher Miller’s future shattered. But they find love and forgiveness in a place they least expect.
“A Marriage of the Heart” by Kelly Long: Rachel Yoder is tired of her Amish lifestyle and her domineering father’s ways. When handsome Joseph Lambert comes back from the Englisch, she lies to force a marriage of convenience, providing the perfect means to escape her father’s rule. But Rachel never imagined she’d fall in love with Joseph so quickly or irrevocably.
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 28, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004774LRK
My 2 cents:
I loved all 3 stories in this book.  Out of all 3, I would have to say What the Heart Sees is my favorite.  I will start with that one first. 
Eliie is blind by a car accident which also took her best friends life.  She copes and after a while she even has her own business of making jellies from any kind of fruit.  Christopher Miller left the Amish community after his fiance’ passed away.  Ellie’s cousin is going to marry Christopher’s sister which makes everyone happy, but Christopher.    He can not get passed that Ellie’s cousin was the one driving the car 5 years ago that killed his fiance’.  He can not understand why his sister is betraying him by marrying this man.  Everyone else has forgiven this man it has been 5 years and life must move on.  To Christopher however he can not get passed it until he spends time with Ellie.  What happens next is magical.
A Marriage of the Heart is a remarkable story.  Rachel tells her father that Joseph Lambert has kissed her and touched her.  They go right away over to where Joseph lives and her father demands they get married it is the Amish way when this happens.  Joseph tried to deny it at first until the Bishop explained to him he will get thrown out of the community.  Joseph rethinks the idea and confesses he did indeed kiss Rachel.  They were married in 5 minutes.  Rachel was happy to get away from her fathers house that is until Joseph ask her father if they can stay there with him.  He can help out with the farming and chores.  Rachel was not happy at this news and regretted telling such a wild story.  She is stuck now.  I loved the humor in this story.  Joseph sleeps on the floor by Rachel’s bed until she is comfortable in their marriage which takes a while.  He picks at her just to see her blush.  The story is really cute and the ending is perfect.
Healing Hearts was a nice read about true love.  Naaman abandons his family and goes to see his cousin in Ohio.   After a year of being gone he just shows up at his home and acts like nothing ever happened.  He has shocked his poor wife Levina when he walks through the door.  She wants answers and Naaman slowly tells her some of his reasonings for being gone for so long.  A few of their children, 2 to be exact are not thrilled at all he is home after what he put their mother through.  The other 3 are happy their father has returned.  Will his reasons be enough to mend their marriage and get forgiveness from his children?

The big reason I loved theses stories was they all mingled together so to speak.  Each story took place in the same town and community and the other characters were mentioned in the next story.  It was like reading the lives of 3 couples in the same town who knew the same people. ( That makes better sense ).  I really enjoyed this read and did not want to put it down.  

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Written by Babs

January 26, 2011 at 11:18 am