Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Along Came A Cowboy - Christine Lynxwiler

Summary of the book:
Whoever told their babies not to grow up to be cowboys
didn't see the man in Dr. Rachel Donovan's waiting room.

When Rachel Donovan, a strong—willed chiropractor with
a past, meets Jack Westwood, a bull—headed cowboy
looking for a future, it looks like hate at first
fight. But when the dust settles, it may be love. Can
the chiropractor and the cowboy bridle their growing
attraction, or will love ultimately have free reign?

I've read Christine Lynxwiler before and I loved her books so I figured I'd like this book too. I did!
Rachel Donovan is a strong willed woman who knows what she wants. Although her life is changed when Jack Westwood makes an appearance in her life. They have a history (They were neighbors as kids.) and she does not want him to find out her BIG secret she's kept hidden for fifteen years. Jacks had a crush on her since he was fifteen and has made it known. But Rachel is afraid to get close to him for fear he might find out what happened almost sixteen years ago.

He finally breaks her down and she admits she's attracted to him. Every time she's with him she forgets all her troubles. But she then realizes she can't allow this relationship to go further and not tell him what she's been hiding from the entire town. So she breaks it off with him! Jack agrees to be just friends but inside he cringes at the idea of being "just friends" with the woman he loves.

The only thing I had a problem with in this book was Rachel is SO cautious about what people will think about anything she does. She's so cautious that she almost loses Jack for good because of it. You shouldn't care what people think. Their just people. Their judgement of you is nothing. God's opinion is the only one that matters!

Emily's Rating for This Book:

The next book I'll be doing is a Christmas book. I thought since it's four days till Christmas I'll read and review a Christmas book. The book is called Two From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes. It's the love story of Mary and Joseph.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Rancher's Courtship - Laurie Kingery

Summary of the Book:
Though Caroline Wallace can't have a family, she can
still have a purpose. Becoming Simpson Creek's new
schoolmarm helps heal the heartache of losing Pete,
her fiancé, to influenza. Then Pete's brother arrives,
trailing a herd of cattle and twin six-year-old girls.

Jack Collier expected Pete and his bride to care for
his daughters until he was settled in Montana. But bad
weather and worse news strand Jack in Texas until
spring. It's little wonder Caroline grows fond of
Abby and Amelia. But could such a refined, warmhearted
woman fall for a gruff rancher before the time comes
for him to leave again?

I've read the entire Brides of Simpson Creek series. And I've done a review for all but the first. I first read about Caroline in the first book Mail-Order Cowboy and read about her and Pete in Sarah's story. This book continues her story. You see she's STILL wearing mourning clothes after seven months after Pete's death! Not even half mourning! I know she loved him but that's a bit extreme. They were just engaged not married. And then you find out she's not planning on marrying at all! Caroline takes it to the extreme, and I couldn't help but be frustrated at her when reading about her in Prissys story where she says she's sworn off men.
But then Jack Collier moseys on in to town and starts changing her mind. BUT, he's a typical guy and does not make a move! Then he see she's taken an interest in another guy, he says fine I've lost her I'm done. Men! What is it with men they don't make moves!
If they like the girl they should make it known! Not stand in the background and watch her with another guy! I've seen it happen. The guy says I'm not ready yet, so he stands in the background while there's another guy interested in the girl and moves in. Then the first guy has lost something very special and won't know it till the girl's gone.
Jack Collier almost let that happen until he FINALLY came to his senses and admitted to Caroline that he loved her! She was just waiting for him to finally get up the gumption to do it.
But unfortunately some girls won't wait for the guy. They'll move on to a guy who will make a move. Guys are too chicken to admit their feelings to the girl. They're afraid they'll be turned down. Yes, I admit some girls are mean and will turn the guy down. But if she's the right girl she won't. Personally, I would never be mean and do that to a guy. I would agree to go out with him. Even if he's not the one for me at least I didn't hurt his feelings.

All in all I LOVED this book! I did get frustrated with Caroline and Jack for dancing around their feelings. But Abby and Amelia were too cute! But I love little kids, babies in particular! :P And I loved reading about the other Spinsters' Club girls. Including the ones who have already married and have started having babies.

Emily's Rating of This Book:

My next book will be Along Came A Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler.

On another note Friday evening two of my dear friends (who are brothers) lost their grandmother to cancer. It was their mothers mother. I'm really close to them. And I consider their family my extended family. I know what their going through for I lost my Grandpa to cancer in June. So the reason I'm mentioning this is if your grandparents are still alive grab them up and give them a big hug. Cause life is short and you can lose the ones you love most in the world in a blink. I'm lucky to still have both my grandmas still here on earth, but I know that could change in a second. I only have one grandpa left and I plan on spending a lot more time with him cause I know everything could be changed and he could go be with our Heavenly Father at any minute. So spend your free time wisely, with your loved ones.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Death By Darjeeling by: Laura Childs

Summary of the Book:

Ordinarily, Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop is an oasis of calm. But when tea shop owner, Theodosia Browning, caters the annual Lamplighter Tour of historic homes, one of the patrons turns up dead. Never mind that it's Hughes Barron, a slightly scurrilous real estate developer. Theodosia's reputation is suddenly on the line. Aided by her friends and fellow tea shop entrepreneurs, Theo sets about to unravel the mystery of the deadly Darjeeling and encounters a number of likely suspects. Tanner Joseph, the fiery environmentalist, held a grudge against the developer for his misuse of land. Timothy Neville, the octogenarian major domo for the Heritage Society, opposed Hughes Barron's election to the board. And Barron's unsavory partner might very well profit from a cleverly written buy-sell agreement!

This series was recommended to me to read by the same relative who gave me Jane And The Unpleasantness At Scargrave Manor. Again I'm always kinda weary on new authors.
But I LOVED this book! The twists and turns of the book kept me guessing who it was till the very end. I find Theodosia a very interesting main character. She's not the typical character I usually read about. She's very brave and outspoken and knows what she wants in life. She decided she didn't want to be a advertising person anymore and said what the hay and bought the Indigo Tea Shop. She kinda stole Drayton from his old job so he'd work for her, and hired Haley cause of her culinary skills. She offers a variety of things in her little tea shop in South Carolina. She turned her world completely around for the good.
On the other hand Haley her baker/waitress for the Indigo Tea Shop is the complete opposite. She flip-flops on what career she wants. She's in college and changes majors A LOT! But she's very spirited, and compassionate towards her friend Bethany, that her indecisive nature is ruled out.
Drayton.... I love him! He's the official tea blender/tea guru of the Indigo Tea Shop. He's such a loveable character you can't help but love the book mostly because of him! He's sweet and yet formal in his unique sort of way. He's like the grandfather figure in the book. He looks after Theodosia,Haley and Bethany like any grandfather would!
I spent pretty much the entire book sipping Hot Cinnamon Sunset Tea from Harney and Sons Fine Teas. The book just screamed drink tea while reading me! :P So I brewed up some of my favorite tea sat down and enjoyed a nice evening of mystery.

If you like mysteries then you'd LOVE this book. I'm planning on reading the whole series, so stick around I'll review all the books in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs.

Emily's Rating for This Book:

The next book will not be the next book in the series. :( I have to wait for it to come in from the Library. So I'll do the next book in the Brides of Simpson Creek series The Rancher's Courtship by Laurie Kingery.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Jane And The Unpleasantness At Scargrave Manor - Stephanie Barron

Summary of the book:

For everyone who loves Jane Austen...a marvelously
entertaining new series that turns the incomparable
author into an extraordinary sleuth!

On a visit to the estate of her friend, the young and
beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave,
Jane bears witness to a tragedy. Isobel's husband—a
gentleman of mature years—is felled by a mysterious
and agonizing ailment. The Earl's death seems a cruel
blow of fate for the newly married Isobel. Yet the
bereaved widow soon finds that it's only the beginning
of her she receives a sinister missive
accusing her and the Earl's nephew of adultery—and
murder. Desperately afraid that the letter will expose
her to the worst sort of scandal, Isobel begs Jane for
help. And Jane finds herself embroiled in a perilous
investigation that will soon have her following a
trail of clues that leads all the way to Newgate
Prison and the House of Lords—a trail that may well
place Jane's own person in the gravest jeopardy.

My first review since being sick! I'm SUPER excited!
This book was given to me by a relative who has the same taste in books as me and knew I LOVED to read. I was given this book in the beginning of November but was not able to read it till now. But now that I can read I will continue my reviews!

This book definitely caught my attention with the fact that Jane Austen is the main character! I'm a HUGE Janeite. This book is like you're reading Jane Austens journal! It's so fascinating! I loved this book! It kept me intrigued throughout the entire book! First I'd think it was this person then this person and ends up being the person you'd never suspect! It's so Jane Austenish! I felt like I was reading one of Jane's books! And throughout the book there's Editor's Notes that helps you understand some of the things mentioned in the book. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Jane Austen books. You'll be in for a treat!

Emily's Rating For This Book:

On another note, thank you all so much for the prayers sent my way for my health! I am doing MUCH better. I'm still ALWAYS tired but that's expected. I'm doing rehab exercises to help me gain my strength back. My back is healing, it does not hurt all the time anymore only if I pick up something heavy or bend to much. I have been able to leave the house! For two weeks now I've been able to make the trip to church on Wednesday and am able to stay the entire time! I have been keeping a count of how many days I've been able to go without having to go in for a spinal tap. It's been 22 days! I'm praying to go for WAY more than that. I know that in the future I will have to go back eventually because this condition does not go away. I'll live with this my entire life. But God is good and I know He will protect me.

My next book will be Death By Darjeeling by Laura Childs!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Praising the Lord!

I got a good report!! The eye doctor said the swelling in my optical nerves have gone down! They also said I can read again!! I'm so happy I'm jumping up and down praising the Lord!!

I will continue the reviews but I won't start with Save The Date sorry! I've been through so much I don't remember much of the book! I will start with a book one of my relatives gave me while I was sick cause she knew how much I enjoyed reading. So I'll start with that one.