Friday, 22 February 2013

Watermelon Smoothie

I love watermelon.   And strawberries too, but this is about watermelon. I digress.

Saw this on Facebook, but since I can't figure out how to Pin from Facebook (RawForBeauty), I'm putting in here and then pinning it! :)

I know, right?  Deeeeeelish!

4 cups deseeded cold watermelon
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp raw honey
4 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

I am so making this this summer!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Book Review: Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble

About the Book: Margaret O'Brien prides herself on her competence as a rancher. But her father believes she's made for more than just dawn-to-dusk work. He wants her to have the love of a good man, to raise children, to build a life. But Margaret gave up such dreams years ago. She's convinced no man would have her, that the ranch is her life now.

So when Margaret's father hires Daniel Cutler as a new foreman, she's frustrated and suspicious. Then an overheard conversation links him with a gang of bank robbers, and she's downright worried. Daniel swears he's not involved, but Margaret's not convinced. She knows the man still has secrets. But would a criminal be so kind and talk so convincingly of his faith? As a series of tragic "accidents" threatens all she holds dear, Margaret must decide what to trust: her own ears, her best judgment . . . or what her heart keeps telling her.
My Thoughts: Colleen Coble is one of my favourite authors and this western historical romantic mystery (can we fit any more genres in there?!) is one more reason why.

I love both of the main characters in this novel.  Margaret is a strong and competent woman yet is plagued by insecurities and wrestling with her faith. Daniel is more complex as he is definitely hiding something yet also seems to be a man of integrity in word and deed, and talks as though he has a strong faith.  Both characters are so real - with a combination of strengths and weaknesses, inner beauty but with some flaws.

And of course, Coble draws you in with a mystery on top of it all.  Overall, a great read!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Book Review: Love Finds You in Glacier Bay by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss

About the Book:  Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams-a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But Ginny needs advice from the one person who will look out for her best interests-her former fiancĂ©, Brett Miller. She travels to the remote town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where the town's colorful characters and stunning scenery provide respite from LA's pressures.

In Glacier Bay, Ginny discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between Clay, an early missionary to Alaska Territory, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children's governess. When Ginny is reunited with Brett in Glacier Bay, will she discover - as Ellie did - that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places?

My thoughts:  I usually enjoy books that feature two stories interwoven together, but I normally find that I am much more involved in one of the stories than the other and tend to almost skim through the "boring" one to get to the "good" one.  No such problem here!  I found both storylines equally compelling and entertaining.

The authors do a fantastic job of conveying the history of Glacier Bay and the surrounding areas in an interesting way and do such an amazing job describing the scenery that you can't help but want to go visit someday.  The majestic remoteness would definitely be something that would cause you to depend on God and worship our incredible Creator, perhaps in a way that other places simply wouldn't.  All creation is beautiful of course, but the sweeping majesty of the wilds of Alaska would truly be a sight to behold I think!

Oh, and I LOVE Brett's grandma!

This is the second book in the "Love Find You in..." series and I'm loving them so far!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.


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