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new ice cream to try!

Mom filled the freezer with Mayfield ice cream when we went home for the weekend.  The first one I tried was a total score!


It's my new favorite ice cream to get from the grocery store.  I can't wait to try it again!

This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick

In This RoadWeTraveled, Jane Kirkpatrick transports her readers across the country in this historical fiction novel. It's not a long book, but it's not a quick read.  She is so attentive to detail and she writes about many complex characters.  You can feel the struggle to survive as families work together to navigate their way to newly settled Oregon.  You can feel their struggles with faith, fear, courage, hope and trust.  You can feel the bonds and the weaknesses among family members.  You can feel the intensity of emotions as characters work through  loss, forgiveness, sacrifice, and hopelessness.  You can feel the strength that people can muster when they have a vision, resourcefulness, a foundation of faith, determination, and a support system. 
From the publisher:  Tabitha Brown refuses to be left behind in Missouri when her son makes the decision to strike out for Oregon--even if she has to hire her own wagon to join the party. After all, family ties are stronger than fe…

A Book About Me!

This is a very cute and clever fill-in-the-blank and fill-in-the-picture book for children. 

From the publisher: "Inventive, hilarious and joyously colorful, this fill-in journal was designed to help kids capture nearly everything that’s uniquely rad about them. With design-savvy, yet completely kid-friendly illustrations, they’re asked to draw or write about a bunch of interesting things — like what their hair looks like, what their band name would be, what they’d bring to outer space, and how they feel about lightning, lizards and pickles. There may or may not be a place for super-secret stuff inside the book jacket. Whether kids complete their entire compendium on a rainy day, or finish it over a year, it’ll become a treasure to look back on and smile."

I love the huge scope of questions that they ask from funny jokes, to favorite clothes, to spy names, to what I wish was in my refrigerator.

They encourage dreaming with question such as, "If I had a shop, it would be ca…

Historical Fiction with a Challenge

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagger's. I've never read a book like this. It was a very creative historical novel set in 1905 in the town of Teaville in Southeast Kansas.


The publisher describes the book this way:  "While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.  Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia t…

Montana Historical Fiction

A beauty defined, a new novel by Tracie Peterson, has a very unique storyline, set in 1907 in Helena, Montana, as the main characters travel from Germany on business.  With every chapter, another layer of family deceit​ unfolds for Phoebe Von Bergen and she build another layer of courage to face the changes unfolding.  Part coming of age, part mystery, part love story, readers are sure to get blissfully and curiously lost in the moving story.

I appreciated the character struggles of honesty vs. harm, loyalty vs. deceit, love vs. fear, anger vs. self-control and independence vs. heritage.

​This is the second book in the Sapphire Bride series, but I never one felt left behind, even though I didn't read the first book in the series.​ ​

I would recommend this book for ladies age 14 and older. There is no inappropriate content, but the violence in the book ​can be emotional to read.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.