Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Love Undone (Review)

This review is for the book "A Love Undone" by Cindy Woodsmall. I love Cindy Woodsmall and I have enjoyed every book I have read by her. This one did not disappoint me either. This was an Amish story that included a twist I have never heard of or encountered in an Amish novel. In this story, Jolene falls in love with a man named Andy. There wouldn't be any issue, except that Andy is a grass widower. Jolene misunderstands, thinking he is simply a widower. A grass widower is someone who has been left by their spouse, meaning they are still legally married. For Jolene to have feelings for him is akin to adultery in the Amish world, even though she misunderstood his status.

I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of interesting aspects that were different from some other Amish novels, such as talking about art and the grass widower concept.

Thank you to Waterbrook Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Quilted by Christmas (Review)

This review is for the book "Quilted by Christmas" by Jodie Bailey. I have read several books now in the Quilts of Love series. What I really like about this series is they all have the same theme - quilts, if you can't guess - but they are written by different authors and have completely different stories. This quilt story has an Irish theme intertwined also.

The story follows Taryn and Justin, who last saw each other as high school sweethearts. Unfortunately, they broke each other's hearts. Now Justin is back in town and Taryn has a huge secret she's been hiding from him. Now it turns out that all those years apart haven't really changed their feelings toward one another.

I enjoyed this book. I thought it was well-written and I enjoyed the characters and the storyline.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Abingdon Press for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kindergarten - Day 48

Day 48 - Friday

Bible time - "The Battle of Jericho"

Poetry: "Christmas is Coming", "Gunpowder Plot", "Pins", "If Wishes Were Horses", "On the Mountain of Tree-Stars", "Winter Luck".

I was so happy with Brianna when I read "On the Mountain of Tree-Stars". Almost immediately I realized this poem was about leaves, but I wondered if she would realize that. I read, "Summer is almost over. Soon it will be September, And then it will be fall, And when it is fall, We can play with all the tree-stars that fall to us from up high."

At that point I asked her what she thought the tree-stars might be, and she immediately responded, "Leaves!" I was proud of her for recognizing that. 


Our favorite books this week:

The new book Brianna read from the library:

When we returned our books we took the opportunity to walk through the gardens at Sandhills. We've talked about it a few times but the weather hasn't been nice at the same time we've been there. It was gorgeous on Friday so we jumped at the chance! We spent an hour walking through the gardens and probably only saw half of everything that is there. We can't wait to go back!

The kids pointed Sourwood out to me! They remembered it from our nature walk a couple of weeks ago with Grandpa! Brianna told me to eat some of it but I told her I only eat plants when Grandpa is there with me to verify that they truly are edible!

"The Statue of Liberty"

Hunter's version of the Statue of Liberty:

We made it to the place where my sister and brother-in-law got married. So of course Brianna made Hunter stand as the groom and she walked down the aisle. Of course Hunter was clueless as to what he was supposed to do, so he ran right down the aisle to meet her!