Friday, November 21, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot

At Bluebonnet Lake
by Amanda Cabot
(Revell 2014)

Number one in the Texas Crossroads books, At Bluebonnet Lake is the first contemporary novel by Amanda Cabot that I've read.

I have always enjoyed her western historical novels and at first I was little unsure of the change of setting and time. But my hesitation was unwarranted.

Her book was truly a delight. The characters Kate, Sally, and Greg were well defined and complex. Their growth was naturally occurring and the budding romance filtered in slowly and took hold.

The relationship between Kate and Greg was not a fast paced romance. It grew slowly and beautifully like the flowers of Texas. The love between Kate and her grandmother, Sally, showed the beauty of unconditional family love.

When it comes to Amanda Cabot, I have found that none of her books disappoint.

This contemporary romance is a winner and I'm sure anyone who loves beautiful romance would enjoy this one.

At Bluebonnet Lake is an Amanda Cabot 5-star.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes

A Lady's Honor
by Laurie Alice Eakes
(Zondervan 2014)

Of all of Laurie Alice Eakes' books that I have read, I have not found a book I did not like; and I am in still in search of a four-star book of hers.

A Lady's Honor delighted and intrigued me. Her exceptional descriptions landed me in the 1811 countryside. Her emotional dialogue left me breathless.

There were enough twists and revelations that kept the story pushing forward. Never a dull moment. Never a slow passage.

Laurie Alice Eakes never disappoints and always seem to go one step higher in her writing. She's an author to always have on your shelves. Vivid imagery, historically accurate, and pure emotions make this book a top winner.

This is a short review, but there's only three words to describe this A Lady's Honor: OUTSTANDING, WONDERFUL, and DELIGHTFUL!

Declutter Now! Study Guide by Lindon & Sherry Gareis

Declutter Now! Study Guide
by Lindon & Sherry Gareis
(Ambassador International 2014)

Declutter Now! is a definite must read that helps improve your physical and spiritual life. Now there's a study guide.

Best in a group study, but just as effective solo, Declutter Now! Study Guide is beyond compare and I've read study guides galore.

The "Getting Started" section is truly different, yet essential. I enjoyed the chapter break-downs. This is an eight week guide, eight chapters to digest.

The breakdown:
Key Question
Open in Prayer
Snapshot: (my favorite: "Many of us are so caught up in the "hamster wheel"...)
Talk Time: (usually 18-19 points to consider)
Ah-ha Moment
Action Plan
Memory Verses

Each chapter is detailed and contains thought provoking revelations. But the book doesn't stop with the chapters. 

There are Extras! This section gives fun ideas to improve the group experience.

My favorite part: The Clutter Quiz. Sadly, I'm still in the Declutter Club so I'm back to reading the guide again along with the book.

Declutter Now! Study Guide offers team guide and action plan plus a worksheet. I enjoy the Memory Verse cut outs. Great verse choices! And the recommended books is an impressive list. 

This is more than a study guide, it's an action plan. One that can be applied over and over.

A definite book to keep always and read when your life seems to become "cluttered" again.