Monday, April 9, 2018

A Chance At Forever by Melissa Jagears

I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest review as I am on Melissa Jagears' influencer team. This however, does not impact my rating. 



From the back of the book:

In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville's children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against him getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they're working for?



My thoughts on Melissa Jagears:

Melissa writes from the heart. The evidence is pen to paper. You can tell she takes time to do her research and really connects with her characters. I love how she pours faith, love and adventure into every book she writes. It might be easy to say that her books are too simple in ideas but trust me, no.....that couldn't be further from the truth. Just give yourself some time to read her stories with an open mind, ears and heart. They will move you to tears, laughter, sometimes feeling like you too wish you were the one standing up for such issues. 


My thoughts on A Chance At Forever:


I was so excited to get this book in the mail because of its beautiful cover. I admit it, I am a cover snob. It has to capture my attention in some way. Alot of people would say that is because I have the soul of an artist. No talent in it unless you consider making jewelry an art. As far as painting or drawing....I am like Corey Matthew's daughter Riley on Girl Meets World. I am lucky if it turns out to be a purple cat. 

Anyways, I have always loved the name Mercy. I was pretty excited when I found out the heroine's name was going to be that. The topic of BULLYING is such a hard one to address and it can be painful to find out the reasons behind it. I commend Melissa for taking this on. I am only on chapter four and there is so much I can talk about it. 

Bullying has been growing ever since time started really. I mean if you think about it, it kind of started way back in the Bible with Cain and Abel. It starts with a pit of jealousy or hatred for the other person. Usually behind a bully, there is a real story of pain, loss and anger. I wouldn't say I was bullied but I definitely had my days of being made fun of....some was for my hearing impairement and why wasn't I like other kids. Other times it was my virture and being such a God follower to the point that I was made fun of among my peers in high school but I took it as a joking thing. They never did anything to me just called me Jesus Freak and the Virgin Mary because I wouldn't go out and party. These were some classmates that I thought were my friends. Since then, a few have apologized and one even became a Christian. 


I have forgiven the people who used to make fun of me. It has taken me a long time to accept myself as Jesus sees me but now that I have. I have so much more peace. I even teach sign language on youtube, I keep living my life and keep showing people that just because someone can't hear, walks funny, talks funny or doesn't talk at all, doesn't have limbs doesn't mean they are any less of a person created by God who has a purpose for their lives even if they do not see it or own up to it. I pray this review has touched your hearts. 

Check out this video by someone who I find inspirational...Nick Vujucic

https://youtu.be/GrV_ZvwZRvw

In this book, it touches my heart that Aaron is seeking amends with those he has hurt. That is a huge feat because most bullies just go on their ways and never learn that they have hurt people. Mercy is a strong woman I can tell just by the way she handles herself. I also can tell that she has been hurt by Aaron. I can't wait to read more about this book. See how their relationship unfolds. I have to admit this book is MY FAVORITE so far out of the whole Teaville Moral Society Series. As always when I was reading...I was able to come up with who I could see playing Aaron and Mercy at least. 


I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars just because it is so well written. It touches on matters of the heart and what is really going on in a bullies head as well as the victims of the bullying. I highly recommend people check out Melissa Jagears and her Teaville Series. You WON'T BE SORRY. 


Where to buy:

https://www.amazon.com/Chance-Forever-Teaville-Moral-Society/dp/0764217534/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523283663&sr=8-1&keywords=a+chance+at+forever+by+melissa+jagears


Here is who I can see playing Aaron George Firebrook and Mercy McClain. 


Aaron George Firebrook (Ed Westwick) 


Mercy McClain (Cariba Heine)



Until next time-

The Traveling Gypsy



Friday, February 16, 2018

On My Own (February 16, 2018)

Hey friends! 


I know its been a while since I have done an update. Mom has been in South Africa a little over a month now. So many people have asked me if I miss my parents or not. I have to say that I miss them in a way of seeing them around but I also know that its time to grow up and to become my own person. I will say that its different and weird not having them around but knowing that they are out having adventures of their own. I will always love them and miss their friendship. When they come home, it will be interesting to see the interactions and just see how much I am growing up. With this being said, I am excited to hear their stories and adventures. 

Things I have learned:

-To depend on others for help

-To become my own friend

-To have time to work on my own hobbies (writing, drawing, jewelry making)

-To pay bills and manage a household 

-To really know everything is going to be fine and that I am capable of taking care of me, my sister and a house which I had always questioned in my own mind. 

-To believe in myself more and depend on God 

-To know God has it all in his control and that I don't have to spiral out of control (mental thinking)





Until next time-

The Traveling Gypsy


Friday, January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018 (Mom and Dad are in South Africa)







Hey everyone! 


The traveling gypsy here. I just wanted to give everyone an update on my life as a whole. There will be many changes to come. My sister and I have decided to really concentrate on writing our books, really taking charge of our health and learning alot about growing up. As many of you know, my parents are now working in Capetown, South Africa. This will be a new adventure for all of us. 



My sister and I have decided we are staying back to take care of the house and our 6 animals. We have two dogs and four cats that will keep us crazy.....Uh hum...I mean Sane! Lol. Other than taking one day at a time, we are learning more about who we are. We are learning to lean on God through this whole process and most of all that we can take care of a house. 



Most of all:



I want my parents to enjoy themselves living abroad. I want them to be able to travel and see the world together. To do all the things they didn't get to do when they were raising me and my sister. We will get to see them once a year while they are away on this three year contract which will make the reunion time all that much more sweeter. Please continue to pray for my parents and their safety. Keep an eye out for pictures and I am sure there will be stories to share as time goes along. 



Here is the pets: 





Hannah (Megan's Cat)



Wallee



Bianca (My cat)



Tobee (My dog) 



Swisher 



Bonnie


Until next time-


The Traveling Gypsy

Guardian of Her Heart by Rachel Skatvold

I recieved this e-book in exchange for my honest review. I love to help Authors out and get their word out there since I am a part time author myself. Its hard to sometimes only rely on word of mouth. 


From the back of the book: 

Charlotte Lewis has the life she always dreamed of in London.

Her low profile career and private flat allow her to hide in plain sight, away from the paparazzi obsessed with her famous Hollywood family. Unlucky in love, she is content to live alone, until a tragic accident leaves her the guardian of her eight-year-old niece, Emma and co-owner of Morgan Stables in Wyoming. With no experience in raising children or caring for horses, Charlotte knows one thing. She desperately needs help.

After losing his wife to cancer, Trevor Morgan’s faith is shattered. Living in solitude and training horses for his cousin, Tom, allows him to hide his grief. However, inheriting half of Morgan Stables gives Trevor’s life new purpose. He longs to preserve his family’s legacy and watch over his honorary niece, but Tom’s fancy, uptight sister-in-law complicates his plans. Can they learn to put their differences aside for Emma’s sake and the future of Morgan Stables?

Get this sweet, stand-alone, love story in the Whispers in Wyoming series about faith, heritage and healing after loss.



My thoughts on Rachel Skatvold:

Rachel Skatvold is an amazing writer who really truly writes from her heart. I feel as though sometimes you are looking at her soul when you read her stories. She writes with such honesty and truth. Rachel always seems to have a kind word and a smile for you when you just need to talk or ask for prayer. Her faith spills out onto the pages but in a more able to swallow way than just jamming down someone's throat. 


My thoughts on the book:

What girl doesn't love horses? Cowboys? Romance? If you are into those kinds of elements, this book is a must read. Fans of Heartland or Wildfire would eat this book up almost like its candy. I completely came to fall in love with the character of Trevor Morgan because he is such a sweetheart and protective under his tough exterior. Charlotte finds it hard to even know how to take care of a child let alone her neice. This book serves up adventure, romance and fun times as you dive in with Charlotte, Emma and Trevor. 


I rate this book a 5 star out of 5 stars! Its such a cute little read and really does just kinda make your heart smile. 


Where to buy: https://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Heart-Whispers-Wyoming-Book-ebook/dp/B078XLD1RX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516397929&sr=8-1&keywords=Guardian+of+her+heart

Here is who I can picture playing Emma, Charlotte and Trevor as well as Emma's Mother (Bridget)



Bridget


Charlotte


Emma


Trevor

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Holding The Fort by Regina Jennings

I recieved this book free from Regina Jennings because I am on her street team. However, this DOES NOT influence my rating or review in any way. 



From the back of the book:

Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she's able to make ends meet, but lately he's run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out. 

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn't find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she'll take them.

When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she's mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he's left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess's methods. Louisa's never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?



My thoughts on Regina Jennings: 

I absolutely love Regina Jennings as a writer. She takes important issues and talks about them within the confines of book pages. She creates lively characters and beloved romance scenes while incorporating faith into the story without being overbearing. Regina Jennings writes with passion from the heart. She intertwines history while making it seem like a new adventure every time. 


My thoughts on Holding The Fort:

This book is very well written. The history and the timeline go together like a married couple. I love that she played with the idea of a dance hall singer because most people tend to only focus on the action hero which would be Daniel Adams in this case. So to do this, gives other people perspective and that you can write about any role really. 

This book is not my favorite out of the many that Regina Jennings has written but I think that is because I am not one for midwest cowboys and indians, let along forts unless I get to see them in person. Its just hard for me to imagine all that was going on in this story. I LOVE Regina's writing style and characters but the book just wasn't my cup of tea. I still rate this a 4 out of 5 though because those who love HISTORY, will eat this up like its Chocolate. 


Where to buy:

https://www.amazon.com/Holding-Fort-Reno-Regina-Jennings/dp/076421893X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515076389&sr=8-1&keywords=holding+the+fort+by+regina+jennings


Here are the people I can see playing Regina's Characters:



Caroline


Daisy


Daniel


Louisa Bell


Until next time-

The Traveling Gypsy



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

I recieved this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review because I am part of their blogging team.

From the back of the book:

Investigating a suspicious accident leads Drew on a path that points to international intrigue and ever-growing danger
Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield, hoping for a relaxing holiday with his wife, Madeline, and friend Nick. But death meets him once again when Lord Rainsby, their host at Thorburn Hall, is killed in a suspicious riding accident--only days after confiding in Drew his fears that his business partner was embezzling funds.

Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each appears to have dark motives for wanting Rainsby out of the way. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.


Thoughts on Julianna Deering:


Julianna Deering is an amazing writer who keeps you on your toes, who challenges your thinking and problem solving, who writes such developed characters that pull you into a storyline. I sometimes imagine her sitting at her computer thinking "How can I stump my readers now?" She has a heart of gold and her faith speaks for itself throughout the pages of the mysteries.

My thoughts on Death at Thorburn Hall:


I was happy and pleased to see that she brought Carrie and Nick back into the picture because I love when all four of them are involved in the mystery. This particular book takes place at the British Open (which is like the masters in Augusta, Georgia). I do not know about you guys but I have never really been thrilled by the sport of Golf. Julianna Deering makes the sport bearable by adding murder, intrigue and romance to the game.

As soon as I read the character of Lord Rainsby, I had several ideas who could play him but really only one stuck seeing as he needed to be old enough and well-distingished. Julianna Deering has me stumped at this current moment seeing as I am not yet done with the book. I think out of all the Farthering series, I have only partially got one right. I don't mind but that is because I adore the characters, the romance, the adventures and just the overall fun.

If you love mysteries and not knowing who it is....having to really think and put the pieces together....You willl LOVE Julianna Deering. She is one who doesn't disappoint.

I just have to say I will be heart broken when the series actually ends. I hope its not for another many many years. I often wonder if she uses inspiration from Sherlock Holmes, from Agatha Christie, Castle and many other crime shows.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 because I can tell its going to be an amazing story.


Where to buy:

https://www.amazon.com/Death-Thorburn-Hall-Farthering-Mystery/dp/0764231162/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1513207685&sr=8-1&keywords=Death+at+Thorburn+Hall


Here is who I can see playing the characters:


Lady Louisa Rainsby


Young woman


Lord Rainsby


Drew Farthering


Carrie


Nick Dennison


Madeline Farthering


Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

I recieved this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review as part of their blogger review program.

From the back of the book:


Lucy Drake's mastery of Morse code has made her a valuable asset to the American news agencies as a telegrapher. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Newly arrived from London, Colin is talented, handsome, and insufferably charming.  

Despite their rivalry, Lucy realizes Colin's connections could be just what her family needs to turn the tide of their long legal battle over the fortune they were swindled out of forty years ago. When she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, neither of them realizes how far the web of treachery they're wading into will take them.



My thoughts on Elizabeth Camden:


Elizabeth Camden is an amazing writer who has written several books that I have throughly enjoyed. She writes from her heart, from the history and knowledge that she knows. She creates memorable and loveable characters who take you on adventures and make you feel as if you are walking right along with them in many of their journeries. Her elements of faith bleed through the back story and don't come across as being shoved down your throats. 


My thoughts on A Dangerous Legacy:


I haven't finished the whole book but to the part that I have gotten is very well written, has lots of drama and makes you like certain characters more than others. I love the idea of the plan between Colin and Lucy to work together for the benefits of both parties. I absolutely loathe uncle thomas and his sneaky ways. I have always admired the way people first began to communicate in this country before telephones were made available at every turn. 


It must have been interesting to be able to evesdrop on calls and to hear other people's business. Once can only hope there wasn't inappropriate behavior if you catch my drift. Colin grated on my nerves at first but then I started to understand him better and he wasn't so bad. I feel bad for people like Colin who have served in war and deal with PTSD. I am hearing impaired and loud noises scare me from time to time but what he goes through is way different and affects alot of military people. 


I have one friend who has it so badly that he has to hide in the basement with military-efficient headphones and play video games to block out the noise of the fireworks. It really can make them think they are back in the war-torn areas fighting for their lives and the lives of others. I wish people would think about that before they just go too fire-work happy. 


I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. As always, I will leave you with who I can see playing the characters. 


Where to buy:



https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Legacy-Empire-State-Novel-ebook/dp/B072BCDYZ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510199912&sr=8-1&keywords=a+dangerous+legacy+by+elizabeth+camden





Sir Colin Beckwith


Count Demetri Ostrowski


Lady Amelia


Lucy Drake


Nicholas Drake


Thomas Jr


Uncle Thomas


Until next time-

The Traveling Gypsy