Friday, December 18, 2015

At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings

I, Halita Wilson received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. 

From the back of the book:

After helping her grandfather at their Boston auction house, Miranda Wimplegate discovers she's accidentally sold a powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous bidder. Desperate to appease the furious family, her grandfather tracks it to the Missouri Ozarks and makes an outlandish offer to buy the local auction house if they promise not to sell anything until he arrives.

Upon their arrival, however, they discover their new business doesn't deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its manager, ruggedly handsome Wyatt Ballentine, is frustrated to discover his fussy new bosses don't know a thing about the business he's single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more cattle than they can count--but no mysterious painting--Miranda and Wyatt form an unlikely but charged partnership to try and salvage a bad situation getting worse.


I have to be honest and say that at first I had a hard time getting into the book but I pushed on. Now I can't put the book down. I am currently on Chapter 20 but decided to go ahead and place my review. It took me until about Chapter 6 to get into the storyline. Once I reached this point, I read from chapter 6 to chapter 19 in the span of about three hours which is a HUGE deal for me. 

I struggle with reading because I usually end up with re-reading the same paragraph over and over again. 

I at first didn't like Wyatt Ballentine at first but he has won over my heart as I continue to read this beauty written by the amazingly talented Regina Jennings. Miranda Wimplegate has even had me laughing in certain parts of the book. This book came to me at a time when I was considering with my family running a farm and realizing I had no idea about doing it so Miranda's reaction to the chicken spoke volumes to me. 

I can't wait to finish this book but I would HIGHLY recommend reading this book. It's such a treat and my first read by Regina Jennings. I give the book 5 stars. 

Now my review on Regina Jennings herself:

Regina Jennings is beautiful, talented and down to earth. She really takes times to develop her characters and to build the story around them. She even takes time to make pinterest boards based on who she sees as the Characters in her mind. I have a big feeling that Regina Jennings is going to be a favorite for me. Check her books out today. 

Check out the link below to be able to buy today:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0764211412?keywords=at%20love's%20bidding&qid=1450452108&ref_=nav_ya_signin&sr=8-1

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy






Sunday, November 29, 2015

Battling with Depression

Did you know many people suffer from Depression? What is Depression? Here’s the definition below.

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts,behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.[1][2] People with depressed mood can feel sad, anxious, empty,hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless


Depression comes in many forms such as Manic, Postpartum, Bipolar, Psychotic, Situational and Atypical.Most people don’t talk about their depression out of not wanting help or they don’t even realize that they are depressed. 

Example:

I went to college right out of high school like most kids do. I fell into a major depression because I didn’t know how to cope and fit in. At the time, I didn’t know it wasdepression. I thought I was just really homesick but came to find out later on that it was a form of depression. Everyday after class was over, I would go back to my dorm room and cry for 3-4 hours straight. 

I did my school work but once that was done, called my parents for two hours every night then went to bed. Idid this every day for a semester. I barely ate anything except for a little bit of pasta, soup, and salad. I would walk every night around campus for anhour. I dropped down to 145 pounds when I started the school year at 195. 

It wasn’t until a friend whoI didn’t even know that well, had reminded me that even in the darkest of nights…. God is still there. He left me with the verse of Zephaniah 3:17-20, which has become my life verse because of this experience. 

Zephaniah 3:17-20 reads:

17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save,he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly,who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.

20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.

I would recite this passage over and over again. I then took to just depending on God to get me through the hardest time in my life. He became my rock and my best friend. It didn’t matter at the time that I had a few friends but I am grateful that they stuck with me even when I didn’t really “see” them because I was so stuck in my depression.

It was like all the air was sucked out of the room or for a better image, more like I was out in the middle of a dark ocean with no light anywhere. Once my friend reminded me thatGod was still there in the midst of the darkness, it was like a lighthouse guiding me home or a life ring tossed out for me to grab a hold of. 

So basically, if you or someone you love is struggling with depression…. please seek help. God doesn’t call for us to live in depression when He came to give us life more abundantly.

John 10:10 tells us so:

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I pray for each and every one of you who read this blog post. God has a better plan for you. 

Another verse to look up and remember is Jeremiah 29:11-13 (KJV) because it reminds us that God has a plan for us. 

11 ForI know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace,and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy

Dacey by Shanna Hatfield

I, Halita Wilson have received this book in exchange for my honest review.
From the back of the book:
Dacey: Bride of North Carolina is #12 in the unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series. 
A conniving mother, a reluctant groom and a desperate bride make for a lively adventure full of sweet romance. 
Braxton Douglas spends his days managing the family’s plantation and blissfully avoiding the state of matrimony. Unbeknownst to him, his mother tires of waiting for him to choose a wife and sends for a mail-order bride. When the woman arrives, ready to wed, Braxton has his work cut out for him if he plans to remain unaffected by the lively, lovely Dacey. 
Dacey Butler has nothing to lose when she agrees to travel to North Carolina to marry a stranger. Eager for an opportunity to put her past behind her and enjoy a new beginning, she embraces the adventure of traveling south to marry a man she thinks is a simple farmer. Upon her arrival in Asheville, she immediately decides Braxton Douglas has no idea of her existence, and there is nothing simple about the man.
First of all, Shanna Hattfield is an amazing writer. She has managed to keep my attention, which is a hard thing to do because I tend to get lost in my head while reading and tend to re-read the same sentence over and over again. It’s very annoying so I love when a book’s characters grab my attention and pull me. 
I just happened to fall in love with the characters of Dacey Butler and Braxton Douglas because of their fun flirtation. Dacey reminds me so much of a good friend of mine that I actually recommended this book to her to read it. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to be a mail-ordered bride especially not in today’s world where you aren’t given a chance to get to know each other. 
I see some of myself in Dacey’s character or more like the way I wish I was. LOL. I wish I was a little more sassy and able to ride horses like she can. I love to look at them but I think I would be a bit intimidated. 
Shanna Hattfield kept me laughing and smiling through the whole book. I would highly recommend this book to those who love mail-ordered bride series. Shanna has so much spunk and character herself so you can see her ringing through the characters a little bit. I give this book a 5 star review. It would make a lovely birthday or Christmas present. Be sure to check it out today!
Until next time,
The Traveling Gypsy

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bathsheba

I received this book for free in exchange for my review. Thank you so much Bethany House Publishers. 

A Vivid and Moving Portrait of a Reluctant Queen

After sending his army to besiege another king's capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier's wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king's household.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.

Angela Hunt is a brilliant story-teller because she has taken a woman that we didn't know too much about and shown us life through her eyes. What it must have been like to be married to King David? I can't even begin to put myself in Bathsheba's shoes. To have that much faith especially when the man killed your husband so that he didn't have to explain that you were now with child from the affair that he had with you. 

The cover is beyond GORGEOUS! I can imagine that Bathsheba would have looked similar to that in person. Bathsheba had to protect Solomon during a very hard and scary time for Israel. She did the best that she could given the resources she had. I couldn't even begin to imagine what it was like to be in a harem just waiting on the few nights that the King would want you. 

This is the second book that I have acquired by Angela Hunt because my sister brought me Esther due to my love of Esther. Bathsheba was always my sister's favorite other than Rehab. Lust is a very powerful thing so therefore, we need to make sure daily that we take every thought to Jesus Christ....Our Savior. 

Thank you so much Angela Hunt for an amazing book. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. :) 

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Love Like Ours-Becky Wade

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

From the back cover:

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

First off, I have to BRAG about BECKY WADE. She is such a talented writer. She captures your attention from the first page and drags you into the plot line and characters. Makes you really feel like these guys are your family to the point where you end up rooting for them. 

With that being said, my analysis of the cover is that it is GORGEOUS, but do not get me wrong, the couple just doesn't look as old as she has them in the book. It is just my opinion but I absolutely adore the cover....its my favorite so far of her books. 

I can tell this is going to be and is one of my favorite books that I have ever own. I feel like I should be a shopkeeper in the town of Holley, TX just so I can know the entire Porter family. They are such amazing people whose stories tear into your heart, leaving you emotional but cheering for a happy ending for them. Jake by far, is my favorite character hands down. He has gone through so much with serving his country and then being diagnosed with a very real thing-PTSD. I have seen it mess up many of our soldiers lives. Amber is brave and strong. I find her to be funny and the perfect housemate for Lyndie at the Old Candy Shoppe. 

Becky Wade takes her time to develop these characters and to make them seem as real as you and me. Thank you so much for being so down to earth Becky. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves Christian Fiction or the PORTER family. 5 STARS easily! This is the easiest book review I have ever done and that says a lot because I am not a huge READER. 

Until next time,

Halita

Monday, April 20, 2015

Together with you by Victoria Bylin


Back of the book:

When a Lost Child warning blares over the mall's PA system, Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that the child suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's past suddenly confronts her. Never again will she become personally involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart.

Dr. Ryan Tremaine is trying to put his life back together. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan has put his faith in his Sink-or-Swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruit Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny.

Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further?

This book was definitely an emotional roller coaster. It tugs at your heart for all the characters that are involved. Victoria Bylin did an amazing exploring emotions and pulling on the heart strings. This book was so amazing but I do have a hard time putting these emotions into words. Ryan struck me as a huge romantic at heart but that he was a little bit off hand emotionally until he met Carly. She made him live again. 

I give this book 4 stars. It was a bit hard to read. I have never been as challenged emotionally. I plan to give this book on to some people who can use it too. 

Every Bride Needs a Groom-Janice Thompson

From the back of the book:

Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town--the very same day Katie wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--catch on to her humiliation if she does?

Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers adore.

Oh my gosh! Janice Thompson really captured the heart of her characters. Katie is so funny. I completely adore her. She reminded me of me once in a while. I love how she gets along with her family. Some people can really enjoy the small towns. The feelings and emotions of the small town life really rings true for Katie. I love how that she wins her dream dress and really one who was always "planning her wedding." 

One character I didn't really cared about Casey Lawson. He really didn't get my heart beating. I really cared about the pro basketball player. He really seems amazing and works hard. This book is very much a book that I will read over and over AGAIN. That is a huge deal for me because I am not a huge reader. SO KUDOS to Janice Thompson. I give this book 5 stars. 

Until next time,

Halita

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From the Start by the LOVELY Melissa Tagg

From the back cover:

Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley. 

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?

First off I have to say that I ADORE Melissa Tagg's writing style because I am not much of a reader by nature but this got me to read past the first three chapters. That is a huge feat in my mind! Kudos to Melissa! 

I absolutely adore the characters of Kate Walker and Colton Greene. They are so down to earth and realistic. Kate in a way reminds me of me a little bit in the route of even if our love life sucks, we are able to write a fairytale romance. :) Maple Valley sounds completely amazing but then again I love small towns. 

Melissa Tagg's writing has gotten better and she will WRITE her way into your heart. I highly recommend this book and all of Melissa's books. She is so sweet and down to earth. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

You're LOVED No Matter What by Holley Gerth

This book totally grabbed my attention from the title. You wanna know why....? Because for over 10 years of my life I have struggled with low self-esteem and self-worth. This book helped open my eyes to knowing that I do not need to be PERFECT. That I am human and that I am one who has so much love to give.

God has amazing plans for all of us. He just wants us to turn our lives over to Him and let Him be in charge. I can tell you right now that if I did not do that, I would not be here today typing these blog posts and hopefully making a difference in the world for God.

This book is highly recommended for every woman to read and take seriously. It WILL change your life when you put these things into perspective. So many of us buy into and believe in the lies told to us but did you know.....GOD loves you more than you will ever know?

Let that sink in and pick up this book today.

Until next time,

The Traveling Gypsy

Brittany Jean-Whispered Stories

Brittany Jean has such a beautiful voice. It kinds sounds like it floats on water. I love her lyrics and songs. She writes with historical lyrics. Brittany Jean sings soft songs and I know my sister says that she could easily fall asleep to this cd which is a HUGE plus because she has such insomnia. My favorite songs are number 8 and 10. I enjoy and love this CD. Great job to Brittany Jean. I say you have a real talent with singing. May your voice go out and touch the world.






Anna's CROSSING

From the publisher:
When Anna König first meets Bairn, the Scottish ship carpenter of the Charming Nancy, their encounter is anything but pleasant. Anna is on the ship only to ensure the safe arrival of her loved ones to the New World. Hardened by years of living at sea, Bairn resents toting these naïve farmers--dubbed "Peculiars" by deckhands--across the ocean. As delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions afflict crew and passengers alike, Bairn finds himself drawn to Anna's serene nature. For her part, Anna can't seem to stay below deck and far away from the aloof ship's carpenter, despite warnings.

When an act of sacrifice leaves Anna in a perilous situation, Bairn discovers he may not have left his faith as firmly in the past as he thought. But has the revelation come too late?


I love the way that Suzanne Woods Fisher writes her books. You can tell that she has so much passion and soul for bringing her characters to life. About three years ago, I found out in my family history that I am related to the pastor of the Pilgrims who prayed over them as they embarked to the New World so this book really touched my heart. You really get to step into the shoes of the people in this story. You become part of their world and Anna is an amazingly brave character. I am not sure how well I would have done having to leave everything behind and travel to a place I have never been. She reminds me of a modern day Rebekah when she meets Issac. I rate this book easily a five star rating. Can't wait to read more. 

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Crimson Cord: Rehab's Story

Jill Eileen Smith is an amazing author who has a true visionary gift of telling the bible stories while bringing them to life.

I never knew too much about Rehab in the bible other than she was a prositute who is also part of Jesus's lineage. It really goes to show that we can still be used in our circumstances. God is the one who has a bigger plan for us than what we can see for ourselves at any one given moment.

Forgiveness is something that we all need to learn to give grace to others and as well as learn how to accept forgiveness. This book will open your eyes to the life of Rehab, her family and what she did for Israel. How she is a big role in history and how she changed.

I love how Ms. Smith really teaches us the history in a real life event and brought the storyline to light about Joshua and the Israelites. God has amazing plans for all of us and he uses situations to help us grow as well as teach us some life lessons.

Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that He has plans for us, plans not to harm us but to give us hope and a future.

Till next time,

Traveling Gypsy

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Beauty of Grace

The Beauty of Grace is full of amazing photography taken by Dawn Camp....The editor and photographer. This book is chalk full of encouragement, faith and advice. Each story is written by a different writer about God's love that came in a time of need.

I highly recommend reading this book. I give it 5 stars and think it would be helpful to those who deal with depression, anxiety and pain. Those who need help with seeing God's love and encouragement through life's difficulties. God has a bigger plan for you than you see.

One verse that helps me remember that God is for me is Zephaniah 3:17-20. Another verse that should come to mind is Jeremiah 29:11 which takes about God's plans for all of us.

Check out this book and enjoy the beauty of God's grace.

Till next time,

Traveling Gypsy


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Convincing the Rancher by Claire McEwen

Claire McEwen has done a great job with this book even though I haven't read the first two. She really dove into the heart of Tess Cole and really showed how this character needed more time focused on her. If you are one who loves LOVES romance....THEN this is a book for you to read.

I am just not a huge romance fan at least of not the worldly romance. I prefer more of the purity standard of romance until marriage. I think there are ways to show you care without going too far. I would recommend this book though if you are a huge romance fan and love reading about LOVE.

Claire is a talented author and I wish her nothing but the best in the future with more successful projects. I am sure that her fan base will continue to grow and that she will grow as a writer.

Till next time,

Traveling gypsy

Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses by Mary Mchugh

Author Mary McHugh had me laughing to the point of nearly crying. The chorus line ladies were beyond funny and the characters were all entertaining as well as engaging. This book was hard to put down which is a big deal for me because unless a book gets me within the first two chapters, I am not much of a reader.

This book also allows you to step into another world and to travel right along with the characters. Witty and captivating, these characters will keep you guessing as you keep flipping the pages. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries and traveling.

Kudos to Mary McHugh and I will be checking out her other books in the series. I give her five stars. :)

Till next time,

Traveling Gypsy