One of the Most Memorable Novels of 2019

I just finished one of the most beautiful, memorable, and breathtaking books I’ve read yet this year (and I’ve read some pretty great books so far in 2019!). Rachel Hauck’s “The Memory House” was published by Thomas Nelson this past spring, and I simply didn’t want this enthralling saga to end. The vivid characters, the sweeping plot, the heart-wrenching themes, the two different time periods combining into one beautifully tangled tale of love and loss and forgiveness. . . It was captivating, to say the least! Continue reading

A Beautiful New Release from Melissa Michaels

It’s no secret that I LOVE Melissa Michaels’ books. Creator of the award-winning blog “The Inspired Room”, and author of several must-have books about decorating, de-cluttering, organizing, and simply turning a house into a home, she is my favorite author in the House and Home genre. Her newest book from Harvest House Publishers is, perhaps, her best so far because it takes the idea that our dwellings, both our homes and our bodies, are intricately connected and therefore will reflect and transform each other – for good or for bad! “Dwelling: Simple Ways to Nourish Your Home, Body, & Soul” is a must-read for anyone who has enjoyed Melissa’s previous work, or is simply looking for ways to “Feel well where you dwell”! Continue reading

Just Not My Kind of Book

“Almost Home” is the second book by bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse, and was published by Revell in the spring of 2019.  Set during World War II, this novel combines the stories of a variety of characters who find their lives unintentionally intersecting in a small-town boarding house in Alabama.  Adding to the crazy-quilt storytelling style is a historic tale of a young bride and her legendary river-pirate groom who disappear on their wedding day without a trace. Continue reading

A Fantastic and Fun Guide for Girls of All Ages!! Guest Review by Hayley

“The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life” is a wonderful new volume that will guide young women of all ages to handle new situations with confidence.  Written by Erica and Jonathan Catherman, this book includes topics ranging from how to change a tire, how to throw darts, how to wear a scarf, and how to introduce yourself.  Clearly, a lot of time and thought was put into choosing this amazing range of topics. Continue reading

A One-Of-A-Kind Home Decorating Book!

I just found a new home decorating book that is SO. MUCH. FUN!! “The DIY Home Planner: Practical Tips & Inspiring Ideas to Decorate It Yourself” was written by KariAnne Wood (with artwork by Michal Sparks) and published by Harvest House in the Spring of 2018. Overflowing with fabulous tips and doable instructions to help anyone realize their decorating dreams, this book oozes delightful whimsy, a contagious can-do attitude, and loads of practical advice – who could ask for more?! Continue reading

Joyful and Inspiring Ideas for Your Own Celebrations

Gorgeous. Stunning. Inspiring. Picture-perfect. These adjectives, and so many more, accurately describe a beautiful new party-planning cookbook entitled “So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through”. Written by Katie Jacobs of the food and lifestyle blog “Styling My Everyday”, and published by Thomas Nelson, this volume is so much more than a cookbook. . . It is a work of art that will inspire you to “create meaningful, extraordinary celebrations that foster lifelong memories with the ones you love.” Continue reading

More Fantastic Home Inspiration and Encouragement from Melissa Michaels

In terms of encouragement and inspiration for all things house and home, Melissa Michaels simply can’t be beaten. She is a New York Times Bestselling author of several books (all of which I adore!) and creator of “The Inspired Room” blog, which motivates thousands of followers each week with simple ideas for creating inspired rooms of our own. Her newest release from Harvest House Publishers is a delightful little volume entitled “Simple Organizing: 50 Ways to Clear the Clutter”. (Don’t let the title fool you, though, as there are FAR more than 50 ideas in this book. . . Think of it more as 50 broad tips, with numerous ‘sub-tips’ included for each one!) Continue reading

I Didn’t Want to Leave Ivy Hill!

It’s been a long wait, but the second novel in Julie Klassen’s delightfully charming “Tales From Ivy Hill” series has finally been released from Bethany House! “The Ladies of Ivy Cottage” begins right where “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill” left off, and will be followed later this year with the conclusion to the trilogy, entitled “The Bride of Ivy Green”. Continue reading

“Simple Gatherings” is Simply Delightful!

I’ve enjoyed several of bestselling author Melissa Michaels’ books in the past, and also love following her regular posts on social media. She truly has an incredible gift to help us “inspire our homes”. When a new book title from this talented lady was released by Harvest House Publishers entitled “Simple Gatherings: 50 Ways to Inspire Connection”, I was excited to read it and hoped I could come away better able to “create memorable gatherings with simplicity and style”… I wasn’t disappointed! Continue reading

A Mesmerizing and Unforgettable Story

I just finished a most remarkable journey. This was a journey of love, ambition, grief, forgiveness, truth revealed, mistakes made and lessons learned. It was powerful, unforgettable, haunting, and in many ways it was mesmerizing. And the funny thing is, this journey all happened during the innings of a single baseball game. . . “Steal Away Home” is the name of the novel that took me on this journey. Published by Thomas Nelson in the first month of 2018, it was written by a master storyteller whose work I’ve never before had the pleasure of reading – Billy Coffey. You can be sure that while this story was my first by this amazing author, it will not be my last. Continue reading