The Bird and the Sword

41ifwvwc9fl-_sx331_bo1204203200_I hope everyone had an awesome Memorial Day weekend. I spent time in Park City, UT with a bunch of family for a reunion. Family and food. Two of my favorite things all bunched together…so I loved it. A couple weeks ago, I finished Amy Harmon’s newest book, The Bird and the Sword. This book was awesome, and even though I’m surrounded by boxes and cleaning supplies that are shouting my name right now because we move in exactly one week (YIKES!), I wanted to do justice to this spellbinding piece. It deserves praise…even if I feel like Cinderella right now (emphasis on the cinder part). Continue reading

May’s Matchmaker Book

51135fztndl-_sx331_bo1204203200_I had to throw in a quick review for May’s Matchmaker novel that I read last week. This series of 12 books (one each month) has been so fun to read. May’s romance really stuck with me. The unique, strong characters were amazing. I want to be a heart surgeon now. Think a hospital will hire me in 12 years when I’m…uh…oh, never mind? You don’t need to know how old I’ll be then. Close to retirement, I’m sure.

This contemporary romance tugged at my heartstrings…quite literally. The hero and heroine are both med students working their way to becoming heart surgeons. The love story starts out with a bang…or rather with spray paint. Here’s the blurb:

Every time Andra Stone crosses paths with Everett Covington, trouble follows. First she loses her scholarship, then she loses the apartment she’d wanted more than anything. But tragedy hits hardest when she loses her grandmother—the best friend Andra has ever known. She determines that Everett is a talisman of ill fortune. When Everett comes to work in her hospital and is applying for the same position she’d been working toward since residency, Andra believes him to be her personal poltergeist. The human heart has four chambers—four chances to get it right. Andra has only one chance left

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Moving on

Life has been crazy around here for the last few months. I sold my house in Idaho last month, but am renting it back from the new owner until my daughter graduates. My husband’s job is moving him to Utah this summer, so we’ve been driving there way too much looking for houses. We found one, and it officially closed today so that I can say I own it. Here’s a picture. Isn’t it cute? I like it, but there will be lots of work to do since it’s new (window coverings, landscaping, finishing the basement, and probably other things I haven’t thought of; ugh). I swore I’d never get a new house again…but I fell in love with this one when we came across it almost finished. Now I’ll swear again…that I will never get a new house after this. We’ll see if I listen to myself in the future.

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Readin’ is Eatin’

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. So is eating. And they sort of rhyme…hence my title today. Readin’ is eatin’ for my mind and heart. And I really like how reading calories don’t make me gain weight (unless I throw M&M or some other chocolate into the mix, then all bets are off). Since I haven’t posted for a while, I thought I’d do a quick review of the reading I’ve done this last month…and why.

1499952Daddy Long Legs – This was one of my favorite books as a young teen girl. I’d kind of forgotten the plot, so I reread it (since classics are free on my Kindle)…and I thoroughly loved it! The way the author tells the story through Judy’s letters all through college to her mysterious donor is lovely (and funny too). Continue reading