Book Review: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall

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Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people, like those revered by her beloved grandfather. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.

But as spring moves into Pennsylvania and Annie spends time amongst the cherry trees with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget how deeply the lines between the Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite are drawn.

Can Annie and Aden find a place for their love to bloom in the midst of the brewing storm? Continue reading

Book Review: Iditarod by Andre Jute

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Marchez! — A race for survival When Rhodes Delaney challenged James Alderston Whitbury III to a grudge match she chose the most grueling of all tests — the Iditarod: a lethal dogsled race across the perilous wastelands of barren Alaska. Through life-sapping storms, howling blizzards, and deadly sub-zero temperatures, the racers must struggle over treacherous mountain passes where the sun’s rays never reach, cross frozen rivers risking the icy torrents below, and pass enraged bull moose, ravenous bears — and the world’s largest, hungriest wolf pack.

In Iditarod, André Jute puts the reader’s feet on the ice and on the runners for twelve hundred hazardous miles of the last great race across the last dangerous frontier as the exhausted bodies and hallucinating minds of the contestants battle towards the moment of truth — when Man and Nature exact the ultimate reckoning from each other. Iditarod is at once a love story, a great adventure, and a brilliant word portrait of the world’s most spectacular and least-known land. First published in 1990, Iditarod is fully revised for this 21st anniversary edition by CoolMain Press.
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Book Review: Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley

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Looking for a woman of good character and pleasant disposition willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona territory. Must be SINGLE and prepared to remain so now and forever more. Will be given ownership of ranch. -Eleanor Walker

Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest book for a fresh start at a cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory. She hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels. Continue reading

Kindles for Kids

This is a guest post from Danyelle Leafty of www.danyelleleafty.com. Danyelle asked if I would help her spread the word about her Kindles for Kids project.

What exactly is Kindles for Kids?

Kindles for Kids is my way of paying it forward. My goal is to raise enough funds to purchase 10 Kindle Fires for the pediatric unit of a local hospital in UT. Continue reading

Fun With Spam

If you don’t have a blog, you don’t know what you’re missing. You could entertain yourself for hours with all the spam comments you’d get. I don’t really understand the point, because most of the spammers don’t have websites, so I guess they’re just doing it to clog up the web. I have no clue.  I thought I’d share a few with you. I’ve thought about it before, but my clicking finger is faster than my brain and I keep deleting the comments before I remember that I want to keep them. Continue reading