Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Book Room

Tim Graber arrives in Sugarcreek to help his aunt and uncle with spring planting. At first, Tim doesnÆt fit in with his many cousins and their crowded lifestyle. But when he meets Clara Slabaugh, the local school teacher, he understands why the Lord brought him to Sugarcreek. Clara is shy and quiet. Scarred from a fire when she was small, Clara has resigned herself to living alone and caring for her mother, who tells her that no man will ever see past her scars, and that Clara needs to keep teaching in order to make ends meet. Her father passed away years ago, and her mother depends on her. But the scars mean nothing to Tim. He appreciates her quiet nature and her wonderful, loving way with children. Yet Tim has a sweetheart back home in Indiana. As these two hearts struggle to determine their path, tragedy strikes, and every other worry seems insignificant in comparison. Though they now face a life they never imagined, will Tim and Clara have the faith to step out and risk everything for a chance at true love?

Additional notes: This is the second book in the Seasons of Sugarcreek series. There are four books in total in this series and all have been released. You can read my review of the first book here

My thoughts: The characters in this series is what really makes these books stand out for me. They are really lovable and relatable. If you've tried Amish fiction in the past and wasn't a fan, you should try again with this series. It is very boy-meets-girl, but the characters are very sweet. 
After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn Anderson is tired of playing the role of perfect wife. Her husband Jim is a successful businessman who gives her everything she needs--a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood, the financial freedom to be a stay-at-home mom, an enviable collection of stuff. Everything, that is, except what really matters: love.

After years of trying to connect with Jim, Marilyn has had enough. She longs to experience some measure of happiness before she's too old to enjoy it. Needing some time to herself to sort things out, Marilyn leaves to start a new job and take dancing lessons--something she has wanted to do for as long as she can remember.
Shocked to find his wife gone, Jim Anderson must sort through the past to save his marriage. With a little help from an unexpected ally, he begins a campaign to win Marilyn back. What he doesn't anticipate is how his actions will affect everyone around him--starting with himself.
Additional notes: This is the first book in the Restoration series. There are two books in this series currently and the third will be released later this year. 
My thoughts: If you like Karen Kingsbury, you'll really enjoy this series. I tried reading other books by Dan Walsh and wasn't into them personally (but my husband really enjoyed his other books), but this series is great, especially if you're married. 
When cashmere-mogul Janet marries the cowboy, she knows she'll have a lot to learn about roughing it. Tom lets her pay for the wedding, but he insists on handling the honeymoon. The budget-minded Tom, however, chooses a tropical destination which might be a little too…casual. If a newly-married couple spends their first week as man and wife trying to keep their clothes on, can the sparks still fly? 
Additional notes: This is book 1.5 for the Cypress Hollow Yarn series. There are six books in this series. You can read my review of the second book here and my review of the third book here
My thoughts: This was a cute little book. I got it for free from the Kindle store, and it's a very short story that's funny. It had nothing at all to do with knitting, in my opinion, so I didn't feel it really meshed well with the series, but whatevs. 
From the beloved author of Garden Spells, comes Waking Kate, story about a woman who soon will face an unforeseen change in her life. One sticky summer day  as Kate is waiting for her husband to come home from his bicycle shop, she spots her distinguished neighbor returning from his last day of work after  eighty-six years at Atlanta’s oldest men’s clothing store. Over a cup of butter coffee, he tells Kate a story of love and heartbreak that makes her remember her past, question her present, and wonder what the future will bring. 

My thoughts: Basically, I hated this book. It was such an awful read! I got it for free from the Kindle store as an e-book and it's a short story that is just... terrible. I did not like it at all. In other words: do not read this book! 
“How do you do it all?”

That’s the question that wife, mom, actress, and best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure is often asked. And it’s a question that women everywhere are asking themselves as we seek to balance all of our roles, responsibilities, and opportunities.

So, how do we do it? Working since the age of 5, Candace has been in a balancing act for nearly her entire life. She is the first to tell you that there is no miracle formula for perfect execution in every area of your life, but there definitely are some lessons to be learned, lessons that come to life in Candace's story.

Come along and dig into Candace’s story from her start in commercials, the balance-necessitating years on Full House, to adding on the roles of wife and mom while also returning to Hollywood. Insightful, funny, and poignant, Candace’s story will help you balance it all.
My thoughts: I have to say that I am just a huge fan of Candace and am loving watching her on Dancing with the Stars! This book had quite a few good nuggets I tucked away for later when Bug is bigger. Basically, Candace just advises you to figure out your priorities and focus on those. Pretty simple and basic, but sometimes I just need a kick in the butt in that area. I would definitely re-read this one in the future for a refresher. 

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