Sunday, May 28, 2017

Temperature Blanket - Week 21

May 21: 71 Rain from midnight - 2:30 am & 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
May 22: 67
May 23: 65 Rain 4:00 - 5:00 am & 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm
May 24: 68 Rain from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
May 25: 63 Rain from midnight - 5:00 am
May 26: 68
May 27: 75

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Temperature Blanket - Week 20

May 14: 72
May 15: 75
May 16: 87 Rain from 2:30 - 3:30 am & 4:30 - 5:30 am
May 17: 85 Dan's birthday
May 18: 79 Rain from 4:00 - 5:00 am
May 19: 52
May 20: 63 Rain from 2:00 - 4:30 pm & 10:00 - midnight


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: "An Encore for Estelle" by Kimberly Rose Johnson



"An Encore for Estelle" is the second book in the "Melodies of Love" series. Having met Estelle in book one (and not liking her that well), it was fun to see her story and how much she had changed in the six years since "A Love Song for Kayla". I thought the book was well written and flowed well. Blake and Estelle were fun together. It was interesting to see how their relationship grew quietly, almost in the background. There were good Biblical truths given throughout the book, especially in regards to not carrying around guilt that God wants to take from you. I liked the fact that we got to see Derek and Kayla again and find out how they were doing. I look forward to being able to read "A Waltz for Amber" (book 3) when it comes out.

"An Encore for Estelle" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Melodies of Love
  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Rose Press (May 16, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0998431516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998431512
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 5822 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sweet Rose Press (May 29, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071Z3C5SG

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "The Beloved Hope Chest" by Amy Clipston

About the Book



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Book: The Beloved Hope Chest
Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish
Release Date: May 9, 2017
In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.
Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.
But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?
Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.

About the Author

clipstona_portrait (1)AMY CLIPSTON is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. She has sold more than 1 million books, and her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.comFacebook: AmyClipstonBooks and Twitter: @AmyClipston
My Thoughts I enjoyed reading the wrap up to the "An Amish Heirloom Novel" series. This book was well written and easy to read. I found myself reading for longer periods of time than I had planned as I didn't want to put it down. I found it interesting to see the start of Mattie and Leroy's relationship. It was not anything like I had expected. It was nice to see the tie-ins with the rest of the books in the series and how Mattie and Leroy were able to relate to their daughters in their problems because of what they went through. The Biblical principles woven through the book were nice. I will be sad to not be able to visit the Fisher family anymore, but look forward to reading other books by Amy Clipston.

Guest post from Amy Clipston

I am thrilled to share the The Beloved Hope Chest, which is the final installment of my Amish Home series.
In The Beloved Hope Chest, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of. Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past. But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades? Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.
This book is very close to my heart since it is the last in my Amish Heirloom series. I’ve grown to love the Fisher family, and writing Mattie and Leroy’s story was bittersweet. This is a very emotional story, and I poured my heart and soul into it. I hope you enjoy this book since it reveals all of the mysteries that have been placed throughout the series.

Blog Stops

May 13: Just Commonly
May 16: A Greater Yes
May 17: Quiet Quilter
May 18: Splashes of Joy
May 19: Pause for Tales
May 19: Book by Book
May 21: Bigreadersite

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Amy is giving away a copy of An Amish Home and an handpicked Amish goodie chosen by Amy to two winners! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b3b3

"The Beloved Hope Chest" is available in paperback:
  • Series: An Amish Heirloom Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310341973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341970
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches

and Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 998 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310341973
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 9, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2017
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HAKH230

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Temperature Blanket - Week 19

May 7: 55
May 8: 58
May 9: 64
May 10: 69 Rain from 9:00 pm - midnight
May 11: 64 Rain from midnight - 2:00 am
May 12: 68
May 13: 73




Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review: "The Cherished Quilt" by Amy Clipston

"The Cherished Quilt" is the 3rd book in the "An Amish Heirloom Novel" series. This book is the youngest Fisher sister, Emily's story. Each book could be read as a standalone book, but you get a much fuller and complete picture by reading them in order. I had gotten to know Emily from the first two books and was anxious to read her story. The book flowed really well and I didn't want to put it down. I liked how the Biblical principles were woven through the story and how the characters grew during the course of the book. Like the first two books, this book gives a little glimpse into the secrets that the girls' mamm is keeping locked up inside her hope chest.

"The Cherished Quilt" is available in paperback:
  • Series: An Amish Heirloom Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 29, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310341965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341963
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches


and Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 2525 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310341965
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CXDN5R6


I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Temperature Blanket - Week 18

Another new month has started! I am 1/3 done with my blanket.

Apr 31: 42 Rain all day
May 1: 64 Rain from 5:00 am - 8:30 am & 3:30 - midnight
May 2: 47 Rain from midnight - 7:30 am & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
May 3: 57
May 4: 49
May 5: 59
May 6: 60

Using my temperature scale, I had the following number of days of each temperature. (The first number is for just April and the second is cumulative for the whole year)

 < 9 :   0/0
10-14: 0/2
15-19: 0/2
20-24: 0/5
25-29: 0/10
30-34: 0/14
35-39: 1/21
40-44: 1/13
45-49: 2/9
50-54: 5/12
55-59: 3/10
60-64: 5/8
65-69: 4/4
70-74: 5/6
75-79: 1/1
80-84: 2/2(15 colors)

Using the more common scale, I would have ended up with:

 <  22: 0/8
23-32: 0/23
33-43: 2/36
44-53: 5/19
54-66: 11/22
67-77: 9/10
78-88: 2/2(7 colors)