Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: "An October Bride" by Katie Ganshert

Booklook bloggers again gave me the opportunity to review the newest story in the "Year of Weddings Novella" series by giving me a free eBook copy of "An October Bride" by Katie Ganshert.

Emma Tate broke off her engagement two years ago when her father was diagnosed with cancer and now, she is feeling like there is nothing she can do for him.  While looking after her parent's cats, Emma finds her dad's bucket list.  The very last thing on his list is "Walk Emma down the aisle".  While pondering on this way that she could do something for her father and thinking maybe she should call her ex-fiance, her longtime friend, Jake Sawyer, stops by.   Together they hatch a plan to get married so that Emma's father can scratch the last thing off his list and Emma won't have to live with regrets.  The only problem is that Emma doesn't want a pretend marriage to Jake, she wants the real thing.  

I really enjoyed reading "An October Bride" by Katie Ganshert.  It is one of my favorite stories in the A Year of Weddings Novella series.  The story is told from Emma's first person point of view, but it was done in a way unlike other first person point of view books I have read before.  It seemed so real and natural.  I liked Emma and Jake and felt like they could be my friends.  I wanted Jake to turn to Emma and profess his undying love for her so she could have the deepest wish of her heart since she was little.  There are many mentions of God and following His will in what will happen.  I also really liked the fact that the book actually ended with a wedding!  So many of the books in the series don't, and it's been a "sore spot" for me!  Of course, this is a novella so it is a quick read, but I didn't find it to feel rushed or strained.  I don't think I've read any of Katie Ganshert's other books, but I think I'll be checking them out. 

"An October Bride" is available in Kindle edition.
  • File Size: 1491 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6XM3BI

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Sculpting Journey So Far

My 1st and my latest (8th)



#3/ Ed

#4 / Mark

#5 /Cody

#6/ Deborah

#7/ Joy Marie

#8 / Alexis Rae

All of them lined up (except #6, which I don't have)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My 8th Polymer Clay Doll

One of the Facebook groups that I belong to hosted a "Whimsical Halloween" sculpting contest.  The challenge was to sculpt a toddler and sew it a Halloween costume.  I thought it sounded like fun, so I entered.  I didn't win anything even though I think all of the dolls in the category were better than one of the ones that placed!  Anyway....  I am happy with how my doll turned out and she is by far my best sculpt yet.  I decided to make her a Winnie the Pooh costume, which meant she *needed* a stuffed Piglet.  So I designed and crocheted a stuffed Piglet using my tatting thread and a 1.25mm crochet hook.

Piglet ♥

her costume

She also got pjs and a blankey

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Review: "Palace of Darkness" by Tracy L. Higley

I was given an eBook version of "Palace of Darkness" written by Tracy L. Higley through Booklook bloggers in order for me to review it.

Cassia has stayed with Aretas for six years despite his violent tendencies because she is desperate for love.  When he is killed after a failed scam, she and their son Alexander travel to Petra, Aretas' birthplace, searching for family and a place to belong.  When she finds out the truth about Aretas' family, she is thrown into a royal conspiracy.  She finds help from the followers of The Way and wonders why they are willing to help her when she has nothing to give.  Through their example, she learns to rely on the One True God and His strength rather than doing it all on her own.

Julian feels that he needs to take a stand to stop the persecution of the Church in Rome, but when all he does is make life more difficult, he flees to Petra to start over and blend into the background.  God has other plans for him, however, and he must learn to serve in order to lead the Church in Petra.

I have previously read two other books by Tracy L. Higley and enjoyed this one the most. (I liked the others, as well).  I was drawn into the story and the characters' lives.  I liked getting a glimpse into what life was like for the early church meeting in people's homes and sharing letters from Paul and other church leaders.  It was almost as if I was sitting there on the bench listening to them talk. It was nice to see the romance grow and not just have them suddenly be in love.

"Palace of Darkness" was previously released as "Petra: City in Stone" .  I realized about 7/8 of the way through the book that I had "met" Julian's parents in "City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii".  I don't think it was necessary to have read it first, though, since they are mentioned mostly in passing.

I would recommend the book to those who like early Church history romances.

"Palace of Darkness" is available in Paperback

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401687504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401687502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches

or Kindle editions
  •  File Size: 1131 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1401687504
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I5QX418

Friday, October 3, 2014

Church Building Project: Building Dedication

Sunday we had a dedication service for the new Fellowship Hall.  There are a few more little things that need to be finished, but for the most part, it is finished and praise God, without incurring debt or having to get a loan!

Recognizing the guys who spent most of the last 4 months building on the Fellowship Hall:

Gerry Corey

Paul Oetken

Bob Huey

Lead builder: "Bob the Builder" 

Special Speaker:  Dr. Charles Whitfield

Gathering in the Fellowship Hall for dedication

Prayer of dedication

Singing "To God be the Glory"


Evening Service:

Amanda Herb played a "mini concert"

Pastor Oliver sang ☺

Breaking in the Fellowship Hall with a dessert fellowship 

If you want to see the other posts about the building project, they are here: