Tuesday, October 6, 2015

{Book Review:} The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea

My Review:
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(Quick side note... I apologize for my absence! My new husband and I made a big move in August and we're still settling in.)

This book is incredible!! I thoroughly enjoyed The Sound of Diamonds, the first in this series, but I was unprepared for how much I would enjoy it's sequel!

Silver picks up right where we left off in Diamonds. Boy, does the story pick up speed! Rea throws us in the heat of the action fairly soon into the pages. Her pacing, the story line, and the historic elements to this novel were simply fantastic and worthy of applause. As I read, I could see the story unfolding in my mind. It was absolutely beautiful!

My favorite thing about this novel would probably be Gwyn's character development. She truly changes in a realistic manner. Rea takes her from point A in Diamonds, to now point B at the end of Silver. I'm eagerly looking forward to how she takes Gwyn to point C in Emeralds!

If you like historical novels with a little bit of action and adventure thrown in, I would highly encourage you to check out this series. You won't regret it! Rea is a shining new novelist that you won't want to miss. Trust me. ;-)

Back Cover:
The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

{COVER REVEAL!} The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea

Eeep!!! I'm delighted to share with you all today the gorgeous, fantastic cover of Rachelle's next novel, The Sound of Silver, which was designed by the awesome Roseanna White. :)

So are you all ready?


Drumroll, please!




Isn't it beautiful!?!?!

Back Cover
The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

The Sound of Silver will be released this fall! Soon our impatient imaginations will be satisfied!

About the Author
Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Diamonds the summer after her sophomore year of college.






Thursday, July 9, 2015

On Getting Married in a Few Days...

Hello, friends!

Yup, you read the title right. I get married this Saturday to the most amazing, Godly, wonderful, loving man on this earth, and I couldn't count myself more blessed- or happy! Our story started long ago, and I had no idea then that it would turn out so beautifully. Since we began courting each other, it's been amazing watching God knit our hearts together and bring us closer.

It hardly feels real that in a few days time I'll be married to the love of my life. If you had asked me a year ago where I thought I'd be July 2015, it would not have been preparing for my wedding! But the beauty of it is that neither he nor I saw it coming. God did. Oh, He knew the whole time. In fact, if I had a guess, He was looking down from heaven with eager expectation.

Friends, ladies, let me tell you something: Our Father in heaven surely has someone out there for you. A year ago, I was like you. I wasn't sure I'd find the right one. In this season of waiting, don't look farther than Jesus to fill your desire for love. Even after God brings you a husband, He should remain your first priority. Without Him in the middle of any relationship, it is certain to fail. Learn to make the best of this season, because it may be coming to an end sooner than you think. ;-) Finally, don't forget to trust God with this. He knows you inside and out, and He's got something amazing planned, I promise.

In closing, in a few days I'm getting married. Whew. Marriage isn't going to be some fairy-tale, or easy, nor will it be perfect; but it will be beautiful, hopeful, and worth it. I'm ready for this next adventure. I'm ready to see all God has in store. Blessings to you all! I'll be back in a week or so. :)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

{Book Review:} The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea

24348955My Review:
Wowza!
Are you seeking a historical romance novel to send you back in time? A book to make you sigh and smile? The Sound of Diamonds is the book for you! This novel is a beautiful debut from the lovely Rachelle Rea and it is sure to please historical fans.

I was sucked into the story after only a few pages. The character voices of Dirk and Gwyneth are distinct and carry you through the story well. There were a couple times I wasn't paying one-hundred percent attention and might have gotten a little confused but...it was my own fault. ;-) Honestly, I loved the artistry of words in this novel. The reading experience was completely captivating! I definitely would read this one again. And now I eagerly await the release of a sequel...

One of my favorite things about this novel was the theme of hope and the message that God wants more than your actions, He wants your heart. This really impacted me most out of the whole story, primarily because I had just been marveling at that myself. So, with that all said, I can easily recommend this book to anyone into historical, young adult, and romance genres. This debut is simply amazing so go check it out!

I received a free ebook copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thank you, Rachelle!

Back Cover:
Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle's castle. She doesn't dare to trust him...and yet doesn't dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope...or be overcome.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Who Am I? {Finding Identity in Christ}

First off, high five if you heard Jean Valjean sing the title thanks to Les Mis...

Second, one of my biggest struggles as a Christian is remembering who I am in Christ. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (Emphasis mine.) It's hard to let go of bad habits, but if your heart is right then the best thing I can suggest is to seek God with all your heart. When we really allow Jesus into our hearts, we will lose our desire for worldly things and instead we'll begin to desire heavenly things. Accepting Christ as our Savior gives us a completely fresh start. This should radically impact how we live our life and how we treat others yet, it doesn't. Most of the time, we don't seek Him and soon, letting Christ into our lives is just a memory.

Too often, we let the world define us. We soak up the devil's lies and believe them. We don't feed our soul the truth. We don't renew our minds. I talked about this briefly in a previous post of mine, titled, What Lie Do You Believe?. What would happen to this generation if we uncovered who we are in Christ? What would happen if we believed the truth instead of the lies? I want to bring a few verses to your attention.

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died- more than that, who was raised- who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?"
 -Rom. 8:31-35

We are God's elect

Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. We are so, so, very important to our Creator and nothing will ever change that. 

I have a challenge for you and for me. This coming week, instead of letting the world (i.e. our friends, our enemies, the media, strangers, etc.) define or label us with lies, let's look into Scripture to find what God thinks about us. To remember how special we are in His sight. Let us remember to love our enemies and those who persecute us. Let us remember to forgive seven times seventy. For there is Someone mightier than the world who loves us literally to death. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

{Book Review:} Eyes Unveiled by Crystal Walton

24880390My Review:
A wonderful, inspirational novel!

The "new adult" genre has been steadily rising in popularity in recent years, and this is one of the best I've read yet. Eyes Unveiled follows twenty-one year old Emma in her journey to discover herself and make life choices.

A specific reason I enjoyed this book is because I saw myself in Emma. It wasn't too long ago that I found myself in similar shoes. What am I supposed to do with my life? What does living life to the fullest really look like? It didn't take much effort to relate to Emma at all and I think all of us at one point or another has experienced this very wondering and uncertainty. God didn't create the future to be scary but sometimes it still is.

I thought the author did a beautiful job handing this, writing a realistic emotional journey. The best part though, is the conclusion and resolution Emma finds. I easily encourage any young woman wondering about her future to read this novel. It will encourage you that you're not alone and hopefully will motivate you. Be patient with yourself and God. He knows the plans He has for you, and they are good. :)

I received a kindle copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

Back Cover:
Twenty-one-year-old Emma Matthews lost the song in her heart the same night she lost her dad. With an unfulfilled promise and an ultimatum shadowing her junior year of college, maybe it’s better that way. You can’t hurt if you can’t feel.

But when the reflection she sees in musician Riley Preston’s eyes borders dangerously close to the one she’s spent the last five years searching for, Emma discovers her walls can’t guard her heart from its fiercest desire. Terrified of what she’s experiencing, and even more afraid of what she might lose, Emma grapples for the courage to hold on to one dream without abandoning the promise of another.

Contemporary Inspirational Romance novel Eyes Unveiled lets you relive those heartfelt moments when you don’t know how you’d survive a day without your best friend, when you’re trying to figure out who you are and what you’re supposed to do with your life, and when falling in love changes everything.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Standing at a Crossroad {Asking for Help}

Have you ever stood at a crossroad?

Okay, okay, so maybe not a literal crossroad, but a metaphorical crossroad? Where, in that time, you just sort of stand there glancing back and forth between the paths? In this moment, God feels silent. The barrage of thoughts and the anxiety of making the right choice plugs your ears. Even if God was speaking, you wouldn't be able to tell.

Breathe in, breathe out.

Will one path close if you don't move now? What if both doors close? Fear of making a mistake keeps your feet planted. You just can't move. What's the right choice? You know you're over-thinking this but you can't help it. 

Breathe in, breathe out.

Peace is elusive. Which way? Do you take the riskier, more complicated, path? Or the safer, simple way? Are there merits to one path over the other? You know which one you prefer... and you're scared that God might call you toward the other. So what do you do? 

Ask for help.

Who says you have to make this decision alone? Asking for help will lighten the burden. It doesn't make you weak, it shows that you are brave. It shows that you know your own weaknesses and rather than risk a massive failure, you're seeking multiple opinions. I'd personally recommend asking help from someone you trust, who is old enough to be your parent. 

It wasn't too long ago that I found myself with a crossroad before me. But crying out and asking for help reassured my anxious spirit, because I knew I didn't have to make my choice alone. Breathe in, breathe out. Go talk to someone and keep on breathing. Big decisions should not be made lightly or hastily. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

{Book Review:} Heart Sisters by Natalie Snapp {Litfuse Blog Tour!}

22945103My Review:
A touching, truth-filled, non-fiction release!

Oh my goodness. This book has blessed me tremendously. So much that, I'll be purchasing a copy or two to share with my friends! Natalie is honest- oops, I'm sorry, candid ;-)- and explains friendships in a caring way. The whole reading experience leaves you feel like you're sitting at a coffee shop, talking with her.

Are there points you want to duck your head in shame? Yeah... We've all made mistakes in our relationships with other people. But as Natalie says, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Rom. 8:1 Emphasis, mine.) Furthermore, Natalie walks you through a poor "Heart Sister" relationship and then an ideal "Heart Sister" relationship. She handles so many topics, from forgiveness to training your daughter to be a great friend to others. She does this so well and she really helped me out.

So, ladies, what are you doing still reading my review?? GO BUY Heart Sisters right now and then make it a priority to read it. Take your time because there's a lot of truth to sink in. Read it all the way to the end and then (if you don't want to read it a second time) find someone to lend/give your copy to. This is the kind of book that needs passed on. I am so thankful I signed up for this one!

I received an ebook copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for a review of my honest opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!

About the book:
Heart Sisters (Abingdon, April 2015)

Heart Sisters is for women who want to both be and have better friends and want a helpful guide to take them through the process.

Author Natalie Chambers Snapp uses her own and others' stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Healthy boundaries, honesty, tact, sharing, and agape love all play a part in being and maintaining a circle of close confidants. She also deals with the inevitable challenges that face many relationships including how to handle conflict; life changes like a new baby, move or divorce; and when it is right to "break-up" with your friend.

Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1GKJTIQ

Want to be a better friend and have better friends? Natalie Chambers Snapp wrote Heart Sisters just for you! She uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

Help Natalie celebrate the release of her new book by entering to win goodies you'll need for a girls' night out with your heart sister!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 17th. Winner will be announced May 18th on Natalie's blog.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

{Book Review}: The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham

25055199My Review: 
A moving, incredible story!

Set in 1915, The Thorn Bearer follows Ashleigh and Sam on their journey to emotional healing. Both individuals have not had it easy growing up, though in different ways. Both also have scars that are not easily forgotten. This is where the beauty of this story comes out. Ashleigh and Sam's struggles are real and relatable. Readers can sympathize and understand, which is valuable in a story.

The theme of forgiveness is beautifully done. Some may think this theme is overdone in fiction, but I disagree. We need to be reminded just how important the act of forgiveness is. This book isn't preachy or in your face, but it does show the consequences of harboring bitterness instead of forgiving. It also presents the freedom that's found in forgiveness. The Thorn Bearer simply does an excellent job all around.

Overall, I was impressed. It's an easy read and the story drives you forward, making it effortless to turn pages. I can safely recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction, ages seventeen and up. You can't go wrong by checking this one out!

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

Back Cover:
Ashley Dougall has a terminal disease and forgiveness is the only cure.

Ashley Dougall’s father stole her innocence, her selfish fiancé stole her heart, and unforgiveness is slowly stealing her life. Drawn by the desire to help others, she tries to escape haunting memories and enlists her services as a nurse in war-torn Europe. Along with her childhood friend and fiance’s brother, Samuel Miller, the fragile threads holding Ashley’s life in place one-by-one begin to snap. From the deck of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of WWI, Ashley must choose between forgiveness of the past, life in the present, and a Savior who is willing to help her face them both.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

{#WritingsofRosieis3} Giveaway Winners!

Wow! It's been a fantastic couple of weeks, everyone. Thank you all for your continued support!

And now...the time has now come to announce the three winners. 

First prize winner of Susan May Warren's Take a Chance on MeIt Had to Be You, and When I Fall in Love is...

Amy C.!

Second prize winner of Laura Frantz's Love's ReckoningLove's Awakening, and Love's Fortune is...

Melissa O.!

Third prize winner of Melissa Tagg's Made to LastHere to Stay, and From the Start is...

Beth C.!

Amy, Melissa, and Beth, you all should receive an email from me Sunday morning. I will need a response by May 9th

Thank you to all who entered and spread the word about the giveaway! It was much appreciated!! Until next time, friends! ;-)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

When One Door Closes, Another Opens {Starting a New Chapter}

Oh, friends. Yesterday marked the finish of my college studies. Hallelujah!

I've been on this path for so long I can hardly believe that I've reached the end of the road. Wow. Just wow. It's cliché, but there's no way I would have made it this far without God. Or my fiancé. Or my mom. Without those three, I doubt that I would have come out of college sane. It's made me realize how valuable it is to be surrounded by people who support you.

Closing this chapter has brought on nostalgia, a handful of bad memories, and excitement for what's to come. Just as good things come to an end, so do the hard things too. That's the funny thing about time. It's running at its own pace. It won't stop for you nor will it speed up. Time is constant. Much like our Heavenly Father. 

So no matter where you are in life, consider this your reminder to hope. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for the new chapter on the horizon. Remember that everything has a season and Jesus is our constant through it all. Though it may not look like it, God is on your side and it will certainly work out.  

A new chapter is beginning for me, friends! I can't wait to continue to pour out truth and hope and love through these blog posts. Recently, God has been putting so much on my heart. He's given me a new vision and purpose, and I'm so excited to share. I hope you'll stick around for all the amazing things coming. :-)



By the way, have you entered yet? 


Friday, April 24, 2015

{Book Review:} Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson

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Another amusing release from Thompson!

In Every Bride Needs a Groom, Thompson takes us to small-town Fairfield, Texas. I was saddened to leave Galveston, but Thompson makes up for it through a few cameos of beloved characters. In this new little town, it was easy to find new, fun, characters to bring a smile to my face, like Queenie, Alva, and Madge...just to name a few. ;-) In many ways, the new setting of Fairfield and Dallas was refreshing and I loved it.

Katie Fisher, our lead heroine, falls into the same trap that many young women do today. She started planning her wedding before she officially had a groom. Not that there's anything wrong with that. However, entering a giveaway on an presumption, Katie finds herself as the winner of a bridal gown and the ex-girlfriend of Casey. Throughout the rest of the story, I watched Katie grow and acclimate to the changes in her life. The greatest message that stood out to me was to not fear change. Change is good, and even necessary in some cases. It's a part of life.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book, but it didn't quite top some of Thompson's other releases for me. Nevertheless, I look forward to Every Girl Gets Confused! I easily and readily recommend this book to past and new fans of Thompson. You'll laugh, giggle, smile, and all around like it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!

Back Cover:
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is planning her wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in "Texas Bride" magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? But when her boyfriend breaks up with her and takes a job in another town--the very same day Katie wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Should she claim her prize? And will the hunky former pro-basketball player who runs the swanky Dallas bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--catch on to her humiliation if she does?

Janice Thompson designs a romance sure to delight, with plenty of fish-out-of-water moments, a hilarious supporting cast, and more of the wedding biz world her readers adore.

Click the image to be taken to the giveaway page! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

{Book Review:} A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

My Review:
22578264An enchanting, emotional story!!

Oh, the emotions...or the feels, as some might say. I don't think I've ever come so close to crying while reading until this book. It was heartfelt. And it packed a punch in Terezin. But, okay, time for some honesty. I knew this book was about the Holocaust. I didn't go in blindly. Nevertheless, the beauty of Cambron's writing left my heart tangled up in the pages.

Ouch.

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

This book was the kind that left you hurting, but not without hope. There were moments when putting down the book was a necessity, not because of the surroundings, but because Cambron provoked thought. She artistically captures the setting, the characters, even the atmosphere. Don't misunderstand, I desperately enjoyed this book. But I didn't enjoy it for its "entertaining" quality. Oh, no. I enjoyed the refreshing message of hope.

Suffice it to say, you need to read this book. It's a wonderful story with relatable characters and a meaningful message. I highly recommend it. Readers should remember, however, that parts of this book are set in a concentration camp. Cambron does well to keep it toned down, but I felt the need to make readers aware.

I received this book from BookLook bloggers in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!! 

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Two women, one in the present day and one in 1942, each hope for a brighter future. But they'll both have to battle through their darkest days to reach it.

"Today. "With the grand opening of her new gallery and a fairytale wedding months away, Sera James appears to have a charmed life. But in an instant, the prospect of a devastating legal battle surrounding her fiance threatens to tear her dreams apart. Sera and William rush to marry and are thrust into a world of doubt and fear as they defend charges that could separate them for life.

"June 1942. "After surviving the Blitz bombings that left many Londoners with shattered lives, Kaja Makovsky prayed for the war to end so she could return home to Prague. But despite the horrors of war, the gifted journalist never expected to see a headline screaming the extermination of Jews in work camps. Half-Jewish with her family in danger, Kaja has no choice but to risk everything to get her family out of Prague. But with the clutches of evil all around, her escape plan crumbles into deportation, and Kaja finds herself in a new reality as the art teacher to the children of Terezin.

Bound by a story of hope and the survival of one little girl, both Sera and Kaja will fight to protect all they hold dear.

Psst... don't forget to enter the giveaway! Click on the image below to be taken to the page! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Writings of Rosie's Third Blog Anniversary!


I am pleased to announce that today is the beginning of Writings of Rosie's anniversary celebration! For the next two and a half weeks, Writings of Rosie will be brimming with posts, giveaways, fun, and a couple surprises. I do hope you'll join in!

As I organized and prepped for these fun couple of weeks, I had time to reflect on the last three years. Let me say, I had no idea how wonderfully fun and inspiring the blog community could be. I'm growing and doing things now that I never would have dreamed of back in 2012. Fantastic things are coming this way and I'm super excited to share.

In other news... I'm certain you all noticed the new design! This re-vamp is long overdue and I am so excited to finally show it off. What do you think? Doesn't it look spiffy?! Thank you all for your patience with me as I have slowly finished up school. That chapter is closing at the end of this month! Woo hoo! More reason to celebrate. :-)

All you need to do is enter using the Rafflecopter below. Three winners will be chosen. First prize is Take a Chance on Me, It Had to Be You, and When I Fall in Love from Susan May Warren's Christensen family series. Second prize, are Love's Reckoning, Love's Awakening, and Love's Fortune from Laura Frantz's Ballantyne Legacy seriesAnd the third prize are all three of Melissa Tagg's novels, Made to Last, Here to Stay, and From the Start. The giveaway is only open to US residents, sorry!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

{Book Review:} From the Start by Melissa Tagg

My Review:
22504496A cute, endearing release from Ms. Tagg!

Kate Walker is spunky, energetic, and full of love for her family and those close to her. But in the romance department, she shuts down with fear. Kate is the kind of heroine that you cheer for and urge onward. I felt she was well characterized and developed. Her compassionate heart won me over after meeting Breydan. As for Colton, his personality was gentle but yet impulsive as well. The greatest lesson he learned was how to surrender control to God and allow Him to work. Overall, Colton and Kate complement each other and bring out the other's strengths. They're a perfect match!

From the Start is a romantic, cute, and funny read to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea. The story has all the elements of a sweet story, complete with a small-town! This book is not one that should be overlooked. I will remember it for its sweet setting of Iowa, her compassion-filled characters, and the simple message to trust God to work things out. I can easily recommend this book to fans of her earlier works, Made to Last and Here to Stay. I haven't had the privilege of reading Here to Stay just yet, but I'm certain it is just as good. This book is aimed at women, young and old. I specifically recommend ages sixteen or older. :-)

I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!

Back Cover:
Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jumpstart their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't part of the plan, but could it be the best thing that's ever happened to them?

By the way... Don't forget to check back on Sunday!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Save the Date!

Hey, friends! Writings of Rosie is celebrating its third blog anniversary next month! The celebration begins April 12th, check back here then for a load of surprises! I've had this news under lock and key since January and it's finally almost here. Okay, I'll stop now. I don't want to give it away too soon. See you on April 12th! Make sure to save the date, because you don't want to miss this. ;-)


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

{Book Review:} Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay

My Review: 
Oh. My. Austen!

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This story is delightful and beautifully emotional. I immediately was drawn into the family conflict. Reay makes you care about her characters in a way that it sneaks up on you. It's not until it's time to set the book down that you realize how attached you have become. I didn't expect to enjoy the story as much as I did. I loved this book so much that I already dearly miss the characters. 
Though I would never admit to having favorites, I dearly like Lizzy's character. Oh, I was so happy to watch her grow and change over the course of the story. She's funny and caring, but deep down she's broken. This story is her journey to healing. It's a journey of forgiveness and of familial love. Her sister, Jane grew on me as well. Jane experiences her own growth in this story, but it's different from Lizzy's.

And that's why, I think, I love this book so much. Like other books I've happened to read recently, this book is full of heart and soul. There's meaning in the pages. The characters are relatable. The story is heart-twisting. While yes, I can say there's "romance" in this story, it's far from the focus, which is so refreshing. It proves you don't need a central romance for a good story. All these things mentioned make up a wonderful book and this one is certain to remain on my shelf to be re-read. I highly recommend it.

I bought this book, my opinions are my own. 

Back Cover:
Lizzy and Jane never saw eye to eye. But when illness brings them together, they discover they may be more like Austen’s famous sisters after all.

Lizzy was only a teenager when her mother died of cancer. Shortly after, Lizzy fled from her home, her family, and her cherished nickname. After working tirelessly to hone her gift of creating magic in the kitchen, Elizabeth has climbed the culinary ladder to become the head chef of her own New York restaurant, Feast. But as her magic begins to elude her, Paul, Feast’s financial backer, brings in someone to share her responsibilities and her kitchen. So Elizabeth flees again.

In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her gift, Elizabeth returns home. But her plans are derailed when she learns that her estranged sister, Jane, is battling cancer. Elizabeth surprises everyone—including herself—when she decides to stay in Seattle and work to prepare healthy, sustaining meals for Jane as she undergoes chemotherapy. She also meets Nick and his winsome son, Matt, who, like Elizabeth, are trying to heal from the wounds of the past.

As she tends to Jane's needs, Elizabeth's powers begin to return to her, along with the family she left behind so long ago. Then Paul tries to entice her back to New York, and she is faced with a hard decision: stay and become Lizzy to her sister’s Jane, or return to New York and the life she worked so hard to create?

Friday, March 6, 2015

{Book Review:} How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

My Review:
An awesome, beautiful release from Hauck! 

22574070How to Catch a Prince is like watching your favorite chick flick on a rainy (or snowy, as the case may be) day. It's the kind of story that even if you think you see something coming, you read on to see how the characters will face the challenge. Why read on? Because there's a fair chance they'll mess up. We mess up too. That's why we like them so well. We can relate to them. This is but one of the many things about Hauck's latest release that had me glued to the pages. I wasn't always right in my "predictions", which isn't a bad thing. I was glad to watch Corina and Stephen both grow in their struggles. 
Something I just recently became particular about in novels is a strong positive theme or message and Hauck accomplishes that in a lovely manner. Hmm, I don't want to spoil the beauty of it so I suppose I'll be vague. Honestly, I couldn't see the story without that element. It's weaved so carefully in with everything else it simply belongs. In addition, the theme itself is fresh when compared with novels I've read in the past. Is it in actuality all that new? No. But the presentation changes a lot. 

All in all, I highly encourage you to check out How to Catch a Prince. You'll be in for a beautiful story with darling characters and a lovely theme. I didn't know I would enjoy the story as much as I did, but it definitely beats out Once Upon a Prince for my favorite in the series. If you love cute, endearing stories and characters this book will be a good fit for you. ;-)

I received an ebook copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!

Back Cover:
Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.

Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could ve been.

But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

{Throwback Thursday} Book Favorites Near & Dear to My Heart...

A few days ago a good friend of mine blogged about her top ten favorite books. Of course, this is a hard thing for book lovers alike to accomplish... Nevertheless, I felt inspired to reflect upon my own favorites and to share with you a few of them. So consider this a Writings of Rosie Throwback Thursday. ;-) Below you'll find the list of my ten personal favorites, however, they are listed in no particular order.
Dear Mr. Knightley
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
This book delighted me merely a page in. Though I picked the book up during a busy time (Thanksgiving!), I was hard pressed to be separated from it for longer than an hour or so. As it is described on Goodreads, "Dear Mr. Knightley is a contemporary epistolary novel with a delightful dash of Jane Austen." This is certainly the truth! Austen fans will love this one. Read my review here.

Rules of Murder by Julianne Deering
I love a good mystery, and Ms. Deering provides just that in her debut novel. I have devoured every part of the series and I eagerly await more fun mysteries with Drew and Co. :) Read my review here.




There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
This quaint little book I found in a Lifeway store one rainy afternoon. I bought it and had it finished by bedtime. I never got around to writing a full review about it, but I can assure you I loved it. It's a cute story with real-life issues inside.

Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof
Oh, friends, if you're looking for a story to melt your heart and possibly make you cry you need look no further. Lonnie feels like a close, dear friend in a way that few fictional characters do. There's something particularly special about this series. I encourage you to look it up. You can read my review here.

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
Whew, this one is a long-time favorite going all the way back to 2012! I read this one while I was going through a rocky time. It cheered me up and certainly brightened the week or so I spent reading it. This was a delightful debut for Wade and I have loved nearly every release of hers since. :-) You can read my review here.

My Stubborn HeartThe Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
This would be the first novel by Klassen I got my hands on. At the time I read it, I had recently been bitten with the "Downton Abbey" bug. This book gave me exactly what I loved about the popular drama while including Christianity! A perfect match for a girl scrambling for historical novels. I have been a loyal fan to Klassen ever since. Read my review here.

The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson
Ah, Thompson's books frequent my lengthy "Favorites" pile. Her clean rom-com novels are perfect for a pick-me-up. Before you know it, you'll be laughing so hard you'll have to put the book down! That said, this one makes the list for a couple reasons. First of all, her character, Scarlet is so realistic. Second, I loved all the references to "I Love Lucy" who doesn't love that show? (Well, I suppose that would be the people who haven't watched it...) ;) Read my review here.
How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding, #3)
In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar
This sweet retelling of Ruth and Boaz is close to my heart. Never mind the fact that it's one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament, but Afshar keeps close to what the Bible says while weaving in fiction to fill in the gaps. It's beautifully done. You can read my review here.

Silenced by Dani Pettrey
Oh my. Prepare yourself for some gushing here... It's no secret I love the McKenna clan. But when it comes to a favorite it's like trying to favor one sibling over another. It's just not easy. However, I suppose I can admit that out of all the McKennas' stories, I believe I enjoyed Kayden's the best. Each family member has a beautiful story, but there simply was something about Silenced that I liked more. Check out my review here.

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
I confess, this is my most recent favorite and the only one on this list released in 2015 (granted it is only the beginning of March...). I also confess that I can't say much until I post my review on Friday. So I'll just gush when I say this, this book is amazing, this series is amazing. Wow! I saw my friends chatting about this book over Twitter and how well done it was, but I had no idea it would be such a delightful, captivating read. Check back tomorrow for my review!


Well, folks, there you have it. You've now seen first hand my favorites of my favorites. There are so many additional titles I could have listed...authors that I could have named. Unfortunately these little blog posts are too small to contain the ginormous list I've compiled over the years. If you want to view the comprehensive list, check out my Goodreads page. Thanks for taking the time to read! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my review of How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck! You don't want to miss it! (You can now read my review here.)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

...And We Have a Winner!

Hello everyone! Thank you all SO much for entering and sharing the Sabotaged giveaway! It was super fun to read all your comments and excitement for the book. I am pleased to announce that we have a winner!

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And the winner is...

Melissa O.!

Melissa has been contacted and she has claimed her prize. You all have no idea how much I appreciate you. Expect another giveaway in the near future! Blessings to you all! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Little Letters {Edition #3}


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Dear Spring, Come quickly! I'm eager to feel the warmth of the sun on my face again, to see green all over trees and land, to see wildflowers bloom once more. 

Dear College, two months until we part at last. It's been a long journey, but every journey must come to an end. 

Dear Blogger Friends, Oh, I miss you! I love reading each of your posts, though I admit I'm not good at commenting. Thank you for keeping me posted on the latest fiction. ;-) As my time in college comes to a close you'll be seeing more of me.

Dear INSPYs, I'm dearly looking forward to seeing you again! I thoroughly enjoyed our time last year. 

Dear Bethel Music, Wonderful new album! "Ever Be" is frequently on my lips and on my heart. Thank you for the worship music. :-) 

Dear TBR pile, One day... Someday soon. I promise. Just quit growing, okay? 

Dear Jane Austen, Forgive me for not appreciating your work or your characters when I was younger. They are beautifully human. I enjoy spending time in your worlds (especially because it's actual college work!). I know you didn't receive much acclaim in your day. If only you could see the following you have now. 

Dear Husband-to-be, I love you so much! Your encouragement and support are exactly what God knew I needed. Thank you for being there. I know that the best is yet to come for us. ;-) 

Dear Family, Wow. You all have been amazing putting up with me! College is stressful yet somehow you all come up with ways to make me relax. You endured the worst side of me with those final papers and for that, you deserve some acknowledgement. Thank you for loving me, even when I'm not so nice to be around.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dear Taylor Swift...

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Dear Taylor Swift,

I had the interesting opportunity the other day to see the music video for your song "Blank Space". First off, let me say I liked the cinematography and the way the video told the story you sing about. Well done on that count. But I must be honest and say I felt a measure of sadness as the beat faded away.

I am so sorry that your heart has been broken so many times that you have given up on true love. My heart hurts listening to the pain in your songs. Oh, Taylor, I’m sorry the world finally got to you. They come when you least expect it and crush your hopes. A few years ago, I loved your wistful songs about finding love and cherishing it. Then, like we all do from time to time, you made a couple mistakes in the men you chose to date. They killed your hopeful fantasy of happily ever after and taught you that men are only interested in “the game” of love. But this "love" you've experienced is nothing like the real thing. It is a cheap imitation Hollywood and the music scene has created.

Love is such a gift, given to us by the One who is love. Love is supposed to encourage us, inspire us to be better people. It is meant to be treasured and cherished. Not all men are players. Not all men are interested in “playing the game”. Not all men are like the ones you have encountered. Good men do exist out there.

Blank Space

Taylor, I just want you to know that you don’t have to play the game. You don’t have to build a concrete wall around your heart. You don’t have to let players use you. You are a strong individual. You are the role model girls have looked up to ever since “Teardrops on my Guitar”. You can overcome the heartache you’ve experienced and show girls a better way.

I don’t know if you’ll ever read this. Goodness knows you are a very busy woman. Nevertheless I felt the need to write you this little letter. I don’t know if this helps. Or if it even makes sense. I’ll close with this last thought for you to, hopefully, remember. You have such value. You don’t have to toss your heart around until it is worn and in tatters. You don’t have to waste time on the men who don’t see that value in you. There’s a guy out there who will treasure you and value you like you deserve but it will be harder to find him on this path. Blessings, Taylor, on your upcoming tour.

A fan,
-Rosie

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Heart of Adventure Sweepstakes!!

Enter the HEART OF ADVENTURE Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

Hey, everyone! You do NOT want to miss out on this sweet giveaway! Check out my review of the featured book here

In SABOTAGED, the fifth and final book of author Dani Pettrey’s award-winning Alaskan Courage series, Kirra Jacobs and Reef McKenna experience the high stakes of Iditarod search-and-rescue when Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, goes missing.

Kirra and Reef put aside their differences to search for him, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank’s daughter Meg has been kidnapped, and Frank must do the kidnapper’s bidding or Meg will die.

Soon Kirra, Reef, and the entire McKenna family are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

To celebrate their epic race, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the HEART OF ADVENTURE SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

There are so many fun prizes involved, take a look!

GRAND PRIZE:
LUXURIOUS LODGE GETAWAY

During their cross-country hunt for answers, Kirra and Reef stop to rest at a gorgeous mountain lodge in Denali that holds special memories for Reef. This prize offers you a chance to build your own special memories, with a luxurious lodge getaway for two.

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to Hotels.com, good for reservations at lodges and hotels across the Continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, and numerous International locations

SECOND PRIZE:
PALS WITH PAWS DONATION


In the Alaskan Courage series, Kirra is the proud owner of Nanook Haven, a rescue shelter for sled dogs. In real life, animals need rescue as well, and this prize will allow you to give a special gift to support an organization like Kirra’s.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: A $150 donation in your name, to the animal rescue, shelter, or veterinarian of your choice

THIRD PRIZE:
SWEETHEART SURVIVAL SLED

In SABOTAGED, Kirra and Reef take shelter in a snow cave while hiding from a man determined to put them on ice– permanently! Luckily, Kirra has a survival kit, to help them make it through the sub-zero temperatures.
If you prefer a little more romance and a little less suspense in your survival kit, this is the prize for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: A $100 value sweetheart survival pack. This gift basket includes double chocolate raspberry cake, smoked salmon, brie cheese and crackers, and a wide variety of gourmet snacks

Are you excited yet? I am! Go here to find out how to enter: http://www.danipettrey.com/heart-of-adventure-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between February 2 – 22, 2015. Winners will be announced on Dani's blog the day after the giveaway closes. What are you still reading this for? Go enter! ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

{Giveaway!! +Book Review:} Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

Silenced - Book 4 - Alaskan Courage series by Dani PettreyMy Review:
Wow! What an ending to a fantastic series!

I am so thrilled to have had the opportunity to read and review Sabotaged, especially as I finish up these last few busy months of college. That said, I am a huge fan of the McKenna family and I am extremely sad to say goodbye. I've enjoyed all five books spent with each McKenna member and I'm thrilled that they each have their own "happily ever after." There is a certain bond that forms through spending a series of books with a fictional family. They grow on you. You learn their quirks, their fears... You become that invisible family member that laughs and cries alongside them.

That all having been said, this installment of the series is a wonderful farewell. From page one you're immediately thrust into the action and mystery. The thrill of the adventure is just where it starts. The tender, growing friendship-turned-romance between Reef and Kirra is sweet and not overdone. Pettrey will keep you on your toes, making you second guess everything until the closing chapters. It's a perfect thriller/mystery for the suspense crowd, yet not so intense to drive away the romance fans. For those who have read the prior books, you won't be disappointed!! And for new fans, I encourage you to read Submerged as soon as possible, whether that means before or after reading Sabotaged.

I can easily recommend this book for both readability and content to young adults, 17 and older. The fun of reading this book is really increased if you have read the previous novels/adventures but it is not necessary and the novel can stand alone. Happy reading!!

I received an influencer copy of this book from the author, Dani Pettrey, in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thank you!
Get your copy of SABOTAGED by Author Dani Pettrey!

Back Cover:
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey's search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light. Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits.

Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper's bidding or she will die. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

About the Author:
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and her latest release,Sabotaged. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

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