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 clichĂ©, but there's no way I would have made it this far without God. Or my fiancĂ©. 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

22504628My Review:
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.

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!! 

Back Cover:
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!