Jan 032016
 
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published by Slogan Books (first published August 31st 2011)
ASIN: B005KKUVX6

Summary

In the exclusive enclave of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a woman who builds custom guitars is murdered. A disgraced ex-cop turned private investigator is hired by the dead woman’s father and immediately becomes the target of a violent ex-convict. An enigmatic music star performs damage control on her links to the dead woman. And a professional killer who idolizes Keith Richards is brought into town by a mysterious employer.

My Review

Started and finished this book in a single day. I love when I get sucked into a book so quickly that I lose track of time! It has been awhile since I have really enjoyed reading and I am finding some awesome reads lately that are just sucking me straight in.
This was a suspense/mystery without much graphic so I consider it to be a fairly clean read. There was some moments but that was more than expected.
The story for me was quite unique having it be a private investigator rather than a police officer or another member of law being the one who is doing all the leg work and unraveling the mystery/story. I enjoyed the extreme use of humor in this book, it really made it feel like I was reading the thoughts of the narrator rather than just the actions, which was a lot of fun. I love that this story had me guessing as the pages turned. Definitely recommend it to anyone who is into crime novels!!

Jan 022016
 
Author: Terri Ragsdale
Paperback, 509 pages
Published December 1st 2009
By Booksurge Publishing
ISBN 1439203547
ISBN13: 9781439203545

Summary

WINNER OF THE PINNACLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN LITERATURE HISTORY!

A suspenseful novel filled with unbridled passions, jealousy, incest, murder, witchcraft and dark superstitions. Roots of Indifference is interwoven with the story of a prestigious family during the early 1900s, struggling with racial intolerance as they try to carve a place for themselves in a hostile land during the Mexican Revolution, World War 1, and The Great Depression. This fascinating novel brings to light the horrendous injustices inflicted upon the Mexican-Americans, who suffered cruel indignities and discrimination. It is a story that needs to be told about the turbulent times during those dark years of indifference.

My Review

This book is LONG but well written and it contains a lot of history that we don’t often think much about any more which I personally enjoy. The author does a good job building characters. I think that this is a book for people of all ages and that it would be welcome reading for school projects or book reports. This is a story of injustice, racism, wartimes and everything else that was going on in the early 1900’s. I absolutely love reading fiction that is so well done that you believe it to have actually happened as written and that is what Terri Ragsdale does, she brings us to the past and lets us live through her characters so we can understand how bad things were. A MUST READ!

A suspenseful novel filled with unbridled passions, jealousy, incest, murder, witchcraft and dark superstitions. Roots of Indifference is interwoven with the story of a prestigious family during the early 1900s, struggling with racial intolerance as they try to carve a place for themselves in a hostile land during the Mexican Revolution, World War 1, and The Great Depression. This fascinating novel brings to light the horrendous injustices inflicted upon the Mexican-Americans, who suffered cruel indignities and discrimination. It is a story that needs to be told about the turbulent times during those dark years of indifference.
$19.99 USD
Dec 282015
 

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Dec 112015
 

Yeah my mom has some flaws, but you know what, as her child I see right through them all or maybe it is because the good outweighs those negative little things. She is beautiful and takes great care of herself, she cares for me and my children and even took my kids and raised them as her own when I found myself a teen mom leaving an abusive relationship. Now we all live together as a family of five and it definitely has it’s challenges like that one bathroom thing we have going on!

Yet every night she puts dinner on the table and every day she gets up and puts the kids on the bus for school. She takes care of my daughter’s dog who is hooked to her when my daughter goes to school, she spends money on clothing and school supplies and a billion things more and she doesn’t have to do any of that but because she is a mom she embraces it all and raises little stink.

She is an awesome wife to my dad and they have a stay at home date night each weekend and always have which is so sweet. They poor a glass of wine and watch TV together and chat and don’t let anyone else come in and interrupt them, it clearly keeps the relationship alive.

We grocery shop together each week and have that girl time hanging out and chatting about life. She has been an inspiration to me and is so precious to me. I see so many ladies online who are my age or so and their parents are struggling with health and even passing and I feel so blessed to have parents who are relatively young in comparison. Both being in their 50’s gives them the energy to keep up and to keep them relatable.

This whole entire family journey has been insane but my mom has been my rock through it all, even when I was covered in darkness to the point I couldn’t see God she would remind me why I needed to live and who I needed to live for.

Maybe she will read this, maybe she won’t but I thought it was worth writing about the beautiful woman sitting across from me right now, as she cuddles the Buddy-dog!

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This is the best book I have read about being a mom because Lisa-Jo is raw and honest and isn’t trying to glamourize a thing!

Surprised by Motherhood

A lawyer with a well-stamped passport and a passion for human rights, Lisa-Jo Baker never wanted to be a mom. And then she had kids. Having lost her own mother to cancer as a teenager, Lisa-Jo felt lost on her journey to womanhood and wholly unprepared to raise children.

Surprised by Motherhood is Lisa-Jo’s story of becoming and being a mom, and in the process, discovering that all the “what to expect” and “how to” books in the world can never truly prepare you for the sheer exhilaration, joy, and terrifying love that accompanies motherhood.

Set partly in South Africa and partly in the US (with a slight detour to Ukraine along the way), Surprised by Motherhood is a poignant memoir of one woman’s dawning realization that being a mom isn’t about being perfect―it’s about being present.


Nov 272015
 

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Oct 052015
 

I am most definitely a home body. I have always preferred long days on the couch or the bed over any outing. Maybe because I am an introvert. I truly enjoy hearing the kids play and sitting out on the deck or in the yard waiting to hear the next “Mom look!”

Of course there are things I wish our home had, like a pool or a lake, in the summer we go to the beach almost daily and while it isn’t far away it would be an amazing asset to our family to be able to literally run out the door and into the lake!

Right now our home is in that fall transition. It is in the mid 50’s outside most days and we don’t want to pay for heat yet because that’s how we roll, so throw blankets are in abundance, as are Snuggies, long sleeved jammies, warm cocoa and candles to steal the chill from the air.

This morning as I write this I am gearing up to the If Equip study once more. I love being in my Bible, I seem to love it even more when the days are cool and I am comfortable to linger longer and think harder and take the time to reflect and write.


I don’t know what it is about the cooler air that makes time seem to stand still, but it does and I am oh-so grateful for these days of hot baths, fall scents and cinnamon sprinkled in my mug.

Today rain is in the air, the humidity high and the chill to the bones. Dogs barking woke me from my cocoon of down blankets and I made my way to the kitchen and had my Plexus Slim. The dogs are fed and in and warm, the cat thinks she is a dog and is munching down left over food and candles are the only light on in here aside from the screen on which I write.

I know one thing is for sure, I don’t have life figured out just yet. I also know that I likely never will and the best of the best is that the Lord God already knows the path where I will travel. The words that will hit the page before they escape my mind, what I will study and learn and how I will pull Him near. He is my everything and will carry me through the everywhere. Praise the Lord –I am blessed!

{Sources}
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (in)courage Special Edition
Created to be Beautiful Journal
(similar to mine)
Lantern and Mirror from DaySpring

Oct 012015
 


Honestly? I have no clue what my topic is for this challenge. I am hoping it will be inspiring, but in reality it is going to be a journal/diary of my days and of what is going on in life. Nothing fancy here, just me in the raw-only every day for 31 days!


Today is day 1 of the challenge and I was planning to post some photos of fall. Maybe I will insert some of the blood moon that we had this past week.acts

almost complete

I have had a few unexpected things happen already this fall and fall has only begun. First, we have mice in the house. I am apparently allergic to mice. I know right!? Like seriously, who knows that they have mice before they see them because they start breaking out and their eyes are burning other than me? Okay, my brother, he has the same reaction. Are we weird? I am thinking yes!

On the 24th of September my great uncle Fred passed away. He wasn’t THAT old at only 78, the memorial service was on Monday and was really intimate and sweet. Though, it was hard on me as my grandpa, his brother, passed away two years ago on September 26th. It was definitely a déjà vu moment to be sitting at a funeral in the same weather on the same dates only two years apart. My heart was broken again, and it broke a little extra knowing what my uncles children and grandchildren were feeling. Praise the Lord that his grandchildren and his children were able to all make it in as everyone lives in a different part of the country.

One thing that sucks though? Having family reunions only when someone dies. I think we need to purpose to get together more often, you know, before a funeral calls us all home. It is hard with such a large family, but we are all getting older and the funerals are coming closer together. Funerals, shouldn’t be normal either, yet they are, at least for me.

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
~Philippians 1:9-10~

OOOH I am excited about the (In)courage book selection for the book club coming up!! It is Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman. She rocks, the book rocks and I actually have a copy because I was part of the launch team! Normally, I can’t afford to buy a book and join in on the fun so this is extra exciting for me to get to do. I believe I have only been able to participate in one study with (in)courage before and one with P31 Ministry’s!

Well my friends, I would love for you to leave a comment below, my blog uses the app CommentLuv and that means that if you have a blog too you will be able to put in your blog address when commenting which will leave me and all the other readers a link to your most recent post!! Awesome right? If you subscribe to my blog you can even select a specific post to link to instead of it going to your most recent! I love this plugin/app through WordPress and I really hope you take advantage of it here! I love to read your blogs but it is seriously hard to keep track of everyone!

Let’s chat some more tomorrow!

My review of Simply Tuesday!

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