Monday, August 6, 2012

Love In Disguise by Carol Cox

   Ellie Moore wants to be an actress more than anything, but with no job and no money she is willing to take any opportunity that comes her way, or even create an opportunity herself. A job with the Pinkerton Detective agency seems the perfect place to put the skills she's spent her whole life learning to good use. Through makeup and costumes she becomes Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, as well as Lavinia's niece, the gorgeous Jessie Monroe. These two very different people give her the perfect means to investigate the disappearing Arizona silver. The nosy but loveable Lavinia quickly works her way into the lives and hearts of the townspeople, while the flashy and daring Jessie is able to gain a different perspective.
     Steven Pierce is desperate to prove to his father that his choice to run a silver mine was not a foolish one, however that will be impossible if he doesn't find out who is stealing his silver. He wanted help, he just never imagined it would come in the form of Lavinia Stewart. And when he meets Jessie it seems that more than just his business is at stake.
      As Ellie gets closer and closer in her investigation things become more and more complicated. Her questioning hasn't gone unnoticed and danger lurks in every corner. Worst of all is Steven, how can she tell him the woman he loves doesn't exist?
       I was really intrigued by the idea of this book, who doesn't love a good spy story? And I will say that this is definitely a good spy story. But I'm not so sure that it's a good love story. I really didn't feel much between Ellie and Steven, perhaps because so much of it was acting. Perhaps the love was just too well disguised, because I couldn't find it.
I received this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my review.
(The kindle version of this book is currently available free on Amazon, and for free this is a great choice!)

Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer

by Kim Vogel Sawyer
From the back cover:
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

Thad McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.

Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he's come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?

So I'm going to start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It was sweet, interesting, and at moments pretty exciting, but it really just didn't make an impression on me. There are some books that I finish them and I instantly just want to read them again to experience it all again, this is not one of those books. This more goes into the category of, I enjoyed reading it, I may read it again someday, but if it wasn't sitting right in front of me I would probably forget all about it.
I received this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my review.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Balderdash, sort of

I love board games, some of them at least, especially word games (just don't ever expect to win against my grandpa, he does the crossword everyday so he has an incredible vocabulary, or my dad because he's just super smart). I do not like games of chance or ones that depend on the luck of the draw (Mexican train, rummikub, that sort of thing) I like games with a little more skill involved (or at least some fun designs like LIFE), basically what I'm getting down to is what I said in the title, my favorite game in the world is Balderdash. Unfortunately I can never get enough people to play it with me, (most of my family prefers the very games I just described on my dislike list) so I decided to look for an online version, I was unable to find the exact game (or even a knock-off) but I did find a game that uses just the definition aspect. It had an embed code so I thought I would let all of you try it out.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

If You Were in the Olympics?

Everyone knows that the Olympics are coming soon, like tomorrow, I think...I really need to look that up, oh well. So anyways, I was reading an article with interviews from different celebrities and what sports they would participate in. I thought it was interesting so I thought I would answer it for myself and I hope you all will too, just answer these questions in the comments or even repost them to your own blog!

  1. What Olympic sport would you most like to compete in?
    1. Gymnastics, definitely gymnastics. I'm not strong, at all really, but I'm pretty flexible so I figure that has to count for something.
  2. What is your favorite Olympic sport to watch?
    1. Gymnastics again, although I really love the swimming too. My all time favorite is the ice skating in the Winter Olympics though.
  3. Do you prefer the Winter or Summer Olympics?
    1. Winter definitely winter.
  4. What is your earliest memory of the Olympics? (or your favorite, whichever)
    1. I was on my way home from New York when I was little and the airplane had television so I got to watch the gymnastics all night.
Alright, there are my answers now give me yours!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Crushed dream...

So I just found out that you cannot stay in Sleeping Beauty's castle (at Disneyland) and I am now very very sad...I'm kinda sorta really obsessed with Sleeping Beauty. However you can walk through it. It's official, I need to go back to Disneyland.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Vintage France

Yesterday (at least I think it was yesterday, the days are starting to blur together) I showed you my French inspired outfit, as I believe I mentioned that outfit was the second one I had done in a French style and now I have the first one for you. For this outfit I went with a vintage lacy look, adding a blue hat for a pop of color.

Vintage France

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Paris in the Spring

I recently entered a contest on Polyvore to create a French inspired outfit. The other entries were all really beautiful but most of them were very fancy and bright, I wanted to go for a more simple look instead. For my first look I went with vintage (I'll be posting it later), but for this one I decided to look at pictures of Paris and use one of them as an inspiration for the outfit. I found a picture of the Eiffel Tower surrounded by cherry blossoms which I thought was perfect! I chose colors that went along with the blossoms then used Navy blue accents to add some color. I used traditional French accessories, big sunglasses, a scarf, and a beret.
Well, what do you think?


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