Friday, April 29, 2016

PLEASE HELP ME WIN!

I'm going to shamelessly ask for a favor from everyone! Could you please click on this photo and "like" it for me? My mom has had a horrible 2 years. She lost her dear brother unexpectedly, then her husband began suffering from strokes with no warning at all. He went from being a strong, vibrant, hard working man to a man who needs help walking. She's his sole caregiver and winning this would mean so much to her! can you like this pic? I'm trying to win my mom a gift card!!


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Pocket Prayers: Little books that go a long way. LITFUSE REVIEW




Hey everyone! I was blessed to receive 6 little prayer books to give away as gifts. These are lovely little books that are blessings to all who receive them. I was tasked with the duty to distribute these to others, but I literally just received these a few days ago so I've not had a chance to send them to their new homes! Here is how I plan to bless others with these prayer books:

Pocket Prayers for Teachers: This will be gifted to a special teacher who means a lot to my family. I can't give more info since she's not received it yet!

Pocket Prayers for Dad: This is being used in a Father's Day gift from my son to his step dad.

Pocket Prayers for Moms: I'm giving this to my mom for Mother's Day

Pocket Prayers for Friends: I'm giving this to my best friend!

Pocket Prayers for Military Life: I'm not sure yet! I think I may carry this with me and when we see solider we will give it to them randomly!

Pocket Prayers for Graduates: I'm holding on to this one until my niece graduates college next year. I know she will appreciate this a lot!

These little books pack a lot of good words in them, with prayers that fit each "theme." I am very thankful to get the chance to bless others with these! 




About the books: 

Pocket Prayers (with various authors; Thomas Nelson, March 2016)

Bestselling author Max Lucado has teamed up with six authors to write the Pocket Prayers series for those in need of peace, renewal, rest, faith, hope, joy, direction, serenity, and courage.

Short, simple prayers are very effective, which is why each book in the series contains forty guided prayers and complementary scriptures for any situation, including for:

-Moms (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
-Grads (written with daughter Andrea Lucado)
-Dads (written with Mark Mynheir)
-Military Life (written with Mark Mynheir)
-Teachers (written with blogger Jennifer Hale)
-Friends (written with Betsy St. Amant)

Purchase your copies: http://amzn.to/1VgCJqv
 
About the author: 

More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.




Thursday, April 28, 2016

Devonian GREEMU Oil REVIEW!

Greemu Devonian Review
I have the driest skin EVER. I mean, seriously...it's bad. My hands will get so dry from washing them so much (hello, true OCD!) that they will crack and bleed. It's very painful, and even more painful to find something that will treat the dryness without causing additional damage. I'm also conscious of the impact the products I buy have on the environment. Insert GREEMU by Devonian
What in the world is GREEMU?! Well, do you remember my Koru Naturals reviews where I reviewed Emu Oil, or Emu Oil products? Well, GREEMU is a vegan alternative to the Emu Oil! It uses all plant based oils to achieve the same results as the Emu Oil, without the animal! 
For this review, I received one 4 fl. oz. bottle of GREEMU oil.
Greemu Devonian Review


How did I use this:

Well first, I tried it on my hands. Here's a BEFORE picture of my hand. HELLO OLD LADY HANDS! Honestly! Look at that! It's....bad. So yeah, that's what I started with. Beeeeautiful, right?!

Here's the after. You can see a noticeable difference, right?! Now, how does it compare the Emu Oil? Well, it's slightly different, but very similar. I can't really say I prefer one over the other for skin care.


Mercy! That's a big difference!



Hair: My hair is also dry. Notice the theme here? HAHA! It is also kinda crazy and will go flyaway in a split second. I took a little dab, maybe a dime size amount or so, rubbed it in my palms and used it to smooth the flyaway flutters like I did with the Emu Oil. In this case, I prefer the Emu Oil. The GREEMU seemed a bit more oily and didn't "soak" into my hair the same way the Emu Oil did. Of course, that could totally be a "me thing" and your results may vary. It does do well for my son. We also reviewed the Emu Oil shampoo and conditioner last year, and it worked much better for his hair than mine, so I think that is definitely a "my hair only" kind of thing.

Owies: My son recently suffered a cold, and his little nose was in bad shape. Way too much nose blowing! After a couple of days using the GREEMU, his nose was better. It does not have a bad or unpleasant scent, so it didn't bother him at all. And like I said before, it helped to heal the damage on my hands caused by excessive washing. 
Overall:

Overall, I feel GREEMU is a very good, vegetarian alternative to Emu Oil. It works as described and did as good a job as the Emu Oil does. It doesn't have much of a scent, and it seems to soak in pretty well. It is a wee bit too oily feeling for me at first, but as an alternative to Emu Oil, I find it perfectly acceptable. Really, for skin care I can't say that I like one more than the other at all. This hydrates very well, and a little goes a long way. It has no caused any breakouts, and it did a very good job handling runny nose red nose. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WEDNESDAY!!!!!

I get so excited for Wednesday. It seems like I have 0 time for anything lately!

Sister Dear REVIEW


I was recently given the chance to review Laura McNeill's book, "Sister Dear." This is a really good book that kept me turning page after page. I took a class in college called Crime and Sensational Literature. We took popular crime novels and picked them apart piece by piece. The classic Who-Done-It, the locked room mystery, etc. This book would have been a GREAT one to have read in that class. You have Allie-the quintessential girl next door type and her sister Emma, the not so girl next door type. Allie has it all-boyfriend/fiance, daughter, good grades, good job, and a promising future. Her sister has a hidden life that no one knows about. One fateful night leads Allie to go after her sister and she winds up arrested and subsequently convicted of murder. She thinks she's been framed, but has no way of proving it. She spends 10 years in prison and comes back home to a family she doesn't know and who tries to avoid her for the most part. The suspense in the book is amazing. 



About the book: 



Sister Dear (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn't commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish --- time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie's return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie's claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret---one that holds the key to Allie's freedom.

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Laura McNeill
 is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she's not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

YWAM Publishing Heroes of History Meriwether Lewis REVIEW

Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}
We LOVE YWAM Publishing, so we were thrilled to be able to review their Heroes of History-Meriwether Lewis book and its Digital Unit Study! Covering the life and times of Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark fame, this showcases the courage and determination Lewis showed when commissioned by President Jefferson to explore unknown lands in the quest to know what unkown, uncharted lands lie beyond the mapped lands already known, and to discover a land route to the Pacific. The book covers Meriwether Lewis' life from childhood to his rather questionable death, and the impact he had on American History.
The Digital Unit Study is full of goodies to accompany the book. The PDFs consist of activities, famous quotes, and chapter questions for your student to complete. Each chapter has 4 questions. 
YWAM Publishing offers scads of real story historybooks in their Christian Heroes: Then & Now series, as well as their Heroes of History Series. These books read like story books, but they are based on the true lives of the individuals in the books. Last year we were blessed to review Heroes of History-Thomas Edison, and we have been YWAM fans ever since! 
For this review we received a physical copy of the Heroes of History- Meriwether Lewis book and a digital download containing the Unit Study Guide. They are working to convert all of their Unit Study Guides to PDF format for ease of use on multiple devices, so there are only a limited number of physical disks remaining. 
Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}
How we used this:

Mr. B is a relunctant reader, so I had hoped a book based on something he truly loves, maps and geography, would spur him to *want* to read. His favorite reading is non-fiction, "information" texts, so I figured this would work well for him, and I was right. He has enjoyed this reading selection, and has read without fuss each class day. The Digital Unit Study provided needed reading breaks, and activities that really worked to reinforce what he was reading. 
We used the guide in several ways. For example, page nine is a set of quotes. Mr. B used to have beautiful penmanship, then he started to grow up on me haha! Now he's handwriting is atrocious! So I used the quotes as copywork to work on penmanship skills. I do wish there was a section of questions in the Unit Study Guide that are more consumable student "workbook'ish." There are four questions for each chapter, and they are more or less essay style questions. One is a vocabulary word that your child must define, then use in a sentence which was Mr. B's favorite! It would have been nice to have had a page or 2 dedicated to each chapter, with space to write the answer on a print out worksheet. We are working on forming sentences that fit within the space provided, and this would have really helped with that. Plus, it would have been much easier to print the corresponding pages from the Digital Unit Study for him to work on as he read. Instead, if I printed them as is, he wouldn't pay attention to the changing chapters and became agitated and frustrated at being unable to answer all of the questions. To combat this, I simply highlighted the portions I wanted him to complete each day, and allowed him to X out what he had already finished. 
I do really like how YWAM has provided thoughts and ideas in the Digital Unit Study on how to incorporate the activities into group activities. I also really like all the activity suggestions. You can really make a full scope learning event with just this book as it covers so much. There's even a chart to suggest how to incorporate all of the core subjects using this same topic. 

While we haven't quite finished the book to be able to fully utilize this guide, I feel we will be sticking with this for a while still yet. I would like to fully explore a several of the suggested activities that seem to require the book to be fully completed before attempting. I do wish there were more question and answer type activities on a chapter to chapter basis. Waiting to do some of these activities also acts as an incentive for Mr. B to complete the reading in a timely fashion. 

I've been quite sick for the last few days. I hope to add in some photos of his completed work on the Unit Study Guide as soon as I feel a little better. He colored in a map of the states visited by Meriwether Lewis in the book, as well as copied their trail onto another map. He also used the quotes as copywork practice, and answered the chapter questions either orally or on paper. 

Overall:

We highly recommend YWAM Publishing. I have, just this week, talked to several homeschool friends about how they could incorporate YWAM books into their homeschools to fill social studies gaps they have. The guide is great with the book, and I honestly can't imagine having the book without the guide. The reading level is intended for around 10yrs old, and I found this to be pretty accurate. Younger students would benefit from this as a read aloud, and older students would still benefit from the lesson material, so I could definitely see this benefiting a larger family who could utilize the group project suggestions in the study guide. 



Does YWAM Publishing Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?


1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

You can have your child read this and his/her own pace, or you can read it to them. You could easily make this a group story time. The Unit Study Guide provides a bunch of activity suggestions that are easily adaptable. The guide provides a lot of extra activities that one simple can't finish them all in one study!   

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

There are no hidden fees. This could easily be a group lesson. There's no real grade level, just reading ability. 
 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

This would depend on your child's interest in reading and the subject matter. Mr. B rather enjoys it. He will read longer some days, and not so long other days. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

YWAM Publishing has so many titles in both of the series that you can find a title to fit dozens of different topics! 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

H&W Kid's Clothes


I am so happy to introduce this BRAND NEW clothing company! Everyone, meet H&W! H&W started when one mom wanted trendy, stylish clothes for her sons at an affordable price. So she sat down with a sewing machine and fabric, and the result is H&W! Everything is designed and made by her, so you know you are getting 100% top quality clothing. She has styles for both boys and girls, and many things are gender neutral so co-ed sibling pairs can match or swap clothing. 

Here are just a few of her products:







These are a few of their spring and summer 2016 line. In the fall and winter they offer new lines of pants. Everything is limited, so you get a product that is as exclusive as it gets at a fantastic price! She even offers a "Facebook Chat" and welcomes resale and trades! So go and check out H&W today, and let me know what you think! 


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BEAUTIFUL DAY!



Today is a beautiful, warm and sunny day! How's the weather where you are?

Apologia Educational Ministries Writers in Residence REVIEW

Apologia: Writers in Residence Review
We are always on the hunt to improve our writing skills and add to our language arts, so we were very excited to find out we were chosen to review Writers in Residence by Apologia Educational Ministries






Writers in Residence , written by Debra Bell, incorporates high-interest student writing and language arts, such as parts of speech and structure, into one fantastic product. The student book is huge. It's not a little workbook at all. The student book is 576 pages and 2" thick!


Here you can see the side of the student book with my mouse as a point of reference. 

The set up is very unique.  Several authors are interviewed and asked about their love for writing, etc.  We were excited to find some of our favorite writers are featured! The works of many authors are used to reinforce the learning objectives in each unit, to show the process unfold in a way that make sense. For example, the first author interviewed details how he didn't really care for writing much as a kid. This was great for Mr. B, who is also a child who isn't thrilled with writing that much. The first unit, "When I Was Young" uses Cynthia Rylant's book "When I Was Young in the Mountains" as the inspiration to show students how authors will "dig for gold" in their memories to get ideas for their writing. It also tells students that it is ok to go to others for help with remembering or ideas, since authors talk to a lot of people to work on their ideas. 
Each section focuses on a language art lesson, and teaches students the importance of proper grammar, etc, in their writing to get their point across to their readers. In the first unit we have learned chronological sequencing vs. topical sequencing, how to use specific nouns and vigorous verbs to make our writing more complex and interesting, and the use of proper punctuation-which is something Mr. B still needs to work on with more practice!
For this review, we received the complete set that includes the student book and the answer key.
Apologia: Writers in Residence Review
How we used this: 


We followed the schedule provided in the book for the most part. Sometimes we did a little more or a little less. During the process of this review, Mr. B worked his way through the first unit. The layout is such that a student can work solo, but I chose to work with Mr. B. This helped to keep him on task, and it helped him to not feel overwhelmed with the size of the book. While I thoroughly appreciate all of the wonderful learning in the book, I do wish it was broken up into smaller workbooks. This would definitely help those kiddos on the spectrum who see a really large book and feel they are expected to finish the entire thing in one setting.

Brady and I would read the text together, and I would help coach him along as needed, or answer questions when needed. I would help him to remember details of his memories to aid in his writing, help him choose better words, or assist with spelling.

Please over look icky fingernails. He'd been playing in the dirt HAHA!


Our Thoughts:

I love the concept here. I really like the author interviews, and using popular authors and their writing to reinforce the lessons being taught. The book is not boring or bland. Instead it is colorful and really fun to read. It is nice to read a popular, and successful, author who didn't enjoy writing early on to grow up and make writing a career. It's stories such as that that have really helped Mr. B to develop a desire to want to read and write more! All during the first unit, digging up memories and such, Mr. B made up his own activities to compliment what he was learning in Writers in Residence. For example, after the very first couple of assignments he decided to make a timeline of his life detailing some of his favorite memories, such as meeting M, to his not so favorite memories like getting sick and being in the hospital a couple of years ago. He is also planning his own book of memories! All of this from a kid who hates to write. I can't recommend Apologia Writers in Residence enough! It has certainly been a blessing to our family.

Does Apologia Writers in Residence Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

There is a great schedule included, but you can adapt as needed. At times we worked a little slower, and then at times we sailed through a little quicker. I wouldn't skip as you will miss needed building blocks. This is a physical product, so there's no time limit or anything like that.  

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

There are no hidden fees. This is intended for grade 4 and up. I could easily see older students using this with no problems. 
 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

It is NOT boring! Debra Bell's writing has a way of commanding attention and holding it. It is fun to read, and the assignments are fun to do. They do not require a lot of time. The book is colorful, but not in a distracting sort of way. For us, this is a good fit for ADHD and ASD. It's actually pretty great because it includes a rubric, then tells you precisely how to award points to the rubric. For anyone whose ASD'er likes concrete charts, this is PERFECT!

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

In the sense that it is Language Arts and writing, and these are vital topics for education-yes. In the sense that in covers additional subjects, no. 



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Monday, April 18, 2016

A+ Interactive Math Math Mini-Courses REVIEW!

Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}
We LOVE A+ Interactive Math, so naturally we were ecstatic to get the change to review their Math Mini-Courses! The Math Mini-Courses are just like the other math courses from A+ Interactive Math, except they are more concentrated to target learning gaps. Offered online with the option to print,  A+ Interactive Math Math Mini-Courses offer homeschool families a product that offers concentrated practice in specific areas of concern to help fill learning gaps in an affordable way. For this review we were given one year access to:
  • Elementary & Middle School Multiplication (2nd-6th) - 13 lessons
  • Elementary & Middle School Division (2nd-6th) - 15 lessons

Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}Math Mini-Courses {A+ Interactive Math Review}
 
Both offer video lessons, online worksheets and tests, and the ability to print the worksheets and tests, as well. 
How does it work?

Well, first you log in. As you can see in the upper right corner of this screen snip, they have made the login button easy to find! You enter in your username and password, both of which are case sensitive, and then you are taken to your dashboard. Each student has their own login, so there's no confusion. 


For this review, I've taken screen snips of the parent side. The parent side has everything the student side has, with a few additional things like summaries and such. I like how I have all of our courses in the same place. I can easily go between them all with no hassle. 




This is the Math Mini-Courses option. As you can tell, A+ Interactive Math has made it easy to navigate between the options. 



This is the Parent/Teacher dashboard. The student dashboard differs in the "Parent/Teacher Controls." But it has everything else. This is truly a program that is mostly hands off for the parent. 


This shows the report for any online work. 


As you can see on the left, the course outline is easy to navigate and understand. It's easy to play, stop, pause, or move around the videos. 


The videos lack a lot of flashy distractions, but they are varied enough to not be boring and stuffy. 



Here's an example of a worksheet to print. The interactive worksheets are similar, but your child clicks on the worksheet to choose their answer. 



How We Used This:

Our math focus this year has been Multiplication and I wanted to end with slightly more advanced Division, so these two courses were a perfect fit for us. I had Mr. B start with the multiplication, but once he got a taste for division he loved it! Having both together is a real benefit since he can simultaneously get the practice he needs with multiplication, then turn around and test those skills with the division and prevent gaps from developing there while also providing secondary references to the multiplication. 
We are both experienced with A+ Interactive Math due to our previous review of their Family Packages, and the set up for the Math Mini-Courses is the same. There's a very user friendly interface, and your child has a separate login that is different from the parent login. The parent can access everything they need easily from the parent dashboard, included everything the child has access to, grades, worksheets to print, etc. I choose to print worksheets over doing them online for the most part, but for purposes of this review I did have him complete a couple online. The reason we utilize the printable ones is due to his special needs. He sometimes forgets to submit his answers correctly, and as a result the program counts it as a wrong answer. That's why we like A+ Interactive Math so much. The ability to print the worksheets cuts down on this type of frustration for us. 
The Multiplication starts with basic multiplication of single digits, and progresses to more advanced topics of multi-digit multiplication. Likewise, the division starts with easy single digit division and progresses to more advanced division with multiple digits, remainders, and of course long division. I really like the layout because the parts are broken down in such a way that I was able to target his problem areas, and he could skip the parts he has already mastered. The course outline is a really great tool for that. 

Most students can complete each course in a short time frame of two to three months, but you receive access for a full year. So if you need to go back, you can. I plan to utilize both of the multiplication and division courses over the next year to brush up on skills and for practice and refreshing as needed. 
Overall: 

We were already fans of A+ Interactive Math, and their Math Mini-Courses have just made us even bigger fans.The are easy to use, target specific areas, and the courses are affordable. I love having everything at my finger tips without a lot of unnecessary clicking, and I like being able to access anything I need from the same parent dashboard. I would caution you to make sure you add your students as I had Mr. B working from my account for a week or two before I realized it was my account that was logged in (HAHA!) and make sure your child is properly submitting their answers on any online work they do. That is not a complaint of the product, just an overall PSA for online work in general. 
Does A+ Interactive Math Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

Each course includes access for a year. Your child can complete it in less time, but you still have a full year's access. You can easily set your own schedule as needed as a result. You can can start where you need, and you can go back when needed. You are in complete control of the pacing and order.  

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

There are no hidden fees. These Math Mini-Courses cover specific areas of trouble that could be causing learning gaps for your child. So if your child needs help with multiplication, for example, then it doesn't matter the grade or age level. The videos are appropriate for any age studying the given math concepts. You are locked into the course of your choice. 
 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

Each lesson is relatively quick. There's no flashy distractions, so it's great for keeping ADHD kiddos on track. You can lengthen as you need by adding in additional worksheets or multiple lessons. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

These are great supplemental courses for your current math. If you already use A+ Interactive Math, then these work exceptionally well since it is the same format. 

A+ Interactive Math offers Math Mini-Courses for the following:

  • Counting and Identifying Numbers (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
  • Place Value and Number Combinations (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
  • Naming, Comparing and Arranging Numbers (1st-3rd) - 17 lessons
  • Early Elementary Fractions (1st-3rd) - 10 lessons
  • Early Elementary Addition (1st-3rd) - 17 lessons
  • Early Elementary Subtraction (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
  • Elementary & Middle School Multiplication (2nd-6th) - 13 lessons
  • Elementary & Middle School Division (2nd-6th) - 15 lessons
  • Tables, Charts and Graphs (1st-6th) - 17 lessons
  • Elementary Geometry (1st-4th) - 19 lessons
  • Elementary Algebra (1st-4th) - 27 lessons
  • Advanced Geometry (4th-7th) - 35 lessons
  • Advanced Fractions (4th-8th) - 26 lessons
  • Decimal Numbers (3rd-7th) - 20 lessons
  • Percentages (5th-8th) - 13 lessons
  • Time (1st-4th) - 20 lessons
  • Money (1st-5th) - 18 lessons
  • Number Types and Conversions (3rd-6th) - 35 lessons
  • Ratio, Proportions, Probability & Statistics (3rd-6th) - 14 lessons
  • Measurements and Conversions (2nd-6th) - 23 lessons
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Back in the Saddle Book REVIEW!

I'm a sucker for cowboys, and that makes me a sucker for books about cowboys! Or movies. Or TV shows...or...ok, I'll stop. Every time I read a book like this one I am ready to pack my bags and head out west to ranch life. The only problem is I don't have a ranch to go to out there! Ohhhh but how I'd love it! 

Back in the Saddle is a great cowboy book! There's family "drama" that causes a discord between Colt and his dad, and Colt leaves the ranch life for city life and Wall Street. Things happen and Colt is left broke, forcing him to move back to the ranchand back to his dad AND a "house manager" Angelina, hired by his dad. His brother isn't too keen on having big brother back home, which only adds to the turmoil. 

This book is about true family dynamics, change, understanding, and ultimately love. It is a good, Christian based novel that isn't preachy. The characters are real, and their lives are believable and "normal." 



About the book: 
Back in the Saddle (Multnomah, March 2016)

The prodigal is coming home.

It's been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray's Glen, Washington. He's broke, but not broken, and it's time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddleagain.

He doesn't expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest---a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there's more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he's determined to find out what she's hiding . . . and why.

Colt's return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam's right-hand man at theranch for years and isn't thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And theranch's contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray's Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district's wealth and power---or finally the courage to stayin the saddle for good?

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Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.


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