Tess Buckton returns to the Blue Thorn Ranch from Australia, badly needing Texas comfort. But the Outback follows her home when celebrity Aussie horse trainer Cooper Pine rents the ranch next door. The other Buckton siblings are worried Cooper’s high profile will upset the idyllic Martins Gap community—but Tess isn’t so sure. Cooper is surprisingly down-to-earth and a doting father to his special-needs daughter. But getting close enough to learn his secrets could mean exposing hers, and Tess isn’t ready for that—even if Cooper and his matchmaking daughter are just what her heart is yearning for.
To an artist, the light is everything. So what is Amber supposed to do when facing blindness?
Amber spent her life adapting—first to being abandoned by her birth mother as a toddler, and then to the death of her adoptive father in her teen years. Now she’s moved past all that, loving life as an independent woman: she has a job as an art instructor and the perfect apartment.
But when a routine eye appointment reveals she’s losing her sight, life comes to a halt. Pressures come at her from all sides. Her mother, her boss, her boyfriend and her closest friend, Shannon, all have ideas about what’s best for her.
Even after her blindness counselor, Ethan, befriends her and opens her eyes to new opportunities and the possibility of a deeper relationship, one haunting question remains: How could the God she loved all her life turn everything upside down—again?
The third installment of Sarah E. Ladd’s Treasures of Surrey series was a hit with me. My biggest complaint with the previous book in this series was that the hero and heroine were not together enough.
This was not an issue in A Stranger at Fellsworth. In fact, Annabelle Thorley and Owen Locke meet early in the book, and from that point forward, circumstances throw them together repeatedly.
While Owen is a gamekeeper, well below the social circles Annabelle is used to, his character stands above the majority of those in the ton. His love for his daughter and the respect of the land he works build his character as much as his desire to help Annabelle escape.
In direct contrast, Annabelle is navigating a new life, a new world. Her determination to make it work despite the obstacles she has to overcome make her loveable in her own right despite her naivety.
Add to that the search for poachers, a murder, questionable characters, and Annabelle’s scheming brother, and this book becomes one of Ladd’s best stories yet.Continue reading →
If Gretchen wants to keep her great job at Seattle’s largest coffeehouse chain, she’s got to come up with the best marketing idea of her life. When she discovers charming, charismatic barista Nate—otherwise known as “Señor Fabulous”—she knows God’s led her to exactly what she needs. Can Gretchen woo Nate away from his current spot at Higher Grounds Cafe? What if landing the barista her company needs might cost her the man who’s already stolen her heart?
My job has been tough lately. Computer systems that are constantly crashing and being updated, long hours, and some issues with management all combine to make the hours of 9-5 (more like 7-7 recently) leaving much to be desired. With all that going on, a book titled Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life and Not a Resume caught my attention.
Some insights in this book resonated with me. I liked that the author, founder CEO of mindbodygreen Jacob Wachob, focused on more aspects of like that a career. In fact, he gave a well-rounded approach to becoming wellthy including everything from health (exercise and diet) to spending time in nature to including laughter in your life. I also appreciated that Wachob acknowledged the fact that people may not be in the place to leave their current career for something they will enjoy more. His advice? Focus on the other areas of your life.
The few things I wasn’t sure about in the book are things the author readily admits readers may not be sure about. Things like taking time to meditate or incorporating Eastern medicine into your life (he advocates for combining Eastern and Western medicine).
Overall, the book is an encouragement and provides practical steps for anyone who wants to experience true happiness and joy in life, for anyone who realizes success isn’t about the almighty dollar and how much you have in your bank account.
****Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.