Thursday, October 9, 2014

Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin // Book Review


20665083// Keepers of the Covenant //

By Lynn Austin

{Book Review by Bethany}

Publisher: Bethany House

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher through Litfuse publicity group

Publication Date: October 7th, 2014

Number of Pages: 480

ISBN: 0764212710

 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


// Book Synopsis //

Taken from Good Reads


"The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king's palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.

When the battles come to an end, Ezra's brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude's widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple--but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges...this one for the survival of God's covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful."

// Bethany's Book Review //

I love this author, and have really enjoyed several of her previous releases. But sadly, I had a hard time enjoying this book as much as I wanted to. I felt the same way about the first book in this series, Return to Me. Even though I had a hard time getting into the first book, I decided to still give this sequel a try, and am glad I did.

I've always thought that biblical fiction is such an interesting genre that has so much potential. Sadly this genre isn't as popular as others, which is why I really wanted to love this novel, being how there aren't many books out there like this one. For some reason, I just had a hard time getting into the story. I love any type of book that is girly and feminine, and I don't think this story really fit into that, as there were more male characters, and it wasn't a sparkly book due to the setting. While this is in no way a bad thing, I think all the males and the setting was something that I'm not quite used to and it took a bit of adjusting to go that far back in time. This is really only one of the things I can think of that made me like the book instead of loving it, as there wasn't anything I particularly disliked.

This book is nearly 500 pages, and for a while it was a bit daunting to look at the sheer length of it! Being that the novel was as long as it was, I think the author did a good job making the story read smoothly without getting dry. There were so many different characters, and the book covers such a long period of time, making it a bit hard to keep up at times for me personally. However it wasn't a huge deal, as things kept moving smoothly.

Out of all the characters and their stories, I think my favorite was Amina's. It was such an interesting one that I enjoyed-especially the ending! However the other story lines were a just so-so for me, making Amina's story the highlight of the book for me.

Overall, this was a nice one-time read for me. Being able to go back in time to Bible times was such an exciting journey! I recommend this book for fans of biblical fiction!

D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a free copy of Keepers of the Covenant from the publisher to review. I was not paid to do so, and all thoughts expressed are my own, completely honest and unbiased.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Product Review // CLam Originals



Most of you probably remember the last giveaway I hosted, for a mug from CLam Originals etsy shop. Well I'm excited to be featuring this wonderful shop once again with a product review! I was very excited to be able to receive a product from CLam Originals to review, and decided on the Emoji Mug, as I loved how cute and happy it is!

To start, this mug arrived very quickly, and was shipped in a very safe way to ensure that it didn't chip or break during the mailing process. I really appreciated how much effort was put into making sure it arrived safely, and consider it a huge plus in my experience with this shop!

I love to collect different mugs, and was excited to add this one to my collection! I have really enjoyed using this mug every morning when drinking my daily cup of coffee in the morning, and it's basically the only mug I use now! I really like how it has a smiley face on it, as it reminds me to smile more and be happy, thus giving me a good start to my day. I like how the mug is the perfect size, making it easy to add extra stuff to my coffee while still being able to get a good amount of coffee in the mug, which has always been something I look for in a mug that I use on a regular basis.

Another thing I like about this mug is how sturdy it is, and the thick handle it has. I could tell that the mug has a very high quality, which I really liked. The only down-side with this cup, is how it has to be hand-washed as it's not dishwasher safe. However I'm already in the habit of hand-washing my cups, so it wasn't really a problem for me, though it might be a factor to consider for others.

Overall, this mug is wonderful, and I'd highly recommend this shop! The shipping was done very securely, the mug is great quality and lots of fun to use, plus I had a great experience with this shop!

 A big thanks goes to CLam Originals for the opportunity to try out a mug from the shop! If you'd like to take a look at the other fun mugs this shop sells, or are considering making a purchase, then you can visit the shop by clicking here.


Disclaimer: I received a free mug of my choice from CLam Originals for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review, or promote this shop, and all thoughts expressed are my own, completely honest and unbiased.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Raptor 6 By Ronie Kendig Blog Tour Book Review

18491963// Raptor 6 //

Quiet Professionals #1

By Ronie Kendig

Source: Complementary review copy from the publisher
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN:  1616260408
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2014
My Rating: Two out of five stars

// Book Synopsis //

{Taken from GoodReads
  
"Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lock-box around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost."

// Book Review //

I had never read any books by Ronie Kendig prior to reading Raptor 6, but had heard such wonderful reviews on her books, that when the opportunity arose, I decided to try this author and her new series. While I was very hesitant to request this book, I hoped that I'd enjoy it, though I'll admit it is definitely not the kind of book I'd normally pick up. I'm really into chick-flicks and such, and hardly ever read stories with male main characters that are centered in a war zone.

Unfortunately, despite really wanting to enjoy this book, I didn't. I really did try and get into the story, but after 100 pages I just decided to skim the remainder of the story, knowing it just wasn't my cup of tea. I want to be completely open and say that there was nothing wrong with this author, or her writing style. But personally for me, as a big fan of girl-y books, to read a novel with a male main character and centered in a war zone just didn't appeal to me. I had a feeling this would end up happening, and looking back can see that maybe choosing to help promote this book wasn't the best idea, as I'm not the best person to do so being that I'm not into this genre.

However I do know that there are lots of people who absolutely love this author. I would definitely say that the overall writing style in this book was wonderful-the only problem I had with this book was the genre which I'm not into. I honestly hate having to give this book such a low rating since the rating was entirely due to my personal taste in reading and in no way reflected on the author. So please don't think that just because I didn't enjoy this book that you won't either! I encourage you to give it a try, as I know lots of people who have enjoyed this author's novels!

D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a free copy of Raptor 6 from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to do so, and all thoughts expressed are completely my own, honest and unbiased. 

RAPTOR 6 Ronie Kendig

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Heart's Pursuit By Robin Lee Hatcher Blog Tour Book Review

18965690// The Heart's Pursuit //

By Robin Lee Hatcher

Source: Complementary review copy from the publisher

Genre: Christian Fiction/Western

Number of Pages: 320 

ISBN:  0310259274

Publisher: Zondervan 

Publication Date: May 13th, 2014 
My Rating: Four out of five stars

// Book Synopsis //

{Taken from GoodReads}


"A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin.
A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past.
An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.

Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.

The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn't theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next?"


// Book Review //

Main character Silver has just been jilted at the wedding alter by a man she thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. Bounty hunter Jared has a mission to find the man who murdered his family as well as other innocent people; and has spent many years looking for the man who ruined his life and left him bitter. When the two characters meet in a small town and realize there is a connection between the man who jilted Silver and the man who Jared is looking for, they embark on a journey seeking the men who put a dent in their life plans. As the story progresses, they get to know each other and eventually develop feelings as they start to wonder if their meeting wasn't really an accident?

I've read several of Robin Lee Hatcher's books in the past, including Beloved, and A Promise Kept. So I was familiar with her novels before reading The Heart's Pursuit. Out of all the novels that I've read written by Robin Lee Hatcher, I'd have to say that this one if definitely my favorite! I really enjoyed this book and was glad to have had the opportunity to read it!

This novel is a rather light, quick read. I was able to read it in two sittings, and enjoyed how the story flowed. I loved how it was a western novel, as I'm from Texas and love a good western novel with a country heroine. I really liked how the story-line wasn't too complex, but it wasn't boring either. There was plenty of western type scenes with guns, horses, wide open land, and outlaws that kept my attention and kept me turning pages.

I really liked this story's plot! It was unique and I loved reading all the twists that were sprinkled throughout the story. 

I just loved the characters in this book. I felt a connection and understanding for the things they had been through, and liked their integrity. I really appreciated Jared protectiveness over Silver and treated her with such respect while they traveled alone. I also enjoyed Silver's free spirit and spunky personality. 

In all, I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to those who enjoy western novels with a good plot that will keep you turning pages! 

D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a complementary copy of The Heart's Pursuit from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Group for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review or promote this book. All thoughts expressed in my review are completely my own, honest and unbiased.

The Heart's Pursuit Robin Lee Hatcher

Monday, May 19, 2014

Feature & Giveaway // CLam Originals

 

Hello friends! Today I've got a really unique shop that I'm so excited to be featuring! This shop is called CLam Originals, and specializes in unique personalized ceramic mugs! Let's take a look at the items that are available in this shop:

State Love Mug - Long Distance Relationships, Friendships, Family 

Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma Blog Tour Book Review

18764196// Daisies are Forever //

By Liz Tolsma

 Source: Complementary review copy from the publisher
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN:
1401689124
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
My Rating: Five out of five stars

// Book Synopsis //

"Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.
 
However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch's identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her "marriage."

Their journey to Gisela's mother in Berlin is riddled
with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella's daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.

In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever." 

// Book Review //

Last year I had the pleasure of reading Liz Tolsma's debut novel Snow on the Tulips; which captivated me and left me extremely eager for more of this author's work! So naturally, when I found out Liz was writing another novel set during WWII, I got very excited about its release!

The book was so phenomenal. The story was extremely engaging with all the daunting experiences the main characters Gisela went through during the war; such as being shot at from a plane as she is running across a frozen body of water with nowhere to hide, as well as dealing with being in the city as bombs are being dropped at all times. Needless to say, this book accurately portrays the reality of war - the death and fear and utter hopelessness. While it doesn't sugar-coat anything pertaining to war; making it a very intense novel for mature readers, I felt like it added such depth to the story and really penetrated my heart, leaving me thankful.
Liz Tolsma writes in such an engaging way that you can't help but feel for the characters, and be lost in the story, especially knowing that this book is based on two women who actually lived out certain scenes in the book. I personally really appreciated knowing that the story wasn't completely a work of fiction, and enjoyed learning about these two courageous women who played a part in our history.

Another thing that made me love this book where the characters and their stories of overcoming grief and the constant second-guessing that they did, thinking back on past events and wondering what they should; or could have done differently. I loved Gisela's compassionate heart and willingness to do anything she had to in order to save even one life. I loved Mitch's masculinity and how much of a man he was. I loved his protective personality and truly think of him as a hero - especially since he was a Christian and that had an effect on the way he treated Gisela, and encouraged her. I loved their story. How they met and took the cover of being married in order to save each other. I thought it was such a neat twist, and made for a unique story!

Overall I absolutely loved this book! I am such a fan of Liz Tolsma's writings and definitely will be  putting this book on my list of favorite books I read this year! Anyone who enjoys historical fiction set during WWII, and a super engaging read should try out this wonderful novel!

D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a complementary copy of Daisies are Forever from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Group for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review or promote this book, and all thoughts expressed in my review are completely my own, honest and unbiased. 

Daisies are Forever Liz Tolsma

Monday, May 5, 2014

Shop Feature & Giveaway // Rejoice Always



{Enter Shop}   //   {Blog}  

Hello friends! Today I'm delighted to have the opportunity to share with you a new shop called Rejoice Always, which is an etsy shop put together by several sisters. The shop was founded early this year and sells all sorts of lovely homemade goodies! Let's take a look into the shop, shall we?

Bard the Bowman Inspired Necklace


Frodo Baggins Plush Doll 


Bilbo Baggins Plush Doll 


  Thorin Oakenshield Plush Doll 


 Circle Love Earrings 


Blue Lego Stud Earrings 

Tea Pot Bookmark 



// The Giveaway //

Today Melody has graciously offered to giveaway a $10 gift certificate to one of you to use towards any of the items in the Rejoice Always shop! To enter the giveaway, use the Raffle Copter widget below by first singing in with wither your Facebook or email address. Then you can complete as many or as little of the entries as you'd like. The giveaway will end on May 16th, 2014, and a winner will be chosen randomly and emailed with information on redeeming their gift certificate. A big thank you goes to Melody for sponsoring this lovely giveaway!! Happy entering, and have a lovely day!

 


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson Blog Tour Book Review

18059816 // A Sensible Arrangement //
 
Lone Star Brides // Book #1
 
By Tracie Peterson
 
Title: A Sensible Arrangement
Series: Lone Star Brides #1
Author: Tracie Peterson
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Number f Pages: 324
ISBN: 0764210580
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Rating: Five out of five stars
 
// Book Synopsis //
 
Taken from GoodReads.com
 
"Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.

Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy. But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch–one she’s never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love?"
 
// Book Review //
 
Put on your cowgirl boots and grab your pistol, getting ready to read an exciting western novel; in this new series from bestselling author Tracie Peterson! Filled with Christian values, excitement and plenty of southern charm, any southerner or fan of historical fiction with a nice bit of adventure will enjoy this novel and eagerly await the second installment in this new Lone Star Brides series!
 
Prior to reading A Sensible Arrangement, I'd never read any of Tracie Peterson's other novels, despite the fact there are several out there since A Sensible Arrangement marked Tracie's 100th novel to write! I didn't have high expectations for this book, and actually just requested to review/read it on a whim, thinking I'd give this new-to-me author a try. I'm so glad I did! I was very impressed with this novel, as well as Tracie's writing, and now look forward to being able to continue reading the next two books in the Lone Star Brides series!
 
This book is set in both Texas and Colorado, and even though it's mainly written from a Colorado backdrop, there was still plenty of southern aspects, and it definitely satisfied my love for southern novels involving cowboys, ranches and the like. I loved the Texan spunk that main character Marty had, and her unique encounter with bandits-and more importantly how she handled it! I also liked how Jake was a rancher at heart, and had that cowboy aspect to his character.
 
I was very pleased with the writing style of this novel. I could tell that Tracie Peterson is an experienced author by the way she described things. Her characters were well written, the plot well planned and penned, and things were constantly moving, keeping me turning pages! Her writing had a way of hinting at things in the story that make you ponder on what will happen, next with certain ideas for how things will turn out, and it added a lovely aspect to the reading experience.
 
Another thing I loved was the Christian influence in this novel. I love it when an author incorporates the Lord into the character's life, and you definitely see this with both Marty and Jake in this novel. There was not only great character development throughout the story, but also great spiritual growth throughout the length of this novel. I loved seeing how Marty learned to overcome her weakness and spiritual struggle with lying through the strength of the Lord.  However I did feel that at times the extent of her blatant lying before being saved was a bit of a disappointment. Especially the beginning of the book there were several big lies that Marty told, and I just felt like that was something that bugged me a bit. However I was glad to see that she repented at the end and made an effort to be more Christ like in her actions after being saved.
 
Another thing I really appreciated in this novel was how clean it was despite the couple being married from an early point in the book. While this book definitely is categorized under romance, it's very clean and Christ-honoring, and I loved how clean and honorable Marty and Jake's relationship was. Especially how Jake treated Marty with such respect and self-sacrifice for her good.
 
Overall I was very impressed with this book, and look forward to the next books in the Lone Star Brides series! I loved the Christian influence in this book, as well as the characters and writing style, and would recommend this book to fans of Tracie Peterson or westerns with a Christian influence.
 
D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a free copy of A Sensible Arrangement from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Group, for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to read and write a review of this book, and all thoughts expressed in my review are my own; completely honest and unbiased.

iPad Mini Giveaway & A SENSIBLE ARRANGEMENT Live Webcast Event with Tracie Peterson!
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Tracie Peterson A Sensible Arrangement

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley Blog Tour Book Review

// The Queen's Handmaid //

By Tracy L. Higley

Source:
Litfuse Publicity
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 1401686842
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Rating: Five out of five stars
 
// Book Synopsis //
Taken From Good Reads
 
"From the servant halls of Cleopatra’s Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.

Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC

Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm's length. She's been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.

But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she’s had to family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.

Trapped among the scheming women of Herod’s political family—his sister, his wife, and their mothers—and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah."

// Book Review //
 
An exciting ride back in time to ancient Egypt, 39 BC, this exciting novel is sure to take you on an unforgettable journey following servant Lydia, as she serves the Queen and builds a lasting relationship with her which will last much longer than the length of their lives. Filled to brim with accurate historic events and a nice amount of fiction, this memorable story is sure to stay with you long after you close it's pages.
 
This was the second book that I've read by Tracy Higley. Last year when I read her novel City on Fire, I deemed her my favorite author for her excellent writing and ability to involve so much history within her novels; and was very eager for more books by her. Which is why I was so excited for the release of The Queen's Handmaid!
 
This book was such a favorite, I'm putting it on my list of top favorite five books that I've read in 2014! The main thing that impressed me most was the amount of history in this book! I truly believe that you could learn more about Egyptian history involving who reigned at what time and their relationship with other people of government, by reading this novel than you could reading about it on the internet! In the course of the 400 pages of this novel there are detailed, historically accurate accounts of important governmental figures in Egypt such as Cleopatra, Herod, Marc Antony, Octavia, Mariamme (Herod's wife and the Queen whom Lydia serves) and many more! While this level of history may make some people think that it means that it lacks a good fictionalized portion of the book (stemming from a pre-supposed idea that history is boring facts-which it's not!), then there couldn't be anything further from the truth! While this book was mainly based on history, there was also a perfect balance of fictionalized story that didn't diminish the history; but in fact made it more enjoyable to read and all the more interesting! Anyone who, like me, loves a novel that will teach you something about history without sacrificing a page-turning experience needs to get their hands on this book!
 
Another thing that I really enjoyed about this novel was how interesting it was, and the unexpected turns that I didn't see coming! While it was interesting throughout the whole story, I did feel like the second half of the book was my most favorite portion of the story. Originally I was planning on giving it four stars while I was reading the first half of the book. But events that took place during the latter part of the story made me change my mind to 5 stars, also putting it on my favorites list.
 
However, as with any historically accurate portrayal of real events in history that may not have been so appropriate, this story does deal with some mature subjects including mention of Cleopatra and Herod's love life which was never faithful and continually changing persons; a moderately described birth scene that Lydia assisted; three deaths scenes, one by hanging which was described moderately (though still somewhat disturbing), as well as two others described after the actual event; as well as other content that comes with this time period where murder is considered justified by means of gaining power. While I usually don't like putting an age on these types of novels, due to how it really does vary depending on maturity, I'd say it is for sure a novel for mature readers, and that younger readers should read with caution.
 
Overall I absolutely loved this novel and all the history it taught me! Anyone who is a fan of Higley's previous novels or fans of heavy dosed historical fiction should read this book!
 
D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a free copy of this book through the publisher and Litfuse Publicity for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review or promote this book, and all thoughts expressed my review are completely my own, honest and unbiased.
 
// Blog Tour Giveaway //
 
During the time of The Queen's Handmaid blog tour featuring book reviews from various reviewers, Tracy Higley and Litfuse are hosting a big giveaway to celebrate The Queen's Handmaid's release! They are giving away .......... and you can enter the giveaway on the Litfuse website by clicking on the image below.
 
{NOTE: I am not sponsoring this giveaway in any way, but still wanted to share about it so you could enter!)
Win a Kindle HDX!
The Queen's Handmaid

Monday, March 31, 2014

Feature & Giveaway // Sweet & Simple

Hello lovelies! I've got a lovely giveaway in store for you all today, and am very excited about this weeks feature and giveaway shop: Sweet & Simple! This shop offers a variety of such cute jewelry that has a distinct, shabby chic, antique and feminine feel, and I adore all the lovely items; and can't wait to show them to you!

// A Peek Into The Shop //
 
 
 
 
Oval Cream Paris Locket.  Eiffel Tower Charm Necklace.  Rustic Vintage Style Photo Keepsake.  Mother's Day.
 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Two Great Giveaways You'll Want To Enter!

Hi Friends!

I just wanted to do a quick post and share with you two wonderful giveaways that are currently going on over at Legacy of a Writer which is a fun blog I enjoy reading. Katie has two giveaways currently running, one for a knuckle ring from a lovely ring up to a $10 value from A Wild Violet etsy shop and another for a set of NuMe hair styling tools! So be sure and stop by and enter!

NuMe hair styling flat iron and curling wand giveaway ~ Ends April 29th, 2014

Feature & Product Review // Willow Tree Minerals

Hello friends! Today I've got an exciting product review to share with you all! Recently our family has been looking into going for more natural make-up, and skin care items. Realizing all the harmful chemicals that are in all the items you buy at the store, and put on your skin made us realize how much more healthier it is to be all-natural. And to, when possible, only use products without toxins and chemicals to keep your body healthy. Today's shop is a perfect resource for similar minded ladies, as it offers so many different cosmetics, body and skin care products, and the best part is there are all complete natural and safe for you skin!
 
Today's shop feature is from the shop Willow Tree Minerals, and I was so delighted to get to try a few of the shop's products out to share with you all today. This shop has quickly become a favorite of mine since there are so many different choices and shades to choose from. Just about any cosmetic item you'd ever use on your face including foundation, concealer, blush, primer, powder, eye liner, mascara and eye shadows are available in a natural version with several shades to make it easy to find the perfect shade for your skin tone. Before jumping into the review, let's take a look at what the shop offers:
 
// A Peek Into The Shop //
 
Lavender Vanilla - Natural Facial Cleansing Bar
// Lavender Vanilla Natural Facial Cleansing Bar ~ 2.95 //

Monday, February 24, 2014

Giveaway // B3 Bookmarks

Hi friends! Wow! It's been a while since I last posted on this blog! I've missed featuring shops, and today I'm back with a special shop feature and giveaway! Today's shop feature and giveaway is from B3 Bookmarks, so let's get started!

// About The B3 Bookmarks //

Blog  //   Bookmarks   //  Jewelry

"B3 bookmarks is a project started in 2010 by 14-year-old Cora as a way to serve God with the blessings she was given. All proceeds made from selling jewelry and bookmarks goes to charity organization Samaritan's Purse. Each year the is a different goal, and in 2014, it is to raise $350 in order to pay for a cow for a family or village in need."
 
// A Peek Into B3 Bookmarks //