Hurricane Season, Book Review

Hurricane Season, by Lauren K. Denton

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.
As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.
Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.
When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

My Thoughts: As you might already know this genre is one of my absolute favorites to read (and review) so I was very happy that the publisher sent it to me to me to check out. The story is beautifully done, and I love the construction of the characters. A great relaxing read. 

Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare Giveaway

We’re not playing the game, it’s playing us!
A harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone--or something--begins to punish those who tell a lie--or refuse the dare.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, starring Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) opens in theaters Friday the 13th
To celebrate the release of this terrifying new film, they have a giveaway: 

The Truth or Dare Game Night Pack has:
1 - Limited Edition Truth or Dare Card Game: This limited edition Truth or Dare Game is only available via this promotion and has a run of 200 pieces worldwide. It has a card deck featuring dares and the creepy crawly items you need to satisfy the dares in the deck. Test your resolve… The truth will set you free!
1 - Truth or Dare Official Promo Tank - Show off the goods with this Truth or Dare Official Tank. Once you play the card gaem, the winner will get this tank to show off to all their friends!
Enter using the Rafflecopter Giveaway App!

Be sure to enter all the other giveaways that are apart of this hop.

Each household is only eligible to win Truth or Dare Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Old English Co (+ a Giveaway!)

I've always absolutely loved calligraphy, but have absolutely no talent for it myself. I've always been attracted to the art that people make with different lettering both the ones that just like beautiful and the pieces that have fun sayings or illustrations on them. In Old English Co I was happy to see both!

Old English Co is a stationery and homeware brand creating beautiful hand lettered products. They were first established in London, and are now located in Stamford. They take pride in the simplicity of their designs. Their products are uniquely hand lettered to create stylish, uncomplicated designs with messages that resonate with people. And all of their products are made in England. 

One of the sections that caught my eye was their planners. As someone who uses two daily, one for work tasks and one for my personal things, seeing all their beautiful designs that weren't overwhelming. Right now they're running a contest to win a set of planners, and entering is super easy. Check it out at Old English Co's Contest Page (and remember it ends April 26th) 

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, Book Review

Daily Encouragement for The Smart Stepfamily by Ron L. Deal 

Daily Inspiration and Wisdom for Blended Families
Got a minute? Then you have time for a daily dose of encouragement and wisdom for your stepfamily journey. These 365 short and sweet thoughts will keep your family blending and bonding throughout the year. Topics include parenting and stepparenting, strengthening your marriage, grief in the stepfamily, bonding with children, co-parenting with exes, practical wisdom for bringing family members together, and inspirational stories to lift your spirits and keep you stepping in the right direction. This book also addresses special days like Mother's Day and holidays.

Each daily dose of encouragement includes a prayer for your home. Sharing these readings with your spouse and, when appropriate, kids will spark valuable conversations that strengthen family understanding and closeness.

My Thoughts: While this isn't a book that really fits my personal lifestyle I was interested in it when the publisher offered it for review because I know this is a living situation for so many families. The devotionals are especially written for step families and they are so powerful. While I love that there is one per day, I wish they didn't start off on January 1st and instead just did a count to 365 days because it can be a little confusing feeling to start in the middle. Overall a great book that's encouraging and not in the least bit bossy. 

The Weaver's Daughter, Book Review

The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder --including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war hoping to find a refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort out the truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process. 

My Thoughts: I was super excited when the publisher offered me The Weaver's Daughter to review because it sounded like just my kind of story. I'm glad I did because it was a great read. It's about loyalty and love with a whole lot of historical references in place. I loved how well developed the characters are and the descriptions of the setting were absolutely beautiful. A great historical drama you won't want to pass up. 
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