Friday, February 25, 2011


Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black

Jared and Mallory Grace find themselves in a world of goblins and various other mystical creatures as they search for their missing brother Simon.  Will they find him before the goblins use him in their feasting ritual?  Can they combat the creatures they come up against? 

This is one of the best children's science fiction fantasies books I have read.  I especially love the illustrations.  They are so well done.  There are times when you wonder where the parents are and then voila, they turn up.  It is a delightful read and I know that my grandsons will both enjoy it.  I recommend it to everyone.  I can't wait to read the next one in this series, "Lucinda's Secret".     

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Defensive Tactics

Defenseive Tactics
Steve Westover

Paul Stephens and Emily Mathews, FBI agents and Jimmy Younger, a young man who has lost his way.  Each has their own special issue to deal with.  Their own choices to make.  Will they make the choices that will determine their happiness or will they have consequences to pay?   "In this life we have to make many choices. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices."
James E. Faust 

 In this suspense filled novel, you will meet a cast of characters that you will either love or dislike.  They will make you laugh, bring a tear to your eye or make you angry.  I was reminded more than once about choice making, praying always(you will be surprised at where this wonderful suggestion comes from).  The trials and tribulations that face these wonderful young people and the suspenseful mystery here will keep you riveted to the book.  Once I was able to sit down and give the book my complete attention, I could not put it down.  I finished it in 2 nights and would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good suspense filled book.   

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Against the Odds by Jewel Adams

"My own decision to marry hadn't been motivated by real love, a fact that I will always regret. And now I was facing the consequences of that choice. I suddenly wondered if I would ever know real love. Did I even know what real love was? Would I know it when it came? If it came?"

Raine Allen is a beautiful woman recently divorced from Jerome Edmunds.  She married for all the wrong reasons.  The choices she made were her own.  A modeling career, money, prestige, a handsome successful husband who was a womanizer.  She realizes now that these things are not whats important to her.  What's important to her is a family-something she could call her own, someone who will love her for who she is.  She knows she will not find it in the big city and moves to New Mexico to stay with friends Caroline and David McKade.  Here she meets Hayden McKade, younger brother of David.  A bear of a man.  A man with the perfect frame, a large sculpted body.  Handsome in every sense of the word.  Is he the one?  Will he fulfill the desires of Raine's heart?  "Against the Odds"

This book is by far my favorite by Jewel Adams.  This book has brought back memories of my own childhood.  Jewel's description of the dry heat versus the humidity reminded me of when I lived in Texas and now live in Florida.  She tells of how Hayden's mother died of cancer.  My own mother died of cancer when I was 28 and my younger siblings were left without a mother.  Raine grew up without a father and so has my grandson.  She reminded me of tying quilts with my mother and grandmothers and canning tomatoes and peaches in the canning shed, of my grandmother teaching me how to crochet and of the trials and tribulations that my daughter and her husband are going through with their Mexican/American marriage.  This book has made me laugh and has brought me to tears.  She has made the love scenes steamy staying within the bounds of good taste.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a read that will not only warm but touch the heart.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Of Blessings and Dreams The Legacy

" confident smile begins to fade as the haunting feelings that have become my companion most of the time slowly begin to resurface. I hate not being able to keep my thoughts in the present, and I wish with all my heart that I could rid myself of the negative feelings completely. If I could only forget the past and move on, if I could only believe that it doesn’t matter, that none of it matters. I hang my head and squeeze my eyes shut.  Please help me, Father, I silently pray. Help me to get over my past. Otherwise, how can I ever look to the future?"

Cisely is a beautiful young black woman with full lips, long dark auburn hair, and a "voice like silk to the ears".  She is also lonely and full of doubts about her self-worth.  Someone who has secrets to hide and and a father who repeatedly told her she was worthless and good for only one thing.  Then Jessica and Ingo come into her life.  Will they help make the changes in Cisely's life that she needs to find her self-worth?  Will they give her the love that she needs to make the choices to finally change her life?

I love the desciption of Jessica's house.  It is just like the house I have always wanted to live in.  The old fashioned house with the wrap around porch and the large rooms.  The kind of house my great-grandmothers used to live in.  I am drawn to the love Ingo has for Cisely, the patience, the kindness and caring.  There is real character in Cisely's family members.  I have met people like them before and Jewel is spot on with their judgemental and self-righteous attitudes.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.  It is a wonderful aid in learning about the atonement and about forgiving ourselves.  Take a journey with Cisely and learn "the Lord has a great and wonderful life prepared for you. And though you will still go through sorrow and great trials, you will one day come to experience joy unlike any you have ever known."

Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Dearly Departed" book tour and giveaway!

Ida Mae
Babbitt rides again!

Ida Mae Babbitt may be a reformed woman, but trouble just can't stay away.
Follow the blog tour for Dearly Departed by Tristi Pinkston and learn
about Ida Mae's latest adventure.

We will be giving away THREE copies of Dearly Departed . One
GRAND PRIZE winner will win this fun
scrap booking pack.

It's easy to enter.
1. Visit the fabulous reviews and leave a comment letting us know why
you're excited to read Dearly
. Remember to include your email address.
2. For an additional entry become a follower of Walnut Springs Press blog,
Tristi's blog, or any of the fabulous reviews blog. Leave a comment letting
us know who's blog you now follow.
3. If you tweet about the blog tour, or post about it on your blog or
facebook, leave the link in the comments section and you'll receive an
additional entry for each post.

Good Luck! Entries close at midnight (MST) on March 6th.

Heather Justesen: Book Review: "Dearly Departed" by Tristi Pinkston

Heather Justesen: Book Review: "Dearly Departed" by Tristi Pinkston What a fun book this sounds like. I can't wait to read it. A good clean mystery and entertaining to boot! Good for you Tristi.