Giveaway Winner!

Today’s the day! The day we draw a name to see who wins the book “My Daughter’s Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.
Since we had nine names entered in our giveaway, I wrote your names down on pieces of paper, put them in a bowl and mixed them up. Then I had my oldest daughter draw a name out.
And the winner is

Sarah Hochstedler!

Sarah, I’m delighted you won! 🙂 And unless you’ve moved recently, I still have your current address and will get this book in the mail to you in the next few days.)

Really, I would love to be able to send this prize to each of you that took the time to enter. But I don’t have that many to give away.
Hopefully this is just the beginning! 🙂
I’d love to make this a monthly occurrence here on my blog. But I won’t make any promises I can’t keep… 😉

Happy Monday to you all!


Book Tour & Review

Welcome! To a blog tour for “The Memory of You” by Catherine West.

This is something new for me, joining in on a “Blog Tour”—it’s my very first time!  I’m so glad you stopped by, please take the time to read about this wonderful book. It is a Christian fiction novel, and it challenged me.  There’s even a giveaway involved, so keep reading!

About the Book

Title: The Memory of You
Author: Catherine West
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

About the Author

Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine’s second novel, Hidden in the Heart, released in September 2012, was long listed in the 2012 INSPY’s and was a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards.

When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine[at]

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Tour Schedule

Many thanks to the publisher, Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction 

for providing review copies to our bloggers.

7/17 – Running Through the Storm

7/18 – Moments Dipped in Ink

7/19 – Favorite Christian Books

7/20 – Joy’s Blog

7/21 – Happy When Reading

7/22 – Splashes of Joy

7/23 – Reading is My SuperPower

7/24 – Bibliophile Reviews

7/25 – By The Book

7/26 – Reader’s Cozy Corner

7/27 – All of a Kind Mom

7/28 –  Smiling Book Reviews

7/29 – Savings in Seconds

7/30 – Heidi Reads. . .Giveaway

(1) Winner will win a gourmet gift basket + a signed copy of The Memory of You, 

courtesy of the author, Catherine West.
(US mailing addresses only for the gift basket & print book prize.
International winners will win a digital copy of the book.)

Enter here:


My Review: The Memory of You

This is one of those books that touches your inner soul. When I reached the last page, I felt like I needed time to really think about and process my thoughts on issues that were faced in this story. Thanks, Catherine West for an excellent read!

I love to read, love to find new authors, because sometimes I almost read too fast to stay in ‘reading’ with familiar ones. And yet, I have a tendency to pick my favorite authors over others.

When I was given the chance to receive an Advance Reader’s Copy of “The Memory of You” I jumped on it, and I am so glad I did! This is the first I’ve read of Catherine West’s books, but after reading this one, I will be sure and read her others!

Natalie is such a realistic, able-to-relate-to character, and I was drawn in to her story immediately. Because of a tragic accident she was in as a young teen, one that killed her twin sister, she has avoided visiting her grandfather’s ranch, where the memories are too hard to bear.

Now, it is her duty as the majority shareholder to return to the California vineyard and decide if she should follow her father’s demands that the struggling family business be closed down, or look for ways to bring back life to her grandfather’s dream, and follow her own heart.

She was unprepared for the increasingly overwhelming nightmares that would accompany her here. And yet, God led her to a therapist that was able to guide her toward recovery. A recovery that included facing her fears & events from the past head on.

Along the way, she falls back in love with her earliest crush, Tanner. Can they make their love work this time?

This book challenged me in so many ways. I want to allow God to work in my life through difficult things from  my own past, and not let them drag me down. His forgiveness and grace are always available!


Well…umm…this is new to me. (Hosting a giveaway) So bear with me as I try to learn how this all works! 🙂

You might be wondering what I am giving away. It is this book, My Daughter’s Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark!

Yes, I’ve managed to end up with two copies of it!! (And no, I didn’t buy either one, they were given to me)

First, I applied for and was excited to be given entry into a book club to promote the launch of this book.

Then, I was notified by Goodreads (as so often is the case) that there is another giveaway for a book on my shelf. (Or maybe this came first, I really don’t remember)

Anyway, I almost never win giveaways. It used to be I could say with certainty, that I never do, but I guess, if you enter often enough, you’re bound to win on occasion.

So, shortly after I finished reading my book club copy of this book, I received an email from Goodreads notifying me that I was the winner of this book! 🙂

And now I’d love to pass on my newest copy to some other lucky reader.

This is the paperback version, and if you looked it up on Amazon, you will see that their current price is $12.74.

I’ve read this book and loved it. Mindy Starns Clark is one of my all time favorite Christian mystery authors. This is the third book in the series, and I highly recommend reading the other two before reading this one. (If you live locally, I don’t mind loaning you my copies, or if you don’t you could also check your local library)

You can read my reviews on this on goodreads and on Amazon.

Finally. The Giveaway!

To enter this giveway, you must comment HERE on this post (not on facebook).

Tell me about your favorite author or book.

Due to the high cost of postage these days, this giveaway is limited to United States residents only

We’ll do a drawing either by throwing all the names in a bowl, and actually drawing one, or use a random number generator…whatever appears to work best at the time. 🙂

I’ll leave this giveaway open until the end of July. (and hope that I get enough comments to actually warrant a giveaway! 😉 )


Summertime reading

It’s the lazy days of summer….which means lots of time to read, right?! 🙂 I used to think so. I think I must have been a bit, no a lot spoiled in my growing up days. I’d spend a good portion of my day sitting around and reading books. I still love to read, but find those moments scattered here and there, in bits & pieces. I tend to get a big stack of books from the library, and then work on that stack for a few weeks or months. See, our library system is fairly awesome. Although we currently, mostly frequent our small town library, they are connected with the larger Metropolitan Library system that is spread throughout most of central Ohio. Which means we can go on our library’s website and search for a book title, and if any library has it, we can request it, and then pick it up locally. So…when I am needing books to read, I look for my favorite authors online, check out or other websites, and then see if I can find those books at the library. I tend to get carried away just a bit… 🙂 And then….sometimes they all come in, in about a week’s time. Which requires the use of a large bag to bring them all home.

And yeah, that’s just my books. The girls, well they actually do take time to sit around and read, after they have their daily work/chores finished. So they bring home stacks of books at a time, and then proceed to READ them all in a week (or maybe even less!). I think the librarians know us.

Here are just a few reviews on books I’ve read in the past few weeks/months

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick.

This is a historical fiction novel based on the true story of Elisa Spaulding, whose family were missionaries to the Nez Pearce Indians. I’d heard of Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, who were martyred by the Indians, but didn’t remember hearing about this family, who were their contemporaries and fellow missionaries. Eliza was the daughter of Henry Spaulding. She experienced much trauma at the hands of the Indians through being held hostage. This book gives many interesting details about her life, and also tells about how her parents were missionaries, how they were led to this calling, and more.
Very well written, I enjoyed it greatly!


The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

Here’s my review as I posted on Amazon:

Another fabulous ‘fairy tale’ novel by Melanie Dickerson!
This is a sweet story, the retelling of the goose girl fairy tale.
In spite of the fact that this is a teen book, I enjoyed it!

The details, the setting, the characters, I liked it all!
If you enjoy fairy tales, then give it a try!

I’ve read numerous others of her fairy tale books. This is not my preferred reading genre/style, but I did enjoy them, nonetheless. Ideally, I’d love to read any/all the books that my daughters are reading, but yeah….that’s impossible. These books are specifically written for teens, and are geared in that way. Previously, my oldest daughter (14) read some of her books, but I actually gave this one to my 11 year old to read after I had it finished. She’s my daughter that most is in to fairy-tale-type stories right now. (princess, or whatever you want to call it…) She thoroughly enjoyed the book. Before she started reading, I warned her that there was some romance included. I think it’s safe to assume that it wasn’t too much as to bother her.


True to You by Becky Wade

From Amazon: This is a delightful book, a FUN read! I started reading, and could not lay it down–kept on reading until the very end!
Delightful characters. Realistic plot, humor, a bit of mystery, and of course the romance.
I thought I had the story all figured out, but there was an interesting and unexpected twist at the end.

When I am looking for a light Christian fiction romance, I will definitely be turning to more from Becky Wade!

Yes, I do recommend it, it is “light reading” as I noted above. It’s the kind of book that I’d turn to when I don’t want to read anything that requires much deep thinking.


and one more

Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll

I found a new author in my favorite genre!
This book kept me turning pages and sitting on my seat until the very last page, I loved it!
It has all the elements I love in Christian fiction–suspense, mystery, and a little romance.
An ancient treasure map, Indian folklore, and more.
Landry is a former Army MP and is now a Recovery Specialist. Nickolai is a former police officer turned detective. They are put into competition against each other as they race to find a missing map that they hope will lead them to a long lost gold mine.
As it becomes obvious that someone is trying to scare them off their case, they turn to each other for help in solving this puzzle.

If you enjoy Christian suspense, then you won’t regret reading this one!

This is probably the book I enjoyed the most from all these I’m sharing today. Mystery/suspense is still my favorite. Christian mysteries are even better, the story line is well written without having all the gory details that are sometimes included in mainstream/secular mysteries.

One thing that I’m also doing, that is new for me, is a reading challenge. I found this one online:, and thought it sounded very interesting. Thankfully it goes through the end of this calendar year, so it gives me some time to read my quota.

You may wonder when I find time to do all this reading….like I said, it’s only in bits and pieces, in this time of my life. And summertime is not necessarily the easiest time to find those moments. I like to read a chapter or two in the evening, as a way to wind down before going to bed. Sometimes over lunch, if I happen to be sitting at the table after the girls have eaten, then I can read a chapter. And Sunday afternoons/evenings at home…that gives time to relax with a book too….although lately those have been a bit scarce. 🙂

We’ve had plenty of eventful happenings going on around here recently, with our extended families, and more. Some joyous, some painful. It’s hard to know just what to say. Sometimes I find it easier to take time to focus on the lighter things in life, like reading and doing book reviews, as a way to regroup and cope with the heavy things in life!

Happy summer!