Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Castle on the Rise

Here is the second book in Kristy Cambron's Lost Castle Series and it was every bit as good as the first one. The third will be out next month and I can't wait to read it!

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When Laine Forrester travels to France to attend her longtime friend's vineyard wedding, she expects to find a bride on the brink of a fairy-tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks--a devastating diagnosis, a castle restoration put on hold, and the emergence of deep-seated family dynamics that threaten to derail the new couple's fledgling marriage--it seems the storybook life Laine had imagined for her friend--and once, for herself--is suddenly crumbling before her eyes.

With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending for one of them, Laine throws support behind her friend and agrees to accompany the couple to the groom's family home in Ireland, where the merging of a mysterious inheritance, long-buried wounds, and a fractured family set out to upend the trip from the start. It's in the unlikely corners of a historic Dublin pub, and across the wide-open moors bordering Ireland's majestic Wicklow Mountains, that Laine is slowly drawn in by the land and the people, sparking hope for something she never imagined possible: the courage to heal. But with secrets of her own--and a heart afraid to trust again--Laine must determine how much she's willing to risk in mending the broken places within herself, and whether she believes that even through the depths of our pain, a beautiful story can emerge.

Set in three time-periods--the revolutionary era of the late eighteenth century, Ireland's turbulent Easter week of the 1916 Rising, and present day--Castle on the Rise weaves a story of legacy, conviction, and redemption against the backdrop of Dublin's storied streets, and the stretch of Ireland's stunning emerald shores.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Lost Castle

What a great book! This is the first in a series of three books and I can't wait to read the next two. If you like historical fiction at all...I highly recommend The Lost Castle!

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Broken-down walls and crumbling stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?


Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother's bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .


Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too--where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer's and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family's history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty--a castle so named for Charles Perrault's beloved fairy tale--Ellie embarks on a journey to France's Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.


Bridging the past to the present in three time periods--the French Revolution, World War II, and present day--The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and of an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Summer fun

So it's been a while since i posted on here. Some days I wonder why I even still have my blog as I can't seem to find the time to sew anything. But for now I guess I'll keep it. Right after we went to the zoo in June my son Brian, grandson Boog and I went zip lining. Boog was scared to death but he ended up having a great time as I knew he would.


A couple of weeks ago I went to Delaware to see a friend of mine. We spent four days at the beach and got to see one sunrise, one moon rise and several sunsets. We also got to sit and watch thunderstorms coming in two different nights. That was pretty cool. 




I was so happy to see palm trees around the pool at the motel we stayed at. Of course they were potted and have to go to a greenhouse in the winter. But they definitely made the place feel more beachy. And we got to see several lighthouses too. A couple were just smaller decorative ones but three of them were full size. We took a dolphin tour too and got to see dozens of dolphins in the ocean. It was a great trip! :0)







Monday, June 24, 2019

A Day at the Zoo

We went to the zoo on Friday and had a great time! We saw lots of animals of course but the giraffes, manatees and flamingos were the best! :0)








Sunday, June 9, 2019

Time flies

I can't believe I've been home from the beach for a week already. The time sure did fly by but I have so many wonderful memories of my time there. Here are just a few pictures I want to share with you. The wildlife and scenery is just amazing!


We watched this guy catching fish that had washed up onto the beach in the seaweed.


We took a boat ride our last afternoon and saw this beautiful home along the way. 


The boat ride was actually a dolphin tour and we did see one but just for a few minutes.


This guy was hanging out at the fishing village where all the local fishing boats dock.


And while I haven't done any sewing lately, I have done something crafty. This birdhouse used to be in all country colors...barn red, forest green, and dark blue. I repainted it in colors that more match my decor.