Fear is Louder Than Words

Fear Is Louder Than WordsFear Is Louder Than Words by Linda S. Glaz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story had more twists, back trails, and turns than a politician’s promises. At times, it was like reading two separate stories, but they came together in a rush at the end. Suspense, romance, and a solid underlying thread of faith and forgiveness gets it five full stars.

Rochelle Cassidy has a radio talk show and she’s been known to tick off a fan or two. But when one fan becomes obsessed, she finds herself in very real danger. Ed McGrath is a hockey player. He’s used to being the sports hero, but when he foils an attempted rape, he finds himself in a more personal hero role. And he likes it. At least, he likes the lady who makes him feel that way. But Rochelle’s life is a little more complicated than Ed is used to. And half the time he’s not sure she even wants him around. Will his lack of faith and her need to reconcile the past keep them apart? Or bring them together?

Plum Pudding Bride


bookPlum Pudding Bride by Anne Garboczi Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short romantic romp will fit into anyone’s busy Christmas schedule. Patience Callahan longs for a husband full of action and daring-do. Her perfect hero will match those in her favorite classic novels. And that doesn’t include mild-mannered storekeeper Peter Foote. He’s proposed to her more than once, but she’s got her heart set on adventure. Peter finds out Patience has decided to be a mail-order bride to some unknown rancher in Montana. He’s got just a few days to change her mind. With the help of her sister Kitty’s hair-brained ideas, Peter set to prove he really is the man for Patience.

The Moses Quilt

The Moses Quilt (The Quilt, #1)The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mazie Hartford’s great-grandmother gives her a gift. A quilt she calls the Moses Quilt. Knowing her time on earth is short, her great-grandmother tells Mazie the story behind the quilt. The Moses Quilt is named after Harriet Tubman and it tells her story. Can what Mazie learns from the quilt – and the story – help her understand her reluctance to marry the man she loves?

I love quilts and history, so there is a lot of this book that I enjoyed, but I have to admit that I didn’t understand the ending. I may be thicker than a post (a very legitimate possibility) but I just didn’t get it. Loved the characters, loved Mimi’s story about the quilt, but did not comprehend how it influenced the ending at all. I’m not going to post a spoiler, but if you’ve read it and you understand it … feel free to clue me in!

Love’s Sweet Beginning

Love's Sweet Beginning (Sisters at Heart, #3)Love’s Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is the third in the Sisters at Heart series. I have not read the previous two books in the series. This book stands alone as a good story, but I will be collecting the other two and reading them now that I’ve enjoyed this one so much.

Cassie Haddon and her mother have fallen on hard times in the wake of the Civil War. Forced to find employment to support them, Cassie discovers she enjoys being useful – almost as much as she enjoys the attention of her employer. If only her mother would let go of the past and enjoy the new future they have. Jacob West is hiding a secret that could destroy him and the business he’s spent years building, not to mention any chance of winning the heart of a certain young lady he’s hired to bake pies.

A good solid story with lots of sweet romance and engaging characters. Worth the read!

Summer of Promise

Summer of Promise (Westward Winds, #1)Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Abigail Harding leaves her home in Vermont to visit her sister in Wyoming. She doesn’t know what to expect, but reading between the lines of her sister’s letters, she’s sure something is amiss. What she doesn’t expect is to survive a stagecoach holdup or to meet a man who makes her forget about the one she left behind. Lieutenant Ethan Bowles is charged with finding the thief at Fort Laramie and stopping the army deserters who are holding up stagecoaches. Both jobs would be easier to do without the distraction of the lady from Vermont. Can the two work together to improve the situation at Fort Laramie for everyone, including themselves?

Engaging characters with a bit of a mystery that will keep the reader guessing the “whodunit” until the end. Set in beautiful Wyoming in 1885, author Amanda Cabot brings Fort Laramie to life. Well worth the read!

Mittens and Hat Knitting Patterns for Elementary Aged Children

**NOTE** This pattern was updated and revised in 2019

Hat
Size 5 circular needle 16”
Size 5 double-pointed needles
Markers

Cast on 88 sts. Mark beginning of round with a marker. Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 6 ½”.
Decrease pattern:
K9, K2tog, repeat around
K 1 round
K8, K2tog, repeat around
K 1 round
K7, K2tog, repeat around
K1 round
Continue in this fashion – moving to double-pointed needles when stitches get too stretched on the circular needle – until 8 sts remain. Cut 6” tail of yarn. Thread through remaining sts and pull up tight. Weave in yarn ends.

Pre-K to 1st Grade Mittens
Red Heart Super Saver 5 oz Skein
Size 3 double-pointed needles
Stitch holder
Darning needle

Gauntlet:
Cast on 32 sts  and divide 10-10-12 on 3 needles
K 1 round
P 2 rounds
K until cuff measures 1 ½”
Elastic rounds:
1) *K1, slip 1 as if to purl, repeat from * around
2) *Slip 1 as if to purl, k1, repeat from * around
Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more (6 rounds total)
K3 rounds

Thumb gusset:
K2, M1, K1, M1, K around
K 1 round
K2, M1, K3, M1, K around
K 1 round
K2, M1, K5, M1, K around
K 1 round
K2, move 7 sts onto a holder, M3, K around
K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K around (back to 32 sts)

Mitten Top:
K around until mitten is 2 ½” from thumb opening.
Decrease pattern:
K6, k2tog, around
K 1 round
K5, k2tog, around
K 1 round
K4, k2tog, around
K 1 round
K3, k2tog, around
K 1 round
k2, k2tog, around
K 1 round
K2 tog, around
Cut a 6” tail, draw tail through remaining sts.

Thumbs:
Slip holder sts onto 2 needles. With 3rd needle, pick up 3 new sts in the thumb opening. Knit around these 10 sts until thumb measures 1 ½”. K2tog around. Cut a 4” tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull up tight. Weave in yarn ends.

Early Elementary Mittens
Red Heart Super Saver 5 oz Skein
Size 3 double-pointed needles
Stitch holder
Darning needle

Gauntlet:
Cast on 36 sts and divide 12-12-12 on 3 needles
K 1 round
P 2 rounds
Elastic rounds:
1) *K1, slip 1 as if to purl, repeat from * around
2) *Slip 1 as if to purl, k1, repeat from * around
Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more (6 rounds total)
K 5 rounds

Thumb gusset:
K2, M1, K1, M1, K around
K 1 round
K2, M1, K3, M1, K around
K 1 round
K2, M1, K5, M1, K around
K 1 round
K2, M1, K7, M1, K around
K 1 round
K2, move 9 sts onto a holder, M3, K around
K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K around (back to 36 sts)

Mitten Top:
K each round until mitten is 3 1/4″ – 3 1/2” from thumb opening.
Decrease pattern:
K4, K2tog, repeat around
K 1 round
K3, K2tog, repeat around
K 1 round
K2, K2tog, repeat around
K 1 round
K1, K2tog, repeat around
K 1 round
K2tog around
Cut a 6” tail, thread through remaining sts and pull tight.

Thumbs:
Slip holder sts onto 2 needles. With 3rd needle, pick up 3 new sts in the thumb opening. Knit around these 12 sts until thumb measures 1 ¾”. K2tog around. Cut a 4” tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull up tight. Weave in yarn ends.

Have fun experimenting with colors and patterns too!

 

 

 

 

Trooper and Pegg cropped

 

 

 

 

 

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The Frontiersman’s Daughter

The Frontiersman's DaughterThe Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need to have some serious words with Laura Frantz. She’s making me lose a lot of sleep! Too many of her books keep me up past my bedtime and this was one of them.

Lael Click was best known as her father’s daughter. Ezekial Click had come over the mountains and opened the area of Kentucky to settlers. But it hadn’t been easy. He’d survived capture by the Shawnee and had returned to his family. But there were secrets.

Her father sent her away to a fancy finishing school in the east. Lael hated it and dreamed of the day she could go back to her beloved Kentucky wilderness. But it didn’t happen like she’d hoped.

Torn between two worlds, one wild and free, one settled and steady, and two men who could be described the same way, Lael must find her place in the world. She must discover who she really is.

This book kept me guessing until the final chapters. Lael’s life could have followed several different paths. I love the heroines in Laura Frantz’s stories. They are not thinly veiled men wearing skirts. They are women, strong as a woman can be strong, but filled with the emotions and needs that are distinctly feminine. They capture my imagination and won’t let go … even in the wee hours of the morning!

Love by Design

Love by Design (Dressmaker's Daughters, #3)Love by Design by Christine Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set between WWI and WWII, this historical hits a unique time frame for a romance. More WWII romances are hitting the market, I’ve reviewed and enjoyed several, but this one is unique. Jen Fox, the heroine, must find a way to earn a living. Before WWII, not many women had to support themselves. While men left to fight in WWI, it wasn’t the mass exodus that WWII was. Women were still expected to marry and raise a family.

Jen Fox wants to fly. Her goal to obtain her pilot’s license has driven her since her father passed away. But flying lessons take money and that’s something she’s short of.

Dan Wagner is a nationally-known stunt pilot who wants nothing more than to leave that life behind. But he needs money, and the chance to sign on to an exposition to the North Pole means enough money to help his family keep their Montana ranch solvent. He’s sure about one thing, he’s not going to take another woman up in his airplane.

This story has spunky back-and-forth play between Jen and Dan. Their relationship is complicated by guilt they both hold from the past. Good story! Well worth reading.

Murder at the Courthouse

Murder at the Courthouse (The Hidden Springs Mysteries #1)Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed several of Ann Gabhart’s other novels, so when I had a chance to read her new mystery, I jumped on it. And I wasn’t disappointed! Although I don’t read many mysteries, A.H. Gabhart (as she displays her name for her mystery line) did a wonderful job of pulling me into the story.

Michael Keane left the big city police department he worked for. He returned to his sleepy little hometown as their deputy sheriff. He expected to rest and relax, to enjoy the slower pace of life. He didn’t expect to find a body on the steps of the courthouse. Amid a cast of colorful local characters, Michael finds more truth than he expects – or wants – to find.

I loved the characters in this story. They are diverse and interesting and, if you grew up in a small town, you’ll be able to put faces on them. There will be a book two … and I will read it!

Sgt. Reckless

Sgt. Reckless: America's War HorseSgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse by Robin Hutton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you love horses, you’ll love this book. If you love stories about war heroes, you’ll love this book. If you love the Marines, you’ll love this book. Sgt. Reckless is a horse, a war hero, and a Marine who served in the Korean War.

Purchased by Lt. Eric Pedersen from a race track in Korea, this gutsy little mare was trained to do what no man could do, carry heavy loads of ammunition to the front lines up the rugged Korean terrain. She was a remarkable animal who never gave up. She carried ammunition to the guns, and wounded back to the base. Reckless kept going, under fire and wounded herself, even without a human to lead her.

But the bulk of this story is about her life after the war. What she meant to the Marines who loved her, admired her, and fought beside her. How she touched lives long after the shelling stopped. Well done, Reckless. Well done.