Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kaylee's Kind of Writes 2.0 {Blog Launch}

Happy Saturday, dear readers! (I mean, y'all have to be like the best if you're still here....) 

Has it seriously been over a month since I blogged regularly? According to the calendar, yes, it has. It doesn't feel like it, and yet...yeah, maybe it does. 

I'm not going to promise to do better, because I honestly don't know how the rest of the year is going to play out, but I hope to have a Saturday post up every week for the remainder of this month. Beyond that, we'll see. I may fall back to every other week. ;)

I'm here today with my friend Kaylee's blog launch! Kaylee's blog, Kaylee Kind of Writes, is branching out to Kaylee's Kind of Writes 2.0, which will focus on her writing, WIPs, and that type of thing. 

About the Blog

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes 2.0 is a random writing and fun blog! Otherwise, that means that it is a less professional blog, and where you can find posts of Kaylee’s writing. (She will still do book reviews, spotlights, and such on Kaylee's Kind of Writes.) You’ll find writing snippets, updates on writing, and lots of other fun stuff!

Blogger Bio

Abigail writes under the pen name Kaylee since Abigail is a pretty popular name (Seeing as she’s in a group of Abigails in a writing community she thought that Kaylee would stand out more.).
She does writing, blogging, and digital designing at She's a Christian homeschooling bookworm, With One Amazing Savior, Two great parents, Three Brothers, Four Sisters,
She likes to listen to music when she's writing.

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October 10th

October 11th
Character Interview on Julia is Fictional
Interview of three characters on Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes 2.0

October 12th
Spotlight on Beautiful Things
First chapter of two WIPs on Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes 2.0

October 13th
Spotlight at Chosen Vessels



Doesn't this giveaway look fabulous? Here's the link to the form! Head on over and claim your entries. :D 

Did you follow Kaylee's blog(s)? Enter the giveaway? 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

God in a God-Forsaken Land by Gene R. Stark {Book Review}

~ Description 

"I had never wondered before if I would see another summer. Yet on that day the question crossed my mind." The frontier town of Alexandria, Minnesota in 1874 attracted immigrants longing for land and freedom. Yet the newcomers to this wild, beautiful, and dangerous landscape needed the stability, love, and peace found in the Word of Life.

Pastor August Hertwig, called to this ministry and dropped from a stagecoach into a stunning, yet hostile place, faced isolation, severe weather, and plagues of locusts as he struggled to bring the permanence of Church and Faith to settlers striving to carve out a life in this new land. God led him to the love of his life in the strong, determined Elizabeth and together, in faith, they forged a powerful ministry based on the eternal Word and manifested in vibrant Christian congregations.

Pastor Hertwig tells his own story of immigration which takes him from his childhood Germany to the very "ends of the earth." Traveling on foot and by horse, his ministry covered several counties where he started sixteen congregations, many of which still exist today.

~ My Rating 

2.5 stars

~ My Review 

DNF at 49 pages in—25%. 

I'm literally bored to death. I've been "trying" to read this for over a month, because it's a review book and I feel guilty for giving up on books when there's nothing wrong with it content-wise, but I'm done. Life is too short to read books that are "bad," boring, or just plain ol' bleh. 

A story of a missionary in the midwest in the 1800s. Sounded interesting enough when I nabbed a review copy (mostly for the cover, if we're going to be honest here), but it just...lacked? 

The telling-not-showing writing style grated on my nerves. Like, the main character falls into a raging river in the middle of a snowstorm in Nowheresville, Minnesota, yet as the reader, I felt absolutely none of his fear or panic. (Not to mention, I already didn't really care if he lived or died. I'm just sayin'.) 

And another thing. At one-quarter of the way through, I was still confused on the beliefs and doctrine of the main character. He just decides he'll be a preacher and goes to seminary because it seemed like a good idea when someone suggested it...? Yeah, okay. 

All that to say... If you enjoy based-on-a-true-story missionary books, you may enjoy this one. :)

2/2.5 stars, rounding up to 3 stars to give the remainder of the book the benefit of the doubt. 

**I received a review copy of this book from BookCrash and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.** 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We Have Forgotten.

It's Tuesday morning.

September 11th.

8:46 AM.

If you weren't already aware, hopefully you now remember what today is. Seventeen years ago right now (supposing you're reading this within one hour and forty-two minutes of when I posted), a terrorist attack was taking place on American soil. The first since Pearl Harbor—sixty years prior.

Hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Another hit the Pentagon—the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense—in Arlington County, Virginia.

A fourth, which was intended for the White House, was overtaken by heroic passengers and crashed in a field in Stonycreek, Pennsylvania.

2,996 people lost their lives—2,562 civilian victims, 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers, and the 19 hijackers. Not to mention the over six thousand who were injured and lived to tell about it.

Was any of this news to you? Was a lot of it?

These are questions, among others, that I had to painfully answer as I did some research before setting out to write this post. There are a lot of things about that day and the subsequent war that I didn't know and still do not know.

But I want to know. Because, friends, although it may hurt, we need to know our history. We need to remember the sacrifice, the bravery, the heroism of our fellow Americans.

As Americans today, we have it so good. Anything we could want is at our fingertips. But in all that, we've lost sight of what really matters. We proudly proclaim 'never forget', but we have forgotten.

If one of our loved ones was killed that day, we would not have forgotten.

If a family member of ours was off fighting, we wouldn't forget about the war in the Middle East.

If we fully understood the magnitude of the sacrifices that have been made for the freedom we experience today, we wouldn't take it for granted.

Today, let's stop forgetting. Let's remember. Let's honor the flag and what it stands for. Let's say "never forget" and truly mean it, from the bottom of our hearts.

What will you do today to remember what happened seventeen years ago this morning? 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Goldfish Secrets by Kellyn Roth {Book Review}

~ Description 

Judy only has one friend: her goldfish, Marlie.

With Marlie gone, who can Judy rely on?

Goldfish Secrets is the short story prequel to The Lady of the Vineyard.

~ My Rating 

4 stars

~ My Review 

What a sweet little story!

Goldfish Secrets, a short story prequel to Kellyn's novella The Lady of the Vineyard, is a delightful look into the early days of Judy's life and relationship with her mother, Adele.

It was a darling story that would be perfect for any age! While reading it, I was thinking that it would be great for a read-aloud for small children. Although it was more enjoyable to me since I'm familiar with the characters, but it could be read as a stand-alone.

Definitely recommended! <3

**I received a free copy of this story from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hello September {blog tag}

Hello, readers! Welcome to September. <3 Wow, can you believe fall is here? I've fallen bid farewell to summer and now I'm welcoming in the season of apples, hoodies, cool weather, and bonfires. <3

My friend Amy Lane came up with a lovely tag to usher in fall! Let's get started. :)

How to participate... 

> Please copy these questions (below), answer them, and then write out new questions (or just copy these) for the people you nominate below your answered questions.
> Please nominate at least 3 bloggers, but try to avoid ones that you know have already been nominated.
> Lastly, include these guidelines in your post, and use the tag picture!


Windy or rainy autumn?
Can I choose both? Please? *angel face* If not, I guess I would go with windy.

Do you like chai tea?
Not sure I've ever had it!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee, all the way.

If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
From what I've saw in pictures, Maine has some lovely autumn scenery. I would love to visit the New England states, all the way up to Maine.

Do you like any kind of soup in the autumn? What's one of your favorites?
Ooohh, yes! Potato soup is probably my favorite.

What color of leaves do you like best?
Reds and yellows. :)

If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
I never really thought of traveling to another country to see autumn scenery! Hmm, probably England...or France...Germany, Scotland, Austria... Ya know, I may or may not have a list. ;D

Sweater or hoodie?
Hoodie! Preferably with long, floppy sleeves and a pocket big enough to cram a phone, earbuds, money, and anything else I might need into it.

A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle?
I'm not sure I've ever smelled a hazelnut scented candle, but I love hazelnut coffee creamer... We'll go with that.

Cookies or brownies?
Both? Oh, I can't do that again? Brownies, then. ;)

I tag... 

Brooklyne @ Showers of Blessings
Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh
Kaylee @ Kaylee's Kind of Writes

Here's y'all's questions!

Windy or rainy autumn?
Do you like chai tea?
Tea or coffee?
If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Do you like any kind of soup in the autumn? What's one of your favorites?
What color of leaves do you like best?
If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Sweater or hoodie?
A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle?
Cookies or brownies?

I'm scheduling this post ahead of time, as I'm going to have a table at a local author's fair at my library today. Prayers that all goes well would be appreciated! <3

Do you like autumn? What's your favorite tradition or pastime for this time of year? 


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just Because // a poem

just because
someone acts okay
it doesn't mean they are

just because
their face doesn't show their hurt
just because
tears aren't streaming down their face
it doesn't mean they aren't hurting

just because
they haven't told you about
the burdens they carry alone
the tears they cry in silence
the battles they fight each night
the pain they fear will never fade
it doesn't mean they don't want to

be open, dears
be there for each other
be the listening ear
to the one who needs to talk
be a caring soul
to a heart that needs hope
be the shoulder
someone needs to cry on

just because
they don't wear their heart on their sleeve
it doesn't mean they don't want our love

let's love boldly
let's love until it hurts
let's love like Jesus loves

just because
one day you'll be the one
who needs someone to pray for them
but is afraid to ask

Sometimes I write poems on my phone at 11:40 PM and email them to myself so I'll find them in the morning... And sometimes I decide to share them with y'all a month later, just because maybe someone needs to hear this. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn {Book Review + Blog Tour}

Happy Saturday, readers! Today I'm a stop on Victoria Lynn's blog tour for her new historical novelette, Where Beauty Blooms. It's a darling story with a super cute cover! <3


Revolutionary War Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady. 

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive? 

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.


When Beauty Blooms was such a darling little story! Short and simple, but filled with whimsy and heart. This book holds a valuable lesson for every gal who's ever felt awkward or 'less than', especially in social settings. 

I felt for Marjorie as she—quite unknowingly—embarked upon her own journey toward discovering that she's beautiful and loved just as she is, how God created her to be. It was nicely done and quite relatable. 

On another note, her dear friends and their humorous attempts to 'help' Marjorie were amusing. I laughed and smiled through those parts of the book. 

The ending was about what I expected as soon as I met a certain character, but it was a sweet and satisfying conclusion to the story.

4 stars!

* I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.


One winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a $10 Amazon gift card! 

Have you read any of Victoria Lynn's books? Are you interested in this one? Favorite Revolutionary War era book?