Thursday, April 12, 2012

I detect a theme

Of my goals set two months ago, some are going well. Others, not so much. I’m having to watch the "free time" thing because I’m logging off later and later this past week.

I’m flourishing greatly with crocheting. I’ve not finished the family reunion project, but started a baby blanket for someone due before the family reunion. 

What I’ve not done well with - because I’ve been uber crochet obsessed - is reading. I’ve not gotten much if anything more read than before two months ago. 

And until a book I requested for review arrived a couple of days ago, I was detecting a theme. Three books in a row with one thing in common. A theme that if you know me, you will probably laugh at. 

I’ve started two books that I’m reading at the same time now. Both are current work projects that I’ll share a little bit on. (I’m not to a point of making any commentary or reviews yet!) 

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The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
(Thomas Nelson - April 3, 2012)

Four brides. One Dress.

A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift... and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new-shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and  timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been "redeemed."

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history-and its new bride-begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

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Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt
(Howard Books - May 1, 2012)

Kissing the wrong guy days before her scheduled wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?
Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point. Daniel’s adventures—chronicled through a collection of postcards—have always appealed to Allison’s well-hidden desire for something more. But how can betraying her fiancé’s trust lead to a true happily ever after?

Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Recognizing she doesn’t have all the answers won’t be easy because she’s used to being in control. To find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her—one outside her carefully defined comfort zone—and find the strength to let Him lead.

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The next one is a book that the author asked if I would like to review since she’s blogged reviews of books I’ve offered, and I’ve reviewed one of her books before. I’m honored she offered!

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A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island by Cara C. Putman
(Barbour Publishing - April 1, 2012)

Can the truth set Alanna Stone free? 

Attorney Alanna Stone has never forgotten Jonathon Covington--or the pain of his betrayal. In fact, he’s why she’s avoided returning to Mackinac Island. But an exhausting, high profile case and an urgent plea from her parents bring her home. She immediately finds herself thrust into controversy as an unsolved murder once again turns public opinion against her family. Jonathon has been waiting for her return, but the woman he sees now has little in common with the one who left. Will they be able to lay aside the past and let God heal their hearts, or will reconciliation come too late?

My family loves escaping to Mackinac Island, so it was a treat to get to write a romance set on the island. Especially when that romance includes mystery and a taste of suspense!

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Do you notice a theme?

Maybe I'll catch up on reading at the next church singles event this weekend that I doubt anyone comes to. A wedding themed book just might keep Timmy the Fly away.

Speaking of flies, I hope the one that kept invading my personal space and my ear this morning has died. It was so annoying, I came close to naming it...

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