Friday, March 27, 2015

Saturday Snapshot - March 28

To participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

So, I've been spending most of this week doing Bloggiesta stuff on the blog (and I still have loads to do!).  I did get to run out and get some pics of the trees blooming in our yard....

This is one of our cherry trees.  It's a fruit tree (not an ornamental), so it blooms a bit later.

This is our 6 variety grafted apple tree.  My husband keeps saying he's going to take this one out and replace it, but he hasn't done it yet.  We aren't really fond of the varieties on this tree, so I'm hoping he replaces it with a honeycrisp tree.

There are actually 4 trees here: a bartlett pear, an Asian pear, a red delicious apple, and a honeycrisp apple.  The one with the most blooms is the Asian pear.

Th trees have only been in a few years, so we haven't gotten a substantial yield yet, but I'm hoping to start reaping the benefits this fall.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book Review: "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
Published; October 1, 2013
ISBN: 9781476729084
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Highly Recommended for everyone!

Summary:
Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.


Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

My Thoughts:
This book has been sitting in my Kindle account for quite some time.  I think it fell victim to my aversion to hyped books, or at least that is what I'm telling myself.  I recently won a copy of The Rosie Effect in a giveaway and I thought I should probably read this one first.  I went in expecting something light and quick.

Don't get me wrong--this was light and quick.  Light in that it wasn't a book that I felt like I had to work to read and quick because I could not put it down.  To assume, however, that it being "light and quick" means it is fluffy is just wrong.  While this book is definitely smooth going down, shall we say, it definitely packs a punch.

It took me a little time to settle into this book, to no fault of the books.  You see, I am a devoted fan of The Big Bang Theory and this book is very similar.  The main character is a man with Asperger's and a scientist.  Yet, it quickly becomes clear that Don Tillman is not a Sheldon Cooper clone...he wants to have a relationship and take pro-active, and questionable, steps to achieve that goal.

The other characters in this book are well-drawn as well.  Rosie is an interesting woman and she turns out to not be what I initially thought she would be.  I can't say that I "liked" Gene, but he was an effective foil for Don and one that I wouldn't expect.  But, there was quite a bit about this book I didn' expect--I thought I had figured the Father Project out and was a bit flummoxed to realize that I had guessed wrong.

There is great comedy in this book (including some unorthodox uses for skeleton) but there is great emotion as well.  Don's feelings are crystal clear to the reader long before he ever has the slightest inkling of going on.  Yet, when he does figure it out, it hits you like Billy Crystal's speech in When Harry Met Sally (but it is not when Don actually recites that particular speech...yes, that happens!).  I think the greatest strength of this book is how Simsion develops Don without Don actually knowing it.  And, yes, this is a love story--a quirky and sweet romantic tale, but it isn't what I would consider a "romance."  Don's relationship with Rosie is the tool that leads to his self-realization, not the other way around.

It has been a while since a book so quickly worked its way into my heart as this one did.  Ignore the hype (even though it is all well-deserved) and pick up this book!

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.



The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion
Powells.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Review: "Mademoiselle Chanel" by C.W. Gortner

Mademoiselle Chanel C.W. Gortner
Published: March 17, 2015
ISBN: 9780062356406
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Highly Recommended for fans of Early 20th Century Historical Fiction or Fashion Aficionados

Summary: 
Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage after their mother’s death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.

Transforming herself into Coco—a seamstress and sometime torch singer—the petite brunette burns with ambition, an incandescence that draws a wealthy gentleman who will become the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. 


Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, her sleek, minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As Coco’s reputation spreads, her couturier business explodes, taking her into rarefied society circles and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save her from heartbreak as the years pass. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make choices that will haunt her. 

My Thoughts:
I will admit that I knew very little about Coco Chanel before reading this book.  I knew that she was French and worked during the first part of the 20th century.  I had a general idea of the "Chanel Style" and was very familiar with the iconic Chanel No. 5, as that is the perfume my mother wears.  

And that was the extent of my Coco Chanel knowledge.

It is somewhat unusual for me to go into a historical novel being somewhat ignorant about the subject matter and, frankly, it is a treat.  Usually with historical fiction, I know the parameters in which the story has to operate but, in this case, I really only knew that there were some major (like World Wars I and II) events that would be happening.

I hesitate to say that Coco's story is a rags to riches story...it's more of a "raise yourself up by using every single tool at your disposal" story.  While there are some "happy coincidences" in Coco's young adulthood, her success is still her own and, at times, comes at her expense.  There is not mistake:  Coco is a tough, tough woman.  Yet, I admired her, even if I felt that some (okay, many) of her choices were questionable.  She reminded me of one of those quintessential and glamorous 20th century anti-heroines, usually played on the silver screen by the likes of Bette Davis or Joan Crawford.

Gortner creates the France, and especially the Paris, of this time period exquisitely.  Sometimes I get the feeling that authors just expect us to know what Paris is like and they get a little lazy in building it for us, but Gortner does not do that.  He illustrates every detail beautifully and lets the city evolve as it did through this tumultuous time period.

Here is the difficult part of the review for me.  What I'm about to say did not actually bother me about this book, but I can see how some readers may have a problem with it.  As I said, I knew little about Coco Chanel going into this book. Once I finished, however, I did some admittedly light research (by "light" I mean wikipedia and a few other sites).  Gortner was very accurate about his facts.  However, judging by what I found online (and, again, it was "light" research), I think he gave Coco's character a very generous dose of the benefit of the doubt when it came to her actions during World War II.  I won't go into the details as I don't want to spoil the book, but it sounded to me that the "real" Coco was a little more, how should I say this?, opportunistic during the Nazi occupation of Paris than Gortner's characterization of her.  Personally, I don't see anything wrong with this--this is, after all, a novel and, frankly, no one really knows what Coco Chanel was thinking and feeling during that time.  Who knows?  It could be that Gortner was spot on with Chanel's motivations and just looking at the hard facts might give someone the wrong impression.   Still, readers who are more knowledgeable about the subject matter and more concerned with accuracy may have problems with this.

Overall, though, this was an exceptionally good read.  Even though it is a work of historical fiction, it is definitely more of a "character" novel and that Coco--well, she was quite a character!

About the Author:
A former fashion executive, C. W. Gortner is a lifelong admirer of Coco Chanel. His passion for writing led him to give up fashion, and his many historical novels have been bestsellers, published in more than twenty countries. He lives in San Francisco.

Find out more about C.W. Gortner at his website and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.



Want to read more?  Check out some of the other stops on this tour! (Links go to the blog, not the specific review)

Tuesday, March 17th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, March 18th: Books Without Any Pictures
Thursday, March 19th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, March 20th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, March 24th: Walking With Nora
Wednesday, March 25th: Bibliotica
Thursday, March 26th: Read. Write. Repeat.
Monday, March 30th: Drey’s Library
Tuesday, March 31st: Unshelfish
Wednesday, April 1st: Bibliophilia, Please
Thursday, April 2nd: Mom’s Small Victories
Friday, April 3rd: Svetlana’s Reads and Views



Mademoiselle Chanel
by Christopher W. Gortner
Powells.com

Sunday, March 22, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (3/23)

Happy Monday!  Happy Spring Break!  Happy Bloggiesta!  I have (gulp) a lot of work to do on the blog this week, so send good thoughts that I actually get it done! My daughter will be in dance camp for about 5 hours a day on Monday and Tuesday, so I should be able to get a good dent in my to-do list done during that time.

Before I go any further, if you subscribe to my blog in a blog reader, please note that the URL has changed....it is now www.westmetromommyreads.com.




This week on the blog I posted:
Tuesday, March 17 - Bloggiesta Week!
Wednesday, March 18 - Book Review: "When Mountains Move" by Julie Cantrell
Thursday, March 19 - Thoughts on GENRE and Why I'm Doing Away with Women's Fiction
Saturday, March 21 - Saturday Snapshot

Right now, I'm reading:
Paper Towns by John Green
I feel almost obligated to read this one.  The movie will be out in a few months and I've been meaning to read it, but now is the time.  As I was scrolling through my Kindle library for my next phone read, this title popped up.

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
I'm reading this one for a TLC book tour, but it looks fascinating!  I have a feeling it will be a pretty fast read for me.

Ladies in Low Places by Mary Ann Henry
Now that I have a print book going again (The Bookseller) I probably will going at this one with a slower pace.  I've enjoyed it, but I'm reading a story only about every other day or so.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Yep, still working on this one!

Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins
I think I accidentally left this off my post last week, but I'm still working on it....









Right now, I'm listening to:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
I'm only listening to this at the gym, which is good for my workout schedule, but slow going with this book.  I have a feeling that I'm going to have to buy a print copy of this book for a reference after I finish reading this.








Last week, I finished reading:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I flew through this book!  I sort of avoided this book for a long time because of all the hype.   Then, I won a copy of The Rosie Effect and thought I should probably read this one first.

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
I don't want to say too much about this book because I will be reviewing it, but I will say this:  This book was a lot of work to get through.  I'm not saying that is a positive or negative thing, but I really had to force myself to read it at times.

Sex, Lies, and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson
I finally made it through a romance novel!   I'm planning a post about my "Romance Project" but I will say that it is a very difficult genre for me, and not for any good reason.  Really, it shouldn't be that way so I'm, um, tackling the problem.  Because I haven't made peace with this genre (yet), I won't be reviewing romances--unless I absolutely love them.

And, that's it for this week....now to all my bloggiesta to-dos!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Saturday Snapshot - March 21

To participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

Welcome Spring!  I know the winter has been brutal for a lot of you and I hope things are warming up for you if that is the case.  We're actually having some typical Spring weather (gray and light rain), but I can't complain.

I didn't take too many pictures this week, but here are a couple that I liked:

My son apparently felt one of our cherry trees needed some decorations before the blossoms came in

I took this one this afternoon.  It's the park and duck pond behind our public library.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thoughts on GENRE and why I'm doing away with Women's Fiction

And, now, here is a post about what is going on through my mind today....

As I said in my Tuesday post, I'll be doing Bloggiesta next week and one of my goals is to do a review index by genre.  That sounded fairly easy when I thought it up and committed to doing it, but--as is the usual course of things--it became a little muddled.

My problem is around fiction genres.  Some books clearly fall into a genre, such as science fiction and mystery and historical fiction.  Others are a little more, well, gray.  There is "literary fiction," but what is that?  My personal definition is a little embarrassing--if it would make good book club fodder, it is probably "literary fiction."  "Romance" has been giving me trouble--on both of my challenges this year, I need to read a romance novel and my definition of the genre is pretty limited: something in mass market paperback that has a plot that is strictly a love story.  But, I'm currently reading The Rosie Project, which many people describe as a romance, yet it does not meet my definition of the genre, so I'm not sure.

Genre is just such a tricky thing.  On the one hand, I wish there were guidelines saying what each genre is and is not.  Yet, my favorite books are the ones that fall into two or more genres or the ones that turn a genre on its ear.  As a reader, I could do away with genres.  As a book blogger, I couldn't live without them.

The genre which is giving me the most trouble is that of Women's Fiction.  When I assign a genre to a book, it is based on whatever the publishers have put out.  Still, I cringe every single time I assign the Women's Fiction.  As reader Catherine commented (and I have to paraphrase here because I recently installed Disqus, which erased ALL of my comments), "It's not like there is 'Men's Fiction.'"
Of course not, that would be sexist.

I asked twitter about it and Liz gave me one of the better definitions I have seen:


The sad thing is, many of the titles I've tagged as Women's Fiction--thanks to the publisher--are incredible books and ones I would recommend to anyone, not just women.

Because of all these thoughts I'm having--and the fact that I'm going through ALL of my reviews anyway--I figured this was a good time to take another look at genre and how I use it in this blog.  And, the first thing I'm going to do is get rid of Women's Fiction.  Looking back at the Women's Fiction titles I've reviews, the majority, if not all, could fall under the umbrella of Contemporary Fiction, another vague, but less contentiously titled, genre.

You may ask why I don't get rid of genres altogether.  Believe me, I'm tempted.  As I said, I frequently find genre more of a hindrance than anything.  However, as a blog reader, I would find it very frustrating to stumble upon a review without some kind reference of what type of book it was.  When I write reviews, I try to avoid spoilers and, because of that, the genre of the book may not be clear from the text of my post.  Also, if someone goes looking for something to read, the first thing they are thinking of might be the genre.

This is not limited to just women's fiction.  Just yesterday I published a review of Julie Cantrell's When Mountains Move and spent a good portion of the post explaining that this should not be considered a "Christian Fiction" work, even though it was put out by Christian publisher and categorized by them as Christian Fiction.  I'm not far into it yet, but I doubt that The Rosie Project will be a romance in my mind (but I could be wrong on that) and instead I'll list as something I find more appropriate.

Genres are, at least to me, a necessary evil.  However, I think it is time for me to take the reins on some of that evil.  I'm no longer going to just put the publisher's genre of a book out there.  I will decide on what genre I will consider a book to be.   They will be my suggestions for a reader, not a decree of what a book may or may not be.

I'm sure there will be people who don't agree with a genre I put to the book and that will be okay.  I don't pretend to be the all-knowing book blogger.  This is just my little corner of the internet where I talk about my experience with books, and that experience no longer includes labeling books as "women's fiction."

Now, could someone give me a good definition of the Romance genre?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Review: "When Mountains Move" by Julie Cantrell

When Mountains Move Julie Cantrell
Published: September 1, 2013
ISBN: 9780781404259
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Personal Copy (Church book club selection)
Recommended for fans of Historical Fiction

Summary:
It is the spring of 1943. With a wedding and a cross-country move, Millie’s world is about to change forever.  If only her past could change with it. Soon after the break of day, Bump will become Millie’s husband. And then, if all goes as planned, they will leave the rain-soaked fields of Mississippi and head for the wilds of the Colorado Rockies. As Millie tries to forget a dark secret, she hasn’t yet realized how drastically those past experiences will impact the coming days.For most of Millie’s life, being free felt about as unlikely as the mountains moving. But she’s about to discover that sometimes in life, we are given second chances, and that the only thing bigger than her past … is her future.

My Thoughts:
This is a difficult review to write for a few reasons.  It is the sequel to another novel, which means that there is substantial back story and, in this case, I would recommend that people read Into the Free before reading this book.  Also, because it is a sequel, several elements of the plot actually began in the first book.  So, this is sort of a review of both books.

I also want to put out that, while this is labeled as a "Christian Fiction" work, that is due more to the fact that it was put out by a Christian publishing house than with subject matter.  Yes, faith is mentioned, but not any more than one would find in a mainstream novel.  Readers who go in expecting a Christian novel probably won't be disappointed, but neither will readers wanting something mainstream.  I would hate for someone to pass by this book simply because it is labeled as religious.

As for the book itself, I did enjoy Into the Free, but felt the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying (THEN I found out there was a sequel!) so I almost think that these two books should be read together.  Because Cantrell does a complete job of developing characters in the first book, the main characters are pretty much brought on in this book "as is."  There are a few secondary characters, the neighbor, Kat, and the ranch hand, Fortner, that Cantrell explores.  Kat is developed in a more natural fashion, while Fortner is an enigma until the end of the book.  Other than that, the secondary characters who were not previously introduce in Into the Free are kept in the background.

The plot of this book is quieter than its predecessors.  Quite a bit went on in Into the Free, whereas this book is more streamlined and deals with fewer topics.  I believe it was because of that more than anything else that led me to enjoy this book even more than the first.  In retrospect, Into the Free more than anything served as a set up for this book, which brings everything to a close.

There were parts that I found predictable, but that didn't irritate me too much.  By the time these scenes came up, I was already invested in the story.  I did feel that the ending was a bit too condensed.  By that, I mean that Cantrell wrapped up a lot of threads at once and that was somewhat frustrating to me as a reader.

While I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read Into the Free, I would heartily recommend both books together to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, no matter what their religious beliefs may be.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.



Into the Free
by Julie Cantrell

Powells.com
When Mountains Move
by Julie Cantrell
Powells.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bloggiesta Week!

You know what is coming up?  Well, Spring Break...we aren't going anywhere this year due to my husband's work schedule, so I can do BLOGGIESTA WEEK!


So, the way this works is that I'll have a week to improve my blog however I want.  I really don't have too much that I want to do it, but I what I would like to do is rather labor-intensive.  On my docket is:

  • Revise my review index
  • Change my rating scheme
Let's take a closer look:
Revise my review index
Right now, it's just a list of books that links to the reviews,  It really isn't very user-friendly for someone who is trying to find something to read.  My plan, and we'll see how it goes, is to do a list by genre.  I'm not sure how it will look, but I'm hoping it will be more effective

Change my rating scheme
Right now, I do a 5 star rating scheme.  For the past year, I've stuck to "whole" stars, but before that I would award half stars.  I've really come to hate it, to tell you the truth.  Yes, I'll still be awarding a star rating when I cross-post my reviews to Goodreads, Amazon, and Powell's, but I want to do something else here.

What I'm thinking of is this:
Highly Recommended
Recommended for.... (e.g., people who like lighter reads, people interested in such and such, etc).
Not Recommended

And, because I want to be hard on myself, I am planning to go back and apply this too all my past reviews, which number over 200.

So, those are my plans.  Any input would be welcome, since I'm not really sure how I'm going to achieve these!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (3/16)

Welcome to another week!  I'm writing this during an unusually strong windstorm here in Oregon.  Windstorms in March are far from uncommon here, but we've been having such nice that this is a bit of a shock to the system.  I guess that is one of the joys of spring--unpredictable weather!

I've decided to participate in Bloggiesta next week and am thinking of things to work on with this blog.  One thing I will definitely tackle is how I index my reviews.  I just don't like the way it is now--the volume of reviews on this blog have gotten to the point that just listing things by rating is no longer working.  I'm thinking of either replacing my current index page or adding another page that lists books by genre.  I'll try and put it together ad see how it goes.

I also toyed--seriously--about moving this blog over to wordpress.  I thought about it and even went and started the process to buy a domain, but then backed out.  Perhaps I'm just intimidated by the process, but I have so much invested in this site that I just couldn't do it.  Not yet, anyway.

In other blog news, I'm starting up a new one.  It has nothing to do with books and it is definitely "secondary" to this one, but I hope it will be successful.  I'll post more about it in my new IMWAYR post!

And now, onto the business at hand...




Last week on the blog, I posted:
Wednesday, March 11: Book Review: Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
Saturday, March 14: Saturday Snapshot

Right now, I'm reading:
I'm again a victim of book polygamy!  I'll explain as I go along, but here it goes....

The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
I remember loving The Dive From Clausen's Pier when it came out, so I jumped on the chance to read this one when it showed up in Netgalley.  I'm only 14% of the way through as I write this and, well, I'm no sure about it.  It has gotten some great pre-release reviews on Goodreads so I'm hoping it turns around, but right now it is just striking me as overly wordy and stressful.

For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle
This is my "phone" read at the moment.  Romance as a genre has been getting more attention lately so I thought I'd give it another try.  When I was younger--okay, I was a teenager--I loved romance novels.  Unfortunately, my favorite writer (LaVyrle Spencer) retired in the early 90s and I pretty much gave up the genre after that.  I'll be honest--this one might be DNF'd as it just isn't doing it for me.  I'll give it a few more chapters before I decide if I cut it or not.

Ladies in Low Places by Mary Ann Henry
This is the one that pushed me into book polygamy.  I'm reading The Children's Crusade on my Kindle and For the Longest Time on my phone and I needed something in print.  I always read for a while in bed and I've learned the hard way that, when I read on my electronic devices, it makes it harder for me to fall asleep.  I opted for a short story collection so that I could read one story a night, which I think is a pretty good plan for me.  I won a copy of this from the Goodreads First Reads program a few months ago, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I've only read one story so far, but it was interesting and made me want to keep reading.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Yep, still working on it.  Frankly, this week was hard for bed times (when we normally read this book) thanks to Daylight Savings Time.  I heard that they are trying to get rid of DST in Oregon, which I hope happens.  Really, anyone who thinks DST is a good idea should come spend the week following the time change in our house so that they can experience the hell that it brings.









Right now, I'm listening to:
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
So, I have two things to say about this so far.  The first is that this is NOT something I can listen to with my kids around--just too many F-Bombs (not that I'm offended by that, but I'd rather my kids not hear it).  As a result, I've been listening to this only exclusively at the gym.  So, the second thing I have to say is that this is a surprisingly good workout audiobook.  I'm not sure why, but it really takes my mind off the pain and helps me get through the workout.  Now, I don't get to workout quite as much as I'd like (and there is a whole story about that!), so it will probably take me a while to get through this one.

Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae
Since I can't listen to Bad Feminist in the car with my kids (and I'm rarely in the car without at least one kid), I started this one to listen to while driving.  Honestly, I don't know if I'll finish this one--not due to any fault of the book, but I'm not sure cozy mysteries work in audio form with me.  This one is, however, interesting enough for me to consider just switching it to a print copy.









Last week, I finished reading:
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
You can read what I thought in the review but I will say that, as soon as I finished this, I added the all the books by Liane Moriarty that I didn't already have on my Kindle to my Kindle.  Yep, I'm hooked.

Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner (review to be posted 03/23)
This was one was a rare thing for me: a historical novel about a subject I didn't know much about.  I knew who Coco Chanel was, but that was about it.  I have more thoughts on this, but you'll have to wait for the review.

When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell (review to be posted 03/18)
I no longer review Christian fiction--I learned that if I read it with a review in mind,  I don't enjoy it.  So, I usually go into Christian fiction knowing that I won't review it.  This, however, is an exception.  It's the second in the series and I read the first, Into the Free (which I did not review), so I had a good idea what this book was like.  The truth is, the only reason that this book is considered "Christian fiction" is because it was published by a Christian publishing house.  I'm not saying that this is a heathen book, but it is very mainstream and one that I think people, no matter what their religious beliefs may be, could comfortably read.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Saturday Snapshot - March 14

To participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

Confession...I didn't take this picture, my husband did.  Last Sunday, he took the kids fishing at a nearby lake--I didn't join them as I had a few errands to run and things to get done around the house.  And, well, it isn't that I don't like to fish (I do....) but I thought the kids needed some daddy time.

My husband dutifully took lots of picture of the kids "fishing" (and by "fishing" I mean "playing with and naming the bait") and I just loved this one of the two of them.