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Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review - Like a Flower in Bloom

Please note that I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishing for an honest review.

He Stole the Work She Loved.
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?

It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.

Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind.

Excerpt from

First up I have to admit that I have not yet finished reading this book.  It's been a bit of a rough month here with family illnesses so I've not had much time for reading.

The book is set in 1852 in England.  -  I generally am not a fan of "period" novels as I tend to gravitate more towards modern stories.  However that does not mean this is not a good book.

I started the book and so far it appears to be interesting.  The main Character, Charlotte has been working with her father doing botanical research for a number of years.  Suddenly her Uncle proposes the idea that she is of marrying age and should find a husband and start a family as that is what is expected of a woman her age at this time.   This idea is something that Charlotte does not at all agree to.

A fellow researcher appears and it looks as if he is going to take over Charlotte's place working beside her father or will he.....

I think that as I go along in the story I will become more involved in it.

I plan to do a full review once I finish but so far I think the author has done a fine job with developing her story-line and characters.

To be continued.....

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Taking a break.

Just wanted to let everyone know that I'm taking a blogging break.  I've been sick (Flu) along with my mom and my granddaughter Coleen this past week.  -  Have just not had the energy or the desire to do much of anything.
I'll be back when I can. - I miss you all.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Willy Nilly Friday Five - January 16, 2015

It's Friday and time for some Willy-Nilly fun.

Let's join Tanya (Around Roanoke) for

1.  January seems to drag on & on for some reason.  It's been relatively nice here as far as the weather but still it's so gloomy looking outside with gray skies and quite frankly I'm ready for sunshine, flowers & blue skies with fluffy white clouds.

Instead this is what the landscape looks like right now.  I took this shot about a week ago on our little trip up to Bennington Lake.

2.  Looking for something to do with your time.  You might check out what this guy does with Toothpicks.  And you thought they were just to pick your teeth.

These guys aren't made out of tooth picks but rather very large logs.  We spotted them back in 2013 while getting gas down in Lincoln City, OR.

Okay if the toothpicks aren't your thing what about "rocks" - Coleen and I spotted this little grouping of rocks on a log walking at Rooks Park last year.  - My friend sent me this You Tube Video to watch this week.  Check out what this guy does with rocks, it's amazing.

4.  This giraffe is displayed outside a local restaurant here in town.  I snapped this shot about a year ago when I was having lunch there with my mom.  Giraffe's are funny looking cretures in my book with their long necks and spindly legs.  Don't know much about Giraffe's.  Here are some fun facts that you may not know.

5.  It's birthday weekend here.  My mom's birthday is Sunday and Coleen's is Monday.  There will of course be cake, ice cream and presents.  I need to do some shopping today.

Leaving you know with a cat photo (I know it's not related to birthdays at all) but I can't resist sharing a cat photo on Friday.  This one is Harley.

Besides I just noticed that all the photos seem to have the same tones in them so this one matches the color scheme.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Good Fences - January 15, 2015

Hello and Welcome  - Today I'm sharing in the fun of GOOD FENCES hosted by Theresa from (The Run-a-round Ranch Report).

I've been saving a few of the fences that I found while out and about last fall so I would have fences to share until the weather was nicer and I could get out and look for new fences.

This one caught my eye as I was driving by one day so I had to go back and snap a couple of shots of it.

Isn't this design "weird" looking?

Here is another view:

Does this remind you of anything? - It did me and so my imagination played around with this shot by cropping it and adding some special effects on Pic Monkey.  I now give you.......

                                                Aliens have landed.

I'm not feeling well today so I may not get around to your blogs to visit right away. -  Have a great weekend. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday's Critters

Hello Everyone.  It's good to have you stop in for a visit.  Today I'm sharing with Eileen (Viewing Nature With Eileen) for her Meme, Saturday's Critters.

I've had these pictures since last September and for some reason just never remembered to post them.  I thought today would be a good day to do that finally.

On one of our drive's up to Scenic Loop we spotted this little fawn in the yard of one of the people who live up that way. I pulled over and quickly snapped a few shots.  We never did see the mother around but I'm sure she had to be there someplace.

It was a bit "wary" of us as you can see it this picture but finally settled back into grazing and after taking this last shot I decided to leave it to eat in peace and quiet.

I thought it was unusual to spot a fawn that late in the summer but it sure was cute.