A Wonderful Read in the Month of June or Any Month!!


Having read Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s book Bittersweet, and thoroughly enjoying it, I had a good feeling I would enjoy her new book June as well. She is a talented writer and this is such a good story.
What would you do if you inherited an old, neglected mansion and had very little funds to fix it up? What if you lost your grandma who raised you, broke up with your boyfriend, left the big city and your career, and moved to a small town in Ohio? Would you be depressed? Cassie, one of the main characters felt quite depressed when she found herself in this situation. However, she couldn’t remain this way for long because one day there is someone at the door who informs her she has just inherited a vast fortune from a famous movie star. From this moment her life will be changed forever.
This novel travels back and for between June 2015 and June 1955. The author does a brilliant job of taking the reader on an amazing journey with twists and turns and just when the reader thinks she know what’s going on, a surprise awaits her. It’s a wonderful read!
Surely I am not the only person that feels a little sad when a book is coming to a close. This book could definitely be a page turner, but I savored it. If you enjoy a book that has well developed characters, an interesting plot, a nice bit of diversity, and twists and turns, this is the book for you.

Also, I must mention the stately home, Two Oaks, is at the heart of the story. This is such an interesting read, and I highly recommend it.

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*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Happy Father’s Day (and a few links you might enjoy not dad related)

Rockey & Tony

In Honor of Father’s Day

It took me awhile to find this picture. I had an image in my mind, but I had to find the right photo album it was stored in. This picture was taken 17 years ago. I chose this picture because of what it represents. I could have chosen more glamorous pictures of these two: my dad flying his plane, fly fishing in Colorado, in a business suit; or my husband traveling, river rafting in Wyoming, or heading to court in his sharpest suit. No, I chose this one because it’s Father’s Day, and it’s about honoring the wonderful men in our lives.

This was our first home and we had been married for about six months. We had just gotten a new puppy and needed to build a fence around our large yard. My dad, of course, came to the rescue. This was the first of many, many projects these two favorite men of mine did together. They are similar in that they are giving, intelligent, talented, capable, and put others before themselves, especially their families.

If you are a father or have been like a father to others, I thank you. Today is your day! If you are a child I hope you can take a few moments to think about a favorite memory, or if possible, tell your dad how much he means to you.

Now, on to some links you might enjoy.

There are all kinds of good articles regarding parenting on Grown and Flown: parenting never ends. It’s a great resource.

We were looking for a new bed for my son and a friend of mine told me what good luck she had with Wayfair: find anything for your home. She was right. The reviews were good on the site, the process was easy, our bed frame and headboard were delivered quickly, it was economical, and the quality was good.

If you like journals, planners, notebooks, calendars, etc., you need to check out May Designs! They have really terrific, stylish, and high quality items. I am hoping to partner with them in the future to create my own journals/notebooks.

If you are a writer, you would like to be one, or know someone who aspires to write, check out awc: Australian Writers’ Centre: Find your voice. Change your story. You’ll be glad you did. I love this site and all if has to offer.

Speaking of awc, there is also a podcast associated with them: So You Want To Be A Writer. It’s a joy to listen to: so full of wit, wisdom, and excellent ideas.

Where ever you are and whatever you are doing, have a Happy Father’s Day and a wonderful week!

You Can’t Force a Bud to Bloom, and Really You Shouldn’t Try Anyway


flower bud


blooming flower

Sometimes we want something so badly and we don’t understand why it’s not happening yet. I think this can apply to many of us in all kinds of areas of our lives.

Here are some examples: Maybe you are single and you long for a relationship, or maybe you are a parent and you want more for your child. Perhaps you want to blossom yourself. You are ready to grow and you aren’t having the progress you desire. It doesn’t really matter because it happens to all of us at some time in our lives.

We can learn so much from nature. The first picture shows the buds on a plant that are not quite ready to boom and the second picture shows a plant with full blooms. Awhile back I realized that no matter how much I want something, I can’t always make it happen or unfold. Just like I can’t force a bud to bloom until it’s ready; in life, I just have to be patient sometimes and have faith. This idea really resonated with me.

Sometimes we just need to treasure an idea, child, situation, ourselves, etc., until the time is right for unfoldment and then just enjoy the natural blooming process. What a relief to know we don’t always have to force everything.