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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lavender And Friends Summary

I like this photo because it resembles me and my friends together, at least the way we were a couple of months ago. I've been friends with Naomi, Louise, Jenna and Lizzy since kindergarten. We've always been there for each other, but a few months ago something changed. Now all of them are still my friends, but they aren't each other's friends anymore. Louise's boyfriend assaulted Naomi and pretended they were secretly seeing each other behind Louise's back. Unfortunately Lizzy and Jenna said some mean things to Naomi without asking her for her side of the story. They did some irreparable damage and I don't think they're ever going to speak to each other again.
Louise and Naomi are sharing a house. They're really close and have also made some new friends. They've both made some major changes in their lives. They try to include me, but sometimes I feel a little bit left out. Jenna is pregnant and she's living together with her wonderful boyfriend. Lizzy is engaged and will be getting married in a few months. She's asked me to be her maid of honor, which is fantastic.

I've been friends with Gina for a very long time as well. She's my best friend and we're really close. I used to think that she was happily married, but her husband wasn't as sweet as he always appeared to be. Gina kissed with the man I was going out with before I met Calvin. I've forgiven her, but I didn't like what she did at all. Now I know the full truth behind everything I don't really blame her. I think she's handled things pretty well and I'm proud of her.

Sandy is my sister-in-law. We liked each other from the moment we've met and she also has a great sister named Stella. Both girls are traveling at the moment. We used to have Tuesday evening dinners together with a group of four. Now only Jada and I are continuing this tradition. We're cooking together every week until they're coming back and then we'll go on with our dinners.

Because of Naomi I've made a new friend. Her name is Franka and she's a cook in a vegetarian restaurant. I love her outlook on life and she's given me several cooking lessons already. I also have a lot of work friends, but will give them their own spotlight in a different post.

photo credit: amanda.venner via photopin cc

The Keys to My Heart

Jen's Junque Drawer
Silver Trumpet Jewelry
Gsakowski Studio
The Key of A
Sami Seaglass
Tunic Botik

I really like keys. I think the reason behind this is that I loved diaries when I was a little girl. For me a key means trust. It stands for the permission to open a door, no matter where it will lead. I love the magic of that idea. All of these keys are beautiful in their own unique way.

Finding Mr. Rochester by Trisha Ashley

In this fabulous ebook short story Trisha Ashley will whisk you away for a romantic treat on the Yorkshire moors.
Plus the first chance to get your hands on some exclusive Trisha Ashley recipes.
Budding author and die-hard Bronte fan Eleri Groves decides to escape from her disastrous love life to a remote farm cottage in Yorkshire.
Living in the land of the Brontes has got to be better than her life at home and she hopes that she’ll find some inspiration for her next book.
But what she doesn’t expect is to find her own Mr Rochester and much more than she bargained for …

Eleri has bought a mixed box at an auction and one of the surprises she finds inside is a book filled with memoirs. They aren't very interesting, but there is one fantastic thing on the last page. It even makes her to book a holiday in a cottage on a remote farm in Yorkshire straight away. There isn't much to do there, but as Eleri is a writer, she loves the silence and being closed off from the rest of the world for a little while. It's giving her inspiration for her novel. So much that she decides to come back in the spring. She finds the whole farm transformed then and that brings some very nice and welcome surprises.
I'm a big fan of Trisha Ashley and Finding Mr. Rochester is a sweet story. It isn't very long, but it still has all of the author's usual charm and I loved it. Eleri is a sympathetic main character and I liked the literary background of the information she was chasing. There's also an intriguing, handsome man, who makes the story complete. Sometimes it's great to read a short, happy story just before bedtime, when you have an hour to sit down with a cup of tea to relax or when you need cheering up and this novella is perfect for those occasions.   

Monday Book Buying Day!

 It's Tuesday today, but I didn't forget to buy new books. I can't wait to read these six books and I've already even started one.

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand

When 22-year-old Summer Stafford’s parents split halfway through her senior year at college, Summer’s world is rocked. Everything she thought she knew—heck, everything she thought she wanted for her own life—feels like a lie. The truth is love is a risk. And the true kind, the kind that lasts, might even be a fairy tale.
Reeling from the divorce, Summer derails her own future by breaking up with her parent-approved boyfriend and giving up her lifelong plans for a big-city career. She moves back home, business degree in hand. Dad needs her to fill the gaps her mother left behind; Summer needs to find who she is outside of the cookie-cutter life that failed so miserably for her parents.
Ford O’Neal’s future involves one person: himself. He doesn’t have a permanent address and he definitely doesn’t commit. To a place or a person. Raised by hippies, he plans just far enough ahead to secure his next stop, this one landing him at a work-study program at Heritage Plantation where he can grow his own herbal and medicinal creations.
Summer is gorgeous and smart and fun to be with, the perfect way to pass five months. It won’t be love—Ford’s got too many things to accomplish, too many places to go, before he settles down. Yet Summer pulls him in, challenging him to rethink his own philosophy.
When Ford’s five months are up, each of them must decide if love is really worth the risk. 

 Summer's back home. She graduated from college and has decided to work at her father's farm instead of living in the city and doing more studying. She's working as the farm's bookkeeper, her father isn't very good at it and her mother left him and the farm to be able to do her own things. Summer's heartbroken because of her parents' divorce. It constantly makes her question her past, her perspective on life and the decisions she's made. Being back at the farm has some advantages. Summer is happy to see her old friends again. She loves the busy summers. Things become even more fun when she meets Ford. He's a challenge for Summer. Ford will move away after five months to work on another farm. He's only there for a short time and Summer has to break a lot of her own rules to be with him. They want to have a wonderful, long summer together and then Ford will be gone. Love isn't in the picture. Ford doesn't want to give up his own dreams for a woman, so he's not looking for anything permanent. When he meets Summer he's starting to question his ideals and goals in life, but is it possible to change so easily in such a short amount of time?
A Risk Worth Taking is a lovely countryside story. There's so much chemistry between Summer and Ford, but they each have their own baggage, because of their parents and their childhood. Both of them have a lot of discoveries to make when it comes to love. Summer is pretty, smart and she's both sensible and wild. She loves running around, racing her friends and fast vehicles. Ford is very wise when it comes to others, but there are things he needs to figure out as well. It's obvious from the moment they meet that Summer and Ford like each other. What they have between them is both hot and sweet. I liked that. I think A Risk Worth Taking is a great story and I loved the atmosphere, the setting, the main characters and most of all the emotional side of this story. Matters of the heart are very important and that's exactly what this book is all about.

#happymail for me and for you! Giveaway!

My sweet friend Gurd sent me this wonderful card, I still can't believe she did that. I love it!

Sam wrote me a lovely postcard and she wrote such a great text. I really like butterflies and think this is a very pretty card!

When Gurd found out I never had one of these pens she sent me one, lucky me! It's perfect for correcting manuscripts. And the card is adorable.

What's better than a book on the beach?! Simona sent me this card and also some very sweet lines on the back.

Louise has sent me this lovely happy mail. I like it a lot! And again I received a card with a great message.

I'm sending #happymail to two lucky winners again!

Cute Russian Dolls

Miss Raggy Doll
Bella Aniela
Sewit Girl
Cherry Garden Dolls

I love Russian dolls. Both the traditional kind and the cute version. I've selected a few very cute Russian doll items from Etsy. I think they're adorable and want to have all of them!
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