Dec 18, 2017

Acting Married

by Victorine E. Lieske

Tara McDermott needed a job, so she took the only thing available—cleaning house for the swoon-worthy actor, and Hollywood Bad Boy, Rick Shade. When he comes up with a crazy plan to tame his wild reputation by marrying her, she reluctantly agrees so she can pay off her debts and move her daughter back to the Midwest where life is simpler. If only he wouldn’t make her heart pound every time he kisses her.

Rick’s reputation is in the toilet and it’s affecting his job. In order to get a good role, he needs to show Hollywood he’s now a family man. After enticing Tara with a large sum of money to go through with the farce, he sets out to show the public he’s in love. But Tara’s soft lips keep calling to him and soon he doesn’t know what’s pretend and what’s real.

Acting Married is a sweet romance.

Fun writing. Fun situation. Fun reading.
You won't be able to put it down.
While this book can be read alone it is book 5 of the MARRIED SERIES.
The entire series is AMAZING. I recommend all of them!

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Dec 12, 2017

Book 7 - Countdown to Christmas

Book 7 of Christmas Countdown
Christmas Jars Reunion
by Jason F. Wright

The New York Times bestseller Christmas Jars has sold nearly 500,000 copies. Thousands of people across the country have emailed the author at about how the Christmas Jars tradition has touched their lives— either by receiving a jar or by giving one.

Hope Jensen’s story continues in Christmas Jars Reunion. It’s been two years since Hope was reunited with her biological mother on Christmas Eve at Chuck’s Chicken ’n’ Biscuits. Hope has never felt more complete. She’s writing full-time for a family magazine and, with the help of her mother, Marianne, leading the Christmas Jars Ministry out of Chuck’s quirky restaurant. To top it off, she’s dating a marketing executive in a comfortable long-distance relationship. Her life is right where she wants it to be — a state of organized chaos — as another Christmas rolls around.

Then her world changes forever over Thanksgiving weekend.

The Maxwells hire a nephew to take over the family furniture restoration business. Someone that Hope can’t stop thinking about. Then an out-of-town stranger shows up at the diner asking to help in the ministry — a stranger whose motives are yet unclear.

Before the sun sets on Christmas Day, two men will try to change Hope’s life forever. In the process, Hope will be reminded of the immense power of a single jar, and the healing that sometimes comes only with forgiveness.

I loved Christmas Jars and I love Christmas Jars Reunion even more!
Hope wants to see thousands of jars given this Christmas...
But in the end she realizes it is all about...
ONE jar
For ONE person
Because of our ONE Savior


Dec 11, 2017

Book 6 - Countdown to Christmas

Book 6 of Christmas Countdown
A Christmas Parable 
by Elder Boyd K. Packer

“A parable is ‘a brief, simple story told to illustrate or teach a moral or spiritual truth,’” writes President Boyd K. Packer. “This is a Christmas parable.” With that introduction, President Packer relates the tender story of a man whose strange dream during a difficult Christmas season awakens him to the reality of the Savior's atonement.

This book is wonderful! 
I marvel that without Christmas there would have been no Easter. 

My favorite quote from the book is, "No wonder choirs of angels sang. No wonder signs appeared in the heavens. No wonder shepherds and kings learned to follow stars." May we all still "seek Him today."


Dec 9, 2017

Book 5 - Countdown to Christmas

BOOK 5 of Christmas Countdown
Christmas Jars
by Jason F. Wright

Where had it come from? Whose money was it? Was I to spend it? Save it? Pass it on to someone more needy? Above all else, why was I chosen? Certainly there were others, countless others, more needy than me. . .

Her reporter's intuition insisted that a remarkable story was on the verge of the front page.

Newspaper reporter Hope Jensen uncovers the remarkable secret behind the “Christmas Jars,” glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously left for people in need. But along the way, Hope discovers much more than the origin of the jars. When some unexpected news sets off a chain reaction of kindness, Hope's greatest Christmas Eve wish comes true.

Christmas has not been the same since this book was written... 
This book is definitely a Christmas tradition...
to be read over and over again each year with those you love! 
This story will change your heart.

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Dec 8, 2017

Book 4 - Countdown to Christmas

BOOK 4 - Christmas Countdown
Christmas Gifts, Christmas Blessings
by President Thomas S. Monson

President Thomas S. Monson shared the story "Christmas Gifts, Christmas Blessings" as a powerful reminder that it is more important to give than to receive. As we remember this insight during our Christmas season, we will find that Christmas gifts we share truly do become blessings in our lives as well.

This booklet powerfully explains why we give gifts at Christmastime and the impact it has on ourselves and others. I love it when President Monson shares one of his stories. Everyone needs to read this booklet.

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Dec 6, 2017

Book 3 - Countdown to Christmas

BOOK 3 - Christmas Countdown
Lieutenant Terry's Christmas Fudge
by Gerald N. Lund

On a mission to bomb a French bridge and slow down Hitler's retreating army, U.S. bomber pilot Wendell B. Terry miraculously survived a harrowing parachute jump after his plane was hit by enemy fire. Scorched by the burning plane, he landed amid German SS troops and soon found himself in a German prisoner-of-war camp. He shared a cement room with 23 other prisoners. He lived with a dirt floor, no heat to ward off the bitter cold, one small window, and not much to do. To make matters worse, Christmas was approaching, and Lieutenant Terry's heart ached for his new wife and their child who would soon be born.

In the depths of the cold and dark, however, a light of hope was sparked by the arrival of a small parcel from the Red Cross. Chosen by lottery to receive that package, Lieutenant Terry opened it to find a small can of powdered milk, a packet of sugar, two squares of unsweetened chocolate—and a chance to bring a glimmer of Christmas joy to his fellow prisoners.

This book is FABULOUS! 
I cannot even imagine being away from family at Christmastime, yet alone, being a prisoner-of-war. I am impressed with the efforts of many people to make the prisoner's lives just a little better. The package from the Red Cross is just one example in this book. Lieutenant Terry could have done many things with the items in the package. What he truly does will warm your heart.
Based on a true story.

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Dec 5, 2017

Book 2 - Countdown to Christmas

BOOK 2 of Christmas Countdown
by Elder Neil L. Andersen

Traveling home along a quiet road on Christmas Eve, the Andersen family became stranded in a remote part of the French countryside. The heartwarming story of their encounter with a modern-day innkeeper in a quaint village in France is a reminder that whoever you are, wherever you are, God knows you and loves you, and His miracles still happen today at Christmas and all the year through.

I LOVED THIS! The opening is fantastic-- my favorite part is about Mary and all the trials she had-- do we think we are better than her and we should have less trials than her? I have never thought about that. 

Then the story about Elder Andersen in France was amazing! I couldn't put it down. Everyone needs to read this!

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Book 1 - Countdown to Christmas

I am participating in a Christmas book-a-day countdown-- I will be sharing here what we are reading and then you can read along too -- leave comments of what you thought about the book. 

BOOK 1 of Christmas Countdown

Celebrating a Christ-centered Christmas by Emily Belle Freeman
Discover how each figure of the nativity can lead your family closer to Christ this Christmas season. Learn the tradition of the tinkling bell, whip up a batch of French cocoa, create a tender mercy tree, and find ways to make your gift-giving more meaningful as Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas guides you through seven meaningful traditions inspired by the nativity setting. These simple experiences will give you an opportunity to escape from the frantic busyness of the Christmas season to spend time reflecting on the Savior and the miracle of His birth.

I loved this book. Of course, I love anything Emily Belle Freeman writes. It was intriguing to think about each person at the nativity. I put them all out on display, but never really think about anyone besides baby Jesus. This book really brought a new perspective to me for the whole group who witnessed the miraculous event.

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