Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bookshelf Tour! ~S, T, & W~

Greetings blog readers! How are you all on this fine Thursday morning? I'm fine, thank you. :) It legit feels like spring here and, although I want more winter, I really can't complain. :D 

Today I bring you another post in the bookshelf tour, this one covering the letters S, T, and W. I have no books that fall under U, V, X, Y, or Z, so this is the last consecutive post. I will be doing one more though, for books I don't keep on my bookshelves and books I don't arrange in alphabetical order. Ready?

Oh! One more thing... A huge thank-you to all you people who've signed up to beta-read. I'm a bit astounded at the number of signups, and like...eeps! Y'all are seriously amazing. :) 


~S~ 


The Princess Adelina by Julie Sutter 
The Sentimental Journey by Kim Vogel Sawyer and various other authors. 
Heidi by Johanna Spyri 
Gentle Annie by Mary Francis Shura 
The Drunkard's Children by Mrs. M.J.P.S. 
At the Little White Cabin by Maria Schoolland 
Revel Knox by Michael Shank 


Sisters in Times series by various authors -- books 1-24 
American Dream 
American Challenge 
American Struggle 
American Rebirth 
American Progress 
American Triumph 


Wings of Glory trilogy by Sarah Sundin 
A Distant Melody 
A Memory Between Us 
Blue Skies Tomorrow 

Wings of a Nightingale trilogy by Sarah Sundin 
With Every Letter 
On Distant Shores 
In Perfect Time 

Waves of Freedom trilogy by Sarah Sundin 
Through Waters Deep
Anchor in the Storm 



~T~ 


Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero 
Journey to Love by Amanda Tero 

'I Survived' series by Lauren Tarshis 
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 



~W~ 


Saved at Sea by O. F. Walton 
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner #1 
The Haunted Cabin Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner #20
The Red Rag Riddle by Grace Whiteheart 
Dark Storms Rising by Jesseca Wheaton 
Beyond the Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton 
An Amish Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, & Barbara Cameron 
No Better Friend by Robert Weintraub (Not pictured.) 


Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Little House Treasury (contains Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, & On the Banks of Plum Creek
Farmer Boy 
By the Shores of Silver Lake 
The Long Winter 
Little Town on the Prairie 
These Happy Golden Years 
The First Four Years 

On Top of Concord Hill by Maria D. Wilkes (The Caroline Years) 
The Road from Roxbury by Melissa Wiley (The Charlotte Years) 
Across the Puddingstone Dam by Melissa Wiley (The Charlotte Years) 


Favorite book(s): A Distant Melody, With Every Letter, & Beyond the Horizon 
Books I haven't read: The Princess Adelina, The Sentimental Journey, Heidi, Gentle Annie, Revel Knox, American Struggle, American Rebirth, American Progress, Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, Journey to Love, No Better Friend, The Road from Roxbury, Across the Puddingstone Dam
Book I've had the longest: Little House series, Laura Years 
Books in this post: 44
Books thus far in the tour: 332



Which of these books have you read? Spot any favorites? Want-to-reads? 
~Faith 



Ignore that stack of books in the background...that's books I've bought/been given or read so far in the month of February... You'll hear about those next Tuesday. xD 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dandelion Dust // Beta-Readers Signup


Happy Sunday morning to ye all! I know -- Sunday morning posts aren't typical, but I have a special reason for this one (and scheduled it ahead of time, because I'm probably sound asleep right now). :P

So...you've already read the title. You know the purpose of this post. *hyperventilates* *dies* I'm seriously questioning my sanity right now. Like, I'm gonna hand over my darling book who only my eyes (and that of my dear critique partner <3) has seen to others?

Yes. Yes I am.

*tries to figure out what else I need to say here* Um, okay, here's some details and whatnot about the book. So you can see if it even sounds...interesting. ;)


The entire book is written from Charity's point of view – first person, present tense. I guess you could say the 'themes' of the book are...trusting God through the hard times, surviving tragedy and coming out stronger, and cherishing those you love. (Um, yeah, I'm not very good at explaining things. xD)

Word count: just over 47,000
Synopsis: Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . . for one day, the flower will be gone.


As for a deadline, I would like it if you could be done by May 1st (two months. C'mon, you can handle it), but I'm not gonna like get infuriated if it takes ya longer. ;)

And...the signup. As nervous as I am about handing over my first completed book to people, I know y'all will treat it with care. :) If you have any questions, please let me know! I'll be excepting sign-ups through March 5th. :)
Trying to copy in the form is being impossible, so here's the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSW3U8R8wlSLJEqNu19bH9nhK8DtYxgVM-jyptOfqbibQETQ/viewform


*hides in a corner to stalk the form and see how many people actually want my precious baby*

God bless!! <3
~Faith

Saturday, February 18, 2017

When Calls the Heart ~ Blog Party Wrap-up ~ Day Six

Happy Saturday morning to ye! Today is the last day of the WCTH blog party with my dear friend Rebekah. *sigh* I hate to see it go, but it's been sooo much fun. :D 


If you missed any of the posts (Rebekah and I both had one every day), scroll through my blog archives and click here to do the same with Rebekah's. :) Also, Lauren Stoner did the WCTH tag, so click over to her blog and read her fun answers. :D 

Rebekah has some fun, random pictures from the show up today, so make sure you don't miss her post. And I'm going to share some humorous pictures and some off-the-set snapshots. 


I LOVE this part! Elizabeth and Jack trying to make Cody laugh is so funny. :D And yes...I have tried this...it's harder than it looks. ;) 


So cute. <3 


Hehe, I was snickering when I came across this picture. Jack, Frank, and Gowen hanging out together? This is obviously not during filming. :P 


Julie, Elizabeth, and Tom are trying to look so serious, and then Jack's just over there like "I didn't get the memo. What are we doing again?" XD 


Another wonderful Lee and Rosemary moment! :)


Haha, love this :D 



The Mounties! 


Awww! I love B&W pics. :) 



And lastly...what we're all hoping for in season 4...am I right? 



Hope everyone enjoyed this blog party as much as I did!! :D 

Also, a quick non-WCTH note for y'all... For anyone who might be interested in beta-reading Dandelion Dust, the signup and details will be posted tomorrow. :) 

~Faith

Friday, February 17, 2017

When Calls the Heart ~ A Word for a Character ~ Day Five

Welcome to day five of the blog party! :) Can you believe tomorrow is the last day?! I'll hate to see it go...but it's been so much fun! 

Remember to...
Visit Rebekah's blog for her post for today 
Click here for details on how to take part! :D 


Today, I'll be sharing with you all a different kind of post than anything I've did so far this week. Instead of a guest post, a tag, or episode reviews, I'm going to share some pictures of characters and try to sum them up a couple words/phrases. I won't do all the character, just a couple that I especially like. :) Sound like fun? Here goes! :D 




Elizabeth Thatcher is... 
~ The beloved schoolteacher who is kind-hearted to all she meets. 
~ She's truly caring, especially when it comes to her students and other children. 



Constable Jack Thornton is... 
~ A protector to everyone in Hope Valley, particularly in instances like where Elizabeth and Julie were held hostage by outlaws. ;) 
~ The only law the town has, who will insure justice is done at all times. 



Abigail Stanton is... 
~ An adviser who anyone can go to for advice and encouragement. 
~ Despite all she's even through, Abigail remains strong and is a confidant and friend when someone just need a listening ear. 



Lee Coulter is... 
~ A man who wants to build a prosperous business in Hope Valley despite continued opposition by Mayor Henry Gowen, and then later, by a business competitor out to destroy him. 
~ A guy who will do anything to win Rosemary's heart. (Remember when he 'dated' Molly?) 



Rosemary LeVeaux is... 
~ A woman who's bubbly and full of life. She always has a quick word to make you laugh and advice to any problem -- whether you ask for her opinion or not. She doesn't mean to interfere though, it's just part of who she is. 



Clara Stanton is... 
~ A young widow who seems the best in all people -- even young outlaws. *wink* 
~ A character I would like to see get more of the spotlight. 



Which WCTH character do you think YOU are most like? 

~Faith 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

When Calls the Heart ~ Guest Post by RebekahAshleigh ~ Day Four

Hey everyone! Today I have an extra special post for y'all -- a guest post by my friend Rebekah. She'll be talking about her favorite couples from the show. Don't forget to check out Rebekah's blog for more WCTH fun! 



Hi everyone! I’m Rebekah and I am doing a fun guest post today here on Faith’s blog. :) She is actually guest posting over on my blog as well! 

Today I will be talking about my favorite couples from When Calls the Heart! When Calls the Heart has some of the cutest couples ever!!



First off, there is Jack and Elizabeth. I’ve liked these two from the very beginning. From when they first met and didn’t really like each other a whole lot until now where I’m still waiting for a proposal. (Propose to her Jack!) They are just one of the cutest couples. 
I really want Jack to propose, I mean he already has the ring!! I personally think they’ve waited long enough and hope for a proposal in season 4. 
Jack and Elizabeth have been through a lot together. I’m so excited to see what’s in store for them next! 




My other favorite couple from this lovely show is Lee and Rosemary. When Rosemary LeVeaux showed up in the end of season 1, I did not like her at all! She was so annoying and kept trying to get between Jack and Elizabeth. I was so hoping she would not be in season 2, but she was. 
Then Lee Coulter showed up. There was something about him that I kind of liked, but I didn’t really know what he was doing in town or anything. Then he and Rosemary started hanging out some. Well, that sure did take Rosemary’s attention away, for the most part, from Jack. So that was nice. ;) 
I loved seeing them get to know each other and fall in love.
Lee and Rosemary are just so cute together! I absolutely love them! 
Then he proposed!!! Yay!! :D Their wedding was so pretty. I can’t wait to see what their married life looks like in season 4. :) 



Frank and Abigail are another favorite of mine. I was a bit disappointed when things didn’t turn out too well with Bill and Abigail, but when Frank came to town and him and Abigail started to get to know each other I was definitely liking them together. Now I just love them! :)
They’ve had their rough times, but things have been going pretty well for them lately. 


So there you have it! My three favorite couples from When Calls the Heart! I’m really looking forward to seeing how each of these relationships progress in season 4! :D

Who’s your favorite couple?

~~~ 




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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

When Calls the Heart ~ Hearts in Question ~ Day Three

Greetings everyone! Welcome to day three of this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious party!! :D 

Today I have another episode review for y'all, this time of one of my favorite season three episode-- Hearts in Question! :) 




~ Synopsis 
Jack welcomes an unexpected visit from his mother Charlotte, while Elizabeth struggles to find common ground with her; Abigail and Frank make their courtship official; Rosemary begins planning her dream wedding to Lee. After a landslide puts one of Hope Valley's own in grave danger, the strength of a town is tested.

(On individual episodes, this would be Hearts in Question and Prayers from the Heart.



~ My Thoughts 
Again, I'm breaking it up into like sub-categories. Also, major spoilers if you haven't see ALL of season three. XD 


Charlotte   Yup, Jack's mother. Honestly, I did not know WHAT to think of her at first. As I mentioned Monday, when she first showed up in town I thought she was a highwayman that was going to like kill Jack or something (and THAT would've been awful). By the end of the episode, I was okay with her. She's still not what I was expecting as Jack's schoolteacher, raised-two-boys-on-her-own mother. But her and Elizabeth's discussion of "unmentionables" is golden. :P 


Rosemary and Lee   So, these two are finally making wedding plans, yayyyyy!! (I mean, Jack is obviously in no hurry for such things, but I don't mind settling for Lee and Rosemary. ;)) This part with Rosemary wanting this and that...catering, name cards, and music... Poor Lee. :P 




THIS PART!! Gahh, I love this part. <3 <3 Lee and Rosemary are meeting with Preacher Frank to discuss the wedding at whatnot. They're saying how they 'agree on everything' and want the same things. Which leads a slight disagreement about children and two of my favorite Rosemary quotes. ^.^ 
"Children are so...sticky."   and    "And Lee, do you know what's in those diapers." 
*beams* Next segment... 

Henry and Nora   This picture cracks me because it's obviously not while shooting and Gowen's face... *dies* Okay, so this isn't exactly it's own plotline, as they've been a thing for a little while by this episode, but when Henry suddenly decides to skip town. Under the cover of darkness. And they wreck. And Bill finds them. 

And then the season ends and we don't even know what happens!! *dies* O.o  


Settlers and Mine Diaster   There are a lot of new settlers in the valley, and Elizabeth and the schoolchildren have been making friends with them. But then word comes to town that there's been a disaster at the silver mine where a lot of the men from the settlers camp work. A group of rescuers from Hope Valley set out with loaded wagons to help. 




While carrying news from the mine back to town, Jesse realizes that there's a jam of logs in the river which, with the rising water, is about to give way. He rushes to tell everyone in town, which is mostly women. They take off to the settlement of new settlers, who would be flooded out if/when the jam gives way. 


Jack   Most nerve-wracking part of the show... After finding out that a little girl from the settlement is missing, Jack shows up just in time to go after her -- sending everyone else back to Hope Valley. Like, I seriously feel like I watched that in slow motion the first time. I'm over here like OHMYGOODNESS. *complete silence* And then Mom "what just happened?" 

So yes. Very dramatic. :D I LOVE the emotions when the little girl tells Elizabeth and Lee "the water took him away." Awwww! :'( <3 



After Elizabeth and the guys find Lee, time passes and the townsfolk hold a prayer vigil for their favorite Mountie. (Okay, okay. Everyone's favorite Mountie xD) 



<3 So yeah. I can't find a decent picture of how that ends, but I believe y'all know. ;) 





Wedding   Yes, I knoooww. After all the turmoil of the show, it has to have a sweet ending. ^_^ *throws out a handful of wedding pictures* 







Of course Elizabeth caught the bouquet... :) 

Click here for details on how you can take part! And don't forget to check out Rebekah's blog to see what kind of fun she has for us today! :D 
Come back tomorrow for a sure-to-be-fun guest post! :D 
~Faith

P.S. Sorry this post is so late! It's been a crazy morning. :P 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

When Calls the Heart ~ Second Chances ~ Day Two

Good morning everyone! Welcome back to day two of the When Calls the Heart blog party!! :D Click here for yesterday's ramble-filled post with the party tag and all the details on how to participate.



Today I'll be sharing a review sort of post of one of my favorite When Calls the Heart episodes – Second Chances, from season one. (On individual episodes, this would be Second Chances and Peril of the Soloists.) Lots of spoilers so if, for some absurd reason, you haven't seen this, I don't suggest reading further. xD  



~ Synopsis 
Abigail is encouraged to reopen Coal Valley's dilapidated and abandoned cafe and make it her own after Elizabeth raves about Abigail's baking. Jack accidentally insults Elizabeth as he fumbles to confess his feelings for her. One of Elizabeth's students has trouble reading so she enlists Jack's help for a creative solution.
Elizabeth and Abigail move into rooms above Abigail's cafe. The only surviving miner from the explosion comes home from the hospital with a shocking surprise. Elizabeth and her students must put on the Coal Valley Founders' Day play on short notice.



~ My Thoughts 
This is one of my favorite episodes, because... It just has SO much good stuff in it (including oodles of Jack and Elizabeth adorableness <3). I've tried to break it up by each thing that happens so that this flows fairly smoothly. And I'll try to refrain from too many rabbit trails. *ahem* 


Abigail   I really loved Abigail's part in this show. How she lays aside her grief over her husband and son, and makes the decision to step out on her own. She's so bold when she goes to Gowen with her proposition, and doesn't back down or entirely give into his demands. 


The opening on Abigail's Café gave way to a lot of possibilities in the plot of the show. I was glad that Elizaveth moved to the rooms above the café with Abigail. And of course, now that she lives in the heart of town, a certain Mountie isn't so far away. *cough* 
I was left snickering over the part where Jack asks Abigail for advice concerning Elizabeth. The whole 'bear', 'fox', and 'deer' story...did he really think she wouldn't see right through that?! :P 


Jack and Elizabeth  Considering how Jack and Elizabeth's relationship was going at the end of the previous episode (The Dance), it was fun to see how they gained back what they had before. Elizabeth is a bit hurt by Jack's protectiveness, but he's really just looking out for her. 


*sigh* Yes, I know, so sweet. <3 And then...along comes the intelligence test and Elizabeth takes Jack up on his offer. I believe it can be said that their relationship is definitely on the mend by this point in the show. 


I just love this exchange. *grins* So, yes, Elizabeth grills Jack through the test, which even includes him paying her a compliment. The first being some remark about her teaching skills -- and then after asking to change his answer which Elizabeth reluctantly allows -- he says she looks "really beautiful tonight." Awww, yes, I totally ship them. <3 <3 


This paarrrtttttt. <3 So yeah. After Elizbeth gives Jack the intelligence test (he passed, in case you had doubts), he decides to 'return the favor'. I loved the part where Jack is holding her test results above his head, Elizabeth tries to grab them, and then the realize everyone is watching them. *grins* 


Bo   What was the point of the intelligence test, you ask? Well, you see Elizabeth had this student who was having difficulties learning to read. After some research, she decided the intelligence test was a good route to take to determine the reason why Bo was having trouble, so she could better help him. (She's such a dear. :)) She gave the test to Guinea Pig Jack first in the saloon, and later to Bo. And...he aced it. 


So how come he scored so high on the test, but can't read simple sentences? I wondered the same thing, and I'm pretty sure Bo's father did too. (Who, for the record, I did not like at all until the end. But back to the show...)  


As the test determines, Bo is suffering from dyslexia. With Elizabeth's special tutoring (and Abigail's cookies...hehe), he is soon reading and learning and *nods*. It's all so lovely. ^.^


Adam Miller   If you're like me, then this is what you think of first when you think of this episode. However, since he doesn't actually come home until later in the episode, I decided to hold it off until here. So yeah...the only miner who survives the mine disaster (which is excruciatingly sad in itself, when you think about it. 


I just loved this storyline with Adam returning home to a different sort of life with his wife, and their sweet daughters who really don't understand what's going on. (They were just so cute. ^_^) This even brought out a hint of compassion in Henry Gowen...very faint, but it was there briefly. ;) 


Just LOOK!! They're so cute!! :D I was so happy with how this part of the show wrapped-up, with Adam returning home to his family (after a long mostly-one-sided conversation with Jack to help him put things in perspective). The ending was so sweet with Adam and the oldest of the girls. <3 


Founders' Day   Now for the last thing I have to ramble about, hehe. The Founders' Day play, although thrown together at the last minute, was successful. But it wouldn't have been complete without a backdrop...painted by a mysterious do-gooder. (Pfft. As if we don't know who it was.) When Elizabeth confronted Jack about it... *laughs* I wonder if she ever did figure that out... ;) 




Hope you enjoyed! What's your favorite WCTH episode? :D Be sure to hop over and check out Rebekah's post for today! 

~Faith