March 30, 2016

A Treasure Concealed | Book Review

Emily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and love, both of which are missing in her life. Yet when she realizes she's losing her heart to the intriguing new man in camp, she fiercely fights her feelings, afraid that love will only result in disappointment and heartache.

Caeden Thibault, a young geologist, comes to Montana to catalog minerals indigenous to the state. He's a serious and guarded young man trying to escape the pain of his past. He has avoided all romantic entanglements, fearing he might become like his abusive father. But something about Emily Carver has caught his attention, something he never expected. . . .

Will these two broken souls allow God to bring healing and hope to their hurting hearts?
Synopsis via Amazon 

The brief summary I read before requesting this book to review sounded like a lot of other Christian romance books out there - pretty much just fluffy and sappy. But the setting - gold mining in Montana in the Old West - intrigued me, so I went for it. So I was surprised when I really, really liked this book!

I enjoyed the character development immensely. Emily is a likable young lady, selfless in caring for her invalid mother, and searching for gold with her father. She longs for a home of her own, one that she won't have to pack up and leave in search of gold. Although her parent's are both strong Christians, she struggles with her own faith, wondering if God really does care about her.

Caeden, thought quite well off financially, comes from a broken family. His father was never there for him, and he hates the fact that his mother died unloved. Meeting Emily's family starts him down a path of discovery and faith.

I thought the Christian message was quite good throughout the story. The turning point for Emily was when she realized she was hanging onto her parent's faith, and hadn't accepted Christ for herself. I think a lot of us who where raised in a Christian home have a moment like that. Our salvation story isn't spectacular, but is simply the realization that we need Christ for ourselves.  Caeden's turning point was when he realized he was not like his dad (abusive, greedy, and scheming), that he could use his wealth for good, and most importantly that he needed Christ. 

There was still the oftentimes sappy romance...but that's not always a bad thing. :smile: Plus, it wasn't a "love at first sight" scenario.  The characters grew to love each other, which is much more enjoyable for me.  On the whole I found this to be a well written, charming, and encouraging read which I enjoyed for much.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series!

Do you enjoy historical fiction? Christian romance? The gold rush? I want to know!

: : I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. : :

March 25, 2016

Little lambs eat ivy...wait, what?

We have lambs!  So many lambs!

Lambing season this year started with triplets.  Momma doesn't have quite enough for all three, so I am supplementing one of the lambs twice a day.  I do love having a bottle lamb, they're so much fun!

Ivy "helping" me bottle feed Samantha. She enjoys watching the lambs play with each other. :)

Those first lambs were born on March 12th, and since then we've had 3 single lambs, and the rest are twins.  Our current lamb total is 20.  !!!  So, so exciting!  We have 4 ewes who haven't lambed yet, and then we are done.  The Lord has truly blessed our flock this year!  I'm especially happy that there have been no dead lambs so far.

Aren't the speckles on this lamb's nose darling?  So sweet.

Now we just need to find time to put ear tags on everyone so we'll know who belongs with who.  They're all starting to look alike at this point!

How has your spring been so far?
Any baby animals at your place?
I want to know!

The title of this post is from a song, in case you wondered. *smile*

March 7, 2016

Surprise | Updated Blog Design

Things look pretty different around here, don't they? 
I wanted a fresh, new look for the blog, one that I wouldn't want to change for a while.  

However, the opportunity to sit down and spend time coming up with something I liked just wasn't happening.  Until last night.  Right about the time we put Ivy to bed, Hank had to go help a neighbor pull a stuck lamb.  He ended up being gone for about 2 hours.  With Ivy peacefully asleep, that left me with a completely quiet house and time!  

And you are viewing the results.  I quite like it!  What do you think?

Oh, and the stuck lamb was just fine, even though the neighbor had been pulling for half and hour on what she thought were it's back legs.  Turned out they were front legs, with it's head back.  Ouch.  It makes my neck hurt just thinking about it.  Hank had to push the lamb all the way back in so he could get the head around.  The second lamb started to do the same thing, so he had to pull that one, too.  Not how he was expecting to spend the evening, but very rewarding when you end up with two live, healthy ram lambs! :)

Our ewes should start lambing sometime towards the end of this week.  I can't wait to have sweet little lambs running around again!

Have a happy and blessed day, everyone!