Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Review - Intervention by Terri Blackstock

Intervention: A Novel
"It was her last hope---and the beginning of a new nightmare
Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction, by staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment---and her interventionist is found dead at the airport---Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.
Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily's life, Barbara maintains her daughter's innocence. But does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs, but as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he's wrong about Emily.
The mysteries intensify as everyone's panic grows: Did Emily's obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder---or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer?
In this gripping novel of intrigue and suspense, bestselling author Terri Blackstock delivers the up-all-night drama that readers around the world have come to expect from her."

It's been a while since I've read any Christian fiction, but this was a good place to start. I already had it on my nook so I just picked it so I wouldn't have to spend anything. I've read Blackstock before and I liked her.
This book reminded me of why. She weaves in just enough of everything without over doing it. She doesn't beat you over the head with all the things you are doing wrong and have her characters make you feel guilty for not living just so. She gives her characters problems that you could relate to. She has excellent character development without being unbelievable. They learn and grow just enough, but not too much.
Her plots have just enough suspense and a this one had a tiny hint of possible romance to satisfy both of those things if you're looking for them.
I liked this book, it was a quick read. It didn't bring me down to a level that she couldn't recover with a happy ending but she also didn't give you a trite ending with a bow on top.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Review - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
"The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time."

I don't even know where to start. This book. This book is devastatingly beautiful. It was terrible, it was amazing.
The words in this book were meant to be together. It is woven together like love in a devastating way. I really don't know how to say it.
What was it like to be the person that discovered this book? The person that read it for the very first time knowing, just knowing what it would bring to the people who would read it after them.
This story is not real, this is something that I had to remind myself of while reading it. A person, just a person created this glorious story in his mind. He needed to get it out and he did it magnificently.
It reminded me how terrible and ugly people are. How we can hurt each other, how love is not always the biggest thing. How people can just speak, just say words and the whole world changes.
Read this book. It's not happy, it ends. It's not a happy ending, it's not a happy beginning or middle. It's beautiful and I feel better for having read it.


Friday, March 21, 2014


So my poor blog has been lacking for quite a while, so I'm hoping to get back into it on a regular basis and am asking my readers are there any particular things that you would like to see?

I hopefully will be able to get back to review some books on a regular basis. I hope to keep more up to date with all the wonderful and amazing things that my Monkey is doing. I'd also like to get some milspouse/military type things up on a regular basis as well.

I'm thinking about doing a link-up to get me going as well.

Any tips, advice, or complaints I'm kidding, no complaints!

Here's to you, bloggie! I hope we see each other more now!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So impressive.

So we've been to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum  several times in the past and I've always been really impressed by it.

The time that they take with the exhibits and the attention to detail rivals anything you would see in D.C. It's that good.

We went a while back just to get a little time out and about in Fayetteville and I was again uber impressed.

Probably more so than usual. Right now their temporary exhibit is "The Battle of Mogadishu" and it is phenomenal. Really, it is so good. I knew going in that they were having something about Mogadishu, but parts of the helicopters, wow.

It's rare to go to a museum and see something from your lifetime. It's usually something from many years ago that you are far removed from. To see letters and artifacts from something that was so big from your lifetime is just something that is very different from most museum experiences.

There are quite a few places around Fayetteville that are really great. I would put the Airborne and Special Operations Museum right at the top. It's worth the drive if you are ever close to the area!

Fayetteville has a small passport that you or your child can get for free and each of their museums or gardens has a unique stamp. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is part of this so we can check that stop off of baby's passport!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Book Review - Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell

Night Diver: A Novel
"New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell plunges into the adventurous and deadly world of underwater treasure hunters in a heart-stopping tale that superbly combines atmosphere, action, romance, and suspense
After a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad management decisions has left her family's diving and marine-recovery business drowning in red ink. Now her brother pleads with her to come back to the island nation of St Vincent. Without Kate's financial expertise, the iconic treasure-hunting enterprise started by her grandfather will go under. Unable to say no to the little family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares.
Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty—including narrowly surviving an underwater explosives accident. The last thing the former British military diver wants is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island—even if they are the world-famous Diving Donnellys. But in his new civilian job, Holden must investigate the suspicious activity surrounding a Donnelly dive to recover treasure from the ancient wreck of a pirate ship.
When equipment, treasure, and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to each other. Soon they are sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets—and a combustible chemistry too hot to ignore."

I like Elizabeth Lowell, she has a few series that I like more than the standalones. I was happy that she got back to the gem and jewel theme in this one. I've read a few treasure hunting books and they are all similar, luckily, so far I have liked them.
It's been so long since I've read a romantic suspense that I enjoyed the love story part.
It was a quick read and a nice and welcomed escape from tv for a while.
I also must say that I really didn't figure out who the bad guy was in this one early on like I normally do. I was rooting for Kate but got caught up in all the red herrings for sure!
I do wish that Kate and Holden had been developed a little more. I feel like it was a surface book. They did a little bit of growing and changing, but not as much as I normally like. I really like it when you feel like you really know and are close to characters and these two didn't really do that for me.
This is going to be an excellent beach/vacation read for lots of people!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

We all need some Jesus

Baby absolutely loves church. We surprised DH's grandma one Sunday and showed up at her church. Everyone knows everyone in the south so it was like a little mini reunion. A few of the girls sitting behind us were laughing at all the clapping and hand raising and "hallelujah" shouting coming from baby during all the songs.

Before we left, one of them said, "You're raising that baby to the a Holiness!"

We joke about that all the time. Somehow she knows the exact moment to clap or squeal or raise the roof. It is a joy to watch.

That's what happens when you are uninhibited and are there for the joy and praise of it. Not held down by quiet expectations.

We have found a church here that I think we will call home. We never really found on that we loved at Campbell so it's really strange to visit one and done here. It's a joy to get up and get moving and (hopefully) get to church on time. Baby makes the sit down, stand up, singing songs different somehow.

Also, this church has a "crying room," which I use as my own personal "nursing room" at the back of the sanctuary. Listen up churches, It's raised a few steps up. It's tiny, has only two rocking chairs and a small window to see out into the sanctuary. When baby gets a little too wound up from all the singing and clapping and hand shaking (which is, by far, the coolest baby party trick. It freaks people out when she wants to shake hands) we just slip into the "crying room" and are still part of the service without all the distractions around us.

This church makes me miss my small group of ladies that I started Bible study with and it makes me miss PWOC! I'm not quite ready to leave her in childwatch (silly as it sounds), but I'm getting there!

So, my pretties, I hope your Sunday is full of clapping, squealing, and raising the roof!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

You were good to us

We didn't get all the pictures in and around Fort Campbell, KY that I wanted to, but nonetheless, you were good to us.

It was our first venture out on our own, just the two of us. We had battles to overcome, we had adventures, and we learned about everything.

We did get to take a few pictures before we left.


I also want to tell you a few of our favorite stops.

I loved the Hopkinsville Farmer's Market. It was a pleasure to go every time. Also, the WalMart there is much nicer than the one in Oak Grove.

We loved the riverfront. Pretty much everything about it. The walking trail that starts there is really good. The Christmas Lights that they do are great. It's always quiet and fun.

My two favorite places are Rural King (free popcorn and fun things like ducklings) and the Bargain Hunt.

We loved the Amish Bakery and the Country Pantry. Also, Whitts BBQ, The Sportsmans Lodge, The Catfish House, Silke's Old World Breads, and Pancho Villa. The best Chinese, hands down, is King Mao behind Home Depot with the mall coming in at a surprising second.

I loved Nashville, the Farmers Market is amazing!

The parks around the area are great! I can't tell you enough to get out and explore, there are so many things to do!

I'll miss Campbell. It would be nice to go back one day!