Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

book review of Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard (Revell) by papertapepins

Kate's not sure how deep this deception goes--but she'll do whatever it takes to find out.
Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can't believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor. Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and one that strikes too close to home for comfort. 

As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But then will it be too late for her and Tom?

I love Sandra Orchard's books, her writing style really keeps you engaged and interested and the story is always fast paced and intense. However, this series really is proving difficult for me just because the storyline continues over 3 books, meaning this book started in the middle of the story and ended ... in the middle of the story! Not much is wrapped up, it's all waiting for the third book. I'll probably love the third book where everything is tidied up because I'm enjoying the story overall, but cliff hangers drive me nuts - as do season enders on TV! What I would like is some sort of recap or refresher for all the stuff that happened in the last book so I know what's going on because so much happens. I wouldn't jump into this book if you haven't read the first one, and maybe wait until the next one is about to come out and read all three back to back. Then it will be awesome. :)

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Sandra Orchard

    Sandra Orchard

    Sandra Orchard is the award-winning author of several inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries, including Deadly Devotion and Blind Trust. Her Love Inspired Suspense titles have garnered two Canadian Christian Writing Awards and a...
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Truth Be Told by Carol Cox

book review of Truth Be Told by Carol Cox (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Sometimes the truth can be dangerous... 

When Amelia Wagner takes over her father's newspaper in 1893 Granite Springs, Arizona, she vows to carry on the paper's commitment to reporting only the truth. But Amelia soon learns that even the truth can have serious consequences. Her father's revealing articles about the Great Western Investment Company have caught the attention of the wrong people, and pressure mounts for Amelia to retract her father's statements.

Determined to find out the real story, Amelia begins her own investigation. She's joined by Benjamin Stone, a Great Western employee who's been assigned to keep tabs on her for the good of the company, a man Amelia finds both perplexing and intriguing.

What they uncover stuns them both--and has far-reaching implications for not only Ben and Amelia but all of Granite Springs. Can they reveal the truth before the enemy finds a way to silence them for good?

Truth Be Told keeps you on your toes, trying to keep up as it twists and turns and ... well it feels a bit like an old time roller coaster ride at your favourite country fair. It's a great little western story from a different angle than usual, and it's a sweet, clean romance that doesn't take overwhelm the rest of the story, which is appreciated on both counts.

Amelia Wagner arrives in Granite Springs, Arizona in 1893 to spend the summer with her father. She lives in the big city with her mother, who has been estranged from her husband for the last 10 years, but she always comes back to stay for the summer. She gets the feeling that he's not feeling well from his letters but he's not one to complain, and it turns out she's right. She decides to take over running the newspaper, at least for a while and that's when she stumbles onto the fact that her father has been investigating the Great Western Investment Company. At first glance, it seems to be on the up and up, and maybe it's a personal vendetta that's got him writing about the company but she has trouble believing that's the case. 

Benjamin Stone is a new employee with the Great Western Investment Company. He has a lot to prove and he wants to go places in his career so he'll do anything to prove his loyalty to him employer ... as long as he believes the company is on the up and up. What will he do when he discovers evidence to the contrary? Or will he be able to prove that Amelia's vendetta against the company was for personal reasons and have them print a retraction? Better read it to find out!

I received this book from Bethany House and Graf-Martin for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.


  1. Carol Cox
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    Carol Cox

    Native Arizonan Carol Cox has an abiding love for history, mystery, and romance. The author of more than 25 books, she believes in the power of story to convey spiritual truths. Carol lives with her husband and daughter in northern Arizona, where deer and...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Best Kid Friendly YouTube Workouts To Get Your Kids Moving

Best Kid Friendly YouTube Workouts To Get Your Kids Moving - great for homeschool and after school activity. BMoreFit, Pretty Girls Sweat, Power Girl Fitness and more!

This year we are going to start our day with some movement to wake us up and get the blood flowing. I also like to use the Wii to get the kids active during the day if it's rainy and cold outside, but we only have a couple games and the kids get tired of them. These videos, and more on their corresponding youtube channels will work well to keep them active after school on winter days. 

There's a lot on Youtube for free, but quite a bit of it is terrible! It's either too hard/not appropriate for kids or it's not done well. After a lot of searching I've come up with a list of workouts and that will hopefully help get your kids moving either before or after school and be fun, engaging and effective.

Lets get started!

These workout videos by BMoreFit are 3-5 minutes long, a great warm up and a lot of fun. Very doable for any age but effective too. There are workouts in different styles with different instructors on this playlist by Zedora.

These two are step aerobics and floor aerobics kids workouts from Jenny Ford and if your kids really enjoy them they could easily move up to her other workouts on her youtube channel like these marching workouts.

Power Girl Fitness is a tween girl and her two cute sidekicks who are very fit and have these videos on youtube. They're fun and energetic and while they are by kids for kids they are at the same time very well done. These workouts range from 10 minutes to 40 minutes in length.

Sweat 16 Beginner's Full Body Workout from Pretty Girls Sweat is a great workout for teen/tween girls. It's 18 mins long. 

And now for some Zumba style dance workouts, this group, REFIT Revolution is awesome! They use a mixture of popular secular and christian hits, and they have way too many videos to share here so I'll just add a 4 minute warm up and one of the dance workouts but if you like them, check out their workout playlists.

and lastly, this dance workout by Paul Eugene is simple and good for young kids. The rest of his videos are, well hilarious. Terribly so. We'll leave it at that, but Ironman enjoyed this one. It's not as hard as the ones above.

In the words of BodyBreak, (do you remember them?) Keep fit and have fun!

Best Kid Friendly YouTube Workouts To Get Your Kids Moving - great for homeschool and after school activity. BMoreFit, Pretty Girls Sweat, Power Girl Fitness and more!

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