Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How To Quickly and Easily Clean A Whiteboard!

How To Quickly and Easily Clean A Whiteboard! A one step method with a product you already have.

Our whiteboard has been in use for several years now and it was time to either get it clean or get a new one. See? Before I started to clean it, that bottom part? That's as clean as the whole board would come with the eraser! Terrible.

How To Quickly and Easily Clean A Whiteboard! A one step method with a product you already have.

I went looking online for how to clean it and I read a few sites that had 5 step methods or more obscure cleaners. I don't remember where I saw to use Rubbing Alcohol, and I think it was the 3rd step or the 5th but I decided to try it first. WOW!

How To Quickly and Easily Clean A Whiteboard! A one step method with a product you already have.

It should say on the board when you first buy it "Just wipe clean with a soft, dry rag and Rubbing Alcohol" but it doesn't and no one I asked seemed to know a good method to clean their whiteboards either. 

Give it a try!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

book review of Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray (Zondervan) by papertapepins

One woman’s search for the truth of her sister’s disappearance leads her to deceit and danger in 1893 Chicago.
Rosalind Perry has left her family’s rural farm in Wisconsin to work as a housemaid at Sloane House, one of the most elegant mansions in Gilded Age Chicago. However, Rosalind is not there just to earn a living and support her family—she’s at Sloane House determined to discover the truth about her sister’s mysterious disappearance.
Reid Armstrong is the handsome heir to a silver fortune. However, his family is on the periphery of Chicago’s elite because their wealth comes from “new money” obtained from successful mining. Marriage to Veronica Sloane would secure his family’s position in society—the lifelong dream of his ailing father.
When Reid begins to realize that Rosalind’s life may be in danger, he stops thinking of marriage prospects and concentrates on helping Rosalind. Dark things are afoot in Chicago and, he fears, in Sloane House. If he’s not vigilant, Rosalind could pay the price.
Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.

I enjoyed this story, but then I already knew Shelley Gray was a fantastic storyteller. I'm so happy to see something non Amish from her as that's not my favourite genre. 

Set in Chicago during the World's Fair, that side of the story alone is intriguing. Much more is going on in Sloane House. There are dark secrets that both the family and the servants are keeping. They seem to know more than they are willing to say about the disappearance of Rosalind's sister, Miranda. No one wants her looking into the disappearance. She's determined to find answers for the sake of her worried family back in Wisconsin. 

She comes into service in this grand house not fully realizing how hard it will be, both emotionally and physically. She figures that since she's grown up on a farm and she's used to hard work it won't be a problem but the hours are long and the stress is high. It's an eye opener, and her job demands far more of her time than she had expected so it's hard to fit in the sleuthing. It's hard to know who really are her friends and who to trust. 

I can't wait for the next book in the series, centered around Eloisa Carstairs, another interesting character we've been introduced to in this book.

I received this book from Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan.

About the Author

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Nowhere To Turn by Lynette Eason

book review of Nowhere To Turn by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins

She thought her days of hiding were over . . . but the danger has just begun
The day Danielle Harding takes her eleven-year-old son and flees from her abusive husband is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, things are just heating up. When Kurt was alive, he took something important from a mysterious individual--who wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . . . 

This is a good book. Yeah, like as in fast paced, edge of your seat, can't put down good from start to finish! I've been a fan of Lynette Eason for a while now, and this is one of her best stories so far, which is saying a lot. If you liked her Women of Justice series you don't want to miss this one. Dani and her son are as likeable as her abusive husband and his brother are not. That's ok, it makes them great villians. Domestic violence is not an easy subject to address but Ms. Eason does so tastefully, and takes it seriously. Dani and her son are not totally fine a few days after Kurt's death. It takes time to work through the serious issues that come from that sort of situation.

Characters from No One To Trust, the first book in the Hidden Identity series, play fairly key roles in this second book, which is neat but it doesn't in any way mean that if you started with this book that you would be lost or missing important information. My favourite kind of series is one where the story is wrapped up by the end with no major cliffhanger or no important back story that you wished you read first and this fits the bill. Danger, secrets,  excitement, fear, and some romance, it doesn't get much better than this.

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. Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and she...
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