Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess Blog Tour with #Giveaway!

Purchase your copy here.


Will Fleeing the Scottish Highlands Only Leave Her in More Danger?
Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she’s never felt good enough–not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping those threatening her life.
Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate having recently come into possession of a rare treasure for which many would kill, yet those around him seem intent on pairing him with this desperate but beguiling girl.
Rowena is reluctant to marry this notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’ll end up in more danger than she fled.

Guest Post from Roseanna White

Though I’ve written nearly thirty books, thirteen of which will be out by the end of 2016, there’s something very special about the Ladies of the Manor Series. The first book, The Lost Heiress, is a rewrite of the first novel I ever wrote—at the age of 12-13. Once I finished that first novel, I made it my goal to keep adding more manuscripts to my “finished” file. I started in immediately on the sequel . . . and soon ran into a problem. You see, I knew who I wanted these characters to be. Brice Myerston, a duke, whom readers would have met in the first book. And a young lady from Scotland who had suffered abuse.
That’s it. That’s all I knew. And it stymied 13-year-old me, who hadn’t a clue what it felt like to suffer such things, and whose imagination, while rich, just lacked a certain basis in the realities of human nature. Probably a good thing that I gave up on the story back then, and didn’t dust it off again until my mid-20s, when I was reworking the series. And better still that Rowena had many more drafts to go through before she finally took to the printed page in The Reluctant Duchess.
I narrowed my setting down, during those years, to the Highlands, and I chose Loch Morar because of how perfectly the region of Lochaber suited the story I wanted to tell. Isolated. Stark. Rugged. Beautiful. Sometimes cruel. This was a land utterly perfect for my heroine’s family, for her back story. Then came the challenge of picking a clan for her to belong to—because lemme just tell you, one could quite easily offend with such choices, if not portrayed properly, LOL. And because I wanted her father to be chief of her clan, I ran the risk of people mistaking him for the actual chief, if I chose an actual clan.
A writing friend came to rescue and offered her last name for my heroine: Kinnaird (pronounced “kin-AIRD”), which is a sept (branch) of another clan in reality, so had no chief of its own, but was still a well-established Scottish name. Perfect!
So Rowena Kinnaird was born after many years of her character floating in and around my head and computer screen. And I got to pair this backward, sometimes shy, sometimes stubborn Scottish lass with the charming, suave, polished English duke I’d had planned out since I was 13.
I went to great pains in The Lost Heiress to make Brice Myerston a favorite character, so that readers HAD to read his story. Mwa ha ha ha. 😉 So far, so good on that score! Brice is a hero who has his faults, but he also has character. He has faith. He has a good heart, he’s considerate, he’s understanding. And he’s also so accustomed to charming everything female that he doesn’t quite know what to do when Rowena doesn’t seem inclined to be charmed.
There are clashes. There is tension. There’s much healing on Rowena’s part. Many trials for them both. But I hope that through this story of The Reluctant Duchess readers see what it means to triumph over past hurts. And how brightly God shines against the darkness.


MY THOUGHTS-Roseanna White is an author I have really enjoyed reading. Her first series is on my keeper shelf and it ain't going nowhere :) This series, Ladies of the Manor, I have had mixed feelings on. The ones where I go, "hurry up and get the story told," and "Oh no, it is done already!!!" The books are long and it makes for a delicious time of savoring the story, but once it is finished? Oh my word, then we have to wait and wait for the next one!

The plots are amazing, the characters are super realistic and the details are grandiose! I have read the first book, reviewed it here on my blog, and I would urge you to read through it before starting The Reluctant Duchess. There are soo many characters to keep track of and some of the ones we met in the first story make an appearance in this one. My mother read this one but not the first one and she was a bit confused when she started. So, definitely read them in order.

Again, I can't say enough about how much I enjoy Roseanna's books. They are a mix of mystery, romance and history while all the while drawing the reader further into the web. Believe me, you will need several uninterrupted hours, because once you start you won't want to put it down!

CHECK OUT WHAT OTHER READERS THOUGHT BELOW!

Blog Stops

April 12: Just Commonly
April 12: Book by Book
April 13: Melissa Wardwell
April 14: A Holland Reads
April 15: Splashes of Joy
April 15: Story Matters
April 16: Bookworm Mama
April 16: bigreadersite
April 17: cherylbbookblog
April 17: A Greater Yes
April 19: Henry Happens
April 19: Karen Hadley
April 20: Texas Book-aholic
April 21: Proverbial Reads
April 21: Heidi Reads…
April 22: 100 pages per hour
April 23: The Power of Words
April 24: Giveaway Lady
April 24: Under His Wings
GIVEAWAY DETAILS!
The giveaway includes some of Rowena's favorite things. Remind you of a song at all :) Just click through the link to enter in the Rafflecopter form.





**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Saturday, April 23, 2016

16GB Dog Tag USB Drive #Giveaway!



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 Thanks so much for being part of this giveaway. Tom over at Tom's Take On Things wanted to offer this prize and allow me and a few other bloggers the opportunity to give you a chance to win this. Tom is a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a retired Paramedic of 23 years. He wanted to offer this unique novelty flash drive, and to have you share your thoughts if you have a family member that might be in the military, or who has already served. If not, that is okay, you can still enter to win it! So how can you win it? Just be 18 years of age or older, a resident of the U.S. or Canada (void in Quebec), one entry per household (except for daily twitter options). Winner will be selected and have 24 hours to respond to winning email, or another winner will be selected. Tom's Take On Things is responsible for prize delivery. Participating Blogs were not compensated for this post. 16GB Dog Tag USB Drive Giveaway Good Luck from Tom's Take On Things Support Our Troops  



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, April 22, 2016

S.T.E.A.M. education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling - Where Fun, Thinking & Learning comes to Life! 


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Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!
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- Robot / Science / Engineering / Day Camp / Challenges

- Camps Girls and Boys - Aged 7 to 14

- Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps offered during June, July and August

- Hands on Learning, Self-Paced. Beginners to Expert!


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- CAMPERS RATIO: 1 Instructor to 16 participants
-Register early as camps do fill up quickly!

- Each Camper Individually uses a ROBOTICS or DYNAMIC ART Kit. Robot kits do not go home with campers but are available for purchase!







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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Learn a Lesson in Love—Tippy Style— in Dana Mentink’s New Book (Plus a Prize Pack Giveaway)

Sit, Stay, Love (Harvest House, April 2016)




Take one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog, and you're ready for a lesson in love . . . Tippy style.

Pro baseball pitcher Cal Crawford is not a dog guy. When he inherits his deceased mother's elderly dog, Tippy, he's quick to call on a pet-sitting service.

Gina isn't thrilled to be a dog sitter when her aspirations lie in the classroom. Furthermore, she can't abide the unfriendly Cal, a man with all the charm of a wet towel. But with no other prospects and a deep love for all things canine, she takes the job caring for Tippy.

As Gina travels through Cal's world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too . . .

Discover the charming story of Tippy, the dog who brought a family together.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1W95mqe

MY REVIEW-If you are looking for a delightful entertaining story, this is definitely one to pick up! It is small but filled with funny quips, a goofy little dog and two totally quirky but irresistible characters. It is short and sweet but I found tears in my eyes more than once, as well as learning some lessons. I really liked Tippy, the overweight picky eater of a dog, being a big feature of the story. An enjoyable read that you can finish in an hour!


THE GIVEAWAY!!

What do you get when you add one abrasive professional athlete, a quirky out-of-work schoolteacher, and an overweight geriatric dog? A lesson in love—Tippy style—in Dana Mentink's new book, Sit, Stay, Love. As Gina travels through Cal’s world with Tippy in tow, she begins to see Cal in a different light. Gina longs to show Cal the God-given blessings in his life that have nothing to do with baseball or fame. When her longing blooms into attraction, Gina does her best to suppress it. But Cal is falling in love with her too. . . .


Join Dana in celebrating the release of Sit, Stay, Love with a blog tour and a Travels with Tippy prize pack giveaway!



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One grand prize winner will receive:



  • A copy of Sit, Stay, Love


  • A $75 Visa cash card


  • A basket filled with Tippy-themed goodies



    • Travel-themed decorator box


    • Reading dog statue


    • Dog journal


    • Poems for Dog Lovers


    • Snuggle Paws fleece blanket from Animal Rescue Site


    • Pawprint scarf


    • Doxie desk pen


    • Pupmobile auto magnet





    • tippybasket 

      Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on April 25th. The winner will be announced April 26th on Dana's blog.



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      **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

      Monday, April 18, 2016

      Unlikely Rebel Book #Review with #Giveaway

      No formulas, no pat answers. Just real life. Real questions. Real transformation.


      Approach many women in the church and if they’re being honest, they’ll tell you they • try hard to keep it all together; • are frustrated that being good doesn't deliver the perfect life;• feel trapped in expectations;

      • make decisions based on "shoulds";
      • feel selfish when they say no; and
      • are uncertain of their place in God's kingdom.

      Between the desire to please God, the need to feel valued, and the compulsion to make everyone around them happy, women often find themselves denying their desires. It's safer to stay in the life of "shoulds"—even if it means being spiritually and emotionally disconnected.
      Kelli Gotthardt knows their pain. Always considered a "good girl," she threw herself into every ministry, saying yes to every request her church family made. On the outside, her life looked completely together—but she was drowning in self-doubt and shame. Unlikely Rebel is the story of how Kelly slowly shed shoulds and shame, learning to love God and love who He created her to be.
      The journey from the comfort of doing everything expected of a perfect pastor's wife to the uncertainty of living authentically and true to her unique calling is equal parts exhausting and exhilarating. Many Christians condemned her, responding with fear or anger to her greater intimacy with God's calling when it didn’t match their own vision. For others, though, her journey inspired courage to embrace God's path for their own lives.
      Now Kelli invites other women to discover God's leading in their lives, learning that if they throw off the despondency of undeserved shame, abundant life awaits.


      MY THOUGHTS-I was somewhat unsure about this book. The title kind of threw me off a bit and I was also hesitant because of what I would find inside. Would it convict me? Or would it be just another fluff story that you read, smile and say, that was okay but I didn't really get anything out of it. Well, it definitely gave me some things to think about and I was so moved by it, I am going to give my copy away to one of my readers.

      This book is meant to be taken slowly. I felt like I could only read a few pages a day so I nibbled on it and meditated on what I was reading. The author talks about how she took on so many requests, obligations, speaking events, etc and how all the while she thought she was being the "good girl" but in reality she had to take a step back and refocus on who she was serving and what it all meant. She is very open and forthcoming about why she felt the way she did and how it made her feel when she spent hours alone with God and just listened for His voice. Now, I do want to say, some of the authors she spoke highly of and quoted, I don't personally agree with. There are some issues I had with this, but overall I understood where the author was coming from and I loved her openness. It made me look at my life and see if there are areas I need to step back from. Below is one of my favorite quotes from the book and I found it so thought provoking!

      "An efficiently busy life that keeps us occupied without being harried and keeps our attention entirely on interesting outer things is probably more potentially destructive of spiritual growth than debauchery or alcohol or hard drugs."

      THE GIVEAWAY!
      Anyone interested in winning your own copy of Unlikely Rebel? It really is an amazing book that will have you evaluating your own life.

      Giveaway will end 5/3. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond. USA ONLY!


      Saturday, April 16, 2016

      Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore Book #Review

      ABOUT THE BOOK

      One case from her past defines homicide detective Abby Hart. With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, Abby’s best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. When Abby discovers that the most recent victim is related to the governor, she’s anxious to talk to him about a cold case that’s personal to her―one Luke is interested in as well. As she learns more about the restaurant fire that took her parents’ lives years ago, Abby discovers why Luke is so invested in finding the ones responsible. The more they uncover, though, the more questions they have. Can Abby find peace without having all the answers?


      MY REVIEW-First off, this is not my first read from Janice Cantore. I have really liked her previous series, read them all. But this has been the first time that I seriously yelled, "NO!!!" at the end of it. Oh my word! How can you do that to your readers?? She has us all hyped, wondering how it will end, and then, cliffhanger! It isn't an obvious one, but I could not believe when I finished it.

      The plot is very intriguing and Janice draws the reader into the story pretty fast. I finished the book in one day and my sister finished it in about two hours. Yes, she is a super fast reader :) The book is clean and full of suspense and mystery. The author leaves little clues around to follow but then you find out it might not be what you think. And while the story is somewhat dealing with a cold case, there are some very new and recent cases that make the cold case hot. Totally loved the main characters! Abby is resilient but not hard and Luke is such a sweet guy who has turned his life around. If you enjoy mystery, suspense, police stories, and so on, you will thoroughly enjoy this one!



      **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

      Monday, April 11, 2016

      A Season to Wed Blog Tour!

       About the Book


      Click here to purchase your copy.
      They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
      Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk
      Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.
      Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce . . . or a real wedding of her own.
      A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
      Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.
      Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade. But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts.
      Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt
      Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it’s served up on a silver platter?
      Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career. Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.
      But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.

      About the Authors

      Rachel Hauck Bio:
      Rachel Hauck is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Her book Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist.
      Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at rachelhauck.com, Facebook: rachelhauck, and Twitter: @RachelHauck.
      Cindy Kirk Bio:
      Cindy Kirk sold her first book in 1999 as a result of a contest win which garnered a critique of the entire manuscript. She’s been writing—and selling—ever since. Cindy has been a Booksellers’ Best Award Winner, a finalist for the National Readers’ Choice Awards and a Publishers Weekly best seller. Cindy has served on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 2007. In November 2014, she began serving as President of the 10,000+ member organization. She’s a frequent speaker at not only the national RWA conferences, but large regional writing conferences. She has also presented at smaller retreats and conferences across the country. She lives on an acreage in Nebraska with her high school sweetheart husband of too-many-years-to-count and their three “boys” (a shih tzu, a blue heeler and a dorkie). Their daughter lives close by with her wonderful husband and their two little girls. Cindy invites you to check out her websitewww.cindykirk.com. Twitter: @CindyKirkAuthor
      Cheryl Wyatt Bio:
      Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue. She’s a USA Today bestselling author and has earned RT Top Picks, spots #1 and #4 on her debut publisher’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books list, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final, and other awards. Cheryl loves readers! Join her newsletter at www.CherylWyatt.com. Facebook: CherylWyattAuthor Twitter: @cherylwyatt

      MY REVIEW- I had a difficult time getting into this book. Not to fault any of the authors, I have read other stories by all of them and enjoyed them. But for some reason this novella was hard to finish.

      My favorite author out of them all would be Rachel Hauck. She pens lovely romantic stories that will have you going, "ahhh"! Very sweet characters but definitely not without their troubles. A Brush of Love is nice, and probably my favorite out of them.

      My next would have to be Love at Mistletoe Inn. This one I actually laughed out loud several times. The best friend in it is hysterical!

      And last but not least is Serving up a Sweetheart. This author is normally known for her Love Inspired novels and I think it served her well for this story. It was good, just not a favorite.

      Giveaway

      To celebrate the A Season To Wed Celebration Tour, Rachel Hauck is giving away a Kindle Fire! Click to enter https://promosimple.com/ps/953c

      Blog Stops

      April 6: Giveaway Lady
      April 7: CTF Devourer
      April 8: Splashes of Joy
      April 8: Southern Chelle
      April 9: Just Commonly
      April 13: Bigreadersite
      April 16: A Greater Yes
      April 17: Quiet Quilter
      April 17: Bukwurmzzzz



      **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

      Monday, April 4, 2016

      Promotional Items for Businesses

      Businesses that use promotional gifts are usually at the head of the line when it comes to successfully promoting their services or products. Their appreciative clientele recognizes that extra measure of effort put out to engage prospective clients. Promotional items also help seal the bond with their current customers as a gesture of gratitude for their patronage.

      Businesses that sell promotional items do so because they recognize the value of said items. They make it easy for national, regional and even local businesses and enterprises to spread the word. Items that are proven effective often include corporate logos, sports teams logos, or a logo plus an encouraging phrase of positivism. 

      One can easily find a sizable number of websites online that sell promotional items, items like:


      Keyrings
      Totes
      Coffee Mugs
      Umbrellas
      Pen and Pencil Sets
      Many More

      The goal is to offer promotional items that are very useful and likely to be used everyday, hopefully throughout the entire day. Items like promotional totes are exceptional for that reason. While they may be used daily, like a coffee mug or pen and pencil set, they are also taken from work to home to shopping and more. They offer a myriad of opportunities to be utilized, all the time displaying the imprinted logo. The logo is essentially being willingly displayed as an advertisement by the individual carrying it.

      Totes are Ideal Promotional Gifts

      The individual is clearly illustrating that they enjoy using the tote and appreciate its versatility. The average tote is ideal for carrying all an individual's needs for a full day's activities. That could be going to the beach, shopping, visiting, sightseeing, or even a quick trip to the laundromat. Totes make excellent promotional items. They are always useful, and occasionally even utilized as a chic fashion accent. 

      Sites like totebags4you.com, for example, feature an exciting array of colorful totes available for corporate promotion, or even to honor an event like a music festival. Some amusement parks and camping areas, for example, also use totes to promote themselves. In fact, totes are perfect for those types of entertainment venues.

      The goal is get a business' name out there with the help of enthusiastic, appreciative individuals. Totes do that on a grand scale.



      **DISCLOSURE:  Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

      Tuesday, March 29, 2016

      When Calls the Heart: Hearts in Question #Hearties SPOILER ALERT!!


      Ahh Hearties! What a wonderful episode we had last night and I am so happy to have been able to see it with you all. For those of you wondering where my review was for last week, the people in charge saw fit to keep it a secret from us all. So I watched it this morning and wow! What an amazing episode! These writers are definitely keeping us all on our toes. The proposal from Lee, Becky and Cody going through so much? It really is a wonderful family friendly program :) Today I bring you my review for the upcoming episode, Hearts in Question. As always, this does contain spoilers and if you do not want to know anything, please stop reading.


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      SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!
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      Okay, everyone stopped reading who doesn't want to know anything about what is coming up this week? Then here we go into this wonderful episode!! Also, ALL PICTURES HERE ARE MY OWN!! Please do not use without my consent!



      We have all the, previously on When Calls the Heart, and it plays back little snippets from last weeks episode. This includes Lee's proposal and Becky and Cody finding out they can stay with Abigail.



      This one starts out a bit mysterious. A stranger riding in the dark all alone. As you can see, they are heading towards Hope Valley and you have to wonder. Will they be there for good or for workings of evil?



      Rosemary, Lee and Elizabeth are all in the saloon working at tables. Or rather, Elizabeth is hard at work, Rosemary is playing with cloth and Lee is reading a paper. We all know how Rosemary is and the deft way she has of getting others to do work for her, but also how she likes to take charge of anything and everything.



      This is her wedding and she wants it to shine! The event of the century if you will :)  She asks Lee what color for the tables and he replies with, what? Oh silly, white is standard color but the blue matches her eyes! Of course we also know how Lee is and the way he parries with Rosie. What are we going to get to match my eyes, bloodshot? We see a flashback to the stranger who has arrived in Hope Valley but instead of going to the saloon, they head towards.... the jail??



      Rosie and Lee are back to talking and she inquires about the dinner for the reception. Lee brings up the valid point that she should be talking to Abigail about it and not him. Since Abigail is the one who will be cooking all the food. She wants food sent in from the grand hotel in Union City and Lee feels like Abigail will be more than able to take care of it, but Rosie isn't sure she is skilled enough to put together a whole wedding banquet! And why does it look like Elizabeth has been told something she isn't happy about?



      And then the look on Lee's face? Or rather the covering of his face? Anyone guess at what Rosemary has said this time? :)



      Okay, so back to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters where Jack is busy settling in for the night. The mysterious stranger has finally arrived at the jail and knocks on the door.



      Anyone have a guess as to who this person could be? Alone and riding in the dark of night?


      Someone knocks on his door and he goes to see who it is, asking if he can help them. "Well, I could use a hot cup of coffee." Uh, mom???



      Yep, in the flesh, Charlotte Thornton has appeared at last! Brooke Shields makes one of those great opening scenes that has you wondering if she will fit in or make Jack's life harder.



      He appears to be happy to see her but also a little bit of wondering in his face. And we get the opening credits as he stand there in shock and surprise!


      Now we have all seen the previews I am sure so it is no surprise to us having Charlotte wearing pants and a totally strong bold woman who knows her own mind, and maybe even the minds of a couple other people too :) Jack questions the wisdom of riding through the rain and storm alone and that the stagecoach might have been safer. And her response is one I heard quite a bit throughout this episode, "you always did like to sass." Oh, and "where is the young lady you wrote me about?" Soo, Jack has obviously told his mother about Elizabeth and now Charlotte wants to come see her in person. Oh, and guess who ends up sleeping in a cell? Since the hotel closes at 10 they both end up sleeping at the jail, no Jack didn't lock her up :)



      We next see Frank Hogan opening the door of the stagecoach and helping Abigail Stanton down with Cody right behind her. There has been a lot of debating over these two getting together and while I personally will always have a special place in my heart for Bill and Abigail, I think they are finding a good rhythm with Frank and Abigail. If only it was so for Bill and Dottie. Frank asks Abigail to go riding the next day and she says it sounds like a date!


      Jesse is a troubled young man as we saw in the previous episode. Upset at the world, those who have caused the mill to be shut down and why he can't be given a job if he is the hero who saved the town. I seriously wanted to shake him! Just because you help out and do the right thing doesn't mean everything goes rosy and smooth the rest of your life!



      Here we find him working for Gowen, bringing him an envelope full of cash. Did he bring it at the expense of someone else? Let's just say Gowen is still showing his stripes and he is dragging Jesse into the midst of it, though Jesse is old enough to make his own decisions.



      Jack is up bright and early putting on his red serge. I just love seeing him in uniform!! His mother is standing by watching him and notices that a button is coming off. She offers to sew it on for him if he will take his uniform off real quick. After all, how will anyone respect you with a loose button? Oh my word I about died when she said this with such a straight face!!





      You can tell she is his mother when she brushes his coat off and then tries fixing his cowlick! She also appears to be either coming down with a cold, or allergic to Rip. Thankfully Elizabeth walks in and disrupts the strange scene going on there :) And while some other interruptings have been interesting, I think this one might top them all.

      Um, Elizabeth, meet my mother, Charlotte Thornton.

      Oh, it would have been nice to know she was coming for a visit? 


      Charlotte calls Elizabeth Lizzy and Jack reminds her it is Elizabeth, not Lizzy. What do you think? I personally have thought it would be nice if Jack gave her a nickname, you know what I mean? Jack offers to take them to eat, but Elizabeth said she wants them both to come eat at her place. To which Jack puts his foot in his mouth by saying, Are you going to cook for my mother?

      Um Jack, that was totally the wrong thing to say! His mother steps in and says she will help and then Jack does it again! "Mom, you can't cook either." Oh my word!! This young man will be sleeping in the dog house tonight!

      Let's just say that he is standing in between the two women he loves and he can't seem to get a right word in? Elizabeth seems to find her step after a couple minutes and even offers to let Charlotte sleep at her house, since Rip seems to be causing her to sneeze. After his mother walks into the other room, Elizabeth gives Jack this look. "So, you think I can't cook?" 


      "Oh no, you have gotten much better" :) Elizabeth is worried that because he said that, his mother will think she can't even prepare a decent meal. Oh Jack, can't you ever learn to keep your mouth shut!!  "Well then she'd have that in common"



      But you don't, cause you are a much better cook than she is. And then Elizabeth gets this sweet look on her face because she realizes that Jack just complimented her over his mother. And we end up with this :) 

      Rosie can't stay out of the picture for long during this episode. It really focuses on her and the upcoming wedding but thankfully we also get quite a bit of Jack and Elizabeth. Rosie is walking down main street with Hickam, looking troubled as you can see. After all, Rosemary wants him to release doves, right as her and Lee leave the church. Talk about grand ideas! 

      But she won't be getting it since the latch wasn't done completely and all the doves flew away, except one who Hickam thinks was too fat to fly! I was totally cracking up at this point! Their conversation goes from bad to worse when Rosie responds :) But enter Charlotte Thornton and Rosemary's face goes from down to exuberant in seconds! 

      They haven't seen each other in ages and the last time Charlotte recalls is right after Rosie and Jack got engaged. Rosemary makes sure there are no hard feelings and Charlotte assures her that she knew Jack and Rosie weren't meant to be together from the start. They were oil and water after all. But Rosemary gets to tell her that she finally met the man of her dreams and is getting married on Saturday!!



      Gowen and Nora are in the saloon and Nora seems to be hesitant with him. He apologizes and says he never should have asked her to choose. There has been a lot of speculating over these two and some have brought up that they believe he is the person who abandoned Nora after she was pregnant and Bill stepped in to help her. If that is true, I have to wonder why she trusts him now. He asks her to forgive him and she says so long as it doesn't happen again. But then she tells him what she has been thinking. 
      "We both have unhappy memories here, maybe it is time to get a fresh start? What if we were to start over somewhere else?"

      Now, could they really start over somewhere else? I still find it hard to believe that she trusts him enough to do that. But for some reason he is her rock and undeniably he is softer around her. I will leave you to draw your own conclusions til Sunday.

      Now comes a fun part many have seen from the extended preview. Elizabeth is cooking, looking all soft and womanly when Charlotte comes down the stairs. She compliments Elizabeth on the guest room but then it turns to how much she doesn't like to dust. But oh wait, Elizabeth says she just dusted? Ooops! She is browning the ground beef and starts to add paprika when Charlotte instead suggests pepper since that is what Jack likes.



      And I shall say, a lot of pepper! But there is one more ingredient to be added. Love? Oh no, lard! How in the world Jack grew up eating this cooking I have no clue:) But it seems to be how Mama Thornton cooked all the time.


      Rosemary and Abigail are meeting in the saloon while talking about dinner and the foods she would like to include. Abigail tells Rosie she thinks she might be trying too hard.



      But you know Rosemary, she wants everything to be perfect. Abigail brings up that people are coming to the wedding because they care, not because they are serving some fancy dinner. Abigail is definitely the one who imparts wisdom. She has been through things and like the last episode mentioned, she has been tested and tried but come through the fire admirably!



      Back at Elizabeth's, she is anxiously waiting to see how Jack likes the meal that his mother added to. He is hardly eating and while he says it is filling, you can tell it doesn't taste like it should. Elizabeth quickly adds that his mother put lard in it, to which Charlotte responds that lard is what makes it stick to the shepherds ribs!



      Jack brings up going to the settlement as he is bringing Elizabeth to see about starting a school for the children and when Charlotte asks to go, she was a teacher and the first school she ever taught was in a tent, Elizabeth makes sure to invite her. Almost tongue in cheek though :) And again, Charlotte calls her Lizzy without anyone saying a word! I find Charlotte to be a strong woman, probably had to be as we find out later, and I like her a lot. Funny, quirky and just hopefully not too much for Elizabeth!


      Early the next morning we get to see Elizabeth coming down the stair in her pajamas and Charlotte is up doing what? Oh that would be the laundry! At five o clock in the morning! Way too early for Elizabeth as you can see by the look on her face :)

      Charlotte couldn't find the washboard and Elizabeth quips that she doesn't have one. I like that Elizabeth is being able to stand up to her but be quite friendly towards her. I get the idea that many people find Charlotte too brassy for their liking. Back to the laundry debate, Elizabeth says that she hires someone to do it with her schedule and because it allows others to make some extra money.



      Charlotte of course proudly tells her that she always does her own, doesn't like anyone else handling her personal items. Elizabeth quickly lets her know that she washes her own "unmentionables" and Charlotte all of a sudden perks up. "I never got why a person would bring them up when they can't mention what they are?"



      A very valid question to my way of thinking but when you see what she is washing, not a very clear picture but I am sure you get the idea, you also realize why Elizabeth has this look on her face.

      They do get into a bit of a serious discussion about Elizabeth's background and how Jack has told his mother about her life in Hamilton. "It must have been very comfortable?" And I love Elizabeth's response, "maybe too comfortable. Part of the reason I moved to Hope Valley, to do things for myself" This young woman has grown so much in this past season and I love her maturity. 

      We get to see Mr Yost and his beautiful daughter as they are loading a wagon full of goods. There is mention of terrible weather coming and that the roads will be flooded. 



      Rosie is back and making sure everything is running smoothly, or not? Dottie has her hands full making what she thought was three bridesmaid dresses but Rosemary informs her it is to be four. I have my own theory about this but we will see what happens:) 

      At the church, Lee and Rosemary are listening to wise counsel from Pastor Hogan. Lee is ready to get married right away and forget all the hoopla that Rosie wants to add to the wedding. But Rosemary is of the mindset that she is going to have the wedding she has dreamed about. Perfect! 



      Even when Lee informs her that he got so busy with all the trouble at the mill that the gazebo he promised her will not be done. 



      Pastor Hogan has such a way about him and reminds them that communication is everything, it is best to be honest and open, lay it all out on the table. Of course they have talked and agree about almost everything! Or not? A big house, white picket fence, two cats, model T, five kids, five kids, what??? 

      Well, children wear diapers, and you know what is inside them? They are just sooo, sticky? 

      Hopefully they get their issues resolved before the wedding but we will leave them to talk it out a bit and instead head to the settlement where Jack, Elizabeth and Charlotte are. Jack approaches Edith and finds out that Roy is working hard but they are worried about the mines and the flooding. Last year the flooding washed out the road to the mines and the miners were cut off from town. 

      Elizabeth is trying to show the mothers how important schooling is for the children, but they aren't buying it. Many of the children have chores and no time for learning. They aren't going to become doctors or anything so it isn't needed. 


      Elizabeth walks off to read the children a book and this is where I realized that Charlotte respects her more than she lets on. She talks to the mothers, explaining that she grew up poor, knows how it is, but one of the best things that ever happened was learning to read. And then to become a teacher.

      But what came next was some wonderful input from Jack. And I think that right here is where he showed his mother how much Elizabeth means to him. Because he tells the women what Elizabeth has done, and there isn't a teacher alive who is as talented and dedicated as she is. "Except your mother"."

      And as he turns to walk away, the look on his mothers face sealed the deal for me. She sees what is happening and that Jack is in love with Miss Thatcher. It is almost a look of satisfaction.

      At the mines, Roy is anxious to get back to Edith and little Oliver. But he still has three weeks to go. As you can see, working hard and being back together with his family has made him look like a new man. He is dirty, but happy. I am just hoping that all is going well for him.


      At first I thought Gowen was an evil man, then he showed a bit of a different side to him, but it is like he has two sides that are constantly going back and forth over who gets to come out. And this time, it is his evil side. A manager from the bank rushes in and tells him that the bank just had government auditors. And they were asking questions he didn't like.

      Gowen proceeds to question him and it appears the auditor was implying misuse of funds. The manager told them that all allocations go through Gowen's office, but they insisted on seizing the records. At which point Gowen says he will handle it. But the look on his face is not reassuring in the least.
      Frank and Abigail are walking their horses amidst the beautiful snow covered fields.



      They are making small talk until Abigail mentions that Florence came by to see her the other day and asked an interesting question. Were Abigail and Frank officially courting? "What did you say?" "What would you have said?" "I would have told her the truth, I would have said yes."

      "That's what I said."
      These two really are growing on me, as much as I would like to see Bill get back with Abigail. I know I didn't care for Frank's answers to Abigail in the last episode, but they are really getting sweet together.


      The women are having the bridal shower for Rosemary and everyone is there, except for Charlotte, who was supposed to come and ended up being exhausted according to Elizabeth. At which point Florence comments that Mrs Thornton is... colorful, and Molly Sullivan asks how Elizabeth and Charlotte are getting along since she is staying with Elizabeth.

      Elizabeth lists many of her attributes, including being an early riser and an interesting chef, before offering to go get the punch and cookies. As she leaves, Rosemary stands up to assist her as well.

      Now while the ladies are having their bridal shower, the men are having a bachelors party of sorts at the saloon. Lee pulls Jack aside and before he even gets finished asking his question, Jack offers to be his best man in the wedding.

      As they all go to sit down at the table to play a friendly game of poker, the question is asked, stud or draw. And a voice draws all eyes towards the person who says, I call stud.

      And that would be....?

      Everyone, meet Charlotte Thornton, my mother :)

      Bill Avery introduces himself and mentions that he worked with her husband years ago. She remarks that from what her husband told her about Bill's poker skills, she stands to do very well this evening. :D

      Rosemary ends up talking to Elizabeth, pouring out her troubles about Lee's desire for children. Elizabeth does very well in giving advice and Rosie even makes the comment that maybe she should take over the advice column, since she won't have time for it after she is married. Yet Rosemary turns around and gives some advice of her own about Charlotte.

      Speaking of Mama Thorton, she has cleaned out the men at the poker tables!


      The next morning, Elizabeth cannot believe that Charlotte ditched the bridal shower to crash the bachelor party! She remarks to Jack that sometimes she has a hard time realizing they are related since Charlotte is so different from Jack.



      They have a little heart to heart about his mother being a survivor, raising two boys so young by herself, etc. He even thanks Elizabeth for spending so much time with her, making me wonder about how most people take Charlotte.



      And who should pop up but Charlotte going for a duck hunt! She offers for them to come with her but both beg off. As she rides away. she reminds Jack about the button, and also that he needs a haircut, bringing this response from them both:)

      I want to say how proud I am of Clara in this episode. After everything that happened with Jesse, her pressing him to tell about the Garrison Gang, offering him encouragement but never allowing it to go too far, she yet again shows the strength I love. Jesse comes up and asks her to go with him to a fancy dinner.



      She basically says that if he got the money from Gowen and is working for Gowen, she won't go with him. He gets belligerent with her and asks why she doesn't like the mayor, at which point she tells him it is a long list. And she gives him an ultimatum. "If you want us to see each other, you can't work for him."

      "Then maybe I will have to find someone else to bring to dinner." "Maybe you should." Way to go Clara!! I am so proud of her for showing this strength. It is obvious they like each other but she will not have him working for a man who is not trustworthy.


      The bank has hired Bill to check into some possible problems with the towns finances. At this point I was really wondering if there was another reason for Bill's friendship with Dottie. Which apparently she thinks as well when she questions if he is asking her to steal Gowen's ledgers.



      He assures her he would never ask that, but if there is anything she might possibly know that would aid him in his investigation. She asks if he has noticed the barrel outside the office, most people wouldn't. But there is something there that could be of use to someone wanting to know if the mayor is honest or not.

      Cody is sitting there with Frank while Rosemary is griping to Abigail about people canceling on her wedding. After she leaves, Cody starts wondering about weddings and marriages, even asking if pastors can get married. Of course, the icing on the cake is when he asks, "so when are you going to ask Ms Abigail?"



      Gowen and Nora are seen walking at a fast clip down the sidewalk, with Nora asking why they have to leave so soon. He reminds her she was talking about a fresh start but she didn't mean so soon. Something is happening and it seems like Gowen is up to his old tricks and nothing good!

      Elizabeth meets up with Charlotte walking down the sidewalk, and Elizabeth thanks Charlotte for saying something to the mothers. This is another time where I saw Mama Thornton encourage Elizabeth. I believe she knows that Jack is in love, and she is happy with the two of them pairing up. "My son thinks a lot of you." They really have found their groove and I like how they are interacting together.



      I want to finish up here and leave some of the ending to the pleasure of your viewing on Sunday. But a couple more things real quick :)



      Rosie and Lee are opening some house warming gifts that have been sent to them. One of which is is a letter from a woman who sent her regrets but she was expecting and wouldn't be able to travel in her condition. Rosemary gets somewhat, shall we say snarky? Til she opens the envelope and reads the contents. This part here about made me cry. I will leave the details for you to see Sunday, but lets just say Rosie may have a change of heart?


      Speaking of heart, Jack has a touching discussion with his mother which results in something big. He asks her what she thinks of Elizabeth.
      Jack, you have been seeing Lizzy for a long time now (obviously she knows a lot about what has been happening between the two of them), it is time to either ride, or get out of the saddle.

      I love you mom!
      Well, their discussion brings about this. Which I am only sharing since it has been in all the previews. But enjoy the pics :) Their repertoire is wonderful here and I felt like I was watching the first season again with their little flirting banter. 


      Wow! That is some serious kissing:) I hope you have enjoyed the ride during this episode. There are many parts I didn't even mention, some I only just touched on and even a few where I left parts out :) That way you can see the new episode on Sunday and not know it all. Hopefully it has whet your appetite for this incredible episode! 






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