On A Good Marriage [GUEST POST]

Randy and J.T. Ellison on New Years Eve 2017

Randy and J.T. Ellison on New Years Eve 2017. (Photo courtesy J.T. Ellison)

As I write this, I am three days shy of my 22/25th anniversary. We share our wedding date with the date of our first kiss, hence the dual year celebrations. We’ve had a long and happy life together, and anticipate many more years to come. I fell hard the night we met, and those feelings haven’t gone away. Read more of this post

Finding the Strength to Persevere [GUEST POST]

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Some people, like birds, can be small but mighty. (Photo by David Mitchell, Flickr)

In the past seven years living and working abroad with a faith based organization, I have been struck over and over by the beauty and resilience of the human spirit. So many people in the world are suffering from grinding poverty, institutional oppression, and personal pain and loss. The history of Central Europe, where I’ve been living in Budapest for the past 5 years, is a long series of wars, subjugations, even genocide. Read more of this post

Second Chances Await at ‘The Lavender House’ [REVIEW]

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Would you risk everything for a second chance at love? (Photo by Eric Huybrechts, Flickr)

When a woman’s 69-year-old husband of 34 years nonchalantly announces that he is leaving her for a talented soprano, she calmly inquires why it took him so long to go. But what happens once he actually leaves? And this late in life, will she ever be able to move on with her life and find happiness again? Find out in HIlary Boyd’s touching novel, The Lavender House. 
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‘Royally Roma’ Is a Hilarious Romp Through the Eternal City [REVIEW]

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When Julia Costa meets Niccolo La Torre, she doesn’t realize he’s the Crown Prince of Lazaretto. (Photo by cristian, Flickr)

When a young woman moves abroad to escape the notorious family drama in her past, she goes to great lengths to live a very normal existence. But that may not be possible when she crosses paths with the dutiful grandson of an Italian monarch in Teri Wilson’s delightful new romantic comedy, Royally Roma, the first installment in her “The Royals” trilogy.  Read more of this post

Sherryl Woods’ ‘Willow Brook Road’ Reminds Us To Claim The Life We Want [REVIEW]

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Spontaneous Carrie Winters must learn what to do when her life comes to a screeching halt. (Photo by Tom Bream, Flickr)

With Willow Brook Road, Sherryl Woods tells a delightfully layered story about what it takes to change directions and keep move forward after life takes an unexpected turn. Read more of this post