Sunday, April 17, 2016

Family Funday Sunday

We are making finding fun family friendly activities local to us a priority this year. Today we headed to Oakdale to ride the Sierra Railroad Train for their reopening celebration and then had a picnic lunch at the Oakdale Cheese Factory.

We are all about frugal fun and today's out cost  $28 including bringing home cheese to enjoy later. Thankfully the train ride was free as part of the celebration. Little Miss said it was "the best surprise ever," so I'd call today a success

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Wreck and Order" Book Review

Elsie is spending her life living off her father's money. She travels from on destructive relationship to another while traveling trying to find herself along the way. She's constantly searching for something better.

The book is supposed to be a coming of age story but it reads more like a sex - obsessed memoir. There's really no plot or storyline to follow. It jumps from present time to memories quite a bit.

In addition to a non-existent plot, the main character is difficult to connect to and I found myself not caring about her at all. It became a race to finish the book just to be done with it, versus finish the book because I wanted to know how things turned out.

FTC disclaimer: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Friday, March 25, 2016

"Back in the Saddle" book review

I'm kicking off the relaunch of the blog with a book review. Over the next few weeks the look of the blog will change and new content will be added. Be prepared for Books, crafts, and planners. Oh my!

My first review is for "Back in the Saddle" by Ruth Logan Herne

Colt ran from the Double S as soon as he could. He traveled across the country and made a name for himself in Manhattan. The market crashed and he was caught in the middle of bad investments. With no assets of his own, and his father's illness, he found himself back at the Double S, where he comes to face to face with Angelina, the new house manager. Angelina ran to the ranch to hide from her past and save her family. From the first time their eyes meet, they know there's something there, but are either of them staying at the ranch, or is this just temporary?
I love a good love story. I love a good western. I love cowboys. I'm a country girl living in a city world. I had high hopes for "Back in the Saddle." A lost and torn city boy returns to his country roots to find a mysterious woman living on his family's ranch. What was this secret she was hiding? It took me until a quarter of the way through the book to be hooked. I couldn't put it down. There were moments it was dry, but overall it was well written and captivating. I cannot wait to read book two later this year. 

For more information about the book visit Waterbrook Multnomah 

FTC disclaimer: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."