It’s that time again when I meet up with friends over @ Jennifers for Share 4 Somethings. Each month, we share what we Loved and/or disliked, accomplished, some things we’ve improved upon, and/or that need improvement and noticed.

Loved

I ordered a $9.99 mystery box of 10 Christian Fiction Books from Christian Book Distributors. Neat Huh?

What I Read In March

Anything For A Mystery: is a captivating Christian cozy mystery by Cynthia Hickey. The narrative unravels as a group of novice detectives immerse themselves in a baffling enigma brimming with surprising revelations and intricate developments. Seamlessly blending elements of faith and suspense, this captivating novel promises to captivate. It was compelling me to remain engrossed until the final page. “Anything For A Mystery” by Cynthia Hickey is a riveting Christian cozy mystery guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seat.

The Route That Takes You Home: (Mailbox Mysteries Book 1) By: Melanie Lageschulte “The Route That Takes You Home” by Melanie Lageschulte is a heartwarming story that follows the protagonist, Kate, a mail carrier, as she navigates through life’s challenges and discovers the true meaning of home. Set in a small town, the novel beautifully captures the essence of community, belonging, and the emotional journey of finding where one truly belongs. Through vivid storytelling and relatable characters, Lageschulte weaves a narrative that resonates with the reader, reminding us that home is not just a place but a feeling of connection and acceptance.

The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II By Madeline Martin “The Last Bookshop in London” by Madeline Martin is a compelling novel set during World War II. The story revolves around Grace, a young woman who moves to London with her friend Viv and takes a job at a bookshop. As the war unfolds, the bookshop becomes a haven for the community, providing solace and escape through literature during dark times. Grace and her colleagues are faced with the challenges of wartime. Still, their love for books and determination to keep the written word alive drives the narrative. The novel beautifully captures the power of books to bring people together and offer hope during adversity, making it a poignant and uplifting read. You’ll cry.

The Irish Boarding House: Completely heart-warming Irish historical fiction By Sandy Taylor “The Irish Boarding House” is a heart-warming Irish historical fiction novel by Sandy Taylor. Set in Ireland, the story revolves around a boarding house and its residents, capturing the essence of Irish culture and history. The novel is filled with compelling characters and explores themes of love, friendship, and community against the backdrop of a changing Ireland. With its rich historical detail and engaging storytelling, this book offers a captivating portrayal of life in Ireland during a significant period in history. You’ll cry here, too. Book #2 will be released in May 2024. Return to the Irish Boarding House: Totally heart-warming and addictive Irish historical fiction. I will be pre-ordering this soon.

Beyond That, the Sea: A Novel By Laura Spence-Ash “Beyond That, the Sea” by Laura Spence-Ash is a captivating novel that follows the story of a young woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and adventure at the onset of WW2 London her parents chose to send her to America to live with a host family until the war was over. Set against the beautiful seaside backdrop, the novel explores themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning. As the protagonist navigates through personal challenges and unexpected encounters, she learns valuable lessons about life and herself, with vivid descriptions and compelling characters.

*** While this book was initially a really great read, and I enjoyed it, I just couldn’t continue past the halfway mark because the characters began to use God and Jesus’ names in vain a lot. So, I stopped reading.***

Disliked

Okay heartbroken and still grieving. The past month has been a quiet stretch here on the blog. Life threw a curveball – My dear friend Rich and I recently said goodbye to our beloved Tucker (our gentle giant 120 lb Labrador), one of our two fur baby companions we share. 

If you’d like, you can read about that post Mindfulness— Pawprints on Our Hearts | Saying Goodbye at the Rainbow Bridge

Tucker

Ate

I haven’t been to Eat N’ Park for ages, until yesterday. But I got my favorite meal. However I forgot to take a picture of the Grilled Stickies A La Mode my favorite dessert for you. Lol.

Noticed

Yippie!!! The days are getting longer with more sunshine. I got to be porch people on some of the warmer days. For someone like me who struggles with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), this is a huge deal. The extra sunshine does wonders to lift my spirits and boost my mood as my SAD tapers off.

I’m linking up this month with these AMAZING Blog Hop/Link-Up party hostesses!

 Senior Salon Pit Stop   Inspire Me Monday  @ Create With Joy   Friendship Friday  @ Create With Joy   #TellHisStory @ Andrew’s   InstaEncouragements   Let’s Have Coffee   #AnythingGoesLinky    Grace & Truth   @ Maree Dee’s    Hearth & Soul   Sweet Tea & Friends    #PoCoLo   Happiness Is Homemade    Tell It To Me Tuesday   Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop  Crazy Little Love Birds  Will Blog For Comments     The Happy Now Blog Link-Up      Dare To Share Saturdays   Gr.ner.ic @ G’Ma’s Photos  Traffic Jam Reboot  Weekly Highlights @ My Full Heart   Funtastic Friday  #Alittleabouteverything @ Iveth’s

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19 Comments

  1. I’m sorry to read about the loss of your pup. Your dinner looks amazing and sounds delicious (I did have to Google grilled stickies but they sound amazing!).

    1. Thank you Joanne. And yes, grilled stickies are fantastic warm ala mode.

  2. Paula, I’m so sorry for the loss of sweet Tucker. I’m thankful for longer days and earlier sunshine too. Happy Easter, dear friend!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Lois ❤️

  3. I’m loving more sunshine in the day, too. It makes it easier to get up in the morning when sunlight is streaming in.

    Yay for book deals!

    I’m so sorry about the loss of Tucker.

    We don’t have Eat N’ Park here, but it sounds wonderful.

    1. Yay for sunshine and book deals. Thank you for your kind words today.

  4. Those looks book great and what a bargain!
    So sorry about your dog. He looked such a sweetheart. Sending love and hugs.

    1. Thanks so much for the virtual love and hugs. It means so much to me. ❤️

  5. These sound like great books–I’m always looking for clean read recommendations! I’ll have to try these out. Sorry about Tucker! Your eats look wonderful and I’m so with you on the longer days and more sunshine! Thanks for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #32. Hope to see you at the next linkup, too. Have a great week.

  6. So sorry to read about your Tucker. I know that leaves such a huge hole in your hearts…and in your days. Here’s to enjoying all the sweet memories he left you! Thanks for sharing so many good book reviews. Several sound so interesting…I will have to look for them at the library. Cool to get that box of books!! Have a great month ahead!!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words Jen.

  7. How fun to get a whole box of books. Christian Fiction are my favorites. I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet pet, Tucker. He looks so beautiful in the photo. I know it is so hard to lose your furbaby but I hope your memories will help you in this time.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  8. Paula, I am so sorry for the loss of Tucker. I never knew Christian Book did a mystery box. What a great idea to send for a gift to someone who enjoys fiction. Thanks for sharing about that!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Joanne. And you’re welcome.

  9. I ordered that collection of books from Christianbook one time too. That was fun to do! I’ll have to look into it again.

    So sorry about the loss of Tucker. That’s heartbreaking.

    It looks like you read a lot of good books this month too!

    1. It was fun to order a mystery book box. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  10. That should have said — the books you read last month, not this month. Sigh.

    1. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind for when I write about what I’ve read in April.

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