About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Finding Love in Mountain View: Movie Review & Giveaway with FrontGate Media

I am fortunate to have a sneak preview of a new movie that will have its premiere on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel Sunday, September 19th! Finding Love in Mountain View is a heartwarming story that is worthy to be labeled a Hallmark movie, and I urge you to tune in to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel this Sunday, September 19th, at 9 PM EST, 6 PM PST. 






Danielle C. Ryan, Myko Olivier, John Paul Lavoisier




This film is based on Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon, a historical fiction book written by Miralee Ferrell, but producers have chosen to make this a contemporary story.  Finding Love in Mountain View is the  heartwarming tale of an architect who has been entrusted to care for her deceased cousin's children. Margaret is eager to succeed in her chosen profession, but will she be able to focus on her career and still take care of young children? 

Getting to know the children offers her a glimpse of what her life could be, and she is also reunited with someone from her past. Can she honor her late cousin's wishes by staying in Mountain View, or will she choose to return to her life in the city? 

View the Trailer HERE


I truly enjoyed this movie. I wasn't familiar with any of the actors, but Margaret (Ryan) and Andrew (Olivier) share a special chemistry, and Joel (Loveless) and Sammie (Philpot) are both adorable. They convey all of the emotions that young children would feel after losing their parents, and Ryan and Olivier are perfect in their efforts to help the children and determine their true feelings for each other. .. 

Finding Love in Mountain View has beautiful scenery, a touching story, and there is even entertaining music to add to the enjoyment.  It is a clean romance that the whole family can enjoy, and I definitely recommend this movie!

I was given a sneak preview courtesy of FrontGate Media but was never obligated to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts


To celebrate the premiere of FINDING LOVE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, premiering Sunday Sept 19th at 6pm PT/9pm ET, FrontGate Media is giving away a copy of the book that the film was based on, and it will be signed by the lead actors!  Enter to win one of 3 copies here:


Friday, September 17, 2021

Butterfly Cottage by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Butterfly CottageABOUT THE BOOK

Life-changing journeys begin when three generations of women unexpectedly spend a summer at the family’s Straits of Mackinac cottage. Blurb: Three generations of women unexpectedly head out to the family’s cottage at the Straits of Mackinac for a small-town Michigan summer together. Jaycie begins an archeology internship on Mackinac Island. Her mother, Tamara, takes a break from teaching kindergarteners. And her grandmother, Dawn, struggles with a decision to sell her successful travel agency and possibly retire. Each has her own journey to pursue during this short respite time from “normal” life. One of them has a secret that will change all of their lives. Can she make this one special summer to remember or will all be devastated? Faith for family and friends will be tested, with some finally able to put the past behind them and begin anew. (Set in 2018, pre-Pandemic.)


Wonderful characters, realistic situations, and a fantastic setting....what more can you ask for when looking for a great read? How about a book with a healthy dose of hope and faith thrown in? Butterfly Cottage has all of this, and it's a lovely story that you'll remember long after you've read the last sentence. A mother, daughter, and granddaughter have many serious issues to deal with, and even though they hesitate to share them with each other, they all agree on one thing. A summer at Butterfly Cottage on Mackinac Island is exactly what they all need!

Author Carrie Fancett Pagels shares the lives of three generations of women, as they travel their individual life journeys, and she completely captures all of their emotions by showing each of their points of view in alternating chapters. This isn't a light, fluffy romance because there are heavy topics such as pancreatic cancer, cheating husbands, and alcoholism, and Pagels vividly projects all of the fear, hurt, and disappointment. She does, however, buffer them by weaving a powerful faith message throughout the story. Dawn, Tamara, and Jaycie find hope for brighter futures by learning to trust in God and the plan that He has for their lives. There may even be romance on the horizon!

Butterfly Cottage is a heartwarming, inspiring book and I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to listen to audiobooks, bake, walk with her family, and travel to beautiful places by the water– but not all at the same time!

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