Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Revived & Renovated by Victoria Duerstock and Paige Rien | RE:View

“But to revive is not necessarily attaining that Instagram perfection, but to take the first step in the direction of what your version of that is. And we don’t talk about that enough; at the beginning is just one small step.”⁣

- Revived & Renovated by Victoria Duerstock and Paige Rien

I’m a sucker for home renovation - shows, reels, stories, before & after pics - you name it and I’ll watch it. So, when I got the chance to get a gifted copy of this book from Front Gate Media and End Game Press I jumped at the chance! ⁣

I’m only part of the way into it (so no rating on this yet) but I can tell I going to like it! It feels like reading a conversation between Victoria and Paige that’s filled with some great wisdom. I especially love how it connects back to home renovation and design as well, bringing in scripture and their own personal experiences to help illustrate what they are talking about.

If you’re like me, you might be looking to fill in some of the quiet time for the rest of this year with reading. I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy design & home shows but to those who are also interested in deepening their faith - no matter where you’re at with God. I love how honest they are about the fact it’s daily commitment to Him - no quick fixes or easy “one time” solutions but a daily surrendering to Him. ⁣

Purchase: Revived and Renovated by Victoria Duerstock and Paige Rien

Revived and Renovated 

Revived & Renovated is a conversation on well-loved topics between two great friends.

Victoria and Paige delight in all the dovetails found among the parallels of the work we do in our homes and our souls. Covering topics of home renovation with corresponding Biblical wisdom and perspectives from their personal walks with God, Revived and Renovated will be an encouragement to young and old alike.

There is also a GIVEAWAY for this book!!! It’s as simple as filling out a quick form:⁣


Monday, November 29, 2021

Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon | Re:View

Staying true to it's name, Labyrinth of Lies is just that - a twisted mix of "who is who" in the very best way.

I really enjoyed this second book in the Triple Threat series. I like that the sisters are still involved in each book though in a subdued degree to allow each sister their own story. In this one, Cate goes undercover in an unlikely situation in order to discover the culprit behind the disseverance of a student at a private boarding school.

I really liked the (very slight) creepy situation of Ivy Hall - it was a great read for the fall time - and how Cate and Zeke found themselves working together without knowing they would be. With their past looming, it's a great opportunity for them to decide how they will move forward after their assignments are over.

I was curious how it would work knowing that Cate was posing as a student and Zeke was a teacher--a situation rife for troubling things if you don't know Cate is in her 30s - but Hannon handled it really well.

While there wasn't quite as much romance in this, for the reasons I stated above, I still felt like it progressed well and at the right pace considering their past.

If you enjoy Christian romantic suspense books I think you'd like this one and solving the mystery of who is behind the nefarious things going on.

My rating: 4*

Purchase: Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon

Labyrinth of Lies

From my Instagram

When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls' boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn't take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school.

Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn't the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine--and startling connections emerge among the players--the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards?

Queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon invites you to scale the heights of human folly and plumb the depths of the human heart in this second gripping book in the Triple Threat series.

I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Birthstone Claddagh Ring - RE:View


What is your heritage? I'm talking about that as well as this amazing ring I received from The Irish Jewelry Company for review in todays post. 

Monday, July 19, 2021


Feeling a bit disconnected today and had the urge to write about it. I don't have the "answers" to change the feeling, but I do know that (after writing this) I can pinpoint what I'm feeling better and know what forward momentum looks like. 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund | Book Review


I'm going to say this now and I don't think anyone will be surprised: I love time travel novels! 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Cultivating Dreams


I sat down to write a bit of a writing update for you all, but what came out was more of an introspective look on how my dreams have changed and shifted and how that's okay. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

To Blog or Not to Blog...That is the Question


Facing the question of whether or not I should keep blogging and other thoughts in todays post (yep, the first post of 2021...).