Citadel By John Ringo Review

Citadel By John Ringo Review

Citadel was a very good read. The story flows really fast too. I got into it and forgot about other stuff while I was reading. I love books like that.

This is the sequel to Live Free Or Die. In this book earth has gotten free of the aliens that first invaded and dropped rocks on the cities. They have made friends and set up trade with the Glatun. The Glatun are invaded by a warlike species named the Rangora. The Rangora are also determined to destroy the dangerous Humans.

The battle station called Troy is only partially finished. They have some bombs and some lasers. Will it be enough? Read the book and find out!

John Ringo has written many other books as well. You can find a list and more information about him on his website here.

Live Free Or Die by John Ringo

“Of all the warriors of the world
Those of Troy were the most fell
They were those born of Winter.”

This is a quote from Live Free of Die by John Ringo. I really like the way Ringo takes bits of folklore and history and adds them to his stories. He knows his history and folklore really well too. And the battles! I don’t know much about such things but they seem realistic to me. This was a really good read. It started out exciting and pretty much stayed that way. Great story!

The story is that earth has been invaded by aliens. They have dropped rocks on some cities and are demanding all of our metals. At first Earth has nothing to trade that any of the aliens want. Then one man, Tyler Vernon, finds something to trade. The question is: can he keep it long enough to do any good? And what exactly should he do anyway? Is there any way to defend earth against these aliens?

Read the book! It is worth it. Great read.

Oh and I found a video on YouTube that any Ringo fans might want to watch. It is Winter Born. Actually even if you never heard of John Ringo before you might want to watch the video. It is really well done. Nice song too.

A Dogs Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron Review

A Dogs Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron Review

A Dog’s Purpose is a truly wonderful book. I fell in love with this dog. I cried a couple of times while reading. It reminded me of all the wonderful dogs I have had in my life. And it helped me remember just WHY dogs are such lovable, magnificent creatures. It is because they love us so much and are amazingly loyal. And of course they have fur.

I think every dog lover should read this. Actually everyone should read this…loving dogs is not required. The book is a good read regardless.

From the front cover flap: All dogs go to heaven…unless they have unfinished business here on Earth.

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

From the back cover flap: W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times bestselling author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter: And Other Tips from a Beleaguered Father (Not That Any of Them Work), which was turned into the hit television series. He has twice been voted the #1 best humor columnist by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and his nationally syndicated column is read by more than three million readers every week. He lives in California. Visit him in the Web at and

Oh and this book came from the local library. Which sort of sucks because it means I have to take it back. On the other hand that is good because I can always go check it out again later.

Tomorrow’s Garden by Amanda Cabot

Tomorrow’s Garden by Amanda Cabot

Cover of Tomorrow's Garden by Amanda Cabot.Tomorrow’s Garden follows Harriet Kirk as she takes on the job of schoolteacher in Ladreville, Texas. She has taken care of her younger siblings since the death of her grandparents and never expects to have a home of her own. She meets a handsome Texas Ranger and begins to think it might be possible. Problems arise when two other men come courting and her young brother decides he doesn’t want a new “father”.


This is the third book in the Texas Dreams series. The old characters are still there along with the new ones. Harriet is taking over the school from Sarah. She becomes friends with Isabelle and Priscilla. I love the way her story is added to the towns and continues the story of the other characters as well. A really good book.


Amanda Cabot is an excellent writer. I also really liked the other books in this series: Paper Roses and Scattered Petals. I will be reading any other books of hers I can find.

Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot Review

Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot Review

Cover of Scattered Petals by Amanda Cabot.Scattered Petals follows Priscilla Morton as she leaves Boston in 1856 and heads for the Texas Hill Country. She is going to attend the wedding of her dead sisters husband Clay to Sarah Dobbs. On the way the stagecoach is attacked and her life will never be the same.


She meets and  marries Clays foreman Zach and they begin a new life together. Will she be able to forget her past and have a family? Can she help her friend Isabelle who is in love a man her family considers “unsuitable”?


This book is the second in the Texas Dreams series and is set in the same town where Paper Roses took place. All the characters from the first book are here as well as a few new ones. This is what I like about series…you can make friends with the characters and go back and visit them again in other books!


This is an excellent story. It is a finalist for the Booksellers Best awards. I read it straight through and went on to the next one! Amanda Cabot is now on my list of Authors.  Check out her other books too : Tomorrow’s Garden, Summer of Promise, and Waiting for Spring.


Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot Review

Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot Review

Cover of Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot. Paper Roses is the story of Sarah Dobbs who left Philadelphia to be the mail-order bride of a rancher in Texas. She fell in love with her groom through his letters, her paper roses, and is anxious to meet him. She arrives in San Antonio to find that he has been killed but she can’t go back east.

Her grooms brother Clay allows her to stay on the ranch for a bit but she doesn’t want to be beholden so she finds a job at the only store in town.

Clay is a doctor who only wants to get off the ranch as soon as possible. He wants to find out who killed his brother and go back east. But now he has met Sarah…

From the back cover : “Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep you away with a tale of love, loss, and tantalizing possibilities.”

They got that right! I was swept away. And enjoyed every moment of it. This is a really good book! It kept me interested all the way through and I didn’t want to quit reading. There are lots of interesting characters in this book with stories that keep things interesting. I really like how the author included the history of the immigrants. She makes them seem real and likable. People you would be proud to have in your family tree.


Also from the back cover: Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the co-founder of its New Jersey chapter, and an avid traveler.

Check out her other books too: Scattered Petals, Tomorrow’s Garden, Summer of Promise, and Waiting for Spring.

Visit her website to find out more about Amanda Cabot and her books. You can find her on Facebook too.

The Five Love Languages By Dr. Gary Chapman Review

The Five Love Languages By Dr. Gary Chapman Review

I just finished reading The Five Love Languages. It is a very interesting book. It is well written, easy to read, and kept my attention from start to finish.


Dr. Chapman claims that many problems in marriage are caused by the spouses speaking different love languages. He says people express love in different ways. He says that if you learn which love language is the one your spouse speaks and use that one then your spouse will feel loved and your marriage will improve.


The author says there are five main love languages:

1. Quality time

2. Words of Affirmation

3. Gifts

4. Acts of Service

5. Physical Touch


He says that if you are speaking a different love language than what your spouse speaks he will not feel loved. If you speak the language of gift giving and give your spouse hundreds of gifts but she actually wants quality time…then she will not feel loved no matter how much money you spend on the gifts. And if you want your spouse to speak the acts of service language while she speaks words of affirmation…you won’t feel loved no matter often she tells you how great you are.


He says that in order to have a great relationship and make sure your spouse feels loved you have to learn what love language your spouse needs to hear. And then you have to learn to speak it. This is harder for some folks than for others. A person who was raised in a family that didn’t touch much would have a harder time learning the physical touch language.

I think he is probably right. I am going to try it with my husband anyway. We seem to already speak the right languages but just not enough of them.

How about you? Do you think you speak your spouses love language?


There is a free study guide and a test you can take to find out your love language on the five love languages website.


The author Gary Chapman is also the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc., does seminar presentations, and has his own radio program that airs on more than 100 stations. He has also written a few other books in the Five Love Languages series including separate editions for men, teenagers, and children.


I won a copy of The Five Love Languages a while back on Cuzinlogic. You should check out her giveaways.

A Heart For Home By Lauraine Snelling Review

A Heart For Home By Lauraine Snelling Review

A Heart for Home is a really good book. This one is about Astrid the youngest child of Ingborg. In this book Astrid has become a Doctor and has gone to an Indian reservation to treat the Indians who are dieing of measles.


The man she thought she might marry hates Indians and also dislikes the thought of her work coming first. She is thinking that she might have to completely give up the idea of being a wife and mother. Will she find someone who can love her for herself? You will have to read the book to find out!

I have now read all of the books about Blessing North Dakota. They start with the Red River of the North Series , go on to Return to Red River Series, then Daughters of Blessing Series and then this Home to Blessing Series. They tell the story of a pioneer family from the time they immigrate to the U.S. to this one…where the youngest daughter has grown.


I have loved every one of them and strongly recommend them to anyone. They are wonderful christian books about family and love of god as well as survival.


From the back cover: Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author of over sixty books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over two million copies. She also teaches at writers conferences across the country. She lives with her husband in California and has two grown sons and a basset hound named Chewy.

Are You a Georgette Heyer Fan?

If you are a Georgette Heyer fan you should go visit Laura’s Reviews. She is giving away a couple of Georgette Heyer books in honor of the Royal Wedding. Tomorrow (May 6th) is the last day to enter.


In case you don’t know…Georgette Heyer wrote a whole bunch of Regency Romance books. She also wrote a few mysterys.  I have read quite a few of her books and I liked every one. She makes her characters seem like people you might meet anywhere. She makes them seem real and likable. She also had a great sense of humor and it shows in her books. If you are looking for something different to read Georgette Heyer is a good choice.

Book Review : Lady-Protector by L.E. Modesitt, Jr

I saw Lady-Protector by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. at the library and had to check it out. It is the latest book in the Corean Chronicles. There were seven others before this.

The world of Corus has a funny sort of magic that was used by the Ancient peoples that are native to it. It can only be used by certain talented humans and what is left of the Ancients.

Corus was invaded by a group of selfish and extremely arrogant aliens who travel between worlds. They use a worlds life force for making and building things. When it is all used up and everything is dead…they move on to another world.

The Ancients and some talented humans have kicked them off the world in the past. They are trying to come back. One human – the current Lady Protector is trying to stop them. She is also having to deal with an invasion by another country and traitors in her own country. This is part of her story.

This is a really good book. All the books in this series have been good. I also like many of Modesitts other books. Particularly the Recluce books and the Imager series.

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