Grass Roads presents Seams Unlikely by Nancy Zieman

Grass Roads presents

Seams Unlikely

by Nancy Zieman

About Seams Unlikely

In an age when hard-working women don’t know if we should lean in, lean out, or lean on someone, Nancy Zieman’s voice of calm, experienced authority is welcome. The lessons she shares are ones every businesswoman should take to heart.


In Seams Unlikely, Nancy:

  • Shares her life story for the first time

  • Gives details of the onset of Bell’s Palsy and how it played a part during school

  • Reveals the intricate involvement of 4-H in her development

  • Tells, step-by-step, how she grew Nancy’s Notions from a basement in her home into a multi-million dollar business

  • Includes behind-the-scenes information on the growth of Sewing with Nancy from filming in her living room to a long-term partnership with Wisconsin Public Television

  • Shows pictures of the people, buildings, and places that played key roles along the path of her life

Reading of the growth of Nancy’s family (she is a married
mother of two, one son by birth, one by adoption) alongside the growth of her show and business is both familiar and instructive to working moms. Nancy created solutions in both the workplace and at home, to carve a niche uniquely suited to her situation and talents. It’s a goal to which many of us aspire. And Nancy Zieman’s story gives us key insight.


I started watching Sewing with Nancy years ago, because a lot of times I visited my aunt Edna, she would be watching Nancy. My aunt is an avid seamstress, and she get a lot of ideas from the show.  I really never knew that she had Bell’s palsy until about a year ago when I was viewing her website. When I saw this book up for review, I was honored to be able to read and review Seams Unlikely. I found Nancy’s story to be one of the heartwarming stories I have ever read. Reading how Nancy started sewing, and it growing into the TV show Sewing with Nancy is amazing in itself. But the read about the difficult situations and the struggles she went through then, and has throughout her life, well I am just in awe of this special lady and her great success.

For all of you who enjoy sewing, I highly recommend this book for your to read, and if you struggle with a disability, or difficult situations, this is a must read for you! Everyone can learn from reading Nancy Zieman’s heartwarming story. Life seemed to be against her many times, but with Nancy’s determination to survive and be successful, well being the longest run sewing show on TV says it all!

I received this book from Glass Roads to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


Nancy Zieman is host of Sewing with Nancy, TV’s longest-running sewing show, which she co-produces with Wisconsin Public Television. It has been on-air since 1982. She is the author of over 40 books, which have sold millions of copies and instructed numerous individuals on the finer points of sewing everything from clothing to quilts to home décor.

SWORD STUDY: A Family-Centered Bible Study on II Timothy for each Age Level…Author: Tammy McMahan



A Family-Centered Bible Study on II Timothy for each Age Level
Author: Tammy McMahan
Publisher: The Shelby Kennedy Foundation – Glass Roads Media

February 2013




Organized into different levels according to age, each study provides in-depth material from the same book of the Bible. Each study book is synchronized to cover the same truths at the same time but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the age group.
·                                 Level 1, for ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.
·                                 Level 2, for ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.
·                                 Level 3, for ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.
·                                 Level 4, for teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of several Greek or Hebrew terms.
·                                 Level 5 is for the parent or study leader with guidance and background to lead a group of all ages.
The Sword Study series, originally created for competitors in The Shelby Kennedy Foundation’s National Bible Bee, is now available to everyone for the first time. Families no longer have to compete in the Bible Bee to establish family discipleship in the home with this one-of-a-kind study.
The Sword Study available for this tour is II Timothy. I John is also available to the public and I Peter is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. A new study is scheduled to be released each year. For more information


Since it is just me at home to go through this study, I used the Level 5 workbook, and compared each of the other levels. This is an amazing study for a family. Or it would be a wonderful study for a church to use for small groups or Sunday School classes. The Bible study on II Timothy is for 10 weeks, and is very in depth,  very well structured, giving parents or leaders everything you need to successfully lead this study. It is so much in these studies you could easily spread it out over more than 10 weeks, or I would suggest keeping it, and going through it again later on.

The special thing I like about this study is that there is a workbook for each age level. Everyone is learning the same things from the same scripture, but at their own level. Even a four year-old can do a simple worksheet starting off with praying, and then coloring a picture about the study for that day. I really like that each day encourages everyone to pray, actually write down scripture verses and read their Bibles. I love workbooks when I study because I learn so much more when I have to dig for answers to questions, and then write those answers down. Each day also gives a place to Apply the lesson, causing each person to think about what they have studied for that day. And it ends with A.C.T.S. Prayer Time, which is Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.

This study is definitely worth check into. I have been through many Bible studies with workbooks like this, and I can truly say this is one of the best I have found. I will be keeping each of these books for further studies with different age levels.

I received this book from Glass Roads to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Glass Roads presents…..Rescuing Hope by Susan Norris…You Don’t Want To Miss This Book!

Rescuing Hope


Did you know 100,000 American children were sex-trafficked in 2009? The number is thought to have increased to 200,000-300,000 by now, according to the State Department and FBI.

When unassuming mom Susan Norris heard this was going on right there, in her quiet suburban Atlanta neighborhood, she resolved to act. After spending countless hours with victims, detectives, and a former pimp, Susan combined what she’d learned and wrote the novel, RESCUING HOPE. Susan’s website



This is not an easy book to read, but a book that everyone should read! Sex trafficking is one of the most heart-wrenching issues to talk about, and we all need to pull together and do what we can to help the victims of this horrible thing that is happening to our children and young people today. This is why I wanted to read Rescuting Hope, to get the word out about what is really happening and how it effects people in America.

Hope Ellis has the good life as a fourteen year-old until she helps the movers move she and her mom to their new home. When one of the movers returns to her new house and rapes her, Hope’s life changes forever. His threats keep her quiet about the rape, and she lifes a life of guilt and lies because she can’t put herself and her mom in danger of this horrible person. But then she meets the guy that promises her everything, lures her from her safe life as she knows it into a world that is nothing she ever dreamed would happen to her.

Knowing that sex-trafficing is one of the fastest growing crimes in America makes me and so many others wonder why it is never talked about or dealt with in the media. The seem to rip to pieces everything they get their hands on expept this horrific subject that ruins the lives of so many of our children. I appreciate Susan Norris and her willingness to take a stand and write a book such as Rescuing Hope, reaching out to the American people for help in stopping this horrible crime. This is fiction taken from real stories happening in our world today.  Hope’s story is scary, because it can happen to any young lady, anywhere. The scenes and issues in this book is not for just anyone to read, I would not recommend it to children, and I recommend you reading it with your young teens, giving them the opportunity to discuss the issues and questions with you. This book leaves readers with a wealth of information about how we all can get involved, and what we can do to help. You’ve just got to read this book to understand  the seriousness of this issue. I highly recommend this book to every adult to read, whether you have children or not! And I encourage you to find a place you can get involved, and do whatever you can to help our children, and help the victims of this horrible crime.

This book was provided by Glass Roads for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a postive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Five Miles South of Peculiar

Five Miles South of Peculiar


Five Miles South of Peculiar CoverDarlene Caldwell has spent a lifetime tending Sycamores, an estate located five miles south of a small town called Peculiar. She raised a family in the spacious home that was her grandfather’s legacy and she enjoys being a pillar of the community . . . until her limelight-stealing twin sister unexpectedly returns.


Carlene Caldwell, veteran of the Broadway stage, is devastated when she realizes that a botched throat surgery has spelled the end of her musical career. Searching for a new purpose in life, she retreats to Sycamores, her childhood home.


Haunted by a tragic romance, Magnolia Caldwell is the youngest of the Caldwell girls. Nolie spends her days caring for her dogs and the magnificent gardens she’s created, but when she meets a man haunted by tragedy, she must find the courage to either deny her heart or cut the apron strings that tie her to a dear and familiar place.


Five Miles Sough of Peculiar is the Caldwell Estate. Darlene, almost fifty, a widow with her two children living far away rules the roost at the family estate. Living there with her is Magnolia, forty something and never been married, and loves her dogs and gardens. And then there is Carlene, almost fifty divorced, no children, and not to singing career, who left home after high school to pursue this singing career and never looked back. Then we meet Eric Payne, a divorced preacher who was kicked out of the church because his wife left him and never came back, living in the Caldwell estate working as a handyman. And now to forget the mayor, who also owns the Piggly Wiggly grocery story where his mayor office resides.

Mix these five main characters up and you have a story that is sure to make you smile. The three Caldwell girls are as different as can be, in looks and personality. All is going somewhat well, Darlene has the hooks on the mayor and wanting a proposal from him. But then the preacher comes by need room and board and a job and Nolia can’t seem to stay away from him, which irks Darlene. Of course everything and everyone irks Darlene. And we can’t forget Carlene the singer, who is not a singer anymore because of a botched medical procedure done on her throat. Then Carlene decided to come home for a visit, and to the birthday bash in honor of she and her twin sister Darlene’s fiftieth birthday and everything goes haywire.

I’ve only read a few of Angela Hunt’s books, and I don’t know why it’s just been a few. I will sure been on the lookout for all of them in the future. I love, love this one. I always love stories or people growing up in small hometowns, I guess it brings back memories of my own hometown where I grew up. Angela has been crying, smiling, and even laughing as I read this wonderful heartfelt book. We see how the choices Darlene and Carlene made caused hard feeling between the two, and there was clearly forgiveness that was needed. And Nolie shows us how we can be content and happy in even the smallest things.

I highly recommend this awesome contemporary read for your summer reading enjoyment.

This book was provided by Glass Road Public Relations for a review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.!

About Angela Hunt

Angela Hunt PhotoWith nearly 4 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don’t Bet Against Me, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Her nonfiction book Don’t Bet Against Me, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She and her husband make their home in Florida with their dogs. Learn more about Angela at




Deborah Raney in “After All”

About After All
After All Cover

Susan Marlowe lost her husband and four other firefighters when the homeless shelter she started burned to the ground eighteen months ago. And she’s finally beginning to heal. That is until she learns a secret David took with him to the grave. For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?

Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls’ fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters who lost their lives that awful November night. Can he ever shake the feeling that he should have somehow prevented the tragedy? As he tries to rebuild the team at Clemens County’s Station 2, it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.

Touching, romantic and suspenseful,After All has it all. A love triangle, a mysterious chain of events, and real characters only Deborah Raney can bring to life.


I didn’t read the first two books in this series, but I defiantly enjoyed this one. Susan Marlowe runs a homeless shelter, and after a horrible fire that takes the shelter, along with her husband and several other firefighters with it, she is left with the job of rebuilding another shelter for the homeless, along with building another life for herself, alone. It took 18 months to have the new shelter ready for more homeless, and the help of her husband’s co-worker, Peter Brennan. Peter didn’t really care for Susan because of her demands for the firefighters help, and at the same time, he couldn’t help but be drawn by her. And he also thought about the rumors he had heard around the firehouse about Susan’s husband before he died in the horrible fire. Could they really be true? Could he Susan’s husband have been cheating on her before his death?

I think I need to go back and read the first two books in this series to enjoy the full story. I can’t believe I haven’t heard about Deborah Raney before, but I will definitely be looking for her books in the future. In After All, Deborah creates characters that are sure to draw you into their story from the beginning. I love the secrets and suspense mingled with a little intriguing romance to help keep the pages turning.

I highly recommend After all for a really good read. And I encourage you to look up the first two books in the Hanover Falls series and read them first. I love series, and there is nothing better than to have a full 3 book series to look forward to reading.

A big Thank You to Glass Road Publicity Group for giving this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Deborah Raney is the award- winning author of numerous novels, includingA Nest of Sparrows and the RITA award-winningBeneath a Southern Sky and its sequel,After the Rains.Deborah’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was the inspiration for World Wide Picture’s highly acclaimed film of the same title, which in December 2004 aired on prime time network TV for the second time. Deb’s novella, Playing by Heart, was a National Readers Choice Award winner and a 2004 Christy Award finalist. Her novel with Howard/Simon & Schuster, Yesterday’s Embers, appeared on the ECPA Christian fiction bestseller list. Known for her sensitive portrayal of family struggles and relationships, Deb has also written nonfiction books and articles and often speaks at women’s retreats and writers’ conferences around the country. She and her husband, illustrator/author Ken Raney, have four children and make their home in Kansas. Learn more at

River’s Call – The Inn at Shining Waters Series…Melody Carlson

River’s Call – The Inn at Shining Waters Series

By: Melody Carlson

Publisher Abingdon Press Fiction
Publication Date: 02/2012
Binding: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781426712678
Retail Price: $14.99
                                                                Author: Melody Carlson




Anna Larson’s daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It’s the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman’s manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters.
There, Lauren begins to appreciate the person her mother is becoming–and she loves the river. However, romantic interests throw a wrench into the works and Lauren, jealous and angry, returns to her grandmother yet again.
But as time passes, Lauren, now a mother to her own defiant teenager, faces a new crisis–one that puts the entire family at risk.
“Colorful characters, entrancing setting, and a twisting yet natural plot carried me along. A lovely read. ” Lyn Cote, Author of Her Abundant Joy
“Having read the first book of The Inn at Shining Waters Series, I was instantly pulled into this ongoing saga of three generations of women, struggling to make sense of life and the Native American heritage that belongs to them. Raw with emotion and rich with hope, River’s Call is not to be missed!”  Kathy Herman, author of the bestselling series, Secrets of Roux River Bayou

Be sure to read River’s Song -Book one in The Inn at Shining Waters Series



River Song by Melody Carlson…Book 2 in The Inn at Shining Waters

5 stars all the way!

This book starts with Anna and Clark beginning their new life together. Then Anna receives a call from her daughter that she is sick. This brings Lauren to live with Anna and Clark, starting an all-new set of interesting situations for Anna and Clark. Then there is Anna’s once mother-in-law that shows her self in every way possible. This woman just irks me to my bones with her rudeness and the way she treats Anna.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series at this beautiful and relaxing setting on the Siuslaw River. How I would love to live at a wonderful place like this! Melody Carlson pens another awesome book with characters we grew to love in the first book, and enjoyed visiting again in this second book. And as in so many of her books, Melody deals with issues such as teen pregnancy, rebellion, family difficulties and disagreements, and dealing with family heritage. But also shows the love of God through love and forgiveness.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the first book in the series, River’s Song, and watch for the awesome conclusion to this series coming out in August 2012, River’s End.

I highly recommend this book for anyone to read and enjoy. This series is just a good, clean, relaxing series. Yes it does deal with problems, but you will laugh and cry along with these characters and they journey through life.

A big Thank You to the publisher Abingdon Press and to Glass Road Publicity Group for giving this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.




About the Author 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.

God makes lemonade Created by Don Jacobson

God makes lemonade  Created by Don Jacobson

Book Blurb

Do you know anyone who could use some encouragement? Perhaps that someone is you. In God Makes Lemonade you’ll read stories from everyday folks–—people like you and me who discover unexpected sweetness in the midst of sour circumstances. Some of these real-life stories are laugh-out-loud funny, others are sobering, and more than a few will have you reaching for a tissue. But these true stories all have one thing in common: hope.There’Â’s no question that life gives us lemons, like issues with health, employment, and relationships–truly sour circumstances we wouldn’Â’t wish on anyone. But when those lemons become lemonade, it’Â’s as refreshing as an ice-cold drink on a hot summer day. It’s true that in life stuff happens, but I have found that Lemonade Happens too! It is my deepest wish that God Makes Lemonade brings you encouragement and inspiration.

This book is a collection of true stories that offer hope and inspiration to its readers. There are many stories in this book and cover a lot of different subjects and issues, so issues you are dealing with are probably in here! People in the stories in this book share their love, joy, happiness, difficulties, frustrations, health issues, and a number of other things to give the reader wonderful enjoyable stories you will want to keep reading over and over. The stories are short, so even if you are not a big reader, you can enjoy this book and read just a chapter at a time, only taking a few minutes of your time. This is a very nice addition to your library. And the beautifully illustrated cover will look nice on your coffee table too!

If you like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, you will love this one too. The book layout is a lot like these books, and the stories remind you of the Chicken Soup books. I encourage you to purchase a copy of this book to have and enjoy!

I was provided a copy of this book by Glass Rod Publicity Group to read and review. I was not expected or required to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Purchase at Amazon                         Order from The Lemonade Website

About Don Jacobson

A Living Lemonade Story

Don and BrendaHi, I’m Don Jacobson, and I’m a walking, talking lemonade story.

Back in 1980, I was a happily married twenty-four-year-old who enjoyed a physically demanding job in commercial construction. I knew my future was bright, and I knew what it would take to get there: hard work, planning, and dedication.

Then, one winter night, a shooting accident changed everything.

I nearly died as I lay for hours in a freezing field. I spent nine agonizing days in critical condition, and nearly a month in the hospital. When I left, things looked bleak, and I could no longer physically provide for my family.

It took a while for that lemon to become lemonade, but in the end it was wonderfully sweet. I began to work in publishing, and the shape of my life changed forever. Now, twenty-five years later, I see that not being able to work with my hands forced me to work with my head and heart, and both my family and my career became better than I could ever have imagined.

My wife, Brenda, and I know that the hardships of life have molded our characters and turned us into people we would never have been apart from the pain. Looking back, I wouldn’t trade the hardest times of my life for anything, because they led me toward something better.

When I share my lemonade story with friends, two amazing things happen. My story inspires others and gives them hope. Then, almost without fail, my friends excitedly tell me their lemonade story, and I’m filled with inspiration and hope in return.

Recently it hit me: we all have lemonade stories—so what would happen if we could share them with the people around the world who need them most?

That’s the dream of the God Makes Lemonade series. Thank you for being a part of this community of storytellers. Lemonade stories can help heal hearts and transform lives.

Glass Roads Tour…Becoming Me….Diary of a Teenage Girl By: Melody Carlson

Glass Roads Tour…Becoming Me….Diary of a Teenage Girl
By: Melody Carlson




About the  Book

In the fictional Diary of a Teenage Girl, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O’Conner reveals the inner workings of a girl caught between childhood and womanhood … an empty life without Christ and a meaningful one with Him. Through Caitlin’s candid journal entries we see her grapple with such universal teen issues as peer pressure, loyalty, conflict with parents, the longing for a boyfriend, and her own spirituality.

Follow Caitlin O’Conner, a girl much like yourself, as she makes her way from New Year’s to the first day of summer — surviving a challenging home life, changing friends, school pressures, an identity crisis, and the uncertainties of “true love.”

You’ll cry with Caitlin as she experiences heartache, and cheer for her as she encounters a new reality in her life: God. See how rejection by one group can — incredibly — sometimes lead you to discover who you really are…


My Thoughts

Becoming Me: Diary of a Teenage Girl

Diary of a Teenage Girl is a look into Caitlin O’Conner’s diary for about 6 months of her life as a sixteen year old. Caitlin had one best friend Beanie, and they were not in the most popular clique group in their high school. It was when one of the ‘popular’ girls started speaking to Caitlin that her life started changing. Suddenly she was eating lunch with the ‘in’ group, and that soon lead to hanging out with them at the mall and at parties. Of course Beanie wasn’t included in the group so the friendship between the two came to an end. With this new group to hang with Caitlin is faced with many new issues she has never faced before and finds herself wishing she was still younger and life was not so complicated. Added to the frustrations of growing up, Caitlin also finds out some disturbing things about her dad that she couldn’t believe. Join Caitlin as she struggles through this time in her life, the choices she makes, good and bad. She promises to be honest in her journal, writing things that she would never tell another soul, but as readers we get an inside view of her life.

When I first opened this book I thought it would be boring to read an entire book of just teen writings, but this book is anything but boring. . Melody Carlson, through the character of Caitlin O’Conner writes and awesome book that teens will not only love and enjoy, but will find answers too many problems they face at that age.  If you are reading this review, you need to purchase a copy of this book, read it and make sure every teen girl you know reads it as well. Sometimes we tell teens that their school years are the best years of their life, and they are as far as not working, most having a home to live in free, and someone to pay their way through life. But there is another side of that, and it is growing up, the difficult time between childhood and adulthood, going through the changes in their body that take place at this time, dealing with the peer pressure that always occurs with the most popular, or big shots, so they think they are. This book deals with all of these issues in an awesome way. I loved it! And will pass my copy around.

I was provided a copy of this book by Glass Rod Publicity Group to read and review. I was not expected or required to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About The Series

Diary of a Teenage Girl – Caitlin

Caitlin O’Conner struggles to make sense of friends, family, self, romance, and ultimately her own spirituality. Each day of Caitlin’s diary presents new problems and challenges for Caitlin as she grapples with losing and making friends; fitting into various groups and cliques in her high school; accepting and developing her own personal identity; and understanding family issues like divorce, a working mom, sibling rivalry, and her estranged father. All these troubles slowly but surely compel Caitlin toward God.

About The Author

Melody Carlson has published over ninety books for adults, children, and teens, with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards, including the Gold Medallion and the RITA Award.

Glass Roads Blog Tour…. “Homeward” by Melody Carlson

Glass Roads Blog Tour…. “Homeward” by Melody Carlson

An exciting note about Homeward!  Melody Carlson’s novel Homeward was a RITA award winner and is now available as an e-book for $2.99…….
Here On Amazon



Book Blurb

After almost twenty years of burned bridges, Meg Lancaster goes home to the sleepy, southern Oregon coast town of Crandon, leaving behind the fast-paced life in San Francisco, as well as a broken relationship with the boss’s son. In Crandon, she finds herself wrestling with her relationships with her estranged mother, her grandmother, her sister, and her cousin Abner, who is determined to control the family cranberry bog that Meg loves. She also finds herself building a friendship with Jason, the son of her cousin, and Jason’s girlfriend Clive. Then, just as Meg begins to make progress with her mother, her mom dies. As Meg works through her loss and her feelings of loss, and about the home and cranberry bog Abner wants to steal from her, her relationship with Clive’s father, Brent, also grows. Homeward is a tender story about family, dreams, and faith.

My Review

After avoiding Briar Hedge and living in San Francisco, Meg Lancaster decides to go back home to her Oregon coast town of Crandon. She had no idea what she would find since she left home at age 17 to get away from the horrors of her life. What she found was that everyone was different and all treated her like the loved her and was happy to see her home.

I am a Melody Carlson fan, and this book was just as awesome as her other books. I appreciate the Christian emphasis in her books, and with Homeward she stresses how we need to trust the Lord, and how important Faith in Him should be in our lives. The cast of characters in Homeward were blended together so well with the plot that you just didn’t want to so reading until the end. I was captured by the warm family feeling, even though sometimes they didn’t all get along so well. But that is just the way it is with real life people, and that is what makes the story seem so real, and in the end, they did find healing through faith and forgiveness.

 About the Author

Melody Carlson has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award- winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.

Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab.

I was provided a book by the publisher through Grass Roads Public Relations to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine alone.

Grass Roads Tour……River’s Song by Melody Carlson…On Shelves Aug 2, 2011

River’s Song by Melody Carlson
About River’s Song
Her relationship with her daughter in shambles and tensions mounting with her mother-in-law, Anna Larson returns to her childhood home on the banks of the Suislaw River to sort out her parent’s belongings and put the pieces of her own life back together.

Embracing her native heritage for the first time since childhood Anna transforms her old family home into Shining Waters Inn, a place she hopes will give her family a new beginning.

River’s Song is Book One in the Inn at Shining Waters series.

My Review

Anna Gunderson returns to her home on the river to attend her mom’s funeral and take care of matters for her mom. Upon returning, Anna is sad because she didn’t come more to see her mom, and realizes how much she has missed her childhood home on the banks of Oregon’s Siuslaw River. Most of Anna’s married life has been horrible because of her husband being hurt while in service, and dealing with a mother-in-law no one should have to deal with.

The river home seemed to healing for Anna, meeting some of her old friends while growing up, and Hazel and her son showing up, making her feel like family. As well as talking her into turning the home and store into The Inn at Shining Waters, a rustic place for people to come and enjoy the simple ways of life.

I’ve only read a few of Melody Carlson’s many books, and the more I read the more I love them! She is just one of those authors that has be glued to the pages from the beginning to the end. She has a special talent for creating character and telling a story that seems so real that you feel you know the people personally. That is how River’s Song was for me! A book I will be keeping to re-read for sure!

I really enjoyed the story of Anna in this Melody Carson book and I am very happy there will be another book continuing her story. I love the river setting. At times, I felt I was there with Anna helping her change the home into the Inn. What a wonderful quiet and peaceful place to enjoy a vacation. And what I would give to live in a place such as along the banks of the Suislaw River. Thank you Melody for this wonderful peaceful story.

A big Thank You to Glass Roads Publicity Group for giving this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author                 

 Melody Carlson published her first book in 1995 and she has been writing prolifically ever since. To date, Melody has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.

In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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