Harvest Lane Cottage is a place to find encouragement, and hopefully, be inspired to do, read, write, or cook something wonderful. Most importantly, I want to share my love for Jesus Christ with you. He is the center of my life, the center of who I am. No, I'm not perfect. I fail, I fall, I'm tempted, but I keep going back to the One who makes me clean again.

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Laura Lane

Happy in my Jesus and in my home.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

REVIEW: A Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Thank you Litfuse for this review book.
Sometimes you don't even need to know.  I didn't need to know what this book was about to know I wanted to read it.  Why?  Sarah E, Ladd, that's why!  I've read two of her books, The Heiress of Winterwood and The Headmistress of Rosemere.  They were both truly hard to put down.  When I saw her name, that's all I needed to know.

These three books are set at the same time as Jane Austen's novels. The language is exquisite and precise. The formality and manners refreshing for ladies living in this time of extreme casualness that we find ourselves living in.

The impact of indiscretion and remorse set the course of angst for both Cecily Faire and Nathaniel Stanton though they weren't the only ones involved. We all have secrets and things that we think we'd just die if others knew.  The secrets keep us captive and fearful that someone will find out.

This book combines the longing for meaningful relationships with the longing to remain guarded and safe.  It combines the hopelessness of the past with a hope for the future.  It speaks to the human condition in a genteel yet suspenseful way.

Just as I thought I would, I truly enjoyed this book.  I highly recommend this book... with a few cups of tea or cocoa... and some chocolate chip cookies or brownies.

This book is part of a Litfuse blog tour. 
Sarah E Ladd A Lady of Willowgrove Hall
A Lady of Willowgrove Hall
by Sarah E. Ladd
Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.
His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.
Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady's companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she's desperately hidden for years.
Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own --- one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father's position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he'll never be free to find his own way in the world. He'll never be free to fall in love.
When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?
 Meet the Author 
Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

Learn more about Sarah at: websiteFacebookTwitter

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  
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 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #28

~ I made do with using up lots of leftovers and bits and pieces of food this week.

~ I made pancakes with what I had on hand... a bit of ground wheat, some oats, cornmeal, and ground golden flax seed.  They were... interesting and full of fiber. ~grin~

~ I also made pancake syrup by adding maple, vanilla, and butter extracts to some corn syrup I found in the back of the cupboard.

~ I received a new Bible for review.  My old one is falling apart.  Praise God.

~ I  reviewed Keepers of the Covenant.

~ I began reading Lady of Willowgrove Hall, a book I received in exchange for an honest review.

~ The fourth book in the collage is Where Treetops Glisten another review book.

~ I kept the heater turned off even though it's starting to get chilly.  A few years ago our heater broke, and we had no way to get it fixed.  I learned the difference between chilly and dangerously cold.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When Calls the Heart: Change of Heart DVD Review

I got a surprise in the mail the other day.  It was a package.  Don't you love brown paper packages tied up with strings?  Well, this was a yellow padded envelope, but it was still fun. ~smile~

It was the next When Calls the Heart DVD, Change of Heart! I enjoyed the earlier videos so much, Elliott at Edify Media knew I'd want to review this one too, so he just popped it in the mail. Yay!  Thanks Elliott!

First chance we got, we had a movie night.  The whole family enjoys these clean films about life in a little Canadian town in the West.  The plot was a bit predictable this time, but the acting was so good and the setting so good, we enjoyed it anyway.  It's just a feel good, neighborly kind of cast.   It makes you want to come back again.  I'll be watching any future When Calls the Heart DVDs I get a chance to watch.  I suggest you check this one out.  It's a great film DVD.

My daughter, Amy, said, "I love these movies. You should watch them. I like them because they're not all yucky romance, they're sweet romance."

This series is inspired by the book series by Janette Oke.  Find out more about the series.
Here's some more information on this film directed by Michael Landon, Jr.

"When Calls the Heart- “Second Chances” is a feature length film from the episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series. 
Synopsis-  Jack finally gets Elizabeth to agree to join him for a dinner date just as Elizabeth’s younger sister, JULIE THATCHER, arrives in Coal Valley, surprising Elizabeth.  Julie is accompanied by Mountie PATRICK O’REILLY, the man who has been sent to inform Jack of his new posting, and become the new Constable of Coal Valley.  Jack had already forgotten that he sent in a request to transfer the week he arrived in Coal Valley, and the news takes him by surprise."

I received this DVD at no charge from Edify Media in exchange for an honest review.

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