Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch Review with Giveaway

Serendipity & Secrets #1


From the Publisher:

He's doing what he can to save the Prince Regent's life . . . but can he save his new marriage as well? Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero--he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn't think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.

Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn't have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there's something he can't quite remember. It's important, dangerous--and if he doesn't recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone's very life.

Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.

My Thoughts:

 I truly enjoyed this book. It had a bit of a Jane Austen feel, but it was also had mystery and intrigue. Yes, it was a love story, but it wasn't only a love story. There was just so much more to it. It did start slowly as many books do. Then, a few chapters in, it captured my attention, because I began to care about the characters. It stirred my emotions, and I wanted to see just how the troubles were going to be resolved.

 Evan is everything a young woman dreams of when she thinks of marriage— brave, strong, kind, gentle, protective, thoughtful, and caring. His bride is beautiful, intelligent, well-trained to be a lady and run an estate, and scared. How will they work it all out? It was an unintended marriage that will save a life— or two.

Four stars.

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  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I use the Goodreads star system.
★               Did not like it
★★            It was okay
★★★         Liked it
★★★★      Really liked it
★★★★★   It was amazing

You may enjoy seeing the author's inspiration page on Pinterest for The Lost Lieutenant.
Read an excerpt here.

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Twitter (@EricaVetsch)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sewing Masks Like So Many of You

Hello ladies!

 I've been spending my free time much like many of you— sewing masks. I began my sewing for the Covid Crisis by sewing tinkle wipes. I cut up old t-shirts and sewed 2 layers together. This reduced our tp usage, so we never actually ran out. Then I turned my attention to masks as I became aware of the need. By that point, I was unable to buy elastic. I had a card from the '60's or '70's that had some thin elastic cord on it. I don't know who gave it to me, but it had been in my sewing box for ages. I used that up making just a few masks. I also made some masks using clothesline. Finally, I turned to crocheting ties with dishcloth cotton. It works.

 My daughters and I contributed thread, fabric, jewelry making wire, and yarn from our stashes. It's actually been a great way to clear some clutter while making something helpful.

 A couple of nights ago, my little dog was begging to get on my lap because it was storming. I actually have put a little bed on the edge of my table for her to sleep in while I sew, because she likes to be right next to me. When we had that first crack of thunder, she had to be held. Each time she heard more thunder, she crawled highter until she was on my shoulder. ~smile~ Ah fur babies!

 Well, I've finished the masks for now. Hopefully for good. I did talk to my dad tonight and found he needs some, too. So, I'll go through the ones I have and send him some. Well ladies, it's time for me to spend a bit of time with the family.

 Have a terrific week.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Weekend Reading ~ April 24, 2020

Hello Ladies,

 If you're looking for some weekend reading, here are some good posts I've read this week along with a couple of my own. 

 I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Choose to focus on the good in these days and keep busy. I'll be writing my next bucket list this week. I'll probably combine Spring and Summer since I've begun so late. Enjoy your life whatever it looks like right now. Get rest. You'll be happier for it.

Blessings to you all,

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Calmly Trusting

What will you do?
Your family is watching.
Your friends are watching.
Your neighbors are watching.
God is watching.

I wrote an article that was published today at Homespun Devotions, it addresses this question.

Calmly Trusting Our Shepherd ~ Guest Post by Laura Lane

Be blessed friends. We will make it through this!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Monday, April 20, 2020

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage #152

Hello ladies, please read my note at the bottom of this post. 

I'm so glad you came by to visit me. I like to share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, frugal cooking, and my blessings from God. Keeping a record of the ways that God provides and the ways that I am resourceful truly builds my faith. I encourage you to keep a record, too.

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage!


Hello everyone,
 It's so good to be back again today to talk with you. I know many are still staying at home nearly all the time. Our governor in Missouri placed a stay home order on our state. I am still away from home a lot since chiropractic is considered essential, so I still work 18 hours a week. I'm very careful and disinfect often. Are you sheltering at home? If so, what have you been up to?

~ Staying home saves money!
~ We were given two big bags of farm fresh zucchini. Thank you Charles! We've already enjoyed 2 loaves of chocolate zucchini bread. It also has made its way into two delicious pots of soup.
~ I shredded and froze the rest of the zucchini for future use.
~ We changed banks to save on our business account.
~ We bartered for some services we needed.
~ A friend brought us meat, bread, and some other things. Thank you Mary!
~ We've used homemade wipes to conserve tp.
~ I made a large batch of chili with just one pound of ground beef. It made 2 meals.
~ My daughter has been planting more seeds.
~ A friend brought us a big can of peaches. Thanks Rachel!
~ I made four face masks with room for filters for my brother Brent using this pattern. They have a loop for the neck, and they tie at the top back of the head. I paid $2 for the clothesline cord. It will make several more masks. I had the material and thread on hand. I've had the material for at least 22 years!
~ I made four masks for my brother John and his wife from the same pattern except without filter openings.
~ A friend dropped off groceries and a gift card. Thanks Heather!
~ More tinkle wipes made. I think that's all I will need.

 Do not give in to fear about circumstances. God has not given us a spirt of fear but power and of love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

 We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Philipians 4:13

 This is the time to get in God's word and pray. 

 You may give share prayer requests with me in the comments or by email.

God is so good.
Praise God!

Keep calm and pray on,
Blessed to be a blessing

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Crazy Vanilla Fish Lips Kiss Socks

Hello ladies,

  It's a pleasure to visit with you this afternoon. I truly enjoy our time together, both the time that I write to you and the time when I get to read your comments back to me. If you would like to write to me outside the comment section, you can always reach me at I invite your letters and notes.  If you prefer snail mail (I do), please send me an email, and I will give you my mailing address.

  Someone recently asked me about the Fish Lips Kiss pattern by Sox Therapist that I use to make my socks. It is actually a pattern for the heel, but it also helps you to size the sock perfectly for your foot or whosever you are knitting for. I had my doubts, but I have knit 3 pair so far using the pattern, and it worked splendidly. 

  I used Seam Free Rounded Toe for a Toe Up Sock by Lynne Ashton found on I use it, because my feet are wide at the toes. Then I knit knit knit in the round until I got to the point where the Fish Lips Kiss pattern told me to begin the heel. I knit the heel using the YouTube video the lady made to go with it to learn the unfamiliar stitches. After the heel was complete, I knit knit knit in the round until it was as long as I wanted it. The plain knitting in the round is the vanilla. The crazy is the color. Lastly I used a super stretchy bind off after a k1 p1 cuff. I'm sorry, I cannot remember the name of the bind off.

  I learned to knit my first socks by following a Knit Picks tutorial video called Kelley's Sock Class.

  I would suggest you practice knitting in the round by making some simple hats. Here's an easy one.

  If you're just learning to knit, this is a nice project that was one of my early ones. 

  I'll be happy to answer any questions I can for you. You'll find that YouTube is indispensible as is the channel Very Pink Knits.

  Enjoy this time with your family if you are together more, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Look at the positive. Leave off the news. Most of it's bad regardless of truth. It wasn't that long ago they had us all stirred up over impeachment! After this virus, it will be onto something else. 

 Be safe and trust God!

 Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

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Ginx Woolly Linx

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson

With all the distracting and disruptive things that have gone on in March 2020, The Happy Camper is a cheerful little gem of a read. Melody Carlson just has a way with feel good books. I've read many of her Christmas stories over the last few years for just that reason. Even the cover of the book suggests a light read that will be relaxing. That's just what I need during my reading time these days. 

From the Publisher:
Home is the place to heal, right? At least, that's what Dillon Michaels is hoping as she leaves her disappointing career and nonstarter love life behind to help her grieving and aging grandfather on his small Oregon farm. The only problem? Her eccentric mother beat her there and has taken over Dillon's old room. After a few nights sleeping on a sagging sofa, Dillon is ready to give up, until she receives an unlikely gift--her grandfather's run-down vintage camp trailer, which she quickly resolves to restore with the help of Jordan Atwood, the handsome owner of the local hardware store.

But just when things are finally beginning to run smoothly....

My thoughts: 
This little book has come along at just the right time. With the tiny house movement, the vintage trailer movement, and the focus on fixing things up and renovating, it was a nice backdrop. I truly enjoyed the characters and the setting as well as the plot of this book. Who hasn't wanted to pick up and start all over or go back to their hometown? 

Going back to family can be wonderful... or terrible... or something in between. ~smile~ One thing's for sure, after you've lived away on your own for awhile, you need a little space to yourself when you come back. That's just how Dillon felt, and her Grandpa helped her to have just that with a vintage trailer that he had inherited when his friend Jack died. 

It's not a complicated story at all, but the characters are all so likeable, it makes you just want to hang out and see what's going to happen next. If you're trying to get a little escape time from the next news reel, Melody Carlson is a great writer to help you think on happy things. I think the topic was fresh and relevant and just plain entertaining. 

What seemed like a straight forward book has just enough twist to keep the reader's interest. It's also got me thinking about a vintage trailer. ~smile~

★★★★  I really liked it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-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  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I use the Goodreads star system.
★               Did not like it
★★            It was okay
★★★         Liked it
★★★★      Really liked it
★★★★★   It was amazing

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Pandemic Encouragement

 It seems all the world is aflutter these days. Nothing seems quite firm under our feet right now. So many things have changed so quickly. Good thing we stand on the Rock of our Salvation. Cabin fever is, in some cases, being taken to an extreme. Have you noticed it? Are you home more than usual? Is your family home more than usual? Has there been an economic impact on your life? When one thing changes, there is often a domino effect.

BUT GOD is rich in mercy. God did not cause this pandemic, but I believe He will use it for good. I believe that He is good, He loves us, and that He will work all things together for good for those of us who love the LORD and are called according to His purpose. That's all of us if we love Him.

 I hope this finds you all well. These are certainly interesting times we're going through. Yes through. We will see the other side of this. Is it not amazing how quickly things can change? But God is unchanging, and it is in HIM that we put our trust. 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9. 

Keep the faith,


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Thursday, April 2, 2020

On my Needles... What I'm Reading April 2, 2020

Hello everyone,

Did March pass in a blur for you like it did for me? I don't even know where it went. I can tell you one thing though, I am ready for blue skies, fresh Spring air, and the end of flu and virus season. Like you, I have been  washing and praying.

On my knitting needles... on my bookshelf, in my Kindle,  and on my Scribd app! Knitting and reading in my free time and little bits of snatched time is one of my favorite ways to enrich my life. I love to listen to the Bible, to a non-fiction book that can help me learn, or to a novel to pass the time as I knit or work around the house. Do you have any favorites?

Here are the things that I'm listening to this week:

I just finished Revelation  on Now I need to decide whether to read the entire Bible or the New Testament next.

Yes I'm one of those ladies who loves Christmas stories all year round. Donna VanLiere has written several stories all centered around the same little town and characters. I really enjoy this reader, too. I downloaded this to my phone on my Scribd app.

You can see other books I'm reading  on Goodreads.

While I listen or watch videos, I am also knitting earbud bags for gifts. I just finished these.

I just wove in the ends on my socks  

More tinkle wipes 

I think knitting for charity and praying during the knitting is one of my very favorite things to do. There are so many who need to feel cared for.  But right now I am working on filling my gift boxes and sewing things we need. It is good to be proactive. 

Blessings to all of you!
Remember... keep busy.
This too shall pass.

Have a homemade, handmade, heartmade thrifty week! 

P.S  I highly recommend using Scribd. You get unlimited ebooks and audio books plus other reading materials for just one low price. $8.99 a month. You don't have to pay per book. It's all included in the one price. It's the best money I've spent this year!

If you use my link, you'll get a 2 month free trial of Scribd, and I will get a free month as well. I'm not an affiliate, it's just a neat perk that they have for their subscribers who tell their friends. I've earned 180 free days just sharing how much I love their service! You can too.

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Laura Lane on Goodreads
2020  9 Finished Books
Goal 50

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