12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman


12 Tips to Becoming a More Organized Woman
Lane P. Jordan’s 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman has been revised and republished to bring the tips up-to-date. I was hopeful when I began to read the updated edition. I find myself often disorganized and distracted and yearn for a system to follow that will solve my problems.

This was a very different book and focus. Jordan draws a woman who takes care of all aspects of her life by drawing closer to the Lord Jesus and His teaching. She touches on the relationships we have – social, family, children, self — but mostly spiritual.

Initially disappointed not to find a “how to” book, I was pulled into the depths of what could be — IF I properly order my spiritual life.

While this book won’t tell you anything about “organization” that you don’t already know, it will help you organize yourself and your tasks so you can put Jesus first in your life and your home. After all, our priorities should be God first, family second, all else third.

I was given a copy of this book by Hendrickson Publishers for review purposes.


Submerged, Shattered, and Stranded


SubmergedWhat else could possibly happen?

Dani Pettrey has a series in play that’s every bit as exciting as watching the Red Sox win the World Series. You will want to add Dani’s three, soon to be four, books to your must read list – all are 5-star material.

Submerged marks Bailey Craig’s return to Alaska – a place she fled from years before – to bury a beloved aunt who’d been killed in a plane crash. But all is not as it seems and soon Bailey and former love of her live, Cole McKenna, are embroiled in a mystery investigation as the body count rises. Will they solve the mystery or will they, and it, remain submerged?



ShatteredShattered, Dani’s second novel in the Alaska series, leaves the McKenna family shattered when their prodigal brother’s return leads to his arrest for murder. Deputy Landon Grainger knows the McKennas, but his boss is pushing him to solve the case and charge the most likely suspect. Pursuing the truth puts his job in jeopardy as the impetuous Piper McKenna begins her own investigation determined to exonerate her brother. The two follow clues deep into the back country and although their long friendship may be turning into something deeper, the case is becoming deadlier at every turn.



StrandedStranded brings Bailey Craig back to Alaska to help her former partner solve a mystery. But when she arrives, her partner is missing. She’d sworn off investigative journalism, but Abby’s plea for help was something she could not refuse. As she boards the cruise ship, she runs into Cole McKenna, her long ago boyfriend – his company has been hired to provide Extreme Adventures for the guests of the cruise line. Their relationship, once deepening, becomes strained as Cole is convinced that Bailey is once again the penultimate investigative journalist – no matter who gets hurt. The entire McKenna clan gets involved, but will the key players be left stranded?



This series is a must read! You’ll want all of the books now and will be anxiously awaiting the release of the fourth. Dani Pettrey has a hit with the Alaskan Courage Series!

For the Love of Eli…Emma’s Orphans

For the Love of EliI had to keep putting For Love of Eli by Loree Lough down. I just couldn’t keep reading it. I didn’t want it to end and the story to be finished!

Taylor, Eli’s aunt, and Reece, his uncle, vie for Eli’s love and affection. Reece blames Taylor’s brother for Eli’s mother’s death and so he distances himself from her.

Eli, wonderful four-year-old Eli, is a charmer to the nth degree. His insights and comments made me laugh — and cry — and laugh more.

Their story, as it is pieced together like the quilt Taylor is making for Eli, will keep you enthralled to the end.

I felt Loree cut the ending too short – I would have welcomed more detail after the denouement, but I still gave For Love of Eli 5 stars.


Emma’s Orphans, also by Loree Lough, also involves a single woman with a child to care for. Lough has a knack for creating believable characters that cause you to fall in love with them.

Emma's OrphansEmma somehow takes in stray children – hoping to find good Christian homes for them – while dreaming of the day a strong, Christian husband will share her burdens.

Enter Nate O’Neil, a carpenter with a secret, and Hank Campbell, who knew O’Neil from their time together in the Civil war, and who also has a secret. Who will win Emma’s heart? Will Emma be able to keep the children? Who will conquer the past to come to faith and happiness.

You will want to read and savor this heart-warming tale of love and faith and hope!


I was given copies of these books by the author for review purposes.