PORT DANBY COZY MYSTERY SERIES by London Lovett

Profile avatar for London LovettI LOVE to read, I average between 50-100 novels per year, so when my birthday came along {this past spring} it was no surprise that my husband got me a Barnes and Noble gift card…so did my kids…as well as my mom! I was excited to peruse my favorite category “Cozy Mysteries and Armature Sleuths” As I scrolled I came across some very lovely covers {yes I am drawn to covers of books first then I read the description, I’m sure I am not the only one}

One cover caught my eye and I was immediately interested in it because of the gorgeous cover, then I read the title “Marigolds and Murder” by London Lovett! Yes, it was absolutely perfect, I bought right than and there, I just knew I’d love it…like when you find the right wedding dress and it just clicks! {I got the ebook, sadly no one sells the paper back near me and I wanted to start reading it asap!}

It was Friday, my husband and kids were playing Fortnite so I knew I had some serious “me” time on my hands, which means reading! I read Marigolds and Murder in a little over one evening {its about 180 pages on my Surface Pro using the Nook app} I LOVED it! In my excitement of downloading it I didn’t even think to see if it was in a series…OMG it is…and at the time there were EIGHT more books in the series {book 10 came out on June 17th} I was ecstatic and bought the other eight books, plus everything else by the lovely London Lovett, which are Port Danby, Firefly Junction and Starfire series.

Books I purchased:

  • Books 1-9 in the Port Danby series {book 10 came out this June}
  • Books 1-4 in the Firefly Junction series {book 5 came out in early April}
  • Book 1 in the Starfire series {book 2 came out in early May}

I ended up purchasing all the books in ebook form but I love them so much I plan to get them all on paper back so I can always have one or two with me!

I went back and forth about how in depth I wanted to get about this series, I don’t want to give anything away so I decided make it a skim off the top summery of the entire series as a whole. I don’t ruin the awesomeness of this series and the characters, so here goes…

The Port Danby series takes place in the sweetest little costal town called Port Danby, where tourists visit and I want to live! Lacey Pinkerton or Pink to her friends, has recently moved to Port Danby and is starting a new life in a new place! She’s the proud owner of a flower shop, a crow that’s sure he’s not a bird and a sweet kitty, plus she has an unbelieve sense of smell! Port Danby is chalked full of people you are sure to love, from the hunky detective, to the dueling twins, the handsome neighbor, the quirky best friend and the diner that will undoubtedly make you crave Chili and Cornbread. If that wasn’t perfect enough my girl Pink finds herself in all kinds of sticky situations {although I’m confident she would refer to it more of a “right place at the right time” situation} and an unplanned partnership with the above mentioned hunky detective {Briggs}, make these books an absolute page turners. Oh and I can’t forget the mystery within the mystery…what really happened 100 years ago in that mansion on the hill?

I HIGHLY recommend all the books in the Port Danby series!

London Lovett has quickly become one of my favorite if not favorite authors!

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Guess what?!? Right now Marigolds and Murder {book one in the Port Danby series} is currently FREE on Barnes and Noble for Nook {I use the app}

I focused on the Port Danby series today but I plan to have a Firefly Junction post and a Starfire post in the next week or so!

PORT DANBY COZY MYSTERY SERIES

In order 1-10

Marigolds and Murder

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Carnations and Chaos

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Mistletoe and Mayhem

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Tulips and Trouble

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Peonies and Poison

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Hyacinths and Homicide

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Crocuses and Crime

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Sunflowers and Sabotage

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What I’m reading | October | Uninvited

Uninvited: Living Loved When you Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

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Rarely is there a book, especially a “self-help” type book that I love from the moment I open it. Usually these kinds of books are very uncomfortable, very invasive, and VERY convicting. Don’t get me wrong Uninvited totally is all those things but the amazing author Lysa TerKeurst presents it in the most loving gentle way. I have laughed, cried and prayed throughout reading this book!

 Lysa TerKeurst is one of my authors, she has been for a while but Uninvited has spoken to me in a way that no other has. Many…ok pretty much all of the  personal struggles and experiences are exactly what I have struggled with and experienced. It almost seemed was if Lysa wrote this book for me and to help heal me from so very difficult things that honestly I had no idea how to deal with. It’s more that just struggles, Lysa shares how rejection has impacted her life, again something that I have gone through that has broken me…really. I love that Lysa invites the reader into her journey of healing, through love, friendship and funny personal anecdotes.

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I think it goes without saying…but…this book has been such a blessing for my heart and my healing. I know I am not the only one who easily feels rejected or left out in life, and often this pain can lasts for years. Uninvited helped remind me of who I am:

Fully and completely loved,

NO MATTER WHAT

I am a daughter of the King. 

I’m not who that guy says I am.
I’m not who that girl says I am.
I’m not who social media likes and comments say I am.
I’m not who the grades, to do lists, messes, and mess ups say I am.
I’m not who the scale says I am or the sum total of what my flaws and say I am.
I’m going to stop flirting with the unstable things of this world so I can fall completely in love with You.
I am loved.
I am held.
I am Yours.
I am forever Yours.

It’s time for you to heal.  

It’s time for you to Live Loved.  

Lysa and Uninvited can help you heal from that broken, alone, and unloved life, giving you the ability to start living the life that God designed for you.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone….seriously! It’s so wonderful!
HUGE Thank you to Lysa for being so vulnerable, she blessed me more than I can ever put in to words! God has truly blessed her! ❤
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What I’m Loving | October| Beautiful Word Coloring Bible!

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With hundreds of inspiring verses illustrated in detailed, ready-to-color line art, the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible employs the proven stress-relieving benefits of adult coloring to help quiet your soul so you can reflect on the precious truths of Scripture. Perfect for all ages, the thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

Bible Journaling has become more than hobby but a way of worship for so many, it is something that I personally have loved doing since I was a child. I so vividly remember someone at church gasping  when they saw me drawing and coloring pictures in the margins of my bible, I was told that I was being disrespectful to Gods Word, I didn’t feel that I was at all and my mom ensured me I wasn’t either so continued {at home}. As I’ve gotten older I have found less and less time to draw in my margins but I still try to every once in a while. Recently I received a email from Zondervan sharing all the up coming releases… I squealed with excitement! Eek! The Beautiful Word COLORING Bible! Guys this is tailor made for me…it may as well be called “Britni’s Coloring Bible”

My heart lept out of my chest from excitement when it arrived! It is a beautiful Bible, the illustrations are great and create a wonderful time of worship as well as encouraging your God given creativity!!

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 {Here is a blank margin I did}

Inside the Bible:

The pages are thicker than the average but they are still “bible” pages so still thinner than say that novel you’ve been reading. I would highly recommend colored pencils over watercolors, watercolor crayons and markers I feel like they would bleed through and possibly cause a big mess, but that is my opinion. If you are using watercolor make sure you put a blank sheet of paper under the page you are working on and allow it to fully drybible5

There are countless “coloring” pages…meaning the out line is already there you just color it the way you want, there are also TONS of blank margins giving you the opportunity to show your heart, feelings and faith! I love both aspects, where creativity is often times my middle name…the Lord has not blessed me with 5-6 more hours in the day making it very difficult to draw in the margins like I did as a child, they take time, so the pre drawn pages are perfect for times when I just want quite communion with God but maybe I only have 5-10 minutes. The blank margins are perfect for kiddo nap time, after they go to bed or that rare entire afternoon!

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I would recommend this Bible to any friend or family member from pre- teen to 100 {there are other wonderful options for younger children}. In fact I already got my mom a copy, it arrived yesterday! She has been loving the adult coloring books {ooh who hasn’t!} She is a true artist and is in love with this Bible! With a price tag of $30 or less this stunning Bible will not break the bank especially if you are like my family and on a budget!

Already have it? Do you love it?

via Zondervan: Features of this treasured Bible include:

  • Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
  • Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
  • Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
  • Full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
  • Easy-to-read black letter text in single-column format
  • Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
  • Ribbon marker

If you are looking for another translation the Beautiful Word Bible {non coloring version} comes in other translations including KJV and Large Print which can be found at Zondervan

**Q&A: After posting I started receiving emails about where the colored pencils are from {in the top photo} They were from TJMaxx but I have seen them in Ross too.

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What I’m Loving | August | Minecrafters Bible

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From the back cover “Do you ever feel like it’s more fun to exist in the computer world than the real one? Is that the only place you can control your destiny? Well, God is the original great world builder, and he gave us the power and the skills we need to make changes in the real world. The Minecrafter’s Bible, NIrV contains the full text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) as well as 24 color tip-in pages featuring full-color illustrations in the style of wildly popular virtual-world-building games. Featured stories include the days of creation and great builds of the Bible.”

First off no, this isn’t an instruction book of how to play mc4Minecraft {I recommend grabbing the set they have a Costco for that!}

Is your house like mine and at any given moment someone is playing or talking about Minecraft? When I heard that there was going to be a Minecraft Bible I was stoked to get it for my kiddos! I think this Bible is such a fun idea, the idea of combining  faith, creation, Jesus and Minecraft is genius! My kids all genuinely love reading there Bibles and studying God’s word but this Bible has added a fun spin of one of their favorite games.

The color illustrations {understand that they are not fully licensed Minecraft images they are “like” minecraft!} are placed in chronological order, but not next to the story they portray.

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Each of the 24 color pages feature Minecraft as the Characters of Bible stories, including:

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  • Creation
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Tower of Babel
  • Ten Commandments
  • Building of the Tabernacle
  • Walls of Jericho
  • Samson’s Strength
  • David and Goliath

and so many more

Each picture also has verses and Scripture summaries printed on the picture as well.

I would have liked to see more “minecraft” pages , don’t get me wrong we LOVE the 24 included it would just be fun to have more. Also I would have LOVED to see this Bible in a NIV version or ESV as well!

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This Bible would be great as a gift for the Minecraft gamer in your life! I would recommend this book ALL ages {I have seen many say this is “only for ages 4-10” my question is why? We all play Minecraft in our house, we all loved the illustrations} Mine crafters Bible…what a perfect conversation starter 🙂

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What I’m Reading | July | With My Eyes Wide Open

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If the name Brian “Head” Welch sounds familiar to you it’s probably because he is the guitarist from Korn! During my high school days I was a big fan of Korn. Brian “Head” Welch always stood out to me because of his awesomely funky hair. I remember shortly after my oldest son was born {in 2005} hearing that Brian had left Korn because he wanted to focus more on being a father to his beautiful daughter, and I was thrilled to hear he had become a Christian as well!

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‘With My Eyes Wide Open’ is such a heart wrenching, beautiful, emotional book that basically takes you through Brian’s entire life following his salvation. As I mentioned he left Korn to take care of his daughter Jennae so the book focuses a lot on Brian and Jennae and the things that they went through, the ups and downs of each of their lives together and separately. It is so beautiful how God revealed his power by guiding them through all the things that they went through so faithful even when it was really painful…and it was.

20140723-REDMF-54I absolutely love how honest Brian was, he loves his daughter so much and it so very clear that he is wholeheartedly committed to Jesus. I also love the very end of the book where both he and Jennae wrote a letter to the reader. Both letters are so touching and heartfelt.

From the first chapter you just know so many lives are going to be changed through this book and his testimonies. Because of his willingness to be so opened and real the book really gives so many the opportunity to identify with the things that he and his daughter have gone through. Brian is a HUGE encouragement from meth junkie, getting drugs in the mail, getting high before he took his daughter to school to amazing follow of Jesus! Then God used him to save his beloved daughter!

This would be an excellent book for anyone in your life especially those who are Korn fans Christian or not. It’s so incredibly well written yet extremely easy to read!

Please take a moment and watch Brian’s I am second video you will be touched and moved by…it will make you cry its amazing!


I also love that the book has pages full of photos of both Brian and Jennae over the years AND on the back of the book has tons of praise from Nikki Sixx {Motley Crue}  Eric Metals, Alice Cooper, Scott Hamilton, David Ellefson {Megadeath} and Corey Taylor {Slipknot}

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What I’m Reading | June | Wild and Free

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Do you want to live “Wild and Free”? In the their new book Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan takes us back to God’s original plan for women, a beautiful life living wild for God and free from the expectations of this world. How many times have we or other women/mom we know buckle under the pressure of specifically social media pressure? It’s sad that so many women are living backed into a corner because of expectation…many times unattainable expectations. These lovely lady sharing their own stories of feeling not enough, being too much and everything in between, it speaks to your soul with inspiration to live life Wild and Free, like wild horses ❤ {when you read the book you’ll get it}

Whether you are a shy observer like Hayley or bold go getter like Jess, you will be spoken to and I know your heart will be touched, and more than likely you will find your self identifying with one or both of these ladies. I found my self stunned as they shared their  stories…my story! I absolutely love that throughout the book we’re reminded that we are not alone in our struggles, but we are blessed to have a community of women who long to live this wild and free life as well. Are you like me and have a hard time allowing the shackles of shame break and let people in? They help you embrace the community that God has uniquely put you. Thought this book it is reiterated that you are just as you are, because the you that you are is perfect. Don’t forget that you are completely loved and worthy.

This book is something that I think all women need in their lives! Looking for a gift for a woman in your life? Consider this book! This would also be a great book for a women bible study!

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The Adventures of Rooney Cruz: Hannah, The Belle of Prayer Review

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Bible Belles is a series based on five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah. HEARD. These women were extraordinary because they made a different kind of noise than the noise of today’s world. Today, the girls who are loud, rude, and obsessed with outer beauty are the ones a lot of girls look up to and try to act like. The Bible Belles series is a new way for girls to celebrate the qualities that make up a truly beautiful woman: prayer, patience, bravery, loyalty, and leadership. These five women represent the journey a young girl can take to understand God’s love and to be someone whose beauty isn’t measured by society’s standards. They symbolize the transformation of a girl who learns to see true beauty in herself and in others.

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Today, I want to share an awesome new book, The Adventures of Rooney Cruz: Hannah The Belle of Prayer {book one in the series!} Honestly, this is hands-down one of the best books that my daughter and I have EVER read! She loves it and is already anxiously awaiting Esther {coming 2016}

RooneyAbout the adorable ROONEY CRUZ:

In Book One of the Bible Belles series, Rooney Cruz isn’t exactly having a great day. The normal teasing on the playground and, oh, that mud puddle! But soon an angel appears, and Rooney begins a journey that will change her life forever.

She makes a shocking discovery: superheroes are real, and she’s one of them!

Join Rooney as she uncovers the first secret superpower that she possesses: the Power of Prayer. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will transform her into the greatest superhero of all: a Bible Belle!

About the book: the story starts with the Rooney dealing with some not so friendly girls on the playground. The girls are mean and complement her sarcastically, she slips and falls in the mud making the girls laugh, point at her and even threw a rock at her. Rooney just wants to be left alone so she runs to her favorite spot underneath an oak tree at the far edge of the playground. While she sits under the oak tree she wonders “why are they so mean?” “I don’t get it

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BThen Rooney here’s Ring a ding DING! Where is that sound coming from? she wonders. It’s her angel, Mari. Mari is teeny tiny angel who takes her on a magical journey to past and into scriptures! They go visit a girl named Hannah, like Rooney Hannah know some not so nice girls.MariThey watch Hannah to see how she deals with similar situations when she was being bullied. Rooney learns that Hannah felt bullied by the other wife of her husband named Peninnah. She also learns when Hannah cried out to God and God heard her!

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When they arrive back in the Rooney’s real life she is able to reflect on Hannah’s experience and cries out to God through a real honest heartfelt prayer.

The story ends with a little bit of a cliffhanger, we don’t know how it all ends up with the girls on the playground, but what we do know is whatever happens Rooney has learned that she can talk to God when ever she wants or needs to and God with willing carry all her troubles with him, he will hear her and he will always support her no matter what!

I absolutely love the message of the story, we all need to be reminded that God is always with us and he wants us to bring our questions, concerns and fears to him daily. He is an amazing God and gives us wisdom and insight into situations and no matter how the situation turns out he is always there with us to take care of us. This is exactly what I want my daughter to know! She loves EVERYTHING about this book, the illustrations and Rooney {who she happens to look a lot like!} It was so perfect and spoke to her little heart!

The book is wonderfully written by Erin and gorgeously illustrated by Rob Corley, a former Disney animator. We can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series! Psst…Esther: The Belle of Patience, coming out in early 2016!!!!

About the Author:

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Erin is an enthusiastic and goofy mom to two children, one of them with paws. She is a wife, teacher, former college athlete, and a five time cancer survivor. Her heart is in Seville, Spain, though she calls Encinitas, CA home. In her spare time she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and daughter, coaching sports, and pretending she can bake. She loves eating, laughing, and volunteering at Sunday school. Alongside her husband, she is the co-founder of Bible Belles.

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disclaimer

I did receive this book from the author. However all thoughts and opinions are my own I was not compensated for a positive review, I honestly just love the book!