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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I added links to Barnes and Noble because that’s where I bought my books from. I am NOT affiliated with B&N, please buy from your favorite place!

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*Please note that London Lovett has no idea I’m posting this, I was not asked to write this nor payed to, all books were purchased by me using my birthday gift cards. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  

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Pumpkin Nice and Everything Nice Coloring Book for Adults!

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Do you love to color? Is fall your favorite season? Do you love being encouraged by Gods Word? Then Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice coloring book is for YOU!

Taking time every day for yourself can work wonders for your mood (especially moms!) and let me tell you this books will definitely boost your mood!

Since I was a child I’ve LOVED to color! I had coloring books by the dozens and every single one was colored in from front to back! So when adult coloring books started hitting the market I was thrilled, but this one is different…the Word of God fills it, hence the name “Coloring Faith”

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice coloring book is filled with gorgeous fall scenes and sayings as well a bible verses!

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I’ve been coloring in it when I get a chance over the last few weeks and I have to say it definitely improves my mama mood and helps me relax! As it’s getting colder it’s fun to color in it with a hot cup of tea by type fire when the kids are snug in their beds, it’s SO peaceful!

I’ve seen a few others review this for children and while of course a child could color and love this, it is targeted towards adults.

*I received a complimentary copy from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Happily Homemade

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I love cookbooks, probably because one of my all time favorite things to do is cook! I was taught to cook at a very young age and have taught my own children to cook!

Other than trying new recipes one of my favorite things about cook books are the yummy illustrations! There just something about seeing a beautifully photographed recipe! I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way!

When it comes to great recipes and beautiful photographs Happily Homemade does not disappoint at all! This cook book contains 100 deliciously mouth watering recipes for you and your family to enjoy!

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Happily Homemade is broken down in sections:

  • Meet the author, Rachel Schultz
  • Kitchen Tips and Charts
  • Menu Ideas
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks and Appetizers
  • Entrees
  • Sides, Sauces and Seasonings
  • Desserts

So far none of the recipes we have tried have disappointed! Each recipe feeds 3-4 people which is no big deal…I’m the youngest of nine kids…I’m very familiar with doubling and tripling recipes!

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The breakfast croissant sandwich (pg 34) is one of our faves and you can’t go wrong with the banana cake (pg 210)
If you are looking for a new cookbook that is easy to use and has good recipes, then this is the cookbook for you!

Amazon: Cook up some love in your kitchen.

Does the question “What’s for dinner?” fill you with dread? Is the thought of looking for something to cook every day overwhelming? Popular food blogger and Pinterest celebrity Rachel Schultz has you covered in Happily Homemade, with 100 tasty recipes even a beginner can serve with pride.

Reinvigorating familiar dishes with interesting and unexpected flavor combinations, Rachel shares her go-to creations that always get rave reviews. Even with so much variety, Rachel’s approachable recipes include only ingredients you can find at your local grocery store. This gorgeous cookbook includes a photo of every recipe, plus essays and tips from Rachel (and her friends) on hospitality and making life easier in the kitchen.

Happily Homemade is all about celebrating food and joyfully loving others through cooking. Let Rachel show you how easy it can be to bring warmth and delight to everyone at your table by serving something happily homemade.

Thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this book! 

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Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering!

unnamed-16I absolutely love Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering! As a child my favorite thing to do was color, I had a foot trunk full of coloring books, crayons and colored pencils! So when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on this coloring book I was thrilled! Each page is heavy stock paper and there are more than 100 illustrations to enjoy!

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I have loved this book so much especially on days when I’m feeling overwhelmed or disheartened, in a world where it seems like the news is full of heartache, sorrow and horror, I have been taking the time to sit in His presence and it has definitely made coloring a worship tool for me, couple that with beautiful illustrations and I have a lovely time of just God and me. It has help focus on the light rather than the dark that surrounds our world.

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I truly believe that you will love Jesus Calling just as much as I do, in fact it may just be what you are looking for or needing in your life! I’m so bless that I was given the opportunity to review this coloring book for you my friends. This would make a wonderful gift for any believer in your life, especially someone who may struggle with anxiety.

Amazon: Experience Peace in the Presenceof the Savior Who Is Always with You
​Relax and reflect on Scripture and quotes from #1 bestselling Jesus Calling® while coloring intricate illustrations and hand-lettering selected passages to remind you of God’s love. This one-of-a-kind adult coloring book features coloring pages as well as a simple hand-lettering tutorial and templates so you can participate in the hand-lettering trend.
Special features:

  • More than 100 intricate, beautiful illustrations
  • Perforated pages on heavy stock
  • Unique addition of hand-lettering template pages
  • Foil-embellished cover

Experience a deeper relationship with Jesus as you focus on His words of hope, guidance, and peace.

ISBN-13: 978-0718091262
\Thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this book! 

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Courage to Soar {Book Review}

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We all watched as Simone Biles dazzled us in Rio this summer. With her adorable spunky personality how could you not love her! Actually because of her and my daughter {age six} fell in love with gymnastics and started in September after the Rio Olympics. Seeing Simone’s determination helped my daughter work hard and always try new things, and in less than two months she was advanced to pre-competitive team!! I know that my daughter is not the only one 🙂

Back to this summer, as you watched Simone did you ever wonder how she got there? Did you ever wonder when you would hear the little news blurbs talk about how she was adopted or how it’s been a hard road? I know I did so when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on her book Courage to Soar I absolutely jumped at the opportunity (my daughter was just as excited as I was.)
In the book the Courage to Soar Simone shares about her very early life, early memories and the trials that this little tiny girl and her siblings went through…have a few tissues on hand. It’s not just about her early life but her life from then up until, well now! My daughter LOVED the section of the book that was full of pictures of Simone from little girl to now!

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Courage to Soar is all about encouragement and that is exactly what it does! I love that it shows how Simone went from a very difficult beginning to being the star that we all saw at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.

It’s such a wonderful book. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those of you like us who adore Simone. If you have gymnast this is a book that she will absolutely love.

If you do have a gymnast who loves Simone I recommend check out her signature leotards at GK Elite!

*Although BookLook Bloggers did send me this book I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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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:

  • How To Use The Bible
  • 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 | 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!

*Although I did receive this book for free to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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