Tuesday, April 26, 2016


When all seems lost, where can hope be found?
Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6 months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family.
On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly 2 years in full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame.
Defying every prognosis, with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk. Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chance by embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find...hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls.
An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, eight years later, Katherine and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope in this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.

MY REVIEW OF THIS READ:   I first heard of Katherine's stroke the day after it happened.  I live in the area where Jay's father preaches and through FB friends that attend First Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL I heard about Katherine and joined everyone in praying for her.   I did follow her mom's blog about her journey and later on I followed Jay and Katherine's blog as they journeyed through surgeries and physical therapy to later founding their ministry Hope Heals.

This is a riveting story when all seems hopeless there is always a ray of hope that we hold fast to in our walk with Jesus.   What do you do when you are young, just married and have a baby that is just six months old?   You make plans for what you are going to do and want to do.   You never expect that on April 21, 2008 that your life as you know it will forever be changed.

This is the story of their journey together as Katherine fought against the odds to survive and then to regain just the simple of tasks that we all take for granted.   Come join Jay and Katherine as they take you on this journey and yes Hope Heals even when we are left with scars.

I am giving this read 5 stars!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Rachel McMillan’s Murder Mystery Prize Pack and Facebook Party


The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Harvest House, April 2016)
In 1910 Toronto, while other bachelor girls perfect their domestic skills and find husbands, two friends perfect their sleuthing skills and find a murderer.
Inspired by their fascination with all things Sherlock Holmes, best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem launch a consulting detective business. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly, where the high hopes of those dreaming to make a new life in Canada are met with prejudice and squalor.
While searching for answers, donning disguises, and sneaking around where no proper ladies would ever go, they pair with Jasper Forth, a police constable, and Ray DeLuca, a reporter in whom Jem takes a more than professional interest. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever–if they can stay alive long enough to do so.


Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.

MY REVIEW OF THIS READ:  This is a light and unpredictable read.  It is the female version of Sherlock and Watson, but it lacks the riveting suspense that I am used to in a mystery novel.   It can get bogged down in descriptions and other stuff.   It somewhat jumps around too much.   It is easy to pick up and put down in between reads.

I have a mixed feelings on this book.   I enjoyed the Historical background included in this novel.   It does give you what women went through during the 1900's and also what the immigrants went through in Canada and not just in America.

It was an okay read for me.   If you like Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novels you might like this one.   

Meet best friends and flatmates Merinda and Jem, who launch their own Sherlock Holmes-esque consulting detective business in 1910 Toronto in Rachel McMillan’s The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder. The deaths of young Irish women lead Merinda and Jem deeper into the mire of the city’s underbelly. Merinda could well be Toronto’s premiere consulting detective, and Jem may just find a way to put her bachelor girlhood behind her forever–if they can stay alive long enough to do so.

Rachel is celebrating the release of The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder with a Murder Mystery Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on April 28!


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 4/28. The winner will be announced at The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Rachel and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!


RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!