The River Book Review



If you’re interested in Amish Christian Fiction than this is the book for you! Unlike many of Beverly Lewis’s books, this is one of her few standalone novels. I was excited to receive a copy (loner on my Nook AND a hard copy) to read and review, just like Karen Kingsbury, Lewis is one of my FAVORITE authors.

This particular novel is about two formerly Amish sisters, Tilly and Ruth, who travel back to their Amish families to visit for their parents’ wedding anniversary. They are plagued by past, unresolved relationship issues and whether or not they should be where they are. Particularly for Ruth, who is single and hanging onto a relationship she left behind in the Amish world.

You can read an excerpt of this novel HERE, purchase a copy HERE and learn more about Beverly Lewis and all of her amazing novels HERE.


I received two copies of this novel, in a borrowed form on my Nook, as well as a hard copy to keep for free. All opinions and statements are mine and mine alone!

Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door Review

We were actually really excited to try this screen door in our new home, we don’t have any attached screen doors on either the front or back door… we actually only have a regular front door and then a glass storm door as well as a regular door in the back.



We were pleased by the quality of the mesh when we pulled it out of the package, but were a little worried about the install when we realized that it may require some velcro permanently attached to our door frame. You can also use the tacks included, so that was our plan. However, when my husband went to install it on the front doorway he was not able to do so. The way our door frame is, and the way the doorway opens there isn’t a place to attach it to the inside of the house. He also didn’t want to install it on the outside because for one, the tacks would not have held onto our vinyl siding… and he definitely didn’t want to permanently attach strips of velcro to the front entrance of our home.

Our second attempt was on the back door but were faced with the same dilemma regarding the inside of the house… and since we have the glass storm door it wasn’t possible to attach it to the outside of the house. Pretty disappointing, especially considering how nice this cool day was, we would have enjoyed an extra breeze coming through the front door!

Despite all that I can tell you that the entrance to the screen door looks like it would definitely hold up to any bugs that would want to come in, though I’m not sure how you would prevent them from coming in at the bottom.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

28 Weeks – Baby Bird



How far along? 28 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Sitting at 3lbs

Maternity clothes? Yep… and some shirts aren’t as long as they need to be… This one will need to be retired soon :(

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: Some nights I have good long stretches of deep sleep, others I’m waking up constantly from nightmares and hip pain. 

Best moment this week: Seeing Bird move all over my belly, she is getting SO strong!

Movement: Bird moves a lot, this week, as I mentioned above, she’s been moving so much we can physically see her kicking and punching. She was up in my ribs during mine and J’s movie date… not very comfortable when you’re sitting!

Food cravings: Haven’t had much of an appetite this week actually.

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? It’s pushing out, so it’s kind of half in/half out at the moment.  

Wedding rings on or off? Still loose, but still wearing them.

What I miss: Feeling in control of my emotions… Oi.

What am I looking forward too: Painting… still need to find time to do that!

Weekly Wisdom: Don’t hold everything in… it’s not helpful to ANYONE.

Milestones: THIRD TRIMESTER!!!

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