H. D. Gilbert

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  • The Gabriel Memos on Sep. 30, 2014

    “The Gabriel Memos” by Betty J. Gravlin is a collection letters, memos and written instructions meant for Angels – yet speak straight to the Human heart. While Fictional in Nature, there is much wisdom and truth hidden in these letters, not to mention thought provoking advice based on Angelic Lore and Bible Verses. Imagine Heaven as an organization. Angelic Lore already tells us that there are levels of Angels and each Heavenly being holds a different job. In this delightful and faithful scenario, Gabriel, as the Director of the Department of Guardian Angels is charged with training these most important of the Angel Choirs; those that have the direct relationship with Humans. From conception to death and beyond, he orchestrates and guides those with the duty to Guard us. The devil makes things hard and lays traps along the way, moments that will derail the fallible human heart and challenge even the most astute of Angelic servants. Betty Gravlin has combined a concept we can all embrace and understand with humorous stanzas and deep Theological principles. A wonderful read that will entertain and comfort.
  • Guide to Select the Perfect Paint Colors for Your Home - 5 Extremely Easy Steps on Nov. 03, 2014

    I have a small condo with big dreams – one of those is changing the boring taupe walls into something a bit more exciting, yet somehow soothing. This is a combination that is hard to fathom and even harder to manage. Enter Judith Paul’s “Guide to Select the Perfect Colors for Your Home: 5 Extremely Easy Steps.” This Interior Designer offers up the tips and the expert advice in an easy to use and follow guide that actually answers some common questions instead of the more prevalent, “Well… what I would do..” mantra of some other design books. After going through the guide and filling in the answers to the questions I have come to the conclusion that my condo CAN have both a soothing and an exciting theme – the bedrooms will be calmer, more in the blues or violet tones while the living room will splash a bit of vibrancy in warmer colors. Armed with this awareness and a solid grasp of the 60-30-10 rule, I am heading to the Home Improvement store soon to pick up some sample cans and swatches. This guide is well written and straight forward. Like the title says, these steps are extremely easy – it helps take what can be a complicated decision and makes it obvious and approachable.
  • Always Love You on March 18, 2015

    The MacLarens of Fire Mountain are quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional clans to follow. Shirleen Davies returns to their world in “Always Love You” a story of remembrance, redemption, and of course – love. In this installment we find Eric Sinclair, a happy and carefree bachelor with a past he would rather forget. When Amber Anderson is hired for marketing at MacLaren Enterprises she thinks she has landed the gig of a lifetime, or at least one that will propel her where she wants to go – until she runs into Eric, who just happens to be the director of land acquisition and development division – AND Heath MacLaren’s stepson. The two have a history, one neither is willing to rehash or face. They have to work together…. But the tension is building and the past is calling. Like other books in this expansive series, there is an underlying story that weaves around the romance, this one that details hard choices, a different life and a man that loved his daughter enough to send her away. Like the other books that I have read by Shirleen Davies, this one is a 5 star joy that I will be reading again.
  • Sunrise Ridge on May 25, 2015

    In Shirley Davies’s third installment in her ‘Redemption Mountain Series’ just might be my favorite of the lot. “Sunrise Ridge” brings the local blacksmith, Noah Brandt, to the fore. We saw him in the previous novels as a background character – and intriguing one, now we learn his story. Though fiction, Davies’s has a way of creating a realistic landscape speckled with moments that reflect honest emotion and the conflict that can arise in day to day life, as well as the more complicated situations that make for a great novel. Noah has always had a thing for Abigail Tolbert, daughter of a well to do local cattle family, feelings that Abigail has long returned. When Noah fails to take action or make his own affections known, Abigail takes matters into her own hands when they meet at a wedding. Unfortunately, her father sees the event and considering the time – promptly intervenes and sends Abigail far away to protect her. This sets up a hard beginning to the kind of romance that will charm you.