“The Best Intentions” ~ a review (& GA, ending 12/5/22)

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Are you a fan of Regency (aka Jane Austen-esque) novels? You will delight in Sarah M. Eden’s newest one, The Best Intentions. She faithfully recreates the era, down to its conversations and conventions. Let me share more about this book with you!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Best Intentions

Title: The Best Intentions Series: The Huntresses #1 Author: Sarah M. Eden Publisher: Covenant Communications Release Date: November 21, 2022 Genre: Clean & Wholesome Romance/Historical/Regency

In the eyes of London Society, Gillian Phelps is suitable enough. Though the ton whispers about her change of residence, any speculation remains just that: ballroom gossip. No one—not even the other Huntresses, the group of ladies she calls her dearest friends—knows that she is harboring a devastating family secret. Gillian has become adept at hiding the reality of her circumstances, but the close quarters of a house party will test her ability to conceal the crushing truth. And with so many people to deceive, the late arrival of another guest is a most unwelcome surprise.

Despite his standing as a gentleman of the ton, in truth, Scott Sarvol possesses little more than two debt-riddled estates. When an opportunity arises to survey one of his properties, he travels north, only to find himself an unwitting guest at Artemis Jonquil’s house party. He is warmly welcomed by all—except the aloof Miss Gillian Phelps. But when Scott proves himself unexpectedly helpful in a crisis, his acquaintance with Gillian shifts from wariness to something warmer. As both her charade and her feelings for Scott deepen, Gillian realizes that the truth could spell not only a devastating fall from Society but also a shattered heart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML’s “2013 Novel of the Year” and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Award’s “2014 Novel of the Year,” Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

Connect with Sarah by visiting sarahmeden.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


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My thoughts

What an interesting turn on the Regency novel!

Of course, for anyone who’s read and loved this type of historical fiction (or watched films of the same era), we know this: that as Jane Austen so eloquently states, ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.’ And also, that as a member of high society (or as they termed it then, the ton), men and women needed to be exceedingly wealthy while not working at any profession (mostly). Great beauty didn’t hurt, either.

What if, though, the hero is not of “good fortune,” but still desires to wed? And what if the heroine has little money as well as a secret that would destroy her reputation as well as those of her friends? Not because of anything scandalous that she had done, but because…well, if I told you, it would be a spoiler!

Gillian is a lovely, though suspicious, person. Only because in her contact with those members of the ton, at society balls, caused her ridicule and embarrassment (strictly because of her genteel poverty). Fortunately, she was rescued by and welcomed into the group of strong women termed the “Huntresses,” who then provided close friendship and tutelage in the Huntresses’ strategies: “Retreat. Wield a shield. Return fire.” These aren’t actually the steps for campaigns of attack, but themes which recommend behavior for the slights and insults of London society. (They’re also smart strategies!) So when she meets Scott, a family friend of the head of the Huntresses and her husband, she’s on guard. But he proves himself to be the best sort of man.

Unfortunately, he’s a man with a bit of a secret as well. His is financial, concerning the inheritance of entailed properties and the insolvency they may cause after his uncle’s financial machinations, which makes Scott feel that he is looking at debtors’ prison. He’s a good man who’s doing everything he can to save the estates. But will it be enough? And if he discovers Gillian’s secret, will he still look at her the same way?

What a lovely book. The Best Intentions‘ title gives us a clue that unwise decisions have been made that might turn out poorly. You will love the Huntresses, and especially Gillian and Scott, and you’ll hope that somehow they can reach for that happy ending!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Here’s a film that will inspire your family! “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” from Pure Flix (plus giveaway, ends 8/13/22)

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I am thrilled to share with you another Pure Flix Original film that will delight your heart, inspire your thoughts and plans, and even make you cry tears of joy (seriously!). Momentum Influencer Network and Pure Flix provided an opportunity for me to watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. It’s adapted from the ideas expressed in Dr. Meg Meeker’s book of the same name, and I LOVED IT. Let me tell you more–plus keep reading for the giveaway!

Here’s the movie synopsis:

Steve loves all three of his daughters – but does he really know who they are? Discover the heartfelt journey of a dad who is desperately trying to hold onto his little girls but learns he must give up control and trust God with their future. Watch the movie inspired by Dr. Meg Meeker’s best-selling book, “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.”

More about the film, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

I have to say that Pure Flix is knocking it out of the park with their Pure Flix Original films and series. Their Originals are creative, fun (and funny), thought-provoking, moving; and really, unlike anything else that is on the entertainment market today. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters is the third of their Original programming I’ve seen this summer and it, like its predecessors, was exceptional.

The cast was wonderful and SO believable in their roles, whether they’re playing the adults or the teen and kid actors. (Interesting fun fact: the two sets of couples who play the parents are actually married in real life!) The couples show great contrast in vocation and calling, yet both obviously love each other, and their children, deeply. Some of the side characters are played for laughs but the audience always gets the joke.

This film was inspired by Dr. Meg Meeker’s New York Time bestselling book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know. Dr. Meeker is a pediatrician who noticed how powerfully fathers impacted the young women (for good or for ill) that she saw in her practice. How Pure Flix took Dr. Meeker’s book and transformed it into a movie was pretty unbelievable (in a good way!). It’s never pedantic or heavy-handed, but demonstrates vividly via storyline (and credible acting) what loving fathers can do in and for their daughters’ lives.

My impressions of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughter

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters was incredible. I felt a LOT of emotions as I watched. Happy, entertained, saddened, encouraged, and finally joyful. (With some happy tears). I thought of my own experiences as a daughter and what I’d hoped to be as a parent myself. But finally, I felt joyful and inspired. That’s a pretty fantastic journey for me in a movie! Also, I think I’m going to get a copy of Dr. Meeker’s Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know!

And here’s just a good word for both parents AND daughters: as Dr. Meeker says (and you’ll totally want to watch the interview below), it is NEVER too late for us to learn how to parent more lovingly and effectively; or to heal from the wounds of the past. The truth is, each of us has an amazing, perfect heavenly Father who loves us perfectly (whether we’re parents OR children!). He can transform our image of what a Father can be; and He is faithfully waiting there offering His love. We can reach out to Him and know He won’t ever reject us. And His love can heal!

Watch this interview with the author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

The wonderful Jean Thomason of Momentum Influencer Network speaks with Dr. Meg Meeker about her book and the film, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, and the cool story of how each one came about. This will encourage and bless you!

And don’t miss the film trailer!

Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pure Flix today!

You can subscribe to watch over 7500 films and series on Pure Flix for totally reasonable fees. And, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial to check things out! I totally recommend this, and here are some of my favorites that I’d recommend for your viewing pleasure!

  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (of course!)
  • Live+Local with Dave Coulier
  • Going Home with Cynthia Geary
  • Veggie Tales
  • The Chosen series
  • Church People
  • Sons of Thunder
  • and over 7500 more!

Clearly, I could go on and on. But I don’t have to–you can check it out by clicking on the link below!

Subscribe to Pure Flix here!

And enter to win a 3-month Pure Flix membership!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away one 3-month membership to Pure Flix! To enter, just click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 8/13/33. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Lastly, here are some free articles on intentional parenting, courtesy of Pure Flix

Here are some lovely and inspiring articles on parenting well, from the Pure Flix blog. Each is free to you!

Five Powerful Prayers to Inspire Christian Parenting

7 Parenting Tips for Building a Biblical Worldview in an Age of Mass Media

7 Bible Verses and Life Lessons to Encourage Dads in Your Life

17 Inspiring Bible Verses for Father’s Day to Celebrate Dads

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Win Faith Encouragement Goodies in the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop (ends 7/31/22)

Hi there!

It’s time for more summer fun giveaways! I’m joining with MamatheFox and lots of other fun bloggers for the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop! Keep reading for more info on how to enter all the giveaways.

How to visit the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop page

20+ blogs are participating in this giveaway hop! To go to the giveaway hop linkup page, just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the main Sip Sip Hooray page, where you’ll be able to click to visit every participating blog and enter its giveaway.

And, the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away these pretty Faith Encouragement Goodies in the Sip Sip Hooray Giveaway Hop. One entrant will receive:

  • A floral mint green scarf
  • A mini pad with Scriptures on each page, with Psalm 119:05 on the cover
  • A faux rose gold keychain with Proverbs 3:5-6 on one side in floral lettering, and printed on the opposite side. Bonus, it comes with its own metal box!

To enter to win the FINCHNWREN giveaway, simply click on the pink link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to the Giveaway Tools page, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on June 31, 2022. One entrant will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Win wintery Scrunchies & Cake Butter goodies in the Winter Wishes Giveaway Hop! (ends 1/31/22)

Hello everyone!

How is 2022 treating you? I hope you are all starting out this new year with some positives (even though the corona is still around). And because I would like to celebrate YOU, I’m joining with MamatheFox and 27 other amazing bloggers for the Winter Wishes Giveaway Hop! Keep reading for more info on how to enter all these giveaways, plus my own.

You’ll definitely want to check out all the giveaways that these bloggers are hosting! To do so, you’ll want to go to the Winter Wishes Giveaway Hop page, where you’ll be able to see all the participating blogs. You can get there by clicking on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the blue frog on it). Once you do that, you’ll be at the giveaway hop page. You’ll be able to visit each participating blog from there.

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

I don’t know about you, but one of the effects of the pandemic for me has been a LOT fewer trips to the hair salon. And another effect (which is also apparently a by-product of this winter) is very, very dry skin for me. So, I’m fighting against that by lots of great moisturizer and cute hair tools. And, I’ll be giving this gift pack to one FINCHNWREN reader!

This prize includes:

  • From Scünci The Original Scrunchie: No Damage Scrunchies. This 8-piece set has soft scrunchies with strong elastics in wonderful wintery fabrics, from velveteen, to smooth poly. The colors vary from black to a pale cream, with a red & white combo thrown in for fun.
  • From Tarte (I know y’all know how much I love Tarte!): a Sugar Rush But First, Hydrate mini combo set. This two-piece minis set contains Sugar Rush’s oil-free moisturizer, Don’t Hate, Hydrate, and a Cake Butter whipped body butter. It smells so wonderful, and is great antidote to the winter blahs as well as dry skin.

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway:

To enter to win the Scünci/Sugar Rush prize pack, just click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 1/31/22, and one winner will be selected to win the prize pack. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Win a Simply Southern Tervis Gift Set in the “Sip Sip Hooray!” Giveaway Hop (CLOSED)

**CONGRATULATIONS to Rochelle H, the winner of the Tervis gift set!**

Hi everyone!

With it being mid-July and summer heating up, it’s the perfect time for this giveaway! I’m joining with MamatheFox and tons of other fun bloggers for the “Sip Sip Hooray!” Giveaway Hop! Everyone who’s in the linkup (which you’ll be able to access below) is giving away amazing summery items, and you can enter to win.

To head over to the giveaway hop page, just click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the main page where you’ll be able to visit all the blogs offering giveaways.

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

I’m so excited about this giveaway–it’s perfect for the giveaway hop’s theme! The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away a Tervis gift set from Simply Southern. It includes:

  • A 16-oz Tervis tumbler with lid in a paisley print with “Hope Anchors the Soul” in a banner across the front
  • A matching zippered ID case
  • A matching notepad

Here’s a look at it in the box:

How to enter the FINCHNWREN giveaway

To enter to win the Simply Southern Tervis Gift Set, just click on the link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry page, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. Giveaway ends July 31, 2021. One winner will be selected to win all the Gift Set. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Enter to win a copy of THE JOY OF BEING MOM in the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop (CLOSED)

**CONGRATULATIONS to Vikki B, the winner of THE JOY OF BEING MOM!**

Hello there!

It’s time for another awesome giveaway hop! I’m joining with host MamatheFox and lots of great bloggers, who are giving away fun prizes in the Moms Rock Giveaway Hop.

To hop over to the giveaway hop page, simply click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the main Moms Rock Giveaway Hop page, where you’ll be able to see all the bloggers and click through to enter their giveaways.

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

This month, the FINCHNWREN blog is giving away the perfect, faith-filled book for moms. Judy Brisky’s The Joy of Being Mom is a wonderful and encouraging book for moms, who so often have very full and tiring days. Brisky shares how to walk out mom days with faith, courage, and wisdom, sharing her own life experiences and all that she’s learned over her years of mom life (and she has two adult sons, so she’s learned much wisdom!). For more on the book, you can read my review of it. Just click on The Joy of Being Mom to read my review and learn more about it.

How to enter to win The Joy of Being Mom

Just click on the link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools page, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 5/31/21. One winner will be selected to win a copy of the book. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure:

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

Cheerful Goodies for Rainy Days-April Showers Giveaway Hop (CLOSED)

**CONGRATULATIONS to Jayne T, the Cheerful Goodies winner!**

Hi everyone!

I’m joining in the April Showers Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Kids Did It and Mommy Island! Lots of neat bloggers are joining in with fun prizes of their own. Keep reading for more info on how to enter!

To enter, simply click on the blue InLinkz button below (the one with the frog on it). That will take you to the giveaway hop page, where you’ll be able to see all the blogs hosting giveaways. Just click on the blog names to visit each giveaway.

And now, for the FINCHNWREN blog giveaway!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away these Cheerful Goodies for Rainy Days! One winner will receive:

  • Let. It. Go. by Karen Ehman. Karen’s book is just right for women who struggle with control issues. Written with humor and using lots of examples from the Bible, this book is designed to help with thought patterns, relationships, family, and friends. (It is NOT about Elsa, by the way!)
  • Old Navy Cozy Socks in citrus slice pattern. It will cheer you up simply to have these on your feet!
  • Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in Sunshine and Lemons scent

How to enter:

Simply click on the Enter here! link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes April 20, 2021. One winner will receive all three items. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Have fun entering all the giveaways, and happy April!

Enjoy! –Wren

Win Sparkly Essie Polish & Sephora Gloss from FINCHNWREN (Part of the Christmas in July Hop; CLOSED)

Congratulations to Thomas G, the winner!

 

Hey friends, and happy July!

 

I’m thrilled to be joining Review Wire Media and Chatty Patty’s Place (along with tons of other bloggers) for another cool giveaway hop! This time we’re celebrating Christmas in July with lots of neat giveaways, all of which end July 15, 2019.

 

 

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away some sparkly beauty items for the summer! One winner will receive:

  • A full-sized Essie nail polish in For the Twill of It (#843)
  • Sephora Brilliant à Lèvres Lip Gloss Mini in Eskimo Kisses (#10)

 

 

 

I love both of these beauty items so much! The Sephora lip gloss is white sparkles that creates a pale lip; great for a summer look or even to tone down a darker lipstick.

The picture doesn’t truly do the Essie nail polish justice. IRL, it’s a glossy, sparkly pale purple with pink, green, and teal highlights. So fun!

 

How to enter:

Simply click on the pink “Enter here” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools page where you can enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes July 15, 2019. One winner will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here

 

 

Now, check out all the other giveaways!

 

Just click on the inLinkz button below to head to the giveaway page, where you can find all the giveaways. Tons of neat bloggers with fabulous summer prizes!

 

 

Best wishes! –Wren

Wren Update for early September

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Hello friends!

It has been quite awhile since I’ve updated you. Honestly, chemo does take it out of you. And it can keep a person doing the bare minimum, which I’ve often felt was pretty descriptive of me. But here is a short list of the latest!

The end is in sight

Friday, September 1, was my 5th chemo session.  Of 6!  My next and last chemotherapy treatment is scheduled for Friday, September 22.  It takes about 6 hours from start to finish.

I have had some unexpected issues come up; one was that my potassium level dropped below normal.  Apparently there is a range that potassium needs to stay within and if it’s below that, it can really wonk out a person’s heartbeat.  (As Yoda likes to say in the “Bad Lip-Reading” video, “Not fun!”)  I’m taking a potassium supplement, which has helped, and am eating bananas and potatoes and consuming Gatorade and orange juice (and water).  All of these are helping.

Post-chemo (especially the first week after), there is nausea and joint and bone pain.  This time I’ve also been a little shaky.

But, I am pretty pooped.  We started homeschooling for my son’s 10th grade year a few weeks ago.  It is going well but I am really, really tired.  Apparently chemo takes it out of a person in more ways than one, for I’ve noticed that I just have less energy.  But again…the end is in sight!  So that is encouraging.

 

We have been overwhelmed by the love of our friends and family, and organizations…

…who have provided meals, gift cards, more meals, companionship, swim dates, and so much more.  I even had a girlfriend come and visit with me while I was having chemo last week!

I’ve also been given a wig, cute beanies (see above), a bag of makeup (nice makeup!), and even a lovely bottle of night cream from various nonprofits, cosmetics companies, and even a department store.  There are people out there who want women who might be feeling particularly unlovely to feel more beautiful.  So kind.

I also have to give a shout-out to MyFreezEasy.com.  I reviewed MyFreezEasy in the fall and, although Erin Chase, its founder, may never know this, freezer cooking really helped us at various points in the chemo.  Just putting together ingredients for meals in freezer zipper bags that could go into the freezer now and into the crockpot some morning was a huge help.  I haven’t been able to do this consistently (uh..only twice) but am looking forward to getting back into the habit of freezer cooking once chemo is completely and finally over.  And, I want to give another shout-out to our friends who brought us frozen meals!  Same principle entirely; just keep in the freezer til you’re ready to cook.  What a blessing.

And on a funny note…

…and this really is funny.  So feel free to laugh.  After years of getting Ulta and Sephora emails touting their latest makeup product or freebie…suddenly I am getting a LOT of hair product emails!  This is funny b/c I have VERY little hair to put product on.  As in almost none.  Less than a military buzz cut, in fact (yes, this is a result of the chemo).  In fact I’m not using product at all.  My hair product of choice these days is a fun hat or beanie.  Of which I have a few!

But no, dear Sephora and Ulta.  I don’t need your latest fabulous product for curly hair.  Yet.  (Get back with me in March or April, please.)

So…

thank you for keeping up with me!  Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the readers who have hung in there, who read my posts, or who sent encouraging notes or comments.  You have been a huge encourager.

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget to Enter My Music Curriculum Giveaway ~ Ends 9/30/16

Did you get to read my review of Gena Mayo’s wonderful 25 Lessons in 20th Century European & South American Music Appreciation?  Just click on the link to read more about this excellent digital music course—which includes history and links to actual performances.  It’s truly phenomenal.

And you can enter to  win a copy for yourself!  Just enter via the Giveaway Tools form below.

Enjoy!  –Wren