THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

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The Ride of a LIFETIME by Kitty McGregor was not an easy book to read. It started slow, got better than it delved into witches and demons. With today’s preoccupation on the occult and things spiritual that are not of … Continue reading

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PROMISES, REGRETS AND REDEMPTION

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THE WEDDING SHOP is the third book of the series and I’m not sure if I can say enough about Rachel Hauck’s ability to captivate your imagination and keep you spellbound. I had read the second book, and even reviewed … Continue reading

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CATCHING A COLD CASE

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  I love Janice Cantore’s books. This is not the first series of hers I’ve read and it most certainly won’t be the last. This series, Cold Case Justice has three books. I had read the first book, Drawing Fire, … Continue reading

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NO ONE

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I AM NO ONE by Patrick Flanery was almost impossible to read for me. Every time I picked it up to read it I was bogged down with the verbosity. It is a rambling dialogue that makes me wonder if … Continue reading

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SURPRISING DNA ANSWERS

I am more fascinated by history now than I was in school. I believe it’s more because of the way it’s taught, facts, dates, names, places not the story itself. Anyway, a few years back I decided to look into genealogy and see what my family history held. You always hear, be careful you might find a skeleton. Well I did.

I’ve known since the first grade that my dad was not my birth father. Thanks to the kids on the bus who also informed me there was no Santa Claus at the same time. Smile! However, my mother had been married at 16, widowed at 17 (WWII) so she told me he was my birth father. Needless to say I was a bit surprised when I received their marriage certificate and his death certificate the same day. OOPs He was killed a full year before I was born.

I spent several years and countless dollars searching, questioning and no one acknowledged knowing his name. They ALL knew, said she kept saying she was going to tell me someday. Well someday never came as she was dead by the time I found out. I thought at the time that no way would God let me not find out. I Thought I might know but no confirmation. So to make a long story short, I decided I’d never know and was alright with that.

I decided to take the #AncestryDNA test to continue my genealogy research. To find how where I originated from as we had been told our grandmother was Native American. When I received the results, 93% Great Britain. The test also will connect you genetically to others who have done the test in your family tree and confirm the link. It will tell you how many generations and how you’re linked.CaptureThere were two women who were Extremely High connection – possibly first cousins. One of the women and I began to correspond, asking questions to see how as she was not someone from my ancestry that I recognized. After several emails she says “I’m Your Sister”.

I was shocked, I never even considered I might find my birth father when I did the test. But after several emails, looking into the DNA markers that said we were half siblings, I was convinced. After looking at the picture of  her dad she had put online even more so. I sent the information and picture to my four sons and immediately one of them and his wife said he looked just like one of them. There is also a striking resemblance to me and one of the grandsons.

There are plans to meet, they’ve sent me more pictures and shared information about him. We have concluded that he never knew, and I do know my mother was shipped to another state by one of her brothers because she was pregnant. Back in the 1940’s this just wasn’t accepted. Her only salvation in the matter was because she was a widow, so not girls home and adoption.

Now I know, still seems surreal, but I’m not surprised God didn’t let me never find out.

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BURIED MEMORIES

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What do you do when “THE THINGS WE KNEW” are buried and keeping us from the life we want? Catherine West takes us down the road of repressed memories, nightmares and freedom once everything is exposed and dealt with. Lynette … Continue reading

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MARRIAGE FOR PROTECTION

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  The Captain Takes a Wife by Doris  Durbin was a very entertaining story and one that kept you on you intrigued wondering who? It’s a romance but also a nail biter mystery. The heroine, Sarah Beth is a young … Continue reading

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