Archive | April 2020

Yet Another Loss For Country Music

This Statler Brothers tape/cd was a staple of my childhood. I loved/love listening to it with my dad. My favorite song was The Class of 57. I was sad to learn of the passing of the great Harold Reid. Yet another loss for country music and its fans.

She Shed

For a few years now anybody that really knows me, knows I’ve been talking about wanting a She Shed. Well that reality might be one step closer. I would love to have a little place of my own where I can read and write and escape reality for a while. If I already had one I would have been out there a lot during these last two months.

My dream She Shed would have a place to read, a little desk to do some writing, maybe a mini Keurig so I can make coffee while I’m in there, and of course a fan. I’m thinking beach colors so it can be my little piece of the OBX in KY.

So I have officially started researching She Sheds. I was actually surprised how many books there are out there. I purchased a few to start and will purchase a few more if I need to.

The Innocent’s Forgotten Wedding by: Lynne Graham

I have been reading Harlequin Romances off on on for at least fifteen years now. This was the first Harlequin Presents book I’ve read in a while now. But a good romance from time to time is always a must.

When I first started reading this book I really didn’t think I would be that in to it. But in true harlequin fashion, the romance won me over. I still would call it a book I probably would not have picked myself but I’m glad I gave it a chance.

Lorenzo and “Brooke” have a lot of hurdles to work through. And have a non-traditional “real” start to their relationship but in the end love wins. While I enjoyed this book there were some sad parts I felt.

Author bio & book description for THE INNOCENT’S FORGOTTEN WEDDING by Lynne Graham (Presents)

About Lynne Graham:  Lynne Graham lives in Northern Ireland and has been a keen romance reader since her teens. Happily married, Lynne has five children. Her eldest is her only natural child. Her other children, who are every bit as dear to her heart, are adopted. The family has a variety of pets, and Lynne loves gardening, cooking, collecting allsorts and is crazy about every aspect of Christmas.

About THE INNOCENT’S FORGOTTEN WEDDING by Lynne Graham: The Italian husband she can’t remember…or resist!

After a terrible car crash, Brooke can’t remember her own name—much less her wedding day! Finding irresistible Lorenzo Tassini at her bedside—and a gold band on her finger—is shocking.

Honor-bound to care for his estranged wife, Lorenzo whisks her to his luxury Tuscan villa. But Brooke’s nothing like Lorenzo remembers! Her sweetness surprises him, as does the chemistry between them, blazing like never before. Stunned to discover her virginity, Lorenzo must uncover the secrets of the woman wearing his ring…


Early the following morning, alarm bells rang and lights flashed from the machinery by the bed. The woman came awake and went into panic, eyes focusing on an unfamiliar room and then on the ar-rival of two nurses, their faces both concerned and excited at the same time. She clawed at the breath-ing tube in her throat because she couldn’t speak and the women tried to both restrain and soothe her, telling her over and over again that the doc-tor was coming, everything would be all right and that there was nothing to worry about. She thought they were crazy. Her body wouldn’t move. She could only move one hand and her arm felt as if it didn’t belong to her. How could she possibly have nothing to worry about? Why were they talking nonsense? Did they think she was stupid?

The panic kept on clawing at her, even after the doctor arrived and the breathing tube was re-moved. He kept on asking her questions, questions she couldn’t answer until she couldn’t hide from the truth any longer. She didn’t know who she was. What was her name? She didn’t know why she was lying in a hospital bed. She didn’t have a last memory to offer because her mind was a blank, a complete blank. It was a ridiculous relief to receive an approving nod when she evidently got the name of the Prime Minister right and contrived to name colours correctly.

‘What happened to me?’ she whispered brokenly, her breath rasping. ‘Have I been ill?’

‘You were in an accident.’ The doctor paused there, exchanging a glance with the staff surround-ing the bed.

‘What’s my name?’ she asked shakily.

‘Your name is Brooke… Brooke Tassini.’ The name meant absolutely nothing to her, didn’t even sound slightly familiar.

‘Your husband will be here very soon.’ Brooke’s eyes widened to their fullest extent in shock. ‘I have a husband?’

For some reason, the nurses smiled. ‘Oh, yes, you have a husband.’

‘A very handsome husband,’ one of the women added.

Brooke stared down at her bare wedding fin-ger. She was married. Oh, my goodness, she was married. Did she have children? she asked. No…no children as far as they knew, they said, and a tinge of relief threaded through the panic she wasonly just holding at bay. Then she felt guilty about that sense of relief. She liked children, didn’t she? But it was scary enough to have a husband she didn’t remember—it would be simply appalling if she had contrived to forget her children as well.

Wyoming Special Delivery by: Melissa Senate

I love a good series and I’m always willing to start a new one. While most books in a series can be read alone, I prefer to start at the very beginning and get to know the characters and the backstory. So before I started reading this book, since it is book two, I made sure to read the first book, For The Twin’s Sake.

With that being said after reading the first book I couldn’t wait to start reading this book. Personally I had a little bit of a hard time getting into this book (but I really think it was just me). Once I did get into it, I really enjoyed it. Heck I wish I could spend time on the “Dawson Family Guest Ranch” or someplace like it.

I just love these characters. Daisy Dawson is just so much fun and hard not to love and Harrison McCord while at times is a little frustrating, he too is a love able character. This series is the first books I have read by Melissa Senate and I can’t wait for the rest of the series and to check out more books by her.

Author bio & book description for WYOMING SPECIAL DELIVERY by Melissa Senate (Harlequin Special Edition)

About Melissa Senate: Melissa Senate has written many novels for Harlequin and other publishers, including her debut, SEE JANE DATE, which was made into a TV movie. She also wrote seven books for Harlequin’s Special Edition line under the pen name Meg Maxwell. Melissa’s novels have been published in over twenty-five countries. She lives on the coast of Maine with her teenaged son, their sweet shepherd mix, Flash, and a comical lap cat named Cleo. Visit her website

About WYOMING SPECIAL DELIVERY: Their feuding fathers never could have predicted this…

He came to claim the Dawson Family Ranch…but was Daisy Dawson’s heart part of the deal?

Harrison McCord was sure he was the rightful owner of the Dawson Family Ranch. And delivering Daisy Dawson’s baby on the side of the road was a mere diversion. Still, when Daisy found out his intentions, instead of pushing him away, she invited him in, figuring he’d start to see her in a whole new light. But what if she started seeing him that way, as well?

Excerpt, WYOMING SPECIAL DELIVERY by Melissa Senate

A letter from the author:

Dear Reader,

The nine-months-pregnant single heroine of Wyoming Special Delivery, Daisy Dawson, is one of six siblings and the only female. But when she goes into labor on the side of a Wyoming road in the dead of summer without a cell phone or a spare brother, she’s beyond grateful when the handsome, mysterious guest at her family’s dude ranch turns up—and delivers her baby boy.

But Harrison McCord has a secret reason for staying at the Dawson Family Ranch. A reason Daisy will not like one bit. Bringing her newborn son into the world, though, changes everything for the both of them.

I hope you enjoy Daisy and Harrison’s story. Feel free to write me with any comments or questions at and visit my website, for more info about me and my books. For lots of photos of my cat and dog, friend me over on Facebook.

Happy spring and happy reading!

Warmest regards,

Melissa Senate

Excerpt, WYOMING SPECIAL DELIVERY by Melissa Senate

Late the next afternoon, Daisy stood in the farmhouse nursery with Noah and Sara and gasped as she looked around. She gently put down Tony’s infant carrier and unbuckled him, carefully cradling him along her arm as she stepped around the room. The nursery sure looked different than it had a day and a half ago. She’d had the basics of the room set up for a couple months now—the crib, the dresser with its changing pad, the glider—all gifts from Noah a few days after she’d told him she was pregnant. But now there were surprises everywhere. In one corner was an adorable plush child’s chair in the shape of a teddy bear for Tony to grow into. And someone had stenciled the wall facing the crib with the moon and stars. Tony’s name was also stenciled on his crib, which was Sara’s handiwork. And there were stacks of gifts in one corner that she knew were baby clothes and blankets and burp cloths. She wouldn’t have to buy anything for Tony for a long time.

“Ford and Rex did the moon and stars,” Noah said. “For novice stencilers who had to read the instructions twice and watch a tutorial, they did a great job.”

“And Zeke and Axel hit up BabyLand and bought that adorable polka-dot rug and the yellow floor lamp,” Sara added. “I didn’t even go with them to make sure they didn’t buy anything weird or clashing, and what they picked out is absolutely perfect.”

The room was so cozy and sweet. “You guys are going to make me cry,” Daisy managed to say around the lump in her throat as she surveyed the nursery. She used her free hand to swipe under her eyes.

She couldn’t say she and her brothers were close—well, except for Noah these days—but they were always there for her. And they’d all been there to meet Tony the day he was born. That was the one lucky thing to come out of her nonwedding—her whole family had already been at the ranch.

This place had always held bad memories for all the siblings, but after inheriting the ranch from their father, they’d all invested in rebuilding and renovating and reopening the Dawson Family Guest Ranch. Noah had done the lion’s share on his own; Daisy had been too pregnant to help much when she’d arrived a few months ago, and the four other Dawsons couldn’t get away from the ranch fast enough.

Ford had once said hell would freeze over be-fore he’d come back here, a sentiment shared by the other three brothers as well, but Ford, Rex, Axel and Zeke had surprised Noah and Daisy at the grand opening this past Memorial Day weekend. And now Axel was staying at the ranch for a bit. That meant three out of six Dawsons at the ranch at the same time. It was a start. And Daisy was going to run with it.

Coming Soon

A little over a month ago I was so excited to share some highlights and tips from my Disney Trip. I was organizing all my thoughts and then stay at home happened. I’m not going to lie it took me a good two weeks to adjust to “the new normal”. I am a creature of habit and my habit was blown completely out of the water. But now I have come to terms with “the new normal” and even embraced it on some fronts (like pjs on as soon as I get home from work, and on the weekends by Sunday night I might look like I’ve been on the hot mess express but I don’t care). So I’m getting the juices flowing again and I have a lot I want to share with you (including highlights and tips from my Disney Trip, even if you can’t go right now). Stay tuned!

A Little This and A Little That

🥣 My comfort food getting me through all this, chicken noodle soup and peanut butter crackers. I eat that for lunch almost every day right now.

🍕 And apparently pepperoni because now all of a sudden I can’t get enough pepperoni.

🍽 I am so sick of dishes. Every night we have a ton of dishes. (We typically eat out A LOT, so we don’t usually have to do dishes every night.)

🥤 My Iced Tea consumption has gone up and my Diet Coke consumption has gone down.

🥩 I think it is safe to say we miss our waitress at Outback.

🏖 Part of me wishes I lived in the Outer Banks (a dream of mine) so I would have least had a beautiful place to stay in plus it is my comfort place.

😴 I am official tired of all the Hallmark Movies.

🇺🇸 My new favorite show is America Says on Game Show Network.

📚 I’ve gotten into my reading mode and have finished a few books now.

🎁 This past Sunday the youngest turned 5 and hate that her birthday feel during this crazy time. We will just have to celebrate as soon as we can.

🌷 I hope everyone has a wonderful Social Distancing Easter this coming Sunday.

🌺 Thanks for following Southern Belle Charm Blog.