Thursday, June 28, 2012

"The Fiddler" by, Beverly Lewis

The book entitled “The Fiddler” by, Beverly Lewis is an Amish love story that the author is so famous for.  I have read several other Amish fiction stories by Beverly Lewis as well as other authors and have thoroughly enjoyed them.  This book did not disappoint.  It was a lighthearted story of two unexpected individuals falling in love.  Amilia Devries is a woman violinist that wants to be free from the chains of expectations that her family put on her to be a concert violinist.  She enjoys violin but also loves the upbeat fiddle music; but knows that it won’t be accepted by her family.  After a wrong turn in a daunting rainstorm, she finds herself lost on back roads and with a flat tire.  Luckily, she finds a cabin that is being occupied by Michael Hostetler.  Michael is an Amish man trying to find out his purpose in life.  He also feels pressure from his parents and community to become a member of the Amish Hickory Hollow community, although he feels a deeper calling to be part of the English world.  These two meets and instantly become friends like they had known each other their entire lives.

I really enjoyed this book as it is fun, easy to read, and lighthearted.  I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking to get a sense of Amish culture, loves romance stories, or is just looking for a good read.  I want to thank Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to receive this book for free in exchange for an unbiased and honest review of the book.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles

I received Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Insoles through BzzAgent to try out and give my honest opinion.  I was so excited to get to try this campaign out because I have never used insoles before but had always wondered how comfortable they would be.  When I received my package in the mail I was a little concerned that the size of them was a woman’s size 6-10.  I am a size 5.5 in shoes and so I was nervous that they would not fit into my shoes.  You have to cut the insoles to fit into the size that you are anyways and so I just cut a little extra off and they fit perfectly into my black loafer shoes that I wear almost every day.  Being 9-months pregnant at the time of trial I was getting back pains, feet pains, and just generally uncomfortable at that point.  The insoles helped dramatically take away the foot pain and allowed me to walk around in comfort instead of pain.  This was particularly great because I have a 2 ½ year old that is constant movement and doesn’t slow down for anything.  These were even on me when I went into labor and up until I was about 9 ½ centimeters dilated.  I will have to say that although the rest of my body was crying out in pain, my feet weren’t.  I have continued wearing these insoles now with a newborn and busy 2 ½ year old and LOVE them!  Thank you to Dr. Scholl’s and BzzAgent for letting me be a part of this campaign.