Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Vacation at Disney World

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

I wanted to share some of our experiences at Disney World this summer. In June we visited Epcott, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, and Sea World. My daughter took two friends with her and we had a blast. If you've never been to Disney, you don't want to miss the opportunity of a lifetime.

Animal Kingdom
This is a picture of the new Mount Everest roller coaster ride. We loved it. You go up inside the mountain to what looks like the end of a broken track. Then the coaster falls backward inside the cave again and the abominal snowman comes after you. It's a fast and thrilling ride. We rode it several times. My daughter refused to ride it, but I hope she'll get her nerve up to ride it if we ever get a chance to go back.

There were other rides in Animal Kingdom. The dinosaur ride was enough to scare most adults. The dinosaurs seemed very real and it was so dark inside as you ride in the jungle-like vehicles. It was loud and it would have been too much of a sensory overload for my daughter. I'm glad we didn't let her ride it. If you have kids that are easily scared, I wouldn't recommend them ride it.

The Rainforest Cafe is a great restuarant inside Animal Kingdom. I try not to think of this experience. Here we lost my daughter for a good 10-15 minutes. I nearly panicked. They have two entrances. One that leads out of the park into the parking lot, and another that leads back into the park, but you have to use your tickets to get back in. I feared she went out of one of those exits looking for me. I was cold and told them I wanted to go outside in the sun to warm up. I didn't know she had followed behind me and her dad let her. Long story short, my husband found her wandering around in circles at the bar. We don't know why she was over there. We never go to the bar. I wouldn't let her out of my sight after that. She kept calm, but when her dad found her, she burst into tears. She felt like I had left her. I felt awful.

That's my daughter in the photo above the entrance to Rainforest Cafe. She loves the food and the atmosphere there. They have all kinds of forest animals such as gorillas, elephants, alligators, butterfies, lions, etc. Every thirty minutes they have the sound of thunder and lightening. They also have huge fish tanks and a small waterfall.

Typhoon LagoonThis was our third trip to Disney for my husband and I (our honeymoon was here), but our first time at Typhoon Lagoon. We decided it was the best waterpark in the world. The waves in the wave pool are six feet and the girls loved riding those waves. The park has real sand like at the beach. The waterslides were really unique and different. We didn't want to leave.

My next blog will be on Epcott and Magic Kingdom.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Review - "Remembered" by Tamera Alexander

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Book Description

The threat of war and a final request send Veronique Girard from France to a distant and uninviting country. In the Colorado Territory, she searches for the man who has held her heart since childhood--her father. Pierre Girard left Paris for the Americas to seek his fortune in fur trading, vowing to send for his wife and daughter. But twenty-five years have passed and his vow remains unfulfilled. Sifting through shards of broken promises, Veronique embarks on a dangerous search for a man she scarcely remembers.

His grief finally healed, Jack Brennan is moving on with life. After years of guiding families west, he is now working as a freighter to the mining towns surrounding Willow Springs. What he doesn't count on is an unexpected traveling companion on his trips up into the mountains, and how one woman's search will cause havoc with his plans...and his life.

My Review

This is the third book in the Fountain Creek Chronicles, and it is just as lively, humorous and entertaining as the first two books in the series. As Veronique becomes acquainted with the ways of the West, there are several humorous circumstances that had me laughing, and just as many heart felt moments that were filled with tenderness and compassion. The hope and faith that the characters exhibited kept me revited to see how the story would end. Would she find her father, and if she did, what kind of man would he be? Jack and Veronique banter back and forth with witty dialogue and their actions stay true to the characterizations that the author gives them from the beginning. This is a wondeful book that I'm sure you will enjoy.