Monday, February 17, 2020

Military Life: New Adventures

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Military Monday: Moms and Dads

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Monday, February 3, 2020

Military Monday: Distance Teaches

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Title Tuesday: The Maggie Hope Mystery Series

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads or check out my Instagram page!

Today I want to share with you about a special book series that I stumbled upon by accident... The Maggie Hope Mystery Series. I started reading the first book in the series because Winston Churchill's name was in the title. For any of you that don't know this, I am a bit obsessed with Winston Churchill, so the title Mr. Churchill's Secretary naturally caught my attention.

Maggie Hope, an orphan raised in America by her aunt, is introduced to us as a secretary for Mr. Churchill during the early parts of World War Two.
Through the series we see her
care for Princess Elizabeth,
go undercover in Germany and occupied Paris,
find long lost family,
travel to America,
befriend Elanor Roosevelt,
dive our of airplanes,
fight on submarines,
love often,
and be captured multiple times.

I can honestly say that there were twists and turns in these books that I never saw coming. When I first realized that Mr. Churchill's Secretary was part of a series I was afraid it would be formulaic and easy to predict. I can assure you that Susan Elia MacNeal does a phenomenal job of keeping readers on their toes.

This is the correct order to read the books in. If you click on the title you will be taken to the goodreads page for each individual book.









The next book in the series is  and it is due out in 2020. I was DEVASTATED when I finished The Prisoner in the Castle in early 2020 only to learn that the next book wasn't out yet! I am ready so incredibly for it. 

Overall, I give The Maggie Hope Mystery Series by Susan Elia McNeal a four star review. It is a wonderful series that will keep you frantically turning pages to find out what happens next. The characters are dynamic and interesting while not being overly dramatic. A note to my more conservative readers... these books do contain premarital sex (in a fade to black kind of way), a homosexual character, and difficult topics. MacNeal does an excellent job of handling these topics gracefully and with poise. 


Monday, January 27, 2020

Military Monday: Maybe?

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Military Monday: Acronyms

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Title Tuesday: The Other Einstein

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads or check out my Instagram page!

Did you know that Albert Einstein was married...twice? I didn't. I was researching the wives of men who made history and stumbled across The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. 


In The Other Einstein, Benedict tells us the tragic (fictional) story of Mitza Maric, the first wife of Albert Einstein. The story opens early on in Mitza's life as she is getting in to university. We follow her struggle as a female scientist as she fights to be taken seriously and as she battles her feelings as a young woman. It was fascinating to read the social customs and practices for the women who ventured out of the home for careers. Mitza's story eventually collides with Albert Einstein and the two are married. They each suffer devastating blows to their family and careers before Albert finds success and they finally divorce. Not much is known about Mitza after her life with Einstein. 

When I finished the book I was so shocked at the ending that I did research after the fact and found out that Albert Einstein really was not the funny and amazing man that many of us believe him to be today, in fact he was pretty cruel to both of his wives. This book really serves as a cautionary tale for young women, to be careful in matters of the heart.  

Overall, I give The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict a solid 4 star review. The book is very well written and will stick in your mind for quite some time after you have finished it. 


Monday, January 13, 2020

Military Monday: Freedom Angels

Welcome to another Military Monday!


Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Title Tuesday: Book Review Topics 2020

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions, news, cartoons, and reviews.

This year I want to do something a little bit different for our #TitleTuesday posts. Each month I will have a theme for my Tuesday posts and the books that I review will fall into that specific theme. I will also be updating on my Instagram page how my reading goal for 2020 is going and many of the books will be included there as well. As I am asked to do other book reiviews through out the year I will sprinkle those in as well.


Here is the list of book review topics for 2020.
Stay tuned for the reviews each Tuesday!


I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. You can see a visual summary of the books I have reviewed for both adults and children over on my Facebook page. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads or check out my Instagram page!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Military Monday: Waiting...

Welcome to another Military Monday!




Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.