Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble ~ Book Review

Rosemary Cottage Book #2 of The Hope Beach Series

By Colleen Coble
Published by Thomas Nelson

Average Blogger Rating: 4.63 Stars

Book Description

Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .
The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She’s even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It’s always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben’s disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.
Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine’s father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can’t help being drawn to Hope Beach’s new midwife, Amy. He even agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.
Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other…and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?

My Thoughts

This was a very well written and never dull book. I found that I never wanted to put this book down and it always had me wanting to read just one more chapter.

Amy and Curtis have a great friendship in spite of what is going on in the storyline. They both seem to have great hearts with lots of room for understanding and forgiveness. I love that Curtis stepped up as a single Father to Raine, his niece, after his sister passes away. I never expected for the book to go the way that it did but in the end but, it was all good. There are a few surprises here and there, or at least there was for me. This book had lots of suspense with the characters roles. Things never seemed to go as I expected them to go, which just means that this was well written.

This is the second book in this series but that is okay because it would be wonderful as a stand alone book also. This is also the first book that I have read by Colleen Coble and I cannot wait to read more of her work.

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Back to School Giveaway: Busy Treats Bag

Remember that Staples back to school commercial, the one where the dad was riding a cart around the store to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?” That was me.

The sad, dejected faces dragging around behind him? Not my kids. They like school.

Brody, on the other hand…Brody is sad. He’s lost his summertime playmates to the double whammy of school, plus homework and extracurricular activities. Having me around is OK, but it’s not the same as the kids. And if your dog is anything like mine, he too may be in the doldrums this autumn.

I’m doing what I can- walks when I’m home, extra attention, but it doesn’t negate the fact that he had lots of people around all summer and now he doesn’t. So I turn to the next best thing: distraction. Putting his breakfast in a busy ball, that sort of thing. We’re watching his calories lately, but being mindful of how to compensate his regular food for the addition of a treat here and there I can also work in the occasional mind occupying treat.

In honor of Back to School time and bored dogs everywhere, I’m doing a giveaway this week from Purina Busy, full of all sorts of treats to get your dog’s mind off his downtime. Extra treats = extra walks, win-win for you both.


The Prize:

An embroidered bag filled with all the goodies you see above: Purina Busy treats for your dog in bunches of flavors, water for you, and poop bags for that walk you just promised you’d do when you get home from school. That should get you through football season, at the least.

To enter:

You can enter by leaving a comment, tweeting, and/or liking the pawcurious page on Facebook. Details are in the widget below. Due to shipping restrictions, this giveaway is US only. Good luck! Giveaway ends on September 11th.

Note: The giveaway prize is provided by Purina.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Flashback Friday: Depressed Puppy

So I was looking through old Brody photos for a Flashback Friday and found this one:



Which was awesome all by itself, and then I realized he was the perfect candidate for some captions. So I turned him into a Depressed Puppy Meme.





Hope you have a better long weekend than this guy! ;) (If I recall the true sadness was not being allowed to chase my mom’s hellkitty around)

Feel free to make your own caption, they always entertain me. :D

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Inside My (Dream) Home // Part 7

Inside My Dream Home // Bubby and Bean

A few times each year, I share a tour of my ‘home’ here on the blog.  And for those who don’t know, I put the word ‘home’ in quotes because, well, we’re playing make believe here y’all.  This particular home is one that I’ve put together from various interiors that I’ve discovered online.  It is a home of which I’m dreaming – not one in which I’m living.  So today, play along with me once again, while I walk you through my absolutely fabulous abode for a special private tour…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this special (imaginary) home tour!  Pretending is fun – but I certainly wouldn’t complain if I won the lottery and could make this dream a reality.  You can view my past dream home tours here, here, here, here, here and here, and my ‘Home + Interior Love’ Pinterest board here.

Do you ever fantasize about your dream home?  Also – I love stalking home and interior-themed Pinterest boards, so if you have one, be sure to post a link in the comments.

Image sources from top >> 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
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Bubby and Bean ::: Living Creatively

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How do I get rid of fleas on my cat and what flea medicine is the best?

Question by lolas: How do I get rid of fleas on my cat and what flea medicine is the best?
My cat has very bad flea allergies and I can’t seem to get rid of the fleas. I use frontline advantage but a week later I will notice more fleas. Advantage didn’t work at all on him. I have used the fogger in the house and that barely worked. Is there a better medicine out there and a better way to get rid of the fleas?

Best answer:

Answer by Bozema
If you tried Frontline and Advantage and still have problems, you should talk to your vet. Those products should work effectively.

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The most seriously awesome thing ever: Part 1

Short Version

About that champagne thing. Let me tell you what has been going on the last few months.

Dr V is writing book in little less than half a year. So all I have to do is write the book, edit it, keep Brody alive, work, and add 4 hours to every day. After I plot the dethroning of the Evil Count AwfulSuperintendent here in my school district.

Long Version

When I was seven, my mother once punished me by sending me to my room for an hour. Three hours later, she came upstairs and found me sitting on the floor with my dog Taffy, with every single book I owned perched on various flat surfaces.

“What are you doing?” she asked, goose stepping around Nancy Drew, Snoopy’s Big Book of Questions and Answers, and Mercer Mayer.

“I’m playing library,” I said, like it wasn’t totally obvious. “Taffy and I are having story time.” After that my mom wised up and started punishing me by making me go talk to strangers instead, which was cruel and unusual punishment.

I figured out I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was 21. I knew I wanted to write for, well, as long as I could hold a pen. I watched Beverly Hills 90210 (the first one) with glee, wishing I were Kelly, heck, I’d even settle for being Brenda, but knowing full well I was soooo totally Andrea: right on down to the huge glasses, bad hair, awkwardness, and taking the job of high school newspaper editor way too seriously. Lest you think I’m exaggerating:


1989: Rockin’ Contempo in a Robinsons-May world.

I’m not.

“I want to study journalism,” I told my dad, a nuclear engineer.

“You can’t make a decent living doing that,” he said, so I studied biology and ended up going to veterinary school instead, because, well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Nevertheless, I wrote the entire time: on papers, napkins, in journals, and, starting in 2001, on the internet. I studied because I had to. I wrote because I needed to. If I didn’t exorcise the running dialogue in my head and bind it to words on screen, I’d be drowning in my thoughts 24/7 and would never have time to memorize the dosing profile of etomidate versus propofol.

If I could go back and do it all over again, I’d probably sneak a writing class or two into my undergrad curriculum, you know, the way some people sneak a bottle of vodka into the dorm, because it probably would have been useful. I admit it. When it comes to the science and mechanics of writing:


I’ve always known I’d like to write a book the way my daughter knows she’d like a pony some day and my husband knows he’d like to be a concert photographer: yeah, that would be nice, and now I have 15 loads of laundry to do. I never seriously researched writing a book because I assumed that would never actually happen. Therefore, I spent exactly zero time actively pursuing the idea.

Deus Ex Machina

But back in November, something crazy and out of the blue dropped in my lap. I was given an introduction to an agent, Steve Troha, who likes music and doesn’t like witches and werewolves and did like my blog. We hit it off instantly. If you recall my life in November, I was in a cramped apartment unsure of where I was going to be living and losing hair by the handful, so part of me assumed our conversations were a stress induced hallucination and that I couldn’t possibly be talking to a real, live agent.

“Do you have a proposal ready?” he asked me.

“What’s a proposal?” I asked.

He took a step back. “Do you know what you might want to write?”

“Oh, absolutely. Here are 14 dissonant ideas that have nothing to do with one another.”

Because I am lucky, he still responded to my emails after that.

It took a mere 4 months, and took many judicious suggestions, lots of revisions, and a few moments of what I call “I’m a real writer now wheee” breakthroughs then I jumped out of bed at 1 am, started pounding on the keyboard with tears running down my face, and told my perplexed husband “No it’s OK…(sob)…this is a breakthrough…(weep)….I’m writing about Emmett…(gasp)”. But finally I had in hand an outline for the Project of Which I am More Proud than I’ve Ever Been, about being that sad child with the Polaroid glasses and a crazy dog and holding onto a dog for dear life for the next 20 years of insanity.

Then Steve worked his magic with the proposal and did whatever it is agents do in New York, and after a whirlwind week of talking to editors and pinching myself repeatedly, I ended up in the capable hands of Emily Griffin at Grand Central Publishing, who pinky promised she wasn’t playing a cruel practical joke on me and actually wanted to publish my book.

That’s the shortest I can make this version. The book will be much longer, though, and I can’t wait to share more about the process as it happens. If all goes as planned, it’ll be hitting the shelves Fall 2014.

The title, by the way, I’ve known since 2009.

It is, of course, All Dogs Go to Kevin.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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CindersHaloWe like to share this letter we received from Laurie Cannon sharing Cinder’s rescue and recovery story with our blog readers.

Dear Halo:

I am writing to share with you the story of Cinder and the neglect she received at the hands of her owners who only used her for breeding. They left out outside regardless of extreme weather, which left her skin so severely damaged that she is covered in scars; so severely damaged that she actually had bones sticking out where the skin had worn away.

Cinder has been saved by a rescue and is with a training company to work on her behavior and social skills, in addition to healing physically, mentally, and emotionally.

They are using the Halo Healing Salve for Cinder and tracking her progress so everyone on her page can see the transformation and can be a part of making her into the beautiful dog she really is.

She has a facebook page: Cinder:My Journey Of Love

I am writing to see if there is any way to obtain some coupons or samples of this salve to use for Cinder as most of her fundraising is going for eye surgery to fix Entropion that she has in both eyes. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for making quality products that care more about the pets (our family) than the profit. We will and always will be big supporters of Halo!

Laurie Cannon

Thank you Laurie so much for sharing Cinder’s story with us. We love hearing how an animal has benefited from our products. As a token of appreciation we are sending you some Healing Salve. Also you can click here and subscribe to our Free Email Newsletter and get over $ 10.00 worth of Halo coupons.



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Are You Looking For A Fundraiser Idea? Check This Out!! Teespring Review!

Teespring - Providence, RI


Create & Sell Custom T-Shirts with Zero Upfront Costs

I just had the opportunity to check out Teespring, a website where you can design and create your own t-shirts, set the price and choose the time period that you would like to sell the shirts. Then after the selling period, Teespring ships all the shirts directly to the customers with no hassle to you. How awesome is that?
Teespring is a great site for those who are looking for a fundraising ideas. Say you are trying to raise money for a 4-H group or a Senior trip. Or say you have a child in your family that has cancer and you are raising money for the family’s expenses while the child is in the hospital. Teespring is great for these types of fundraising causes. You can check out some of the past campaigns here. There are no out of pocket expenses and no upfront costs.
Now, I suppose you would like to know how Teespring does this right? Well, here is the gist of it. You hop over here to Launch a Campaign and start designing a t-shirt. After your shirt is completely designed, you set a price and how many shirts you would like to sell. Then you write a brief campaign description and then share your campaign via Facebook, email or however you would like to share it. Everyone can go in and place their orders for ever how many they want and in the sizes they want. Now, you have to sell the minimum that you specify when you are preparing your campaign but you can sell as many over that as you can. The more you sell the more money you raise for your cause. If by chance you don’t sell the minimum that you specified then no one gets charged anything and the whole thing is cancelled. This is why you get your shirts at the cheapest prices possible and there are no upfront costs.

Here is a video for you that may help you understand it a little better.
I have went in a played with the t-shirt creator and I have to say that it is very easy to do. I even uploaded my own picture to see how easy it all was to do and that too was simple. You can even have the kids design shirts for their clubs like the Scouts and 4-H, that is how easy it is to use.
Here are a couple of shirts that have been designed and sold thru Teespring and if you click on the shirts, you can see the campaigns that went along with them.
So, if you know anyone who is looking for a fundraising idea make sure your share Teespring with them.

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Disclaimer: Images and Company information is from I was compensated for this review. However, my review states my honest opinion whether it be positive or negative. I was not compensated for a positive review, only an honest review.


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Acquisitions help lift Perrigo 4Q net income

Acquisitions help lift Perrigo 4Q net income
Perrigo bought Sergeant's Pet Care Products in late 2012, and earlier this year it bought Rosemont Pharmaceuticals and Velcera Inc., which makes the flea and tick treatment PetArmor. In July Perrigo said it would buy Elan in a deal that is expected to

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