Book Review: It Took a War by Emily Ann Putzke


I have been wanting to read this book for a good long while, so when I was given it for Christmas, you can guess at my excitement. I wasn’t disappointed in the least.


Plot/Storyline: 5/5

The internal/external conflict was perfectly played out in all the characters.


Characters: 5/5

I really liked all of them. And I want to know what happens with Coralie and Levi!!!


Writing: 5/5

If I didn’t know that this was the author’s debut novel, I never would have guessed it. The writing style is beautiful and I was completely drawn in from page one.


Dialogue: 4/5

Well done.


Want-to-read-ability: 4/5

About halfway through, this story really took off and didn’t let me put it down. It was amazingly good!


One thing I really loved about this book is all the little details that the author threw in. It totally made the book. The author obviously spent a lot of time researching for this novel, and it is easy to see the difference it made.


Happy New Year!

Back up a moment…perhaps I should start by saying Merry Christmas. :)

How was your Christmas? For the first time in four years, we had a white Christmas…I was SO excited!  Did anyone else get a white Christmas?

My parents gave me a sweet little Kindle Paperwhite, which I absolutely love. I’ve never had an e-reader before, other than the Kindle app on my phone, and I must say that I’m thoroughly hooked. Of course, I’ll take a hard copy any day, but if I must read an e-book, the Paperwhite is the next best thing.

Also, I got three paperback books, which I have already read. *sheepish grin* They were all A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.



I have spent the past four days totally relaxing. Trust me, it has been divine. I lost count of how many novels I’ve read, but it was at least seven in a three day period, all of which I’ve been wanting to read for some time but haven’t had the chance to. And, thanks to my new glasses, I was able to read for hours upon hours without going cross-eyed. :)

Purposely, I put writing away for those four days. It was hard, but I’m glad I took the time off. My brain was exploding with ideas (halfway good ideas, too!) for my stories. And since I’ve allowed myself to write again, I’ve been typing up a storm!

Happy New Year! :)

Reading, reading, reading

I stumbled across a few pictures of me reading several years ago. I started looking through some of our multiple photo libraries to find more.


(Age 9)



Story behind this picture. I managed to read the first 12 Elsie Dinsmore books inside of two weeks when I was ten years old. I was literally reading in every single spare moment. My eyes were so sore and crossed that I couldn’t see five feet in front of my face without the world being blurry. Mom and Dad told me that I needed to go outside for awhile. So what did I do? Go outside, pull a chair onto the grass, and keep reading. Made sense to me. :)




If I’m trying to read (or if I’m reading too much and shirking from my other duties) I typically get a sick or sleepy baby thrown in my arms. (Age 10 above, age 13 below.)

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Age 17. :) Reading is one of the best ways to pass time while RV traveling.



NaNoWriMo update: I’ve been able to keep up with my word count despite being extremely sick the first two days of NaNo. Finally, I’m feeling better and the words are flowing better. I didn’t realize how many words 50,000 really is. :)