First Line Fridays – My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California by Janice Thompson. This page-turning adventure takes you right into the heart of a rugged gold mining town. With a cast of eccentric characters you are sure to enjoy this story.  CLICK HERE to read my full review.


I created a fun graphic to share this weeks First Line. I hope you enjoy!



A lady who enjoy’s her coffee, what’s not to like?! Do you wonder what beverage Neville would choose?  Hmmm…that’s a good question!


Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


February 2018 – Month in Review

February is a short month, and it sure has passed by quickly! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in February.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

A Refuge Assured A Refuge Assured

UntillWeFindHome Until We Find Home

TheSeaBeforeUs The Sea Before Us

What-Dreams-May-Come What Dreams May Come

TheLostCastle The Lost Castle

MyHeartBelongsInSanFrancisco,CA My Heart Belongs in San Francisco California


Author Interview:

JocelynGreen Jocelyn Green


Cover Reveal:

HourUnspent_comp An Hour Unspent

AmongThePoppies Among The Poppies


I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in March?

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in March! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:


My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California (Abby’s Prospects) by: Janice Thompson

Journey now to San Francisco, California, of 1853 where…
An English socialite finds more treasure than expected on her trip to the American West.


When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?

Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of suitors—move on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?

My Thoughts:

When socialite Abby Effingham left the comforts of Philadelphia in late April 1853 to trek across the country to the Oregon territory to find her mother, she didn’t even begin to imagine that she’d end up in the rough and tumble gold mining town of San Fransisco. As Abby is learning to stand on her own two feet, will she remember to always lean on, and trust her heavenly Father?

I struggled a few times with trying to like the heroine of this story. Abby is somewhat tempestuous and tends to run ahead of good judgment and the sage advice given to her by her guardian and friends. She is like a steam train speeding head-long into disaster. I can understand maybe doing this once or twice, but time after time and not seem to learn from previous mistakes, nor admit she made a bad choice… it started to wear a bit thin. However, as the story progressed I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel for Abby. Her exuberance and zeal while still there is tempered with a dose of caution after she learns her lesson the hard way. Sometimes we all find ourselves learning the hard way.

This story with it’s eccentric cast of  characters and a bustling gold mining town equals a page turning adventure. Filled with the Gospel truth this story is one to warm your heart and remind no matter how much dirt we have, God still see’s us as His precious children. Overall I did enjoy reading this story and give it 3.5 stars.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:


About the Author:

JaniceThompson Award-winning author Janice Thompson also writes under the pseudonym Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh.

Janice was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She currently serves as president of her local ACFW chapter (Writers on the Storm), where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing.

Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. Her tagline, “Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters!” sums up her take on life.

She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not busy writing or playing with her eight grandchildren, Janice can be found in the kitchen, baking specialty cakes and cookies for friends and loved ones. No matter what she’s cooking up—books, cakes, cookies or mischief—she does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.

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