Book Journeys – Historic Villages

Book Journeys

TruetoYou_mck.inddI finished reading Becky Wade’s newest novel, True to You, last week which features a historic village that the heroine owns, so I thought it would be cool to feature a few historic villages in the U.S. to celebrate keeping history alive 😊

I haven’t visited most of these, but I’d LOVE to, because you really do get a sense of stepping-back-in-time when you walk down a street surrounded by period buildings (AND have people dressed in period clothing reenacting daily jobs or activities).

Let’s start with the biggest – and one I’ve actually visited.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg....I revise my previous London is tied with the 'burg for my favorite place on Earth <3
Colonial Williamsburg – Pinterest

In the 1920s Reverend Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. combined forces to begin restoration of the largest British outpost in colonial America. The 18th century village provides over 300 acres of a historic world, complete with buildings, people, furnishings…and even animals. Step inside a place set to backdrop America’s journey toward revolution and experience what life looked like on the cusp of the creation of a great nation.

Connor Prairie Living History Museum

Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan
Dearborn, MI – Pinterest

If you’re more inclined to take a more ‘frontier’ adventure, you might enjoy a trip to Fishers, Indiana. 1836 Connor Prairietown is the restoration of a early 19th century rural town on the edge of the White River. Started in the 1930s by Eli Lilly, the museum began with the restoration of the William Connor House and then expanded to include an entire village for people to explore. Kid activities, reenactments, and even…oh oh, one of my favorite parts, a hot air balloon launch to celebrate man’s early advancements in flight. I think a little trip westward sounds like a great idea.

The Greenford Village

Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI A collection of nearly 100 historic buildings on a 200-acre (80-hectare) site in Dearborn, southeastern Michigan, U.S. It was established in 1933 by industrialist Henry Ford, who relocated or reconstructed buildings there from throughout the United States.
Dearborn, MI – Pinterest

People with lots of money and a little (or lot) of eccentricity do some interesting things sometimes. Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan is a plethora of historic wonder. Henry Ford created this 80-acre farm to honor people he admired, particularly from the early 1900s. In some cases, he recreated buildings, in other cases he restored or saved them. It includes the birthplaces, homes, or workshops of people like Thomas Edison, Noah Webster, or the Wright Brothers. It even includes the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Henry Ford loved the innovative mind, and it shows in the fact that Greenfield has a running steam locomotive and opportunities to ride in a Model T (of course). There are interactive exhibits, a horse-and-buggy rides, a carousel, and all sorts of hands-on activities. Sounds AMAZING for those of us who LOVE history!


Believe it or not, there are a great many living history museums throughout the US, but these are a few of the best (and biggest).

Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, MA.  So much fun taking a step back into our country's history.....some original artifacts were used as props!
Plimouth – Pinterest

Some honorable mentions would be Mount Vernon, Mystic Seaport, OK Corral, Plimouth Plantation (I REALLY WANT TO VISIT THIS ONE), Jamestown, and Stone Mountain Antebellum Plantation.

Have you ever visited a Living History Museum? What did you think? What era or place in history would you like to see recreated?

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(Check out my review of True to You here)

Swoony Saturdays – John Lawson

Welcome! Welcome!

Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

Washington, oh, Washington.  Your natural beauty is breathtaking.:

Who? John Lawson

Where can we find this dreamboat? True to You by Becky Wade (released June 2017)

Personality summary: John Lawson…whew, such a strong name for a strong guy, yet beneath all those layers of man-muscle is a surprisingly sensitive and vulnerable guy. He thinks and feels deeply, and has a strong sense of doing what is right. There’s certainly a hint of broodiness about him, but once someone moves beyond the initial intimidation, they’ll find a good-hearted, loyal, and kind man with a subtle-yet-fabulous sense of humor. There’s a quiet confidence about him which draws the heroine toward him from day one. Oh yes, he’s a swoony hero, but more importantly, when his focus is trained on a goal, he’s all in…and he’s focused on Nora 😊 Whew…

I have one word for you! Indubitable. Continue reading “Swoony Saturdays – John Lawson”

Great Scott!!! True to You by Becky Wade

TruetoYou_mck.inddIsn’t this cover amazing? And a wonderful representation for the quality of story you’ll find within the pages.

I must choose to read authors like Becky Wade only to torture myself as a writer…in a dreamy (maybe envious) kind of way.

True to You is a sweet story, and by using the word ‘sweet’ I don’t mean to simplify the elegance, beauty, or intricate complexity of this novel.

I mean ‘sweet’ in the way in which the best combination of high-quality ingredients creates a delectable dessert.

That kind of sweet.

Becky took a strong plot, two meaningful characters, a unique setting, and purposeful secondary characters to concoct a classy combination of romance and grace.

Continue reading “Great Scott!!! True to You by Becky Wade”

Swoony Saturdays – Ty Porter

Welcome! Welcome!

Swoony Saturdays are your opportunity to be introduced to a book hero who fits high quality hero characteristics. (Okay, so he just makes us weak in the knees for all kinds of reasons, but you get the point.)

The photos involved are chosen as the most representative of the heroes featured, so IF they look like someone you’ve seen before, that’s almost entirely accidental.

Ty Porter

Today I am excited to introduce you to Carrie Schmidt, my lovely “Blogger Friend Extraordinaire” and creator of Reading is my SuperPower. Carrie has talked me off many a fictional ledge and has been on this journey with me for two years now. I am so blessed and honored to have her in my life. Carrie is sharing one of her favorite heroes with you today.

This was taken in 1996 of Matthew McConaughey for Vanity Fair by the famed photographer Herb Ritts. I officially fell head over heels. #1:

Who? Ty Porter

Where can we find this dreamboat? Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade (released May 2014)

Personality summary: “He could look into your eyes and without saying a word assure you that you were the most fascinating woman in the world and call you beautiful in six languages.” If you look up “flirtatious bad boy” in the dictionary, Ty Porter’s face (complete with that melt-your-knees grin) should be front and center. In fact, I would call him irrepressibly flirtatious. A wink from this cocky, flirty, charming, dimpled cowboyis all it takes to send readers after their swooning fans, and when he really turns up the heat? Well… keep a freezer handy too. Irresistible, thy name is Ty Porter. Ok…so to be honest at first he’s kind-of a jerk but, when he’s blindsided by his still-there feelings for Celia, shebecomes irresistible. And so does Jesus.

ty porter swoony saturdayWhat makes us swoon?

The FLIRTING!! (does anyone have a spare fan I can borrow?)

His talent at kissing (Wowzah!)

Daddy Ty (be still my heart)

Boyish sense of humor

He’s hot (yeah, it’s shallow but he IS)

Redeemed rogue

Intense heart and passion (freezer?

Freezer anyone?)Cowboy/Bull Rider – (swoon)


Kissing level of such swooniness: Ty is a definite 5 on the kissing scale. Good goobers, WHERE is that fan I requested??? 😉

Basic hero type: Ty by definition is more of a Henry on the hero scale. He’s fun-loving and may not seem serious enough to commit but his outer shallowness is actually masking an intensely passionate heart. He’s flirty and mischievous but when he loves he loves deeply. When he’s affected by someone, he’s affected deeply. So….while he may be a Henry-type on the outside, he’s actually a Knightley in disguise.


How can I meet this swoony mister? Meant to Be Mine is available on AmazonB&N, and Christian Book Distributors.

Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school–irresistible. When their paths cross again after college– still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.

Five and a half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

What about you? What type of book hero are you drawn to?
The reformed rogue or clean cut heroes?

About Carrie Schmidt

about me photoCarrie Schmidt is an avid reader, book reviewer, story addict, Kissing Books fan, book boyfriend collector, and cool aunt. She loves Jesus and THE Story a whole lot. Carrie lives in Kentucky with her husband Eric and their quirky dog Zuzu and is a co-founder of the Christian Fiction Readers’ Retreat. She blogs at

About Becky Wade

Becky-WadeBecky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

Kissing Levels & Hero Types

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade


Broken heart surprised by a second chance

and a little princess to bind the two together?

Look no further than Becky Wade’s newest novel, Meant to Be Mine. As I’ve told Becky already, this is my favorite of her books so far, and I’m pretty sure it’s all because of Ty Porter.

Celia Park and Ty Porter joined the ranks of crazy kids who get a fast-and-furious wedding in Vegas only to wake up the next day to an emotional hangover of doubt. Celia went into it fueled by a lifetime crush for Ty. Ty’s thoughts or feelings only appeared to be in the moment, so when the fairytale romance turns into a one-night stand, Celia heads home with a  broken heart and a baby girl waiting to be born.

Five years later, as Ty has gone on to become a professional bull rider, Celia has spent the time barely making ends meet and raising her daughter, Addie. She’s basically forgotten how to dream because things like paying bills and buy groceries took precident over her desire to own her own bakery. The last thing she expects, or wants is a call from Ty Porter.

But “living the dream” might be a lonely place to stay if you’re heart isn’t at rest. Ty had never been able to forget Celia and in an attempt to find forgiveness, he discovers a deep love for her and the daughter he didn’t know existed. Is he willing to give up his dreams this time for Celia? Is she willing to trust him to help her find her dreams again?

This book is definitely one to make you laugh, sigh, and get a little teary-eyed at a story of second-chances with your first love.