Book Review~Dawn’s Prelude by Tracie Peterson- Plus Update!!

Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, #1)

 

Dawn’s Prelude by Tracie Peterson
   Song of Alaska Series: Book 1
   My Book rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  Main characters: Heroine: Lydia and Hero: Kjell
                                                                                              
            Time Period: 1870

   ~My Thoughts~

 

I really enjoyed reading this!! Oh my goodness! This was the best book that I’ve read in a long time! I had been reading other books and it was like, “okay I read it,NEXT”! You know what I mean?  The storyline of Dawn’s Prelude really entranced me from the beginning and I knew I had to finish reading this one.  Also this is probably the first book that I’ve read that was solely by Tracie Peterson if I’m correct.  I’ve read some books that  were written by Tracie Peterson and other co-authors. I was really surprised at how good this was!

I really liked the main character, Lydia in this book.  In the book she goes through so much. Abusive marriage(Thankfully it wasn’t in detail!), being unloved by some of her stepchildren,and seemly unloved by her father. It seemed like everything bad was happening to her. The book, all in all, had all the intrigue,mystery,and well thought out characters that I was looking for in a story.

Another good thing that I really liked about this book was that all along through the book, Lydia had this question that almost every Christian struggles with in everyday life. The question of, “Why me Lord?” I really impressed how Tracie Peterson illustrated that in this story. We as humans can’t understand the will of God all the time because it wasn’t  meant to be that way or we’d never need to have faith in God. I mean look at Job in the Bible!  But this story really encouraged me in why I read Christian Fiction in the first place!

The only problem that I had with the book was that to me it kept switching from the language that they used back then and language we use now. I had to keep looking to the first page to make sure it was in the 1870’s! But it’s forgiven! I loved it anyway.   🙂

I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series! 🙂

 

 

 

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So for the UPDATE! I’m so looking forward to reviewing the books that I’ve won from some of the giveaways I’ve entered! I’ll tell you more about it later! But I’m so excited!!! I hardly ever win a giveaway so when I eventually do, I’m screaming from the housetops!
Also, I’ll be having a Jane Austen inspired book review and my first author interview! Very excited! I’ll keep y’all posted! 😉
Hopefully I’ll be able to post many more  things that I wanted to share in the coming weeks! 🙂
Stay Blessed and Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

 

~Have a Happy and Blessed Easter!!~

This is about Bev's LDS beliefs AND a ton of LDS links.  I fell in love with her neat patterns she has for all of my fellow yarneez to make and donate!  She has the patterns and lists of organizations wanting homemade items.  I will pin that to my Yarneez board.

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory

Easter Printable. I printed this one up and it looks amazing!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

 

 

 

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:-John 11:25

 

 

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.-Matthew 11:28-30

 

 

 

~Through it all, He had you and I on his mind! It wasn’t the nails that kept Him on the cross.

He could have called down a host of angels, but His undying sacrificial love for you and I kept Him there to suffer for our faults and failures.

He denied everything, so that we through Him might be accepted. He arose on Easter morning to prove just that. ~

 

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter Everyone! 🙂

 

 

~The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis~Book Review~

The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

 

Before the land of Narnia, there was a place called Charn. Before there was ever a Lucy,Edmund,Susan, and  Peter, there was a Polly and Digory.

 

~ My Thoughts~

I can truly say that I enjoyed myself while reading this book!  I was encouraged to read the rest of the series by my fellow blogger friends from, http://sarahsoine.wordpress.com/ and http://acceleratethejesusmovement.wordpress.com/! Thank you both so much!  C.S. Lewis was a wonderfully fantastic writer! I’m very eager to finish reading his writings!

 

 

Just like in,”The Lion,the Witch, and the Wardrobe” I saw the spiritual aspect behind certain parts in the  story. That’s the most awesome part and it had me really excited! The beginning of the book did sort of remind me of “The Secret Garden” for some reason though( another good classic). I really loved Digory and Polly’s characters they were very entertaining to read about. Especially Digory, he was so funny at times!

Quote by C.S. Lewis from The Magician's Nephew

Another interesting thing is that I definitely saw some of the Tolkien influence in the story! The rings and the disappearing. Totally Tolkien because he did the same thing with Frodo in the Fellowship of the Ring! I was  really amazed!

The Magician’s Nephew is very similar to the Creation in the Bible. Of course this book is the starting point to all things Narnia and how Narnia really began. The book also gives insight about the White Witch. Very interesting. One of my favorite parts in the book is when Aslan is singing the animals into the magical creatures we come to know in the second book and creating the land of Narnia. It really reminds me of God and His Creation.

Aslan sings Narnia into life. Oh, The Magician's Nephew made me cry! And the depiction of the creation of Narnia, with the stars singing and the animals forming is just gorgeous.

Digory had never seen such a sun... You could imagine that it laughed for joy as it came up.  The Magicians Nephew  -C.S. Lewis

The uncle (who was the Magician)  was by far the creepiest character in the book lol. No wonder the aunt was  hard on him!

The only problem that I had with this book was that it had three bad words. I think that’s how many there were. I prefer the books I read to not have any bad words at all. That’s my just my preference because I don’t believe in cursing.  But overall the story kinda overruled that and considering it was the uncle and not the children who were saying the curse words. If it were the children I would definitely I have a problem!

I’m glad to have read this book and !!   I’m currently listening to “The Horse and His Boy” on Youtube. I didn’t know they had  full audiobooks on Youtube! Especially the classics. That’s the way to go for me especially since I don’t own the rest of the Narnia books.  🙂

cs lewis- the Magician's Nephew

 

Until next time,

 

HAPPY READING Y’ALL!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin~(I’m very excited about this one!)

For Such a Time

 

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

Book Released: April 1,2014

 

Book Info via: Goodreads

 

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller.

However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

 

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness!! I can hardly explain how I’m sooo excited to read this book! My sisters had been pestering me to read the sample on Goodreads and I was kinda putting it off. I have a very bad problem with procrastination by the way. Y’all pray for me! It’s a very bad habit! lol. But anyway, I finally got to read the sample on Goodreads which is a free excerpt (three chapters!) and I was sooo amazed! The first chapter pulled me right into the story!  I just love it when a book has a very exciting and interesting first chapter because then I KNOW it’s going to be a 100% good book most of the time. *sigh* But after reading the last of the excerpt I was eagerly wanting to read it all! I told my sister, I have to buy this book! lol! The characters look interesting and I’m very excited to read the book. I’m really liking the theme with it based off of Queen Esther in the Bible. Queen Esther is like my favorite woman of faith in the Bible! So if you haven’t read it, the first three chapters are available to read on Goodreads! Go check it out! I promise you you’ll want to buy it or something!!  lol! 🙂

 

Happy Reading! 🙂

 

Be of good courage!!

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  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee   whithersoever thou goest.~Joshua 1:9~

Have a blessed week!

~Book Cover Love!~

Ya’ll may know how much I just love to drool over book covers!! I know that saying where it says you can’t judge a book by its cover and I’ve found that to be true many times! But I must say that a beautiful book cover really cajoles me into reading a certain book. So here are a few books that I’ve found and  also a little bit about them. So, with that said, I will try to post these every once and a while. 🙂

 

 

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Release Date: December 2,2014

Book Info via Goodreads

 

                                                Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her–a longtime friend–has fallen for her younger, prettier sister.
When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play . . .
The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem to know something about the manor’s past, the only information they offer Abigail is a warning: Beware trespassers who may be drawn by rumors that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled
with treasure.
Hoping to improve her family’s financial situation, Abigail surreptitiously searches for the hidden room, but the arrival of anonymous letters addressed to her, with clues about the room and the past, bring discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?

My thoughts: Let me just begin to say that I love the color scheme of this book cover. I usually am not the fan of blue but this really works. The castle in the background adds a kind of mysterious story in itself. I can’t wait for this one!

 

In the Field of Grace

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar

  Release Date: July 1,2014

Book info via Goodreads:

 

  Two women. Alone. With no provision. Can a woman who has lost everything, except her beloved mother, find hope in a foreign land?

Ruth leaves her home with  a barren womb and an empty future, after losing her husband. She forsakes her abusive parents and follows the woman she has grown to love as a true parent, her husband’s mother, Naomi.

Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. She is destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. She is reduced to gathering leftovers once the harvesters have finished collecting grain from the field. A job only for the lowest of the low.

But God has other plans for her life.

While everyone considers Ruth an unworthy outsider, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field-one of the wealthiest and most honored men of Judah-is showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz finds himself irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the dark, haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.

Obstacles. Heartache. Withered dreams. How can God forge love, passion, and new hope between two such different people?

                                                 My thoughts: I am a very big fan of Tessa Afshar! I’ve read all of her books and am eagerly looking forward to reading this one!  

 

          Saving Amelie                      

                                                                                                Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

Book release date:June 1,2014

Book Info via Goodreads

Increasingly wary of her father’s genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany–in the summer of 1939–will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter, Amelie, deaf since birth, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.Once courted by Schlick, Rachel knows he’s as dangerous as the swastikas that hang like ebony spiders from every government building in Berlin. She fears her father’s files may hold answers about Hitler’s plans for others, like Amelie, whom the regime deems “unworthy of life.” She risks searching his classified documents only to uncover shocking secrets about her own history and a family she’s never known.Now hunted by the SS, Rachel turns to Jason Young–a driven, disarming American journalist and unlikely ally–who connects her to the resistance and to controversial theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Forced into hiding, Rachel’s every ideal is challenged as she and Jason walk a knife’s edge, risking their lives–and asking others to do the same–for those they barely know but come to love.

 

My thoughts: I do enjoy reading WW2 fiction books. Though I know it wasn’t good time for the people who lived in this era, I do like learning about the first hand stories of what happened back then. I’ve never read a book by this author but what the book is about sounds promising. I hope to read it soon.

 

Well that concludes this post. I have so many things that I want to post but my blog life have been interrupted for a little while. So I’m not as consistent as I want to be. Lord willing I hope to get them up soon! 🙂

 

Happy Reading Y’all!

 

What is a new release you’re looking forward to? 🙂