Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home.
Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.
For starters I really,really love the book cover for this book! I will admit that seeing how vibrant the book cover was really encouraged me to read this book. The story plot also encouraged me to read it as well.
Reading this story was really heart touching. I’ve never read about a heroine having the name Dinah (the same as Jacob’s daughter Dinah in the Bible) so this was very different for me. I really liked how the author used her name as a dual fold character. The thing that was so unique about it was that her name actually became who she was for a little while. Dinah was born into a life that she had no control over whatsoever and she had to struggle to find God’s purpose for her life even though everything around her was very discouraging.
Amos Ackerman, a lowly chicken farmer, also had a very heart wrenching story as well. With
Amos and Dinah’s story, it was really good to see how the perfect will of God could mend
two very broken people’s lives to work out for the good for His glory. It was really refreshing to see that the author gave Amos,the hero, a flaw in his personal appearance because it is very often many Christian novels put emphasis on how muscular or how good-looking the male character is and a lot of times that may not be God’s chosen mate for a person. She really put the emphasis on character which was really good.
Another thing that I did enjoy about the story is that the author gave some insight about being a Harvey Girl. I always like to have the historical lives of what people did back then intertwined into the story. I think it really adds more depth to the story.
I did find some very encouraging sayings and quotes from this book. A scripture like, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you”…….
Some quotes,”You want a husband and a family. Those are normal desires for a young woman. But could it be you are so intent on gaining what you want that you’ve lost sight of what your soul needs most?” I thought this was very encouraging to me as a young lady in the Lord because it reminds me that I should only keep my sole focus on Christ and He will bring His will to pass in my life.
Also another quote that I enjoyed was when Dinah was praying and she said,” Help me remember You are my Enough.” That quote was like totally awesome because God is MORE than enough!
Overall, even if the story did seem to move a bit slow at times, I did find it to be a very enjoyable read. I think that this story was another level of this author that I’ve never seen before because usually her stories are lighthearted most of the time. This one was a bit darker than her former stories, in my opinion. But I couldn’t stop reading it until I’d reached the last page! Something that doesn’t really happen often. The book really did fit into the category of Christian Fiction and it wasn’t too preachy. I do encourage you all to read it just to experience a story of no matter how low a person can be, God’s hand is never to short to redeem them. (4 out of 5 stars)
*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.*
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings.
Jane Austen– Born on December16 December 1775.~ Birthplace: Steventon Rectory,Hampshire,England~
Her parents were George and Cassandra Austen. Jane Austen had 6 brothers and one sister also known as her closest friend,Cassandra.
……JANE AUSTEN, A LADY WHO BELIEVED IN HAPPILY EVER AFTERS….
Jane Austen was truly a lady who believed in happily ever afters and as far as I can see she wouldn’t take less than that. Something that is very admirable. She always believed in true love no matter what the cost would be. She believed that true love should always and would prevail. A belief commonly expressed in her many loved novels. Of course that belief wasn’t the popular way for young women to be thinking back then because back in the times of Jane Austen, if you weren’t married you didn’t have a chance of making a good way in life because the women were mostly expected to bear and raise children. Not being married at a certain age
meant that you were an old maid or you were pretty much on way of being in impoverished if you were not a part of a rich family. Men in those times had a greater chance at succeeding in life because more pathways in life were opened to them. Men also had more opportunities to gain a profitable and sustainable income.
Jane Austen blew many people’s minds away with the idea of love conquering all no matter how unequal a hero or heroine might have been in the story. No matter how it seemed as if all was lost for the main characters she always managed to bring about a *sigh* worthy happy ending. Which is why I love her quote above which says,
“My characters shall have after a little trouble, all that they desire”-Jane Austen.
I think she did a very good job doing just that! Jane Austen also did a very good job of giving us a glimpse of what regency life was all about.Whether it was the speech or describing manners of how some things were done. I would so love to go to England to see the many places in her novels! Her novels have been an inspiration for many spin-off variations of her stories,movies,plays,etc.
Though sadly to say she didn’t experience the happy ending that she gave to so many of her characters in her own life. She and her sister Cassandra never married. Knowing that fact, I’m glad that she didn’t give up her dream of being a successful writer or we would have never experienced knowing the stories of her many characters in her novels, or enjoyed the vast variety of movies based off of her books today. She is truly an inspiration to me.
Austen followed the tradition of other female novelists of the time by signing her books, ‘By a Lady,’ or ‘By Lady A.’.
“Incline us oh God! to think humbly of ourselves, to be severe only in the examination of our own conduct, to consider our fellow-creatures with kindness,and to judge of all they say and do with that charity which we would desire from ourselves.” -Jane Austen
“Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”-Jane Austen,Pride and Prejudice
“but for my part,if a book is well written,I always find it too short.”-Jane Austen
“What are men to rocks and mountains”-Jane Austen,Pride and Prejudice
“To you I shall say, as I have often said before, Do not be in a hurry the right man will come at last..”-Jane Austen
~WHY I LOVE AND ADMIRE JANE AUSTEN~
I was very young when I first discovered Jane Austen and then I didn’t understand the language the regency and their ways. Let’s just say I’m
just now discovering the light! lol! It all started with watching all of the Jane Austen based movies I could find. After that, I decided to read Pride and Prejudice which has now become one of my favorite books by Jane Austen along with her book,Persuasion. I do aim to read more of her works but what I have read so far I have enjoyed!
I do admire Jane Austen’s books because even though the main characters suffer through many calamities throughout the story,she still managed to give her characters that happily ever after. Many of her heroines are so easy to relate to and the heroes are to die for! I wish all the time for her heroes to be real!
~JANE AUSTEN’S HEROINES~
I just love reading about Jane Austen’s heroines! Also watching the movies based off of her heroines. Many of her heroines were not perfect in their character in the beginning but in the end they were just became spectacular! Beyond words! Jane Austen just knew how to do it! Like in Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet she and Mr. Darcy were not getting along at all and in the end both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were two completely different people and it turned out to be very good thing!
It is so hard to pick a favorite from Jane Austen’s heroines, I love the characters of Elizabeth Bennet,Jane Bennet, and I absolutely love Marianne Dashwood,Elinor Dashwood, Anne Elliot oh and Catherine Morland! (Which is just about all of them lol!) Maybe I’ll truly make up my mind when I’ve read all of Jane Austen’s novels. Oh bother!
I had read Sense and Sensibility this year, and to me Marianne Dashwood’s story reminds me so much of what Jane Austen went through in her life so far as her disappointment with Daniel Lefroy.
I admire her heroines because they have their standards and morals and they wouldn’t stand for just anything.Which I think would have probably given us some insight about Jane Austen’s character Like for example, Elizabeth Bennet wanted her marriage to be one of love which was very rare back then because everything depended on status and how much money you had in the bank or would inherit. Character and love for a marriage was the last thing on the list. That very thing would probably give us some insight about Jane Austen’s character.
With Jane Austen, it was ALL about the character!! How the character acted and what their opinions were. I love how Jane Austen’s characters had so much depth of character. Many of heroines were not perfect in the beginning in their character. They had their flaws and mistakes and I like to see the transitions of a certain heroine or hero in the story and in the end they were just perfect! Jane Austen just tried to drive this point home, “always judge and watch a person’s character before marriage”. I think that was a punchline in her books. It didn’t matter whether they were rich or poor but that person’s character is what mattered the most. Which is what we as Christians should still keep in mind today especially young singles. It’s not about how many muscles he has or how good-looking a young man is it’s all about the character. The important thing is does he have the character of Jesus Christ? Likewise for us young ladies. 🙂
~JANE AUSTEN’S MOVIES THAT I HAVE WATCHED~
Since I never could understand the language of Jane Austen’s novels until I grew older, I watched almost every single movie based off of Jane Austen’s novels. Many of them I still watch over and over again! I believe that sometimes the movie can bring to light some of the things Jane Austen talks about in her novels. Like for me being in America, I wouldn’t know half of the things that she was talking about because our worlds are so different.! So let’s talk about Jane Austen! What is your favorite Jane Austen book or movie? I’ll try to talk about my favorite books,characters and movies down below! So I love the movies even though some may have some differences than in the novel. Here’s a list of movies that I’ve watched and enjoyed,
I’ve also watched some of the variations of Jane Austen’s movies. Especially the Indian variations! They are different I warn you but the Bollywood versions have somethings in common with Jane Austen’s novels because girls and women in those countries still go through many of the situations that Jane Austen wrote about. But again if want the movie to be true to Jane Austen then you should stick to the other ones. 🙂 Which I do now. I watched Bride and Prejudice a long time ago.
Also I’ve Watched Becoming Jane the movie based off of Jane Austen’s life. Very interesting. 🙂
Just recently finished watching the movie! Well most of it and I really,really enjoyed it! I loved this quote! I’m reading the book now!
I love Jane Austen’s comedy and wit! I think the most comical of her characters is Mr. Collins he is so hilarious in both the book and the movies! Especially the time when he proposed to Elizabeth Bennet! lol.
Also, ever since recently reading Sense and Sensibility, the characters of Mrs.Palmer and her husband Thomas were very hilarious! I really loved how she combined comedy into her stories. I find myself laughing out loud many times when reading her novels!
She knew how to have that balance where she wrote about the most lovable characters and the other ones you just despised! Like Anne Elliot’s sister and father in Persuasion. Oh they got on my last nerve! Also in Emma, the preacher in his wife! I won’t begin to explain how annoyed I was! What are some of her characters you just loved and disliked?
~JANE AUSTEN’S HEROES~
Jane Austen’s heroes have been my book crushes like since I’ve read them! Mr.Darcy anyone? My favorite heroes, are Mr.Darcy, Mr.Knightly, Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, and Henry Tilney. (Of course I haven’t read all of her books just yet but I have watched the movies for the books I haven’t read) I’m glad that she gave a voice to what the hero would think about certain situations. I think Edward Ferrars is the only hero as far as I know that didn’t really talk in the story. I liked Colonel Brandon better than Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility. It is my opinion that the hero should talk and have the depth of character just as much as the heroine. Otherwise how am I supposed to like him in the story? Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth are the perfect examples of what a hero should be in a book. I do think that Jane Austen’s heroes are quoted just as much as the heroines. She did know how to put feeling into a proposal! Oh my goodness! Read Pride and Prejudice with Mr. Darcy’s proposal and you’ll fall head over heels in love with Mr. Darcy and his proposal! lol! WHY ISN”T MR. DARCY REAL!! lol!
Just for the record I loved the other Edward better in the Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Emma Thompson. Just sayin’ 🙂
Now for the part all Jane Austen Fans have been waiting for! Jane Austen & Clean Christian Regency Era Books.
I’ve only read four novels by Jane Austen so far and I can’t wait to finish reading the rest!
~BOOKS BY JANE AUSTEN~
Pride and Prejudice
It is so amazing to see that the characters and the situations that she wrote about are something that I and millions worldwide can relate to her stories. She was truly an author before her time.
I really want to read Northanger Abbey! Love the movie with JJ Feild! 😉
I have read,
Pride and Prejudice,Emma, and Persuasion,Sense and Sensibility. By far my favorites are Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion,and Sense and Sensibility. 🙂
Now, for Part 2!….drumroll….:)
The books below are Jane Austen Inspired (THE ONES I’VE READ ARE:BLACKMOORE,HEIRESS OF WINTERWOOD,A CHANGE OF FORTUNE,EDENBROOKE AND THEY WERE VERYAMAZING READS!!) I really look forward to reading more Jane Austen variations!
I haven’t read as many Jane Austen inspired books that I would like. I wanted to read the original first before I could read a Jane Austen inspired one. Below are some of the books that my friends have read and have enjoyed. Also I have included my good friends’ reviews of many of the books below and you can click on the books under “JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED BOOKS” and it will carry you to their blog to read their reviews on the books below! (All except Heiress of Winterwood. That would lead you to my 2013 list of best books.) 🙂 Enjoy!
Also be sure to visit my friends’ wonderful blogs below to read their book reviews and more!
I would also like to give special thanks to my friends,
Areykah-HERE-She has a very fun blog and I love visiting her blog. Her pictures are amazing! Go check it out! It really captures the moment. Love! She has a really fun blog with many various interests. She also posts book reviews on her blog as well.:)
Soph-HERE -A true Janeite! Her blog is a wonderful place to visit for all things Jane Austen! You name it, whether it’s Jane Austen inspired book reviews, movies, to Jane Austen variations and giveaways she has it there!
Alice-HERE– Oh my goodness! She has this “Alice in Wonderland” theme going on! It’s so awesome! I wish I had some kind of theme going on as well! lol. She also has book reviews from Jane Austen,Georgette Heyer, and also various Christian fiction authors. There’s also Christian author interviews as well which are really fun to read. 🙂
lick on the books below, and they will lead you to their full book review!They’ve made me so excited to read them myself! Most of them are on my TBR list! 😉
Thank you soooo much Areykah,Soph,and Alice for letting me use your book reviews for this post! Love y’all! 😉
~JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED BOOKS~
Here’s some other new releases or upcoming releases that I’m so excited about! These are either Jane Austen inspired or clean regency novels. You can look them up on Goodreads to find out more about them. I probably will also be including them in my future posts as well. 🙂
Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope to post more Jane Austen posts in the future or more posts like this or whatever! What are some of your favorite Jane Austen books or movies? (I will be traveling for the weekend! I will try to get to your comments as soon as I can!) 🙂
Love,Peace, and Blessings. 🙂
……….Jane Austen, A Lady who believed in happily ever afters………..
Quiz results: You are Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are practical, circumspect, and discreet. Though you are tremendously sensible and allow your head to rule, you have a deep, emotional side that few people often see.
I’ve always admired Elinor Dashwood from the time I watched the S&S version with Emma Thompson (1995). I think Emma Thompson is a very good actress. I also liked her role in Nanny Mcphee which was a very good movie by the way! But back to Elinor Dashwood, I really liked her character. She seemly had everything under control with trying to hide her true feelings and everything. She’s sensible. She managed to keep the family afloat even though everything wasn’t going the way she thought it would. I really liked her character! 🙂
Emma Thompson in S&S (1995)
You can take this Jane Austen Character Quiz yourself see which one you are most like HERE
Or do you already know who you are most like I would like to know in the comments below! 🙂
Coming up next is my version of a Jane Austen Inspired Week! I’m going to try to post Jane Austen Inspired posts this week. If not everyday then most of the days this week! I’ve been planning it for a long time and I can’t wait!!
I’m very excited about it and I hope you will be too!! 🙂
I believe that one of the best things that God has given us outside of a relationship with Him or a God fearing husband is a Mother.
I truly thank God for my mother. She’s been a real inspiration and that encouraging force in my life to always press forward to become better than what I was yesterday or the day before. She’s always there to remind me over and over to only look for the positive in every situation. 🙂
I encourage you all that have mothers to love and cherish her while you can. Don’t wait until she’s not around anymore to give her roses or let her how much you love and appreciate her. You’ll be happy that you did!
I would also like to reach out to those who may have lost their mother or may be in a difficult circumstance and let you know that God knows all about it and He truly cares for you.
Peace and blessings!
Happy Mother’s Day!! 🙂
1. The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, book one of The Amish Classics series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, covering the same issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the Amish community.
I had seen this book cover a while back. I’m so curious as to how the author is going to mix the Pride and Prejudice storyline with the Amish culture. To me they are two different worlds. I’m all in for something different though! I had just recently re- read Pride and Prejudice earlier this year, and now I’m ready to read other books that are variations or based off of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I never read anything by this author. This book looks pretty promising if you like Amish stories as well!
While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad
Book release date: May 6, 2014
About the Book:
After graduating from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to stir things up. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution–the gas stove–and certainly doesn’t mind that the gas company has hired the handsome Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures. Lewis encourages her work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made–especially by this outspoken young woman.
When Charlotte and Joel are coerced into planning a fund-raising gala for the hospital, will this combustible pair explode?
Fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is back with a breezy, lighthearted love triangle that will keep readers guessing. Attention to historic detail adorns the timeless story of a young woman looking for true love and making her way in a rapidly changing world.
~ My Thoughts~
I’m sooo excited about reading this book! I really enjoyed reading the first one, “When Love Calls” . If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so you won’t regret it! The cover on this book is pretty as well! Can’t wait!
Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett
Book Release Date: May 6,2014
About the Book:
While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn’t expect, however, is for God’s answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best.
As they work together toward a cure, Abby’s feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?
This one looks interesting. I’ve never read anything by this author but her stories look very promising. I like it when authors use historical events and incorporate it into the story. I think that it really gives the story more depth and purpose to it. If anyone has ever read, “Into the Whirlwind” by Elizabeth Camden you know what I’m talking about!
(These are just some of the books that are going to be released soon)
Happy Reading! 🙂
Is there a book that you’re excited about that’s not out yet? Or are you reading an exciting book?