Christianity, Special Sundays

Special Sundays!~You Don’t have to Worry About It!

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.~Matthew 6:25~

 

~Don’t worry about tomorrow. Put your trust in the One who holds tomorrow!~

 

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Book Review

The Lady of Bolton Hill~Elizabeth Camden~

The Lady of Bolton Hill

Synopsis

When Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain’s worlds collide after twelve years apart, the spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a romance neither of them thought possible.

But time has changed them both.

Daniel is an industrial titan with powerful enemies. Clara is an idealistic journalist determined to defend underprivileged workers.

Can they withstand the cost of their convictions while their hearts–and lives–hang in the balance?

~My Review~

I loved re-reading this book! It seemed as if it was better than the first time that I had read it! How can that be possible! lol! The story was fantastic…again! It really drew me in from the time that Clara and Daniel are growing up as best friends until the sweet epilogue. I can guarantee y’all that was the best epilogue that I’ve read in a book since like,EVER!

I love how classical music drew them together and if you’ve read the first chapters you’ll agree. It’s so sweet!

I really like how Elizabeth Camden can weave a masterful story around her characters! Especially the heroes! I really love Daniel’s story. In this book, Daniel is another *swoon worthy* hero. So awesome! You must read it if you haven’t! It’s also funny at times which was very enjoyable! I love to have a little humor in whatever I’m reading (except in suspense). 🙂

Also, the author does introduce a character(Bane) who would be in her next book. “Against the Tide”  is mostly about the opium trade back then also a very interesting read! In her book, “Against the Tide”,the author goes more into detail. I also recommend “Against the Tide” so that you’ll read more about Bane’s story. It’s a very good story and I really like the heroine as well!

The Lady of Bolton Hill has everything that I anticipated in a novel. It was adventurous,the story wasn’t really predictable, and it kept me turning page after page. I didn’t want it to end! It’s very beautifully well written story to cherish forever! The book cover was spectacular as well! I totally recommend it to anyone who is looking for a very good christian historical fiction to read. (5 stars)

 

Elizabeth Camden goes through the details of how the book cover process went for Lady of Bolton Hill. Very Interesting!  Click on the picture and it will take you to the website. I love the book cover now but the third book cover below looks really interesting as well. 🙂

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~Elizabeth Camden~

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KINDA LIKE A PART 2 – AGAINST THE TIDE

Against the Tide

As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she’s finally carved out a perfect life for herself–a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or “Bane,” a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.

Just as Bane’s charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia’s part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

 

 

HAPPY READING Y’ALL!! 🙂

 

Which Elizabeth Camden book is your favorite? If you’re a fan? What’s not to like about Elizabeth Camden’s writing!!! Right? 🙂

Blog Series

Part 3 : Friendship -Being Single,Courtship and Eventually Happily Married!

Hi everyone!  Welcome for Part 3 of this series! If you have missed any of the series, then go to the page on my blog that says BLOG SERIES cause you may not be able follow along as I refer to different things that may be from the former series.I’ve had much of this written down for weeks and I can’t wait to share this with you! So let’s get started! 🙂 (Also any experience is welcome, I’m just writing down what I’ve heard and believe on the subject as I said earlier.) 🙂

Love this quote!

 

So many of you know that there is basically a friendship or an introducing before officially courting someone. However long the friendship is, it may be one or two weeks or so. But,there is a time where you’re either introduced to a certain young gentleman or gents to a certain young lady before you two officially start courting.Or whatever way you may meet.

The friendship is basically to find out basic things about the person and if you two would be compatible. Certain things like the following will make themselves known during this stage, “Does he have a true relationship with Christ?” or “Is he only the flirting type?” Or “Is he someone who looks as if he’ll be someone who would be a good husband for you?”

Prestage to Friendship-BEFORE FRIENDSHIP THERE’S FELLOWSHIP:  Fellowship doesn’t really last as long with some couples so I’ll not dwell long on this. Say for instance a person may introduce you two to each other and you may never have seen each other before but this might be the first time that you’ve met. So maybe you shake hands and exchange pleasantries like,”Hey, how are you? ,What’s your name? ,What state are you from?, Where you do attend church?” Little stuff like that I guess. You can fill in the blanks if you want. You’re basically finding out if this is the one God has ordained for you! You may see each other a couple of times at church,work,or you both fellowship in your youth group but nothing’s been really set in stone as of yet. This pre-stage to friendship it may progress or it may not. It may the case of, “Oh, I know a really good girl that I work with or go to church with that may be good for you! You want to meet her?” Something like that. It may get serious in the Friendship Stage or it’s just the case of  the person is really searching out  the other person to see if there’s anything there to pursue seriously.

Christian Speed Dating made by #Dannielle Buckley

(I don’t believe in speed dating in any way,but the pic. above demonstrates that while in the fellowship stage,  you’re asking different questions about this gentleman or visa versa. The purpose of this is that you NEED to find out if God is their all and all. Sometimes you may not even have to ask them straight out but is their everyday life bearing fruit of what their mouths are testifying? Also, if you find out there’s something there that isn’t what you’d want in a godly husband,you have the right to either keep pursuing this relationship or not. It’s your choice! )
STAGE 2: The Friendship
Let’s say that maybe you both go to the same church or you may even work at the same place and you both go to different churches or what have you.  Or maybe, he’d just met you and really likes fellow-shipping with you because you’re different from all the other girls. There’s something special about you. What to do? Well there are two ways you can approach this situation. For the young woman’s part you aren’t or should I say you shouldn’t be the one to start or keep the relationship going. That may shed the wrong light on you as young lady and the gentleman may get the wrong idea. Which would be because the woman is not to pursue the man but the other way around.

The BEST thing for the young lady to do is to PRAY AND SEEK GOD FIRST and let God handle it.Like you can say, “Dear God, I really,really like this young man and he seems to be nice but he hasn’t noticed me so far or the relationship may not going  any farther than I would like. If it be your will, please work out something to let me know if it’s you or not. Remember, the knowledge from God will be on both you and the boy/man’s end. God will let you both know! Don’t go for the one-sided “revelation”. For example, if you’re having a relationship and the young man may come up to you and say, “The Lord told me to marry me. Would you be my wife?” Please don’t fall for that! I beg you. If this is from God, God will let you and the man know and it’ll not be one-sided! Trust me on that one! 🙂
 It’s good to pray about it because some friendships are started the wrong way and it could become a friendship with benefits and, that’s something which is NOT WHAT WE AS YOUNG CHRISTIAN SINGLE WOMEN WANT OR NEED!

WHAT WE AS CHRISTIAN SINGLE WOMEN NEED TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT, WE DON’T NEED TO DATE JUST DATE. WE DON’T HAVE  TO DATE JUST  BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE AROUND YOU SAY THAT THEY ARE DATING AND ARE HAVING “FUN”. ENTER INTO THE COURTSHIP, THE LORD WILLING, WITH A PURPOSE. COURTSHIP IN MY OPINION IS THE PURPOSE OF POTENTIALLY OBTAINING A HAPPY  CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE. ANYTHING THING ELSE MIGHT GET A PERSON IN SOME SERIOUS TROUBLE.

Totally agree. So true. He was my best friend before we were anything else.
Say also there’s a young gentleman as well,and he may be interested in you but he doesn’t know if you’ll like him or not. If he’s really serious about meeting you and starting a relationship, then he would be man enough to ASK your father,guardian  or someone like your pastor or someone who knows you real well for their permission to pursue a relationship. Well, let’s just say you finally get to meet one another and you introduce yourselves to each other and you both meet the families.  Everything’s casual and nothing is really set because you basically are still trying to learn one another.

You may see each other at church and you may have just that open relationship were you may talk about the word or something like,”Hey, some of the  youth group is going out for pizza. Do you think you can be able to make it?” Remember this friendship can be done in groups and is very casual because the gentleman should see if there’s anything there that he wants to continue pursuing.  In this stage, you’re never by yourself with one another cause you’re in groups or just sitting at the table together with the family having dinner.
 Young women while this friendship is going on, it’s very good to be observant about how he acts and how his family acts. It’s best to have your eyes wide open so that you’ll know what you’re getting into if you’re interested for the relationship to keep going. Most of the time how  his family acts might very  likely how he would act.

So the boy and girl are still interested in each other and they know a little bit more about each other. They’re comfortable around one another now it’s  the time for the gentleman to act and ask for permission to officially court the lady. If your father or guardian sees that this young man is serious and he doesn’t have evil intentions, they’ll give him the go ahead to enter into courting seriously.

 And so this is why I married my best friend.

I’ve always believed and still believe, that we should be married to our best friend. That way we should know each others weaknesses and failures but still come out stronger than before.It has to be someone you can’t live without or he can’t live without you. I can’t explain it but I believe God has a way of showing us the “ONE”.

If a person isn’t really compatible with you, then you should seriously check it out before things are really serious. Like I said before, if a man is constantly abusing you whether physically or emotionally in the relationship, I CAUTION YOU TO RUN!  I promise you that you won’t be able to change him after marriage unless by some miracle. But it’s best avoid it before being deeply involved. So with that being said, we’re ready to go into the next stage, and that’s Courtship! 🙂 

Stay tuned for part 4: Courtship! 🙂

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Encouraging Bible Scriptures, Special Sundays

Special Sundays!~Joy Will Come in the Morning!

 

….weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.-Psalm 30:5

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Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Keep pressing the battle! Have faith that God WILL HOLD FAST AND FULFILL HIS PROMISES! REMIND HIM OF HIS WORD! HE KNOWS HIS WORD AND KEEPS HIS WORD! DO YOU HAVE FAITH TO REACH OUT AND CLAIM GOD’S PROMISE?

NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH OR HOW DARK IT SEEMS, REMEMBER THAT JOY WILL COME IN THE MORNING! 🙂 THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH!

HAVE A VERY  BLESSED SUNDAY! 🙂

Book Review, Christian Fiction

A Miracle of Hope~Ruth Reid~

A Miracle of Hope (The Amish Wonders, #1)

 

Synopsis

How far can God’s mercy reach?

Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?

 

~My Review~

 A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid
An Amish Wonders Novel
HeroineLindie Wyse    Hero-  Josiah Plank

This was such a wonderful story!! I think it has to be the best Amish fiction that I’ve read this year so far! 🙂
I was really captivated by Lindie’s story from the first page! I was  impressed by this book I can tell y’all right now! lol. The story does have drama and very interesting situations which made it all the more desirable to read by the moment. This is the first book by Ruth Reid that I’ve read and I was very intrigued by how well she wrote this story.
Josiah Plank was a very sweet hero! The romance wasn’t mushy. The worst thing I can’t stand in a book is very mushy romance! The romance was handled very well in this book.
The book is true to its name and it’s truly miraculous! If you ever read it you’ll understand why! I had never seen that written in a christian novel before. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the characters in the book. I believe that the author did a very good job with the character development and plot. I really liked the theme of a marriage of convenience throughout the story. For some reason I’m drawn to mail order brides and marriages of convenience. To me it was a pretty clean and decent book with the theme of marriage of convenience as the plot. I really commend the author keeping it that way because all I want is to read a very entrancing story and I don’t need the unnecessary details!
I need to include that there were some situations in this  book may be a bit mature because it does deal with her situation of her being with child before she’s kinda forced into a marriage of convenience. I though it was  dealt with very well in my opinion but some readers may not feel comfortable reading  about it. Whatever works for you!
I commend the author of this book for holding the reins very well in the way of romance while delivering a very sweet and touching story!  I thoroughly enjoyed this story!!! I also loved the book cover vibrant and different!  I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an Amish read. I’m certainly looking forward to more books by Ruth Reid! (5 stars)
Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

 

~About Author Ruth Reid~

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children. Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid

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*Library read. I was looking for a different change of genre to read. Boy was it worth it! :)*

Book Review

If the Shoe Fits~Sandra D. Bricker~

If the Shoe Fits

 

Synopsis

Julianne used to believe in fairy tales; she’s been watching for Prince Charming to come charging in on his white steed ever since the day her mother read her Cinderella for the first time. But she’s never come close to finding the perfect man-instead she’s always tripping over her childhood best friend, Will. And who finds their Prince Charming on a 10-speed bicycle on the other side of the cul de sac? Well… Julianne does. Only she doesn’t have a clue.

She and Will are attorneys now, and they’ve joined up in private practice in a beautiful Cincinnati office building that overlooks the Ohio River. And then one day Julianne is on her way to court, and runs right smack dab into Prince Charming. But when she looks again, all she finds is a metaphoric sign she is certain came straight from Heaven: The Prince’s toolbox has fallen off the back of his truck, and a work boot along with it. What better way for God to grab the attention of a Cinderella-in-training than to show her a glass slipper…errrr, work boot?…waiting to be reunited with its owner?

So she sets out to track down the mysterious Prince Charming. He’s the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen…and a caring animal rescuer, too. Surely he must be the soul mate God has prepared her for.

But, Julianne’s prince is starting to look less and less charming all the time. No matter how she tries to romanticize him, he just keeps tumbling down off that dumb pedestal. And with the Bar Association dinner coming up that will honor her for her outstanding charity work over the year, Julianne wants so much for her friends and colleagues to see her with someone besides her best friend Will. To make matters worse, Prince Charming has no designs on wearing a penguin suit and attending a stuffy old dinner. With her pride pressing in on her like sticks from a cactus, Julianne sinks to the bottom of the proverbial barrel and actually offers to pay Paul to be her date.

Julianne is on a collision course with God’s perfect plan for her life…if only she could open her eyes and see it before it’s too late

 

~My Review~

“If the Shoe Fits” was the first book that I’ve read by Sandra Bricker. She’s definitely going to be on my favorite authors self! I really enjoyed reading this book! The book had all the combinations  of a winner in my opinion because it was funny and heartwarming. I was very intrigued by the story from the first page until the very end!

Since Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy tales, this book really drew me into the story. I found myself laughing out loud at certain points because the author maintained a very good sense of humor throughout the story. I think that any book that makes me laugh (in a good way) is certainly a keeper in my opinion!
The story was a light and a very interesting read. In a way, it reminded me of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I say that cause after I had read the book I watched Persuasion and to me there was a slight similarity. I hardly read contemporary christian fiction but this one is worth reading again!  I would recommend this book to anyone who looking for a decent contemporary read. (5 stars)

 

Author Sandra Bricker

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Sandra Bricker’s Book I hope to read next!

Rise and Shine: A Contemporary Fairy Tale

About Rise and Shine

Shannon Malone thought she’d found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking up to the news that she’s thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon’s tour guide into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone’s life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!

As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes-both in the world and in her-she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show? And where is her beloved dog, Freeway? Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart’s dog, not hers.

Shannon’s three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beauty style with her well-being always a priority. And Edmund’s sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel’s kiss awaken her once and for all?

 

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

Faith, Special Sundays

~Special Sundays!~ Today’s Theme:The Heart!

The Heart is a precious thing in the sight of the Lord. If He’s your Savior, that’s where he longs to always dwell. God longs to have  fellowship with you and to talk to your heart. He desires to wholly heal you when you are brokenhearted.  He longs to give your heart gladness and joy beyond your imagination! Is He the King of your heart today? Enjoy these scriptures and a quote about the heart. 🙂

† Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  ~  PSALM 51:10 (kjv)

 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.~Ezekiel 36:26

† ♥ ✞ ♥ † God, Your Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against You. {Psalm 119:11} † ♥ ✞ ♥ †

 

Broken Heart

 

Psalm 27:14 Art Print

Joy in the Morning: NEW POST! "A Desire of My Heart"

 

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.~Psalm 34:18

Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord. Psa 27:14 <3

"I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, for I have overcome the world."

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.~John 16:33

 

Have a Blessed Sunday! 🙂

 

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Blog Award, Uncategorized

I’ve been nominated for The Sunflower Blogger Award!!

My blog was awarded the Sunflower Blogger Award by Aerykah. Thank you Aerykah!!! 😉

 

 

  *     *     *       The Rules       *     *     *
1. Share 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the 11 questions the previous blogger asked
3. Tag 11 bloggers and ask them 11 new questions

                                                                        

  *     *     *       11 Facts About Me       *     *     *

11 different facts about myself
1. I love hearing different accents. Especially French,Spanish,Italian,and Irish accents! 🙂
2. I can quote different things from many epic movies like Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments whenever a situation arises. Me and my siblings laugh about it because we’ve practically watched those films all of our lives! So funny!

3. For most of my life I’ve been homeschooled.

4. I know un poco de Espanol(I know a little bit of Spanish) and I wish I could be fluent!

5. I love cooking and baking many different recipes!

6. I have a really bad sweet tooth! Sometimes I eat dessert first before dinner! (A very bad habit indeed!)

7. I love pinning things on Pinterest! I think I’m officially a Pinterest addict! 🙂
8. My favorite music is Christian music and I love listening to Classical music! Christian Music-Chris Tomlin and  Tenth Avenue North- Classical Music-Antonio Vivaldi and Mozart(I know I’m different)  ; )

9. I sometimes pretend that I’m in a  Youtube video whether I’m doing my hair in the mirror or cooking. (I know weird! My sisters think so too! lol!)
10. I love,love,love,cookies! Whatever flavor it may be I love them all! Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal cookies are my favorite! Give me a cookie and I’m a happy camper!
11. I can snap my fingers and whistle but some of my siblings can’t! They’ve tried and tried! Poor things! (I love you siblings! 😉 How is that possible? Whistling and snapping my fingers come very easy to me. 🙂

*     *     *       11 Questions  from Aerykah!     *     *     *

1. Who is your favorite author(s)? -I have so many! To name a few, Elizabeth Camden, Jack Cavanaugh, Jane Austen, Janette Oke,  Laurie Eakes,Anne Mateer, and Tessa Afshar,
2. What’s the best book you’ve read in the past month? – I would have to say,  “A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin”. It was the bomb! Best book yet that I’ve read this year!
3. What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately?BELLE– Wow, that movie is so good! I’ve watched it two times already last week!
4. Do you have a favorite place to read?  If so, where? -I like to read all cuddled up in my bed at night! Or listening to classical music helps me read and relax. 🙂
5. What’s your favorite time of day? – Late afternoon to Evening
6. Do you like to travel? -Yes! I would like to travel more though.
7. What’s one place you’ve read about that you would enjoy visiting?– Definitely London, England
8. Do you play an instrument?-I can play a little bit of the piano and organ but not much else. I would love to broaden my musical skills on the piano and organ though.
9. What’s your favorite summer activity?-Reading!
10. Do you prefer paper books or e-books?– It depends. With me it’s kinda half and half.I love to read period. lol!  I do prefer  paperback more than an e-books in a way because like the feel of a book in my hands.
11. What’s your favorite season & why?-I enjoy the fall. I did love the Spring but after the bad pollen we had this year, I changed it to fall. I enjoy watching the leaves turn different colors and the fresh autumn air.

 

*My 11 questions to the nominated bloggers!!*

1. If you could have a dream job, what would it be?-

2. Your favorite book?-
3. What movie in your opinion deserves a sequel?-
4. If had an opportunity for one wish to be granted what would it be?-
5.What is your favorite ice cream flavor?-
6.Who are your favorite author(s)?-
7.If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose to be?-
8.What’s your favorite place to read?-
9.What’s is one of your favorite quotes?-
10. Do you prefer written letters or email?-
11.What was your favorite book(s) to read or tv series when you were younger?-

 

***********Nominated Bloggers!**************

Irene@ A~Thought~Reflected

Elizabeth@Inspired Is She

Savurbks@ Savurbks

Brit@Brit Reads Fiction

Rissi @ Dreaming Under the Same Moon

Shannon @ Book Reviews by Shannon

Jamie @ Books and Beverages

Amber Stokes @ Seasons of Humility

Embassie@ Remain in His Love

Kate @ Too Read or Not to Read

Danyelle @ Danyelle’s Reviews

Rayleigh@Accelerate The Jesus Movement

 

Also I wanted to let y’all know that Amber Stokes @ Seasons of Humility  is a writer! I’ve never read any of her work but I hope to soon! 🙂

Her new book: “How a Star Falls” The cover looks absolutely amazing and I’m very interested in the plot as well! 🙂

How a Star Falls

Book Release: November 2014

 

(To Bloggers: You’re not obligated to participate if you’re not lead to. haha. 🙂

Stay Blessed Y’all! 😉

Historical Fiction, My Favorite Authors

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall ~Julie Klassen~

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

Period in Which the Story is Set: London,1815

Heroine:Margaret Macy ~ Hero: Nathaniel Upchurch

My Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 

Book Blurb:

 

Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt–and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall?

Observing both brothers as an “invisible” servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?

On her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of “serve one another in love.”

 

Book Review-

Julie Klassen loves everything Jane Austen and Jane Eyre inspired! So with every story Julie Klassen has ever written, there is something that is based on Jane Austen’s work or Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre intermingled into her stories.
This story has a that touch of Jane Austen because the author was really working on the character of Margaret Macy. Margaret was the spoiled girl who wanted everything to go her way.  I’ve heard that some people even compare this to Downton Abbey. So, DOWNTON ABBEY FANS THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD BOOK FOR YOU!!

From the first time it came to when Nathaniel, the hero, was introduced in the story I was like “be still my heart!” Please be the hero! PLEASE! lol! Nathaniel almost reminded me of Mr.Rochester in Jane Eyre. Very dashing indeed! 😉

I love this book cover as well. Such vibrancy! Also the detail that’s in the back of the book! It’s very rare you see anything but the book blurb in the back. To have a picture plus the book blurb is a big plus!!

I really,really,really enjoyed this book from the first time I had read it! I had re-read it again this year and it was still good! That’s the kind of books that I’m always looking forward to. A book that I can read over and over again and I loved it from the first time I set my eyes on it! This book will always be a brilliant classic that I will enjoy reading for about my whole lifetime!

This book was also a Christy Award winner! Something which is a no brainer because the book was beyond good!

I liked the setting the story was in and the characters were fully developed and had interesting background stories. They weren’t  flat or dull at all.  Both Margaret and Nathaniel were very good characters.The book was very interesting to read and  it really gave some insight into the world of masters and servants.

If you’ve never read this book, I encourage you to read it! Another thing that I thought was interesting was that Julie Klassen added quotes or just very good information about this time period by various people in every chapter. It was very interesting to read and they really added that extra touch to the story as well. This book is AWESOME!  🙂

 

~About Julie Klassen~

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Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, Minnesota Book Awards, and ACFW’s Carol Awards. She blogs at http://www.inspiredbylifeandfiction.com.
Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
To Find out more about Julie Klassen, visit:
COMING SOON FROM AWARD WINNING AUTHOR JULIE KLASSEN!
The Secret of Pembrooke Park
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2,2014
(I CAN’T WAIT!)

 

*I wanted to start this random list of book reviews  because there have been some really great Christian Fiction books that have been published! There are also many newcomers to Christian Fiction and they may not know where to start.  So I’m going to try not to just stick to the new releases but also review past  book releases as well.I know you’ll enjoy them!*

 

Happy Reading Y’all!!! 🙂

 

Blog Award, Uncategorized

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster and the Very Inspiring Blogger Awards!

I haven’t been blogging  that long and already I’ve been nominated for a lot of blogger awards! I was surprised! So here it goes!!

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Thank you Rayleigh for nominating my blog for the Liebster and the Very-Inspiring blog awards! 🙂

 

the rules are listed below:

    1.) Thank and link back to the person who nominated you 

    2.) List 11 facts about yourself

     3.) Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you

      4.) Nominate 9 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers

       5.) Ask them 11 questions

        6.) Let them know about the nomination

 

 

      11 facts about myself

1. I’m obsessed about everything that has to do with God because He is my everything!
2.My favorite candies are Skittles and Almond Snickers.
3. I have 7 wonderful brothers and sisters.
4. I love,love,love reading books!
5. I’m definitely an introvert. I’m very shy when it comes to meeting new people and it’s something I’m trying to overcome!
6. I wear glasses
7. I’m so short like 5’5, and I’m the laugh of many jokes. Of course not hurtful jokes but I wish I was taller!
8.I hoard pens because besides reading I love to write.
9. I love food photography! I can literally drool over food pics! Seriously! haha!
10. I enjoy watching nature. Except for snakes,bugs,creepy crawlers etc. lol!
11. I enjoy blogging!

 

11 Questions from Rayleigh!

My Answered Questions.
1.) Flip-flops or cowboy boots?-Definitely cowboy boots! Me and flip-flops don’t get along! lol!

2.) If you could have absolutely any animal in the world as pet (can be extinct), which would it be and why? And just a bonus question here, what in the world would you name it?????-Since my parents are not pet people I dream of one day  owning  a golden retriever. I love big dogs. To me the bigger the better! I would name him Red Rover or just Red or Rover. Still haven’t really thought it through yet! I know crazy right! I don’t know what I’ll name the female dog yet.

3.) Favorite reading genre?- As a book reviewer I try to read almost all genres, but my favorite genre to read is Christian Historical Fiction.

4.) Your plan crashes on a deserted island that has nothing but thorns, poisonous animals, and constant rain. Which fictional character keeps you from totally losing your mind and comes up with a brilliant plan of escape?-
Hmm… that’s a hard one. But I guess Daniel Defoe’s character Robinson Crusoe . You have to admit he was pretty talented with his ways to survive on a deserted island.

5.) Favorite classic book?
Wow! I have so many favorites but I have to say, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

6.) Do you prefer the story of Old Yeller or Where the Red Fern Grows?
-Where the Red Fern Grows.

7.) Favorite color?- Purple

8.) Mexican food, Chinese food, or Seafood?- Wow! That’s so  hard! lol…Chinese Food. I like seafood as well but some Chinese restaurants also include seafood!

9.) Favorite season?- Fall.

10.) Is there a book that you think needs a better title? If yes, then what would you re-name it?- Hm. I can’t think of a book right now!

11.) Favorite card game?- Hmm… I haven’t played any card games besides UNO and I don’t think I liked it too much. I like to play tic tack toe every once in a while if that counts for something.

 

 

My Questions to Nominated Bloggers

1. Cats or Dogs?

2. If you could be anything in the world, what would it be?

3.Favorite verse in the Bible?

4. Introvert or Extrovert?

5.Favorite Flower?

6. Favorite book?

7.Favorite Author(s)?

8. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
9. Coffee or Tea?

10. Do you prefer Rainy or Sunny Days?

11. What’s your favorite go-to song?

 

 

 

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                                                                                           First off, the rules!

1.) List the rules and link back up to the person who nominated you

2.) Share 7 facts about yourself

3.) Nominate 15 other blogs and comment on a post telling them that they have been nominated

4.) Proudly display the badge

 

        7 facts about me


1.One day I hope to visit Canada. It’s always been my dream to go there because of the beautiful nature scenery
2. I think it would be fun to go to a masquerade ball!
3. I love waterfalls!!
4.I wish to visit France and see as much as I can! ( love french accents) Oh la la!
5. I’ve never been on a plane and I would like to ride one.
6. I wish that I could skateboard because it looks fun!
7. When I was younger I thought it was a good idea to twirl and dance around in the rain.  One day it poured down rain while we were walking on our way to the library and my wish became true!. (We were soaked of course but it was fun!)

 

 

**Nominations**

Irene @ A~Thought~Reflected

Elizabeth @ Inspired Is She

Areykah@ Expressions of Me

Grace@ Fictionally

Alice @ Reading with Alice

Soph @ Laughing With Lizzie

Sarah@  Happy and Blessed

Leah @ Must Love Books

Lady Titanic Buff@ Reet Champion Book Reviews

Nicole@Reading Rebel

kathyscottage@ katiecottagebooks

The Literary Maidens @ The literary maidens

Booklovers1@ Booklovers1

ProverbialReads@ Proverbial Reads

Grace@ Onto Her Bookshelf

 

(You have the choice to choose either one or whatever is best for you!) 🙂

Book Review

The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim

The Outcast: a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter - top of my favorite fiction list for this year... so far.

**If you’re planning to read this book then don’t read this review because it might have some spoilers!!!**

 

 

About

Raised in an Old Order Mennonite community, Rachel Stoltzfus is a strong-willed single woman, content living apart from mainstream society until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Refusing to repent and name the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most. She is eventually coerced into leaving by her brother-in-law, the bishop.

But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel’s baby is at stake, however, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home.

 

~My Review~

Being the amateur book reviewer that I am, it was very hard to decide how I was going to review and rate this book. It does pain me to reviews like this but I do have to share my opinion on the matter. I’ll try to be easy with this.

Let me start out by saying the reason why I give this book 2 stars is this:

1. For the book cover. It was really nice. It held mystery which is one reason that prompted me to read the book in the first place.
2.The author’s good punctuation,mechanics of English. If she didn’t have good English grammar I probably wouldn’t have finished reading the book. Also using the diverse dialect of the Penn. Dutch. I love to learn new languages so I was intrigued with the language.

So,let me say that I was very disappointed with this book.

In the first place, I should have known I wouldn’t have liked the story because it was based on the classic book “The Scarlet Letter” and I don’t like that book at all! I guess I was thinking that maybe the author would put a whole new twist on the story and that I might find favorable.

Sadly, it turns out I that  was wrong. 😦

This book is mostly based around the Mennonites and their way of life. What really discouraged me about this book was that there were way too many subtle or near meaning subtle meanings of something that happened or were going to happen concerning a man and a woman. All you that know,”The Scarlet Letter” story is mostly based upon Adultery,Lies,and Betrayal. So that about sums it up for this book and I didn’t like it at all.
So dear reader, I’m not at all condemning you if you like to read about, Betrayal,adultery,and heartbreak,and near happy endings just please be my guest. 🙂  (2 stars)

 

Happy Reading Y’all!!

 

 

 

*Had this book basically collecting dust somewhere and I decided to read it and write a review about it*

Book Review, Christian Fiction

The Miner’s Lady~Tracie Peterson~

The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3)

 

Synopsis

When Chantel Panetta’s younger sister claims to be in love with Orlando Calarco, Chantel knows there is no hope. The Panettas and Calarcos have been sworn enemies for decades, and young love cannot heal the deep wounds between the two iron-mining families. Yet, unable to resist Isabella’s pleas, Chantel agrees to help her sister spend time with Orlando…only to have a run-in with Dante, Orlando’s brother. The older, more handsome one.

Chantel can’t deny the attraction that flares when she’s with Dante. But when a tragedy occurs at the mine, is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between these two families might be resolved? Or will Chantel’s hope for love be buried amidst decades of misunderstanding?

 

~My Review~

I had heard of this book in the series by Tracie Peterson, “Land of Shining Water” for some time now. I had heard how good they were and I’d been anticipating on reading them for a pretty long while. I’m glad that I had a chance to read this one and hopefully I’ll be able to read the rest!

I finished this book within about a  day which says a lot for itself! I was moved by this very well written story!
It was a very sweet story and it almost reminded me of the well known story,”Romeo and Juliet”. I really enjoyed it! I laughed and I cried!
I really loved how Tracie Peterson immersed readers into the different Italian cultures and their language. One of the best things about this book was the food! Oh my goodness! The author really made my mouth water with all those wonderful sounding Italian ingredients! It made me me really WANT some! haha. She really did a good job of making the food sound SO good!
I loved the drama as well and it really kept me interested in reading the story. All the different twists and turns really made my reading this book worth reading!  Love the book cover as well because it’s absolutely stunning! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more books by Tracie Peterson in the near future! (4 stars)

 

About Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

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To Learn more about Tracie Peterson and her books visit:

Website

 

 

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

 

*A library read. Enjoyed it and decided to write a review! All opinions are entirely my own.*

Special Sundays

Special Sundays!

Hi everyone! I’ll try to do a Special Sunday’s post  every Sunday or every other Sunday! There’s always something to praise God for! Enjoy!

 

~Psalm 24:9-10~

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

 

I’ve heard and know that my God is the God of the Adjectives! Enjoy this video! 🙂

 

THAT’S MY KING!! DO YA KNOW HIM?

 

 

EVEN WITH ALL THE ADJECTIVES IN THE WORLD, WE STILL CAN’T EXPLAIN HIM!! HE’S AWESOME!!

 

HAVE A  WONDERFUL AND BLESSED SUNDAY!! 🙂

Biblical Fiction, Book Review

Abraham and Sarah by Roberta Kells Dorr

Abraham & Sarah by Roberta Kells Dorr

A splendid exploration of faith against great odds and love that endures years of disappointment.

Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple set out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and descendents more plentiful than the stars.

But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt where once again Abraham convinces Sarah that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem where she befriends Pharaoh’s daughter, Hagar. Together the three are ordered to leave.

Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar and so is jealousy born in Sarah’s heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with Historical authenticity leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.

(Synopsis from Amazon)

 

*My Review*

I had been wanting to read a book by Roberta Dorr for quite a while and I’m glad that I have discovered a new Biblical Fiction author!

At first, I was apprehensive because I have read some pretty outrages plots when it comes to Biblical Fiction. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed it! I can say Abraham is one of my favorite Biblical characters.  I really do admire in the book how it mirrored the Bible in some ways.  Abraham was a man who staggered not at the promises of God and he stood on God’s promises no matter what people around him said. He had undying faith even through all the criticism. In the book, there  was also some new things that I learned that were interesting about Egypt,and Sodom, and the traditions of Abraham and Sarah’s people. That was awesome!  I really like how the author intertwined the historical elements of that time into the book. The book cover was vibrant and very well put together.

The only thing that I didn’t really favor in the book was how the author portrayed Sarah. I thought that her character in the book was very downplayed. I just have the belief that Sarah wasn’t always a woman who wanted to get her way or whatever. That just wasn’t the image of Sarah that I had in my mind. I mean, she did call Abraham lord didn’t she?

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m eagerly waiting to read more books by this author!

Happy Reading Y’all! 🙂