~Special Sundays!~ 2 Corinthians 6:9-10~

   As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;   As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. ~2 Corinthians 6: 9-10~ This was very encouraging to me! I hope that it would be a blessing to you as well. I like how Paul worded this because we as Christians  may not be rich and famous but WE ARE POSSESSORS OF ALL THINGS! ALL THAT WE HAVE TO DO IS ASK! To me, that means more than being the world’s well-known celebrity or millionaire because I’m a child of THE KING!  God is the owner of the cattle of thousand hills so what more could I ask for? Have a blessed Sunday and the rest of your week! Peace and blessings! 🙂 ~Virginia~

The Secret of Pembrooke Park~ Julie Klassen~

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

~About~

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 Review~

 

I had been looking forward to reading this book ever since I knew it was coming out! I’m always in very high expectations to read anything by Julie Klassen. If you would look at the book cover it will almost have a story to tell in itself. That’s AWESOME when a book cover can give a little glimpse into what the story would be about. To me it was like anticipating an upcoming movie!

Throughout the story there are many,many Jane Austen inspired situations and that made it even more enjoyable. There were a lot of situations that put me in mind of Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey. It was truly inspiring. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue included throughout the story and it always kept me at the edge of my seat for the majority of the time. One warning though, “TRY NOT TO READ IT AT NIGHT!” In a way, it was intriguing how the suspense and the mystery really drew me in but I have poor nerves and faint of heart when it comes to suspense! That’s just how I am. So if you love reading Regency and Mystery this is definitely the book for you! In my opinion, this story had a bit of a different twist than the usual Julie Klassen book and I think that this book is an example of her talent to really push herself to the limit to spark the imagination among her fans. I loved it!

I really enjoyed reading about the heroine,Abigail. It was wonderful for me as a reader to be included in the adventure along with Abigail as she tried to discover the secret of Pembrooke Park.

Let me not get started with the hero, William! WOW,WOW,WOW! When you read this book you’ll understand. I really enjoyed William’s sermons. They were truly a blessing! It very inspiring. Sometimes there are times that I’m not a fan of reading sermons in books because sometimes it can be too preachy or it sometimes could feel like the author is pushing their beliefs on the reader. There was none of that in Julie Klassen’s story. The sermons were fantastic and I was deeply moved.

I certainly do recommend reading this well done classic by Julie Klassen. It’s absolutely a Jane Austen inspired novel with more than enough mystery to keep you awake at night wanting more! My only slight problem with this book is that it was a tad bit longer than I expected. I do love my books to be not too long or not to short but I what I cherish most is that my favorite authors pour their heart and soul into the story. To me that’s what makes it a keeper in my opinion. I hope you all know what I mean. 🙂

Last but not least, the book cover is hands down one of the perfect book covers! It was really well done. If I could, that book cover would be framed and hanged on my wall to admire its beauty. That would be so awesome! Well done Julie Klassen! I can’t wait for her next book,”Lady Maybe”.

Until next time!
Happy Reading!

*I received this free copy from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

 

Julie Klassen’s next book

Lady Maybe

 

 

Special Sundays!~Merry Christmas Everyone!~

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.~Isaiah 9:6~

 

Thank God for sending us the Savior!  He’s no longer a babe in a manger, but He’s a leader and a guide in our everyday lives!

Have  a wonderful Sunday! Also have a Merry Christmas Everyone!!! 🙂

Special Sundays!~God is Our Refuge!~

I just said this!  I do not fear God. I am so glad to Know that I Have Him in my life. Psalm 46:1-2a

 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.~  Psalm 46:1-3

 

Have a Happy and Blessed Sunday Everyone! Also have a blessed week!

Hope to have more posts coming up. I’ve been so busy with work but I hope to have more posts on here soon! 🙂

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Special Sundays!~We Have Confidence in God!~

1 John 5:14-15

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

~1 John 5:14-15~

 

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Have a Happy and Blessed Sunday! Also have a Blessed week Everyone! 🙂

Thief of Glory~Sigmund Brouwer~

Thief of Glory

~Synopsis~

In the early 1940s, Jeremiah Prins was a 12-year-old living a content life as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). When Holland declared war on the Japanese in 1941, the situation changed swiftly. The Japanese army invaded, and Jeremiah and his family were placed in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp-a camp Jeremiah finally escapes and returns to Holland. Yet wartime complications force him to abandon a marriage engagement with Laura Jensen. The young man flees to California, where he struggles with the lingering anger and war stress he faced as a child.

Determined to find some kind of redemption, a now-elderly Jeremiah tries to make sense of his life by journaling of all that he does not want to reveal to his children about his past, intending to leave his writings as an apology after he is gone.

An online encounter puts Jeremiah in touch with his true love from the war years, Laura, and when they meet again, it triggers the time bomb of long-buried secrets. Even seventy years later, if uncovered, these secrets can harm everyone who matters to Jeremiah.

~My Review~

I’d never read anything by Sigmund Brouwer before and I’m always willing to read a book by a new author. Though it is very hard for me to step out of my comfort zone of my preferred circle of well-known and beloved authors, I do try to read books from new authors whenever I can.

I liked reading about the main character,Jeremiah Prins,pretty well. Just the way that the author used his voice in the story was really ground-breaking.I was intrigued by both Jeremiah and his mother’s story. It was very interesting to read about.

There was also one part in this book that was so gripping and suspenseful that if more of the story was written like that I think I would have enjoyed this story a whole lot more. I don’t want to spoil it but it was so suspenseful that it actually reminded me of another book I’d read and enjoyed. If anyone has read Lemony Snicket’s book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” you’ll see what I’m talking about.

The heroine, Laura, was one of the biggest elements of the story as well but I didn’t really have that connection to her character like I did with the hero for some strange reason. I wish that the author would’ve included her character more in the story. To me, I thought that this story would’ve been more like a love story taking place during the war. It kinda was a love story but it wasn’t what the story was solely built upon.

I think that the book cover was absolutely stunning! I will admit that it was the book cover that drew me into reading this story. The book cover was just so well done. Enough said!

Overall, this was a pretty good read. Though there were some parts of the story that seemed to lag to me. The author wrote about a certain part of  WWII that I didn’t really have an idea about which was something interesting as well. There were also many parts in the story that were absolutely gripping and heart wrenching. The “Thief of Glory”was a pretty good read about a boy growing up in the war times.

My Book Rating: (3.5 stars)

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

~Author Sigmund Brouwer~

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Read chapter one here!

About Sigmund Brouwer and his books

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂