Special Sundays!~1 Corinthians 13:4-8~:

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Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 KVJ)

 

 

 

*Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas. 🙂

I enjoy reading this passage of scriptures. The whole chapter is actually one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It really touches the heart. God bless and have a blessed and prosperous week!*

 

 

Special Sundays!~Psalm 121~

I lift up my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2:

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

 

These are very encouraging scriptures. I hope you all enjoyed it. Have a blessed and prosperous week! 🙂

 

The Painter’s Daughter~Julie Klassen~

The Painter's Daughter

~Synopsis~

Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It’s where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she’s beautiful.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother’s neglected duties. Home on leave, he’s sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter’s daughter. He’s startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him–one of Wesley’s discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.

Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she’ll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family’s estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

~My Review~

 

This was a very extraordinary read. I can truly say that Julie Klassen is one of my go to authors when it comes to regency fiction. I was not disappointed.
From the front to back cover I was spellbound with this novel. To me, The Painter’s Daughter seemed like a different level of Julie Klassen just waiting to be discovered.  Loved it!
The book cover is absolutely beautiful. Just saying.
Anyway, I really loved reading from the heroine,Sophie’s point of view. This was a very well written story and I don’t want to spoil it! You must read it for yourself!

I liked reading about the different aspects of art and artists. I wasn’t bored at all.
Any story that has a marriage of convenience as the main plot I know that I’m going to love reading it. As a reader, I experienced the growth of the love and romance of both the main characters . It was interesting to read about all the drama in between as well. This book was definitely a different turn of events than what I would usually expect in her novels.  This was another book by Julie Klassen that I highly recommend! (4.5 stars)

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*I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley from the Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

Special Sundays!~Romans 12:12

 

 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;  ~Romans 12:12~

 

Have a blessed week everyone!! 🙂

Secrets She Kept~Cathy Gohlke~

Secrets She Kept

~Synopsis~

The secret a mother was forbidden to share . . . the consequences a daughter could not redeem—but will risk everything in her attempt.

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah unlocks secrets of her mother’s mysterious past, including the discovery of a grandfather living in Germany.

Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father, ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, demands a marriage for his daughter to help advance his career. But Lieselotte is in love—and her beloved Lukas secretly works against the Reich. How far will her father go to achieve his goal?

Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who hides wartime secrets of his own. Longing for connection, yet shaken by all she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past, and how their legacy will shape her future.

~My Review~

I was so excited about reading this book because I’ve heard so many good things about this novel. Reading WWII fiction has to be one of my favorite genres to read in any case. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed when I FINALLY read this novel.
This would be the first book that I’ve read by this author and I must say that the experience was AMAZING!!!
Secrets She Kept was a mixture of gripping drama,romance,and heart wrenching emotion.
It was very interesting to join Hannah on her journey to discover more about her mother. Both scenes between the past and the present was equally enchanting to read. I was intrigued for the most part and the novel did a really good job of keeping me interested in the story line.

I can truly say that this would be one of those novels that kept me at the edge of my seat anticipating what the end would bring. This novel definitely earns a spot in one of the best books of 2015! I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves to read a wonderful story and WWII fiction.

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Cathy Gohlke

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I received this book from NetGalley through Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.