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My List of Top 25+ Books of 2015!

Hi everyone! I know, I know, I should have been had this post up. I’ve tried but I’ve had some internet issues.  😦

I can finally say here’s the long awaited post of the best read books of 2015! I can say 2015 had its share of interesting reads but I have to say that I had become so busy that a lot of times I was really searching for that book that would wow me in its first few pages instead of waiting after 3 chapters until it got interesting. My biggest goal of last year was to search for that book that wows me from the first page until the very end. The Journey never ends!! Anyways, lets begin….

 

The Mistress of Tall Acre

1. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

2. A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

 

 

A Worthy Pursuit

3. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Whispers in the Reading Room (The Chicago World's Fair Mystery #3)

5. Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelly Gray

Until The Dawn

6. Until the Dawn~Elizabeth Camden

Secrets She Kept

7. Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

 

A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance #1)

8. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings (This book was so AWESOME!!! Loved it! This may be her best one yet. 🙂 I give it 5 stars because it’s just that AWESOME!)

In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2)

9. In Good Company~Jen Turano

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)

10. Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters, #3)

11. As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

With Every Breath

12. With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

Lethal Beauty (Mia Quinn, #3)

13. Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile)

14. The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

The Colonel's Lady

15. The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz (A highly recommended read!)

Finding Favor with the King: Preparing for Your Moment in His Presence

16. Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney

17. Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley

Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)

18.Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction, #0.5)

19. Gentleman of Her Dreams by Jen Turano

Like a Flower in Bloom

20. Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own, #1)

21. After a Fashion by Jen Turano

 

The Painter's Daughter

22. The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Married 'til Monday (Chapel Springs, #4)

23. Married Till Monday by Denise Hunter

Three Little Words (Walker Family, #0.5)

24. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg

Lady Maybe

25. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen

 

A Love Like Ours (Porter Family, #3)

26. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)

27. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

 

Heir to Edenbrooke

 

28. Heir to Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson (A prologue of what’s to come.  I need for Julianne Donaldson to hurry with her next book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it’ll be this year! She’s such an AWESOME writer. 🙂

 

So that’s all for this post. Hope you enjoyed! I would like to know your best books you’d read in 2015 as well! Ciao!

 

Also here’s my previous posts of best read books from 2013-2014.  Enjoy:)

2013-Top Picks!

2014-Top 20+ Picks!

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review, Christian

A Woodland Miracle~Ruth Reid~

A Woodland Miracle

~Synopsis~

For a disadvantaged young woman and a displaced young man, a lasting love is going to take more than chance–it’s going to take a miracle.

Muscle weakness has left Grace Wagler with a broken body–and her childhood best friend has left her with a broken heart. She can hold her own in the timber camp (and do everything else the other women in Badger Creek can do), but in an Amish district where women outnumber men three to one, marriage is an unlikely prospect for a girl with bad legs.

Ben Eicher just arrived in Michigan from Pinecraft, Florida. When his most recent shenanigans proved too much for his “daed”‘s patience, Ben was sent to the Upper Peninsula to work in the lumber camp–and he’s neither proud of his behavior nor thrilled about his new home.

But when Ben meets Grace, the struggling young woman quickly piques his curiosity. Of course, the last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her. Tired of physical pain and romantic dead ends, Grace is ready to leave Badger Creek for the muscle specialist in Ohio, even if it contradicts her father’s wishes . . . and Ben’s.

Meanwhile, two dangerous men have found their way into the district. It isn’t long before their unsavory plans ensnare Grace and Ben in a chase that will not only endanger their lives . . . but test their love.

~My Review~

When I first read,”A Miracle of Hope” I just knew that I had to get my hands on the next book! Ruth Reid just might be my next go to author for Amish fiction because she has a very extraordinary way of writing beautiful and heart touching Amish fiction.

I like how the author portrayed the heroine,Grace, in the novel. It’s very rare sometimes to read about a heroine who may have physical flaws because most heroines in fiction today are drop dead gorgeous not that there’s nothing wrong with that. But it’s very refreshing to read about a heroine who may have physical flaws but have a heart of gold every now and again. It was very encouraging to read about how Grace stepped out on faith to take courage in order to live life to the fullest.

The hero,Ben’s story was very touching to read about as well. I love how the author told his story without being preachy. It was AWESOME!
I thought that this book was a pretty good read but there were times that I thought that the romance between Grace and Ben went a little bit too far. In my opinion, I thought that the novel had too much kissing than what was necessary.
The mystery was good even though it wasn’t on the edge of my seat mystery. I thought it was pretty intense and adventurous to read about to be honest for an Amish novel.
The writing flowed pretty well and it did a good job of keeping my attention. I will say that it wasn’t as good as “A Miracle of Hope” but it I did enjoy reading it nonetheless.Woodland Miracle was a pretty good read with an awesome combination of faith,love,hope and courage. I’m totally excited to read whatever else this author has in store.

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

~Author~

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Book, Book Review

Submerged~Dani Pettrey~ Alaskan Courage Series: Book 1~

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

~Synopsis~

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation–and Yancey’s a small town. She’s returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer has settled in his town and doesn’t appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he’s not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

~My Review~

Wow! What an amazing book! I had this book on my TBR list for what seemed like ages. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to discover a new author and a talented one at that! I especially had to read this author’s work because I found out that she is in fact,a Jane Austen fan. I’m also glad that my good friend recommended it to me!! Thank you Aerykah!
Okay, on to my review!

My Likes~
I was really drawn into Bailey’s,the heroine’s, story. Very good writing indeed. I also really enjoyed reading about the hero and his siblings. I especially loved reading about Piper. I can’t wait to read her story.I don’t get to read many stories about Alaska in Christian fiction so that was really interesting. I was indeed touched by this story. It was just simply wonderful. *sigh*

My Dislikes~
I enjoyed the story immensely but there was one thing that I had a very big problem with. Being that this is Christian fiction writing, I expect Christian fiction to have mostly Christian language. Like for example, I don’t agree with describing someone in a christian way as “sexy”. I just don’t agree with this word being included in Christian fiction writing. There’s always another way to  describe someone!  That’s just my opinion. I think that’s a trend in contemporary christian fiction because I’ve seen it somewhere else as well.This is just my opinion.

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Overall,I really enjoyed reading this book and I was thoroughly drawn into this very extraordinary story. I’m not a big fan of contemporary fiction but I’m anticipating reading all of the books by Dani Pettrey. If you’re looking for a good contemporary read, I highly recommend this book! I see great potential in this author’s writing!

 

I’m also enjoying the next book in this series! Shattered. It’s pretty good!

Shattered (Alaskan Courage, #2)

 

Author~Dani Pettrey~

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Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

Book, Book Review, Uncategorized

Woman of Courage~ Wanda E. Brunstetter ~

Woman of Courage

~Synopsis~

Jilted by her fiancé, Amanda Pearson gives up on romance and turns to her Quaker faith for reassurance. She becomes determined to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Percé Indians.

But a three-thousand-mile journey in 1837 is fraught with danger for anyone, and soon Amanda finds herself recovering from near death in a trapper’s cabin. His Indian wife becomes Amanda’s first convert–and friend. But the trapper and his intriguing half-Indian friend want nothing to do with Christians.

Buck McFadden has received nothing but pain from white men who claim Christ as their lord. He wants only to be left to his solitary life, but he can’t seem to walk away from Amanda.

Amanda fears she’ll never reach the mission in the Lapwai Valley. This journey has become life-changing for her–and those she meets–and the choices she must make are almost unbearable.

 

 

~Review~

This was my first book that I read by this author and I can tell you right now that I was very,very,very impressed! I really enjoyed reading this book. I think I’ve had interest in reading books that includes the Quaker lifestyle ever since reading Siri Mitchell’s book called,”The Messenger” (which is a very good book by the way if anyone hasn’t read it yet).

This book was very different for me. I loved the plot’s twists and turns! This book certainly has its share! On certain parts of the book I was like”WHAT, THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!!” It was full of surprises!

The heroine was very courageous and just as sweet to read about. I loved how she kept falling into the Quaker dialect and some of the other characters were like, “Why can’t you talk normally?” I also kinda felt sorry for the heroine at one point because it seemed like everything was happening to her all at once!
I’ve never really seen a book where there were so many other cultures involved. Like in this story, it ranged from the  Quakers to the Indians. Another thing that I like in books is when the author can do flash backs with the characters. It’s so awesome to really see why a certain character is a certain way because of what happened in the past and then eventually seeing God coming and changing the scene altogether.

I loved reading this book and I was totally captured until I had finished the very last page! It was adventurous and engaging all at the same time. I’m totally going to see what other books this author has written and see if can I find more books like this. It was a very good read! (4 stars)

 

 

Happy Reading Y’all!!   🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review

Under a Blackberry Moon~Serena Miller

Under a Blackberry Moon (Michigan Northwoods, #3)

Synopsis

Just a few days after she gave birth alone in the northwoods, a recently widowed young Chippewa woman stumbled into a nearby lumber camp in search of refuge from the winter snows. Come summer, it is clear that Moon Song cannot stay among the rough-and-tumble world of white lumbermen, and so the camp owner sends Skypilot, his most trusted friend, to accompany her on the long and treacherous journey back to her people.

But when tragedy strikes off the shore of Lake Superior, Moon Song and Skypilot must depend on each other for survival. With every step they take into the forbidding woods, they are drawn closer together, until it seems the unanswerable questions must be asked. Can she leave her culture to enter his? Can he leave his world to enter hers? Or will they simply walk away from a love that seems too complicated to last?

Get swept into a wild realm where beauty masks danger and only the truly courageous survive in a story that will grip your heart and your imagination.

 

~My Review~

Let me just say that I really,really,really enjoyed reading this book from the the very first page! I had been looking forward to this book ever since it came out and I was not disappointed! I actually finished this book in a day or two because I was very captivated by this story. I highly recommend this book!!!
To me, the story was a breath of fresh air. I had been looking forward to a book where it’d capture my attention with an unpredictable story. I thought it was very original. I learned a lot about the tribe that Moon Song came from in this book which was AWESOME. I love learning about different cultures. The story surrounding Moon Sing and Skypilot was very adventurous and fun to read about!  I loved the book cover as well.
This story had me turning page after page until I was done. With some books I have very low patience because all throughout the story I’m wondering,”When is it going to end!” That wasn’t the case with this book! I think this might be the best book by this author yet! She has written some very good ones and I can’t wait to read her next book! I totally recommend this very intriguing story. You won’t regret it! (5 stars)

 

Author Serena Miller

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*A library read. Wasn’t required to write a review but I wanted to* 🙂

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? 🙂

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!! 🙂

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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Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

 

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

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! 🙂

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Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring by J.J.R. Tolkien (Book Review)

The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien, when all turns sour in Middle Earth, all forces must join to defeat evil, setting all previous rivalry aside.

 

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him.

After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

(Synopsis from Amazon)

 

*************My Review***************

This is the second book of a four book series by Tolkien. I can truly say that I loved reading this book! I was amazed at how well I enjoyed it even I do prefer to read books by female authors rather than male authors. It has to be really,really,good in order for me to read a book by a male author.

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All I can say is “Wow”!   Tolkien was a pure genius in weaving an incredible and amazing story. I had never read his writing but I do remember reading a little bit of “The Hobbit” when I was little and I wasn’t really interested. But I had found all four at my local store where I get great deals for used books. I was very excited! I had wanted to read the books first before I watched the movie series of the Lord of the Rings as well.
Tolkien was also pure genius for just creating a whole new world with mystical creatures,and creatures with worlds of their own, oh and don’t forget the songs! I would have never had the inspiration he had to write so many different songs and they weren’t short either!

What character from Lord of the Rings are you? I was Aragorn. :3“It was Sam's first view of a battle of Men against Men and he did not like it much. He was glad he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man's name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies and threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would no rather have stayed there in peace -"
I also didn’t expect to like a book with mostly male characters but I did! I think Tolkien did a fantastic job creating the characters, Bilbo Baggins,Frodo ,Aragon,Legalos,,Gimili,Pippins,Sam,and Merry. My favorite were,Gimili Frodo,Sam,and Aragorn.

In the movie, I really loved Legolas! Orlando Bloom anyone? 😉

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I was also amazed with myself that I read and enjoyed 330 pages! I’m not really a person that loves too long or too short books. The adventure,the suspense, and the journey was too good! The writing was especially enchanting to read and it keep my attention! I kept turning page after page long into the night. I plan on reading the other books in this series as well. Overall, the book really reminded me of Pilgrim’s Progress in way because they were all on a journey trying to get rid of the burden of having the ring. It’s like reading of a Christian’s journey through all the  trials and battles but still pressing on towards the goal. It was awesome!
I do recommend this book to anyone especially young children because you don’t have to worry about if there’s any awkward parts or not in the book. Young boys especially would love reading it as well!

Fellowship of the Ring ... OK, I'm not much of a Tolkien fan, but I watched this one again this weekend and it is worth watching. Beautiful movie.
I did also watch the movies they were great but nothing can beat reading it for yourself. In case you’re wondering what movies did I liked better it was the second and third movie in the series. I haven’t a lot of nerve watching “The Hobbit” yet because for me the monsters on there are like totally creepy and I don’t feel like going to bed with the light on at night! lol! I know you may think it’s crazy but it’s just me. lol.  I hope you enjoyed the review! (5 stars)

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Tree of Life by Ginger Monette(Book Review plus Author Interview!)-Jane Austen Inspired

Tree of Life ~ Charlotte & the Colonel: A Pride & Prejudice Companion Story.

My Book Rating:5 out of 5 stars

~Book Synopsis~

Darcy’s attachment wasn’t the only one smouldering beneath the surface that Easter at Hunsford…

On the verge of proposing to his cousin Anne, the gritty Colonel Fitzwilliam discovers his beloved childhood friend Charlotte living less than half a mile away, married to the odious Mr. Collins.

A harrowing battle escape a year later leaves the colonel with a life-threatening injury that plunges him into despondency. But three words from his doctor lead to a profound spiritual encounter and launch him on a journey to become more than just the second son of an earl.

Suddenly finding himself responsible for Rosings estate, he is forced to wrestle with his affection for Charlotte while struggling to learn lessons of trust and forgiveness—lessons which have far reaching implications for family and friends.

Just when he thinks Charlotte may be within his grasp, a summons to Waterloo changes everything.

In this compelling companion to Pride & Prejudice, follow the forging of a man’s character through waiting, war, a woman, and three simple words.

 

 

 

                                                                                                           ~Review~
“Tree of Life” was my first real Jane Austen variation so I was very excited to read it. I’m truly grateful to the author for writing this book because now I’m very excited to begin reading more Jane Austen variations. Hooray for Jane Austen Fans!!If you love reading Jane Austen’s work and variations this is the book for you!
At first, I was very apprehensive because I was like who can beat Jane Austen!! But I really enjoyed “Tree of Life” because the author gave life to the characters and also the plot was very interesting. Her writing is very entrancing and engaging and I read late it into the night. The story flowed very nicely and there was a lot of what if’s in there which was very good!
The story is mainly about The Colonel and Charlotte from Pride and Prejudice. Also more couples from Pride and Prejudice are included in the book as well like Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth. I’m glad that she used some of the minor characters from Pride and Prejudice and gave them a story as well.I wasn’t sure how she would be able to pull off the the story between the Colonel and Charlotte but I was really blown away about how the story went. She did an amazing job!
The Colonel as we all know is Mr. Darcy’s cousin and some things happen to him along the way as the story progresses and unfolds.
Charlotte’s story on the other hand, was very insightful. It was really good to know her thoughts and how she felt about certain situations that unfolded in the book. The book goes into detail from her impromptu marriage and beyond which was really intriguing.
To me the Christianity theme wasn’t too preachy and I was amazed at how she could fit Christianity into the story. I also do admire how she handle the romance really well because that was another thing that I was apprehensive about. Me being a christian single DOESN’T want to know all the details! I remember a while back just picking up a Pride and Prejudice variation to read randomly not knowing any better and what I had read I was appalled and I didn’t get far into the book.  That book went right back to the library! I do admire when authors keep the romance clean especially with regency novels.
Another thing that I liked about this book was that she kept the original language that Jane Austen used in her books which was very good. That’s one of my pet peeves when an author changes the language from what people in a certain time period would have spoken like.
The only thing that I had a problem with was that there were some curse words in the story and I really prefer whatever I’m reading to not have curse words. They could be taken lightly sort of because the character who said them hadn’t surrendered to Christ yet so she really portrayed what a person without a dedicated life would be like. The character was converted later on though so in a way that could be understood because Peter in the Bible did curse before his conversion and after that he was a changed man.
All in all, I was overly pleased with this book. The author had put in so much dedication when she was writing this book and that is another thing about an author that I really admire. I really enjoyed it and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading any book that Ginger Monette would write. I can tell from her book that she is a very promising writer! Brilliantly done!

 

 

 

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~Author Interview with Ginger Monette~

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Q: You are a new author. Tell us a little about yourself.

A: Over the last eighteen years I have immersed myself in family and homeschooling my three children. Along the way, various interests captured my attention—sewing, decorating, and reading quality children’s literature with my children. But surprisingly, I rarely read adult fiction. In our school lessons, however, I discovered a love for historical fiction. It gives us an emotional attachment to the events of history which makes them memorable. Six years ago I began working at The Homeschool Room, an educational consignment store in Charlotte, NC. I do curricula consulting on the side.

Q: So what lead you to write a JAFF story?

A: Because P&P is a staple of high school literature, we sell a lot of copies at the store. My colleagues could not believe I had not read the book or seen the DVD. My boss lent me the 1995 & 2005 versions of the movie, and in short order I became a Janeite—reading up to three novels a week. I just could not get enough of Lizzy and Darcy! Then I branched out with period drama and nearly had a fit when I watched North & South. Not normally one to swoon, Richard Armitage as John Thorton makes me swoon…but that is another topic.

Some time in the summer of 2012, I got an idea for Charlotte to meet Colonel Fitzwilliam at a ball and could not seem to stop the ideas from coming. Although I had done quite a bit of expository writing, I had NEVER written fiction—not even in high school! I thought I might try to pass the story outline on to a ‘real’ author, but it was for me to do.

Q: Can you talk a little about your writing process?

A: I vividly remember the day in mid-November 2012, when I sat in my bedroom chair, laptop open, and tapped out the first words of the story—a battle scene part-way through the book. Immediately I was hooked on the whole writing process and often spent ten hours a day blissfully sculpting scenes. Being a methodical person, I was surprised that I wrote the book like a patchwork quilt—a scene here a scene there. My daily walks with my dogs proved to be an excellent time to daydream plot.

But I can’t say I did it alone. I had begun emailing an outstanding Austenesque fan fiction writer in England who is also an avid history buff. She offered to help me. We emailed every day for months with fascinating discussions on everything from the role of horses in Regency England to the layout of a Master’s dressing room. I had five other outstanding betas as well: two are Austenesque authors, two have expertise in grammatical editing, and one lent her knowledge of the military.

Q: Did you face any challenges along the way?

A: Yes. Because I was striving for historical accuracy, I spent a lot of time searching for answers to get the details right—the kind of plate an officer would eat off of while in the field, details of confinement, the Battle of Waterloo, and on, and on. In the end, there were still some unanswered questions like, how much did one of those country estates cost back in 1815? (What little was found indicated perhaps as little as twelve to twenty-five thousand pounds.)

I also had difficulty balancing my writing obsession and my responsibilities to my family. I don’t believe I fared too well in that department…

Q: Miss Austen did not fully develop either Charlotte or Colonel Fitzwilliam. Was there anyone that inspired you in fleshing out those characters?

A: I believe an army colonel repeatedly exposed to bloody battles would be more gritty than the movies’ portrayals of Colonel Fitzwilliam. My Richard Fitzwilliam was inspired by Russell Crowe’s authoritative Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander. However, I retained the Colonel’s jovial, playful characteristics we all know and love.

The idea of a doctor being a key figure in the story also came from that movie, although my Doctor Scott is not the embodiment of Dr. Maturin. Charlotte is actually somewhat a revelation of my own thoughts and feelings.

Ann de Bourgh, who plays an important role in Tree of Life, was inspired by the sweet Melanie Wilkes from Gone with the Wind. While writing for Lord Matlock, I envisioned the actions and speech of Donald Trump.

Q: Because your story is a companion to Pride & Prejudice, can we expect any overlap with canon?

A: Yes, but from a different point of view. We see the Meryton Assembly through the eyes of Charlotte Lucas. Several chapters tread atop the nephews’ visit to Rosings. The same events look very different when interpreted by others.

Though it is not overlap with canon, many of the mysteries of canon are solved—like how did everyone know Darcy was worth ten thousand a year at the Meryton Assembly? Who wrote the sonnet to Jane Bennet when she was fifteen? And what heartbreak led to Charlotte Lucas being yet unmarried at twenty-seven?

Q: I understand this story has a spiritual element as one of its themes. Can you talk about that and any other themes?

A: One reviewer pointed out that Tree of Life does not really contain a villain. She is right. The conflict all stems from life itself: the confinements of the era’s social protocol, war, and the sort of inner questioning and turmoil we all deal with in our process of maturing and deeply loving another.

As for the spiritual, the Colonel is plunged into the depths of despair as a result of a serious battle wound, bringing him to question his role and value in life. He has a quiet but profound spiritual experience ignited by three simple words that cause him to view life from an entirely different perspective and change his values.

Another theme is how our actions, intentional or unintentional, influence the lives of those around us. There are also recurring situations of “what goes around comes around.” Ironically, a stone is a thread woven throughout the story. And there is one final theme that is related to the title, but you will have to read the story to discover that one.

Q: How has this writing experience affected you?

A: Profoundly. The Colonel has many “ah-ha” moments in his evolution as a character. I can’t tell you how many times in my own life I needed to relearn those lessons. My person is changed because of elements of the story.

In addition, I am amazed at how real all the characters have become to me. Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, Doctor Matthew Scott, and others are as real to me as any factual historical figure like George Washington.

And I am surprised how much I love writing! If someone had told me ten years ago I would write a novel, I would have laughed aloud.

Q: So, do you have any plans for another novel?

A: Yes! I am knee deep in research for my next novel (probably split into two) set during World War I. In part one/book one, tentatively titled Darcy’s Hope ~ Up From Ashes, Elizabeth is a nurse near the Western Front in France, and Darcy is an army captain. It will take place after Darcy’s visit to Rosings, but Elizabeth does not read his letter… In the tense atmosphere of war, there are plenty of opportunities for his affection to smolder while she continues to interpret his every action through her prejudicial lens. Anyone excited about the new BBC mini-series “The Crimson Field” about at the Front will probably enjoy this as well.

Part two/book two, tentatively titled Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey, will be set at the home of George and Emma Knightley’s descendents. Like Downton Abbey Donwell will house a convalescent home for injured soldiers, with Hartfield serving as a hospital.

It is a steep hill of research to climb—a new era with its own social mores, life in the trenches, and all the ins and outs of medical care for the wounded. Telephone/telegraph plays an important role as well. All these require meticulous researched. Currently I am devouring war diaries at a frantic pace as it is utterly fascinating. It is purely coincidental that I am undertaking this project in 2014, the centennial year of the war’s outbreak.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

A: Yes. Tree of Life has some unique features. First, I am unaware of any other stories that pair Charlotte and Colonel Fitzwilliam. I think it is also rare that one of its themes is spiritual.

I like to compare the novel to a corkscrew. It starts on the surface and goes down, down, deeper and deeper. By the end, it will hardly resemble the story of the first few chapters. My hope is that readers will be savoring the characters and story long after they’ve finished the last chapter.

You can read the first three chapters here  and purchase your copy in Kindle or paperback. (Also available on other worldwide Amazon sites.)

 

Okay, I hope you all liked this review and interview and be sure to check out Ginger Monette’s books because you won’t be disappointed!   I’m really looking forward to her new book and when the cover comes out I’ll be sure to post it here on the blog.

Happy Reading Y’all!!!

 

*I was asked by the author to review this book and I did not receive any compensation in  any way. All opinions are entirely  my own.*