To the Farthest Shores~Elizabeth Camden~

To the Farthest Shores

 ~Synopsis~

Naval officer Ryan Gallagher broke Jenny’s heart six years ago when he abruptly disappeared. Now he’s returned but refuses to discuss what happened. Furious, Jenny has no notion of the impossible situation Ryan is in. With lives still at risk, he can’t tell Jenny the truth about his overseas mission–but he can’t bear to lose her again either.

~My Review~

Wow! Just wow! I fell in LOVE with Elizabeth Camden’s writing all over again.(I know I might say that just about every book that I’ve read by her but I can’t help myself.) I usually have her books on pre-order or whatever way I can find to get my hands on a copy of her books. I’m a fan of her novels and if you haven’t read any of her writing. I highly recommend her writing!

Anyway, about the book. I was so happy and thrilled that the author really went to another level!!
At first I was really worried that I wouldn’t like the main heroine in this story but I’m so glad to have had went on the journey with the heroine to see her ups and downs in the story.
I really loved the different culture that the author added in the story. It was a step in a the right direction I thought to include more diversity in Christian Fiction novels.
The story itself was touching and I devoured every last page. I can’t wait for her next book to come out!
The hero,Ryan, was dreamy!! Swoon. There are only a select few in my opinion that are swoon worthy heroes. Number one swoon worthy hero of the year. Yay! Check. lol.
The story flowed and it had meaning in every page. I loved the writing and I give this book 4.5 stars. 🙂

Here’s the cover for her next book,

A Dangerous Legacy

~Synopsis~

Lucy is determined to keep working as a telegraph operator at a news agency, even though the arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith threatens her position. When she discovers Colin’s shocking secret, she agrees to assist him if he helps her find her family’s stolen inheritance–not realizing that the trail leads into a web of treachery, danger, and conspiracy.

To be released: October 3, 2017!!

I can’t wait! 🙂

My List of Best Read Books for 2016!

Hello Ladies and Gents! It’s another year and by God’s grace I’m looking forward to bigger and greater things this year! I’m kinda disappointed in my list of books I read in 2016. I think 2016 was  a very strange year for me in more ways than one. I usually finish my Goodreads challenge before the year is out but not last year unfortunately. Hopefully this year I can do way better than last year. So without further ado, here’s my list of the best books I read in 2016. I had planned to read 80 books in 2016 but only finished 18 books. It’s a far cry I know. lol. I’m very positive about this year though. Hopefully I’ll have my post up soon about the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2017. See y’all soon. Peace! 🙂

 
The Lost Girls: The True Story of the Cleveland Abductions and the Incredible Rescue of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus

Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies #3)

Counted With the Stars (Out from Egypt, #1)

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

Sarah My Beloved (Little Hickman Creek #2)

Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt, #2)

Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom, #2)

The Prayers of Jane Austen

Land of Silence

 

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!!! 🙂

 

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer~Book Review~

Through the Deep Waters

                                                                        Through the Deep Waters by Kim V. Sawyer

 

 

About Through the Deep Waters:

Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home.

Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.

Book review-

For starters I really,really love the book cover for this book! I will admit that seeing how vibrant the book cover was really encouraged me to read this book. The story plot also encouraged me to read it as well.

Reading this story was really heart touching. I’ve never read about a heroine having the name Dinah (the same as Jacob’s daughter Dinah in the Bible) so this was very different for me. I really liked how the author used her name as a dual fold character. The thing that was so unique about it was that her name actually became who she was for a little while. Dinah was born into a life that she had no control over whatsoever and she had to struggle to find God’s purpose for her life even though everything around her was very discouraging.


Amos Ackerman, a lowly chicken farmer, also had a very heart wrenching story as well. With
Amos and Dinah’s story, it was really good to see how the perfect will of God could mend
two very broken people’s lives to work out for the good for His glory. It was really refreshing to see that the author gave Amos,the hero, a flaw in his personal appearance because it is very often many Christian novels put emphasis on how muscular or how good-looking the male character is and a lot of times that may not be God’s chosen mate for a person.  She really put the emphasis on character which was really good.

Another thing that I did enjoy about the story is that the author gave some insight about being a Harvey Girl. I always like to have the historical lives of what people did back then intertwined into the story. I think it really adds more depth to the story.

Image Credit: Google-The Harvey Girls-

 

I did find some very encouraging sayings and quotes from this book. A scripture like, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you”…….

Some quotes,”You want a husband and a family. Those are normal desires for a young woman. But could it be you are so intent on gaining what you want that you’ve lost sight of what your soul needs most?” I thought this was very encouraging to me as a young lady in the Lord because it reminds me that I should only keep my sole focus on Christ and He will bring His will to pass in my life.

Also another quote that I enjoyed was when Dinah was praying and she said,” Help me remember You are my Enough.” That quote was like totally awesome because God is MORE than enough! 

Overall, even if the story did seem to move a bit slow at times, I did find it to be a very enjoyable read.  I think that this story was another level of this author that I’ve never seen before because usually her stories are lighthearted most of the time. This one was a bit darker than her former stories, in my opinion.  But  I couldn’t stop reading it until I’d reached the last page! Something that doesn’t really happen often. The book really did fit into the category of Christian Fiction and it wasn’t too preachy. I do encourage you all to read it just to experience a story of no matter how low a person can be, God’s hand is never to short to redeem them. (4 out of 5 stars)

*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.*

 

To Learn more about Kim Sawyer and her books:

Visit Her Website Here!

To Read Chapter 1 Click Here!

 

HAPPY READING Y’ALL!! 🙂

 

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings. – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=162648#sthash.V3u2Z7Sn.dpuf

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings.

– See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=162648#sthash.V3u2Z7Sn.dpuf

Jane Austen Quiz Results: I’m Elinor Dashwood!!~Which Jane Austen heroine are you?

I am indeed Elinor DashwoodQuiz results:  You are Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are practical, circumspect, and discreet. Though you are tremendously sensible and allow your head to rule, you have a deep, emotional side that few people often see.

 

I’ve always admired Elinor Dashwood from the time I watched the S&S version with Emma Thompson (1995). I think Emma Thompson is a very good actress. I also liked her role in Nanny Mcphee which was a very good movie by the way! But back to Elinor Dashwood, I really liked her character. She seemly had everything under control with trying to hide her true feelings and everything. She’s sensible. She managed to keep the family afloat even though everything wasn’t going the way she thought it would. I really liked her character! 🙂

 

Emma Thompson is my personal favorite actress.

Emma Thompson in S&S (1995)

 

You can take this Jane Austen Character Quiz yourself see which one you are most like HERE

Or do you already know who you are most like I would like to know in the comments below! 🙂

 

 

Stay Tuned!!~A Jane Austen Inspired Week!~

Jane Austen really did have high standards. Ladies, pass on the Wickham...wait for the Darcy. (He need not have an estate, but he should be of good character!!!)                                                                                                            So do I! 😉Pride and Prejudice- oh, how i love this movie.                                                                                                                             P&P-2005Pride-and-Prejudice-1995-pride-and-prejudice-1995-16523905-299-212.jpg (299×212)                                                                                                                                    P&P-1995

 

 

Hello everyone!!

 

Coming up next is my version of a Jane Austen Inspired Week! I’m going to try to post Jane Austen Inspired posts this week. If not everyday then most of the days this week! I’ve been planning it for a long time and I can’t wait!!

I’m very excited about it and I hope you will be too!! 🙂

 

~Virgina~

~Book Cover Love!!!~

Pre-order! You're not charged until it ships!  Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, book one of The Amish Classics series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, covering the same issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the Amish community.

First Impressions by  Sarah Price

Book release date: May 6,2014 

A little bit about the book.

Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, book one of The Amish Classics series is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, covering the same issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage within the Amish community.

~My Thoughts~

I had seen this book cover a while back. I’m so curious as to how the author is going to mix  the  Pride and Prejudice storyline with the Amish culture. To me they are two different worlds. I’m all in for something different though!  I had just recently re- read Pride and Prejudice earlier this year, and now I’m ready to read other books that are variations or based off of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I never read anything by this author. This book looks pretty promising if you like Amish stories as well!

 

While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, #2)

While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad

Book release date: May 6, 2014

About the Book:

After graduating from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to stir things up. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution–the gas stove–and certainly doesn’t mind that the gas company has hired the handsome Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures. Lewis encourages her work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made–especially by this outspoken young woman.

When Charlotte and Joel are coerced into planning a fund-raising gala for the hospital, will this combustible pair explode?

Fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is back with a breezy, lighthearted love triangle that will keep readers guessing. Attention to historic detail adorns the timeless story of a young woman looking for true love and making her way in a rapidly changing world.

~ My Thoughts~

I’m sooo excited about reading this book! I really enjoyed reading the first one, “When Love Calls” . If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to do so you won’t regret it! The cover on this book is pretty as well! Can’t wait!

 

 

Out of the Ruins, Golden Gate Chronicles Series #1   -     By: Karen Barnett

 

Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett

Book Release Date: May 6,2014

About the Book:

While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn’t expect, however, is for God’s answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best.

As they work together toward a cure, Abby’s feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?

 

~My Thoughts~

This one looks interesting. I’ve never read anything by this author but her stories look very promising. I like it when authors use historical events and incorporate it into the story. I think that  it really gives the story more depth and purpose to it. If anyone has ever read,  “Into the Whirlwind” by Elizabeth Camden you know what I’m talking about!

 

(These are just some of the books that are going to be released soon)

 

Happy Reading! 🙂

Is there a book that you’re excited about that’s not out yet? Or are you reading an exciting book?