Saturday, August 19, 2017

Check Out My New Post!

Check out my new post on the Daily Megaphone to learn how to be still, which will lead you to finding peace in the arms of Jesus.  Happy reading!


Peace 
by Heather Snyder 






 

Friday, August 18, 2017

First Line Fridays


As most know, I love mysteries!  And a couple of years ago I discovered a new author, and I reviewed one of her books on my blog called Murder in the Mystery Suite.  It was excellent!  Unfortunately, I have not been able to read the two books that come after this first one in the series; however, they are downloaded onto my Kindle, and I am determined to read them before the year is over. 

This first story's setting was wonderfully and intricately detailed, and I know the books that follow still take place in Storyton Hall--where books are treasured and studied.  If you love classic literature and mysteries, I highly recommend checking out these books! 

As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
Anna from Romances of the Cross 
 
Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

Murder in the Paperback Parlor 
by Ellery Adams 



And the first line is...

"'You expect me to break that with my bare hand?' Jane Steward, manager of Storyton Hall and mother of six-year-old twin boys, pointed at a piece of wood in disbelief.  'I certainly do,' replied Sinclair, Storyton's head librarian.  He was looking at Jane with the fixed stare he reserved for guests who made too much noise in one of the resort's reading rooms or had mishandled a book."  

Happy Friday and happy reading!






Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Name Unknown - My Review


If you enjoy historical pieces, then you will love reading this new novel by Reseanna M. White.  In her new book, A Name Unknown, the reader gets to know characters that live and work in the days prior to World War I.  Life is already difficult, and people barely have the everyday essentials that are needed to survive.  So what do some individuals do?  They learn how to take care of themselves and their families in a very different way, which is exactly what Rosemary Gresham does.  She masters the art of pickpocketing.  Yet how long can she keep living this type of lifestyle?  What happens when she gets caught? 

Peter Holstein has his own troubles too.  As the war approaches, it becomes more and more difficult to know who you can and cannot trust.  People even begin to wonder about his loyalties because of his German last name.  Does he stand with England or the land of his heritage?  As he searches to understand his past better and to show others his allegiance to the crown, he meets a young woman who dazzles him.  Can she help him find his place in this world? 

This book covers more than history, because it keeps the reader guessing.  Even if you are familiar with the history of World War I, there are still so many parts and stories one could never know or understand.  I love when books introduce readers to those who lived in the past--even if they are fictional.  As an avid reader, I know people like these characters lived in those days, and I want to know more about them.  I want to know their perspective regarding the war and the time period they lived in.  I remember when I visited Edinburgh castle years ago.  Once of the most fascinating things was seeing World War I though their eyes. 

If you love intrigue, danger, mystery, and history wrapped up within the pages of a book, I recommend checking out this story by Roseanna White!  Happy reading! 


This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Litfuse for my copy.   
 
 
About The Book  

*Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family's history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family's German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors' scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he's more than his name?
 
 
*Synopsis is from the back cover of the novel.
 
 
About The Author  


Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna has a slew of historical novels available, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. 
 
Learn more at www.roseannamwhite.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, August 11, 2017

First Line Fridays


One of my favorite Disney princesses is Ariel from The Little Mermaid.  I still remember when the film came out, and I just fell in love with each of the characters...Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, and Prince Eric.  :)  It was such a wonderful movie and story, because it touches on so many aspects of the human heart...falling in love, growing up, becoming independent, loving friends, and understanding how much your family loves you.  Ariel goes on such a journey throughout her young life, and their are surprises around every corner or chapter if you are reading the book.  :)  She must make touch decisions about her life while also deciding what is wrong and right.  As usual with most humans...and yes, even mermaids...she makes one very terrible decision when she relies upon the Sea Witch to give her what she wants in life.  Therefore, Ariel must live with the consequences of her mistakes, and in time she will learn what truly matters in life.  

As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
Anna from Romances of the Cross 
And I want to welcome Tima to the First Line Fridays fun!   
 
 
Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 
 
The Little Mermaid
by Hans Christian Anderson
 
 
 
And the first line is...
 
"Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very deep, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above.  There dwell the Sea King and his subjects."  
 
Happy Friday and happy reading!  
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Return - My Review


Suzanne Woods Fisher's book The Return is the third book in the Amish Beginnings series.  I reviewed the second book, The Newcomer, earlier this year on my blog.  This novel is quite different from the previous book in that the setting and era has tremendously changed.  From the beginning, the reader learns that the opening pages start twenty-five years after the last chapter in The Newcomer.  Also, instead of the people trying to find a place to settle, the characters are having to consider possible Indian attacks.  Unfortunately, an Indian attack does occur for one of the families in the book.  If you are faint of heart, I recommend passing on this novel.  It was challenging to read some of the scenes in this text, and it reminded me of the movie The Searchers with John Wayne. 

In that movie, a young girl's family gets raided by Indians.  Her family is killed, and they kidnap her.  As John Wayne searches for her whereabouts, years go by and she grows up in the Indian tribe.  The entire film shows the grief Wayne feels and the turmoil he undergoes as he tries to find this young girl.  As each day passes, it appears they are not coming any closer to knowing what became of her, which is very much an echo to what happens to a teenage girl in this book.  As each member of the community tries to cope with the horror of what has touched their friends, tears, heartaches, and growth will touch every individual within these settlements. 

If you do read this particular novel, I recommend reading the first two in the series first, so that you have a better understanding of this historical time period and why so many individuals endured so much to find freedom.  I cannot even begin to imagine what the early settlers of this land went through in order to find and obtain what they did not have in their birth country.  As always, happy reading. 


This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Revell Publishers for my copy. 


About The Book 

*Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family's rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans, but then she never had to. Not until the night when she's taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. During her captivity, Betsy faces brutality and hardship, but also unexpected kindness. She draws strength from native Caleb, who encourages her to find God in all circumstances. She finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the intense new feelings this compelling man awakens within her. 

Handsome and complex, Hans is greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity and turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. Eagerly, Tessa responds, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. When Betsy is finally restored to the Amish, have things gone too far between Hans and Tessa?
Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.
 


*Synopsis is from the back cover of the novel.


About The Author 


Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including Anna's Crossing, The Bishop's Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish.  She lives in California.  Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.  








Friday, August 4, 2017

First Line Fridays


This week I wanted to feature a book that I was so excited to find at the library.  Months ago, I was browsing all the dozens of shelves at a used bookstore when I came across this series by Stephanie Barron.  I didn't know anything about her except that she wrote mystery novels featuring the world of Jane Austen.  Typically, I do not care for modern books that feature characters from classic works; however, these stories looked really excellent and interesting.  I decided to purchase the first book--even though there were several volumes to pick from--in order to give it a try.  Of course, I decided that I loved the book, and when I went back to purchase the other volumes, they were all gone!  Note to self, when you are at a used bookshop, buy every book you can...especially when the book you buy is part of a series.  So, I have not seen these books since then--until at the library this week.  Thankfully, I will be able to read the first four books, and I will probably highlight each one here on First Line Fridays.  :)

As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
Anna from Romances of the Cross 
And I want to welcome Nicole to the First Line Fridays fun!   

Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 


Jane and the Unpleasantness of Scargrave Manor
by Stephanie Barron



And the first line is...

Journal entry, 11 December 1802,
written in the small hours

"'What do you make of it, Jane?'  The countess of Scargrave asked.  Her fingers gripped my elbow painfully.  I gazed at the recumbent form of her husband with dismay.  Frederick, Lord Scargrave, was decidedly unwell--so unwell that I had been called to his bedside an hour before dawn, an indiscretion the Earl would never have allowed while possessed of his senses.  I pulled the collar of my dressing gown about my neck and placed my free hand over the Countess's."   

Happy reading and happy Friday!  






Saturday, July 29, 2017

Grounded Hearts - My Review



I enjoy purchasing historical books, and I love reading about fictional characters set in non-fictional worlds.  That is what Jeanne Dickson did with her book Grounded Hearts.  This story is set in Ireland during the days of World War II.  Each character within the pages of this book plays a vital role in either helping or hurting the war effort.  It is interesting to observe how certain individuals reject their place in the war--they want to remain neutral.  While others are willing to do whatever they can to help aid someone they barely know--someone who is fighting with the Allies.  Nan O'Neil finds herself in a precarious predicament when a man knocks on her door one night.  She never could have predicted what her future would hold in those first few moments of meeting Dutch Whitney. 

Nan is from Ireland, and she is the town midwife.  After coming to the rescue for so many of the women in her village, she holds the respect of each one of her patients and their families.  Therefore, it is no surprise that so many of these women rescue her in the end.  Even though Nan lives quite simply, her needs are met, and she is content to live out her days alone--except for being in the company of a lovely cat named Mr. Dee.  However, Nan holds a dark secret close to heart.  Something she cannot seem to forgive herself for, because she believes it to be an unforgivable act.  It will take a new friend in her life to convince her otherwise. 

Dutch Whitney call Canada home, but for now his home is in the sky.  He is an RAF pilot--a "flyboy."  Unfortunately, unforeseeable events in his life move him to another location--Ireland.  In an attempt to run for cover, he meets a young woman who will change his life forever.  This one woman confuses him and angers him, yet he cannot help but be grateful for her care.  She and so many others put their life and reputations on the line for him, which is a debt he feels he can never repay. 

As a reader, you will encounter so many moments of conflict, but this type of suspense will make it impossible for you to put this book down.  You will be on the edge of your seat hoping Dutch will not be caught...hoping Nan will not go to jail...wondering what will become of the other characters in this town.  Every emotion is touched on, and every aspect of a person's character is revealed.  This historical story will touch your heart, because it will shine a light on those that fought and died during World War II.  It will also showcase real people who lived and worked during this era, which is why I love reading historical fiction.  If you enjoy history, then you will love this book.  Happy reading!  


This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Litfuse for my copy.  


About The Book

*In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.

But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?


*Synopsis is from the back cover of the novel.


About The Author 


Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. Her grandmother lived with them and was a constant source of stories about life in Ireland and the saints and ancestors long gone from this earth. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling.

Visit her at www.jeannemdickson.com.





Friday, July 28, 2017

First Line Fridays


This week my first line comes from a new book that I just downloaded to my Kindle.  Thank you to Sydney at Singing Librarian for posting the covers of these books to your Instagram account this week.  :)  I purchased all three books yesterday, and I cannot wait to read each one.  As most know, I love mysteries, and this trilogy of books are the perfect addition to my mystery collection.  The book I am featuring today is book three from this series.

As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too: 

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
Anna from Romances of the Cross 

And I want to welcome Rebecca and Iola to the First Line Fridays fun!   

Iola from Iola Goulton  

Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
If you would like to join us, send Carrie a message and let her know!

​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 


Lemon Tart Mystery 
by Naomi Miller 



And the first line is...

"Thursday started out as a normal day for Katie Chupp.  As always, she left home just before sunrise, heading toward the small town located not far from her family's farm." 

Happy reading and happy Friday!