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Book review – Rachel Rossano’s “Theodoric Series” Book One

“The Crown of Anavrea” 

by Rachel Rossano

Book One in the Theodoric Saga

My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

 About:

In a time when castles were the strongest…in a place where combat was face to face…Labren was on the run. He hid his true name and he admitted it freely. 
In a time when slavery was legal…in a place where kings were all-powerful…Eve, a slave, appeared in the right place at the right time. 
Eve saved his life. In return, he offered her the opportunity of freedom. She did not know what would happen to her if she chose to accept his proposal, but she did know the consequences of rejecting it.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book! I was captured right from the beginning, and fell in love with the two main characters instantly. The names were unique and very neat, throughout the book. The writing was easy to follow, clear and clean, and flowed very well which is always an excellent thing! I honestly had a hard time putting this one down – I read it in two days…mostly just one actually, since I started it in the evening. But yes, it was super good!

The only thing I wished for it was that it could have been longer (!) and maybe more detailed. It was a fast pacing story, which was great, I just would’ve loved some more detail, adding length and such to the book.

There was one swear-word spoken, but that was all – this book was not one you’d have to be really cautious about because of swear words or anything – it was otherwise very clean!

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely read it again. Eve and Lebron’s relationship was lovely, really. And romantic. Yes, I am rather a “hopeless romantic” as they go…this book definitely fed that for me. ^.^

I was sent both the first and second ebook of this series, and had every intention of reviewing the 2nd one (” The King of Anavrea”as well, but my eyes are not fond of reading on my laptop and thus I was unable to finish the second at this time. Which really bummed me out hugely, because it is SO good!!! Both books are excellent, and I would definitely recommend them to others. I hope to be able to finish the 2nd book sometime in the future. It is not a story to be left unread. I’m just praying my eyes cooperate with me. :)

Thank you so much, Miss Rossano, for  allowing me to read and review these lovely books!

 

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Posted in 1940's, Pictures, Reviews

Sorella Bella Review – Cassy Red Dress

I was extra pleased to be able to review this Cassy Red Dress from Sorella Bella – it is such a lovely dress, and looks 1940’s which, as you probably know, I have been looking for clothing as such!
The dress arrived very quickly, and I of course tried it on immediately. It fit well, and I love it!

The company is fantastic as well, and I received very quick and super kind and helpful response.
I really encourage you to check out their site, Sorella Bella. They have ADORABLE clothing, I am serious. I had a really hard time choosing which to review, because there are soo many lovely choices.

This is the dress on the site I chose:

Cassy Red

Cute, yes? I thought so. The colour is bright and the black bow is so perfect for it. I love the material, as it is stretchy and not too clingy. I have a couple pictures to share, of me wearing this lovely dress.

 

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I was going to put on red lipstick to compliment the colour, but I kinda forgot. :)

Anyway, I was really impressed with this dress, and am very thankful for the chance to review it! I would most definitely recommend this company to others – it is splendid!

 

Thank you,  Candace, and all from Sorella Bella for your kind help and generosity! I am so very pleased and would easily give this dress 5 stars! :)

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Moody Publisher Book Review of Tessa Afshar’s “In the Field of Grace”

“In the Field of Grace” by Tessa Afshar

Biblical Fiction

5 out of 5 Stars

Source: MPnewsroom

About the book:

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.

But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.
 
Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the whole world.

 

My Review:

Oh my goodness did I love this book. I knew I would, though. :) Tessa Afshar never disappoints! At least, I don’t think so. Each book she writes is absolutely amazing, and it is a joy to read. I always learn something from them, and love and appreciate the depth she adds to each book.
This was a beautiful retelling of the Book of Ruth from the Bible. The characters came so alive, and you got to see so many new aspects that you don’t really think about when you read the Biblical account. I just love that Miss Afshar always enhances the Biblical accounts and always points the reader back to God and to read the Bible account above all else.
I loved every inch of this book, and was so pleased to read it. The characters were magnificent, and you grew to love each and every one of them – even the ones you didn’t think you would like!
Towards the end, I would come to a spot that I’d think it was over and then find that there are still quite a few chapters left – and normally, that might not be such a good thing, but when it comes to Miss Afshar’s books, it is always a good thing!! I personally think that these books you could read forever :D I guess I may be a little biased though, seeing as I love them so much…
But yes, back to the story-line. What else can I say other than that it was amazing? So well done, and so many truths! And I loved that the healing process specifically in Boaz’s life wasn’t just right away – it was really a process, and that made it so realistic.
I do think, though, that the book should have been named “Pearl in the Night” as was an option at the beginning. “In the Field of Grace” is definitely a lovely title, don’t get me wrong, but I think “Pearl in the Night” would have fit it so well! I loved that part towards the end….*sigh*. I won’t give away anything. But go read it for yourself!! And though it is not a direct continuation of “Pearl in the Sand” (Tessa Afshar’s first book), it is definitely related, and it would be nice to read in order – but at the same time, “In the Field of Grace” can easily stand alone, as can “Pearl in the Sand”.
I am so thankful for the chance to read this! I loved it so much.

 

I received a complimentary copy of “In the Field of Grace” from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

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Book Review: “Sew, it’s a Quest” by Kendra E. Ardnek

“Sew, it’s a Quest”

By Kendra E. Ardnek

3.5 Stars out of 5 Stars.

About the Book:

Robin and Robert are royal twins. They are the only two to have received a Fairy Godmother gift in nearly a century, an amazing honor. Soon it was clear that their gifts had been switched and a search began to find the Fairy Godmother to right the mistake. When she is finally sighted by a knight, the family learns that the pair must find her for themselves and they only have until their 18th birthday … only 4 months away. Will they be able to find her in time?

My Review:

It is always a bit hard writing reviews, because I always want to be nice, but honest. Some reviews are harder than others, because of a moral standard I keep. This book is one of those.
The writing style was splendid and unique – I really liked it! And it had a very fairy-tale feel to it, which is also fun. But what made me uncomfortable was all the magic, fairies, sprites and talking to trees/wind. I understand that it seems impossible to write any fairy-tale book without these things, but I feel that if our aim is to glorify God, it most certainly is possible, and He will help us.
I admit I was torn about this book, because part of me really does enjoy all these elements, and the feel, etc. But my moral standard reminds me what the Lord has already taught me, that there are only two forces in this world – good and evil – and if it didn’t come from God, then it can only come from one other source, which would be Satan. And Satan knows how to cloak everything to look so good, like magic, and fairies, etc. Let me tell you, I had a hard time with fairies – I used to love them. Seriously. I was borderline obsessed, no joke. Of course the Lord gently led me to His truth, but it was hard, because I wanted to like fairies.
However, it is so much more enriching to follow His plan and desires. My “testimony” aside…
As I said, this book was cleverly written, and the author definitely has a talent. The story was pretty easy to follow, and entertaining, besides my previous comments. I do wish there was a lot more God involved. It was only at the very end that He was mentioned, which I would have liked changed.
There was only one scene that could be labeled ‘gory’ and it was only a sentence, but I think it was a little strong, especially if younger readers were to be reading this. It says Robin cut off the head of a wolf – even though there was no blood or gore, that sentence could’ve been worded more gently, I believe – even just say ‘she despatched it’.
The characters were pretty well constructed; Robin wasn’t a favourite of mine, being a bit rebellious and somewhat on the whiny side – I also didn’t care for her comments about being glad to not wear skirts, proving that she was unhappy with being a girl… but I did really like Robert and Rosemond, as well as Doranna. I can’t say what I thought of Eric, because I didn’t ‘get to know’ him much in this story. And I would’ve liked to get to know Casperl more – he seemed like a good character! I understand that this book is first in a series, so perhaps it carries on to a story of his own.

I greatly thank the author for sending me a complimentary ecopy of “Sew, it’s a Quest” for the purpose of this review!! Keep writing. :)

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Book Review of “Love Amid the Ashes” by Mesu Andrews

“Love Amid the Ashes” by Mesu Andrews

4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

I really, really enjoyed this book. I kinda knew I would, though. I have been very blessed to be a part of Mesu Andrews’ BFF (Biblical Fiction Fan) Team, as well as her prayer circle. Really, this author is a gem and her devotion to the Lord and His Word is SO inspiring!!

“Love Amid The Ashes” is a story including Dinah and Job in the Bible, with so much more sprinkled throughout the pages. It was really neat to be able to read about Job through this book, because it gives greater insight and experience of the book of Job in the Bible. When you read it in the Bible, you knew he suffered a lot, and how hard it must have been, but this book really makes it real and you get a view of how terrible it must have been, and even more amazing that he was able to praise God a midst the trials. And yet, he was still human. Oh, this book was just so good! I chuckled at part, cried, and had goosebumps as God’s healing was revealed to each character. I am awed with Mesu’s God-given ability to weave such a story together; I can’t even imagine the researching she must have done! But it is a blessing that she did, because this book is an excellent one!

And most definitely won’t be the last book I read of hers. Can’t wait to read more!

Posted in Book reviews, Tyndale House

Tyndale Book Review: “Surprise at Yorktown”

Title: The Imagination Station Series – “Surprise at Yorktown” #15

Author: Marianne Hering and Nancy I. Sanders

Source:  Tyndale Blogging Program

My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

 

Description:

Travel two centuries back in time to the final battle of the American Revolution at Yorktown, Virginia. Cousins Patrick and Beth sneak through trenches and race across battlefields to warn General George Washington about a dangerous spy. The spy is stealing his secret plans and giving them to the British. Cannons roar and the ground shakes as the struggle reaches a climax. Washington’s ragtag soldiers are up against the most powerful army in the world. Will Patrick and Beth witness the American Revolution come to an end? Or will they be caught in a dangerous trap they can’t escape?

 

My Review:

I read this book with my younger sister, having already read some of the previous books in the Imagination Station series together and enjoying them. Like the others, this was creative and fun to read, following historic events. It is easy to read for a younger child. It teaches them history and faith at the same time. The sentences are simple and short, and not too overwhelming, which is good for a younger reader. The pace is fairly fast, making it exciting and something that they won’t be quick to put down.

I recommend Imagination Station books, especially if you already enjoy the tapes. :)

 

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Posted in 1940's, Blogging For Books, Book reviews, Books

Blogging For Books Review” “Where Treetops Glisten” – A Christmas Collection

Title: Where Treetops Glisten

Authors: Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin

Source: Blogging for Books

Type: Christian fiction, WWII, Christmas

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

 

Description:

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Three siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In White Christmas by Cara Putman, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theatre in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and God’s plan for a future?

 

My Review:

I was so excited to get to read and review this book, because, well, it sounded so good! And I know I love Sarah Sundin’s works, so I was pretty sold on the idea of it all. I’ve read one thing of Cara Putman’s before, and have been curious to read something of Tricia Goyer’s, so this was the perfect time to start! I was not disappointed with any of the three stories. They were brilliantly put together, and so…fun. Despite the war going on, there was still joy and healing through each of the books, and I really liked that.

I can’t really pick a favourite, because they were each good in their own special way. The first one, “White Christmas” by Cara Putman got me totally hooked, and I really loved the characters. Abigail and Jackson were just lovely. In “I’ll be Home for Christmas” by Sarah Sundin, I LOVED the writing. And the center message of God’s healing – it was so complete, and so well done. Mrs. Sundin ties things together so nicely. In “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Tricia Goyer, I really liked being over in the war – it really added to the collection of having two stories on the homefront, and one on the battlefront as a nurse. And being the first time reading Mrs. Goyer’s books, I did enjoy her writing, and now know to read more from her. Oh and I must say, I loved her character’s name, Merry. =)

As I said, they were each soo good, and I love how they tied into the Christmas songs they were titled after. Very neat. I also liked how you got something different out of each one, making the end result perfect. “White Christmas” gave the perfect, innocent, sweet romance that I like, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” gave the perfect godly message that I so appreciated, and “Have Yourself a Merry little Christmas” gave the realistically of the war on the front lines, for the nurses.

The only “bad” thing is, they were too short! :D Each should’ve been a full novel on their own. ;) Of course, they were all done so well in the short amount of pages.

An excellent read, all the way around!

 

I received a free  copy of “Where Treetops Glisten” from the publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts given are my own.