Posted in Book reviews, Books

Book Review: “Waltz into the Waves” by Sarah Holman

 

 

“Waltz into the Waves”   a Cinderella retelling

by Sarah Holman

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Publication date: January 17th, 2015

About:

Amelia has always lived in a manor by the sea with her father, and looks forward every summer to a visit from Alex. However, her perfect life is dashed one summer when tragedy strikes. Will her life ever be happy again?

A 7,000 word short story of faith, love, and happily ever after.

 

My Thoughts:

What an absolutely lovely retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella! Truly, this short story is just darling. I loved it the minute I begun it. “Waltz in the Waves” is short and sweet. I told myself I would pace myself when reading it – a chapter or two a day or so (there are 5 chapters total), but once I started, I couldn’t stop.

I loved this sweet story, in its simplicity and endearingness. I love Amelia Ella, and Alex. The ending was just superb.  The only thing I would remark upon would be that I think it would have been even better were there to be a deeper Christian theme underlying it.

I am quite impressed with Miss Holman’s well-crafted story, and am glad she published it so we have the pleasure to read it. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself, especially if you love sweet fairy-tale retellings. :)

 

Thank you so very much, Sarah, for sending me a complimentary ecopy for review!

Posted in Book reviews, BookCrash

Book Crash Review: “Word Changers” by Ashlee Willis

“Word Changers”

by Ashlee Willis

Review copy from Book Crash

About the book:

Escaping from the turmoil of her home, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. When she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words as she usually does…

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale in turmoil. Characters whisper of rebellion against their Plot. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial, before her own role in the book comes to a horrible end.

With the haughty Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the darkest secret of all is the one Posy carries within herself.

Soon it’s clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.

My Thoughts:

I was interested in reading this book because really, falling into a book sounds pretty neat. :) And seems like it’d be a good premise.

However, I was concerned at the beginning of the book for a couple reasons. One being the fact that magic is involved. I know magic is common and an infatuation among many, but I must be honest and say that it is not something I am comfortable with in the least. I do not believe magic is of God (and since it isn’t of God is can only be from one other source), and thus try to steer clear of books containing magic and ‘powers’ because of my beliefs and convictions. I was also a bit… uncomfortable with the owl figure, who ‘dabbled in magic’.

I, like many, am fond of fairy-tales, but I am not fond of the magic and often ungodly treachery involved.

Personally this book was just not for me, but of course my opinion is only one of many.

 

I received a complimentary ecopy for review from Book Crash. All thoughts are my own.

Posted in God's Lessons, Writing

Shine – Short story

Hello :)

I mentioned in my last post that I had recently written two short-short stories. I thought I would share them here, one at a time. This one is the second one I wrote. I post the first one sometime soon. :) The way these stories came about was just going on Pinterest and seeing a pin and writing from it. :) Enjoy and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Please do not steal/take, etc. Thank you! :)

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“Shine” a short story by Raechel L. K.

Don't shine so others can see you; shine so that through you, others can see Him.

“Shine,” Alsebeth sighed. “What if you don’t want to shine?” she mumbled to herself as she flipped the Bible pages continually, reaching the end without finding anything to touch her soul. Oh sure there was plenty of gems to be found in the Bible, but she wasn’t interested at that precise moment. She wanted something to reach out and touch her – deeply, not just on the surface. And yet the only thing that kept jumping out at her was the same verse she had seen nearly everywhere she turned. It was mentioned at church the recent Sunday, it was in the recent magazine issue she received from like-minded Christian girls, it was even in her penpals latest letter. Shine. What did it really mean? Alsebeth was introverted, quiet and shy to the extreme. She liked staying in her quiet home that was well within her comfort zone. She loved the Lord deeply – He was rooted in her very soul. But shining was a daunting aspect she hadn’t wanted to consider. Before or now. It just wasn’t in her vocabulary, nor her way of living.
Placing her head in her hands she prayed, “Oh God, show me what to do. Show me how only You can change my heart. Show me.”
“Alsebeth!” her mother’s voice invaded her prayer, “Time for dinner honey, can you come help clear and set the table dear?”
Alsebeth shut the Bible gently, setting it on her pillow. “Coming mother!” she replied with a soft voice. “I will return, Lord,” she whispered as she fingered the Bible one last time and headed down to the kitchen.
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Once dinner was set and Alsebeth and her family of five were seated at the table, father, John, bespoke the family prayer and blessing over dinner. Amen’s echoed around the rectangle table, and mother, Junelette started to dish each family member their plate. Rice, mashed-potatoes, gravy, corn, and not to forget the roasted turkey. A treat among their table. What was the celebration, one would ask? Nothing quite so extraordinary as a holiday or birthday, but rather a quiet gathering of their growing family together. Alsebeth’s older sister, Lily, and her new husband, Ryan, were visiting. In fact they had just come to announce that their family of two would be turning into three come Summer. Alsebeth smiled to think of greeting her new nephew or niece into the family.
“Are you staying till Sunday liked you hoped?” John asked Lily and Ryan across the table. Lily nodded and Ryan answered, “If you’ll have us, we’d love to.”
“Of course dears! We’ll have you as long as we can keep you,” Junelette smiled at her children. There was little that made her happier than seeing all her children together.
Dinner was continued with warm conversation, and truly Alsebeth loved being around her family, but she was eager to get her soul settled some. “Mother, when dinner is complete, may I return to my room? I have something I want to pray about.”
“Certainly, darling. May I help you in any way?” Junelette said.
Aslebeth shook her head, “Not yet, I don’t think. There’s just been a verse on my mind that I want to mull over some more. One in Matthew.”
John nodded his head knowingly. “The ‘shine’ one? That one has been on my mind too.”
Alsebeth was glad to know she wasn’t the only one thinking – and perhaps struggling some – with that verse. “Yeah,” she answered, “It provokes a lot of thought.”
“I agree. Well, let us know if you need anything, and we’ll be glad to talk with you, or pray with you, too,” John said, and Alsebeth smiled, “Thank you, Dad.”
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“I don’t want to shine, God, I’m too afraid…” Alsebeth later cried on her bed, as she considered the verse more and more. “I am not outgoing, I am not bold, I am timid and shy. And I don’t know how to fix that,”
As she sat still, remaining quiet except for the occasional drip of a tear falling off her nose onto her outspread hands, she was humbled by a Voice much greater than herself, “You need not fear, My little one, for I have everything in My hands. I have created you just as you are, you are holy and sacred to me. I will change what needs to be changed, and heal what needs to be healed in you, but you need only be still. Look closer at this verse My love, and whisper it to Me.”
Aslbeth felt tears stream harder down her face as she breathed in awe at the One Who so graciously spoke to her soul. She took in His message like a rain shower on a parched land. It was everything she needed to hear. And so she picked up her worn torn Bible again and opened to the marked spot, whispering the words she feared, out loud in a quiet whisper to her Creator.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16”
And more tears cascaded down her face as she realized the meaning – it didn’t mean that she had to shine in an out-going way; it meant that she was to shine for Christ, for her Abba Father. It was to serve Him, and through serving Him – in whichever way He sought fit – that others might see her shining for Him and glorify Him too. “It’s all about You, Lord, and what You do in us, and for us.” she whispered, a smile gracing her face.
“I will shine for You. In however way You see fit, Jesus. I will shine.”

 

The End

Posted in Books, God's Lessons, Random babblings, update, Writing

Hello 2015

I believe this is my first post of the new year. I have a couple book reviews scheduled, but I thought I should post something more before those – you know, so as not to start off the year with more book reviews. ;)

I confess though, that I am not entirely sure what I should be writing about. I do not have any resolutions, and barely any goals. I don’t really go in for that kind of stuff. I have a sort of reading goal (no surprise there, I’m sure), but that’s all. I’m just going to see where God leads this year. :)

As for my reading goals, they are meager. I am going to try to limit the books I review this year because 50 was a bit too much last year :D I’ll still be reviewing some, no doubt. As I said, I already have two scheduled. And I still have three more books to read and review for sure. But my main reading goal this year is to get through as many books on my own shelves as I can. I might even try to tackled “Wives and Daughters”. Or at least I’d greatly like to. :)

You know, as I am sitting here contemplating what to write, I don’t think I ever mentioned on here one of my exciting accomplishments of December…Though I think some, if not most of you already know from me telling you. :) But I was so pleased to finish writing one of my writing projects!! It is the first lengthier book I’ve ever completed to its whole. It is my retelling of “Beauty and the Beast”, and it is now finished. Well, that’s not to say it’s ready for presentation, because I still have a great deal of editing to do, but hopefully this year I will be able to share more about it with you all, and I am prayerfully considering publishing it. We’ll see. :)

Beauty and the Beast Bookmark by Achen089.deviantart.com on @deviantART

 

At the very end of December also, I wrote a very-very short story, that I was pleased with. I have never been able to finish short stories, because I love details and depth. But I made this one to be only 2 or so pages long and still complete. God is good. :) I wrote another such story last night, too, which was fun. But mainly this year, I am hoping to finish another one of my bigger and greater writing projects. God willing!

 

And thus I end a quick update and a first post of 2015. I hope your year is splendid!