Posted in Book reviews, Books

Book Review: “The Fragrance of Geraniums” by Alicia G. Ruggieri

Hello Readers! A couple notes before I start in to this book review for a lovely book: One, Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a mother, I hope you have a wonderful day basking in your family’s love, and if you’re a ‘child’ (no matter the age – that’s pretty much all of us, isn’t it? ;)) I hope you have a lovely day loving your mother! Second Note: I know I had mentioned in my Pinterest Post not this last Friday but the one before that, that we were expecting my nephew to come, but alas, he has not wanted to arrive! We’re waiting still – had a few signs that it could be soooon!! That’s why this is later than I had originally planned. :D Okay, carry on!

 

 

“The Fragrance of Geraniums” by Alicia G. Ruggieri

Age recommendation: 16+

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

In brokenness, she found grace…

Told from multiple perspectives, this is a powerful story of three women – of the threads of mercy that connect them – and of heart-wrenching sorrows alchemized by the Heavenly Father’s overwhelming redeeming grace.

Rhode Island – 1934

A GIRL
Grace Picoletti has nothing going for her – but she’s determined to succeed in life, nonetheless. Born to severe destitution, she claws her way up from the pit of family shame and secrets. She avoids close friendships – even with the likable, persistent Paulie Giorgi…

A WOMAN
Despite her own agonizing emotional pain, childless Emmeline Kinner reaches out to a young woman so far beneath her. She could never have known whom else God would set in her path through her friendship with Grace…

A MOTHER
Long ago, Sarah Picoletti resigned herself to a loveless, abusive life – and she believes that her daughter Grace must inherit the same fate. Yet Sarah’s own soul cries out for the blessed peace and hope of which the radio minister speaks…

My Thoughts

What an absolutely lovely book. It is heart-warming and heart wrenching in its entirety. I loved it. Having loved Alicia’s “The House of Mercy” (which I reviewed here), I knew I wouldn’t have a hard time enjoying this one too, but I really was blown away by just how much I loved it. It was so real, and so well done. Alicia has such a God-given gift for writing, and I absolutely love how she uses it all for His glory!! It shines through so beautifully in her books, and I can’t tell you just how much I appreciate that!

Knowing that God is at the heart of Alicia and her books, it makes the reading so pleasant, so full of joy. So wholesome. And this story felt like a ‘coming home’ kind of story – it was just so comfortable and so homey and so alive! And as I said, it was heart-wrenching. Main character Grace has an unfortunate homelife, but oh how there is redemption in that, and how it is found! I really enjoyed reading from various character perspectives – it made for a delightful and depth-filled journey.

And as a side note, I absolutely loved Paulie and his steady, caring affection for Grace, and how he wanted her to know above all that Jesus cared for her. He was so sweet. And I really, really hope there is more of their relationship – and so many others – in the sequel Miss Ruggieri is writing now!! I really cannot wait for it.

Excellent and superb book, Alicia! I am so thankful to have read it, and highly recommend it to others!

After I finished it, I was in the car and heard a song on the radio (a song that I love) and thought how fitting it was to this book, so I thought I’d share that here, too:

“No Man is an  Island” by Tenth Avenue North

 

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Posted in 1940's, Books, update, Writing

Cover Reveal: “Finding the Magic” by Jack Lewis Baillot

Hello readers! Today we have something a bit different from the ‘Pinterest Favourite Friday’! Today I am delighted to be sharing the cover reveal for Miss Jack Lewis Baillot’s upcoming book,

Finding The Magic

It is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and sounds lovely. Of course you are wondering what does it look like? Oh yes. Well, without further ado…here it is:

 

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 Book Blurb:
 Belle’s father has always taught her to see the magic in the world around her, but when war comes it suddenly becomes harder to find. During the bombings of London, Belle is sent to live with Adam Prince, a bitter gentleman who has lost much and has therefore locked himself away in his mansion. When Belle meets Mr. Prince she decides she will show him the magic her dad told her not to forget, but it isn’t as easy as she thought it would be.
 Aided by her new friend, Belle begins to break down Mr. Prince’s wall. But, just as she is helping him find laughter again sorrow strikes too close to home and Belle herself begins to lose hope.
About the Author:

Jack chases Dragons on a daily basis though has yet to decide if she wishes to slay the Dragons she finds or ride them. She wishes she had a library as big as the Beast’s, or Prince Adam, or whatever you wish to call him. She’s working on that goal currently, at the same time searching for a house with two stories so she can slide down the banister every morning on her way to breakfast.

As a general rule, Jack doesn’t write sad books, but she might have slipped in this area when she started to write about World War Two.

When she isn’t writing Jack is researching, which means she is reading. And when she isn’t reading, it might mean she’s sleeping, but probably means she’s eating. Especially if the food is cookies.

Currently Jack is trying out the life of a Dwarf, even though she’s a Hobbit. She’s traveling about, looking for her home, and hoping the end of her search leads her to a cave with a Dragon who needs to be battled and enough Arkenstones to fill her dream library with books.

You can learn more about Jack and her newest books at jacklewisbaillot.com

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So! There we have it. See, didn’t I say it sounded good? And the cover is delightfully beautiful. Can’t wait to read it! Also, just because it is fun, Jack put together some posts on her blog introducing her characters, so I thought I would share that as well:

Character Post One

Character Post Two

Thanks for letting me be apart of your cover reveal, Jack! I enjoyed it. :) Congrats on this new book of yours!

Posted in Book reviews, Booklook Review

BookLook Review: “The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” by Melanie Dickerson

 

 

“The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” A Medieval Fairy Tale by Melanie Dickerson

Releases May 12th, 2015

Review copy source: BookLook

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the book:

A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor. A handsome forester on a mission to catch her. Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest.

The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.

For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.

When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.

The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

My Thoughts:

Spectacular. That’s what I think of this book. It knocked the socks off me ;) But truly, I was very impressed with this book and fell in love with it immediately. It was … ahhh!! So good, so sweet. The characters were just marvelous and the setting superb and the plot was magnificent, all working together to create a lovely fairy-tale read! I was a bit worried that it would have the typical tension where all things go wrong and you’re frustrated with the characters, but thankfully that wasn’t the case at all! Bad things happened, and there were some tense type moments, but they weren’t overdone, or annoying. It was perfect. And I can’t tell you how much that relieved me!

Main character, Odette Menkels, was such an amazing female role. She was lady-like, and elegant, and yet can shoot her bow like nobody’s business. She was a very strong, gentle (yes those two words definitely go together and describe Odette!) character, and so loveable. I ‘bonded’ with her right away. She was so realistic and I appreciated that so much. She was just…so real! And Jorgen – aaaah swooooonnnn!!! Perfect leading male character in my opinion. Yep, he was amazing. I also fell in love with him (*cough* I really did. I love him) right away. He was upstanding, loyal, strong, humble, and gentle as well. So kind too. And his mother was an amazing woman too.

The plot was so engaging, and once you got to the end it was non-stop and I couldn’t put it down (okay, so I couldn’t put it down through the whole thing…); I had to find out what happened. And what a lovely ending it had, too! I just LOVE happy endings, truly I do. And this one was beautiful, and God-centered.

That being said, the faith thread was really good. I really really appreciated and enjoyed that. It was very real to it, and the characters, and it was great how Odette cherished the Bible – what she could get of it. 

I just love reading books that I adore. :)  I definitely recommend this book. It is a delightful tale of The Swan Princess/Robin Hood (and the part that connects her to being a swan was so fun!), a very fairy-tale like read without the magic, and an inspiring story. It’s going on my favourites list. =)

I received a complimentary copy from the publishers through BookLook in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

Posted in Books, Pinterest, Pinterest favourites, Random babblings, Videos

Pinterest Favourites Friday Week Thirteen

Happy May First! This post is scheduled so it hasn’t happened yet, but we’re hoping that ‘today’ – May First – will bring my newest baby nephew! =) All in God’s timing of course.

And also, I would like to wish my Kindred Spirit, Kenzie a VERY Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a fantastic day my dear sister in Christ!! <3 Here’s a pin just for you:

yay

I wish I could be there celebrating with you. =)

 

And now back to our normal programming… ;) Here are some other pins I enjoyed this week:

Just thought this was hysterical. And you can’t go wrong with minions :D

 

Cinderella

Isn’t this beautiful? I cannot wait to watch the new Cinderella movie!

 

This is what Michael tells Mia in SIDE BY SIDE. Find out more at JanaKelley.com

One of the lovely quotes from the book I just read, “Side by Side” by Jana Kelley. My review was posted previously. =)

 

Writing

I really like this. =)

 

"Everyone you meet has a part to play in your story" -Beau Taplin

Thought this was kinda neat.

 

The 50 Most Shared Facebook Posts Of 2014

And why not end with another funny minion pin? =)

 

What I’m reading:

 

The cover is GORGEOUS!! And I’m sure the story within will be so as well! Only 7 chapters in and it is positively delightful!

I finished reading this also a couple of days ago:

 

It was a good one-time read. I enjoyed it.

And I thought I’d leave you with one final thing: a cute video! Have a lovely day, comment if you want to (I always love to hear from you!), and just be blessed =)

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(And if it didn’t work to embed it here, check it out at the link HERE)