Posted in Book reviews, Litfuse

Litfuse Book Review: “Beyond all Dreams” by Elizabeth Camden

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“Beyond All Dreams” by Elizabeth Camden

Historical Christian Romance

Review copy from Litfuse

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.

 

About the book:

Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

 

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It was such an enjoyable read, one that wasn’t quick to leave your mind. To me, it seemed like such a comfortable book – you know, one you just love visiting in. It brought warmth, and was well-written, the characters love-able. I instantly loved the main character, Anna. And that she was quiet, reserved and worked in a map library! What’s not to like? For me, at least. =) I could relate to her very well, and Luke was a strong character as well. He had his broken-ness, but we all do, and that showed well through this book. I think a bit more God could’ve been involved in this book, but otherwise it was good. One quote I liked:

“He (Luke) loathed telephones, which he saw as annoying and soulless machines. Talking to someone you couldn’t see was awkward and impersonal, whereas letters gave him the luxury of choosing the perfect phrase to communicate exactly how he felt.” (Chapter 2, page 29) – my sentiments shared, Luke. XD

It was my first book to read of Elizabeth Camden’s but now I do wish to read more of hers, as I really like her writing style. The plot was handled very well, and so engaging too, with somewhat of a mystery. I loved that.

One of the very few things I wasn’t fond of was a weird reference to bonfires being pagan (which I understand – that’s not what bothered me), and the fact that Luke was¬†against it at first because it was pagan (and the whole scene indeed felt very pagan-like). But then he didn’t say anything about it and actually enjoyed it…that was the weird part. I was expecting him to stand up against it, for his beliefs, but it didn’t go that way. So then I wondered why it was even brought up – if the author knew something was pagan, why make it to be okay and even enjoyed? That just confused me.

Other than that though, I don’t think there were many things I didn’t like.

One other quote I liked and wrote done was this one:

“Mr. Callahan, you must learn to accept who you are. You’re both a saint and a sinner. Beautiful, but broken. Aren’t we all?” (Chapter 8, pg. 124)

When I think about this book, I think of the brokenness of us all, and how sometimes that is really okay, because it means God can work on us. And we all need that – we all need His healing, Him.

All in all, I¬†found “Beyond all Dreams” to be such a pleasant read, one worth revisiting. :)

 

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity group in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

Posted in For-Sale, LOTR

Lord of the Rings stuff

Note:Most of this stuff has found a home. Below I have made a list of what is left. :)

Two Towers DVD
“Unfinished Tales: The Lost lore of Middle Earth” -book
“Two Towers” – book
“Return of the King” – book

Hello :)

I have a lot of LotR stuff that I am passing along. It’s all free, I just ask that if it needs to be shipped you provide the postage.
I’ve got the Trilogy, The Hobbit, all of the Trilogy movies (the second one I have a double of in a special edition), doubles of two of the LotR Trilogy books, The Silmarillion, Unfished Tales, The Lost Tales: Part one, The Lays of Beleriand, The Children of Hurin, Poster map of Middle Earth (this has found a home!), and soundtrack of LotR movies. I think that’s it.

If you’re interested and want a picture of any/all of it, let me know! =)

Posted in Etsy, LOTR, Pictures, Reviews

Another Product Review: LotR necklace

Oh yes, I have another product review to share! This one is another very delightful necklace! It is simply stunning; wait till you see it.

etsy shop

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/StorybookWhimsies

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StorybookWhimsies

Shop Description (taken off the shop site): “Welcome to Storybook Whimsies!
My handmade jewelry is inspired by fairy tales, stories, and books, as well as the other fantastical and whimsical things in the world around us. My book page jewelry lets you carry a piece of your favorite stories with you wherever you go! My bird nest jewelry and other charming trinkets are fun and whimsical! I hope you’ll find something that makes you smile!
Want a book quote (or any quote) that you don’t see? Or a bird nest with different colored beads or wire? I can do custom orders! Just send me a message!”

My Review:

Okay, so this is a wonderful etsy shop!! I don’t know about you, but I love books (didn’t know that, did you? ;)) and this shop owner takes pieces of books and makes them wear-able. And this includes maps. And I love maps. The piece I was given to review (that I requested) is this lovely piece:

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“The Shire” from the beloved classics of J.R.R Tolkien, Lord of the Rings.
As soon as I received it, I fell in love with the necklace. The chain is just beautiful, and the necklace pendant itself is stunning. Plus the little bead-charm compliments it so well! This is how I received it, (well, it came in a package, but that’s not included here):

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I am really a lover of necklaces – I don’t wear much jewelry, but I do wear necklaces (and my purity rings) and I am definitely in love with this necklace. One of the things I love about it, is it’s a unique piece. All the necklaces I own are all unique and individual in their own way, and I am very pleased that this one is likewise! The necklace is heavy-duty, and it feels very secure and comfortable around my neck. The clasp is a nice one too, though I can just slip the necklace over my head. The chain is aprox. 24 inches long, and hangs at a comfortable length I think. You can request any size chain length, too, by the way.
Here’s another picture for you to admire (I am admiring it still…):

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This is an etsy shop I will definitely keep in mind as I’m sure I can come up with a million book quotes to request for custom order to buy someday :D
I greatly encourage you to check out the shop as well – I’m sure you’ll be able to find something you like!

Thank you so very much, Paige, for allowing me to do this, and for being so kind and patient as we discussed it! God bless you richly!

And thank you, readers, for, well, reading! =)

Note: All thoughts stated here are my own; honest and unbiased. I was not paid to review this item.