“Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano— Book Review

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The story is about a woman who has taken over her deceased father’s writings of a serialized fiction. But the poor dear must do so while living with a family that is practically a group of wealthy strangers. Which, might I add, is quite the change for our heroine. Why?

Because she grew up in a debtor’s prison. O_o

Lady Jayne Disappears was one of the Christian fiction releases that’s upcoming publishing stood out to me last year (2017). Its cover was unique, and its premise appeared hauntingly AHHH-MAZING. *gimme gimme hands*

Now that I’ve finally read it, I can say it is indeed as unique a tale as its cover foretold. While it isn’t on my top ten list of books, it was still a good story. To me, it’s like Charles Dickens meets Jane Eyre. I mean, it has things like debtor’s prison, an orphan going to live with a wealthy family, household secrets that makes one believe that perhaps ghosts are possible… It is BBC historical mini-series worthy.

This book was also mostly written in first person, which is not the norm for the Christian genre. I love stories like this, so it gets three cheers from me just for this aspect. The hero’s prospective was third person, which one might find an odd switch of point of views, but I think it worked just fine for this particular book.

The romance of the book was sweet. Just the right about of ingredients for me to not find fault. No instant love was the best part. 😀

So, going back to its chilly atmosphere, I have to that that this is not a very cheerful book.

*mysterious piano music plays*

The story has a dark air about it, and it felt like their wasn’t a lot of humor to lighten it. I think this is probably my only issue with this book. I love me some happy, funny, silly, ridiculous, etc. moments, and this tale just did not seem to possess a balance of weighty and fluffiness. This is not bad, though, just made the story feel heavy for me, and therefore not the quickest read.

However, it was still an excellent debut. It’s the kind of book one would like to curl up with by a fireplace in the winter. Also a book I think that writers who like to read about other writers might enjoy. Plus, like I said, a good read for those who enjoy a BBC historical drama.

I give “Lady Jayne Disappears” a rating of four, and look forward to trying more from this author.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

(Also, yes, I’m back. Sorry about my absence. Just a lot of life going on.)

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“A Time For Adventure” Blog Tour—Book Spotlight

Dearest readers, today I’m joining the blog tour for Miranda Atchley’s newest book, “A Time For Adventure.”
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About The Book
The year is 1921, and after years of dreaming, Abi
Hensley has set out to travel through Europe. Along
with her friend Meg Clery, Abi travels from the rich
historical sites in England, to the gorgeous green
landscapes of Ireland, visits an abandoned castle in
Scotland, and roams through the chic streets of
Paris. Along the way, they meet a myriad of
interesting people, encounter familiar faces, and see
things they’ve only ever dreamed of.
Yet their time in Europe isn’t without its challenges.
While in Ireland, Abi joins Meg in spending time at
her family’s farm. There, they find that the Clerys
are overwhelmed by the demands of their farm. In
light of this, the family must make some hard
decisions; choices that could change the course of
their lives forever.
One thing is for certain; Abi’s tour of Europe will
most definitely be a time for adventure.
About The Author
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Miranda Atchley loves books of all sorts, but has
always had a special place in her heart for historical
fiction. Writing is her favorite thing to do and she
has published four historical novels and three
contemporary young adult novels. Her novel A
Castle in the Sky was a finalist for Read Free.ly’sThe 50 Best Indie Books of 2016. She also writes the blog A Real Writer’s Life.
When she isn’t
writing, you can usually find Miranda with her head
in a book, taking a walk, or watching Downton
Abbey at her home in Arkansas. Read Miranda’s
blog and subscribe to her mailing list at:
arealwriterslife.blogspot.com
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To celebrate the release of A Time For Adventure,
Miranda Atchley will be giving away three Kindle
editions of the book! The giveaway is open
internationally. Must be 18 or older to
participate. Ends at 12:00 A.M. June 26th. (Click link below to enter.)

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Also in celebration of this release, the Kindle edition of Of Things To Come (The Abi Hensley Series Book 3) will be free to download June 22-26.

“The House on Foster Hill” by Jamie Jo Wright— Book Review

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I don’t read many suspense novels, and maybe I should change this? I mean, apparently I like them because I enjoyed “The House on Foster Hill.”

The book’s about this woman, Kaine Prescott, whose husband died. Well, she thinks he was mudered, but no one believes her… :-/ Anyways, she feels she’s been stalked by the unknown killer because strange things happen (like finding daffodils left in her house). Since she wants to get as far away as possible, she decides to buy Foster Hill House, an old house in her ancestor’s hometown. Yet when she arrives, it soon seems the stalker may have followed her… and to top it off, there are unsolved mysteries from long ago about Kaine’s new house.

Over a century before, Ivy Thorpe—doctor’s daughter—becomes involved with the death of a woman she believes may have lived in the abandoned house on Foster Hill. What secrets will she uncover???

This debut novel was an entertaining read. A bit on the creepy side at times, but the suspense was oh so awesome and, as I’ve mentioned, made me curious to pick up more books from this genre. I especially appreciated that this book was part historical suspense, a type of book I don’t often see in the Christian Fiction market…

Another thing I liked was how the two heroine’s lives, though over a hundred years apart, intertwined. I like dual time books so… *claps hands*

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This book wasn’t all suspense and mystery. The romance in both of the women’s stories added a touch of happiness and warmth, which I much appreciated since the major, underlining topic was a heavy one to mentally process.

Also, Kaine’s hero? LOVED him. *cough* *cough*

And…yeah. I say this book is worth a try for fellow lover of Christian fiction, whether it be historical, mystery, and, yes, suspense. If given the opportunity, I would like to try more of Jamie Jo Wright’s books, because this one was a winner for me. I give it a rating of four and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish

 

*Thanks to the author and publisher for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.

Drama Wednesday (22): May 2018 Drama Watch List

I have missed these posts… ❤

Anywho, without rambling much more about my absence (But wow, November 1 was my last Drama Wednesday!!!), here’s my May 2018 Drama Watch List:

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“Age of Youth” (a.k.a. “Hello My Twenties), Season Two (2017)— I watched season one last year (Read my review by clicking here), and I enjoyed it. It’s nice to be back with these characters for a second season (a rare thing in the Korean Drama universe 😭). I am a bit sad that one character from season one has been in only one episode, and another character is being played by a different actress. However, the replacement actress is doing a good job, so… Despite the changes, it’s been fun thus far, though I admit I’ve only seen the first two episodes. O_o

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“Daughter of the Flame” (2018)— This Chinese fantasy drama is SOOO GOOD. I did not realize it was a fantasy when I started it, but I’m am so glad it is because I love me some fantasy dramas. Anyways, I can see this one being an all time favorite series for me. ❤

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“The Best Moment to Quit Your Job”— A short drama that kind of has the same feel as “Age of Youth,” but with a more mature cast. I feel the title explains the gist of this series, which is about the struggles of four women in their jobs. Wonder if they will all quit??? Guess I will see.

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“The Prime Minister and I” (2013)—  I don’t know much about this drama, but I’m a bit of a Yoon Si Yoon fan (understatement of the year 😉 ), therefore I want to see more of his dramas.

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You’re welcome, me.

What dramas/shows are you watching? Any recommendations?

A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White—Book Review

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This story follows Willa, a talented violinist and thief, who is charged with finding a secret code that a famous violinist-turned -refugee is believed to have (This book take place during World War I). So, taking on a fake identity, the London girl heads off to Wales to steal a code…but will it be her heart that is stolen first?

I LOVE the first book in the series (click here to read that review), so of course I was thrilled to get a copy of “A Song Unheard.”

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And, while I did not love it as much as  the book before it, it warmed my heart. Totally a lovely edition to the Shadows Over London series.

The heroine was my favorite kind. Spunky and somewhat sassy (Is that a good thing? 😂). She is also a little wary of the world around her, which is part of why she has such a tough shield. Her journey is beautiful. She experienced different hardships—both physical and mental—and it was a pleasure spending some of my time on her adventure.

Then there is the hero, Lukas. Heart eyes and heartstrings for this hero. 😍 Oh, and I also enjoyed seeing his transformation into becoming a better person.

I think that is one theme I appreciate in  this book: redemption. The thief and the playboy show that there is forgiveness and hope with Jesus Christ, so whoo-hoo for their story portraying God loves and wants everybody to accept Him.

I also love how this book gave me a peak into historical London, Wales, and even German occupied Belgium. White is talented in the way she brings character and history to life. I mean, did I really just read a book? Did I truly NOT time travel to Europe??? 🙃

While this book wasn’t perfection, what with it having some slow-for-me moments, it was not enough to make me say that this was a snail tale 😉. In fact, it was a delightful tale, and I give it a rating of four.

Bring on book three!!! (Soon, please?)

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish

*Thanks to the author and publisher for a free complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.

April 2018— Month Finale

So… I’m back.

I never intended to vanish from my blog, but then life happened. I found a new job, and said job stressed me out so much that I read and watched very little books and dramas. *sad face*

However, I have recently found a new job. A lot less stressful on my poor nerves, and therefore have found the urge to read more books, watch more dramas, and post on my blog again. *happy face*

For my first post since November 2017 (what?!), I thought I would do a little overview of fictional stuff in April 2018. (Is it seriously almost May? Wasn’t it just Christmas????)

 

Books Read

  1. “Where We Belong” by Lynn Austin— Finished.
  2. “Spark” by J.M. Hackman— Finished
  3. The House on Foster Hill” by Jamie Jo Wright- Finished
  4. “The Austen Escape” by Katherine Reay— Finished
  5. “Behind The Scenes” by Jen Turano— Still Reading as of Posting
  6. “King’s Folly” by Jill Williamson— Still Reading as of Posting

 

Drama Loving

  1. She Was Pretty— Re-watch
  2. The Flame’s Daughter— First Time. (Still Watching)
  3.  Boys Over Flowers— Rewatch. (Like 4th or 5th time?)

 

Movie Love

  1. Enchanted— First time and LOVED IT
  2. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)— Did not like the use of bad language, but found it a fascinating movie.
  3. I Can Only Imagine— Lovely little film.
  4. Avengers: Infinity War— I loved it. I hated it. *heart and angry eyes*
  5. Coco— Awww-dorable. Not my favorite Pixar film ever but still fun.

 

Writing

I have been posting small bits of a story on Wattpad. Its creatures and fashions are inspired by historical Korea, it has a bit of faith, and is a loose retelling of The Princess and the Pea. You can read it here if you are interested. Hoping to have at least one new chapter added each week. Here’s the link: https://www.wattpad.com/story/115279755-true

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What about you? How have you all been? What are you reading, and/or watching? Seen anything I’ve mentioned?

 

 

Vintage Jane Austen Blog Tour: Review of “Perception” by Emily Ann Benedict+A Giveaway!

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What would it be like to see Elizabeth Bennet in 1930’s clothes? What if Emma Woodhouse was the daughter of a car dealership owner? What if Marianne Dashwood was seeking to become a movie star in the golden age of film? The Vintage Jane Austen series explores the world of Jane Austen, set in 1930’s America. Five authors took on Jane Austen’s five most popular novels and retold them set in the depression era, remaining faithful to the original plots. As an extra bonus to the series, there is a collection of short stories that were inspired by Jane Austen. Which of these books do you most want to read?

Emmeline by Sarah Holman (Emma): The talk of stock market crashes and depression isn’t going to keep Emmeline Wellington down. Born to wealth and privilege, Emmeline wants nothing more than to help her new friend, Catarina, find a husband. Emmeline sets her sights on one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, but nothing seems to go right. Even her friend and neighbor Fredrick Knight seems to question her at every turn.

Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant (Sense and Sensibility):Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. Sensible Ellen, struggling to hold the family together, is parted from the man she’s just learning to love, while headstrong Marion fears she will never be the actress she aspires to be. When a dashing hero enters the scene, things only grow more complicated. But could a third man hold the key to the restoration and happiness of the Dashiell family?

Bellevere House by Sarah Scheele (Mansfield Park): It’s March, 1937 and Faye Powell couldn’t be happier. After moving to live with her uncle, a wealthy banker, she’s fallen into the swing of life with his exuberant children–including Ed. The one she’ll never admit she’s in love with. But she hadn’t reckoned on the swanky Carters getting mixed up in that vow. Ed seems to be falling for charming, sweet Helene Carter. And when Faye’s cousin BeBe trusts her with a secret about Horace Carter, Faye is in over her head. Will she betray the confidence BeBe’s given her? Will she lose Ed to Helene? The days at Bellevere House are crowded with surprises and only time will tell how God plans to unravel Faye and Ed’s hearts.

Perception by Emily Benedict (Persuasion): Upstate New York, 1930. Thirteen years ago, Abbey Evans was persuaded to break off her engagement to a penniless soldier headed to the front lines of the Great War. A daughter of one of America’s wealthiest families could never be allowed to marry so far beneath herself. But Black Tuesday changed everything. With her family’s prominence now little more than a facade, Abbey faces the loss of her childhood home. As if that weren’t enough, the only man she ever loved has returned after making his fortune – and he wants nothing to do with the young woman he courted before the war. With the past forever out of reach, the time has come for Abbey decide her own fate, before it is too late…

Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones (Pride and Prejudice): Coming soon…A retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice… set in 1930s Arizona.

Second Impressions: Jane Austen’s stories have inspired writers for generations…in this collection they inspire fiction across the genres!

From the English Regency to the American 1950s, in Houston or a space freighter, fairytale land or a retirement center…Austen’s timeless characters come to life again.

My Review of “Perception”

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Oh, Jane Austen. She is such an authorly inspiration. Her stories have survived many years, and have recently influenced some writers to reimagine her stories in a fresh, yet vintage, way.

The story I am reviewing for this series is “Perception,” a retelling of “Persuasion.” Oh, what a puller of heartstrings this story is, ya’ll. This romance of two lovers who find each other again—reluctantly—was emotionally moving. Oh, the feels! *hearts eyes* Yet it also had some fun with the well-developed characters that surround the leads. These characters certainly add a favorable flair to this tale. Also, I especially like that this story stars a not-so-young couple. While I like YA, it is nice to see a story with slightly older people finding love… *in need of tissues*

A sweet retelling, and one that has me curious to read more from this series (and the author, as well.)! The 1930’s is an awesome time to re-imagine Miss Austen’s books, for sure. 😀

I give “Perception” by Emily Ann Benedict a rating of four and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

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Visit these blogs during this week to find interviews, book reviews, and much more:

November 5

                Review of Emmeline – Once Upon the Ordinary

         Review of Bellevere House – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Series Spotlight – A Real Writer’s Life

Interview with Kelsey Bryant – Resting Life

Series Spotlight – Kelsey’s Notebook

November 6

         Interview with Sarah Holman – J. Grace Pennington

Review of Emmeline – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Mini-Reviews and interview with Sarah Scheele – Deborah O’Carroll

Interview with Rebekah Jones – Livy Lynn Blog

Review Suit and Suitability – Resting Life

November 7

         Interview with Kelsey Bryant – J. Grace Pennington

         Review of Perception – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review and Interview of Perception – Purely by Faith Reviews

Review of Second Impressions – The Page Dreamer

 Series Spotlight – Finding the True Fairytale

November 8

Interview and Review Suit and Suitability – Once Upon the Ordinary

         Review of Suit and Suitability – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review of Perception – A Brighter Destiny

November 9

         Series Spotlight – God’s Peculiar Treasure

                Review of Second Impressions and Suit and Suitability –Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Father

Interview with Rebekah Jones – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Series Spotlight – Christian Bookshelf Reviews

November 10

         Review of Suit and Suitability – With a Joyful Noise

         Series Spotlight – Liv K. Fisher

Review of Second Impressions- Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review of Perception – She Hearts Fiction

Interview with Sarah Holman – Rebekah Ashleigh

November 11

         Series Spotlight – Reveries Reviews

         Review of Suit and Suitability – Faith Blum

Interview with Sarah Holman – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Interview with Hannah Scheele – Peculiar on Purpose

Review of Bellevere House – Seasons of Humility

 

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