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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Drama Wednesday (21): November Watch-List Ramble.

Yes, I am aware that it has been over a month since I posted a Drama Wednesday post. Devastatingly sad, I know. 😭 However, I hit a drama watching slump in the month of October. That’s right. Hundreds of shows to watch and me just watching YouTube… However, I feel the mood to get back into watching dramas this month, and these are the ones I hope to watch:

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“Goblin” (2016)— This has got to be one of the most popular dramas released in the past couple of years. I have yet to see anyone, on blogs or comments, that has said they hate it. Also, my dearest friend loves it, and I see it on drama favorite lists even though it isn’t all that old… I have the DVD set, and I have decided to finally give it a try. I have high expectations for this drama, so I hope the hype of others does not let me down. (Pleassse be as good a drama as everyone makes you out to be, Goblin.)

 

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“The King’s Woman” (2017)— I have been watching this Chinese drama and I really like it. It has all of the elements I like (court drama, surprise moments, romance…), and it is probably one of my new favorite dramas. I slacked off on watching it last month, but I hope to finish it this month. 😀

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“Temperature of Love” (2017)—- I love it when a drama has characters that write (since I consider myself a writer), and this one stars a female lead who wants to be a screenwriter. She meets a guy online in a group chat with her friends, and then she ends up meeting him in real life where romance is not always as perfectly smooth as they can make it seem on the screen. I like it so far. It has shorter episodes, which I find nice. The characters are all awesome so far, and it has had some funny moments. It is currently airing and is scheduled to have forty episodes, so I don’t think I will finish it this month due to the episodes not being available… Oh well.

 

What are some dramas you are watching? How do you get out of drama watching slumps?

“Of Things to Come” by Miranda Atchley—- Book Blog Tour (Giveaway!)

Good Day (or Night), dear readers! Today I have the honor of participating in the blog tour for  “Of Things to Come,” an upcoming book by Indie Author, Miranda Atchley. Indie Authors and their books are just as important as traditional, so I am happy to help spread the news about this book. 😀

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Hello, and welcome to the Of Things To Come blog tour! We’re celebrating the release of the third book in The Abi Hensley Series, which releases on October 27, 2017. Read further to find out more about the book and the giveaway.

 

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About The Book

After enduring the First World War, most of the world is hoping to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and move forward in the year 1919. Yet for Abi Hensley the happiness she felt upon the end of the war has been short lived. Grief stricken from the passing of a dear friend, she cannot seem to overcome the loss. Amidst her grief, she is also struggling with her writing, something that has always been a comfort to her. In light of these circumstances, she finds herself questioning many things in her life for the first time.

 

Can Abi get back to all that she loves and look forward to things to come?

 

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 three historical novels and three contemporary young adult novels. Her novel A Castle in the Sky was a finalist for Read Free.ly’s The 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.

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Giveaway

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Three winners will each receive a Kindle download of the book Of Things To Come. The giveaway begins October 20 and ends October 28. The giveaway is open internationally. Must be 18 or older to enter.

 

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Want to read the first two books in The Abi Hensley Series? Just click here!

 

Blog Tour Dates

10/20 Amber at Seasons of Humility

10/21 Julie at My Favorite Pastime

10/22 Grace at She Hearts Fiction

10/23 Amada at ASC Book Reviews

 

Thank you for stopping by and showing your support for Of Things To Come!

“Many Sparrows” by Lori Benton—Book Review.

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Some stories blow your mind the moment you start reading it. Others catch your attention, sweeping you away with a simpler, yet pleasant, journey that leaves you feeling just as amazed by the end.

This is the case for Lori Benton’s newest book, “Many Sparrows.”

The story is about a woman, Clare, whose husband is killed. And then her son is kidnapped…while she is giving birth to her second child in the wilderness! Yeah, lots of unfavorable circumstances, but she is a determined woman. Eliciting the help of a man who takes messages from colonists to the Native Americans, she ventures out to find her son, and learns some lessons on the journey.

Lori Benton wrote AMAZING characters in this book. They are so real, and their stories fascinating. Not the heart pounding kind of interesting, but more of the heart touching kind. It was lovely seeing the growth of Clare. She went through some difficult times, but came out stronger than ever despite not everything going her way. Her story of learning that God is in control was powerful.

Another thing I really like about this book is that it is a historical that transports me into the last with bits awesome world building. I really feel like I went to eighteenth century America, lived in an Indian village, and traveled some old trails, too. I admit the parts with farming were meh for me, but they were never overdone to the point where I was excruciatingly bored. 😄

I also liked that there was a bit of  guessing element when it came to some characters and their pasts. Two I never fully learned, but they are supposed to be in another book (which I just happen to have), and I am looking forward to reading it.

No, “Many Sparrows” is not a book I set a record of turning pages, but it was still good. The whole thing is just a bundle of historical delight, and one I doubt I will forget. If you like a good historical with some faith elements, then give his books a try ASAP. I give it a rating of five.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

 

*Thanks to the Blogging for Books program for a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

“Invictus” by Ryan Graudin— Book Review

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The story is about a group of time travelers who take things from the past that no one would notice missing. However, times of the past start disappearing—literally—and they soon have to save the world even if it costs them great sacrifice…

I enjoyed this book. I loved how it so much humor! The characters were pretty great. I liked how their was time travel, which gave this story a mixture of sci-fi and history. Sometimes all the science stuff stretched my brain to where it kind of hurt, haha, but the comedy helped keep it from being overwhelming. The funny parts also helped with the sad parts. Because, yes, parts of this book were mood downers. However, there is more smile inducing moments than frown weighing moments. Also, there’s an adorable red panda. ❤

I think the only negatives was that this book does have some world views that I as a Christian do not agree with, but I just thought “meh” kind of thoughts and proceeded to read without letting them bother me….Oh, and some cursing. Did not like that, but this book had a lot less cursing than some YA books.  Still, better if there were none.

If you are looking for an interesting time travel book that is sure to give you a smile and stretch your in-need-of-more-excercise brain, you just might want to try this book. I give it a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to the publisher through Netgalley for a free -ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

“A Name Unknown” by Roseanna M. White— Book Review

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About The Book:

Rosemary Gresham is a thief, and a talented one at that. In fact, she is so talented that people hire her to steal stuff. o_O So it’s no BIG surprise that the mysterious Mr. V hires her for the special job of finding proof that Mr. Peter Holstein is a German sympathizer. Disguised as a librarian (best disguise, ever!),  Rosemary is soon hired by Mr. Holstein to organize his library (which is in a sad state of paper-ly shambles.) What will she discover… *mystery music sounds*

My Review:

THIS book.

Strong heroine? Check. Sweet, realistic romance? Check. Faith Content? Check!

I had read only a couple of Roseanna M White’s before this one—which I liked, by the way. However, this one tops them both so that it shines in a brilliant, sun glaring light. (Not REALLY, so no worries. Eclipse glasses are not needed for the viewing of this book.)

I loved the heroine of this story. She was witty, mentally strong, and street smart. She could take care of herself, and yet was still feminine. This is a balance that I think book heroines need to have more of, and Miss Rosemary Gresham is a prime example.  Also, her story of redemption was sweet. ❤

The hero, Peter Holstein, was also a pretty snazzy character. Honestly, I feel like I related to him in more ways than Rosemary. 😛 He’s a writer who gets sucked up into his own little world, and, as I’m a little familiar with this world, it was cool to read about his authorly quirks. These same quirks also kept him from being Mr. 100% perfect, and I liked that. Characters who are human need to have a flaw to seem real, and Peter would have been wayyy too perfect without his writing induced, distracted brain flaw. Also, the part with him having a stuttering disability was something I’ve never seen in a hero character, and made him all the more authentic. And perhaps more lovable because it made him an adorable fluffball of vulnerability that you just want to cheer on. 🙂

As for the overall story, it was an enjoyable story for me! I liked the subtle mysteries, and the included action scenes. The faith plot was also nicely put in, and made the story touching for me. Imagining the story without it would honestly make it not as good, in my opinion.

I also think White has a wonderful writing voice that engaged me into a world that I could see without her overwhelming  me with too many scenery details. Her characterization is wonderful, and I like how she added in real British slang words that gave this story an extra bit of world building seasoning.

I’m going to give “A Name Unknown” a rating of five, and am looking forward to its sequel, as well as trying more of White’s other published works. 😀

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

Drama Wednesday (17): “My Sassy Girl” (2017) Drama Thoughts

Today for Drama Wednesday, I’d like to share some thoughts on the 2017 K-drama, “My Sassy Girl.” This drama is about a princess who is searching for her missing mother, and the escapades she gets into while secretly doing so.

(There’s also some political stuff, a romance plot, and plenty of little funny moments that should extract at least one smile from its viewers.)

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What I Liked:

This drama, while not 100% hilarious at ALL times, had some fun, comedic elements. I love comedy when it is done well, and this drama did so in some parts. This is a historical that does have some serious political moments, YET it is not all seriousness, and I appreciated that. Historicals can be SO SOMBER. :’-( Yet, while this one has its tear-bringing times, it isn’t terribly heavy. Plus, the ending was my favorite ending for a historical yet. ❤

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The actress who played the princess, Oh Yeon Seo, was amazing. Like, wow, her facial expressions were AWESOME. Whoever picked her to play this role chose the perfect actress to play a sassy princess.

I loved that the princess in this drama was sassy. Yeah, she is pretty much my favorite Joseon princess ever. No perfectly graceful girl here. She does mature some as the series progresses, but she never truly loses her sassy-ness.

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The relationship between the princess and her two servants. They could be so funny. 🙂

The political and action stuff. I went into this drama expecting it not be terribly serious, but the series does not start off with fluffy moments and silly antics. It starts in a rather serious way, and this kind of threw me off. However, once the funny elements were thrown in, I slowly began to appreciate the non-silly, political and action stuff. Gave this drama a bit more, well, drama. 🙂

What I Did Not Care For:

It took me getting past the first episode and half of the second episode to really get into this drama. Like I said, the show did not start as I thought it would, and the very beginning was not terribly funny, and actually a bit confusing. o_O

There was some crude humor. I like humor, but I do not appreciate it when it is crude.

 

I liked this unique historical, overall. It did not end making me want to throw something at the screen at the end because of a shocking ending, and it was not dreary. It had just enough light-hearted moments that make my heart feel sparkly when I think about them. 😀