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Top Ten Tuesday — All I Want for Christmas Is . . . More Books!

20 Dec

Can anyone really have too many books? While that may be an ongoing argument discussion at my house, I choose to take the pro-book stance. So with that in mind my Christmas wishlist always includes books. This week’s Top 10 Tuesday features the books bloggers want to find under their tree. To see what good little bloggers are wishing for, click HERE.

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I belong to two book clubs so that assures I will make at least 24 book purchases each year. But who am I kidding? 24? That’s chicken feed! But to adhere to the spirit of TTT and for brevity’s sake, I am only listing 10 books that I want Santa to bring. What books do you want under your tree?

Top 10 Christmas Wishlist

Gathering The Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

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The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

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What Happened on Beale Street by Mary Ellis

Why The Sky is Blue by Susan Meissner

Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green

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What books do you want under your tree?

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Back To School!

30 Aug

Thanks to the folks at The Broke And The Bookish for weekly hosting Top 10 Tuesday. This week is the Back To School Top 10. To find out what other bloggers are posting, click HERE.

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School has been back in session since the last week in July here in middle Georgia. So, so glad that I don’t have any more kids in school! Oh wait, I do! My youngest son started his first year of Law School two weeks ago. My other two children have both completed Master’s degrees and on their way to outstanding careers. Yeah, I’m a bit proud!

When I read this week’s theme, I just couldn’t get the classic song Don’t Know Much out of my head. Here’s my list in tribute to that Sam Cooke classic.

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Don’t know much about  . . .

History. I really liked European history in school. American history, not so much. So here are a few books that feature those things I didn’t pay attention to in class.

Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser (pre and post-Revolutionary War)

Burning Sky by Lori Benton (post-Revolutionary War)

The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot (Civil War)

Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin (Civil War, Women’s Suffrage, Prohibition)

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Biology. When I think of biology, I think of the birds and bees. When I think of the birds and bees, I think great romances. Here are some that fit that title.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt

The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

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Science Books. Science? Yick! I glazed over in my HS Chemistry class and I didn’t even attempt Physics. Here are four novels that involve science but didn’t make me glaze over!

Bad Ground by Dale Cramer (mining)

Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson (nuclear energy)

Maximal Reserve by Sam Batterman (petroleum exploration)

Undetected by Dee Henderson (sonar)

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The French I Took. This may be because I took Spanish. LOL! The only French word I can say with confidence is oui! These books set in France deserve a definite oui, oui!

My Brother’s Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould (17th century)

Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot (WWII)

Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser (Algerian Civil War)

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What are some of your favorite school books?

Book Review: My Brother’s Crown

3 Aug

61xsK-VNj0L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_France, 1685. Catherine Gillet knows her brother, Jules, wants to protect her from the sinister threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in a potentially deadly enterprise, one connected with an encoded document. When his actions put the whole family at risk, will Catherine find a way to save them?

Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine’s, is fascinated by the document that’s been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look — and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she’s forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last?

From the authors of the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife comes an epic story of two women, centuries apart, each discovering her own hidden bravery, standing for what she believes in, and finding love in unexpected places.

 

 

31q4adTMscL._UX250_Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, including A Penny for Your Thoughts, Whispers of the Bayou, and the #1-ranked The Amish Midwife. She has received numerous honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Club Magazine’s Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and have two grown daughters.

 

61GTrXYysQL._UX250_Leslie Gould is the award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the #1 bestseller The Amish Midwife (CBA and ECPA), co-written with Mindy Starns Clark. The novel, the first in The Women of Lancaster County series, was a 2012 Christy Award winner. The Amish Nanny and The Amish Bride, the second and third novels in the series, also hit the bestseller list.

One of Leslie’s stand-alone novels, Beyond the Blue, won of the Romantic Times Book Club Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2006.

Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She also teaches workshops at public and private schools and at writers’ conferences.

A varied work history, from curating a historical museum to editing a bridal magazine, preceded her fiction-writing career. She is also an Army Reserve wife who has supported her husband, Peter, through many years of service, including a deployment to Afghanistan as the commander of a field hospital. Leslie and her husband live in Oregon with their four children.

 

My Impressions:

My book club chose My Brother’s Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould mainly because we have loved Clark’s novels. This first novel in the Cousins of The Dove series is a bit of a departure for us —  we read a lot of contemporary suspense, but historical fiction is something some of us shy away from. This book was a treat for both the suspense and history fans in the group. A couple of us have pre-ordered the next book, so I think we can safely say this one is a recommended read from By The Book!

There are two story lines in My Brother’s Crown. The first is set in modern day Virginia and centers around Renee Talbot. Her family is presenting a valuable historical artifact to the Smithsonian, and Renee is heavily involved in the process. She meets a hunky security guy with the insurance agency and there is immediate attraction. A past event makes Renee wary of commitment, but with Blake’s help, Renee and her cousins confront their childhood trauma, and the stage is set for more investigation into the mystery. Meanwhile, the danger and intrigue of France in the late 1600s unfolds in the second story line. Catherine Gillet is a young Huguenot woman during the height of persecution under King Louis XIV. Catherine is torn between her faith, the enticements of the world and an ideal of safety away from France. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that Catherine is not aware of making her unsure of just whom to trust.

To be honest, I felt that the plot and characters of the historical story were more developed. This may be because at the end of the book, Catherine’s story seems complete. Catherine was a good character — headstrong and opinionated, with a definite belief in justice. Her attitudes and personality colored the way she saw the world and interacted with events. I also enjoyed learning more about the Huguenots and the persecution they endured. We learn a lot about Pilgrims and Puritans in American History, but not a lot about other religious groups that came to America for freedom. My Brother’s Crown provided greater insight into the struggle for religious freedom. The modern story line with its mystery murder from the cousins’ childhood will continue in subsequent books. And while I want to learn more about that, I felt like I have only gotten a a brief glimpse into that story. Renee and Blake’s romance was good, but felt a bit rushed. I am hoping they will figure in the subsequent books.

All in all, we enjoyed My Brother’s Crown. We had a good bit of discussion on the Huguenots and the roles and limitations of women throughout history. We are looking forward to My Sister’s Prayer, book 2 in the series, due out in September 2016.

Recommended.

Audience: older teens to adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE. The Kindle version is currently 99 cents!

(I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

July Book Club Selections

1 Jul

According to my book clubs it could be Siblings Month! We are reading My Brother’s Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould and Sister Dear by Laura McNeill, both Christian fiction, but from different genres. Have you read either of these books? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

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Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine’s, is fascinated by the document that’s been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look—and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she’s forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last?

From the authors of the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife comes an epic story of two women, centuries apart, each discovering her own hidden bravery, standing for what she believes in, and finding love in unexpected places.

 

 

41L7MvPxtlL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

Top 10 Tuesday! — Books I Want Santa to Bring

22 Dec

Thanks to The Broke And The Bookish for hosting Top 10 Tuesday. This week’s theme is books we want Santa to bring. Because I am an unrepentant bookaholic, it is hard to limit the list to just 10. The books on my list are upcoming selections for book club along with books that I want just because. To find out what others want Santa to bring, click HERE.

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Top Ten Books I Want from Santa

The Astronauts Wives Club by Lily Koppel

Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson 

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

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Midnight on The Mississippi by Mary Ellis

My Brother’s Crown by Mindy Starnes Clark and Leslie Gould

Sister Dear by Laura MacNeill

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison

The Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

Water from My Heart by Charles Martin

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