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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Reading inspiration: Royal Lady ACEO Cards

A few weeks ago I found these cards on ebay and I knew I just had to have them I was only intending to purchase the Princess Diana one but once I recieved it. I had to have Queen Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn. When I recieved my cards today I was surprised to see Marie Antoinette was included. They are all part of the artist series named GERI's GIRLS .
Geri Centonze sells her beautiful art on Ebay under the id My Heart Art. These are great little cards to collect as well trade. When I was doing research on ACEO's I found out that this is a centuries old hobby and that King's often had artist cards done of thier Mistresses. Because they were small enough to conceal from unsuspecting wives. Today they are done as a trading card hobby and are done in all sorts of media. I personally can not wait to see the rest of the Royal Ladies that Geri will honor in her art.
Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mommy's Little Girl By Diane Fanning

I have followed this case since I first heard about it on thye Nancy Grace show. One thing I could never understand his how this young woman was able to get away with not reporting her daughter missing for 30 days. Our family used to live in the orlando area so most of the street names and landmarsk were familar to me and the story just flowed once you got pass Casey's intergation which would leave any sane person dizzy. Fanning wrote and interesting storyon this shocking and confusing case which is now on trial today.Its a great book to pick up if you are following the case and need a refresher as you watch the trial unfold.
Rating: A
Saturday, November 14, 2009

The King's Rose By Alissa M Libby

Appointed to the queen’s household at the age of fourteen, Catherine Howard is not long at court before she catches the eye of King Henry VIII. The king is as enchanted with Catherine as he is disappointed with his newest wife — the German princess Anne of Cleves. Less than a year from her arrival at court, Catherine becomes the fifth wife of the overwhelmingly powerful, if aging, King of England.
My Thoughts:Catherine Howard is just a girl who got tangled up in to her family's plots to gain favor from the King. Like many I always considered that Catherine was a spolit brat who lost her head to just being stupid with her actions. Libby's book although writen for young adults really gave a frsh new look at the world of Catherine Howard. I really enjoyed the scenes with her cousin Anne"s ghost. The book is a great one to introduce the younger girls in your family to the intrigue of th Tudor Era.
Rating A
Friday, November 13, 2009

The Devil's Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis

Summary:Confidante of Nostradamus, scheming mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots, and architect of the bloody St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, Catherine de Medici is one of the most maligned monarchs in history.
Born into one of Florence’s most powerful families, Catherine was soon left a fabulously rich heiress by the early deaths of her parents. Violent conflict rent the city state and she found herself imprisoned and threatened by her family’s enemies before finally being released and married off to the handsome Prince Henry of France.

Overshadowed by her husband’s mistress, the gorgeous, conniving Diane de Poitiers, and unable to bear children, Catherine resorted to the dark arts of sorcery to win Henry’s love and enhance her fertility—for which she would pay a price. Against the lavish and decadent backdrop of the French court, and Catherine’s blood-soaked visions of the future, Kalogridis reveals the great love and desire Catherine bore for her husband, Henry, and her stark determination to keep her sons on the throne.

My Thoughts:
This is my second Kalogridis book and I have to say she really knows how to entrall her readers with this soap opera feel story of Catherine Medici. My favorite parts were the scenes with Diane De Poitiers and her Daughter in law Mary Queen of Scots who came off as a spoiled brat whom Catherines tried to tow the line with. I found this book to be a wonderful read and fascianting story.
Rating: A
Sunday, October 25, 2009

Acts of Faith Series: The Hidden Flame

Here is the cover for the 2nd book in the Acts of Faith series By T Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. The release date for the Us edition is Jan 1, 201o
Abigail loses everything and is left with little promise of a normal life. When she discovers the Messiah and joins his followers, she also discovers new meaning and purpose. Maybe she does have a future after all. But increasing persecution is scattering the burgeoning group "to the ends of the earth." And Abigail may have given her heart to the wrong man. Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail's hand in marriage. One is a successful Hebrew merchant and widower looking for a mother for his children. On the other side is the Roman soldier Linux, who is captivated by her winsome charm and could offer the sanctuary--maybe even the love--for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Stephen, one of the leaders of The Way, has a character and a faith that move her deeply, but his outspoken preaching has marked him for assassination. Will her faith and courage withstand a heartbreak beyond comprehension? And then a glimmer of hope appears, one she never would have foreseen.
Friday, October 23, 2009

Davidson's Third Soap Opera Mystery Tidbit

Eileen's 3rd book will be titled Diva Las Vegas and will be released early 2010!
Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Find at the School Book Fair

Tuesday night my sons's school had thier annual open house and dinner as well as hosting thier book fair. While my son and my older children look around at the different books I did some looking in the historical fiction section. Now because this was at the elementary school the selection was pretty slim but I did come across a striking cover of a book. I asked my daughter about it she said she tried to read it she didn't care for it. But I figured for $2.00 it couldn't be that bad plus the money goes to help the school library so Fairest came home with me. The teachers were pretty thrilled to see a parent puchasing a YA book for them selves as well.
as soon as I finish the Devil's Queen I will be reading fairest and reviewing it soon

In the Arms of Immortals By Ginger Garrett

Summary:A Strange ship docks in a village harbor of Sicilly That night several people fall ill by Morning half the town are dead. Gio is the town's out cast healer who works tirelessy to figure out what this mystery illness is but like The noble baron's daughter Panthea and the woman from another time Marisska She is unable to to help those who are dying.
My thoughts:
This book took awhile to get in to I could see that the story plot was a good one but for some reason it did not grab me like Shadows of the Lions did. I think it was because it lacked a well known historial figure. I will probably purchase the 3rd book In the Eyes of Eternity when it is released in 2011 but until then this book gets a fair rating.Rating C

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cant Read With Out It!

Is there one thing that you have to have in order to get settled in to your book?Like a favorite blanket or pillow ? Favorite snack nearby? For me it has to be my Last Line BookMark. I discovered these little gems one day in my daughters book and she kindly gave it to me. Since then I have found them at Barnes&Noble on thier bookmark rack near the check out counter. I have even given them away when I am giving books as gifts. So what about you what is your must have when your reading?
Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Dangerous Love By Bertrice Small

Brief summary :After Lancastrains murder her family Adair Radcliffe and her nurse seek the protection of Edward the IV who is her biological father. ten years later she returns to her family home Stanton hall. To escape the marriage to Fitz Tudor a suitor who is years younger than her. After her husband's death she then marries Andrew Lynbridge and life is good until he is killed while fighting for Richard the III. After his death King Henry VI takes Adair's title and lands away But she returns to her beloved Stanton hall to rebuild her life and then she is kidnapped by the Scots who then sell her to Conal Bruce who is looking for a housekeeper and cook. During her captivity Conal Bruce falls in love with Adair and claims her for his wife.
My Thoughts:
After reading Small's Friarsgate series and enjoying it I thought I would give the Border bride's trilogy a chance. The story started off fairly well and until I got to the middle of the book and I started to think wait a minute where have I read this before. well it turns out that Small tends to use the same outline for most of her stories. All the heroines have to bathe in big oak tubs. Most of them have about 2 husbands before they find thier true love. There is alot more sex in this book than I would have liked and some of the language was a bit much . It seem like to me every other chapter the characters were hitting the sheets.
I have a few more of Smalls book to read before I decide if she is one of my favorites or not.
Monday, September 21, 2009

Back with 3 Reviews

Even though I have not been posting much I have finished reading 3 book since the last post. So let's get to those reviews.
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. I really enjoyed this book I was very leery on reading this one due to the fact that I did not care for The Other Queen. But I decided to give PG one more chance and see how this new series would fare. I don't know much about the War of the Roses or the characters in the whole story but this was a good introduction book in to this time period. I am really looking forward to book two. Rating B

Jackie, Ethel , Joan

Jacqueline Bouvier. Ethel Skakel. Joan Bennett. Three women who married into America's royal family and lived in the glory and glare of politics' highest echelons. The Camelot years taught markedly different life lessons to each of them: Jackie's hopes became reality, but at an unfathomable cost; Ethel's dream to be First Lady died along with her brutally assassinated husband; and Joan's years as a Kennedy were the most confusing of her life. But whether dealing with their husbands' blatant infidelities, smiling on the campaign trail, enhancing the family's legacy, or raising their children, the Kennedy wives did it all with unquestioned grace, style, and dignity.
If ever three women would be changed and challenged by their marriages, they would be Jacqueline Bouvier, Ethel Skakel and Joan Bennett. None of them, as radiant brides could have been prepared for the fame, tragedies and difficult lives awaiting them, As each struggled in her own way to cope with her husbands' infidelities and scandals, the assassinations of Jack and Bobby Kennedy, the complexity of the Marilyn Monroe matter that had so vexed Jackie, and the harsh glare of constant media attention, they would become like sisters, reaching out to one another for comfort and consolation. But like sisters, they would also compete with one another, argue and become estranged, sometimes for years -- as did Jackie and Ethel over Aristotle Onassis. Now, from J. Randy Taraborrelli, comes a biography that for the first time truly captures their special sisterhood. Jackie, Ethel, Joan carefully separates fact from innuendo and explores the women's complex relationships with one another as well as with the ambitious, raucous and powerful Kennedy clan that nearly devoured them. For years we have treated the Kennedy men's unfaithfulness almost as an eccentricity, and in doing so we've overlooked something very important. There were victims involved. After all, these were married men who had wives ... who suffered. J. Randy Taraborrelli now shows us the Kennedy wives' private lives with a wealth of information available to no other biographers. Based on extensive research, including copious interviews with their closest friends, never-before-published oral histories from the JFK and LBJ Libraries, and stunning insights from letters and tapes published here for the first time, Jackie, Ethel, Joan presents a balanced, psychologically astute, affectionate and fascinating portrayal of three extraordinary women ... and shows us their courage in a way that may inspire our own.

I found this book at my local library for 50 cents and decided to pick it up.

I have seen the TV movie years ago and figured the book would be just as good . I was right Jackie is pretty much the focal point of the 3 sister in laws. Ethel and Joan obviously look up to her and tried to fit in to the Kennedy family in their own way. The Chapter On Marilyn Monroe was really interesting. If you love the Camelot era and the Kennedy gossip this book is a good on to pick up. Rating: B

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
Set in Cambridge and Marblehead, Mass., Howe's propulsive if derivative novel alternates between the 1991 story of college student Connie Goodwin and a group of 17th-century outcasts. After moving into her grandmother's crumbling house to get it in shape for sale, Connie comes across a small key and piece of paper reading only Deliverance Dane. The Salem witch trials, contemporary Wicca and women's roles in early American history figure prominently as Connie does her academic detective work. What follows is a breezy read in which Connie must uncover the mystery of a shadowy book written by the enigmatic Deliverance Dane. During Connie's investigation, she relies on a handsome steeplejack for romance and her mother and an expert on American colonial history for clues and support
I ordered this book based on the trailer on Barnes and Noble. I started this book on Saturday and finshed it yesterdaythe first couple of chapters were slow but once the character gets to her grana's house and starts looking around the house the story picked up and the mystery starts to really pick up. At the end I was wishing the book would continue with a sequel.
Rating: A
Thursday, August 27, 2009

Female Forces Comic Series : Princess Diana

I received my copy of the Female Forces comic yesterday.
being a person who is very knowledable about the Princess's life and times. I have to say the writers did a great job on condensing Diana's 36year life in to a comic. The detail in the art work is also very good Diana actually looks like her self. They did have to take some liberties with her clothes but the important outfits were usally right on the money. Such as her wedding gown Some of the auction gowns and Halo Trust landmines outfit. It was a enjoyable little book and I loved the Scribe that narratated Diana's story.
Rating: A
Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Borgia Bride Jeanne Kalogridies

Sancha de Aragon, princess of Naples and illegitimate daughter to the coldhearted duke of Calabria is used to establish ties to the feared and influential House of Borgia when her father betroths her to the younger scion, Jofre. War with the French briefly returned her to Naples, but rumors of her beauty reach her lecherous father-in-law, Pope Alexander VI, who recalls her and Jofre to opulent Rome. There, she avoids the pope's advances—and her jealous sister-in-law Lucrezia's animosity—but falls into a steamy affair with her brother-in-law, Cesare Borgia. Cesare becomes furious when she refuses to leave Jofre, and he sets out on a warpath that includes her brother Alfonso, who has also married into the Borgia clan—to Lucrezia.
I was a bit taunted by the size of this book and wondered if i would finish it. Well there was no stopping and putting the book down.
I will be picking Up The Devil's Queen Soon.
Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Virgin Queen's Daughter By Ella March Chase

I purchased this book when it first was released last year I do not know why it took me so long to take it off the shelf to explore the world of Nell De Lacey.

Tucked away in the country estate of her beloved father, Lord Calverley, young Nell de Lacey feeds her hungry mind with philosophy, language, and studies of science. Her mother, once a devoted lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, would rather her daughter stop dabbling in the grand affairs of men and instead prepare for her eventual duties as a wife. She knows all too well what menace lurks in royal courts.But Nell’s heart yearns for something more, and a chance meeting with Princess Elizabeth, then a prisoner of the Tower of London, pushes her closer toward finding it. Now, years later, Nell’s chance arrives when she is summoned to serve as a lady-in-waiting to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. Nell is entranced by the splendor and pageantry of royal life, unaware of the danger and deception that swirls around the monarch and her courtiers. But a lingering rumor about nine unaccounted for months in the Virgin Queen’s past reignites when the flame-haired Nell—a mirror image of Her Majesty both physically and intellectually—arrives at court. Quickly she catches the eye not only of the cunning Elizabeth, but of those who would see the queen fail. With strong evidence to connect Elizabeth to her newest maid of honor and the politics of England in turmoil, the truth could send Nell and those she loves to the Tower to join in the wretched fates of those who’ve gone before her.
My Thoughts: I found this book a pleasure to read Nell is a fiesty but mature character who is loyal to her Queen .She loves to read and interested in science and stumbles upon the mystery of her birth by accident. I was really thankful for the way the story ended that the author took great pains to round the ending out to where when you finshed the book you were still left with feeling that there was a posibilty that Elizabeth could have had a daughter.
Rating: A
Thursday, August 6, 2009

In the Arms of Imortals :Second In Chronicles of the Scribe Series

While I was making a purchase on the Barnes and Noble website I came across the cover for the second book in the Chronicles of the Scribe series. It is due to be released September 1, 2009. I loved the cover of the first book and this one looks just as beautiful. I just wish this author could publish in hardcover. Here is a summary of the book.
It starts when a strange ship docks in the village harbor. That night an old man falls ill … then the baker's wife … then a street urchin. By morning half the townspeople are dead and more are dying horribly. And no one in town has a clue how to stop it. Not the local priest. Not the rich baron or his powerful knight. And not the three women at the heart of this book: the baron's proud daughter, Panthea, the outcast healer Gio, and Mariskka, an unwilling visitor from another time.
Friday, July 31, 2009

The People's Princess By Larry King

This book was Larry's King 's 10th Anniversary tribute to Diana. It was not too bad there were some people who I really dont think "knew" Diana ina friendship sense, included in the book. Never the less it was a enjoy able and fast read.I would have to say my favorite story of the book was Larry's personal story of meeting Diana and her remembering him from the "telly"
Rating C
Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Palace Diaries Sarah Goodall

First of all I have to say that I dont expect every one to agree with my feelings on the Late Princess of Wales. I respect other people's feelings about her.I have read some books that didnt portray her as they way I would like to remember her. Which is a long way from a saint but a person who tried her hardest to fit in to the Royal family. With that said I have to just rant on this author a bit. First of all she is a grown woman who has a crush on the Prince of Wales and in her book this is all we hear about. How poor HRH has to deal with the Bossette. She is really awful about Diana Calling her names through out the book and basically blaming her for the whole marriage failing. We are fed snippets of Goodalls life inside the palace as she is constantly chasing men around and swooning over Charles. That is until Camilla steps in to the picture. She meets Camilla and assumes She is her friend. and all things are ok until Camilla makes it known that Sarah has to go because she feels threatened. Sarah is fired after 12 years of service to her loving prince. The thing that really bothers me is this woman who claimed to so dislike Diana also including several photos of her in the book some I never seen. Although she slams Diana's employers for writing books and Andrew Morton for helping Diana get her side of the story out she sure knows how to use Diana for her own devices. Dont waste your money of this piece of trash. Rating F
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blood Royal By Mollie Hardwick

Pageantry, court intrigue and harsh twists of fate figure prominently in this skillfully told historical saga set mainly in 16th century England, and focusing on sisters Mary and Anne Boleyn. Their father, Sir Thomas Boleyn, a man obsessed with attaining prestige and royal recognition, manipulates his daughters mercilessly, oblivious to their tragic lack of foresight and restraint. As a result of his machinations, Mary and Anne are sent to France to serve the English princess Mary Tudor, bride of King Louis XII. Even in the licentious atmosphere of the French court, Mary's sexual wantonness gains attention. Disgraced beyond redemption, she returns home, bears two illegitimate children to King Henry VIII, marries twice and dies at 45. Anne, an outspoken beauty cursed with her father's ambitious nature, weds the fickle, notoriously cruel King Henry and gives birth to Elizabeth I. When he tires of her, Anne is unjustly convicted of adultery and beheaded.
My Thoughts: Hardwick's version of Mary was alot more interesting that Philippa Gregorys I felt that Mary had more feeling that the one portrayed in The Other Bolyen girl. towards the end the story is split up in to several different narritives such as Tom Wyatt, Mary, Elizabeth ( Anne's Mother) it gave a wonderfull look at life at Hever as well. Rating: A
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Blood Royal By John Pearson

Blood Royal tells the Story of the Spencers and their relationship with the Royal family through history. I read this book in one day the amount of history in this book is awesome although the chapters are fairley brief. The fascinating tale of each generation’s task of keeping Althorp for the future Spencers was enough to hold your attention . The tale of Diana’s stepmother redecorating the century old house was really interesting it really needed 2 more chapters on that subject. Diana’s legacy entered at the end of the book her marriage to Prince Charles forever changed her family’s legacy and fufilled one of thier ancestors biggest goals. Her burial at the estate has helped cement her brother’s legacy as the ninth Earl as well and provide her family home some income for its upkeep. I really enjoyed the book as well as all the little fascianting tidbits about the family and the estate. If you can locate a copy of this rare book on the family be sure to grab it. Rating: A

Dial Emmy For Murder

Elieen Wowed me again with her spunky new mystery. Dial Emmy For Murder starts off at the Emmy awards at the Kodak theater. Alexis is the cohost at the ceremony. While she is opening the show with the first award of the evening she is confronted with her dead co-host hanging above her dripping in blood. She makes her misson to solve the murder of her fellow costars and stumbles across a whole new set of murders.
I read this book in one day like the first one it was almost like watching a mini movie. There were lots of laugh out loud moments as well as some familar characters from the first book and as a bonus several real daytime divas make an apperance in the book as well.
Eileen also included 1 chapter of her third book coming soon this one is set at the playboy manison. Rating: A
Saturday, February 28, 2009

After Diana by Christopher Andersen

I have read the Author's Previous Diana books. The Day Diana Died & Diana's Boys. After Diana is the third book looking at how Diana changed the Royal family. In After Diana We get more of a indepth look at how Camilla handled herself in the days after the death of the princess and how she continued her campaign to become Charles's wife.Diana's boys have grown
up in to fine men dealing with the intrusive press in to thier own private lives reporting on thier flaws as well as thier good deeds in honor of thier mother. As with Andersen's previous books I really enjoyed it.
Rating: A
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

American Wife... A Total Bore.

Alice Blackwell is suppose to be a fictional character based on Laura Bush. The author takes major events of the first lady's life and tweaks them a bit to fit her character. I found Alice to come off as a miss goody good shoes and her husbands is portrayed some what as dummy.The whole book bored me to death. Rating:D
Challenge Note: Since this book took me so long to get through. I have to add another month on to the Remember the Ladies Challenge In order to finish the other book I have set aside for the challenge.
Friday, February 6, 2009

Barbie& Ruth The Story of the World's most Famous Doll

Barbie and Ruth is the fascinating story of Woman behind every girls favorite doll. As a Barbie fan I knew this book had to be on my book shelf. But I didn't expect to read it in one night. the book was like mini movie as I got to the middle of the book I could not believe that there has not been a movie on this woman's life. The fascinating thing to me was how the process of creating the Barbie doll came about and how Ruth fought hard for her dream.
She believed that girls around the world really needed a special friend who they could act their dreams out with. I also enjoyed reading about the other toys that Mattel created from Hot Wheels to Chatty Cathy. The only disappointment was there are no photos in the book it would have been really great to see some of the older dolls and their accessories.A wonderful story about America's favorite doll and the woman who would lovingly be remembered as her mother. Rating:A
P.S. I thought I would posta photo with me as child with Barbie:)
Me with the Western Barbie and Dallas her horse (Circa 1982)
Thursday, February 5, 2009

First Light A.D Chronicles

Summary: The First in the A.D Chronicles The book starts off in a hidden chamber in side a library that holds 70 scrolls Moshea tells his son Shimon to start with number four. which tells the story of Mannen, Peniel, Susanna, Zadok and Marcus. Their stories take place during a time when the world was going through turbulent times. they meet Yeshua who many believe is the Messiah.
My thoughts: Since this is the first in the series I expected more excitement than what I read. it seemed to drag on and it took forever for the characters to meet up with one another . I am not going to give up on the series just yet. I did enjoy Peniel's story and found him to be one of my favorite characters. For his sake I am giving the book a C in rating.
Read For the Following Challenges:Themed Reading Challenge, Christian Fiction Challenge, TBR Challenge
Friday, January 23, 2009

Secrets of the Tudor Court Is Shipping

The Secrets of The Tudor Court Pleasure Palace is now available from Amazon.
This is the first in a exciting new Tudor Series by Kate Emerson
Click the link below to get your copy today!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Remember The Ladies The First Ladies Challenge

In honor of Laura Bush's passion for reading. I created this challenge for those of us who wish to find out more about the fascinating women who helped shaped our country.
Rules:Chose two First Ladies to read about the book can be either fiction or nonfiction . It can even be a book A First Lady wrote her self.
Challenge Runs from Jan 20 2009 to Febuary 20,2009
How to Join:Sign up with Mr Linky
Grab your favorite first lady button and link it back here.
The Ladies:If your favorite First Lady does not have a button please just let me know and I will make one for her .

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dark Hour By Ginger Garrett.

A fascinating story of a woman who saved the House of David in a time when women were bent on exercising thier wit and prowess in a kingdom not thier own. Jehoshebeth saves her nephew who is the last in the line of David and the rightful heir to the Kingdom of Judah.
This was a gripping story and held me attention til the last page.
Another awesome Christian Historical Fiction book by Garrett. Rating: A
Monday, January 12, 2009

Themed Reading Challenge

I joined the Themed Reading Challenge last week and it took me all weekend to come up with a Theme.
I received a new series of books over the holidays called the A.D. Chronicles and each book has a number in the title.So there it is I am going to go with books that have a number in the title. I can't wait to get started with these.
My List : First Light, Second Touch, Third Watch, Fourth Dawn.
all by Bodie& Brock Thoene
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's Good to Be Queen Challenge

I am going to jump in and host my first challenge and I hope others will join. Since I have tons of books on My TBR about Women were a Queens or tried to be come one .I decided that this would be the perfect challenge to host.
Chose 2-4 books on any women who reigned as Queen. Your Queen can be from any era as long as she held the title Queen Or Empress at some point in her lifetime. The books can be fiction or nonfiction which ever your prefer.Just make your list on your blog and link the button back here.
The Challenge starts January 30,2009 and runs til June 2, 2009.
Don't forget to use the button on your blog and Leave a comment under this post to let me know you have signed up.

Here is the button for you all to use on your blog

Monday, January 5, 2009

Chosen The lost Diaries of Queen Esther By Ginger Garrett

Esther is just a simple Jewish girl who lives with her Cousin Mordecai. Until one fateful day the King of Persia is on the look out fora new wife. Esther is picked to join the King's harem and thrown in to a world in which she has no knowledge of. In order to survive she must keep her religion a secret from those who wish her people harm. She is chosen as one of the most beautiful girls in the harem and spends a year preparing her self to be received by the king. She captures the king's heart with her wit and intelligence and became on of the greatest Queens of the biblical age. I thoroughly enjoyed Esther's story it was written in diary format but it blended together quite well. As you read the book you are presented with certain articles related to The Queen's diaries in which Garrett carefully weaves modern day facts with the fictional story. The book is considered Christian fiction but Like Shadows is not all preachy. Garrett is fast becoming one of my favorite authors this year I have one more book to read of hers so stay tuned for the next one titled Dark Hour. Rating: A

Thursday, January 1, 2009

In the Shadows of Lions By Ginger Garrrett

What if Anne Boleyn was really a devout Christian when she met Henry? Could she really have been a woman who was following God's word concerning chasity? In the Shadows of Lions is a unique look at Anne and her life and her love for the forbidden book of her times the Bible. A refreshing tale on the Tudors one that will stay with you for awhile. although the book is considered christian fiction it is not at preachy. Shadows is the first in a series titled The Chronicles of the Scribe.
Rating: A

New Challenges for 2009

To ring in the new year I have joined several challenges. I hope that I am able to complete them all. From Annie's blog I joined the Read , Watch and Rate Book vs Movie Challenge. For the second year in a row I have joined her Historical Fiction Challenge.I found the Victorian Challenge this way I can get these Jean Plaidy books read. I also joined the TBR Lite Challenge to help clear out all the books I have collected this fall but yet to read.
If your looking some new Challenges to join check some of these great ones.