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Friday, December 21, 2012

Bianca By Bertrice Small

Summary:Renaissance Florence comes to passionate life in a vivid new historical romance series by “legendary”* New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small. Florentine silk merchant Giovanni Pietro d’Angelo and his wife want nothing more than to marry their daughters to wealthy men of distinction. But when their son’s dangerous indiscretion implicates him in a tragic accident, it is their eldest daughter who must pay the price. Blackmailed by the powerful and debauched Sebastiano Rovere, the Pietro d’Angelos must give beautiful Bianca in marriage to Rovere to buy his silence. With the aid of her mother, Bianca flees her dark, cruel union, seeking shelter in a seaside villa. It is the shocking murder of her husband that allows her to find the possibility of love at last. But Florentine society would never approve of the man she’s chosen: Prince Amir, grandson of Memhet the Conqueror. My Thoughts: Since I heard about this new series I couldnt wait for the release date. Biance was a fascinating character to get to know she reminded me a bit of Rosamund from the Friasgate series. This book mentions some of Small's characters from previous books such as The Kadin and I believe Adora. So if you have read any of those you may want to try this one. There are some scenes in the book that many may find questionable but you can do like I did just skip them and move on to the next page. Rating:
Monday, December 17, 2012

The Bible Series Coming to History Chanel

My neighbor told me about this beautiful series that will be making it's way to the history channel in March.

Famed television producer Mark Burnett tackles his projects with passion, but The Bible is a special labor of love.
The 10-hour, five-part docudrama, which premieres March 3 on the History Channel, will span the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, presenting some of its best-known stories, including Noah's Ark, the Exodus, Daniel in the lions' den and the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Former Touched By an Angel star Roma Downey, Burnett's wife and fellow executive producer, heads a large international cast in the role of Mother Mary. Keith David, an Emmy winner for voice-over performances, will narrate with a musical score by Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer.
"In terms of importance, nothing we've ever done, not Touched By an Angel, not Survivor, not The Voice, not The Apprentice, none of this could possibly compare to The Bible," Burnett says. "To us, as a family, we love the Bible. This is not a TV show to us. It's images and sound and sacred text that people will still watch, way after our grandchildren are old people."
Since the entire Bible can't be covered in 10 hours, the miniseries, which was filmed in Morocco, focuses on a select group of stories and features such compelling figures as Abraham, Moses and David. Some stories had to be compressed for artistic purposes.
"In the end, what we've done is a meta-narrative, a grand narrative of emotionally connected stories. We know we're not qualified to teach the Bible. We're qualified to be good television producers and storytellers. By telling these emotionally connected, big stories, hopefully millions of people will reopen their Bibles," Burnett says.
He hopes the project brings comfort after the Sandy Hook school shootings. "What happened Friday is absolutely the saddest tragedy imaginable," Burnett says. "Our prayers are with the families and friends. We hope The Bible, by shedding some light into the world, can help in some small way to try and stop the darkness."
Downey came up with the idea for the miniseries a few years ago. "It is our obligation to tell the stories as written," he says. "The stories are so brilliant and compelling."
The project will have broad appeal, he says. "If you know the Bible, you'll enjoy seeing the stories come to life. If you've never read the Bible, I think you'll love the stories," he says. "There's a reason the Bible is the most widely read book in the world."

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tarnished Rose of the Court By Amanda McCabe




Summary:
BOUND BY ROYAL COMMAND! A dangerous mission at Queen Elizabeth's bidding is Celia Sutton's chance to erase the taint of her brother's treason. Her life is at risk if she's discovered - and so is her heart when she learns her co-conspirator is also her one-time seducer: brooding and mysterious John Brandon! John can't believe the change in Celia - what's happened to the carefree English rose she once was? Leaving Celia was the only thing to do, but now guilt tears at his soul. He has to heal the sadness in her past, and he's not above using anything - from expert seduction to royal favours - to achieve his goal...
My thoughts:
I read TheWinter Queen  in 2010 and really enjoyed the characters  in the book we briefly meet Celia Sutton . In Tarnished Rose we find out more about Celia , She runs in to her lost love John and is sent away on a misson for the Queen  with John Brandon of course and finds out that her heart still belongs to him.  Lots of hot steamy scenes in this one. This is the second book in McCabe's Tudor Queens series   If you collect Tudor historical  romances be sure to pick this edition up. 


 
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Christmas Pony By Melody Carlson




 Summary:Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all.
 My Thoughts:
A very sweet and short novel  , the book was a very easy and fast read and suitable for  preteens to enjoy as well.   I read this book in one day  to me it sort of had that Liltte House feeling to it. 
Great little holiday book to enjoy during the stressful days of December to hlp you remember the real meaning of Christmas. * Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

A Promise of Love By Serena B Miller




Ingrid Larsen arrives in Michigan in 1871 with little more than the clothes on her back and a determination to find her brother, who has disappeared into the dangerous lumber camps. Destitute and barely hanging on to hope, the young Swedish immigrant crosses paths with Joshua Hunter, a newly widowed farmer with eyes the color of the ocean she had crossed and five rambunctious children to raise on his own.

Marriage would solve both of their problems, and Ingrid finds herself proposing in broken English to a man she barely knows. Many difficulties lie ahead--but the hardest battle of all will be winning the heart of her new husband.

 I loved this book ! Ingrid was one character I would have loved to have been friends with.
I loved how She dealt with Josh, and how She was able to get his baby back for him just priceless.
one of those books you wont be able to put down! Thanks Revell for another great read From Ms Miller!

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A Love Surrendered By Julie Lessman





Summary:Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy has moved to Boston and is embracing the city life, with a new name and a wide-open future. When she gets involved with a fast crowd at Ocean Pier--one that includes the handsome Steven O'Connor--she is pulled deeper and deeper into a world of rule breakers and mischief makers. She finds herself drawn to Steven and the whole O'Connor family. But a secret Annie is keeping has the power to destroy her best-laid plans.

Will Steven ever see her as more than a sweet country girl who needs protecting? And will he break her heart when he finds out who she really is?
 My Thoughts:  I found Annie story enjoyable not the best I have read but I think this is because this is the last book in a series.  And I usally like to read books in order. with that said I am giving this book a 3 out of five crowns because it was a cute story and it entertained me. just wasnt my favorite .   Thanks to Revell boosk for the chance to read the book.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Where The Lilacs Still Bloom By Jane Kirkpatrick



German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses only an eighth-grade education—and a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: a time-consuming interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and community, as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations for a simple housewife.

Through the years, seasonal floods continually threaten to erase her Woodland, Washington garden and a series of family tragedies cause even Hulda to question her focus. In a time of practicality, can one person’s simple gifts of beauty make a difference?

Based on the life of Hulda Klager, Where Lilacs Still Bloom is a story of triumph over an impossible dream and the power of a generous heart.

“Beauty matters… it does. God gave us flowers for a reason. Flowers remind us to put away fear, to stop our rushing and running and worrying about this and that, and for a moment, have a piece of paradise right here on earth.”

My Thoughts:
I did bit of research in to Hulda and as soon as I finshed researching her I had to read this book.
thanks to Blogging for books I was able to recieve a review copy of it.
From the momet I recieved it I had to stop everything I was working on and read about this remarkable woman.I really enjoyed the history behind the story as well. everytime soemthign awful happend to Hulda's garden I found my self in the garden with her helping her pull up the poor plants that were salvagable and watched as she planted yet again and hoping that she would evetually succeed in her quest for the creamy white lilac. If you love gardening and history  read this one,  you wont regret it.

Mary Magdalene By Diana Wallis Taylor

Long maligned as a prostitute or a woman of questionable reputation, Mary Magdalene's murky story seems lost to the sands of time. Now a portrait of this enigmatic woman comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor's Mary is a woman devastated by circumstances beyond her control and plagued with terrifying dreams--until she has a life-changing confrontation with the Savior
My Thoughts:t
There are many books about the infamous Mary Magdalene but Taylor brought her to life in her book.What I loved abot the book was that it transported me back to Mary's time the descriptions of the food, places, and the people were so well done.
We really get to kno Mary an her tubles before she meets with the Savior by the time you get there with her you are almost in tears because you know all that this young woman has suffered. I really enjoyed my time with Mary . I enjoyed this one So much more than I did Martha.
 The cover is also beautiful once you get the image of the beautiful Mary on the cover in your head you can see her throughout the rest of the book.
a very eay to read book for the weekend. It is not a preachy  book it was more about Mary as person as opposed to the religion. So If you are looking fora refreshing read in to biblical time try this one.
Thank to Revell for the chance to read this beautiful story.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New book from Lelia Meacham!



 Look what is coming June 19Th! A new book from ROSES  author Leila Meacham. I for one can not wait for this book I loved Roses and I have recommended it to every one I know. If you ahvent read Roses please do so you will not be dissapointed.
Here isa brief summary:
Devoted readers of Leila Meacham will devour this long, juicy page-turner. TUMBLEWEEDS is the story of three young friends-the saint, the sinner, and the angel-growing up together in the sort of small Texas Panhandle town that lives and dies by its Friday night football games. A fateful event casts a long shadow over these three intertwined lives and leaves the reader turning the pages desperately to see how it all plays out.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Pursuit of Lucy BanningBy Olivia Newport


Sumamry:Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago's rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker from a respected family, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon her charity work--and the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago. When she meets an unconventional young architect who is working on plans for the upcoming 1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family's expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?

Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city's history.
 My Thoughts:This was one book I could not put down from the moment I steped in to the world of Lucy Banning I was hooked.Lucy is fiesty and strong. Yet she has a tender side to her . I loved all the details and the history of the world fair. My favorite parts were the scenes between Charlotte and Lucy and watching their friendship grow.If  you loved Downton abbey you will enjoy this book. Thanks to Revell publishersor the chance to review the book! I will defintly be watching for  future books in the series.
Friday, February 3, 2012

At the King's Pleasure By Kate Emerson


Sumamry:Married to one man. Desiring another. Beautiful Lady Anne Stafford, ladyin- waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon, is torn between her love for her husband, George, Lord Hastings . . . and the king’s boon companion, the attentive Sir William Compton. But when King Henry VIII, amorous as always, joins the men clustering around her, Anne realizes she has become perilously enmeshed in the intrigues of the court. Will she be forced to decide between the two men she desires—and the one she doesn’t?Kate Emerson charms again with a heroine who steps out of the pages of history to win our hearts in this sumptuous novel of Tudor scandal and intrigue.
My Thoughts:
This was a enjoyable read I realy enjoyed the part about her being in a nunnery.I found Anne to be a strong woman but the men in her life were really childish always willing to accuse of her of one thing or another. Made me want to reach through the book and smack thema round a bit.
another great book from Emerson.
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Format: Kindle

Movie of the month: Gun Powder, treason and plot

Sorry it took me til Febuary to get to this Movie of the mon th things have been a little bit crazy around here. This is the best movie I have seen on Mary Queen of Scots in a long time the costumes were awesome and the movie was very entertaining.  I would suggest watching this one right after Elizabeth with Cate Blachett the watch the Golden Age.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In the Mail box



Last week I ordered 2 books from my son's Book order form. I was really excited to see Prisoners in the Palace and another book I found is I Was Jane Austen' Best Friend. These are of course both YA books but they look very interestng.

From Tyndale publishers for review I received
Friday, January 13, 2012

War of the Roses saga set for television adaptation

The BBC is to screen a television adaption of Philippa Gregory's best-selling novels set during the War Of The Roses.
Ben Stephenson, the BBC's controller of drama commissioning said the programme would be a "big, fat, old soap opera".

The BBC said War Of The Roses will be told uniquely from the point of view of powerful women who "shaped their men and who shaped history in the process".

Mr Stephenson added: "We haven't quite worked out how many episodes it's going to be but it's going to be many."

Paying tribute to Gregory, he said she had an "extraordinary skill" as she "tells incredibly textual, well-researched history, but in the most page-turning way".

Acclaimed historical writer Gregory is also known for penning The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
Saturday, January 7, 2012

Naughty In Nice By Rhys Bowen

Summary
Lady Georgiana is volunteering in the soup kitchen, which is near the train station. Thus she sees everyone leaving cold depressing England for sunny Nice. Even her sister-in-law's determined to go to France, using her pregnancy as an excuse.

Georgiana wishes she could go to, but of course, there's no money for her ticket. Then the Queen asks a favor - one of her favorite snuffboxes has gone missing. She has a pretty good idea on the thief and asks Georgiana to go recover her property.

Happily, Georgiana complies. On the train, she meets Coco Chanel who is putting together a fashion show. After a rude awakening at her destination, she decides to take Chanel up on her offer to reside with her while Chanel turns Georgiana into a model.

While modeling, the Queen's jewels turn up missing. Then the thief of the snuffbox turns up dead in his swimming pool only hours after seen with Georgiana. The French police are keeping a close eye on her as she's the number one suspect.
My Thoughts: I just Love Georgie This installment of the series was such fun to read i hated the book to end. Coco Chanel wasa hoot and of course the Infamous Mrs. Simpson makes a apperance in the book as well.
now starts the long wait for the next book which is in fact A Christmas Mystery Coming in November.
Format: Kindle
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

A New Tudor Challenge for 2012

2012 Tudor Reading Challenge Hosted by The Musings of ALMYBNENR

A new year a new challenge I came across this challange on facebook and figured why not?
I have tons of Tudor related books that are begging to be read So I decided to join  . I think I will try for the King Henry VIII  and see how far I get with it. I know I can come up with 10 Tudor related books.