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- It is set in England
- It features a young Jane Austen
- It was written by Julia Golding (check out my review of her book The Tigers in the Tower)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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Monday, December 21, 2020
Adorning the Dark is part memoir, part inspiration, part tool kit for creatives. Readers will get a glimpse of the ways that God has used the author to bring light through his music, poetry and writing. The highs and lows, light and darkness in his own life's journey will encourage readers to not despair in the dark but to find ways to light a candle. Often times, light is made more beautiful by its contrast to dark. There is something magical about a candle's warmth and the intimacy of it's small circle of illumination. And even a small light can help dispel fear and uncertainty.
Peterson explores the importance of community, the gift of a calling (God does have a marvelous calling for each one of us), and what he dubs the "mystery" of making. It's rather humbling to realize that God gives humans the privilege of creating beauty in many forms. For Peterson, his making is through word and music. But others may find that their "making" takes the form of photography, painting, gardening, cooking, or some vocational pursuit. What I loved was the idea that our making can be a form of worship to the Lord--the gifts we bring to Him in gratitude for all that He has done for us and through us.
At a time in history when discouragement is prevalent and uncertainty is all too familiar, I recommend grabbing a copy of Adorning the Dark and contemplating the ways God can use these days of social distance and cancelled events to breathe new life into our souls and minds. Inspiration for ways that we can seek the Lord with renewed fervor, to worship Him with greater abandon and to share His light with greater determination.
Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Adorning the Dark through NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
Friday, November 20, 2020
When November rolls around, I start getting a hankering for reading Christmas novels. I love seeing a variety of authors crank out a sweet holiday tale that offers comfort and a bit of escape during an often stressful time of year. With covid casting a shadow over this year's holiday gatherings, readers may need some extra solace now more than ever before. In Joy to the World readers will travel back in time and experience Christmas Regency style. Here's a taste of what the three novellas offer.
Novella #1: "Heaven and Nature Sing" by Carolyn Miller
Edith and George, once romantically linked are awkwardly thrown together over the holidays. Edith is still in mourning from a family member's death and George never fully understood why Edith broke things off. Seeing one another challenges Edith's resolve to forget him and Georde's ability to move on with his life. Although she regrets her decision, will Edith let her pride keep her from a happily ever after? Will the pressure of their hostess influence thair future? I had a bit of a struggle staying with this story (only because indecisive people who are always seconding guessing things kind of drive me crazy), but on cold winter day, it still offers a nice distraction from a mile long to do list!
Novella #2: "Far as the Curse is Found" by Amanda Barratt
When a disfigured stranger protects Jenny from what could have been a brutal assualt, she is relieved to make it safely home to her baby. But when she later falls ill and subsequently loses her only source of income, she doesn't know how she can go on. The mysterious stranger comes to her rescue yet again and prevents her from making a decision she may well regret. Offering her employment at his estate seems like Providence, but what does she really know about her empoyer? I felt the book had some "Beauty and the Beast" and "My Fair Lady" vibes. A touching look at what happens when two lonely and broken people learn to trust one another. Yes, it was a bit predictable but it was a sweet story that offered a valuable morale that it's more important to judge a person's heart than their appearance. This was a story I wish had been longer!
Novella #3: "Wonders of His Love" by Erica Vetsch
Cilla is a recent widow continuing to live on the estate of her mother-in-law--the commanding matriarch of the family. Always a quiet young woman, widowhood has made her even quieter. The services of a painter have been procured to paint the portraits of the Duke (the younger brother to Cilla's deceased husband) and his wife the Duchess. Hamish Sinclair waltzed in from Scotland adding a splash of color and energy to the estate, making this holiday particularly memorable. As her mother-in-law tries to arrange a second marriage for Cilla, readers will delight in seeing Cilla transform from a subservient daughter-in-law into a woman who can think for herself. (I'm not sure someone in her time period and station would have had the same freedom, but readers will most likeley forgive those liberties.)
Joy to the World offers three Regency romances that are clean and wholesome. Yes, readers will most likely guess the endings, but the setting and descriptions will draw the reader into the story and provide a few hours of cheer this holiday season--something we all could use!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Joy to the World from Kregel Publishing for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
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