Thursday, January 29, 2009
"Where Hearts Prosper" by Suzanne V. Reese
Suzanne is the aunt of my BFF from high school. Though I met her YEARS ago when I was in high school, we became better acquainted over lunch. I was enamored that I sat next to someone who would have her fist book published soon. I monopolized her and her time as I peppered her with questions about her book and the process of becoming published. And I promised I would read her book.
Where Hearts Prosper is a book about love, family and secrets. Carmen Anderson has spent her most of her life running away from a hurtful memories and the place she thought would rejected her.
Now she is a single mother career woman and her teenage daughter who is starting to act out. In an impulsive moment, Carmen decides to move back to her little hometown and its wholesome values. But is she running away again?
In Prosper, Carmen's daughter, Paige, finds family and friends and learns to serve and love others. And Carmen finds she didn't need to leave at all.
Suzanne's story held my attention through the entire book. I didn't want to put it down because there was always the question of what next?? How will the conflicts resolve? It almost drove me crazy to have those questions answered and I stayed up WAY too late finishing the book! :)
And now I ask Suzanne, what next? She told me she is working another project so keep your eyes open for Suzanne V. Reese, a new and upcoming author!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A few rules about computer usage from the local junior high that we should incorporate into our own personal lives:
- Do not move the computer until you have completely shutdown Windows and powered the computer off. (Makes sense)
- Do not write or draw on the laptop screen, even with a finger or an eraser. (Again, makes sense. But not to toddlers.)
- No game playing unless authorized! (get your writing done first!)
- Handle the laptop like a baby. Carry with two hands at all times. (so carrying the laptop under my arm like books is a no-no? I'll do better!)
- And lastly! Do not wear a robe while transporting the laptop to another room!
A look at my laptop screen will let you know how important rule#5 is:
Have you ever been dumped by your boyfriend for your sister? Have you ever made 3 bad wishes? Have you had to serve ungratious princes or nervous dwarves while trying to evade the WSM (wicked stepmother)?
Then run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore/library and take home My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison. This book will speak to you! Our troubled heroine is not having a good month either. After her boyfriend dumps her for her older sister, Savannah wants to find a prince. Heard the adage, "be careful what you wish for?" Savannah has lived this saying thanks to her 'fair' godmother, Chrissy, who is doing 'fair' on her godmother test. She sends Savannah to the Middle ages to find her prince. Only now she is dirty, bullied and has no running water. Oh, and the prince isn't charming.
After Savannah finally pulls her fair godmother away from shopping, Chrissy sends her to a different house in the Middle Ages. This one full of dwarfs who think she is two berries short of a pie. And the WSM is trying to give her a poison apple.
Finally making back to her own time zone, Savannah realizes she has to go back to the Middle Ages to save a prince-in-training. But this time she is prepared and packs shampoo and soap!
There are a few lessons Savannah learns from her misguided godmother: beauty is only skin deep and she, Savannah, really is smart.
But what happens to the dragon, cyclops, the WSM and the Dark Knight?
Well, they all live happily ever after!
You didn't honestly think I would tell you the ending?
Monday, January 12, 2009
"Far better it is to dare might things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure. Than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Arabella by Georgette Heyer
When the librarian handed me a worn, red book with no dust jacket, I smirked. I judged the book by its lack of cover and decided I wouldn't like the story.
I am glad to say I was wrong!
Arabella is the oldest and most beautiful daughter of a Yorkshire clergyman. Her mama sends her to London to make a suitable match (hopefully wealthy). On the way, Arabella's borrowed coach breaks down and she is thrust into the acquaintance of Mr. Beaumaris.
Mr. Beaumaris is the most watched man in London. He can set a new fashion by the way he wears his cravat. He can also make or break any young lady in society with a nod of his head.
Arabella overhears Mr. Beaumaris (or Nonpareil, as he is known in London circles) arrogant speech of the lowly and announces she is an heiress!
Mr. Beaumaris decides Arabella will be the most sought after lady in London and what ensues between his mischievousness and her trying to hide her lack of fortune is a delightful story.
What I really liked about Arabella was how she was true to herself, whether it was taking in strays or rebuffing flirtations, she didn't let society tell her what was right or wrong.
If you like Jane Austen, I think you will enjoy this story!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Christmas Rose by Robyn Buttars 3 stars
Christmas Every Day by Willeam Dean Howells 3
Christmas Oranges Retold by Linda Bethers 5
Mr. Finnegan's Giving Chest by Dan Farr 4
The Bridge by Larry Barkdull 4
What Santa Can't Do by Douglas Wood 4
The Christmas Conversation Piece by Bret Nicholaus 5 (We read questions every night at dinner from the book.)
Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene 4
A Merry Little Christmas Winning stories from Covenant's contest 1996 2
Queen of Christmas by Mary Engelbreit 4
Dumby's Happy Holiday by Julie Andrews Edwards 3
An Angel's Promise by Donald P. Mangum & Brenton G. Yorgason 2
The Christmas Letters by Lee Smith 2
'Christmas Sweater', 'Santa's Secret', and 'Brown Bag Christmas' are still on my list to read.
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