Monday, February 28, 2011

Lil' Update and A Review

Hey everyone! I know today I usually do my devotional post...but I've been spending long hours on my WIP that I will be submitting into the Genesis contest. I am about done and plan to turn it in tonight. So...we shall see! :-)

Since I don't want to leave y'all with those few words, here is a review. I HIGHLY recommend this book. I enjoyed every moment in this book and am looking forward to the next book in this series. :-)

MY REVIEW:

Star Rating: 5

What a refreshing, compelling novel by Beth Wiseman. I haven’t read a book by her yet, but this one instantly captured my attention and pulled me into the story. Emily and David both have pasts that, they believe, have cut off any chance of them marrying. Bonding together with the understanding that they would just be friends, things get complicated when they start wishing for more than friendship.
The book opens with a very memorable first meeting for David and Emily. The story was fun and light and the book was wonderfully written – taking me right into the minds and hearts of the different characters. My heart went out to Katie Ann over her heart-ache of trying to love a man who had stopped loving her. How awful! Martha cracked me up – hard and blunt on the outside, but on the inside, David and Emily discovered a elderly woman just longing for love and accepted. Her ‘arrangement’ for the two was humorous as well – what a crafty lady! And the issue with her Elvis – now that was just plan funny. But, evidently, not to her! My thoughts mirrored Jacob’s sentiments exactly. lol
There are only two thing that I need point out for younger readers. One of the characters is raped in this book. The author handled the issue very well—I wasn’t ever uncomfortable of where the scene might be going and nothing explicit was described. The other part I need mention was between Katie Ann and her husband, Levi. There are a few scenes where she thinks of their first night together, and then also when he finally comes to her in the middle of the night, which he hadn’t done in years. Again, nothing explicit is said, except that it happened.
Seek Me with All Your Heart had such a wonderful message in it. Emily, David, Katie Ann, and Martha all had to learn to trust blindly in the Lord even when their life seemed to be falling apart. They all had to learn to continually seek the Lord with their whole heart. It’s a great reminder for everyone.
While I am not generally very crazy about Amish fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It makes me eager to read more by Beth Wiseman in the future – and I am certainly going to be looking forward to Beth’s next release in this series. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Katie Ann’s story. :-)
I reviewed this book for Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.

~ Katy

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Winner!

The BrotherhoodI hope everyones Saturday is going well. :-) I was busily typing and editing my WIP when I realized that today I am supposed to announce the winner of The Brotherhood. :-D Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway. This book was really good! And the winner is...


Anne Payne (homesteading@...)

Congratulations, Anne! I will be sending you an email shortly to get your snailmail addy. I hope you will enjoy this book!

May everyone have a great weekend! See you Monday. :-)


~ Katy

Friday, February 25, 2011

Writing. Writing. Writing

It seems like just the other day it was Friday. How the weeks seem to speed by! :-) I know this post is rather short, but along with continuing my normal weekly activities and duties at home, I've been writing. And writing. And writing. And writing some more. :-P Writing has all but consumed my life for the present. :-)

One week from today exactly I have to have my submissions for the Genesis Contest turned in. *shudder* Okay, yes, I am officially nervous and continually doubting my work. But...I am working on it all the same! After I turn it in, I will work a little more before submitting it in the Frasier as well. Then, after that, I can collapse! :-P

So...I really need to get back to editing my entry. Less than 7 days - I'd better hop on it! I hope everyone has a blessed weekend!


~ Katy

Thursday, February 24, 2011

BCW - The Bridge of Peace

For this week's Book Cover of the Week, I have another Amish book. Recently, I have been so captivated by the lovely covers they have!

Cindy Woodsmall


My Thoughts:

There is just something about this cover that is extremely appealing. I think it's the light, yellowy background behind Lena. The leaves that are changing colors in the background are gorgeous. I've been to Tennessee during the fall, when the leaves change, and it is just SO beautiful - this cover captures that well.

The girl on the cover is also very pretty. She has a sweet calm about her that is attractive and her black dress  with the dark red - mahogany - shirt underneath complements it. All in all, a beautiful cover that deserves to be spotlighted on BCW!! :-)

The Book:

Love alone isn’t enough to overcome some obstacles.

Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher who has dealt all her life with attention raised by a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, Lena channels her zest for living into her love of teaching. But tensions mount as she is challenged to work with a rebellious young man and deal with several crises at the schoolhouse that threaten her other students. Her lack of submission and use of ideas that don’t line up with the Old Ways strengthen the school board’s case as they begin to believe that Lena is behind all the trouble.

One member of the school board, Grey Graber, feels trapped by his own stifling circumstances. His wife, Elsie, has shut him out of her life, and he doesn’t know how long he can continue to live as if nothing is wrong. As the two finally come to a place of working toward a better marriage, tragedy befalls their family.

Lena and Grey have been life-long friends, but their relationship begins to crumble amidst unsettling deceptions, propelling each of them to finally face their own secrets. Can they both find a way past their losses and discover the strength to build a new bridge?

The Author:

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose personal, real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. She is also a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible. Her first novel, When the Heart Cries, released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a best seller. Her second book, When the Morning Comes, hit numerous best-sellers lists across the US. Her third book, When the Soul Mends, hit the New York Times best-sellers list, coming in at number thirteen, as well as making the USA Today’s best-sellers list.

Cindy continues to write and release best-selling works of fiction, and she’s also written a nonfiction work with an Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. The book is titled Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. It will release March 15, 2011.


~ Katy

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Revell Blog Tour - Angel Sister

Hope everyones week is going well! I've been busy this morning! Along with the Revell Blog Tour below for newly published book Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart, I also posted two other book reviews on my other blog. The links to them are below! All three were wonderful reads!

Words by Ginny Yttrup

Book of Days by James Rubart

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My Review:

Star Rating: 5

I’ve never read a book by Ann Gabhart before, so I was excited at the opportunity to read this new release of hers. After finishing Angel Sister I know I will read more from this talented author. This book was quiet a journey! Ann skillfully weaved in a story that was so alive and personal I looked up from the pages expecting to see Kate, Nadine, or Victor sitting across from me. Each character had such depth!

Kate Marritt is only fourteen years old, but she feels like she is her family’s anchor. Her mother is stressed out, her father is fighting the bottle, her older sister daydreams of handsome men all day, and her younger sister is still too young to be of much help. Kate was such a sweet character! Loving her father despite his addiction. Helping her family any way she could. Always trying to ease her mother’s burdens. She certain can be a role model to us girls!

While this book does have Kate’s story in it, there are two other main characters in this book – Nadine and Victor. I really loved the flashbacks to Nadine and Victor’s earlier years. I felt like I was reading two books rolled into one. The flashbacks were handled well so that I enjoyed traveling with the character down memory lane. Once or twice I almost didn’t realize when they started down that lane – but maybe that was just my bad. The book probably could have been shorter if the flashbacks didn’t go so in-depth, but that’s what I liked about the story. It just seemed to overflow with feelings and emotions. The characters were so personal.

There wasn’t anything inappropriate about this, except for a few remarks that are made after Nadine and Victor are married. It’s only hinted at and I didn’t find it in the least bit inappropriate. There were a few kisses and embraces, but I enjoy reading a book where the married couples express their love for each other in these little ways. Very sweet.

Even before I finished the book and read the author’s notes, I knew this was a story from the heart. It was such a personal journey – so in depth and touching – that I felt like I knew the author a little bit after finishing this book. The events in Angel Sister were sad and oftentimes heartbreaking – especially as I read about Nadine and Victor’s parents. How sad not to have parents who stand behind you and encourage you! But Ann writes so well that throughout all the dreary moments in the characters lives, there was an undercurrent of hope. And I saw that hope come to life at the end through the events surrounding a little girl named Lorena Birdsong. I highly recommend this book!

* Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. *

I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.


~ Katy

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Interview and Giveaway: Kathryn Cushman

Hey all! Today I have author Kathryn Cushman with me today. She will be giving away a copy of her newest book - Another Dawn - so keep reading to find out how to enter!

I have already read and reviewed Another Dawn. I highly recommend it! You can go HERE to read my full review of this book. I enjoyed every minute spent within it's pages! :-)

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Kathyrn, welcome to Legacy of a Writer! To begin with, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee. I went to pharmacy school and practiced in retail, hospital, and HMO pharmacy settings for 10 years before “retiring” to be a stay-home mom. I now live in my husband’s hometown of Santa Barbara, CA with my hubby and two daughters.

Aw, my family goes up to Tennessee for vacation each year. It's so beautiful up there! When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Who or what inspired you?

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a writer “some day”. Several years ago, my husband’s uncle was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and it really started me thinking about what such a diagnosis would mean to me… what I would regret. That’s when I began to seriously think about pursuing “some day”, because I didn’t want to get to the end of my life having never tried.

What in inspiration! How long did you write before you were published?

About four years. During that time I completed two manuscripts, which are currently collecting dust in the back of my closet. A Promise to Remember was my third complete manuscript and my first published work.

Neat. I am actually reading A Promise to Remember on my kindle app right now! :-) How many books have you published? What are their names, and who are they published by?

A Promise to Remember - Bethany House
Waiting for Daybreak - Bethany House
Leaving Yesterday - Bethany House
Angel Song - Thomas Nelson
Another Dawn - Bethany House

How do you get the inspiration for your new book, Another Dawn?

There was a measles outbreak in San Diego a couple of years ago. My editor sent me a link to a radio documentary about it and I found it fascinating. I like to write stories where there are two sides that each has a valid point.

I really did enjoy that you brought out both sides of the argument on this subject - and left the decision up to the reader! What's your favorite part of the story?

Grace, the main character, has spent years blaming her father for making a personal choice that she believes caused her mother’s death. Now, a personal choice she made, has put the lives of her niece and several other children at risk. It’s an interesting irony.

Yes, a very good way to sum it up - interesting irony. What was the hardest part to write?

Every part of writing this story was hard. My daughter was severely ill during the writing of the first draft (thrity-two days in the hospital, spread over several months), and my father died during the edits. I couldn’t have finished this book without much prayer, and the absolute belief that God had called me to write.

Oh wow! That must've been hectic time in your life - and to write a book! What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

I hope they will see that God always loves us no matter what, and that He does offer “do-overs” even after we’ve blown it.

Yes, thank God for His tender mercies toward us. If your book was ever turned into a movie, who do you think would best resemble what you pictured Grace and Steve to look like?

Anne Hathaway would make a nice Grace. For Steve, maybe Matt Damon

Ahh, good picks! They look like what I imagined! Do you have any other books in the making? Can you give us a lil’ sneak peak of what it’s going to be about?

Yes, I’m currently working on a (untitled) book about a family that lives “Almost Amish” as part of a reality TV show.

That sounds fun! Here’s a fun question I wanted to throw in: If you could pick any historical figure from history to chat with, whom would it be and why?

Esther. I’d like to know what she thought about what happened to her. Did she want to go to the palace? Did she love the king? Did he love her?

Great questions! What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

I like to write thought provoking women’s fiction. I read a little bit of everything contemporary.

Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

My family. I think the number one call on my life is to be the best wife and mother that I can possibly be.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

My website, at www.kathryncushman.com

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GIVEAWAY:

Another DawnAnd now for the giveaway! Special thanks to Kathryn, who has agreed to give one copy of her book, Another Dawn, to one of my followers. Thanks again! :-) USA Only, please!

* You must be a follower and you must leave your email address in your mandatory entry in order to be entered into this giveaway! *

Mandatory Entry:

Have you read any other books by Kathryn Cushman? If so, which was your favorite? If no, which are you most interested in reading first?

Extra Entries:

- Subscribe to this blog(+1)

- Read one of my reviews on Book Reviews by Lady Katy and leave a comment. Come back here and let me know(+2 per review).

- Go HERE and rate my reviews that I post on Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group(+2 per review - can earn up to 8 extra points total) It doesn't matter how many stars you give me - you still get +2 extra entries into this giveaway per review you rate.


Well, have fun entering the giveaway! This ends Friday, March 4th, at midnight. The winner will be announce the next day. :-)


~ Katy

Monday, February 21, 2011

Joy in the morning...

As I am working on this new suspense book, I’ve been trying to think of a good bible verse to use throughout the book. I will have more than one – I think probably two other verses that will make the hero start to question what he does and why he does it – but I also wanted one for the heroine.

She’s looses everything. On the run, she has to stay one step ahead of her enemy’s men or she’ll be caught and remain a prisoner for the rest of her life. Things continue to get worse for her, and she doesn’t think can take much more. So, with this setting in mind, I wanted a bible verse that held promise for her. Something she could use and repeat to herself continually as everything around her continued to crumble.

At church yesterday, I found it. We always read a Psalm when we begin the service, and yesterday my pastor read from Psalm 30. My ears perked up when he reached the end of the 5th verse.

“…weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5

I smiled to myself as the pastor continued and lead in the singing. That verse was SO perfect for my story! It holds the promise I was hoping for – that the darkness wouldn’t last forever. That my heroine had something to cling to, the Lords promises.

I thought to share this with you all this morning. I always love when I’m stressing over a part in my book and then just what I need is laid right into my lap. God is so good!

I hope this very fills your day. I read through this chapter for my devotions this morning. David is singing his praises to God – as he does in many Psams. I love the last two verses. David is thanking God for what he has done, and then proclaiming that he won’t stay silent. He will sing God’s praises to him forever. That’s how we all should feel – our desire to sing praises to God should be continually and forever.

“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;
To the end that my glory may sing praises to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.”
Psalm 30:11-12

I hope these verses feed your soul today. If you have a moment, I’d love to hear what verse you read today or yesterday that you will carry with you to sustain you throughout the week. :-)


~ Katy

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Winner!

The Silent Order
Here we are, at the end of the giveaway for Melanie's book, The Silent Order. Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway - this book looks like it will be a wonderful read. And the person who will find this in their mailbox soon is...



Book Worm (ccbookworm24_7@...)

Congratulations, Bookworm! I will be sending you an email shortly to get your snailmail addy. I hope you will enjoy this book!

May everyone have a great weekend! Oh, and be sure to enter the giveaway for The Brotherhood on the right. It was a wonderful book and I am sure you will enjoy it! And next week I will be spotlighting another author - so see you then! 


~ Katy

Friday, February 18, 2011

I've Been Writin' an' Readin'

Hey everyone! I've had a fun week - been writing more than ever. I am pretty sure I will be entering the Fraiser this year and possibly the Genesis. I am still praying over that one - it seems like such a big step and I'm not sure if my writing is good enough, just yet.

Instead of working on my book, Journey of the Heart, to submit into the contest, I pulled out a different book I wrote a few years ago. It's a romantic suspense. :-) I think this one will have a better chance at grabbing the judges attentions from the first few chapters than Journey of the Heart will. This book still doesn't have a title...still working on that...but hopefully, as I continue to re-write it, one will come to me.

What's this book about? Well, I don't really have a synopsis for it yet either - but the two main characters are a Princess and a assassin. *smile* Wish I could tell you more...but that'll have to do for now! :-) Maybe next week...

I've been reading a lot this week - tomorrow on Book Pondering's I will have a post of all the books I've read the past two weeks. Below I have gone ahead and posted the review for Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman. I will be featuring her here on my blog on Tuesday, so be sure to come back and say high. :-)

My Review:

Star Rating: 5

A sweet read with a powerful, controversial subject woven into its pages, Another Dawn will warm your heart. Always seeming to be running from her troubles, Grace packs up her bags and leaves a broken relationship and strained friendship behind to journey back home and care for her father after he has surgery. Her sister, Jana, gives her little choice in the matter, so Grace sucks up and goes to help a father she can’t stand to even be around. Her anger against him is long-standing – she blames him for her mother’s early death in life.

I got a chuckle out of Grace’s motherly ways with Dylan – certainly could tell she was a first-time parent. Dylan himself was so adorable within the pages that I looked forward to every scene that he was in. At four years old, he was mature beyond his years and his brotherly instinct toward his baby cousin was sweet.

When Grace finds out that Dylan’s life, and now many other young children, might be on the line, I felt her heartache and fear. Parenting comes with some tough decisions that we must make – and not all of them are easy to answer. Many can impact your child’s life forever, or effect them and others in some way. Grace was doing what she felt was best for her son. I ached with her when the town began to blame and accuse her. I understood Grace, who wished she could explain to the town her reasons for what she’d done. Everyone has a reason for why they do or don’t do something, but often we as humans are too quick to judge from our point of view to take the time to notice any others.

The book was very clean as a whole. Grace does have a child out of wedlock, but nothing is explain in depth about this besides that her then-boyfriend left her. She been hurt before and doesn’t want another man walking out of her life again. During the course of her visit to care for her father she learns that sometimes you have to give in order to receive and when it seems like an uphill battle, you just need to keep climbing and rest in the confidence that God is working on your side to smooth the way for you at the top. Kathryn did a great job at writing this novel – you learn some great lessons within these pages!


~ Katy

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tyndale Blog Tour - The Brotherhood

For today, instead of my usually weekly Book Cover of the Week, I have a blog tour to bring you! :-) Continue reading to find out how to get a free copy of this book!



Real quick, author Penny Zeller interviewed me on her blog this week. :-D It was fun and I hope you will stop by and say hello. She's giving away a copy of my book, Journey of Faith to one of the commenters, so be sure to enter for your chance to win! Link - http://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/author-interviewgiveaway/



And now, onto the tour!



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About the Book:







Boone Drake has it made.

He’s a young cop rising rapidly through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department. He has a beautiful wife and a young son, a nice starter house, a great partner, and a career plan that should land him in the Organized Crime Division within five years.



Everything is going right...until everything goes horribly, terribly wrong.



His personal life destroyed and his career and future in jeopardy, Boone buries himself in guilt and bitterness as his life spirals out of control. But when he comes face-to-face with the most vicious gang leader Chicago has seen in decades, he begins to realize that God is a God of second chances and can change the hardest heart . . . and forgive the worst of crimes.



About the Author:






Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice president for publishing at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and currently chairman of the board of trustees, is the author of more than 175 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Twenty of his books have reached the New York Times Best Sellers List (seven in the number-one spot) and have also appeared on the USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists. Desecration, book nine in the Left Behind series, was the best-selling book in the world in 2001. His books have sold nearly 70 million copies.



Jerry owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Los Angeles, which produced the critically acclaimed movie Midnight Clear, based on his book of the same name. See www.Jenkins-Entertainment.com.



Jerry Jenkins also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow's professional Christian writers. Under Jerry's leadership, the guild has expanded to include college-credit courses, a critique service, literary registration services, and writing contests, as well as an annual conference. See www.ChristianWritersGuild.com.



Jerry has been awarded four honorary doctorates. He and his wife, Dianna, have three grown sons and six grandchildren.



My Review:



Star Rating: 5



Boone feels like he has the start to an awesome life – what more could he ask for? He has the prettiest wife and the cutest kid. Ever since he was young he wanted to ‘stop the bad guys’ and he couldn’t be happier with his job as a Chicago Policeman. After several life-altering events, Boone see’s his life collapsing around him. He wants to turn from God, to hate Him, but when God continually shows his hand in his life, Boone sees that God isn’t finished with him yet. He didn’t bring trials into Boone’s life just to watch him crumble, but to build him stronger and prepare him for things to come.



I was wowed with this book. Just 50 pages into the story and I was in tears. My heart ached for what Boone was going through. Such an event would forever change a person – both inside and out – that it literally made me stop and think. The sting operation was really neat, too! I was cheering the OCD (Organized Crime Division) on as they plotted to pull a sting that would land them the biggest gangster leaders ever. Talk about some tension! And Jenkin’s writing just brought everything to life!



One thing that stood out to me toward the beginning of this book is how short life can be. Life is a vapor. There’s no rule that says it’s for sure that you will live to be a hundred. And some people live their lives as if they had that many years to spend, but often such is not the case. We can be here one day and gone the next. It makes you want to embrace every new morning with thanksgiving to God. We should never take a day for granted.



The book was a bit graphic at times when explaining a certain characters wounds, which might disturb younger readers, but that is it. It holds great lessons and when you finally close the book on the last page…it stays with you. Jerry Jenkin’s did a wonderful job on this book and I will be keeping my eye out for more of his books in the future. You can check out his website here - http://www.jerryjenkins.com/.



I reviewed this book for Tyndale House Publishing. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.



The Giveaway:



The Brotherhood (Precinct 11)And now for the giveaway! Tyndale has given me a coupon for a free copy of The Brotherhood to giveaway here on my blog. Yay! :-) All you have to do to redeem your book is bring the certificate to your local Christian bookstore and you will get your free copy. How cool is that?! :-D USA Only, please!




* You must be a follower and you must leave your email address in your mandatory entry in order to be entered into this giveaway! *

Mandatorry Entry: This one is easy - just leave a comment letting me know you'd like to enter! :-)



Entra Entry: Go HERE and rate my reviews that I post on Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group(+2 per review - you can earn up to 8 extra points total) It doesn't matter how many stars you give me - you still get +2 extra entries into this giveaway per review you rate.



Thanks for reading! This giveaway ends Friday the 25th of February and a winner will be announced the next day.





~ Katy

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Revell Blog Tour - Lady in the Mist

Today I have a book review for you. I was able to participate in a tour with Revell this week with Laurie Eakes new book, Lady of the Mist. I must advise you thought....make sure you grab a copy of this book today! It was a great story written by an amazing author! I enjoyed every minute I spent within its pages!

My Review:

Star Rating: 4

This story, centering on the life of a midwife during the early 1800s, captivated me from the very beginning. The sad delivery, cloaked with dark secrets, was instantly an attention-grabbed and I couldn’t put the book down. Tabitha’s first meeting with Dominick was memorable and humorous. I instantly liked the guy, even if he was a big flirt. lol The fact that he was a learned British aristocrat, yet in America as a redemptor, instantly sparked my curiosity right alongside Tabitha’s.

The mystery and suspense woven into this story was great. It kept me guessing to the very end who the traitor was. Every time I thought I knew who it was, something suspicious would come up on another character and I would second-guess myself. I love a book that will make me do that! I so enjoy trying to figure it out, and when I’m kept guessing to the end…well it shows you what a great mystery and/or suspense it really is.

There wasn’t anything inappropriate in this book that I need point out. There are a few kisses and caresses, but that is the extent of it. A few times in a high-action scene I would be a bit confused at what was/had happened. The way it was written, from the writers confused viewpoint, was just that – confusing – and I found myself rereading one or two scenes. One of the scenes, towards the end, I was disappointed it cut off at the height of the action. While in the next chapter it’s a week or so later and you are brought up to date with what had occurred during all the action, I wished I could’ve experienced it right alongside the hero and heroine. But besides this minor annoyance, I enjoyed this book from cover to cover.

Tension is felt throughout the whole book as each character seems to have their own personal agenda, and Tabitha can’t figure out if that agenda is good or bad for America. Along with the trouble on her seashore, Tabitha also struggled to uphold her midwifery – some people deeming her unsuitable for the position of bring babies into the world when she hadn’t even been married yet. I cheered Tabitha on when she stood up for herself before the counsel. All in all, the cover is lovely, the writing enchanting, and the story suspenseful. I would certainly encourage you to pick up Lady of the Mist and read it sometime very soon.

* Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. *

I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
 
 
~ Katy

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love...

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Today is when "love is in the air", so to speak! I don't have any 'special someone' yet to spend this day with - but Lord willing that will change one day. lol Regardless, I still love Valentine's Day! ;-)

It might surprise you that in my family, Valentine's isn't a thing looked to all year, or awaited in eager anticipation. Sure, my dad will usually treat my mom to dinner and they exchange gifts, but nothing too big. I guess I don't see it as something out of the ordinary...because my dad treats my mom like it's valentine's every day! :-)

Whenever I see them together, and watch how dad often acts so "stupid in love" over mom.....it's so encouraging! I can't remember how many times I pray - "Lord, bring me a man like my father." and "Please make me and mold me to be a loving wife like my mother." I am pretty sure I do this at least three times a day. :-)

My Dad's love for my mom is unbreakable. I know he will love her like crazy till the end. :-) I will keep this post short, as I am about to go have a late breakfast with my family and observe as my dad expresses his love to my mom in so many different ways. :-) But, here are several of my favorite verses on love. Enjoy your Valentines!!

Proverbs 4:6 - Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. (Okay, this is about Wisdom, but I still think it's a good one for husbands! ;-)

Song of Solomon 2:2 - As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters

Song of Solomon 2:16 - My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.

(And lastly, here is one that describes my dad's love for my mom well!) Song of Solomon 8:7 - Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.


~ Katy
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