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Book Review: The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

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The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay Thomas Nelson Publishers 2015
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❤ Goodreads Synopsis ❤
Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious measures to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy's secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt, and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James's wealthy grandmother Helen hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy's predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen's wisdom, as Helen confronts the ghosts of her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters' beloved heroines, who, with tenacity and resolution, endu…

Book Review: Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering

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Dressed for Death by Julianna Deering Drew Farthering Mysteries #4 Bethany House Publishers March 1st, 2016
My Rating ✯✯✯✯✯ ❤ Goodreads Synopsis ❤ Drew and Madeline Farthering celebrate their six-month anniversary by attending a fancy Regency era costume party. Drew is glad to see Talbot Cummins, an Oxford classmate, and his fiancée, Alice Henley, though many present seem worried about the couple. Everyone's concerns are realized when, at the concluding grand ball, Alice dies of an overdose of cocaine. Tal refuses to believe she took the stuff intentionally, and Drew is determined to find out if her death was an accident or murder.

Drew is shocked and disillusioned when the police arrest Tal's father and reveal that the man has been smuggling drugs into the country for the past twenty years. Reeling from the death of his fiancée and the revelation about his father, Tal begs Drew to find out what's going on. Drew, now questioning his own ability to see people as th…

Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn (mini review)

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In the world we live in, sometimes it's very difficult to maintain a positive attitude about being single. But Robin Jones Gunn reminds her female readers that we are already spoken for . . . by a heavenly father who loves and by Jesus who calls us His bride. I found this book to be very inspiring and motivational, an excellent read for a time in my life where I sometimes resent being single.

- I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Book Review: Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

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Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering Drew Farthering Mysteries #3 Bethany House Publishers 2014
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❤ Goodreads Synopsis ❤
Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has found smooth waters, Fleur Landis, an old flame, reappears in his life. She's married now, no longer an actress, and he expects she'll soon disappear--until she comes to him in dire need. The lead actor in her old troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect.

Drew would love nothing more than to just focus on his fiance, Madeline, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline dive into the murder, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. Nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between. It's Drew's most complicated case yet.

❤ My Thoughts ❤
Sometimes you just a need…

KidLit: The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye

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The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye 1980
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My Synopsis & Thoughts
Princess Amy, although her name really is Amethyst Alexandra Augusta Araminta Adelaide Aurelia Anne, is as ordinary a girl as you could wish for thanks to a fairy blessing(?) at her christening, and she is ten times more a princess than most of the sparkling, bejeweled, pristine princesses we read about in so many fairy stories. Not to say those types of princesses don't have their place, but there is also a place for princesses like Amy.
Imagine being born as the youngest of 7 daughters and the only one to be ordinary in the sense that she cried as a baby, her hair isn't blonde and curled in perfect ringlets, and that she dislikes any sort of elegant accomplishment like piano or sewing and shudders at the idea of tossing a golden ball around like her sisters do. Neither is she mean-spirited. She bears a distinct fondness for her parents, despite their attempts to turn her perfect like…

Book Review: Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

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Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund Beacons of Hope #3 Bethany House Publishers 2016
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Goodreads Synopsis
Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won't be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can't help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.

Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she's the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someon…

Audio Book Review: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as performed by Elijah Wood

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain performed by Elijah Wood
Unabridged Audible 2010
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Purchase from Audible 

I grew up reading this book and whether you like it or not, whether it makes you uncomfortable or not, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains a time-honored classic. So for the sake of space, this is a review of the audio book only, whether the story was captured in a compelling way or not.
If, like me, you love the 1993 film version of this story that stars Elijah Wood, well, needless to say this audio book PERFORMED by him should make you positively giddy. Which it definitely did me when I ran across it by accident while browsing Audible the other day. My eyes just about bugged out of my head like a stomped on bullfrog. Now where is that quote from because I know it's from somewhere?! Now I'll be up all night trying to remember!
Ahem, back to the audio book as performed by Elijah Wood.
To be totally and completely fair, I wasn't sur…