Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette – Book Review

Counted with the Stars Connilyn Cossette - Majestic AdventuresSold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?

 

This is Connilyn Cossette’s first book…and I’d say she did very well! From the moment I began reading, I was swept into the Egyptian world, picturing vivid images from the author’s descriptions. Not knowing too-terrible-much about life in Egypt, I was intrigued and fascinated, and loved to read what it might’ve been like during the plagues for the Egyptians.

The first half is about Kiya’s life in slavery, the second about her decision to flee Egypt with the Hebrews. I liked how Connilyn got into Kiya’s life and showed the struggles that must’ve taken place, not only when the plagues hit, but when Kiya was stripped from her social status and lowered to a slave.  The plagues were interesting to read about, offering a new depth. There were several times I just thought, “Wow!” It brought to life the ten plagues that swept through Egypt. Kiya’s struggle between her gods and Yahweh seemed pretty realistic to me.

Even when they were fleeing Egypt in the wilderness, I was still interested in reading the story. I do enjoy some romance, and this book had that too. Sometimes it seemed a little overdone, though. While some people thought the book was slow, I thought it was well-paced.  As another reviewer put it, this book was thought-provoking.

There were only two things that I didn’t like about this book. The first thing was that sometimes it seemed a little…predictable. There were no major plot twists, and I had a pretty good idea of some things for a while before they were revealed. That being said, I still heartily enjoyed reading about Kiya’s story.

Second, it’s important that biblical fiction hold to what the Bible says. This book did that…for the most part. In fact, there were a few parts where I said to myself, That wasn’t in the Bible, only to look it up in Exodus for myself and find it, which really impressed me. However, when I read that the Red Sea completely froze into two walls of ice, and that God spoke directly to all the Israelites to give His commands, I cross-checked that as well. In the Bible, it says the walls were water, and that God spoke to Moses and then relayed what His commands were. In the book, the Lord’s voice overwhelmed the adults but the children could listen easily. At this point, I kind of checked out…this isn’t what I read in Bible, and was the book’s biggest disappointment.

This book was beautifully written with vivid imagery, compelling story and characters, even if at times a little predictable. Kiya’s journey seemed realistic and was engaging. She was a strong main character with real struggles to overcome. The side characters that accompanied her journey were likeable and amusing. For a debut book, Connilyn Cossette did a wonderful job, if only she would’ve completely held to what the Bible says.

A Lot of Nancy Drew, and a little Trixie Belden

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I don’t recall how old I was exactly when I read my first Nancy Drew book. I do remember that I was young, because there were several words that I didn’t know the meaning to. For example, who at eight years old knew the meaning of quandary? Like what? I’d sit next to Mom while I read so she could be my human dictionary.

The first book I read, which was actually the second book in the series, was The Hidden Staircase. Reading about the way Nancy used her wits and detective skills to solve the mystery of a “haunted” mansion was exciting! It made me want to solve mysteries of my own. But due to the lack of suspicious activity around our neighborhood (which, in hindsight, is a good thing) I settled for reading about them instead. Plus, it’s been proven to be less dangerous to read about crooks than meet up with them in real life. Ever since I found that book tucked away in a box (along with my mom’s complete Trixie Belden series) I have loved Nancy Drew.

The_Hardy_Boys_Nancy_Drew_Mysteries_dvd_coverThe next obvious step, after reading about Nancy, would be to watch a show, right? Nancy_drewMom introduced me to the 1978 Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries that she used to watch. I’ve watched every episode (at least those available on Netflix at the time) multiple times over. I was thrilled when I recognized a couple of the episode plots as plots in a ND book. When the 2007 Nancy Drew movie starring Emma Roberts came out? Mom and I saw it. Twice.

Then I thought, I love Nancy Drew and I love books–I’m always looking to expand my library. Why not collect the entire series??? So that’s what I set out to do. It became my mission to find the yellow hardcover Nancy Drew books in either version, matte or glossy. No garage, library, or used book sale was safe as I searched high and low for all sixty-four books.

At times it was frustrating. Once I got past book 56 they became harder for me to find. Some days it felt like I’d never get them all! I didn’t want to pay twenty dollars (or more) for one book….

Family, friends, wonderful people who follow my blog that I haven’t even met–I am pleased to announce that after years and years of casually searching and three months of aggressive eBay searching, I have done it. Last month book 58, The Flying Saucer Mystery, arrived in my mailbox in all its glossy hardcover, new book glory. It was a very happy day as I slid it in between books 57 and 59 and was able to bask in the fact that

MY COLLECTION WAS COMPLETE!

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As you can see, I have several matte books sandwiched between the glossy. A couple library books, and I’m debating whether or not to try and remove those stickers. (Probably won’t because it would be a horrifying experience, trying to remove them without damaging the cover) But the books–the stories–they are all there, and it makes me so excited to see the bright yellow when I look at my bookcase.

Quick Fun Fact:

A lot of people say that the original Nancy Drew collection spans only from books 1-56–not 1-64. Why? Upon Googling, I found this interesting tidbit: Originally Nancy Drew mysteries were published by the Grosset & Dunlap company. For a reason that presently eludes me, books 57 onward were published by Simon & Schuster. Because they switched publishers, a lot of folks regard books 57-64 as an entirely different series. I, however, don’t really care about who published it as long as it’s hardcover and yellow. Regardless, it’s interesting!

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Something I Find Kinda Cool:

As years progress and a book gets older, publishers will update the covers of books and release them again. The same is true for Nancy Drew. In 1930 when the books were first released, they had a blue cover with the title in orange font. It was later changed to add a silhouette of Nancy Drew holding a magnifying glass. In 1962, they were yellow matte with a full-color picture on the front and in ’86 the glossy version was released. For example:

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I also found two sites here and here that show all the different covers on the series. If you’re like me, maybe you’ll find it neat on how they change the pictures. These pictures look similar for the most part, but some of them are pretty different!

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One More Thing I Find Interesting:

Did you know that the first 34 Nancy Drew’s were revised? Because they were! Beginning in 1959, they began to revise the books to update the way they talked and to eliminate racial stereotypes. If you want to see the differences between the original synopsis’ and the revised version (also kinda cool) you can check out this link! So the Nancy Drew books your great-grandma read back in 1935 don’t necessarily have the same text….

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You know, one thing that I find as particularly impressive is that when a crook jumps into a vehicle and burns rubber down the road, Nancy Drew instantly memorizes the license plate. But I’m pretty jealous that she can dash after criminals in pumps! Just sayin’. 😉 Haha, I will say though that a few incidents are a little far-fetched. I particularly remember one book when Nancy, George and Bess were investigating a room belonging to a potential criminal. It was filled with picture and portrait frames, some filled with pictures and some empty. They heard the crook approaching and..wait for it…they decided to hide by posing as pictures behind the empty frames! Man oh man, that made me pause for a second…then laugh! But hey, this is Nancy Drew we’re talking about. Crooks stand no chance against the pretty and quick-witted girl detective!

As I said above, I used to want to solve mysteries, just like Nancy Drew. Even though mysteries were scarce, I had a clue book at one point and made the paper clip, string and pencil gadget that she had in the movie. That way, if I were ever balancing precariously ten feet above my needed object, I could send my paper clip attached to the string and pencil down to hook it like I was fishing.

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Another great girl detective is Trixie Belden. And as much as I enjoy a good Nancy Drew…I might even like Trixie Belden…just a little bit better. 😀 Okay, okay, let me explain myself here. I’ve been saying how much I love Nancy Drew–so how can I say that I like Trixie even better???? I wasn’t lying when I said that I love ND. The reason I enjoy Trixie so much though, is that she seemed more real. She argued with her brothers and friends at times, rode her bike places (as opposed to a blue convertible), and she made mistakes. It’s easier for me to relate to her than Nancy, who sometimes seems a little too perfect.

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Both are marvelous mystery books and I’m sure people have their own reasons for loving (or not loving) them. And now that I’ve told you all about what I think, I’d hate for this to be a one-sided conversation. While the post was more about Nancy Drew than Trixie Belden, if you’d rather talk Trix, I’m all ears!

Does anyone have any cool fun facts about either girl detective? Do you collect? Favorite book? For Nancy Drew mysteries, loved The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk and The Password to Larkspur Lane (which I always read, and still think of, as Lakespur). My favorite Trixie book…I think it’s the first one, The Secret of the Mansion.

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The Happiness Tag

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I’m It! I was tagged by Sarah at Forever Aspiring Writer to do the Happiness Tag. This includes: Answering a few questions about things that make you happy. Easypeasyweazy right? Well, that’s about it s’pose, and I don’t see muchofa reason to drag the intro on and waste time. 😛 Continue?

EMMA’S HAPPY SONGS

WELL, I love VeggieTales. Larry, oh dear Larry the Pickle Cucumber, he makes me laugh when he sings his Silly Songs! Endangered Love (Barbara Manatee) is a song that makes me happy.

I’ll add one more song to my happy list. Good Day by Natalie Grant. I listen to it when I make my bed in the morning, and its a good way to start off your day. It’s a happy song, y’all!

EMMA’S HAPPY BOOKS

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? My daddy would read to my brother and I when we were little, and this book was always on the reading list. The memory of snuggling up close to him on the couch, listening as he made all the sounds…it makes me happy! This book is awesome. Oh, before I forget, I’ve got a question for you guys: Mr. Brown can moo! Can you?

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Also, God’s Smuggler (Brother Andrew) and The Hiding Place (Corrie ten Boom) because those books make me go YEAH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Totally recommend, especially if you need a reminder that God is amazing and works in AWESOME ways!)

EMMA’S HAPPY MOVIES

I love love the movie Curious George. It is so doggone adorable, I smile throughout the whole thing.

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Lookit, he’s so cute!

I also really enjoy Peabody and Sherman, which surprised me because at first I wasn’t sure I would like it! And Finding Nemo. I love Finding Nemo. (I like a lot of cartoons, I guess!)

EMMA’S HAPPY FOODS

Snickerdoodles. Grandma’s homemade bread and homemade jam. Mama’s cheesy chicken stuff (otherwise known as cheesy chicken casserole. Drop the ‘casserole’, add the ‘stuff’ and it rolls off the tongue much better). Cheesy fries with bacon and ranch.

EMMA’S HAPPY WORDS

Happy words? Happy words. Okay…well there’s boom. It’s fun to say. For me, instead of saying “I DID IT!” I say, “BOOM BABY! I did it!” I don’t know why; I just do.

Awesomesauce. I picked this one up from a friend of mine. She says awesomesauce, I hear awesomesauce, I now say awesomesauce, everything that’s awesome is an awesomesauce folks!

One last word. I love the word love. Jesus’ love makes me happy. Sharing God’s love makes me happy. And as long as we’re at it, just a reminder for ya: God made you special and He loves you very much!

EMMA’S HAPPY SCENTS

Things baking in the oven that aren’t burning. My dog after a bath (so much more pleasant to cuddle with). Flowers, fresh-cut grass; the scent of spring. Autumn leaves. The scent of my dad’s cologne when I hug him tight.

EMMA’S HAPPY RANDOM THINGS

Birdies singing. Sunshine. Playing with my brother. Snail-Mail. Being with people I love. I love movie-theater popcorn. Adventures, and making people smile. I love to give people presents and cards and little gifts to show them that they’re loved. Smiling at strangers.

Ah so there, a list of a few things that makes this chick named Emma happy. 🙂 Did you learn anything new about me? Feel free to comment what makes you happy; maybe we share some of the same things! 😀

Oh hey, before I forget I best be a-taggin’ folks to do this thing. Since I’m not very good at Tag, I’ll go after a whole bunch of you guys at once and see who I end up getting. 😉 If you’ve got the letter A in any of your three names (first, middle, last) ~*~or~*~ if you know how to whistle, then you are hereby tagged for The Happiness Tag! If you do the tag, link it in the comments so we can hop over and see what makes you happy!

Have a beauuuuuuutiful day! xo Emma

 

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A Little of This, a Little of That…

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Hellohellohello! It’s me again. Hehe. It’s fun to be random and whatnot, so I thought I’d share with y’all what I’ve recently discovered.

And when I say that, I don’t mean I discovered that the moon is made of cheese (I do quite enjoy that episode of Wallace and Gromit though) or I have successfully discovered how to take a picture of an atom. I’m talking things like a new song or a new verse in the Bible. Just random little things that make life happier all around. 🙂

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A little of this, a little of that, you might say. And who knows, maybe you’ll find something you think is kinda neat too. 🙂


First up…

New Song

I actually discovered this song while reading a book. The song I Go to the Rock was the book’s theme song, and I just had to listen to the words instead of reading them.  It’s such a great reminder that God is always there and…yes, I love it. Dottie Rambo wrote it, but I personally enjoy Whitney Housten’s version. 🙂

Where do I go…when there’s nobody else to turn to?

Who do I talk to…when nobody wants to listen?

Who do I lean on…when there is no foundation stable?

I go to the Rock! I know He is able, I go to the Rock!

 

New Bible Verse

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across some picture and the caption was Amos 5:4. Upon Googling it, I found this verse:

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Isn’t that verse lovely? And, haha, I’ve found I’m like Aunt Clara from Bewitched–we both like doorknobs. While Aunt Clara collects them, I don’t have the room, not with all my books, so I just take pictures, like the one above. Still, you can’t tell me that a doorknob doesn’t make an interesting photograph!

New Drink

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TEA! Yes, yes, I know that tea is a popular drink and some of you may be wondering why I haven’t ever “discovered” it before just now. So here’s my excuse! I never liked tea before. In past tea-tasting experiences, I just didn’t really care for it. It was eh. That is until Mother Dearest bought this “fruit sampler” box of tea–a whole bunch of different flavors, all in a box! That box of delicious sipping goodness has changed my perspective on tea forever. I’ll have a cup of blueberry please, with a buncha honey!

New Book

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My grandma gave me this book for Christmas, and I just finished the fourth and final book, and it is AMAZING. This is actually the book where I heard of the song I Go to the Rock! Even though it’s fiction, it’s engaging, encouraging and full of God’s truth! The characters make me laugh, drive me nuts, and…yeah! And I can’t mention Neta Jackson without saying that her Yada Yada series is also stinkin’ amazing. Not to sound redundant or anything, but if you take this paragraph ^^ and apply it to Yada Yada, you’ll get a pretty good idea! 🙂

New Recipe

I’ve found two new recipes lately. One for a delicious lemon sour cream pound cake.

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And one for soft pretzels!

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The cake, I just dumped most everything in, flipped the KitchenAid on, called it good. (Recipe calls for bowl #1 and #2 and egg yolks here and whites there. Yesh!) Anyways it turned out great! So did the pretzels. First time I made sticks (or logs if you prefer since sticks are generally…thinner) and had to use regular salt since I didn’t have any pretzel salt. Second time I got brave and whipped those babies into ze classic twist–and I had pretzel salt! Without or without the twist, with or without the pretzel salt, it’s easy and yummy. 🙂

New Movie

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We watched this movie a few months ago maybe? Oh my gosh, I will admit that I was tearing up during this movie…maybe a little. It follows a bunch of different people going through very different stories, and each one of them is approached with the question: Do you believe in what God did for you on the cross? And even though the movie itself is fiction, just seeing the work of God in each of the characters lives is such a powerful thing. A good reminder that God is at work in our lives too!


Can’t really think of anything else to add…of course, once I press PUBLISH I’ll think of something. Ha! Doesn’t it always work that way? Anyway, what new things have you discovered lately? 😀 I hope you have a superwonderfulfantasticamazing rest of your day. Until next time!

Love, Emma xo

 

 

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The Photograph ~ Beverly Lewis

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GREETINGS. How goes it? I hope it goes well for you and you are having a ~wonderful~ January. After finishing up the last of the Christmas goodies, I’ve been making Chex Mix and munching on carrots, as well as building snowmen that defy gravity. By that I mean that my snowman now resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I built it with my brother two days ago when it was 15 degrees F. The next day it was 30 degrees and the sun was out, and it melted just enough that it started to tip backwards, so much so I thought for sure it would tip over. But before it could collapse into a snowy pile, the temperature plummeted to 9F and the melting, leaning snowman froze in place at its 60 degree angle.

Anyways, anyways, enough about my snowman because it’s time for another blog post, and this one is about a book that I got for Christmas! My wonderful mother dearest got me Beverly Lewis’ newest novel, The Photograph and I could not waiittttt to read it! I’ve read three other series of hers in the past, and I just love the way she writes! So, I guess I don’t need to say, I realllly was super excited about this book.

But before I can move on and tell you how I enjoyed it, I should introduce you, so you know a little bit about it. Readers, meet The Photograph. The Photograph, meet my nice blog followers.


The Photograph (Beverly Lewis) | Majestic AdventuresHe studied the picture more closely, finding it curious that the young woman looked so boldly into the camera while wearing a white prayer Kapp shaped like a heart–the characteristic head covering for the Lancaster County Old Order Amish.

Why would a devout girl have her picture taken?

When her sister Lily disappears only months after their widowed mother’s passing, Eva Esch fears she has been wooed away from the People. Yet Lily’s disappearance isn’t Eva’s only concern: She and her sisters must relocate once their older brother takes over the family farmhouse. Then Jed Stutzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Eden Valley with a photo of a Plain young woman. Eva feels powerfully drawn to the charming stranger–but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all. . . .


Are you guys ready? Got a good gist of what The Photograph is all about? Good! Let’s move on, shall we? 🙂

Well first off, as you can see from the blurb above, the story is set in Eden Valley, Pennsylvania. I have no idea if this is a real place, but it felt like one! I like the way Beverly writes because it’s descriptive, but not too descriptive. She leaves room for the imagination, but gives enough of a picture to the reader to see it all in their head, you know?

So, at the moment, life is full of change for Eva and her sisters. Like, full of change. Her parents have both passed away, her brother is going to take over the farmhouse, and then her sister goes missing! I guess I could especially relate to Eva in this way because things are changing in my life too. While I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to go through what the characters were going through, they were still relatable. I liked them, even Eva’s not-so-optimistic-slightly-grumpy sister Frona.

The other “big character” was Jed. Life isn’t all happy-dandy for him either, and I really liked that even though he had gone through some rough patches he helped out other people, even though it wasn’t always the most convenient thing!

Throughout most of the book, it was paced pretty well. I didn’t think things happened too quickly or too slowly, but there were a couple of times when it could’ve been sped up a little bit? But overall, I think it helped create a more…realistic? setting for the story since things in life often take a little bit o’ time. When something happened, it didn’t seem too sudden or make me think “Well, finally.” I thought everything panned out pretty naturally.

The side characters–Beverly always has these interesting side characters, and I love how she weaves different stories together like she does!–helped bring it together too. When I write my own stories, it’s hard for me to remember that the side characters have lives too! Sometimes the side characters don’t get enough thought put into them, because after all, isn’t the story about the main character? But Beverly does a good job with balancing between the two. It did strike me as odd though that one side character’s story didn’t really seemed “finished.” It wasn’t a huge-huge thing because he wasn’t a huge character, he was actually a small one, but it just seemed open ended and I would’ve liked to hear what the character had decided on doing.

To sum it all up, this book didn’t disappoint me. It was intriguing and made me want to keep reading! I would definitely reread this book and recommend it to a friend! 🙂 Aaaanddd…I think that’s it! So…I guess we’re done? Bah, I have trouble ending reviews without sounding too abrupt. Ha! But I really did enjoy this book, and I hope that if you decide to read it, you’ll like it too.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment away! I’d also enjoy hearing about your latest adventures, too. Build any snowmen recently? Are your snowmen fighting for survival under the warm weather like Herbert (I named mine that) or they solid as a rock? Read any good books lately?

Happy January, everyone!

Emma xo

 

 

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Ring of Secrets | Roseanna M. White, Review

OH WHY HELLO THERE. And what is this? A book review on a bookish blog that even has the word ‘Bookworm’ in the title? Nooooo, really? You’re kidding. Yes. This is no joke, ladies and gents. A BOOK REVIEW ON MY BLOG. The last one was a long time ago…over a year. O_O

But alas, it is time for another.


 

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 1779—Winter Reeves is an aristocratic American Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the British Loyalists of the city of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she’s caught, she will be executed for espionage, but she prays the Lord’s protection will sustain her, and Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade—the wonders of invisible ink, secret drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover.

Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington’s spy hidden among the ranks of the city’s elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can’t be ignored.

Both are determined to prevail at any cost…and each is committed to a separate cause. Will God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart?


 

DOESN’T THIS SOUND INTERESTING. SPIES. REVOLUTIONARY WAR. LOVE. AH.  I was browsing Roseanna’s blog, which while we are on that topic I will just say that she also DESIGNS covers. YES. I love to look around at her Behind the Design section on her blog, because it’s pretty amazing how she does that. Anyways, as I was saying, I was browsing Roseanna’s blog when I stumbled across some of the books that she’s written. I love historical fantasy, and that’s what she writes. (!!!) I love the books where the characters have a faith in God, and they live by it. So then when I saw that I could order it from my library…YES!

Winter was my favorite character out of everyone. She’s living with her grandparents in the aristocracy of New York, attending the same balls and social gatherings as military officials–what a better position for a spy than that? She has the perfect guise–it’s easy for people to let sensitive information slip when they assume that you’re stupid and mindless. Winter is witty, and she made me chuckle quite a few times. People would say one thing, and Winter would pretend to think it meant something totally different. I also sympathized with her–she couldn’t be who she really was for such a long time. She lived with people who hated her and had friends who could care less. And yet through it all, she remained strong with her faith in God. I love books like that.

There are a lot of characters, and I got pretty confused about who was who, to be honest. But with as many characters as there were, Mrs. White did a wonderful job with them, giving them all unique roles in the story. As was so in 1779, people spoke in old English. At times I had to reread over the same things a couple or a few times, because I didn’t understand. There were some words that I didn’t know the meaning to as well. But the old English helped with the authenticity of the story, and the big words–hey, I expanded my vocabulary, peoples! 😀 The writing was excellent as well–some parts were choppy, but it wasn’t so often that it hindered the reading experience.

Winter, in trying to gain information to pass along the spy ring, gained the attention of a Colonel Isaac Fairchild. Fairchild was a kind man who genuinely cared, and I actually liked him. I surprised myself; I wasn’t expecting to like him, but I did, and…I won’t say anymore about the subject, because spoilers! You’re welcome.

And then Bennet Lane comes along, a man who finds women baffling and stutters when conversing with one, and he’s immediately intrigued with the mysterious Winter Reeves, determined to uncover the woman behind the mask. His awkwardness was extremely endearing. His relationship with his family wasn’t perfect (as was Winter’s replationship with her grandparents) and I liked that. No family is perfect, and I liked seeing that in this book. From the beginning of the book to the end of the book, you could see Ben’s character change and grow. Another good point! I like characters who change and become better at the end of the book than they were in the beginning. 🙂

I don’t think I paid enough attention during the book, because at the end, I went O_O Wait, what?! IT WAS A REALLY GOOD ENDING, BUT AT FIRST I DIDN’T GET IT. Why didn’t I get it? I think because I didn’t read some information correctly. I can’t tell you what, because again, SPOILERS. (You’re welcome, again.) At first I was a little disappointed with the ending, because there’s more books in the series and I was like WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO GO FROM HERE THOUGH IF EVERYTHING IS GOOD? and then I look at the first page of the next book (because this book includes a teaser of the next book) and I realized it follows another character. SO NOW I AM COMPLETELY HAPPY WITH THE ENDING, AND I WANT TO READ THE SECOND BOOK, AND THE FREE NOVELLA THAT TAKES PLACE BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND. It’s on my Kindle, just waiting to be read.

Other random points about the book that I don’t know where to place in the review so I will just place here: Part of the reason I love historical fiction (i.e. Lynn Austin and Janette Oke’s works…) is because the books are fiction, but set in a real time era, and real life events still find themselves wrapped throughout the story. I love that! And this was the same way. Washington, the British, Benedict Arnold, and I even recgonized some names of famous spies who were part of the real Culper Ring! That’s pretty darn cool.

Another point for this book would be the whole spy part of it! The way that the Winter and her friend Robbie left each other secret messages with heat or acid revealing invisible ink, and how the way they dressed would reveal when, where, and how urgent the secret message they left was. It’s just cool.

So I’m guessing that you can see that I enjoyed this book. Sure, a couple of things that didn’t go so hot, but as you can tell there are way more things that were good about this book than bad. And the good certainly makes it worth reading, believe me. I’d reccommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a good historical fiction story, with romance, drama, and Christian faith mixed in. Also a good bit of nailbiting, because there were some spots….

Basically saying, THIS BOOK WAS GREAT.


Wait, what’s that? Why is this font purple? Because purple is gorgeous. 😀 Anyhoo, I’m just curious, are you a historcial fiction reader? Yes, no, maybe so? I would love to know! I myself love a good historcial fiction novel, though I haven’t read exessive amount of them, I still do enjoy them immensely. What about you?! 😀 Also, the question I am dying to know the answer to, would you read this book?!

 

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10 Questions Link-Up

Today is the last day of January! That went fast, though we’re that much closer to spring. 😀 Who’s ready to see blue sky, the sun, grass, and a thermometer that reads 70 degrees instead of -10? (*raises hand* Meeeeeeeeee.) Don’t get me wrong, I do like the snow, but after a while it gets old. What’s your opinion on the winter weather? Yay or nay? 🙂

I love flowers.
I love flowers.

Alrighty, well, I’ve been nominated by Jacquie @ She is Modest to participate in a 10 question link-up. (I keep thinking of the Sound of Music song ‘A Few of my Favorite Things’ because a few of the questions ask about my favorites. XD ) My first ever link-up, yay! Shall we begin?

1. What is your dream job, and why?

There’s so many things I’ve love to do, but does professional bookworm/writer/traveler/music-listener count?

2. Is there a sport/hobby that you are currently not doing and would like to do?

I’m not currently playing softball (as it is winter) but I would like to play it again. As for trying something I’ve never done before (which I suspect is the real question), I would like to ice skate. I’ve only gone once before, years ago, but I thought it was fun and I’d like to do it again!

3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

THE WORLD. I would love to travel the world. Seeing all the marvelous sights and beautiful buildings and the stores (because I love shopping) – would that not be wonderful? Ah. Someday I pray I can travel the world. 😀

4. What is your favorite book?

OH MY GOSH. HOW CAN I BE EXPECTED TO ANSWER THIS. HONESTLY.

so true!

Thank you. Someone sums up a bookworm’s feelings entirely. Nevertheless, I was asked to answer the question, just don’t blame me if it gets a little…long winded. Maybe I’ll just name my favorite authors. I think that would be better.

I love Robin Jones Gunn’s books. And Janette Oke’s; and though I’ve only read three of Lynn Austin’s books, I love those as well. And (and and and I keep saying and at the beginning of each sentence) Neta Jackson’s Yada Yada series. Shall we stop there?

5. Who are your favorite bloggers/blogs?

I actually don’t read that many blogs – I read the blogs of my friends and a few others. Alright, favorite bloggers coming up!

And there you have it. 😀

6. What is your favorite song?

My favorite song changes from time to time. Currently I am in love with Building 429 and their songs – Made For You, Impossible, Listen to the Sound, and Where I Belong. (the first two I cannot seem to find anywhere except a Deluxe version of their album We Won’t Be Shaken.)

7. Do you have a favorite quote?

‘Don’t forget to wear your crown; you’re a princess (or prince) of the King’ and ‘You’re worth more than gold.’ Think the song Gold, by Britt Nicole. 😀 And ‘Smile.’ I love to smile. It always brightens me day when I smile and someone smiles back.

8. Who is your favorite book and/or movie character?

My favorite book and/or movie character…gosh this is hard. Just as hard as choosing a favorite book! Anyways. My favorite book/movie characters are Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. 🙂 And of course Christy Miller from the Christy Miller series.

9. What is your favorite movie? Why?

I watch so many different kinds of movies. Romance, fantasy, sci-fi. All time favorite? Probably Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. Or maybe Ever After, or Little Women, or the Sound of Music. (See? I told you this was hard!)

10. What is your favorite bible versE?

My favorite Bible verse changes too! Right now my favorite is Phillipians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” But then there’s Psalm 8:1 – “O Lord our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have set your name in the heavens.” ❤

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Alright my friends, there’s the end of my first (and hopefully not last!) link-up. I nominate Annalise @ From My Eyes and Koko @ His Little Elephant to answer those ten questions. (If they want; it’s completely optional, though I would love to see their answers.)

And now, my readers, what about you? (First of all, my thanks for reading this post. It was longer than usual! Your reward is chocolate. *hands out chocolate*)What did you think of my answers? What are your answers to the ten questions? Sound off in the comments below, because I love hearing from you all, or join the link-up by answering them on your own blog!If you do link up, be sure to mention it with a comment so we can hop on over and see your answers!

Happy February! Until next time. 😀

 

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The New Year, The Hobbit, and Books. Lots and Lots of Books.

Merry Christmas (a week late or a year early, whichever you prefer) and Happy New Year! It’s 2015! I love watching the clock turn from 11:59pm to 12:00am. And now I have to retrain myself to write ’15 instead of ’14. There’s so many things to look forward to this year. Spring. And summer. And winter again. And another New Year…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. It’s January, it’s 2014 (I mean 2015). It’s a brand new year, full of blessings and adventures and just…amazingness in itself. 😀

Everyone talks about having resolutions for New Years, and I really don’t have any in mind. Nothing that I wasn’t trying to do before the new year, anyways. XD I do have a goal, though. What’s that, you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked!

My goal for 2015 is to read 100 books in a year. I love to read. So I’m excited. Who wouldn’t want to try and read 100 books in 12 months? 😀 I’m kicking it off by reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. And, as big a fan I am of the movies (which, by the way, I went to see The Hobbit: Part Three: Battle of the Five Armies in theaters, and it was magnificent. Ahhhhhhh.) I have never…actually…read…the…books…. :O

I know! I know! But I’m going to change that, starting…well, starting December 30, 2014. (wow that seems like so long ago now.) I actually sorta cheated on the 100 books for 2015 thing, (because technically I shouldn’t have started until today, Jan 1) and started the Hobbit last night. I couldn’t resist, okay? It was too tempting. Hobbits and Wizards and Dwarves and Smaug and…it’s amazing, I’m telling you. The movies are also amazing. I know they’re long, but I’m telling you, it’s worth it. It really is.

And, speaking of The Hobbit and Battle of the Five Armies and everything else Middle Earth, Jacquie @ She Is Modest made an amazing Tauriel costume, which she posted about here. Seriously, it is amazing. You must go check it out. (If you want to, it’s completely optional, just highly recommended.)

In addition to reading The Hobbit, I’m going to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (surprise surprise) So I’m pretty excited about that. I want to rewatch the movies as I read the books, because…I don’t really know why. Because it would be cool, that’s why. 😀

I was considering naming all my favorite LOTR characters, but then decided that the list would be too long, and I’d much rather hear about your favorites instead. Pray tell, your favorite Hobbit and Lord of the Ring characters!

What else am I going to read this year, in addition to fantasy featuring Strider and Frodo and Gandalf? Well, that would be The Katie Weldon Series by Robin Jones Gunn. I’ve read both the Christy Miller series and the Sierra Jensen series by her, both of which I loved, so I’m pretty stoked about this series as well. Hehe, yay!

Anddddd…well, I might as well stop there. I have a reading list I’ll never finish, and I have a feeling you don’t want to spend all your time sitting here while I tell you about all the amazingness I’m going to partake in.

BUT. OH. I just want to tell you about this a moment before I end this. I got the book God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill, and I am going to read that as well. 😀 I’ve read God’s Smuggler before, and it was such an amazing book. It really demonstrates God’s power and just…wow. It’s just a WOW book. :’) So if you want a really good WOW book full of God-Things, I recommend this one.

Alright, enough yakking. (For now.) I want to hear about you! Have a good Christmas? New Years Eve? Have you read any of the books I mentioned, or seen the Hobbit? (Don’t forget that you were going to tell me your favorite LOTR characters :D)

Until next time, faithful readers! Thanks for sticking with me for this past year, with my scattered blog posts and randomness. I appreciate your comments and look forward to blogging with you for another year!

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Happy New Year from Emma @ A Bookworm’s Majestic Adventures!

 

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Anne’s House of Dreams – L.M. Montgomery

Anne’s House of Dreams

 

Anne's House of Dreams - L.M. Montgomery
Anne’s House of Dreams – L.M. Montgomery

Anne’s House of Dreams (L.M. Montgomery) was a really great book! Anne is now married (husband’s name will remain anonymous for those of you who have not read it) and lives in her little house at Four Winds. At Four Winds she meets her opinionated neighbor, Miss Cornelia Byrant, Captain Jim who’s an old sea captain full of tales and Leslie Moore, a beautiful woman whose past is full of tragedies. With her neighbors and husband, Anne begins her new life. She solves problems of her own and tries to help others with theirs.

The fifth book of the Anne-Books was a very good one. Again, Anne met new people and I really liked their personalities and their part in the story. There was lots of humor, I thought, coming from the stories that Anne’s neighbors (specifically Miss Cornelia) told.

 

On the other hand, a lot of the stories were sad ones. Some of them I found a bit depressing. It was different than the happy-go-lucky stories that the friends generally told, and I do understand that everyone has a bit of a sad background, but this was just tragic. And this book was about Anne’s first year of marriage, I thought, but her husband was away much of the time and they only quarreled once throughout the whole story. Those two things were a bit disappointing, but other than that I loved every bit of it. There were happy times, there were sad times, there were joyous times, and there were grieving times. All in all, I found that Anne’s House of Dreams was a very, very good book and I recommend it! (Although, I must say that my personal favorite is still Anne of Windy Poplars. ;))

 

Thank you lovely readers for reading my post. 🙂 Tell me now, have you read any of the Anne-Books I have posted about? If you have, please comment how you liked them! If you haven’t read them, perhaps you’ll start them soon? I’d love to hear your comments. 🙂

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Anne of Windy Poplars – L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Windy Poplars -- LM Montgomery
Anne of Windy Poplars — LM Montgomery

The Anne of Green Gables books keep getting better and better, that’s all I’m saying. 😀 Anne of Windy Poplars was truly the best book out of them all (so far, mwahaha. I still have three more to go!) Why? I’m not entirely sure. I just loved the way it was written and the problems that arose and the ways that Anne solved them. Here’s an overview of the book:

Anne Shirley has taken a three-year job as principal in the town of Summerside. She lives with two widows and a housekeeper at the residence ‘Windy Poplars’. Of course, she knows it’s going to be hard to win the respect of the Pringles.

The Pringles practically rule Summerside. They either like you or they don’t. And the definitely don’t like Anne. They’re determined to make her unwelcome. They’re a snobbish, rude family. Anne goes out of her way to be kind and hopes to make friends with the Pringles one day, but it’s not going to be easy.

When she’s not writing letters to her fiancée (who shall remain nameless) she’s making new friends with the girl down the street or helping solve many of the problems – or even learning some of Summerside’s secrets.

Well. 🙂 I hope that intrigues you.

When I first opened the book I saw that it was split into three parts: First Year, Second Year and Third Year. Within these parts they had regular chapters 1, 2, 3 … and when it came to a new part it started over. 🙂 It was different, but it didn’t bother me none. Just surprised me. Another thing that was different, the first few chapters are Anne’s letters to her fiancée. Again, it didn’t bother me any, it just surprised me. After the first few chapters it goes back to the regular third person view, occasionally slipping back into Anne’s letter writing. 🙂 This different format was nice and I liked it. Don’t let the different formatting I just mentioned keep you from reading!

Things I really liked: Anne is such a friendly person (even if she does get angry or upset, but that makes her all the more human) and she doesn’t give up on friendships. I like that about her. Even though she’s the principal of the school she can still daydream and imagine things. She imagines with her friend, Little Elizabeth and together they dream about their fairyworld. She’s funny, too. She’s able to laugh at herself when she makes mistakes or does something truly hilarious.
Anne met new people – all the time. There are so many people to keep track of and at times it was confusing to me. When I kept reading I was able to get to know them better so that when I read their names I would know who they are. 🙂 A few people just annoyed me to pieces, but it was their personality. It made the story interesting, to tell you the truth. The widows and housekeeper Anne stayed with at Windy Poplars were just dears. I loved their character and their part in the story.

Well there you have it. A review on The Anne of Green Gables Novels #4 by L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Windy Poplars! I hope that if you decide to read the book you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did. If you’ve already read it, let me know what you thought in the comments!

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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