Saturday, September 5, 2015

Hey There, Dumpling!

I love dumplings! If you ask my husband, he WILL tell you how much I love dumplings.  There's just something about them. A little "dumpling" filled with so many different variety of combinations. Sometimes it doesn't even feel "Asian". And Kenny Lao's new book, "Hey There, Dumpling", co-authored with Genevieve Ko shows you just that.

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Mistress of Tall Acre

How could I have not read anything by Laura Frantz until now? I'm glad it's remedied with her latest novel, "The Mistress of Tall Acre".

"The Mistress at Tall Acre" is a riveting story set right after the victory of The Revolutionary War that any historical fiction fan will enjoy. We start the story on the 8th of August, 1778 in Tall Acre, with the birth of Lily Cate, the adorable 6 year old we meet later in the story. First thought? It's Roger Federer's birthday. (Sorry, tennis fan here).  Back to 1778. On that day, our main characters, General Seamus Ogilvy and Sophie Menzies meet. Then General Ogilvy returns to the war, under General George Washington.  Fast forward to 1783, after the victory of the Revolutionary War, General Ogilvy returns to Tall Acre, his home, now a widower taking care of his daughter, Lily Cate.  Sophie nearly destitute, lives in Three Chimney barely scraping by.  After much interactions, Sophie and Seamus (General Ogilvy) partners in marriage to help with each other's predicaments, but will this arrangement prove disastrous emotionally and physically?

I've always been a fiction reader, and only in recent years have I delve more into the non-fiction genre, including reading biographies. My latest endeavor is to read historical biographies, specifically presidential ones.  I've read a biography of George Washington and instantly were transported back to the revolutionary period, and I am enlightened by the patriotism, the wisdom and grace that became of the heroes of this country. What does this have to do with "The Mistress at Tall Acre"? I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of General George Washington in one of the scenes, and how the thoughts of others, especially ex-combat soldiers like Seamus reacts since the war. It's a different time than the state of warfare in our current affairs.

Ms. Frantz gave us not only a romantic fiction, but one woven with historical facts, suspense, drama and the journey of faith.  Her rhythmic words brings light to your eyes and create visuals from her descriptions. Her words makes you feel like you're in the Lily Cate's room at Tall Acre, the parlor at Three Chimney or wherever the story takes you. Read and follow along with Seamus' and Sophie's journey in their trust and faith in God's plans for them, as they learn to embark their journey together as a family.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell as part of their blog tour.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ray Vander Laan’s ‘Israel’s Mission’ Experience the Bible Giveaway

Our task as Christians is to bring “lost sheep” back into the love and safety of His kingdom. How are you doing at welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace? Learn how to work on your task with Ray Vander Laan's Israel's Mission, volume thirteen in the That the World May Know® DVD series. Discover the mission that can give your life—and the lives of those around you—greater meaning than you ever imagined. Filmed on location in the Middle East and elsewhere, the series will transform your understanding of God and challenge you to be a true follower of Jesus.

Celebrate the release of Israel's Mission by entering to win the entire That the World May Know® series—perfect for working through with your family, Bible study, or Sunday school class!

Just Commonly's review will be up on September 10th! Be sure to come back and check it out!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • All 13 DVDs in the That the World May Know® series
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced September 21st on the Litfuse blog.


Manga Emma

After reading the "Great Expectations", Manga Classic series, I was looking forward to additional adapted classics into manga format. I guess you can say I had great expectations.  I was thrilled to get a copy of "Emma", by Jane Austen, who's books, I am a huge fan of. To show you what kind of fan I am, I have the whole collection (of course), but with my favorite book, "Pride and Prejudice", I have several copies.  Back to "Emma", manga version by Crystal Chan (story adaptation), Stacy King (editor) and Po Tse (artist).

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Be esteemed by the Lady of Esteem

"A Lady of Esteem" by Kristi Ann Hunter is the novella prequel to "A Noble Masquerade", also from Bethany House.  Even though it is a prequel, both novels can be read on its own, but be warned. You'll enjoy either one so much, you'll want to read about the other characters in either of these novels. That's just what happened to me! Since reading "A Noble Masquerade", I was quite impressed and enjoyed it so much, I had  to check out Ms. Hunter's other works.  "A Lady of Esteem" is her first series novella, and "A Noble Masquerade" is her first full novel. Enough about the background, let's talk about the book itself.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Noble Masquerade

What do you think of when you hear "A Noble Masquerade"?  Do you think of regency, a ball, a mask or even possibly a duke? Well, you're right on and in Kristi Ann Hunter's new novel, "A Noble Masquerade",  you get a little more. You'll get a very reluctant lady, Miranda, two handsome Dukes, Duke of Hawthorne and Duke of Marshington, and a handsome valet. All mixed in, are several outstanding characters, funny and supporting in their own way, from Lady Raebourne and Lady Georgina, to Trent, Price, Jeffreys, Colin and even Jessie.

That's not all. In any good romance novel, you'll want a good storyline (check), a good romance (check), good characters that you'll instantly fall in love with (check), and a little suspense and or adventure (check).

Monday, August 31, 2015

August Monthly Giveaway Winner

We've come to a wrap with this month's giveaway. Congratulations to Terrill R., our August winner! She was selected randomly by Rafflecopter giveaway widget.  I'm quite surprised and thrilled, since she's already a previous winner on this blog. Thank you, Terrill for your support! A copy of Everyday Grace: Infusing all your relationship with the love of Jesus" by Jessica Thompson will be mailed to you shortly!

For those who did not win, don't despair, our September giveaway is in the works, and will be announced soon! This time, it will be a historical fiction (seems to be popular).

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

"Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights" by Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight's Children  weaved Eastern mythology with history and a timeless love story with modern presentation techniques.  The inter-layers of this fiction gives this book a mystical quality, reminiscent of the famous "One Thousand and One Nights", which "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights" seems to reference (two years eight months and twenty eight adds up to 1001).   Is it successful or does it lack a sense of synergy?