Thursday, December 11, 2014

Love Unexpected...

Love Unexpected. Such a simple phrase. Can love be expected? Is love expected? I like this title. Ms. Jody Hedlund selected a widely accepted and searched two words for the title of her new book, "Love Unexpected (Beacon of Hope Series Book #1)". As you can see, it is the start of a series, and it's a promising start.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To Everything a Season continues...

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" - Ecclesiastes 3:1

I believe it is to this verse that the title to this novel, To Everything a Season by Lauraine Snelling derived from.  I love everything about this verse, and Ms. Snelling does a great job in giving us a story that relates to it. She showed us life and what life entails.   I love how the stories played out throughout this book. The relationships between every character, as well as the relationship between each of them and God.  Having a strong character to pull everyone together is key, and we find that in Ingeborg Strand, the matriarch of the Bjorklund clan.  Who is Ingeborg, especially when there's no mentioned of her in the synopsis on the back cover? Well, you'll have to read to find out. And trust me, you won't be disappointed in this character.

However, you might be if you purchase this book solely based on the back description. Why? Well, we'll have to see what is written.

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Match of Wits, but falls short

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano is the 5th book of the Ladies of Distinction series that revolve around the same group of characters since Ms. Turano's first book, Gentleman of Her Dreams, a novella (short novel available only as an e-book). Gentleman of Her a Dreams is more of a companion book to her first full novel (2nd book of the series), A Change of Fortune.  I loved A Change of Fortune. It was a great first novel that had me searching for more of her work, only to find out that she doesn't have any other books yet.  It was a long 7 months before I get to read her 3rd book, Most Peculiar Circumstances.  If you're already confused with all the titles of the series, scroll to the bottom of this post for a look of the full series' (to date) covers.  Now, it's been awhile since I read the previous books of the series, so let's get back to A Match of Wits. 

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Fine First Lady

After reading about George Washington, our first president of the United States of America, I was quite interested in the personal connections he has; and who better than his wife of nearly 40 years. Martha Washington, born Martha Dandridge and became Martha Custis after her early marriage to Daniel Parke Custis (died 7 years afterwards) was the epitome of a gentle-woman and the first of all First Ladies.

Martha Washington: An American Life by Patricia Brady
In this biography, titled Martha Washington: An American Life, by Patricia Brady gave us readers a young, vibrant, strong-willed and independent woman in Martha Washington that we hardly hear about. We, at least I, since young always associated the First Lady as an old, grandma figure. I think

Thursday, September 18, 2014

George Washington: The Crossing Marries Art & History

George Washington: The Crossing by Jack E. Levin is a wonderful account of the Battle of Trenton, an important event and a turning point during the American Revolution.

George Washington: The Crossing

A portion of "Washington Crossing the Delaware River", an oil painting by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze aptly used and spanned as the book's front and back cover (jacket). This painting evokes a patriotic sense in viewers and illustrates the strength, as well as the struggle of the soldiers as they crossed the Delaware River. If you know the painting, without reading the book, you can probably guess some of the issues and the thoughts in the subjects' mind.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

search for the perfect running bra II

(Image from Women's Health Magazine)
As the title suggest, and as mentioned in my earlier post here, I am in search of a good running sports bra. I bought 3 sports bra (for C/D cups) from Lady Foot Locker, and after several wears of each, here're my two cents:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center

It was an awesome experience. It was nice to finally be able to check this festival out. I only wish that I get to experience this at the National Mall where it was previously held since its inception.

It was a crowded event and the schedule was jammed pack. I think it needs to be two days instead of the one. There were so many sessions I wanted to attend around the same time. And if you want to get books signed by authors, you'll need to be on line hours before, which means you'll have to skip other presentations. The booths around provided great information from the Library of Congress. The Pavilion of the States were also a hit and great opportunity for