Archive for July, 2011

Question Saturday

Last weeks question was – What’s your fav real life story?  It can be a biography, autobiography or just a story about a real-life event.

Jennifer S. said – I can’t think of a specific book, but my favourite genre of real-life stories are those about people who survive some significant event i.e. the holocaust, special needs child, a war, etc.

jessiethought said – At first thought, my favorite real-life story would be Amy Carmichael. Looking deeper, other favorites could be stories closer to me, personally. For example, the Gospel story. That is probably my true favorite, but there are other favorites that come after that.

Now for our new question – If you could rename any book that you have ever read, what would you rename it? 

 

 

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The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

 

The Gift of Magi is a short story written by O. Henry. The story is truly a Christmas delight that shows how charitable a person can get when love is in the mix.

It starts with the introduction of Della and Jim Dillingham, a recently married couple. It is Christmas time and both of them wish to gift their spouse something memorable. Della wants to gift Jim a chain for his pocket watch that he cherishes, while Jim wants to present Della with a set of combs made from tortoiseshell and jewels for Della’s long beautiful hair.

The climax of the story comes from the financial side. Money is scarce and the gifts are expensive. How will Della find the money to buy the chain and Will Jim buy the combs or end up buying something else for Della. Read the story to find out…

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables  (Anne of Green Gables, #1)

By the same author as Akin to Anne, Anne of Green Gables is also about an orphan, Anne (spelled with an ‘e’!) Shirley.  There are other books in the series, but I haven’t read any of them.  Anne is sent by accident to the Cuthbert’s home in Prince Edward Island.  They are going to send her back, but decide not to, putting Anne on a trial period.  She has several ups and downs, mistakes and mishaps with her friends.  Will this be Anne’s new home, or will she finally be sent back to the orphanage because of her many mistakes?  Read L.M.M. classic book to find out.

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Join the Book Club!

For those of you who are interested, I have started a book club.  Read about the benefits and join now here.  Don’t delay, join today!

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Elsie Dinsmore – Book 3

Elsie and her father start their new life together in a house of their own – the Oaks.  Her father falls in love with a beautiful lady and they get married, which later gives Elsie a new baby brother and sister.  Elsie, now 18 goes to live for the summer with her great-aunt Wealthy in the small town of Lansdale.  When Elsie’s father leaves her, a young and handsome swindler comes into town.  Will Elsie see through him or will she be blinded to the true facts?  Will Elsie ever realize that true love has been with her from childhood?

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Question Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer said –  My favourite classical author is Jane Austen. My favourite Christian author is Dee Henderson.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   pennpaper25 said – I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie…

So now for our new question.  What’s your fav real life story?  It can be a biography, autobiography or just a story about a real-life event.

 

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A Cat With No Clue: An Alice Nestleton Mystery by Lydia Adamson

A Cat With No Clue: An Alice Nestleton MysteryThe book starts with has-been actress Alice Nestleton visiting her friends Alex and Lila. Both of them are in their 80’s, were once famous theatrical personalities, but now own a restaurant called Red Witch. The restaurant was started in fact as a way for actors and other creative persons to come and share a meal, talk about their dreams, their failures etc. In short it was an actor’s hub. Lila introduces Alice to her new additions to the family, two tabby kittens. After staying a while, Alice takes her leave, but on the spur of a moment comes up with a brilliant anniversary plan. All the guests were forbidden to bring any gifts, but the gift Alice had in mind would be perfect. The first meal the two had eaten together, the meal that brought the spark of Love in their life. Alice dashes off to her friend Nora’s restaurant and orders the very unusual meal – mushrooms fried in butter and topped with sour cream, flank steak with onions and tapioca pudding, She gets a call from Lila thanking her profusely for the gesture and Alice goes to sleep happy. Things however turn tragic when exactly 12 hrs to the dot from the last call, she is informed that Lila is dead and Alex will die soon. Apparently the last meal, indeed became their last meal and Alice becomes the number one suspect in the murder investigation. Did Alice off her closest friends? Did Nora have a hand in it? Read the book to find out…

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The Bronze Bow

This is a story about a Jewish boy named Daniel in Bible times.  He hates the Romans because they killed his father and mother, and made his sister become mentally unbalanced.  He joins a fierce mountain band, trying to defeat the Romans.  He hears of a man named Jesus who is teaching people to love their enemies.  But Daniel scorns such a belief of peace and love, and becomes embittered dragging his sister, the girl he loves, and his closest friends into a web of dangerous and daring intrigue.

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Akin to Anne

Akin to Anne is a collection of 19 other short stories written by Lucy Maud Montgomery.  I think she wrote them before she wrote the Anne books.  The downside of these short stories is that they all end the same (the orphans find long lost relatives or get adopted).  The good thing about them is that they are all not about children, some are old people or young people.  Also, the stories are still quite interesting.

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Went to the Library…

I went to the library today, and as usual I got a ton of books.  Here are a few I was able to get.

And much more!!!!  Look for reviews of these books coming soon!

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Elsie Dinsmore – Book 2

In Elsie’s Holiday’s, Elsie has finally won her father’s love.  When someone shoves her off a steep hill, her leg is almost broken but she still remains calm and happy.  Then her father orders her to do something that would do violence to her conscience.  Because she refuses, he is very angry and travels North leaving her behind at his family’s house.  Will Elsie ever be reunited with her father, or will he leave her for good?

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Question Saturday

Every Saturday I will ask a question, and you can put up your answers through comments.  The next Saturday I will post everyone’s answers and put up a new question.  Here’s the first question:

“Who’s your favourite author?”

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is set in 19th century England.  The novel starts out starts out with a young man called Mr. Bingley and his friend Mr. Darcy settling in a small, rural town.  All the townspeople with daughters who are of a marriable age are in a flutter, but especially a woman called Mrs. Bennet.  She has 5 daughters and no sons, so of course she wants them all married well.  Mrs. Bennet schemes to marry off one of her daughters.  Her second oldest daughter, Elizabeth doesn’t approve of her mother’s plans.  Will Jane marry the man she loves?  Will Elizabeth marry the man she doesn’t love?  Or will Lydia’s flirtations ruin all her sisters’ chances?  Read this novel about matchmaking, arrogance, and true love to find out.

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The Hoofbeats Series

Book 1 is about a young girl named Katie.  She is an orphan and was taken in by a woman and her husband, the Stevenses.  One day Mr. Stevens brings home a wild, honey-colored mustang.  Katie gradually makes friends with the wild stallion.  When a man comes to the farm bringing news of land in Oregon, Mr. Stevens in very interested but his wife hates the idea.  He decides they will go, but he will send Katie to an orphanage and sell the Mustang.  Learning of this plan, Katie and the Mustang run away with the hired man intent on reaching Oregon.

In book two, Katie and Hiram (the hired man) buy a pair of oxen and a wagon.  Traveling on they meet up with a wagon train and decide to stay with them.  As always, Katie and the Mustang are inseparable.  They seem to have realized their dreams about Oregon when Annie, the girl Hiram loves, is injured in a storm.  Hiram chooses to stay with her, and Katie makes the hard decision of travelling on with the wagon train.

Book 3 starts off as Katie and the family she has chosen to stay with press toward Oregon.  Large rivers, dry deserts, and broken wagons are only some of the dangers they must face on the way.  Then the wagon train meets up with some travelling actors.  They have some horses incorporated in their act, and Katie is curious.  The only woman in the group starts teaching Katie to do riding tricks.  Later, when Katie is threatened by a rattlesnake, the Mustang saves her life by killing the rattlesnake with his hooves.  Oregon is almost in sight!

The last book in the series tells how they finally reach Oregon.  I don’t want to say too much because it will spoil the ending, but just let me tell you that you will be surprised.

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Elsie Dinsmore – Book 1

The Original Elsie Dinsmore Fan Club

This book is about a little girl called Elsie Dinsmore.  It is set in the mid 1800’s on a Southern plantation in America.  Elsie Dinsmore is the heiress to an immense fortune.  She lives with her relatives at Roselands.  Elsie’s mother died several years ago and her father has been away in Europe for some time.  Her relatives are not always kind to her, but Elsie maintains a calm and gentle spirit through her faith in God.  When her father returns home, he is stern toward her.  Will Elsie ever gain her father’s love?  Read this book to find out.

Find out more about Elsie Dinsmore here.

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Ho Hum! Another blog about books!

Most of you are thinking “Do we really need another book about blogs?”  (Sorry, blog about books 🙂 )  Well, frankly, books are a great love of mine, and I want to share this love with other people.  So hang in there and enjoy the ride!

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