Archive for August, 2011
Emma is a really great novel. Next to Pride and Prejudice, it’s the best one I’ve ever read. It tells the story of a young, rich girl, who enjoys running other people’s love lives. But will Emma ever fall in love herself? You can read the book online here, or get it from your local library.
This week’s question: What’s your favourite adventure story?
Yippee! A giveaway! I’m giving away an abridged copy of Pride and Prejudice. All you have to do, is comment to enter. Giveaway ends September 3, 2011. This means you can no longer enter.
In Elsie’s Children, her children are growing up and maturing. Because of Lily’s ill health, Elsie, her husband, her 17 year old daughter, and the newborn of the family, are forced to travel North to find a doctor, leaving the other children behind in the care of old friends for the time being. When Violet’s friend, Isa, becomes a Catholic, Isa tries to convert her over. Violet is not convinced and later, Isa’s secret faith comes out in a heated discussion with family members. Lily is brought home, but passes away shortly afterwards. Through it all, Elsie maintains her faith and trust in God. Isa becomes a sincere Christian, and the whole family go to the seashore for the summer. Elsie’s daughter, Elsie, falls in love with a man, who asks for her hand. It is granted. Will he succeed? This book has a more emphasis on Elsie’s children than Elsie herself, but it is still good reading.
Ok, the question for this week is this – Do you subscribe to any magazines and if so, what are they?
I really love reading Jane Austen books and other such things, so I made a page about it to showcase everything Austen. You can find it right here.
In the second Lady Grace book, the court is invited to visit the royal docks to see how the new ships are coming along. Whilst they are there, Lady Sarah (a very pretty maid of honor) catches the eye of two dashing sea captains. When Sarah is mysteriously abducted the finger points to one of the captains, but is he the guilty one? Join Lady Grace as she boards a ship disguised as a boy in search of Lady Sarah.
In Elsie’s Motherhood, Elsie and Edward celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary by inviting family and friends to share the special day. When Eddie, their son, accidentally shoots his father (not fatally), he learns an important lesson that will stay with him the rest of his life. Meanwhile uprisings are going on in both the North and South because of the effects of the Civil War. Elsie and her husband soon learn that they will be the brunt of a vicious, vengeful attack on Ion (their home). Will everything turn out all right or will the house be burned to the ground? Read on to find out.
In this first Lady Grace Mystery Series, Lady Grace, Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth I, has three suitors for her hand that are chosen by the Queen. Lady Grace must pick one at the St. Valentines Day ball. The first one is Sir Charles who is very old but very kind to Grace. The second is Sir Gerald who is handsome, rich, and not too old, but very sure of himself. The third is Sir Robert who is slightly older than Grace (she is 16), is in debt but is nice to Grace.
On the night after the ball, Sir Gerald is found stabbed in the back, and Sir Robert is suspected. Lady Grace must sort through dead ends and false clues with her good friends Masou, a boy acrobat at court, and Ellie, a laundry girl, to get to the truth of the matter. Written in diary style, this book is very exciting for anyone to read.
This weeks question – What’s your fav bookstore, used or new, to go to to buy books?
In this book, Star (also known as Bell’s Star) is a trusty Morgan horse with a friendly personality. As Star pulls plows and clears on land on the farm in Vermont, he wonders what it would be like to be free. When he and his human friend, Katie, find a runaway slave girl, Eliza, he wonders even more what freedom means. With slave hunters and the sherif searching for Eliza, Katie becomes nervous and is forced to make a choice between the horse she loves and helping Eliza. Will Star ever find true freedom? Will Eliza make it to safety?
Check out Yatimah’s story here.
I went to Chapters today and bought two books. They are both in the same series – The Horse Diaries. I haven’t had time to read them yet, but they promise to be an interesting read! They are stories about different breeds of horses told from their viewpoint, first person. Watch for a post about these two books:
In a lavish, yet Christian ceremony Elsie marries her true love. They set off for a honeymoon at Elsie’s estate, Viamede. There, a dangerous criminal tries to kill the newly weds, but is foiled in his attempt. Elsie and her husband, Edward, come back to the Oaks, but set off again soon for Europe. While they are there, the American Civil War breaks out. Elsie and her family stay in Italy, but many loved ones are still back home in America. Will her friends and family stay safe? Or will they be torn apart by different loyalties? Read this exciting book to find out.