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The Forgiven Duke Review and Giveaway

Yes, I’m back with a great giveaway opportunity. 

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon—the path of least resistance—Alexandria Featherstone sets off from Ireland to Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. Her glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton—the path less traveled by—on Dublin’s shore still haunts her. Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone mottoValens et Volens: “Willing and Able” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful and wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life of him or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

My Thoughts:  This book is a thrilling sequel to The Guardian Duke.  I love the characters, the descriptive language, and everything else about this book.  To give you a clue as to how much I liked it, I stayed up last night until midnight in order to finish it!  I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a good adventure/romance story.

Giveaway Rules:

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Cleopatra VII: Daughter Of The Nile

Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries)

Author: Kristiana Gregory 

Genre: Tween

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 8

Type: Historical Fiction

Time Period: Ancient

Main Characters: Cleopatra

My Review:  This is my favorite Royal Diary.  It starts with Cleopatra recording her worries that her evil sister Tryphena will have her killed since her father has gone into hiding.  The book continues along at a swift pace from Cleopatra’s escape to Rome with her father, to her account of staying a seaside villa, to their triumphant return to Alexandria.  This book is one of the best Royal Diaries written.

My Overall Opinion:  As I said above, this is my favorite Royal Diary.  It was the first one I’ve read and I’ve read it several times after that.  I would recommend this book to any girl.

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Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles

The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

Author: Katherine Lasky

Genre: Tween

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 4

Type: Fictional diary/historical fiction

Time Period: 1700’s

Main Characters: Marie Antoinette 

My Review:  This Royal Diary is, in my opinion, one of the worse ones.  Marie seems very whiny and she’s bored all the time.  I did find her descriptions of Versailles life interesting, but not enormously so.  

My overall opinion:   This Royal Diary is definitely not one of my favorites.  I would probably not recommend it.

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Isabel: Jewel of Castilla

Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 (The Royal Diaries)

Author: Carolyn Meyer

Genre: Tween

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 8

Type: Fictional diary/historical fiction

Time Period: 1400’s

Main Characters: Isabel

My Review:  This is my favorite Royal Diary.  One of the reasons is that the princess married for love and really did live happily ever after with her prince.  Isabel is in constant fear of being married off to men several times her age.  Her ladies-in-waiting rally around her, giving her their support, but what can she do?  Then, with the help of Bishop Carillo, she concocts a daring plan which just might get her married to a handsome, dashing prince.  Will she succeed, or will her brother stand in her way?

My overall opinion:   I really enjoyed reading this Royal Diary and would highly recommend it to any girl.

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October Song

October Song

Author: Beverly Lewis

Genre: Amish Fiction

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 7

Type: Christian Fiction

Time Period: Modern

Main Characters: Katie, Daniel, Sarah, and lots of others

My Review: I enjoyed reading October Song because it included sequels to two of the books/series I’ve read – The Redemption of Sarah Cain and The Heritage of Lancaster County series.  My favorite part of the book (there are three parts) was probably the first one – Hickory Hollow.  I also enjoyed the last section, a sequel to The Redemption of Sarah Cain, but I skipped the middle part because I had not read the book(s) it was a sequel to.

My overall opinion:  A great read for anyone who has read and enjoyed B.L.’s works should read this.  However, if you have not read the books they are a sequel to, I suggest you read the originals first.

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Black Cloud

Horse Diaries #8: Black Cloud

Author:  Patricia Hermes

Genre:  Tween fiction

My rating on a 1-10 scale:  10

Type:  Fiction

Time Period:  1950’s

Main Characters:  Black Cloud (horse), Annie

My Review:  Told first person from the horse’s point of view, this book chronicles the life of a mustang, Black Cloud, from his birth and growth.  Frolicking with other colts and fillies his age, facing the herd bully, and becoming as tough as possible are only some of the activities he enjoys.  But when a strange, silvery bird (an airplane) from the sky chases them into a box canyon, trapping them, will Black Cloud find a good home?  Or will he be killed?

My overall opinion:  This book clearly details the terrible things that were done to mustangs in the mid-1900’s.  We are introduced to Wild-Horse Annie, as a child.  I think this book is a very good read.  Includes an appendix about the mustang breed and Wild-Horse Annie at the back.

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While Mortals Sleep

Author:  Jack Cavanaugh

Genre:  Christian Fiction 
My rating on a 1-10 scale:  9
Type:  Fiction 
Time period:  Pre-WWII Germany
Main characters:  Josef Shumacher, Mady Schumacher 
My Review:  Josef Shumacher struggles to resist the ever-increasing tide of Nazi propaganda and lies.  Working with six youth from his church, he tries to refute the Nazi regime.  He and his wife Mady are expecting their first child.  When Josef is called to save some crippled children from a hellish psychiatric/death facility he accepts the challenge and almost dies because of it.  Suddenly four youth from the church and Mady are given a difficult decision that involves everything they know.  Will they be able to rescue Josef in time?  
My overall opinion:  A suspenseful read with surprises at every page.  I would highly recommend this book.

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The Sign of the Twisted Candles

The Sign of the Twisted Candles (Nancy Drew Series #9)

This is my favorite Nancy Drew book so I decided to review it.  Nancy Drew is asked by her friends to investigate a certain family run restaurant.  When she finds an old man, virtually held prisoner by two of his relatives she decides to help him.  By doing so she unearths an old family feud and it seems that her best friends, Bess and George will not be her friends any more.  When the old man dies, Mr. Drew is called to act as his executor.  Faced by the growing hostility of both sides of the family and threatened by the owners of the restaurant, will Nancy and her father be able to untangle the many problems they are confronted with?

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The Tombs of Anak

The Tombs of Anak

In this thrilling tale in the Cooper kids series, Jake Cooper and his two children Jay and Lila are called to a remote heathen temple in the Middle East.  They hear strange tales of giants in underground caves.  Jake and his two children are separated leaving him to a battle of wits with crafty priestess while Jay and Lila are hunted by a strange, demonic giant in the tombs of Anak.  One of their friends, lured by the tale of a fabulous treasure risks his life again and again in pursuit of wealth.  This spine-tingling read is a great adventure story.

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Ultimate Book Bash Part 4 (Final Part)

Hardcover or softcover?

Definitely softcover.  It feels much nicer than hardcover.

A cookbook or a how-to-sew book?

Cookbook!  I love cooking and baking.

Science fiction or a fairy tale?

Fairy Tale.  It never seems to lose it’s charm.

Historical fiction or fantasy? Name three books you like from the genre you chose.

Historical fiction.  Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and Emma
Would you rather read historical fiction about the sinking of the Titanic, or the Civil War?

I really have no opinion, but guess the Titanic

Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys? Which book in your favorite set is your favorite?

Nancy Drew!  The Secret of Larkspur Lane

Louisa May Alcott or Lucy Maud Montgomery? Name your favorite book by the author you chose.

L.M.A.  Little Women – I’m currently reading it (again)

Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte? Name your favorite book by the author you chose.

Jane Austen.  I really love her books!  I guess my favorite is Emma.

Little Women or A Little Princess?

A Little Princess

Ivanhoe or Ben-Hur?

I haven’t read either, but I like the Ben Hur movie

G. A. Henty, J.R.R. Tolkien, or Charles Dickens? What’s your favorite book or series by the author you chose?

Charles Dickons

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Hope you had fun throughout this book bash.  Have a great day!

 

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Ultimate Book Bash Part 2

Part 2 of the Book Bash series.

Name three books you love:

I won’t bore you with putting up Jane Austen books (they are my favorites) so I’ll pick my other favorites.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

King of the Wind

King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian

Edmund Betram’s Diary

Edmund Bertram's Diary

Of course I like lots more books, but these are some of my biggest favorites.

Name three series you love:

Elsie Dinsmore

Elsie Dinsmore Boxed Set

Note: These books are the modern set.  I read the old version.

Nancy Drew

Best of Nancy Drew Classic Collection (Nancy Drew Series, Volume 2): The Hidden Staircase/The Ghost of Blackwood Hall/The Thirteenth Pearl

The Horse Diaries

Three Adventures or Mysteries

The Peculiar Pink Fan

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan (Enola Holmes Series #4)

The Secret of Mission T-3

The Secret Of Mission T-3

The Holy War

The Holy War

Three non-fiction:

Spirit of the Horse

Spirit of the Horse

The Jane Austen Handbook

The Jane Austen Handbook

Glimpses of Paradise:The Marvel of Massed Animals

Glimpses of Paradise: The Marvel Of Massed Animals

What’s your favorite classic?  Why?

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin

Sense and Sensibility is a very ‘sensible’ book.  It has engaging characters, a good plot, and interesting dialogue.

What’s your favourite time period to read about?

The Regency

Thanks for taking time to read this post.  As always, feel free to copy this and put in your own answers, but please refer back to me.


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Book Tag

I found this tag over on safirewriter and decided to participate.  You can too.  Just refer to me in your post.

Books I am Currently Reading
Northanger Abbey
Mr. Darcy’s Diary
The Jane Austen Companion
Horse Diaries

Books I Have Enjoyed Recently
Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Saddle Island Series
Mr. Knightley’s Diary
Edmund Betram’s Diary
The Jane Austen Handbook
The Redemption of Sarah Cain

Books I’d Liked to Read
Henry Tilney’s Diary
Colonel Brandon’s Diary
October Song

My Favorite Genres
Regency Romance
Mystery
Adventure
Horse Stories

My Favorite Authors
Jane Austen
Martha Finley
Beverly Lewis
Walter Farley

My Favorites Series
The Horse Diaries
Elsie Dinsmore
Heritage of Lancaster County
Nancy Drew
The Black Stallion
Enola Holmes
The Roman Mysteries
Lady Grace Mysteries

My Favorite Novels
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey
Persuasion
The Shunning
The Confession
The Reckoning

 

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Race to the Rescue

Race to the Rescue

Race to the Rescue is the exciting last book in the Saddle Island Trilogy.  When Kelsie is given a beautiful Thoroughbred rescue, she becomes suspicious.  The people who gave Diamond to her didn’t seem right.  When Kelsie and her friend Jen discover a smuggling ring, will they be able to save themselves and Diamond in time?

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Who is Alfie?

One of my three-year-old’s favourite series is one about a little boy his age and the little boy’s sister – Alfie and Annie-Rose.  Alfie is about three years old and has all the joys and sorrows of any little boy his age.  Shirley Hughes is British so of course her books reflect this in their language which is fun.

In Alfie Gets in First Alfie races ahead of Mum and gets in the door first with a disastrous result which is finally solved by Alfie himself but not before the whole neighbourhood gets involved trying to help.

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Alfie’s 1-2-3 is a number book (obviously) which does just a little bit of adding in addition to counting.

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One of our very favourite Alfie books is Alfie’s Feet.  Alfie needs new rain boots so he can splash in puddles – what little boy can’t relate?  The new boots are wonderful but not quite right.  See if you can figure out before Alfie does what is wrong with them.

Alfie's Feet

Alfie Weather is a collection of stories about Alfie and his family in different kinds of weather.  Interestingly right in the middle of the book is Mum tells Alfie the story of the Fall of Man while they are on a country explore.  This one is a bit longer than others so make sure you have time for it.

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Our library doesn’t have all of Shirley Hughes’ books – she wrote a lot.  We read what they have, and when we find any at resale shops or used book stores we buy them.  Shirley Hughes also wrote other series but Alfie is the one we love.

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The Reckoning

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The Reckoning is the last book in the trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County by Beverly Lewis.  The first two books were The Shunning and The Confession.  Katherine Mayfield now owns the lovely mansion her mother left to her.  A young artist called Justin Worth becomes interested in her and she in him.  Meanwhile, Katherine’s first love, Daniel Fisher, is determined to find her.  Katherine becomes involved in volunteer work in the town and starts an Amish quilting class.  Becoming more and more friendly with two young Amish girls, Katherine wonders if her old home in Hickory Hollow was really meant for her after all.

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The Confession

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I’ve already written a review of The Shunning, so I decided to do a review on the sequel, The Confession.

Katie Lapp had become Katherine Mayfield.  She stays with Mennonite relatives until she can take the trip to find her birth mother.  When Katherine goes to the city of Canaduiga she finds that her mother is dying and a girl named Katie Lapp is posing as Katherine Mayfield.  Katherine takes on the job as a maid at her birth mother’s estate while trying to prove the false Katherine for what she really is.  This is a really interesting book and a good sequel to the bestseller, The Shunning.

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Nancy Drew

I’ve been reading a lot of those timeless classics, Nancy Drew.  As one of my friends put it – “If you analyze all those books, there’s only about 20 different plots you can do.”  Be that as it may, I still really like reading them.  My favourites include – The Password to Larkspur Lane, The Hidden Window Mystery, The Scarlet Slipper Mystery, and The Secret of Shadow Ranch.  All of these stories feature a titan haired girl detective named Nancy Drew.

The Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew, #5)

Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10)

The Scarlet Slipper Mystery (Nancy Drew, #32)

The Hidden Window Mystery (Nancy Drew, #34)

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Great News!

Today I ordered the three Horse Diaries I didn’t have – Golden Sun, Risky Chance, and Black Cloud.  I also threw in an extra copy of Elska for my cousin.  Black Cloud isn’t even printed though, so I’ll have to wait ’til Jan. 10, ’12 to get it.  For sure I’ll write reviews of them when they come!  Have a great day!

While you’re at it, check out the illustrator’s blog – Horse Diaries.

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I’m back

I’ve been away for awhile.  Blame the Internet connection.  It was terrible.  Anyway, I’m back to a blogging routine and I’m going to write a review.

 The Shunning (The Heritage of Lancaster County, #1)

The Shunning is about a young Amish woman named Katie Lapp.  She goes into the family attic to search for her mother’s wedding dress (Katie is about to be married to the bishop).  Whilst in the attic she finds a little satin baby gown.  Katie has always longed for fancy things that were forbidden to the Amish.  Why then would her parents, devout Amish people keep such a thing?  When her parents reveal the night before her wedding a strange secret, Katie is stunned.  The next day she runs out on her own wedding to John Beiler.  Katie is put under the Shunning.  Seemingly betrayed by her parents, shunned by everyone she holds dear, and not truly Amish, Katie goes to New York State in search of the heritage she never knew.  Will Katie find her dying mother?  Read this exciting novel by Beverly Lewis to find out.

The Shunning is also out in DVD format.

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Elsie Dinsmore Book 7

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Yes, sad to say, Elsie becomes a widow.  Even through this hard trial, she still maintains her faith and trust in her Heavenly Father.  After Mr. Travilla dies, the family takes a trip to Viamede, Elsie’s winter home, and her cousins Isa and Molly at last find husbands.  The whole family stays at Viamede for the winter, then travels back to Ion in time to see the starting of Spring.

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