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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:

For a mandatory entry you must leave a comment on this post.  The extra entries detailed below do not have to be completed in order to enter, but they will increase your chances of winning.  Giveaway ends April 27, 2012.  This means you can no longer enter.  This contest is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.A. only.
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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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Behind The Personality

Behind the Personality Story

Author: Florence Littauer

Genre: Autobiography

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 7

Type: Life

Time Period: Modern

Main Characters: Florence Littauer

My Review:  I usually don’t review books of this type, but I recently read it and since it’s my blog I decided to review it.  Behind The Personality tells Florence Littaur’s (the “Silver Boxes” lady).  It tells how she started out quite poor and worked her way to becoming an inspirational and talented speaker.

My overall opinion:  This book was an interesting and enjoyable read.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading Christian autobiographies.  

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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 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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Katie’s New Life

Katy's New World (Katy Lambright Series #1)

Katie is a Mennonite girl.  Her thirst for learning leads her to the local high school (under consent of the church elders).  When Katie starts making friends at school, her Mennonite friends become jealous.  Meanwhile, Katie must contend with the veiled disapproval of her community.  This is a very interesting book that I would highly recommend to any young teenage girl.

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Ultimate Book Bash Part 1

I discovered this great series from Jemimah on BBP and wanted to participate.

Name three authors you love!

Jane Austen

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Jane Austen’s novels are the some of the best books I’ve ever read.  I especially enjoy Sense and Sensibility.

Beverly Lewis

Even though I’ve only read a few of her excellent novels, they are very interesting and inspiring.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

She wrote one book – Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  I’ve read this book over and over again.  Even though it has a sad ending, it’s still one of my favorites.

Name two authors you’d like to talk to.

Jane Austen of course.  I’d like to know how she thought of all the great plots she used, where she got the inspirations for her heroines/heros, etc.

Martha Finlay – The author of the Elsie Books.  I’d like to let her know how much of a fan I am.

Please feel free to use this book tag – just refer to me when you do.

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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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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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Elsie Dinsmore Book 6

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.

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Elsie Dinsmore Book 5

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.

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Elsie Book 4

Elsie's Womanhood (The Original Elsie Classics #4)

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.


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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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