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If I Run by Terri Blackstock (Netgalley)

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My goodness, "If I Run" by Terri Blackstock is wonderful. It helped me come to grips again with the fact that we do live in a fallen world. People like Keegan, Frank Dotson and other people are deliberately cruel. One of the characters is stabbed six times. Who is behind it all? Try and guess. It's shocking. A girl is kept in captivity for two years. It's all heartbreaking.

On the other hand, God's people are just as real and mightier than those who perpetrate awful crimes on innocent people. There are people who have God's goodness in their heart. These are people like Miss. Lucy and Dylan and of course, Casey. I found it amazing that Casey, accused of murder, had the heart to care deeply about a mother and child. she had never met. She was willing to sacrifice her life to save their life. I think of Jesus who is the Greatest One to sacrifice His life for us. Saving us from death before we had repented of our sins.

I also thought about the hardships childr…

Cat Thursday My cat wishes your cat a Happy New Year, 2017

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The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith (Lion Fiction)

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I am really liking this Russian mystery. I was drawn to the book because of the Faberge eggs. Those are so beautiful. While reading I've become more interested in knowing about the lives of the Tsar and Tsarina and children, their lives before the murders. I have seen a movie about Anastasia. thesipadvisor.com/tag/faberge-egg/



In the book, there is the mention of Rasputin. When I first read  a little bit about this man, his life spooked me. So at this time I have no interest about reading further about  him. I do want to read about his daughter. In this instance, it's an old novel titled "Rasputin's Daughter" by Robert Alexander.


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Another Christmas mystery by Anne Perry

I suppose it's in the certificate of death where the cause of death is written. I've never thought these forms could seem important to any one but those closely involved with the deceased. Now while reading Anne Perry's "A Christmas Visitor," I find a cause of death listed as "taken by fairies!" I'm shocked! However, I shouldn't feel stunned. All societies have people who take their superstitions quite literally. I would like to know if there are any other original or peculiar causes of death listed in past records. anneperry.co.uk/books/christmas/54/

"They used to write that in as cause of death sometimes, you know ? Taken by fairies!"

Friday 56

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Then there's Lord Peter. He lost out at the show when your bull got first prize. Though the prize money on its own isn't much, the value is enormous as it attracts breeders to the estate.

Book Beginnings

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October 1917, Moscow

Above the glow of gaslight a sprinkling of stars was beginning to appear. A man kicked at the golden leaves carpeting the pavement which would, by morning, have a dusting of frost.

A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry

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This is such a small, special book by Anne Perry. "A Christmas Garland" is filled with inspirational, hopeful thoughts for Christmas and any time of the year. I wanted to take time out and write down many quotes. The novella is also filled with a historical time in India's history. One man is under fire for the escape of an Indian prisoner after the Siege of Cawnpore. It is a brutal era that affected the British and the people of India. There were times I didn't want to read the details of this period. However, I trusted Anne Perry, and she handled the brutality with as much dignity as possible. The death of Chuttur is very ugly also. Think of hacking.

There is a courtroom drama. It's very interesting and passionate. There is a man named Narraway who takes on the case of Mr. Tallis, an orderly. Narraway is a reminder of Atticus Finch from "To Kill A Mockingbird." Narraway has a hard case to prove. He definitely doesn't want a man to han…

Give A Little Love by Rhonda McKnight

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Not surprisingly, I am really liking the romance and History in  Rhonda McKnight's novella, "Give A Little Love." The hero or main character is named after Marcus Garvey. I've always heard of Marcus Garvey's Back to Africa movement. Just from a few sentences I've learned more about this famous man, Marcus Garvey.


"I was named after (Marcus Garvey) him. This book was published in 1923 when he was in prison in Atlanta. It's one of many pieces I've collected over the years...I like being named after such a powerful man. I try to live up to my name every day."nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/twenty/tkeyinfo/garvey







What Is On The Flap Of Your Book?

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Is this possibly a meme?

Finally, I am in the Christmas mood. The credit goes to Anne Perry, the famous mystery author. I can't stop reading her Christmas series. Now I'm ready for my next one. It's titled "A Christmas Garland." The flap is very interesting and sad. First, the novella takes place in India. It's a courtroom drama. An innocent man is charged with a crime.  It is 1857, after The Siege of Cawnpore. When I picked this novella, I didn't realize it would tell about India's history.

"This time the mistress of mystery tells the story of a terrible crime that sets the stage for another: accusing an innocent man of murder."

Games of Make - Believe by Julie Ann Wambach (Brookside Press)

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This novel reads like a true story. The writing style is great. However, it is a sad one to read during the holidays. The novel, "Games of Make - Believe" by Julie Ann Wambach happens in Utah, Phoenix Arizona and Virginia. It's about traditional and untraditional families. It's also about marriage, and it's unexpected difficulties. There were twists and turns. An orange limousine showed up giving me a moment of laughter. I had only seen black ones.

On the more serious side is the illness of a child. I've never known much about Diabetes in children especially for a child so young. It is good when a book can awaken our feelings about adult problems. It is especially good to learn more about the needs of children. Julie Ann Wambach writes tenderly and with concern about children. I did not expect to read about grown-ups taking advantage of children. Perhaps, it would help to give a warning that the mother, Bella, does experience this happening to her two little…

He Is Merciful

I am thinking of this mercy story. It's found in "The Prayer God Loves To Answer." Pastor Henderson gives a very personal mercy story. Although it's a military family, there is much of his story that reminds me of my "mercy story." I wasn't married yet. I didn't have children yet. My mercy story happened at the home place. I am wondering if there is a mercy granted each day. I shouldn't have to travel back a hundred years to find one. Is there a scripture written about new mercies coming into my life every day?

"I was truly "mercied" by the cross...I can never forget the mercy of Christ to my family and, accordingly, to my life."



Teaser Tuesdays

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"Sometimes love comes like a hurricane and sometimes it glides into your life as a balmy breeze."

The Prayer God Loves To Answer by Daniel Henderson (Bethany House / Print book)

The almost perfect prayer begins with asking for wisdom. God's wisdom is given abundantly with love. With God's wisdom, there comes the ability to receive and use other gifts of the spirit such as peace and other fruits which will lead to good relationships. Just reading about Godly peace in our lives led me to question or at least think about  a couple of thoughts in Daniel Henderson's book "The Prayer God Loves To Answer." 

This one thought almost seems like a prophetic remark. It is definitely frightening. "In grassroots America, racial unrest is not going away." At first I wondered why not. I am thinking the author is speaking of our lack of peace with one another and within ourselves. I just always wanted to think that these racial conflicts would end and that we, as a society, would go on to another problem.

Another thought about Daniel Henderson's idea of peace is the one about the suburbs. This is such a bold statement. I found myself wanti…

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

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I've gotten behind in my reading. I should have finished this novel. It's delicious. Can't believe I'm calling a slightly scientific story 'delicious.' I've seen and read the names of different scientists like Isaac Newton. Like Albert Einstein's name, Isaac Newton's name scares me to death.

However, after reading a little bit of Isaac Newton's bio this morning. I have learned about another interesting but flawed scientist. Who knew these men did anything but play around with scientific tools like Bunsen Burners, microscopes or whatever each particular man might have needed for use. In this case, Isaac Newton discovered Gravity and Calculus. Amazing, what a mind! These scientists so enthusiastic about their projects didn't glean the importance of human relationships which brings me to another book I'm reading. It's non-fiction.  The title is "The Prayer God Loves To Answer" by Daniel Henderson. Guess the type of prayer. One…

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

There are so many surprises in this novel titled "The Other Einstein" by Marie Benedict. One is Albert Einstein's seemingly selfish behavior toward the woman he falls in love with during an education in Physics. I am keeping an open mind because the "The Other Einstein" is written from the standpoint of the woman, his friend, lover and then, wife.

 I don't know much about this very famous man. The title is what caught my interest. I've always been afraid to come near any works or words about him. Thinking him a great genius with a highly intellectualized equation frightened me away. Karen Benedict, the author, makes him totally human. She also presents him as very flawed.

I've just been shocked again by the words in the book. There is a scripture quoted in the novel. It is always interesting to see or read about people who love the sciences like Physics and still have a high awareness of a God of the Universe. Anyway, the scripture is spoken by Al…

Game of Queens by India Edghill

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If you wonder what it's like to become a queen, read "Game of Queens" by India Edghill. In this Historical novel, I had the chance to experience the queenly lives of Vashti and Esther. A queen lives a life of beauty. There are horses, nightingales, silks and satins, banquets, etc. It's also a life where there is no freedom. It's a life of sacrifice. This novel speaks to women today. Most women will ask the question before death, have I ever really been free? Did love entrap me? Beauty? Money? A career? What?

Vashti and Esther loved the same man. His name is King Ahaseurus. Vashti loved him as a brother. Esther loved him for his manliness. Who gained or lost the most for their gift of love? The novel makes you question their motives and applaud their strengths.

There is a meeting of their friends too. Eunuchs. Men whose bodies have manipulated or shaped by castration. They are used by men in power. These men like Hegei and Hatach are capable of friendship and ro…

Candle Day by Day Walk with Jesus / Candle Day by Day Bible

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The Day by Day Bible by Juliet David comes in the form of a book and a calendar. Both books are beautiful. Especially nice is the stand up calendar. The calendar covers three hundred sixty-five days. The calendar is lightweight. There is printed material on both sides of the page.  The small book covers forty days of the year. The book is about Jesus' time here on earth. The calendar covers the New and Old Testament.

In the book, there are wonderful titles for the story. For example, there is '"Cousin John"' and '"A Boy's Lunch."' In the margins, there are scriptures for the small stories. There is also a paraphrase of what is happening or what is important to remember.

The calendar illustrations are brightly colored and creatively put together. Even a snake looks magical while the flies for the plague are slightly spooky and the Leprosy painting in the calendar might deserve more explanation to the child or at least, a warning about the s…

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

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First Chapter, First Paragraph

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"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just about midday."

Small Writing Exercise

Emma walked slowly up the staircase. She put her hand to her heart. There is no reason to miss to miss visiting Mr. Cloak today. He is getting so fussy. It is not above him to expect a visit every Saturday along with freshly baked cinnamon buns.

The Book Of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden

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Wow! What didn't I think about "The Book Of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden? The ending left a noise in my head. That's all I will write about that part of the book. Don't sneak a snoop! The novel happens during the Second World War. That war is written about often and talked about often as well. Still, there were subjects in the Historical novel which had never been heard about by me.

One subject is passing. Of course, I've heard about Black people passing for White. I'd never heard of a White male wanting to pass for White except in Black Like Me. Sorry, I have forgotten the author. Lizard is the one who passes or wants to pass. Anyway, he loves the Black race. He loves Harlan, his friend. His feelings break his family's heart. The author Bernice L. McFadden uses a broken dish to describe the parents feelings about Lizard's actions. I could see and hear the plate breaking. What was so terrible about their …

The Dare And The Doctor by Kate Noble

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I love Historical Romance along with other genres. "The Dare And The Doctor" by Kate Noble is wonderful. It came in my mailbox at the perfect time. Autumn mornings have a crispy chill here in my "neck of the woods." In the book, it's spring, at least for now. It's delicious reading about forced bulbs, jasmine vines and rose shrubberies. For the first time, I'm allowing myself to drop out of the present season and in to a season that is months away. So this morning I'm smelling roses and thinking of colors like light lime, sky blue and lilac and walking through a park with a gentleman.

Of course, I'm already in love with Rhys. I especially like the spelling of his name. He seems as gentle as spring. Well, I'm enchanted.

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The Book Of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden

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"...they stood quiet, entranced by the wizard Louis and his magical horn."http://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran (Lion/Kregel Fiction)

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On the cover of Beth Moran's, novel are these words to describe the novel. "...chick-lit as it should be." If Chick Lit is no longer trending in bookstores, that is sad. "The Name I Call Myself" is great. Along with lighthearted days, there are very serious situations taking place in the novel.  This Christian novel is basically about survival and song.

Yes, the wedding gown is part of the novel, not a big part. I think the cover of the book and the blurb on the back might mislead readers. Don't look to read much about a wedding trousseau.

The most important part of the novel is that a dangerous man named Kane is getting out of prison. It is possible he might harm Faith and her brother, Sam, again. He has already caused the family tremendous physical pain and loss.

With all that is going on in her life, Faith continues to attend church and to take care of her brother who has drug and mental problems. Faith is in the church choir. The church choir become…

Book Beginnings

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"When, in my younger days, I idly contemplated the time I might one day go wedding dress shopping, it never crossed my mind that it would be a covert operation, accompanied by oversized sunglasses and a floppy hat." (Lion Fiction)

Yes, this is about Larissa's, best gift. It's a wedding dress for Faith, her future daughter-in-law.  The horrible wedding dress is why I chose the novel. It's just that now I'm more involved with the relationships in Faith's life. I've almost forgotten about the ugly wedding gown.


Mailbox Monday

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The Next A Novel by Stephanie Gangi

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Death isn't always a quiet affair in a room with only the buzz of a fly. The person dying is still very much aware of the psychological processes of the people close to her. This is the case for Joanna DeAngelis. She is in the last stages of cancer. She is very aware of her daughters and the men in her life, a husband and a boyfriend.

As I read about Joanna in "The Next" by Stephanie Gangi I felt dying is tough not just because of the pain and other human indignities but because loved ones seem to become more solid, more real. There is the feeling 'now I know how you really feel, what you really are willing to do for me.' I'm more aware that death might not bring those whom I love closer to me. It's possible death might lead them away from me. For years, some married couples thought another child would make them grow closer to one another. Not necessarily so. And so the fact that my days are shortened won't necessarily stop a man from lo…

My Love For You Before I Met You by Yong Ho Nam

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This poetry book, "My Love For You Before I Met You" by Yong Ho Nam is about love and marriage. The poetry is broken up into three sections. These poems are a way of leading us back to see the beauty of love and marriage. Each poem is written for the wife of the speaker.

Some poems really spoke to me while others did not move me at all. I did have the desire to widen the net and capture all loving relationships. However, I wasn't sure how the author, Yong Ho Nam, would feel about my idea. It just seems like these poems could fit marriage or friendship or a family relationship. Because there is always a need for inspiring thoughts, helpful thoughts about change and struggle as we journey through life. Here are a few lines that speak volumes and make me think about not having the one I love with me or not having the chance to share a beautiful moment with that person.

Don't you know that I need you?
That I need you in my arms
That every shooting star that I …

Humility by Pat Williams With Jim Denney

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Have you ever been called egotistical or arrogant? If so, this is the perfect book for you. Pat Williams With Jim Denney shares a description of haughtiness and how to change the characteristic.

It's a medium sized non-fiction book packed with simple ways to become more humble. Best of all I liked the stories about different famous people. I did not expect to become so interested in Abraham Lincoln again. After all, there are many, many books written about his life. However, these stories were new to me.

The author does seem opinionated at times. It is good to keep your thinking cap on and choose how you feel about the people mentioned in the book. The quotations at the top of the chapters are very helpful. In the end, it is definitely not easy to understand humility. It is a book that takes hard thought. Thank goodness, the authors leave hope at the end of the rainbow. "Humility is a learnable skill."

I am grateful to Barbour Publishers for my review book. It is a book …

Mailbox Monday

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I can't imagine living on an island. I suppose that's one reason "The Cottage" by Michael Phillips fits me. I have visited the Sea Islands in Georgia. It's such a different feeling knowing you're on a piece of land that has an end and a beginning. Land where the water surrounds you. These islands are the Shetland Islands. The blurb on the back speaks of peacefulness. Reading about the author I learn that he, Michael Phillips, and his wife have chosen to live in California and only visit Scotland. In the plot of "The Cottage," there is an inheritance for Loni. I love reading about inheritances, European locations and treasure. I've already read about a journal. I like to read about journals in a novel too. I hope this journal plays a big part in the novel.

Here are the other books for my Mailbox Monday:

1. The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran
2.The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry
3.Game of Queens by India Edghill
4.The Next by Stephanie Gangi
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Mailbox Monday

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I can't imagine living on an island. I suppose that's one reason "The Cottage" by Michael Phillips fits me. I have visited the Sea Islands in Georgia. It's such a different feeling knowing you're on a piece of land that has an end and a beginning. Land where the water surrounds you. These islands are the Shetland Islands. The blurb on the back speaks of peacefulness. Reading about the author I learn that he, Michael Phillips, and his wife have chosen to live in California and only visit Scotland. In the plot of "The Cottage," there is an inheritance for Loni. I love reading about inheritances, European locations and treasure. I've already read about a journal. I like to read about journals in a novel too. I hope this journal plays a big part in the novel.

Here are the other books for my Mailbox Monday:

1. The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran
2.The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry
3.Game of Queens by India Edghill
4.The Next by Stephanie Gangi
5…

Mailbox Monday

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I can't imagine living on an island. I suppose that's one reason "The Cottage" by Michael Phillips fits me. I have visited the Sea Islands in Georgia. It's such a different feeling knowing you're on a piece of land that has an end and a beginning. Land where the water surrounds you. These islands are the Shetland Islands. The blurb on the back speaks of peacefulness. Reading about the author I learn that he, Michael Phillips, and his wife have chosen to live in California and only visit Scotland. In the plot of "The Cottage," there is an inheritance for Loni. I love reading about inheritances, European locations and treasure. I've already read about a journal. I like to read about journals in a novel too. I hope this journal plays a big part in the novel.

Here are the other books for my Mailbox Monday:

1. The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran
2.The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry
3.Game of Queens by India Edghill
4.The Next by Stephanie Gangi
5…