This was a good book. I have so much more respect for Henry Longfellow (although I had a lot to begin with) after having read this book. And it was fuThis was a good book. I have so much more respect for Henry Longfellow (although I had a lot to begin with) after having read this book. And it was fun to see how the couple might have fallen in love...with words first and then each other. ...more
The pictures really make this book. The text is interesting (and there really was a monk who wrote about a white cat). But seriously, these illustratiThe pictures really make this book. The text is interesting (and there really was a monk who wrote about a white cat). But seriously, these illustrations are the type I could stare at for a while. So pretty....more
Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte is the daughter of Marie-Antoinette and King Louis the Sixteenth of France and lives in Versailles. Even though there is relatMarie-Thérèse-Charlotte is the daughter of Marie-Antoinette and King Louis the Sixteenth of France and lives in Versailles. Even though there is relative calm in her family circle, France itself is upset with the royal family. The people are starving and believe that the royal family doesn’t care for those that pay the taxes. Marie-Thérèse wants to go out into the city and see what being outside the palace is like. But she can’t do that on her own. Luckily she looks almost like a twin to Ernestine, a servant girl who lives at the palace. Marie-Thérèse and Ernestine switch outfits and Ernestine pretends to be the princess while Marie goes out to the city to see life for herself. Only the city is not what she expects it to be. People are not just angry, they want to do harm to Marie-Thérèse’s family and any other royals who stand in their way. If it wasn’t for the fact that Marie-Thérèse was dressed like a servant and that she met a nice boy named Henri she would have been in real trouble. Soon Marie-Thérèse and Henri are exploring all over Paris while Ernestine is playing the role of princess more and more. Understandably Marie-Thérèse and Henri soon fall in love while Ernestine falls for Marie-Thérèse’s betrothed. Then the French Revolution comes to a roar and Marie-Thérèse’s family order her and Ernestine to trade places to keep at least one member of the royal family safe.
This book is basically 200 or so pages of drama with a French revolution background. Readers can guess from the first moment that Marie-Thérèse and Ernestine trade places (and thanks to who Marie-Thérèse is and when she lived) just where Marie-Thérèse would be when watching her family meets the guillotine. Of course her family is not what everyone says they are. Of course the revolution is one horrid bit after another. But the black magic? Really? Marie-Thérèse and her re-incarnated mother get to live happily ever after at the end (with loving Henri nearby of course)? And Ernestine escapes the horrid prisons and gets to marry her true love Marie-Thérèse’s fiancé? Those readers who thrive on drama with a historical setting will enjoy this book. But it was not written well enough to really tempt me....more
So the other day while at the library a patron told me about a book that she loved. And since all the books I was talking to her about were ones thatSo the other day while at the library a patron told me about a book that she loved. And since all the books I was talking to her about were ones that she loved as well…I figured that this was a book I needed to read. And it was. This is a book about Della Anders, an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle in 1899. And aunt who doesn’t like her humble circumstances and an uncle who could care less about even thinking about anything other than business. With a great determination Della decides to go and teach school in Winter Quarters, Utah (a mining town community). Of course there are new problems that come with teaching school in a place where the bread-winners face such dangers that come from coal mining. (And as a reader there is always a bit of worry since this is based on a time where a terrible mining accident happened and you know something horrible is coming Della’s way.) And then there is the miner Owen. He is so king and yet so stubborn. The type of character that is so good and so flawed that he actually seems real.
I found myself dreaming about this book (because I was crazy enough to start it without having enough time to finish it before I went to bed…though I did stay up rather late reading that night). The characters found a way to my head and my heart and I loved to see how they would stand up and make the best of a horrid situation. And I liked the nod to the LDS religion that plays such a great part to the story. Kelly didn’t shy away from giving details about what these characters believed or why they did what they did. It was just part of the fabric of the story. And I liked that. Plus I liked how each of the characters had to think through what it means to have a relationship and to put another person above yourself and what you think is best…all the while staying true to yourself. And that balance is ever so tricky to keep in check. A good, clean romance that stole my attention from the first page. Well done....more
In this edition of the Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale (the patriot/spy) is telling the British officer and the hangman about two ironclad ships that fougIn this edition of the Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale (the patriot/spy) is telling the British officer and the hangman about two ironclad ships that fought in the Civil War. One ship was used for the Confederate navy and the other was part of the Union navy. The South salvaged a burned ship and covered it with iron. The North hired a Swedish inventor to build a small iron ship quickly. Both ships had problems. Both ships made a difference for their respective navies. And of course there are all kinds of bits that made me laugh out loud. (Especially the research babies and the correction baby. I didn’t realize how fun it would be to read some end notes at the end of a story.)...more