I think back to my pre-teen years, and there weren't many books out there for us Catholic girls. If they weren't attending Catholic school, 'tweens wo...moreI think back to my pre-teen years, and there weren't many books out there for us Catholic girls. If they weren't attending Catholic school, 'tweens would spend one measly hour a week at CCD classes that barely covered the basics of our Faith, much less all-important stuff like how your soul gives you dignity, praying, Blessed Mother as a role model, how to dress modestly but still look cute, the different types of vocations to consider, and virtues. And where did we look to find clues about those mysterious boys, friendship troubles, fashion advice, and what to do with our slim finances? Magazines that were hardly a bastion of morality. All Things Girl: Friends, Fashion, and Faith covers all of these topics and more in an age-appropriate, wholesome way that supports the Catholic faith. It's not preachy, it's fun, and it's light hearted. I don't have daughters, but if I did I would feel very comfortable having them read this lovely book that encourages girls in their quest to be a Christlike young woman in today's society. Filled with fun quizzes, explanations, and tips, this book really does celebrate being a young woman in Christ, and shows how being a Catholic girl is awesome!
** I was given this book as a review copy from Bezalel Books, and I was not obligated to give a positive review.(less)
I took this book to the beach and could not put it down. It was a long read, but I didn't notice or seem to mind since the story moved so swiftly and...moreI took this book to the beach and could not put it down. It was a long read, but I didn't notice or seem to mind since the story moved so swiftly and captured my attention from the first page. When my vacation ended, I cheered myself up with the fact that at least I could look forward to reading Gable's A Subtle Grace on the plane ride home; it was THAT good! Gable specializes in wholesome, romantic, thrilling, historical, family dramas—all with a Catholic angle. I really enjoyed reading about Catholicism right before the turn of the century, the advent of electric lighting, and the different types of carriages. I won't give away any plot lines or spoilers here, so I'll just say that Gable's characters are compelling, and the reader soon grows to care about the O'Donovan family, anticipating their thoughts and feelings, feeling their sorrows and joys. The characters you can't stand (and there are a couple in this novel), make you cringe. Gable seems to have a knack for creating some evil, creepy types (read Stealing Jenny for another example) and she makes them so real and lifelike that you feel goosebumps and dread when they make their appearances. Some scenes were a bit disturbing to read, but Gable keeps them short and they are not written in a sensational way for shock value like so many other novels. By the end of the novel, my mind was racing: What will Gable do with the members of the O'Donovan family now? I have some ideas, but it's best to simply leave it up to her; she won't disappoint! (less)