Have you always wondered why certain things you hear from the Sunday morning pulpit don't always match up when you read your Bible? This book is about...moreHave you always wondered why certain things you hear from the Sunday morning pulpit don't always match up when you read your Bible? This book is about several characters, all of whom are looking for change in their life. They don't all understand why or how at first, but eventually it all comes to light.
Randall is such a caring individual. He is always cheery and helpful no matter what his lot in life is. He is someone most people either naturally gravitate towards or completely ignore. I need more Randall's in my life!! He shares something most precious to others he works with and the outcome may surprise you.
Christianity takes a lot of muscle, and sometimes the shovel, but in the end, it will be well worth it!
I don't want to give much of this book away because it's one that, once you start it, you won't be able to put it down. I highly recommend this book for EVERYONE and I hope you take some time to read it!(less)
Karen Witemeyer has done it again with a brilliant tale of shot gun weddings and good ole fashioned romance! I've yet to find a book by this author th...moreKaren Witemeyer has done it again with a brilliant tale of shot gun weddings and good ole fashioned romance! I've yet to find a book by this author that I could just take my time and read at a leisurely pace. Ms. Witemeyer ropes readers in before a page can be turned and then saddles them down until the last word is said!
Meredith (Meri) Hayes is a young woman who is in a Cinderella state. She is at the mercy of her Aunt (wicked step-mother) Noreen and Uncle Everett after the death of her parents many years ago. When money is tight for the family, the only logical thing to do is to marry Meri off while she has her land inheritance, youth, and beauty. The only problem is, Meri is not attracted to Roy at all and just doesn't see happiness with him. She's always been "in love" with Travis Archer since that fateful day ten years earlier when she had trespassed on her land and become injured. He was just the prince that would never come though. After overhearing some information, Meri finds herself reaching out to help the Archer boys. Once again, she trespasses on their land. That decision would forever change her life.
Travis Archer and his brothers, Crockett, Neill, and Jim, have lived on their own since their parents died so many years ago. They are protectors of their land and never leave. No one is allowed on their land without finding a bullet in them. However, when a young girl becomes trapped on their land, Travis cannot help but to take care of her and take her home. Little does he know, that girl will one day return to save his land. When things get a bit heated on the property, Meri is forced to stay. Uncle Everett then lays down an ultimatum, which leads to big decisions amongst the Archers. Who's gonna marry this girl and save her reputation? What about Roy?
I absolutely had a hard time putting this book down once I started!! I've felt that way about all of Karen Witemeyer's books! The adventures the characters face make me (at times) wish I could have lived back in the 1800's! I am enamored with the dresses the women of the time wore and the descriptions were spot on. The tender romance that had to blossom and grow was also one that most girls dream of happening. Who wouldn't want to be fought over?? :)
Riley Hale is settling in at Alamo Grace as a chaplain and safety officer. Not the plan that she had for her life but after a devastating accident cos...moreRiley Hale is settling in at Alamo Grace as a chaplain and safety officer. Not the plan that she had for her life but after a devastating accident cost her the use of her left arm, she was no longer able to serve as a nurse in the ER. Her soon-to-be roommate, Kate, is the charge nurse of the ER and is helping Riley to improve her skills. While returning to clean up a treatment room, Riley sees a strange man with a needle about to insert it into his skin. As safety officer, it's her duty to protect this man from himself and others. Little does she know, this is Dr. Travis. THE Dr. Travis of the free clinic in town and rotating ER doctor.
The Bluffs community is not pleased with Dr. Travis's free clinic. Too many unsavory incidents have happened there of late. Andrea will do everything she can to be sure that the clinic will be closed down. Meanwhile, many patients are helped by Dr. Travis, Riley, and Bandy. Where will these people receive the care they need if the clinic is to close?
As always, Candace Calvert does not disappoint. I had a very hard time putting this book down once I got started. There is humor, romance, and lots of suspense! I have always enjoyed Ms. Calvert's writing and this one is no different! If I were to pick a favorite character in this book, it would have to be Bandy. He is the best "nurse", besides Riley of course, in this story. Bandy's back story is one that really touched me.
I'll be coming back for more from Nurse Calvert! :) (less)
First of all, my sincerest apologies to Ronie Kendig for taking so long to post this review!!!
Ronie has taken the top spot in my "favorite authors" l...moreFirst of all, my sincerest apologies to Ronie Kendig for taking so long to post this review!!!
Ronie has taken the top spot in my "favorite authors" list. I had been talking to her about this series for awhile, as I fell in love with the Discarded Heroes with Nightshade by Ronie Kendig. I was fortunate to read this book as a galley and have had a hard time not discussing it openly so as to not ruin the book!
In this gripping conclusion (ok, can I hope not?!?!) to the Discarded Heroes series, "Legend" finds himself in prison. Someone doesn't want him there though so he is freed by a woman who he can't stand. Why in the world would she want to do this? Legend will later thank Kacie for rescuing him so he can find out what has happened to the remaining members of Nightshade. Someone has blown their cover and things are not going well for the team.
I highly recommend having a box of tissue handy while reading this book. Ronie has had me in tears with each book she's written but I was bawling like a baby...in the middle of the line to the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disneyworld. All of a sudden, the happiest place on earth became the saddest. I understand why the book was written the way it was and I admire Ronie for concluding the book in this way. Our military deserves only the highest respect and honor for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis.
Be sure to check out the other books in this series and watch for Ronie's new series coming out soon about military dogs! :)
Thank you, Ronie, for keeping me entertained and helping me to fall in love with a fabulous group of guys, even if they are imaginary! :) (less)
Imagine being without your ID, finding yourself in a dire situation in need of emergency surgery, and no one knows who you are. That's where Dr. Anna...moreImagine being without your ID, finding yourself in a dire situation in need of emergency surgery, and no one knows who you are. That's where Dr. Anna McIntyre finds herself, well with her patient anyway. When adverse reactions occur to the treatment given during surgery, Anna finds herself in a huge legal mess.
The DEA, Denver Police, and a family are on her tail...and she can't figure out what she's done so wrong to cause this problem! She only followed protocol!
Then Nick enters the scene...a handsome pathologist who wants to help Anna. Just exactly HOW does he want to help her though? How can she tell who's sincere and who's out to get her? Is her lawyer even a "good guy"? Afterall, she was told he was a liar and a cheat!
Whatever is Anna to do? Did she prescribe the end to her career and possibly her life as well? Whatever you do, don't commit a medical error and NOT read this book!
This is the second book in the Prescription for Trouble series. I have loved reading the first two books so far and eagerly await April 2011 for the next installment!
I'd give this book 10 stars if I could! Candace Calvert does it again with a beautiful love story featuring, this time, a police officer and a doctor....moreI'd give this book 10 stars if I could! Candace Calvert does it again with a beautiful love story featuring, this time, a police officer and a doctor. Leigh Stathos is a successful ER doctor who has decided life with police officer hubby Nick just isn't worth it since his affair with Sam. She throws herself into her work and her horse. Nick is beside himself, sleeping outside the house, calling, texting Leigh wanting to reconcile. A series of rather tragic events brings the story full circle and Leigh and Sam meet. It's...well, you have to read the book to find this one out! Can love survive the "code" that occurs? Can Leigh have a happily ever after? What about Nick's lemon tree? Little Maria stole my heart and she'll nab yours too in this exhilarting read! I love how characters from the other books in this series kept appearing in this book as well as the others. There is a definite flow and continuity between them!
My only lingering question is, Candace, what's next!?!? :)
Wow! When you pick up this book to read (because everyone should!) you'd better settle in because you won't be able to put it down! Ronie Kendig has a...moreWow! When you pick up this book to read (because everyone should!) you'd better settle in because you won't be able to put it down! Ronie Kendig has a way of grabbing her readers from the prologue and holding them prisoner until the last word is spoken!
I am surprised I let this one sit as long as I did, but then again, I am a student now and don't have much time for pleasure reading. Nothing like a beautiful Saturday and the flu to give you time to read!
I'm a bit of a sucker for a man in a cowboy hat and Colton (aka Cowboy) is the star of this sequel (check out Nightshade for the first book in the series). Colton, in the midst of having some horrible flashback from his days in Fallujah, is being called up to help disarm an Israeli nuclear crisis. He just thought he was out of the military!
Nightshade's men are supposed to be ones that can keep their heads in the game. After all, that's one of the reasons they were chosen. Enter Piper Blum...beautiful, smart, and has a magnet attracting Colton so fast his world is spinning. Can he keep it all together in midst of the drama?
I would say more about this book but it would give too much away! Ronie Kendig is one of my top 3 favorite writers and she has the number one suspense spot! Don't miss out on this great read full of suspense, adventure, and of course, love.
Thanks to the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Barbour Books for providing a copy for review.(less)
What if you were the last Christian on the face of the earth? What would you do? That's how it is Abby. She's grown up on an island in Papau New Guine...moreWhat if you were the last Christian on the face of the earth? What would you do? That's how it is Abby. She's grown up on an island in Papau New Guinea and when her tribe is all murdered, she goes to America to try to find out why. It's like stepping into a Brave New World for her. Everything is so different and no one believes in God whatsoever. Virtual reality is an easy escape, cars are automated, and people communicate through taps on a grid system.
Abby's cousin Lauren is her only remaining family and Lauren is too busy in her political campaign to give Abby the time of day...unless of course it's to tell her not to talk about her Christianity. Lauren feels it will not bode well for her to be connected to this religious zealot. Lauren's life partner Sabin takes Abby under his wing and begins to help Abby adjust to life outside of the tribe.
Lots of mystery and suspense fill this book that could be compared to Brave New World (which I absolutely hated by the way...maybe because it was REQUIRED reading in school and I don't like people telling me what to read?!?!) I could have read this book so much faster but it was one of those books that I didn't want to end so I read it slower! It is very thought provoking, even though fiction, and I pondered many points of the book. What would I do if I was the last Christian on the Earth? What if technology was really that advanced as it was in this book and I could do a brain transplant? Would I do it?
I pondered these questions on so many different angles and it's a book that will stick with me for quite some time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys utopian/dystopian society, a good suspense, and a deep thought provoking novel! (less)
Does Adelaide really have her head in the clouds? I think so! This is a great follow-up to Tailor Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer. British nobles, gover...moreDoes Adelaide really have her head in the clouds? I think so! This is a great follow-up to Tailor Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer. British nobles, governesses, rogues, and sheep herders are all that's necessary to make this book complete! I loved everything about this book, especially the cover!
My favorite character, without question, is Isabelle! How could one resist her charm? Poor thing has had a rough life though and is now mute because of her trials. However, Adelaide is on a mission to change that. What will it take to get her to speak again?
Gideon is also intriguing. Love the name, wish he were real so he could sweep me off my feet (in the form of my real hubby!) Hmmm...nothing like a sheep herder with an adorable daughter to make you fall in love!
I highly recommend this read. It's a quick read (took me longer than I wanted because of time constraints!) that is well worth the magical journey. Oh how I wish I would have lived back in this era! The author makes you feel that you are there watching the sheep shearing and feeling Adelaide's fabrics wrapped around you! Great book for teens and older!
I'm looking forward to more of Karen's works!
Many thanks to Bethany House and Karen Witemeyer for providing me a copy of this book for review! (less)
Myra Johnson's debut book is nothing but fantastic!! One Imperfect Christmas is a love story of sorts about individuals and family. Natalie is one har...moreMyra Johnson's debut book is nothing but fantastic!! One Imperfect Christmas is a love story of sorts about individuals and family. Natalie is one hard-driven work horse trying to make her way into the graphic design world. Daniel is an ambitious basketball coach with a strong desire for the top teams. Lissa is a young, beautiful teenage girl facing all the pulls of teenage life. Natalie's parents, Bram and Belinda, are the picture of a perfect marriage. After a traumatizing event, will anything ever be the same? Can love survive anything? Will Christmas ever be the same again?
One small warning...have a box of kleenex handy when reading this book! I just loved this story...and it's what I needed to hear right now. There are many different situations weaved in this book but they all tie in and are central to the power this story carries. My only disagreement with this book is that I do not believe (and the Bible does not support) that Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. We are actually not commanded to celebrate his birth, but rather his death. Beside that point, this is one book that could bring many to a different understanding of how important family is...at anytime of the year. No one is perfect and forgiveness is so essential. Many times its the hardest step of healing a relationship.
I would highly recommend this book! It was a great read during the holidays! This is the first book I read during the holiday season involving a holiday theme. (less)
This is the first book I've read by Linore Rose Burkard and I LOVED it! Many people have compared this book to something of the Jane Eyre era and I'm...moreThis is the first book I've read by Linore Rose Burkard and I LOVED it! Many people have compared this book to something of the Jane Eyre era and I'm just going to have to take their word for it because I've never read any Jane Eyre!
I was a bit concerned when first received this book to read since it is the third in a series. However, I heard that it could be read as a standalone so I gave it a try. I never felt lost or like I was missing a piece of the story. I do, however, want to go back and read the first two books in the series!
Beatrice is a young woman who is full of anticipation about her "coming out". The only problem is that her mother thinks she's not ready yet. Beatrice is pleading with her sister Ariana (who, by the way, just recently married into a very wealthy and respectable position) to take her to London. Mr. Mornay (Ariana's husband) is needing to secure a vicar and before long, two men are present at Abington to apply for such a position. When Beatrice appears attractive to both of them, and she with an eye for each one of them, whatever is a girl to do? It's only after a couple of significant, trying events, that the decision is made for her.
I found myself hearing the dialects of the characters and envisioning the homes, the beautiful finery, and the carriages. I longed to escape there on a Saturday morning after a long week of work. I even caught myself wanting to refer to my family members as "Mr", "Miss", and "Master". They would have thought I'd lost my mind had I done so but I was so wrapped up in the story that it could have very well happened.
I identified with Beatrice in this story on so many different levels and was anxious to see what "we" would do next. I was not disappointed, not even in the least!
I wish to extend a special thanks to the author and publisher for providing this copy for me to review.
I'm so excited that I was able to finish this book today!! :) (less)
W-O-W...I don't know that I can adequately convey my feelings about this book in this post. Everyone has an opinion about the "War in Iraq" or whateve...moreW-O-W...I don't know that I can adequately convey my feelings about this book in this post. Everyone has an opinion about the "War in Iraq" or whatever terminology you chose to use in regards to this conflict. I had one prior to reading this book and I DEFINITELY have one now!
I was contacted awhile back by the publicist for Dr. Coppola to review this book. My background in pediatric cardiology nursing drove me to want to read this book. I finished it in two sittings, which is rare for me to do! There are so many things I learned from this book and I'll take a few minutes to share with you my thoughts and reactions.
First, a brief synopsis provided by the publisher:
ynopsis: Coppola: A Pediatric Surgeon in Iraq is the fierce, true-life account of Dr. Chris Coppola’s two deployments in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Air Force pediatric surgeon. Twice stationed at Balad Air Base, fifty miles north of Baghdad, in what was first a rude M*A*S*H*-style tent hospital and later became one of the largest U.S. military installations on foreign soil, Dr. Coppola works feverishly to save the lives of soldiers and civilians as word spreads among Iraqi families that, no matter what the infirmity, he can save their children. From his first night on call, Dr. Coppola is confronted with injuries more severe than any he has ever encountered—I.E.D. and suicide bomb casualties, which shake his religious conviction and trigger persistent bouts of insomnia. In his first weeks, he witnesses Iraq’s health care system tumble into crisis as thousands of Iraqi doctors flee the country, Al Qaeda ramps up efforts to target civilian sites such as schools, funeral processions, women and children; and families are left without basic essentials like electricity and drinking water. Dr. Coppola, exhausted after marathon nights in the OR, homesick for his wife and three boys in San Antonio, Texas, finally asks himself, “How can I go on?”
Dr. Coppola faces some very traumatic cases in Iraq while on his two tours of duty. This book mainly focuses on his first tour where you learn of young children who are injured in the war. Innocent, precious lives...some of them with fixable injuries, others with more difficult situations. Dr. Coppola talks of some of his comrades that come in to the facility where he is stationed with missing arms, legs, and shrapnel everywhere. The reader has a glimpse of the good and the bad of these cases. Some were very touching and will stay with me for a VERY long time.
A non-medically trained person may ask if this is the right book for them. While I think it requires a strong stomach to read through some of the heartache and trauma, Dr. Coppola never leaves the reader guessing what each diagnosis means. He is aware of his readers possible lack of knowledge when talking about what the steps are to remove shrapnel from the spinal column and uses layman's terms, along with the medical term. I found this book to be very educational in that respect.
Speaking of respect...my respect for the soldier fighting for my freedom escalated to the nth degree. I knew it was bad to be there, but I didn't realize (and will never fully realize unless I go) just how bad it really is. The conditions in which our soldiers are living and working there are deplorable! I cannot imagine how Dr. Coppola and his team must have felt when all the dust kicking up everywhere prevents a 100% chance of a sterile field in the operating room!! Things we take so easily for granted here are necessities over there. Our very soldiers lives are at stake!
I know now, that after reading this fantastic book, that Dr. Coppola is a doctor whom I would love to work beside one day. His compassion on these children that he treated while there just proves that he is a real human being! Dr. Coppola had to fight to care for the "non-warfare related" injured children while there. Many families heard of Dr. Coppola and his skills while there and would bring their children for multiple issues, one of which was gender determination.
The cover of this book is most poignant. A hand holding a piece of paper that says "Coppola". It's beautiful! The story is in the middle of the book and it brought tears to my eyes.
I laughed, cried, and even got angry while reading this book. This one is staying on my shelves and I'll purchase the full copy as well. I'm not a huge memoir fan but I'm so thankful to the publicist and Dr. Coppola for asking me to review this book. My life feels different now and I hope to impart to my students the importance of serving your country, whether in the military or simply through their choice of profession.
This book is currently available only at http://www.coppolathebook.com. Preorders on Amazon.com are available beginning February 2010. In addition to your purchase online, 10% of all purchases made on the site will go to support the not-for-profit organization War Child
Don't let this one slip away. This is a life-changing book that I HIGHLY recommend to all! (less)
By far, THE BEST BOOK OF 2009!!! This is a MUST read for everyone!!
Miss Hilly is just the worst boss to work for and Aibileen, Constantine, Minny and...moreBy far, THE BEST BOOK OF 2009!!! This is a MUST read for everyone!!
Miss Hilly is just the worst boss to work for and Aibileen, Constantine, Minny and others know first hand. This wonderful book, based back in the 1960's, chronicles the lives of black house slaves and their white masters/mistresses. There is love, suspense, comedy, and of course, uncomfortable issues.
When Skeeter, a white woman, starts befriending the help after seeing the way that they can (and are) mistreated, a wonderful idea is born and the residents of this small Mississippi town are in for the shock of their lives. Taking risks, Skeeter meets with the help in secret to work on their little project. I think she ultimately learns the best lesson of all, that despite skin color, women can work together for the greater good.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you might even want to throw the book before you are finished. I promise you the end is well worth the wait!! If you don't believe in Karma before reading this book, it just might change your mind!
Amazingly, this is Kathryn Stockett's first novel. I sure hope it won't be her last!!
I read this book on recommendation of my online book club, The Word Shakers. I purchased this book from Amazon. (less)
This is such a beautiful story full of love, mystery, and beautiful clothing!! :) I love reading historical fiction and this second read by Julie Klas...moreThis is such a beautiful story full of love, mystery, and beautiful clothing!! :) I love reading historical fiction and this second read by Julie Klassen was the perfect weekend getaway!
Oliva isn't sure what she might have done to the man but she does know that she needs to get away quickly. She finds herself in even more trouble once she is on her way to a school for work. Will the drama ever end?
There are so many things I absolutely loved about The Silent Governess. The title is more than fitting and it had me intrigued from the beginning! I loved learning more about Parliament, Dukes, Earls, and most importantly, Governesses. I think had I lived back then that I would have loved to be a Governess. While it's a quiet, somewhat lonely lifestyle, I would have been a perfect match since I'm so painfully shy!
I don't think I can pick a favorite character from this book because there are just so many good ones. Some who were my favorite in the beginning ended up being ones that I didn't care as much for by the end and vice versa. There are so many wonderful and exciting twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. This was a quick, three settings read and I can truthfully say that I hated to see it end.
You know you're an ER nurse when: 1. You're never late for work, in fact you come in 20 minutes early (see #2) 2. You are vigilant and diligent in maki...moreYou know you're an ER nurse when: 1. You're never late for work, in fact you come in 20 minutes early (see #2) 2. You are vigilant and diligent in making sure everything is stocked before your shift starts. 3. You can handle seeing an overwhelming amount of tragedy in one day. 4. You are addicted to coffee and/or diet coke and you're an incredible multi-tasker. 5. You believe in standing up for what is right, even it you have to stand up to the doctor barking orders at you. 6. You care more for your patients than for yourself. 7. You see yourself as a rock...nothing can affect you. 8. You learn to live without lunch and bathroom breaks. 9. You despise critical incident teams coming in to counsel you when they weren't there to see what you saw. Remember, you're a rock. 10. You work for Dr. McSnarley.
I really, really, really enjoyed this book!!! Coming from a nursing background, I understood a lot of the emotions covered in this book. I've been through the horrible shifts, losing patients, long hours with no lunch or bathroom breaks, Dr. McSnarleys...yet it is so rewarding!!
At first I was afraid this might be a book much similar to an episode of House or ER but it wasn't. I don't watch medical shows because they don't "get it right". Mrs. Calvert relied on her medical background to accurately describe the goings-on in an ER. It was written as if you were standing right there, looking onto the gurney, smelling the smells, hearing the beeps, blips, whirs, and stirs. I had a very hard time putting this one down and I look forward to other books to come in this series.
Claire just took on a job at Mercy Hospital and had her eye on the new Clinical Educator position. She was definitely qualified and on top of that, she was trained in critical incident stress management.
Erin is the top notch charge nurse who really cares for her staff. She works just as hard as they do on top of organizing Faith QD and a variety of fundraisers for the hospital.
Sara is a work horse and Erin's right hand. Sara is always early to work, meticulously checking to make sure all the equipment is in stock and functioning properly. She's a rock and is one of the most dependable nurses in the ER.
Then, well, there always has to be at least one...Dr. McSnarley...oh, pardon me, I mean Dr. Caldwell (Coldwell?). There's a complaint file on him a mile wide with the Chief of Staff but Dr. McSnarley is such a competent doctor that no one dares to get rid of him.
There's a horrible tragedy in the ER one day that brings all these people together...and changes lives forever. Through mutual sharing of woes, laughing, crying, and oh yeah, that much NOT needed critical incident stress management, the reader can see how taking care of oneself really is Critical Care. Just how do they do it? Well, you'll have to read it to see. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! (less)
This is a really fun alphabet book about bugs. My son received this as a gift from his favorite Aunt Ali. He loves it and so does my daughter. It has...moreThis is a really fun alphabet book about bugs. My son received this as a gift from his favorite Aunt Ali. He loves it and so does my daughter. It has become the "bedtime book" here recently. I have learned some names of bugs I didn't know and I just knew that people who were talking about "no seeums" were out of their mind and "seeing things"! Come to find out, it's really an insect!! Very fun, educational book!(less)
I would say that I'm sorry that the Mortal Instruments series has come to an end, but I'm not. BECAUSE IT'S NOT OVER YET!!! :) I'm so incredibly excit...moreI would say that I'm sorry that the Mortal Instruments series has come to an end, but I'm not. BECAUSE IT'S NOT OVER YET!!! :) I'm so incredibly excited that Cassandra Clare has announced that there will be a 4th book and a MOVIE!!! (See more info here!!)
For the Love of Money by Wilburta Arrowood is another fast, great read. This book focuses on something that is very common in today's society...gambli...moreFor the Love of Money by Wilburta Arrowood is another fast, great read. This book focuses on something that is very common in today's society...gambling. While the focus is on gambling money, I saw a very distinct parallel with gambling other important things like the soul and time. I love how Mrs. Arrowood uses very realistic, down to earth people like Ed and Kathy to tell this story.
With the way our economy is going, I fear that gambling will become even more of an issue. It's sad to see people wasting their time, their soul, and their lives by using means other than relying on God to see them through.
This book brought home to me that while I don't gamble with money, I do spend a lot of time online and that is gambling time away from my family. Hopefully things will change and I'll spend less time online and more time with my family, and more importantly, the Lord. (less)
This is a beautiful story about love, lost loves, and relationships with those who truly matter. Crystal has lost her sister, Jeremy has lost his daug...moreThis is a beautiful story about love, lost loves, and relationships with those who truly matter. Crystal has lost her sister, Jeremy has lost his daughter, and they have both seemed to have lost a sense of themselves in the process.
This amazing book is jam packed with drama, love, mystery and suspense, and humbling thoughts of a lost sheep coming back to the fold. I found myself tearing up multiple times while reading this book. I strongly identified with Crystal and some of the struggles that she was facing. She had a dream (but was it really her's?!?) to live out and was sidetracked into greater things along the way. That seems to be the story of my life but so far it's all turned out better than I could have anticipated.
This book is not for those who have a tendency to cry at the drop of the hat, however, I recommend that everyone read this! I had a hard time putting it down and enjoyed it cover to cover. I did get a little feared that the ending may not have been how I wanted it, but you'll just have to read the book to find out what does happen.
This has to be one of my most favorite books of all time! This was my first read by Julie Klassen and certainly won't be my last!
This story is about...moreThis has to be one of my most favorite books of all time! This was my first read by Julie Klassen and certainly won't be my last!
This story is about Miss Lillian Haswell, the daughter of Charles Haswell, the town apothecary. From a young age, Miss Haswell learns how to concoct the potions for her father from their physic garden they grow. They are toted as being "miracle workers" for their prescriptions and mastery of the medicinal herbs they prescribe.
One day, an aunt and uncle that Lillian did not remember very well come to visit at her home. The aunt and uncle are unable to bear children and are wanting to "borrow" one of Charles's children for the "betterment of society". Their first choice would be Charlie, Lill's brother. However, upon meeting him, they decide he is not the best choice. They then decide they want Lillian to move into their London home. Against Charles's better wishes, he allows her to go and she becomes a woman of society. While there, she meets many potential suitors. There's Mr. Graves, a medical student, who meets her fancy. However, he's not good enough according to her aunt and uncle.
A sudden occurrence at home causes Lillian to leave London and return to her beloved home. There she is confronted by more potential suitors...Francis, the young apothecary apprentice from her father's shop, Mr. Marlowe, the wealthy heir of a Baron, and Mr. Shuttlesworth, her father's competition. Who would Lillian choose?
There are many twists and turns in this book that tempt the reader to continue turning pages no matter what 'real life' is presenting at the moment. This is definitely a book that will stay on my book shelves!!!(less)
I really enjoyed this book and had a very hard time putting it down until it was finished. Meggie is quite the character. I think I liked her the best...moreI really enjoyed this book and had a very hard time putting it down until it was finished. Meggie is quite the character. I think I liked her the best throughout the book. I also really enjoyed Elinor and her witty humor. I didn't much care for Mo though. He seems a very shallow man who only makes up stories to help himself feel better. This was an interesting book and I enjoyed the twists and turns in it. I'm curious as to what happens to Finoglio though...guess I'll just have to keep reading these books to find out! (less)
This is a cute little book where a little girl asks her mommy what princesses do. The mom has a witty remark for every question. The thing I love is t...moreThis is a cute little book where a little girl asks her mommy what princesses do. The mom has a witty remark for every question. The thing I love is that a princess is who you are on the inside. My 2 year old daughter enjoyed the end where she got to see herself in the mirror of the book. (less)