Adventure Between the Pages 10:56 AM
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for mild violence and thematic elements
Best for Ages: 16 and up
Description: Darbury, England, 1814: Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met. Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant. Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must face her one weakness: pride. Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.
Just when you think that authors have exhausted a theme and there is no way that they can writer something unique, someone like Sarah Ladd comes along and shakes it up.
When I started reading The Heiress of Winterwood I thought I would have a cute book that was much like many other marriage of connivance books I had read. Half-way through the book, the book was nothing like what I thought it would be. Instead, I was drawn into a story with well-developed characters, amazing settings, and a plot that took many twists and turns.
Amelia was a very strong woman and I love that she is willing to do so much to keep a promise to a friend. One thing that I have realized is that in our culture today, we don’t value keeping our promises. Amelia makes the hard decision that she will propose marriage to a stranger rather than go back on that promise. With that said, the one thing I didn’t like about the story is I felt she was also willing to break any other commitments she had made in order to keep her promise.
I liked Graham as well. I loved how Sarah Ladd lead him through the grief of losing his wife, before any serious romance developed between him and Amelia. Graham was a strong hero with all the gentlemanly qualities that I love when reading a period book.
I recommend this book for those who love period dramas, plots that twists and turns, and sweet romance.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
Adventure Between the Pages 4:46 PM
Age Appropriate For: All Ages
Best for Ages: 18+ for style and reading level
Description: Let God Breathe a Fresh Purpose Into Your Soul
We so want each day to matter--to serve God in big and small ways. But how, especially when everyday responsibilities, work, fears, and other obstacles get in the way?
Like a trusted friend, Susie Larson shares practical, scriptural ways to overcome whatever keeps us from living fully in God's will. Susie will help you learn to:
• Discern the best use of your time and gifts
• Confidently pursue God's unique desires for you
• Stretch your faith and deepen your impact
Respond today to that nudge in your spirit--that desire to use your gifts and passions more fully in God's work. Lay down lesser commitments and lay hold of God's beautiful purpose for your life.
God truly gives you what you need when you need it. When I requested Your Beautiful Purpose, I was hoping for a jump start for a bible time, but I found so much more.
We all go through times when we doubt if what we are doing has real meaning. We wonder if we are doing what we are supposed to be doing or just messing everything up. This book is a wonderful reminder that God has a beautiful and amazing purpose for our lives, even when we have trouble seeing it.
Susie style was soothing for my weary soul. Unlike many books that are either fluffy or full of meat, Susie found a happy medium. Her style was soft enough that, as I said, it soothed me but it had enough power drew me closer to God.
I loved the study at the end of each chapter. Reading the suggested verses and then writing my answers to the questions was so helpful. It not only helped me to delve deeper into the subject, but it also helped me discover things about myself.
I highly recommend this book for women who need a book to lift their spirits, sooth there soul, and draw them closer to the god that loves them.
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I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
Sometimes God has a very different since of timing then I do. I wanted to be done with a lot of projects done by now but it seems God has his own timing. More updates coming soon.