“Burning Sky,” by Lori Benton.

Burning Sky Lori Benton

It was slow going, reading this book, sometimes ya just want to absorb the imagery and savor the story. So, these last hours, as the leaves fall from the trees and the rain moistens the earth, I finished reading, Burning Sky.

Willa Obenchain was abducted by the Mohawk Indians when she was fourteen years old. Now, twelve years later, she has returned to her family’s homestead in New York. A short distance, from her destination, she discovers a wounded Scotsman. Not wanting to leave him, she takes him to her childhood home and nurses his injuries. There have been many changes, since the war, one being, her parents are missing and it is rumored, they are Tories. When her Mohawk brother arrives, she is caught between two cultures and must find her way.

Burning Sky, or Willa Obenchain, was an amazing woman. She traveled alone to reach her parent’s homestead. When she discovered the wounded Scotsman, she built a travois, managed to place Mr. Neil MacGregor onto the travois and then pulled him to her parents cabin! Even if I was able to build a travois, I couldn’t haul an adult male onto the thing and then transport him to a cabin, even if the cabin was a few feet away! Willa was obviously one strong and sturdy woman. Neil MacGregor was hindered in helping Willa on the homestead because of his injuries, but he did what he could do. So, Willa prepares the ground for crops and then plants. Burning Sky is not a wimp! I think the most difficult challenge for Burning Sky was being caught between two worlds. She wasn’t a Mohawk by birth and she didn’t fit into the world of the white woman. She didn’t have it easy.

Lori Benton did a wonderful job describing frontier life and the aftermath of the Revolutionary War! Good story – well written!

Lori Benton, Author: Burning Sky: Extras

“The Paris Connection”

The Paris ConnectionThere seemed to be quite a bit of excitement surrounding the release of this book several weeks ago. I delayed reading it – although, I don’t know why – I need to say, “sacre’ bleu!  “The Paris Connection,” by Cerella Sechrist is a clean romance! Oh! I loved it!

Emma is a single mother, with a very good job in Paris. There is a merger of a New York based company with the French company where Emma is employed. Emma is against the merger. She also looses a much wanted promotion when Cole, a good looking American, is chosen for the position. Emma is assigned to be Cole’s liaison to Paris and gradually this handsome American wins her heart.

I really don’t know what else to say – I loved it! It was charming, cute, fun and there wasn’t any profanity. I liked the Paris location, with a brief trip to New York. Read it! Very satisfying, feel good kinda story.

 

 

“The Butterfly and the Violin,” by Kristy Cambron

My review of "The Butterfly and the Violin" by Kristy Cambron“The Butterfly and the Violin,” is a beautiful story. While I read this book, I experienced a reverence, which I will not soon forget. One would think, a story set in WWII, would not be beautiful, but this one is. The story actually moves back and forth from the present time to WWII.

Sera James owns an art gallery in Manhattan. She is searching for a WWII era portrait, a young violinist with blue eyes. William Hanover is the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul. William is also searching for the painting. Sera and William come together in the story and decide to join forces in their search for the art work

Adele Von Bron is the talented daughter of a high-ranking member of the Third Reich. Adele is sent to Auschwitz when it is discovered she is aiding the Jews.

When one thinks of Auschwitz, there is so much disease, suffering and death, while the reader does see the suffering in this book, there is also music, beauty and hope. Well-crafted!

 

"There is still Beauty left in the world. It is here." - from the book "The Butterfly and The Violin" by Kristy Cambron

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“Prelude for a Lord”

Prelude For A Lord It is inappropriate for a lady to play the violin in Regency England. Seriously? The rules we create! Ladies are allowed to play the harp, but not the violin! Oh my. Anyway, Alethea (I love her name) is passionate about music and proficient with the violin, much to consternation of those who know about her talent, in society. The violin she owns, which was bequeathed to her, has a mystery surrounding it. Lord Dommick is persuaded to assist Alethea in discovering why there are unsavory people trying to steal her violin. So, a mystery and a romance. I liked it. I had some difficulty keeping the names straight and remembering who was who, however, the author does include a list of the cast of characters in the beginning of the book, which helps considerably. I especially liked Ian. He was a good friend and amusing at times. It’s a good book. Enjoy!

 

Vietnam

Good morning! I finished “Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” by Catherine West, yesterday, however, my internet was behaving badly so, here I am writing my review today.

This book is well-researched, well-written, in a nutshell, extraordinary! I was completely into this story.

Kristin is stubborn, independent and very career driven. I liked her. In fact, I liked all the characters in this book. She travels to Vietnam, during the war and meets Luke Maddox, a talented photographer. He’s a little mysterious and just as stubborn and independent as Kristin. During her months in Vietnam . . . I really am speechless here. This was the first story I had ever read that actually described the horrors of Vietnam. However, the descriptions were doable to the reader. I didn’t think the author overdid it – at all. In the midst of the horrors, Luke and Kristin fall in love. I don’t want to create any spoilers here, however, when Kristin returned to the United States, I felt so sorry for her. She was so lost and confused. I was afraid for her. I thought she was going to end up homeless. Once again, a shout out to the author. It was so well written.

Luke, Jonno, Josh, the doctor, Teddy and Kristin’s stepdad were all great guys. It was an all around good story!

I read this won the INSPY for romance in 2011. It won a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and was a finalist in the Grace Awards!

http://www.catherinejwest.com

Meet the author of Yesterday's Tomorrow, Catherine West. #interview #Christianfiction #VietnamWar

Mitford

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon//Coming out in September place your holds now!When I discovered that Jan Karon had written another Mitford book, I was so excited. I almost did a happy dance! I was not disappointed. I love Mitford. A small town with good friends, and a strong sense of community. At times, as I read the story, I laughed out loud and at other times I had such a strong sense of melancholy. Timothy, Cynthia, Dooley, Barnabas, Violet, Hope, Mule and Fancy Skinner – on and on the list goes – are all back for a wonderful, warm and human story. Yes, I can say, I’ve come home to Mitford. Enjoy!

I call it – The Bohemian Art Show

bohemian 018Every year, our city, has an arts and crafts festival downtown. I usually go. This morning, was no exception, as I woke up to a chilly morning. I enjoyed a crisp walk, as I set off to this annual event. I arrived early – to beat the crowd. The art show was bustling with early risers, like myself, the cool air and happy shoppers were a welcome tonic for me. While I was ambling from canopy to canopy gazing at all the wonderful artsy items, a woman approached me, informing me, there was more art in a nearby alley. She handed me a small flyer and gave me directions. I assured her I would go to the art exhibit she indicated. I didn’t know what to expect, so, when I arrived – it took my breath away – in an rustic sort of way. My husband joined me, as we walked down an unsavory alley. I whispered to him, “this is the type of alley my mother warned me about.” Homemade signs pointed the way and as we turned a corner, I saw the most amazing sight. Rustic – Bohemian – Hippie – Unusual – Unique – Interesting – are all words I’ve used to described this art show.

 

bohemian 011This gentleman was the first artist we met. The squares you see displayed on the board are watercolors of whimsical cats.

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bohemian 019This was my favorite! It is so unexpected and spontaneous! I gazed at it for a long time. And, of course, Rick had to see it. And, as you can see there was several different types of talent! It was a fun morning!

 

 

 

 

“Painting the Moon,” by Traci Borum

I am still basking in the afterglow of this story. I enjoyed this clean romance, where the author transported me to a charming cottage in England. This is the type of story, where the reader might want to curl up in a comfy chair, with a steaming cup of hot tea or chocolate and savor the beautifully written story of love, art, memories and life in a small village in the Cotswolds.

After her Aunt’s death, Noelle is informed, she is the sole heir of her beloved Aunt’s estate, which includes a cottage and an art gallery. Noelle leaves her home in California and travels to England to settle the estate, thinking this is a quick trip and she will return to her sunny state in America within just a few days. Well, a couple of days become a few days and a few more days . . .

Noelle reconnects with friends from her past, unlocks secret doors and solves mysteries, while making new friends and becoming an important addition to the small village known as Chilton Crosse.

I loved this gentle, quiet, peaceful read. I hope you enjoy it also. Happy reading.

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Do you enjoy a good fantasy?

I do! The following is a list of fantasies I love! They are not listed in any particular order and I highly recommend each and every one of them!

* “The Gates of Heaven Series,” by C.S. Lakin

* “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by C. S. Lewis

* “The Word Changers,” by Ashlee Willis

* “The Hobbit,” by J. R. R. Tolkien

* “The Lord of the Rings,” by J. R. R. Tolkien

* “The Ordinary Princess,” by M. M. Kaye (Probably more of a fairy tale, but I love it!)

* “Heartless,” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (The Tales of Goldstone Wood are all good!)

*  “Goddess Tithe,” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Tales of Goldstone Wood, 5.5)

* “The Victor,” by Marlayne Giron

Happy Reading!

Murder

Cozy mystery + Storybook Land + The Librarian! That’s how I would describe “Murder in the Mystery Suite,” by Ellery Adams.

Have you ever seen, “The Librarian” movies? Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin! Well, I think there is something of “The Librarian,” in this fun, cozy mystery with oodles of charm. Jane Steward is the manager of “Storyton Hall,” a inn that caters to book lovers. Well, Jane hosts “Murder and Mayhem Week,” offering mystery fans a chance to gather together and enjoy awesome activities geared for mystery lovers. Unexpectedly, one of her guests is discovered dead!

Great quirky characters, full of fun and extremely likeable! I especially like Aunt Octavia and Sheriff Evans – oh yes – and the six year old twins, charging through the story are a pleasant addition! Mrs. Hubbard, another favorite, guess what she does at “Storyton Hall!” Plenty of surprises and a mystery I won’t soon forget. Happy Reading!

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