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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Pattern Artist - Nancy Moser

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress.

Wide-eyed with the possibilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there’s more for her than a life of service. Annie chooses to risk everything, taps into courage she never knew she had, and goes off on her own, finding employment in the sewing department at Macy’s.

While at Macy’s Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company.

1910 Fashion Images – Les Createurs de la ModeThrough determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—a pattern artist of the highest degree.

As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.


My Thoughts
The Pattern Artist embodies the very heart of "The American Dream". Annie is a unique girl with a gift and the drive a passion to see her dreams become a reality. 

I loved that even though this book is written strictly from Annie's perspective, it is still in third person voice. It's not that I dislike first person, I just prefer third person. But having the single POV helped to keep an air of mystery and helped me connect with Annie on a deeper level. 


Although I wish I could take
credit for this one, I found
this graphic on
pixabay.com as is.
SO many opportunities come Annie's way. She is forced to make decision after decision that will affect her life permanently. While she likes to jump blindly with both feet first, she learns to listen to the Lord's leading. As doors continue to open, she draws closer to God, trusting Him to lead her down the right path. She listens for His voice to lead her. And in the end we are reminded that He has a reason for everything. Sometimes we do not know that reason. And sometimes, He shows us. But we must listen to His voice and follow him in the way He wants us to go.

I was moved by this story very strongly. There have been so many times that I have felt the Lord urging me to do or say something with no idea why. And the end result is usually less drastic than Annie's (have I piqued your interest yet?), yet the satisfaction of knowing that I heard God's voice and acted on it remains. I LOVE the fashion element too. Which is really what this story line is about...Nancy Moser went above and beyond my expectations for this book and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the next story will be Maude's.


I received a complimentary copy of The Pattern Artist. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author

NANCY MOSER lives in Kansas City with her husband, three married children, and seven grandkids. She’s an award-winning author of twenty-nine novels. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories about people discovering their unique purpose. She kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique—humans included. 




Many thanks to Canva for providing an AMAZING program for me to design all these beautiful graphics. Book covers, publisher/tour logos, and author pictures not owned by me. All other graphics created by Bookworm Mama with public domain photos on Canva unless stated otherwise. 



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Moonbow Night - Laura Frantz

 My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn’t expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe’s skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.


My Thoughts

As A Moonbow Night came to a close, I had the horrible realization that I must now SWOOF(squeeze words out of feelings...aka review). I started freaking out to Beth form Faithfully Bookish because HOW am I EVER going to express my thoughts and emotions for this book? She sent me this graphic and I tell you what...I couldn't have said it better myself. Laura Frantz has not only written a remarkable book...She has created a time machine. Transported back in time, the beauty and the dangers of the tace kept me up late at night. I even had a dream or two about the Boone family and Tempe. 


Tempe, Sion, Russell, Raven...Oh my goodness...I feel like I KNOW them...Ok, maybe not Raven as well. Which brings me to the point...Did anyone else find Raven ridiculously swoony? I NEED a book about Raven. I have SO many unanswered questions about him and I must have more of him on the page. 

A Moonbow Night has love, danger, loss, heartache, healing, pain, peace, restoration, and faith woven into every paragraph. I am left so full of emotion, that I am very near to bursting. And I also want to hunt for a moonbow during the next full moon. The romance is sweet and not overt. However, Laura sure knows how to write a GOOD kissing scene! If you are ready for an adventure on the frontier of Kentucke deep in the heart of Indian lands...This is your book. 

I received a complimentary copy of A Moonbow Night. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author
Photo credit:
Kristin N. Johnson
Photography
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several book, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.







Many thanks to Canva for providing an AMAZING program for me to design all these beautiful graphics. Book covers, publisher/tour logos, and author pictures not owned by me. All other graphics created by Bookworm Mama with public domain photos on Canva unless stated otherwise. 




Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Few of our Favorite (Christmas) Things - Blog Hop & Giveaway


Welcome to stop # 3 on the Blog Hop! I, along with Kat's Corner Books, Faithfully Bookish, Singing Librarian Books, and Reading is my Superpower, are so excited to bring you a little Wintery, Christmas FUN! Oh ya, AND a Giveaway!!!

IF YOU HAVE JUST JOINED THE BLOG HOP...Head over to Kat's Corner Books to get started!

Today we are sharing just a FEW of our very FAVORITE things about Christmas! Below you will find MY favorite things...What are YOUR favorite Christmas things??? Comment below and don't forget to snag the SECRET WORDS.



Ahhhh, the age old question...."When do you start listening to Christmas music?"

Well, if my hubby would let me, I would listen to Christmas music all year long! (You think I'm joking....) There is just something about the tones and sounds of the Christmas music that strikes a chord in my heart that I will always cherish. Granted, I will be the first to admit that Christmas songs are a PAIN in the derriere to lead at church...But it is SO worth it! 

One of my VERY favorites is Mary, Did You Know by Pentatonix.







You can ask anyone who has ever decorated a Christmas Tree with me...I am more than a little OCD and VERY particular....One reason why I haven't done mine yet this year. I need the peace and quiet, the concentration, and the TIME to complete it. I ADORE the theme I am using for the 3rd year now. Burlap, browns, and reds....IN LOVE!

     




Ok, is it cheating if I say....ALL of my Decor is my favorite? Seriously...I Love it all! Here are a few things that I made last year...










What is Christmas without a few classic Christmas movies??? A few childhood favorites are The Santa Clause, White Christmas, Muppet Christmas Carol, George C. Scott's A Christmas Carol, and It's a Wonderful Life. I really do love the Hallmark Christmas movies...#noshame. And I really REALLY love Holiday Inn!

Directed by Mark Sandrich.  With Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale. At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.




And how can you celebrate Christmas without a few seasonal books thrown into the mix? Christmas Novellas are my FAVORITE! Especially when they come in a collection. Here are are a few that I have recently read:


And today...I am giving away Meghan M. Gorecki's Novella, Wrapped in Red as part of the Blog Hop Giveaway! This is such a FUN book that you are sure to enjoy this Christmas season!


Giveaway

The SECRET WORDS for my stop (stop #3) are:

things always

Now head over to Singing Librarian Books to find the NEXT clue! 
(If the above link doesn't work, use this one to find the post.)

We are all giving away a few of our favorite books! ONE winner will receive an eBook copy of the following:
12 Days of Snowmen - Sarah Monzon
I'll Be Home for Christmas - Calhoune, Kemerer, Pleiter, Worth
Letters From Santa - Becca Whitham
Wrapped in Red - Meghan Gorecki
Ordinary Snowflakes - Jennifer Rodewald

Giveaway follows Reading is my SuperPower's giveaway policies.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

First Line Fridays - 12 Days at Bleakly Manor


Hosted by Hoarding Books, I am excited to share my First Line with you today! YAY for more Christmas books!!! Today's First Line comes from Michelle Griep's Christmas Novella, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor. Book One in the series, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas. I can not wait to read it this month!



London, 1850
Christmas or not, there was nothing merry about the twisted alleys of Holywell.


Comment with your FIRST LINE below and then head over to the Hoarding Books Blog to join in more First Line fun and link up with your own post!
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A Note Yet Unsung - A Belmont Mansion Novel Book 3 - Tamera Alexander


Winner of The Christy Award for Historical Romance 2017!!! 

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book
Despite her training as a master violinist, Rebekah Carrington was denied entry into the Nashville Philharmonic by young conductor Nathaniel Whitcomb, who bowed to public opinion. Now, with a reluctant muse and a recurring pain in his head, he needs her help to finish his symphony. But how can he win back her trust when he's robbed her of her dream?

My Thoughts
How is this the FIRST book I have ever read by Tamera Alexander? Although, I am happy to report that I HAVE been to both Belle Meade and Belmont in Nashville (See pics below). The setting, the emotions, the music, the characters, the history...it all sweeps you away in a flurry of crescendos and allegros!

Rebekah and Tate are the PERFECT match and it is so much fun to watch their relationship go from mutual dislike, to swoon worthy, heart rending romantic story. Tate's family is the epitome of love and kindness. And that love is exactly what Rebekah needs. 

The faith woven throughout the story line flows perfectly into the hearts of the characters and therefore into the heart of the reader as well. 

I can not wait to catch up on the rest of the books in the Belmont Mansion series! I love being able to visualize the house from personal experience.

I received a complimentary copy of A Note Yet Unsung. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.



About the Author


Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist and one of today's most beloved authors of Christian historical romance. Her works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, among them the Christy Award, the RITA Award, the Carol Award, Library Journal's top honors, and have earned the distinction of Publisher's Weekly Starred Reviews. Her deeply drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide. 

Tamera and her husband reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Nashville's Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation , the setting of Tamera’s #1 CBA bestselling Southern series. Her upcoming series, the Carnton Novels , launches in fall 2017 with Christmas at Carnton (October 3, 2017), a Christmas story, which is set at Franklin, Tennessee's historic Carnton Plantation.


Many thanks to Canva for providing an AMAZING program for me to design all these beautiful graphics. Book covers, publisher/tour logos, and author pictures not owned by me. All other graphics created by Bookworm Mama with public domain photos on Canva unless stated otherwise.