Review: Like A Flower in Bloom

                        Like A Flower in Bloom is a somewhat humorous novel about a female botanist and painter in the Victorian Era. Women were undoubtedly seen as only fit for marrying and child-bearing. I did enjoy this book, but it took me over a week to read it.
                        Charlotte Withersby had her sight set on helping her botanist father after the passing of her mother. Her uncle, the Admiral, had other plans for her.
                        I had to laugh when the character Mr. Edward Trimble appeared in the novel. He seemed distinguished yet a bit arrogant. It was interesting to read along as Charlotte was being taught the acceptable way.
                        My favorite quote from the novel is, "I had to believe that even the meanest of creations served God's purposes. And yet anyone could see there was a great difference between a thorn and a flower and no hope at all of one becoming the other." (pg. 98) It was also fun to learn new words like pedantic and ranunculus.
                         I think readers as young as early teens would enjoy this novel, but may be enjoyed by older age groups as well.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Review: At Home In Last Chance

            Author Cathleen Armstrong debuts her writing with the "A Place To Call Home" series. This is the third book in the series. Therefore I read the first two books to familiarize myself with the characters.
            The first book "Welcome To Last Chance" was a very hard book for me to read. It reminded me of a past I would rather forget. The second book "One More Last Chance" proved to be a bit more enticing.
             The last book of the series "At Home In Last Chance" could be read as a stand-alone book, since the characters are well developed. The reader should get a feel of the characters and flavor of the series just by reading this last book.
             Since this contemporary, 294 page, romance novel was my introduction to author Cathleen Armstrong I was unsure what to expect. However, I am pleased I stayed with the series and did not give up. I do not believe this series is for every reader as there are some touchy situations. Having said that, I do believe if the reader sticks with the series they may actually be encouraged, as I was.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.

A Winter's Respite (January Read-A-Thon)

             The week of January 26 - February 1 I will be participating in A Winter's Respite Read-A-Thon hosted by Seasons of Reading. The books listed below are my goals for this week. On February 2nd I will post a wrap-up letting you know how I did. I will also begin studying the Bible book of Acts in my year long quest of studying the New Testament.

(1) Marvelous (Travis Thrasher)
I am stepping out of my usual genre here. This is the first in the Books of Marvella series. It is a Tyndale Publishers YA.

(2) Mother Chicken's Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things (Kathryn Ross)
This is Book One in the Fable Springs Parables series by my blogging friend author Kathryn Ross. I love the illustrations and look forward to reading this. Review coming soon.

(3) 30 Events That Shaped The Church (Alton Gansky)
This book takes you on a journey throughout church history.
Beginning with Pentecost and culminating with The Rise of New Atheism.

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Hi, I am Michelle, of middle age, and a Christian. I am married to a wonderful Christian man & my best friend ever, in the world. We have 3 adult guys ~ still living at home. We live in the Peachy state of GA in U.S.A.  I Love to try new recipes using my cast iron cookware, read Christian books ~ fiction and non-fiction, crochet Granny Square afghans, and spend time with my family. This blog is mainly my review blog of new books and fun meme's. I love my blog for several reasons; to have a creative outlet through backgrounds and organization, to keep track of books I've read letting my readers know what works and what doesn't, meeting others around the world. So grab that cup of hot tea/coffee/cocoa prepare to stay awhile and enjoy your visit here.

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