Ибо так возлюбил Бог мир, что отдал Сына Своего Единородного, дабы всякий верующий в Него, не погиб, но имел хизнь вечную.
While I receive many books in exchange for review, I am never required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Review: A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano

{Back of the Book} "For years, Miss Felicia Murdock's every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister's wife. When the minister she'd set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change--and soon--before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she's not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who's to say nay?

Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.

Just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia's life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?"

I'm giving this book 4 stars. It was a wonderful story, with real depth and sweetness. The children's many cameos gave it a nice balance, and the dangers of the opium world caused lots of very real chill bumps. The element of danger kept the story moving well. I still don't know how I feel about how the ending went with Ming, but I suppose it really was best that way. I loved getting to know more about the characters I grew to love in A Match of Wits, and yes, I do know that I'm reading them out of order. It was a splendid read, with many moments of hilarity, but it was not my favorite book by Jen Turano. I'm used to not being able to breath from the laughter. Instead, while there were a few parts that had me laughing out loud, it was mostly quiet chuckles. Completely foreign to me while reading her books. It was a little disconcerting. Truly, I do believe that you'll like this book a lot if you enjoy reading Jen's books. I do recommend it, just not as highly as others she has written. I've read many of hers, and this just didn't feel like hers. If that makes sense. Which I'm well aware it probably does not. Maybe I'm out of the reviewing groove, or maybe I wasn't in the right mood when I was reading it, or maybe I had one of my headaches. Oh well. All I can do is tell what I think. It was a good story though.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Eve Eve 2018

Hey guys,
I know I've been way behind in my blogging, and my plans for another grand Blogmas didn't quite go off as expected. So instead, I'm going to throw out some titles that I think your family will love to read this Christmas season, because mine sure has! Half today, and the others tomorrow.

First... In honor of it being Christmas Eve Eve is Eloise at Christmastime, one of the mostest magicallest stories of all time, in my humble opinion. A long time favorite of mine, this story is sure to have gales of laughter flowing from your house.

Second, we have Corduroy's Christmas. Not very long, and definitely suited for younger kids, the flaps in this story make it interactive and fun. Plus, it's super cute.

Third, The Velveteen Rabbit, which isn't actually a super Christmas-y story. Still, it's quite the tale, and while sad, it has a heartfelt message that anyone can enjoy. Plus, the illustrations are awesome.

More tomorrow! I can't wait to share.
I hope you can forgive me for my delinquency this semester. I'll try to do better next. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a million and a half reviews to write!