Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Let Them Eat Cake

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The scent of fresh-baked bread, cookies and cakes seemed to actually waft through the air as I read this book. The descriptions of the food pushed me to starving at times, and I wished in vain for pain au chocolate on more than one occasion. A plus to this book is the fact that recipes were included for several of the food items described. I hope to experiment soon!
While Christian based, I did not find it overbearing, and I actually enjoyed it. The main theme that I was able to draw from it is that a path may be perfectly clear and ready for us at times that we are unable to see, and sometimes it is best to have faith. Reorganizing your mind to what life actually is, or could be, instead of the way you thought it would be is a great (and universal) message for youth today and it certainly appealed to me. In my opinion, this book would be perfect for a church group, both old and young, for different reasons.
For the young, it contains a great message of opening your mind to possibilities for the future; the fact that plans (even life plans) change and things usually work out. For the older generation, especially parents, the message I drew from it was that sometimes you must have faith in your children. What you want for them may not always be best or (if you are religious) God’s plan for them. It is also a great book in general. I loved the French quotes at the beginning of every chapter as well as the integration of French language into the text. In short, it is a good, clean, and enjoyable light read.

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Book Review: Curricle & Chaise by Lizzie Church

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If you enjoy Jane Austen books and have wished in vain for just one more, here it is! The author blends Jane Austen’s style artfully with a more modern style of writing, making Lizzie Church’s novel reminiscent to that famed author of old while still remaining quite an original work. Curricle & Chaise features both wit and a variety of interesting characters that pull the reader into another world, where marriage prospects, pounds per year, and reputation reign supreme. Details of the countryside, traditions, and styles of the day are to the degree that I cannot even imagine the amount of research and time invested in this book. The results are an entertaining read that is perfect while enjoying tea or after walking in your garden….
In my opinion, it would be a wonderful book for the reader who wants to truly immerse themselves in a different time and place. This is a book for lingering over and enjoying. To quote one of the sayings of the day, it is exactly to my taste.

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GREAT GIFT! for ONLY $0.99 The Valentine’s Day Mini-Mystery Compendium

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Great gift for the person who likes clean romance stories, but also has a bit of mystery for the mystery lover. Four short stories by four different authors.

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Free for one day! The Valentine’s Day Mini-Mystery Compendium

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Regular price $0.99. FREE TODAY!The Valentine’s Day Mini-Mystery Compendium (a collection of romantic short stories with a bit of mystery).

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Book Review: Beauty Gone Wild! Herbal Recipes for Gorgeous Skin & Hair (Herbs Gone Wild!) by Diane Kidman

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Beauty Gone Wild! Herbal Recipes for Gorgeous Skin & Hair (Herbs Gone Wild!) was a fantastic read. From the recipes for face masks to toothpaste, it covers a wide range of products. I love the fact that in most, if not all, cases several options are available for each category. This means that some are very specific and able to address certain problems the reader may be experiencing, such as acne. I, myself, can’t wait to start experimenting with perfumes. I’m also excited to try several of the other recipes, especially since I have already seen success with honey masks and apple cider vinegar rinses over the past few months.  The fact that many of the items in these recipes may already be in your home is a plus, in my opinion. All in all, I think this book is perfect for the person who is open to new ideas (or old ideas depending on how you look at it!) and who is looking for natural alternatives to conventional beauty products.

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Valentine’s Day with the Earnshaws and the Bennetts

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It seems to me that you either love it or hate it. And it usually depends on if you have a love interest or not. I don’t know about everyone else, but sometime around the beginning of February, I start rereading the books that feature my favorite book couples. Everyone has those books. My personal favorites include Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights (as well as Hareton and Cathy) and Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. I don’t know many people who wouldn’t include Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy as a classic couple.

How do you think these couples would fare this Valentine’s Day? I like to think that Catherine and Heathcliff would be very happy, but I have a bad feeling that if they were together in this day and age, Catherine would be spending the holiday alone, with a possible restraining order against Heathcliff (who may or may not be in prison due to his temper). Hareton and Cathy would be that couple that spends Valentine’s Day like everyone else, maybe a nice dinner and a movie, but I could also see them taking a side jaunt through a local garden, hand in hand. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy would be quite happy and a bit old-fashioned (I can’t really picture either of them changing their character very much) if present this Valentine’s Day. Their perfect Valentine’s Day would consist of a picnic and long walk followed by a night out dancing. They might even run into Hareton and Cathy at the local botanical garden.

Who are your favorite literary couples? And how do you think they would spend their Valentine’s Day in 2013?

As a bonus question, if you have read The Valentine’s Day Mini-Mystery Compendium, which features my short story as well as three more by three other authors, which of the couples were your favorite and why?

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