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Genre: Classics Book Marathon

And we are back!!!

As seen from the title, I am going on a classic book reading marathon. I have thirty something books minus Agatha Christie books, I have on my shelf. I am slightly those types of books. And here me, telling you what I define a classic book to be.

A classic book defined for me would a book written in the ancient times until 1980s. Sorry Harry Potter, you are not a classic in my books. Bye.. 🙂

I began to be obsessed with book genre of classics after taking Literature in High School. Thank Mrs. Bailey. Thank you.

There are rules, I plan on keeping while doing reading:

I am not allowed to quit reading a book. I must finish it fully. I can’t quit even if the story is slow, full of language and romance.

I have to rate the story and review it even if its just a sentence or two.

Here are all the books minus Agatha Christie, I plan on reading. There is no order in which I am reading them.

The Tell Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe

The Brothers of Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Stubborn Heart by Frank G. Slaughter

Annie Jordan by Mary Brinker Post

The Curse of the Kings by Victoria Holt

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Little Women by Louisa Alcott

Little Men by Louisa Alcott

The Catcher of The Rye by J.D. Salinger

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Paradiso by Dante

All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriot

The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot

Middlemarch by George Elliot

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Plato

Selected Lives And Essays by Plutarch

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Othello by Shakespeare

King Lear by Shakespeare

Chariots of Fire by W. J. Weatherby

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Not A Tame Lion by Terry Glaspey

Poetry of the New England Renaissance

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

O Pioneers by Willa Cather

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

If you survived that list, make sure to follow my blog. I am so close to 100 followers. Bye. 🙂

Book review: Libby’s Cuppa Joe *Spoilers included*

Welcome back!

*DISCLAIMER: I was give a free copy from  Ambassador International Blogger Review Team for a honest review* (There is spoilers)

Title: Libby’s Cuppa Joe

Genre: Christian Contemporary

Romance: unmarried sex resulting a pregnancy

Language: some mentions

Dislikes:

A criminal becoming a pastor. Sure its possible but I see this too often.

A new pastor comes to town and falls in love with the main character and confesses his feelings after she returns to faith and then they is no mention of her answer and it goes straight to her wedding with him. It makes sense but maybe its just me.

Damon, but everyone hates him.

Sonja is a bit rude, whiny, but what did I expect from a city girl thinking she can run a business.

The story itself is slow paced. I picked to read this book because I was drawn by the synopsis and the mention of the coffee shop.

Thanks for reading! Make sure to you like this post, comment what book I should review next. If your author, I will be honored to read your book. Also make sure to follow my blog to be the first ones to see my newest posts.

Top Ten Books of 2018

Read here if you wish to see what I read in 2018. Welcome back, owlnerds. So I decided to share my top ten books I read last year in no order what so ever. 🙂

  1. Fire and Ice: Elementals by Erin Forbes (Review:
    I finished this book in less than 5 hours. Wow. It’s been a very long time since I read a novel in a day. The book itself reminded me a lot of X-men, Harry Potter, and Miss Peregrine’s Home of Of Peculiar Children… It’s probably just me then 😅. LOVE THIS BOOK!)
  2. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes Find the review here
  3. The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch (Review:
    Wow, just wow. I literally had to lay in bed for a few minutes to return back to reality. This book, just wow. I still questioned why I didn’t read this and why it took so long to read it. The family theme was amazing. I can’t wait to read the sequel. So many emotions, I can’t even describe how much I enjoyed this book. 😀 )
  4. Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox (Review:
    One word: Mick. I probably fell for him a bit too fast. But come on. He is caring and protective towards Celeste. This would have been a quick read but sometimes I slow down my reading because there are only the first time reactions in reading something. Now on my top ten books this year.)
  5. The Theif, The Damsel, and The Dragon by Angela Watts
  6. The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo (Review:
    Love this books so much. Burndee is so humorous. It’s the best. Reminds me of someone, me. 😛 I loved the twist at the very end. I almost forgot to eat something as I was too consumed by this book.)
  7. Not by Sight by Kate Breslin (Review can be found here)
  8. Love Defined by Kristen Clark, Bethany Baird
  9. Beasts of Extradorinary Creatures by Ruth Emmie Lang (Review can be found here)
  10. Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire (Review:
    This book is to die for… of course not literally. Gemma is a teen mother to be. With a horrible past, she meets the Martin’s who change her life completely. The Martin’s are a country living Christian family.
    This book was balanced with description. Each background of each character was balanced as well. I loved how certain characters tied well with Gemma’s past. Loved how the story didn’t end after Gemma giving birth. Josiah was probably my favorite character. Not only is he protective of his siblings but he didn’t even think of Gemma’s past to be kind to her. I honestly think we need more men like Josiah. This book is probably my favorite so far for this year. Love it so much. )

Thanks for reading! See you next week, owlnerds. 🙂

Books 2018

Merry Christmas Eve!!! We have one more day, owl nerds before Christmas. Wow. It’s been a crazy year. I decided to challenge myself this year to read a hundred books. I have surpassed that challenge by reading hundred-two books. Here are all the books I read this year. 🙂

January Books

  1. Esther Ashton’s New Dress by Kellyn Roth
  2. Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes by Deborah Smith
  3. Caesar’s Gallic War by Julius Caesar
  4. Reread: Caesar’s Gallic War by Julius Caesar
  5. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  6. The One by Kiera Cass
  7. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  8. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

February Books

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Red Boots by Kate Willis
  3. Coffee Cake Days by Amanda Tero
  4. Enjoy the Poddle Skirt by Kate Willis
  5. A New Life by Rebekah A. Morris
  6. Forget Not by Rebekah A. Morris
  7. Martin’s Hospitality by Abigalyn Claire
  8. Songs in Our Memories by R.A. Rooney
  9. Journey by R.A. Rooney
  10. The Art of Thankfulness by R.A. Rooney
  11. Colors of Fear by Hannah Heath

March Books

  1. London in The Dark by Victoria Lynn
  2. Wolf Claw by Jes Drew
  3. For Writers Only by Sophie Burnham
  4. Beasts of Extraordinary Creatures by Ruth Emmie Lang
  5. 1 Peter
  6. Left to Die by Hailey Rose
  7. Poison Kiss by Kendra E. Ardnek
  8. Winter is Past by Rebekah A. Morris
  9. Christmas At Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman
  10. James
  11. Malachi
  12. The Lady of Vineyard by Kellyn Roth

April Books

  1. Lullabies for Little Hearts by Carol Smith
  2. The Twilight Terror by Gabriella Slade
  3. Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  4. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
  5. How I had Fun Writing 10 Novels in 13 Months by Sarah Addison Fox

May Books

  1. Twinepathy by C.B. Cook
  2. Henry VIII by Shakespeare
  3. Even the Beasts by Rebekah A. Morris
  4. Cinder by Marissa Meyers
  5. The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman

June Books

  1. The Bachelor Missions by Jes Drew
  2. The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald
  3. Reread: The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman
  4. Job
  5. Matched by Allie Condie
  6. Not by Sight by Kate Breslin
  7. All the Way by Loraine Haynes

July Books

  1. When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn
  2. His Mighty Acts by Rebekah A. Morris
  3. The Key to the Chains by Allison Tebo
  4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  5. The Treasure Hunt by Kate Willis
  6. The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon by Angela R. Watts
  7. The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner
  8. Gather Around the Fables by Erika Matthews
  9. Gather Around the Fables Collection by Erika Matthews
  10. The Celestial Road by Nathaniel Hawthorne

August Books

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  2. Show Me by Gabriella Slade
  3. The Summer of Eleanor Maglina by Hadassah Schaap
  4. I Don’t Dance by Jessica Wheaton
  5. Maggie’s Hope Chest by Amanda Tero
  6. Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire
  7. Shower Thoughts by Gray Marie Cox

September Books

  1. Skies of Dripping Gold by Hannah Heath
  2. Shallows by Denver Evans
  3. The Saddle Daddy Rode by K.M. Weiland
  4. C.S. Lewis on Faith by C.S. Lewis
  5. A Question of Honor by Jessica Wheaton
  6. The Coronation  by Livy Jarmusch
  7. The Way to Go by Rebekah A. Morris
  8. The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo
  9. Goldfish Secrets by Kellyn Roth
  10. Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox
  11. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Opal
  12. Daisy by Riley Rawls

October Books

  1. Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
  2. The Dressmaker’s Secret by Kellyn Roth
  3. Give Attendance by Rebekah A. Morris
  4. Chariots of Fire by William J. Weatherby
  5. The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch
  6. Ephesians

November Books

  1. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  2. The Fisherman and His Wife by Jacob Grimm
  3. East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
  4. Faithful by Rebekah Morris
  5. The Open Window by Saki
  6. Love Defined by Kristen Clark
  7. Philippians
  8. Fire And Ice by Erin Forbes
  9. Homeward by Angela R. Watts
  10. Love Blind by Angie Thompson
  11. Lessons by Angie Thompson
  12. Rainbow Garden by Patricia St. John

December Books

  1. Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  2. Ruth
  3. Finding Violia: A Short Story by Bo Burnette
  4. The Rebel by Nicole Sager
  5. Unto Him by Rebekah Morris
  6. Flames of Courage by Hannah Heath
  7. Blood Moon Redemption by Judy DuCharme

The Forbidden Wish: Book Review

Title: The Forbidden Wish 

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult

Author: Jessica Khoury

Language: mention of cursing

Romance: kissing of the neck, kissing of lips, forced kiss

Things I disliked:

It states “perfect lips”. What is that? 

It’s mentioned that the main character has two days to get her freedom but two days past and you think she would lose her freedom. Right? I am really confused.

I don’t if it is just me but the ending felt rushed. Or if they was too much background in it that I got lost in the climax. 

So this book was a retelling of Aladdin and so there is a typical Disney ending. With flowers in the air. Not a fan. Disney lover will love it. Not a fan of it. 

Things I liked:

So I was interested in this book because of the cover and retelling of Aladdin. I liked how the author kept the original setting. I liked how the POV was not based around Aladdin which was a plus.

Rating: 3.7 stars

 

 

 

 

 

The Alphabet Book Tag

Welcome back, owl friends. This week I decided to do a book tag. The blog post is a bit late for today’s Monday post but at least I remembered to post it. XD The rules for this tag is that you have to name books that you own or have read. Going from A to Z. Please Enjoy! 🙂

 

A- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

B- Bleak House by Charles Dickens

C-Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Rye Brink

D- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

E- Eragon by Christoper Paolini

F-For the Temple by G.A. Henty

G- Girl Defined by Kristen and Bethany Clark

H-Hamlet by Shakespeare

I- Ivanhoe by Walter Scott

J- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

K- Kristian’s War by Peter Wisman

L- Les Miserable by Victor Hugo

M- Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanne Gaines

N-Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

O- On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

P- Paradise Lost by John Milton

Q- Quiet by Susan Cain

R- Rose of Night by Hope Ann

S- Show Me by Gabriella Slade

T- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

U-  N/A

V- N/A

W- White Fang by Jack London

X-N/A

Y- Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane

Z- Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

Book tag: A to Z Tag

What is up, you guys? Welcome back to another weekly blog post. As you can see from the title, I am doing a book tag which I have not done for a long time. I found this tag on https://sunsetsandbookfests.com/2017/01/20/a-to-z-book-tag/. 

 

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Harry Potter or The Boxcar Children

Best Sequel Ever:

The Tower Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Currently Reading:

Show me by Gabriella Slade

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Mountain Dew/soda (night) Tea/water (day)

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Snape or Darcy (my reaction to your reaction, I know I am crazy.)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Hidden Gem Book:

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Starting to reading consistently at the age of twelve.

Just Finished

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I typically don’t jump into romance books. It’s just that nowadays that people don’t understand that there is a thing called inappropriateness. If you know what I am talking about, why? Noone wants to read that. And if you do, why?

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Les Miserable by Victor Hugo

Major book hangover because of:

The One by Kiera Cass, the end felt as though it was rushed. I am like. Why? Why would you do that to me?

Number of bookcases

I have one.  The reason why is, half the books I get are from the library. I probably need around 2,000 dollars to buy all the books I have enjoyed. So if you want to buy me anything, an Amazon/Barnes and Noble gift card. *wink wink*

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Carrie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Bank

Preferred Place To Read:

In bed.

Quote, that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

There’s some good left in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” – Samwise, Lord of the Rings

Reading Regret:

Following the trending books and getting disappointed. Believing they’re different than any other book today.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan,  Lunar Chronicles, The Wingfeather Saga, The Giver Quartet, The Inheritance Cycle, Matched, Grisha Verse, Six of Crows, and Rebel of the Sands

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Odyssey by Homer

Kristian’s War by Peter Wisan

Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Mr. Darcy…

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Worst Bookish Habit:

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: 

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Your latest book purchase:

The Theif, The Damsel, and The Dragon by Angela Watts

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Cinder by Marissa Meyers.

 

See ya next week. My people of the book community.

Dystopian Recommendations

Welcome back, this week I am recommending dystopian reads. Comment down below if you have any suggestions of dystopian books.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the center of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Synopsis:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run.

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Matched by Ally Condie

Synopsis: Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

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See ya next week. 🙂

Books recommendations for LOTR fans

Welcome back. This week, I am recommending 8 books if you enjoyed reading/watching the Lord of Rings.

Comment down below what book recommendations I should do next.

 

A Wizard of Earthsea

I actually found this from a book recommendation for the LOTR. A win-win.

Synopsis: Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth.
Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.

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Lord Brocktree (Redwall #13)

Synopsis: Salamandastron, under the guardianship of old Lord Stonepaw, is under threat from an enemy of immense and terrifying power. Ungatt Trunn, the wildcat who can make the stars fall from the sky, has attacked with his Blue Hordes and is determined that the fortress should be his. The mountain’s defenses are weak and it seems that nothing can stand in his way. Nothing, that is, but the badger Lord Brocktree, who is drawn to Salamandastron by an undeniable sense of destiny. But if he is to rescue the mountain from Trunn and his verminous hordes, he must gather about him an army capable of defeating them in battle.

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The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

This is the first book of the series. It a great read for all ages. This is another book I recommended on reading the LOTR.

Synopsis: They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied…

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The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

Synopsis: Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, and his friends are led into a mortal struggle with Arawn and his deathless warriors. Taran must wrest the black cauldron from them, for it is the cauldron that gives them their evil strength. But can he withstand the three enchantresses, who are determined to turn him and his companions into toads? Taran has not foreseen the awful price he will have to pay in his defense of Prydain…

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King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

Synopsis: King Arthur is one of the greatest legends of all time. From the magical moment when Arthur releases the sword in the stone to the quest for the Holy Grail and the final tragedy of the Last Battle, Roger Lancelyn Green brings the enchanting world of King Arthur stunningly to life.

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On the Edge of Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

Synopsis: Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Of course, I pick this book series. One: Lewis and Tolkien were best friends. Two: It’s a great series.

Synopsis: NARNIA…the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country is known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy…the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.

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Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1)

This book has been criticized for copying Tolkien. And of course, I am going to add it to the list. It’s a great book. Don’t allow people’s review avoid reading this beauty.

Synopsis: Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?

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That’s all folks. See ya next week! 🙂

 

Not by Sight: Book Review

Title: Not by Sight

Synopsis: With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.

Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country’s cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she’ll set off when she hands a feather to Jack.

And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them–or the faith they’ll need to maintain hope.

Genre: Romance, Historial, Christian Fiction

Language: mentioning of cursing

Romance:

-kiss of the hand, a kiss between two people, mentioning of a prostitute

Rating: Five Stars

I was actually surprised by this book. I am not usually one who enjoys reading romance. Especially if it isn’t Amish romance, the only Christian romance I read. *hides in the corner* The book itself reminded me of Jane Eyre with a twist of the Phantom of Opera.

This book is the first book that surprised me with its plot twist. I promise I wouldn’t spoil it. This book is on my favorite reads of 2018.

 

See ya soon.