A Historical Book Report: Gingham Bride

 

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INTRODUCTION:

Hello and welcome Everyone, in my book report this week I’m going from a historical view. The book is called Gingham Bride by New York Times Best Selling Author Jillian Hart . It deals with arranged marriages and how children were treated.

WHAT DREW ME TO READ THE BOOK:

curiosity and the publisher’s synopsis. It also sounded interesting and I wanted to see what a fiction book was like on these subjects.

MY SYNOPSIS:

This book is about a good-looking young man named Ian  and a beautiful young woman named Fiona that their parents and grandparents have arranged for them to be married. It’s also about a controlling man who got married just so he could give orders and sit around the house and play poker and drink beer. If Fiona does something wrong he hits her and she can’t go to school for days. To find out how things turn out for these two you’ll have to read the book.

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Fiona O’Rourke doesn’t believe in love—and certainly not in a marriage arranged by her cruel father.  And even if her unexpected betrothed seems honorable and kind, can she trust his motives…or the attraction between them?

Ian McPherson came to Montana to salvage his family’s dwindling fortune, not to take a wife. But he’s instantly drawn to Fiona. He wants to protect her—even if that means pretending that they’re engaged. In a season of surprises and miracles, there’s nothing he won’t give to show Fiona his love is for always.

THE SETTING:

The book setting takes place in Montana with deep snow and a chilling cold.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK:

That despite Fiona’s hardships at home, she had friends at school and at work(that had to be kept secret from her parents) that helped her through each day. Also, I liked the fact that this guy was willing to pretend to be engaged just to protect her from her father and from anyone else that could be engaged to her.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK:

I thought there was  too much going on in the book.

RECOMMENDATION FOR THE BOOK:

I found the book an interesting read. My recommendation would be to read the book for yourself and form your own opinion. you may have a different opinion than I do.

CONCLUSION:

If you read this book let me know what you think.  I provided a link above that has a bunch of links you may be interested in. Below is another link. For the other links click on the above link where it says Jillian Hart.

LINKS:

Harlequin

 

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Book Review: I’M TIRED OF BEING ORDINARY, ARE YOU?

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WHAT DREW ME TO THIS BOOK? 

The illustration of a kitty cat looking into the mirror with a lion looking back at him caught my attention as well as the title of the book.

MY SYNOPSIS:

The book, I’M TIRED OF BEING ORDINARY, ARE YOU?  is a 52 week advice on being extraordinary written by WM. ALLEN. It’s an entertaining, humorous book of advice with quotes and film references. We all want to be extraordinary and we also want to reach our full potential.

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS

Do you dream about being extraordinary but think your status as a merely ordinary person is etched in stone? The truth is that it is never too late to change your life. The key is determination—-guided by a little sage advice from another “ordinary” individual in pursuit of an amazing life.

I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You? is an entertaining and empowering guide that will change your life in one year–if you let it. Comprised of fifty-two steps that will lead you to the life you imagined (but deemed impossible), each weekly lesson begins with a joke and ends with a movie suggestion to keep you laughing and inspired as you undertake the difficult journey that lies ahead.

Wake up to your potential, and put your dreams into action. Remember: this is your life–why not discover just how incredible it can be?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK:

There was a lot I liked about this book. It was entertaining, it had jokes and movie references that you could laugh at. Also, I liked the fact it was divided into 52 weeks or 1 year. Everybody’s life is a journey, this book just helps you with your journey and reach your potential.  Love the title and the illustration of the kitten looking in the mirror with a lion looking back. In my opinion, this could be interpreted as kitten just being ordinary but when the kitten becomes extraordinary the kitten  sees the lion in the mirror.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK:

This book was well written and the illustration on the front cover was well done. I can’t think of anything at this time that I didn’t like.

WHERE THIS BOOK CAN BE BOUGHT: 

Wm. Allen’s book is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books – A – Million.

Wm. Allen’s blog is Harmony Books & Films, LLC . This is a great blog. I just love reading his posts/articles.

LINKS:

Amazon.com Link

Barnes And Noble Link

 

 

A Book Review: A Soldier’s Promise

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Introduction:

A Soldier’s Promise  is a book by Cynthia Thomason . This book is a Heartwarming book from Harlequin Romance Books. Don’t let the name Harlequin Romance fool you, Harlequin has more than just romance books. They have:   Suspense, Passion, Home & Family, Inspirational, Western, Historical, Sweet Romance, Medical Romance, Paranormal and even have Books For Teens( That is in a different link listed below in the Link Section of this post). A book for everyone. If you don’t see your preference listed, there is a search box you can use in the link called Harlequin Books

My Synopsis: 

This is about a soldier and his teenage daughter. The soldier is right out of the service and also just lost his wife. He is trying to adjust to civilian life. A teacher who is trying to get over own problems tries to help the soldier and his teenage daughter. The teacher has made a promise  to herself. Will she break her own rules/policy?

Publisher’s Synopsis: 

Brenna Sullivan has a strict policy about not getting emotionally involved with her students. Yet there’s something about the new student, Carrie, and her father that has Brenna breaking all her rules.

Mike Langston’s parenting methods may be more than a little outdated, but Brenna is struck by the brave and honorable man he is and, despite her better judgement, she’s falling deeper and deeper for him. But how can she cross the line when their feelings start to grow?

What I Liked: 

I enjoyed reading a book about a soldier who’s right out of the service. I liked reading that this wasn’t the only problem he had. Between being right out of the service, raising a teenage daughter by himself plus his wife dying, it made the book more interesting to see how he solved these problems. I liked reading that the teacher who had her own problems reached out to try to help a veteran soldier solve his problems. Did the teacher and the veteran soldier get their problems solved? You’ll have to read the book and find out.

What I Didn’t Like:

I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about the book. Yes, it was that good in my opinion.

Links:

Cynthia Thomason, Author

Reader Service (Member’s Only Offers)

Harlequin Books

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Cynthia Thomason’s Brief Bio

Try Harlequin

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Harlequin Books-Facebook

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Harlequin Teen

 

 

The Newbie Tag

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Hello Everyone, I have been blessed to be tagged by blogger Danielle of the The Introverted Book Nerd . She has an amazing site so I suggest you check it out and possibly give her a follow too.

1. WHY DID YOU START THIS BLOG?

I started blogging for fun and because I enjoy it. Also, I read quite a bit so sharing my thought on books isn’t out of the question.

2. WHAT ARE SOME FUN AND UNIQUE THINGS YOU CAN BRING TO BOOK BLOGGING?

Sharing my thoughts on books.

3. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW BLOG?

I’m excited about meeting other bloggers and seeing what their opinions are.

4. WHY DO YOU LOVE READING.

It helps me wind down and I like seeing the different plots.

5. WHAT BOOK OR SERIES GOT YOU INTO READING?

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the Narnia Series.

6. WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU ASK YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

  • How do you come up with your plots of your book?
  •  Where do you get your inspiration?
  • On average, how long does it take you to write a book?

7. WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU THINK STARTING A BLOG WILL BE THE HARDEST TO OVERCOME?

The technical aspect of blogging.

8. WHEN DID YOU START READING?

Since I was real young and when I got older, I read the Bible the whole way through.

9. WHERE DO YOU READ?

Mostly my bedroom.

10. WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DO YOU LIKE TO READ?

I will try just about any type of book just to see what the plot is going to be like. Reading a horror book is unlikely.

If you are reading this and you are a newbie book blogger then I tag YOU!!

Crystal