Thursday, April 18, 2019

Sarah E. Ladd's The Governess of Penwythe Hall Book Review and Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.
Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.
Cornwall, England, 1811
Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.
Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.
Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

Book: The Governess of Penwythe Hall Author: Sarah Ladd
Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: April 16, 2019
MY BOOK REVIEW

The first book of a brand-new series by Sarah E. Ladd.  It a story that takes you into the life of Cordelia "Delia" Greythorne.  She becomes the governess to five children after their father passed away. She moves into their uncle's estate. Living in harsh conditions Cordelia has to become a very strong-willed individual. She doesn't trust people much and lives in fear always looking over her shoulder. She can't get past what had happened to her in the past.  Delia runs into Jac Trethway who cares about the land he has inherited. The apple orchard may be at risk, but when he meets the governess, a tutor, and give children to arrive at his home, he becomes overwhelmed with many emotions. 

This is a wonderful inspirational historical fiction. The book contains many relatable topics such as suspicion, grief, romance, family and not feeling like you have a place in this world. I found this book to be a page-turner. Every page had great vivid descriptions to take you into the gardens of Penwythe to the Cornish Cliffs.  The one problem I did have with this book was it was predictable. There wasn't many twists and turns to the story. Don't get me wrong, it still is a really good book, I just wish it wasn't so predictable. Maybe it is because it is book one of the series and Ladd just wanted to introduce the characters and twist and turns will happen in the next few books. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see what happens. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall

5 things to know about Cornwall, England:
1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall's inhabitants called the country Kernow. 
2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as "Cornish," which became nearly extinct in the 1800s. 
3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks. 
4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackeral, and sardines being common catches. 
5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwell "the region of dream and mystery." 
Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall. Click Here
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GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of The Governess of Penwythe  Hall!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!



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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Burning Cathedral of Notre-Dame Facts, Photos and Video



                                   

I am pretty sure you probably heard about the Cathedral of Notre Dame got on fire. It makes me sad. Yes, they can rebuild it and try to make it look like it did but it won't be the same. 
The Cathedral was built between 1163 and 1345 by Pope Alexander the III and was completed in the 13th century. We lost 856 years of historical energy, labor and all the years of DNA/fingerprints.  The towers may have seemed like they were twins but they were not. The towers were as high as 226 feet and it had 387 steps.  It contained one of the oldest surviving wood-timber frames in Paris. Underneath the cathedral is another city. It is Gallo-Roman city known as Lutetia. Around 1710 pieces of the sculpted altar dedicated to Jupiter were discovered. 


In 1431, Henry VI of England was made King of France inside the Notre-Dame. 
During the French Revolution, 28 statues of biblical kings in the cathedral were removed by a mob. In 1977, the heads of 21 of these kings were rediscovered when they worked on the basement of the French Bank of Foreign Trade. 

Joan of Arc who helped France in the battles against the English troops. She was captured by the Burundians', accused of heresy and burned at the stake. On July 7, 1456, she was declared innocent and martyr. In 1909, she was beatified in the cathedral by Pope Plus X. 


in the late 1700s, the cathedral was falling apart due to weather, wear and tear and the French Revolution. Napoleon Bonaparte, who was crowned emperor there in 1804 worked hard at trying to restore the cathedral. Author Victor Hugo's book The Hunchback of Notre Dame helped with the major restoration overseen by architects Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Lassus and Eugene Viollet-le-Duc. 

Inside the cathedral, there are many artifacts including the Crown of Thoms. 
I am glad no one got hurt. I thought for sure a terrorist caused this fire, but it is not. The fire was caused by the renovation of the cathedral. I just hope it was a faulty wire from the electric system or something like that because it would suck if you were the construction worker who started it. I truly believe it was an accident. I hope if it was a person who accidentally started it the company and news media won't give out the name(s) because I have a feeling the worker would get many death threats from emotional people. 
According to the news, the family of French billionaire Francois Pinault has pledged $113 million to the reconstruction. 

















Allison C. Meier. 13 Facts About Notre-Dame Cathedral. April 15, 2019 http://mentalfloss.com/article/556629/facts-about-notre-dame-cathedral


Monday, April 15, 2019



ABOUT THE BOOK

Book: This Daring Journey
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2019
As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?
Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.
Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.
Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters

More from Misty

How did I get started writing?
 I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top!
I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian historical western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
From there, I’ve soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I’ve spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It’s my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.
Giveaway
To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 4
Simple Harvest Reads, April 4 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 6
Splashes of JoyApril 7
Mary Hake, April 8
Wishful Endings, April 11
Vicky Sluiter, April 12
The Becca Files, April 12
Carpe Diem, April 13
BigreadersiteApril 14





This Daring Journey by Misty M. Beller Book Review and Giveaway



ABOUT THE BOOK
As a half-Indian raised among her Peigan tribe, Moriah Clark knows better than to trust white people. The tragedy that resulted in her birth is proof enough. But when her trusted grandfather marries her to a white man, she has no choice to but to obey and hope this new life isn’t her downfall. Her white husband turns out to be a decent sort, but his unexpected death left her to birth a newborn baby among hostile mountain men. She wants nothing more than to retreat to the safe haven of her tribal upbringing. When a mysterious frontiersman arrives on her doorstep seeking her deceased husband, his offer to escort her and the babe to her people seems like the opportunity she’s been praying to find. But can she trust him?
Samuel Grant has been sent to retrieve Henry Clark for his sister’s wedding, but the sight that greets him at the little cabin in the woods is not what he expected. Not only has the man died, but Henry’s wife is fighting off an aggressive gang of men at gunpoint—while trying to conceal a newborn. He can’t leave the pair unattended, so helping her travel into the mountain country to reach her family seems like the only option. If he can win her trust, that is.
Such a grueling journey with a three-week-old baby will be risky, but the challenges that arise test them far more than either expected. When a devastating surprise increases the danger ten-fold, Moriah focuses all her efforts on keeping her newborn daughter alive. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t realize how much of her heart belongs to the mountain man—until it’s too late.
Book: This Daring Journey   Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2019

Click here to purchase your copy.



MY BOOK REVIEW

Daring Journey is book six of "the Heart of the Mountains" series. I would suggest reading the first five books because it is a great series but it can be read as a stand-alone too.  We are taken into the beautiful but harsh Canadian mountains as we follow Moriah, a recent widower, who left the home her husband built to seek out her mother's people. She if half Peigan. She has to be resourceful and determined because she must keep her newborn and herself alive.  Samuel Grant finds her when he arrives at the cabin looking for Henry Grant.  Samuel escorts them to make sure they stay safe. They grow to trust each other and help each other get through many varieties of trials and obstacles. One of them is running into a Native boy. He finds out her husband passed away.  

The characters in this story are relatable. You feel their emotions and the struggles they are going through. You feel the love of family and their spiritual growth. 

You have Moriah a resourceful, determined but has doubts with being half-Indian heritage. 
Samuel Grant is kind, warming, and loyal. Matisse, the teenager they met on the way, has been abandoned at the age of two. He is half Peigan, but was raised by a white trapper.  He is very helpful. Then you have Baby Cherry who you care so deeply. 

This story is redemption, trust, faith, family and second chances.  "The Daring Journey" is not a preachy book. It is spiritual, faith and inspirational, but not preachy. I would highly recommend this series. I can see Hallmark making this series into movies. 

I was given an ebook via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Misty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters
MORE FROM MISTY
How did I get started writing?
 I’ve always loved to read, but several years ago I was putting together my bucket list, and realized that I really did want to write a novel. So, “Write a novel that’s published” made it near the top!
I decided, it’s now or never, and made the commitment to do it. So, I had a general idea that I wanted it to be a Christian historical western romance. But where to start? I finally decided I needed to find a good book to help me plan. I stumbled upon (a.k.a. God led me to) the best possible book to help me get started with a great plan: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. For all you writers out there, I can’t recommend it highly enough!
From there, I’ve soaked in every bit of writing instruction I can from some amazing groups and individuals. And I’ve spent countless hours sitting with my laptop pouring out words onto the screen. Writing is in my blood. It’s my passion. A true gift from my Heavenly Father, and I pray daily that he uses the words for His purpose.
GIVEAWAY
To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, April 4
Simple Harvest Reads, April 4 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, April 6
Splashes of JoyApril 7
Mary Hake, April 8
Wishful Endings, April 11
Vicky Sluiter, April 12
The Becca Files, April 12
Carpe Diem, April 13
BigreadersiteApril 14
Click here to purchase your copy.

Reentry by Peter Cawdron Book Review and Giveaway

SYNOPSIS After almost dying on Mars, astronaut Liz Anderson returns to Earth, but not to a hero’s welcome. America is in turmoil...