Books and Reading, My Life

January Book Shopping

All the books!!!! 🙂 19 to be exact. Sorry the pictures don’t capture every book very well but I did my best.

In the Fantasy genre I picked up the rest of the Tales of Goldstone Wood books I have not read yet. Think of a new twist on fairy tales, complete with fairies, dragons, princes, princesses, cats….

Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Dragonwitch, and Shadow Hand

I completed my collection (up to date, anyway) on Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings. I have been on a kick for fairy tales lately. Who doesn’t like a good fairy tale story?? I am a Disney girl through and through. So, to catch up on her fairy tale stories I got….

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, The Merchant’s Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, and The Golden Braid

To finish up in the Fantasy genre I got….

Grimm’s Fairy Tales (complete collection), Redwall, Before Tomorrowland, and Whispers of Liberty

I couldn’t not look at the mysteries, you know how much I love those, and found a few….

Until We Find Home, Magic Hour, The Kitchen House, and The Woman in the Window, The Snow Lane and The Road to Ever After

 

I am looking forward to sinking myself into these inked worlds. Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts (without giving spoilers, please)?

 

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Book Review, Books and Reading, My Life

Top Favorite Books of 2017

Good afternoon, friends!

I hope this day is going well for you and wherever you are it is warm. Last week in my area we had below zero temperatures and wind chills made it around -25/-30 degrees! Yes, I hibernated as much as possible, lol. Today it is still cold out but compared to what we have had it is pretty nice. And the sun is shining.

I have taken the last couple of weeks to look back on the books I read last year and have my list of favorites ready. the stories took me on so many different paths. I walked through family secrets, fantasy worlds, countries, centuries of adventures. But out of all of them, there were four that really left their print on me. In no particular order….

 

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz swept me away to the wild land of Kentucke. A place filled with surveyors and pioneers determined to colonize the area even amidst dangers all around. Tempe Tucker, the innkeeper’s daughter, guides the new surveying party through the land. 1777 Kentucke wilderness, an adventurous heroine, secrets. This story had so much. I felt as if I was part of the surveying party. The details brought everything to life. It is a story richly filled with history, mystery, adventure, and love. For a deeper look into my review of this story the link to the original review is here:

https://kymberlibriggs.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/a-moonbow-night/

 

Child of the River by Irma Joubert

Everything about this story did it for me. The cover image, the heroine, the other characters, the way Ms. Joubert wrote the story, the setting, everything Persomi had to face. This was my first story set in South Africa, add in that it was set in the 1940’s and 1950’s and I was transported there instantly. I could not put this book down, I stayed up late to read it. This is a book I highly recommend.

https://kymberlibriggs.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/child-of-the-river-book-review/

 

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Julianne Chevalier has been branded a criminal in France and sentenced to the New World in exile. She is shipped to Loisiana and quickly discovers she needs more strength than she ever imagined. Again, I was swept away to different worlds. 1700’s France into Louisiana. There were trials and dangers around every corner and Julianne quickly had to learn who she needed to be if she ever thought of staying alive.

https://kymberlibriggs.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/the-mark-of-the-king/

 

True to You by Becky Wade

I was introduced to my fictional twin when I read this story. Nora’s love of books, vintage styles, genealogy, BBC and PBS. Her house is filled with books. Nora is asked to help a former Navy SEAL find his birth parents and it takes each of them on a journey neither planned for. Family secrets, second chances. This story is my favorite Becky Wade book to date.

https://kymberlibriggs.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/true-to-you/

 

There you go. I hope I may have helped you find some good reads for this coming year. What books did you read last year that left their mark on you? I would love to hear about them. I can never have too many books!

Book Review, Books and Reading, My Life

The Illusionist’s Apprentice

the illusionist's apprentice    Not all illusions happen on stage.

 

Wren Lockhart was apprentice to the famous illusionist Harry Houdini. After his death, Wren is determined to continue her career, as well as keep her true identity hidden. But when a rival performer’s act goes tragically wrong Wren is called on to speak the truth, including revealing who she really is. Wren knows if anyone digs too deep, the past she has been so careful to hide could resurface and shatter her world.

I loved the setting of this story. The Jazz Age. Where do I begin? The music, the fashion, Kristy Cambron described the details so vividly and I felt as if I was there beside Wren. I enjoyed how carefully Ms. Cambron weaved the past and present together, giving just enough of each story to keep me up at night needing to read more. She really brought it all to life for me. All the while through the story I kept asking “How do you kill a man who is already dead??” My mom can verify that I was asking that, lol. We were on vacation when I was reading this book and she heard me voice that question a few times. How do you kill a man who is already dead? I will let you figure that one out!

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild in exchange for my review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts*

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To the Farthest Shores

b8fd191a671a6b60b477f6a1618dbfa0Army Nurse Jenny Bennett has lived a hard life. Determined to put the past behind her she focuses on her job and hopes to gain a promotion. The sudden reappearance of Lt. Ryan Gallagher changes her life yet again.

Ryan Gallagher is one of a few who are able to carry out a certain mission. One that destroyed his reputation and the heart of the woman he loved. Now, returning years later, he not only cannot tell Jenny what happened, but he needs to ask for her help in his current assignment. Will she be able to put past hurts behind her, though? And when a threat to Ryan’s life becomes apparent, is it even safe to be near him? Does she want to be near him? Does she have any trust left in him? These are many things Jenny needs to face.

This was a very well-written story. The characters were developed nicely and my interest in their lives and the story as it unfolded was kept. I enjoyed the history that Ms. Camden incorporated into the story. There was enough to draw me in and hold my attention without becoming overwhelming. And I can’t not mention the cover art. I love it. It is so beautiful.

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

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Pursued book review

    Nikki Boyd is heading home to Nashville after a job. Her flight is routine and uneventful, until the plane crash lands at the airport. Although shaken up, Nikki is fine. However, she discovers the woman who sat next to her is missing. When questioning about the woman she is told Erika Hamilton is not on the flight manifest. Nikki is plunged into a missing persons case where she first needs to prove there is a missing person.

This is Book Three of the Nikki Boyd Files and once again, Lisa Harris does not disappoint. I have become a huge fan of this series and when I see the new one is coming out I wait as patiently as possible. I love mysteries and action and this series delivers on both. I am definitely looking forward to Book Four. (As a side point, I do suggest reading these in order so as not to get confused on Nikki’s personal events).

 

*I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

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The Mark of the King

the mark of the kingJulianne Chevalier has been condemned to a life in prison and branded as a criminal. Her only piece of hope is trading her prison life for a life in the new world as an exile. She is sent to Louisiana. One she is sent, however, she discovers she needs more strength than she ever imagined. Does she have enough to survive this new life?

This story took me by the hand and pulled me back to 1700’s France and America. From the Birthing Room to the prison, from the ship to the fledgling colony in Louisiana. And each step in Julianne’s journey brought trials and dangers. Some of them even meant choosing the “lesser of two evils”. I enjoyed this story very much. I will definitely be keeping a lookout for Jocelyn Green’s other books.

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared about this book are entirely my own thoughts.*

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No Computer Day

cd733ec0aaeac082f1dd3a52bf8c1603.jpg.cfGood morning my friends. I hope you are having a good week so far.

Today I have three kids to watch. And I’m making it a no Computer Day for the kids. Partly because of nessessity, partly for them. Yesterday my dog decided to chew and eat my charger cord to my you laptop. So until the new cord arrives we will other be using my laptop. And so I thought, let’s just make today a no Computer Day. And guess what? No complaints about it so far! I’miss pretty sure they will survive.

The three year olds are playing the Legos and my old Playskool dollhouse together. Oh, the conversations they are having with each other are priceless! So far I have not had to interfere or suggest new games. They are playing well together, no arguments, sharing well, and their imaginations are amazing!! I am looking forward to seeing what else they come up with!

Enjoy your day, and perhaps have a no Computer Day with your family?

 

Peace,

Kymberli

My Life, Word of the Week

Balance

balance    Good evening friends,

Last week was a tough week for me. Some of you know and some do not, I have depression. Some days are great. Some are not. Last week were a lot of not great days. And then I wake up one morning and I am perfectly well. Such is the journey. It made me think, however, on my day to day activities. When I have energy and get my house sparkling clean and days where I can’t even get out of bed. But sometimes that’s okay. Because there is balance in that. Knowing when you’re feeling well and can get a lot done and when you need rest, physically and mentally. And that’s okay. It’s okay to take a nap during the day if you need it, or after work. It’s okay to put your pajamas on even if you are not going to bed right away. I cannot stress it enough. It Is Okay! Don’t stress any more than you might already be stressing. (Easier said than done, I know. But, at least try?) And when you are back on your feet, then tackle the dishes and laundry. Take care of yourself first!

That is my word of the week. Balance. Know when you can do things and do them. Know when to rest and rest. Again, I repeat, it is okay.

Peace,

Kymberli

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Child of the River book review

    Persomi dreams of a world much bigger than the one given her in the Bushveld of the 1940’s and 1950’s of South Africa. How long and how strong can she continue to dream?

Persomi has been born into a poor, illiterate, farming family, a family working on someone else’s land. She dreams of an education, a profession, and of love. But her dreams seem too grand for her life; too distant. However, she has  determination. And she is not about to give that up. This is a compelling coming of age story with a memorable heroine, and I do not say that lightly.

This is by far my favorite book of the year so far. The cover image, the heroine, the rest of the cast, the style of writing, the setting, the situations Persomi is faced with, all of it. I inhaled this story because I could not put it down, and at the same time I did not want it to end. It has an ending, however, and I came to it too soon. I gladly lost sleep over this book. I was sad to reach the last page, the last sentence, the last word. Great job, Irma Joubert! I truly, highly recommend this book!

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

Blogging, My Life, Word of the Week

Growth

  Good morning, Friends,

Only a few more days until the time change and winter changes to spring. There is some snow on the ground but mostly we are in the season of mud. This morning as I took the older kids to the bus stop I noticed the buds popping up from the dirt, and in some spots even from under snow. It is amazing how determined and strong these tiny buds are. How determined they are to survive, even if we get one more snowstorm. The hope they give. Things will get brighter. Things will rise again, things will get better, even through our storms. Beautiful things. Remarkable things. We only need to keep weathering our storms. And that is what I am determined to remember today, this week, every day. There can be growth from my storms. This is why I have chosen this word for the week.

I hope whatever storms you are weathering, you are able to see the growth under them.

 

Keep strong,

Peace,

Kymberli