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Ladies of the Manor: Review of The Lost Heiress

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When The Lost Heiress arrived in the mail for me to review, I was surprised. At 439 pages, it was larger than I expected.

But from the moment I first started reading it, I was addicted. Filled with mystery, intrigue, and romance, The Lost Heiress far surpassed my expectations, and become one of the best novels I have read in 2015.

Set in 1910-1911, The Lost Heiress follows the journey of Brook Eden and her childhood friend, Justin Wildon, as they unravel a mystery that catapults them into a web of murder, mayhem, spies, and family secrets.

I loved every moment of The Lost Heiress, and found it to be a well-written, keeping me on the edge of my seat. I appreciated how the author did not shy away from addressing issues of faith, but rather than drowning the story in Scripture, allowed it to be the backbone of the story, strengthening it without overpowering it. I would give The Lost Heiress a “B+”, and look forward to reading the next novel in the series. I believe the story would make an incredible period drama TV series , in the vein of Downton Abbey. So dear Julian Fellowes, get your hands on a copy of The Lost Heiress! 

The Lost Heiress is the first in a series of books, so be sure to watch for the release of The Reluctant Duchess in April 2015!

You can find out more about Roseanna M. White here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the book free from the publisher through Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .

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Goodbye, 22

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Time goes by so quickly. It feels like just yesterday I was turning 22, but tomorrow I am going to be 23.

I am incredibly thankful for the past year. It is has been a time of great personal growth, and a year of opportunity for me. I have made new friends and new memories, I have read new books and considered new perspectives, I have discovered new interests and set new goals.

In the past year I have shaken off a heap of hurt and learned to rest in the fact that everything is going to be okay. I have shifted my focus from being brave to being fearless (they aren’t the same thing). I am learning to love the freedom that comes with casting aside the weight of others’ opinions. I have seen the beauty of new hope that springs forth only when the heart is cleared of hindrances– painful, but worth it. I have learned to own my opinions, and defend them. I have found my voice, and I refuse to be silent.

I know that in the years to come, I will look back on this year as being a major turning point for me. I have had my share of hang-ups, but it has been a fun journey, too.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it yet, 1D’s Niall Horan sang a bit of Taylor Swift’s ’22’ a few days ago. (Can I be honest for a moment? I. WANT. THAT. ACCENT.)

I am so very glad that ya’ll have joined me on this journey. And wherever you are in the world tonight, I hope you’re feeling 22!

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Redemption: A Review of Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, & Me

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If you have known me for any length of time, you know that I love L.M. Montgomery’s books. I have been in love with her lyrical, poetic, whimsical, and soulful writing from the first time I read Anne of Green Gables as a twelve year old girl. And while I have read many, though not all, of her works, my first true love still abides with Anne.

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So when I had the opportunity to read and review Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me, I was thrilled! Why would I pass up an opportunity to read a memoir written about the impact my favorite literary character had upon the life of another writer? Ah, bliss.

Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me is a collection of essays written by Lorilee Cracker, recounting different lessons and experiences from her life, and how Montgomery’s redheaded dreamer taught her about life, love, and loss.

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Filled with humor, and yet powerful honesty, Cracker allows readers to catch a glimpse of her own brokenness, heartbreak, and mess, and reminds us that not only is there much to be learned from our beloved Canadian redhead, but that we are all loved, and that our Savior chooses us, despite our flaws, numerous though they may be. He sees the beauty in our ashes, heaps grace upon us, and holds us in His arms.

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Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me made me laugh, but also made me want to drag out my well-loved copies of Montgomery’s books and read them again! I was particularly moved by chapter 17, A Bend in the Road. In it, Cracker discusses how it was Montgomery’s unique life that birthed our beloved Anne, and all the rest of her wonderful characters and stories, in the same way that each of the bumps, twists, crashes, and dark nights of the soul in our own lives shapes each of us. Cracker reminds the reader that God has given each of us our “own appointed way” of ministering to those around us, of drawing on our pasts and our passions to be the hands and feet of Christ for a broken world. Reminding us of Montgomery’s doubts and fears, Cracker paints a portrait of redemption, of hope, and a Heavenly Father who is here with us, forever.

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I would give Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me an “A”. And if you have not yet read L.M. Montgomery’s classic Anne series, I encourage you to do so now! And if you have read the books, but never seen the films, you should– Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie will make you fall in love with Anne and Gilbert all over again.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blogger Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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