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Happy Friday, friends!

What a delight and surprise it was to me to find this beautiful gem of a book in our church library recently! Though my family has benefited so strongly from the late Dr. Adrian Rogers’ sermons (more info on his ministry, Love Worth Finding, HERE), I never knew that his wife Joyce wrote. I gave this one to my mom to read first, and she flew through it, highly recommending it afterward.

The Book:

Lean Hard on Jesus: God’s Great Goodness in Your Darkest Night by Joyce Rogers

(One of the) First Lines (and a little more!):

You may be wondering a bit about the title of this book. You may be asking, When do we lean hard on Jesus?
In times of trouble, like when a spouse or child is gravely ill? Certainly then.
In times of national tragedy, like September 11? Yes, then we lean hard on Him.
In times of personal grief or pain? Most definitely we lean hard on Jesus then. Really hard.
But that is only part of the answer. For when we catch a glimpse of who we are in light of who He is, when we see rightly our utter dependence and need for Him, we will naturally lean hard on Jesus – in times when we see things working together for good and times when we don’t see anything but the darkest night.

 

I’m greatly looking forward to reading this one!
Now it’s your turn, friends ~ What are you reading this week, and what’s the first line?
Grace and peace in Jesus Christ,
Alicia Ruggieri
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Hello, reading friends!

Awhile ago now, I came across the announcement that several authors – some of whom I knew – were embarking on (what I think is) a really wonderfully fun project – taking Jane Austen’s classic novels and adapting the stories to fit into 1930s America. My sister Londie introduced me to Jane Austen’s work long ago, and, like many of you, no doubt, I’ve loved each one of Austen’s novels as I’ve read them, ever since.
Thus, when the opportunity came along to be a part of the blog tour celebrating this Vintage Jane Austen collection’s release… Of course, I wanted to join! 🙂 Below you’ll find out what I thought of Perception by Emily Ann Benedict, as well as a giveaway.

The Book: Perception by Emily Ann Benedict

An Adaptation / Retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen

Backcover:

Upstate New York, 1930. Thirteen years ago, Abbey Evans was persuaded to break off her engagement to a penniless soldier headed to the front lines of the Great War. A daughter of one of America’s wealthiest families could never be allowed to marry so far beneath herself. But Black Tuesday changed everything. With her family’s prominence now little more than a facade, Abbey faces the loss of her childhood home. As if that weren’t enough, the only man she ever loved has returned after making his fortune – and he wants nothing to do with the young woman he courted before the war. With the past forever out of reach, the time has come for Abbey decide her own fate, before it is too late…

What I Thought:

This adaptation follows the beloved tale very closely. While I’ve not read Persuasion for a few years, it’s my favorite of Jane Austen’s classics, and so I appreciated that Ms. Benedict didn’t take too many liberties with an already-perfect 🙂 plot. Many of the characters translated beautifully into 1930s New England and retained the really humorous slant by which Austen portrayed them. Austen enthusiasts will recognize and relish (and want even more of!) Charlie and Miriam, as well as Holly and Lilly. Austen’s “Anne” becomes Benedict’s “Abbey”, and her character is highly recognizable as well. This very close following of the original may not be every reader’s cup-of-tea, but, as a reader, I delight more in the way a story is told than in the unexpected elements, so this was just fine for me! 🙂

The author highlights the personal growth of Anne/Abbey as well as Freddy/Captain Wentworth, something that sometimes is more difficult to understand in the original. This propelled the story beyond being “merely” a romance, and I appreciated the authenticity of its portrayal.

One of the only qualms I had with the novel was the way that Anne/Abbey rolled her eyes quite a lot in response to the (often-ridiculous) behavior of her family members. This was a little thing, but it seemed out-of-character for an otherwise-polite young woman, and it struck me as disrespectful toward those at whom she was rolling her eyes. Thankfully, this tapers off as the book continues, and there is enough good to strongly outweigh this. 🙂

As someone who lived in New England for much of my life and has visited some of the areas depicted in the novel, I really enjoyed the descriptions of the sea and of 1930s Boston. This is not a “heavy” historical novel, but it gives the place/time feeling of the 1930s in a light and entertaining way.

Some quotes that I relished and that reminded me of Austen’s original were:

Abbey nearly laughed. “Mr. Martin, do you know what’s even more attractive to a girl than ‘dash’? … Love. Real love that is honest and open and committed.”

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“I would much rather walk slowly beside the man I love than dance with a man I care nothing for.”

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“I fear for anyone unwilling to stand by his convictions, or even unable to stand up against the weight of another’s opinion. How can life be happy unless we know who we are, and stay true to ourselves?”

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“A lifetime alone by her own choice was infinitely better than marrying for the sake of being married.”

In all, I really enjoyed reading Perception, and, if you’re a Jane Austen fan, I think you might, too! Overall, it was refreshing and entertaining. It would also be a good introduction to Austen for people for whom the originals might be too dense. It’s available HERE as an e-book and HERE as a softcover. {Personally, I may be getting it for Christmas for a Jane-Austen lover in my family! 🙂 }

To learn more about Emily Ann Benedict, the author of Perception, click on the graphic below:

And Now for a Giveaway! 🙂

As part of this blog event, the authors are giving away a $25 Amazon gift card ~ Please feel welcome to enter below! 🙂 And after that, come over to my house so that we can all watch a nice Jane Austen film together 🙂 ~ Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth, of course!), anyone? 😉

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Happy Friday, friends!
First off, the winner of last week’s giveaway of The Proving by Beverly Lewis is… Perianne Askew. 🙂
Now onto this week!
What a joy it was to receive this beautiful review book recently ~ Its blurb promises an even more beautiful story! I’m featuring it today in First-Line Friday.

 

The book:

Isaiah’s Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews

First line:

Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers.

Your turn, friends: Take a book near to you – or the one you’re currently reading! – and share the first line below! 🙂
Have a blessed weekend!
Grace and peace,
Alicia G. Ruggieri

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Hello, friends! 🙂

It’s not only First-Line Friday {which I haven’t had the chance to participate in for awhile, so it’s nice to be “back” 🙂 }, but I’m also reviewing and giving away the FLF novel featured below!

The Proving by Beverly Lewis

 

And the first line is:

“My first-ever night away from home, I struggled with sleeplessness, having abruptly left with two other Amish girls.”

The Back Cover:

Amanda Dienner hasn’t seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County’s most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What’s more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months.
Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she’s determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess!
The inn isn’t Mandy’s sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn’t ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters.
Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?

What I Thought:

I can always count on Beverly Lewis books to provide a heartwarming story. Though I prefer Lewis’ series to her standalones, I’ve found that even her standalone novels – which can appear simple at times – even predictable – always give a carefuly-wrought message interwoven seamlessly into the storyline.
And her newest novel, the standalone The Proving was no different in this regard. Mandy’s mishaps as she tries to run a B & B singlehandedly at times – all in an effort to spite her sister and prove that she is capable of succeeding independently – were funny enough at times to make me chuckle and smile, and her justifiable hurt feelings over the wrong done to her was depicted so well that I as a reader could definitely sympathize with her anger and grudge.
What I really loved was the way that the author took a situation that was “unfixable” – literally, there was nothing, aside from the death of one of the parties that could undo the wrong that had been done – and showed that God can make something very good from great wrong – can redeem it, in fact, and shower it with His blessings – as long as we forgive.
While this wasn’t my favorite Beverly Lewis novel – her Abram’s Daughters series takes that prize 🙂 – The Proving is still well-worth reading for Amish fiction fans and for anyone who loves a well-told, heartwarming tale.

And Now for the Giveaway! 🙂

I’m giving away my copy {like-new} of The Proving! If you’d like to win it, enter by leaving a comment below. If you share this post in some way, let me know and you’ll get another entry. 🙂
Have a blessed weekend, friends!
Grace and peace,
Alicia G. Ruggieri

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Proving from the publisher and was not required to provide a positive review. All thoughts are, of course, my own! 🙂

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Hello, friends!

It’s hard to believe that The House of Mercy turned 4 this week!

This Arthurian-inspired novel that delves into the price of real mercy and true justice will always have a special place in my heart. Readers have called it “lyrical,” “compelling,” and “encouraging.”

For those of you who haven’t read it yet, here’s the backcover blurb:

When a hailstorm ruins her father’s crops, Bethan goes as a kitchen servant to Oxfield. There, she intends to work off her family’s debt to Lord Drustan before returning to marry the fervent son of a local priest. Yet, in her first days at the old Roman fortress, Bethan meets two men who are very different from the priest’s son, friends who have dark histories… and shrouded futures.
In his twenty years, Deoradhan has swallowed much of sorrow’s cup and found it bitter. Haunted by his father’s murder at the hands of one he trusted, distanced from the Roman God who betrayed him, burning to obtain his rightful throne in the rugged north, the young exile returns to Logress, where High King Arthur holds together a frail confederacy.
There at Oxfield, Deoradhan’s friend Calum seeks absolution for a deed he committed many years ago… a deed that ended in the death of one dearest to him and drove him from his home.
Will Deoradhan stop at nothing to gain his rightful position? Is atonement possible for Calum after so many years? And what of those – including Bethan – whose lives have become interwoven with theirs?

In celebration of “her” birthday, The House of Mercy is participating in a multi-author softcover giveaway! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in – and what reader wouldn’t be interested in winning so many Christian/clean fiction books!? – clicking on the picture below will take you to the entry form! 🙂

*Please note that my participation in this giveaway is not an personal endorsement of all the books included. 🙂 However, all the books included are clean and/or Christian-based.

Have a blessed Tuesday, friends!

In Him who took our sin,

Alicia

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Hello, friends!

I hope that you’re enjoying this fall season ~ Where I live, we’re getting an “Indian summer”, with some days at least as hot as those during the real summer months. My tomato plants and eggplant are not complaining, though… Instead of a frost this week, which had been kind of predicted by the planting calendar that I looked at, we are getting plenty of sunshine and heat to redden the tomatoes and plump up the eggplants. 🙂 This makes me a happy camper since one can never have too many tomatoes in an at least partially-Italian household. And then my husband’s Amish co-worker gave us 3 more eggplant from his garden because he and his wife had so many that they didn’t know what to do with them. I think eggplant parmesan – and lots of it – is in our future… 🙂

Anyway, enough with gardens and food! You’re here for a writing update, aren’t you? Here it is ~ at least a smallish one 🙂 :

What am I working on?

I’m still working on filling in the gaps in A Holy Passion: A Novel of David Brainerd and Jerusha Edwards. Over the summer, I took several weeks completely off writing ~ I was blessed with the opportunity to travel with family for part of July and August, and I quite honestly – and somewhat ashamedly! – did no writing.  But, as Pumba says in The Lion King, you gotta put your behind in the past. 🙂 Now, September is almost finished… and I can thankfully say that the rough draft of A Holy Passion is coming to a close as well! The Lord has been blessing me with some great writing days, for which I’m very thankful, and I’m thankful, too, for your prayers, friends ~ Through praying for and encouraging me, you are just as much a part of this endeavor as I, as God uses you to push His work forward. 

I had planned to start a Great Awakening series here on A Brighter Destiny this month, to give some background on A Holy Passion, but, after thinking it through more thoroughly (after my initial excitement!), I decided that the writing time would be better spent right now *finishing* the rough draft than getting too bogged down with a blog series commitment. That series is still in mind, however, so those of you who told me you were looking forward to it may not be ultimately disappointed. 🙂 There is so much about this time period that I would like to share with you, but David’s story ultimately takes priority right now. 🙂

What’s next?

After I finish the rough draft of A Holy Passion, it will go on to my first/beta-readers, and they will have awhile to tear into it and then give me their feedback. While that’s going on, I have two more smaller projects that I’d like to work on this autumn, but I’ll save more on that for after I finish this rough draft of A Holy Passion ~ I get distracted from project to project too easily! 🙂

If you’d like to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in my writing world, I’ll be continuing to update you all on Facebook as well as here on the blog. 

Grace and peace to you, friends, in Jesus Christ ~ May He always fill your hearts and your eyes and your minds.

Alicia G. Ruggieri

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Welcome to First-Line Friday! 🙂 And Happy Fall!

The book I’m featuring today is:

Shadow of the Storm

{Out of Egypt, Book 2}

by Connilyn Cossette

And the first line is:

17 Tammuz – 4th Month Out from Egypt

Wild drumbeats rumbled through the ground like distant thunder, pulsing in defiant rhythms and vibrating the hollows of my chest. My fingertips echoed the beat against my knee until a glare from my mother across the tent stilled their dance.

I loved and recommend Connilyn Cossette’s debut novel in this Biblical fiction series ~ You can find my review for that HERE ~ and I’ve been wanting to continue reading the series ever since. 🙂 Now, with books 2 & 3 on my TBR shelf, it’s just a question of finding the reading time.

Now, it’s your turn! What’s the first line of your current book – or the one nearest to you?
Or let me know – What’s a Biblical fiction novel that you’d recommend?
Then head on over to find out what first-lines these other First-Line-Friday folks are sharing today:

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Welcome to First-Line Friday! 🙂

The book I’m featuring today is:

The Inheritance

{Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 1}

by Michael Phillips

And a line from the first chapter {no, not the very first line today 🙂 } is:

Earthly eyes do not always perceive eternal merit. Even the tiniest of these [birds] had worth for those who saw them as creatures imagined into being out of God’s fathering heart. The most insignificant of creatures – both birds and boys – had stories to tell.

I have been wanting to read this newer series of Michael Phillips for some (seemingly!) long while now, so I was so glad when a friend said that she had it. (Thanks, Amanda! 🙂 ) I’m only about 70 pages in – It’s one of those lovely, long books to get lost in 🙂 – and I just love it so much – the intensely interwoven story, the lifelike characters, the setting that you can nearly see and smell and feel. It’s a contemporary novel with the feeling of a historical. I am actually reading slower than usual so that I don’t finish it too quickly. It’s that good! Look for a review perhaps in the near future, friends.

Now, it’s your turn! What’s the first line of your current book – or the one nearest to you? Or let me know – do you have a favorite book or series of Michael Phillips (He’s written a lot!)?
Then head on over to find out what first-lines these other First-Line-Friday folks are sharing today:

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Happy Friday, friends!

Wow, this week went by quickly! It’s already time for another First Line Friday. 🙂
The book I’m featuring today is:

Mission to the Headhunters: How God’s Forgiveness Transformed Tribal Enemies by Frank and Marie Drown

And the first line is:

As the plane droned over the jungle of the Oriente in eastern Ecuador, taking me back to join Marie in the coastal city of Guayaquil, my mind was a tumbling kaleidoscope of vivid new impressions.

This book comes highly recommended from friends and also from Elisabeth Elliot, so I am really looking forward to burrowing into it. 🙂

Now, it’s your turn, friends! What’s the first line of your current book – or the one nearest to you? Or let me know a missionary-themed book that you’ve read and enjoyed.  🙂
Then head on over to find out what first-lines these other First-Line-Friday folks are sharing today:

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Hello, friends! I have a review for you today for a historical Christian fiction novel, The Promise of Dawn.
The book:

From the back cover:

When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn’t an easy life, it wasn’t as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

My thoughts:

I haven’t read a Lauraine Snelling book for years, but I have really enjoyed them in the past, so I was excited when the opportunity arose to review her newest release, The Promise of Dawn, the first book in Snelling’s new Under Northern Skies series. The backcover blurb interested me, especially because boy-meets-girl romance didn’t appear to central to the storyline – Rather, it appeared to be more a family story of real life, which I often love. 🙂

While the beginning of this novel felt a little slow to me as it skimmed and summarized Signe and Rune’s immigration to America, the story picked up its pace about 40 pages into it, and I found myself deeply involved in the vividly-portrayed struggles of Signe, Rune, and their boys as they attempted to carve a new life for themselves in a land of opportunity. The story has a Little-House-on-the-Prairie feeling to it – I love Little House! 🙂 – and I really enjoyed following the characters’ little moment-by-moment difficulties and solutions.

Now, for the bit that put a bad taste in my mouth for me… I understand that life on a farm is not just hayrides in October. 🙂 Death is a very real part of it. But a very sad part of it. 🙁 A part of it toward which we should not callous ourselves or our children. And unfortunately, The Promise of Dawn sometimes does encourage an insensitive and ugly attitude toward living creatures that God has made for His joy. This is so unfortunate that this was included and even highlighted at times… In all honesty, this insensitivity and grim pleasure in suffering caused to other creatures ruined the novel for me. 🙁 Which made me sad as a reader because I *loved* so much where the book was heading – I wanted to find out what happened with Signe, Rune, the uncle, the ailing aunt, the boys… (*spoiler*) But my mind kept coming back to what Signe forced her boys to do to the baby mice – She tells her children to throw the live baby mice to the cats. (Completely unnecessary, as she has no problem killing the mother mouse quickly with a broom, so why not kill the babies quickly as well?) Later, this attitude toward them is “justified” when it is explained that, when Signe tried to rescue a mouse as a child, it bit her in fright and so, out of revenge, she locked that mouse in a grain barrel with a cat. Awful and nasty, obviously, but an attitude that Christ will set us free from if we will let Him.

Again, it is not the killing of the mice that really bothered me – obviously, if your house is infested, you have to get rid of the mice in the most humane way possible. My problem was with the calloused attitude Signe had toward the mice and which she encouraged in her children, as well as her not being merciful (in an otherwise fairly merciful character) in the way in which she killed them. No one should *torture* something to death. Period. And that is what would have happened to those baby mice. (See Proverbs 12:10 for a Biblical passage on kindness vs. cruelty to animals.)

I dislike saying so much about this aspect because a lot of the rest of the story really did fascinate me, especially up until that happened with the mice, but after that, it was difficult for me to enjoy it, as I felt a strong dislike for Signe as a character. The other Snelling books that I have read I have really enjoyed and never noticed this insensitivity in them. This one just was not my cup of tea for the reason I noted above.

I received a copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers. All thoughts are my own.

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