Friday, February 22, 2013

The Tutor's Daughter

The Tutor’s Daughter is Julie Klassen’s newest book.  Emma Smallwood is desperately worried about the decline of her father’s spirits after her mother’s death.  John Smallwood’s depression has led to their once successful school for boys to having no pupils to pay the bills.  Boldly, Emma writes to a wealthy gentleman to see if her father can tutor his younger sons.  Sir Giles pleasantly accepts under the condition that John and Emma Smallwood come to the family home in Cornwall.  The Smallwoods find themselves in a home full of secrets and some could prove very dangerous to Emma. 

If you love Jane Austin you will instantly fall in love with this book!  Klassen is a master author and her research and knowledge of the era in which she writes is outstanding.  The love story, mystery and rich history make this an incredible read that I plan to come back to again and again.  I have always adored Elizabeth Bennett and now I absolutely adore Emma Smallwood.  Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will find this book fascinating! 

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Tutor's Daughter, The

When the Heart Heals

When the Heart Heals is the newest book in the Sisters at Heart Series by Ann Shorey.  Rosemary Saxon has worked hard to build a life in Noble Springs while maintaining her independence and gaining acceptance from the townspeople.  Serving as a nurse during the Civil War has made many people consider her vulgar.  Yet, Rosemary desperately needs a job and the new doctor in town might be her only hope to support herself.  Dr. Elijah Stewart is hesitant to hire a female nurse especially one with such an outspoken and hot tempered personality as Rosemary.  Yet the more time they work together they find themselves drawn to each other.   Yet old emotional scars and a mysterious townsperson with a vendetta might tear them apart forever. 

I love the Civil War time era and this book brought an interesting historical aspect to light with society’s disregard of female nurses after the war.  This novel had several interesting sidebars that made the story very enjoyable and set up for another book in the series.  The mystery in the book made it very exciting and you can’t help but enjoy Rosemary’s fiery personality.  This was a great read that I really enjoyed.  Looking forward to more books in this series!

Provided by the Publisher for review

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

When the Heart Heals: A Novel (Sisters at Heart) 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A New Home for Lily

A New Home for Lily is the second book in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series by Mary Ann Kingsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher.  Lily has had many changes since the first book, Life with Lily.  Lily’s family has moved from New York to Pennsylvania to a different Amish community.  Lily has a new school, new friends, a new house and unfortunately a new hallway bedroom.  Some changes are wonderful such as her nice teacher and her new friend Beth. Other changes are very difficult to come to terms with such as the new house that is so small, naughty Aaron Yoder from class, and learning all the different Amish traditions in this new community.  Lily has many new adventures in her new home such as pet goats, gray jell-o and sledding with classmates.  Lily must learn that you must take the good with the bad and learn how to not just be content, but sincerely happy with her new home in Pennsylvania. 

I absolutely love this series!  I am truly fascinated by the Amish culture and enjoy the playful and fun story of Lily Lapp and her family.  I love seeing the different family dynamics and traditions compared to our fast paced society.  My heart ached for Lily with her new doll and her grandmother and I couldn’t stop laughing at the hanging scripture incident.  This series evokes a wide array of emotions and is enjoyable for children and adults alike.  Very fun and refreshing and I can’t wait for the next one!  The third book in the series, A Big Year for Lily will be released soon. 

Provided by the Publisher for Review

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
New Home for Lily, A (The Adventures of Lily Lapp)