Elizabeth, Captive Princess by Margaret Irwin

In this, the second of Margaret Irwin’s great trilogy about the life of “Good Queen Bess”, Elizabeth I, the imperious, high spirited heroine of Young Bess finds herself the prey of her sister Mary’s jealous suspicions. The death of her young brother, Edward IV; the accession of Bloody Mary; the execution of Lady Jane Grey; her own imprisonment in the Tower of London; and the arrival of Philip of Spain to marry Queen Mary provide the powerful background to Irwin’s masterful novel as Elizabeth strives to achieve her ambition, the Crown of England.

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I’m having a wonderful day! ♥

You know those moments, when everything aligns and it’s a beautiful day? Oh that is my day. I’m freezing cold, but cozy in my new pajamas set. I’m serious, I’ve washed it and put it back on for the last three days. But it’s that glorious end of the year time cold feeling. It’s a good thing. Well, all the Christmas books are coming out, and I keep wanting to avoid them until later… seriously people the Christmas season is suppose to start on my birthday. Didn’t you know that? November 18th!! Anyway, finally I’ve opened one. *sigh* Absolutely blissful. I just love Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball. Now it’s all over. How am I suppose to go back to normal everyday fiction, with Christmas on the brain? (shhh… don’t tell, but I’m listing to Christmas music! WHAT HAVE YOU PEOPLE DONE TO ME?!) Well, now I get to. . .

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Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul

Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?

In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

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Review: A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

What keeps a reader immersed in a story? More than just great characters that dance to life, but a passion that drives the story forward. A passion for God and the family that is held together in His love. A HOPE UNDAUNTED is just that kind of story. I admit I didn’t like the heroine Katie, much at the start, she had such a long way to go before becoming likeable. I dangled by a thread while reading, bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball as three men battled for Katie’s affection. At one point in the novel I didn’t know which way it was all going to go and was breathless. There were moments of angst and laughter as I traversed with the characters. The O’Connors have become my family. I know and love them better, the more time I spend with them. I rejoiced and nearly. . .

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