10.31.2014

A May Bride by Meg Moseley | Book Review

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Author, Meg Moseley
Published, April 22, 2014
Publisher, Zondervan
Kindle edition, 124 pages
Series, A Year of Weddings, #6

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:
She’s prepared for her wedding all her life … but she forgot a few things.Ellie Martin, a country girl in Atlanta, often de-stresses from city life by tending the flower beds of a church near her apartment. She has dreamed of a traditional wedding all her life, a wedding like the one her younger sister is planning back in their hometown. Their single mom will pay for Alexa’s wedding, but Ellie started her own wedding fund years ago. She only needs to find a groom.
She bumps into a man who’s a guest at a wedding on the church grounds. She’s noticed him around the neighborhood, but today he introduces himself as Gray Whitby. They embark on a whirlwind romance, but her mother doesn’t trust freewheeling men like him. Standing up to Mom leads Ellie to stick up for Alexa too. When Ellie risks her own plans for her sister’s sake, Gray feels betrayed. Will he always play second fiddle?
Will Ellie and Gray reconcile their differences so her dream wedding can come true, or will the romance they’ve begun come crashing down?

MY THOUGHTS:
So far - I have really enjoyed the A Year of Weddings series.  I am reading in order of the months.I had hopes of reading one each month but time has gotten away from me and I am working on catching up.
I had high hopes for this novella since I read a book by Meg Moseley earlier this year.  The Stillness of Chimes.  I was not disappointed.
Novellas have to move fast due to length, and this one really did.  Ellie is a real estate agent in Atlanta that likes to go weeding in the neighborhood church yard.  She does this early in the morning as a stress reliever.  One morning she happens upon a wedding.  Even though she tries to stay out of view, Gray sees her.  She knows him from the coffee shop but has never met in person.
Ellie also has a little sister that is trying to plan a wedding and a strict mother that is afraid her daughters will end up pregnant before marriage like she did.
I liked Ellie's character.  She seemed very real and her life was described in a realistic way.  Ellie's mother was very paranoid and mean at times.  I think that she put too much thought into her daughters making the same mistakes she did.  Ellie and Gray and Alexis and Eric were fun to get to know and had believable relationships.


I received this book free from Zondervan Publishing via NetGalley.    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.

10.29.2014

Christmas at Historic Houses | Book Review


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Author, Patricia Hart McMillan, Katharine Kaye McMillan
Published, September 28th, 2014
Publisher, Schiffer Publishing
Hardcover, 224 pages

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:
History is brought to life in many historic houses, especially at Christmas time, when special decorations help to welcome the social season and visiting guests interpret Christmas traditions in some of the thirty specially decorated houses that are featured from across America.  Both magnificent estates and simple residences offer a variety of styles, tastes, and ideas to inspire your own celebrations.  See preserved buildings with illuminated gardens, inviting dining halls, and stunning interiors.  Enjoy the many efforts on display here that help to make the Christmas season a magical time of sharing, caring, and gratitude.

MY THOUGHTS:
This is a beautiful book.  The decorations in the houses are amazing.  I loved seeing the inside of some of historic houses that I will most likely never visit.  The detail to the decorations and the photography are wonderful.
Not only is the book about the Christmas season in classic homes, it also tells you historical facts along with a timeline of important events.
If you love history, or Christmas decorations, or architecture, this would be a great book for you.


I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

10.27.2014

A Christmas Treasury | Book Review



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Author, Dover Publications, Inc., Clement C. Moore, Carolyn S. Hodgman, Margaret Evans Price (Illustrations), W.F. Stecher(Illustrations), Raphael Tuck (Illustrations)
Published, August 20th, 2014
Publisher, Dover Publications
Paperback, 96 pages

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:
This lovely holiday anthology features seasonal classics from the turn of the twentieth century. Recounted in verse, the tales feature quaint color illustrations by popular children's artists of the era such as Margaret Evans Price, W. F. Stecher, Raphael Tuck, and others. Heartwarming tales include:
The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore's timeless poem about a visit from St. Nicholas; Father Christmas, a celebration of plum pudding, Jack Frost, snowmen, and other holiday delights;
How Santa Filled the Christmas Stockings, in which a little boy discovers the pitfalls of greed; A Visit to Santa Claus, the story of Teddy's trip in his glider to Santa's workshop; Polar Bear at the Zoo, in which Teddy and his flying machine return to the North Pole with a polar bear; and Christmas ABC, charming verse couplets that spell out Yuletide treats.

MY THOUGHTS:
This book is gorgeous!  The illustrations are so classical and from a time gone by.  The stories are truly seasonal classics that not only will children enjoy, but their parents will enjoy it also.
It would be a wonderful coffee table book or gift. Totally heirloom quality.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.