Thursday, June 30, 2011

Theme Thursdays (July 4th)

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event, hosted by, that will be open from one thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:
  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”
This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

This week's theme is
JULY 4th (Celebrations, Independence, Freedom, Flag, Fireworks etc)

I went looking for a celebration and this is what I found:

Hope Rekindled (Striking a Match, #3)
Deborah broke loose from his hold. "Jake, don't be ridiculous. We've been through this. I love Christopher. This is a celebration of my upcoming wedding, and I will thank you not to embarrass me by making a scene." page 9, 'Hope Rekindled' by Tracie Peterson

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Betrayal (Brides of Gabriel, Book Two)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Betrayal (Brides of Gabriel, #2)
The Betrayal (Brides of Gabriel, Book Two)
by Diane Noble
Publication date: July 26, 2011

Product Description (from

Ensnared in a religion she increasingly questions, Bronwyn faces an impossible choice.
When recently widowed Bronwyn becomes the second wife to Gabriel MacKay, she promises her new sister wife and best friend, Mary Rose, that the marriage will remain platonic. But she finds herself falling in love with the man who has promised to keep her safe—even as her heart struggles with her promise to her friend. When Gabriel marries a third wife, and as the practice of polygamy increases and the age of brides decreases, Bronwyn begins to question the righteousness of this new religion.

Even as the Saints journey to Salt Lake Valley, their new promised land, Bronwyn and Mary Rose plot their escape. But when they are suspected of treachery by Brigham Young's secret army—whose mission it is to punish apostates—the two sister wives face the most difficult decision of their lives, one that can mean life or death for those they love.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire; Original edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061980943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061980947
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (June 28)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Hope Rekindled (Striking a Match, #3) My Teasers:
 "Surely the wedding would only be delayed a short time - a week, maybe two. It would be pure selfishness to demand Christopher marry her in a rush." page 27, A Hope Rekindled (Striking a Match, book 3) by Tracie Peterson

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Monday, June 27, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme, hosted by Sheila over at, where you post about what you read this past week, what you hope to read this week...and anything in between. This is a great way to find new books to add to your TBR list.

What I read last week:

Princess Charming

What I am currently reading:

Two Brides Too Many: A Novel

Two Brides Too Many: A Novel
 by Mona Hodgson

What I want to read this week:

Hope Rekindled (Striking a Match, #3)
A Hope Rekindled
 by Tracie Peterson

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Praying For Your Future Husband (Giveaway 2)

Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His
Mrs. White over at "The Legacy of Home" blog is giving away a copy of "Praying For Your Future Husband" by Robin Jones Gunn & Tricia Goyer. The winner will be selected on Monday, June 27, 2011.
To enter this giveaway go to and leave a comment. Good luck!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Beyond All Measure (Giveaway)

Beyond All Measure (A Hickory Ridge Romance)
Giveaway Gal is giving away a copy of Dorothy Love's book ' Beyond All Measure'. This Giveaway ends on June 22, 2011. To enter go here: Giveaway

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Duggars New Book Giveaway!

A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work
Olivia over at Her Noble Character is giving away an autographed copy of the Duggars new book "A Love That Multiplies". The giveaway is open until about 11:59pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.
Here is the link to the giveaway -  A Love That Multiplies.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Praying For Your Future Husband (Giveaway)

Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His

Mommy's Memorandum is giving away a copy of "Praying For Your Future Husband" by Robin Jones Gunn & Tricia Goyer. This sounds like a really great book so you should check out this giveaway!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

Not only is Courtney stuck in another woman's life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. But not even her level of Austen mania has prepared Courtney for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condomless seducers, and marriages of convenience. This looking-glass Austen world is not without its charms, however. There are journeys to Bath and London, balls in the Assembly Rooms, and the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, who may not be a familiar species of philanderer after all. But when Courtney's borrowed brain serves up memories that are not her own, the ultimate identity crisis ensues, Will she ever get her real life back, and does she even want to?


'Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict' was just so confusing! I kept reading it thinking that it will all be explained at the end, but the ending doesn't explain anything - it just confused me even more.

One of the only parts of the book that I liked was when Courtney spotted Jane Austen. Courtney quickly approached her and began to tell her how much she loves her books. At first Austen denies that she wrote them, but then she seemed very pleased that she enjoyed her books. Courtney then precedes to name books that aren't yet published, which frightened Austen so much that she left at almost a run!

There were so many parts of this book that I didn't like.The book never explains what happened, why it happened or how it happened. I never found out what happens with Courtney afterwards or for that matter what happened to Jane Mansfield, the woman whose body Courtney is in, while Courtney was possessing her. Courtney is such a slut, one time she almost completely compromised herself/Jane with a man she had just met - the only thing that stopped her was her fear of getting a std or pregnant. 

Overall I think that this book is a total waste of time. I DON'T recommend this book.

Laurie Viera Rigler