Archive for September, 2010
I recently read Masquerade, written by Nancy Moser and published by Bethany House. This story is historical fiction, taking place in the late 1800s. It begins in England with main character Charlotte Gleason, a spoiled, only child who eventually leaves England to meet a man in America that her parents, as well as his parents expect to marry. During the voyage, Charlotte decides to switch places with her companion, Dora, her lady-maid.
The story was entertaining, easy to picture and moved along rather quickly. I really enjoyed reading this book and am glad to have chosen it. The only fault I found is that there were a few too many coincidences, which seemed a little ridiculous. Setting that aside, I liked the story and will recommend it to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction.
I received this book for free from Bethany House to review.
A Christmas Prayer is a children’s board book, recently published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. It is written by Amy Parker and beautifully illustrated by Marijan Ramljak. This is a cute little children’s rhyming story, where a child thanks God for her many blessings, as she sits by the family Christmas tree. This short story is perfect for preschool age children during the Christmas season.
I liked the simplicity and rhyming words of this book. And as this child tells God of her thankfulness, she recounts part of the Christmas story. This is a quality, biblical Christmas story that is appropriate for young children. It is both well-written and nicely illustrated.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anne Bradstreet, a new biography written by D. B. Kellogg, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers is obviously a non-fiction book about Anne Bradstreet’s life. The book covers Anne’s entire life, which began when she was born in 1612. In order to better understand Anne, details were given about her family and culture around her. A Puritan and poet, she was born in England, and after being married for only two years, Anne and her husband, as well as her parents, immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
I received this book from the publisher and chose it because I wanted to learn about Anne’s life. Before reading this book, I could not have told you when she was born or what she was known for. I have mixed feelings about this book. Sometimes it was interesting, and other times I felt like I was reading a textbook. The writing was fine, just boring at times. The information flowed well, starting at the beginning of Anne’s life and continuing to her death in chronological order. If you are looking to learn more about Anne Bradstreet’s life, you may enjoy this book. It’s not very long, being only 152 pages. She seemed to be an impressive woman, who was serious about her faith her entire life.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”