Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Writers Group

     The first meeting of our women's Christian writers group met on September 10, 2012. While we do not have a name yet, we are enthusiastic about what our goals are. Everything we write must be God-glorifying. Whether we are writing because we feel led by God, or whether we are writing as an offering to Him, we are eager to begin.
     This first meeting was to get to know one another, state what our individual goals are and to encourage one another on this journey. We discussed the upcoming ETBU Christian Writers Conference in Marshall, Texas on October 26-27. My writing group partners have never attended, but I was blessed to have attended for the first time last year. I had no idea what to expect, especially since it was so affordable. Not only were the classes amazing and inspirational, but everyone I met was encouraging and friendly.
     If any of you are available, checkout the ETBU website for details on the conference at -- you will certainly get a blessing if you attend.

Happy writing!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Lady of the English" Book Review

 Lady of the English
by Elizabeth Chadwick

Rating: 1 star out of 5
Genre: Historical Romance
Lady of the English centers on Matilda, daughter of Henry the I, and his wife Adeliza--Matilda's stepmother. Although close in age, Adeliza and Matilda are quite different. Yet, both have royal aspirations of their own. The book is written with much
detail of medieval life and the historical portions were vivid. Yet, I could not get into this book.

By the time I got to chapter six, I grew weary of the sex scenes. They just weren't necessary. I believe this could have been handled in a more subtle way. The historical detail was written in an interesting way, but that is where my curiosity stopped. Historical fiction is a passion of mine but this book did not engage me.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

"Death in Dahlonega" Book Review

Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Genre: Christian Mystery

Deborah Malone has a good plot and it really kept me guessing who the murderer was until the end! A very cute story--other than the murder itself of course!

Trixie Montgomery kills two birds with one stone. She has been given a writing assignment in a small Georgia town to cover God Rush Days, so she has her friend Dee Dee tag along to make it a girls weekend getaway.

The weekend turns ugly when Dee Dee is accused of murdering a prominent member of this scenic mountain town.

Deborah's style is similar to that of Christian Fiction author  Janice Thompson's The Wedding Caper.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

"The Girl in the Gatehouse" Book Review

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Julie Klassen's style of writing pulls you into the story. Mariah Aubrey's life was turned upside down by a past she would like to forget, but cannot. This book teaches God's love and that He can, and will, forgive anything--even if we have trouble forgiving ourselves.
Being an Anglophile and a lover of all things Jane Austen, I highly recommend this book to readers, like myself, who cannot get enough of Mr. Darcy-like characters.
Klassen weaves this story by teaching the truth that our past can be put in the past, and that we can have a promising future if we hang onto God.


If you like Julie Klassen, check out her latest novel, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall or secular author Jane Alymer's Darcy's Story.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tea Time for Anglophiles

            A true Anglophile cannot survive without an occasional afternoon tea. If you are unfortunate and do not have a local tea room—or cannot make a flying trip to London for an authentic one—create your own experience.

            Make it a tea for one, or treat a small group of friends or family. You don’t have to purchase an expensive teapot, matching cups and saucers or fancy table linens. A trip to a couple of thrift shops should suffice. Locate a lovely square table cloth and use it at an angle over a color coordinated cloth, or a plain white one. Cups and saucers do not have to match. There is a pleasant charm to mismatched china and table linens. Top off your table scape with a loosely placed bunch of flowers in a vase or use a teapot for your flowers.

            Your food does not have to be elaborate nor homemade in order to create a special mood. Scones, muffins and dainty sandwiches to accompany a freshly brewed pot of Earl Grey will make a lovely British tea experience.

            Happy sipping!
A celebratory tea for my friend, Morgan