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Literary Insights: A Book Lovers Review

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Widowed and left to care for his children, William is consumed with saving the estate from financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

The Governess of Highland Hall is set in early 1900’s England where Julia Foster is hired as a Governess for Sir William Ramsey’s two children as well as his deceased cousin’s two teenage girls. Julia applied for this position upon returning from India where she had worked alongside her parents as a Missionary. When her father became ill, the family needed to return to England and Julia accepted the Governess position to help support her parents.

The story moves along with solutions to conflicts and creating new challenges. Many of the conflicts come naturally from harsh and gentle characters, which are focused on their own wants and fears. Julia's faith and trust in God make her a good example for those open to improvement. Much like Downton Abbey this story gives us a glimpse into the lives of the family as well as those who serve them.

There were many twists and turns in the story; the small romantic intrigues between secondary characters will have you wondering about the next book in the series. The author does a wonderful job of weaving this tale in a way that will capture your interest. Turansky has taken the details of the Regency era and captured the picture of what England was like in the early 1900’s.

For fans of sweet romance this story will delight in The Governess of Highland Hall where love blossoms both upstairs and down in Edwardian era England. I recommend this story for an afternoon autumn read.  Set on a majestic estate of old, author Carrie Turansky has woven a tender and uplifting tale with a heartwarming message.

I received a copy of the book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in their blogging for books program for my review.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change by John Hagee

"...There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:25a, 28.
Just as in biblical times, God is controlling the sun, the moon, and the stars to send our generation a signal that something big is about to happen. The question is: Are we watching and listening to His message?
Inspired by NASA projections and recorded history, John Hagee shows direct connections between four blood-moon eclipses and major world events. Further, he reveals the significance of the four upcoming “blood moons” and what they portend for Israel and all of humankind.

The author explains how this rare astronomical series of events has synchronized with dramatic Biblical events in the past and offers interesting speculation as to what may be in the near future for Christians and Jews.
Hagee draws on scripture, NASA science, and history in order to explore the significance of this astronomical event and to show how it will impact Israel and possibly all of mankind. Full lunar eclipses called "blood moons" occur when the infrared band of light gets around the Earth thus making the moon appear red. This event happens very rarely. So far there have been only three occurrences and each has had an impact on Israel's history. One occurred when Israel became a nation while another occurred during the Six-Day War, when Jerusalem was reunited with Israel. The "blood moons," will occur four times; twice in 2014 and twice in 2015. Each will fall on a major Jewish Holy Day.
From the Star appearing in Bethlehem to announce the birth of Jesus every heavenly body is controlled by the unseen hand of God to send signals to humanity of coming events. Hagee shows that God uses the sun and moon as signs, giving us the biblical evidence, and connecting them to the history of Israel. He explores the importance of the Shemittah year, the relevance of 490 year events, and the significance of the 9th of Av. He spends quite some time on Israel and the importance of the nation in the plans of God. He covers the importance of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.

Hagee reviews the previous times the four blood moons occurred on the Jewish holidays of Passover and Feast of Tabernacles. I found the book to be informative and well documented. I recommend the book for those interested in learning more about what the bible says regarding signs and wonders in the sky and to do further research.

I received a copy of Four Blood Moons from Worthy Publishing Group for my review.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Last Light by Terri Blackstock

Imagine this: Today, the world as you know it will end. No need to turn off the lights; there isn't any electricity. Your car suddenly stalls and won't restart. You can't call for help because your cell phone is dead. Everyone around you is having the same problem, and it's just the tip of the iceberg. Your city is in blackout. All communication is cut off. Hospital equipment won't operate. Airplanes are falling from the sky. Is it a terrorist attack, or something far worse? Yesterday's world is gone. Now all you've got is your family and your immediate neighborhood. You stand or fall together. You must rely on each other as never before. But one of you is a killer and he could be your next door neighbor.

Terri Blackstock weaves an interesting "what-if"-novel in which global catastrophe reveals the darkness in human hearts, while presenting a glimmer of hope as well. Last Light centers on the Branning family as they have to decide to keep whatever possessions they have or put their faith in the Lord and share what resources they have with others. The civilians of the small town must come together if they are to survive, especially when there is a killer among them.

Deni Branning and her father Doug had just landed at the Birmingham airport when the power went out. It wasn't a normal power outage. Cars didn't work and cell phones died. In fact, every piece of modern technology had failed.

The two manage to get home; there they realize their problems are just beginning. With no access to the outside world, they don't know what is happening elsewhere. How wide spread is the power outage? How long will it last? None of this sits well with Deni, who was scheduled to start a new job in Washington DC in a week. Her fiancée is still there and she desperately wants to get back to him. And things just get worse when Deni and her younger sister find the dead bodies.

This is the first book of Terri's that I've read. The story is well-written, the characters are likeable, and the murder pot is intriguing.  The what-if analysis really brings it home and makes the reader think. The story focuses on, the thought of material things we have come to love and depend on, being snatched from us, and showing how we so easily hide our true selves behind material things. I'm eager to read the rest of the series.