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review 2021-12-21 13:36
Book review - Cinder Bella ('Tis the Season Book 3) by Kathleen Shoop
Cinder Bella ('Tis the Season Book 3) - Kathleen Shoop

Book review - Cinder Bella ('Tis the Season Book 3) by Kathleen Shoop 

 

She never had anything.

He lost everything.

Together they create a Christmas to remember.

December, 1893--Shadyside, Pennyslvania .

 

"A heartwarming story that will have you overflowing with festive spirit. Kathleen's heartfelt story transports you back in time to a harsh winter in Pennyslvania, in the midst of a financial crash, and depression, that serves as a reminder that the magic of Christmas can be felt, regardless of what you have in life. Bella is the centre of the story, her positive love of everything in life is quite contagious, and is joined by a group of people from all walks of life who find themselves in dire need of help and support, they have absolutely nothing yet have everything they could have wanted.

 

Bella asks does riches in life involve money, are they important? I think you will find the answer among these pages, for sure!"

 

Our rating 'A heartwarming' 5 stars

 

Available now:

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Bella-Tis-Season-Book-ebook/dp/B09L3LY2TD  Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Cinder-Bella-Season-kathleen-shoop/dp/B09KN657P7  .

 

Bella Darling lives in a cozy barn at Maple Grove, an estate owned by industrialist Archibald Westminster. The Westminster family is stranded overseas and have sent word to relieve all employees of their duties except Margaret, the pregnant maid, James the butler, and Bella. Content with borrowed books and a toasty home festooned with pine boughs and cinnamon sticks, she coaxes the old hens to lay eggs--extraordinary eggs. Bella yearns for just one thing—someone to share her life with. Always inventive, she has a plan for that. She just needs the right egg into the hands of the right man.

 

Bartholomew Baines, a Harvard-educated banker, is reeling in the aftermath of his bank's collapse. With his friends and fiancé ostracizing him for what he thought was an act of generosity, he is penniless and alone. A kind woman welcomes him into her boarding house under conditions that he reluctantly accepts. Completely undone by his current, lowly position, and by the motley crew of fellow boarders who view him as one of them, Bartholomew wrestles with how to rebuild.

 

With the special eggs as the impetus, the first meeting between Bella and Bartholomew gives each the wrong idea about the other. And when the boarding house burns down a week before Christmas it’s Bella who is there to lend a hand. She, Margaret, and James invite the homeless group to stay at the estate through the holidays. But as Christmas draws closer, eviction papers arrive. Maple Grove is being foreclosed upon. Can Bella work her magic and save their Christmas? Is the growing attraction between Bella and Bartholomew enough for them to see past their differences? Only time will tell and only if time doesn’t run out before they all have the Christmas of their lives.

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2021/12/book-review-cinder-bella-tis-season.html
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review 2021-11-25 16:27
Book review - The Tin Whistle by Kathleen Shoop ('Tis the Season Book 2)
The Tin Whistle ('Tis the Season Book 2) - Kathleen Shoop
Genuinely moved me so much whilst following the story of Molly, Frannie, Jacob, and all those around them. As with all Kathleen's books, she seems to touch your soul with her words, which is why I've read this story three times.
 
An act of remarkable kindness from successful store owner Jacob sets the scene built from remembering the hardships he faced in a children's home years back and the feeling of having nothing to cherish of his very own until a friend selflessly gifted him a tin whistle.
 
Meanwhile, Molly and Frannie find themselves destitute through no fault of their own, and Frannie faces the hardest decision a mother has to make.
 
Yet both stories will touch each other through fate for a truly emotional read, and will definitely light up the festive spirit within you for sure.
 
A beautiful thought provoking, inspiring, and touching read.
 
Our rating
'A tremendously easy'
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com/2021/11/book-review-tin-whistle-by-kathleen.html
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text 2021-02-12 08:33
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review 2020-07-23 10:49
Power and Fear
The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin

This book was recommended to me on Twitter. I’d replied to a thread about SciFi and said I thought I didn’t like the genre until I read some SciFi by women, and cited Margaret Atwood, Ursula K LeGuin and Octavia Butler as writers whose work I’d really enjoyed. One person suggested I try this trilogy by Jemisin, and I’m glad I did. Personally I am surprised this is classed as SciFi. Is it the alternate world setting that qualifies it as part of the genre? It felt like fantasy to me but, either way, I loved it.

 

It’s a tricksy, twisty narrative, but to explain why would be to spoil some of the fun, so I’ll attempt to write a spoiler-free review. The narrative is split between three POVs -Syenite, Damaya, and a second-person narrative Essun. All three are orogenes, people with the ability to manipulate the earth and rock to create or stop earthquakes. Because of this catastrophic power orogenes are feared and shunned by the rest of society known as stills.

 

It begins with the death of a child and a quest for revenge, but this is woven into a wider story which questions the fundamentals of a society which is constantly threatened by mass extinction. The main characters are beautifully drawn and the world-building is rich and vivid, with brilliant expletives and fascinating customs and politics. It is absolutely not somewhere I would wish to live.

 

I’ll be ordering the next book in the series with my next paycheck and if you enjoy alternate worlds and (what ostensibly feels like) magic, I would suggest you grab a copy and lose yourself in 449 delightful pages.

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