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review 2016-08-22 00:00
Thérèse Makes a Tapestry
Thérèse Makes a Tapestry - Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs,Renée Graef ** I received a free e-galley from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

Cover: Beautiful!
Rating 5 Charming Stars
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Thérèse makes a gift for her father
Overall: Well thought out, and masterfully written!
Recommend? Yes!

Short Review:
The cover is what caught my attention. I have always loved the painted look, (The Story of the Candy Cane was my favorite as a child!) This book didn't disappoint. Transporting the reader into a different time and place with beautiful pictures, and a master of words. Both a history lesson, and a charming story. I loved seeing Thérèse as she poured her heart into her gift, and the surprise at the end! A beautiful story that is sure to please!

Full Review can be found on my blog: Adventures Thru Wonderland
http://adventuresthruwonderland.blogspot.com/
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text 2015-07-06 19:27
Best Reads of 2015 . . . so far
By Geraldine Brooks - Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (3/31/02) - Geraldine Brooks
The Chalice - Nancy Bilyeau
Lamentation - C.J. Sansom
The Price of Blood: A Novel - Patricia Bracewell
Paris: The Novel - Edward Rutherfurd
Heartstone - C.J. Sansom
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England - Marc Morris
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel - Anthony Doerr
Sisters of Treason - Elizabeth Fremantle
The Tapestry: A Novel - Nancy Bilyeau

I saw a few others post their favorites of the year so far and thought it looked like fun, so here are mine. 

 

Books actually published this year, I believe, include Lamentation, Price of Blood, and The Tapestry.

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text 2015-07-01 13:35
June Reading Roundup
The Tapestry: A Novel - Nancy Bilyeau
The Chalice - Nancy Bilyeau
A Plague on Both Your Houses - Susanna Gregory
Wars of the Roses Trinity - Conn (england) Iggulden
Tyrant of the Mind - Priscilla Royal
Loyaulte: Stories of King Richard III: Tales of the White Boar 2 - J.P. Reedman
Tales of the White Boar: Short Stories and Poems About Richard III - J.P. Reedman
The Christian History Devotional: 365 Readings & Prayers to Deepen & Inspire Your Faith - J. Stephen Lang
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption - Beth Clark,Katie Davis
The Chronicles of Pauncefoot and Longshanks - David Stedman

It was a great month of reading for me with Nancy Bilyeau's books my clear favorites. 

 

I also finished up a couple of books that I've already featured in a few posts:

Wolf Hall on audio book and Linda Porter's The First Queen of England.

 

It's exciting to have finished more books than the 10 I'm able to feature! Before you know it, I'll be creating fancy images of my reading list like some of you creative folk out there!

 

What was your favorite read for June?

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review 2015-06-30 00:22
The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau
The Tapestry: A Novel - Nancy Bilyeau

The latest installment in the Joanna Stafford series continues our favorite former novice's story as she attempts to make a life for herself that doesn't include the priory, maybe includes a husband, and hopefully doesn't include contact with her cousin Henry VIII. As in the first two books, events rarely transpire as Joanna has planned, and sometimes she doesn't even have a plan.

The twists and turns in this story evince in depth historical research going well beyond the court of the English king and his unfortunate fifth wife. I enjoyed learning about some of the drama going on the continent as Joanna searched for the truth about Edmund Sommerville.

Joanna's friendship with the sweet, naive Catherine Howard had been well established in The Chalice, so when Joanna runs into Thomas Culpepper early on in this novel I was already preparing for her heartbreak. Catherine and Thomas end up not quite as featured as I would have guessed as the story takes unpredictable paths.

Since I do not want to give away too much, I will simply say that I love the way Bilyeau has made Joanna so real. Part of her aches to return to the priory and a future that is simply no longer possible. Her faith is a strong influence on her decisions and actions, even when she isn't sure what God would have her do with this uncertain future. She continues to struggle with her feelings for Edmund and Geoffrey, and at other times wonder if she was even meant to marry at all. I loved her. I wanted to shake her & help her see the truth. I can imagine that a young woman like Joanna really existed in Tudor England.

This series has been surprisingly good, and I am glad that I had the pleasure of reading it. My copy of The Tapestry was provided by Nancy Bilyeau, and she was even kind enough to sign it. This did not affect my opinion or review, but it is awesome! I want to thank her and assure her that I did indeed "enjoy the journey of Joanna!"

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