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Book Review: The Undressing by Li-Young Lee

tuTitle: The Undressing
Author: Li-Young Lee
Published: 2018
Genre: P
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 96
Source: Library
Date Read: March 25, 2018
Grade: A
Synopsis: The Undressing is a tonic for spiritual anemia; it attempts to uncover things hidden since the dawn of the world. Short of achieving that end, these mysterious, unassuming poems investigate the human violence and dispossession increasingly prevalent around the world, as well as the horrors the poet grew up with as a child of refugees. Lee draws from disparate sources, including the Old Testament, the Dao De Jing, and the music of the Wu Tang Clan. While the ostensive subjects of these layered, impassioned poems are wide-ranging, their driving engine is a burning need to understand our collective human mission.

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Book Review: The Perfect Waltz by Anne Gracie

tpwTitle: The Perfect Waltz (The Merridew Sisters #2)
Author: Anne Gracie
Published: 2005
Genre: HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 356
Source: Own
Dates Read: March 19-24, 2018
Grade: B-
Synopsis: He came in search of a convenient bride…

London’s Ball of the Season is hardly the milieu for society black sheep Sebastian Reyne. But his younger sisters are in desperate need of care, and Sebastian is seeking a practical, down-to-earth wife. What he doesn’t need is an effervescent sprite like Hope Merridew, a dazzling beauty and the darling of the ton. Continue reading “Book Review: The Perfect Waltz by Anne Gracie”

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Book Review: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

tlTitle: The Lacemaker
Author: Laura Frantz
Published: 2018
Genre: CF, HR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 418
Source: Own
Dates Read: March 1-13, 2018
Grade: A-
Synopsis: When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Review: I admit I was hesitant to pick up a piece of Christian fiction. I’ve had bad experiences with them in the past, so I was wary of a repeat. But this book was actually very nice overall. There were a few places where things seemed to be either resolved too easily or rushed in the writing. I would have liked a bit more conflict or tension in those moments. And the ending did seem a little rushed overall. I kept checking what page I was on, wondering how the book could possibly end so quickly. Reading this made me want to visit Williamsburg again, and it rekindled my admiration of Virginia’s rich history.

Favorite Quotes:

  • She would expect not the worst but the best. She refused to let the delay forebode dire things. (112)
  • Perhaps the Lord was showing her how brokenness could become abundance in the days to come. ’Twas a hope worth holding on to. (172)

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2017: The Long-Lost Reviews

Here I’ve compiled the remaining reviews from the books I read in 2017. There are 15 reviews in total, and I apologize if there are any typos or formatting issues since I haven’t really proofread them (oops). But, without further ado, here are my reviews:

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Let’s Play Catch-Up

Sigh…Soooo it’s been a while (again) and what can I say? I’m sorry? Anyway, I’m back now and here’s the plan: I’m going to post a round-up of the rest of my 2017 reads with mini reviews of each book, then I’ll do the same for January and February of this year. And then I think I’ll go back to posting individual reviews for each book.

Okay? Okay. So they’ll all be coming very soon 🙂

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Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

thgTitle: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Published: 2016
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 384
Source: Own
Dates Read: August 7-10, 2017
Grade: A
Synopsis: 

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other.  Not dislike.  Not begrudgingly tolerate.  Hate.  And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive-aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company.  Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job.  Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua.  And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either.  Or maybe this is just another game.

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