Book Review: Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Kate Worthington wants nothing more than to go to India, despite the continuous persuasions of her mother and sister to get married. However, when she finds her plan to go becomes nearly impossible, she enlists the help of her childhood friend Henry Delafield to propose to her as a ruse while visiting his and hisContinue reading “Book Review: Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson”

Book Review: Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

How refreshing it is to find romances out there that refrain from the smut that we so often see, even in “regency romances” (*cough* Bridgerton *cough*). Over the past year or so I’ve become a fan of the proper romances found at bookstores like Deseret Book, so it only made sense that I should checkContinue reading “Book Review: Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson”

Book Review: How to Write Dark & Twisty Books to Showcase the Light by Mary Gray

“Just remember to have your inherently flawed heroes grow. Show us how, by the end, they ultimately climb out of their dark and troubled circumstances to find the greater light.” Page 20 Where has this book been all my life? I’ve always been a fan of gothic literature, but I never really contemplated why, exceptContinue reading “Book Review: How to Write Dark & Twisty Books to Showcase the Light by Mary Gray”

Book Review: The Pilgrim Hypothesis by Timothy Ballard

Not too often do I find a nonfictional history account that checks almost all the boxes that I find intriguing in a history book, namely: theories, first-hand accounts, personal stories of the present along with stories of the past, and accounts that tie into Christian history (a subject I enjoy studying as well). However, thisContinue reading “Book Review: The Pilgrim Hypothesis by Timothy Ballard”

Book Review: Dearest Josephine by Caroline George

“Please do not be a ghost.” Elias letter (p. 78) A proper romance and a modern mystery told through text messages, emails, letters, a novel. I try not to do spoilers in book reviews, but for this one, I can’t seem to help it since I didn’t give the 5/5 star-rating I initially wanted toContinue reading “Book Review: Dearest Josephine by Caroline George”

Book Review: Women of the Blue and Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies by Marianne Monson

Summary This novel is a collection of accounts of the women of the American Civil War, many of whom are not well-known. We follow women of both the North and the South who made sacrifices for what they felt was for the good of their country. These are the women who enlisted themselves as disguisedContinue reading “Book Review: Women of the Blue and Gray: True Civil War Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies by Marianne Monson”

10 Time-Travel Titles at Deseret Book

Time-travel is a subject I love reading about in books, so, naturally, I researched some of the books that concern fictional time-travel located at the bookstore where I work. Here are a few of the titles for those of you looking for more time-travel inspired tales. Young Adult Fiction Dearest Josephine by Caroline George WhileContinue reading “10 Time-Travel Titles at Deseret Book”

Book Review: The Red Necklace by Susan Gardner

Finally! I have never felt more accomplished finishing a book. For some reason this book took me a while to complete, not for lack of interest, but simply due to finding the time to go back to it while trying to read/finish library books. This novel takes place in one of my favorite eras toContinue reading “Book Review: The Red Necklace by Susan Gardner”

7 Favorite Fairytale Retelling Picture Books from Childhood

Fairytale retellings are some of my favorite pieces of literature to read. Many that I have come across remain original and clever, despite being based off of well-known tales. I’ve listed some of my favorites below. Let’s take a look! #1. The Frog Prince Continued This story interweaves not just the tale of The PrincessContinue reading “7 Favorite Fairytale Retelling Picture Books from Childhood”

Favorite Historical Fiction Periods: Tudor (1485-1603)

Ever since I read Elizabeth I: The Red Rose of the House of Tudor from The Royal Diaries middle grade series in 4th grade, I have always been interested in Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII, and the rest of the Tudor Dynasty. I always love reading historical fiction as well as non-fictional biographiesContinue reading “Favorite Historical Fiction Periods: Tudor (1485-1603)”