A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund book review

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund book review

Reluctant Bride (The Bride Ships): Jody Hedlund: 9780764232954 ...

This has been my first Jody Hedlund book and I must say I’m very, very satisfied.

To be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this book…a cheesy mail bride kind of story or a cliche enemy to lovers one 😂 . Thankfully I was wrong! This book mixes history and fiction in such a cool way, I was pleasantly surprised. Read more

Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews book review

Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews book review

Of Fire and Lions: Amazon.es: Andrews, Mesu: Libros en idiomas ...

I’ll never stop marveling at Mesu’s talent at storytelling. Like, she is the queen of using different POVs in her novels in such a fantastic way you never even notice the transition  #goals. 🥳
There is no denying that this book has been marvelously researched and I’m not going to lie, I liked it a lot. I loved reading about Daniels’s younger years and how his faith never faltered amidst tribulation, it was really inspiring to read about. This book pretty much covers all of the Bible book of Daniel minus the prophecies. It was cool to get to see the lives of these brave people unfold.

But then, I wasn’t a fan of the MC, Abigail. I don’t know but I couldn’t connect with her and was left sometimes wondering whyyyyyyyy!!?! *dramatic sigh* 😂 I also wished we could have had more of Daniels perspective!
I didn’t realize this book is very long! 400 pages! The story was slow when it changed perspective to the ”present” but all in all it was a very good read that I would recommend to other Biblical fiction lovers.
Ps. I LOVE Mesu’s book, Isaiah’s Daugther 💕😭 Like, you need that book nowwwww

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 3.5/5(kisses and behind doors sex. There is prostitution and pagan worship to false gods.)
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ 3.5/5
Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5

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Book blurb:

The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life.

Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she’d perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court. Now, as Daniel’s wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she’s safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear–until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar’s palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili’s tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?

About the Author

MESU ANDREWS is the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter and has received numerous accolades for her other novels including Of Fire and Lions and Love Amid the Ashes. Her deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Andrews lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her tribe of grandchildren. For more information, visit www.mesuandrews.com.

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberley Duffy book review

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberley Duffy book review

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy

I love books that transport you to magical places…In this case, India and it’s colorful streets, fragrant markets, and colorful people. Mix that with a girl pursuing her dream of becoming a scientist and her adventures abroad, and it’s perfection.

I hate when books ”skip” the traveling in the story…I feel I’m missing vital info to be fully invested in the story. Well, this book narrated everything, every market trip, dress shopping, food tasting, gatherings, expeditions, EVERYTHING they did in India amazingly. I really loved this book. It is told in a very engaging way and I loved the difference of culture and how it was embraced it with an open mind.

Anddd on the other hand, we also see her journey as one of the first females of the time attending college in a male-dominated field, entomology! Pretty cool 🧪🦋😍✨

The characters were also amazing! I felt their happiness, frustration, ahhhh! At one point I got so invested in the story I wanted to throw my kindle against the wall (obvs I didnt…I’m a poor med student with no money for a new kindle 😂 lol).

The only thing I wish I could add was some more faith elements. There are there yet very vaguely. Having said so, the book is clean and only mentions some semi descriptive kisses and embraces. There are some parts where child prostitution is mentioned but nothing descriptive.

Cleanness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 (kisses, mention of child prostitution; not descriptive)
Plot: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

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Book blurb
It’s 1885, and all Nora Shipley wants, now that she’s graduating from Cornell University as valedictorian of the entomology program, is to follow in her late father’s footsteps by getting her master’s degree and taking over the scientific journal he started. The only way to uphold her father’s legacy is to win a scholarship, so she joins a research expedition in Kodaikanal, India, to prove herself in the field.

India isn’t what she expects, though, and neither is the rival classmate who accompanies her, Owen Epps. As her preconceptions of India–and of Owen–fall away, she finds both far more captivating than she expected. Forced by the expedition leader to stay at camp and illustrate exotic butterflies the men of the team find without her, Nora befriends Sita, a young Indian girl who has been dedicated to a goddess against her will.

About the Author

Kimberly Duffy grew up on Long Island, New York surrounded by beaches and books. She left one behind when she traveled to India, met a Midwestern boy, and moved to Ohio, but she’s never abandoned her love of books.

As a homeschooling mom of four, Kimberly happily plies her children with biographies, classic novels, and the odd math textbook that masquerades as stories. It is her greatest wish that her kids will fall in love with Mary Lennox, Jane Eyre, Gilbert Blythe (the oldest has already succumbed to his charm), and Jo March.

Having always dreamed of writing the type of books that sweep readers to another place, another time, Kimberly is thrilled to be publishing with Bethany House. When she’s not writing, researching, or trying to keep up with Instagram, she can be found buying all the historical cookbooks, cooking, lifting weights at the gym, and binge watching New Girl.

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