Where Lilacs Still Bloom
Publication Date: April 17, 2012
Christian Fiction, Historical
German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager
possesses only an eighth-grade education—and a burning desire to create
something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling
apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: a time-consuming
interest in plant hybridization that puts her at odds with family and
community, as she challenges the early twentieth-century expectations
for a simple housewife.
Through the years, seasonal floods continually threaten to
erase her Woodland, Washington garden and a series of family tragedies
cause even Hulda to question her focus. In a time of practicality, can
one person’s simple gifts of beauty make a difference?
I think it's clear by now that I am a sucker for books based on actual events. Whether it's historical fact or based on an actual person's story it draws me in immediately. This book did no less. Kirkpatrick is an accomplished and vivid storyteller. She is able to weave stories in a unique way. I did get a bit bogged down with this story. There were some characters that were a little hard to keep track of. I'm also not a big fan of gardening and much of the story does revolve around planting. While this story may not keep you riveted it is an easy and interesting read.
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books
program. I was not required to write a positive review.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
July 1, 2012
Fiction, Romance, Mystery
July 1, 2012
Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Meg Davenport has spent most of her life at an exclusive boarding school in Connecticut far from the father she wishes would acknowledge her. She has every worldly comfort a girl could want and her learning has been superior. What she truly wants, however, is a relationship with her father. When word of his death reaches Meg she is both devastated and indifferent. She goes to the funeral with hopes of learning more about the father she never knew.
In New York she learns that her father's profession was that of a thief, a very successful thief. Ian Maguire, Meg's father's protege, would like to keep Meg away from her father's profession but he can't deny that her connections are worthy of note. Realizing he can't stop Meg's entry into thieving he decides to make sure she doesn't come to harm.
What follows is an intricate story that will keep you intrigued and interested. Lang is an excellent historian and I always appreciate reading her meticulous research. The gilded age is well explained in this novel as you would expect from Lang. The characters and developed but not particularly likeable. I found myself getting very bogged down with the story about a third of the way through, I was glad I kept pressing on for it is indeed a good read. While you may not be able to relate to the story line you will surely be able to relate to the character's angst and victories.
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Raising Financially Confident Kids
Publication Date: 8/2012 Purchase Here
About the book:
One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to handle their money. Unfortunately, for most of us, giving our kids a financial education is an afterthought. Where do you start? And what if you don't feel financially confident yourself?
In Raising Financially Confident Kids, financial expert Mary Hunt draws from solid statistics and her own hard-won knowledge and experience as a mom who made it back from the brink of financial ruin to help you teach your children how to handle money responsibly. From preschool through the teen years, every stage of your child's development is covered, including how to talk to them about money at each age, how to help them start saving money and giving it away, and how to avoid the pitfalls of easy credit and a culture built on debt.
Money can't buy your children happiness. But giving them the skills to manage their money will allow them to take control of their future and work toward successful and satisfying lives.
I was immediately hooked into this book during the introduction when Hunt wrote this:
"It seemed to me if we could teach our children not to touch a hot stove, we could train them not to get burned by the lure of credit-car debt. If we could train them to look both ways before crossing the street, we could teach them to carefully the fine print. If we could instill in them the value of delaying gratification, that could become a lifetime behavior."
To me it just made sense. Of course we can train up kids to be smart financially and we should be. Hunt draws from personal experience throughout the book making this a very credible and easy to read book. I very much appreciated her honesty and openness throughout. While her methods may at times seem a little much you can not argue with the outcome. Her boys didn't learn without bumps along the way but they thrived on trust, information and responsibility.
I highly recommend this read for parents. Very practical information. Here are some quotes I pulled out of the book.
"Credit-card companies are desperate for new customers, and they have their big guns pointed at your children"
"Giving proves the condition of my heart. It's a thank-you note for all that I am and all that I have."
"Debt-proof kids are guided by a set of values having to do with money, credit, and debt."
"Financial awareness shapes responsible kids."
I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest and real review.