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Mini Book Giving Guide plus Amazon Book Sale!!

Mini Book Giving Guide plus Amazon Book Sale!!


Hey, readers and friends! Today I'm dropping by with news of a little sale. I've been seeing this make the blog rounds and have previously made note of it myself, so I thought I'd share the details - and perhaps for those of us who are still shopping (*raises hand*), some of these ideas will help.

Amazon is hosting a little book sale. Of course, who among us doesn't like a little book sale? Bonus, if you have Prime, these pretty books can be in your hands in 2 (business) days! Small though that is, it's kinda awesome too.Bonus!! Many of Amazon's prices (at time of posting) are darn good prices/deals - practically steals!

Booktube Talk | Christmas Book and Movie Recommendations!!


Here's how the sale works plus I'll share a few of my picks down below.

+ Use code BOOKGIFT17 to receive $5 off your book order of $15 (through 11:59 PT December 15)

*As I always say, I have not read all of these, so while they are listed below, I don't necessarily personally recommend them all. Those I do love/have read will be marked so.

(Please note: This post does contain affiliate links. If you purchase anything through these links - at no extra cost to you, I'll receive a small commission. Read the disclosure page for details.)

Let's have a look at some I'm going to feature!




Velvet Undercover* by Teri Brown

Unblemished* by Sara Ella: ★★★★ Review  | Unravelling* by Sara Ella: ★★★★½ Review

    


 

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | The Start of Me and You* by Emery Lord: ★★★★★ Review


Warcross* by Marie Lu | The Red Door Inn* by Liz Johnson | There You'll Find Me* by Jenny B. Jones

Anna and the French Kiss* by Anna and the French Kiss 
My True Love Gave to Me (Edited by Stephanie Perkins): Novella Collection

Cold Shot* | Submerged*, authored by Dani Pettrey 

The Bronte Plot* by Katherine Reay 
Dear Mr. Knightley* by Katherine Reay


Geek Girl* by Holly Smale  | Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between* by Jennifer E Smith


Through Waters Deep* by Sarah Sundin

  


Her One and Only* by Becky Wade | Meant to Be Mine* by Becky Wade
True to You* by Becky Wade

 

Wild Montana Skies* by Susan May Warren
Baby It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren


Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh | Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh


Siren's Fury* | Storm Siren* | Siren's Song*, all authored by Mary Webber

  

 

By Your Side by Kasie West | The Fill-In Boyfriend* by Kasie West
Lucky in Love* by Kasie West

(* = I've read and thoroughly enjoyed these!)
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Could I add more to this list? Of course! But if I don't stop now, I'll be here all night. 

Have you or will you be doing any book shopping? Are any of these on your wish lists? I know I'm going to be doing some book shopping!! Tell me about your must-buy books down below!

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Booktube Talk | Christmas Book and Movie Recommendations!!

Booktube Talk | Christmas Book and Movie Recommendations!!


Booktube Talk | Christmas Book and Movie Recommendations

With Christmas season, and all the merriment surrounding it fast approaching, today I’m sharing a few recommendations. All of which will hopefully further put you in a festive mood; perhaps more so than the sparkly lights and pine smell already has.

I know, I post something like this every season either here or on booktube, or both. But it’s fun, plus there’s always new discoveries to gush and chat about, and share with you all. If you’re anything like me, you love talking about all these new discoveries and finds.


First we chat about a few festive Christmas stories you can easily snag on Kindle (because who doesn’t want to bring a book on that road trip?). I’ll confess, until the past couple of years, never – or very rarely, did I read any kind of seasonal story. There really isn’t a reason for this. It just didn’t seem to happen. Fortunately, I broke myself of that (bad) habit. Among these books, there are some favorites!

Further on down the page, I take this chance to fangirl (as if I need to do this on top of what I already do) over favorite Hallmark Christmas originals. Which ones have you liked this year?

Before moving forward, I will say, sure there will be some overlap (with the post and the latest on Finding Wonderland's booktube channel). But then, that’s just what happens when one fangirls over favorites.  

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BOOKS | 2017
A Cliché Christmas by Nicole Deese | I’ve still not read this pretty, but it sits on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up. Plus, I’ve heard amazing things. Amazon

Starring Christmas by Rachel McMillan and Allison Pittman | This is one I read and enjoyed last year. It’s a quick read sure to enchant those looking for a new Christmas read. Amazon

One Christmas in Winter by Bell Renshaw | Sadly I have not read this novella, but it’s been making the rounds on Instagram. Because of its pretty cover, and the synopsis, I’ve zero doubt I’m going to 100% enjoy this novella. Amazon
  
Enchanted: a Christmas Collection by Melissa Tagg | I am always going to mention Melissa’s novellas because they’re so lovely. Plus, her third novella in this collection, One Enchanted Noel just released. She also released a paperback bind up of all three which is gorgeous. Amazon

Books discussed in the Booktube Video | What Light by Jay Asher (Amazon); Miss Christmas by Gigi Garrett (Amazon); Wrapped in Red by Meghan Gorecki (Amazon); Christmas at Gate 18 by Amy Matayo; The Proposal by Becky Wade (Amazon
FILMS | 2017
A Bramble House Christmas (2017) | Based on a novel of the same name, this Hallmark Movies and Mysteries original is a picturesque drama. It sets up as a bittersweet tale, but during the journey, it becomes something of beauty.


Christmas with Holly (2012) | One of my “forever” favorites; love this one. It never grows tiresome, and I adore the cast and the chemistry between everyone. Amazon

Magical Christmas Ornaments (2017) | This is the most recent Hallmark original I've seen, and it's so sweet. Perhaps what I loved best is the way the romance forms. Watch for a review soon.


Films discussed in the Booktube video | A Christmas Prince; Enchanted Christmas; A Gift to Remember; Miss Christmas; and With Love, Christmas.
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There are so many more films of a season nature that I enjoy, but one has to quit somewhere. Visit Finding Wonderland's 'Christmas page' to discover more favorites. What Christmas movies do you watch each year? Have you seen any of Hallmark’s 2017 originals!? Share your favorites and any Christmas reads you enjoy!! Comment down below with your thoughts.

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Jane Eyre (2006) – Masterpiece Adaptation of Classic and Romantic Gothic Story

Jane Eyre (2006) – Masterpiece Adaptation of Classic and Romantic Gothic Story


Jane Eyre (2006) – Masterpiece Adaptation of Classic and Romantic Gothic Story

As a classic piece of literature, it's little wonder dozens of production companies undertake the task of adapting the work to screen. Throughout the years, I’ve collected and seen a number of them. Everything from the A&E telefilm (thumbs down) to the dated albeit interesting original BBC adaptation from the 80s starring Timothy Dalton (thumbs up). Whenever conversation with bookish friends would turn to the Jane Eyre adaptations we liked best, my usual spiel would also preclude the most recent miniseries from BBC. After copious amounts of gushing from said friends, I finally tracked a copy down.

The results are of that below, though first in order to introduce the cast, let’s take a quick recap down memory lane of the classic story.


No one has ever loved Jane Eyre (Ruth Wilson), at least no one in her short memory. As a child, she was left in the care of her aunt Reed (Tara Fitzgerald) who banished her to Lowood institution, a place that abuses students on a daily basis. Now, as a grown young woman, Jane advertises for a position as governess. Accepted by a Mrs. Fairfax (Lorraine Ashbourne), Jane travels to Thornfield Hall where she is to care for the ward of the estate’s owner, Mr. Edward Rochester (Toby Stephens).

During her employment at Thornfield, Jane’s life is changed in ways she never could have imagined. Her heart is awakened to the possibility of a happy life as she becomes equal with that of Mr. Rochester’s life. But secrets lurk in Thornfield Hall, and what once promised only happiness quickly shifts into a kind of prison.

There is a story to accompany my eventually seeing this. Following all of the flutter of recommendations I see this, I had checked it on Amazon only to discover it cost a whopping $80. Well, period drama aficionado I am, I told myself it couldn’t be that good. Fortunately, I did find a region 2 DVD that was in a more comfortable price range and on Valentine’s Day weekend, following another recommendation from my cousin, I came home that very day and began watching BBC’s miniseries.

It’s probably safe to say that each time this has been adapted – whether for television or as a feature film, each version has its own attributes and qualities. Though I’ve not read the Charlotte Bronte novel (what else is new, I know), I have my own reasons for what and why I like certain ones best. This 3-hour adaptation is giving the 2011 feature film (starring Michael Fassbender and Mia ) a challenge for the best of title.

FILM REVIEW |  Jane Eyre (2011) - Beautiful Cinematography, Script Reimagines the Classic Bronte Story
You think because I am poor, plain, obscure and little, that I have no heart? - Jane Eyre

Comparisons are inevitable with every string of adaptations, and this suffers the same fate. Sometimes this is a bad thing, others it’s actually an advantage. I think with this, it should be allowed to shine in a class of its own because it’s a mini series which means it’s able to take time in the telling of its tale. Were I to guess, I’d assume this meant the book is better represented. Anyone who isn’t a fan of Jane’s childhood years, this is the one series for you. I was astonished to experience how short and insignificant her days at the school or the Reed household are. Though it is more than this, it felt like you blinked and they were over. The dark harshness of her early years are glossed over because of this and nothing quite obtains the same misery or appalling abuse because of this.

Seeing a series that focus its time on Jane and Rochester is lovely (their banter is flirtatious and cute). True, this is a primary part of the story, but for some reason, the story comes across as new. Part of this can be attributed to the fact that Ruth plays Jane as a lighter version of the character. Her girlish tendencies give the character more personality and allow for the ordinarily emotionless woman (as depicted in the other versions) to express her feelings – whether they be of joy, disappointment, sorrow or fear, Ruth acts on what Jane feels inside. Gothic by nature, this also opens this entire adaptation up to being somehow more whimsical and without the same heaviness its peers wear with pride.

If this could be summed up in a matter of a few words, one would have to conclude this miniseries is the best Jane Eyre has to offer. There is a distinct Gothic sense, and a lighter approach to the material while still keeping its original concept intact. The costuming is gorgeous, and the chemistry between Ruth and Toby is ridiculously good. If you’re a fan of by Gothic stories or period drama, BBC’s Jane Eyre is not to be missed. It might not become your favorite, but it is worth seeing once if for no other reason than getting to see an actress who seems to understand the importance of showing Jane Eyre truly isn’t an unfeeling creature. 

Photos: BBC, Masterpiece Theatre / ITV
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A Song for Christmas (2017) – Christmas Drama that Prioritizes Family

A Song for Christmas (2017) – Christmas Drama that Prioritizes Family


A Song for Christmas (2017) – Christmas Drama that Prioritizes Family

Though it’s a familiar formula, A Song for Christmas sticks close to family “roots,” and focuses on getting to the heart of what really matters. In most cases, this is all a story needs to earn the “good entertainment” title.

For Adalaine Kay (Becca Tobin), her life is a perpetual state of uncertainty. Nearly every day, she arrives in a new city, but as one of the hottest musicians in the business, this is now her normal. When she’s accidentally left behind in a small town, Addy is taken in by the kind-hearted Lapp family. Having missed the simplicity of family and simple living, Addy relishes this chance to decompress and be normal.



When the Lapp’s son, Dillon (Kevin McGarry) discovers who “Addy” really is, the two of them bond over music. While Addy records songs she didn’t write (but wants to), Dillon is a budding songwriter with Nashville dreams. With his family business on the verge of closing, Dillon sets aside his aspirations for family. Though their time together is short, with a little bit of Christmas magic, this pair may discover dreams are still possible.

Down home and charming, the first of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “Most Wonderful Movies” of 2017 is sure to melt your heart. Ironically, this was a premiere I wasn’t quite as excited about. The reasons why escaping me. Something about the promo spots just didn’t quite pull me in or perhaps it had more to do with the plot being familiar. No matter the reason, I’m glad to have seen this film. It’s as delightful as each of the Hallmark films are.

Anyone who watches Heartland will enjoy seeing Kevin McGarry in the leading man role. Or if you aren’t familiar with the Canadian show, you may also recognize him from Love at First Bark. This is the first role I’ve seen Becca play, but fans of Glee will recognize her as a familiar face. These two have an enjoyable connection as their respective characters, and I enjoyed the supporting cast. Namely Dillon’s feisty little sister, Hailey (Kendra Leigh Timmons).

It’s been a while since I watched this, so I'll confess, it's possible I've forgotten a lot of the particulars about the story; the “little things” that make it its own unique story. That said, I have only good thoughts about it. The scenery is beautiful. Each of the outdoor scenes sparkles with a kind of “clean” appearance that makes everything brighter. This includes, but is not limited to, the romanticism of the script.

Without any complaints about A Song for Christmas, the only thing left to say is, discover its charms for yourself. It’s yet another Christmas film sure to make you want to stay in on the next snowy night.

Content: though Hallmark Mysteries tend to be a bit more “adult,” this film is still very much TVPG-clean. 

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press
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Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Book Covers (on Books I Didn’t Read in 2017!) aka a Book Meme Rule Breaker

Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Book Covers (on Books I Didn’t Read in 2017!) aka a Book Meme Rule Breaker


Top Ten Tuesday | 11!! Favorite Book Covers (on Books I Didn’t Read in 2017!) aka Book Meme Rule Breaker


Happy Tuesday, friends and readers. Today there’s a new edition of Top Ten Tuesday to herald.

Broke and Bookish December 12: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017 – Broke and Bookish


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Ok. So, here’s the thing. Today’s official topic is awesome. No really, it is. But the thing of it is, Finding Wonderland makes a big hullabaloo about our favorite books closer to the end of the year (come back and see said list so that we can talk all about favorite books, please!! *smile*). This is why when I saw this topic, I thought I’d instead talk about debut and/or new-to-me authors in 2017. Then I realized there’s an official Top Ten Tuesday meme for this very topic early in 2018. So… that was confusing. What to write about now?

Add in the fact that I wish I could say that I actually read books like Murder on the Orient Express (as I so wanted to), and I felt like today’s official topic needed to have its usual Finding Wonderland rule-breaker spin on it. This brings us to what I’m actually talking about. Today, I decided to give in and obsess over one of my favorite addictions: that is book covers!

Specifically, the “Best of 2017” works of art. But because I – apparently, cannot do anything in a simple fashion, I thought I’d also add one more “rule” to my post. I’m only featuring favorite covers on books I have not read*. Why? Because, in all likelihood, once again, books I have read with stunning covers are likely going to end up on my official “Best of 2017” list. (All of the books I feature will have also been published in 2017.)

(Speaking of this, I’m realizing I really should start working on said list.)

Let’s get onto today’s books!

1. Far from the Tree by Robin Benway | I haven’t read a single book by Benway, but this one sounds incredible. Speaking specifically to its cover design, the colors are on point and the simplistic nature seems to fit well with what the story’s synopsis suggests. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Cold Summer by Gwen Cole | Watercolor and “clean” white spaces mingle to make this design a show-stopper. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen | Not everyone likes designs that use “artistic” photo shoot images (shots that crop a models face or only makes use of a partial photo). I am a big fan of this look. When done well, it’s perfection. I really like how the designer made use of it in Sarah’s latest release. (Plus, these colors!!) Amazon | Goodreads

4. Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason | No secret has been made over how much I obsess over these cover designs. I think the reason why is they’re so very different from the usual in the CBA market – plus I do admire the “clean” but effective aesthetic. Oh, and of course, the stories inside as well worth discovery. Amazon | Goodreads

5. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | With a contemporary setting, and a synopsis that reads like a delightful romcom, this simplistic cover is a winner. The black and white theme with the “pops” of yellow and pink complete what was already a charmer. Amazon | Goodreads


6. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | The aesthetic of this entire series is pretty. I know there are other more appropriate words to better do the style and look justice, but that's all I can think of. Either way, it's a stunning design. Amazon | Goodreads

7. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech | As all of the books on this list were, this is one of those titles I really (really) wanted to read in 2017. Alas, time got away from me. One read I’ll eagerly carry over to my must-read-in-2018 lists. Amazon | Goodreads

8. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | Simple, but stunning – and the watercolor effect is beautiful. Amazon | Goodreads  

9. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith | Though the gold caricatures aren’t my favorite element of this design, I do love the confetti – and I’ve not a doubt, these dudes play a role in the story. A story I’m eager to – finally – read! It seems like a good early 2018 right, doesn’t it? Amazon | Goodreads

10. When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin | I love that, though this is a WWII novel, there is ALL the SASS on this cover!! Amazon |Goodreads

11. Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh | How adorable is this cover? Why I didn’t read it in 2017 I’ll never know. That said, this just means I have this pretty to look forward to in 2018. Amazon | Goodreads

*Since I have not read any of these, please note I’m not recommending the stories – necessarily, I’m simply admiring their cover designs! That said, I do only feature those I have a pretty good feeling I’m going to enjoy.

*Video publishes tomorrow; channel linked above
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Those are my “best of 2017” covers-on-books-I-haven’t-read. What are some of your favorite books, covers or authors from this year? How did you spin this topic – and have you read any of the books I share above? Tell me all your bookish thoughts. As always, if you joined this meme, leave your blog posts below. It may take me the entire week, but I'll most definitely be by and happy to visit!

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Booktube Talk | The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Booktube Talk | The Joy of Christmas Book Tag


Booktube Talk | The Joy of Christmas Book Tag

Season’s greetings, friends. Can you believe it’s time to shift gears from the tranquil beauties of autumn and start to break out the joy of the next season: Christmas. Now that Thanksgiving is over (does anyone else feel as if this is the overlooked “middle child” holiday?) and our friends and family get-togethers are over, it’s time to deck those halls. Or for me it is.

On today’s posting agenda is the start of a Christmas bookish tag trifecta. Why? Because they’re fun and also I’m keeping my Booktube Channel current and stocked with content by doing ALL THE TAGS. At least for now. It’s easier to have these ready to go until I settle into a good booktube-y schedule. (Any tips or advice is most welcome.)


The norm applies to today’s tag as with every other tag. Part of the Q’s are answered down below, the rest in the latest booktube video. Let’s get started. 
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The Questions: 

3: Gingerbread Houses | What book or series has wonderful world building? Hmm… this I don’t know. I don’t feel like I pay too close attention to the world building, so I don’t have a measuring stick by which I measure this element. 



That said, I am currently reading Warcross, and it’s been incredible. I feel like the world is easy to understand. Author Marie Lu has made it uncomplicated, which I feel like it a good way to judge world building; when the reader can follow the worlds, that’s a pro.

5: Christmas Sweets | What book would you love to receive for Christmas? Way too many. There is a book from Liz Johnson that hasn’t been added to my shelf, books by Elizabeth Camden, Renegades and more. But that’s for another list – like my Top Ten Tuesday letter to Santa!

6: Candles in the Window | What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling? So many. But if you want specific Christmas-y stories, there is none better than Melissa Tagg’s ‘Enchanted Christmas’ novellas. 

These are: One Enchanted Christmas; One Enchanted Eve; and the just-released One Enchanted Noel. The last one I have not yet read, but I’ve zero doubt it’s enchanting. PS; you can also get this trio of novellas in a beautiful newpaperback collection!

7: Christmas Trees & Decorations | What are some of your favorite book covers? Too many to name. Because of this, I decided to simply share a few Christmas-y covers!

                     
    
  
                      
*PS: I also answer this Q and feature different books in the Booktube video

8: Christmas Joy | What are some of your favorite things about Christmas and/or some of your favorite Christmas memories? There are so many things about Christmas I love. Decorating the tree is one of them. In fact, as we speak, I haven’t yet decked its branches. The twinkle lights are on though, so that’s a plus!



All of my Christmas memories are good ones, for which I’m thankful for. Sometimes, I enjoy the “stillness” of the season, a few moments I can enjoy the quiet and be snuggled in with a book or cup of something warm, and just enjoy the glow of the twinkle lights. Whether it’s the simple joys of seeing a movie with family (or binge watching ALL the TV Christmas movies) or making waffles on Christmas Eve, we do enjoy our Christmas season. One of our current traditions is a new Christmas movie, which IS a perpetual "event" at my house, but we make sure it's one we’ve not seen yet, so we have a new title to enjoy on Christmas eve, and we also open one gift.
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1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?
2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?
4) A Christmas Carol: Favorite classic or one that you want to read
7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favorite book covers?

This tag was created by Samantha at Novels and Nonsense. The original video was posted on her channel on November 23rd, 2015.
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That’s a wrap. Have you put together any Christmas-y tags? Perhaps even this one? Let me know down below if you’ve read any of these books or if you like any of them. I’d love to chat with you about all things bookish.

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Book Giveaway Hop! | December Release Celebration

Book Giveaway Hop! | December Release Celebration


Hello, happy readers and friends. Are you reading the title of this post and thinking, "Um, why is this Finding Wonderland giveaway post showing up - again, in my feed?" If so, I don't blame you. 

Over the past week, some variation of a "giveaway" post in relation to Finding Wonderland has indeed shown up. If you're a GFC follower, it'd be on your dashboard. If you follow by email, then it's been a title in your email. Either way, yes, giveaways have made frequent appearances. 

BOOK REVIEW | The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay – Escapism at its Brightest, Most Classy and Finest


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You see, today's (ALL NEW!!) giveaway should have shown up in the giveaways I published yesterday. But because I'm so not an organized person, apparently, putting said giveaway into the post slipped my mind. Good news is, I remembered today. 

Moving on to all the important stuff. So why is there another giveaway and what can you win? Well, I'd forgotten that I'd signed up to take part in Shannon's (of It Starts at Midnight) giveaway hop. Ooops! Needless to say, when I suddenly remembered yesterday, I told myself to remedy that ASAP. This then brings us to said post. 

After all of that, you'll want to know: what can I win

Up for grabs is Kasie West's latest, Love, Life and the List. This delightful (it's Kasie West, so it has no other option BUT to be so) novel releases December 26th. In light of this, the giveaway hop participation, AND the holidays, this giveaway will run a bit longer. Read on below for more details. 

PSS: Enter the other giveaway currently running here on Finding Wonderland - it all ends December 13!!

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters. – Goodreads

Amazon | Goodreads

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And now let's get those annoying rules and regulation details out of the way. 

The book will be a Kindle prize, and is open to ALL READERSunless otherwise noted (US readers might have a paperback option when applicable). 
Anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment (I ask this in consideration of fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - there have been a few people I could not verify). S
+ The winner is chosen randomly (via Rafflecopter); failure to complete the "tasks" does result in disqualification 
+ The winner(s) will be contacted via the Rafflecopter email address within 1-3 days of the giveaway's close
+ Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification (you'll be contacted at the email address in the Rafflecopter form) before another winner is randomly chosen.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget, which you'll find down below. The giveaway ends December 31. Happy Rafflecopter-ing!

*Or you must have a parent's permission to provide a mailing address

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Gifted (2017) - Emotional, Complex Drama about Family starring Chris Evans

Gifted (2017) - Emotional, Complex Drama about Family starring Chris Evans


Once in a while, I run across a film that's perfect. Or as close to cinematic perfection as it can be. Of course, I say this with the understanding that this is merely my opinion and not everyone will feel this way about the latest drama starring Chris Evans.



Gifted is not only a gem of a story, it's also one I was excited to see from the start. (Because CAPTAIN AMERICA aka Chris Evans.) Then the trailer dropped and I simply knew: this was going to be a film I'd love. Next came a wait since it never showed at my closest box office. By the time I finally snagged the BluRay, I was still excited, but perhaps some of the anticipation had worn off. Nonetheless, in the aftermath of watching this one, that patience was rewarded. 

This story is beautiful. The cast is amazing. The production quality easy to enjoy. In short, everyone is fabulous. I had the chance to review it on Silver Petticoat, which is where you can find my official, full-length review. If you're interested, there is a snippet down below. 

Tell me, have you seen this one? If so, share all your thoughts on Silver Petticoat or down below! I'd love to chat with you about this one. 

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From the first time I heard about Gifted, I was curious. Then a trailer released showing a tender drama about family, and I was a goner. If my intuitive movie judgment was working, I “knew” this would be 100% a “me film.” As months passed, unfortunately, my Cineplex never did pick this one up. Then, one day, there it sat. In glorious HD, the BluRay, perched on store shelves. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat Review →

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The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay – Escapism at its Brightest, Most Classy and Finest

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay – Escapism at its Brightest, Most Classy and Finest


Book Review: The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay – Escapism at its Brightest, Most Classy and Finest 

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ABOUT the BOOK
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / TNZ Fiction
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Source: Author provided – thank you!
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Rating: ★★★★★


Living in the shadows is a safety net Mary Davis is comfortable with. Whether it be the well-ordered world of her job (working at a startup company as an engineer) or the comfort of evening dinners shared with her father, Mary isn’t bold, but she’s happy. Then suddenly her childhood best friend, the whirlwind that is Isabel, returns. 
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Isabel has a trip to England planned – a trip that includes a Jane Austen experience in Bath. It’s a trip that brings back many memories for Mary, memories of her mother’s love for Austen. But a trip Mary says “no” to. Eventually, she changes her mind and becomes entangled in a challenging situation when Isabel begins to believe they are really living in Austen’s world.

Unfortunately for me, there seems to be no “happy medium” when it comes to the task of book reviewing. Typically, there seems to be one of two kinds of reviewing. There are either the books a reviewer struggles with because they simply weren’t said reviewer’s cup of tea. Then there are those that are so darn good a reviewer doesn’t even know where to begin – because how do you accurately compliment a book that sparkles?

This is the conundrum I find myself in often. Such as today.

Each of Katherine Reay’s novels has beautiful components that unite to create the best kind of story. There’s something so organic about Reay’s writing and narratives that the reader just “gets.” They’re entertaining, but kind of heartbreaking. Lighthearted, but complex. All contradictory things that somehow work together as opposed to against one another. Then there are the characters.

Sometimes the characters we meet inside these novels take some time to warm to. Other times we instantly love them. No matter which reaction they inspire, they’re always genuine. This is a talent Reay has in spades. The ability to craft characters who tunnel into our hearts where they remain. In ‘Austen,’ we meet characters of both dispositions. We adore Mary, and I don’t think I’m out of line to say, many of us will relate to her. Then there is Isabel. She’s a complicated soul flawed in greater ways than most characters, yet for some reason, I did like her. I felt for her. I wanted her to succeed and become the person I know she can be.
Colin Firth had never occupied a moment of my time; Downton Abbey never swallowed a Sunday evening; and even love, friendship, and zombies had failed to entice me into the theaters.” - Katherine Reay
Mary, by contrast, is the exact opposite of Isabel. She’s the girl-next-door, the kind of character who’d be the loyal best friend we’d all admire. Her journey feels complete and full, satisfying in the subtlety of the story's characterization. This is just one of the many ways Reay’s novels shine. Another is in the nuances of her story. She writes layered fiction unlike any other author in this contemporary era. Her books continue to inspire and root out the character’s truths and flaws. All of whom are often beautiful messes.

The only flaw in this story is my personal reaction to it. While reading* this one, I felt (and know I was!) a little distracted by life. That said, on the upside, all this means is an eventual reread is sure to leave me feeling as if I’m discovering a story anew. Even saying all of this, I haven’t even mentioned Nathan. Limited though his page time is, he’s one of THE best men in fiction I’ve ever met. Saying more will reveal spoiler-y things. My remedy to you is this; discover the reasons why by reading the book.

Anyone who hasn’t read a novel by Katherine Reay is missing out. Her stories never disappoint.♥

(*Shoutout to all of my bookish friends who had an epic read-along for this one! Our tweets go a little overtime in the fangirl department - #BookwormWIN!! - but if you want to take a look, you can find them under #TAERAL.)

Synopsis: Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues—particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings arise, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts. – Amazon

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
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