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Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics by C.S. Lewis

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Nook Audiobook
This book is from my personal collection

106 pages
First published in 1919

This is Lewis's first published book. It was published in 1919 under the pseudonym Clive Hamilton. He was just 20 years old when it was published and before he became a Christian. The book contains three sections of poetry, with various styles but they share a common theme.

My Review:

While I thought his poetry was good I had a hard time reading it because some of it was dark and questioned God. I got the feeling he was angry but I could be wrong about that. He also writes about nature and mythology. He writes about nature being hard and cruel in some parts but in others he admires "her". While I didn't like all the poetry overall I enjoyed reading this work.


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The Alpine Xanadu (Emma Lord Mysteries) by Mary Daheim

CD, Audiobook, Mp3
Publisher: Random House (January 29, 2013)
I was given a complimentary copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Winter in the small mountain aerie of Alpine should be as quiet as new-fallen snow on the Cascades, but from the Grocery Basket to the Venison Inn, the town is humming. At the Alpine Advocate, editor Emma Lord and her staff are on deadline with a feature about the opening of RestHaven, a new rehab and mental health facility. Front Street is buzzing with gossip about Emma’s recent engagement to Sheriff Milo Dodge. And now that fool Wayne Eriks has climbed an electric pole in the middle of a storm and got himself electrocuted.

Sheriff Dodge doesn’t buy the idea that Wayne’s death is an accident. But how—and, more important, why—he died is only one of the conundrums that keep the sheriff and Emma working overtime. Why is RestHaven giving Alpine so many restless nights? What to make of…

Journeys Across Niagara: The Flute, The Feather, and The Drum by D.L. LeVick

Paperback or E-book format
358 pages
Publisher: WestBow Press (December 2011)
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.


A faded picture sets in motion a perilous journey for five young men in 1962, who, with a twist of mystery and revelation not only encounter harrowing adventure in the forbidden Niagara Gorge, but are forced to confront the swirling illusions of the world and God—changing their lives forever. More than a simple tale of camaraderie and adventure, this is a fascinating tale rich in historical fact and stories of visitors journeying through Niagara on the underground railroad and the Devil’s Hole Massacre. Journeys across America is a kaleidoscope of adventure and history exploring the questions confronting people of all ages.

My Review:

Though the book had an interesting premise but I found it hard to get into. I also thought the author had a hard time with the voice of teenage boys and the language …

Guest Post-Helping a Loved One With Dementia

Helping a Loved One With Dementia
Dementia is a term that covers several different conditions but mainly refers to Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common form. Dealing with the daily challenges presented by dementia requires love, patience and spiritual strength. The different stages of Alzheimer's and how to help someone manage them are outlined below.

Stage One
The first stage of dementia is when the symptoms of the disease initially appear. These may include agitation, confusion and mild memory loss. This may cause an individual to get lost in familiar territory, such as on the way to work or to a friend's house. It can also lead to deteriorating performance on the job and frustration at having to be reminded of things over and over. The individual may also struggle to keep bills paid or with managing money in general.

Stage Two
The midstage of the disease is the longest, lasting up to a decade in some people. At this point, everyday activities such as b…

London Underground by Chris Angus

Paperback or E-book format
358 pages
Publisher: Iguana Books (September 2012)
I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


Beneath the streets of London lie many secrets. Subterranean rivers carve channels through darkened caverns. Hidden laboratories and government offices from WWII offer a maze of corridors and abandoned medical experiments. Lost in the depths of this underground are the contents of a looted Spanish galleon from the days of Henry VIII and a Nazi V-2 rocket that contains the most horrible secret of all. Carmen Kingsley, in charge of London projects for the British Museum, and Scotland Yard Inspector Sherwood Peets race to unravel the mysteries behind these contents before the great city succumbs to a frightening disease not seen since the age of the Henrys - the English Sweat. It all comes to a climax beneath London with the discovery of a horrifying species of genetically altered "super rats" that threaten to invade …

Speaking From Among the Bones ( Flavia de Luce # 5) by Alan Bradley

Audible Audio Edition
388 pages
Publisher: Delacourt Press (Feb.5th, 2013)

The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the five-hundredth anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked. Who held a vendetta against Mr. Collicutt, and why would they hide him in such a sacred resting place? The irrepressible Flavia decides to find…

Review (And Giveaway!) of Penelope: A Madcap Regency Romance by Anya Wylde

E-book format
302 pages
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services (January 2013)
I was provided a coy from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Penelope Fairweather leaves her country home and arrives in London with hopes of catching a husband. The dowager is her sponsor for the season but she certainly has her work cut out for her for Penelope is as dainty as a bull in a china shop. What follows is a series of misadventures and a duke who schemes to send Penelope back home. Will she find a husband or will the duke succeed in his plans?

My review:

First of all I like the cover art, it's very eye catching. As for the content of the book I found Penelope to be a plucky, delightful heroine. She's charming in her own way. I also enjoyed the scheming duke and his eccentric family members. I cried a little and chuckled a lot. It reminded me of "My Fair Lady". A very enjoyable read.

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The dowager cast a worried glance at the door while Lady Radclyff sta…

Paper Airplane by Kersten L. Kelly

Paperback or E-book format
228 pages
Publisher: Talisman Book Publishing (December 2012)


Kersten Kelly travels on airplanes A LOT, so she decided to take her traveling experiences and write a book about them. She recalls life lessons from strangers on topics as various as love, humility, dreams, and family through a serious of brief anecdotes.

 My Review:

A unique book about the lessons the author learned when encountering fellow travelers on airplanes. I found it interesting how she incorporated what people told her into learning experiences for herself. It was a different kind of memoir and I found it to be interesting.

I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.  

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