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The Bookshelf Tag

I found this through Birdie over at Lady of the Manor and enjoyed reading hers so much that I decided to do it too. I wish I could say some of my books are in Dutch like hers, but sadly, that is not the case. I am a singularly English reader. *sighs*

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn't actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from:

So, the bookcase itself came from some store or other, likely Walmart or Target. The pile of books beside it is, sadly, homeless at the moment because my space is very limited and I just don't have room for a bigger bookcase. The little table on the far right was a birthday present some odd years ago from my parents. I love it because my books fit perfectly on the wooden brace in the center and the top of it is a lovely marble. It's a delightful little end table. When I have my own place, I'm upgrading to two full-size bookcases with lots of space to grow!

Do you have any special or different way…

Book Review: The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance ( 2014, 3 stars)

The Covered Deep
Brandy Vallance
Worthy Publishing

I met Ms. Vallance at a book signing in a local Mardel bookstore, and since I love Christian historic fiction, I splurged and did something I almost never do, bought her book without reading it first. I can feel Ms. Vallance's passion for her work, and the eagerness with which she developed both her storyline and her characters. Her writing exudes a strong familiarity with scripture and a profound love of the Holy Land.

Now to explain the 3 stars, and I am being generous and forgiving because I realize Ms. Vallance is a new author and will, hopefully, continue to grow in her trade.

For me personally The Covered Deep just didn't work. It did up until the heroine, Bianca Marshal, met the hero, Paul Emerson. At that point, any common sense the young lady had previously exhibited flew out the window. Her journey to Israel, a place of incredible history, became merely a chance to win Paul's heart. That side of the story, w…

Book Review: On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman (2015, 4 stars)

On Shifting Sand
Allison Pittman
Tyndale House

Official Back Cover Synopsis:

Long before anyone would christen the Dust Bowl, Nola Merrill senses the destruction. She's been drying up bit by bit since the day her mother died, leaving her with a father who withholds his affection the way God keeps a grip on the Oklahoma rain. A hasty marriage to Russ, a young preacher, didn't bring the escape she desired. Now, twelve years later with two children to raise, new seeds of dissatisfaction take root.

When Jim, a long-lost friend from her husband's past, takes refuse in their home, Nola slowly springs to life under his attentions until their reckless encounters bring her to commit the ultimate betrayal of her marriage. For months Nola withers in the wake of the shame she so desperately tries to bury, burning to confess her sin but wondering whether Russ's love will be strong enough to stand the test.

My Personal Thoughts:

This is my first time reading an Allison Pittman no…