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Sunday, 14 December 2014


 It's Monday! Middle of December already ~
What Are We Reading...?


I'm currently into a New Release set for Tues the 16th of December 
Of Love and War - Book 2 - HOPE RISING
In France at the height of World War I,  American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She's helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child.
Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn.  Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably.  Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they've been looking for.
Author, Stacy Henrie, won me as a reader with her 
June 2014 debut, HOPE AT DAWN

Interested?  'Hoping' to have the Tuesday Intros 1st Paragraph and Tuesday Teaser ready for you  Tuesday...
In a Time of War, Love is the Inspiration.
With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—

Last week reading flew by, mainly with short reads I can fit into the mini moments of the day or evening - 
leaving me with a sense of some reading success!

Finished Jan Karon's full length Christmas story hardcover, Shepherds Abiding
2 Agatha Christie audios via a brilliant source - youtube!
Full length audios of so many authors to choose from, it's really simplified accessibility.  I chose 2 additions for the Christmas Spirit Challenge participation - Hercule Poirot's Christmas 

 Full cast dramatization of Agatha Christie's novel features Peter Sellers as the voice of Poirot. Casting and diverse voices appropriate and authentic to ages of characters made listening a pleasure.

Tale of vengeance and multiple deceptions amongst the wide ranging offspring who descend at Christmas on the home of the one elderly and obtuse man who fathered them. Poirot is brilliant at characterization and deduction which makes Ms Christie's stories of him so appealing to this listener/reader. Another solution that had me guessing to the end!

and The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding.

Other selections completed for this challenge included -
decor and craft inspiration from 
Creating Your Perfect Christmas 
by Antonia Swinson, designs by Sania Pell


Then the totally fun enovella ,
Merry's Christmas: a love story 
by Susan Rohrer

Desperate to makeDesperate to make ends meet, winsome diner waitress Merry Hopper pitches herself for a job as a Christmas Coordinator to a handsome widower, promising to bring Christmas back for his three kids.  As the “haves” collide with the “have nots” of this world,  Merry finds herself head over heels for the family she's never had, most of all her new banker boss, not realizing that he's well on the way toward a Yuletide engagement to his employer's beautiful daughter. 

Merry's likeability, descriptive Christmas scenes of decorating, quirky family relationships, tree hunting,
and Merry's place in the children's hearts, makes for a warmly charming Merry Christmas story. 

The Promise - A Christmas Tale from 
Ted Dekker

Absolutely stunning story of Reuben, a mute boy who receives a promise and a gift from his dying mother.  It takes time and perseverance to receive fulfillment of the promise but oh the
fulfillment!  I can not recommend this one more highly.  Minimal time commitment involved for the pleasure received!

What began as a movie treat for myself, 
[a library loan] ended including a reading of the author's story with movie illustrations.
Definitely a treat for a night in ~
The Christmas Child: A Story of a Coming Home

"The Christmas Child" is directed by Bill Ewing, the former Senior Vice-President of Sony Pictures, whose last films included "Men in Black II" and "Spiderman." The film is produced by Tom Newman of Impact Productions and Penelope Foster, producer of "Free Willy," "Rosewood" and many more.The main character, Jack, is played by William Moses (of "Perry Mason" and "Falcon's Crest"). His wife, Meg, is played Megan Follows (of "Anne of Green Gables"). Also features Steven Curtis Chapman as the town's minister.

Loved it!  and seeing Megan Follows excel in an adult role
as she had in portraying Anne of Green Gables.

Youtube has entertained me all week with other 
Christmas related episodes
from fav tv series - find them listed on the Christmas Spirit Challenge page tab above.

Up next ?

2 more library loans
with the kind help of the librarian raiding the Christmas display - bless her! 

Space for a few more if time allows... not too confident of that 
as we near Christmas!


How's yours stacking up for this week...?

Find more linked at Sheila's Book Journey

Annnnd -
Bout of Books
Signing up for Bout of Books 12!  YES! {#87}
Readathon will run from Jan 5.15 to Jan 11.15

I'll be reading for 2015 Challenges - lots to choose from!
Library love, Travel, A-Z authors, Brits, Agatha Christie,
Full House, Canadian... anticipaaaation
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit
                                                              the Bout of Books blog. 

 - From the Bout of Books team

See you there?

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* Sincerely, Paula *





Kathryn T said...

Hope Rising not only looks good it sounds great too. Would be one I would be attracted to reading.

Deborah said...

Oh I love all-things-Agatha-Christie. I remember this one though so I must check out my collection as I'm yet to read any Christmas-themed books!

Martha Eskuchen said...

I am reading Hope Rising now too for a 1218 post. :-) Agatha Christie on YouTube? I have to find the links!
I'll have to look for The Christmas Child too and several of your other book titles. Those Christmas tales all look good.
Have a blessed week and enjoy your reading.

Greg said...

I have to think Peter Sellers as the voice would be very good, I may want to read (or audio) that one. And The Christmas Child looks good too.

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

I have a soft spot for Christmas themed books, but funnily enough I completely forgot it was that time of year! (to read Christmas-themed books, not that it was Xmas!)

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

You certainly have a lot of wonderful Christmas books assembled!

Here's my It's Monday! I'd love to have you stop by!

Ruth W said...

I posted my Christmas reads a few posts ago, but looks like some will have to be added! Pray the family surgery goes well. Blessings to your family.

Anonymous said...

I really have been wanting to read Hope at Dawn as I have heard it to be really good! I had no idea that Ted Dekker even wrote a Christmas novella! Interesting! Hope you have a great reading week! :)

Here’s my Monday! Plus check out the giveaway I’m hosting for a YA medieval novel!

Nise' said...

I've got a few Christmas themed books I want to finish yet. Youtube for audio, cool!

Anonymous said...

You seem to have a lot to choose from! Best of luck when the time comes. It's such a fun event!

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