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    Louisa May Alcott

    It’s been years since I’ve read Little Women. To be perfectly honest, it never was one of my favorite novels, though I really wanted to like it. I mean, Jo doesn’t end up with Laurie… and Beth dies… what kind of happily-ever-after romance story is that? The Musical Three years ago, while we lived in Colorado, my friend Heather invited…

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    Upcoming Book Reviews

    I am so excited about all the books I have piled up to review in the next few weeks! I hadn’t realized there were quite so many until I sat down to compile this list, but once I broke the books down into genres I can see that it’s totally doable. I mostly post my reviews on Amazon and GoodReads,…

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    The Shepherd of the Hills

    Last summer I scored a stack of somewhat battered vintage books at a thrift store. Do you remember the lovely copy of Tennyson? Here’s another treasure I found that same day. This 1907 copy of The Shepherd of the Hills still has the original dust jacket. It’s tattered and fragile, but it’s amazing to me that it has been loosely wrapped around…

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    Review: Dot-to-Dot Philadelphia

    Since I live “out west” I haven’t had many opportunities to visit historical and cultural sites on the east coast. In fact, I’ve only ever been to Pennsylvania once. We spent one day in Philadelphia and visited Independence Square and other sites with significance to early American history. When I was offered the opportunity to review the We Are Connected…

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    Review – A Light So Lovely

    (Obligatory Disclosure: I received a copy of A Light So Lovely in exchange for my review. This post also contains affiliate links.) As a lifelong avid reader I have read many, many books. I know I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle long ago, probably as a teen. I just vaguely remember the story line. It wasn’t my cup of…

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    Tennyson Tidbits

    You know how easy it is to go down bunny trails on the internet, following one link to another to another until you are way off track from where you originally started? Turns out, old books can have the same effect. I found several lovely vintage hardback books at a local thrift store last week. Granted, none of them were…

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    Love Inspired Blog Tour

    I have to admit: formulaic romance novels are not my top choice of reading material. At least, not at this stage of my life. However, as a teen and into my twenties I would seriously binge read them. It wasn’t so much the romantic happily-ever-after plot of each one that drew me in, but the variety of settings and situations…

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    Review: Pass It On

    Unless you are part of my family you may not know that for about 18 years in the 1990s and early 2000s I published a monthly family newsletter that I mailed out to my extended family. I started it not long before my children came along at the encouragement of my parents and grandparents. It turned to be a wonderful…

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    Review: Adored

    For the past couple of years I have enjoyed Bible journaling. That is, having a Bible with lined margins for jotting down my thoughts and copying verses as I read through the Bible. It has made my Bible reading and private devotion time more meaningful. But then, I like to write. Not everyone does. I get that. So when I…

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    Review: Reading People

    Did you ever take one (or more) of those silly online personality quizzes? Which Winnie the Pooh character are you? Studying personality types fascinates me so I was happy to be selected for the launch team for Reading People by Anne Bogel. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. As Anne explains it…