Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Journey to New Books - From August 28, 2009

Eugenia Cooper longs for an adventure. She wants to be like her favorite dime novel heroine – Mae Winslow. When the perfect opportunity presents itself Eugenia takes it and heads West. Denver, Colorado, is her destination. She is going to be a governess to a young girl and have her adventure before time runs out. What God has in store for this New Yorker in Colorado is not what she expected. Yet the plan for her was in His hands all along. Through her adventure in the West, she finds a new enjoyment in life and a new place for herself.
This book was an absolute delight to read! I was drawn in from the very beginning. I find that I really enjoy historical novels quite a lot the more I read them. I love imagining what it was like so many years ago, without modern conveniences. Travel was so different and the way of life and everything. I just really can’t imagine, but I really enjoy trying. I thought that this tale was entertaining, intriguing, fun, and well-written. Kathleen Y’Barbo did an awesome job with the setting, mood, and feel of the story. I highly recommend it and encourage the historical fiction lovers out there to pick this book up and find a comfy chair – you might be there for an entire afternoon!

Two other books I’d like to tell you about are listed below. I haven’t had a chance to read either title yet, but I wanted to tell you about them.

Rose House

A vivid story of a private grief, a secret painting, and one woman’s search for hope. Still mourning the loss of her family in a tragic accident, Lillian Diamon finds herself drawn back to the Rose House, a quiet cottage where four years earlier she had poured out her anguish among its fragrant blossoms. She returns to the rolling hills and lush vineyards of the Sonoma Valley in search of something she can’t quite name. But then Lillian stumbles onto an unexpected discovery: displayed in the La Rosaleda Gallery is a painting that captures every detail of her most private moment of misery, from the sorrow etched across her face to the sandals on her feet.
What kind of artist would dare to intrude on such a personal scene, and how did he happen to witness Lillian’s pain? As the mystery surrounding the portrait becomes entangled with the accident that claimed the lives of her husband and children, Lillian is forced to rethink her assumptions about what really happened that day. A captivating novel rich with detail, Rose House explores how the brushstrokes of pain can illuminate the true beauty of life.

The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love

Once a month, the six women of the Sweetgum Knit Lit Society gather to discuss books and share their knitting projects. Inspired by her recently-wedded bliss, group leader Eugenie chooses “Great Love Stories in Literature” as the theme for the year’s reading list–a risky selection for a group whose members span the spectrum of age and relationship status. As the Knit Lit ladies read and discus classic romances like Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice, each member is confronted with her own perception about love. Camille’s unexpected reunion with an old crush forces her to confront conflicting desires. Newly widowed Esther finds her role in Sweetgum changing and is surprised by two unlikely friends. Hannah isn’t sure she’s ready for the trials of first love. Newcomer Maria finds her life turned upside-down by increasing family obligations and a handsome, arrogant lawyer, and Eugenie and Merry are both asked to make sacrifices for their husbands that challenge their principles. Even in a sleepy, southern town like Sweetgum, Tennessee, love isn’t easy. The Knit Lit ladies learn they can find strength and guidance in the novels they read, the love of their family, their community–and especially in each other.

About the authors:
*Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and young adult books, with more than a half-million in print. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she is currently a publicist with Books & Such literary agency.

*Tina Ann Forkner is the author of Ruby Among Us. Originally from Oklahoma, she now lives with her husband and three children in Wyoming, where she serves on the Laramie County Library Foundation’s board of directors.

*RITA Award-winning Beth Patillo combines her love of knitting and books in her engaging Sweetgum series. Pattillo served churches in Missouri and Tennessee before founding Faith Leader, a spiritual leadership development program.

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