Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Today we remember 2000 years past
In a manger, a child, in the light the star cast,
King of all Kings, so humbly born
Fulfilling the promise made by the Lord.
Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, the Christ,
In the hay, and the straw, and the filth and the grime.
In a stable with animals all gathered around
Christ Jesus was born in this Bethleham town.
Rejoice all ye people, sing strong and sing loud!
'Till the streets, roads and rooftops ring with the sound.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
And blessings this Christmas to everyone.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful day of spending time with your families and remembering our Savior's birth!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Tale for Tuesday - Carol and the Belles

Howdy all!
I'm back with another Tale for Tuesday- this one a new Christmas release by Chautona Havig!
(It's also International Ilyon day today, but I'll be putting my post up tomorrow.)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

Carol and the Belles is a sweet Christmas story. Penpals since grade school (for 25 years), Carol and Michal finally get the chance to meet when Carol travels to the U.S. However, when they meet in person, they find out that neither is what the other was expecting.

What I liked:
I loved the language. The descriptions of things, and a lot of Carol's insights were really beautifully phrased. There are several quotes in particular where I had to read and sigh over them several times because they were just perfect.
The humor. I liked the witty interactions between different people: Michal and Micaiah, Carol and Michal's friends (the "belles") :)
The characters. I found the characters very well developed. Each had their own little quirks and relatable . I also found parts of Michal and Carol to be very relatable. And Crystal, I loved what a good friend she was. :)
The setting. I love how Chautona ties her books together :) It was cool to recognize the names of places and characters from some of her other books.
Also, it was really interesting to read about Carol, who came from Romania, the orphanage and school, and Michal's program idea.

What I disliked:
There were a couple of spots I thought might've gone somewhere, but they just sort of fizzled out. So that was a little disappointing. But overall, this was a great book!

4.5 shiny silverwork stars, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes romance, realistic fiction, and different cultures.