Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Star is Born Movie Review

I finally got to see A Star is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. You may or may not know but this is the third remake.  I have seen them all. Here my brief thoughts for each of these films.

The 1937 A Star is Born.  This is sadly not a musical. It shows the struggle of life during the 30s. It showed the sadness of Hollywood. It isn't a musical. It is technicolor. The characters were thought out and made you feel for each one, but at times it was boring.

Janet Gaynor played Esther Victoria Blodgett- aka Vicki Lester.
Fredric March played Norman Main

Logline: A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

The 1954 A Star is Born with Judy Garland is my favorite version. Why? Who doesn't love Judy Garland's voice? The music was beautiful, but then anything Judy sings is amazing. Judy puts so much heart and emotion into her character.  This version doesn't have any sex, nudity, and swearing.  I think this is one reason why I love this movie because I still felt how much Vicki (Judy Garland) and Norman Maine (James Mason) love each other without seeing all the sex and nudity.  The pacing was so much better than the other versions. It didn't feel like it was dragging. The musical numbers were grand and very visually beautiful.  The ending was a lot better as well. Spoil alert - He dies by drowning in the ocean and you see the newspaper with the title of "Accidental Drowning". 

Logline: A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. 

The 1976 A Star is Born I feel is so boring.  Sorry, Barbara Streisand.  She sang great. Some of my favorite songs from this version are Evergreen and I believe in love.   The storyline was extremely slow and I didn't care about either of the characters. I believe it is because I didn't see the chemistry between Esther Hoffman (Barbara Streisand) and John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson). I have tried so many times to watch the whole movie but just can't do it.

Logline- A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress

The 2018 A Star is Born however would have been a flop without Lady Gaga. The music was incredible. I never knew Bradley Cooper could sing. All the songs moved the story forward  However the movie itself wasn't the greatest.  It had too many sex scenes and bathroom scenes as well as starring into each other eyes for too long. If they trimmed some of those things it would have flowed better. Ally (Lady Gaga) and Jack (Bradley Cooper) had depth and background. Unlike the other three, A Star is Born you felt emotions towards both of them. Jack (Bradley Cooper) wasn't abusive.  The writer helped you understand why Jack was the way he was. It was also kinder to mental health problems. It is explained having a drug and alcholol problem is a disease where the other movies don't do that. They make it seem like the person is just a mental case.  Not only did I feel sorry for Ally (Lady Gaga) but I also felt sorry for Jack (Bradley Cooper).  I also love how they put a Judy Garland song in the film. 

Logline: A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. 

I would give:
A Star is Born 1937 version 3 out 5 stars. 
A Star is Born 1954 version a 5 out of 5 stars
A Star is Born 1976 version a 2 out of 5 stars. 
A Star is Born 2018 version a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Scroll by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh

The Scroll takes the reader back to 73 AD at the last stand at Masada.  You are taken through a number of generations ending at the end of Bar Kochba in the 130 AD. Miriam Feinberg Vamosh takes you into the constant tension between the Jewish people and the Roman government.  This was an inspiration to him from the divorce scroll which is an actual archeological found in the 1950s.  This tale begins with the failed rebellion against the Roman Empire at Masada and goes through several generations. You find yourself learning about their history and culture. You see the characters struggle to survive.   If you want to learn about Jews this would be a great book to read. For example, how the household was run and how women were treated. This is a "happy ever after" novel, but it sure does pull at your heart. I felt bad for a lot of the characters. I found The Scroll to have some really interesting historical information, however, I have a hard time following the characters, but then again I have always had a hard time following anything in this time frame unless it is in a documentary.

About the Book
A sensational but little known archaeological find, the divorce document of a woman named Miriam issued at the desert fortress of Masada is the basis for this new historical page turner. Beginning with a fateful decision by Miriam, a strong-willed survivor on Masada's final, horrific day, the tale spans three generations of her descendants. This saga extends from the depths of her despair on a barren desert plateau to the glittering city of Alexandria where Miriam sought love and a future, and back to the Holy Land, where, amid the clashing cultures at Beit Guvrin, the storied city of Zippori and, finally, at the emerald oasis of Ein Gedi, the past continues to stalk her, threatening to devour her children. 

The Scroll is an adventure-rich voyage through the ancient customs and beliefs of Judaism and early Christianity and the challenges both faced in a hostile world. Readers are transported to the very roads and markets, palaces and hovels, synagogues and village squares of ancient Judea, where The Scroll's characters choose between nation and family, and finally, between life and death. Will Miriam's descendants learn the lessons of her life, or will enemies within and without rob those lessons from them? 

Although The Scroll deals with events that took place two millennia ago, it sheds light which helps make sense of the complexities of today's Israel and the choices its leaders make.

About the Author
Miriam Feinberg Vamosh is the author of several informative, illustrated books about ancient times in the Holy Land. But it is her novel, The Scroll, a multi-generational historical novel about the survivors of Masada, which perhaps best reveals who Miriam is. That is because it delves into the issues that bedevil her and the people closest to her, all of whom are trying to make sense of the complexities of their country, Israel, its history, people, and the choices their leaders make. She is also the author of Teach it to Your Children: How Kids Lived in Bible Days (Avi Media), each of whose 12 chapters bring alive different aspects of Bible as seen through children's eyes, and contains an original short story, a "did you know" section and crafts. She also wrote Daily Life at the Time of Jesus, Food at the Time of the Bible, Women at the Time of the Bible, Reflections of God's Holy Land: a Personal Journey Through Israel (with Eva Marie Everson) and hundreds of articles about Israel's history, archaeology and tour sites. Daily Life has been translated into 32 languages, and Reflections of God's Holy Land is especially precious to her and is an award winner. Miriam was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and has lived in Israel since 1970. Her love affair with the Bible and ancient sources, which led to her writing career, deepened over many years as a tour educator -- every visitor who ever asked her a question has earned her gratitude. Miriam's interest in the New Testament began thanks to the abiding respect she learned in her parents' home, and the homes of her older brother and sister, for people of other faiths and cultures, and the tutelage of devoted teachers during a year of high school at what is now the Anglican International School in Jerusalem. Such inspirations encouraged and enabled her to specialize in weaving together Jewish literary sources, traditions and beliefs with the origins of Christianity, and teaching about them on-site throughout Israel. Miriam is also on the editorial staff of the Israeli daily Haaretz. Writing, translating and editing about events that took place millennia ago, together with her work for the news desk of a critical, cutting-edge newspaper is part and parcel of the complexities that for Miriam make life in Israel a neverending search for meaning. Miriam is married to Arik, is the mother of two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, and grandmother of their growing families, and lives near Jerusalem.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Chosen People by Robert Whiltow


Chosen People touches on a variety of topics including terrorism, crime, sex trafficking, lawsuits, culture differences, religion, relationships. 

Robert Whitlow takes you on the journey of two lawyers, Jakob Brodsky and Hana Abboud representing the Neumann family.  They are hoping to find enough evidence so they can pursue the lawsuit under the US Anti-Terrorism statues. Hana was born in Reineh in Jerulsuam and moved Atlanta to hone in on her legal skills. 
I found Robert Whitlow's book to move a little on the slow side and at times confusing.  Chosen People is more of a lecture about the differences between America culture vs. Jewish and Arab cultures. It got me thinking about how fortunate I am to be an American citizen.  For instance, individual pet ownership was less common in Isreal than in the US, and there were no domestic animals in the large house in Reineh where Hana grew up. Most of the dogs she saw as a child were half-wild animals that foraged on household garbage. Unlike American, Arab families members didn't own separate houses they all live in the same house by adding rooms and floors to the existing structure. 

Chosen People gets you thinking about Christianity and Muslim Religion. Robert Whitlow stated in the fact that the only country with a rise in Christianity is the Middle East. The concept of God's mercy was common in Islam, but the Qur'an contained only a few references to divine love, all linked to the performance of religious duties. God's unconditional love didn't exist in the Islamic World. 

I found this book to be more about forcing Christianity than about the story itself.  The idea of lawyers trying to investigate a terrorist attack is a great concept, I just wished it focused more on the story and less on the preaching.  I can't help but also think this is a powerful book in the fact it does get you thinking about what people go through in other cultures. The most important topic it expresses is even though bad events happen there are people out there who are full of hope and love especially when you put God in your life. I would suggest you read this book just so you can think about what people have to deal with in different cultures and situations. 


Name: Chosen People
Author: Robert Whitlow
Genre: Legal Drama
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow dives deep into the legal ramifications of a tragic event half a world away and how it affects two lawyers in Atlanta from vastly different backgrounds.
When Hana Abboud walked into the conference room, she was unprepared for the images of a horrific terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But after watching a courageous mother sacrifice her life to save her four-year-old daughter, Hana knew she needed to help attorney Jakob Brodsky represent the family’s pursuit of justice against those who perpetrate acts of violent jihad. As an Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, Hana is uniquely qualified to step into the gap.
But they need a third partner, an investigator on the ground to help them unravel the snake pit of connections between the terrorists and an organization or company that can be sued in the American courts. Hana returns home to Israel and meets with investigator Hamid Hasan who quickly becomes more than a crucial part of the litigation team.
As Jakob and Hana investigate the case in the US, he is stalked on the streets of Atlanta by affiliates of a terrorist organization. Their pursuit of truth can only be resolved where it began: the streets of Jerusalem. But who can they trust? How deep does deceit go? Can two lawyers and a shadowy investigator impact the kind of violence and terror that has become common in our broken world?
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Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Website: robertwhitlow.com, Twitter: @whitlowwriter, Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks


Chosen People—a title that reflects both the Biblical designation for the Jewish nation as well as converted Christians—opens during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her young daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.
Whitlow’s many trips to Israel and his in-depth research into the culture and laws of the Holy City are evident throughout the story. Furthermore, his experience as a lawyer gives him keen insight into the mind of his main character Hanna Abboud, an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer working in Atlanta.
“This book provides a unique perspective to this region and its peoples through the eyes of an Arab Christian who believes that the faithfulness of God and truths of the Bible are unshakable realities,” says Whitlow. “This viewpoint is rarely expressed, yet it is one that needs and deserves to be heard so that it can become part of our framework for understanding this vital part of the world and the people who live there.”


To celebrate his tour, HarperCollins is giving away a grand prize of three finished Robert Whitlow books (to be chosen by the publisher)!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, November 8
Multifarious, November 9
The Power of Words, November 9
The Becca Files, November 10
Bibliophile Reviews, November 10
C Jane Read, November 11
Book by Book, November 11
Margaret KazmierczakNovember 12
By The Book, November 12
All-of-a-kind Mom, November 13
Painting with Words, November 13
Simple Harvest Reads, November 14 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Robin is Bookish, November 14
Texas Book-aholic, November 15
Moments, November 15
Mary Hake, November 16
Janices book reviews, November 17
Christian Bookaholic, November 18
Carpe Diem, November 19
Inklings and notionsNovember 20
Bigreadersite, November 21
For The Love of Books, November 21
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Love Again, Live Again by Joan Hunter Book Review

My Book Review

Joan Hunter's book Love Again, Live Again discusses the role in God in relationships.  She discusses the importance of putting God in your relationship because without him your relationship won't make it. I am not married or have a boyfriend, but I still found some helpful thoughts about friendships and how to have a great relationship with people.
She states the main element in a successful marriage is forgiveness. It seems easier then it is. If you were really hurt such as if your partner abused you it isn't so easy to forgive them. My last boyfriend pushed me into doing things I was comfortable with.  In her book, she states, "Choose to stay sexually pure for that special person who is waiting for you. God is preparing their heart just as He is preparing yours." I haven't saved my virginity because of God. I have saved my virginity for fear of getting sick and having pain. Yes, I am waiting for my special person, but not because of God.

Hunter talks about how important it is to learn how to say "no." Taking on too many things is not healthy. I am 100% guilty on this. Saying "no" is hard for me.

There are things she talks about in the book I think are way over the top such as

"Dreaming about sex with another person, male or female creates the same spiritual damage as actually participating in such activities."
I don't agree with this. I don't tell myself before I fall asleep to not dream about romance and relationship. I can't stop my dreams unless I don't ever sleep, but then I will pass out from being exhausted and still dream. I just found these rules in Christianity a little over the top. She explains God will forgive you as long as you ask for forgiveness, so if you have a romantic dream make sure you get on your knees and beg God for forgiveness. 

If you are married or engaged I would suggest reading Love Again, Live Again. If you are a pastor this would be a great book to give to newlyweds and marriages that are starting to go south. This book is filled with some really great inspirational thought.

Chapters Topics:
Destroy that Wall
Let God Fix Your Spouse
Finances and Relationships
Guard Against Anger
Forgive for the Sake of Your Marriage
Your Children Belong to God First
Break Ungodly Covenants
Dealing with Immorality
Where Is Your Heart?
Give Your Sins to Jesus
Commit to Keeping Your Walls
Unmet Expectations Revisited
The Power of Your Words
Hearing and Listening
Restore Intimacy with God
Relationship with Man
God Lives Within You

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Book: Love Again, Live Again
Author:  Joan Hunter
Genre: Non-Fiction; Christian Living, relationships
Release  Date: November 6, 2018
Everyone gets their feelings hurt in life. As these wounds fester and compound throughout life, they become scars that affect our current relationships. Anyone suffering from a wounded heart feels a sense of separation from people, but the separation it creates from our heavenly Father is far worse for our mind, body and soul. “Broken Heart Syndrome” is a recognized medical condition. Tests show that the pain caused by relational stress or trauma releases stress hormones to circulate through the body. This causes the inner layers of the heart to shred, damaging the cardiac muscle and its capacity to pump blood throughout the body. The chest pain this can cause resembles a serious heart attack. Stents or angioplasty can treat blocked vessels, but modern medicine still has no quick fix for a broken heart. Joan Hunter reveals how to heal your heart from past hurts. To do this, you must be set free from the trauma of past relationships that prevent you from giving of yourself to those most important to you today. In doing so, you will also restore your most important relationship—the one with your heavenly Father.
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Everyone has had their feelings hurt by parents, siblings, spouse, children, teachers, friends, or coworkers. Whether you realize it or not, those wounds affect your current relationships. Anyone suffering with a wounded or broken heart feels a sense of separation. Often, you feel that the separation from “man” is the problem. But in reality, separation from your heavenly Father is what causes the worst pain in your mind, body, and soul.
After ministering and teaching about a “Broken Heart Syndrome” for several years, I discovered that there was an official medical diagnosis by that name. Tests have shown that the inner layers of the heart actually shred, which damages the cardiac muscle and its capacity to pump blood throughout the body. Any interruption of the electrical system imbedded in the muscle hinders the heart rhythm and can lead to death or permanent damage. Usually caused by extreme stress or trauma, which precipitates an excess of stress hormones to circulate throughout the body, the resulting chest pain can resemble a serious heart attack.
The diagnosis is made by ruling out a heart attack, which is caused by blocked or collapsed cardiac blood vessels. While stents or angioplasty can treat blocked vessels, there is no quick fix for a broken heart. Broken Heart Syndrome does not block blood vessels and it can sometimes heal within a month or so. It can be caused by an extreme stressful/traumatic situation such as the death of a loved one, divorce, severe sudden illness, injury, or extreme shock.
This book reveals how to heal your heart from those hurts. To do this, you must be set free from old relationships that prevent you from giving of yourself to those most important to you today. You will also see how these principles affect your most important relationship—your relationship with your heavenly Father.

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Joan Hunter is an anointed healing evangelist, a dynamic teacher, and a best-selling author. She is the founder and president of Joan Hunter Ministries, Hearts 4 Him, and 4 Corners Foundation, and she is also the president of Hunter Ministries. Joan’s television appearances have been broadcast around the world on World Harvest Network, Inspiration Network, TBN, NRB Word Networks, Daystar, Faith TV, Cornerstone TV, The Church Channel, Total Christian Television, Christian Television Network, Watchmen Broadcasting, and God TV. Joan has also been the featured guest on many national television and radio shows, including Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!It’s a New DayThe Miracle Channel, The Patricia King ShowToday with Marilyn and Sarah, and many others.Together, Joan and her powerful international healing ministry have conducted miracle services and healing schools throughout numerous countries in a world characterized by brokenness and pain. Her previous books with Whitaker House include Healing the Whole Man HandbookHealing the HeartPower to HealSupernatural ProvisionFreedom Beyond Comprehension, and Miracle Maintenance. Joan lives with her husband, Kelley Murrell, in Magnolia, Texas. Together, they have eight children—four daughters and four sons—and seven grandchildren.

To celebrate her tour, Joan is giving away a grand prize of a $20 Starbucks gift card!!

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Giveaway Code: d5ca

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, November 15
Mary Hake, November 16
Bibliophile Reviews, November 17
Inklings and notionsNovember 19
TennTwo, November 21
Reading is my Super Power, November 21 (Interview)
Robin Is Bookish, November 22
margaret kazmierczak, November 23 (Interview)
Texas Book-aholic, November 24
Janices book reviews, November 25
Carpe Diem, November 26
Bigreadersite, November 28
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Monday, October 29, 2018

Enchanting Nicholette by Dawn Crandall


Title: Enchanting Nicholette
Series: The Everstone Chronicles #5
Author: Dawn Crandall
Publisher: Whitaker House
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance

In this captivating novella by Dawn Crandall, Nicholette Everstone is already a widow at the age of twenty-two: her husband was murdered on their wedding day. She has just returned to Boston after two years of mourning in Europe. Although her husband was loving, the marriage was an arranged one, and Nicholette would like to wed again–this time for love…and to someone safe.
As she acclimates to life in Back Bay again, Nicholette meets someone she can’t help but fall for. But when she learns of the danger and sacrifices Cal Hawthorne takes on for the safety of others, will her heart be strong enough to keep her fears of “what if” at bay?

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Dawn Crandall's book Enchanting Nicholette gets you thinking about how soon to start dating or get married after your spouse has died. Nicholette's husband was shot on their wedding day. Even though it was an arranged marriaged she knew she could have grown to love him. Did God have other plans for her, especially her love life? Crandall takes you back into 1893 when women didnt have rights. God placed Mr. Hawthrone into her life but is faced with a family imagine. Will she leave him? Will her family not allow her to be with him? The book has a slow start and at times it is hard to follow who is who and who are they related too. It is a cute little love story. If you like to read passionate love scenes than this isn't a romance book for you. The romance in this inspirational romance novel is rated G.There There isnt any passionate love chapters.  I would give this story 3 out of 5 stars.
"Is it not our Christain duty to help, even if our lives are put in danger."


Dawn Crandall‘s debut Gilded Age Victorian romance, “The Hesitant Heiress,” was a 2015 ACFW Carol award finalist in the debut category and received the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2015 Write Touch Reader’s Choice Award and the 2015 Romancing the Novel Reader’s Choice Award. Her follow-up novel, “The Bound Heart,” received the 2016 Laurel Award from Clash of the Titles. Dawn earned a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University. She’s been balancing books and babies lately as her two sons were both born as the four books of her Everstone Chronicles series were being released from Whitaker House from 2014 to 2016. Dawn lives with her husband and two young sons on a hobby farm in her hometown in northeast Indiana.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor Gustafson Book Review


An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor Gustafson is a heartwarming romance with great twists. It is a fiction story that covers a variety of topics such as mental illness, depression, loneliness. Eleanor K Gustafson gives some history on Native American and Latino.  It shows what being a true Christian is all about. Linda welcomes a total stranger who goes into anaphylactic shock. Linda couldn't leave him on his own so she welcomes this complete stranger into in her house. She allowed him to stay until he was recovered.  Without giving out too much information, Linda learns who this stranger is on TV. Eleanor's characters are well thought out and relatable. She showed what kindness, faith and love looks like.  As a reader, I was able to picture each character clearly. What I love most about this book is Eleanor gave an unbiased look into the political scene and it wasn't a preachy faith-based book. I could see her book being made into a Hallmark channel.  I highly recommend getting An Unpresentable Glory.  The only con about this book is you won't be able to put it down until you finish it. 

Paperback Book & ebook
Publisher: Emerald House Group
Author: Eleanor Gustafson
“I trusted you, and some day, you may know just how much you hold in your hands.” Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly-acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. What is not so joyful is finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, an unpresentable glory. Seeds of trust, and perhaps love, are planted in Linda’s garden haven. But as secrets are revealed and scandal hits the headlines, the act of caring for this man threatens to tarnish both of their reputations. Like weeds in Linda’s garden, circumstances threaten to choke out their fledgling relationship, and small moments prove to be the biggest influencers—on a national scale.
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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this ebook to read for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own. Just Read Tours

Monday, October 15, 2018

Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

Welcome to Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd Scavenger Blog Hunt with an awesome giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! On each stop, there will be:

  • special content by the blogger, plus a clue
  • then head back to the launch post on JustRead or straight to the main crossword puzzle to fill in the words and get the special phrase to enter the giveaway!
Before we begin, there’s a bit about Lady of a Thousand Treasures.

About the Book

Titile: Lady of a Thousand Treasures
Series: Victorian Ladies, Book 1
Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Tyndale House
Release Date: October 9, 2018

Genre: Historical/Gothic RomanceMiss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry—the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust—who in her life is false or true, brass or gold—and what is meant to be treasured.
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My Opinion of the Book

This is my first time reading a Sandra Byrd book. Lady of a Thousand Treasures is well written. The historical details are amazing. Her words were smooth and easy to follow. As I read her words I was able to see the locations, items and all the character inside my head.  Not only did her characters have depth so did the antique artifacts.  Her story took me on Ellie Sheffild's life journey in a time period when women had no rights. Its a story of mystery, romance, heartbreak, family and forgiveness.  Ellie is trying to keep her family business going, but is faced with one problem after another. 
When Ellie is appointed a temporary trustee of a wealthy client's collection after his death, she must make the difficult decision of what to do with these items. Even though Harry and others conspire to work against Ellie and despite being nearly alone in her troubles she makes herself forgive and trust. She finds a place of stregth inside herself apart from family and friends. 

This story taught me many things. It taught me to think about is an aritfact more impartnat than family. It also taught me each item tells a story from a persons life. When my grandfather passed away we were left with all of his stuff. My family members would fight over who would get what. You realize that every item tells a story. I remember my grandfather telling me stories about his hats and why he bought them. 

After reading Lady of a Thousand Treasures I look forward to reading some more of the Victorian Ladies series. Lady of a Thousand Treasures is book one of the Victorian Ladies series. I can't wait for her next book to come out. I would highly recommend this inspirational, historical fiction. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.


After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published fifty books.
Sandra’s delighted to kick off her new historical romance series with Tyndale House Publishers, Victorian Ladies, with Lady of a Thousand Treasures. The three-book Victorian Ladies series follows her historically sound Gothic romances, Daughters of Hampshire, launched with the bestselling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, was published in 2017. Check out her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne BoleynTo Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.
Sandra has published dozens of books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the bestselling The One Year Be-Tween You and God Devotions for Girls. She continued her work as a devotionalist, with The One Year Home and Garden Devotions, and The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional.
Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype.
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(1) winner will receive:

  • a copy of Lady of a Thousand Treasures (print to US addresses OR ebook to international)
  • Cork coaster set of the British Isles (US Only)
  • “To The Lighthouse” diffuser made by Seawitch Candles in Cornwall, England. (US Only)
  • $10 Amazon gift card (open international)

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Entry form will be live on the 19th once all clues are revealed. Clues for giveaway will begin at midnight October 15, 2018. Entries are opened at midnight on October 19, 2018 and lasts through 11:59pm October 22, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Be sure to stop on every stop on the Tour Schedule for all the clues to enter!


For the full tour schedule, click on the launch page.
(All stops expected to post by 12:00 NOON EST)