Book Review:The Captured and Two Companion Books

This book "Captured" my interest at the prologue!  I had placed it on my "looks readable" list eons ago, before it ever found a coveted spot on my annual book list. I did not know what I was missing.

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 The Captured: is the true story of a handful of children who were abducted by Indians in the 1860's & 1870's.  What leads the author to write this book is he discovers that his many-great uncle was abducted and later returned to his family. The story and legacy was lost through the years and the author sets out to learn more.  Beginning his research by looking for information on his uncle, he uncovers the stories of others who undergo the same traumatic experience and live to tell about it in memoirs or stories handed down through generations.

The Captured, is written in a fact filled historical tone, but a story is weaved within the fact, that makes you feel like you are there.  Quotes, interviews with family, and pictures add great detail to this book that kept me reading and reliving one of histories wildest times.

Give this book list choice a read.  I gained a new appreciation for how the west was won!

*Captured is an adult non-fiction read *


Here are two fictional companion reads, one for children and one for adults if this subject interests you.

* For children ages 10 and up, I recommend a title that we thoroughly enjoyed- Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison

Based on the actual account of 12 year old Mary Jemison who was captured from Pennsylvania in 1758.  A wonderful story that sheds light on the Indian way of life and will entertain and teach children and adults. This title fits in nicely if you follow Charlotte Mason and her concept of living books.

 

 

* For the fictional romance fan, I recommend: The Second Kiss. This is an older book originally published in 1963 under the title Nakoa's Woman.
This title has it all, romance, suspense, drama, violence but is still full of historical detail.  This book held me spell bound!

 

 

 

 There you have it, three amazing but different books that will keep you reading way past your bedtime.  Enjoy!

 

 

Book Review: Finding Fraser

I discovered the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon last summer and read all eight of these heart pounding, tear inducing, fabulous novels over the course of a few months. 
If you have not read them, I encourage you to do so….life will never be the same once you are introduced to Jamie Fraser; the tall, redhaired hero of this series.  Jamie is also referred to as The King of Men.  ( once you read it, it will all become clear!)

Today's book review is a fictional account of a woman who goes to Scotland to find her own Jamie Fraser! 

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In Finding Fraser, Emma Sheridan, who is about to turn thirty, decides she has had enough of bad relationships and mediocre existence. She sells everything she owns -including her hair straightener, starts a travel blog and books a flight to Scotland. There, she plans to retrace the steps of Claire, the Outlander heroine and find true love along the way. 

Of course the path of true love never runs smooth. Obstacles and mishaps find Emma and while searching for true love, she just may find the missing part of herself. 

This book is a treat for an Outlander fan.  The chance encounter Emma has with Herself ( the honorary title for the authoress of Outlander)  is especially noteworthy. 
The locations I had come to love are revisited in modern times and still have a charm to them. I have been wondering if travel agencies book these kind of tours maybe lead by a man in a kilt?!

 Finding Fraser is a fast paced, enjoyable read; perfect for the weekend!

 

Booksipper Bulletin – April Edition

Hello Booksippers!

There were no April showers around here; this month found me in a drought- a reading drought that is.  I have had a lot on my mind and when that happens all I read is fiction fluff. So I curl up with one of these easy reads and a hot cuppa tea and zone out.

This month on Booksipper I added a post about homeschooling to the blog. I plan to do more.  I will share a bit about homeschooling older children and what that looks like at our house.  Check it out if you home school or even if you're just curious.

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 ~ In Readable News ~

 I do not have any new reads to recommend but this title is sure to please: http://bit.ly/tearosebook This book has it all- star crossed love, suspense and a twisting plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


~ In Sippable News ~

I discovered a new way to prepare my loose leaf tea. Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/1XzdzCL  It might just become your favorite new way to brew a cuppa.


That is all for April. Thanks for reading and sipping along with me!

~Booksipper Candice

Book Review: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber is the follow up book to Outlander.  I wrote all about that amazing book here.

Very few authors can write sequels that are as good as the first book in a series.  But Diana Gabaldon has proven that theory wrong!  Not only is the second book equally as good as the first, but all 8 books are Stop What You Are Doing and Read worthy!  I like that each of the books have an interesting and stand alone title.  However, I do find myself referring to them as the second/third book in the Outlander series.

I will do my very best to not leak any spoilers for those who love to discover a book for themselves, but when summing up a book some things are bound to get out there.  Oh, and I may abbreviate Dragonfly in Amber as DIA….just a heads up.  Here we go!

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At the end of Outlander, we had Jamie and Claire en route to France both out of necessity and as a place to heal Jamie from the trauma that occurred at Wentworth.   You'd think that is where DIA would pick up- and it does Eventually.  
This threw me at first, but just start reading- it will all make sense in good time.

Dragonfly in Amber begins in 1968, with Claire bringing her daughter to Scotland. Claire plans to tell Brianna who her father is and about her experiences at Craigh Na Dune.
During this revealing, the story takes the reader back to France in 1744, right where Outlander left us.

Paris, France is worlds away from life in the Scottish Highlands. The dress, housing, customs, everything; is different for Jamie an Claire. Because of Claire's knowledge of upcoming historical events, they decided to try to alter the course of history by playing a high stakes political game.
Politics is a risky business and things do not always go as planned.Circumstances and events will threaten to tear apart their relationship and they must find a way back to each other. 
Realizing that they cannot change what is to come they return home to Scotland. Only to find that the upcoming battle of Colloden will shadow their future forever.  A heartbreaking choice must be made. This author knows how to write a heart pounding and consuming novel! 

After recounting all of the story to Brianna, Claire may or may not find peace with her past. 

* Dragonfly in Amber is a must read before you watch.  I am looking forward to the second season of Outlander that is airing on Starz in April.  They have done a good job of sticking to the plot of the story and maintaining integrity to this well loved book. I hope they continue to do that with Dragonfly in Amber. *

 

 

Book Review: The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

Midafternoon found me wandering around my local library in search of something new to read.  I decided it needed to be fiction with romantic comedy tones, something I had never read before and a new author would be nice.

You would think I would walk away empty handed with a list like that. Because how do you pluck all of that out of thin air?

I don’t know – But, somehow I did!

I can now say that I have read my first Nora Roberts novel. Actually, I have read my first Nora Roberts series.  A new to me author, she is no newbie to the publishing world- she has more than one hundred books published! 

February being the month of love and all things romantic I picked out the title: Vision In White, book 1 in the Bride Quartet. I read this charming book over the course of a weekend. I then powered through the entire series in no time at all.

The Bride Quartet series tells the story of four childhood best friends. Growing up they would play “Wedding Day” over and over. This game develops individual talents in the four girls.
Entering adulthood they turn this “game” into a thriving Wedding Planning business called Vows. Each character uses their talents in a different aspect of the business.

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Book 1 focuses on Mackensie ( Mac) Elliot the photographer
Book 2 is about Emma Grant the flower bouquet maker
Book 3 centers on Laurel McBane the cake maker
Book 4 tells about Parker Brown who is the business master mind.

But these books are not only about work!  Love does find each character in a special way even while running a business.  These stories all build on each other and the characters are well developed and entertaining.

I highly recommend these books for a weekend where light, romantic reading is just what you want.  The only downside to them is that you will want cake, and not ordinary cake, but a delicious three tiered kind of cake while reading!

 

Vintage

Vintage – the ideal name for a clothing store of unique and classic pieces.
I need a Vintage store in my area.  I am in search of gloves for tea time.

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This novel by Susan Gloss, is about a girl who never really fit in back in her small town.  Violet moves to a bigger and more open minded city to open her own clothing shop called Vintage.
Violet specializes in seeing the treasure in old things and in people too.
As customers come in with items to sell, unlikely friendships and bonds are formed. Three fragile women will become strong and whole again.

The characters in this book are likable and relatable. Their stories weave together smoothly.
Vintage was a pleasure to read and is just the title for a stay at home in comfies selection.

A paraphrased line from the book, that may become my life motto is- 
"Better a little something exceptional than a lot of something mediocre."

 

 

 

Review of Into the Wilderness

The novel, Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati, was my first fiction read for the new year.
I choose this title from a so you liked Outlander, you may like…. kind of list. Anytime you line up a new book with an all time favorite, it is a risky thing. It is a lot of pressure to put on an unsuspecting book. 

But the wild book reading person that I am started reading…..and didn't want the book to end!

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This book was amazing. 
The characters are well written and well developed.  One thing that I loved is that the main character, Elizabeth, does not fit the typical beautiful and all perfect heroine.

The story starts off with the judge going to pick up his spinster daughter, Elizabeth, who has come to the colonies to teach school. The current becomes electric when Elizabeth and Nathaniel meet.  Nathaniel is a white man who is part of a family of Indians who want to purchase a mountain of land, called Hidden Wolf.
But the judge plans to deed this mountain to Elizabeth when she marries… and he already has someone in mind, someone who knows of his debts and is willing to pay the debts in return for the land. 

Elizabeth is determined to remain unmarried and finds her heart torn between the man she comes to love and her independent spirit. 

What I loved most about this book was the gasp-out-loud moment that I had.  Something that I had never encountered before; a mention of characters from a different book interacting within the book I am reading. 

That sounded confusing….so to sum it up-
Outlander fans…three of our favorite characters are mentioned in this book!  Yep, a certain red-haired Scot and his wife and one other! ( I will let you read it to find out who)

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Long winter days and lengthy books go hand in hand.  So don't let the 800+ pages intimidate you.  The story progresses at a good speed and is captivating once you get going.

Pour yourself a hot cup of tea and enjoy the adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

The Night Circus

Do you want to read a book that is hypnotic and captivating?

Then I highly recommend that The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, be the next book you read.

I spent the majority of this title not quite understanding what was going on – and loving every page of it!

Maybe that is the magic of this book.

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Two contestants, Celia and Marco, are chosen because of their skills in illusion and magic. They are bound to a contest, unknowing of the rules, requirements and even each other. They only know that they must take on an opponent and the contest will take place when they are ready.

The stage is set in a magical black and white circus that arrives without notice.
Le Cirque des Réves, is a mulit-sensory delight for all attendees. But as the other circus performers become entangled in the contest – can love break the spell and save the day?

 The Night Circus is a must read and has a spot on my favorite books of 2015!

 

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Fiction Fill Up

It had been gloomy and raining off and on here for four days!  When more of the same was forecasted for the following weekend, I made a decision.

To stop at the library for a fiction fill up!

I randomly selected two books from the new arrival table. One was a tried and true author, the other I liked the cover and the title-it looked promising.

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The third book was a recommendation, so I pulled that from its place on the library shelf.

All three turned out to be worthy weekend reads!   Here is what I thought about each book.

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A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball.

Three middle age best friends are ready to make a change, do something different.  So they uproot themselves from comfortable homes and lives and move into a rundown, in need of TLC home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 
The story follows the friends through a year at their new home with all of its ups and downs.

This was a charming story!  I was ready to call my favorite gal pals and suggest moving to a rundown antebellum home.  Then decided I would enjoy it more through the pages of a book. 🙂

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The Marriage Season (The Brides of Bliss County) by Linda Lael Miller

This is the third installment from a series called The Brides of Bliss County. It did not impede my enjoyment or understanding of the book even though I jumped in at book three.

This is a cute romance novel set in today’s time.  I have enjoyed Linda Lael Miller books for years, especially her historical romance novels.  I can safely read her books knowing that all will end happily. 
This novel was no exception.

Happinessbook

This book was chosen based on its cover and title.  I had never read anything by this author before…but I will in the future!

Happiness for Beginners: A Novel by Katherine Center.

I read this page turner, cover to cover in one sitting.  Well, there might have been a snack break, but you know what I mean.

Helen Carpenter is in her 30’s, divorced, and wants to pull her life together or at least change something.
What do you do when you want to change something?  You sign up for a survival course in Wyoming of course! Even if you are not outdoorsy!

Enjoy the journey Helen takes as she learns what it means to be happy and understand herself in a whole new way.

 

Happy Reading!

 

The Tea Rose

I found this book by happenstance. It is so hypnotizing that I am going to give it a permanent home on the book shelf!

I have mentioned before that I am a happy fluff, light reading kind of fiction girl.  Well this book proved you should go outside your comfort genre and try something new.

The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly, is a novel filled with suspense, murder & star crossed love & was quite the page turner!

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This book had me reading until my eyes blurred at night and then reaching for it with my first morning sips of tea.

The setting- East London, not the richy well dressed London, but the hardworking yet close to poverty side in 1888.

Fionna, a hardworking tea packer has a dream. One she shares with life long love Joe. They will leave this place of despair one day and make it on their own.  They save to open up their own shop one day.

Tragedy strikes and Fionna knows she must leave all she has known behind for survivals sake.

I want to tell you more…but that would take away the thrill of reading it yourself!   I will say there is a smattering of language, some gore and sensuality. Nothing that I thought was cringe worthy but everyone has their own levels of tolerance.

The Tea Rose has many twists and turns and will leave you breathless and reading every spare moment you can! 
Get a copy of The Tea Rose: A Novel (The Tea Rose Series) today!!

A favorite line from chapter 24-

~ Fionna found life’s trials easier to bear with a strong cup of tea in hand.