By now you have all heard about the senseless shooting of club Pulse in Orlando Florida. It saddens me to know that a friend and former classmate of mine was one of the victims of this awful hate crime. Shane Tomlinson was smart, funny, and talented, and it breaks my heart that one of our own was lost to such violence and hatefulness. I enjoyed meeting and knowing during my time at ECU, and I hate that you were the victim of someone else’s evilness. I’m saddened by this news, but I’m also very ANGRY. This tragedy and others like it could have been avoided. I want to extend my deepest condolences and sympathies to Shane’s family and friends and to all those affected by the Orlando Massacre.
RIP my fellow Pirate.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
I admit to being one of those late comers who picked this book up because I was interested in watching the upcoming Outlander series to premiere on Starz. I’m almost always of the mind that the book is better. And though I thoroughly enjoyed the television series, (squeeing at it’s return to television last night!), I found the book to be quite exceptional.
Claire Randall, an army nurse finds herself unceremoniously thrust back in time approximately 2oo years while on a second honeymoon with her husband in the Scottish highlands. After a dangerous run-in with her husband’s sadistic past relative and being rescued by Scotsmen, Claire finds herself at Castle Leoch where the Scots and the English are both trying to determine if she’s a spy. Soon Claire and young Scot’s warrior Jamie Fraser are married out of necessity and circumstance. But what begins as a marriage of convenience, quickly grows into a love neither of them have experienced before.
I cannot express how much I loved this book! And it was even better the second time around. Claire’s mysterious fall through time and her subsequent marriage to young Jamie was fascinating. It seemed to me they had an almost instant connection and watching them grow together was both phenomenal and tragic.
Jamie was one of the mot perceptive and thoughtful characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. He’s funny, charismatic, and extremely intelligent and clever for a young man his age. But I guess with all he’s been through in his short time, he would have to be. Though there seems to be danger coming at him from all angles of his life, for a while he finds a way to safely navigate his way through the danger. He’s kind, fair, and strong in both body, spirit, and will. And he is nothing if not a man of his word and I can really admire that.
And though Claire at times worked my nerves with her dangerous impulses, her good qualities far outshines her annoying ones. As a nurse she seemed naturally inclined towards healing and kindness to others. She was also very clever and full of love and dedication. For someone sent to a foreign time, she adjusts and adapts well to her situation.
Jamie and Claire go through some very harrowing experiences that are actually quite heartbreaking. I mean I ached for the anguish and pain they went through. But the love they shared helped them to overcome their obstacles. I am looking forward to the rest of the television series and reading the next book.
**Edit: I have since read the series through once and started reading through again. I’ve completed the first and second book in my second go round so far. Needless to say I am in love with this series!
Well. I am officially done with life. Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones has traumatized me again and me and George ain’t friends no mo! First Prince and now Hodor! iQuit 2016.
Thank You to Luuvie of AwesomelyLuuvie who has made the fune program for our beloved Gentle Giant. Hodor was a G! May he rest in fictional peace. #HoldTheDoor
Hi there book bloggers and avid readers! I just wanted to share this new (to me) style of journaling I’ve been doing called Fauxbonichi. It is based on a planner/journal that is popular in Japan called Hobonichi. They are planners/journals with dates and graph paper for their owners to express their creativity with drawings, paintings, stickers, quotes, etc. Really however and whatever they want to put in their journals.
Being that it is a bit expensive to import these planners folks decided to buy the graph paper journal by MiquelRius which can be found at Barnes and Noble for $9.95 and just make up their own planner/journal pages how they wanted. Hence the name Fauxbonichi. I discovered this trend on youtube and eagerly searched and watched many videos on fauxbonochi journaling. I immediately decided I wanted to try it deciding what I liked as far as set up etc. For now I’m still trying things out and I may decide to change things here and there but I am having so much fun doing this.
One Fauxbonich youtuber I came across was Candice Dillhoff. Her journal pages were absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I fell in love all of her quote bubbles and especially her swirl designs. So much so that I’ve been trying my hand at them. I am nowhere as good at them as Candice but so far I’ve been plenty pleased with the results. Below is a couple sample pages from my Fauxbonichi journal. Hope you like!
Alone in the city, Marion struggles to survive. Desperate to find a small bit of happiness, she impulsively spends some of her hard earned and terribly meager money on a season ticket to the symphony.
On the night of the second concert, something wonderful happens. There, on Marion’s seat in the concert hall, lies a beautiful, dark crimson rose! And every week after that, she finds yet another beautiful, fresh rose waiting for her at the concert hall! Marion is torn between joy at receiving the beautiful flowers and worry at not knowing who could be sending them.
Then, suddenly, Marion’s mystery flowers lead her into the confusing world of a wealthy man–and make her the target of a society beauty’s dangerous envy. . . .
I don’t know what it is about this author’s writing style, but I always manage to be drawn into her stories. Though I don’t read much Christian fiction, I’m glad to have read this one.
After Marion’s father dies and her scheming sister-in-law, Jenny, hides his will in which he leaves the house to her, her brother decides to sell the house and move the family to a farm in the country. Marion decides to strike out on her own and follow her dreams of furthering her education and living in the city. When she purchases season tickets to the symphony, she is surprised each time she arrives with a crimson rose. Socially she draws the malicious attention of Isabel Cresson when the man she wants to be her beau pays more attention to Marion.
There were times in this book when I wanted to throttle Marion. Not because I didn’t like her, but because she was such a doormat. She let everyone and their Mama walk all over her and take advantage of her kindness. Her naivete was grossly hindering to her at times and led her into a few confrontation she didn’t handle well at all.
Despite this I was absorbed into this story. I was completely invested in Marion’s welfare and what happened to her. It was a joy to watch her grow and become more assertive in her own apple pie way. Her courtship with the charismatic Jefferson was perfectly decent and charming.
This one got a bit preachy at times and I was a bit irritated that Marion would take pleasure in something and then completely second guess and berate herself for it, wondering if God would approve. Besides that aspect, I didn’t mind the preachiness so much because it is a Christian fiction novel, and I was well aware of what I was getting myself into. Overall a simple lovely story about personal growth, overcoming adversity, and love.