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Beyond All Dreams

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Beyond All Dreams Elizabeth Camden Bethany House

     Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help. 
     Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen until his promising career became shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship.      Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglement with a member of Congress.      From the gilded halls of the Capitol, where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke ar…

No Greater Valor

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No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle that Sealed Allied Victory Jerome Corsi Thomas Nelson
Jerome Corsi's newest opus, No Greater Valor, examines the Siege of Bastogne-one of the most heroic victories of WWII-with a focus on the surprising faith of the Americans who fought there. In December of 1944, an outmanned, outgunned, and surrounded US force fought Hitler's overwhelming Panzer divisions to a miraculous standstill at Bastogne. The underdogs had saved the war for the Allies. It was nothing short of miraculous. Corsi's analysis is based on a record of oral histories along with original field maps used by field commanders, battle orders, and other documentation made at the time of the military command. With a perspective gleaned from newspapers, periodicals, and newsreels of the day, Corsi paints a riveting portrait of one of the most important battles in world history.
I've recently been diving into more non-fiction, and as I lately finished Unbroke…

Knitting Block By Block

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Knitting Block By Block Nicky Epstein  Potter Craft
Since I fully admit that I'm not the most talented of knitters, this book greatly appealed to me. Since every project is made of much-easier-to-handle blocks, I figured it would be a good way to get back into to knitting. So far, I've only tried one block (and a really easy one at that) but it seems to be working out fine.

I do have a couple of complaints, though. The first is that while there are some really beautiful block designs that I loved, some are really unattractive (and in many cases the colors shown in the examples don't help their case) Also, I would have loved more projects to use the blocks in. There are about ten projects (such as purses, scarves, and afghans) but there were really only two or so that I would consider making. The rest were either not my style, or they were -I'm sorry to say- just plain ugly.

However, there are a lot of techniques in here that I'd like to learn, and there are so many…

Like a Flower in Bloom

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Like a Flower in Bloom Siri Mitchell Bethany House
Since Siri Mitchell has given us several highly enjoyable historical novels, I had high expectations for this book. Sadly, it might be one of my least favorites by her- I'm struggling with the rating here, actually.

While the writing was certainly more than fair, the heroine, Charlotte, drove me crazy. While I understand (sort of) what the author was doing in her ignorance of "Society," Charlotte's extreme ineptitude of any social skills at all made me annoyed with her for the same reasons I never could read the Amelia Bedelia books as a child- I just got frustrated.

That's not to say that there weren't things that I enjoyed about it; the ending, for instance, got significantly better. And I found Miss Templeton interesting, because at first I thought she was going to be a "false friend" and Charlotte was going to find out that she was making fun of her. However, I was pleased that that didn't h…

Both of Me

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Both of Me Jonathon Friesen Blink
(the book blurb is pretty long, so you can read it here)
Do you ever read a book and realize that, objectively, the book isn't bad, but it just isn't for you? That's how I feel about this book. My sister asked me what it was about, and I did my best to tell her.

"Well, that sounds interesting," she said.

Exactly. That's what I thought, too, which was why I decided to read it. However, it quickly became clear that this wasn't a book for me. I struggled to get through it and probably wouldn't have finished except for the fact that I had received it for review (and after all, it's not very long, anyway). I didn't really connect to the characters, and while I technically understood what was going it, it was difficult for me to understand why it was happening and why characters were doing certain things. Thus, I didn't find it terribly interesting because I didn't necessarily care about what was going on. (…