Archive | January 2014

The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie

My Goodreads review. (Bear in mind that I refer to ‘everyone’ here; these are other Goodreads reviewers. I simply copy and pasted this here.)duchess

I was surprised at how well-done this book was in a number of ways. I won’t go into it now, but Carie is a born-storyteller and quite good at using words to make new to us feelings that we’ve all had. She also paints an almost fairy tale world – in the right places – without laying it on too thick. I did prefer the first half or so to the end, as I didn’t quite grasp what became a significant moral in the tale.

I really don’t know why everyone is so upset about ‘titillation’ in this Christian fiction novel.  I feel people have used by far the wrong term there. This was  to sexuality that is born of love; surely that has a place in God’s world and, therefore, in our representation of this world of God’s. It happens; it needs to be acknowledged in the honorable of ways. Something I liked in this book is the suggestion that there is nothing sinful about sensuosity or sexuality, from the joy Serena took in paints and colors to the physical expression between Serena and Drake.

I was really surprised that a novel with such a lovely, perfect fairy-tale-like name could prove itself so well. Kind of like the book that library-haunting readers always expect to find on a shelf but don’t.

Well, looks like I went and got into it, after all.

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A Christmas present from 70 years past…

Shirley Warburton’s father really hit the nail on the head in 1943 when he gave his daughter Now, Voyager for Christmas. Boy, was that girl happy! So happy, in fact, that you can practically still hear her youthful squeals today. Can’t you? Take a look, and tell me you don’t agree. I dare you!

You see, Shirley defaced her book in the most beautiful ways…

She pasted magazine pics of the Bette Davis movie inside the front cover.

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And then again on the next two pages.

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ImageClearly, Shirley had no cold feet when it came to decorating her book. I know so many people – well, me – who don’t want to do anything to their books (confession: I do use bookplates), but Shirley was in a delightful class of her own.

Because she went on.

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As you can see, she even colorized them with green and red.

There are more photos inside, like this one.

ImageAnd there’s even a pop-up construction as a grand finale inside the back cover.

ImageI think I love this girl. I am so fortunate that this was the used copy that turned up at my door when I ordered online. I had known that there’d be news cuttings inside, but I never dreamed it would be so wonderful. This is SO much better than a brand new copy.

Thanks, Shirley.

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