Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday's QBR

1. Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte:
Great classic that should be read. It took me two weeks to read it. Not because it was hard and  not enjoyable, but because the font was a size 8, maybe 10. It was small.  If you want to read a full review click here. This was one of my FitG books, so that means another down and more to be whittled away from that list.

2. Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs
I read this for the library at the school. Definitely a book for YA/Adult.
From Goodreads:
Brimming with drama and conflict, heartache and triumph, Whence Came a Prince finds Liz Curtis Higgs in her element—exploring complex characters, creating a colorful Scottish backdrop, and revealing biblical truth through a captivating story. 

With his women and children depending on him, Jamie McKie must face a shameful past and an uncertain future. But he does not face it alone. God’s promise to Jacob—“I will be with you”—shines through Jamie’s journey. Before story’s end, Jamie also wrestles in the night with a power far greater than his and weathers the painful loss of someone very dear to him. In Whence Came a Prince, Jamie’s journey of reconciliation commands the reader’s attention. Yet Leana and Rose both play integral parts in this dramatic conclusion to the saga that began with Thorn in My Heart and continued with Fair Is the Rose. 

My Take:
I've not read the first two books in the series, but definitely would like to. Liz Curtis Higgs takes the story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel and turns it into a Scottish epic.  It is really well done..and no wonder why. Check out what else Goodreads has to say:
In Thorn in My Heart Liz turned to Genesis 27-29 for inspiration, and in Fair Is the Rose, to Genesis 30. For Prince's trials and triumphs, she mines the riches of Genesis 31-33 and 35. Whence Came a Prince examines the prodigal Jacob and his long-anticipated homecoming. Liz spent countless hours immersed in the Genesis account of Jacob and Esau, Leah and Rachel. Ninety commentaries and biblical research texts plus fourteen translations of Scripture provide a solid, biblical underpinning for this epic. 
Basically, she did her homework. Not just the Biblical study, but she also studied about Scottish history and traditions.  Makes me appreciate this book that much more.
Loved the characters in this book.  Their pain was my pain, their joy my joy. When a writer can do that, you know it is a good book.  And now after reading it, I'm challenged to go back and reread Genesis and look at that story in a different POV.

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Courtney Walsh said...

I would love to read both of these books! I can't believe how many of the classics I have yet to read! I really should make that a priority!!

MaDonna Maurer said...

I just started reading classics this year. Sad, I know. All my Eng Lit friends are jumping up and down with excitement!
Oh, and many of the other books are ones that the school needs read before they put them on the shelves, so I volunteer to read. THAT is probably why I get so many read, the pressure. LOL

Adeeva Afsheen said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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