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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 30 April 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN by JANE ANN MCLACHLAN

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN by JANE ANN MCLACHLAN

                                                                             

 

 

THE BLURB

Ruling a kingdom in the 14th Century was no task for a woman.
When Robert of Naples died in 1342, beautiful, sixteen-year-old Joanna and her sister Maria are the sole heirs to one of the largest, wealthiest and most sophisticated kingdoms in Europe.
Born in a male-dominated world in the passionate south of Italy, and surrounded by ambitious male cousins with an equal claim to the crown, will these sisters be able to maintain control over their kingdom? With only their wits, beauty, and the love of their people to aid them, Joanna and Maria, bound together by their strong love and fierce rivalry, are prepared to do anything to hold onto their beloved Kingdom.
But can they survive a kidnapping, court intrigues, civil war, and even murder tearing their Kingdom apart? Find the answer in this gripping true story of 14th Century Europe.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

J. A. McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of a short story collection, CONNECTIONS, published by Pandora Press and two College textbooks on Professional Ethics, published by Pearson-Prentice Hall. She has been reading literary fiction, science fiction and historical fiction in equal measure all her life. Walls of Wind was her first published Science Fiction novel. She has two young adult science fiction novels, The Occasional Diamond Thief and The Salarian Desert Game, published by EDGE Publishing. And her first historical fiction, The Sorrow Stone, set in the 12th Century, is now available. She is represented by Carrie Pestritto at Prospect Agency.

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

And this is why I love historical fiction! Ms. McLachlan paints a vivid story of life in the 14th century. And it ain’t pretty. Things we take for granted were unheard of—and I don’t mean modern conveniences. Marriages arranged for the sake of political gain. The belief that a woman was less intelligent, less capable than a man—to do anything.

But what struck this reader, was the realism with which Ms. McLachlan portrayed royalty. We have this romanticized notion that a king or queen could do whatever they wanted, that their wish was a servant’s command, that their every whim was catered to. This was so not true. So many voices, so many forces, in Queen Joanna’s ear. Not the least of which was the church.

Coincidentally, I was binge watching The Crown while reading this book, which further emphasized the fact—Queen Elizabeth struggled with much the same restrictions Joanna faced.

 

It frustrated me the obstacles Joanna was up against, impediments that should not have been there. Difficulties simply because of her gender. I suffered the angst as I learned some of what Joanna and her sister, Maria, faced and endured. Ms. McLachlan’s telling was exquisite, her research certainly thorough and impeccable, as conveyed in the details, the colorful descriptions and vivid language. The richness of this story is a luscious, velvet tapestry that wraps you in the richness of it.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Girl Who Would Be Queen, Jane Ann McLachlan

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 29 April 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – BARBARA BRUTT

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – BARBARA BRUTT

 

Editing Mistakes: Choosing an Editor who Hates Your Genre

 

Choosing a good editor for your piece of writing is a no brainer, but have you ever considered the importance of choosing an editor who likes your genre? Yes, my good people, a crucial characteristic of a good editor is their general affinity for the genre you write.

As a newbie author (my debut novel, Teal Paisley Tights, released in November 2018) but lifetime writer, I’m always learning new things. And when it comes to editing, I’ve discovered a few things the hard way, including choosing an editor who not only didn’t enjoy the chick lit genre but pretty much loathed it.

When you’re vetting your editor options, you want to consider the cost, their skill, and the type of editing (developmental, line editing, proofing, etc.). But please don’t forget to check for their general affinity for your book’s genre, whether it be mystery, horror, romance, historical, or some mix.

As writers, allowing our work to be edited can be such a vulnerable experience. Of course, we want the writing to be the best it can be, but we also whisper that secret question, “Is it any good?” And when someone reads your book who doesn’t enjoy the genre at all (and in fact, scorns the genre) …well, let’s just say, your secret question is going to get stomped on.

For the record, I didn’t know! I had no idea that the editor I had chosen didn’t enjoy my flirty, glitzy, girly genre. I didn’t know until I was reading through the edits and comments.

Cringe with me.

While many of the comments and edits were “good,” the patronizing and disdainful tone that came across each sentence of critique chipped away at my self-esteem and belief in my story. Each comment shouted at me, “This is no good! Why did you spend hours upon hours of your time working on a crappy story that no one could ever love? Keep your day job, kid.”

I made it through about 5 pages of comments in my 80,000-word WIP.

And stopped.

I had made a HUGE mistake. Although this editor had great points and edits, their bedside manner had me shoveling out the dirt for my book’s grave. I told myself that I could still learn from their edits and that my story was still good…but, can I be frightfully honest for a moment? I haven’t touched that WIP since that experience.

Sure, the editor could have told me they loathed the genre, but as the keeper of my story, it’s vital that I choose the right people to share it with as it’s still growing and becoming what it’s meant to be. As authors and writers, we have to know both when to share our work and when to protect it.

So, my friends, learn from me. When you choose an editor, a beta reader, or just someone to read your new writing, seek someone who actually likes the genre that you write.

 

Teal Paisley Tights

Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.

Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.

Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.

Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?

 

 

Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.

Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.

 

https://www.barbarabrutt.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraBruttWriter/

https://twitter.com/barbarabrutt

https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Brutt/e/B07JCG19DJ?

 

 

GIVEAWAY

Barbara is offering a signed copy of Teal Paisley Tights.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 29 April and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 6 May. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

RAFFLECOPTER

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#Blogwords, New Week New Face, #NWNF, Guest Post and Giveaway, Barbara Brutt

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 28 April 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IDENTITY and AUTHORITY

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IDENTITY and AUTHORITY

 

The scene brings Ebenezer Scrooge to mind. Lying in his bed, awakened from sleep by loud clattering noises. Shutters banging, the bed, even, hopping about as though it were a living creature.

Here the similarities in two stories ends. Poor Ebenezer trembles in fear, clinging to his bedclothes for dear life—as though a woven piece of cloth might hold off the specter standing before him.

Smith Wigglesworth, however, looked his guest—a very real manifestation of evil—in the eye and said, “Oh. It’s just you.” And laid his head back on his pillow. Without opening his eyes, he spoke again. “And put my bed back where it belongs.” He promptly went back to sleep, absolute in his authority over the baffled intruder.

Mr. Wigglesworth’s visitor was no fictional ghost, nor a minion or underling, even, of Satan. Mr. Wiggleworth’s visitor was the Prince of Darkness himself. Manifest in all his ugliness, vile and sulphurous, drawing on all his worthless power to scare this man of faith who had him trembling.

Because he knew. They both knew.

 

This story struck me to my core when I first read it years ago. Such faith. To look at Satan, manifest before his eyes, and not be shaken in the least.

 

Because Mr. Wigglesworth knew.

 

Satan. Could. Not. Touch. Him.

 

Not because of anything Smith did or was.

 

But because of who he was in Christ.

 

Smith Wigglesworth knew his identity. Just like Jesus knew, and knows His identity—and offers that to us as believers and followers.

 

Just as Jesus faced Pontius Pilate, just as He endured the horror of crucifixion. Just as He walked (strutted?) the streets of hell to take back what was stolen.

 

Just as Jesus knows who He is, so, too, can we know who we are.

 

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27

 

In His image. From the very beginning, we were made to be like Him.

 

All the struggling and striving and suffering is because we separate ourselves from Him. Because we don’t know who we truly are. Who we’re meant to be. Who He created us to be.

 

To live in that identity, to face every situation and circumstance with the same authority Jesus did, and does. Because in Him, our identity is the same as His identity. We were created for Him. For relationship and fellowship with Him.

 

How many times do we face a trial wondering if things are going to be okay? Wondering if He heard our prayer—or if He cares. Wondering, even, Father’s will? (His Word tells us, very clearly, what His will is.) When we are in relationship with Him, just as when we are in relationship with each other, we can and will—and should—know Father’s will. His plan, His purpose.

 

Think of it this way—God’s strength and might is a turbine engine. The kind that power the tremendous KC-10 aircraft. And living our lives without being plugged in to Him is like operating on the power of a small lawnmower engine.

 

We putter about our lives with that small motor, lacking the strength to live fully as He created us to do. We roll from one day to another, idling through life.

 

But what if we engage those grand turbine engines? What if we embrace the terrible power? What if we soar on the wings those engines raise? Might we face the enemy with the unwavering confidence Mr. Wigglesworth did?

 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18

 

Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. Daniel 3:24-27

 

 

All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions…  Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days…  So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”  Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed…  Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever!  My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”  Daniel 6:7, 10, 16-17, & 21-22

 

These men of God had no fear because they knew Who their God was. They knew no man could take them out of God’s hand. But more than that, they knew God would prevail, His power and His glory would be made known.

Like Smith Wigglesworth, they faced the enemy with courage because they knew who they were, Who they belonged to.

 

What if we step into the power and realm where Jesus did? Does that mean nothing bad will happen?

 

No.

 

What it means is that Christ shines through us when the evil of this world encroaches upon us. Upon our lives. Upon our loved ones, even.

 

Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.  And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.  Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.  And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.  But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”

Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.  And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.  Act 16:22-34

 

In the midst of whatever difficulties, whether light or catastrophic, God’s power takes over when we invite Him through praise.

 

…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

Not for the difficulty, as I’ve heard questioned. But above the circumstance. Because we, in spirit, are above our circumstance. We are above this natural realm. We walk with Father in spirit.

 

Stray thoughts enter my mind sometimes. The natural reaction is worry and panic. And yes, I have fallen prey to it at times. But I have learned who I am. I have learned my spirit is my guide, NOT my emotions. And in that identity I speak the Word of God and vanquish those trespassing thoughts.

 

And I laugh at the one who would destroy my soul.

 

Because I can.

Because I know who I am.

His. I am His.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Identity and Authority, Genesis 1:26-27, Daniel 3:16-18, Daniel 16:7, 10, 16-17, & 21-22, Acts 16:22-34, 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 27 April 2019 – WHAT’S COOKIN’ IN YOUR KITCHEN – RANDOM RECIPES – BACON AND EGG CROISSANT POCKET

WHAT’S COOKIN’ IN YOUR KITCHEN – RANDOM RECIPES – BACON AND EGG CROISSANT POCKET

 

I like to cook. And I like to invent my own recipes. And I like to try other people’s recipes. And now I’m going to share them with you.

BACON AND EGG CROISSANT POCKET

Because I love croissants so much. And bacon…

            On my Granny’s china that she left me. Isn’t it so pretty!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 package        Pillsbury crescent roll sheets

4 – 5 slices       bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 or 3               eggs

 

SEASONINGS

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven according to package.

Scramble eggs in hot greased pan. Season to taste and stir in crumbled bacon.

Roll out dough sheet and drape over small greased baking dish.

 

Spread egg and bacon onto dough.

Fold dough over filling, sealing edges.

 

Place in oven and bake according to directions on package.

 

 

ADDITIONS / OPTIONS

Add shredded cheese to eggs and bacon.

Add sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, and/or diced onion.

Add sliced jalepeño peppers, and serve with Tabasco sauce.

Use Swiss cheese, and substitute diced ham for the bacon.

Add chopped spinach.

Substitute ground and cooked sausage for the bacon, and spoon 1/8 cup salsa before baking.

 

TIP:    I cut ½ inch pieces off the uncooked bacon, and cook it all at once. Since I eat bacon in recipes like this more than full slices, it saves time and is oh, so much easier. (Of course, now, as I type this, I’m craving a bacon sandwich… )

 

NOTE: This recipe is geared for a one or two person household. Double or triple to feed a larger crowd.

 

 

If you’ve a recipe you’d like to share leave a comment below or email me at robinemason212@gmail.com

 

NOTE: All recipes must be original or used with permission.

 

#Blogwords, What’s Cookin’ in Your Kitchen, Bacon & Egg Croissant Pocket, #RandomRecipes, #AuthorsEat #AuthorsCook

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 27 April 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-SATURDAY – FEATURED BOOK COVER REVEAL and GIVEAWAY– THE RESCUE by TANYA EAVENSON

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-SATURDAY – FEATURED BOOK COVER REVEAL and GIVEAWAY – THE RESCUE by TANYA EAVENSON

We’re celebrating the cover reveal for The Rescue by Tanya Eavenson with an open Social Media Blitz. We’d love for you to celebrate with us!

 

THE BLURB

Upon the death of her mother, Rosalind Standford’s life shatters. She is forced into a betrothal to a cunning banker close to her father’s age. Cowboy Trent Easton, Rosalind’s childhood friend, returns to his roots in Boston society to find her engaged to another. Though she once rejected him, when Trent learns she’s in danger, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even taking her to the altar in the black of night. But will his name and the remote wilds of his Texas ranch be enough to protect her? Or will freedom cost them their lives?

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Tanya Eavenson is an international bestselling and award-winning inspirational romance author. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE REVEAL

 

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Enter at:

http://bit.ly/TheRescueCover

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book Cover Reveal and Giveaway, The Rescue, Tanya Eavenson

#justreadtours #coverreveal #Amazongiftcard #amreading #historicalromance #TanyaEavenson #comingsoon #TBR #toberead #TheRescue #AllRoadsLeadToTexas   

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 27 April 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE KNIGHT IN BATTERED ARMOR by BRIANNA TIBBETTS

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-SATURDAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE KNIGHT IN BATTERED ARMOR by BRIANNA TIBBETTS

 

 

 

THE BLURB

Lord Tempesto is a snake in every sense. As a human, he is slimy, deceitful, and manipulative, but when he’s denied what he wants, he transforms into a gigantic, powerful snake. He wants nothing more than to rule the kingdom for himself, and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Princess Melina is meant to rule her father’s kingdom someday, but she doesn’t want to do it alone. However, the search for a noble suitor brings a monster to the palace gates. When monster Lord Tempesto captures her and threatens to devour her beloved kingdom if she doesn’t marry him, she has no choice but to submit to the repulsive monster’s demands.

​James, the son of a knight, hears about Princess Melina’s plight and sets out on the long journey to rescue her. But his own skills aren’t enough to win the fight against such a ruthless, powerful monster, and it takes teamwork between the captive and her rescuer to save the kingdom from the monster for good.

​The Knight in Battered Armor shows children of all ages the importance of doing what is right no matter what and not being afraid to protect what is most important.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Raised on a steady diet of rich fiction, novelist Brianna Tibbetts has been writing exciting, speculative worlds as long as she can remember. Currently based in the Pacific Northwest, she reads voraciously and writes extensively. In everything from short stories to series, Brianna demonstrates her passion for lively stories infused with faith. In addition to writing, her other superpowers include being ginger and yarn crafting. When she isn’t spending time in her own creations, she loves indulging in the fictional worlds of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

A wonderful story of integrity and values, Ms. Tibbetts tells a tale with a great character lesson.

The illustrations are not this reviewer’s personal favorite style, but they are colorful and eye catching, and fun. The font bothered this reviewer; it was too small, and didn’t show up well on some of the graphics.

But the lesson of the story outweighed the drawbacks. To do what is right, with or without reward, is true valor and honor. How many times does the bad guy slither into our lives, disguised in a beautiful façade? How many times are we deceived by that false image?

Ms. Tibbetts shows clearly that appearances are not always what they seem, both in the villain and the hero. She illustrates that we should look to the heart and character, and not judge by outward façades.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

 

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Saturday, #TRD, Book Review, The Knight in Battered Armor, Brianna Tibbetts, Liz Stockton, JustRead Publicity Tours

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 26 April 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – PERSUASION by JANE AUSTEN

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – PERSUASION by JANE AUSTEN

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

THE BLURB:    

At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

THE FIRST LINE:   

Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, became a person who, for his very own leisure, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he discovered occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties have been roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs changed naturally into pity and contempt as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century; and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

I know I’ve either seen or read this one, but honestly I can’t remember…

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Persuasion, Jane Austen

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