Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Turn The Page Tuesday

I've been busy. I've read quite a bit recently. Today however, I am only going to review two books that fit the Valentine theme of February. First up - one of my to be read (TBR) books.

I am not sure when I got this book or how I became aware of Nancy Mitford. I do remember getting very excited when I stumbled upon a few of her books at a local bookstore in the used section and quickly snatched them up ... only to sit on my shelves for who knows how long. Anyhoo - on to the review.

It is said that Nancy modeled the characters in The Pursuit of Love after her own unconventional family. If that is the case then you can rest assured that your family is quite normal compared to hers! The story is told through a cousin, Fanny, who spends a great deal of time with the Radlett family and is close in age to the main character, Linda. Fanny, despite being disliked by her Uncle, manages to keep a level head amongst all the drama that surrounds her. Much to her dismay, she is able to predict but not redirect her feisty cousin as she is in the pursuit of love. Much heart ache ensues; and not just for Linda, but for the other members of the family as well. It seems all are a bit obessesed when it comes to matters of the heart.

I enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more of Mitford. She is witty and created interesting characters ... I can only imagine what her real family was like!

Well. My next book truely is about the pursuit of love - the truest purest love there is. Love from our Heavenly Father. There's no greater love than that. Ann VosKamp's blog was a recent discovery of mine and has now been added to my feed thus my interest in her book. Ann opens up her heart on her blog but also in her book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are. How do we give thanks to a God who let's bad things happen. Like, really bad things. How do we say thank you when all we have been given is hard knocks. How do we recieve His grace when all is awful, worn down, torn apart, broken. Ann took a dare from a friend - write 1000 thinks you are thankful for - give thanks! This book is her journey of faith in giving thanks - even through the ugly. I dare you to pick up a copy of this book and begin your own journey of giving thanks through the good bad and the ugly. You won't be sorry.

I can't wait to see what you all have read. Did you pull any books off your shelves that have been gathering dust? Tell me about 'em!


~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

That Mitford book looks sweet. Covers alone sell me. I hope everyone in your house is better, though that may cut into your reading time.

Debi said...

Both of those books are now on my TBR list, both look like good reads. (PS thanks for adding my link, I always forget to do that!)

Sara said...

I had heard about Nancy Mitford years ago in Victoria Magazine--thanks for reminding me to check out her books (like, literally, from the library!).

Jill said...

Awww, no books for me this month. New books, I should say. I'm still working on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Maybe April will bring showers & a new review. :)

Stacey's Treasures said...

One Thousand Gifts sounds like a book we could all use.