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Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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The Colour of Cold Blood: The Third Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery (Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery Series) (Volume 3)
Toni Mount
The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
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The Cost of Discipleship
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A Day in the Life of Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York is featured for this month at the excellent website Tudor Times. I am honored to be a guest with an article describing the daily habits and activities of England's first queen. So, what did everyday life look like for the real white princess?

 

Source: http://tudortimes.co.uk/guest-articles/a-day-in-the-life-of-elizabeth-of-york

Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury

Brush of Wings: A Novel (Angels Walking) - Karen Kingsbury

This series is the only reading of Kingsbury that I have done. I know she is wildly popular with Christian fiction readers, but I don't think I will be trying any more of her books. If you like the sugarcoated everything-always-turns-out-perfectly kind of Christian stories, this series is for you.

 

Maybe it's me, but that kind of story gets under my skin. It literally made me angry.

 

Spoilers may follow.

 

Don't get me wrong. I do believe that God can heal, protect, and give us signs. However, I don't think he does it every single time we ask him to. In this book, characters ask for a sign and a mysterious breeze picks up on a still day, or a school of dolphins swims by the beach, or they literally hear a voice in their head. Maybe I just don't pay enough attention, but God's signs seem a bit more subtle in my life.

 

In this series, there is A LOT of melodrama about how dangerous and vital this mission is. More important than any war or tragedy that has happened throughout history is the fact that these privileged 20-somethings get together. Even with a character with a major health problem, it is difficult to read this and feel any suspense. It's too obvious that everything is going to work out.

 

But that's not things happen in real life. Every day, people die. Regardless of the people who love them and pray their heart out for them. They die, because sometimes God has a different plan. Sometimes I can't figure out what it is. But I know that reading something like this doesn't strengthen my faith. I don't feel like I could pray as much or study the Bible as much or eat as healthily as these characters and maybe God would answer more of my prayers. It just upsets me, because some people are going to read it and think that's true.

 

So, I've probably ranted long enough. If you like sweet Christian romance guaranteed to end with a happily ever after, you'll love it. I'm too jaded.

Faithful Traitor in Discovering Diamond's Top 10

With all the focus on Mary lately, it's nice to see my Margaret getting some attention. Discovering Diamonds has listed their top 10 most viewed book reviews of all time - and there she is!

 

What Elizabeth Learned from Mary

I am at the blog of historical fiction author Judith Arnopp today looking at what the favorably remembered Queen Elizabeth I learned from her less loved sister, Queen Mary I.

 

Source: http://juditharnoppnovelist.blogspot.com/2017/04/what-elizabeth-learned-from-mary.html

Author Interview

Today's blog stop is an interview. I'm never quite sure how I feel about these, since I don't find myself all that interesting. That's why I write about other people, right? However, Suzy Henderson had some good questions, so I hope you will enjoy a few of my answers.

 

Source: http://suzyhenderson.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/interview-with-author-samantha-wilcoxson

Reykjavik Layover

Has anyone done a tour during a layover in Reykjavik? We would like to do something with ours, but the timing is awkward - 11:30pm - 4:45pm.

 

Ideas?

Pimsleur French 1, Lessons 1-5

French Level 1 Lessons 1-5: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs - Simon & Schuster Audio, Pimsleur Language Programs, Pimsleur Language Programs

It's a little tough to rate this before having an opportunity to see how well the phrases I've learned help me once I'm actually in France, but I am unreasonably giddy about being able to carry on a small conversation in French!

 

This audiobook series is for those who would like to learn how to speak French but aren't worried about reading or writing it. I have no idea how to spell what I'm saying or even how many words I'm saying sometimes, but I can greet someone, ask where something is, how they are, say that I would like something to eat/drink.....basic, but that's all I need.

Mary & Reginald: What could have been?

We tend to think of Queen Mary's counter-reformation as her defining error, but to her contemporaries it was her choice of a Spanish husband. What could Mary have done differently? I am at Tudors Dynasty this morning with some possibilities.

 

Source: http://www.tudorsdynasty.com/mary-and-reginald-what-could-have-been

The Lady of the Tower by Elizabeth St John

The Lady of the Tower - Elizabeth St. Cloud Muse

I had several reasons for picking up this book, and my high expectations were not disappointed. This was an enjoyable adventure into the Stuart court with all its gilded surface and dirty underbelly. Lucy St John is in a unique position as the daughter of a prominent family but a younger sister with an unsympathetic guardian. Her coming of age takes place in an environment where no one allows their true self to be exposed. Being more honest and naive than those around her, Lucy learns some difficult lessons in courtly love and betrayal, but these experiences set her upon the path to find faith, true love, and happiness

#2!!!! :-D

Mary and Jane: Reluctant Rivals

The next blog tour stop is the Lady Jane Reference Guide, where I take a look at these Tudor cousins and rivals for the throne.

 

Includes a book excerpt!!

 

Source: http://www.ladyjanegrey.info/?p=12266

Easter Blessings!

Mary at History...The Interesting Bits

Sharon Connolly of History...The Interesting Bits has written a beautiful review of Queen of Martyrs.

 

 

Source: http://historytheinterestingbits.com/2017/04/14/book-corner-queen-of-martyrs-the-story-of-mary-i-by-samantha-wilcoxson

Mary I: Her Mother's Daughter

I am at EHFA today with a glimpse at the similarities between Mary I and her mother, Katherine of Aragon. 

 

 

Source: http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/mary-i-her-mothers-daughter.html

What?!?!?!?!

The Nature of the Beast - Louise Penny

Oh. My. Goodness.

 

I have read this entire series by listening to it on audio. Having heard the same soothing voice for ten books, I have come to identify Gamache by this voice. But now, I start book 11 with a jarring announcement that the narrator has passed away and, out of necessity, been replaced. No! I don't know if anyone else can be the voice of Armand for me!

When one reads with expectations....

Queen of Martyrs - Samantha Wilcoxson

This may be the most meaningful book review that I have ever received. Since Troy inspired me to write about Queen Mary, I had a bit of anxiety over what he would think of the result! His review literally brought me to tears.

 

 

Source: http://knightofangels.com/2017/04/13/queen-of-martyrs-the-story-of-mary-i-by-samantha-wilcoxson