Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Review: Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

Not by Sight

by Kate Breslin


Received from the publishers Bethany House Publishing through Netgalley for an honest review.

Grace Mabry, determined to help the war effort after seeing her brother go to fight in the trenches, decides to hand out white feathers to conscientious objectors at a party with her maid and friend, Agnes. However, when she hands out a feather to Jack Bennington, she unravels a thread of danger and betrayal that she could never see coming.

Not by Sight is the second novel from the award-winning Kate Breslin, her first being For Such a Time. I have not read her first novel, so this is my first foray into Breslin's Christian fiction.

This book lured me in with a beautiful cover and an intriguing premise - romance, friendship, forgiveness, faith and espionage; what more could a girl want? I have to say I wasn't disappointed while reading, the plot kept me engaged and I finished the novel quite quickly. Breslin gives us flawed characters, hidden agendas and a swoon-worthy lead in a plot that recalls Beauty and the Beast, The Phantom of the Opera and even a little Jane Eyre.

As this is Christian fiction, the subject of faith was an underlying theme throughout the novel; however, I do not think that it was overdone. Throughout Breslin's writing, we see the different characters suffering with types of blindness and the journey some of them are able to take through darkness into the light - to walk by faith and not by sight.

All in all, this was an enjoyable easy read. My only complaint is that sometimes Grace seemed a little too good. I would recommend this to those who enjoyed Julianne Donaldson's Edenbrooke or other Christian historical fiction novels.

Not By Sight is currently available in Kindle Edition and comes out in paperback in the UK on 4 September 2015. It is available in both formats in the US.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award

I was so surprised and delighted to have been nominated by the wonderful Jane at greenishbookshelf.wordpress.com She's a fantastic book blogger who delves into different genres depending on her mood, much like myself. Go check her out!

Thank you so much for nominating me, Jane!! :)

The Rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate ten blogs.

Jane's Questions to Me:

1. What books might you include on a list of your top 5 favorites?

 I'd have to say Anne of Green Gables, Jane Eyre, The Forgotten Garden, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Matilda as they are some of my all time favourites.

2. If you could live in a book, which would it be and why?
Definitely Harry Potter - who wouldn't want to live in Hogwarts?
3. Favorite genre to read?
I generally read different genres depending on my mood, but I'd have to say my favourite at the moment is historical fiction. I love diving into a different era!
4. How many books are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading three books - a novel, an essay collection and a biography.
5. Name 2 books you mean to read but keep putting off.
There are so many books that I've been meaning to read for the longest time. Gone with the Wind and Vilette are the ones that come to mind.
6. If you taught a literature class, what would be on your syllabus for the class?
I could choose so many for this as I tend to love books I have studied and think that you can learn something from every book. I would likely choose Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea, both of which I studied during my A Levels.
7. Do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?
I find paperbacks easier to read but love how hardbacks look on my shelves... Physical books over ebooks every time though, you can't beat the smell of a new book!
8. What’s the most memorable bookstore you’ve visited?
I've visited a ton of bookstores. One of the most memorable has to be Troutmark Books in Cardiff, the books line the walls from floor to ceiling 
9. Favorite place to read?
I love to read curled up on the sofa.
10. If you’re not reading, what do you like to do?

 If I'm not reading then I like to study, write, watch Netflix and spend time with my family.

My 10 Nominees:

Entomology of a Bookworm
Grazing Pages
Chapter by Chapter
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Awesome Book Nuts
Follow The Yellow Book Road
Jess Hearts Books
Peace Love Books
Reads and Recipes

10 Questions for My Nominees:

1. How many books do you own that are unread?

2. If you are not liking a book, for whatever reason, do you continue reading, put it to the side and come back to it, or give up on it entirely?

3. If you were to write a novel, which genre would you write?

4. What are your 5 favourite literary characters?

5. What are your 5 least favourite literary characters?

6. If you had to read one book for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

7. Where is your favourite place to buy books?

8. What is your fondest memory of a book?

9. Which 3 books would you like to see adapted to film?

10. Which works of children's fiction would you like your children to read?