Reforming Lord Ragsdale

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Reforming Lord Ragsdale

Author: Carla Kelly

Published By: Signet in October 1995

The Blurb:

Emma Costello owed a debt of honor to one of the most dishonorable lords in the realm. The infamous Lord Ragsdale was as rich as sin, as sinful as he was rich, and as heartless as he was handsome. But he had saved Emma from a fate worse than death when he stopped a lecherous brute from buying her as an indentured servant.

It was Emma’s turn now to save Lord Ragsdale from his wicked ways. She had to find a way to stop his drinking, his gaming, his wild revelry. She had to make him break with his mistress, the superbly sensual Fae Moulle. She had to make him a suitable suitor for the ideal wife that the prim and proper Lady Clarissa Partridge would be. And above all, she had to keep his lustful eye from lingering too long on herself–even as she struggled to keep her own growing desire from undoing all her hard work in the unmaking of this irresistible rake…

My Review:

Oh how I love a good regency proper romance! This was a fun book to read and actually had more “meat on the bone” than I expected. I went into this book without reading the blurb. As I already mentioned, I enjoy this genre and I expected to like this book (they can be somewhat predictable, but there is nothing wrong with that in a romance). I was unprepared to learn about Emma being an indentured servant. I enjoyed unraveling her story of who she was before and how she came to be in her position. Lord Ragsdale, too, had  a deep story coming from experience in the war and his family background that lead him down the road to becoming a rake. Two imperfect characters that learn and grow together. The story is written in turns from the perspective of both Lord Ragsdale and Emma Costello, which is also a style that I tend to love. Overall it was an enjoyable book I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

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In-Betweeen-er : Momma’s Be Proud of Your Body!

This post and others that come along like it are what I’m going to call an “In-between-er” I told you there’d be some non-book stuff thrown in.

I saw this great story online, It’s short, but sweet and I think it’s something that we all can relate to our lives whether you’re a mother or not. However, because I am a 33 year old mom of three I know that it spoke to me.

Rachel Hollis, who is the founder of a lifestyle website called The Chic Site, and a 32- year old mother of three, posted a facebook selfie of herself in a bikini while on vacation. The photo and the message that she sent with it quickly went viral. Her message was about how she was proud of her saggy tummy, stretch marks and was not going to be ashamed of her healthy body that allowed her to carry and give birth to her 3 babies. She encouraged women to see themselves differently and with kindness saying, “They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them!”

Click below to read her full message as well as see her photo (Sorry! Couldn’t get my hyper link to work but I wanted to post it nonetheless.)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/family/this-mother-posted-a-photo-of-her-post-baby-bikini-body-to-make-an-awesome-statement-on-body-image/ar-AAa5Yai?ocid=DELLDHP

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assasin #1)

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Grave Mercy (His Fair Assasin #1)

Author: Robin LaFevers

Published by:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2012

Hardcover, 549 pages

The Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

My Review:

I couldn’t put this book down for long.  I felt like it was such a unique story, set in the late 1400’s while Brittany is still fighting to be independent of France. Most women of those times didn’t hold power to change their fate. While reading, I watched Ismae go from powerless to empowered. She finds that as a “daughter of death”, she is not as she believed, cursed, but blessed with many gifts and abilities, giving her the confidence to become more than a poor, broken girl. She grows to find her voice and decide for herself how she will use this power she holds. The twists and turns that she encounters and the mysteries she has to solve kept me interested and excited to read more. I loved the ending and part of it was a little bit unexpected.  I want to get my hands on the next one right away!

This book is not currently on my “favorites” shelf, but I will say it has great promise to be! I want to finish reading the others in the series before I make that final placing. I do know, however, that each of the 3 books to this series will feature the adventure of a different character. So, it is not your typical series and it won’t leave you with a cliff hanger.

All the Truth that’s In Me By Julie Berry

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All the Truth That’s In Me

Author: Julie Berry

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers, August 2013

hard copy 274 pages

Blurb:

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

My Review:

I LOVED this novel! First of all can I just say, what an eye catching cover! Don’t let it fool you into thinking this is a modern day tale. The story of Judith takes place in Puritan Roswell Station, Georgia.

Julie Berry spins a beautifully eerie tale in this book about heartbreak, survival, judgments, kindness, cruelty, and truth. This was a very unique story. I was immediately pulled into Judith’s life and the mysterious tragedy that it had become. I truly felt for her. In the beginning everything is a mystery to the reader. You can only guess and draw your own assumptions until little by little Judith becomes more courageous, remembering and eventually unveiling her truths. I absolutely loved her strong spirit, refusing to give up and continuing to love and protect a community that has not been kind to her.

Not all stories can be happiness and ease. Some stories are difficult and sad and tragic, but I find it’s the difficult ones that make me grow or see things differently than I used to. I really enjoyed this book and loved the character of Judith and seeing how she grew and finding out how her courage and honesty would change her fate.

This book is on my “Favorites” shelf! Read it! You won’t be sorry.

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What kind of reader are you?

Let’s get started shall we? Perhaps you’re wondering what you can expect from my book reviews. As I mentioned in my first post I am part of a book club with some fantastic ladies. I have been in this particular book club since 2010 (wow! I didn’t realize we’d been together so long! It feels like yesterday.) Some members have come and gone and some of us are in it for the long haul. I also have a lot of reading buddies who are not part of book club and I have noticed over the years that each one of us have different “reading personalities” so to speak. Some of my friends really can’t start a book they’re not “in the mood” for. Some start them and put them down within 100 pages if their attention has not been sufficiently snagged. Some get really bugged with writing mistakes. I could go on.

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So what kind of reader am I? I’ve gone ahead and labeled myself as an easy to please reader (unofficially of course). While I may notice some grammar mistakes, it’s not going to drive me too batty because I am mostly there for the story. I’m pretty patient, I don’t usually quit a book (it takes a lot of stuff I really don’t like to get me to give it up) I like all kinds of genres and I find it fairly easy to switch from one to the next. The books I read the least are non-fiction, but I am not totally closed to them. I don’t usually have to be in any particular mood to jump easily into a book. There are very few books that I have read that I haven’t liked. What type of name would you give your reading personality?

For awhile there I wondered if I wasn’t picky enough. Did I not recognize a good book or a bad one? Then I decided I didn’t care. I’m a pretty positive person. I am who I am. We all are! Either way I love discussing books that I have read and getting other points of view. I find that people sometimes feel or notice something that I didn’t, or vise versa.

I keep track of my “book shelves” digitally using Goodreads,  as I am sure many of you do. I don’t have a million shelves, and I haven’t divided up my shelves into genres. I try to keep it  simple. They are:

*Read * To Read * Bookclub * Childrens * Unfinished series * Favorites * Favorites of Favorites *

So you’ll find a mish mash of stuff here. I am going to start with reviewing some of the books that I have read more recently and then review the ones I am currently reading as I finish them. I will try to do some giveaways and other fun news here as well. So come back!

Howdy Ya’ll!

Hey there! My name is Randi. I’m really excited about starting this blog! I see this as my little spot to find my voice and share my thoughts. Let’s start with the name of this blog, shall we? Read Between the Bindings. I love to read. I’ve always had a love of reading, but it seems to grow every year. I am a member of a book club that is made up dear friends that I love and admire. They’ve helped me branch out and read books that I may have passed on the shelf and not thought twice about.

I am also finding that I enjoy writing. I named this blog with a reference to  books because I plan to post often about books that I have read.  However, because I enjoy writing about so many different things I couldn’t limit myself to just that! Just as books do, we as human beings have stories, details, backgrounds and other characters involved. Therefore, in between my book reviews you may find a few words and opinions about my life or issues that I care about.

I have a family blog where I post most of family’s personal happenings, but as a mom of 3 crazy cuties, wife to a great guy, daughter, sister, friend and active member of my church I can’t guarantee that a teensy bit of that won’t spill over to this blog.

Feel free to share your comments and thanks for stopping by! Visit again!