Book Review: Salt to the Sea

Deadliest maritime disaster in recorded history. Any guesses? The first to come to most minds would probably be the Titanic. My second guess would be the Lusitania, an ocean liner sunk during WWI. Neither maritime disasters were the deadliest in recorded history. When a German u-boat torpedoed the Lusitania, 1,198 passengers perished. After the “unsinkable” Titanic struck an iceberg, approximately 1,500 passengers died. The well-known and often spoken of Titanic disaster is dwarfed by an unheard of tragedy during WWII–the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustlov.

Published in February of 2016, the novel Salt to the Sea is dedicated to telling the story of the Wilhelm Gustlov, a German ocean liner that took approximately 9,000 lives with it when it was sunk during WWII.

Salt to the Sea

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Book Review: Maggie Bright

Do you know the story of the Miracle of Dunkirk? I first heard of it when researching for a post-WWII novel I wrote for a competition. Soundly routed by the German army, the British Expeditionary Force was pushed out of Belgium and Northern France. The ended up pinned down on the Beach of Dunkirk. Only the English Channel separated them from home but it seemed an insurmountable barrier. The effort to get the soldiers back to British soil is known known as the largest evacuation in military history, and it was largely made possible by the mobilization of civilian boats, many of them manned by their civilian owners.

Maggie Bright

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Book Review & Blog Tour: Exiles

My Review

Reading Exiles jumped to the forefront of my priorities list as soon as I got the advanced reader’s copy from Jaye. Other books might get lost in my work schedule, buried under tasks I need to do for church, or lay temporarily forgotten while I visit friends … but not when that book contains characters as beloved and missed of Kyrin, Jace, and the others.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Goth by Kimberly Koch

Remember the good old-fashioned book reviews this blog was built on? It’s been a lot of fun branching out with devotional posts that delve into the themes of various books, but sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics and just share some thoughts on the book itself. Right? (Do you guys want more book reviews or do you like the theme based posts better?)

Goth

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Brio Magazine: A Review

Focus on the Family Clubhouse Magazine was a staple of my middle school years. My great-grandmother gave me a subscription for Christmas each year, and I still have several years worth of issues on my bookshelf. Eventually, Grandma decided I was old enough to graduate and switched the subscription to Brio. By the time Brio went out of print, I’d moved on to Writer’s Digest, but when Focus on the Family announced they were relaunching their teen girls’ magazine, I decided to grab a discounted subscription to review here!

So, should you or shouldn’t you subscribe to Brio Magazine?

Brio

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A Graduate Shops at a Homeschool Convention

Last weekend my brother and I and two friends went to our area’s annual homeschool convention. That might not seem unusual until you realize that three out of the four of us have graduated, and we went without our parents! So what do a bunch of alumni do at a homeschool conference? Pretty much the same thing as everyone else. We go to lectures and shop–we just don’t buy curriculum! If you’re looking for some new reads and want to support homeschool vendors, here’s what I purchased this year.

Homeschool Convention

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Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

“Tale as old as time,” says the classic song. It might be more true than the songwriter intended.

Beauty

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What I’m Reading (March 3)

The allure of beautiful weather has been pulling me away from reading to enjoy photography, neighborhood jogs, and sunset hikes over the past few weeks. There’s nothing quite like the first hints of spring. When we had our first warm day here in Connecticut, it was all people at work could talk about. God’s creation is truly amazing! I struck me that, even though we live in a culture where people are easily bored with things they’ve experienced before, the changing of seasons still ignites excitement and wonder.

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