The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

Monday, August 12, 2019
 Book Description
 Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it's too late.

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.

Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save? 
My Review
I love books that are written by Elizabeth Camden. But this book surprised me. It was one of the best Elizabeth Camden books that I have ever read! The plot was very well done, and the characters were so wonderful to read about. The book had surprising twists in the story, and it kept me coming back for more. It is a wonder I got any sleep during the time I was reading this book, as this book kept me up late into the night trying to see what would happen next. I would say this is a must read for Elizabeth Camden fans. And even if you tried her books in the past but did not care for them, I would say try this one! It was simply amazing, and I wish the story could have lasted longer.
  I received this book free through NetGalley from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
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Tales of Faith Blog Tour - Occupations in Abtshire

Monday, August 5, 2019

 Today we have a guest post by author Amanda Tero! She is releasing her new book, Protecting the Poor, later this month. And she is here today to talk about historical occupations in the town of Abtshire, where her story takes place.

Occupations in Abtshire“I cannot help every moment. I work in the candle maker’s shop during the day.”

“Protecting the Poor” is all about the villagers in Abtshire. Every individual was occupied in some way or
another. This not only fits the history, it fits the turmoil of Abtshire very well. You have Lydda, a
candlemaker. Noel and Philaon, stable workers. Patey, a weaver. A group of lads and lasses working to
erect the barracks while others (like Dumphey) specially selected for the lord’s service in the army. In
“Protecting the Poor,” the danger of having talent is that as soon as Lord Feroci discovered it, he claimed
it as his own. Which is why you have characters, such as Betin, who hid out in the woods.

Lord Feroci dealt with weapons such as swords, spears, and javelins. Dumphey had never known of a bowyer in Abtshire.
“Bow material doesn’t cure in mere days. It takes years—three years, four—before it is ready.”

A bowyer had to stay on top of his work. Use wood too green, and your bow wouldn’t last long. Wood
too brittle and it would snap at first or second use. The bowyer had to know the perfect conditioning for
his wood. Added to that, he had to know how to shape his bow in order to get the best shot, the most
consistency, and longevity of use. Watch a video about bowmaking here.

He and Dumphey had lived in this room since before Mother passed—and she was a
distant memory. Yet Noel could remember her stroking his head at nighttime when he was afraid in this small, dark room above the cooper’s shop.

A cooper is a wooden barrel-maker. Just like in bow-making, one had to cure the wood and know every
bend and potential break. Hoops held the barrel together and didn’t use other binding material (such as
glue). Read more about it from this helpful article.

Candlemaking—a chandler—was another vital occupation. It was a hot and smelly job that had to be kept
on top of in order to supply the number of candles needed. Watch an informational video here.

Other occupations, such as baker, miller, blacksmith, and weaver were all important to the running of any
city (read a list of medieval occupations here). Today, we see these crafts as hobbies. Back then, they
were necessary for living.
Do you enjoy any hobby that was prevalent during the medieval era? Have you researched into any of

About the Tour

The clock is ticking until the release of “Protecting the Poor!” This is the third and final month of Tales of
Faith 3-month tour. We’ve spent a month on “Befriending the Beast,” a month on “The Secret Slipper,”
and now, are looking at a month digging into “Protecting the Poor”—the history behind it, behind-the-
scenes of writing and editing, the messages threaded through it, and more. Amanda will link to each blog
on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!
Pre-Order Protecting the Poor on Amazon

About Amanda

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and
penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by
dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short
stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories,
novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but
also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
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Free Patterns - Fun Little Summmer Projects

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

When the weather gets super hot what could be a better thing to do than make some cute little summer projects? Below are some patterns that are currently available for free, so be sure to pick up you favorites soon.
There are 3 lovely styles of knit bookmarks included in the pattern, one of which is shown in the picture above. It is the perfect pattern for making a little something special to use during your summer reading!
Free for a limited time with coupon code: time2knit
Baby Bok Choy 
by Sara Elizabeth Kellner 
 There is nothing quit like the fresh produce you can get in the summer. But how about trying to knit a baby Bok Choy? It looks very real, and can stay fresh all year long!
Available for free through August 7th 2019, no coupon code needed.
 Ice Cream Cone Amigurumi 
by Drew Hill 
And what is summer without ice cream? This sweet little crocheted amigurumi ice cream cone is the perfect non-melting summer yarn treat! And the pattern even includes instructions on how to add extra scoops, so you can keep adding to the fun.
Available for free, no coupon code needed.
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Book Review - The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Book Description
 Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn't even know is searching for her?
My Review
If possible I enjoyed this book even more than the first book in the series! It was a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. But it hardly needs to be counted as a retelling, it was an amazing story all on its own! It kept me flipping page after page in my quest to see what would happen next. had a great plot, and there were plenty of twists and turns along the way. I also really liked how the message of faith was woven into the story. It felt like a natural part of the story, and it came across in a nice way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the story of Cinderella. And even if you don't care much for the original Cinderella, you might find this is one you do like!
I received this book free from the author, Amanda Tero, for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
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