BHBR| Beloved Hope

Well lookie here! It’s my monthly review for Bethany House. Ever since I read and reviewed Treasured Grace I had hoped I would get to review this book (and I want to review the rest of the series too!).

 Beloved Hope

Heart of the Frontier Book #2.

By Tracie Peterson

My rating- 5 stars

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I love this sequel!

I am absolutely in love with this series so far. I love the prairie setting and the characters. I was happy to see that Tracie also included characters from Treasured Grace (and they were a pretty big part of it, in fact!).

To me this story is filled with journeys.

Hope’s journey, Grace’s continuing journey, Mercy’s journey (I loved how we get a view of her before her story comes out!), Lance’s journey, etc.

When I was done I had a moment of WOW. We went from anger, pain, misery, bitterness–to sweet, loving, trusting in God. This is so amazing. But let’s get a little specific here…

Hope is a lovely character

In the first book we see her as somewhat fickle and flighty. With her string of suitors and her flirtatious mannerisms. But wow! Character development, people.

She’s gone through a lot (read the other book for that) and it shows. I am glad I got to peek into her story as I identified more with her than Grace 😉 .

Re-visitation of old characters

I love when people use their old characters. It’s not so much reusing them as revisiting them. Alex, Grace, Mercy, and other characters return.

Intro to Mercy

Mercy is the sister who seeks education. You have Grace–the healer, Hope the romantic, and now Mercy the learner. I fully expect her to find someone when she goes for school but…for now she’s single. 😉 She’s also very young at the moment. (but prairie days were different)

One thing I like about her is how she doesn’t just go with the flow and marry one of those random proposal guys. (there’s a shortage of woman and plenty of men who need-want wives 😆 .) There are several jerks where they live btw so expect it.

She has dreams of her own, and yet she’s willing to conform her dreams to God’s will. Can’t wait for Cherished Mercy.

And then there’s Lance…

I wasn’t expecting much of a link with the main dude and the first book, so I was surprised when one occurred. This story is told in about the same perspective style as Treasured Grace. It switches from Hope to Lance on a regular basis.

I love the development between Lance and Alex. I am not going to spoil anything that the synopsis wouldn’t spoil so no more details. Just know I liked it. 😉

One part is ermmmmm…

When we get there…there’s a part right after someone gets married where I think it went borderline too close. I didn’t personally feel very comfortable at how close we got to ‘too much’. Basically, it was there to show how someone overcame their difficult past–but I think it could’ve been shown in other less suggestive ways.

 

 

Otherwise, I loved it! You should read it. Just read Treasured Grace first (book one). 😀

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Note: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions here expressed are my own. 

 

 

Photography Spotlight…|Q.L.P

This is a Quick Lil’ Post I have planned on doing for a little while. I am going to ‘spotlight’ some of my favoritest role-model photographers and also introduce you to some less-known photographers who are emerging and well-worth your follow.

So let’s get this thing on the road.

😉 My Role Models 😉

 

  1. Sonja Adcock Photography. Sonja is a photographer based in Pennsylvania. I love her work and especially how she uses light. Her style is soft and she specializes in artistic child photography. You can check her out here.

  2.  Photography by Britton. I probably should’ve mentioned these guys first! They are almost 100% my biggest photography role models. They’re a husband and wife photography team (I’m a big fan of that 😀 ) and they travel all over the place to photograph people. They specialize in (pretty much everything) weddings. Their official website can be found here. 

  3. Brittany Elise Photography. Brittany has a very unique style. I love the type of softness her portraits demonstrate. They really are very unique and I think you should check her out. She’s based in Tampa Florida, and specializes in newborn. Check out her website here. 

  4. Madison Photography. This is another big favorite of mine. I just love how colorful Madison’s images are. They’re so so pretty. I follow her on Instagram and lemme tell ya’–her stuff brightens my feed. Madison’s style is ‘creative, bright, colorful, sharp and airy’. Go check her out here. 

 

And that will have to wrap this part up for now. There are so many others I could’ve spotlighted but this will have to do it for now. I know these photographers will get you motivated to keep being a photographer or at least to enjoy looking at other people’s photography. 😉

 

 

❤ Lesser-Known Photographers ❤

This section hasn’t got very many in it as I only put people down if I really love their work and respect them. Truth is, there are a lot of lesser-known photographers out there. When I day lesser known I really just mean emerging, newer, or not started a business yet. So here’s my list.

  1. Sarah Leana Photography. I will be spotlighting her again just as soon as her official website is up but for now I’ll just direct you to her blog. It’s a newer blog but just so you know she’s amazing! Sarah has been a best friend of mine and my family’s for a very long time. She specializes in senior portraits (she took mine if you were wondering). Go and give her a follow! (Her family is going through tough times right now which I highlighted in this post.) Her style is classic, and you can go check out the rest here. 

  2. Natasha Ann Photography. Natasha is a photographer I found online maybe two or three years ago (I am awful at time, it might have been more recently 😉 ) . I found her through her sister’s blog–but I love her blog! She has a really neat natural style. another thing about her style is that she doesn’t edit much. It’s an unusual thing to see but her quality shines through! You should follow her. She has two blogs–one for everything and the other more specifically for photography.

And that is literally it! I told ya’ I didn’t put very many down. 🙂 There are others but I am not currently following very many yet (I have to find them first!).

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New Website Design…

Perhaps some of you have noticed my drastic change on The Misty Mountain. I have completely changed my website look! I chose to use two complementary colors (orange and blue) because I am semi in love with that look. I am also attempting to adopt better structure. This is going to be a bit bumpy (especially since I’m not done designing my website yet) but I am glad for all y’all’s patience. Thank you, guys- for following my blog, and hopefully I can start being more accommodating to what y’all want to see.

Have y’all taken my survey yet?

If you haven’t, hop over to it and vote! At the end of two weeks I’ll use the biggest voted choice and do a post on the winning thing. Basically the survey is really just a poll asking what kind of posts you most want to see. If you’d like to more of something else (not listed) then please comment on the poll with what it is. And as a side note when I mentioned photography, it more refers to very basic things. I have a photography website (as you know) where the most of photography is mentioned.

My blog header

Now that y’all have seen my header- what do you think? Do you like it? I am working on some other blog-related design stuff, so if you have suggestions- please share them!

Thank you!

~Emmaline

The Q & A Tag

 

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Hello!

Something a teensy bit different for today. I was tagged by Natasha of Looking Through My Lens for the Q and A Tag. I am looking forward to doing this, Natasha, and thank you for tagging me!

The 10 Questions

1) What is one of your favorite blogs?
Since I am a dreadful cheater I will give more than one 😉 . So I hope that’s okay? I generally like blogs that are in my range of interest: 
a. I like Natasha Hannu’s blogs. (looking through my lens and Natasha Ann Photography)
c. And also Allison’s blog called A Farm Girl’s Life
2) A favorite kind of candy?
I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Oh, they are SO good. Only thing is that they are sometimes way too sweet for me. I also like fudge as a close second. 
3) If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose? 
A PANDA BEAR!!!! Oh, they are so cute. Mom says they are really not very nice, but how could anyone resist this face?
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4) What is one of your most amazing memories?
Going to my grandparent’s house and playing on their lake (tubing, swimming, jet-ski-ing) has always been a memory that I treasure. 
5) What is your favorite board\card game?
Board game: Settlers of Catan. 
Card Game: Rummy 500. 
6) Do you have a dream car?
Mostly I joke about my dream cars, but I actually really like the ones I joke about 😀 . 
I would have to say a limousine (I like hot dog cars) or a punch bug. 
7) If there was one thing you would like to get better at, what would it be?
Being a better conversationalist and putting others before myself. I would also love to get better at photography.
8) What are three countries you would like to visit someday?
a. New Zealand
b. Ireland
c. Scotland
9) Which do you like better roses or lilacs?
Roses. Sorry to be cliche, but to me–they are the most beautiful ever. (My favorite flower is actually the hydrangea, funny thing.). 
10) How would you describe your style (with fashion)?
Strangely this is probably the hardest question for me to answer, the reason being that how I WANT to dress and how I ACTUALLY dress- are very different! I actually love clothing from the 1940’s (mostly the dresses) and also dresses from the Victorian period. And for some strange reason I love prairie clothing, too! The way I dress though, typically- is skirts and t-shirts. I also wear jeans and tunics. 

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I’m Tagging…

Caroline @Carabelle Photography

Maggie @Maggie’s Butterfly Kisses

Allison @A Farm Girl’s Life

 

The Questions

1) What is your favorite thing to do during your spare time?
2) What is your favorite thing to blog about?
3) What is one quote that inspires you?
4) An author who inspires you?
5) A favorite Bible verse?
6) Something that you did to challenge yourself?
7) What is the MOST exciting thing that ever happened to you?
8) Are you are jewelry wearer, and if so- what is your favorite type of jewelry to wear (necklace, earrings, bracelet, etc)?
9) What is one thing in your life that was difficult for you, but that you later realized was used for your good?
10) What is your favorite genre of music?

The Rules…

*Thank the blogger who nominated you
*Answer the questions you were given
*Nominate other bloggers
*Write out your ten questions
*Let them know they’ve been tagged
~Emmaline