BHBR| The Promise of Dawn

Hereeee I am for another Bethany House book review! I have been falling behind in a lot of my internet-y stuff (I’m in for a life update 😉 ) mostly due to my school which I’m trying to do faithfully every day. It’s my last year and I WANT. TO. BE. DONE. FOREVER.

The Promise of Dawn

Under Northern Skies 1.

By Lauraine Snelling

My rating- 4.5 stars



To start off, I will say that as soon as I started reading this book I realized it was very different from what I normally read. But I liked it a lot! It more focused on a family…not so much a couple’s relationship.


What I think about…

~Signe. She’s the main character. A mother of three, once widowed–but now is remarried to a good man. When her husband decides to move to America (from Norway) Signe faces many difficulties especially as she is expecting her fourth child. Throughout the book I love how she steps up and helps out. She’s very patient with Tante Gerd…and that bears fruit. 

~Rune. Rune is Signe’s husband. He makes he decision to leave Norway for many reasons. One of the big reasons was that in America they were promised land of their own. That’s a big deal! I like how he works so hard when he arrives in America despite not being used to the work. One thing I didn’t like towards the beginning is that he didn’t stand up to his ‘boss’ when he’s mean and bullying Rune’s family.

~The plot. I’ll be honest. I had a hard time getting into the story at first because it went a little slow. I felt a little bored at first mostly because I didn’t know what was going on. Things got more interesting when they arrived in America (more specifically at their relatives’ farm).

~Their relatives. I like Tante Gerd later in the story, but at first she’s not very likable. As for Onkel Einar… not a fan. He’s mean, and grumpy, not very moral–and a slave driver. Besides his name I don’t really like him. And I didn’t like him any better in the end.


It felt like home.

This is one thing that I loved about the book. Lauraine describes her details very well. I can smell the sourdough bread baking, I can pretend I’m churning the butter. It just feels like home. Even the wood chopping. Not that I do any of these things at my home. It’s more just that she gives you those details and it feels believable and gives me a happy feeling inside as I’m reading it.

In short, this book felt believable because the things that you would expect to happen at a farm—happen. 



Note: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. As it was an honest review…a positive review wasn’t required. I could’ve said I hated it and not gotten in trouble. 😀

Emmaline Lucille (1)

WIRW # 4.

Welcome once again to another installment of What I Read Wednesday!

What -say you, are the chosen reviews for today? The first The Spinner and the Slipper is by Camryn Lockhart. The other book I’m reviewing is Augustine’s Confessions. Here we go!


The Spinner and the Slipper

By Camryn Lockhart

My rating- 5 stars

Wraparound cover found here


Genre: Fantasy fiction

This retelling had me gripped from the start. Mainly because I was curious to see how Camryn would weave Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin together. The synopsis for the book has been provided this time. Look at the wraparound cover!

My Thoughts…

// It was an interesting twist on the two fairy tales.

// It was an enjoyable, well written book.

// The characters were interesting, and I love Eliana’s confusion at one part of the book.

// The increase of tension got at me, and made me want to know how it would end.

// The romance was interesting, and unexpected.

//The inclusion of fey in this story made for some interesting developments.

*I read this book in one sitting. I do that when I can’t put the book down. 🙂

Augustine’s Confessions

by Augustine of Hippo

A new translation by Henry Chadwick

My rating 4.5 stars


*It is important to realize that this book is pretty much Augustine of Hippo’s autobiography. It is full of his musings and personal feelings/struggles.

My thoughts…

// While not the easiest read ever, it is profitable.

// I found Augustine’s struggles with different heresies to be both interesting and informative.

// Hint: You may need to skip over certain parts/ reread them if they confuse you. I skim-read certain portions because I got a leetle bit confuzzled at times.

// All-in-all Augustine’s confessions are confessions to God of his sins- you really get to see Augustine’s heart before God.

// It’s pretty crazy/amazing that he could remember so fully, so many of his sins– and confess them. I mean it’s hard enough to confess to others–but to thousands of readers? (yeah, I know he’s dead.) He had God-given courage.

// Discretion: I think that because of certain of Augustine’s sins…that I might only recommend this to maturer readers. I don’t think that younger readers would survive long reading it anyways, they’d probably get too confused.

// I would never have picked up Augustine’s Confessions on my own. So I am thankful that I had to read it for my Gileskirk Christendom (humanities, history, etc.) course.

NOTE: I don’t know if there is an easier translation or not. I suppose this translation might be as easy as it gets.

What books haven’t you been able to put down of late?

What books have been difficult for you to read?

What books have challenged you?

What are y’all reading right now?