Friday, 21 December 2018

[ A Horse For Elsie by Linda Byler // Victoria's Book Nook ]

SO SORRY. again. xD I menat to post yesterday but I totally was so tired so I decided to be super lazy and just post on Friday instead of Thursday and Saturday. And yes. Another book review -- don't kill me!! xDDD

      A Horse For Elsie by Linda Byler

I was absolutely blown away by how lovely and darling and BEAUTIFUL this book was! *s i g h* This was truly Amish fiction at its best, it was so nice to see characters with NO past breakups or hurt or blah blah blah. xP
Elsie was such a fabulous character. Her family was poor and she wasn't a spoiled brat. Elam was also a really well crafted character.I loved how he wasn't perfect and flawless and he had an interest in Elsia since they were kids. 
AHHHHH I overall adored this sweet, Christmas-y story! I would rate it 4.5/5 stars.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

[ Emmanuel by Angela R. Watts Review // victoria's book nook ]

Yes, Angela sent this to me today, and yes, I've already read it, and yes, this is a review the same day. Um wow. thats record.


 { Emmanuel // Angela R. Watts } 

"Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. . ."

In dystopian America, with civil unrest and wars among the states, illegal activity is rampant and only the strongest survive. Reese Burns is one of the strong fighters. He doesn’t need Jesus to fight, either.

Ezekiel, a ten-year-old child living in a fight dome, insists he get the answer about the story of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Reese sets out to find the boy the best gift he’s capable of giving. The story of Jesus. The story only brings Reese pain at first, but then he’s forced to make a choice when a miracle happens. Can Reese choose faith in an unseen God in the midst of chaos?


I've been seeing Emmanuel all over Goodread's altely so when Angela was offering review copies of this sweet story, I eagerly requested it. Wow. 
The whole overall message that was incorperated in this short story was amazing and definitely needs to be in more Christian Fiction
I wasn't sure what to think of Reese at first, but near the end, I ended up liking him and Ezekiel a lot.
The whole story really blew me away, and the very unqiue setting really drew me in. 
I totally recommend this very sweet and short Christmas story!! Angela has so much talent and I can't wait to read more by her in the future.  

                  5/5 Stars.

**A special thanks to the author for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review**

Also, there is going to be another super special post on Thursday and then a Christmas book review on Saturday! So stay tuned!!

Saturday, 15 December 2018

[ The Christmas Tag // Victoria's Book Nook ]

Hey guys! Sorry about missing yesterday's post, but today we are going to be doing a Christmas tag!!

ALSO, I finally decorated for Christmas in my room and set up my Christmas tree so pictures to come later!! 
             1 // What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Either, It Happened On Fifth Avenue or Christmas in Connecticut! I love them both a lot, they have super fun plots!!

2// Have you ever had a White Christmas?
EVERY YEAR. Actually. I think. I think one year it was kinda grassy but we have a few feet of snow every year around Christmas.
picture from google. 

3// Where do you usually spend the holidays?
We always stay home for Christmas Day and then after Christmas visit family. ;D

4// What is your favorite Christmas song?
I really like "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Tenth Avenue North, its one of my favorites!! 

     5// Do you open any Christmas gift's on Christmas Eve?
No, we actually never have! We always save everything for Christmas Day on the 25th. ;D


6// Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Definitely not! We were never into Santa Claus, xD

7// What Christmas Tradition are you forward to most this year?
Hmmm. I really love Christmas morning, opening gifts and Christmas dinner is my FAVORITE. *licks lips* *dies*

8// Is your tree fake or real?
Guys. IT IS FAKE! *sob* Allllll I want for Christmas is a real treeeee! Maybe next year?? We have NEVER, EVER had one, it's sooooo sad!! 


   9// What is your all-time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?

OOOOOHHH. SO HARD. I really love these cookies we make called cranberry shortbread cookies, and I LOVE gingerbread so. much. ahhhhhh. And I also really like Candy Canes, I still need to buy some for my Christmas tree!!

10// Do you like giving or receiving gifts more?
I really love both! Usually, I buy people books and that is SO much fun but I do love receiving gifts!

11// What is the best gift you've ever received?
Besides the gift of family and FRIENDSSS, probably the entire Road to Avonlea boxed set. That show is my absolute favorite thing ever so I was SO EXCITED about it!! :DDD

12// What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Ooh, I actually love spending Christmas at home, but I would love to go to a cabin in the mountains with trees and lots of snow! Perhaps Banff or Jasper? It is gorgeous there!

13// Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I wouldn't say I was amazing at wrapping gifts but I'm not horrible. Kind of in between. xD 

14// Most memorable holiday moment?
Hmm. I'm not sure exactly! 

15// Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?
This year, it was to read 100 books. I finished that in June, so I would say I stuck to that!!

17// What makes the Holiday feel special to you?
Probably snow. I hear those fellow Canadian's groaning, xD I just couldn't imagine Christmas without snow!! It definitely makes Christmas special. ;D


Thanks for reading! Again, sorry about the late post! Next week, we are going to be reviewing some Christmas books, so be sure to check back for that!!

Friday, 7 December 2018

[ Goodbye November, Hello CHRISTMASSSS // victoria's book nook ]

Helllloooo again, everyone! Here I am, on this freezing December evening, sipping the last of my TEA (*gasp!*) and preparing to write about how fast adn boring my November was. Ahem. *sip*

// November was CRAZY and BUSY and HARDDDDD. But at least I read a lot, and that's all that counts, right?! xDDD Let's get specific....

// random
-checking if my espresso was well pounded, ( 😏 ), andddd . . . . nope. just nope.
-a regular caffeinated cup of coffee with only one espresso shot (too lazy to ground decaf....#regret) = feeling like my appendix erupted even tho I've never experienced that?? It's more like what I thought it would be like ..... xDDDD *lets-just-stick-to-decaf-okay?*

-I bent the corner of A Rebel Heart ..... *sob* the book wasn't even that good but still, such a beautiful copy. #RIPbook

-realizing I have like 3 of the same songs by different people on my Christmas playlist?? [ also, lets forget my Spotify name...... 👀🙈😂 ]

-Realizing just how many Christian Fiction books have the whole "guy-has-past-hurt-but-then-he-meets-this-girl-and-wow-shocker-they-get-over-their-heartbreak-together" yep. i've had more then enough. xD I assure you, this will one day be made into a full post. Ahem. Actually, it's on my notes right now, "Things That Are Way Overused In Christian Fiction"

-read a book that's been on my TBR for over two years. SOOOO AMAZING. 😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍

-read another book i thought i would never read!

-Aparently I am TERRIBLE at pronunciation like how was I supposed to remember "choir" was pronounce "qu-er" not "chore" 😂👀👏🏻

// r a n d o m
-cleaned my room. that's a first 😂🙌🏻
-read. like a TON.
-i bought five books, another FIRST!!
-post several reviews !! be sure to go check them out. 😉
-I made coffee syrup 👀
-i srsly write a corny play for LA and yeah, it was AWFUL....

// m u s i c 
-Brand New // Ben Rector, ahhh, this song is so great!!! one of my favorites ever!!!
-Drive // Ben Rector this one is also awesome!!
-Dancing Like A Kid // Willow City, I used to never listen to this bc of the name but it's actually amazinggggg
Goodbye Summer // Danielle Bradberry, i used to hateeeee this song but recently i've just really loved it!
-With One Voice // Willow City, this one is also a new favorite!! Willow City has some amazing music!

// b o o k s

-Brotherly Love // Catherine Marshall // 3 stars
-Little Amish Lizzie // Linda Byler // 5 stars
    -Admirable // Sarah Holman // 4 stars
    - Defined // Sarah Holman // 4 stars
    -The Fairest Beauty // Melanie Dickerson // 5 stars
    -Faithful // Rebekah Morris // 4 stars
-Honor All Men // Rebekah Morris // 3 stars
-At Christmas Lodge // Rebekah Morris // 3.5 stars
-Snip // Abigayle Claire // 4 stars.
-Never A Bridesmaid // Janice Thompson // 4.5 stars.
-Emma's Secret // Veda Boyd Jones //3 stars
-Meg Follows A Dream // Norma Jean Lutz // 3.5 stars.
-The Huntress Of Thornbeck Forest // Melanie Dickerson // 5 stars.
-Everything She Didn't Say // Jane Kirkpatrick // DNF 
-Then There Was You // Kara Isaac // 4.5 Stars
-The Captive Maiden // Melanie Dickerson // 5 stars
-Through Waters Deep // Sarah Sundin // 5 stars
-Midnight Rescue // Catherine Marshall / 2 stars
-Anchor In The Storm // Sarah Sundin // 5 stars
-No Other Will Do // KAren Witemeyer // 4.5 stars
-Worth The Wait // Karen Witemeyer // 5 stars
-Heart On The Line // Karen Witemeyer // 4 stars
-Violets Hidden Doubts // Martha Finley // 5 stars

a grand total of 21 books. xD

// m o v i e s
-The Holiday Calendar
-The Princess Switch 
-The Christmas Wedding Planner
-The Little Mermaid (live action)
-When Calls the Heart
Anddd, a bunch more that I totally can't remember xDD
// p h o t o   d u m p

Andddd that was my November!! How was yours??
Next month is going to be SUPER busy with Christmas, my sister flying home from college, and also a wedding and family coming to visit!!
See y'all with a book review on TUESDAY!!
PS: My blog got christmas-a-fied! What are your thoughts on it?!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

{ Behold Blog Tour + Interview with Faith Potts // Victoria's Book Nook }

                            { Behold by Faith Potts. }
A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior
From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster children in the US…
From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family...
You’ll be swept into the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these pages. The storylines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with settings scattered across America and beyond.
Behold the beauty of the Savior’s birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul and bless the heart.

Purchase Link ; HERE
Faith's Sites:  Website // Writing Blog // Faith Blog

// What was your inspiration for your latest release, Behold?
In the latter half of this summer, I started thinking about publishing a short story collection. I sorted through some I’d previously written and ideas I had for others. There was quite a variety of different genres, but I realized I had plenty of good Christmas stories and ideas for a book. :)

// How long did it take you to complete Behold?
As I said, Behold is a collection of short stories, and I didn’t write them all back-to-back. I wrote the original drafts to some of the stories nearly three years ago and re-wrote them for publication. So, technically three years, though most of the ‘work’ happened this fall.

// What was the hardest part of the process for your new release?
I don’t like to consider any part of a book’s journey to publication ‘bad’, but for this particular one, I’d say the actual publishing was the most difficult. I recently swapped to a different self-publishing platform, so there was (naturally) some aggravating kinks to work through.

// What are some of your personal favorite Christmas books?
Oooh, good question! A Christmas Peril by Diane Moody is probably my #1 favorite. As in Olden Days by Jesseca Wheaton and Where Treetops Glisten by Sarah Sundin, Cara Putman, and Tricia Goyer were also super good.

// What’s one of your favorite Christmas Traditions?
I absolutely adore Christmas music. Unlike some, I don’t listen *too* early so that I don’t tire of it, but I’ll have Christmas music blaring for at least six weeks during this time of year.

// How was your journey to publishing Behold, different then your other two books, Love Needs No Words and Dandelion Dust?
For one thing, the editing-to-publication was a much shorter time gap. From the time I had the idea until release day was about four months, unlike the six-ish months each with Dandelion Dust and Love Needs No Words. It was also the first time I had the chance to offer the Kindle version for pre-order, so that was cool. ;)

Thanks for doing this interview! Loved your answers, Faith!! I am super excited for your collection. :D

Be sure to go grab your copy on KINDLE todya or wait for a lovely papeback coming by the end of the week on!!