Thursday, 10 January 2019

{ The Daily Life Of Hailey Grace Blog Tour // victoria's book nook }

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Hey guys! I'm here today sharing an interview with a new author, Beloved! She recently published her first novel, The Dailey Life Of Hailey Grace. ;D

about the book:

For Hailey Grace, birthdays suck! She hopes with all her heart that her big day passes without gifts, or even a birthday wish. But with loving parents and two witty best friends who keep her on her toes, there’s no telling what adventure Hailey Grace will be forced to explore this time. Unexpectedly, her best friend Alex challenges her to do something she’s never done before. With that comes a whole new set of rules, and another life Hailey isn’t sure she’s quite ready for. Now questioning all that she has ever believed, she takes Alex up on the dare by asking for something that no one but God can give her. Her request also comes with a twenty-four-hour deadline. As the minutes slowly but surely tick by, Hailey’s life shifts into overdrive and she wonders if she has asked for too much too soon.


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// Interview With Beloved.



// What inspired your newest novel??   Jesus inspired my newest novel, and the desire to see a young average person really come to believe and trust God whole heartily. I never had a friend like Hailey Grace, and I always thought it would be really cool to have someone like her in my circle of friends.

 // Could you tell us a little bit about your journey to publishing?

   My journey to publishing was simply searching for a publishing house who was willing to accept my book without compromising the message, and the overall content of my novelAlthough my original plan was to self-publish, I learned a lot having taken the route that I did take. Throughout the process I’ve gained knowledge that would ultimately help me with my future publications.


 // Do you plan on writing sequels to The Daily Life Of Hailey Grace?

    Oh yes! There will be two more books in the Hailey Grace Series.

// What’s one piece of advice you would give to new authors?? 

  One piece of advice I would give to new authors is PRAY!!! Let God order your steps and direct your paths. Take your time and don’t rush the process. Enjoy every step of the journey and don’t accept anything less than God’s best. No matter what.

  // Who are some of your personal favorite authors??
     My personal favorite author is Collen Coble. I also enjoy Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, and Beverly Lewis. That’s just to name a few.


Thanks for agreeing to do an interview!
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Be sure to go pick up a copy of this book if your interested! If you have read this, what were your thoughts on it??

PS. My friend Kennedi started a blog and would appreciate it if you checked it out!!

https://itsthebearblog.wordpress.com/

Monday, 7 January 2019

[ A Bound Heart, by Laura Frantz Review // victoria's book nook ]

Hello everyone! I know, it's only Monday and your probably sick of me since I literally just posted, here I am again witha review I was required to write today. On a very good book indeed!!



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ABOUT THE BOOK 
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Title: A Bound Heart
Author: Laura Frantz 
Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing.
Length: 406 pages.
Release Date: January 2019.
Genre: Historical with light romance.
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A Bound Heart was a lovely, historical novel set it Scotland, in the mid-1700's. Frantz has such a beautiful writing style that quickly draws you in.
One thing I espicially appreciated was how well researched the history was. It was vibrant and the book was full of interetsing history. 
Lark was one of my favorite characters ever. finally, a book where the two main characters don't have a "bad past" or past tragedy so they "scared to love again" (that drives me innnnnsaaannnneeee). Magnus was also a character I loved too, he was very well rounded and his loyalty to his Father was very fresh in the Christian Fiction market. For once, a character thats not rebellious or has past regrets!
The storyline was very intruiging and pulled you in. From the ball, to the scenes on the ship, and all the way to Virginia, this book will keep you hooked until you turn the last page.
i wasn't sure what to think of the love triangle at first but it was very quickly cleared and thinsg were set straight which I very much appreciated. 
There was still a few dislikes. it was hard (at least to me) to follow along at some points, different names, Scottish words and slang made me lower my rating a bit.
I would still recommend this to people who are looking for a good clean Christian Fiction book full of history! 
I'm definitely going to be reading more by Laura Frantz in the near future, starting with A Moonbow Night. ;D

Overall rating: 4/5 stars.


“I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review through the publishers. All opinions are my own.”
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Thanks for reading! 
What were your thoughts on A Bound Heart?? Have you read anything by Laura Frantz?

See you with a new post on Friday!!






Saturday, 5 January 2019

2018 Bookish Recap Tag // victoria's book nook

Hey guys! So sorry this post is late buttttt I wrote it, then my computer died so I had to rewrite almost all of it. *sigh* But at least its here right now!
Before the tag, lets talk fave books of the year!
      

                           :: F A V O R I T E   B O O K S::

<< top faves >>

// Before We Were Yours // Lisa Wingate // OH SO HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL. WOW.
// Maya Davis series // Erynn Mangum // UM WOWWWWW, JUST GOING TO REREAD FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME NOW.
// Lauren Holbrook series // Erynn Mangum // SRSLY. WHY ARE THESE SO GOOD.
// Millie Keith series // Martha Finley // THE BEST HISTORICAL SERIES EVER.
// Anchor In The Storm // Sarah Sundin // THE BEST SUNDIN BOOK LIVING AND BREATHING.
// The Last Ride // Susan K. Marlow // OHHHH I LOVE THIS BOOK

<< SERIES >>

// Circle C. Adventures // Susan K. Marlow // SO GOOD THO
// Circle C. Milestones // Susan K. Marlow // LOVED these!
// Paige Alder // Erynn Mangum // OH. SO. GOOD.
// Ladies Of Harper Station // Karen Witemeyer // ALL THESE CHARACTERS.

<< STANDALONES >>
// The Penderwicks At Last // Jeanne Birdsall // *SOBBB*
// The Orphans Wish // Melanie Dickerson // AH AH AH
// The Sea Before Us // Sarah Sundin //  WHERES BOOK TWO
//A Distant Melody // Sarah Sundin // *dies*
// The Hope of Azure Springs // Rachel Fordham // AHHHHH such a breath of fresh air!!
// A Question Of Honor // Jesseca Wheaton // *sigh sigh sigh*
// Dandelion Dust // Faith Potts // srsly, I NEED a sequel!
// A Promise For Ellie // Lauraine Snelling // This book was so. sweet. ahhh.
// A Soldiers Freedom // Faith Potts // I got to beta read this and it was the most adorable book ever!! SO excited for release!!
// This Quiet Sky // Joanne Bischof // OOOHHHHH. So heartbreaking. SO beauuutiful. 


Now the tag!!

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// How many books did you read in 2018? (Exact if you know, or approximate if not.) 
I read 180 books in 2018. 
// Did you set a reading challenge for yourself and, if so, did you meet it?  
Yes! I planned to read 100, and then finished that in JUNE, so I went up to 130, and then later 175, then 180. ;D
// What was your most read genre this year? Least read? 
Historical!! I used to be like "meh" to historical, and read mainly contemporary but this year that changed a ton and historical is one of my favorite genres ever!!
My least read was a tie between Non Fiction and Dystopian. I read like 2 of each D: Whooooops.
// What's five of your favorite books from 2018? 
OHHHH. So hard.
Millies Grand Adventure // Martha Finley.
Miss Match // Erynn Mangum 
Cool Beans // Erynn Mangum 
The Sea Before Us // Sarah Sundin
Before We Were Yours // Lisa Wingate

// What's five of your least favorite books from 2018? 
Reckless Heart // Amy Clipston
The Hawaiian Quilt // Wanda Brunstetter
The Theory Of Happily Ever After // Kristin Billerbeck
Everything She Didn't Say // Jane Kirkpatrick
The Christmas Prayer // Wanda Brunstetter
// What new favorite author did you discover? (Not necessarily that the author is 'new', but that they became new to you this year.) 
There was so so so many! Some favorites are..
Erynn Mangum 
Faith Potts 
Sarah Sundin
Karen Witemyer 
Susan K. Marlow
// What's five of your favorite book covers from the year? 
There was SO many gorgeous book covers this year!!

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// How many books did you purchase for yourself in 2018? (Exact if you know, approximate if not.) 
I think around 120? It was less then I read so yayyyy!! So many are unread tho. o.O

// What's the longest book you read in 2018? 

Sophie's Dilemma by Lauraine Snelling at 593 pages. xD

// What's the shortest book you read in 2018? 
Snip by Abigayle Claire. It was a legit 2 pages, heheheh.

// What's your reading goal for 2019? 
Hopefully 175-200 books but right now I'm doing 99!! I'm working on "quality" not "quanity"
;)


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Thanks For reading!
 How was your 2018 reading year??

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
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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.

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 { 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?
 


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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.
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**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


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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"
I WAS NOT TALKING ABOUT ANY OF THESE,  RANDOM PICTURE. xD


-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!


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// 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

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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?!