Throwback Thursday: Angels Watching Over Me

Happy Thursday!

I hope you are doing well. Do you love Throwback Thursday? Here’s a Throwback Thursday read by Micheal Phillips for you. It’s Angels Watching Over Me, the first book in the Shenandoah Sisters series. It came out in 2003. Have you read it?

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About the Book

Book 1 of SHENANDOAH SISTERS. Two young Southern girls, one the daughter of a plantation owner and one the daughter of a slave, barely survive the onset of the Civil War and the loss of both their families. When these tragic circumstances bring them together, they join forces to discover if they can make a life for themselves. As their preconceptions give way to experience, they gradually learn to value their contrasting and complementing strengths and skills as they face the formidable task of keeping body and soul together in the aftermath of this devastating war. But is it possible the Lord they have come to know has something bigger in mind for the plantation than either of them can imagine?

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About the Author

MICHAEL PHILLIPS (b.1946), one of many in a rising generation of spiritual offspring of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and the legacy of the Inklings, has made it his life’s passion to promote the teachings of these giants of the past.

Following the tradition of C.S. Lewis, he stands with others through the years who have shared a vision to awaken interest in the man known as the “Father of the Inklings,” including the names Kilby, Yates, Hein, Sadler, Reis, Robb, Amell, Triggs, Raeper, and many contributors to this important work. Through their efforts, MacDonald’s legacy lives on in the lives of thousands of spiritual grandsons and granddaughters.

Michael Phillips is widely known as George MacDonald’s redactor, publisher, and biographer, whose vision and editorial expertise-building upon the forerunning work of C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Yates, and Rolland Hein-helped bring MacDonald back from obscurity in the 1980s when his realistic novels had been nearly forgotten. Author and editor of over 100 books, Phillips’ efforts helped ignite the MacDonald renaissance of recent years. As one of those responsible for the widespread renewal of MacDonald’s influence, Phillips is recognized as among the world’s foremost purveyors of MacDonald’s message, with particular insight into the Scotsman’s heart and spiritual vision.

Michael Phillips is considered to be one of the most versatile and prolific Christian authors of our time. To those unfamiliar with his work, the question, “What kind of books does Michael Phillips write?” has no easy answer. He began his distinguished writing career in 1977 with several non-fiction titles. Since that time, he has authored over twenty non-fiction books, most notably dealing with the nature and character of God and the Fatherhood of God. After turning to the writing of novels in the mid – 1980s, Phillips has penned some sixty fiction titles of great variety. The enormous breadth of his faithful audience is testimony that his writings are universal in their appeal. Most of his series have been best sellers in the Christian market.

In the 1970s Michael Phillips discovered the writings of Victorian Scotsman George MacDonald, whose books were foundational in leading C.S. Lewis out of atheism into Christianity. Phillips soon made it his life’s work and passion to bring to public attention the literary and spiritual links between MacDonald and Lewis. If MacDonald is the “father of the Inklings,” Phillips calls himself one of thousands of “sons of the Inklings.” Inspired by the groundbreaking work of two other pioneers with similar vision to his own, authoress Elizabeth Yates and Wheaton’s Dr. Rolland Hein, Phillips recognized that MacDonald’s realistic fiction novels were in precarious danger of being lost to history. He knew that new publication avenues were needed. To accomplish the goal of bringing MacDonald’s name back into prominence, he set about preparing and releasing updated and edited editions of MacDonald’s novels, as well as republishing MacDonald’s novels, sermons, and poems in their original editions.

His multi-dimensional efforts resulted in a new generation of readers having access to MacDonald’s books again for themselves. Phillips is also known as George MacDonald’s biographer. His George MacDonald, Scotland’s Beloved Storyteller, was the first major biography of MacDonald produced in the U.S. and remains one of the best selling MacDonald biographies of all time.

As his own volume of work reaches a stature of significance in its own right, Phillips is regarded, like Lewis and Hein before him, as one of many successors to MacDonald’s vision and spiritual legacy for a new generations.

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Post by Contributor Allyson Anthony

Book Review: Taking A Chance on the Enemy by Liwen Y. Ho

Happy Monday! Today on Diversity Between the Pages we’re featuring a review on Taking a Chance on the Enemy by Liwen Y. Ho.

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About the Book

She’s an art teacher used to coloring outside the lines. He’s the straight-laced cop who pulled her over. Sparks fly when she decides to take a chance on the enemy.

Feisty and adventurous, art teacher Sam Koo is used to getting what she wants, including talking her way out of traffic tickets. When it comes to money matters though, she’s a lost cause. Her studio is in trouble, and there’s no way of charming herself out of this mess.

Police officer Lucas Choi is the last person she expects to rescue her. Handsome and rule-abiding, he was the best—and worst—part of her high school experience. When they meet a decade later, he’s still on her case and quick to point out her flaws.

Their differences drive each other crazy, but also draw them closer. The attraction is tangible, yet so are Sam’s fears. Will she choose to protect her heart or trust the only man who ever rejected her?

Each book in the Taking Chances on Love series is a standalone and can be read separately. To follow the stories as they occur in the overall timeline, feel free to read them in this order:

Taking a Chance on Mr. Wrong – Book Two

Taking a Chance on the Heartbreaker – Book One

Taking a Chance on the Enemy – Book Three

*Taking a Chance on the Enemy was formerly titled Drawn to You. This story was edited and rereleased with a new cover for your reading pleasure.

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My Review:

This is my first time reading anything by Liwen Y. Ho, and I truly enjoyed reading how opposite personalities attract. Sam Koo, an artist whose studio is on the edge of bankruptcy and is disorganized, is the complete of Lucas Choi, a police officer who is organized and a stickler for not breaking rules. They have known each other from school and drove each other crazy back then. They meet up again when Lucas pulls Sam over. This is an easy to read, sweet book as well as the chemistry and tension between the two characters. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

About the Author

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots).

In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary. She loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children.

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Book Review: The Perks of Meddling

Happy Wednesday!

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on Christy Barritt’s The Perks of Meddling. Be sure to add it to you TBR pile if you haven’t yet.

About the Book

She’s determined to work this case—with or without permission . . .

Investigator-wannabe Elliot Ransom doesn’t have much clout with the PI firm that recently hired her. When she meets a woman whose “riffraff” sister has gone missing, Elliot can’t resist the urge to help—despite her boss’s stern warning to stay away. But her snooping may prove as dangerous as the jungle she left behind.

As Elliot digs deeper, the underbelly of wealthy Storm River bubbles to the surface. Following the advice found in her father’s old journal, Elliot tracks the killer. But the more she uncovers, the more of a target she becomes. Could a little meddling lead to a vast amount of trouble?

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My Thoughts

The Perks of Meddling continues with Elliot Ransom getting herself involved in another mystery but this time with the disappearance of a woman.  The book was filled with twists and turns and the ending at the book was a surprise. I cannot wait to find out what Eliot’s going to get into next in book 3 and which guy she’s going to end up with: Michael or Detective Hunter.  

About the Author

Christy Barritt

USA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”

Christy, a Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author, writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.

She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.

Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She has more than seventy books published with nearly two million copies sold.

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First Line Friday: The Art of Eavesdropping

It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line. The book we’re featuring on Diversity Between the Pages is The Art of Eavesdropping (The Sidekick’s Survival Guide Book 1) by Christy Barritt!

And the first line is…

I used to feel I had the whole world in front of me.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Missionary kid Elliot Ransom is restless after moving from her beloved Amazon home to a wealthy DC suburb. Though Storm River, Virginia, is beautiful, it’s also a playground for haughty politicians and wealthy playboys. She’s never felt so out of place.

Becoming an assistant to a hotshot private investigator changes everything . . .

Expecting to help with filing and background checks, Elliot is shocked when she’s catapulted into the frontlines of a murder investigation instead. While trying to prove their client innocent, she’s forced from the administrative role she usually plays. The change is surprisingly invigorating.

Learning the art of investigating shouldn’t be so dangerous . . . but this case just might be as dicey as the new town Elliot is living in. Could a little harmless eavesdropping lead to a big disaster?

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Let me know the first line of the book closest to you and then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!


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