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Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Review: The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz (5 stars + FAVORITE!)

About this book:
One woman searches for love--and herself--in a wild land.

Lovely and high-spirited, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father's ties to the Shawnee Indians and her family's past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. As she faces the many trials of life on the frontier, Lael draws strength from the rugged land. But the arrival of a handsome doctor threatens her view of her world, her God, and herself. Can the power of grace and redemption break through in this tumultuous place?

This epic novel gives you a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman who would not be defeated.

My Review:
To say that Laura Frantz has created a novel that is well written doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the excellent quality of writing that is found between the pages of this novel. God has given Laura an amazing gift, and I cannot emphasis enough how much I appreciate what she's done here in Lael's story. It's a substantial 412 pages of deep, meaty substance; each word a scrumptious morsel to be savored.

It isn't very often that I read a book where the words seem to come off of the page as a beautiful, lyrical song. As I read page after page, I was truly amazed at the beautiful craftsmanship of this story. The setting so rich, that I felt I was standing right there amidst the action. I felt completely immersed in the story from beginning to end, and cared for Lael as if I knew her in real life. The characters are so vividly drawn, and so unique, I can't help but think that they'll remain with me indefinitely.

I was also greatly impressed by the tremendous amount of detail that went into illustrating the setting, characters, and Lael's private thoughts. As I read, I couldn't help but think of a magnificent piece of artwork, drawn with such intricate precision, that you can't help but be captivated and drawn in by its beauty.

I don't hesitate to say that Mrs. Frantz is a master of her craft, and has composed a novel that I would certainly read again; highly recommending to anyone who enjoys reading outstanding literature.

From the very first chapter, I new that I had happened upon a treasure. Lael's coming-of-age journey, in late 1700's Kentucke, is one that will captivate you and touch your heart for a long time to come. Add this one to the top of your list . . . with adventure, romance, faith, and a sweet story of redemption, you can't go wrong!

 Sweet Treats Rating = 5 Cupcakes!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Soul Surfer Official Trailer

Movies that inspire seem to be few and far between, but with the upcoming movie Soul Surfer, we are sure to be inspired by the true story of Bethany Hamilton.  As we all struggle with trials on this earth, we can look to a person like Bethany, and we can be inspired by this wonderful story of faith, determination, and hope.  I'm looking forward to seeing this one soon!

In the movie trailer, I especially like when Carrie Underwood's character says, "I don't know why terrible things happen to us sometimes, but I have to believe that something good is gonna come out of this."  Isn't that the hope that we all cling to when we're faced with heartache and trials?
Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.
Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.
Soul Surfer reveals Bethany's fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

Soul Surfer comes to theaters this Friday, April 8, 2011.