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This week lots of housework got done around my blog here. There is a new layout, no more broken links and a lot more interesting behind-the-scenes things! Be sure to poke around.
Books I’ve read this week (links are to my reviews):
- A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
- Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
- The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
- The Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
Books to read this week:
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
- Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt
- The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan
- Crazy by Han Nolan
Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
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Prior to his artistic and writing career, Harold Bell Wright served as a minister. In The Shepherd of the Hills he writes about a man who comes from the world of cities to the beautiful Ozark hill country. Among the people of the district, with their simple, direct ideals and way of life, he finds the peaceful atmosphere he craves, while his more intellectual philosophy and character come to be valuable elements in the lives of his new friends. From his relationship with Sammy Lane and the Matthews family arise in dramatic fashion the gripping situations and thrilling incidents that bring him into a peculiarly intimate connection with these people, their country, and their simple life.
The first time I read this book I was about 9 years old. It sat, along with several other Harold Bell Wright books, on my dad’s bookshelf. I can still feel the old cover if I close my eyes and imagine it. So it’s safe to say there’s a lot of memories held within this books pages.
I remember shortly after I read it my family took a trip to the Ozarks in Missouri. It’s pretty famous there and there is even a life showing held out doors. As I re-read the story over the last few days I found myself recalling bits and pieces of seeing it there, live on the stage.
Wright does such a fantastic job of describing his characters. From the young giant, Grant Matthews (Young Matt) to the beautiful Sammy Lane. Every character has a unique feel to him or her and.. well there just aren’t words to describe how much I enjoyed re-acquainting myself with them.
If you are a nature lover, you would love this book. If you love good, solid stories dealing with life, love, death, heartache and a return to faith, you would love this book. And even though the book is somewhat dated its principles still apply to today. This book is one of my favorites and I’m just sad I haven’t made time to revisit it sooner.
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This was my first Bloggiesta. It was fantastic – I got so much housekeeping done around my blog and learned so much. Also I met a boatload of new fantastic folks through Twitter and beefed up my Google Reader with even more feeds – this is such a great community to be a part of.
Some of my most favorite moments were chatting with Sheila from One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books, conquering my favicon (see how cute it is up there on your tab?), learning how to make my own Blog button and more!
I also found some areas that need to be fixed around here and will continue to try to make this a fun and informative place to visit.
I appreciate every one of you and want to thank you for choosing to follow my reviews and ramblings here. You make this girl very happy!
This is sort of an In my Mailbox/Library Loot type of post.
In my Mailbox (Hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren):
- The Trouble with Demons by Lisa Shearin (Completing my Raine quartet!)
I won’t be receiving many books via the mail while on vacation here in Illinois… but I do have some interesting books incoming from some book tours! So I’ll keep you posted.