Sunday, May 17, 2009

What's Professional Ballet Really Like?

Elizabeth White's newest book "Tour de Force" was WONDERFUL. I loved learning about the world of professional ballet and how competative it is. What it takes to be a professional ballerina. Elizabeth provides a glossery of terms but it's not overwhelming to the story. Tour de Force centers around Gillian Kincade (Laural Kincade's little sister from Off the Record) and Jacob Ferrar. Gilly was a great character. Full of life, strong and loveable. She applied her Christian beliefs and love to those around her in a tangible way. Especially to her friend Victoria. Jacob Ferrar was a great torchered hero. A man with a past that he would like to forget. His is strong, kind and protective of those he loves. Both characters are well drawn and come to life off the pages of the book. The relationship between Jacob & Gilly was believeable and well paced. We also get to see Tucker McGaughan (Cole McGaughan's brother from Off the Record). He is vying for Gilly's attention as well. They have known each other for a long time. Who will she choose in the end? The story keeps you turning pages and there is some good romantic tension along the way. You'll also find some of that good old fashioned southern humor that you come to expect from an Elizabeth White book along with tackling some of life's tougher issues. I enjoyed Tour de Force, I think you will too.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Romantic Tension at it's BEST...

Julie Lessman has done it again! Book 3 in the Daughters of Boston series was Elizabeth's (now called Lizzie) and John Brady's story.
Elizabeth has known Brady since she was 13 and now she's almost 18 and loved him most of that time. To Brady "Beth" was like a little sister to him. They shared a love of books, scripture and just had an easy friendship.
Now that Lizzie is grown up she has her sights set on John. He loves her but won't act on it because of hidden secrets in his past. Her sisters Charity and Faith give her advice on how to turn Brady's head but nothing seems to work. Then to complicate matters Brady's twin brother, Michael shows up. He sets his sight on Lizzie. Will Lizzie take Michael because he looks like Brady or will she wait for God's direction on what she should do?
I loved this story. The romantic tension between ALL the characters was fabulous. We continue to see in the lives of Collin and Faith, Mitch and Charity and of course, Patrick and Marcy. They really all play equal rolls in the book...which I love!!! I think this was my favorite of the 3 books.
I am looking forward to the next 3 books. Great job Julie!

Book I've Been Reading...

Sherry's bookshelf: read

Almost Like Being in Love
Wanted: Royal Princess Miracle Bride: Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 3
Her Rancher Bodyguard
Traces of Guilt
The Stronghold
Close to You
Protecting Her Daughter
The Goodbye Bride
The Rancher's First Love
Reclaiming His Past
Keeper of the Stars
Cold Shot
Mermaid Moon
Thin Ice
Buried Secrets
Murder at Black Lake
Christmas With Miss Austen
Falling Like Snowflakes
Married 'til Monday
Second Chance Hero

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