Friday, November 29, 2019

Black Friday And Review of The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

Hello Friends and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

I had a wonderful time visiting with friends and today have ordered some goodies online.  A clever code for one item I ordered was GREENFRIDAY.  That came from which has eco-friendly laundry drops.  I thought I would give those a try since they were 40% off today!  I had some Kohl's cash, coupons, and sale price that brought a blender from $150 down to $28!

Some tea-themed items I ordered which you might also enjoy are:
Kimberly Shaw Graphics cards, stickers and book.  Cards are only $2 through Cyber Monday with her code SaveBig2019 AND INCLUDE a Harney and Sons teabag. 

Sample.  Click here for website.
Aren't these stickers the cutest?
CLICK to enlarge the image.

Click here to view book on Amazon,
but it is also on her website.
I also ordered June Chapko's new book.  She is an avid tea lover so her books always reference tea.  Plus she loves and shares Jesus in her stories. 
Legacy's Path (The Legacy Series Book 2) by [Chapko, June]
Click Here to view at Amazon
And now my review for:
The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen which comes out next week. Click images to enlarge.

1819, London – Thirty-one-year-old Benjamin Booker is an attorney who has risked everything for a female client he fully believes is innocent.  But, when he loses her case, his whole world comes to a crashing halt.
Distraught and frustrated he meets up with his boss at a local pub to discuss the case and his future. As they head out, they discover a scene at the home of Percival Norris, their retired colleague.  Further investigation leads to a dead body that will eventually take Benjamin on a journey to Belle Island, across the Thames and the village of Riverton where his boss has asked him to investigate.  Benjamin will do his best to remain objective and make his boss proud of him again. 
Thirty-year-old Isabelle Wilder is trapped by fear on the island, but has learned to navigate enough to be mistress of the house, despite much of her funds being tied up in a trust.  She is respected by her employees and does her best to create jobs that will help provide for them.  Everything is fairly routine, except for a beloved niece whose upcoming nuptials pull at Isabelle’s heartstrings since the wedding will be off-island.  When a stranger shows up to share the news of the death, everything changes.
Benjamin and Isabelle will have to work together, but neither fully trusts and both have debilitating issues to deal with.  There is a murderer at large and threats move ever closer to the island as the story twists and turns.
Favorite Quote: Psalms leapt out at her. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Though the waters roar and be troubled.
Lovely Tea Moment: Isabelle and Carlota sat side by side on chaise lounges in the boathouse, the double doors thrown wide to reveal the morning sunshine shimmering on the gently rippling water of the Thames. A tray of tea things sat on the small table between them, along with a plate of muffins. Isabelle had tasted them herself and filled the kettle. …A leisurely morning was a rare luxury on Belle Island … and Isabelle and Lotty were determined to enjoy it.
I enjoyed 98% of this book.  I felt the ending suddenly stretched out in an odd way, but that is perhaps my own preference. Overall, this is a very enjoyable book I would be happy to recommend.

Bethany House Publishing
© 12/3/2019
This is a stand-alone novel.  I received an ARC of this book via the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion with no further compensation or expectation.  
Julie Klassen can be found here:

Wishing you a relaxing weekend and upcoming December filled with all the joys of the Christmas season!

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