The Enchanting Rose: 12th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange

Edifying fellowship is important, especially for believers. That’s why I’ve been delighted to connect with other Christian ladies over a cup of tea – even though we live many miles apart.

Last fall, I posted about my participation in the 11th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange, hosted by Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose. This spring, I was blessed to participate in the 12th Annual Exchange, and it proved to be just as lovely as the last.

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This year, I was assigned to Tamela to send a tea cup package to. I enjoyed searching for a pink floral teacup to include in her package as well as putting together a variety of other goodies.

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I love the combination of delicate pink roses with blue wildflowers, and I was delighted to send it to Tamela. 🙂

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My toddler and I were taking a walk one April afternoon amid piles of snow from our late-season blizzard when an exciting package appeared in the mail – long before I was beginning to expect it!

What a delight to unwrap the beautiful treasures sent by Sarah R, and how fun to learn that she and I have much in common, including our home state!

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Such an overwhelming and beautiful array of elegant items!

  • A handwritten letter, a photo, Minnesota booklets, two sermon CDs, a business card for Sarah’s Etsy shop, and several fun sticky notes explaining each item in the package!
  • Hamburger/grilling seasoning that looks delicious and will be sure to be used this summer

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  • Two handmade potholders with cheery bird and wildflower designs. I love the colors, patterns, thickness and size of these!
  • A leaf-shaped tea bag holder – so gorgeous! I’m already using this every day to hold my daily vitamins or fruit slices as well as for a tea bag or spoon.

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  • An elegant mug rug Sarah sent me from Stephanie’s own Etsy shop!
  • An assortment of delightful teas including Throat Coat, peppermint, holiday berry, an amazing-smelling cinnamon tea, and an entire box of our favorite kind of tea: Good Earth Sweet and Spicy

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  • Spring floral napkins for a tea party
  • A handy and beautiful set of notepaper for lists, memos, and reminders, featuring butterflies and wildflowers – some of my favorites!
  • A set of blue notecards with a design representing Minnesota lakes 🙂
  • A snowman tea mug that coordinates with my set of winter snowman dishes!

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  • And this breathtaking tea cup and saucer! Light blue and springtime wildflowers: this just might be my favorite tea cup that I’ve ever seen! It’s exactly my style, and I’m thrilled with it!

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Thank you SO much, Sarah, for such a wonderful and thrilling package! I was surprised and delighted by each item, and the thought and love you wrapped into the package is a blessing. May God richly bless you!

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If you’re here from Stephanie’s blog, thanks so much for visiting my little corner here – I’m delighted you’ve stopped by, and I wish you love, blessings, and joy as you browse the other tea cup photos.

If you’d like to be notified when Stephanie hosts future tea cup and mug exchanges, you can sign up for one notification here.

Have a lovely day, my friends! I’d love it if you’d continue our conversation in the comments. What methods have you found to continue fellowship with others, especially at times where other believers may be geographically distant?

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At Her Fingertips Party & Giveaway

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Kellyn Roth is releasing Book 3 of The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy: At Her Fingertips, and she’s celebrating with a fantastic blog party!

I’ve read Book 1 of the series and thoroughly enjoy the old-fashioned historical clean feel of the story. I look forward to reading the sequels and am excited about the sound of this book! And isn’t the cover gorgeous?

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At Her Fingertips (Book #3, featured novel)

Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry him. However, Alice struggles to make her feelings reconcile with her goals.

Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.

With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?

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The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy

If you haven’t begun the series yet, start with the first two books:

The Dressmaker’s Secret (Book #1)

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

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Ivy Introspective (Book #2)

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

After much thought, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for girls and boys like her. However, scared and worried away from her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remained lost in her own mind forever?

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Author Bio

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Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at kellynrothauthor.com

 

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Kirk ManningCharacter Spotlight!

Name: Jeremy Kirk Manning
Age: 19
Date of Birth: April 20, 1860

Family: Kirk’s parents are James “Jim” and Katherine “Katie” Manning. He has a little sister, Lizzy, who is eleven. He’s always been very close to his parents and little sister. He doesn’t know of any other family.

Background: Kirk grew up outside the small village of Creling. As a boy, he became a stablehand at nearby Pearlbelle Park. His father was often ill and could rarely work, so his mother took in laundry and mending. He had a hard life, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have time for some fun—including spending time with Alice Knight, daughter of the house. At fourteen he saved the life of Ivy Knight by taking her home after she got lost in a snowstorm. Having earned the gratitude of the family, they paid his way through boarding school and college.

Personality: ENFJ (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, judging). He is very loyal to his family and friends and never gives up on those he loves. He’s generally friendly and open to new people, and he works hard for his goals both in his work and personal life. Kirk does have a terrible temper and can hold a grudge for a time, but he does tend to forgive his friends easily, just wanting to go back to a peaceful relationship. His greatest desire is to protect and serve his loved ones.

Appearance: Kirk has dark brown hair and green eyes. He’s handsome in a friendly, boy-next-door kind of way. His skin is tanned, and he’s tall and strong.

Kellyn’s Thoughts on Kirk: Kirk was a character I created on a whim to give Alice a friend in The Dressmaker’s Secret—albeit an unconventional one. I never guessed that he would become a major player in At Her Fingertips— or any other novel.

I haven’t told a lot of people this, but I plan on writing a novel—or at least a novella—specifically about Kirk. My working title is All Made New. I don’t want to give spoilers, so that’s all I’ll say for now.

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     Mr. Knight finished with Kirk just before teatime, and Alice offered to ride back to his home with him. Kirk glanced at her, half confused, half hopeful. If she wanted to spend time with him, did that mean …?

     Alice shifted from foot to foot, looking uneasy under her father’s firm gaze. “I spent the last hour working, and I’d like some fresh air.”

     Mr. Knight gave each of them a searching look—he looked at Kirk for the longest, causing an unpleasant shiver to travel down his backbone like a droplet of freezing rain—and nodded his permission. In minutes, they were riding off down the long drive.

     Kirk turned slightly in his saddle to watch her. He didn’t know what to make of Alice. She had seemed friendly then distant then playful. However, women weren’t exactly known for their emotional solidity—at least not the ones he knew. “What work were you doing?”

     “Painting.” She might have blushed; Kirk wasn’t sure, as she turned away, intent upon something off in the gray-gold mist of the late afternoon.

     He cocked his head to the side. “You paint?”

     She nodded. “You remember those little sketches I used to make?”

     He searched his brain. “Ah, yes, I remember now. You were quite talented.”

     This time Kirk was sure that she blushed, even with her head slightly turned. “Thank you. That’s what everyone says, but it’s more hard work than talent, truly. I just wish more girls had the time to do it!”

     “I’m sure there’s some talent to it,” Kirk assured her.

     Alice smiled but shook her head. “I’m not sure about the way I use light. I have the most awful difficulties with it. Shadow I can portray; it’s harder with light.”

     He wondered if Alice was as good at making simple things complicated as she used to be. Most likely. “Wouldn’t light in painting just be not making shadows?”

     Alice nodded. “Yes, but there’s a little more to it. It’s hard to capture perfectly. I’m better with charcoal or pencil sketches, I think. But when I add colors, everything I tried to capture is lost to a certain degree.” Her brow furrowed. At least he knew she was just as pessimistic.

     A smile trembled around his lips, unsure if that was the response she needed at this moment. “It’s nice to have something to do in your free time.”

     Alice grimaced. “My mother says I should practice the piano in my free time. I can meet her standards on every point except musically.”

     Kirk chuckled. He remembered Alice’s dread of pianos, too. He remembered a lot. “Ah, well. Not all of us can do everything.” He drew rein in front of his house. “Is there time before tea for you to speak to my mother? She’d like that.”

     “Of course. I tried to visit her often while you were gone, but she’s never been exactly friendly to me.”

     Kirk nodded. That made sense. “Mother is private. She only really talks to me and Lizzy. And Father before he passed away, of course. She keeps to her own business and trusts everyone else to keep to theirs. But you must ignore that.”

     “Very well, I will.”

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Today’s Additional Blog Tour Stops!

Book and Author Spotlight by Grace Matlyn Buckner @ Literatura
Book Spotlight by Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes
Character and Author Interview by Amie @ Crazy A
Author Interview by Jessica Greyson
Author Interview by Rachel @ Rachel Rossano’s Words
You are here: Character/Book Spotlight by Erika Mathews @ Resting Life
Series Review & Character Interview by Victoria Lynn @ Ruffles and Grace

Or return to Kellyn’s page here

Surprise! New Book!

Once upon a socially disadvantaged time, a hare and a tortoise lived in the world of non-human beings…

In celebration of Promise’s Prayer turning one year old this weekend, I’m releasing another book! This one is a short story collection full of whimsy and uniqueness that I had a lot of fun putting together. Hop on over to this post to read all about it!

 

The words of Aesop of Sardis, which came to him in the six hundred threescore and fourth year… 

 

 

Promise’s Prayer Turns 1 & Christian Paperback Sale!

It’s been a year since Promise’s Prayer was released!

In celebration, I’m offering the paperback for 35% off this weekend at restinglife.com/books.

And not only that, but here’s a whole list of Christian paperbacks you can snag at discounted prices this weekend. I’ve read many of these and would highly recommend them.

Faith Potts

Dandelion Dust: $5.99 (40% off)

Amanda Tero

Journey to Love: $7.99 (11% off)

Befriending the Beast: $6.99 (11% off)

The Secret Slipper: $7.99 (11% off)

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Erika Mathews

Promise’s Prayer: 35% off $8.42+shipping (regular $12.95)

Sharon K. Connell

A Very Present Help: $12.25 (normal $14.99) http://amzn.to/2yuF4eE 

His Perfect Love: $12.25 (normal $14.99) http://amzn.to/2iCMALI

Kellyn Roth

The Dressmaker’s Secret: $8.99 w/free shipping (regular $12.99)

Faith Blum

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A Mighty Fortress: $10 and free shipping

Be Thou My Vision: $10 and free shipping

Amazing Grace: $12 and free shipping

Lily of the Valley: $15 and free shipping

The Solid Rock: $14 and free shipping

Hymns of the West Series (5 books: $55 and free shipping

Savior, Like a Shepherd: $10 and free shipping

All the Way My Savior Leads: $10 and free shipping

He Hideth My Soul: $10 and free shipping

Orphans of the West Series (3 books): $25 and free shipping

Christmas Comes Early! Blog Tour – Book Reviews

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In our house, the Christmas season gears up right around this time of year. Since it’s our favorite holiday, we enjoy extending the preparations throughout the month and a half before Christmas Day – and in this part of the country it also helps transition between the vibrant colors of fall through the gray November days before Christmas arrives. So today, we’re celebrating the release of not one, but eight new Christmas books, all written by Rebekah A. Morris. I’ll be spotlighting two of her books today and you can find out more about the others as you follow the tour.

About the Books

Christmas Lodge Cover At the Christmas Lodge

When Desirae Richey agrees to go home with some college friends for Christmas, she expects a small family gathering. Instead she is taken to the Christmas Lodge in the snowy mountains of Canada to a noisy, fun loving, adventurous group of family and friends who welcome her as one of their own. Everything seems to be going as planned until an unexpected snowfall occurs.

My Review: At the Christmas Lodge is a whimsical story of a Christmas adventure – snow, fun and games, laughter and new friends, dangers and excitement, and perhaps even a hint of romance. I enjoyed the vivid personalities, the lively games invented by the young people during the Christmas celebration, and the deep, realistic emotions portrayed. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light Christmas read. Four of five stars.

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Christmas had lost its charm and wonder. Mrs. Rush hated the feeling but was powerless to fix things. Traveling to visit relatives for the holidays, the Rush children pass the time with their eyes glued to the screens of their devices. That is, until the flashing lights of a State Highway Patrol car bring their trip to a sudden and unplanned-for stop.

My Review: The Christmas She Wanted was a satisfying tale of learning to enjoy a special Christmas complete with the simplest things of life. In a world often overwhelmed with busyness, gadgets, and distractions, where are the things that matter – family, friends, love, joy, fellowship, relationship, memories, laughter, and above all, a focus on our Savior Jesus Christ? This book shows how circumstances bring this sort of Christmas to the Rush family. I found the story satisfying and inspiring – the book could be written about me – thoughts I had, feelings I’ve felt. I highly recommend this story to anyone who cares about the things that truly matter. Five of five stars.

About the Author

Author PictureRebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her bestselling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t’ writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.

 

Excerpts

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Des plunged into the glittering white mass and laughed with pure joy. This was snow! ~ At the Christmas Lodge

She gave a sigh. “You know, I wish we could have a real Christmas for a change. ~ The Christmas She Wanted

Tour Schedule

November 13
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Kaylee’s Kind of Writes – Book Spotlight
Resting Life – Review and Excerpt
Perry Elisabeth – Excerpt
Rachel Rossano’s Words – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 14
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Odelia’s Blog – Author Interview and Book spotlight
Bryce’s Creative Writing Corner – Author Interview, Review, and Excerpt
Counting Your Blessings One by One – Review and Excerpt
Perpetual Indie Perspective – Book Spotlight

November 15
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Whimsical Writings for His Glory – Author, Review, and Excerpt
Maidens for Modesty – Author Interview and Review
The Destiny of One – Book Spotlight
Rebekah Ashleigh – Book Spotlight
Once Upon an Ordinary – Review
Stephany’s BLOG Snippets – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 16
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Laurel’s Leaves – Author Interview
Stories by Firefly – Review
Claire Banschbach – Author Interview
Kelsey’s Notebook – Review and Excerpt
Jaye L. Knight – Book Spotlight and Excerpt

November 17
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight from the author
Ruffles and Grace – Book Spotlight
With a Joyful Noise – Book Spotlight
Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Father – Review
Bookish Orchestrations – Closing Post

The Enchanting Rose: 11th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange

Each year, Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose hosts a delightful tea cup and mug exchange for ladies from all over the world with the goal of forging new friendships. This year, I was blessed that Olivia invited me to participate – it was truly a lovely event, one that I’m grateful to have been a part of.

Once the signups were in and Stephanie assigned us our tea cup partners, what fun it was to create a package of surprises for the recipient! I was assigned to Sarah, and it was delightful to discover the many things we have in common, including our shared love of the color blue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the package was in the mail, anticipation of meeting the other exchange partner set in. Stephanie thoughtfully matches ladies up with two different partners – one to mail to, and one to receive from – thus granting the opportunity to cultivate two new friendships.

And then a gorgeous package appeared in my mailbox from Ruth!

Inside was a beautiful array of items.

A teacup, practical as well as lovely, in my favorite shade of blue. As I’ve used it, I’ve appreciated the sturdy construction as well as the gorgeous color. It’s so petite and yet strong!

Tea with mint. I’ve never tried this kind before but look forward to it. I do love mint teas.

A watercolor painting, made by her sister. Aren’t the colors and the verse lovely?

Fall kitchen towels. I love both blue and fall, so these are perfect.

Thank you so much, Ruth! And thank you, Stephanie, for your excellent and efficient organization of this event!

 

If you’re interested in participating in future tea cup exchanges, you can sign up to be notified of the next one here. The experience was delightful and certainly one I’d recommend if you’re able to participate.

Do you have a favorite tea cup?

Suit and Suitability: Book Review

Suit and Suitability was a pleasant surprise to me, though I expected no less from this author. After reading Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility earlier this year and finding it, to be blunt–with deepest apologies to Austen fans everywhere–predictable and a trifle shallow, I hope that Suit and Suitability would take the concept and storyline deeper. I was not disappointed. Kelsey Bryant’s excellent skill in weaving the storyline seamlessly into 1930s Ohio and New York combined with the rich spiritual truths and growth woven into the characters’ lives made this book a satisfying read. It started off rather slow – it took me a while to get into the story – but once the action began, I was quite drawn in. The themes of suffering for the purpose of a more intimate relationship with God, contentment, relying on God instead of one’s self, and constant trust shone forth clearly and refreshingly. Although the characters made numerous mistakes throughout the book, the story of their spiritual growth, though sometimes slow and halting, was a beacon throughout the book.

Ellen, Marion, Greta, Mother, Dad, Everett, Mr. Bradley, Wilkie, Aunt Jennie, Leona – all had distinct personalities. The author did an excellent job of portraying the feelings, thoughts, and motives of each one. I enjoyed the twists and turns as well as the refreshing and engaging peek into 1930s life – I must once again mention how flawless I found this element.

All in all, I would highly recommend this book to lovers of Austen, lovers of historical fiction, and anyone who is looking for a good read in this genre.