I am super excited to be a part of this blog tour for a great friend of mine, the amazingly talented Jeanna Ellsworth! :D
Thanks so much for letting me join in. ♥
Below is my review for her newest novel: To Refine Like Silver(TRLS).
But what if that isn't the case? What if a certain single gentleman of ten thousand a year has no thoughts of matrimony, but only to live peaceably and happily with his young and healing sister? Until one day he crosses paths with a most unusual and bright-eyed young lady who just so happens to be the witty and perfectly tolerable Elizabeth Bennet?
Thus we are reintroduced to our dear old friends of Pemberley and Longbourne - but in an entirely new and brilliant light.
Now full of life and a desire to help others, Elizabeth Bennet had dealt with much pain and sorrow in the past, struggling with pain and depression for years; however, she has learned to rejoice and grow in the trials that are brought her way- Fully Relying On God to use these situations to purify and refine her into the woman He wants her to be, and to help her view them as milestones, rather than millstones.
This concept of relying on God is a bit harder to grasp for someone who has never seen the benefits and significance of refinement; Elizabeth knows as soon as she sets eyes on Georgiana Darcy that God has called her to be the short-term neighbor to this Darcy-sibling-duo for a reason.
Both William and Georgiana are challenged and encouraged by Lizzie (and by a few others they meet along the way) in lessons of forgiveness, unconditional love, the importance of molding their wills to Gods', and, ultimately, refinement through trials.
Something I want mention in agreement with a fellow reviewer and in appreciation to Jeanna, would be her lovely way with words- particularly in her use of metaphors; written simply yet profoundly, they are thought-provoking and encouraging.
Also- on the topic of appreciation: I'd like to specifically thank the author for writing in that bookshop scene (she knows the one)- it truly did my bookish heart good, my friend. ^_^
Regency and Inspirational Romance fans do not want to miss this work of literary art!
Jeanna has a vibrant and vivid way of capturing the English countryside and sophisticated regency era, customs, and manners that would make Jane Austen proud.
A hot cup of tea and a large comfy sweater compliment this novel to perfection (and take my word for it and clear up your schedule, because you won't be able to put it down)!
"Sadness is just a feeling; it cannot consume you."
Now for some exciting news!!!! Here is your chance to win a copy of To Refine Like Silver (ebook or paperback- winners choice) from the author- just in time for Christmas! :D
To enter, simply leave a comment below including your email address, and if you'd like to also ask Jeanna a question, feel free and she will be answering those throughout the week.
This giveaway will be ending Saturday, December 20th.
On Saturday I will be announcing the winner, along with a TRLS-themed conversation with Jeanna! You don't want to miss it!