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Review: The Betrayal by Douglas Bond

The Betrayal: A Novel on John CalvinThe Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin by Douglas Bond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Betrayal by Douglas Bond is a very well written novel on the life of John Calvin. The way Bond portrays him through the eyes of his personal servant (and sworn enemy) gives a unique picture of his life.


The characters were well done. Jean-Louis, the protagonist, is a very interesting character. His emotions are shown very vividly; his intense feelings toward Calvin drive his every action. The growth of the characters throughout the story was also well executed.


Likewise, the plot flowed well, each event being smoothly linked to the next. As the narrator, Jean-Louis’ comments would easily join two otherwise unconnected events to each other.

Overall thoughts

I greatly enjoyed this book. It was a captivating read, and kept my interest to its completion. I grew attached to the main characters, and was devastated at the end.

Would I recommend it? Yes indeed, especially to historical fiction lovers.
Would I let my kids read it? It is definitely an adult novel, because of the depth of writing, but I will definitely let my kids read it, especially if they are advanced readers.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Books · Random

A Dream Not Imagined cover reveal

I am so excited to be a part of Shantelle Mary Hannu’s cover reveal for her book, A Dream Not Imagined. It is a Cinderella retelling, and her debut novel. So without further ado, I present the amazing cover:


About the Book

A MAID, a PRINCE, and a DUKE. A GARDENER, a STEPMOTHER, and a secret…

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after.

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince.

In the end, are dreams even all they’re made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed?

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

Tentative Release Date: June 2015


About the Author

image Shantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States. A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God. A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, will be her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel. Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart: about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Facebook: Shantelle Mary Hannu, Author

Twitter: @shantellemary

Goodreads: Shantelle Mary Hannu

Google+: Shantelle H.

Pinterest: Shantelle H.

About the Illustrator

Natasha H. is an aspiring photographer and also loves drawing and painting. A Dream Not Imagined is the first book she has drawn the cover picture for. Learn more about her work at her blog:

Bloggers Participating in the Cover Reveal

Hayden Wand at The Story Girl

Claire Banschbach at Claire M. Banschbach – Thoughts and Rants

Amber Stokes at Seasons of Humility

Ghost Ryter at Anything, Everything

Deborah O’Carroll at The Road of a Writer

E. Kaiser Writes at …The Adventure Begins

Alyssa-Faith at The American Anglophile

Hannah Williams at The Writer’s Window

Laura Pol at Crafty Booksheeps

Natasha H. at Through My Lens (+ review)

Skye Hoffert at Ink Castles

Jaye L. Knight at Jaye L. Knight’s Blog

Serena at Poetree

Brittney at Brittney’s Book Nook

Jesseca Dawn at Whimsical Writings

Lena K. at Read, Write, Laugh, DANCE

Allison Ruvidich at The Art of Storytelling

Shannon McDermott at Shannon McDermott’s Blog

Tricia Mingerink at The Pen of a Ready Writer


The Liebster Award tag

Liebster Award


Thank you, The Word Review, for tagging me in my very first award! 🙂


The Rules:

Mention the person who nominated you on your blog and link them.
Answer 11 questions by the person who nominated you.
Nominate 5-11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers and link them below.
Create your own 11 questions for them to answer and let the nominees know that they’ve been nominated.


Brianna’s questions:

Why did you start a blog?

I started this blog because I wanted a central place where I could share my writing, and connect with other bloggers.


If there were no obstacles standing in your way, what would be the one career you would love to have?

I would love to be a professional ballet dancer, or explore the farthest reaches of space in person. Weird combination, I know. Maybe I could dance for the aliens?


Where would you most like to visit, and why?

I desperately want to go to Italy, to Florence and Rome. I’m obsessed with ancient history and Michelangelo.


You’re hosting a dinner party, and you can invite any three people, dead or alive. Who would be at your table?

Michelangelo Buonarroti, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, and Jesus Christ.


One book you think everyone should read?

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


If you were asked to be part of a mission to colonise another planet, knowing you could never return home, would you go?

That’s a hard one. If I could take my writing and all my books with me, and I’d still be able to communicate with earth, then I’d probably go. Otherwise, I wouldn’t.


If you could live in any book or film world for a week, which one would you choose?

Middle Earth! I’d love to live there forever.


What historical moment would you love to have been there for?

Jesus’ Ressurection. That must have been such and awe-inspiring moment.


What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?

Choreographing a ballet performance when I was 13.


Do you believe in ghosts and aliens?

I don’t think so…


Do you believe in fate?

I believe that God is in control of our lives, and some people call that fate.



I nominate:

~ Alive in You
~ The Comeback Kids
~ Elizabeth Cook
~ It’s a Beautiful Day
~ We Are Those Girls


Here’s the questions for them to answer:

  1. When did you start your blog?
  2. What does your blog name mean/how did you think of it?
  3. What is your favorite book?
  4. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  5. Why do you like to write?
  6. If you could be anyone in the world (past or present) for a day, who would you be?
  7. Who has inspired you most?
  8. What time period would you like to live in?
  9. How would you like to die?
  10. Where do you most want to go?
  11. What fictitious world do you want to live in?

If I didn’t tag you, and you’d like to do this anyway, feel free!

I’m very interested to hear your answers!

Books · Second Sunday Sales

Second Sunday Sales: Intro

So, I’ve decided I’m going to start posting e-book freebies the second Sunday of every other month, starting this next month. I got this idea from Elisabeth Wheatley’s Friday Freebies, so go check out all her freebies, because I won’t be repeating them.

I may or may not have read the books I post. If I’ve read them, I’ll give a link to my review, or at least say something about how I liked it and the appropriate audience.

If I haven’t read it, I won’t vouch for it, but I’ll give as much information as I was able to find.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, and look forward to a good freebie next week!