The Chosen

“When Mendal was already the far-famed and much-hated rabbi of Kotzak, he once returned to the little town in which he was born. There he visited the teacher who taught him his alphabet when he was a child and read five books of Moses with him. But he did not go to see the teacher…

Lucy Maud Montgomery

I would like to think that L.M. Montgomery needs no introduction.   There, that was short and sweet! I do believe most of us have at least heard of Anne of Green Gables, the book, the character, that made Montgomery famous.  It is difficult now to believe that after several rejections from publishers, Montgomery stuck…

A Tangled Web

Oh, such a tediously tangled web! I considered taking notes as I read so I could keep characters straight. I kept thinking the cast would eventually resolve into a few manageable main characters and I would figure out which I was supposed to care about. It didn’t and I didn’t. In three generations sixty Darks…

Turquoise Table

“The Turquoise Table isn’t about entertainment. Or a big party. It’s based on Romans 12:13 which says, ‘take every opportunity to open your life and home to others.’” – Kristin Schell Four years ago, Kristin Schell attended a conference on living out the gospel in community. Frazzled, feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, and generally world weary,…

2017 Reading Stack

As moderators of PPPS: Potato Peel Pie Book Community, Kathy, Jennifer, Diane and I get to read a lot of interesting books. In this article we talked about how Jennifer and I share our reading. Every month in Potato Peel Pie we post a “Current Reads Stack” and loads of members post pictures of their…

Kilmeny of the Orchard

L.M. Montgomery’s Kilmeny of the Orchard is a stand-alone short novel published two years after Anne of Green Gables.  Try as I might, I couldn’t help comparing the two as I read Kilmeny.  Is this from the same pen from which Anne flowed into the hearts of thousands of girls around the world? “Eric Marshall,…

The Fiddler’s Gun

The thing that this classics-lover continues to most appreciate about Rabbit Room authors is how echoes of the great classics sound in new and vibrant stories from contemporary authors. As a reader, I am so pleased to have new and worthy stories to love. As a Christian living in the modern world, I am grateful…

Understood Betsy

In 1899 Dorothy Canfield received a B.A. from Ohio State University, then went on to receive a Ph.D. in Romance languages from University of Paris and Columbia University. At a time when women rarely attended college, Canfield was distinguishing herself as a serious academic. In addition to her college and graduate school degrees, she received…

Something like Tolkien’s Leaf Mould

This spring Diane, Jennifer Halverson and I re-read one of my top ten favorite books: Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. A funny thing happened in this reading that I was not expecting. As a child, I feasted on the 1982 made-for-t.v. Ivanhoe movie featuring Anthony Andrews, James Mason, Olivia Hussey, and John Rhys-Davies. When I say…