Review: To Move the World

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: To Move the World
Author: Regina Sirois
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: October 2016
Length: 246 pages
Series?: Power of the Matchmaker #10
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Eve Brannon never had to bother planning out her future. In the Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next in line to inherit her family’s farm, she will raise another generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England. Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father’s handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself.

But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve’s long-anticipated proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and at the brink of the farm’s profitable war years the sheep herd is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet is moving after all.

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my review

The Skinny

Eve is a young woman living on a sheep farm with her father and brother. Eve and the farmhand her father hired plan to marry the following year. With the rumblings of war, everything is topsy-turvy. Her beloved enlists to earn more money for their own farm, and he is sent to fight. Worse still, a strange outbreak among the sheep threatens the livelihood and home of Eve and her family.

In Alan’s absence, she meets a wealthy landowner, Jonathon, who takes it upon himself to assist Eve and her family with the mysterious sheep attack.

The Players

Eve – a young girl responsible for the family farm; she yearns to write

William – Eve’s older brother; he attends university

Alan – the farmhand who works alongside Eve’s father on the farm; he plans to one day have his own farm

Theo Weller – Eve’s best friend;

Marion Doran – the youngest son of a wealthy family nearby; Eve’s girlhood crush

Jonathan Doran – a wealthy landowner and older brother of Marion; he lends aid to the family farm

The Quote

“You say a heart doesn’t move,” she said, “but that would mean it is dead. Love should always move us.”

The Highs and Lows

  • Pearl. The Power of the Matchmaker series is a series of stand-alone books with one common thread throughout. The character of matchmaker Pearl is the connection between all the books, but in this installment Pearl hardly appears at all. More than halfway through the book Pearl still had not surfaced, and when she did, it was quite minimal. I was disappointed with that and hoping Pearl made a  grand entry in this book, but that wasn’t the case.
  • Writing. I couldn’t put this story down! The imagery and language were poetic and detailed. I felt like I was there with Eve, like an invisible soul living alongside Eve and her life.
  • Eve. She was such an interesting character. Eve brought such expression to life with her typewriter. That was her outlet, the one thing on the farm that was hers. Eve is a bit of a mix. She is loyal and devoted to the family farm, but at the same time she regrets the lack of the opportunity to go to college like her brother. While she is grounded to the farm and level-headed, she also has a dreamy side.
  • Journal Entries. Since Eve has this typewriter and she records her daily life, the story is told through journal entries. At first this confused me but after the first two chapters I got used to it.
  • The Engagement. Alan is a wonderful, loyal, sweet but shy young man. He works as hard as Eve’s father on a farm that isn’t his, but he has hopes and dreams for his future – and Eve’s. It was a path Eve thought she wanted, and she is handling all these new emotions and feelings. When Jonathan shows up, it is obvious to everyone but Eve where her path should go – and who should walk it alongside her.
  • The Niggling Feeling. While it was obvious how Eve reacted to Jonathan from the start, I didn’t find that she really expressed any true emotion or feeling for him (or Alan for that matter). It was like she was swept up and just went along with things. The ambiguous ending also didn’t really satisfy me after this long-laid romance on Jonathan’s part.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Regina Sirois believes in intelligent books that challenge us to reach higher and be better. She believes in the powerful years of adolescence and loves to capture the raw moments when young adults begin to solidify into the people they were meant to be. She lives in Kansas with her high school sweetheart (also known as her husband), her two daughters, and their nearly hairless cat. She continues to write stories that won’t leave her alone.

Find the author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Cover Characteristics: Hearts

Cover Characteristics2

This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Hearts

As you can see, I got carried away today. I just couldn’t stop myself. And if I’m being honest (because I try to be with myself), I will say this post kind of serves as a want-to-read list for several of these books.

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Book Blogger Hop ~ 6.23.17

book-blogger-hop

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings or the door bell rings, do you stop reading or let the phone or door bell go unanswered? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

First, let me state that for the record as a law enforcement officer’s significant other, we don’t ever answer the doorbell unless it’s the pizza delivery. So the doorbell can ring all day. If it isn’t the pizza, you can forget about it.

I can’t say I’ve ever answered the phoned while I was reading before. Not any instance that I can recall, at least, but I’m sure it’s happened at some point. After the suicide of my cousin, Rikki Tikki, after placing an unanswered call (to his mother), I try to answer the phone whenever it rings – given I know the individual calling. It’s just something that has stayed with me over the years that I just can’t shake, so it doesn’t matter how good the book is getting, I’ll answer the call.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To…But Haven’t 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Series I’ve Been Meaning To…But Haven’t 

Outlander – I stopped reading at Fiery Cross. I got stuck and just couldn’t move forward, and put it on my bookshelf one day several years ago and haven’t touched it since. I want to finish the series so badly – I own the entire dang thing – but it just seems like this part is dragging on and on endlessly and not for much in way of the plot.

The Land of Stories – I read the first book, The Wishing Spell, and FELL IN LOVE. I bought the second when it came out in paperback and I was waiting on the next ones in paperback. I should go buy them now…

Junie B. Jones – I was requested to read these to my baby brother and my mother because they thought I read them so well. I know we didn’t read all of them, and Junie B. gets herself into some funny scrapes and situations!

Bloody Jack – I’ve read through the seventh book (or eighth, I can’t remember). That’s when I discovered he was still publishing more. Then, a couple years ago L.A. Meyer passed away and I discovered he’d published even more. I think there are 12 in total, and I need to read the latter part of the series.

The Power of the Matchmaker – These were published one a month last year, and I read and reviewed all of them except for two. I really want to read the last two and finish the series.

The Lockwood Legacy – I reviewed the first three books through a wonderful tour company (that is now defunct). I thought the author ended the series there. Last year I discovered she’d written three or so more books, so I bought them in an omnibus but still haven’t gotten around to them.

Hercule Poirot – I’ve only read a couple of Agatha Christie’s books in this series (probably the two most famous). I want to eventually read the entire series.

The Hunger Games – I still haven’t read the last book. I read HG in 2011 for my elementary block (for teaching). I read the second book shortly after, but I never got around to the last book.

 

 

 

Which series have you been meaning to start? Or like me, which ones have been hanging around that you need to finish up? 

Cover Characteristics: Movie Screen

Cover Characteristics2

This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Movie Screen

I had a hard time finding diversity for this topic. Everything I came across seemed to be nonfiction. I was hoping to find some cute fiction covers.

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Book Blogger Hop ~ 6.16.17

book-blogger-hop

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


How do you organize your blog in terms of what is in your side bar? Do you have categories and defined sections in your side bar? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

My sidebar has been a bit of a thorn in my side ever since creating my blog. I always felt I was overdoing it. I’ve changed it up so many times I don’t even know what I originally had or even what I had last year.

Now I keep my graphic at the top, with my recent Instagram photos (that I don’t think anyone pays attention to). Then I have all the classic follow buttons, followed by my NetGalley badges and my Currently Reading on Goodreads tracker.

Then I have my blog stats – HEY-YA! I’ve hit over 50K views!!

Followed by the top pages and posts and giveaways graphic (linked), my sidebar wraps up with the archives and categories and FTC Disclaimer and Copyright.

That’s all I’ve got, all collective in a single sidebar down the page.