Thursday, May 21, 2015

FREE TO BE ME!!! Blog Hop

Ok, so this wonderful blog hop is all about being FREE TO BE ME!!!

It is all about me !!  Just kidding but am I?  I mean I live here and am free to be what profession I want to be.  I am free to be a Mom and a Wife and a Friend and a Sister and a Daughter and a Cousin and a Niece and well, ME!

So why would I not be free to read what I want?  Well, because sometimes people try to tell you what to read.  Now, I suffered from the worry that if I joined a book club, I would never be able to choose my own books and we would have to read the classics or the type of fiction I really do not care for or (gasp) non-fiction.  So, I created my own with my friends.  And what did I find?  We create the rules.  We choose the books.  And do we love all the books that we read or even finish them all?  Umm that would be a big NO!  But I get to share my love of books with my friends and I get to read even more (and who does not love an excuse to read?!?!)  And yes, I do say "You know Mommy needs to read for Book Club so can you ask your brother to help you?"  Glorious!

And thus I have found my fave books along the way.  So one that I am choosing to highlight that perhaps not many have read is one that I have re-read which I only do on rare occassion because it is that much fun to read for me.  It may not be everyone's cup of tea but it is mine.

Into the Wilderness

Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati's epic novel sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden affair between an unconventional Englishwoman and an American frontiersman.

It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered - a white man dressed like a Native American, Nathanial Booner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, she soons finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as her own family.
Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati's compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America.

I feel that this book re-defines love.  I am not normally a fan of Native American stories as I feel like I get history shoved down by throat and I am suppose to feel bad for things I never did but happened in the past.
But when I read this, I realized that I could read historical novels and love them wholeheartedly.  And thus my love for Outlander also grew after reading this.  The unique characters in this story (and there are SO Many!) are a joy to meet and you begin to wonder what else will happen.  And I loved how the setting became almost a character of its own.  And when your family tells you not to love someone, you can overcome that (regardless of the era you are living in) and follow what your heart is telling.  Oh, who does not love that?!
And as is a trait of mine, this is a series of books that I now proudly own all of.  They are a treasure for sure.

(Sorry there are some issues with the linking of this raffle - just paste this into your browser - it will work!)

Now, I kindly ask you to visit all of these wonderful other blogs today and see what has them excited and Free to Be them.
I am super excited to see what they offer up to add to my TBR pile (which I have to say is getting a bit long so I am truly looking forward to the summer!).

And a special shout out to my friends at Good Tales Book tours - you all set this up as you do most everything else I do, and you make it so easy for me to participate.  THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!!  You help me remember why I became a blogger.