"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Monday, October 06, 2008

A Non-review Book Review, or, If I'd Only Read It

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Constant Heart

(Bethany House October 1, 2008)


Siri Mitchell


Boy! Did I space this one off. When Bonnie sends out lists of prospective books for these CFBA campaigns, I briefly look them over for the special one that Nancy would love to hear from my croaky voice. Obviously, this time I hadn't taken enough time in making our selection.
        Siri Mitchell is a name I should have remembered from reading The Cubicle Next Door, a wonderful book that had Nancy and me alternately laughing out loud, spitting out words of frustration over the characters' failure to read each other correctly, and squeaking emotion-laden words past a tightened larynx when they finally got it right. Mitchell's works are true emotional roller coaster rides.
        Why, oh why, did I ever start reading Nancy these romance novels. I should've stuck to my manly guns and refused to read any but guy stuff, like sports novels(ho-hum),gangster/crime/stalker/slasher novels(yuckey-pooh), and science fiction stories(well, alright!). But no, I had to go and act like I love my wife enough to read things she would like to hear. Too late now, though, I'm addicted to stories of relationships.
        To any guys reading this, let this be a lesson to ya. Never read anything but your favorite stuff if you don't want your literary tastes broadened.


Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

A Constant Heart is her sixth novel. Two of her novels, Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door were Christy Award finalists. She has been called one of the clearest, most original voices in the CBA.


In a world of wealth, power, and privilege...love is the only forbidden luxury.

“Trust was a valuable commodity at court. Traded by everyone, but possessed by no one. Its rarity was surpassed only by love. Love implied commitment and how could any of us commit ourselves to any but the Queen? Love implied singularity and how could any of us benefit another if our affections were bound to one in exclusivity? Love was never looked for and rarely found. When it was, it always ended badly.”

In Queen Elizabeth’s court where men and women willingly trade virtue for power, is it possible for Marget to obtain her heart’s desire or is the promise of love only an illusion?

A riveting glimpse into Queen Elizabeth's Court...

Born with the face of an angel, Marget Barnardsen is blessed. Her father is a knight, and now she is to be married to the Earl of Lytham. Her destiny is guaranteed ... at least, it would seem so. But when her introduction to court goes awry and Queen Elizabeth despises her, Marget fears she's lost her husband forever. Desperate to win him back, she'll do whatever it takes to discover how she failed and capture again the love of a man bound to the queen.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Constant Heart, go HERE

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