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Crown Duel Book Club and Review

At our last book club meeting we discussed Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. I had a hard time discussing just this book because the copy I checked out from the library also had the sequel, Court Duel; the stories blend together so well.

Crown Duel

A deathbed promise to their father sends a daring girl and her brother off to war. Filled with intrigue, romance, and magic, this spellbinding novel is a dramatic coming-of-age story about a girl who rises from impoverished beginnings to take command of her own fate. “Smith tells a fast-moving tale of adventure, intrigue, and honor, with Mel a likable heroine and a lively narrator.”–Booklist (Description by Amazon)

Meliara, Mel for short, and her brother Branaric promise their dying father to stop the King’s attempt to take their lands and protect the covenant with the Hill Folk. I love that despite their titles of Countess and Count, they work and fight side by side with their people. Their goal is for a better life for everyone. Even after being captured by Shevraeth, Mel keeps fighting for what she believes is right. In our book club meeting we talked about her humility, she thought she was a laughing stock when in reality she was considered a brave hero. We also talked about the relationship that develops between captor and captive.

Her pure intentions and good heart make her an endearing character. Between wanting to see what happens to her next, Shevraeth’s true intentions, and all the exciting twists and turns in the story – made me start reading the second book immediately. And I liked the second book even more than the first. I don’t want to go into the second book too much because it would spoil the first book. On that note, I give Crown Duel three slices of pie and Court Duel five slices!

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Slices of April

April flew by in a breeze of activity.  I’ve checked my focus on my word of the year – Nurture. I had to go look up which word I chose, and smiled at how appropriate that word is this year. Despite the busyness and challenges, I feel like I’m on the right path. Here’s how this month sliced!

1 – Book destroyed for our book theme party decorations.

1.2 – Pounds lost in March and another 1/4 inch in my waist!

3 – Recipes added to our Real Food for Real People blog, thanks to my daughter.

6 – Articles written for The Homemaking Cottage and Arizona Mama.  Be sure to check out my latest, Book Theme Birthday Party and see how we used the awesome decorations.

7 – Books read! I’ve been a reading machine and I already finished one in May! Court Duel was my favorite for the month.

8 – Scrapbook layouts completed

12Projects finished

16 – Blog posts

21 – Days logging my food, 12 were logged on the calorie counting website.

33 – Names added to my PAF (Personal Ancestral File)

590 – Page views for April

How did you slice your month?

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Friday Favorites: April 13

Last week’s Friday Favorites was short so we would have plenty of time to enjoy the…

  • Desert Botanical Garden. It was nice weather and the flowers were in bloom.  We captured so many great pictures!
  • Easter Saturday.  The Easter Bunny visits our house on Saturday so we can spend Sunday focusing on the spiritual side of Easter.  There was candy and eggs galore, plus our traditional breakfast of donuts while we read a really neat story.
  • Later in the day, we stopped by Hobby Town to watch some RC car racing.
  • Book Party invitations; I’m so happy with how they turned out
  • I finished Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. I liked it better than Crown Duel, the first book in the series. Actually, I couldn’t put it down and spent an hour finishing it this week.  I was a little rushed the rest of the day, but I still got everything done – so that makes it OK.
  • Several scrapbook layouts finished and quite a bit of writing! (Yes, feeling productive is one of my favorites.)
  • I started a new book Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

I can’t have all the fun.  Here’s some favorites I found in my blog reader.

I didn’t realize what a busy week it’s been until I listed it for you!  I hope you had a great week too.  Please share your favorites with a comment and feel free to include a link.

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