Hello, fellow bookworms! Today is a wonderful Thursday, and it’s a wonderful day for a blog tour! We have many wonderful things to check out, such as the review, the interview with the author, and the awesome giveaway! Let’s get started!
And yes, the theme of today appears to be wonderful. 😛
Revolutionary War Era England
Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.
The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?
A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.
Title: When Beauty Blooms
Series (if applicable): N/A, stand-alone novella
Author: Victoria Lynn
Publisher (if applicable): Ichthus Family Publications
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Christian Romance, American Revolutionary War, Christian, Historical Romance
Recommended Age: 12+, mainly because it touches on romance.
Victoria Lynn does it again! When I found out the main character of this book struggled with social anxiety, I knew I just had to read it. It’s one of the things that I really related to in this book, actually. I find I don’t prefer huge social events that go on, and have found myself even scared of what could happen.
That’s the first part that made me connect with Marjorie on a deeper level. I feel the same way as she had, that the ones who are more outgoing are the ones that seem to be more liked. I don’t like seeing a character suffer like this (I mean, I do like to make my own characters suffer at times or even think of it as a perfect way for good character development…), but it really was realistic that she had flaws. I found that I really enjoyed watching her grow in character and learn some pretty awesome lessons that she had not realized before.
Marjorie was someone who was neglected by her family, and struggled to find her place in society. I loved her relationship with the chaperone and when she met the minister… *grins like a lovey-dovey person* I mean, how embarrassing, but I’m glad everything worked out for the characters in the end.
Honestly, this book taught me something. I should not be so critical of what I can or can’t do, for I was created the way God wanted me to be and saying he was wrong… is you, know, wrong. I just need to remember that and not compare myself to others as I usually do.
The writing was perfect. I did not come across any typos at all, and the way Victoria had worded things was what made me love this sweet little one more!
I would say this is the perfect read for anyone, regardless of the fact whether you’re a Christian or not. This book does not come across preachy at all, with the good theme of accepting the way God made you weaved in, and would satisfy anyone looking for a sweet and short read. If you’re a fan of clean romance, I recommend it. Completely. ❤
-Interview with the author, Victoria Lynn-
I had the opportunity to interview the author, and was super excited to do so! My words are in the darker color, and Victoria’s are simply in italic as well as marked with a “v”.
Welcome, Victoria! Thank you for allowing me to interview you today for the readers out there. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
V: Sure thing! I am in my twenties and I have a passion for creating. In addition to being an author, I work a full time job as a guest services coordinator at a local salon and spa as well as being a seamstress from home. One of my favorite pastimes is spending time with my family in some form or other, and I have many hobbies.
Sounds like you have a busy life, and a fun one at that. Spending time with family is something I enjoy as well! So, what works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, computer, etc?
V: For the majority of my writing career so far, I have written all of my published works by hand for the rough draft. Sometimes I get distracted on the computer, but I love my electric typewriter the most right now.
Wow, you wrote your stories by hand? Most authors today seem to steer towards electronic devices, and it’s nice to know that fact. While we’re on the topic of writing, when did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
V: I have always been a writer in some shape or form since I was very little. It wasn’t until the last 4 years or so that I decided I wanted to take it to the next level and be a published author.
Sounds like you were born to write! I suppose these next few are sort of random. Are you the type of person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point to do so?
V: My bed has to be made every morning. I sometimes don’t make it on Sunday morning because it’s a lazy day, but I am very picky about my bed. The sheets have to be straight, not wrinkled and I can’t abide an unmade messy bed during the day. I get stressed out if I have to work in a messy environment. LOL!
Haha, I can be like that too! The usual war between people, I suppose: Tea or coffee?
V: Good question, but I honestly love both. Coffee has been my go-to lately because I love it iced in the summer, but I drink more tea in the winter. 😀
Mmm, iced coffee sounds great right now! Finally, in When Beauty Blooms, what message are you trying to get across to your readers?
V: I really hope that my readers will realize that they are beautiful the way God created them to be and that even though you might not like every part of your personality, God can still use it for His glory and what you consider your weakness, might just be something of great value.
Thank you again for this wonderful interview!
V: Thank you so much for having me!
Another awesome thing…
The winner will receive a copy of the signed book and a $10 amazon gift card! So awesome!
Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.
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