“The Little Woman” & “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen”

Gladys Aylward:  The Little Woman
Gladys Aylward w/ Christine Hunter

About 10 years ago, a friend invited me to watch the film “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.”  It was the story of a young English woman who felt God’s call to be a missionary to China.  A few months ago, I purchased the movie and the book on which it was based.

It is the true story of Gladys Aylward and her journey in and through China carrying out God’s call on her life.  She cared for orphans, the sick and the wounded.  She defended the helpless and comforted the weak.

Her story is a reminder that if one is willing to do God’s will, God will provide the means to make it happen.  Read the book before watching the movie.  The movie does not tell the whole story and takes dramatic license to make it more Hollywood.  The book is encouraging and faith renewing.


The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen:  A Novel
Syrie James

Ever want to know more about the mysterious Jane Austen?  Sorry this book is a novel.  However, Ms. James offers historical facts throughout.

If you like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma with a touch of Persuasion, this would be an interesting read.  The author leads you to believe Miss Austen based her stories on her real life experience.

The real memoirs are written by Miss Austen’s nephew, Henry.


Up Next:  Black by Ted Dekker


“Walks the Fire” and “BoneMan’s Daughters”

I recently finished reading two books.  The paperback book was finished while in Alabama and the other was an audiobook listened to on the trip.

“Walks the Fire”, by Stephanie Grace Whitson is about the faith and the tragic losses of a young woman’s hard life on the Prairie.  Set in the middle 19th century, 21 year old Jesse King from Illinois sets out to cross North America to Oregon with her 42 year old husband and her young son.  Jesse is not an attractive woman and her parents married her off to the first man that would have her – and she wasn’t his first choice. 

An accident took the life of her young son.  Jesse’s husband is a stubborn man which eventually causes him to lose his life.  Jesse, being left behind on the prairie, is found by Lakota Sioux Indians who takes her in and teaches her to become Lakota.  It is a way of life to which she becomes accostomed and considers herself Lakota for the rest of her life.

She marries a Lakota man who is later killed in a hunting accident.  Finding herself pregnant she mourns the only man she ever loved.  Out of jealousy, another Lakota man kidnaps her and takes her to a french trader and traded her for horses.  After a long winter, the trader takes her to a Nebraska fort so that she may find work. 

She later leaves the fort and encounters a runaway slave.  He leads her to what is now Lincoln Nebraska and there she raises her daughter and lives out her remaining life.

The striking aspect of this book is Jesse’s undying faith.  The reader expects everything in Jesse’s life to turn out differently.  I expected her to catch up with the original wagon train.  I expected her to be returned to the Sioux.  I expected her to remarry.  None of those things happen.  Despite the many tragedies in this woman’s life, she holds fast to her faith in Christ and lives the expectation that “all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28


“BoneMan’s Daughters” was far different than the Whitson book.  Ted Dekker tells the story of the Evans family and their struggles with love.  Ryan Evans is a naval intelligence officer who, after a rodeside attack in Iraq, is kidnapped by insurgents and forced to watch children being murdered to make him understand the collateral damage of war.  This experience caused him to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  During this trial, he realized that he had been a terrible husband and father and vows to make it up to his family.

Celine, his wife, and Bethany, his daughter, are in Austin Texas deciding that they will no long live their lives expecting Ryan to love them.  Celine finds another man and 16 year old Bethany finds a career in modeling.  When Ryan returned from Iraq, they rejected him and he finds himself distraught and alone.

Bethany is kidnapped by the serial killer “BoneMan” and her father is challenged to rescue her within 7 days. 

This book is thriller based on the battle between good and evil.  BoneMan is manipulative and deceiving.  There are two things that the reader will suspect while reading the book and both are true.  However, to keep from giving the story away, I am going to refrain from explaining what those things are.


Next book “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen.”

I think I’ll read

As summer approaches, I think I’ll read.  I know I tried to do book around the states but was not very successful.  I think I will just read and post the books that I am going to read.  Mind you, it will mostly be mind candy – you know, books that entertain and don’t require much heavy thinking.

I’m going to find Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.  It’s her latest book in the Outlander series which I love!  It’s the only book from the series that I haven’t read.  I reread Outlander last summer and have been going through her books both on paper and CD for the past 9 or 10 months.  If  you like historical fiction, time travel and Scottish heritage, I highly recommend the books.

Right now, I am reading Walks the Fire by Stephanie Grace Whitson.  I’m enjoying it and will be glad to share about it when I’m finished.

When my sister and I take our girls trip to the family reunion, we will listen to a Ted Dekker book on the trip.  I can’t remember the title but we are both Dekker fans.

So, I’m looking forward to sharing with my few readers about the books that will shape my summer.

I also will share my crafting and gardening projects for the summer.

Book Around the States

I am joining my online friend, Lea, in reading books set in each one of the states.  Here is my list.  Obviously, I haven’t gotten a very long list.  The bulleted titles are the books I’ve already read.  Got any suggestions?

AL – Fried Green Tomatoes


NC – 13th summer








  • MD-The McKade Brothers – wish I hadn’t read



MA – Mr Jefferson’s garden


  • CO- Black Ted Dekker
  • ME- Wings of the Morning



  • MI – A Karen Kingsbury book I can’t remember the name of.








GA – Beauty From Ashes

MO – Standing in the Rainbow





  • ID – Dewey
  • NE –Watchers on the Hill







  • VA True Honor



  • WA – Back on Blossom Street






  • DC –A Janet Evanovich book that I can’t remember the name of