Isabella Alden and the Pansy Books

Almost two years ago a friend and I were scouring used bookstores and the Internet, looking for books by our favorite Christian author, Isabella Alden. We’d been sharing her books for years, texting each other with “Guess what I just found?” whenever we came across a title we hadn’t read┬ábefore.

The Randolphs
Original cover of The Randolphs by Isabella Alden

You may have heard of Isabella. She wrote hundreds of short stories and novels in the late 1800s and early 1900s, all centered around God’s message of salvation.

Sadly, her books fell out of fashion in the early 1920s and since then, she’s been known mostly as the favorite aunt of author Grace Livingston Hill.

Those readers who have heard of her often think she wrote only children’s stories. It’s true that she did write quite a few of those, but her novels for adults are the books my friend and I treasure.

Isabella Alden had a wonderful way of applying God’s word to the lives of her characters; and in each story , she demonstrated how relevant God’s word was then, and how relevant it is to me now. By the time I finish reading one of her books, I am amazed at the love God has for me; and I realize how my actions can influence someone else for Christ (a regular theme in Isabella’s books).

Original cover for Wise and Otherwise by Isabella Alden
Original cover for Wise and Otherwise by Isabella Alden

Isabella Alden’s books are thought provoking; they inspire me to consider my choices, think about my actions, and strive to be a better Christian.

By now you may be asking yourself: Can a book really do all those things or has Jenny gone just a wee bit over the deep end? My answer: Yes, a book can really do those things. Oh, yes. It can.

And Isabella’s books are proof of how inspiring a work of fiction can be.

That’s why it became important for us to find a way of preserving her books and making them available to today’s reader. My friend and I pooled our copies and started publishing Isabella Alden’s novels as e-books.

We started a website (www.IsabellaAlden.com) to share her books, and to chronicle Isabella’s life and the times. You can view the website by clicking here.

I hope you’ll take a few moments to visit the site. Check out the Free Reads tab where you’ll find a selection of Isabella’s books and short stories.

If you enjoy the stories you find there, please help us spread the word about Isabella Alden and her inspiring Christian books.

An Empty Cup by Sarah Price

My last post was 2 months ago, so where have I been? Working. Just working. It’s been a tough few months at my full-time job, mostly because the full-time turned into all-time. I’m talking twelve-to-fourteen hour days, six days a week, whine, whine, whine.

It’s a good feeling to finally emerge from the tunnel into the light. And now that I’m back to regular work days and my weekends are my own, I know exactly how I’m going to spend my newly-found leisure time: Leisuring. (If that’s not a real word, it should be.)

Cover_An Empty CupI have some writing of my own to do if I’m going to finish my next book this year (I’m way behind in my daily writing goals), and I’ve collected an impressively tall to-be-read pile that I’m ready to dive into.

Drum roll, please.

I just figuratively reached my hand into that electronic TBR pile and this is the book I selected to read first. It’s nice to be back in the real world!

Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills

Cover DiAnn Mills Attracted to FireWork is crazy. Actually, my day job schedule has been pretty wild for the last couple months, and today it has me traveling.

I just settled into my Baltimore hotel room after a long day of airports, rental cars, and work meetings. My only plan for the night: get into bed and read Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills. Her stories have it all: thrilling suspense, strong heroines, and wonderfully romantic endings.

Just opened the cover . . . I am officially off duty and ready to step into DiAnn’s world!

Unlikely Praise by Carla Rossi

I’m currently reading Unlikely Praise by Carla Rossi. I read the first two pages on Amazon (don’t you love the “Look Inside” feature?) and I was hooked! Carla’s flawed but lovable characters and her writing style captured me immediately. I can’t wait to find out what happens. How will Candi and Shade get together when they have absolutely nothing in common?

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Here’s a link if you’d like to check out Unlikely Praise: http://amzn.to/17gekIs