Monday, November 23, 2015

Music Monday - "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music (1965)

It's hard to find Thanksgiving songs!  I thought about songs with the words "thanks" or "thank you" in the title, and songs about feeling thankful or happy.  That brought me to "My Favorite Things."  "My Favorite Things" is, of course, from The Sound of Music (1965).  In the musical, the Von Trapp children are scared of a thunderstorm.  Their governess, Maria (Julie Andrews), sings a song to them about how she always fights off fear by remembering her favorite things.  Then there is a wonderful list of things that are her favorites.  There are some really lovely lines in this song, like "Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings" and (my favorite!) "Silver white winters that melt into springs."  

This song - and movie - are on my favorite things list.  I love The Sound of Music.  It is the movie I've seen most in my life, from the time I was very little, and it never fails to make me feel happy, comforted, and uplifted.   

Are you a Sound of Music fan?  Do you have a favorite song about being thankful, or a song for Thanksgiving?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Book Review and Giveaway - An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

Synopsis:
There's no getting out of Christmas now, despite Katie rejecting Micah's marriage proposal. Cozy up this holiday season with Cynthia Ruchti's new novella, An Endless Christmas. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

My Review:

Endless Christmas is a such a heartwarming Christmas read.  It is a love story, but also a story about family.

The book begins with a twist, as Kate rejects Micah's marriage proposal.  This happens, unfortunately, at his family's house at Christmas time.  Kate and Micah are there for the visit ... and sorting everything out.

I really loved the warm-hearted, loving Binder family.  Getting to know them in this novel was one of my favorite things about this book.  I especially loved the Binder grandparents, Dodie and Wilson.

The setting of small town Stillwater, Minnesota, was perfect for this cozy holiday read.  I love novels set in picturesque small towns, and Stillwater was an especially nice visit.

There is inspiration to be found in the way Kate works through her dysfunctional family past, and comes to view love differently.

This is a warm, inspiring read for the Christmas season.  I highly recommend it as a holiday reading treat.

About the Author:
Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women’s and writers’ events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in Pittsville, Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

Find out more about Cynthia at http://www.cynthiaruchti.com

Giveaway:
Celebrate the holidays with Cynthia and An Endless Christmas by entering her $100 Target gift card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of An Endless Christmas
  • A $100 gift card to Target
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. The winner will be announced December 1st on Cynthia's blog.

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I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.