four books that every person should read {a guest post by Tessa Brooke}

Hello everyone!  I'm Tessa Brooke from Chase Your Dreams! This is my first time guest posting anywhere so, this should be fun!

I'm sure that every one of you have at least read one book that you wish that every person on the earth could read.  If not, I must be thinking fanciful thoughts, because I have encountered those kinds of books, well, more than once.  And what better way is there to get the word out than here, at Treble Clef, in a guest post?  So, I'll get started!

Mara, Daughter of the Nile is one of my all-time favorite books.  I have probably read it six to ten times.  That's how good it is.  Amazon summary:

The adventures of an ingenious Egyptian slave girl who undertakes a dangerous assignment as a spy in the royal palace of Thebes, in the days when Queen Hatshepsut ruled. 

Honestly, that doesn't do this book justice, but I don't think much could without ruining the story.

The Swan House is the next on my list.  I only read it recently, but it is definitely an amazing read.  It is a Christian book set in the time of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It was a very inspiring read, not to mention that it had amazing quotes!  Who doesn't like some new quotes?  Amazon summary:

Mary Swan Middleton has always taken for granted the advantages of her family's wealth. But a tragedy that touches all of Atlanta sends her reeling in grief. When the family maid challenges her to reach out to the less fortunate as a way to ease her own pain, Mary Swan meets Carl—and everything changes. For although Carl is her opposite in nearly every way, he has something her privileged life could not give her. And when she seeks his help to uncover a mystery, she learns far more than she ever could have imagined.

Redeeming Love is a very hard read.  It is based on the Bible book of Hosea.  It talks about very hard subjects.  I would only recommend it for more mature teenagers, and even then I would ask your parents before you read it just in case they have any reasons why they wouldn't want to you to.  It is still a very, very good book. Amazon summary:

In this splendid retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, bestselling author Francine Rivers pens a heartbreaking romance between a prostitute and the upright and kind farmer who marries her; the story also functions as a reminder of God's unconditional love for his people. Redeeming Love opens with the Gold Rush of 1850 and its rough-and-tumble atmosphere of greed and desire. Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, has learned to distrust all men, who see her only as a way to satisfy their lust. When the virtuous and spiritual-minded Michael Hosea is told by God to marry this "soiled dove," he obeys, despite his misgivings. As Angel learns to love him, she begins to hope again but is soon overwhelmed by fear and returns to her old life.
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is one of the sweetest and saddest books I've ever read.  It's set in 1840's when the American-Japanese where actually taken out of their homes and put in internment camps--right here in America.  

It tells the story of a Chinese-American boy, Henry Lee, who is living in the midst of World War II.  As he tries to meet all of his father's expectations to be "American," and get through a day at school, he meets a young Japanese-American girl, Keiko Okabe.  Amazon summary:

Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Well, those just four books that I think you all would enjoy!  At least I think you would! 
Hey!  I'm Tessa Brooke.  I'm fourteen, and most of my friends use the word random to describe me.  Photography is my past-time.  I am a dancer.  Vintage is better. Books are my escapes.  Guitar is my instrument.  I like a challenge.  Goodwill is amazing.  I am a Jesus freak, as Toby Mac and Newsboys put it.  I would love to meet you over at my blog Chase Your Dreams!  Cheerio until then!

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