Far Above Rubies: The Life of Louisa McDonald by Jolyn Canty // JustRead, Review, and Giveaway

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Far Above Rubies: The Story of Louisa MacDonald

Title: Far Above Rubies: The Life of Louisa MacDonald
Author: Jolyn Canty
Publisher: Azure Star LLC
Release Date: April 14, 2021
Genre: Biography

Her husband—a friend to Mark Twain, mentor to Lewis Carroll, and the man C.S. Lewis called his “master”—was one of the greatest Christian writers of the Victorian era. She was his hidden gem, the bulwark and bastion on which he could lean. Though she was an accomplished musician and singer, an advocate for the poor and neglected, and a published author, she didn’t need the spotlight, but was content to be her husband’s biggest fan and companion. She bore eleven children and adopted and cared for several others. Enduring hardships few of us will ever experience, this petite woman faced them with courage and strength. Her name was Louisa MacDonald.

A beautiful portrait of a woman who saw herself as plain and humble, but was a well of courage and strength for her husband and many children. 

The biography starts at the beginning showing Louisa's childhood in a large happy, and structured family, then taking the reader through her courtship, marriage, and beyond, with excerpts from correspondences and recollections throughout. 

I loved the flowing prose that fit well with the excerpts, as it illustrates the tender and steady relationship between George and Louisa, through the heartaches and most difficult of circumstances. 

A well written and compiled read, meticulously researched, about a strong, beautiful woman who loved her Lord and family, as well as the people who became like family. I was inspired by her devotion and compassion for others, strong faith, as well as her creativity. An excellent biography about a shining example of strength and service to others, excellent for fans of biographies. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Jolyn Canty 

Jolyn Canty is the wife to her beloved Earle, the mother of six, and the adoring Nana of three grandchildren. She is a talented artist, a passionate quilter, and a long-time devotee of George MacDonald.



(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Far Above Rubies by Jolyn Canty and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Far Above Rubies JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 6, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 13, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Ebook and gift card available for international where available. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. This seems like a must read to me! Thanks for the book rec!

  2. Thank you for your review!

  3. My kind of book.

  4. I enjoy reading biographies about historical women.
    Thanks for the contest.


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