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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Monday, August 06, 2007


Day 2 Monday

Even if you haven't read THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad, you can tell from the title that the two principle characters are going to be the Duke and his Handmaid. (Pretty astute of me, don't you think?) Let's introduce you to the key figure of the book, which would be, the Handmaid.

Before she was a handmaid, Keedrina was a free Itzi woman, with long black hair, well, dark enough brown to pass for black, and blue eyes. We find her meeting an Elva slave in order to, against the wishes of both societies, learn how to read. She seems to be a carefree young woman, enjoying the beauty of her surroundings, and even the bit of deceit it takes to spend time with this Elva slave. Because of her outward appearance, nearly black hair flowing over her shoulders, but more importantly over her ears, and her blue eyes, the slave doesn't realize that she is Itzi. Whether it's her youthful rebellious nature that she enjoys or learning to read, she cannot say. She is becoming attracted to her teacher, and he to her. In Keedrina's mind she has everything an Itzi woman could ever wish for.

Her lessons are cut short as her teacher runs away. It is then she notices a fire where her home should be. Running towards home she finds it and the farmhouse burning. Soon she realizes that she hs lost not only her home, but her family. Feelings of guilt overtake her as she starts to think that if only she stayed home her family would still be alive.

In her distress an Elva friend and healer, comes to her aide. After providing a night of rest and shelter for the young Itzi woman, he takes her to Duke Vahn, with the express purpose of having him look after her. He agrees to allow her to stay there and tries to avenge the murders of her family. It's during this time that Keedrina sees how well the Duke takes care of his slaves, and how they adore him. She begins to feel that this would be the best of all homes. Later she asks if she might be a servant in his house, a free-will slave. Hesitantly he agrees, takes her to a school to train slaves in the proper protocols. As she receives her bonds of slavery she receives the name kee.

And this is where we meet both characters, but most importantly, the handmaid of the story. To go much further would be to give much more away than I would wish. I want you, the reader, to embark on your own journey in Latoph, to feel what the characters feel, to experience the story as it unfolds, as if you yourself are one of the characters. For this is the way it is written, and is the way I believe Caprice Hokstad would want for her readers. - David

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID is available at

Don't miss out on checking her site at Welcome to Latoph

And of course her blog as well at Queen of Convolution

Read the first chapter of THE DUKE'S HANDAID at THE DUKE'S HANDMAID – Chapter One

1 comment:

Caprice Hokstad said...

It's always intriguing to hear how people read between the lines and perceive things I've written.

Botlop, the reading teacher, wasn't supposed to be a slave, but a hired farmhand, and Keedrina had no idea he "had the hots" for her. She liked him as a mentor and friend, but she never allowed herself to think of him any other way because of the race problem. On the other hand, he didn't know there WAS a race issue, so he fell in love with her quite easily.

Does any of this subtlety really matter in the big picture of my story? Not at all! You've nailed all the big issues wonderfully. Perhaps I was better at communicating when it mattered.

For anyone who is interested in reading the free chapters, the link under my picture is broken. I don't know what is wrong, as the address looks fine on this end. Let me try putting it here and see if that works any better.


And thanks again, David.

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