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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Far Above Rubies: The Life of Louisa MacDonald Author: Jolyn Canty Hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours

 Far Above Rubies JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Far Above Rubies by Jolyn Canty, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


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.

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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.



Far Above Rubies: The Life of Louisa MacDonald is written by Jolyn Canty. I have not read anything by this author before. I was excited to read this book since I am a huge fan of biographies and learning where people came from. I had never heard from Louisa MacDonald before this. I did some basic research to become acquainted with our subject and the author did a great job writing her story. She did extensive research to ensure that Louisa was portrayed accurately.
I honestly did not know a lot about her husband, George. What I did learn from this book was how they worked well together. How she was the woman behind the author. I enjoyed learning about her life. She had eleven kids. Yes, 11 kids. She still managed to keep her small figure after having them. She made him wait to marry her.

This is a story of a woman who no matter what supported her man. They moved around a lot. Some of it was due to financial reasons, some of it was due to health reasons. They did not have the perfect relationship. They faced hardships. They faced issues. They lived through a lot. But they went through it together.

I am thankful to have been able to read this story. It made me appreciate who I am and where I came from. I received a copy of this book through the JustRead Publicity Tours Blogging program, all thoughts are my own.


(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.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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  1. Yay! Thank you for sharing your review. So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I think this will be so good! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!