Friday, July 3, 2015

Beauty & a Book | Guest Post from Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway

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On May 1st, I introduced this special feature on my blog. Every Friday throughout the summer, I will continue to share posts from fellow bloggers & even a few authors focusing on the inner beauty of some of our favorite book characters. So stay tuned!

Here’s how it works: Pick either your favorite book, a book you’re currently reading, or any book really & write about what makes the main character beautiful. The best part is…this doesn’t have to be about physical beauty! Tell us about the characteristics this character possesses that makes them beautiful. Inner beauty is such a hot topic right now, especially for young females [males too!] & I want to show others that beauty comes in forms. We see it on magazine covers, on the big screen, and other various forms of media outlets, but we can also find it in the books that we read.

 If you would like to join, please feel free to email me at hsheffield2011 at gmail dot com. I’d be thrilled to have you share your own B&aB post!

Past Posts:

 [initial post] – May 1st
[Holly Quills & Ivy] – May 5th
[Nicole Brinkley] – May 15th
[Ginger @ GReadsBooks] – May 22nd
[Leah @ Leah Lately] – May 29th
[Adi Alsaid] – June 5th
[Ivey @ The Hopeless Reader] – June 12th
[Brian @ The Guy’s Side] – June 26th

This week, Holly from The Fox’s Hideaway, is sharing her Beauty & a Book post. I am so excited to have her & thankful to her for helping me share the beauty & a book love!morrigan's cross

As soon as I heard about the Beauty and a Book feature, I had to ask if I could participate! I think it’s so important to remember that beauty is not only skin deep, that inner beauty is something valuable and that matters more. It’s not about the looks; it’s about the person inside. And there was no question in my mind for this feature about inner beauty when I chose Moira from the Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts.

Moira is a woman of heart and knowledge and bravery. It is all of that, and who she is, that makes her beautiful. She is one of the most compassionate souls, and one of the most forgiving. Though she has a hardness within, though she is wound up with anger and pain, she lets it go. She forgives. She pushes through all of that to open up to a love that she never expects.

dance of the godsShe is also honest about who she is and will not be put down for doing what she loves. So much of her strength comes from her intelligence. She hungers for knowledge. She loves to read and learn new things. She is openly curious about the world and the people in it. It is that strive to be a better scholar that becomes her most valuable skill when faced against such a threat as war. Even though she is young, she has incredible wisdom.

Moira is also a leader. She is a queen, someone who looks after thousands of people. She has to take care of them, and she has to make tough choices. Her bravery, her resilience to back down from a fight, makes her a formidable opponent. She is not perfect, and she makes hundreds of mistakes, and spends countless hours not believing if she can help her people. But not everyone can do what she does, and not with the compassion and leadership she shows. Even when it’s hard, she doesn’t give up or back down.

valley of silenceThroughout the books, Moira grows so much and becomes a stronger and better person. She shows forgiveness when faced with her deepest pain. She pushes through adversity with a determined stance. She fights with bravery, with skills she picks up, and by using her weaknesses to her advantage. And she, most importantly, is a character who puts heart into everything she does.
Whether that is sitting in the library and reading a book or battling back evil on scorched earth, she keeps her heart open to everything.

Moira is a character whose inner beauty is something that I cherished reading about. Through everything she does, she shows that people are not the sum total of their looks or skills or actions. It is who they are inside that shines the most


Thank you so much, Holly, for taking part in this feature. I love learning about the inner beauty of characters, as well as new books to check out!
Be sure to check out Holly’s blog, The Fox’s Hideaway. You can also find her on Twitter.

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