Friday, September 30, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Tethered by Eleanor Bertin

Book: Tethered

Author: Eleanor Bertin

Genre: Christian Contemporary

Release date: July, 2020

Perfectionistic librarian Jacqui Penn is ripped up by the roots when she’s dumped by her longtime boyfriend. She is drawn two thousand miles west across Canada to the last place she ever thought could offer stability—the old homestead where her father grew up.

Renovating the derelict house soon becomes a personal battle as it stubbornly resists her efforts. While Jacqui struggles to renew the home, she spends time with the family Pops bitterly resented. Her hunger for roots grows stronger as she fights to discover the long-buried reasons her father fled the house as a beleaguered teen. But will she ever find the belonging she craves?


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I really enjoy books by new to me Authors and also the Christian Contemporary genre. Tethered by Eleanor Bertin is Book 3 in the Ties that Bind series. I have not read the first 2 books in this series yet as I am just discovering Author Eleanor Bertin. 

Jacqui Penn is going through some heartbreaking situations after her boyfriend of many years ends their relationship. Jacqui, who is a perfectionist, decides to move to the other side of Canada, to the town and house where her father grew up. Jacqui is getting frustrated as she attempts to Renovate the house, as it is an old home and it needs a lot of repairs. She has reconnected with her Pops Family members and she is enjoying their conversations as she seeks to learn more about her Pops childhood. She really wants to be rooted somewhere and as she discovers more about her Dad's childhood, she is hoping to discover more of herself. Will Jacqui find her "place in this world" through discovering her father's past? Will Jacqui find peace and contentment after her breakup? 

I will say it took a couple of chapters for me to really get into the storyline and book. Once I grasped the storyline I couldn't stop reading. I really appreciate how the author showed how Jacqui was determined to not only fix the house but reconcile family relationships. Jacqui discovering her Father's family and learning they were not the "Bad ones" as her father had told her only made Jacqui a stronger person. I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading the other 2 books in this series and other books by Eleanor Bertin. I HIGHLY recommend this book to those who enjoy Christian Fiction books. GREAT BOOK! 

Eleanor Bertin loves books, people, and the sweeping skies of the Canadian Prairies where she was raised.

She studied Communications in college and returned to writing after raising and home-educating a family of seven children. The author of Lifelines, Unbound, Tethered, and the memoir, Pall of Silence about her late son, Paul, she lives in central Alberta with her husband and youngest son where, much like Jacqui, they are coaxing to life a century home.


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Long before Jacqui came to be, I had the title Tethered, drawn from the first book in the Ties that Bind series, Lifelines. I was taken by the rope imagery that played so well into biblical themes of God drawing people to Himself. The second book, Unbound, deals with the way cables of guilt and fear can keep us in bondage to legalism.

But ropes have positive uses too. Tethered explores how ties of family and home provide the roots and grounding we all crave. Through each of the books, we see Anna, a widow of deep trust in God. She may seem insignificant, but her influence is powerful. Through her Jacqui, who’s been raised by Anna’s bitter brother, finds the foundation on which her family history is built, and makes it her own.

One of my favourite scenes in Tethered is where Anna teaches Jacqui to bake pie. It’s a piece lifted from my own life. My mother, now 94, was renowned for her pies, which she often gave to the bereaved or struggling. Like Anna, she generously taught her techniques and tips to the women of our family who carry on the tradition.

Here’s where Mom’s tips make all the difference. We don’t freeze whole pies. Instead, we freeze pie crusts already rolled out to size, layered between parchment paper, or better still, the plastic liners from cereal packaging cut to size. (Mom was “green” long before it was fashionable.) Making a batch of skins ahead of time saves space in the freezer compared to fully assembled pies, yields a fresher result when baked, and saves so much time. Whenever you want a pie, pull out a couple of the prepared crusts. While they quickly thaw, prepare your pie filling, assemble, and bake! Even our menfolk have been able to proudly say they baked a pie themselves.

Here is the recipe we use:

Pie Skins


5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

In mixer, mix dry ingredients together. Then, a half cup at a time, cut in (with wire whips):

1 lb. lard (vegetable shortening will not give the desired flakiness)

Cut into flour mixture until crumbled to the size of peas. Do not overmix!

In a 2-cup measuring cup, beat:

2 eggs until frothy

Add:                2 Tablespoons vinegar

Add enough cold water to the liquid to make 1 cup. Then add to flour/lard mixture.

Using dough hooks, mix gently just until dough forms and will hold together. Again, do not overmix.

Divide dough into six or seven balls.

On each floured piece of cereal box plastic, roll out pastry from the center outward to just over 1/8-inch thickness. Keep flouring the rolling pin to prevent sticking.

Cut the crust to size of pie plate with ½ inch extra all around. Re-roll the scraps into the next ball of dough.

Freeze skins in a plastic pie keeper or even in a zippered plastic bag on a flat surface.

Bake pie on bottom rack of oven, 450F for 15 minutes, then 375F until golden brown (another 10-15 minutes). No pale, anemic pies for us!

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To celebrate her tour, Eleanor is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. 

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Tethered sounds like a captivating read and I am looking forward to reading Jacqui's story! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review!

Have a spectacular TGIF!

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds very good. I like the cover

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Good book for Fall reading.
Thanks for the contest.

Esther Rose said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds good! I appreciate knowing that though a book might start slow it ends up sucking you in.

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a great book.

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

Tethered sounds like a good story about Jacqui's search for the truth.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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