Jayne’s Endeavour Blog Tour!



Life in 19th century Australia overflows with hardship . . . Will Jayne have the courage to find the answers?

I am excited to participate in a blog tour today for an excellent book– Jayne’s Endeavour, by Lauren Compton. Read on for more information about the book, series, author, my review, an exclusive excerpt, and a giveaway!

About the Book

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Page Count: 276
Age Range: 12-18
Series: Book 1 of The JOY Series

Mysterious strangers, a Scripture verse, and a threat.

“Reids never give up.” The words once held so much truth. But at eighteen, Jayne Reid is beginning to wonder if she can live up to that standard.

When puzzling strangers appear and odd things start to happen, Jayne and her two younger sisters must find a solution—or lose everything.

What mystery lurks in the shadows of the Australian bush? Who is the man in town who thinks he can buy and bully anyone he wishes? And is it all somehow connected to their new farmhand?

Journey with Jayne as she struggles to change fear into boldness and boldness into a trusting relationship with her Heavenly Father. What adventure lies ahead?

Title: Jayne’s Endeavour

Author: Lauren Compton

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: N/A

Recommended age range: 12+, appropriate for all ages

My Review:

FTC Disclosure: I was given an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

This was a very interesting book with great Scriptural truth! I enjoyed learning more about Australia– the different words and spellings were fun to read as well as learning about wildlife and plant life in the bush. 🙂 The premise/plot was very interesting, and I enjoyed trying to guess what was really going on, especially pertaining to a couple characters. 😉 Oh, and I also loved Jayne’s name! It’s an unique way to spell it that I hadn’t seen before.

The only thing that I didn’t appreciate were the scenes where the main character, a young lady, is alone with men and touches them, either to comfort {i.e. she touches him lightly on the shoulder} or to help an injured man. Now, there is nothing inappropriate and the men are quite a bit older than her, like closer to her father’s age, but I still don’t prefer such things.

All in all, this was an enjoyable book that I really enjoyed! I appreciate the Biblical lessons throughout, such as God being a Father to the fatherless and, while much more subtle, the lessons against gossip. I would recommend this book to people of all ages!

Excerpt

“Jayne, Jayne, you’ll never guess what’s happened.” Yvonne gasped for breath as she halted in front of Checker’s stall. “The lantern we left out is missing. Nowhere to be found.” 

Olivia came up behind Yvonne. “We looked everywhere.”

Jayne groaned and set her milk pails on the ground outside the pen. She had forgotten to ask about the lantern. “Where did you leave it?” she asked Olivia.

“It was too difficult for me to carry the lamb and the lantern last night. Halfway home we decided to leave it by a tree. We made sure we left it where we could find it, but—” She lifted her hands in a helpless shrug.

Jayne didn’t like the possibilities that her mind immediately conjured up. To Yvonne it was just an exciting mystery, but to Jayne the implications seemed serious. Had someone been creeping around their property in the dark? Was it someone connected with Mr Lamberton? Or worse still, could it have been Lamberton himself? As Jayne remembered how she had sat alone in the dark last night, a tingle ran down her spine.

Olivia watched Jayne’s face closely. “What do you think happened to it?”

Jayne shrugged, unwilling to voice her thoughts. She patted Checkers as she disciplined herself to think of a more obvious solution. “You probably just forgot where you put it. Come, and we’ll all look.” 

Olivia nodded. “Sure enough it hasn’t grown legs and walked off. More than likely we just had the wrong place.”

Jayne shook her head at herself. Why must she always jump to the worst possible conclusion? Still feeling frustrated, she called out to Yvonne, who was already heading out of the stable. “Wait till I put these pails inside.” 

–Chapter 10,  Jayne’s Endeavour

The JOY Series

The JOY Series follows three sisters on a quest to keep their parents’ legacy and dreams alive. Loaded with 19th century Australian adventure, it’s a series full of intrigue, adventure, and faith for ages 12 and up!

About the Author

Lauren Compton lives in Australia on a sheep farm—surrounded by mountains and plenty of Aussie wildlife! From a young age she has loved books and writing-related things (yep, that includes spending ages in the writing supplies department!). Now she has embarked on a mission to write books that both entertain AND encourage. Her desire is to weave stories that point readers to her Heavenly Father while at the same time being a whole lot of fun!

Connect with Lauren

Blog | Goodreads |Amazon | Newsletter

Purchase Links

Direct from Author | Amazon | Book Depository | Add to Goodreads shelf

Tour Giveaway!

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And here’s a quote for you… 🙂

Join in the Rest of the Fun!

Be sure to follow along for author interviews, fun posts, and exclusive giveaways! (NOTE: I cannot recommend all of these blogs, as I am not familiar with all of them. Please check them out at your own discretion. 😉 )

Monday 25th May
Abby Rose @ Photos by Abby Rose  |Review

Tuesday 26th May
Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls |Review and Excerpt

Wednesday 27th May
Becky @ Blossoms and Blessings | Review and Exclusive Giveaway
Erika @ Resting Life | Review and Excerpt

Thursday 28th May
Katja @ Old-Fashioned Book Love |Review
Malachi @ Brainstorms with Rain |Book Spotlight

Monday 1st June—Release Day!!
Kaitlyn @ Maidens for Modesty |Review and Guest Post
Lauren @ Novels That Encourage |Release Day Post

Tuesday 2nd June
Rebekah @ Read Another Page |Review and Author Interview

Wednesday 3rd June
Kassie @ Soldier Girl Stories |Review and Exclusive Giveaway
Esther @ Purposeful Learning |Book Spotlight, Recipe

Thursday 4th June
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Book Spotlight, Guest Post

Monday 8th June
Ryana Lynn @ Life of Heritage |Review, Author Interview, Exclusive Giveaway

Tuesday 9th June
Michaela @ Tangled Up in Writing |Review and Book Spotlight
Abigail @ Read, Review, Rejoice | Book Spotlight and Guest Post

Wednesday 10th June
Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books | Review, Excerpt, Author Interview

Thursday 11th June
Tara @ Tower in the Plains | Review and Recipe
Laura @ Beautiful Things |Book Spotlight
Lauren @ Novels That Encourage |Tour Wrap Up

By Paths Unknown Blog Tour!

Today I am participating in (another!) blog tour, featuring By Paths Unknown by Rebekah A. Morris and A Brother is Born by Angie Thompson! In this post, I will be reviewing By Paths Unknown, interviewing Miss Morris, and featuring a quote from A Brother is Born. (My review for A Brother is Born will be posted on September 9th, Lord willing.)

“Could God bring peace from such a winding path? 

“Austin Sparks is doing his best to hold his family together in the wake of his mom’s death, but the world continues to spin out of his control. When his dad announces that the family is moving to their grandparents’ ranch in South Dakota, it’s anyone’s guess whether the change will bring healing or just more heartache. 

“Back on the ranch, Austin finds hope in the familiar surroundings and help in his loving clan of relatives. But can his dad somehow overcome his grief? Will his siblings ever feel at home? And can Austin trust God to guide them all even when the path seems darkest?” ~from Amazon

Title: By Paths Unknown

Author: Rebekah A. Morris

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: See review.

Recommended age range: 13+ for interest, probably

My Review:

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

This was a challenging book! Poor Austin had a lot of problems, but I appreciated how his family pointed him to the Lord as the One who can help! I loved all the little touches: the amazing artistic talent Austin had, the friendship of Connor and Jenny, the differences between Addie and LeaLea, the way the extended family helped out… and so many others. I liked the ranch setting, and horse lovers would probably love it. And I loved how God made everything right in the end and directed their steps.

There wasn’t much romance; it was just right for me. Two characters are courting in the end, and (before they begin courting) when they are reunited there is a little awkwardness, which was probably the most romance in the whole book. So it’s probably not really romance, just a hint of it. 😉

This was a book which I greatly enjoyed! I am grateful for Miss Morris and how she supplies godly, clean books, which can be difficult to find!

Interview with Rebekah A. Morris:

  • What inspired you to write this novel?

To find the answer to this question, come back another day to Read Another Page and read the whole story behind it. 🙂 

  • How long did it take you to write it? 

I started this book last year in spring, but didn’t work on it the whole time. It was worked on off an on amid other stories. This year I spent the first few months finishing up “Hymns in the Hills” so it wasn’t until late spring that I really dove back into this story and finished it.

  • Who do you think would enjoy this?

While the main character is a young man of seventeen, I think anyone in their teens and older would enjoy it. The younger ones might like it too, and it wouldn’t hurt them to read it, but it might not be as interesting to them. I’ve had a mom with older sons tell me there were places in the story where she couldn’t put the book down, and she wants her oldest son to read it.

  • Who is your favorite character?

That’s hard. I love Austin since he is my main character, but Jenny was a lot of fun to write as her personality is more like mine. 🙂 And then there is Aunt Mimmie. Oh, Aunt Mimmie! The strange thing about this story is that there are many quiet people in the main roles, which is so unlike me, so when I got to the extraverts– Jenny, Aunt Mimmie, Mr. Jasperson – they were such fun!

  • What is your favorite scene?

Oh, you would ask that! I probably have several. One is Christmas morning, another is when Austin and his dad have to return to the house after a phone call from Drew . . . Then of course there’s the scene with Austin, Connor, and Jenny in the truck, and the one with the emergency helicopter, and . . . I won’t tell any more. I’m apt to give something away if I talk too much.

Once again, my review for A Brother is Born will be published on September 9th, Lord willing. But until then, here is a quote from it…

“Nothing’s going to take away us being cousins, and I don’t mind adding one more to the pack.” I paused for a second while Johnny hugged me hard, then I asked, “Do you think he feels the same way?”
“About being cousins?” Johnny asked playfully, and I threw a pillow at her.
“About belonging here, smart aleck.”
“I hope so.” Johnny grinned slowly. “He’d better, because once we cross that line, there’s no going back. I think he’s pretty much stuck with us by now.” 

If you would like to learn more about either book, or A Brother is Born in particular (since I didn’t talk much about it) you can…

Thank you for reading!

Prisoner of the Pyrenees, by C. R. Hedgcock

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   “The Bakers are minding their own business when Briosa Del Quera bursts into their lives. She is an orphaned Catalan girl who is still reeling from her grandfather’s death. His last words instructed her to find people called ‘Baker’ and get in contact with a secret agent they know—but Jigson has gone missing in suspicious circumstances and not even his agency is able to contact him. 

   “Detective Mortimer says that Mr. Jigson was last seen in the Pyrenees mountains, and the Bakers are determined to find him and help Briosa get to the bottom of the plot against her grandfather. But as their journey through northern Spain becomes a breathless race to avoid villains and meet allies, they begin to wonder if Briosa has really told them everything. . . . 

   “From a desperate car-chase to a stealthy escape from a Spanish fortress, the Bakers are tested to the limits of their courage and their trust in the Lord. Can they find Jigson and stop a global conspiracy, or will they all become prisoners of the Pyrenees?” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Prisoner of the Pyrenees

Author: C. R. Hedgcock

Genre(s): Christian, Adventure, Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: There is a mention of someone “going out” with a girl, but the person in question quickly chokes and says that he doesn’t date. (Yet another reason to love this series! 😀 )

Recommended age range: Maybe 12+, although I know people 10+ who have read it.

My Review:

Wow.* Miss Hedgcock delivers yet again with a thrilling mystery that really kept me “on the edge of my seat” throughout! It was one of those books where even the reader doesn’t really know who to trust, or why not to trust people. And I love that! It’s disappointing when I can figure out the mystery before the characters in the book do, so that’s another reason why I love the Baker Family Adventures. And the ending was sooo sad! But I shall not say more, lest spoilers sneak out. 😉 The one thing that I don’t appreciate about this series is that the NKJV is used, and I prefer the KJB only. However, I still greatly enjoy this series. Prisoner of the Pyrenees is a must-read to anyone who loves a good, clean, Christian adventure/mystery book.

*Yes, I know that a lot of my reviews start with ‘Wow’. But sometimes I can’t think of anything else to say, because it’s just. so. good!

Footprints in the Barn

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from Amazon.com

   “Who is the man in the green car? What is going on in the hayloft? Is there something wrong with the mailbox? And what’s for lunch? The answers to these and many other interesting questions are found in the book Footprints in the Barn.” ~from Goodreads.com

 

Title: Footprints in the Barn

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castlebury

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

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Romance Content: Absolutely none whatsoever! 🙂

Recommended age range: 5-13

My Review:

 

This was a great book! All of the different mysteries were figured out in the end, and I especially liked the ending to The Mystery of the Hayfort (not to confuse anyone; this is not a collection of short stories, just Jason and Andy solve three mysteries through the course of the book)! Good principles are learned in this book, such as working hard, not complaining, and being grateful with what God has given you. I highly recommend it for ages 5-13, although it is appropriate for all ages.

 

The Twin Arrows, by Kate Willis

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      “Two children. Two journeys. Twin arrows.

“Ryla follows her father’s parting instructions as closely as she carries his gift. Her protectors are kind, and safety is certain inside the convent’s strong walls. But now she must leave and what lies ahead is uncertain…

“Her brother Drewin won’t wait any longer. The knight promised to escort him isn’t coming, and gossiping neighbors threaten to reveal his identity. He strikes out on his own, sure he can outrun the danger…” ~from Goodreads

Title: The Twin Arrows

Author: Kate Willis

Genre(s): Christian Dystopian/Fantasy (not sure which)

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

FTC disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

Things I did like:

I am starting to enjoy non-magical fantasy more, and this is a great example of that genre!

The emotions expressed…aahh!!! So well written! And not just the emotions, the whole thing was very well polished. 😉 Great details, etc.

I liked the parallel between our Heavenly Father and our earthly one (or did I just imagine that??).

I also loved how Kate showed God’s love and care for us when we turn to Him.

Things I didn’t like:

Something that I had a slight problem with was that one of the main characters lived in an abbey for part of the story… I didn’t feel comfortable with the Catholic reference. Of course, no Catholic doctrine/theology was mentioned, but still… I didn’t like that. :/ However, that hardly took away from the storyline/plot. 🙂 And, I could understand why she used that-I can’t think of a different place for Ryla SLIGHT SPOILER!! to be safe in… besides a friends house…:P SPOILER END!!

One thing that I think could have used some work was the background to the story… I didn’t understand really what was going on… SPOILER!! the revolution, why they had to hide… and I didn’t know about their mother being in a different country until the end…SPOILER END!! but that may hate just been the writing style; sharing the different parts of the story as the book  goes along.

 

I know it seems like there was a lot more that I didn’t like about this book than what I did, but really, I highly recommend it!! I just feel that sometimes it is good to let people know what might be questionable in books, and let them find all the good parts for themselves (…as I’ve said before 😛 ). 😉

 

Brave the Wild Trail, by Milly Howard

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   “Florida after the Civil War was one long stretch of wilderness. Men had to struggle to feed and protect their families. Armed with the eighteen-foot bullwhips that earned them the name of “Crackers,” these men lived by hunting small game and by driving the wild yellowhammer cattle that haunted the scrub.

   “Eben Bramlett’s dream is to run a cattle drive down to Punta Rassa on the southern coast. His twelve-year-old son Josh, also expert with both horse and bullwhip, is his partner. Together they assemble a small company to begin the four-month trip to Punta Rassa. With rustlers, outlaws, and wolves ahead on the trail, they mount up and ride out.” (summary from Amazon.com)

Title: Brave the Wild Trail

Author: Milly Howard

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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Content: 10/5 😉

My Review:

I loved this book! It was a great read for a quiet afternoon. 🙂 Nothing bad about it; it was even from a Christian perspective! It is a fairly short book (121 pages), but jam-packed with adventure. 😉 It had small mysteries scattered without (like MINOR SPOILER!!! “who was the man watching the cattle?” SPOILER END!!!), but I don’t think it was a main part of the story. Some girls may not enjoy it as much as I did, as a boy is the main character, and his mom is the only woman/girl in the book (PLOT SPOILER!!! they are on a cattle drive for most of it, and the other helpers are men and boys SPOILER END!!!), but I thought it was okay. 🙂 All in all (I feel like I’m saying that a lot at the end of my reviews…), this was a WONDERFUL book. 😉

Koda by Patricia Hermes

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“Koda is a bay quarter horse with a white blaze. He loves to explore the countryside and run free with his human friend Jasmine nearby. But after Koda sets out with Jasmine’s family on a long and dusty wagon train journey along the Oregon Trail, he finds out what is truly important to him. Here is Koda’s story…in his own words.” Exerpt from the back of the book.

Review: I really liked this book because of how it is from the horse’s point of view. I also like Historical Fiction. The only thing I do not like about it is that it does not mention God. ♥♥♥♥

Series: Horse Diaries, #3

Publisher: Random House Publishers

ISBN:9780375851995

Written By: Leona G., 10 yrs.

 

Secret Star by Terri Farley

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“A movie star horse and his trainer are coming to River Bend Ranch, and Samantha can’t wait. But when Bayfire shows up, something is obviously wrong. The famous stallion has lost his sparkle. Bayfire has to get ready for his biggest, most dangerous scene of his new movie. If Sam can’t help bring back the stallion’s fiery spirit, his career could be over- and someone could get hurt.” Exerpt for the back of the book.

Review: I really like this series, and this book is one of the best. It would be good for ages 10 and up. I especially like the front covers. They always have pictures of beautiful horses. There is another branch of this series called Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island. Terri Farley’s website is at http://www.phantomstallion.com. ♥♥♥♥

Series: Phantom Stallion #19

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

ISBN-13:9780060758479

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Written By: Leona G., 10 yrs.

 

 

Wild Thing by Dandi Daley Mackall

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About This Book:

“Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis loves horses-just like her mother did. But since her mom died two years ago, Winnie, her sister, Lizzie, and her father have moved five times. Winnie never cared much-until now. She has a chance to buy the horse of her dreams at an up-coming auction, but how will she ever earn enough money? More importantly, how can she possibly convince her dad not to move them to another town . . . again?” Exerpt from the back of the book.

Review: This is a really good book except for two points, #1: where her sister says she can have this one boy for a boyfriend. She doesn’t like it, which is good, but it still comes up in the book. The second point is that is uses the New Living Translation of the Bible, instead of the King James Version. The author’s  website is at http://dandibooks.com/. ♥♥♥♥

Series: Winnie the Horse Gentler, bk.#1

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 978-0-8423-5542-1

Written By: Leona G., 10 yrs.