In Search of the Lost Missionary, by Jeff Barth

“After refurbishing their DC-3 cargo plane, affectionately dubbed Old Gabe, home schooled Bob & Arty spent their afternoons taking flying lessons from their father Jesse Baxter. Aircraft maintenance training at their father’s facilities further prepared the brothers for their missionary aviation ministry. In this series travel with these two young pilots, and occasionally their entire family, as they find themselves embroiled in a South Sea mystery, facing the fears and hardship of jungle travel and hostile natives, making a daring rescue in the frozen tundra of northern Alaska, being caught in the perils of a violent storm and much more.” ~from the back of the book

Title: In Search of the Lost Missionary

Author: Jeff Barth

Series: The Missionary Adventures of Bob & Arty

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: Non-existent!

Recommended age range: 8+, for comprehension??

My Review:

This was an exciting missionary adventure! I think it was written with boys/young men in mind, since the main characters are boys, but I, as a young lady, also found it interesting. I appreciate the Biblical values upheld in this book, and I would recommend it to any family looking for clean reads. This was a great book, and I’m looking forward to being able to read the next books in the series!

**note: more reviews of books from this series to come!

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!

The Centurion’s Wife, by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

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“A sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity- and the very personal story of Leah, compelled into a betrothal she never wanted, drawn by a faith she never expected….

“When her family’s wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed’s striking countenance and position, Leah deems life a s a centurion’s wife a fate worse than death.

“Head of the garrison near Galilee, Alban has ambitions that could one day see him at the seat of power- in Rome itself. Eager to prove himself, he takes on the assignment of a lifetime, one that will put his career, his beliefs, and his very life at risk.

“But when the death- and missing body- of an obscure rabbi compel Leah and Alban to search for answers, what they discover changes everything.” ~from the back cover

Title: The Centurion’s Wife

Author(s): Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ < (four and one half stars)

Romance Content: Well… a couple is betrothed, and they grow to love each other, but I think it was very appropriate. More on that in the review. 😉

Recommended age range: Perhaps 13+?

My Review:

This book was interesting… compelling… touching… revealing… and inspiring. The plot reminded me of what I’ve heard of Mr. Lee Strobel’s The Case For Christ, although I’ve never read his book and I don’t know if I agree with his theology or anything since I haven’t read it. 😉 I love how Leah didn’t want to learn about “the prophet” (Jesus) but she was compelled to by her mistress. Also, I have a feeling that this is one of those books that if I read it again everything will become a lot clearer. I’m a fast reader, and when a book is very interesting and fast moving, I tend to miss things. 😛 So some things didn’t really make a lot of sense at the beginning, but they make sense now and I actually can’t remember what didn’t make sense. 🙂

Anyway, I know that this is probably considered a romance novel, and I don’t usually read romance novels, but a friend recommended it to me and assured me that the romance wasn’t bad. So my mom read it first and let me try it. I’m very glad I did! If you are anti-romance like I am (which would honestly be very strange, since I don’t think I know anyone like that 😀 ), don’t let that hold you back from reading it! It all was very appropriate and sweet, and I liked it. (Yes, I know, shocker, right?) But seriously, I really think the romance was God-honoring.

I recommend this book!

One note: There are several- or perhaps even multiple- scenes with people in the Roman and Jewish bath houses. That did cause me to be slightly uncomfortable, but I think it was handled in a good way.

The Treacherous Trail, by C.R. Hedgcock

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  “The Bakers and the Wilburs have become such good friends that they decide to vacation together at a lovely wilderness lodge. While the ladies and girls enjoy the lodge’s luxurious facilities, the men and boys go camping in the surrounding wild. They expect their greatest thrills to come from horse-riding, canoeing, and hiking, but the trip changes when they find an injured hiker. Then the hiker disappears with most of their supplies, and they’re stranded with little food, no communication, and a long trip back to civilization.

   “What’s more — there are some very strange things going on in this forest, and the mysterious hiker seems to be at the center of them. Mr. Baker must get his team back to safety with no supplies or means of contact, saddled with a thief who will not speak. Phil is forced to act like a criminal when thrown into a company of bad men, and the twins must survive in the wilderness with a man they do not trust.

“Who is really Jigson? What is going on in the forest?” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: The Treacherous Trail

Author: C.R. Hedgcock

Genre(s): Christian Mystery/Suspense

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None whatsoever.

Recommended age range: 10+ because of the suspense in some parts

My Review:

EEEEKKK!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!

Let’s see if I can get some cohesive words out. Hmmm…
IT WAS SO GOOD (oh, I was supposed to be cohesive?)!!!! I was utterly confused for most of it (who is really Jigson? and what is really going on?!?), but I loved it for that very reason! Most of the time it is super easy to figure out mysteries in books, because I’ve read so many, but Miss Hedgcock’s mysteries are definitely unique. And GARTH! ❤ ❤ I loved his ending. I’m really trying not to give away spoilers…. 😀

The main reason that I hesitate to recommend this series is because of the fact that the King James Bible is not used in it. But other than that, I love it!
You may recall that I mentioned the Baker Family Adventures in this post, and the more books in this series that I read, the more I love them! I’m so glad that I bought this book! It is a must-read for adventure/mystery lovers who are looking for an amazing Christian book. 🙂

The Return, by Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

warning: MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS SYNOPSIS!!!

Jakob and his sons Joseph and Christian were given to native tribes. The boys are adopted into separate Delaware clans and families. Jakob escapes from the Seneca and journey’s hundreds of miles over rough terrain to find his way home where he finds his older children , Johannes and Barbara, along with Anna Blanck, who have never given up hope of finding he and the boys. Together, they make every effort to learn where Joseph and Christian are so they can bring them home.  They pray that this is God’s plan.” ~synopsis from Christianbook.com 

Title: The Return

Author(s): Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

Genre(s): Christian/Historical Fiction

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Romance Content:  There are several instances of unmarried young people showing affection to those of opposite gender.  This includes kissing and hugging.

Recommended age range: I think this book is appropriate reading for married adults.

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.

This book is a very well-written sequel to Northkill.  It chronicles the life of three members of the Hochstetler family as they live and adapt to separate Indian communities.  It also shares each of their struggles as they consider the possibility of escape back home to their Amish family, as well as the difficulties for those who do return to adjust to their old life.

The beginning of the book focuses on the father, Jakob.  The authors show his spiritual growth that occurs through difficulties and the changed man he is by the end of the book.  The rest of the book deals with two of his sons who become quite entrenched in their new Indian lives.

There is not a lot of violence in this book, other than a somewhat vague recounting of the raid described in the first book.  The romance in this one is more than in the first.  There is some difficulty for the reader to keep track of the different characters that have unfamiliar Indian names.  I wish I had known as I was reading it that there is a glossary at the end of the book to help with this.  (Or the authors could have put that glossary at the beginning!)

Overall, it is an excellent fiction book that tells of a real- life event.  I feel that a mature reader would really enjoy it and would have a hard time putting it down.

Review written by Jen G, Leona’s mom.

**I received this book from Interviews and Reviews in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a favorable review, neither was I paid for this review.**

 

Northkill, by Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

  “In 1738 Jakob Hochstetler and his family immigrate to America, seeking sanctuary from religious persecution in Europe and the freedom to live and worship according to their nonresistant Anabaptist beliefs. Along with other members of their church, they settle in the Northkill Amish Mennonite community at the base of the Blue Mountains, on the frontier between white and Indian territory. They build a home near Northkill Creek, for which their community is named. For eighteen years, the community lives at peace with its Indian neighbors. Then while the French and Indian War rages, the Hochstetlers’ way of life is brutally shattered. On the night of September 19-20, 1757, their home is attacked by a war party of Delaware and Shawnee Indians allied with the French. Facing almost certain death with his wife and children, Jakob makes a wrenching decision that will tear apart his family and change all of their lives forever. Northkill is closely based on an inspiring true story well-known among the Amish and Mennonites. It has been documented in many publications and in contemporary accounts preserved in the Pennsylvania State Archives and in private collections.” ~from Goodreads.com 

Title: Northkill

Author(s): Bob Hostetler and J.M. Hochstetler

Genre(s): Christian/Historical Fiction

Rating:

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Romance Content:  This book contains scenes containing Amish courtship scenarios as often portrayed in Amish fiction books.  These include attraction between teenage boys and girls, holding hands, and one kiss.  There is also a somewhat veiled discussion on the marital relationship.

Recommended age range: I personally do not feel that this book is appropriate for a teenager that has committed to a Biblical courtship.  Also, some of the Indian scenes are fairly graphic for young people to be exposed to.

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.

This book is a well-written fictional account taken from a historical event in Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War.  It follows the lives of one Amish family as they struggle to survive in that wild land surrounded by Indians.

The central theme of the book is the father’s conviction of nonresistance and how that affects the entire family.  The author does a great job of showing different family member’s perspective; the reader is certainly drawn into the story, feeling what the characters feel.  The climax of the story is centered around an Indian raid, which is described very realistically and somewhat violently.

Overall, this book is interesting and informative, showing the reader who comes from a non-Amish background a different perspective of pacifist views.  The authors also give us insight into the religious beliefs of the main character, Jakob Hochstetler, in many different sections.  One example of this is when the book says, “All his adult life, he had struggled… to earn God’s favor and pardon by doing what was right.”

My main reservations on this book that lowered the rating are the small amount of romance and the level of detail in the Indian raid as described above.

 

Review written by Jen G, Leona’s mom.

**I received a copy of this book from Interviews and Reviews in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a favorable review.**

Jeff McLean: His Courtship, by Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castleberry

“Follow the story of Jeff McLean as he seeks God’s direction for his life. This book is written from a young man’s perspective. A discussion of godly traits to seek in young men and women is included as part of the story.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Jeff McLean: His Courtship

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castleberry

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Romance Content: Since this is a book on courtship, there obviously is a lot of talk about getting married, etc. However, there is nothing inappropriate in the least, and I would gladly hand it to a… well, read ahead, I’ll put that down next. 😉

Recommended age range: Would be perfectly fine for ages 1+, in my opinion, but I believe it is targeted for teenagers and older.

My Review:

This was a great book! Some people might not like it, because there are some long portions where a dad is teaching his son and family on what character traits, etc. husbands and wives should have, but I found those parts especially helpful to myself (not that I’m planning on getting married any time soon, but you know what I mean). God used it to convict me on some areas of my life that I need to work on.

I appreciate the Castleberrys for writing such wonderful, God-honoring books! I enjoy these books a lot. 🙂

 

 

Wedding Designed by Email… KiirstiAan’s Nightmare?, by Shelia Holmes

      “The very last in at least a gazillion emails, through which the wedding was planned, has been sent! No more emails! Hurray! And, as far as is known, any past planning problems during that time span have been worked out. Today is her wedding and KiirstiAan is convinced that nothing can happen to plague this long awaited day.

   “It’s going to be a “picture perfect” wedding, just wait and see! Or, will her vision of her wedding implode, creating the most outrageous and bazaar nightmare that can be conceived?”

Title: Wedding Designed by Email… KiirstiAan’s Nightmare?

Author: Shelia Holmes

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Romance Content: Not much. The story is about a wedding, so they kiss and stuff, but nothing that detailed. An un-married couple does kiss once (more on that in the review).  The main focus of the story is not the romance.

Recommended age range: 13+

My Review:

**I was given an e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to give a positive review.**

This was a very funny book! And I loved how it all worked out in the end. 🙂
Things that I liked:
1) The decor at the reception sounds absolutely amazingly beautiful!!! Mrs. Holmes did a great job describing it all. 🙂
2) It was pretty funny how things kept going wrong during most of the book. It really did seem like nothing else could go wrong (although, I guess nothing went wrong with the wedding itself…)! I felt kinda sorry for the mother (most of the story is told from her view-point).
3) It seemed like KiirstiAan and her mother had a wonderful relationship, and I appreciated that.
4) KiirstiAan is a beautiful name although I’m not quite sure how to pronounce it, and I love the unique touch it gave to the story. 🙂
However, there were a few things that I didn’t approve of/weren’t fully explained:
1) I don’t think that there should be dancing at weddings, and that was part of the story.
2) I don’t understand how the wedding was designed by email, like the title says… I don’t remember emails being mentioned at all, actually. (I have been informed that this is referring to the rest of the series; this is not to be read as a stand-alone, which I did)
3) I would have liked to know how SPOILER ALERT!!Evan got hurtSPOILER END!!!. That wasn’t explained very well.
4) I don’t think that couples should kiss before marriage, and that did happen (on the cheek, and I got the impression that they kissed on the lips as well, although that wasn’t fully stated).

All in all, I would recommend this book for those who are okay with the things that I mentioned in the “things that I didn’t approve of/weren’t fully explained” section. 🙂

Footprints in the Barn

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   “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 Legend of Annie Murphy, by Frank Peretti

Starting today, I will be posting reviews on Mondays as well as Thursdays, Lord willing 🙂

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In 1885, the Murphy mine struck gold. According to legend, Annie Murphy killed her husband out of greed. Just before she was to be hanged for the murder, she escaped. Now, 100 years later, there have been sightings of Annie Murphy’s “ghost”. The Coopers unwittingly become involved in a mystery that finds them caught between the past and the present.

 

Title: The Legend of Annie Murphy

Author: Frank Peretti

Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Time travel (if that’s even a genre… lol)

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Romance Content: None.

Recommended age range: 10-15

My Review:

This… was a very interesting book! I loved the time travel aspect of it- I’ve always been intrigued by time travel, even though I know it isn’t a reality- and with the mystery intertwined… very cool. 🙂 I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended, but just a warning- time travel is not really real (as far as I know), so don’t let this book convince you. 😉

The Courtship of Sarah McLean

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    “Sarah McLean is a nineteen year-old girl who longs to become a wife and mother. The book chronicles a period of two years, in which she has to learn to trust her parents and God fully in their decisions for her future.”

 

Title: The Courtship of Sarah McLean

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Steven Castlebury

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

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Romance Content: Nothing inappropriate; the main theme of the story is courtship and marriage, but it is portrayed in a Biblical and God-honoring way (no kissing, holding hands, hugging, etc between un-married couples).

Recommended age range: 10-100! 🙂

My Review:

Okay, can I just say that this is an AMAZING book? It was sooo good, and had an accurate portrayal of Biblical courtship.
My parents have decided that courtship is the best way of action for us (their children) and I was happily amazed to find a good, sound book that shows this. It showed Sarah’s struggles and triumphs, which I thought was a great thing. I would not say that it was un-realistic in any way at all; I know many people who have the same standards as Sarah and her family. It was a blessing to see how Sarah and her siblings helped out around the house with a good attitude.
I appreciate the good message that this book gives; I have to say that it is the first book I have found like it (which is pretty sad).

 

The Scripture Sleuth 3, by Matthew Halverson

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  “Who stole the lumberjack statue? Is a peanut butter sandwich really powering the digital clock, or is it just a science fair scam? Why is there a mysterious skydiver in Pine Tops? Concord Cunningham can crack all the cases, but can you? In the third volume of unique Scripture Sleuth mysteries, Concord once again faces an exciting new case in each chapter. Though Concord always solves the mystery, he never gives away the solution. Instead, he reveals the location of a Bible verse which holds the mystery’s final clue. Then it’s up to you to look up the clue and crack the case! Not sure about your answer? No problem. The solutions are at the back of the book.

“Scripture Sleuth 3 also includes ” The Greatest Case,” which brings Concord face to face with another Scripture Sleuth. Together, they investigate the most important case ever. These timeless and lighthearted mysteries are certain to make you think, laugh and make looking up Bible verses is irresistibly fun.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: The Scripture Sleuth 3

Author: Matthew Halverson

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

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Romance Content: None

Recommended age range: 7-10

My Review:

I loved this book! I enjoy books where you have to solve the mystery, and having to look up Bible verses for it? That was a great idea! The mysteries were each unique, and I only figured out a couple without looking in the back.

I am not sure what Bible version is used in this book, but I don’t think that it was KJB. That is a slight downside to it, but I still enjoyed it very much. 🙂 I would recommend this book for ages 7-10.

 

 

Violet’s Bold Mission

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“Vi Travilla is about to take on a challenge unlike anything she’s ever done before. Vi knows that her dream will not be easy to achieve, but she is little prepared for the complications that await her. Who will come to her aid as she confronts the unknown forces that are determined to end her mission? What must she do to win the hearts of the people she wants to serve? Will her faith sustain her as she faces distrust and danger? The fourth in the A Life of Faith: Violet Travilla series, Violet’s Bold Mission is based on characters created by Miss Martha Finley, a nineteenth-century novelist who penned a series of best-selling books about the Christian life. Her books inspired millions of readers in her own time. Mission City Press is pleased to continue Miss Finley’s tradition of Christian storytelling in these new adventures of Vi Travillaa young woman committed to live her faith every day through service to others.” ~from Goodreads

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Title: Violet’s Bold Mission

Author: Based on the Characters by Martha Finley (I’m not sure who the real author is)

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: Hints of romance; not main part of story

My Review:

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Touch the Sky, by Robert Elmer

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     “Barely escaping a plane crash, Peter discovers a concealed handgun in the plane’s cockpit. What is Matthias hiding? Who is involved in the nighttime rendezvous?” ~from Goodreads

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Title: Touch the Sky

Author: Robert Elmer

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction/Adventure

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

Another wonderful book in the Young Underground series. The action was wonderful- that’s one of the things that I love about this series- and it was so exciting (and HAPPY 😀 )when SPOILER ALERT!! Henrik finally asked Christ into his heart. I’m not sure why he didn’t do that earlier in the series, since (I think) that would have made the series better, but… that’s what the author did. 😉 SPOILER END!! I thought for sure that SPOILER ALERT!! Henrik was going to have to move to Palestine SPOILER END!!– SO glad that didn’t happen. Unfortunately, this is still the last book in the series… *cries* 😥 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! 🙂

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Ivy Introspective: BLOG TOUR!!

Yes, yes, I know that I have been doing a lot of blog tours recently, and I apologize for that, but… I love getting free books!! 😛 😉

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 (I am only doing the blog tour for Ivy Introspective today. 🙂 )

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I ❤ this cover!! 🙂

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

“After much thought, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for girls and boys like her. However, scared and worried away from her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

“Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remained lost in her own mind forever?” ~from Goodreads

Title: Ivy Introspective

Author: Kellyn Roth

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

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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.

I’m not quite sure what to think of this book. However, I’ll try to gather my thoughts in this review.

Reading about Ivy was very interesting. I liked how she “found the song in her head”. I’ve read about special needs kids being very musically talented, and this seems to agree with that. Violet was a very interesting character… which brings me to another point:

The different places/circumstances where certain characters (SPOILER ALERT!! Mr. Parker and Violet SPOILER END!!) come to Christ are a bit vague. It is implied that they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, but… it isn’t very clear. ??

I did like to see different characters “grow up”. 🙂 But… in my opinion, some of the adults in this story acted very immature. That seems to be Kellyn’s writing style, though, and I don’t think that it took away from the story. 🙂 Somehow, it fit with the characters’ personalities. 😉

 

Meet the Author: Kellyn Roth

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Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

 

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Interview with Kellyn:

Welcome to my blog, Kellyn! I have five questions to ask you today.

1) About how long did it take you to write Ivy Introspective?
Years and years and years …
Well, okay, from start to finish it wasn’t quite one year. I wrote the first draft in November 2016 (after much daydreaming, outlining, etc.). And then deleted it and started all over again. I wrote (or rewrote) Ivy Introspective over the spring and summer of 2017. I believe this new draft was finally completed in October 2017.
But it felt like longer. I really took too long to write this one. I even wrote a 15,000-word novella write in the middle of my writing – and published it! Procrastination at it highest, am I right?
 
2) Where did you get the idea for Ivy Introspective from?
 
I think the original idea came from wanting to somehow help Ivy (who first appeared in The Dressmaker’s Secret, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 1). She has a slight mental disability, and I couldn’t think of a way that she could receive the special training she would need.
In Ivy’s time, anyone who was different was ostracized or put in terrible places that were supposedly mental hospitals but were often more like third-world prisons. And, well, that wasn’t going to happen to my Ivy. Neither was she going to spend the rest of her life hidden. She probably could have learned to live with her disability (which is similar to some forms of autism), but I wanted to write about Ivy learning to be her amazing self in a way that wouldn’t take decades of gradual coping.
So … I decided to go off the rail a little and make up a place for Ivy to go to learn in a special way … a secluded school in Scotland. No, it’s not 100% historically accurate, but I hope it isn’t too unbelievable to have existed.
 3) What is your best tip for wanna-be authors?
Just keep writing is a little cliché, and read until you explode has been done too many times. Both of these are stellar pieces of advice, though, and in no way do I seek to discredit them.
I think my #1 piece of advice would be “write what you love.” Do you really love cats? Well, I don’t see why there can’t be cats in your stories. How about the ocean? You can write a story set by the sea, can’t you? Or perhaps you’re a lover of elves – all kinds of elves, from Santa’s Little to Tolkien’s. So put some elves in your story.
I myself really love the classic Grimm’s fairytales. I write historical fiction, but one of the themes in my series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, is fairytale endings and how they play out in real life. There’s a chapter in Ivy Introspective that plays on this idea, and it’s one of my favorites. 🙂
 4) What is your favorite line/quote from Ivy Introspective?
Just one?! How could I choose? But I suppose I’d pick this one:
“I never know I can do anything until I do.”
~Ivy Knight, Ivy Introspective by Kellyn Roth
5) Which character in Ivy Introspective is your favorite?
Hmm … I guess Violet Angel. She’s a student at McCale House who “befriends” Ivy. (I put that in quotes because Violet is a sarcastic, unruly girl who doesn’t really “befriend” anyone so much as tolerate them. 😉 )
Thanks for interviewing me, Leona! ❤
You’re very welcome! I enjoyed it. 🙂

And, as usual, there is a giveaway with this blog tour:

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There is also an international giveaway for ebook copies of the books. To go to that one, click the arrow under the title of the giveaway (if that makes sense).

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Peril on Providence Island, by C. R. Hedgcock

Peril on Providence Island (Baker Family Adventures #2)

“The Bakers are full of excitement as they head to the English countryside to celebrate Grandfather Wilson’s eightieth birthday. When an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease tells a tale of treasure lost on the high seas, the Bakers are sure she has confused reality with fiction. But as they find information that supports Old Marge’s story, they begin wondering whether there is truth in it after all.

“Can the discovery of an ancient treasure help Old Marge stay in her beloved cottage and out of a nursing home? This question sends the Bakers on a swashbuckling adventure of mystery and peril, following an old diary through mysterious caves and a maze of clues in search of the missing treasure. Along the way, their quest is marked by amazing providences that point to this key conclusion: God’s ways are always right and true.” ~from Goodreads

Title: Peril on Providence Island

Author: C.R. Hedgcock

Genre(s): Christian YA Fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (four stars)

Recommended age range: 10+, because of some suspense

My Review:

AAAAHHH!!! This was so good! I mean, the action! the suspense! This was better than the first Baker Family Adventure, in my opinion. It was VERY good. Some more details:

SPOILER ALERT!! The Bakers go to England for Mr. Baker’s father’s 80th birthday. While there, they meet an elderly lady, who tells them a story of treasure, under the sea. Anyways, long story short, they end up going to this island, finding the chest of gold, and fighting off and catching bad guys. SPOILER END!! For those who skipped the spoiler, the Bakers have a rather exciting (and stressful at times) adventure. My kind of story, folks. 🙂 (My synopsis there sounds terribly cliche, but it wasn’t, really. 😉 ) Annnnddd… You really have to read this, folks. I’m serious. It is GOOD!! 🙂

The only reason why I don’t fully recommend this book (and the rest of the series) is because the King James Bible is not used (I think the NKJV is used, if I remember right). But other than that, I really liked it!

So, basically, this was a WONDERFUL, ACTION PACKED book. A must read. 🙂

Autumn with the Moodys, by Sarah Maxwell

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“Starting where Summer with the Moodys ended, the Moodys begin their new homeschool year. Not only is Mom experiencing morning sickness, but Maple, the eleven-week-old puppy, adds her twist of excitement. Packed into the book, you’ll find the Moodys helping their grandparents move nearby, an emergency trip to the doctor’s office, puppy training, birthday excitement, blessing neighbors, homeschooling–and to wrap the book up–a special Thanksgiving surprise!” ~from Goodreads.com

Title:  Autumn with the Moodys

Author: Sarah Maxwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Content: 6/5

My Review:

I don’t know, maybe I was in a better mood when I read this book, but I liked it better than the last one. It had more action (in the last one it didn’t seem like the Moodys DID much, if you know what I mean). And I’m starting to agree with the idea that books should have good examples in them (as opposed to people being bad, and getting punished for it). There might just be something to that! However, I think that there still should be some “conflict” in a story; otherwise, it just gets boring (kinda like the first book in the series). 😉
So, I guess that this “review” was more a stating of my opinions in general instead of a review of this book in specific, but I hope you don’t mind. I guess I’ll tell you some more about the book below (DO NOT READ IT IF YOU DON’T LIKE SPOILERS!!!):
SPOILER ALERT!! I LOVED Maple! My family is hoping to get a puppy, so that just made her more adorable. ❤ And the stuff with Mrs. Moody having morning sickness-very realistic, people! My mom hasn’t really had much with her pregnancies, but I know people who have. This just adds to the reality of the book, which I liked. And… Grandpa Moody getting saved at the end!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ !!! I loved that Miss Maxwell gave the whole salvation plan, and what exactly happened (as opposed to just saying, “he accepted Christ”). So, yeah. There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. 😉 SPOILER END!!

How was that for a review (and some MAJOR spoilers)?!? I think I did pretty well giving away the main points of the book (in that last section). 😛

BYE!! ❤

London in the Dark BLOG TOUR!!!

 

london-in-the-darkblog-tour-2Announcing… London in the Dark, by Victoria Lynn!!!

 

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London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents. She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

Title: London in the Dark

Author: Victoria Lynn

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Mystery

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Content: 5/5

My Review:

Aaaah!!! I loved this book! The storyline was well thought-out, and Victoria is very good at emotions. I was literally crying in spots (especially at the end)! The beginning was great, and the ending was OH SO GOOD!! The middle wasn’t quite so full of action, but it was still wonderful. I like how she put it all together into a marvelous book. 🙂 Now I need to rave a little:

The beginning:  I liked how the mystery started right away, SPOILER!! with the mysterious man at the dinner party. And the part with SPOILER!! the carriage accident, oh, that was so sad (and kind of a stunner-like, WHAT?!?!). *cries*

The middle: I liked how she peppered it with hints of what the ‘bad guys’ were doing, and showed Olivia’s emotions and how her brother treated her. 🙂

The end: This was my very favorite part of the book. The drama!!! WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS IN NEXT SENTENCE!!! Bancroft’s salvation, the almost-drowning, the wedding…. ❤

All in all, I would give this 5 stars all the way through. 🙂 Thank you for letting me review it, Victoria!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

The Author:

Victoria Lynn

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

 

 

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And… Da Interview!

  • Which is your favorite character?

Oh my! That is such a hard question to answer! It is like trying to pick your favorite child! *wails* Hmmmm. . . All of the main characters are my favorite. I love them for different reasons. Can I pick 4? Olivia, Cyril, Dudley and Bancroft. 😀

Olivia was probably my favorite, but I like the other three as well. 🙂

  • How long did it take for you to write London in the Dark?

The rough draft from outline to writing “the end” was 7-8 months. I write long hand with a pen and notebooks, so it took me a while, but at the same time, I think it took me less time than if I had typed it because I wasn’t distracted, which is what tends to happen when I am on the computer.

Yes, that makes sense. 🙂

  • Is anything in London based on happenings from your life? 

That is a REALLY good question. I would have to say only a little bit. I didn’t realize it at the time, but some of the relationships were similar to ones that I had experienced. Especially Olivia and Cyril’s. Not the same obviously, but similar feelings and emotions.

*doesn’t know what to say to that answer* 😛

  • What was your favorite scene to write?

OH dear. I have two in particular that come to mind. I loved writing the scene towards the middle where Dudley and Cyril are bantering/arguing back and forth. *grins* I loved that! The other scene was one of the main lynch-pin chapters in the middle. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say it is the chapter where something suspenseful happens to Olivia in Cyril’s office. 😀

Oh, yes, I remember that part. 🙂 I can imagine that that must have been fun to write, although I can’t imaging how you could stand it. 😛

  • Who is your favorite author?

Goodness! You are good at coming up with hard questions! LOL! I have quite a few who are my favorites and they are all older books. How about my top 3? Gene Stratton Porter, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Grace Livingston Hill.

I’ve only read books by Lucy Maud Montgomery (in that list). I don’t think I’ve even heard of Gene Stratton Porter! I’ll have to check him out! 🙂

Thank you so much for having me Leona! It was such a delight to answer your questions!

You are very welcome! I’m glad you had fun! 🙂

 

And, what’s more, there are a couple of giveaways!!

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For signed copy of London.

Please enter the giveaways!

Thank you all so much for reading! Please check out all the other blogs that are participating in this tour! You can find the full list on Victoria’s blog. 

 

Have you read London? Would you like to? (clue: answer is YES YES YES!!!) Would you like it if I did shorter blog tours (I know I tend to not read longer posts)? Comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mystery of the Missing Map

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  “Kate, Anders, and Erik have traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Kate’s Irish relatives live as caretakers of an enormous mansion. Kate is excited to meet her cousin Megan for the first time, and it turns out the two girls could be twins- except something about Megan is very different. Will it keep Kate and Megan from being best friends?

“Soon after their arrival, Kate, Anders, and Erik learn about a treasure map hidden somewhere on the grounds of the estate- but when two shady-looking men are seen lurking around the mansion, Kate is worried they will steal the missing treasure. Danger trails the foursome as they race to find the missing map and the treasure it promises- before the thieves catch up.” -from the back cover

Title: The Mystery of the Missing Map

Author: Lois Walfrid Johnson

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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Series: The Adventures of the Northwood #9

My Review:

This book was very entertaining, and had just enough ‘scary’ parts to keep me on the edge of my seat, so to speak. It did have a bit of romance, but nothing overly inappropriate (kissing, etc.); mainly just MINOR SPOILER! Kate and Erik SPOILER END!  making eyes at each other. The mystery part of it was very well developed (oh my, now I’m sounding like a professional critic!), was very exciting, and it was not easy to predict the outcome. I highly recommend this book!

Beyond the River, by Robert Elmer

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  “Spending the summer at their uncle’s farm off the west coast of Denmark promises Peter and Elise Andersen freedom from the constant German patrols and bomb sirens that plague their home town. But on their first night at the sheep farm, a British bomber is seen lighting up the night sky- its engines in flames!

The plane crashes into the icy waters of the North Sea, but by the time they arrive, the pilot has struggled to shore and hidden himself in the thick woods. Knowing they must find him before the German soldiers do, Peter, Elise, and their cousins begin a feverish search for the endangered British pilot.

“The guard dogs are barking and the German trucks are rumbling in the distance- will Peter and Elise be able to rescue the pilot in time?” -from the back of the book

Title: Beyond the River

Author: Robert Elmer

Genre: Christian Fiction

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Content: 5/5

Series: The Young Underground, #2

My Review:

I love this series! My favorite part was when SPOILER!! Peter gets saved!!! SPOILER END!!  The only part that I didn’t like was that they mentioned “the bishop” and that the pastor was wearing a clerical collar. That almost makes it sound like they are Lutherans, but I’m not sure. I loved the story, though! I am starting to like “suspenseful” books more. 🙂

Fire by Night, by Loree Lough

 

 

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Fire by Night, by Loree Lough, is a Christian fiction book. It contains 137 pages and is the fourth book in “The American Adventure” series. This book takes place in Boston, MA during 1635.

Fire by Night is about Phillip Smythe. In this book, a cyclone sweeps through Boston, and Phillip’s father’s carpentry shop is flattened. To make money, Father goes to England to build furniture for the king. (He is a very good carpenter.) While Father is gone, a fire burns up their house. On top of all that, Phillip’s sister dies after giving birth to a baby daughter. Phillip blames God, but soon learns that it all happened for a reason. Soon, Phillip, with the help of his brother John, re-build Father’s shop. And, after twenty months, Father comes home! In the end, everything turns out all right.

One of the best things about this book is that Phillip learns to trust God in everything. That is a lesson that everyone needs to learn. God is always in control!

The rest of the books in this series are very good, as well. I highly recommend all of them.

 

Written by Leona G, 11 yrs.

Millie’s Faithful Heart, based on the characters by Martha Finley

 

  Millie’s Faithful Heart was based on the characters by Martha Finley.  It contains 224 pages and is the fourth book in the “A Life of Faith: Millie Keith” series.  This book is a fiction novel that begins in in the south during 1838.

Millie’s Faithful Heart is about a girl named Millie who is sent south to her uncle’s plantation for her health.  The book before this one, Millie’s Remarkable Journey, describes her journey south.  One of my favorite things about this book is how she falls in love with a non-Christian.  Now, don’t stop reading here, please!  She declines his proposal because of her belief about being “un-equally yoked.”   I think that she had great faith, and knew that she had to do what was right.

In this book, Millie also helps a slave girl and her brother. Millie’s aunt Isabel said that if Millie attended all the parties, she would give the girl to Millie.  Millie doesn’t want to be a slave owner, but she decides that once she goes back to Indiana, she will set Laylie free.  That doesn’t happen, but Laylie and Luke do get to freedom!  I won’t tell you the ending, but it is really cool!

This is a good book about guarding your heart.

If you enjoyed this book, I also recommend the Elsie Dinsmore Series, by Martha Finley. I am anticipating reading the next books in this series, as well.

 

Violet’s Hidden Doubts, based on the characters by Martha Finley

 

  Violet’s Hidden Doubts was based on the characters by Martha Finley.  It contains 224 pages and is the first book in the “A Life of Faith: Violet Travilla” series.  This book is a fiction novel that begins at a Southern plantation in October of 1877.

Violet’s Hidden Doubts is about Violet (or Vi) Travilla. In this book, Vi’s beloved father dies.  She is devastated at this loss and draws back from the family. Later, Vi opens up to her mother and confesses that she believes that she caused her father’s death. Elsie convinces her that her feelings are not correct, and Vi is back to her usual self.

Later in the book, Vi and her family take a trip to Viamede, the plantation where Elsie was born.  Once there, Elsie’s cousin Molly gets married. Many other exciting things happen, also.

One of the best things about this book is the relationship that Vi and her family have with God.  Several people in this book learn important lessons that we can apply to our lives, too.

If you enjoyed this book, I also recommend the Elsie Dinsmore Series, by Martha Finley. I am anticipating reading the next books in this series, as well.