Crossroads, by Paul Willis

Lethal persecution. Haunting decisions. Death just a whisper away.

“Jack grew up concealing his faith, but now the persecution of Christians has turned lethal. After inadvertently putting his family in danger, Jack becomes aware of a covert agency dedicated to protecting Christians. The agency takes his mother and sister to safety and offers him a position as an emergency medic within their ranks.

“Caring for the injured allows Jack to help their cause without violating his pacifistic beliefs, but he stands at odds with tough resistance fighter Britain. Grueling firefights, severe losses, and desperate choices test their beliefs as each of them seeks to save lives no matter the cost. But what is that cost?” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Crossroads

Author: Paul Willis

Genre(s): Christian Dystopian

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None, really…

Recommended age range: 12+, because of violence (not very descriptive, but still)

My Review:

Wow. This book was so incredible. It kept my attention extremely well… which maybe wasn’t a good thing, since I was reading when I probably could have been doing something useful :/ There was adventure around every corner. I loved how Britain and Jack both went through personal struggles that were very relatable. I think that deciding whether to be a pacifist or not is a huge struggle for Christians; we actually had a discussion on that in Sunday School a couple months ago. (It was very interesting because a lot of people had different views 😀 ) Anyway, I’m getting off subject. 😉 There were a couple things I didn’t like: “Thank God” was used about two times, once by a non-Christian. It seems like that could be used as a swear word, which I didn’t appreciate. I also found quite a few typos, which unfortunately seems to be common among Indie authors.
Besides those things, I loved this book! I would recommend it for ages 12+ because of violence and people believing in false gods and speaking badly of the true God. (Which reminds me: SPOILER!!! Laurion almost seemed like the antichrist, because he was so evil, but I don’t think he is. SPOILER END!!!
In short, I loved this book, especially since it really made me think.

 

 

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.**

 

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. 🙂

 

 

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction

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   “To write a powerful, meaningful Christian novel, you must embrace the soaring creativity inspired by faith, while also committing to the serious discipline required of an artisan. You must be able to weave a compelling story with an underlying message that deeply affects both your characters and your readers.

“As fulfilling as the Christian genre is, the road to a satisfying story- and publication- is filled with hard work. But take heart. The Art & Craft of Christian Fiction can help make the journey easier. Inside, author Jeff Gerke provides page after page of insightful instruction and encouragement.” ~excerpt from back cover.

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Title:  The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction

Author: Jeff Gerke

Genre(s): Non-fiction; Self-help

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Romance Content: None that I remember; there may have been some in the short examples he gave.

Recommended age range: 16+, 10+ if you skip chapter 51 (on profanity but includes some stuff that I would not have read if I knew it was there)

My Review:

This book was amazing! Although I wouldn’t admit it to anyone at the time, when I started this book, I was a bit doubtful that my project for Nanowrimo would be good. I didn’t feel like I had everything in place or that anyone would enjoy it. Well, this book has solved my problem. 🙂 Mr. Gerke covers many topics, most of which were helpful to me (I say most because the profanity section was not relevant to me; I would never put profanity into my books, for several reasons. However, I can see that it would be helpful to many people).

I do have one thing that I most certainly didn’t approve of… but I’ll take another author’s words (from her review) to say it: “…One in particular did not appeal to me (he was explaining how to portray a vile character without using language, and I found the example defiling). Because of this, the conservative teen might want to beware….” Thanks for the tip, Amanda! That part can be avoided by skipping chapter 51 (and I highly recommend you do so).
Mr. Gerke compares writing a book to making a movie, which really struck home for me. It helped me understand what he was talking about. However, I haven’t watched any of the movies that he mentioned, so the tips weren’t as pertinent to me as they could have been (*gasp* Yes, I haven’t watched Star Wars or Indiana Jones, which are probably the most famous of the movies he mentioned. We’re weird. What can you expect? :P).
All in all, this was an amazing book, and it really helped me strengthen the plot and characters of my own novel. I would recommend it to any writer who is dedicated to getting better and learning the craft. 🙂

 

 

 

The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ, by Jerry Ross

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“Teenagers – Read this book! Discover the priorities of Jesus Christ when He was a teenager here on earth. Are they the same as yours?

“Parents – Read this book! All parents follow some pattern when rearing their children. What better master plan than the plan of the Master?

“Youth Workers – Read this book! This book is loaded with ideas to help you help your young people accept the ultimate challenge.

“Pastors – Read this book! Rich in scriptural support, this is a book that reminds us all of the ultimate purpose and goal of the ministry.” ~from the back of the book

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Title: The Teenage Years of Jesus Christ

Author: Jerry L. Ross

Genre(s): Devotional, Inspirational

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Romance Content: Nothing bad; he talks some about staying pure (nothing in detail) and how to deal with relationships with people of the opposite gender.

Recommended age range:  12+

My Review:

This is an amazing book! It certainly opened my eyes in many areas and encouraged me to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). This is a book to read over and over, for there is no way (I, at least) can comprehend and put into practice everything that Mr. Ross says the first time. 🙂

This book is very encouraging and up-lifting, but doesn’t hide the fact that it will be hard to follow Christ… but we still must press on. I highly recommend this book; it is an encouragement and help to me.

 

I found this graphic with one of the quotes from the book on it and thought it would be fun to share:

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((it goes on to define the wise and the simple teenager {based on the book of Proverbs}))

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse

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    “Abandoned by his parents and shunned from society, Vinegar Boy is certain he’ll be adopted once Jesus removes the ugly birthmark that scars his cheek. But when he carries the drugged vinegar wine to a crucifixion, he finds himself face to face with the only One who can heal his face. Is there still time for a miracle?

“A gripping story of a boy’s dramatic encounter with Christ on the cross, this book is a classic work of fiction that has inspired thousands of Christians for decades.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: Vinegar Boy

Author: Alberta Hawse

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: Not very much; references are made to a man getting married.

Recommended age range: 12+ (because of descriptions of Jesus/other men dying)

My Review:

I loved this book! The first part was a little sad, but I still enjoyed it very much. I only found one part that wasn’t Biblically accurate: when SPOILER ALERT!!Jesus ascends up into heaven, only a few disciples were there. But in the book, a whole bunch of people are SPOILER END!!. :/ It was only a little thing, and I think the rest of the book makes up for it. Amazing! This is a very heartwarming book. 🙂

 

 

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 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 Art Contest, by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

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Two days ago, the Nazis rolled into Marie’s hometown. With her mother trapped in the countryside and her father ordered to perform piano concerts for the invaders, the 12-year-old’s life is turned upside down.

“When she learns there is more to her pianist father than meets the eye, Marie must work with him to sneak important information past the watching Nazis.

“This is a short story (approx. 12 minutes average reading time). It contains themes of family, adventure, and trusting God in hard times.” ~from Goodreads

 

Title: The Art Contest

Author: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: None whatsoever

 (My) Recommended Age Range: 8-15

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 was a sweet short story about a young girl and how she helped free France from the Nazis. I like how Mrs. Kirkpatrick described things; I always knew what was going on. It was very short, and I would have liked it better if it was even a bit longer. However, if you are looking for a short story, I would recommend this.

 

 

Books I Got for My Birthday {2017}

Yes, you get a bonus post! I didn’t see any opportunities for posting this soon (on schedule), so I decided to do it today instead. 🙂

 

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SORRY! This graphic is supposed to say {2017}… but I made it in 2018 to replace a different graphic, so here we go! 😛

I had a birthday recently, and all of my wonderful friends and family who know me well also know that I love to read, so guess what they got for me? Books, of course! Some of these I had already read, and wanted to have, and others I hadn’t even heard of. I’m going to “introduce” you to these wonderful books.

((click on the links under the covers to go to the books’ Amazon pages))

I have been wanting this book for awhile, and a sweet lady in our church was so kind and bought it for me. However, I was a bit disappointed by it. The romance was more than I prefer.

 

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To tell you the truth, I really wasn’t very interested in this book when I got it. I don’t know, but the cover didn’t look like something I would like (yes, I’m one of those people who judge a book by its cover but don’t we all really??). However, I really enjoyed it!

Yes, I finally have my very own paperback copy of London in the Dark!!! My kind little brothers, who knew I wanted it, pooled their resources and bought it for me. ❤ I have posted my original review on here (London in the Dark BLOG TOUR!!!), but my sentiments did change slightly after I read it for the second time. (Sorry, I don’t think I have updated my review though… :/ )  You can read my first review here.

I got this book from one of my brothers. I have started it, and it is much different from your usual ghost story; I might post my review on here when I have finished it. 😉

I greatly enjoyed this book! It was a romance, which I don’t usually read, but I loved it because it had a twist. 😉

With this book it was kind of like how I felt about Left to Die; I had high expectations and they weren’t completely met. I did enjoy it, but I got annoyed by the main character. 😛

One of my best friends gave me this wonderful book, and I highly recommend it. It was very good!

Okay, so I have saved my favorite new find for last. I had read the Great Illustrated Classics version of this book, and it was okay, but not my favorite. The unabridged version, though? ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! ❤ It is so much better than the other!

Well, that turned into a mini-review-ish post. 🙂 My very first!

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post!

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When is your birthday?

Have you read any of these books?

 

BLOG TOUR!!: Isolated, by Jordy Leigh

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   “Fourteen-year-old Louise Stella flees into the forest to escape an intruder who would take her hostage. But by the time she returns to her house, her country has broken out in war and her home island has become a military base. Sharing the land with enemy soldiers, Louise’s only goal is to stay alive one day at a time. Having no food or water, and little knowledge of how to survive in the forests of Quebec, her biggest adversary is “the Unknown”. Her pride crumbles and she realizes that she can’t sustain herself. She must depend on someone else… but Whom?
 
   “Isolated is a Young Adult suspense novella with uncertainty lurking at every turn. It will have you asking the big questions about life and death. Will you come to the same conclusion as Louise?”

 

Title: Isolated

Author: Jordy Leigh

Genre(s):  YA Suspense

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Romance Content: absolutely none whatsoever!

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 loved this book! From the first page, Jordy had me hooked. I liked the “survival” aspect of the story, and I also LOVED how Louise kept resisting God, but then SPOILER!! turned to Him SPOILER END!!.
There were great times of suspense, but I also liked how Louise had times of despair as well. It really shows how, without God, you cannot do anything.
Now I want to know what happens next! I can’t wait for the next book in this series to come out.

**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.**

The Author: Jordy Leigh

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“From as young as seven years old, Jordy Leigh filled exercise booklets with stories until her hand hurt. She loves a good book, but ultimately she hopes that hers will offer something of greater value than short-lived entertainment. In reading them, may you learn more about the God of the Bible.

Jordy Leigh hopes that Isolated will at once quench
your desire for compelling fiction and nourish your
soul with wholesome truth.”

Da Interview:

((my questions are in bold; Jordy’s answers are italics))

1) About how long did it take you to write Isolated?
 
If we’re talking first draft only, it must have taken me about a year to write Isolated – ‘about’ being the key word. That year was full of stops and starts; publishing this particular story was not on my mind from the beginning. But from first spark-of-an-idea to publication, it has taken me three and a half years, give or take.
2) Where did you get the idea for Isolated from?
The short version: a dream.
In 9th grade, I read the novel “The Giver”, by Louis Pasteur, which I was reading for school. I think it shaped a dream that I had one particular night. I don’t have a practice of telling my dreams to people, but I guess this one was memorable enough that I told a friend. She suggested I write a story based off it. I’ve since adapted the plot to the point where it doesn’t resemble the dream at all. But in doing so, I’ve (hopefully) made it more credible and interesting.
3) What is your best tip for wanna-be authors?
Writing a book requires hours upon hours of dedicated work. Make sure you know from the beginning that you’re devoting your time to something that is worth it. When I consider this from a Christian’s viewpoint, it means that for my writing to be worth the time, it has to be something God is pleased to use for the advancement of His Kingdom.
A good, suspenseful read isn’t bad. But the world and its desires are passing away. So keep what makes it good and suspenseful, but make sure it’s worth something in the light of eternity. Let’s not become weary in doing good, dear Christian writer, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up!
4) What is your favorite line/quote from Isolated?
Oh Leona! Do you know how hard a question that is to answer? I’ll call this a quote, since it’s more than a line:
“For a brief second, she thought she felt the familiar claws of fear sink into her heart. Once again, she stood face to face with the monster called ‘the Unknown’. Then she quieted her soul. Everything would be alright. She couldn’t understand God’s purposes so she would just have to trust Him.”
I’m not sure that it’s my absolute favorite, but it definitely ranks up there! It encompasses so completely the transformation that Louise undergoes throughout the course of the book.
5) Which character in Isolated is your favorite?
That would be Louise, the protagonist. I’ve ‘gotten to know her’ more than anyone else, and I can relate to her in a lot of her weaknesses. Besides that, in Isolated, she’s the main character by a long stretch. Some readers might be relieved to know that more characters become involved over the course of the three sequels.
Thank you so much for allowing me to participate in this blog tour, Jordy! I loved your book and hope that many will be able to read it. 🙂

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.

 

 

The Secret Church, by Louise A. Vernon

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“The Anabaptists are a small group of Christians who believe that everyone is a priest and should be able to study the Bible. They refuse to baptize their babies, and instead baptize adults on a confession of faith in Christ. Because of these heretical acts they are persecuted and sometimes put in prison.

“Richard lives in Germany and is caught up with the Anabaptists when his cousin Otto shows up seeking refuge. Richard needs help to hide Otto, but can he trust his friend Trudi? Her father hates the Anabaptists and wants to get rid of the whole movement!

“Join Richard as he helps his family, runs from guards, meets the legendary Menno Simons, and decides for himself whether he too wants to join the secret church.”

Title: The Secret Church

Author: Louise A. Vernon

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Romance Content: None

Recommended age range: 9-15 (see note at end of review)

My Review:

     This book was great! I loved the whole plot-line. It was very interesting reading about how they got away from the Catholic church (but I’m not sure how they could have stayed, since all the Catholics in this book were basically evil lol). It was also interesting that they went to Menno Simons, the founder of the Mennonites, but everyone called them Anabaptists. From what I’ve gathered about history, the Mennonites and the Anabaptists/Baptists were very similar until the Mennonites went a little extreme (correct me if I’m wrong).
This story had a bit of a mystery feel to it, which I really enjoyed.
**Parents, read this book before your children do if they have bad dreams, etc. Two of the main characters SPOILER!! get caught in a burning house (they aren’t harmed) and the main characters are persecuted by the Catholic church for their beliefs on baptism. SPOILER END!!

Spring with the Moodys, by Sarah Maxwell

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Spring with the Moodys is the fourth book in the Moody Family Series. As the twins’ birth nears, the children want to bless Mom, and their surprising idea for how to do that is a huge success. In the midst of waiting for the twins, a pet-sitting job is unexpectedly given to them and brings its own excitement. There is incredible joy when the Moody twins arrive! Mr. Delome, the neighbor across the street, continues to be part of the Moodys’ lives along with other familiar characters from the first three books. Come join the Moody family for the spring.” ~from Goodreads

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Title: Spring with the Moodys

Author:  Sarah Maxwell

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Romance Content: absolutely none at all!!

Recommended age range: 3-10

My Review:

I loved this book! It is the 4th one I’ve read in this series, and I enjoyed it very much.
The twins were so cute, and I loved hearing how the Moody children were helpful to their mother after the birth. I also thought it was sweet how the children planned for birthdays and the baby shower by themselves. It gave me ideas for how I could bless my siblings, which I’ve been trying to do lately.
This book may be intended for a younger age group, but I still enjoyed it very much. It wasn’t a mystery, or anything like that, but I thought that it was a good break from the high-suspense books I’ve been reading lately. 😉

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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Enjoy the Poodle Skirt, by Kate Willis

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“Rule one: Keep your hands clean.
Rule two: Careful with the food trays.
Rule three: Visit the soda fountain as often as you like, but don’t make yourself sick.
Rule four: Enjoy the poodle skirt.


“Canary is excited to spend a whole week helping her newlywed aunt and uncle run a 50’s diner along with her older siblings Rose and Michael. Even the rules for working there are fun!

“But when a routine cleanup presents a mysterious, hand-drawn map, her vacation gets even more exciting than a banana split with hot fudge sauce. And that’s saying a lot!

“A short story.” ~from Goodreads

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Title: Enjoy the Poodle Skirt

Author: Kate Willis

Genre(s): Short Stories, Christian Contemporary Fiction

Rating: five stars

Content: 5/5

My Review:

This was an adorable little short story about three siblings that work in their aunt and uncle’s diner for a week. The little mystery is interesting and adds to the story quite a bit- the book wouldn’t be the same without it. 🙂 I love Kate’s writing style and all of the little details that she adds!
The only thing that some people may have a problem with are the mentions of a jukebox and dance steps.

**I recieved a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

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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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 😛 ). 😉

 

Captive Treasure, by Milly Howard

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“The long days on the trail were filled with excitement for adventurous Carrie Talbot. And at the end of the trail waited more adventure–she was going to start a brand new life at the Indian mission established by her uncle.

     “Then a sudden encounter with an Indian raiding party left Carrie with more excitement than she wanted. As she rode off helplessly with her captors, frantic thoughts raced through Carrie’s mind.

     “Why was one of the Indians so interested in the family Bible she had managed to save? How could she escape? Even if she did, how could she ever find the wagon train again?

       “The raiding party took Carrie deep into the wilderness to a Cheyenne camp on the banks of a distant river. There Carrie met the Indian called the Keeper and began a life far different from any she had ever imagined.” ~from Goodreads

Title: Captive Treasure

Author: Milly Howard

Genre(s): Christian Historical Fiction

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

This book was excellent! The MC (main character), Carrie, is inspiring as she witnesses to the Cheyenne Indians who capture her. It was great how, even after she MINOR SPOILER!! lost her Bible SPOILER END!! she still was able to share with them through Bible verses she had memorized. It challenged me to memorize verses myself. I loved seeing the Indians grow to come to know Christ. This book was written for ages 7-9, but I, a 12-year-old, still enjoyed it very much. 😉

 

 

 

 

The Secret Slipper~ BLOG TOUR!!!

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You’ve got it: a blog tour! The Secret Slipper was a great book, and I’m excited to be able to review and promote it on here! 🙂 Included in this post is:
  • My review
  • Book sale
  • Author bio
  • Interview with author
  • Giveaway- US and International!
  • Blog tour schedule

Enjoy! 🙂


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Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose was to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

“Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

“As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?”

Title: The Secret Slipper

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre: Christian Fantasy

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

This was such a great book! It literally made me cry at the end! It is a fairly short read (I read it in one afternoon), but is definitely worth it. 😉 I can’t say that it really seems much like Cinderella (which I like; as you probably know, I’m not one for romance), but it is still a great book. 🙂 I’m also not one for fantasy, but this book fit to my tastes quite well. 😉 I might have to start trying more Christian fantasy, apparently! It did not have any magic or anything (another thing that I like 😛 ). I’m trying to decide if I should give more details… Okay, I will. 😉 (if you don’t like spoilers, you probably shouldn’t read this next section; I pointed out spoilers specifically, but still…)

There were a bunch of twists to the story (the one that caught me most off guard was SPOILER!! that Galien killed the informer {can’t remember his name right now- lol} SPOILER END!!). I did not expect SPOILER!! Lia to go to the dungeon; but that was a good thing, because then she asked the Lord into her heart SPOILER END!!. It had a great message of trusting the Lord throughout SPOILER!!, like when Raoul prays, etc. SPOILER END!!.

So, basically, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!! I feel like I’m saying that a lot lately, but it’s really true!! 🙂 Thanks for letting me review it, Amanda!

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

And… guess what?!?

Sale May 25

Order “The Secret Slipper” by May 26, 2017, to get it at the discounted price of $0.99!!

Also, if you would like to get a signed copy of either book (U.S. only, sorry!), click here!

About the Author

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Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com

Website: http://amandatero.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/amandaruthtero/

Blog: http://www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero

And… Da Interview!

1) About how long did it take you to write The Secret Slipper?

I started “The Secret Slipper” on November 22, 2016 and finished the final draft March 22, 2017 (cool; I didn’t realize it was exactly four months!).

2) Where did you get the idea for The Secret Slipper from?

I had finished “Befriending the Beast” (a spin-off of Beauty and the Beast) as a stand-alone when an author friend asked, “Hey, have you ever considered a father/daughter Cinderella story?” And that is exactly where the inspiration started. I prayed about it, and the Lord supplied the full story.

 3) What is your best tip for wanna-be authors?

Seek the Lord at every stage of writing. Writing is a tough thing, but if it’s what the Lord is leading you to do, He promises to give wisdom to everyone who asks.

Bonus tip: Never stop learning about the writing craft and be critical of your work. That is one of the best ways to get better.

 4) What is your favorite line/quote from The Secret Slipper?

Ooh…tough one…

Probably…“The question is not about the deformity of your body but about the deformity of your soul.”

5) Which character in The Secret Slipper is your favorite?

Jolin. Hands down. He’s the strong, steady, cautious guy, plus encourages Raoul in the Lord.

 

I know this is getting to be a very long post, but we have one more VERY important thing… A GIVEAWAY!!!

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U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

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International Giveaway: Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

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Also Touring With The Secret Slipper:

May 25, 2017

Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway

Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight

Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway

Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview

 

May 26

Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview

Kendra @ Knitted By God’s Plan (Spotlight) and O’Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review

Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway

 

May 27

Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway

Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway

 

May 29

Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview

Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review

Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview

Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview

 

May 30

Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway

Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath | Review

Judith @ JudithWNicholson | Interview

 

May 31

Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory | Spotlight, Review

Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae | Spotlight, Review

Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway

 

June 1

Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews | Review

Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog | Spotlight, Review

Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight

 

June 2

Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway

Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight

Janell @ Views from the Window Friend | Review

Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ | Spotlight, Review, Interview

 

June 3

Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews | Spotlight

Faith @ Chosen Vessels | Review

Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway

 

 

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. 🙂

Sunshine Country, by Kristina Roy

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Palko is part of a mystery, several in fact, but he doesn’t know that. The only mystery he knows is the one that involves the hidden cave and the secret book that shows the way to the Sunshine Country – and Palko longs to go there. He has heard that in that land there is no darkness or fear, sickness or weeping. Soon he has his grandfather, Uncle Martin and the whole village wondering about the amazing little book that tells them such wonderful truths about the love of God and the forgiveness of sins. Even Father Malina starts to ask questions. But then there is the mystery about Palko’s past and another little boy who went missing – Uncle Martin is trying to find him and Palko promises to do the same. Will they find the little boy after such a long time? Are they in fact looking in the right place? Perhaps the mystery isn’t so mysterious after all.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Sunshine Country: A Story of Czechoslovakia

Author:  Kristina Roy

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction??

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Content: 10/5

My Review:

I ❤ ❤ ❤ THIS BOOK!!! Just lovely! 🙂 I love how SPOILER!! so many people get saved as a result of one little boy. SPOILER END!! Just-the whole thing! It is so nice to see people searching for Christ, and finding Him. The only thing that I didn’t like was the part about the Catholic priest; he never rejected Catholicism after he got saved for real… of course, SPOILER!! he died very soon after SPOILER END!!, but still… Oh, well! This was still a WONDERFUL book! ❤ LOVE IT! Please, everyone! Put this on your to-read list or I will hunt you down until you do. Oh, and BTW, I love the description above, too. 😉 So mysterious, it is perfect for the book. 🙂

(And please excuse my ranting and raving; just YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!! :P)

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. 😉