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. 🙂

One Thing I Desire, by Sarah L. Bryant

   

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    “What is your deepest desire?

“Has your life been engulfed by one consuming passion — that you would more deeply know your Savior Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Gospel?    

    “We are given only one life — one blink of an eye in light of a shoreless eternity. What is our purpose in this earthly life? The greatest command is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, yet how do we love a God we do not know? We know how to fit into the “right Christian circles” and say all the “right things” — but do we personally know the Author of our salvation?

    “Sarah’s desire is to challenge young ladies to pour out their lives in the Scriptures, seeking the face of their Savior — in the days of their youth. This is vital, so that they will be equipped to teach the next generation about the faithfulness of God.

    “One Thing I Desire is penned to encourage you in your quest to seek and know your Redeemer through His Word, that your heart would be enraptured by Christ’s great work accomplished in the Gospel.

     “The grandeur of this One Thing will spur you to love Him more with all of your heart, soul, and mind — and to worship Him throughout all of eternity.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: One Thing I Desire: To Know Christ More

Author: Sarah L. Bryant

Genre(s): Christian Inspirational, Non-fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None whatsoever

Recommended age range: 12+ (nothing wrong with it, I just think it may be a bit deep for younger readers)

My Review:

This was a very encouraging book! It took me a while to finish it, because it was a deeper read than I am used to, but it was well worth it. This is a book that you have to take small bites out of. You simply cannot read it in one sitting (okay, so I can’t). The first chapter of One Thing I Desire is an elaborate salvation message (I didn’t realize it until the chapter was almost over, though). It was a great refresher to read, and I especially enjoyed Sarah’s flowery writing.  The rest of the book was about growing in Christ, and making Him the major desire of your life. I liked the prayer chapter; it challenged me to be an intercessor. This book was both encouraging and challenging. I’m grateful for the helpful appendixes. I would most certainly recommend this book, and there was nothing that I do not agree with (well, that I remember! 😛 ).

 

 

Will Our Generation Speak? by Grace Mally

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    “Will Our Generation Speak? is filled with dialog–recounting witnessing conversations and giving practical ideas for beginning conversations with unbelievers about the Lord. It teaches how to ask good questions and answer objections, while illustrating points with humorous cartoons and stories. Written from a young perspective, this book gives other young people a vision of how much the Lord can use them in the years of their youth! It communicates how exciting it is to be working alongside the God of the Universe in the mission of saving souls, and it gives young people courage from the Word to combat fear and reject excuses.” ~from Goodreads.com

Title: Will Our Generation Speak?

Author: Grace Mally

Genre(s): Non-fiction

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None!

Recommended age range: I believe it is appropriate for all ages, but it’s targeted at about the ages of 13-30.

My Review:

This is an amazing book! It is VERY encouraging and challenging, like most of the books I’ve been reading lately. 😉 I was amazed at how many examples Grace gave! And how most of them were positive! This book gave me ideas of how to start conversations, and where to find interesting tracts to pass out (the Million Dollar Bill, etc). Mr. Mally’s illustrations added much to the book; my brothers went through it, specifically looking for them. 😛 I would suggest buying a copy of this book to keep on hand. Highly recommended!

 

 

The Family Daughter, by Sarah Bryant

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Title: The Family Daughter

Author: Sarah Bryant

Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Inspirational

Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (five stars)

Romance Content: None whatsoever.

Recommended age range: 12+ (there is nothing wrong with it; I just think it would be most applicable to this age range)

My Review:

This was a wonderful book! I enjoyed it more than Miss Bryant’s other book, One Thing I Desire, because it was more applicable to me, and talked about more practical things to do. The Lord used it to convict me in many areas, so much that I began to feel discouraged about how many things I need to work on! However, He is faithful, and will help me as I strive to serve Him. ❤ I highly recommend this book, as it touches many topics that often are not addressed, and everything is looked at from a Biblical viewpoint. Miss Bryant uses many Bible verses, and I believe it would be helpful to actually look up all of the verses that she mentions, and to do a study on it (a study guide would also be helpful, but I don’t believe that she has published one). Again, this is highly recommended, and I encourage you to read it. 😉

 

 

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. 🙂

 

 

BLOG TOUR: Bound, by Victoria Lynn

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Note: Since I’m posting today, I’m not planning on posting on Monday as well. Sorry for the confusion. 🙂

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Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident. ~Jorge Luis Borges~

Levi thought he was making this journey alone. But when he meets an eight-year-old girl at the train station, that plan is turned on its head.

Casey is running away and finds out that Levi is too. They decide to journey together and their lives are suddenly bound together in a journey they will not soon forget.

Both children come from abusive situations and are running from the dangers of their previous life. Levi is confident he can handle this on his own, but when Casey is injured on the journey, he must seek help from the first person that comes into his path, or rather people. Mr. and Mrs. Bellworth are simple farm folk with a heart for kids and a passion for serving God. When their unconditional love and gentle care surrounds Levi and Casey, the troubles of their previous lives melt away and they start to flourish. But when Casey is dragged back into the abusive world she came from, the emotional trauma, pain and distrust resurfaces. Will they be forever bound by their past? Or will God answer their prayers?

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Title: Bound

Author: Victoria Lynn

Genre(s): Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Romance Content: None, really. 🙂

Recommended age range: 12+

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 an amazing book and I enjoyed it very much! The emotions… ❤ ❤ I literally had tears in my eyes a couple times. 🙂 It was special… I liked reading about the different characters, and how they felt at different times. There were a couple spots where I felt like I was speed-reading (actually, I probably was… 😛 ) because the action was so intense… I like that in a book. 😉

There were some things that I didn’t like:

  • there was at least one “darned” (I know most people would be okay with that; but I’m not… sorry) 😦
  • when Levi “gets saved”, he doesn’t repent of his sins, and that’s a big part of accepting Christ!
  • it is mentioned multiple times that people are being “sassy”, and it’s not referred to as a bad thing… I don’t think that needs to be encouraged. :/

I know it seems like I’m being super negative here, but really, I do recommend this book! It was really good! Those were just a couple things that I didn’t appreciate. :/

 

I thought I would share some quotes from the book (courtesy of the author)…

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Interview with the Author:

Hi, Victoria! I’m excited to welcome you to my blog today!

  • How long did it take for you to write Bound? 

3 months for the rough draft.

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

Not necessarily based, per-say, but there were a lot of life experiences that played themselves into the story.

  • What was your favorite scene to write? 

Ooh, tough call! I would probably have to say either when Mikayla was pleading with Jason, or the Epilouge. There is always something magical about those two words, The End.

  • Which is your favorite character?

 I honestly don’t know how to answer that one! They are all my babies! And I adore each of them!

About the Author:

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 http://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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 Giveaway info can be found by clicking here.

 

 

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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   “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 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.

 

 

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. 😉

The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser, by Hosanna Emily

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   “‘Rosy growled, and I knew she was pacing the porch. I sensed her uneasiness. Something was wrong. Rosy never barked at cars; why would she choose this one?’

   “13 year-old Emily Kessler believes in God, but when she discovers someone trespassing in the middle of the night, can she learn to trust in Him completely? Will she have the courage to solve the mystery with her friends? And when everything falls apart, will Emily be able to keep those she loves safe?” ~from Goodreads

Title: The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser

Author: Hosanna Emily

Genre(s): Christian, Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

I have been wanting to read this book for a while, and I finally got a chance to. I really enjoyed it! Hosanna Emily did a great job writing this book. I was reading an e-copy, so it could just be that, but I did notice a number of typos. I’m kind of persnickety about that. 😉
This book was well-rounded. I like how it was from a first-person POV (I think that’s what it’s called??). The Kessler kids & friends reminded me of my siblings and myself. 🙂 We enjoy playing in the woods by my grandparents’ house. Parts of the book were a bit confusing; at one point one or two of Emily’s siblings (I can’t remember how many) appear, when they weren’t mentioned earlier. I do like the mystery, however. It was very exciting. 😉
I read a negative review on Goodreads, in which the reader “complained” that the kids didn’t talk to their parents about the mystery. I would agree that that is misfortunate, but I have noticed that this is a common theme in mystery books (the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, etc.). I would say that the author could have done a better job showing parental involvement, etc, but I would also say that it did make the story more scary/interesting/etc. *shrugs*
All in all, this was a pretty good book, and I would definitely recommend it. It was clean, and Bible verses were used throughout (although I must say that I was disappointed that the American Standard Version was used {since I am a firm believer in the KJB}).

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? Please comment below with your opinions!

Aaannnddd… this has nothing to do with this book, but just to let ya’ll know, I am going on vacation next week, and will not be able to post. I will try to schedule a post, but WordPress doesn’t always co-operate when I try that, so… we’ll see! 🙂

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. 😉