Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book Review: Pilgrimage of Promise by Cathy Bryant

My Review:
This is an amazing, touching, read!

Pilgrimage of Promise (A Miller's Creek Novel-Book 4)Though I have not read the earlier books in the series it did not take away at all from the story, which was engaging, humorous, at times, and impeccably well done. Bryant has some really great talent and knowledge, something that is very obvious in her writing and characters. It was really hard to quit reading! I finished it in an afternoon.

In Pilgrimage of Promise, Cathy brings to life the 1960s complete with the Vietnam War, Kennedy's assassination, and so forth. To me, this was invaluable. I cannot really get into historical books whose author hasn't done their research. It just doesn't feel real. So definite thumbs up for that. I also liked how she balanced all our questions as we go from the year 2012 to long flashbacks in the '60s. The mystery and the questions really drew me in. In some ways, it felt like we were reading two different stories- a good thing, mind you.

I also adored Mona Beth. I couldn't have asked for a better heroine. She was always loyal to a mere promise and did all she could to help her parents stay afloat financially. Not to mention her faith and trust in God through all her misfortunes. Who could ask for a more likable character?

Anyway, this is one you will want to check out if you're interested. I really enjoyed it and give it a full 5 star rating. My only complaint is it was too short. Without a doubt, if I ever find the time, I will be reading the earlier novels in the series. :-)

I received a complimentary review copy from the author in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks, Cathy!! 

Book Summary (from Goodreads): 
Broken promises, enduring love...
A dusty stack of unopened love letters forces Bo and Mona Beth Miller to revisit a part of their past they’d rather leave buried–especially in the face of death. Only as they retrace history will they learn the truth about the shattered promise that threatens to come between them. But can their relationship endure the deception and sabotage they unearth, or will the experience compel them to trust more fully in the promises that never fail?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren {Tyndale Blog Tour!}

My Review:
What an amazing, heart-squeezing, read!

Take a Chance on Me
After reading so many great things about Warren's writing, I opted to give her a shot when Tyndale offered up her latest book Take a Chance on Me for review. I am glad to report that I loved the book! Tiger, Darek's son, is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I loved reading about Darek caring for him, it was so sweet and helped endear me to Darek after he was so grumpy in those opening chapters.

Ivy, our heroine, really brings to life the sad realities of our foster care system. I really connected with her sweet personality and love for helping other people. I also really liked how over the course of the novel Warren showed her slowly allowing herself to accept God's unconditional love. I hope we get more glimpses of her in the next Christiansen Family novel, Walk on By, because I truly enjoyed reading about her.

With two primary couples heading the storyline, I thought for sure it would put me off. But it didn't. I found myself completely waist deep in both of their stories and wouldn't change a thing. I'm in love with the small town of Deep Haven and I can't wait to get my hands on some of Warren's earlier works. Fans new and old should enjoy this one!

I received this book from Tyndale in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!

Back Cover:
Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.

New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.

Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.

Go here to read the first chapter!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer {Litfuse Blog Tour!}

Back Cover (from Goodreads):
Lydia Eldredge longs to provide a sanctuary for her son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky's drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him.
Dr. Micah Hatcher serves the immigrant population in Queens, but under cover of darkness he provides another service that must not be discovered lest his and his brother's lives be in danger.
When Lydia and Micah's paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other's callings. Through unforeseen twists and turns, they seek a refuge of safety--for Nicky, for themselves, and for the needy people God unexpectedly puts in their lives.

My Review: 
A sweet read from Sawyer!

Sweet SanctuaryI have been interested to read something from Sawyer for a few months now, considering all the good things I've heard about her writing. And there certainly is something sweet and likable about her writing style. The words flowed easily off the page bringing both the setting and the characters to life. Sweet Sanctuary is the second or third novel I've read set in America during the Second World War and it represents the era well, in my opinion.

Lydia is an unwed mother who only seeks to protect her son. Her compassion, kindness, and faith shines bright amid the dark times she lives in. Though I didn't make a big connection with her, I still ached for her at times throughout the book. When fronted with hard choices she always strove to make the right one, which I found admirable.

In sum, I enjoyed my first read from Sawyer. It doesn't quite make it to my favorites but it still was pleasant. If you're seeking a smooth read with likeable characters, a bit of romance, and an intriguing side plot, then you need look no further. :-)

I received this book from Bethany House through Litfuse in return for an honest review of my opinions, thanks!

To celebrate the release of  Sweet Sanctuary Kim Vogel Sawyer is giving away a Cupcake Club membership (monthly cupcake delivery!) from the amazing Magnolia Bakery in New York and hosting a Facebook Author Chat party {4/30}!


One "sweet" winner will receive:
    • Cupcakes from NYC’s Magnolia Bakery delivered to your door every month. (Eat them all yourself or share!)
    • Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer for you and four of your friends. (Start a book group — cupcakes and a "sweet" read!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 29th. Winner will be announced at the "Sweet Sanctuary" Author Chat Party on 4/30. Connect with Kim, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be fun giveaways - gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Sweet Sanctuary and join Kim on the evening of April 30th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 30th!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman {Revell Blog Tour!}

My Review:
Love at Any Cost is sure to sweep you off your feet!

Love at Any Cost (The Heart of San Francisco, #1)After a tearful goodbye to the O'Connors, I was ready to introduce myself to the McClares. And boy are they a fun group! Moving away from Boston to the West Coast of San Fransisco, was a nice change of scenery. Truthfully, of the available cities for Lessman to choose, I'm glad she chose the San Fransisco. It really adds something to the flair of the time and the characters. :-)

Cassidy McClare is one heartbroken Texan you don't want to mess with. Having decided she's through with "pretty boy polecats", she wasn't prepared to meet Jamie MacKenna, her cousins' best friend. I felt her emotional transition shift from Mark to Jamie was paced well, and I liked how she clung to God when heartbreak happened again. She's funny, full of spunk, and she has a faith that while it isn't perfect, it is a rock Cassie can hold on to at the turn of the tide.

As much as I tried, I had a rough go of it trying to like Jamie. One minute he's a likable man doing everything in his power for his mother and sister and the next he's kissing Cassie senseless. I only really came to like him as the book drew to a close.

I conclusion, Lessman returns with a new family to love, passionate love interests, a new city to behold, and great writing. I look forward very much to Dare to Love!

I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions. Thanks! 

Available April 15, 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing 

Back Cover (from Goodreads): 
He's looking to take care of his family. She's looking to take care of her heart.
Trouble is . . . love's looking to take care of them both.

Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Jilted by a fortune hunter, Cassidy travels west hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. Can love prevail when Jamie discovers that Cassidy is poorer than he is? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?

Have you seen the cool book trailer yet? 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Hey all! Forgive me for taking so long to get this up, I was trying to wait until I heard back from my winners before I announced them. So without further ado here are the winners of the Shattered giveaway!

Shattered (Alaskan Courage, # 2)
Congrats to Karen K. and Leah B.! They have both responded to my email and I will get their books out later this week. ;-) Thank you all for participating! I cannot wait to do something like this again.

Now, a drumroll for the winner of the Go Teen Writer's book...
Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book
Summer A! I have sent you an email to the email address you gave rafflecopter and I am still awaiting your reply. Please get back to me by the end of the week or I will pick another winner. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Though My Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof

My Review:
What a spectacular sequel to Be Still My Soul!!

Though My Heart Is Torn (The Cadence of Grace #2)I'm still recovering from the heart-twisting experience I read through yesterday afternoon. Bischof does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life and enthralling you with their story. There's no way to easily explain in this review how much I'm in love with this series but I'll certainly try!

Since I've already mentioned how realistic Lonnie and Gideon are let me next talk about the supporting cast. In Though My Heart is Torn the memorable characters, Jebediah and Elsie make another appearance. They both are such sweet surrogate parents for Lonnie. I also enjoyed seeing Addie again. That little girl is so cute and bubbly!

I truly felt my heart torn like Lonnie's. I wanted to cry about halfway through. I felt myself walking right alongside Lonnie, aching to help her. I haven't read a book that's drawn me in and swallowed me up before. So as I patiently wait for the next book I'll try not to reread both books over and over...

I received this book from Multnomah though Blogging for Books in return for an honest review, which I have done. Thanks!

Back Cover: 
Gideon O’Riley has two wives—but he doesn’t know it.

Settling into a simple life in the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley have finally found happiness after the rocky start to their marriage. The roguish bluegrass musician has fallen in love with his gentle wife and the God she serves, and Lonnie rests secure in his tenderness for her and their young son. A heartless ruse interupts their peace, bringing them back to Rocky Knob—and forces them to face the claims of Cassie Allan, a woman who says she is Gideon’s rightful wife.

As Gideon wades into the depths of his past choices, Lonnie is stunned by the revelations. She has no choice but to navigate this new path, knowing that surviving the devastating blow will take every ounce of strength  she has.

While Gideon’s guilt  and his bitterness towards Cassie threatens to burn up his fledgling faith, Lonnie wrestles to find the courage to trust the God who brought them together in the first place. Will their hard-earned love be able to conquer all?

Lonnie only wanted her husband’s love. Now that he belongs to another, can she surrender Gideon to a God with a bigger plan?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

{Book Review} Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

My Review:
A stellar read from Witemeyer!

Short-Straw BrideFrom page one my heart adored Witemeyer's endearing character, Meredith, and her handsome hero, Travis. I knew I was up for some heart-string pulling and guessed I wouldn't easily be setting the book down. To say the least, I was right. This is my first novel from Witemeyer and I am very pleased. It makes me look forward to Stealing the Preacher all the more. (Especially because it's about Crockett! :D)

Meredith Hayes is a feisty, stubborn, young woman almost engaged to a businessman she doesn't love. When she overhears this almost-fiancée talking about committing a crime against a childhood hero, she knows she must do something about it. So she does. A dangerous trait Meri possesses is impulsiveness. She is very spur of the moment and doesn't seem to think things all the way through before she acts. This gets her into trouble more often than others would prefer. But I find it hard to criticize Meri when I know I would probably do the same thing, under her circumstances.

Since I don't want to spoil much, I'll end the review with this: Short Straw Bride is set in the late 1800s, Texas this is a cute Christian romance to brighten your day; with a well-rounded cast, a strong hero and heroine, and some humor this is a very pleasant read. :-)

My grandmother bought this book for me, no review required. Thanks, Grandma!

Book Blurb (from Goodreads): 
No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.

Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can't bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.

Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

{Book Review} Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson

My Review:
A classic from Thompson!

Fools Rush In (Weddings by Bella, #1)In the Weddings by Bella series it would appear that the focus is all on Bella. No surprise there, right? Haha! Though I have yet to get to the others, I very much enjoyed the first installment. The Rossi family has such an endearing quality, despite the fact they're a little crazy at times. :-)

Getting into Bella's head was a lot of fun, considering I only just met her in Picture Perfect. She definitely is a character I feel a lot of women can relate to. It does help that she's so much fun to get to know. It's because of her flaws that as a reader I could understand her and come to like her as a lead character.

Another likeable characteristic about this book is the lack of a boring moment. Something is always happening around the Rossi family. Whether it's a possible lawsuit about a skateboard, dilemmas of a wedding planner, or family antics I was always smiling. The humor alone makes this book a good read, aside from the theme of putting one's trust in God. I can't wait to read Swinging on a Star and It Had to be You!

I bought this book on Kindle, no review required. 

Book Blurb (from Goodreads):
Bella Rossi may be nearing thirty, but her life is just starting to get interesting. When her Italian-turned-Texan parents hand over the family wedding planning business, Bella is determined not to let them down. She quickly books a "Boot Scoot'n" wedding that would make any Texan proud. There's only one catch - she's a country music numbskull because her family only listens to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Where will she find a DJ on such short notice who knows his Alan Jackson from his Keith Urban?

When a misunderstanding leads her to the DJ (and man) of her dreams, things start falling into place. But with a family like hers, nothing is guaranteed. Can the perfect Texan wedding survive a pizza-making uncle with mob ties, an aunt who is a lawsuit waiting to happen, and a massive delivery of 80 cowboy boots? And will Bella ever get to plan her own wedding?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Writing Mondays: {Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book}

Hey everyone! Today I want to share with you a resource that has truly helped me in the past couple weeks of using it. What resource, you ask? None other than the Go Teen Writer's book by Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson! ;-D Here's the book cover and book blurb.

Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book
The question we hear most from new writers is, “How do I get published?”

And the answer is: Respect your dream

Every writer’s journey is different, yet as we’ve reflected on our experiences and those of the writers around us, we've seen time and time again that those who are successful are the ones who had the patience and endurance to stick with this writing thing. They didn't look for shortcuts (at least, not for long), nor did they quit after five, ten, or one hundred rejections.

We can’t make the process easy for you, but it’s our hope that this book will be a tool you can turn to time and time again when you’re thinking, “Okay … what’s next?”

Includes tips for:
-Getting published
-Finding the right agent
-Book surgery
-Thicker plots
-Deeper characters
-Richer settings
-Weaving in theme
-Dealing with people who don't get your writing

I wanted to have finished it before this post got up but alas, that did not happen. I can say with authority, however, that I love everything I've read so far and it has helped tremendously. Already the book has pointed out where some of my WIP's major flaws are and how to fix them. This book is simply invaluable!

If you're a teen writer and you've never heard of the large-and-growing group known as Go Teen Writers, you should check it out today. You won't regret it!  And now, to the best part of the post. Stephanie and Jill are giving away an ebook copy of their book! 

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Few Thoughts on Praise...


These are the things I look forward to every Sunday. Getting to fellowship with great individuals, sharing a common interest, a common love for a Savior, pouring our hearts out to Him in song, and, of course, eating great food.
Image courtesy of Chaiwat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Praise is one of the most important things we as Christians can offer God. We can't give Him gold or silver. We can't give him diamonds or rubies. But we can love Him. We can give Him praise. We can worship Him. We can give Him our very lives. 

And that is all that matters to Him.

"I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High." -Psa. 7:17

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Interview with Dani Pettrey! {Giveaway!}

Hey everyone! I am very happy to bring to you this lovely interview with Dani! Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom, kay? ;)

Welcome, Dani, to Writings of Rosie! Could you give us a little bio please?
I’m a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. I feel blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things I love--the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of my characters' faith, and plenty of romance. My husband and I reside in Maryland with our two daughters.

Oh, me too. Nail-biting suspense is my favorite to read. How hard was it writing Piper and Landon’s story? Did you have everything planned out from the beginning?
Each story is unique and different in approach, but I’m not a plotter. I typically begin with an idea of who my characters are, what crime has been committed and an overarching idea or premise for the story. Then I sit down and start writing. I really enjoy seeing the characters come to life in the first draft. In Piper and Landon’s case I already knew quite a bit about them since they were both secondary characters in my debut novel, Submerged. It was a lot of fun getting to spend time with them again.

I'm sure it was! :-) Is there anything unique or quirky that you do while you write? I always write out my first drafts long hand. I know it takes extra time having to then go back and type the entire draft in, but it’s the only way the words flow at the beginning of a story. Put me in front of a blank screen and I freeze.

Wow, I applaud you for that. My hand cramps if I write by hand for too long. Do you have a favorite place to write? I’ve turned the sunroom off my kitchen into my office. I love it because it’s in the center of our home and the entire back wall is made of windows. I’ve got a great view of the trees and neighborhood pond. And, I’m really close to the coffee pot and espresso machine. :)

Sounds gorgeous! How did you decide Alaska would be your main setting for the series? Once I knew the McKenna family owned and operated an adventure outfit company, I searched for the perfect location. I wanted someplace that offered a wide variety of adventures along with an inherent element of risk. I think Alaska fits perfectly. It’s a gorgeous state!

Can you share anything about Gage and Darcy’s story Stranded?
When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn't satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn't lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby's position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn't the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He's surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report. Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

Eek! I'm so excited for it to come out! Lastly, where can readers find you on the Internet?
 On my website www.danipettrey.com, Facebook Page www.facebook.com/danipettrey, and Twitter www.twitter.com/danipettrey

Thank you so much for stopping by, Dani! I’ve loved interviewing you.
Thank you so much for having me, Rosie. It was a pleasure.

All right, readers, here's your chance to win a copy of Shattered! And, because this week is all about celebrating Writings of Rosie's first birthday I'm not giving away one copy, but two! :D

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Giveaway not open internationally, sorry!!  

Friday, April 5, 2013

Writings of Rosie's 1st Blog-a-versary!

Hey everyone! As you probably guessed from the title, today marks the first year I began blogging. It has been a great year and I look forward to the years to come! To mark this happy day I've set up a series of posts over the next week to help celebrate. To kick things off, I've decided to host a bookswap!

The rules are very simple, raid your bookshelves for books you would be willing to swap and post a list along with your wishlist. You will also need to share an email address so we can contact one another to swap. I have enjoyed all the other bookswaps I have been apart of so I hope this will be a fun experience too. Oh, and another quick note, if you are limited to so many books or cannot ship internationally please state that in your post.

All right! Now that the particulars are over and done with, lets get to the swapping! Here's my list to swap:

Prism by Rachel Moschell
Necessary Deception by Laura Alice Eakes
Flight of Fancy by Laura Alice Eakes (bookmark included, some damage to the book but it came to me that way)
To Honor and Trust by Tracie Peterson & Judith Miller
When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey
Isle of Shadows by Tracy L. Higley
Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan by Melanie Dobson
Words Spoken True by Ann H. Gabhart
The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman
No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig
Sabrina by Lori Wick
Jessie by Lori Wick

And here's my wishlist:
The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland by Roseanna White
You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren

If you see something on my first list you'd like to swap for, don't hesitate to email me at writingsofrosie(at)gmail(dot)com! I'm sure we can work something out. I'm very flexible. ;D I cannot ship internationally and I do not have a limit on what I can swap.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

{Book Review} Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof

Back Cover (from Goodreads):
Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent, used to fading into the background within her family, and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though her family is poor and her father abusive, she clings to a quiet faith. But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.

Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon—a man she barely knows and does not love. Equally frustrated and confused by his new responsibilities, Gideon yearns for a fresh start, forcing Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.

Her distant groom can’t seem to surrender his rage at the injustice of the forced matrimony or give Lonnie any claim in his life. What will it take for Gideon to give up his past, embrace Lonnie’s God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?

Gideon only ever cared about himself. Now that Lonnie is his wife, will he ever be worthy of her heart?

My Review:
This is the first book since Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson that I just could not put down. Seriously. I read it in two sittings. After all, a girl has to stay hydrated and fed!

Be Still My Soul (The Cadence of Grace #1)Be Still My Soul is a remarkable tale about Lonnie and Gideon and their shot gun wedding over a misunderstanding on Lonnie's father's part. I don't want to give too much away in this review, so I'll try to remain as tight-lipped as I can. OK, back to the book... My heart went out to Lonnie as she dealt with her circumstances and her obstacles. Her faith almost never wavered and she never complained- that I can recall.

I say I enjoy a lot of different books, and I do! But this one really hit the spot for me and I am eagerly awaiting my review copy for Though My Heart is Torn from Blogging for Books to arrive. Bischof's writing style is easy to read and it hooks you from the first page. Lonnie and Gideon are great examples of characterization and I'm so happy the book ended on a satisfying note.

The reason you need to go out and get your own copy is simple. If you are a fan of historical fiction, love really good writing, like characters you can sympathize to, and enjoy a good read then this book might be worth checking into. ;-)

My grandmother bought this book for me (thanks, Grandma!), no review required.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Guardian by Beverly Lewis

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Guardian
Bethany House Publishers (March 26, 2013)
Beverly Lewis


Beverly's first venture into adult fiction is the best-selling trilogy, The Heritage of Lancaster County, including The Shunning, a suspenseful saga of Katie Lapp, a young Amish woman drawn to the modern world by secrets from her past. The book is loosely based on the author's maternal grandmother, Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left her Old Order Mennonite upbringing to marry a Bible College student. One Amish-country newspaper claimed Beverly's work to be "a primer on Lancaster County folklore" and offers "an insider's view of Amish life."

Booksellers across the country, and around the world, have spread the word of Beverly's tender tales of Plain country life. A clerk in a Virginia bookstore wrote, "Beverly's books have a compelling freshness and spark. You just don't run across writing like that every day. I hope she'll keep writing stories about the Plain people for a long, long time."

A member of the National League of American Pen Women, as well as a Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. She and her husband, David, make their home in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time with their family. They are also avid musicians and fiction "book worms."


When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects is to find a disheveled little girl all alone on the side of the Pennsylvania road, clad only in her undergarments, her chubby cheeks streaked with tears. Jodi takes the preschooler home with her, intending to find out where she belongs. But Jodi is mystified when no one seems to know of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can't speak a word of English. It's as if the child appeared out of nowhere.

As the days pass, Jodi becomes increasingly attached to the mysterious girl, yet she is no closer to learning her identity. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow--and into the cloistered world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish. Might the answers lie there?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Guardian, go HERE.

My Review:
An engaging, cute tale!

Jodi Winfield lost her sister, Karen, six months ago. Six months ago, Jodi abandoned God. She is insistent that she will have nothing to do with Him and refuses to entertain the thought of having kids. Why have them when you could lose them? Her stance begins to alter, however, when she comes across a seemingly abandoned Amish child on her morning run. I loved watching Jodi slowly return to God's arms. The "prodigal son" stories always bring a big smile to my face.

This story is so easily to get caught up in. Once again I'm not disappointed with the fabulous characters brought to life in this installment. And it is truly satisfying to visit Hickory Hollow again. I can't tell if it's Beverly Lewis's excellent writing or if it is simply her portrayal of the Amish that draws me to the book. That all being said, the ending fell short for me. It felt rushed and seemed all too soon. Other than that, there's not much more to be said. :-)

{Though this is a part of the Home to Hickory Hollow series, The Guardian can be read stand alone just like the others, though I did miss seeing the earlier characters.}

I received this book from Bethany House through CFBA, thanks!