Laurel Blount has hit a home run again, and knocked it out of the park! A Family for the Farmer was her first book, and her God-gifted talent for telling a good story shines through like a candle on a hill! (I say again, because I read Hometown Hope first)
A Family for the Farmer is a delightful book with likable characters who keep the reader interested throughout. Laurel Blount has a way, I don’t know quite how to describe it, but
she has the ability to concoct an entertaining set of characters and situations, that make you want to know what happens next. I found myself looking forward to picking up where I had left off, and finding out how Abel reacted, or what Emily said, or what else I would find out about the
neighbors and friends in this small Georgia town.
Emily Elliott, stubborn and reserved, must keep her deceased grandmother’s farm running efficiently for a few months, in order to inherit it. Abel Whitlock, artist and farmer, stands to inherit the same farm, if Emily can’t
make a go of it. The ensuing events will definitely keep readers happily anticipating and engaged to the end of the book. A good moral about gossip and trusting God is woven into the lives of the characters, too. You don’t want to miss this. A light, easy read, with a bit of humor to lift your mood.
One tiny suggestion I’d like to make: please talk more about the Jesus, and the King James bible, in your future books.
Keep writing for Jesus, Laurel !
You can get to know her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/laurelblountbooks/
and sign up for her emails here, on her website. https://laurelblountbooks.com/An interview can be read here: https://inspiredprompt.com/2018/09/05/3-questions-wednesday-with-laurel-blount/
This debut novel, A Family for the Farmer, won the 2017 Maggie Award for Excellence in the Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements category. This book also got two 2017 Holt Awards of Merit !
Treasures of the North, book 1 in the Yukon Quest series by Tracie Peterson, was well written and had a lot of variety in each character’s personality and story. This is one of the very few
series books that I actually want to read the next book from! Tracie Peterson published this in 2001, which was 19 years ago! I knew this would be one of her earlier works, and was happily surprised that her natural skill in telling a good Christian historical fiction story was already blooming profusely in Treasures of the North.
Openly and unabashedly Christian, Mrs Peterson writes the clear and simple Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world, and how to be born again. THIS is the heart of her writings, and even on her website, she says, and I quote: Writing Christian fiction has been a ministry and joy for me. My goal is that every book I write–whether it’s a historical novel for a series, a standalone contemporary novel, a novella or a nonfiction book–would entertain, educate, and encourage each reader in whatever way God sees fit. This is my mission field and passion. https://traciepetersonbooks.com/
God bless you, and thank you for remaining stedfast and loyal to the One Who gave you
the intelligence and perseverence to write solid, clean stories that are, indeed, a ministry and an education to your readers.
This story is about Grace, Karen, Doris, Martin, Peter, and to some extent, Jacob and Adrik. I liked all of the characters, and am looking forward to reading the next book, Ashes and Ice. I learned a lot about the gold rush, Skagway, Dyea, and how harsh the life was, of stampeders and their families in Alaska. Good research, great story.
When thou passest through the waters,
I will be with thee;
and through the rivers,
they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.Isaiah 43:2 | KJV |
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.Psalm 91:1-2 | KJV |
It is now March, 2020, and for some reason, today, the supermarkets were extra busy.
Why not yesterday? Why all of a sudden, this increased panic here? Signs limiting customers to 2 boxes of kleenex, 2 containers of bleach, etc. Lysol spray is gone, hand sanitizer is gone. This reminds me of the times when we’re in the path of a hurricane, the shelves just empty out in a matter of hours.
Here are some articles from the news and other sources, you might find interesting:
Keep your heart and mind on JESUS. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy right hand hath holden me up,
and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip.
Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
I hope in thy word.
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
As for God, his way is perfect:
the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life.
Mrs. Cabot is well educated and highly skilled in her ability to write books,
that was apparent as I read some of her mystery book, “Out of the Embers”. The reason I couldn’t read every page or finish it, was, it was too depressing and dark for me.
Some examples: ….mimicked a knife slicing across his throat, …as though she’d been bludgeoned,…..a shiver of dread,…storm…moments of terror….horrible….murders…terrified shriek,…dead…..
hatred….curses…..gouge…… No matter where I read, there was more of the same bleak and
dispiriting story line.
I know Amanda Cabot’s books are well received, since some of them were finalists for ACFW Carol Awards, and the HOLT Medallion, but this type of book is not for me.
Since I’ve read this one, to a point, I’m absolutely positive I won’t read any type of Christian mystery or suspense book again. Life is severe enough without me spending my leisure time reading a book that will make me feel rather hopeless.
I would like to say we need to be careful what we read, as Christians. The Christian fiction industry has lately been infused with books that don’t glorify God, and we need to speak out, be honest, and do what Jesus says to do in Philippians: 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
I received this book for free from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a great contemporary Christian fiction story, CLEAN Christian fiction,
It’s a story about 3 people, mainly, Anna Delaney, Hoyt Bradley, and his daughter, Jess.
Jess has selective mutism, which I had never heard of until I read this book. She became mute after the death of her mother.
Anna is a bookstore owner, running a store her father had started and kept going until his death. Anna lives alone in the room above the bookstore. Her business is failing, and she’s not sure how to get it to start making a profit again, so she is kind of giving up.
Anna and Hoyt had known each other in high school, and through a quick series of events, they got re-acquainted. Hoyt was a praying man, depending on the LORD to give him wisdom and to help him daily. His daughter Jess is very important to him.
Laurel Blount is a God-gifted writer, and you don’t want to miss reading her books. She will immediately draw the reader into her richly descriptive stories about hope, perseverence, and building faith by depending on the Lord more and more.
My review here doesn’t do the book Hometown Hope enough justice. Let me assure you, if you like clean Christian fiction, you’ll greatly enjoy reading this book. Don’t pass it by! It will engage your imagination and entertain your mind. It will remind you of the importance of talking to the LORD daily! Thank you Laurel, and please don’t stop glorifying God in your books. Great storyteller!
Laurel Blount lives on a small farm in middle Georgia with her husband, their four children, and an assortment of very spoiled animals. She divides her time between farm chores, homeschooling, and writing. She’s busy, but she’s never bored!
You can also meet Laura on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/laurelblountbooks/
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Her books, both in paperback(YAY!) and Kindle formats: https://www.amazon.com/Laurel-Blount/e/B01LX9BGY5?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1582575680&sr=1-1
Suzanne Woods Fisher has written another excellent book! Two Steps Forward, The Deacon’s Family, has a theme throughout of caring for and protecting those who can’t defend themselves. Some examples are the 3-legged dog, the little boy named Joey, and in a way, the main character, Sylvie.
The romance was kept to a minimum, which enhanced the story all the more. Thank you, Suzanne, for having the perception about the majority of your reader’s preferences, to do this.
concerned about their individual stories.
Even though I haven’t read all of the Stoney Ridge series, or The Bishop’s Family series, I
understood the relationships and distinct differences between all of the characters. I did use the Cast of Characters list a couple of times, to keep things straight.
The information about the blood type was fascinating to me, (which I won’t talk about now, since it’s a part of the whole plot), and has prompted me to do more research on that. THANK YOU for THAT, too, Suzanne! (I hope you do that often in your future books, for research nerds like me!)
This book is provided to me free by Revell Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.
Joanne Bischof wrote a fascinating story about people of the Blue Ridge mountains, with historical accuracy and in depth characters.
Lonnie was a shy Appalachian teen, who lived in poverty, with her mother, siblings, and abusive father.
She was kind hearted, and obedient, with a lot of wisdom for her age. She grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains, and was a devoted daughter and a hard worker.
I’m looking forward to reading more of Mrs. Bischof’s books. You can contact her on her website, or on her facebook page: https://joannebischof.com/
Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16-21
Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace Whitson
This is a delightful book! Stephanie has successfully woven historical fact with the fictitious Malone family, an Irish immigrants living on a small farm in Little Dixie, Missouri, in 1861, approximately one month after the Civil War had started. Little Dixie is a historic 13- to 17-county region of mid-to-upper-mid Missouri along the Missouri River, settled at first primarily by migrants from the hemp and tobacco districts of Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. During the war, Missouri was claimed by both the Union and the Confederacy, had two competing state governments, and sent representatives to both the United States Congress and the Confederate Congress.(from Wikipedia)
The other main, or co-star character in the book is Libbie, a true Southern belle, wealthy, and living with her abusive brother, Walker, on their plantation. Stephanie’s descriptions of Libbie, her way of talking, her mannerisms, are all accurate reflections of how women were in the South. Part of the war ends up taking place on their plantation, Wildwood Grove.
Feelings and characters of the plantation slaves have an honest light shown on them. I liked the way the author presented their points of views.
The Civil War scenes are intense. Her descriptions of the fights on the battlefields are vivid. She gives just enough details of the war to keep interest going, yet she doesn’t get overly graphic. Realistic, but not without hope and courageous acts by others.
If you like Christian historical fiction, and the Civil War, this is a must-read!
Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16-21
No Ocean Too Wide, by Carrie Turansky, is a riveting story of a family in England caught up in the wretched child immigration scheme of the British Home Children, in the early 1900s. She includes an impressive amount of facts to make this Christian historical fiction one of the most compelling reads I’ve encountered in a while on the subject of orphans, and cold-hearted money-making schemes involving basically, the trafficking of children.
They either took them from homes under questionable pretenses, or brought them in from the streets, and then put them on a ship bound for Canada, to live as a domestic servant in someone’s home. Ages as young as 5, and as old as 17, I believe, were forced to work as drudges, in many cases.
The characters in her book are Laura McAlister, and her siblings Garth, Katie, and Grace. Their mother, and their father, the neighbor Mrs. Graham, and Mrs. Palmer, the employee of Laura’s mother.
Andrew Bolton is also a key character. He is a wealthy lawyer, and he and his friend are sent, by the British government,to investigate the goings-on of the children’s orphanages. Suspicion had arisen because of one Dr. Barnardo, who supposedly took in hundreds of abandoned children from the streets of England, and gave them food, shelter, and useful skills. Dr. Barnardo was constantly in and out of court.
This is a great historical lesson which helps bring awareness on one of Britain’s unsavory and repugnant chapters. I do recommend this for reading. Geared for adult comprehension, not really on a level that a teen or child would be able to grasp the significance of.