A Mosaic of Wings ~ Book Review

Author Kimberly Duffy gets an A with her debut novel, A Mosaic of Wings!
Her book is an exciting read, with vivid descriptions of the sights and ambience of India.
This isn’t a light, silly book, it’s a story of deep emotions, well formed characters, written with intelligent insight. I look forward to Mrs. Duffy’s next dozen novels.

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About the story: Nora Shipley is a student at Cornell University, studying to get her bachelor’s degree in Entymology. Nora Shipley’s character is based on the real person Anna Comstock. Now, Nora doesn’t get along with her step-father, and after a huge incident between her stepfather and herself ,she packs her bags and takes up her college professor’s offer to study abroad in India. In India, she experiences prejudice because she is a female, and suspicions about her abilities to be a scientist. After being there a few weeks, she is invited to a dinner. At the dinner, she tells Mission board director that he has failed in rescuing a young Christian girl, Sita.

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Nora has become involved in Sita’s plight, and vows to help her any way she can.
Owen Epps is the romantic interest, and another scientist, but Nora feels that she can’t allow herself to become involved with him because her career and independence are very important to her. I liked how she kept her distance from him. It allowed her to become firmly established in the story for her own merits.


I was able to relate to Nora because she’s blunt, honest, intelligent, and probably introverted. Quick-witted, astute.
This book was well written, it was clear and fluid, and at times riveting. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down. Some well-done drama in parts of the story. It was a book I looked forward to reading.
I was drawn in quickly, and got completely absorbed in the story at times.
What I didn’t like was, God and Jesus were mentioned a few times, but a strong Christian message was not central to the theme. The romance part was a bit repetitive, and predictable.
The characters were excellent and I found them easy enough to relate to. Their connection and the way they interacted with each other was sometimes funny, sometimes deep. I found that a great relief. I’m so weary of Christian romance and Christian historical fiction written for a person with a 5th grade education. This book didn’t fall short at all in delivering a good, solid story and a myriad of fascinating details about the people , India, America, travel, and entomology. It would be rewarding and satisfying to be a research scientist. This book lets you get a glimpse of what that’s like.

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You can learn more about Anna Comstock, the person this story revolved around, by searching for Anna Comstock on Startpage or DuckDuckGo.
Recommendation: I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean, intelligently written Christian historical fiction. Her knowledge of India, and her obvious connection to it, made the book a worthwhile and powerful story.

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Junonia Orithya~ this will mean something special to you, when you read A Mosaic of Wings.

And, as always, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN:  [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
[17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.Jesus on the cross
[18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
[19] And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
[20] For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
[21] But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Until next time……

Westward Wanderers: Book One Where He Leads~book review

Romans 10: [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Westward Wanderers: Book One: Where He Leads, a book by Angela Castillo, is a clean Christian historical fiction book about a young woman who leaves her home in hopes of finding freedom and a better life in Oregon.

Ami, or Amethyst, comes from a wealthy family, and her father has pre-arranged a marriage for her to an odious fop.  In desperation, Ami sneaks away, and joins up with a wagon train headed for Oregon. 

The story was engaging, very well written, and it kept my interest from start to finish.  Angela has a God-given ability to tell wholesome stories about history, and I hope to read more of her books in the future.  I hope she writes more about the West, and historical fiction.

This story was especially interesting to me, since it had dozens of authentic facts interspersed throughout the book, which helped me become quite absorbed in the historical aspects of life on the Oregon Trail.  I hope to learn more about that part of America’s history.

It was lighthearted enough to make it something to look forward to reading, and also had enough facts to make it engrossing and entertaining.  The romantic aspect was well done, VERY light and clean, THANK YOU ANGELA!  Keep all your books that clean, and talking about Jesus, and you will do a lot of good!

Romans 10:9-13- [9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

 

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Journey of the Heart ~ book review

Journey of the Heart was authored by Johnnie Alexander, and is part of a book called The Erie Canal Brides Collection, and ALL scripture quotations are taken from the King James bible.  Praise the Lord!

Journey of the Heart was well-written with attention to historical details, which makes this story so enjoyable for me.   I didn’t know about the Fugitive Slave Act, or the Bloodhound Law.  I did know about the Underground Railroad, and learned more about it, because Mrs. Alexander puts a lot of facts into the fiction.  Did you know, Chillicothe is a city in Ross County, Ohio.  It is located along the Scioto River, 45 miles south of Columbus, and was the first capital of Ohio?

The Underground Railroad was a vast network of abolitionists and Quakers who assisted slaves in escaping to freedom.  The slaves would move at night, from one safe house to another, and eventually make it to a free state, or into Canada.

The Bloodhound Law was the nickname given to the Fugitive Slave Act, after it was expanded to basically allow anyone white to drag a black man or woman back to his property, without due process of law.

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This absorbing story starts in Circleville, Ohio, at the residence and post office of Charity’s dad, Mr. Sinclair.  Circleville was near the Erie Canal, and was part of the Underground Railroad.  Charity is involved in writing anti-slavery pamphlets under the name of Moses Freed, and her Aunt Stella and Charity’s dad assist them in helping slaves to freedom.

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There is a gentleman named Tavish Dunbar, an architect who is trying to get Mr. Sinclair to agree to a renovation of the Post Office, in order to make it compatible with the newly redesigned buildings which were eradicating the circular construction of the city.

I liked the way the relationships intermingled and played out, giving me plenty of impetus to keep reading the fascinating story taking place in 1852.   Tavish Dunbar and Charity are attracted to each other, but Tavish doesn’t know Charity’s secret, and she wonders if she can trust him with such life and death information.

Really a good story, and full of historical facts, I recommend this story as part of the Erie Canal Brides collection.  Clean Christian historical fiction, and sure to teach you something new and valuable.

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You can learn more about the author, Johnnie Alexander, here:  http://johnnie-alexander.com/    She also has a Facebook page, which can be seen here:  https://www.facebook.com/JohnnieAlexanderNovelist/

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  • Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683228677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683228677

The Ruby Ring-Battle for an English Bible (The Reformation – A Family Divided Book 1)

Book Review: The Ruby Ring: Battle for an English Bible (The Reformation – A Family Divided Book 1)

Karen Rees, The author, obviously has talent, and it’s refreshing to read a new writer’s work and find that it is someone whose books you’d like to be absorbed in. The story is set in the time of the 1500s, when Catholicism had an oppressive and dictatorial hold upon the people. There was little to no religious freedom, and that produced the exciting time of the Protestant reformation, with Johannes Gutenberg and the printing press, the Tudor dynasty, the Christian Brethren, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and the awakening of the people’s hearts for the pure Word of God.


All which laid the setting for this story, of a young man, Owen, who had left the priesthood and had become rather obligated to work in the family’s grocery business, and keep it running. The story is also about Jane Horne, a young Catholic woman who falls in love with Owen, the ex-priest. You are brought deep into the narrative, and Karen Rees does have skill for drawing the reader into the story. Her God-given talent to write has phenomenal potential.


That time in history was fascinating, and Karen Rees did an exceptional job with her first book, The Ruby Ring. If you’re not a big student of England’s Protestant reformation period, this would be an excellent introduction for you, and will most likely pique your interest in the era. She wrote The Ruby Ring to help Christians understand the sacrifices our spiritual ancestors made to have the Scriptures.


This is a good historical romance, light on the romance part, which I appreciated, and many,many details about the struggles of smuggling New Testaments into various lands. It was well-written and a delight to read. God willing, I’ll read the second book, and I’m looking forward to seeing more historical details interwoven into that storyline.


It will be a shame if publishers like Bethany House, Zondervan, or Barbour don’t grab her and promote her books. She really has money-making potential.

Karen Rees and her missionary husband Benjamin have served the Lord in Hong Kong since 1975. Besides her involvement in the mission work, Karen loves history, quilting and writing. They have two children, Matthew and Megan.
The Ruby Ring came out in 2013 and is a Finalist in the Religious Fiction category in the 2014 Indie Excellence Awards. Find Karen on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/Author.KarenRees.


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Read Romans 10:8-13;  and John 3:16-21  You must be born again to get into Heaven!

PRE-ORDER SALE! The Mischief Thief by Johnnie Alexander

 

Two wrongs don’t make a right . . . except when they do.

For con artist Chaney Rose, life hasn’t been easy. In desperate need of cash, she readily agrees to find Mischief, a stolen racehorse. Hunting for clues, she breaks into the suspected horse thief’s home only to be caught—with a few pilfered items in her pockets—by the police detective who’s tailing her.
By-the-book Adam Thorne was fired from his church because of his father’s involvement with the valuable thoroughbred. In a burst of Les Miserables-inspired grace, Adam tells the detective that he gave Chaney the stolen items.
Adam wants Chaney to find his missing father. When Chaney learns that Mischief’s owner intends to kill the racehorse, she needs Adam’s help expose the cruel plan before it’s too late.
Will a con artist with a conscience and a minister without a ministry risk imprisonment to do the wrong thing for the right reason?

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Romans 10:8-13;  John 3:16-21

YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!

An Unforgivable Secret ~ Book review

What can I say about this book that will really give it the accolades it deserves?
I’ll try.

This story begins like a little snowball, and gains momentum, getting more powerful
and bigger with each chapter. It has a moving and deeply spiritual message of hope and
forgiveness, extended to anyone identifying with the main subject of the novel.

Hannah Glick, a young Amish woman, is engaged to Christian a young Amish man in her community. Through a happenstance “chance”, she finds out something about him
that totally changes her course in life. The book Mrs. Spredemann has written deals
compassionately yet truthfully about her alternate pathway, and those whom she is
involved with along the way. I don’t want to give much away, I’m hoping everyone who reads
this review will read An Unforgivable Secret. It really has so much valuable information, along with
tidings of hope and directives for how a couple can go about repairing the damage this unforgivable secret that can and does, unleash catastrophe in the involved person’s life.  JEB Spredemann weaves a series of events that COULD happen, and it gives you such a joyful blessing.  She’s a Godly author, and I love that.


Again, I encourage everyone reading the review to read this book for yourself. You’ll be amazed, uplifted, and oh so much better equipped to help yourself, or someone else.

Thanks be to God, for giving his faithful servants such awesome talents.  If we would all use them for HIS glory and to bring honor to Him, what a better world this would be!

Jennifer Spredemann’s website:  https://www.jenniferspredemann.com/

Her facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.spredemann

Her Pinterest page:

A Family for the Farmer~book review

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. family chicks 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. family goose
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, family farm kitchenif 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 ! King James bible
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/

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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 !

Coronavirus

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 |

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;
for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee.Psalm 143:8 | KJV |

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.1 John 5:14 | 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:

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51214864

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/us/states-responses-to-coronavirus/index.html

Coronavirus treatment: Vaccines/drugs in the pipeline for Covid-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/health/coronavirus-us-updates-cases-thursday/index.html

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.

Thou art my hiding place and my shield:
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.

 

Out of the Embers ~ book review

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.