Friday, November 14, 2014

Review of Siri Mitchell's THE MESSENGER

In 1778 Philadelphia, Hannah Sunderland is torn between her Quaker faith, which advocates non-involvement in military issues, and the knowledge that her brother is being held in a squalid prison for dissenters against the British crown.

    Jeremiah Jones nurses a bitter enmity against the British forces--blaming their treatment of him during his time as a Colonial soldier for the loss of his arm.

    When Hannah decides to try to sneak food to her brother in prison, Jeremiah seizes on her plans as a way to get secret messages to another prisoner involved in an escape plan, Hannah's Quaker faith will not allow her to lie. How will she be able to aid Jeremiah's plan to free the prisoners without compromising her principles?

    The Messenger is a richly-detailed look at life in Colonial America during our country's war for freedom from British rule. Mitchell’s characters have enough flaws to make them believable--and likeable.

    I enjoyed this story. The historical details are meticulously researched, always a big plus. The Messenger is top-of-the-line historical fiction. I read the story sometime back, and just finished a re-read. Don’t miss this one. It's a great book to curl up with in front of a cozy fire, with a hot beverage nearby.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My review of WHEN NIGHT COMES, by Dan Walsh

    Successful author Jack Turner returns to Culpepper to work on a new book and to serve as guest lecturer on World War II topics for his former history professor at the local university. By coincidence, Jack hits town on the same day a university student is found dead under disturbing circumstances.

    On his first evening in Culpepper, Jack has dinner with his former professor, then returns to his apartment--and experiences a shattering and inexplicable event. Forces beyond Jack's imagining are at work on the formerly peaceful campus.

    Dan Walsh's unique plot twists keep the surprises coming at breath-taking speed. When Night Comes had me in suspense with every turn of the page.  There’s much I'd like to add to this review, but I don't want to post any spoilers.

    When Night Comes is a must-read for suspense lovers. The official release date is November 1, but it's available for pre-order on your Kindle right now. Don't miss this one!

Monday, October 20, 2014

My review: BECOMING BEA, by Leslie Gould

  Bea Zook is a homebody who has few friends. Although she's of marriageable age, she's decided she'll never marry, which is an anomaly in her Amish community.

When near neighbors are overwhelmed by the birth of triplets, Bea decides to step out of her comfort zone to answer their call for help in dealing with the new babies.
After Bea goes to stay with the family, her confidence grows to the point where she begins to make friends with the other young people in her community. One person she can't stand, however, is Ben Rupp. They've been rivals ever since their school days. Ben knows all the ways to rile Bea, and she responds accordingly. Yet, they have more in common than they realize.

    Becoming Bea is an appealing story on many levels. The way the birth of the triplets impacted the family is a fascinating segment of the plot, as are Bea's own family issues.

   Readers of Leslie Gould's previous novels in The Courtship of Lancaster County series will enjoy updates on characters from Courting Cate, Adoring Addie, and Minding Molly. However, it’s not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy Becoming Bea. I loved Bea--and Ben! This novel is one you don't want to miss.

My thanks to the author and Bethany House for my review copy.

 (As an aside, Bopplis is the Amish term used for babies. I think it's a darling name for little ones!)