Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

What a wonderful book! Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette. I believe this is the second in the series Out of Egypt. Set in the Exoimage001-1dus times as Moses is coming down with the Ten Commandments, the story gives a new prespecitve on that events and how the people handled the situation as well.

Shira is now trying to figure out where she belongs in the world. She doesn’t like weaving, knows she’ll never have children of her own, and feels worthless because of what happened back in Egypt. God doesn’t see her that way and wants her to open here mind to new horizons.

One day she meet Ayal, a shepard man and friend of her brother Eben’s. She helps him birth a little lamb. It seems natural for her to understand how to calm the mother and handle the birthing process. She also is attracted Ayal, but doesn’t let on. However, he soon shows interest in her, but he holds a secret that may scar Shira.

Through out the book the characters must learn to forgive themselves and how Yahweh has His way of dealing with things and teaching us where to go.

Will Shira find her true calling in life? Can she forgive herself and let go of the past? Will Ayal’s secret scar her or will she find it in her heart to forgive? You are just going to have to get a copy for yourself. 🙂

This was a very good book and I recommend it to young adults. It was a little challenging to read. This book has about 50+ chapters in it and at first it was difficult to become focused to read this book.

Lastly, don’t want to forget to mention I got this book to review from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. 🙂

Find this book at some of your local retailers today.

Christianbook: $8.49

Amazon: Kindle $8.13, Paperback $8.23

Barnes and Noble: Paperback $8.73 ; Nook $10.49

See  you next week for a Christmas story that I’m planning to share with you. 🙂

 

 

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Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

If you have watched When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark channel, this book does not miss a beat. This picks up from where the last book, Where Trust Lies, left us. Since I didn’t read the last book nor have watched the series as often as I like, everything was a surprise to me.

It picks up with Elizabeth Thatcher coming home to Coal Valley after a summer break and adventure with her family and Constable Jack (Jarrick) Thornton. Jarrick has been reposted to Lethelbridge, South of Coal Valley, making their relationship a challenge as their wedding approaches in the Spring. However, as she”leans forward for her first glimpse of the little mountain town that has captured her heart, she discovers something has changed.” (back cover quote)  She notices so much has changed; more houses and miners, and the wretched tree stumps that she hates. Even Molly’s adopted daughter, Marnie, has changed so much in the past few months; older and very giggly at times. Is there a beau in her life? Plus, to make matters a little more challenging, the town hires a new second teacher, Mr. Robert Harris Hughes, who is as secular as they come, according Elizabeth, to teach the older students. Elizabeth is not very happy, plus she has to live by herself in the old crazy Grant family’s place above Abigail’s Tea House. This is just too much for Elizabeth to handle with out God’s guidance.

Elizabeth tries to cope with the living arrangements and other little issues through the help of Molly and Marnie, but her stubborn and feisty ways could lead her into trouble with the new teacher. She just can’t stand him and his curt disposition and flippancy about God’s existence. Plus she hates his teaching skills and he seems to disagree with hers. No one else seems to agree with her feelings and anxiety on the issue, not even Jarrick supports her in feeling so annoyed with Mr. Harris Hughes.  What can she do to show what’s really in her heart?

When Mr. Harris Hughes is on the brink of trouble with the town and being wrongly accused with inappropriate relations with a student, Elizabeth knows that the accusations are wrong, but the court date conflicts with other important plans? Will Elizabeth stand back and let the court decide what’s best for the man? Or will she stand up and defend him for who he really is, a lost but intelligent soul that wouldn’t hurt or do anything wrong toward any child of the town? Well… You’ll just have to grab a book to find out what happens and what else new is going on in Coal Valley.

Here’s where to get this wonderful book. If you have a local bookstore or library hurry over and get one. Always support the businesses in your home town. They support local economy and growth. Otherwise check these nice retailers below.

Amazon: Kindle $7.86 ; Paperback $8.27

Barnes and Noble: Nook $10.49 ; Paperback $8.27

As always, I’d like to thank Bethany House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book for free and give an honest opinion. This has been a wonderful story to share with you all. See you next week for my review of Gratitude- Prayers and Praises coloring and devotional book. 🙂

Rosalind of Ipsworth and Sir Randel Penigree are both from different sides of the tracks. She’s a peasant and he’s a knight. They live in the 1200s embarking on a children’s crusade to the middle east lead by the young girl Sapphira who has been lead by God in dreams and visions that this is what He is leading them to do.

Rosalind and Randel has a many things in common and both carry very heart wrenching secrets that are eating their souls. They both are seeking forgiveness, and feel that they need to just serve God as a monk and a nun. They get closer in their friendship due to two other problem people on broad the ship. In order to distract Lady Jocelyn and Lord Rumsford from their pursuits, Rosalind and Randel decide to embark on a faux relationship. They decide to act out a romance in order to protect each other.

I also want to note that there is a mysterious character that talks for several pages periodically in the book. It’s hard to figure out who this person is that has such animosity towards Randel and the reason behind the feelings. This person also sees that Rosalind is a hinderance to their plan of revenge.

Will Randel and Rosalind be able to over come their hurts and learn to forgive themselves? Will they learn that God forgives them no matter what they have done sinfully? Will Randel and Rosalind soon see the relationship that is budding?

My opinion:

Well… I got this free through Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. This was a very good book once I got into it. At first it felt like a drag to read this book. However, once I got more involved in the grievances of the characters were under going I could relate.

The author was very good at portraying the pain of the Randel and Rosalind. In this generation, Randel would be suffer from Post-Tramatic Stress Sydrome. Rosalind was also dealing with a great amount of regret and gulit.

I recommend this book for younger adults and beyond, because there were some graphic scenes of battles and slashing blood.

Where to purchase:

Check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore for prices (please support small businesses and local businesses that are in your community). Also go to your local library and see if it is available in your area physical or digital.

Amazon: Kindle $8.81; Paperback $9.27

Barnes and Noble:Nook $10.99; Paperback $9.71

Thanks for stopping by and check out next weeks reviews on Manga Doodletopia.

 

Interview with Sarah Sundin

I’m so happy to share with you my Q&A session with Sarah Sundin, author of Anchor in the Storm (See that book review here) I sat down and emailed her four qustion that I thought readers may be interested in learning about the book.

  1. What inspired you to write a Historical Christian Fiction set during the Pearl Harbor events of 1945 in 1942 after the events at Pearl Harbor?

It’s such a fascinating time period. Through Waters Deep, the first book in the Wave of Freedom series, was set in 1941 before Pearl Harbor—when America was deeply divided on whether we should enter the war or not. Pearl Harbor changed everything, and the United States truly become united. But the nation wasn’t completely ready for war and scrambled to catch up.

In the first six months of 1942, German U-boats came to the US East Coast and sank a hundred ships, sometimes in sight of land. It was a terrifying time as the Allies were losing on every front, but it was also an inspiring time as everyone pulled together and sowed the seeds of victory. That’s why I set Anchor in the Storm in Boston in 1942. Ensign Arch Vandenberg serves on a US destroyer fighting U-boats, while Lillian Avery works in a pharmacy, dealing with shortages and rationing.

  1. Who was your inspiration for Arch? Lillian?

No specific people. Arch was Jim Avery’s best friend in Through Waters Deep—a wealthy New England society boy to contrast with Jim’s down-to-earth, middle-class Midwest upbringing. I knew Arch didn’t want to be rich, but I didn’t know why, so I couldn’t wait to write his story and find out.

As a pharmacist myself, I always wanted to write about a female pharmacist in WWII. But in the 1940s, few women were pharmacists. I wondered what kind of woman would be drawn to a male-dominated profession. She’d have to be strong, determined, and independent. And maybe she was convinced no one would ever take care of her, so she’d have to take care of herself. And Lillian came to be.

  1. What made you consider giving the characters handicaps, such as Lillian’s prosthetic leg?

Our oldest son was born missing his left arm below the elbow, and he wears a prosthesis. An engineer and a black belt in karate, he’s never let anything get in his way. So I was eager to have a main character with a physical disability. Of course, since society was quite different in the 1940s, Lillian faced prejudices and difficulties my son hasn’t had to deal with—thank goodness! Her disability also gives her a reason to believe she’ll always be alone…and then she meets Arch…

  1. Did you have to do any research about the naval ships, battles, or locations mentioned in the book in order to give it more authenticity?

Oh yes. Lots of books and websites and primary documents to learn about the ships and the naval battles. I was able to take a research trip to Boston and to tour two WWII-era destroyers to get the feel for the settings.

Blurb:

For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. She loves the wartime challenges of her new job but spurns the attention of society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg, even if Arch is her brother’s best friend. During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the US East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the prescriptions Lillian has received for unusually large quantities of sedatives? As Lillian and Arch work together to uncover a black market drug ring, Arch tries to earn Lillian’s trust and her affection. But can they overcome the dangers that face them from torpedoes, drug lords—and opened hearts?

Bio:

Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com.

 

 

 

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Coming soon

Sorry for the delay… I have several things coming up within the next week or so. I got a review on the book Fading Starlight by K. Cushman… That was a lovely book so I’m wanting to get that review in for you all. And then I’m working on the book  The Quieting by Suzanne Fisher, which is the second installment in a series.

I’ll have these all in to you by the end of the month… Plus I have a Q and A with the author of Anchor in the Storm coming soon as well…

Thanks for stopping by this week. Can’t wait to share all the great reads I’m getting through my blogging networks for an honest review. 🙂

 

Can’t wait…

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The Triangle Fire

Hello, folks. Hope you all have had a lovely Thanksgiving so far and are all out shopping, since it is Black Friday 2015.Saw a few good deals, but nothing caught my eye. So far the stores seem to be happy with their results.  Now lets get cozy with a warm cup of tea/coffee or hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) and a nice book.

Today we are going to talk about the book historical look at The Triangle Fire by David Von Drehle. This is an interesting book and actually is a significant event that made all factory regulations change.

The Triangle Fire is the account of a fire in a textile factory that was in New York City in 1911. Many women worked their for a living and many young teenage girls were working there to make a few dollars to get their families over a hump due to the Great Depression.

What we learn from this book is about several individuals and what their lives were like. We also learn that the building was not ready for a fire. Their were very few emergency exits (some doors couldn’t open either) and the fire escapes were in  great need of repair. The fire started on the ninth floor, which cause a major problem for the people on the tenth Floor. Most of the individuals below the ninth floor got out. However, many people died (146 individuals) and was one of the biggest fires in New York City history. This incident brought about the change for more fire escapes and emergency exits to be brought up to code.

There was no way for escape for many of these people.Many of the dead had to be identified, so they opened the morgue for a walk-thru. It was a gut wrenching day for everyone.

The book  I have has pictures and is very detailed. Their is so much to learn from the Triangle Factory Fire. At least all factories soon follow suit and correct issues due to this horrific incident which cost so many young women’s lives.

If you are looking to do a history report, I recommend picking up this book it will be definitely be worth your time and you’ll learn quite a bit from it. Here’s where you can find the book:

Barnes and Noble: $13.83

Amazon: $13.70 paperback; $9.99 kindle

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Happy Reading!

Can’t wait to see you all next week!!!!! Bye now and Hearts to all of you.