Secrets, love and an old mystery – Phoebe’s light

I love a good mystery, and when looking into my family history, I found quite a few. Imagine my delight when I found some missing ancestors on foreign shores after a clue in a letter written 100 years ago. Who would have thought that a mention of a snake in the garden the vital key?

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My Penny’s worth

Because of my love of research, I felt drawn to read Phoebe’s Light when I saw the synopsis referring to Great Mary’s journal. Clues from the past, written in a diary alluring to a mystery for the main character to solve. I rubbed my hands in glee and expectation of a good read. Added to this I knew nothing about Quakers so my interest increased.

Strong women

What is it about strong women that men find hard to cope with? Phoebe’s Light certainly has its fill with powerful ladies. Great Mary came through as one trying to live on an island as a pioneer, her tenacity being a driving force in getting matters done, but does her love life suffered for it? Then you have Phoebe’s determination to marry Captain Phineas Foulger and leave her unadventurous life behind causing all sorts of problems for her husband. How does he deal with a headstrong woman? I doubt you will guess the answer to this!

There she blows or does she?

With the tempting lure of adventure and mystery from the blurb, I was surprised that I had to wait until halfway through the book to experience some action. Indeed the slow build up, although introducing the characters and the parts they play in the story, gave me an inkling of what a journey on a whaling ship might have been like. I could understand the crew’s restlessness waiting to sight a whale. I stood in the crow’s nest expectant, but the sea ahead remained devoid of the treasure they sought.

Did I like this book?

I wanted to like this book and continued to read it because I needed to know what the mystery in Great Mary’s journal was. However, at times I found the inclusion of some diary entries superfluous and didn’t always flow in line with the story.

Which character impressed me?

In my opinion, Matthew Mitchell lifted the book with his flawed character, and I enjoyed the honesty that he bought to the storyline about his faith.

Who might like this book?

I think readers who are interested in 17th-century American history might like this book, with its emphasis on Quakers, Nantucket and Whaling.

Thank you, Suzanne Woods Fisher, for writing Phoebe’s Light. I will give it 4 stars.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Suzanne has a great free giveaway, see the end of this post for details.

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About the Book

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Title: Phoebe’s Light

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Historical romance

Release Date: February 6, 2018

 

Odd Gifts

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes.

The book of secrets

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way—just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

About the Author

Fisher_SuzanneWoodsSuzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s CrossingThe Newcomer, and The Return in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

A Stroll down Petticoat Row

Thirty years ago, I talked my sister into going on a trip to Nantucket Island. It’s one of those places that had always intrigued me. As a girl in the 1930s, my mother’s family vacationed in Nantucket; she even has a lightship basket to show for it. I expected the island to be interesting and beautiful, and it certainly did not disappoint. But something else happened as I walked down Centre Street one morning. This island captured my imagination in a way that’s hard to put into words. At the risk of sounding a tiny bit sun touched, I could practically see 19th century people on the roads, hear the “thee’s and thou’s” in their speech, even smell the strong scents of a bygone century—the musky perfume of rendered whale oil, the burning wood of the blacksmith, all mingled with the bracing sea air.

Nantucket Women

Centre Street has a local nickname: Petticoat Row. It comes from the 1800s, when men were at sea for long periods and women stepped into their shoes to keep businesses going. Nantucket women gained a reputation for being strong and capable. Their competence was encouraged by the Society of Friends (Quakers), the island’s dominant religion, which believed in the equality of men and women in all aspects of life. That hasn’t changed. Today, half of all Nantucket businesses are run by women.

From inspiration to paper

Petticoat Row stuck in my mind, and eventually became the hook to contract a series of historical fiction with Revell Books. The ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series covers the rise and fall of Nantucket’s whaling period, when it became the wealthiest port in the world.

First up is Phoebe’s Light, releasing in February 2018, a novel about a spirited young woman who seeks her fortune only to find out she already had it.

After reading about Phoebe, I hope you’ll consider planning a trip to Nantucket (though try to go off-season. The population swells five times in the summer!). When you go, include a stop at the Petticoat Row Bakery (35 Centre Street)—the very location where Phoebe grew up, albeit a few centuries ago. Don’t leave the island without trying the Morning Glory Muffins, an island favorite. So worth the trip!

Nantucket’s Famous Morning Glory Muffins

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup sugar

2 ¼ cup flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup raisins

2 cup grated carrots (4 large)

1 apple, shredded

8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained

½ cup pecans or walnuts

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

Sift together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add the fruit, carrots and nuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with oil and vanilla. Combine with dry ingredients and blend well.

Spoon batter into cupcake tins lined with muffin papers. Fill each cup to the brim. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. These muffins needs 24 hours to ripen their full flavor. They freeze extremely well.

Recipe courtesy of Pamela A. McKinstry, Sconset Café

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Giveaway

 

02716175-5193-469c-a810-81ff258ecc81To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle!!

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Son of Promise allow forgiveness to be the way

Can Son of Promise change your idea of forgiveness?

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My Penny’s worth

Son of Promise

I have enjoyed other books by Caryl McAdoo and looked forward to Son of Promise with great anticipation. This story is well written as is expected from a seasoned Author, and there is a lovely flow to it. When God is at the centre, of the heart, all things are possible, and Caryl McAdoo portrays precisely that in this new novel.

Oh those messy moments

Indeed, this book has messy moments, and the message of love, forgiveness and new beginnings is apparent throughout. God being the merciful Father is heavily imprinted in the storyline and those of the main characters.

The story has tension and tenderness

I could feel the animosity of Cody towards his mother, which brought me more realism into the story. There is tension and tenderness that connects the characters throughout and a “will he or won’t he” ride off into the sunset even when Cody’s new life appeared hundred times better than before? Sometimes I confused Cody’s age with that of an older child, but then he had seen more than the average twelve-year-old, and I wondered if he would have been a little bit more troublesome?

I could see and feel the scene

On the whole, I enjoyed this book and read it quite quickly. I could hear the goats bleating, see the fear in their eyes when danger was near. Experience the thrill of riding for the first time, and smell the sweat from a hard days work. Caryl McAdoo is so good at these descriptions in her novels.

Son of Promise is a sweet read, and those that love stories of forgiveness and mercy may enjoy this book.

Thank you, Caryl, for writing Son of Promise.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

Title: Son of Promise00 Son of Promise

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Woman’s Fiction

Son of Promise
Be it known, your sins will find you out, but God’s mercy endureth forever!
Can a wife find the grace to forgive when her husband’s withheld the truth?
Travis Buckmeyer has a secret son, and the morning’s come to tell his sweet wife. He hates breaking Emma Lee’s heart. She promised him one ten years ago but hasn’t been blessed to carry a baby to term. Every miscarriage made the telling harder, but now his clock’s run out. He’s going for his son, praying he won’t lose her.
About the Author
Lunch(1)Caryl McAdoo

Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

SON OF PROMISE
Son of Promise is a companion story to my Texas Romance Family Saga’s book ten CHIEF OF SINNERS—features Travis and Emma Lee Buckmeyer, who readers first meet in CHIEF. She’s the sister of its heroine Sandy Harris, and he is a friend of its hero Buddy Nightingale; he’s also the son of Crockett Buckmeyer (from book eight COVERING LOVE) and grandson of Patrick Henry Buckmeyer (hero of book one VOW UNBROKEN).
The secret surfaces
A standalone, it isn’t necessary for readers to know all these ancestors to enjoy SON OF PROMISE, but those who do will surely love it all the more. What I know is that this couple won a chunk of my heart. Their faith is outstanding and their love inspiring. In the ’40s, Emma Lee didn’t have the fertility options young women do today, and miscarriage after miscarriage left her hurting. That’s why he hadn’t told her.
He didn’t want to hurt her, but circumstances had changed, and time was up. She had to be told that morning he already had a son born from a one-night liaison thirteen years before because he was leaving to claim his Cody from a reform school and bring him home.
An unconditional love
The boy had never known real love, but I loved him from the first. Forced to grow up way too fast—lying, stealing, and participating in most any other rebellious act—he’s missed so much. He’s overwhelmed with Travis and Emma Lee—their home, their partnership and love for each other, and their generosity toward him.
He planned to light out from the start, but days piled on top each other, and he never pulled the trigger.
A dog’s perspective
In VOW UNBROKEN, there was an awesome canine named Blue Dog, and I went into his POV (Point Of View—got into his head) a couple of times. My Simon & Schuster editor ‘requested’ that I lose those segments, and so I did. But in this novel, I get into a canine’s head again . . . I’m hoping readers will find that fun.
From goats to strangers
In years past, I owned, managed, and milked a herd of eighty-plus dwarf goats and loved their Great Pyrenees guardians, so it was fun to include them in the story. I love how Emma Lee was able to sell her paintings for exorbitant prices, but remained so humble and unassuming. And that she and Travis opened their home (they’re so much like my husband and me) to total strangers. We’ve had so many people live with us over the years, to help them, be blessings—the hands and feet of God in the earth.
Finally…
I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I can’t thank or praise Him enough!

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 Giveaway

e5f4939d-cd96-45de-b748-8fb15bc1a0afTo celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print or ebook)
2nd-4th: ebook of SON OF PROMISE!!

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A Song Unheard an amazing book about love and war

A Song Unheard requires an ear to hear the music of the writer’s pen.

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My Penny’s worth

A Song Unheard

A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White has just blown me away with its pure musical writing. Yes, I raise my hands up – a book that sings despair and hope through its melodic pages. Consequently, it would lure me into a gentle aria only to send my senses into a crescendo moments later. I wanted to stand and applaud even though I had just read the first chapter.

Should you trust a thief?

Dear reader, can I be honest? A question you don’t ask a thief as it requires a truthful answer which the pilferer might steal! However, I don’t mind as A Song Unheard has taken my heart. But steal away Willa Forsythe steal away as there are very few books where I shed a tear.

A book to top A Name Unknown?

I thought Roseanna White’s first book very good, but in my opinion, this one tops A Name Unknown. Why? This book builds upon the Family of thieves and uncovers more of their secrets. Willa takes the lead role this time and what a character she has turned out to be. A Song Unheard plays to her strengths and weaknesses superbly. I loved Willa and her music, how she made a beaten up old violin her friend. With skill like hers, it is no wonder she made the Stradivarius putty in her hands. So who wouldn’t fall in love with her music?

Can you hear the message?

There is a beautiful message floating amongst notes, can you hear it? Oh, this book oozes brilliance.

A guarded heart

I love the stamina in which Willa keeps her heart enclosed. Equally, her freedom will take this determination to a higher level. There are no accessible routes for Willa or her heart. Or are there? Well sorry folks, I’m not going to do a spoiler as I want you to read the book for yourselves.

Who else is part of the music?

Of course, the book isn’t only about Willa. Lucas De Wilde plays an important part too. And I love the way he is caught in Willa’s web just as I am. Barclay, also a member of the Family steps into the breach and is infuriating but often right when decisions need action. The story would not be complete without Lucas’ family who needs rescuing from the Germans.

Finally…

So there you have it, a story of thieves, spies, deception, love and forgiveness all written into a musical composition and awaiting an audience.

Can I just say, I loved A Song Unheard? Well, I just have.

A recommendation is a given. But I would read A Name Unheard first so that you get to know this family.

I hope my five stars won’t be stolen by the Family!

Thank you Rosanna for writing this lovely book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

SongUnheard

Title: A Song Unheard

Author: Roseanna M. White

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: January 2, 2018

 

Willa Forsythe

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

About the Author

Roseanna White 2017Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, Roseanna is homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. She is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Guest post from Roseanna White

An early start

I started playing the piano when I was 7. I didn’t discover any long-dormant genius or anything, but I liked it. When my sister quit, I kept playing. In middle school, I switched teachers. Moving from the lady at my church that I knew so well to someone who was just my piano teacher made a difference in how I applied myself. It deepened my love of music.

Making the music weep

We all know how some random moments stand out forever in our memory. One such for me happened on the school bus. I was sitting with my best friend, talking about the new piano piece I was learning. “Via Delorosa” means Road of Sorrow, and it’s a song that tells musically about Jesus’ journey to Golgotha—ending with the faint chime of the nails being driven into his palms. As my beloved Mrs. Peto went through this song with me the night before, I remember her circling a D♯ that I’d missed and saying how important that note was. That it made the whole line weep.

That it would make the hearers weep. An epiphany so huge I had to share it with my friend. A well placed sharp could make music weep! Who knew?

Music can be many things

That was but one lesson Mrs. Peto taught me in how music could evoke things words never could. A woman of strong faith, she also taught me how a song could preach the Gospel. Music can be medicine. It can be hope, tears or truth. Music can be Jesus to a hurting heart that turns its back on words.

A change of tempo

This is a lesson I never forgot, and I had it always in mind as I was writing A Song Unheard. In this story, both my hero and heroine are musicians—violinists. But Willa (who is SO STUBBORN) wouldn’t listen to words of faith from any of the people in her life “suddenly spouting such nonsense.”

But then, in her darkest hour, she hears a slip of melody. And she realizes it’s the Lord.

My prayer

I pray as readers move through the story of Willa Forsythe—violin prodigy and top-notch thief—that their spirits’ ears hear more than words, more than just a story. I pray they hear the Lord whispering that ultimate song. The one that says, “I love you.”

Want to hear the song Willa eventually wrote in the book? You can! The violin music in this trailer is officially dubbed “Willa’s Song” and written specifically for this book. I hope you enjoy it! http://bit.ly/ASongUnheardTrailer

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In order to celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a signed copy of the book. There is also a lovely album of soothing songs based on the Scriptures called Hidden in My Heart (winner’s choice of CD or digital download)!!

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The Hope of Christmas 3 stories in one

The hope of Christmas in my house is that we all get on together! Everyone has expectations of how their Christmas will pan out. Mine is without a doubt that there won’t be any quarrels – that love and peace reign and jealousy takes a back seat.

If that doesn’t happen then I have plenty of books I can submerge myself in. I hope you find this review of The Hope of Christmas wets your appetite and you will rush out and buy a copy! Happy Christmas everyone.

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My Penny’s worth

The hope of Christmas – Three books in one

Picking a Bride for Paul

Paul and Teddy are likeable characters who carry off this story in a sweet way. What is there not to like about these two people who dance around one another – well Teddy does as Paul has a broken leg!

Enter Catherine, not my cup of tea, who niggles me enough to want to shake some sense into this silly woman. Jodie Wolfe’s writing is smart as she has me bristling at the audacity of Catherine’s pomposity. Usually, at this point, I would put the book down as I can’t relate to such absurd behaviour. However, I needed to know what happened, so I carried on reading, and
I am glad I did.

Did Paul make the right decision or did he trip up on his lame leg?

A great short read by Jodie Wolfe.

Typhoon Prompting

I want to congratulate Terri Wangard on her well written WW2 novella. I loved the way she combined home and the turbulent sea in her book, which brought calm into this action-filled story.

The main character Jerry Collier shares with the reader his highs and lows, and we get a snapshot of what life was like on board ship.

Although this is a novella, the author packed so much into the pages that I felt, nay I needed to know more. This book is an excellent taster of her writing. I became friends with both Jerry and his girl, Evelyn, and I have been left wanting…

An enjoyable short read, when is the full version coming out Terri?

A doctor in the house

Dear Archie, how I felt for him having his ancestral home requisitioned and turned into a hospital for wounded American soldiers. He had already lost so much and is raw from the horrors of the war.

I am not one for the upper classes, but Archie does not come across as the usual standoffish English gentleman. Having an American Army Doctor who is trying to prove herself in a man’s world on top of losing his home naturally rubs Archie up the wrong way. I believe these situations where any army requisitioning property put distance between the locals wherever it happened – trouble always brewed.

I empathise with Emma and understand that she needed to be strong and efficient as a woman doctor and get why she is so focused. However, a little understanding on her behalf might have been a better way forward.

Two determined characters are bound to set off sparks, and in this, I am not disappointed. But will they overcome their differences?

Archie and Emma portrayed a colourful picture of life in a more rural England during WW2.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Please continue reading to learn more about this book and the three authors.

There is a great free giveaway, see the end of this post for details.

About the Book

Book review - The Hope of Christmas 3 stories in one

Title: The Hope of Christmas

Author: Jodie Wolfe, Terri Wangard, Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Christmas

Release Date: November 24, 2017

Picking a Bride for Paul
When Teddy Love’s neighbor and best friend breaks his leg, she pitches in to do whatever she can to help him on his farm. But when he enlists her aid in finding a wife, she comes to realize she has feelings for him.
Paul Baker follows his heart mother’s wishes by looking for a bride from the East who is refined and gentile, two qualities Teddy isn’t. When his potential bride arrives, he finds himself comparing her to Teddy. How can he go back and change things before he makes the biggest mistake of his life?
Typhoon Prompting

A destroyer escort is among the smallest of warships, but the USS Tabberer has the heart of a giant. A typhoon threatens the US Fleet in the Pacific during World War II, days before Christmas. The men of the Tabberer stand tall as they rush to the aid of their fellow sailors. For Seaman Jerry Collier, the typhoon prompts a greater awareness of what he wants in life. First, though, they have to survive.

A Dr. in the House

Emma O’Sullivan is one of the first female doctors to enlist after President Franklin Roosevelt signs the order allowing women in the Army and Navy medical corps. Within weeks, Emma is assigned to England to set up a convalescent hospital, and she leaves behind everything that is familiar. When the handsome widower of the requisitioned property claims she’s incompetent and tries to get her transferred, she must prove to her superiors she’s more than capable. But she’s soon drawn to the good-looking, grieving owner. Will she have to choose between her job and her heart?

Archibald “Archie” Heron is the last survivor of the Heron dynasty, his two older brothers having been lost at Dunkirk and Trondheim and his parents in the Blitz. After his wife is killed in a bombing raid while visiting Brighton, he begins to feel like a modern-day Job. To add insult to injury, the British government requisitions his country estate, Heron Hall, for the U.S. Army to use as a hospital. The last straw is when the hospital administrator turns out to be a fiery, ginger-haired American woman. She’s got to go. Or does she?

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About the Authors

JodieJodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

TerriTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

lindaLinda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, author, and history geek. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed inventor of the light bulb) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). She volunteers at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a trustee for her local public library.

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When trusting God is the only way forward

Trusting God

Trusting God or trusting others – I started making decisions for myself from an early age. My older brothers had built a wooden go-cart and talked to me about the thrill of freewheeling. With no brakes and only a piece of rope tied to the front wheels to steer the crude mode of transport, we found the biggest hill to try it out. “You coming?” they asked.

At four I loved excitement and decided to join my two brothers.  We jumped in and headed downwards on the road. All went well, the rush of wind blowing my golden locks all over the place. I squealed with delight, totally unaware of the danger.

Back in 1962, the roads were not as congested as they are today. You could count a number of cars on one hand that drove up and down that hill in a day.

Hurtling at breakneck speed, my brother saw a car turning right across our decent, with no breaks he swerved the go-cart to the left and hit the curb to avoid the car. I flew out and ended up slamming my head against a garden brick wall cutting open my head. I appeared to be the only one hurt.

Dragging the damaged cart, we walked back home. My brother carried me on his back all the way.

When we arrived, my parents were horrified to see my bloodstained face and quickly took me to the local hospital where I received stitches and a telling off.

Once home with the shouting finished, and the punishment dealt out, my father told me never to trust my brothers again. My mother, on the other hand, said that I must trust God in all things and that it was He who had kept me from a more severe fate.

My parents were opposites, one believed and the other didn’t just like Lydia’s parents. Read my penny’s worth further down of an incredible woman called Lydia whose trust in God led her to the truth.

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About the Book:

 

Name of book: LydiaLydia Cover

Author: Diana Wallis Taylor

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.

There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first-century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.

Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.

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My penny’s worthBook review for Lydia - When trusting God is the only way forward

Lydia has a great love for Adonai, a gift from her mother who is Jewish. Her father, on the other hand, worships the Roman Gods, so conflict is very much part of Lydia’s life. What I like about this book based on the woman of Philippi is the inner struggle that Lydia and her mother face. They are under the rule of husband and father, as this is a time when women obeyed men in all things. However, their hearts cannot be ruled in such a way. In their belief is their freedom – trusting God rather than household Gods to show them the way.

After the battle between father and son which culminates in Lydia taking on a role usually fulfilled by a man, she thrives and prospers, but her accomplishment has to be kept hidden. However, as the plot unravels, Lydia realizes that all is not down to her talent but a more significant hand guiding her to a higher future.

This period history is fascinating as it is just after Jesus rose from the dead. The author gives meat to the bones of the life Lydia may have lived.

I felt the excitement of Lydia hearing about Jesus from Paul and watched her grow strong after their encounters.

Sometimes the dialogue duplicated itself as Lydia retold her story, something that could have been hinted at rather than going over it all again. Apart from that I enjoyed this book and journeying with Lydia as she lived through turbulent and uncertain times.

Lydia trusted her abilities but trusting God became her source of comfort and strength and opened doors to a mention in the bible. She must have been one remarkable woman.

If you like biblical fiction then in mho you may like this book for its gutsy depiction of a brave and strong woman determined to succeed in a man’s world.

Thank you, Diana Wallis Taylor, for writing Lydia.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Author:

Diana Wallis Taylor is best known for her DianaWTaylorRedcreative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, MarthaJourney to the WellMary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren

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Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!

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Chief of Sinners by Caryl McAdoo impressive to the end

I am the Chief of Sinners, walking my path, doing my own thing. Hence, when trouble hits who do I blame? Taking responsibility is an adult decision – my child’s voice wants to blame others or ignore that I had any part in the sin.

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My Penny’s worth

Chief of Sinners

Chief of Sinners is an excellent book in dealing with sin and consequences. The wonderfully portrayed character of Buddy Nightingale, a Christian man dogged with lust and remorse, whose intentions are good but his actions questionable makes me wonder if he can be saved? – Yes, he did disappoint me. Furthermore, how can a sinner sing the praises of God and still make such a mess of his life – sound familiar?

Relationships

Caryl McAdoo writes gritty novels with real life drama, and this is no exception. A relationship with three never works in reality; someone will always get hurt. And this story keeps the reader guessing. Buddy walks with the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other – who will he listen to?

A book that hooks

The book Chief of Sinners had me hooked from the start. My allegiances kept changing, how I desired the characters to sort themselves out and live happily ever after. However, that is not how the world works, nor how God plans the finale.

Support characters

However, there is not just one main character and in mho, each person plays an important role in this story – from the father who is strict and unwavering to the soldier who seeks revenge. Each provided a rich chemistry and as I read the last word I wanted more. These characters had become real, friends whom I cared about and a part of my life.

Would I recommend this book?

The book is one I would recommend, as it requires you to think and perhaps reassess your view of God’s incredible ability to love and forgive. We all sin and the verse from Matthew 18:22 when Jesus answers the question, “How many times must I forgive” he replies: “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” – thus indicating the extent God will take to forgive us. 

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Coming soon 22nd September – My interview with Caryl 

About the Book

Book title: Chief of Sinners Book review for Chief of Sinners by Caryl McAdoo

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Release date: September 6, 2017

Genre: Historical Fiction

Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail.

Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond.

The faithful flock to his father’s tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sang fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, an eighteen-year-old beauty, attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit-filled meetings. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller.

Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .

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About the Author

Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll throughEYES her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

Trial 3Here’s the funnest part of this launch—book ten, the last story of my Texas Romance Family Saga that covers five generations of three families over more than a century—CHIEF OF SINNERS was the “first” one written over twenty-five years ago!

When we wrote CHIEF—yes, “we”; my husband Ron (of 49 years!) and I write everything together, have since the beginning. Neither of us would ever have made it on our own, but together, we had ten books published by five houses, including Howard Books before we went Indie. Why isn’t his name on the covers?

Nov 2015Our Benjamen Cash McAdoo (the fourteen-year-old grandson we reared who came home to our house from being born) asked the same thing and didn’t much like it. One night I was writing at the computer and turned and asked Ron a question about the story. Ben spoke up. “Don’t help her, O’Pa! Your name’s not on the book!”

The answer though is that our New York agent AND the Simon and Schuster editor both said only one name was better and that it should preferably be female. So, we took their advice. It works great for us since he doesn’t like marketing, while that’s a favorite part for me—getting to make so many new friends, bonding with readers from all over the world.

So, back to the CHIEF; when Mary Sue Seymour (God rest her precious soul) told us to write a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, Ron and I started talking about our heroine and where she’d come from and what her crisis would be. As the premise formed, the Lord gave us the wonderful idea to use the same last names as our characters in CHIEF OF SINNERS.

We figured as we wrote one novel to the next, we would eventually get to 1926 when CHIEF opened with hero Buddy Nightingale and his father Nathaniel pitching their revival tent in the small Texas Hill Country town of Marble Falls.

Twelve in 1926, Buddy is the fourth generation from Rosaleen ‘Sassy’ Fogelsong Nightingale Baylor, heroine of book two in the series HEARTS STOLEN. Buddy’s father is the son of Charley Nightingale—Sassy’s four-year-old who readers fall in love with in her story.

MIGHTY TO SAVE, book nine, 1921-1924, was the one where all the loose ends had to be tied to get us into the 1926 circumstances of CHIEF. Only a few dates and minor details had to be changed editing CHIEF, but things had to happen in MIGHTY to open CHIEF OF SINNERS.

My characters are not perfect people. They sin as we all do.

Some of them have disappointed readers—some also disappointed me. No doubt I did things to disappoint my mother. Every one of us face battles and bad choices we have to live with. What is important for all (us and my characters) is coming to repentance, turning back to God, then walking in obedience from that point forward.

I hate to think CHIEF is the last. I still can’t imagine leaving these families behind. The next story, SON OF PROMISE coming in January, is a story of Travis and Emma Lee Harris Buckmeyer’s life together (readers meet them in CHIEF), so there will be guest appearances by many readers will recognize.

And I—we—have started KING OF TEXAS, a new contemporary romance, with “Patrick” Henry Buckmeyer, named after his great-grandfather my readers know as Henry. So, maybe they will always be with me after all with a new story here and there.

I pray God blesses you and that you enjoy CHIEF OF SINNERS!

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the following:

Grand Prize: ALL TEN books in the Texas Romance series!

1st Prize: Four first books in four of Caryl’s series

2nd Prize: Ebook of Chief of Sinners

3rd – 7th Prize: Print copy of A Vow Unbroken

8th prize: Ebook of Chief of Sinners!!

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