Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Revell Blog Tour - Angel Sister

Posted by Katie Garvin at 10:53 AM 0 comments
Hope everyones week is going well! I've been busy this morning! Along with the Revell Blog Tour below for newly published book Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart, I also posted two other book reviews on my other blog. The links to them are below! All three were wonderful reads!

Words by Ginny Yttrup

Book of Days by James Rubart

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My Review:

Star Rating: 5

I’ve never read a book by Ann Gabhart before, so I was excited at the opportunity to read this new release of hers. After finishing Angel Sister I know I will read more from this talented author. This book was quiet a journey! Ann skillfully weaved in a story that was so alive and personal I looked up from the pages expecting to see Kate, Nadine, or Victor sitting across from me. Each character had such depth!

Kate Marritt is only fourteen years old, but she feels like she is her family’s anchor. Her mother is stressed out, her father is fighting the bottle, her older sister daydreams of handsome men all day, and her younger sister is still too young to be of much help. Kate was such a sweet character! Loving her father despite his addiction. Helping her family any way she could. Always trying to ease her mother’s burdens. She certain can be a role model to us girls!

While this book does have Kate’s story in it, there are two other main characters in this book – Nadine and Victor. I really loved the flashbacks to Nadine and Victor’s earlier years. I felt like I was reading two books rolled into one. The flashbacks were handled well so that I enjoyed traveling with the character down memory lane. Once or twice I almost didn’t realize when they started down that lane – but maybe that was just my bad. The book probably could have been shorter if the flashbacks didn’t go so in-depth, but that’s what I liked about the story. It just seemed to overflow with feelings and emotions. The characters were so personal.

There wasn’t anything inappropriate about this, except for a few remarks that are made after Nadine and Victor are married. It’s only hinted at and I didn’t find it in the least bit inappropriate. There were a few kisses and embraces, but I enjoy reading a book where the married couples express their love for each other in these little ways. Very sweet.

Even before I finished the book and read the author’s notes, I knew this was a story from the heart. It was such a personal journey – so in depth and touching – that I felt like I knew the author a little bit after finishing this book. The events in Angel Sister were sad and oftentimes heartbreaking – especially as I read about Nadine and Victor’s parents. How sad not to have parents who stand behind you and encourage you! But Ann writes so well that throughout all the dreary moments in the characters lives, there was an undercurrent of hope. And I saw that hope come to life at the end through the events surrounding a little girl named Lorena Birdsong. I highly recommend this book!

* Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. *

I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.


~ Katy

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Interview and Giveaway: Kathryn Cushman

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:09 AM 24 comments
Hey all! Today I have author Kathryn Cushman with me today. She will be giving away a copy of her newest book - Another Dawn - so keep reading to find out how to enter!

I have already read and reviewed Another Dawn. I highly recommend it! You can go HERE to read my full review of this book. I enjoyed every minute spent within it's pages! :-)

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Kathyrn, welcome to Legacy of a Writer! To begin with, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in a small town in Tennessee. I went to pharmacy school and practiced in retail, hospital, and HMO pharmacy settings for 10 years before “retiring” to be a stay-home mom. I now live in my husband’s hometown of Santa Barbara, CA with my hubby and two daughters.

Aw, my family goes up to Tennessee for vacation each year. It's so beautiful up there! When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? Who or what inspired you?

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a writer “some day”. Several years ago, my husband’s uncle was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and it really started me thinking about what such a diagnosis would mean to me… what I would regret. That’s when I began to seriously think about pursuing “some day”, because I didn’t want to get to the end of my life having never tried.

What in inspiration! How long did you write before you were published?

About four years. During that time I completed two manuscripts, which are currently collecting dust in the back of my closet. A Promise to Remember was my third complete manuscript and my first published work.

Neat. I am actually reading A Promise to Remember on my kindle app right now! :-) How many books have you published? What are their names, and who are they published by?

A Promise to Remember - Bethany House
Waiting for Daybreak - Bethany House
Leaving Yesterday - Bethany House
Angel Song - Thomas Nelson
Another Dawn - Bethany House

How do you get the inspiration for your new book, Another Dawn?

There was a measles outbreak in San Diego a couple of years ago. My editor sent me a link to a radio documentary about it and I found it fascinating. I like to write stories where there are two sides that each has a valid point.

I really did enjoy that you brought out both sides of the argument on this subject - and left the decision up to the reader! What's your favorite part of the story?

Grace, the main character, has spent years blaming her father for making a personal choice that she believes caused her mother’s death. Now, a personal choice she made, has put the lives of her niece and several other children at risk. It’s an interesting irony.

Yes, a very good way to sum it up - interesting irony. What was the hardest part to write?

Every part of writing this story was hard. My daughter was severely ill during the writing of the first draft (thrity-two days in the hospital, spread over several months), and my father died during the edits. I couldn’t have finished this book without much prayer, and the absolute belief that God had called me to write.

Oh wow! That must've been hectic time in your life - and to write a book! What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

I hope they will see that God always loves us no matter what, and that He does offer “do-overs” even after we’ve blown it.

Yes, thank God for His tender mercies toward us. If your book was ever turned into a movie, who do you think would best resemble what you pictured Grace and Steve to look like?

Anne Hathaway would make a nice Grace. For Steve, maybe Matt Damon

Ahh, good picks! They look like what I imagined! Do you have any other books in the making? Can you give us a lil’ sneak peak of what it’s going to be about?

Yes, I’m currently working on a (untitled) book about a family that lives “Almost Amish” as part of a reality TV show.

That sounds fun! Here’s a fun question I wanted to throw in: If you could pick any historical figure from history to chat with, whom would it be and why?

Esther. I’d like to know what she thought about what happened to her. Did she want to go to the palace? Did she love the king? Did he love her?

Great questions! What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

I like to write thought provoking women’s fiction. I read a little bit of everything contemporary.

Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

My family. I think the number one call on my life is to be the best wife and mother that I can possibly be.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

My website, at www.kathryncushman.com

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GIVEAWAY:

Another DawnAnd now for the giveaway! Special thanks to Kathryn, who has agreed to give one copy of her book, Another Dawn, to one of my followers. Thanks again! :-) USA Only, please!

* You must be a follower and you must leave your email address in your mandatory entry in order to be entered into this giveaway! *

Mandatory Entry:

Have you read any other books by Kathryn Cushman? If so, which was your favorite? If no, which are you most interested in reading first?

Extra Entries:

- Subscribe to this blog(+1)

- Read one of my reviews on Book Reviews by Lady Katy and leave a comment. Come back here and let me know(+2 per review).

- Go HERE and rate my reviews that I post on Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group(+2 per review - can earn up to 8 extra points total) It doesn't matter how many stars you give me - you still get +2 extra entries into this giveaway per review you rate.


Well, have fun entering the giveaway! This ends Friday, March 4th, at midnight. The winner will be announce the next day. :-)


~ Katy

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tyndale Blog Tour - The Brotherhood

Posted by Katie Garvin at 2:00 AM 16 comments
For today, instead of my usually weekly Book Cover of the Week, I have a blog tour to bring you! :-) Continue reading to find out how to get a free copy of this book!



Real quick, author Penny Zeller interviewed me on her blog this week. :-D It was fun and I hope you will stop by and say hello. She's giving away a copy of my book, Journey of Faith to one of the commenters, so be sure to enter for your chance to win! Link - http://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/author-interviewgiveaway/



And now, onto the tour!



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About the Book:







Boone Drake has it made.

He’s a young cop rising rapidly through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department. He has a beautiful wife and a young son, a nice starter house, a great partner, and a career plan that should land him in the Organized Crime Division within five years.



Everything is going right...until everything goes horribly, terribly wrong.



His personal life destroyed and his career and future in jeopardy, Boone buries himself in guilt and bitterness as his life spirals out of control. But when he comes face-to-face with the most vicious gang leader Chicago has seen in decades, he begins to realize that God is a God of second chances and can change the hardest heart . . . and forgive the worst of crimes.



About the Author:






Jerry B. Jenkins, former vice president for publishing at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago and currently chairman of the board of trustees, is the author of more than 175 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Twenty of his books have reached the New York Times Best Sellers List (seven in the number-one spot) and have also appeared on the USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists. Desecration, book nine in the Left Behind series, was the best-selling book in the world in 2001. His books have sold nearly 70 million copies.



Jerry owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Los Angeles, which produced the critically acclaimed movie Midnight Clear, based on his book of the same name. See www.Jenkins-Entertainment.com.



Jerry Jenkins also owns the Christian Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow's professional Christian writers. Under Jerry's leadership, the guild has expanded to include college-credit courses, a critique service, literary registration services, and writing contests, as well as an annual conference. See www.ChristianWritersGuild.com.



Jerry has been awarded four honorary doctorates. He and his wife, Dianna, have three grown sons and six grandchildren.



My Review:



Star Rating: 5



Boone feels like he has the start to an awesome life – what more could he ask for? He has the prettiest wife and the cutest kid. Ever since he was young he wanted to ‘stop the bad guys’ and he couldn’t be happier with his job as a Chicago Policeman. After several life-altering events, Boone see’s his life collapsing around him. He wants to turn from God, to hate Him, but when God continually shows his hand in his life, Boone sees that God isn’t finished with him yet. He didn’t bring trials into Boone’s life just to watch him crumble, but to build him stronger and prepare him for things to come.



I was wowed with this book. Just 50 pages into the story and I was in tears. My heart ached for what Boone was going through. Such an event would forever change a person – both inside and out – that it literally made me stop and think. The sting operation was really neat, too! I was cheering the OCD (Organized Crime Division) on as they plotted to pull a sting that would land them the biggest gangster leaders ever. Talk about some tension! And Jenkin’s writing just brought everything to life!



One thing that stood out to me toward the beginning of this book is how short life can be. Life is a vapor. There’s no rule that says it’s for sure that you will live to be a hundred. And some people live their lives as if they had that many years to spend, but often such is not the case. We can be here one day and gone the next. It makes you want to embrace every new morning with thanksgiving to God. We should never take a day for granted.



The book was a bit graphic at times when explaining a certain characters wounds, which might disturb younger readers, but that is it. It holds great lessons and when you finally close the book on the last page…it stays with you. Jerry Jenkin’s did a wonderful job on this book and I will be keeping my eye out for more of his books in the future. You can check out his website here - http://www.jerryjenkins.com/.



I reviewed this book for Tyndale House Publishing. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.



The Giveaway:



The Brotherhood (Precinct 11)And now for the giveaway! Tyndale has given me a coupon for a free copy of The Brotherhood to giveaway here on my blog. Yay! :-) All you have to do to redeem your book is bring the certificate to your local Christian bookstore and you will get your free copy. How cool is that?! :-D USA Only, please!




* You must be a follower and you must leave your email address in your mandatory entry in order to be entered into this giveaway! *

Mandatorry Entry: This one is easy - just leave a comment letting me know you'd like to enter! :-)



Entra Entry: Go HERE and rate my reviews that I post on Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group(+2 per review - you can earn up to 8 extra points total) It doesn't matter how many stars you give me - you still get +2 extra entries into this giveaway per review you rate.



Thanks for reading! This giveaway ends Friday the 25th of February and a winner will be announced the next day.





~ Katy

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Revell Blog Tour - Lady in the Mist

Posted by Katie Garvin at 4:49 AM 4 comments
Today I have a book review for you. I was able to participate in a tour with Revell this week with Laurie Eakes new book, Lady of the Mist. I must advise you thought....make sure you grab a copy of this book today! It was a great story written by an amazing author! I enjoyed every minute I spent within its pages!

My Review:

Star Rating: 4

This story, centering on the life of a midwife during the early 1800s, captivated me from the very beginning. The sad delivery, cloaked with dark secrets, was instantly an attention-grabbed and I couldn’t put the book down. Tabitha’s first meeting with Dominick was memorable and humorous. I instantly liked the guy, even if he was a big flirt. lol The fact that he was a learned British aristocrat, yet in America as a redemptor, instantly sparked my curiosity right alongside Tabitha’s.

The mystery and suspense woven into this story was great. It kept me guessing to the very end who the traitor was. Every time I thought I knew who it was, something suspicious would come up on another character and I would second-guess myself. I love a book that will make me do that! I so enjoy trying to figure it out, and when I’m kept guessing to the end…well it shows you what a great mystery and/or suspense it really is.

There wasn’t anything inappropriate in this book that I need point out. There are a few kisses and caresses, but that is the extent of it. A few times in a high-action scene I would be a bit confused at what was/had happened. The way it was written, from the writers confused viewpoint, was just that – confusing – and I found myself rereading one or two scenes. One of the scenes, towards the end, I was disappointed it cut off at the height of the action. While in the next chapter it’s a week or so later and you are brought up to date with what had occurred during all the action, I wished I could’ve experienced it right alongside the hero and heroine. But besides this minor annoyance, I enjoyed this book from cover to cover.

Tension is felt throughout the whole book as each character seems to have their own personal agenda, and Tabitha can’t figure out if that agenda is good or bad for America. Along with the trouble on her seashore, Tabitha also struggled to uphold her midwifery – some people deeming her unsuitable for the position of bring babies into the world when she hadn’t even been married yet. I cheered Tabitha on when she stood up for herself before the counsel. All in all, the cover is lovely, the writing enchanting, and the story suspenseful. I would certainly encourage you to pick up Lady of the Mist and read it sometime very soon.

* Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. *

I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
 
 
~ Katy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

FIRST Blog Tour - Come to Me

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:05 AM 2 comments
It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!



You never know when I might play a wild card on you!








Today's Wild Card author is:





and the book:





Word Alive Press (October 21, 2010)


***Special thanks to Laura J. Davis for sending me a review copy.***





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:






A singer and songwriter for over 25 years, Laura J. Davis began writing full-time, after an emergency surgery caused the loss of her singing voice. She is a member of Canada's largest community of writers who are Christian, The Word Guild, where she volunteers as a first editor. Laura and her husband, Jim, reside in London, Ontario.





Visit the author's website.





SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:


Step back in time and experience the life of Christ through the eyes of His mother. Come to Me offers the reader an intimate glimpse into the lives of Jesus and His family in a way that brings them to life. The themes of trusting in God and surrendering to Him are evident throughout this remarkable story.


 From the cradle to the cross, Come to Me speaks to the hearts of those who are seeking, and deepens the faith of long-time believers. It is a moving tale of the life of Christ from the mother who raised Him to become the Saviour of the world.








Product Details:





 List Price: $15.95


Paperback: 338 pages


Publisher: Word Alive Press (October 21, 2010)


Language: English


ISBN-10: 1435705564


ISBN-13: 978-1435705562





 AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:


 



Jerusalem 44 A.D.







She sat outside for over an hour meditating, praying and remembering. The rising sun wrapped her in a warm cocoon that threatened to lull her back to sleep. Mary arched her back and stretched. She ran her hands over the cream-coloured pillow covering her precious bench and yawned. Joseph had surprised her with the bench the first year they were married. They would often sit together in the early morning hours, when the rest of the world was still asleep and the sun was waking up.




How she longed for those times again, when Joseph would take her hand and they would begin the day in prayer and dedication to Yahweh. My sweet Joseph, how I long to hear your voice and feel your embrace once more.




She had known Joseph for most of her life. In a village as small as Nazareth, it would have been unusual if their paths had never crossed. Older than her by twelve years, Joseph had watched Mary grow from a child into a beautiful young woman. With careful planning, he had placed himself in her life with the purpose of marrying her when she came of age. He had called her ‘Little Mary’ and she had called him her ‘Gentle Giant,’ names said with an affection that had grown into a deep and lasting love.




“You’re such a long way up, Joseph!” she would laugh. “I get a sore neck just looking at you, much less kissing you.”




Then one day he had come into the house and said, “Little Mary, I have a surprise for you, but first, you must close your eyes!” Mary obeyed and felt Joseph sweep her up in his muscular arms and place her on something soft and luxurious.




“Open your eyes now,” Joseph said, his brown eyes twinkling with excitement.




“Oh, Joseph!” For the first time in their marriage, she was able to look straight into his eyes.




“What is this?” She looked at her bare feet and wiggled her toes into the cream-coloured pillow that stretched across a new oak bench. A small gasp of surprise escaped her lips. “It is beautiful.” She sighed as she ran her hands along the back of the bench. “Hear O Israel…Oh, Joseph! You have carved the Shema into it. Oh, how precious.” She clasped her hands together and turned toward her husband. “You made me a prayer bench.” Her almond shaped eyes shone with delight.




“Ah, well … my motives are not that pure I am afraid.”




She tilted her head. “Oh?”




“Yes, I was thinking we could use it so you wouldn’t get a sore neck kissing me.” He wrapped his arms around her tiny waist pulling her close. “Or you could use it for praying.” He shrugged and smiled. “Your choice.”




She laughed and wrapped her arms around his neck. “I think for now I shall use it for kissing you and later I will use it for prayer.”




Mary sighed, a sleepy smile lingering on her face. They had dubbed it the kissing bench. They had thought it was something their children would laugh and giggle over in the years to come. What a wonderful life we made together!




It was a good marriage, despite its uncertain beginnings. So many events had happened in those early days that Mary could not imagine which memory she cherished most—the angelic visitation, the birth of Jesus, or his resurrection. The enormity of what had transpired in her life had humbled her more than she realized.




Of course, she would never cherish the memories of what they had done to her firstborn son. Forgiving them was easier than forgetting. She could never forget. How long had it been since that horrible day? She could still smell the blood and hear Jesus’ screams mingled with her own. Her chest grew tight with grief as she closed her eyes to dispel the images that had haunted her for the last eleven years.




She was fifty-eight years old and until six months ago had been with her nephew, the Apostle John, on a brief visit to Rome to strengthen the churches there. When the Emperor Claudius began expelling Jews from Rome, John had decided that she should return to his home in Jerusalem for her own safety.




“Poor John,” she muttered as she recalled the argument she had had with him over returning.




“It’s too dangerous for you in Rome now, woman!” He had pleaded with her all day and finally in anger and frustration gathered up her belongings and started stuffing them into a satchel. “As the mother of our Lord and a Jew, your life is in more danger than mine right now. This discussion is over. You will leave without any more arguments.”




Mary remembered folding her arms across her chest and swallowing the angry words that had threatened to spill from her lips. No one had ever talked to her in such a manner.




“John, if it is dangerous, why are you staying? Should I, the mother of the Messiah, become a coward and run to save my life when others are dying? It is not right. Your brother James was beheaded for proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah. I should do no less.”




“Jesus charged me with your safety, Aunt Mary. Would you have me dishonour my Lord by shirking my responsibilities?”




That was when she had seen the pain and anguish on his weathered face. She had finally understood. He could not bear losing her as he had his brother and so she submitted to his wishes.




He took her to Jerusalem, stayed for a while to help her adjust and then returned to Rome to minister to the churches there. She now spent her days with the other believers in Jerusalem, meeting together regularly for prayer and fellowship. Today she was expecting Luke, a Greek physician led to salvation through the Apostle Paul.




As she waited for his arrival, she kicked off her sandals and wiggled her toes. Although it had rained the night before, it was now a beautiful spring day. Mary loved the earthy smell in the air after a rainfall. It was a combination of mud, water and worms that oddly reminded her of the seaside. Breathing deeply, she leaned her head against the rough stone of John’s home, stretched out her bare feet and plopped them in the nearest puddle.




From the time she was a child, she had often gone barefoot through the hills of Galilee after it had rained, for she loved to squish her toes in the mud and feel the cool blades of grass on her feet. In Jerusalem a plot of grass was hard to come by, which made her miss her home in Nazareth all the more. Joseph had always worried that she might cut her feet on the sharp rocks, or sting them on the nettles hidden throughout the Galilean countryside.




She sighed and closed her eyes. Oh Joseph, my darling, there is no fear of that here.




“He is risen!”




Startled, Mary shielded her eyes from the sun and looked up to see a blonde, blue-eyed man, with a clean-shaven face and strong jaw line.




“He is risen indeed! You must be Luke. John has told me so much about you. Come to check up on me have you?” She smiled, grabbed the bowl of olives that sat beside her and put it on her lap.




Luke chuckled, his dimples showing off his chiselled features. “Actually, I just wanted the chance to meet my Lord’s mother - but don’t tell John. He thinks I’m here to inquire after your health.”




She laughed, her brown eyes sparkling. “You don’t fool me—either of you. John sends so many different people to check on my welfare that it’s a wonder I can remember all their names.”




She patted the bench inviting Luke to sit. Taking some olives from the bowl, Mary proceeded to pit them. Luke watched in fascination at how quickly her slender fingers worked.




“May I help?” He asked.




Raising her eyebrows, Mary stared at Luke for a moment, then nodded and placed the bowl between them. “Jesus used to like pitting olives too. He said he found it calming.” She giggled. “Unfortunately, he ate more than he pitted.”




Luke chuckled as he popped an olive into his mouth.




“I’ll tell you what I told Jesus,” she said, shaking her finger at him. “If you eat more than you pit, then you’ve just had your supper.”




“Well then, I’d best stop eating them, as I’m used to eating more than olives at my meals.”




“Get to work then and I might feed you more than olives!”




Content in an affable silence, they settled into their work. Luke immediately felt welcome, as if he had known Mary his whole life and he told her so. Mary blushed and thanked him.




“Oh, my goodness!” She suddenly jumped up from the bench and ran into the house.




Luke, perplexed at her sudden disappearance, continued pitting olives. He was about to follow her into the house when she returned with a basin of water to wash the dust off his feet. She knelt on the ground and removed his sandals. Embarrassed that the mother of the Lord was washing his feet, Luke swallowed his discomfort and allowed her to minister to him, remembering the lesson Jesus had taught his disciples the last night they were together.




When she finished, she proceeded to wash her own feet and then put her sandals back on. This led her to tell him about Joseph and his fear of her running barefoot.




“He was such a wonderful man,” she said. “He was a man who feared the Almighty, a good man—especially when I found myself with child.” She poured the dirty water from the basin onto the ground and then sat beside him. “You cannot begin to imagine what it was like during those days! I was fourteen years old, betrothed to a man much older than I and with child –but not with his child.”




She grew still and stared off into the distance. Luke gazed at her in silence, revelling in the fact that he was with the woman who had given birth to the Saviour of the world. He wondered how she had handled that night. Where was she when the labour had begun? Who had delivered the baby? Had there been any complications? Luke had so many questions, he hardly knew where to begin.




Mary’s eyelids dropped as she let her mind wander back to the night of Jesus’ birth. She had been surprised at the pain. In fact, she had never realized it would hurt so badly. Afterwards, oh afterwards, the reward of her son was so great that she had thought her heart would split wide open with love. The King of the world had been born to her!




“Happy thoughts?”




Mary’s eyes flew open. Blushing, she smiled and said, “His birth—it amazes me still.”




“If you don’t mind my asking, what was it like back then? When you found out you were … um … with child?”




“It’s been over forty-four years since Jesus’ birth.” She shrugged. “Aside from my immediate family, I’ve never really talked to anyone about it before.” Mary sighed and pitted more olives as she contemplated how much she should tell the young doctor.






MY REVIEW:





Star Rating: 3





Stepping back into the bible, I enjoyed reading and learning a little bit about Mary, John, Luke, and Matthew in the years after Christ's resurrection. The approach Laura took, to have Luke ask Mary to recount her life story, was unique and I thoroughly enjoyed it.





Laura is very thorough in her recounting of what happened. Every scene or chapter in Mary/Jesus' life was thought out. A few times I questioned if it really would've happened that way - but since there is no knowing on certain aspects of Christ's life...I guess it's however you translate the scriptures. I don't want to give away anything in the book, so you'll have to draw your own conclusions on this!





There really wasn’t anything I need warn you about in this book. At the very beginning Mary does express some nervousness at what her life as a married woman is going to be like, but that is about all. She recounted Christ's Crucifixion well - I found myself wincing when he was nailed to the cross. As I read through this part it made me realized, yet again, God's mercies toward us by sending us a savior and Jesus' love for us by selflessly dying and taking our sins upon him.





For this being Laura Davis' first fictional book, I though she did well. There were a few times I felt that the scenes weren't fleshed-out enough or the way it was written was simplistic, but this all comes with practice. This didn't prohibit me from enjoying the book - I just noticed it on a few occasions. All in all, I thought it was a good read and a good reminder of everything Christ did and took upon himself to us to save us from our sins.








NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: One dollar from every copy of Come to Me sold, will be donated to Compassion Canada's Unsponsored Children's Fund.







Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Melanie Dobson

Posted by Katie Garvin at 4:25 AM 39 comments
Today I have author Melanie Dobson with me today. She just recently released her book, The Silent Order in November of last year. While I have not yet been been able to read this book, it looks good - and the main characters name is Katie! Pretty neat! :-) But anyways, on to the interview!

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Melanie, welcome to Legacy of a Writer! To begin with, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you! I’m originally from a small town in Ohio, but I met my husband Jon in Colorado. We’ve moved across the country and to Berlin with his work, and we now live in Oregon with our two young daughters. God put a desire in my heart to write fiction when I was in junior high, but I always thought I would pursue this dream when I was “older.” Right before my thirtieth birthday, I realized that I was indeed getting older and began to write my first novel.

How long did you write before you were published?

I wrote and published a non-fiction book for single women with a friend in 2000 and then decided I wanted to publish a novel as well. Writing fiction proved to be much more difficult for me than non-fiction. Three novels and about seven years later, I was quite excited to receive my first fiction contract for a contemporary novel about a failed adoption called Together for Good.

How many books have you published? What are their names, and who are they published by?

My tenth book will be published this spring. Besides The Silent Order, my latest books are Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (Summerside) and Refuge on Crescent Hill (Kregel).

How did you get the inspiration for your book, The Silent Order?

This story was inspired as I contrasted the Cleveland Mafia during Prohibition and the Amish people living further south in Sugarcreek. The storyline has some similarities to the movie Witness—with a twist.

What message do you want to be clear to your readers in The Silent Order?

The Silent Order is about a crime family named the Cardanos in Cleveland and a detective by the name of Rollin Wells who is close to exposing them. The Cardanos are working in the hills south of Cleveland, and when Rollin travels to Sugarcreek to investigate, he discovers that the Cardanos want him dead. Rollin hides out in an Amish home, trying to uncover why the Cardanos are in Amish country and who is collaborating with them. As he gets closer to the truth, Rollin also attempts to find out what a beautiful Amish woman named Katie Lehman—a woman who reminds him of the girl he once loved—is hiding.

Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

I have two Love Finds You novels coming out this year. One is set in the Amana Colonies in the 1860s (Love Finds You in Amana, Iowa), and the other story is set in a Moravian village during the French and Indian War called Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Where can people find you?

My website is www.melaniedobson.com.

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GIVEAWAY:


The Silent OrderAnd now for the giveaway! Special thanks to Melanie, who has agreed to give one copy of her book, The Silent Order, to one of my followers. :-) USA Only, please!

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~ Katy

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Review - The Fire in Ember

Posted by Katie Garvin at 4:29 AM 1 comments
As promised, here is the review for The Fire in Ember. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it! If you want a chance at winning this book, don't forget about my giveaway on the right that ends this weekend! :-)
 My Review:
 
Star Rating: 5

With her hands tied behind her back and a rope about her neck, Ember’s chances of living don’t look good. This is the scene that unfolds to begin this gripping story. It captured my attention and carried me on through the book until I reached the final pages. I love when I shut a book after reading the last sentence…then open it to flip through the pages again, savoring each exciting moment! That shows you what I think of the adventures tucked within its pages – I want to relive every moment over again!

John was instantly a likable fellow. I loved how hard working he was and how he always looked out for those nearest and dearest to him. I found myself easily liking this hero and cheering him on as he wrestled with the spirited Ember (or who was better known as Bert, during her ‘boy disguising’ days). Ember also was easy to grow attached to. She had such a scarred and bruised past that she so desperately wanted to keep hidden so she could keep others safe. I think that’s one thing that completely attached me to her – she kept trying to run, but it was because she didn’t want to bring trouble to those she cared about. She’d rather deal with the dangers by herself than see a loved one hurt. What a heroine!

The Timmons brothers brought smiles to my face in the way they teased and roughed with each other. And when the boys discovered that Ember was not a boy – why I just about laughed out loud at their reaction! Another character that I grew attached to as such a wonderful mother-figure was Leah. She had suffered much in the past few years with the murder of her husband, but she had a houseful of boys and one lonely, scared girl on the run to care for. She never looked down on anyone, but treated everyone equally. I always loved when Leah imparted her wisdom to her boys or to Bert. She was a very endearing character and reminded me of the Proverbs 31 woman.

There is very little in this book that I need warn you about – DiAnn wrote it exceptionally clean and teen friendly. One of the characters does confess that she had been used in earlier years, but DiAnn wrote it with such care that I almost didn’t think it need warning! Through and through, it was clean and held valuable lessons about trust and finding redemption in Christ. The Fire in Ember is a great book with lessons hidden within – I recommend it to other historical fiction adventure/mystery/suspense lovers!


~ Katy
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