Monday, 30 April 2012
When aspiring writer Michael Warner inherits his grandfather’s venerable Charleston estate, he settles in to write his first novel. But within the confines of the stately home, he discovers an unpublished manuscript that his grandfather, a literary giant whose novels sold in the millions, had kept hidden from everyone—but which he clearly intended Michael to find. As he delves deep into the exciting tale about spies and sabotage, Michael discovers something that has the power to change not only his future but his past as well.
Laced with suspense and intrigue, The Discovery is a richly woven novel that explores the incredible sacrifices that must be made to forge the love of a lifetime. Author Dan Walsh delivers yet another unique and heartfelt story that will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
The Discovery is truly a wonderful story within a story. The novel shifts back and forth between Michael in “modern day” and to the old manuscript that he is reading, which is set in 1942. Dan Walsh was careful not to move back and forth too often, and I appreciated the fine balance he created.
Dan Walsh is a great writer and this book truly shines. The romance thread was so tender and added vibrancy throughout the setting of war and espionage. I definitely recommend The Discovery.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Fifteen-year-old loner Lexi Vogan has had enough. Four foster families in two years would be enough to make anybody run away! Alone in the world, she flees to Jacksonville where a group of runaway teens live in abandoned tunnels below the city. It seems like the perfect place for a forgotten face.
Liz Swavier, thirty-six, became a widow two years ago when her husband succumbed to cancer, but she’s managing just fine. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Working long hours as a doctor in the ER, Liz’s friends and family grow concerned that she’s hurling herself into work to numb her grief.
Then, on a typical Friday afternoon, an appointment with divine intervention causes these two very different lives to collide, beginning a journey towards restoration that only an all-knowing, loving God could weave together.
This is a debut novel for Chrissy M. Dennis, and actually a winner of the World Alive Press Publishing contest. And I can see why it won – this novel shows a very promising start for Ms. Dennis in the publishing world. Ms. Dennis’ writing engages her reader and makes them genuinely care about her characters.
My one hope is that this novel could be a first in a series about the “Tunnel Kids”. As a reader, I find myself wanting to know how the stories of Star, DV, and even Sapphire would end. Sapphire, I believe, would have a very dramatic story, given the character she portrays.
This novel revolves around two people with painful stories who struggle to find healing and light amongst the darkness. It is a touching story, and one that would not soon leave your mind.
NOTE: I would place this novel in a mature/older teen genre, given the young age of Lexi and the overall feel of the story.
Book has been provided courtesy of Word Alive Press and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now from your favourite bookseller.
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith…until her twin brother joined the Colonial cause and ended up in jail. She longs to bring some measure of comfort to him in the squalid prison, but her faith forbids it. The Friends believe that they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. She is not allowed to visit him, even if she were able to secure a pass.
Jeremiah Jones, a Colonial spy, needs access to the jail to help rescue men important to the cause. Upon meeting Hannah, a plan begins to develop. Who would suspect a pious Quaker visiting a loved one?
In a time of war, can two unlikely heroes find the courage to act?
I could sum up my review in one word and call it a day.
…but that wouldn’t exactly tell you why I loved this novel so much!
Siri Mitchell is a wonderful author. The story she created is unique and a real treat to read. The conflicting emotions and sensitivities of the characters were easily discernible, and since the novel was written in the first-person view, you were able to “get in the character’s head”.
The story and plot was kept appropriately taut and the tension between Jeremiah and Hannah came through loud and clear. You have two completely different people coming from conflicting walks of life who form an uneasy alliance. Jeremiah and Hannah dared to erase the boundaries between them to work together for a noble cause.
It is a great to reminder to all, when at times it is necessary to lay aside differences to assist those in need and right injustice.
This is one novel that did not disappoint.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.