Review: The Lost Lieutenant, by Erica Vetsch

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Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero–he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn’t think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.

Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn’t have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there’s something he can’t quite remember. It’s important, dangerous–and if he doesn’t recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone’s very life.

Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.

Review

Disclaimer: Although I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a blog review tour, the words and opinions below are my own.

The Prince Regent was not exactly a man with whom I’d want to be friends. He was a womanizer, a glutton, a drunk, and a spendthrift. Had his marriage to a twice-widowed, Roman Catholic woman named Maria Fitzherbert been recognized, he would’ve been removed from the line of succession to the throne and the Regency era might’ve been vastly different. But I digress. What I’m trying to say is that the future George IV was not a popular person, and I wondered how he might be portrayed when I learned that he would be featured in the new novel by Erica Vetsch.

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Non-fiction Review: The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson

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On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela’s illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the advisers in Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” to whom he turns in the hardest moments.

The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

Review

Disclaimer: Although I received an electronic uncorrected proof of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, the words and opinions below are my own.

One of my hobbies is genealogy. It initially began as a search for my husband’s roots in Scandinavia and colonial America, but I eventually began to trace my own family history in what is now the United Kingdom. I’ve uncovered where my paternal great-grandfather fought during the Great War but didn’t think there was much on his son – my grandfather – because he wasn’t in the military. It turns out that he was in a reserved occupation – a bit like an essential worker during the current coronavirus pandemic – but he was in the Auxiliary Fire Service in London during World War 2. His older brother, my great uncle, was listed in the 1939 Register as being trained as an Air Raid Warden. Both lived in south London and both survived the war. That got me wondering what life might’ve been like for them and their wives at that time. Erik Larsen’s latest book, although focusing on the British government from 1940 to 1941, has now given me some idea.

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Blog Blitz: When Valleys Bloom Again

When Valleys Bloom Again JustRead Blog Blitz
Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for When Valleys Bloom Again by Pat Jeanne Davis, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Valleys Bloom by Pat Jeanne DavisTitle: When Valleys Bloom Again
Author: Pat Jeanne Davis
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Release Date: January 16, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance

As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Then Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pat Jeanne Davis

Pat Jeanne Davis has a keen interest in 20th Century United States and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Her longtime interest in that era goes back to the real-life stories she heard about family members who served during the war. When Valleys Bloom Again is a debut inspirational romance set in WWII. She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her British-born husband. She writes from her home n Philadelphia, Pa. Pat has published essays, short stories and articles online and in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She loves to hear from her readers. Visit her at https://www.patjeannedavis.com

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Fair Trade: Gift a Chick with a $42+ Bag

gift a chick graphicNow through April 12th, snag any $42+ bag or wallet and help a family in need by providing a sustainable food source!

I’m inviting you, my readers, to help me help others both here in the USA and overseas.

As some of you may know, I’m a Partner with a company called Trades of Hope. Based in Florida, this Fair Trade business works with artisan groups in over 15 different countries to market their hand-crafted items to Americans. Through our sales, we’re able to provide various gifts of hope to our artisans and others on a regular basis. For example, a new Partner is immediately set on a training path that has the potential to gift fruit trees, chicks, and shoes to families in Africa. Throughout the year, we Partners are also given other opportunities to gift others through our sales, such as diaper kits and menstrual supplies to people in need. Through parties, hostesses and guests can gift safe birthing kits, glasses, ultrasounds, and solar lamps, as well as having access to other incentives such as Trades of Hope products.

Rabia Bag photoCurrently, you can gift a chick to a family in need when you purchase any $42+ bag or wallet. That includes the Black Rabia Bag, which has been one of my go-to bags since it was released. Made of genuine leather, this bag is plenty big enough to hold a LOT of my stuff, including wallet, keys, water bottle, medications, etc. I’ve been able to fit my journaling and coloring Bible in it, along with a study guide, for attending Bible study. You know, back in those days when we weren’t self-isolating, lol. It has two carry handles, but also comes with a strap which I use. Oh yeah, my wallet is the Maya Wallet… another product eligible for gifting a chick.

gift a chick with a bag graphicSo, why chicks? Well, did you know that one hen can provide 200 eggs a year? Edible eggs can be created without the need for a rooster, and provide essential protein for a family. In terms of sustainability, hens can be bred to produce more chicks and that leads to additional income when the extra eggs and/or chicks are sold. We work with a well-known, highly reputable Christian organization to donate these chicks, and they aren’t gifted in isolation. Recipient families are given start-up food, materials for being a coop, vocational training, and marketing skills. Veterinarians teach family members how to build the coop, mix the chicken feed, and also care for the chickens.

$42+ bags and walletsOh yeah, one other thing. When you purchase your $42+ bag or wallet, you’re not only gifting to a family in Africa. You can also help much closer to home. When you order through a specific link, you’ll also be gifting meals through Feeding America. Many are hurting financially in our country right now, because they’ve been laid off due to the Coronavirus situation. Thankfully, organizations such as Feeding America are able to step into the gap, providing meals for those who need them. Plus, if bags aren’t your thing… any purchase through that link will count for Feeding America. I ordered a top through it yesterday.

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Review: Eden, by Brennan S. McPherson

Eden
by Brennan McPherson

Publication Date: April 1, 2020
McPherson Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 332 Pages

Genre: Biblical/Historical

 

 

“You want me to tell of how I broke the world.”

It’s the year 641 since humanity was formed in Eden, and after Eve passes away, Adam is the only man left on earth who remembers everything from the beginning of the world.

When Enoch, God’s newly appointed prophet, decides to collect the stories of the faithful from previous generations, he finds Adam in desperate need to confess the dark secrets he’s held onto for too long.

Beside a slowly burning bonfire in the dead of night, Adam tells his story in searing detail. From the beginning of everything, to how he broke the world, shattered Eve’s heart, and watched his family crumble.

Will Enoch uncover what led so many of Adam’s children away from God? And will Adam find the redemption and forgiveness he longs for?

Praise for previous work by Brennan McPherson

“Brilliant, erudite, breathtaking.” – Tosca Lee, NYT best-selling author

“I think we’ll be hearing more of Brennan and his stories.” – Charles Martin, NYT best-selling author

“A soul-searching, heart-rending, deeply satisfying story.” – Mesu Andrews, ECPA Book of the Year award-winning author of Love Amid Ashes

“How do you take a centuries-old story and put a new spin on it, inviting readers into an evocative world they thought they already knew? Brennan McPherson figured out the way. Flood will entertain you, yes, but also take you deep into your soul and make you ponder both the vastness and the intimacy of God.” – James L. Rubart, Christy Book of the Year award-winning author of The Five Times I Met Myself

My Review

Due to the praise given Eden from some of my favorite Christian authors, I jumped at the opportunity to review a different type of Biblical fiction. I’m used to reading novels about the women who appeared in both testaments; I seldom read about a man. I’m fairly certain there has been at least one title about Eve, although I’ve not read it.

I’m usually reluctant to review self-published works. While it’s a popular path to take, I often find errors and inconsistencies that might’ve been eradicated with a bit of research and another set of eyes. I mean, if I can find errors after hitting publish on a simple blog post… But McPherson acknowledges that Eden hadn’t been proof-read before it was published in his introduction, and he encourages readers to communicate with him if they believe there are errors.

Honestly? There were times I didn’t like this book. Eve irritated me with her petulance. There seemed to be a lot of “let’s blame the woman,” going on, when Adam wasn’t entirely innocent. And, my goodness, did they both have mood swings or what?

But, let me tell you about the symbolism. Much of Eden has a New Testament perspective to it, something I also got from McPherson’s end notes about Genesis 1-4. The main theme is sacrifice, of red staining a tunic that was originally as white as snow. There’s a prophecy of the one who would come to make atonement for humanity’s sin. What’s marginally confusing is that not all of God’s words in the narrative come from the book of Genesis. It’s the New Testament perspective that’s possibly putting words in His mouth, and I wouldn’t want to presume His thoughts and words on anything. One message I did take away, however, is the danger of choosing earthly things – including relationships and wanting to please others – over God.

If I didn’t think I cared much for Eden while reading it why, then, am I giving it a full five stars? Well, I only give five stars to books that have me reaching for the Kleenex. I’m that hard of a reviewer. But… something happened in the final pages of Eden. Adam came to the end of his story, and I was overwhelmed with emotion. I wish I could tell you what happened but that would be a massive spoiler, but all I can say is that there was hope and redemption. Those last paragraphs packed an emotional punch, and the tears rolled down my cheeks. And no, those weren’t tears of relief and joy because I had actually finished the book. Instead, they were the tears that could only come from something profound that reached deep into my heart. Happy reading, people!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Eden from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours but these are all my own thoughts.

About the Author

Brennan McPherson writes epic biblical fiction with an imaginative twist. With heart-pounding plots and lyrical prose, McPherson crafts a different sort of biblical fiction for readers who like to be challenged to think.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 6
Review at YA, It’s Lit
Review at History + Fiction + Adirondack Spirit

Tuesday, April 7
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, April 8
Review at Jessica Belmont
Review at McCombs on Main

Thursday, April 9
Review at The Nerdy Bookworm

Friday, April 10
Review at NurseBookie

Saturday, April 11
Feature at What Is That Book About
Interview at Passages to the Past

Sunday, April 12
Review at Tales from the Book Dragon

Monday, April 13
Review at Historical Graffiti

Tuesday, April 14
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Wednesday, April 15
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, April 16
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Giveaway

To celebrate the publication of Eden, Brennan is offering a paperback copy of every book published by McPherson Publishing (with the exception of EDEN), including the 3 Psalm Series novella books, one by Mesu Andrews, one by Carole Towriss, one by him; a copy of FLOOD: The Story of Noah and the Family Who Raised Him and BABEL: The Story of the Tower and the Rebellion of Man; and a non-fiction book The Simple Gospel and How it Works in Us.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on April 16th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

Eden Blog Tour Giveaway

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