Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Messenger

Hannah Sunderland is a Quaker during the Revolutionary War in Siri Mitchells new novel, The Messenger.  Hannah’s family has been sorely used by both redcoats and bluecoats.  Hannah was accosted by Colonial soldiers as they arrested her father for no reason.  The British have taken over the Sutherland home and Hannah’s family has had to close down their paper mill due to the occupation.  The worst part of the war for Hannah is having to disown her twin brother Robert for joining the Colonist cause.  Being tolerant and not choosing sides becomes unbearable when Robert is captured and put in prison.  Hannah can only access the prison through a Colonial spy, Jeremiah Jones.  She is only allowed to see Robert if she passes messages to the captured prisoners.  Her faith, her brother’s fate and her heart are put in the hands of the harsh and bitter patriot, Jeremiah Jones.  Only God can keep them both out of a noose and help them find love amidst all the chaos and violence.  
I love when historical fiction brings an often unknown and fascinating part of history to life and this book delivers.  I thought that I would be turned off by the first person narrative, but that is actually what makes this book so special.  I really felt Hannah’s anguish as she questions the beliefs that have been instilled in her as she learns to take a stand, even though it will cost her everything.  I love how Hannah teaches Jeremiah that he is not defined by the loss of his arm, and teaches him to live again.  This is a very beautiful book and I highly recommend it!  This book was provided by Bethany House for review. 

A River To Cross

The year is 1886 on the border of Texas and Mexico.  Mexico is on the brink of revolt by a rogue general Manuel Diego.  Newspaper editor Lloyd Evans uses his newspaper to fight the injustice that Diego is wreaking on both sides of the border.  This voice for justice comes at a heavy price for Evans and his sister Elizabeth is kidnapped as a result.  Jake nelson is a Texas Ranger and volunteers to cross into Mexico and bring Elizabeth home. 
I read The Vigilante’s Bride and I can really see how Harris is growing as an author.  I really enjoyed this western romance! 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Love's Sacred Song

Love’s Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews is King Solomon’s love story from Song of Solomon in the bible.  King Solomon has just taken over the throne after the death of his father King David.  David built his kingdom with the sword, but Solomon continues to extend and secure Israel through treaties bound through treaty brides.  To Solomon women bring peace and pleasure, but not love.  Arielah has been destined for Solomon since birth to settle tension with Northern Israel and show Solomon that one of God’s greatest gifts is marriage. Their turbulent love story can only survive through Arielah’s faith and forgiveness found through a heavenly father that teaches love conquers all. 
Andrews did an incredible job with Love Amid the Ashes and continues to impress with Love’s Sacred Song.   Her excruciating research shines through this incredible love story.  Song of Solomon has always been extremely beautiful but confusing to me.  This novel gives the scriptures context and was absolutely enjoyable to read.  I cheered; I cried and absolutely loved this painful but beautiful love story.  This book was provided by Revell for review.