Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Book Review: Everything is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels

book Everything is Just Beginning by Erin BartelsI have another great new book to share with you. The book Everything is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels is a story that pulls you in with relatable characters, twist in the plot that keep you on your toes, musical and historical details making the story feel authentic and wisdom that stays with you long after the story ends.

The story follows Michael Sullivan after he is ousted from his band and apartment, resulting in moving in with his uncle in a run down trailer. An unexpected New Years party invitation, not addressed to him, provides an introduction to an unlikely friend, musical opportunity, and kicks off a year that will change their lives.

I was not ready for this story to end and wanted to know more of the characters that had been through so much. The story was filled with emotion, yet for the most part relatable and  realistic situations. The main characters each had unique hard journeys to travel, from completely different backgrounds and yet the author weaved their stories together expertly. This one is worth the read!

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a review. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Book Review: The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz

It is a long time since I've posted in this space but with the chance to start writing book reviews again with Revell, I'm happy to dust off this writing spot.

The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz is a historical Christian romance that released earlier this month. The book takes place in 1715 Scotland during the Jacobite uprising and tells the story of Lady Blythe Hedley who flees northern England for safety in southern Scotland at the home of her godfather during the political unrest and the dangerous situation caused by her father's Jacobite allegiances. At Wedderburn Castle, she finds shelter under the care of Everard Hume, the new Lord of Wedderburn, after the death of the godfather she had never met. 

Far from home in a strange area, full of worry, with danger on all sides, conflicts within the Hume family, Blythe faces challenges that push her outside of her comfort zone but with time she finds more than she ever expected. Everard, still grieving his father, new to the position of Lord and managing the family estate, and brothers adding challenges to his plate, is unsure of this new charge thrust upon him and the implications of his father's promise.

I enjoyed this book greatly, getting swept up in the storyline and at the same time also enjoying the historical details woven in by the author in a way that did not distracting from the story. I often find myself being cautious about historical fiction, especially Christian historical fiction, unless I know the author as often the plots become rather predictable, many still good for vacay reads but not a book to really dive into. Frantz has created characters with enough depth you will root for them, plot twists to keep you guessing, and faith elements woven in to encourage you. When the book ended, I was not ready yet to say goodbye to the characters nor the time period.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a review. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.

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