Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof is the latest book I’ve received from the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild. They have been sending me several books recently, so the next couple of Wednesdays will be highlighting Fiction Guild releases.
Perhaps one of the most-loved pieces of Christian fiction, especially of the romance genre, Redeeming Love has been recommended to me over and over again. I finally read it last month and wanted to share my thoughts with you all!
The story is a loose parallel to the biblical account of Hosea, except it is set during the California gold rush in the 1840-50s. This fictional account gives a personal look at how God is faithful to us, time and again, no matter how often we leave Him or how far we run. Its power and timelessness lies in the emotional impact of the story and how relatable the characters’ feelings are. Its draw and effect were not lost on me; I sat down and read the whole novel in one afternoon (quite the feat since it’s around 450 pages). I, without hesitation, join the line of women recommending this book. It does have some mature themes and scenes, so I’d limit it to mature teenagers and up, but the message of God’s love, faithfulness, and pursuit is so relevant to all of us.
I’ve had this book sitting on the bookshelves for years, so the only incentive in writing this review was to share the story with you all! If you do end up buying it through the link above, there’s two things you’d ought to know: 1) I’d love to know your thoughts on the story, so please comment them on this post! and 2) I will receive a small percentage from your purchase of the book, but it doesn’t increase your price at all, just helps to support me.
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I’ve been loosely following the Lusko family since the unexpected death of their daughter Lenya five years ago, and ever since I heard about the release of Through the Eyes of a Lion, I knew I wanted to read it. I got myself the audio version (that is read by the author Levi Lusko himself) over Christmas and just started listening to it as I packed for vacation last week. It had me captivated from the foreword straight through the end of the book; I finished listening to it in one day. I sobbed, I laughed out loud, I had at least a dozen WOW moments, I paused it to write down notes…I was all over the spectrum emotionally. The story gripped me and the writing was superb. I felt all the emotions right alongside the author as he read. I went on my Instagram stories and recommended it to everyone I knew, just as I aim to do here.
Together Forever by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Orphan Train series, the sequel to With You Always, which you can find my review of here. While I suppose this book could work as a stand-alone, it will make more sense if you read book 1 to get background on the characters: who they are and how they came to be where they are at the start of book 2.
Marianne Neumann works with the Children’s Aid Society placing orphans from the streets of New York with families out west. While she works, she looks for records of her younger sister Sophie who disappeared in book 1. In doing so, she befriends another placing out agent, Andrew Brady, and the two of them travel out on the orphan train with a group of kids and the two of them learn to love and let go along the way. Continue reading “Together Forever”