So, I meant to get this up a couple weeks ago, but plans changed and I'm not gonna stress over it, haha! Hope you enjoy this book review! I discovered this book almost a year ago, so it's perfect timing!
Book Review: Journey to Love by Amanda Tero
(Purchased from the author in 2017)
I adore this story! Ms. Tero has figured out how to take a very deep topic and make it understood to children. This book was enjoyed by my whole family. This is a lovely example of non-romantic love in a story. The book follows Marie Dixon as she leaves all she knows in New York on the Orphan Train to start a new life in Illinois with complete strangers. But she's learned her lesson: Never love anyone and you won't get hurt. She refuses to love anyone...even God. But will God's love win out in the end? Will Marie ever find the happiness her neighbor Blind Mary has? You'll have to read the book to find out! Log on to www.amandatero.com to purchase!
Genre – Historical Fiction/1901
Historical Accuracy – Though I am no expert on 20th Century New York and Illinois, there wasn't anything in the story that didn't ring true. The feel of the story was very prairie like, which I adore! A good reminder that Chicago isn't the only city in Illinois, lol!
Content – High praise here! Ms. Tero's style is akin to Isabella Alden's, very clean, something you can certainly grow through reading and contains very clear presentations of the gospel. Mary (my younger sister) was 8 when we read it together so I'd give it an 8-early teen target range. But older “kids” will probably like this too. We sure did!
Favorite Scene – Probably any scene in which Marie and Mary are together. While their conversations are deep, they aren't too mature for their age. Also, Marie's first experience in a non-catholic church!
Overall – Buy this book! It's inexpensive (especially if you get the ebook, but I love my paperbacks :)) and it helps to support the Self-published/Indie-author community! This story gives a comprehensive answer to the question “Is God a loving God?” Easy enough for kids, but definitely not watered down!
Quote - By early afternoon, Marie was driving the cart, with Mr. Bowles watching from a distance. When Marie pulled Nelly to a stop in front of the barn, she noticed that Mrs. Bowles had joined her husband. They looked from her to each other, but not before Marie caught the expression of their faces. Satisfaction...or was it love?
So that's it for now! Have a lovely weekend!
Hello, everyone! Hope you’re having a beautiful day! Today I’m back with a post another Ten Totally Random Facts post, this time about Shiloh. And as a bonus, I’m gonna give you an excerpt from “Our Heritage to Save” at the end of this post regarding the battle of Shiloh, without giving too many spoilers, :P
So, without further ado, here we go!
I hope you enjoyed these facts from the Battle of Shiloh. Now for the excerpt. *Drumroll Please*
Excerpt from “Our Heritage to Save” Chapter 10: Patriotism or Pity?
Early on the morning of April 6th, Drew dozed in his tent, not quite wanting to get up yet, but knowing he probably should. He rolled over. Maybe just a few more minutes…
“Look out!” he heard someone shout. “The Rebels are coming!”
Drew jumped to his feet and jerked his jacket on. He threw his ammunition belt around his waist and picked up his gun. “Form a line and fire!” Capt. Badin shouted.
We must look ridiculous, Drew thought as he loaded his gun. None of us are uniformed properly and we are all half asleep!
They fired a volley into the advancing gray clad men and boys. It did nothing to stop them. Drew began to reload his gun. “Fall back!” The boys in blue turned quickly and nearly tripped over each other trying to get out of there.
Drew and Ethan found themselves running side by side. Ethan was attempting to load his gun as he ran, though not being too successful.
Just when he thought he would be able to pull out ahead and escape the barrage of Confederate fire, Drew tripped over a fallen tree, sending him sprawling to the ground. It took him a few moments to realize what had happened and regain his feet, but no sooner had he accomplished this than someone tackled him from behind…and he wasn’t wearing a blue uniform!
Excerpt from Chapter 11: A Sparrow Falls
Drew groaned as pain shot through his body. He twisted himself around and caught a glimpse of the soldier attacking him; a Confederate corporal.
Knowing he had to do something, Drew raised his foot and caught the soldier in the knee. With a shout of pain, the soldier staggered backwards.
That was all Drew needed. He jumped to his feet and took off running after his fleeing companions. They were running toward the river, but few would make it. Drew forced himself to keep his eyes on the “trail” ahead of him and not to look at the ground. “I’m tired of war,” he said to himself as he ran. “I wish we’d just let them have their own country!”
The officers tried to get the men to stop and fire back, but all was in vain. The men ran faster than they ever had before. By 9:00 a.m., the Yankee front had collapsed.
To find out more about the Battle of Shiloh (And what happens to Drew!) purchase “Our Heritage to Save” from my Publications page. I look forward to hearing from you!
Until Next time,
Christian. American. Southern. Author.