The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine

Combining Fact And Fiction

The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine is a fascinating contemporary and historical tale that is grounded in fact. The author has taken the life of her ancestor Thomas from the eighteenth century and woven a story around his life – part fact, part fiction.

There are two time periods linked by a diary and those who do not rest. The storyline is complex, intriguing and at times downright spooky. To combat the spiritual, we need to cry out to the Lord and defeat the forces in His name.

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Devil’s Cauldron by Michael Jack Webb

The Battle Is Not Ours

Devil’s Cauldron by Michael Jack Webb is a thrilling Christian dystopian novel revealing that life is a battle between the forces of good and evil. It is the second book in the series The War Of Men And Angels.

Once more the reader is in for an exciting read as the team battles against the forces of darkness. Mythical creatures, foretold in the Bible, emerge. The battles cannot always be fought in our strength. We are reminded that the battle is not ours but the Lord’s. “Whatever God has in mind for you, it’s not dependent upon your strength.”

We must remember to put on the full armour of God. Prayer is most important. Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

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The Young Survivors by Debra Barnes

Heart-Breaking

The Young Survivors by Debra Barnes is a marvellous historical debut novel. It is completely absorbing and I could not put it down.

The novel is grounded in fact as it is based on the author’s mother’s wartime experiences. It is a tribute to the indomitable human spirit and to the six million who perished in the holocaust.

Set between 1938-1945 in France the story follows the plight of a Jewish family. There are some truly heart-breaking scenes to read. The five siblings have a strong bond and love for each other. Along the way they meet the very good and the completely evil. The youngsters are so brave, even the youngest twins who were born in 1938.

Debra Barnes is clearly a talented author and I look forward to more by her.

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