The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear is part of the
True Colours series. It is a Christian historical novel and set in 1797.
Shannon McNear has woven her tale around true
facts that are horrifying and evil. The novel concerns two serial killers who
raped, tortured and murdered, spreading terror all around. They were depraved
with three wives between them who were forced to stay through fear.
The atmosphere of terror has been perfectly
captured by Shannon McNear as she relates a time of pure evil. This book is not
for you if you are easily offended. The world is not always a nice place.
There were moments of light as characters looked
to God through prayer. “Prayer is our best course under any circumstances.”
Prayer is powerful, changing hearts and giving a peace that passes
Bringing The Women To Life
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold is a
comprehensive look at the five victims of Jack the Ripper during the ‘autumn of
terror’ in 1888.
Hallie Rubenhold has brought the women to life
as she has examined their lives from birth onwards and presented her findings.
The women were so much more than just the Ripper’s victims. They were wives,
mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.
We hear so much speculation about Jack the
Ripper but we largely forget about his victims, lumping them together as women
of the night, drunkards, living in poverty. And yes, while some of these labels
may apply, we must remember that these victims were women first. Yes they did
live in poverty but so did millions of others. Yes, drink was a problem in the
nineteenth century and yes they may have turned to prostitution as a means to
survive but that is no reason to kill them. These women were victims of
circumstance, living in poverty, doing what they had to, to survive. They did
not deserve to have their lives snuffed out.
Endings And Beginnings
Turning Tide by Melody Carlson is a marvellous
Christian historical novel and part of the Legacy Of Sunset Cove series. It can
be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the previous novels
The action is set in 1917 as America is entering
World War I. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces. Some characters are
already at the Front, others are draft dodgers and others are excluded from
serving but wish this were not the case. “It’s just hard to stand by and
Women on the home front do what they can to
support the war effort including selling liberty bonds.
The men suffer at the Front. The women suffer
on the home front as they worry about their men. They need to entrust their
worries to God. “It’s better to pray than to worry.” The reader is reminded
that we are to worry about nothing and to pray about everything, only by
trusting God will receive a supernatural peace in spite of circumstances.
The Rest Is Just Gravy
Return To Edisto by Lin Stepp is a delightful,
heart-warming contemporary Christian novel. It is the second book in the Edisto
Trilogy but can be read as a stand-alone.
The reader immediately feels at home with the
characters in the novel. We can sense the chemistry between the two lead
characters and there is a wonderful feeling of community. Edisto is the place
where everyone knows your name, and love and care are the order of the day.
Your private business is in the public domain but it is a small price to pay in
exchange for the community spirit.
“The island is a good place for healing.”
Edisto, with its small town charm, spreads a blanket of love and compassion
over the hurting.
Sometimes life pulls us away from God. “You
might be mad at Him right now… but it’s you that’s distanced yourself from Him.”
We sometimes transfer our feelings about others onto God. “Don’t be assigning
blame to God for things He didn’t do.” God’s character is love. He will never hurt or reject us. He is with us
in the good and the bad times, we just need to seek Him. “It’s never too late
to come back to God.” No matter where we’ve been, no matter what we’ve done, we
will never be out of reach of the Father’s arms.