Archive | March 2022

Slashed Canvas by Liz Tolsma

Intriguing And Engaging

Slashed Canvas by Liz Tolsma is a compelling Christian historical mystery that intrigued me from the start. It is the eighth book in the Ever After Mysteries but can be read as a stand-alone.

World War I robbed many people of their loved ones. Those who returned were battle scarred, sometimes physically, normally emotionally. The city of Paris refused to see past damaged bodies, leaving war heroes no choice but to take the menial jobs.

Paris was a sanctuary for those fleeing the crumbling Russia of Czar Nicholas II. Lives were traumatized by visions experienced due to circumstances of birth as the people rose up against the nobility.

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They’ll Never Read That by Tony Collins

A Fascinating Vocation

They’ll Never Read That by Tony Collins is a fascinating account of the author’s life in publishing.

The whole book is written in a very personable style enabling the reader to become acquainted with Tony Collins. It feels more like we are hearing from a dear friend rather than reading a book.

The world of publishing is full of ups and down, hits and misses. One has to be able to spot the next best seller. Tony Collins writes about the books that got away – and those that didn’t! – The Heavenly Man, Faith Like Potatoes, Alpha, Freedom In Christ to name but a few best sellers.

It is fascinating to note that some books that were best sellers in America failed to provide similar sales here in the UK. I was most surprised to learn that Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series failed to be a best seller in Britain – I have read all the books and watched all the movies and I love it.

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The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

Fires Up The Imagination

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie  is a marvellous, enchanting children’s book for ages ten years and over.

This is a book that will fire up your imagination as you lose yourself within its pages for a few hours. There is a battle of goodness against evil as there is a race to save the Nowhere Emporium from extinction.

We witness a love that holds tight, hemming a character in to protect but the reality is that a life is stifled. When we love, we need to hold on loosely. Life is for living, sometimes we have to take a risk and step outside our comfort zone.

There are lessons to be learnt along the way. Rules are there to keep us safe and not to be seen as a challenge to break.

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A Wartime Secret by Helen Yendall

Life On The Homefront

A Wartime Secret by Helen Yendall is an epic novel set during 1940 that mesmerized me from the start.

The reader hears about life on the homefront as we follow a group of bank employees as they are relocated from London to the Cotswolds during the height of the Blitz. We see the camaraderie between the employees and the land girls as everyone does their bit for the war effort.

Many have secrets. For some if they came out, it could be catastrophic. We share the concerns of the characters and are able to empathise.

There are moments of immense bravery too – whether it’s learning to ride a tandem bicycle or something altogether more serious. There are pockets of courage.

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