The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

Brutal And Horrifying

The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson is an epic historical novel set in Georgia in 1930. It was reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men in both the style and atmosphere.

Back in the 1930’s the deep South continued to be a divide between the white and black Americans. There were lies and lynchings, rapes and violence, and people turning a blind eye everywhere. It is not a comfortable read. It is deeply disturbing.

In contrast there was love and loyalty between two girls… one black and one white.

The reader gets a glimpse of life in rural, dusty Georgia. The atmosphere of cruelty and distrust has been perfectly captured by Eleanor Henderson.

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Love’s Winter Hope by Naomi Rawlings

Firm Foundations

Love’s Winter Hope by Naomi Rawlings is a delightful historical romance. It is book five in the fabulous Eagle Harbor series but can be read as a stand-alone.

The novel deals with many themes including that of restoration. Restoration happens not only in buildings but in people too. God can restore the years the locusts have eaten. Buildings and people need firm foundations. We need to build our lives on Jesus.

The novel explores treasure. Where our treasure is, there is our heart. Treasure is not to be found in things but people – relationships. We need to build up treasure that will last. “She’d have put more effort into the things that truly mattered.” A crisis has a way of focusing our attention.

Money is important. It brings choice. When money is our focus, we have our values wrong. “I was so focused on the size of our savings.”

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The Melody Of The Soul by Liz Tolsma

Don’t Let The Music Die

The Melody Of The Soul by Liz Tolsma is a marvellous and moving Christian historical romance. It is the first in the Music Of Hope series and I cannot wait for the subsequent books.

The novel is set in Prague in 1943 at the height of the Nazi occupation. War is a terrible thing. It brings out the very worst and the very best in people.

Liz Tolsma has realistically captured the fearful atmosphere of occupation. Everyone is to be feared and trust is in short supply. “In their eyes nothing but hopelessness.” The novel shows how in times of war we can trust only God. War will either grow or wilt our faith depending on where our trust lies. We have no choice but to trust God, trust that He is good and does know what He’s doing in spite of situations saying otherwise.

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As Angels Sing by Linda Buice

Opening Her Heart To Love

As Angels Sing by Linda Buice is a wonderful contemporary novel about second chances.

God is the God of restoration. He can restore the lost years. Sometimes life can make us bitter and we turn from God. “I stopped believing in God a long time ago.” God never stops believing in us. He longs to welcome the prodigals home.

People work hard to fill the gap in their lives. “Something is always missing.” They think work, money, parties or pleasure will fill the hole. They do not realise it is a God-shaped hole that only He can fill.

The novel has a wonderful little girl with Downs Syndrome as its focus. Linda Buice shows how we are all unique and special to God. We all have our own giftings. It is beautiful to see the child like faith in action.

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