Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Sound Among the Tress

It was after the Civil War, though the landscape showed no signs of it, there was a cannon ball in the house.  Then there is a supposed ghost in the house who was supporter of the North and hid spies in her home. Another twist is that there is a family who lives there, a woman for many years and a man who recently remarried after four years of being a widower.
I want to tell you more, but it is so worth the reading.  Here it is cold and snowing grab this good book, a warm drink and enjoy it!
There are many interesting characters in this story of growing up and gaining understanding. Just who does this happen too?  Well, I don't want to ruin it for you; however, it happens to people of different ages.
Love, suspense, history, discoveries and thriller these are words that describe the book written by Susan Meissner and published by WaterBrook Press.
 "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Bright Empire Series

Titles:  The Skin Map
             The Bone House
Author: Stephen R Lawhead
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Year: 2010 & 2011

                How does one define such novels that have many diverse genres?  Are the novels based on science, history, Bible, archeology?  There are authors who write in the fiction genre that seem to have to basis in either reality or facts, just the imagination is involved it seems.  Then there are others who write novels that include a host of facts and various fields of known study.  So what about this series known as The Bright Empires?
                I bought both books simultaneously and now can’t wait till book three comes out in September of 2012.  Generously weaved in these novels are aspects of distant lands, science, archeology, past ages, scientists, and characters who out to do both good and evil.  Within these novels are many threads that the author uses to weave together a captivating story.
                At the end of Bone House the author shares which character was based on an actual person with a specific field of study.  Stephen Lawhead shares what is on his reading table and why he wrote these novels.  If I told you what he wrote would you read it?  I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you so I won’t reveal what Stephen did write.
                The moment I picked up Skin Map, I couldn’t put it down.  I kept trying to figure out where I was being led in the story.  There are several climaxes in the books, many themes, captivating ancient places and people, and  lives interweaved in different ways.  In the midst of it all, there is the aspect of time travel.  The main characters travel through time seeking understanding of that period, learning to blend in all of whom are in search of the key which would break the code of the map.  What map?  All I can tell you is this is no ordinary map.  These novels are not just the run-of-the-mill at all!  They excel in captivating the reader and tell an excellent story. 
                I can’t recommend this series high enough.  Buy them, get your favorite beverage and settle in for the ride of your life.  The journey is awaiting; it is inviting; are you coming along?  I hope so because it is awesome!