Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fantasy Novel: The Shock of Night

The Darkwater Saga by Patrick W. Carr begins with The Shock of Night.  Willet Dura serves the king by investigating crimes.  Things get frightening when Willet receives an unexpected gift that puts him in league with a small group of people who are not supposed to exist anymore.  Add to that the fact that Willet has a dark secret hidden away in his mind, where he cannot retrieve it.

Lovers of mystery and of fantasy can both enjoy this novel.  I will be adding this series to my church library, looking forward to future installments.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest review.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dangerous Beauty Series Continues

Angela Hunt has a gift for imagining the lives of women about whom the Bible tells us only the essentials.  Using the Bible and other history of the times, she has fleshed out a fictional account of the life of Bathsheba--the wife of Uriah the Hittite, one of David's Might Men.  Stolen by the king, Bathsheba endured the loss of her husband by David's plot and the loss of her infant son by God's judgement.

She also went on to give birth to Solomon, future king of Israel and builder of the first Temple.  What must it have been like to be her?  I believe Angela Hunt has given an excellent story that might be close the truth.

As a church librarian and lover of history, I recommend Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty as part of a fiction collection.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest review.

Dangerous Beauty series on Amazon

Book of Nehemiah Comes to Life

On this Foundation by Lynn Austin is the third volume of The Restoration Chronicles.

Using careful historical research to inform the storytelling, Austin offers historical fiction heavy on the history.  The story of Nehemiah's faith and leadership in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem against tremendous opposition is a story we need today.

If you like romance without silly sappiness, courage without hubris, and faith with flaws, this story is a very human and uplifting read.

I highly recommend the entire Restoration Chronicles series for church and home libraries.  

I received a free review copy of On this Foundation from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest opinion as a church librarian.