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Remember Me by Mario Escobar November 23, 2020

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Amid the shadows of war, one family faces an impossible choice that will change their lives forever.

Madrid, 1934. Though the Spanish Civil War has not yet begun, the streets of Madrid have become dangerous for thirteen-year-old Marco Alcalde and his younger sisters, Isabel and Ana. When Marco’s parents align themselves against General Franco and his fascist regime, they have no inkling that their ideals will endanger them and everyone they love—nor do they predict the violence that is to come.

When the Mexican government promises protection to the imperiled children of Spain, the Alcaldes do what they believe is best: send their children, unaccompanied, across the ocean to the city of Morelia—a place they’ve never seen or imagined. Marco promises to look after his sisters in Mexico until their family can be reunited in Spain, but what ensues is a harrowing journey and a series of heartbreaking events. As the growing children work to care for themselves and each other, they feel their sense of home, family, and identity slipping further and further away. And as their memories of Spain fade and the news from abroad grows more grim, they begin to wonder if they will ever see their parents again or the glittering streets of the home they once loved.

Based upon the true stories of the Children of Morelia, Mario Escobar’s Remember Me—now available for the first time in Englishexplores the agony of war and paints a poignant portrait of one family’s sacrificial love and endurance.

My thoughts:

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to really get into this book but the more I read the more invested I became in the characters and the tragedy that surrounded their lives.

I knew nothing about the Spanish civil war. The interesting part was that the main character’s parents fought for communism, socialism, conversations that have surfaced in the United Stages recently, something I don’t support at all and struggled with sympathy for the parents to some degree. However, I definitely don’t believe families should be torn apart and I can’t imagine sending my children across the country.

The horrible things these children had to endure is heartbreaking. Overall, this ended up being an interesting read.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Everywhere to Hide by Siri Mitchell November 21, 2020

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How can she protect herself from an enemy she can’t see?

Law school graduate Whitney Garrison is a survivor. She admirably deals with an abusive boyfriend, her mother’s death, mounting student debt, dwindling job opportunities, and a rare neurological condition that prevents her from recognizing human faces.

But witnessing a murder might be the crisis she can’t overcome.

The killer has every advantage. Though Whitney saw him, she has no idea what he looks like. He knows where she lives and works. He anticipates her every move. Worst of all, he’s hiding in plain sight and believes she has information he needs. Information worth killing for. Again.

As the hunter drives his prey into a net of terror and international intrigue, Whitney’s only ally, Detective Leo Baroni, is taken off the case. Stripped of all semblance of safety, Whitney must suspect everyone and trust no one—and hope to come out alive.

My thoughts:

Siri has started writing in this new genre and I read her book before this one and loved it so I was very excited to read this one.

I can’t even imagine having face blindness. It made it interesting to read because we are in first person so the whole time the reader is also face blind, we never see anyone’s face. I wonder, though, if that is why I felt a bit disconnected from this book? I struggled with that throughout.

It started off engaging but as it went on I kind of got tired of hearing about all the men that had a crush on Whitney. It was like no man couldn’t walk by her without falling in love. That seemed a bit unrealistic.

There was also no Christian content. It was a clean fiction, but I don’t recall any faith in this book. This could have easily been tied in with her blindness and God helping her to see with the eyes of her heart? I don’t know, just my idea. Or a lesson in trust?

Overall, it was interesting but not what I was hoping for.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Covenant Theology November 18, 2020

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This book explores the biblical covenants and how they form the structure of the Bible and inform the Christian life. Featuring contributions from 26 scholars, this monumental work in reformed scholarship is biblically grounded, systematically conveyed, and historically connected.

My thoughts:

This book is full of good information. But it is long. This is really more of a scholarly book and written for someone who is in seminary, or really studying theology. If I waited to review this book until I got done it would be a long time from now because it is extremely long.

However, it is full of solid information and I plan to continue reading it slowly and in small chunks. But if you are looking for some deep information into covenant theology, or to even learn about what that means then you might want to consider picking this book up.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

The Cul-De-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson November 17, 2020

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All’s fair in love and prank wars.

Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count, and she plans to move as soon as the curtains fall on her less-than-minor stage role at The Barter—the oldest live performance theater in the US. But just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady for a full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted—her grandmother’s house. Her dreams are coming true . . . until life at the theater throws her some curve balls. 

And then there’s Chip McBride—her handsome and infuriating next-door neighbor. 

Chip just might be the only person whose stubborn streak can match Bree’s. She would move heaven and earth to have him off her cul-de-sac and out of her life, but according to the bargain she’s struck, she can’t move out of her house and away from the man who’s making her life miserable. So begins Bree’s obsessive new mission: to drive Chip out of the neighborhood—and fast. 

Bree isn’t the only one who’s a tad competitive, and Chip is more than willing to fight fire with fire. But as their pranks escalate, the line between love and hate starts to blur—and their heated rivalry threatens to take a hilarious, heartwarming, and romantic new turn.

My thoughts:

This is a fun read. These two characters will have you laughing at their crazy antics. Two people couldn’t be more different yet fit perfectly together.

There isn’t a huge faith element in this book but it is there a tiny bit.

I enjoyed Bree’s acting journey since I have been in plays myself and direct them, it make it interesting to read about a character who is involved in theater.

If you are looking for a lighter read you will enjoy this.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.

 

Review and Giveaway: The Gene by Timothy Browne November 16, 2020

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Book: The Gene

Author: Timothy Browne

Genre: Medical Thriller

Release Date: July 12, 2020

We are the dwelling place of God—it is woven into our very DNA. Do we change the core of who we are by manipulating our genes? Is gene-therapy a miraculous cure or a slippery slope into eugenics?

Following their marriage, Dr. Nicklaus Hart and Maggie Russell enjoy the splendor and passion of a honeymoon in Hawaii. They learn that their union has brought new life, but the overflowing joy of Maggie’s pregnancy and their romantic getaway is interrupted by the shocking news of a genetic disorder discovered in Maggie’s family lineage. The devastating possibility that both Maggie and the baby carry the mutated gene for the horrific Huntington’s disease, shakes their faith.

Faced with this dreadful diagnosis, Nick and Maggie seek peace as they wrestle with the heartbreaking discovery of a genetic disease versus the knowledge that God is good—He has made their baby in His image and knit him together in Maggie’s womb. Like the millions of people around the world affected with genetic disorders, Nick and Maggie look for answers. With the belief that people are the dwelling place of God, and He is woven into the DNA, what should they do when that DNA has been corrupted?

Nick and Maggie travel to Poland, where the top geneticist, Emmanuelle Christianson, has founded and operates BioGenics whose mission statement is: Advancing the Human Genome. They understand that medical advances always cost something, but they face impossible decisions. They are unaware that the sinister side of genetic research has slithered in from the horrors of Nazi death camps into this modern-day technology. Their journey reveals more than the fight for knowledge, it uncovers a simmering evil left over from World War II. One that puts their lives in danger.

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Timothy Browne, MD draws from life and work experience when writing. For many years, he has worked as an orthopaedic surgeon and medical missionary for Operation Blessing, Mercy Ships, and Hope Force International. His work has taken him to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil, Ukraine, Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, North Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Haiti and Sierra Leone. He now resides in Western Montana with his wife, Julie, who along with their three sons, served with him.

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Christian Fiction that will get your heart pounding!

After finishing, The Gene, the fourth book in the Dr. Nicklaus Hart Series, I have been able to look back at this body of work. The heart of my prose remains the same: to entertain and educate—fueled with imagination, inspired by history, and grounded in truth. I explored the mystery of North Korea and the threat of bioterrorism in Maya Hope, the complexities of the middle East and the history of Mesopotamia in The Tree of Life, the controversies of Big Pharma and our health in The Rusted Scalpel, and now examine the history of eugenics and the pitfalls of gene-therapy in The Gene.

Writing The Gene has taken significant research: exploration of Poland, investigation of the Nazi doctors and their horrendous medical experiments, the history of eugenics around the world, and of course, the science of genetics. The work has been satisfying, edifying, and many times, heartbreaking.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 15

Texas Book-aholic, November 16

Genesis 5020, November 16

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 17

Betti Mace, November 18

deb’s Book Review, November 18

Inklings and notions, November 19

For Him and My Family, November 20

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 21

Rebecca Tews, November 22

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 23

For the Love of Literature, November 24

amandainpa, November 25

Artistic Nobody, November 25 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Emily Yager, November 26

Blogging With Carol, November 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 27

Pause for Tales, November 27

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Timothy is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1039f/the-gene-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This book was so interesting. It dealt with so much; the horrible things done to twins in WWII, abortion, modern eugenics.

I will give a word of caution, this book really pushes it in the Christian reading comfort zone. There is sex and it is blunt. Not graphic. I didn’t feel uncomfortable but it definitely isn’t like most Christian books that closes the door before anything happens. There is also cursing and a homosexual character. For me this made this book more real, like what real people deal with. We work with people who believe and act differently then us. The book was in no way saying from a Christian perspective that these things are okay.

If none of that bothers you I think you will really enjoy this book. It gives the reader so much to think about. It’s also scary to think this can be happening (and in a away it is, as it is addressed in the book).

If this book sounds interesting I recommend picking it up, it was very good.

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A copy of this book was given to me though the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.

 

Another Gospel? by Alisa Childers November 11, 2020

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A Movement Seeks to Redefine Christianity. Some Think that It Is a Much-Needed Progressive Reformation. Others Believe that It Is an Attack on Historic Christianity.
Alisa Childers never thought she would question her Christian faith. She was raised in a Christian home, where she had seen her mom and dad feed the hungry, clothe the homeless, and love the outcast. She had witnessed God at work and then had dedicated her own life to leading worship, as part of the popular Christian band ZOEgirl. All that was deeply challenged when she met a progressive pastor, who called himself a hopeful agnostic.

Another Gospel? describes the intellectual journey Alisa took over several years as she wrestled with a series of questions that struck at the core of the Christian faith. After everything she had ever believed about God, Jesus, and the Bible had been picked apart, she found herself at the brink of despair . . . until God rescued her, helping her to rebuild her faith, one solid brick at a time.

In a culture of endless questions, you need solid answers. If you or someone you love has encountered the ideas of progressive Christianity and aren’t sure how to respond, Alisa’s journey will show you how to determine—and rest in—what’s unmistakably true.

My thoughts:

Wow. This book is awesome.

First of all if you are interested in church history but don’t want to read a book that will overwhelm you this is a book that explains so many things very clearly. Like how to we know the Word of God really is the Word of God. Now I want to read the more challenging books.

The things the author talked about are scary. The fact that some pastors are teaching the things Alisa shared should scare all of us who desire truth. I have not encountered this teaching personally but I can definitely see the Church could be lead astray through this teaching.

Essentially the progressive gospel is Jesus plus anything else. This is not truth. It’s just Jesus. That is all we need. Not Jesus plus new knowledge, that is not Biblical.

A few other things she made clear was what a Gnostic is: “Gnostics, therefore, believed that Jesus came not to save us from sin but to impart special knowledge that would essentially lead us to participate in the divine pleroma. To find this knowledge was to find salvation.” Yikes, this is not truth but I think I believed this for years. That if I could just get new knowledge, new revelation I could be even more “spiritual”.

She also talked about universalism. Which I am discovering many pastors I once followed believe. She says about universal reconciliation, “…..holds that while Jesus is the only way to salvation, all humans will eventually be reconciled to God through Jesus.” Again, not truth, not Biblical.

Alisa stated things so clearly, things I had been hearing and wondering about. If you are hearing these lies I highly recommend this book as a way to start learning how to defend your faith.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.

 

Review and Giveaway: Rocky Mountain Revelation by Lisa J. Flickinger November 10, 2020

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Book: Rocky Mountain Revelation

Author: Lisa J. Flickinger

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: November 3, 2020

Rocky Mountain Revelation

A Rocky Mountain logging camp may be just the place to start her new life.

Widowed at nineteen, Madeline Lamb seeks to find a new husband amongst the crew of the Rocky Mountain log drive. With a baby growing inside her, she has no choice. She signs on as cook’s helper, and it soon becomes apparent her options for a mate are limited. Madeline’s grieving heart wavers between the security an older man offers and the tender feelings a new crew member stirs.

Will Matheson earned the chance to work the high-paying spring log drive. The boon ensures he can recoup the logging wages stolen by a pretty face with some fast fingers. Frustration builds when the boss pulls him from the river and assigns him the job of camp chore boy. If it wasn’t for the pretty cook’s helper, he’d take the first train home.

When the dangers of the river journey prove more treacherous than anyone expects, the budding attraction between Will and Madeline is put to the test. If they survive the adventure, life as they know it will never be the same.

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2019 Lisa J Flickinger

Lisa J. Flickinger lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. To learn more about her other books, visit www.lisajflickinger.com.

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When I research a new novel, I love to find obscure facts about the setting. My study of the old time river drives for Rocky Mountain Revelation led me to a particularly tasty morsel.  The river crews were served massive amounts of food over four meals to make up for all the energy expended transporting logs in the frigid water. Often, their meals included donuts.

Yes, donuts! However, we’re not talking about the scrumptious treat picked up at your local bakery or grocery store. These donuts were cooked over an open fire in the backwoods. Yum.

Picture what they call a tin kitchen, a small boxy metal contraption, set over a blazing fire. The cook would place a wide mouthed aluminum basin on top and fill it with cooking oil. When the oil reached the perfect temperature he would drop the batter into the oil using a ladle. The piping hot donuts would be rolled in sugar when they were cooked and served to the crew fresh from the fire. A half whiskey barrel of donuts could disappear in just one meal. Several times a day, the cook would travel downstream by raft and repeat the process.

Will, the hero of Rocky Mountain Revelation, finds his sweetheart Madeleine particularly pretty with flour up to her elbows. However, he grows tired of the mounds of donuts and by the end of the drive attempts to trade them for the cook’s fluffy biscuits.

Enjoy the trip downriver with Will, Madeline…and the donuts.

Dear reader, enjoy!

Blog Stops

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 5

Artistic Nobody, November 5 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Vicky Sluiter, November 6

Inklings and notions, November 7

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 7

For Him and My Family, November 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 9

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess., November 10

Genesis 5020, November 10

Texas Book-aholic, November 11

Life of Literature, November 11

Older & Smarter?, November 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 13

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 13

Betti Mace, November 14

deb’s Book Review, November 14

Blossoms and Blessings, November 15

Labor Not in Vain, November 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 16

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 17

Daysong Reflections, November 17

Connie’s History Classroom, November 18

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lisa is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10354/rocky-mountain-revelation-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This is the second book in this series, but it can be read as a stand-alone and it can be read fast.

I enjoyed Will and Maddie’s story, it was sweet. But it sure does move fast, at least in their thoughts. Suddenly Will is thinking he loves Maddie. I felt that happened really out of now where. But, hey, it was a different time and he is young, so I guess it’s possible. Also, this a short book so things do have to happen rather quickly.

The ending is super sweet, but I can’t say too much, just know that it is very satisfying and everyone gets what’s coming to them. Can’t wait to see what is next in this series.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.

 

Hope Breaks Through by Jim Baton November 9, 2020

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The tension in the town of Hope builds to a climax in this thrilling conclusion to the Hope Trilogy. A major setback for those pursuing a citywide transformation drives them back to the House of Prayer and opens them to new partnerships with others. Change begins to infiltrate the spheres of business, education, media and the arts, resulting in all-out war with a corrupt government. Teenagers Kelsey and Harmonie are once again at the epicenter of shaking their city as they investigate a murder and fight for social justice, determined to see their town finally come into its destiny.

The Hope Trilogy is written for those who are hungry for God’s revival and transformation of their communities.

My thoughts:

I have read this whole trilogy and I was eager to see how things would play out in Hope.

This story is definitely encouraging, especially in the time we are living in now. So much division. This book will encourage you that there is hope and God can be a uniting factor.

However, I must address something to my readers. If I had read this book a year ago I would have had no issues whatsoever. But, as some of you know, after watching American Gospel and being angry at God all of the time because I thought He should be fixing things in my life and he wasn’t, even thought I had great faith, my eyes have been open to deception I have been living in for years. With that being said this book follows along the lines of what I used to believe and I no longer do.

If you read this book as fiction there are no issues, but the author addresses many of the supernatural happenings at the end of the book stating that friends and family have experienced these things. I am not here to argue but to simply state I don’t agree with this theologically. Not to say God doesn’t work supernaturally, I do believe He can, but I think we need to be careful not to focus so much on signs that we miss the best sign of all, the cross. Test everything against Scripture.

Again, if you read these books as fiction then they can be very encouraging. It really does give hope communities can change through the power of Christ.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own.

 

A Haven for Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason November 5, 2020

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Upon her release from a woman’s reformatory in 1941 Toronto, Olivia Rosetti wants nothing more than to forget the horrors of her time there and return to normal. But with her family unwilling to forgive and employers wary of hiring her, she quickly ends up desperate and homeless–until a chance encounter with well-to-do widow Ruth Bennington. The two discover they share a painful history and together decide to open a maternity home for troubled women.

Greek widower Darius Reed is determined to protect his daughter from the prejudice that killed her mother and hopes to marry into a prominent Toronto family. But when his employer orders him to persuade Ruth Bennington to sell them her property, Darius soon becomes conflicted over his feelings about the home and his attraction to Olivia.

Despite finding fulfilment in her work, Olivia must fight not only bitter memories and the community’s negative reaction to their mission, but also feelings for the man who is trying to close her home. Can love prove stronger than prejudice and societal pressures, or will past mistakes destroy her chance at true happiness?

My thoughts:

This is an amazing book. I didn’t want to put it down. I think this is my favorite Susan Anne Mason book I have read so far and I am super excited that this is the beginning of a series. I can’t help but wonder who will be the main characters…did we meet them in this book?

Olivia’s story is so heartbreaking but this id definitely a Genesis 5020 story. Her and Ruth use their heartache to help other woman. I can’t even imagine loosing all that Olivia lost in her life. But this book displays God’s goodness and redemption.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.

 

Review and Giveaway: The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham November 2, 2020

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Book: The Red Ribbon

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Christian historical/suspense

Release Date: October, 2020

Red Ribbon

An Appalachian Feud Blows Up in 1912

Book 8 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

In Carroll County, a corn shucking is the social event of the season, until a mischievous kiss leads to one of the biggest tragedies in Virginia history. Ava Burcham isn’t your typical Blue Ridge Mountain girl. She has a bad habit of courtin’ trouble, and her curiosity has opened a rift in the middle of a feud between politicians and would-be outlaws, the Allen family. Ava’s tenacious desire to find a story worth reporting may land her and her best friend, Jeremiah Sutphin, into more trouble than either of them planned. The end result? The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre of 1912.

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PepperBasham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She’s a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains where her family have lived for generations. She’s the mom of five kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at the award winning Writer’s Alley blog. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in April 2015, and the second in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuted in April 2016.

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Feuds, Moonshine, and Family Loyalties by Pepper Basham

My upcoming release for Barbour’s True Colors series is really close to my heart…and pretty close to my house.

The Red Ribbon, my first foray into a historical suspense novel, takes place in the county where I grew up. Carroll County, Virginia, is a county on the border of Virginia and North Carolina, not too far from Mt. Airy (Mayberry).  Nestled in the foothills and mountains of the Blue Ridge, it is a part of the Appalachian Mountains, and with that comes similar histories as other backwoods Appalachian communities: feuds, moonshine, and family loyalties.

One thing I love most about my Appalachian upbringing is the intense closeness of family – and when I say ‘family’ I mean, of course, my mom, dad, and brother, but also my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents…the whole “gang”, as my granny used to say.

The closeness of family, and the protection of the family name, is a big deal in Appalachia. There’s a lot of pride in the way your ‘name’ is thought of throughout the community, so when someone insults your name, there’s a good chance the repercussions aren’t going to be pleasant. Especially back in the early 1900s, when The Red Ribbon takes place. In fact, insulting someone by “stealing a kiss” is one of the events that leads to The Hillsville Courthouse Massacre/Tragedy.

A long-time feud between the Allen family and the “Courthouse Clan” came to a head inside the Hillsville Courthouse in March 1912 and this event resulted in the largest shootout within a courthouse in Virginia history. The story followed with a nationwide manhunt and made national news until the sinking of the Titanic the following month.

Growing up in Carroll County, I knew a few things about this story. Rumors and whispers, really. Most folks didn’t talk about it because it still caused a stir among those who were descendants (because another thing about Appalachia is that families tend to stay on or around family land for generations). People still took “sides”. So, when I decided to write this book, I knew I was stepping into precarious territory. Not that anyone would start up a shootout nowadays because of a book, but because people still have some deep feelings about how their ancestors are portrayed in history, and since many of my family members still live in Carroll County, I wanted to tread carefully into the events of “The Allen Tragedy”.

What I discovered was a story that still held a whole lot of mystery even one hundred years later. Bullet holes still mark the courthouse steps from that fateful day, rumors still circulate about who was to blame, and no one knows who fired the first gunshot that began the tragic shooting.

I’m not a “scary” book writer or reader, but I love a good adventure, so this book takes the reader on an adventure into Appalachia to my neck of the woods, and follows the journey of Ava Burcham and Jeremiah Sutphin as they live among the illegal moonshiners, dirty cops, and mountain gunslingers of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

(To learn more about the true events of the Courthouse Tragedy, you can read about it here: https://roanoke.com/news/virginia/the-courthouse-tragedy-gunfight-in-hillsville-in-1912/article_45d0d7f3-6e1f-57c4-83be-fceb3d98dafd.html)

Have you ever read a book set in Appalachia? If so, what was the title and what did you learn about the Appalachian culture? Have you ever visited the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Let’s chat mountain people, mountain ways, and mountain books 😊

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 29

Fiction Aficionado, October 29

deb’s Book Review, October 29

Blossoms and Blessings, October 29

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, October 30

Texas Book-aholic, October 30

Blogging With Carol, October 30

Inklings and notions, October 31

Emily Yager, October 31

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 31

Hallie Reads, October 31

For Him and My Family, November 1

reviewingbooksplusmore, November 1

Christian Bookaholic, November 1

Betti Mace, November 2

Genesis 5020, November 2

For the Love of Literature, November 2

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , November 2

Rebecca Tews, November 3

Robin’s Nest, November 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 3

Connect in Fiction, November 4

Older & Smarter?, November 4

To Everything There Is A Season, November 4

Artistic Nobody, November 4 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

21st Century Keeper at Home, November 5

By The Book, November 5

Remembrancy, November 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 6

Britt Reads Fiction, November 6

Life of Literature, November 6

Connie’s History Classroom, November 7

Splashes of Joy, November 7

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 7

A Reader’s Brain, November 8

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 8

Through the Fire Blogs, November 8

Godly Book Reviews, November 8

Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, November 9

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Where Faith and books Meet, November 9

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Pause for Tales, November 11

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1032d/the-red-ribbon-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

Woo, a lot going on in this book. This is one of the less “scary” books I have read in this series, but it was good none-the-less. And if you are more sensitive to crime novels this might be an easier one to take in. However, there is still murder and bad things happening.

This really is kind of a sad story when you read the Author’s Notes at the end. But don’t do that until you have finished the book.

I enjoyed Jeremiah and Ava’s romance. It was sweet and I loved how Jeremiah loved Ava no matter what the future might bring.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.