REVIEW: Bronze Drum

“The gardener nurtures every seed, though some grow thorns and some grow poison.” ———————————– A bronze drum is an instrument of war in ancient Vietnam, its beat would message to soldiers which formation and direction in which to proceed. This story tells us of the Trung sisters of Chu Dien, an ancient kingdom within Vietnam. WeContinue reading “REVIEW: Bronze Drum”

REVIEW: Close Your Eyes

Everyone knows I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings. The King of Gora is not a man to be reasoned with, when he finds a talented person, he forces them into service. Here we get the story of several of those servants in their quest to find happiness in their current place and their questContinue reading “REVIEW: Close Your Eyes”

REVIEW: The Hungry Road

The Hungry Road gives us a glimpse of life during the Irish famine from two main perspectives. The Sullivan family are tenant farmers with several children when the potato crop fails. Husband and wife struggle through taking jobs and joining the public works, taking advantage of the soup kitchen and doing everything they can toContinue reading “REVIEW: The Hungry Road”

REVIEW: The Silence Before Dawn

In this story we get a slice of the French resistance during World War II. Marianne is deeply entrenched in spying and subversive acts to try to end the war. We see how women are able to infiltrate and miss lead German officials as well as gather information for counterattacks. These women are sometimes coquettish,Continue reading “REVIEW: The Silence Before Dawn”

Pub Day REVIEW: ‘Til All These Things Be Done

Leola is a hard working woman with dreams in the 1910’s living in East Texas. Her family are surviving until her father loses his arm in a work accident. His ability to provide for and support his family disappears and his mental health suffers. He gets an opportunity to work in Houston and he leavesContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: ‘Til All These Things Be Done”

REVIEW: Witches

Witches provides us two POVs of women who’s lives intersect at the investigation of a murder. Paloma was a healer who didn’t quite live up to the expectations of their father, born a boy but living as a woman, there is much turmoil in Paloma’s life. Their sister Feliciana is telling us what it isContinue reading “REVIEW: Witches”

REVIEW: Haven

When a respected priest decides to found a monastery away from the temptations of other humans he is able to draw two other monks with him. They depart down the river Shannon to the ocean to find a previously uninhabited island upon which to start their ministry. Their new Prior is quite devout and feelsContinue reading “REVIEW: Haven”

REVIEW: The Two Lives of Sara

This at its heart is a book about mercy, acceptance and hope. Sara is a young black woman in the 1960’s fleeing her home for a new one in Memphis. She takes up residence with Mama Sugar in a boarding house where she births her son and learns about the realities of the world forContinue reading “REVIEW: The Two Lives of Sara”

REVIEW: The Attic Child

The Attic Child begins with the story of Dikembe, a child from the Congo who is sold by his mother to a British gentleman explorer. We hear the story from his child eyes and how he goes from thinking he was a temporary servant to realizing he was permanently in this man’s care as a companion.Continue reading “REVIEW: The Attic Child”

REVIEW: Dead Sea Conspiracy

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Jerry B Jenkins book but I’ve always enjoyed his writing. Dead Sea Conspiracy is no exception. It has rich characters, a fast paced plot and is deeply researched and respectful in its religious and historical references.  Nicole is an archeologist who has gotten permission for aContinue reading “REVIEW: Dead Sea Conspiracy”