Thursday, April 11, 2019

Book Review: A Stamp of Heaven by Julia Robb


 THE STAMP OF HEAVEN
by
JULIA ROBB
  Genre: Historical Fiction / Civil War
Publisher: self-published
Date of Publication: February 19, 2019
Number of Pages: 196
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The Union Army wants former Confederate Army general Beau Kerry for alleged war crimes, but he’s hiding out where the Yankees least expect to find him: in the United States Cavalry. Beau is fighting Apaches out West and praying nobody recognizes his famous face. But Lieutenant Kerry's luck changes when he runs into Sergeant Ike Jefferson and says, "The last time I saw you, I had you bent over a barrel and I was whipping you.” Ike is not only Beau's best friend (or worst enemy, depending on the day), he's Beau's former slave -- and Ike knows there’s a $5000 price on Beau’s head. Caroline Dietrich has vengeance on her mind. Married to Colonel Wesley Dietrich, the Union fort commander, Caroline believes the best path to getting revenge against the Yankees, her husband included, is seducing her husband’s officers. Especially Beau. From the killing fields of the Civil War, to the savagery of the Indian wars, the characters are also battling each other and searching for what it means to be human.


5-STAR PRAISE FOR THE STAMP OF HEAVEN:
"Her characters are vivid, relatable, and endearing. She brings to life the rigors of frontier duty, the harsh beauty of west Texas, and the complexity of war and reconciliation. A must read!” 
"Julia Robb creates a masterful tale of friendship, loyalty, cowardice, deceit, and redemption in this fascinating story set in the aftermath of the War Between the States...Not a simple western yarn, this novel will keep you thinking and asking the Big Questions long after you finish reading it.”


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I have actually never been one to read western type of books. Even though I am a big historical nerd, the wild west never really piqued my interest. When this book came as an opportunity to read for  Lone Star Literary Life, I decided to try it, since I've never really given western reads a try.

First off, this was a very enjoyable story. Julia Robb does a great job of creating a world of characters. There are quite a few people that you meet throughout the story and each one gets to have their own chance to shine. You find out about each one's back story and really dig into why these people are the way they are. You're attention always seems to be grabbed throughout the story.

With listening to different view points throughout the book, one might think that you need to be a genius to pull it off. Well, Julie Robb does a seamless job at transitioning from one story to another and from one place in time to another. There are no sloppy or confusing transitions here!

While this is a wonderful work of art, I do just want to put out a word of caution as there are some racial slurs and some harsh language that may make some readers feel sensitive, but the words and language go hand and hand with the era and setting of the book and really give an accurate account of how people would talk. However, the language does not take away from the great storytelling that the author creates.

Overall, I would recommend this book, ecspecially for people wanting to try an old western type of book! Please be sure to check out the giveaway below to see how you can grab your free copy of The Stamp Of Heaven!






Julia Robb is a former journalist who writes novels set in Texas. She’s written Saint of the Burning Heart, Scalp Mountain, Del Norte, The Captive Boy, and The Stamp of Heaven. 
Julia grew up on the lower Great Plains of Texas and lived in every corner of the Lone Star State, from the Rio Grande to the East Texas swamps. 


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Monday, April 8, 2019

Rainy Books: Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon


 DRIFTWOOD BAY
A Hope Harbor Novel, Book 5 by
IRENE HANNON
  Genre: Contemporary / Christian / Romance 
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: April 2, 2019
Number of Pages: 368
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After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room—until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn’t worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his aloof and disagreeable neighbor.
Yet when both Jeanette and Logan find themselves pulled into the life of a tattered Christian family fleeing persecution in war-torn Syria, might they discover that love sometimes comes calling when it’s least expected?
Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites readers back to the charming seaside town of Hope Harbor, where they are sure to find peace, healing, and a second chance at happiness.

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The heroine in Driftwood Bayoperates Bayview Lavender Farm and Tearoom, so Irene Hannon thought it would be fun to share five fun facts about lavender and tea.

Let’s start with tea!

1.    Afternoon tea, introduced in the 1840s by the seventh duchess of Bedford, involves finger sandwiches and cakes. It is notthe same as high tea, which features much heartier fare and is served as the main meal of the day for the working class.
2.    The top tea drinking country per capita isn’t the UK. It’s Turkey, followed by Ireland. The UK is #3
3.    After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. 
4.    All tea originates from the same plant—Camellia sinensis. The differences comes from how the leaves are treated after harvest.
5.    The most expensive tea in the world is Tieguanyin at $1,500 per pound!

On to lavender!

1.    Lavender is in the mint family.
2.    Most lavender plants are in the blue/purple spectrum, but some varieties are yellow and pink.
3.    Lavender can be used for many things, including an ingredient in recipes, insect repellant, aromatherapy, perfume, and cosmetics.
4.    Queen Victoria loved the scent of lavender and had all of her furniture polished with a lavender-based solution.
5.    There are 39 species of lavender, and 400 varieties.





Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, and Pelican Point, as well as Dangerous Illusions and the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, and she is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers’ Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers’ Choice, Booksellers’ Best, Carols, and Reviewers’ Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist.
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