Saturday, April 27, 2019

Book Review: The Rainwater Secret by Monica Shaw

THE RAINWATER SECRET
by
Monica Shaw
Genre: Historical Fiction / Medical Missionaries Publisher: Self-Published Date of Publication: March 31, 2017
Number of Pages: 354

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The Rainwater Secret is a deeply moving, historical fiction novel about a woman who travels
to Africa to teach the leper children who were banished from their villages. Single and feeling there is nothing left for her in small-town England, Anna embarks on an adventure as a volunteer teacher with the Medical Missionaries of Mary. Life as Anna has known it is forever changed as she learns the culture that would banish its sick, disfigured, and crippled to the bush. Babies are left to die on roadsides, children are chased away to live by whatever means they can find. The aged are abandoned. Anna’s daily life is an adventure as she travels from one village to another across a hostile land with few passable roads, rickety bridges threatening to fall apart and casting occupants on the jagged rocks far below, and weather that turns a calm river into a roiling death trap. In spite of the trials, Anna also manages to find love and family in this godforsaken land.
Follow this adventure through disease, weather, strife, death, and determination to turn a few acres of land into a loving home for the outcast lepers of Nigeria.

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Wonderful. This book was simply wonderful all around. From the moment you pick it up and read, until the time you are on the last page, you simply will not want to put this interesting and attention grabbing book down. The author uses her words, descriptions and all-around narrative to elevate this already fascinating tale of her great aunt's life and takes it to the next level.

Even though this book is historical fiction, the characters felt real to me. There is a part where the Priest goes though a little something and I had so many feelings for him. And the main character, Anna, makes me want to be a better person. She makes question if I would be able to endure a life full of wonder, death and the abscence of toilets so that I could help make a difference in children's lives. 

Along with the characters, the whole book makes you feel a rollercoaster of emotions. There are funny moments, like with Anna getting in trouble with one of the nuns. There are heart warming moments, like when Anna is teaching is her leper children, joyous moments like when the Pirest becomes a Bishop and sad moments, with all the unexpected deaths and even some scary times thrown in their. So many emotions, yet it still flows very well and th characters really process these emotions in a timely manner.

I also want to point out a small aspect that made me happy. As you come to know Anna, you know her desire to want a family, but she chooses to stay in her colony and ends up making the leper kids her family and that is just beautiful.

I think this is a spot on book, but if I could ask the author anything, it would be if any of these characters were real and if any of the events actually took place. It really intrigues me too see what  was real and if some of the crazy stories were created from one of her aunts letters. 

Overall, I give this book a 5 out of 5. I highly recommend it and you can try to win your own copy for free by clickin on the giveaway below! 




Monica Shaw is a native of Dallas, Texas where she has been a successful entrepreneur. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, and earned her Geology / Petroleum Engineering degree from UT Austin. Her debut novel, The Rainwater Secret, started off as a personal research project looking into the life of her great aunt who became a missionary teacher. Monica is married with 3 children.
 
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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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