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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April 3-13, 2019
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