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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 22 February 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE GIRL WHO LOST A KINGDOM by JANE ANN McLACHLAN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE GIRL WHO LOST A KINGDOM by JANE ANN McLACHLAN

 

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THE BLURB

Queen Joanna 1 of Naples struggles to rule a kingdom devastated by war, plague, famine and rebellion. Her niece and namesake, Duchess Joanna of Durazzo, struggles to make sense of a world that has been in turmoil since she was a child. When Queen Joanna swears she will return Naples to its former peace and prosperity, the young Duchess Joanna swears she will always be loyal to her queen. But as their kingdom is increasingly beset with insurrection and war brought on by the terrible “Free Companies”—huge bands of mercenaries and criminals that roam across Europe following the wars and the black plague of the mid-14thC, murdering and plundering everywhere they go—the line between loyalty and survival thins. Will either Joanna be able to keep her oath?
During the second half of her reign Queen Joanna 1 celebrates the greatest victories of her life and endures her greatest defeats. Under her rule Naples becomes the most enlightened kingdom of medieval Europe. But as Europe becomes increasingly embroiled in wars, both political and religious, Queen Joanna is caught up in the Great Schism within the Catholic Church. Can she maintain her kingdom until the end, and will she have an heir to leave it to?
Enjoy the exciting finale to Queen Joanna’s reign!

THE FULL SERIES

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THE AUTHOR

A1VrsWq66KL._SY600_Jane Ann McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. She started writing stories when she was five years old, and has been reading literary fiction, science fiction and historical fiction in equal measure all her life. She received her B.A. in English Literature from York University and her M.A. in Canadian Literature from Carleton University. Before becoming a full-time writer she taught at Conestoga College.

She has three published science fiction novels under the pen name, J. A. McLachlan: Walls of Wind, and two young adult science fiction novels, The Occasional Diamond Thief (winner of the Alberta Publishers Award (APA) for Science Fiction and featured in the National US magazine, VOYA) and The Salarian Desert Game (runner up for the APA and listed in Canadian Top Books For Teens). She has four published historical fiction novels under Jane Ann McLachlan: The Sorrow Stone (winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction), The Lode Stone, The Girl Who Would Be Queen, and The Girl Who Tempted Fortune. She is also the author of a writers’ workbook titled Downriver Writing: The Five-Step Process for Outlining Your Novel; two College textbooks on Professional Ethics published by Pearson-Prentice Hall; and a memoir, IMPACT: A Memoir of PTSD.

She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband who is also a writer, and their bilingual dog, Frenchy, a papillion breed. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.

 

 

MY REVIEW

Through the eyes of the author and the four books of this series I have grown to love Queen Joanna. Her heart and courage despite her circumstances—unimaginable to the modern mind—her unwavering faith and confidence in God.

Ms. McLachlan brings history to life with the depth of her knowledge of the era, the details that make any story real, the dialogue (without losing the reader to unfamiliar manner of speech and jargon.) I was appalled to learn, for instance, that it was accepted that husbands beat their wives! Frustrated at the control the Church had over Joanna’s every action. I ached for her that she had no surviving “issue.” The posturing and viciousness to gain a kingdom.

And still, Joanna’s manner was stately and fitting of her station, no raging outbursts or temperamental and irrational actions.

The level of research Ms. McLachlan puts into her stories is evident on every page, with every vivid and vibrant scene, urging the reader to the [SPOILER] heart wrenching end.

 

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 22 February 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – LOVE UNFAILING by TARA TAFFERA

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – LOVE UNFAILING by TARA TAFFERA

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Love Unfailing

THE BLURB

Anna Andros, a new Christian, becomes enraptured by the worship leader on stage each Sunday. His love for the Lord appears as solid as his strong muscles on display each week. The attraction is mutual, and Anna is drawn in by his charm.

Meanwhile, she becomes closer to another man, this one a lifelong Christian and family friend. Conflict arises as she is torn between the two men in her life. Is the worship leader as genuine as he seems? Or is the one she has known for years who God has in mind for her?

A crisis at the church puts things into perspective for Anna. Who is the one who will stand beside her? Why is the pastor turning a blind eye to the hurt Anna endured? Will God answer prayers and give Anna the healing and love she so deserves?

THE AUTHOR

9a4gkqfk965hg0hpe2sfrkqjun._SX450_Tara Taffera is a journalist living in Stafford, Va., with her husband of 24 years, and her three daughters. In 2020, she realized her dream of writing her first novel, Love Ordained. She has always loved to read, and anyone who knows her knows how fast she can plow through a good book. Her mother always says, how as a youngster, she was always asking to go back to the library for more books. She started writing Love Ordained more than 20 years ago, and she finally made it a priority in early 2020, and finished the book—a contemporary Christian romance. It was published on February 15, 2021. Book 2 in the series, Love Unfailing, was published in September 2021. Love Unfailing won a Silver in the romance fiction category in the Illumination Awards, a program that celebrates exemplary Christian fiction. The book was also named a semi-finalist by Indies Today.

MY REVIEW

The love and devotion of Anna’s family and friends sustains her, even in her darkest moments. I adored that Anna could call on her “besties” for a spontaneous girls night; those are friendships to treasure.

Dialogue will make it or break it for this reader, and some of the dialogue didn’t seem real to me. There were a lot of immature actions and reactions. There were also a couple of issues I had trouble with: the pastor’s reaction [SPOILER.] I also felt that Anna overreacted to Garrett’s outburst [SPOILER.]

But the story-thread of God’s love that never fails, and Anna’s friends who demonstrate that love to her, is powerful and very real.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 8 February 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – NO MATTER HOW FAR by CHLOE FLANAGAN

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – NO MATTER HOW FAR by CHLOE FLANAGAN

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No matter how far she wanders, grace calls her back.
Thanks to good friends, a solid job, and a bright future, Brea has a sense of home for the first time in years. Nevertheless, it still feels like part of her will always be running from a past that wounded her heart and wrecked her faith. When a sudden, sinister phone call interrupts her life, threatening the younger sister she adores and the life she so desperately wants to rebuild, she will have to face old heartaches and new dangers to survive. Can she learn to put her trust in her friends and God once again, or will she be left to wander alone?

CONTENT WARNING: sexual abuse and suicidal ideation


THE AUTHOR

51pARSzgMXLChloe S. Flanagan is an author, technical writer, blogger, and graduate of New York University. She enjoys exploring the Christian walk frankly and thoughtfully in her fiction and in her blog, The Candid Corinthian. When she’s not writing, Chloe loves music, travel, reading books in all genres, and spending time with family.

MY REVIEW

I am reminded of a quote from one of my all-time favorite books, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, “Love. That was what she had that IT did not have.”

That was what Brea had. Love. Her weapon against the world, against her past. Against the circumstances of her life.

And mostly, she had love for her sister. Love that drove her to fight, no matter the cost, to protect her.

Trust, however, was in short supply for Brea. Especially when the ones who were supposed to love and care for her [SPOILER.]

Ms. Flanagan gently nudges Brea through the minefield of her life, planting faithful friends to lead her safely through, and show her the love—and faithfulness—of God.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, No Matter How Far, Chloe Flanagan, The Potter’s House Books

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 1 February 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – AFTER THE PRODIGAL RETURNED by CASSANDRE BRISSOT

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – AFTER THE PRODIGAL RETURNED by CASSANDRE BRISSOT

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for After the Prodigal Returned by Cassandre Brissot, hosted by

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: After the Prodigal Returned

Sequel to: Six Years and a Quarter Way Through

Author: Cassandre Brissot

Publisher: Independently Published

Release Date: November 5, 2021

Genre: Christian fiction/romance

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The sequel to Six Years And A Quarter Way Through, After The Prodigal Returned, is a relevant tale about the guilt that condemns and the remorse that leads to repentance.

Leah Albanese thought the hard part was over. Little did she know it had only just begun. It’s been seven months since Leah heeded God’s voice and returned home to the life she was all too happy to flee. She quit Star Quality, the reality show that was her best and possibly last chance at stardom. Leah gave back the six-carat diamond engagement ring and sent Trenton Shaw packing.

When filming for the reunion episode brings familiar faces back into her life, some welcome some not, Leah begins feeling the same tugs at her heart that led her to stray from God in the first place. Can Leah resist temptation, or will she go back to the things, future, and fiancé she gave up?

Leah came back. She never imagined staying would be the real challenge. What happens after the wayward daughter returns home?

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THE AUTHOR

Cbrissot--mona lisaCassandre Brissot is a Brooklyn, NY native. She earned her bachelor of fine arts in television and radio production at the City University of New York Brooklyn College. Cassandre is the author of Six Years and A Quarter Way Through. When she’s not writing for her blog, she enjoys dance parties with her nieces.

CONNECT WITH CASSANDRE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

MY REVIEW

Change is never easy, and though the path to restoration may be granted with grace, it isn’t automatically easy. Old habits and all. A person may get sober or clean, but the addictive craving lingers.

For Leah, Trent kept digging his claws in, taunting her with a past she was fighting to leave behind. The temptation ever luring her back to the drama and heartache she walked away from.

Brice was her anchor, solid and stable, nudging her back to God’s love. This is the second book this reviewer has read in recent week where the sexual tension was palpable, yet the couple

Recognized their limits and chose to abstain. Although with Brice and Leah, he was the one who set limits, and though on the surface she understood, she struggled with the meaning of his lack of affection.

Ms. Brissot walks the reader through the intense struggles Leah faces. Honestly, I wanted to smack some sense into Leah—but it’s always easy to observe (judge) from the outside looking in; we’ve all been there in some way or another.

I did feel that the story was slow at times, bogged down, but kept reading because of the power of redemption and restoration. And the promise God makes to all of us.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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(1) winner will receive a copy of Six Years and a Quarter Way Through, a copy of After The Prodigal Returned, and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 31, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on February 7, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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