The Movement of Crowns

The Movement of Crowns
A Novella
First in the Movement of Crowns series
Five Gold Stars
“The author has done an excellent job by blending a love angle with…war and power. The themes just flow into each other…” ~Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews
“Great characters, stunning plot, and a thought-provoking message make this a story worth reading. 5/5–great!” ~Kelly Smith Reviews
“This was an amazing and intriguing story of a young woman’s coming of age journey of faith, hope, determination, and more.” ~Wonderous Reviews
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The Movement of Crowns New 16When kingdoms’ ideas of humanity differ…

The nation of Diachona is celebrating the twentieth birthday and rite of passage for Constance, the Diachonian king’s daughter and heir. Yet, the pause for festivity doesn’t erase collective doubts about Constance’s aspiration for a place with the men on the National Council, nor does it eliminate fears roused by oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire. Amid increasing rumors of war and personal misgivings about her own future, Constance deems this an inopportune time to be falling in love with one Commander Alexander.

Will Providence keep them all through international tensions and the changing of times, or is Diachona watching its territory in vain?

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The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Four Silver Stars

the-domino-effectThe Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The status quo no longer worked.
Remaining silent, not speaking, that was what had weighed her down the most… More than the risks the bank currently exposed itself to. Her time of remaining on the sidelines and simply observing was over.

As a risk analyst for a large banking institution, Esther Larsen sees a financial crisis coming that will hit the global markets and crash the US dollar. But going public about an international conspiracy will put her life in danger in The Domino Effect, a novel by Davis Bunn.

Plenty of readers have their go-to, “I’ll read anything with his/her name on it” authors. Davis Bunn is one of those authors for me. I’ve come to expect a clear level of mastery while reading his novels; this one was no different, and I got what I expected with this well-told story.

I’ve seen it described as a “financial thriller,” and while I felt it to be more of a suspense novel throughout than a thriller, I did find the climax quite thrilling. Plus, the story isn’t all schemes and intrigues without heart. My own heart was warmed and wrenched as Esther had to navigate both the old and new human connections in her life.

Now, I’ll admit that numbers aren’t one of my top interests. While it’s true that fiction gets me to delve into some topics I don’t naturally gravitate toward, I found it difficult to stay interested during the stretches of technical explanations in this book. It felt more to me like reading a finance textbook or an economics periodical than a novel during those parts. The true-to-life warning here about global economics is impossible to miss, though.

Another good, suspenseful read from this ChristFic author that I think many fellow readers will find worthwhile.

Prague: My Long Journey Home by Charles Ota Heller

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Online Book Club provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.


Prague: My Long Journey Home: A Memoir of Survival, Denial, and Redemption by Charles Ota Heller


Here’s an account that is at once informative, layered, heartrending, and inspiring.

The author, originally from Czechoslovakia, tells a story of World War II, the Holocaust, and immigration to the United States from his perspective. I must say, one point among many that I found interesting was the author’s comparison of the treatment of Jewish people in the occupied country he left to the treatment of people of color in the U.S.

I’d recommend this memoir to readers of biographies and narrative nonfiction, but more broadly, I believe that anyone who values remembering and learning from history can appreciate this book.

Reviewed at with 4 out of 4 stars. Do take a look.

Rescued: An Allegory by Tracy L. Higley

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Four Silver Stars

rescuedRescued: An Allegory by Tracy L. Higley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The end of this hall glowed like fire…and she knew, as long as it had been since she had seen it, that it was the sun at the end of that hall. The sun and the air and…the knight.

So begins the release of a woman once imprisoned, now free to follow a wise and compassionate knight toward the kingdom and the King awaiting them in Rescued: An Allegory by author Tracy L. Higley.

It’s easy to identify with the journey in this short story, a rather simple illustration of the joys, the trials, the battles, and the assurance in a life of faith. The author takes a poetic approach to the tale, and some of the symbolism in the reading gave me a feeling much like I’ve had with The Chronicles of Narnia. Here’s a story suitable for ChristFic readers to take a one-sitting break with for a quick boost of encouragement.

Her efforts could earn her no more love because there was no more love to be had. She had it all…