The Movement of Crowns

The Movement of Crowns
A Novella
First in the Movement of Crowns series
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“The author has done an excellent job by blending a love angle with…war and power. The themes just flow into each other…” ~Mamta Madhavan for 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 (5 Stars)At the point when 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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Read the rest of the series! The Movement of Rings and The Movement of Kings, or get the entire series in one volume.

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And I Shall Be Healed by Julia Lee Dean

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.
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And I Shall Be Healed

And I Shall Be Healed by Julia Lee Dean

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, World War I

Multilayered, well thought-out, and beautifully woven. I don’t read an abundance of literary fiction, but this novel kept me engrossed from beginning to end–and what an ending.

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with 4 out of 4 stars. Take a look!

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Notes for my blog readers: not out of keeping with the nature of the subject matter, this book contains some gruesome war details and a minimal amount of profanity. While it has religious themes and a redemptive quality, this novel is not of the Christian Fiction genre.

Summer by Summer by Heather Burch

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. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
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Summer by SummerSummer by Summer by Heather Burch

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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“But sometimes I think God doesn’t rush in so quickly because maybe there’s something we need to take away from the experience.”

The cover design suggests a light, “beachy,” summery read, and the book blurb doesn’t exactly quash that suggestion, so I was surprised to find that most of Summer by Summer is an adventure novel with rather dark subject matter, several of its aspects reminding me of the movie Cast Away. There’s also some suspense tied into Summer and Bray’s story as, no matter how wrong of a foot they got off on, they have to help each other survive the dangers of the remote island where they’ve been stranded.

Certain nuggets of the writing pretty early in the novel struck me as brilliant, and it’s interesting how the author brings the reader into some of the most precarious of the characters’ situations without a lot of pomp or fuss, adding a “suddenness” to their perils that pulled me in. Yes, I gasped aloud a time or two.

On another note, I think it’s safe to say that some Christian Fiction fans, despite the novel’s message on abstinence, will be bothered by the degree of sexual tension and physical contact described in the book; even with its being a YA novel, I wouldn’t recommend it to younger teens, though I’m quite aware that even young adults are sexual beings. My personal qualm with the theme had more to do with the large amount of it, to the point where all the touching and such became too predictable, and I wanted the story to move on. ChristFic readers may also not be too keen on the fact that there isn’t a level of shared faith to match the level of romance between the characters.

Still, the novel addresses grief, guilt, trust in God, and restoration with care, and though it wasn’t the read I was expecting, I’m glad I read it.

The Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

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. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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The LegacyThe Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“The waves were coming in way before we got here, and they’ll keep coming in long after we leave.”

The ocean is used for an illustration of faith in The Legacy, and the constancy exemplified through it corresponds with the way I feel about this novel and what I’ve read of The Restoration Series by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley.

As the tide is sure to come in and go out at scheduled times, this novel about a young college man, Doug Anderson, didn’t hold any big surprises or twists for me, nothing major I didn’t see coming before it happened, but there was still something enjoyable and even comforting in the cyclical rhythm of love, pain, frustration, shame, and redemption in this “prodigal son” tale. The comics and graphic novels thread added an interesting touch, particularly in the character Christina’s take on them and during a Comic-Con visit in Orlando, a visit that managed to get me laughing a couple times. The tension, resignation, and resolution in various interactions between the characters rang true to life.

Although I’ve only come in on the latter half of the series, the authors sprinkled enough tidbits of background into The Desire and The Legacy for me to be quite sure that the closing novel effectively brings the Anderson family’s story full circle, and I’d recommend it to contemporary Christian fiction fans in need of a straightforward and ultimately uplifting read.

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My review of The Desire.

The Dance (The Restoration Series, #1) The Promise (The Restoration Series, #2) The Desire (The Restoration Series, #3)

When Lyric Met Limerick by Dawn V. Cahill

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When Lyric Met LimerickWhen Lyric Met Limerick by Dawn V. Cahill

Christian Fiction, Short Story

A quick and clean romantic read that made me laugh. And, hey–gotta love Seattle!

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with 3 out of 4 stars. Do take a look!