The Prince of Alasia (The Annals of Alasia Book 1) by Annie Douglass Lima ~ Review ~

The Prince of Alasia (The Annals of Alasia Book 1) by Annie Douglass Lima

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The Prince of Alasia is one of three books in this series written for middle grade and young adults. The books in this series are not necessarily written in chronological order since their events overlap somewhat. The other books are: In the Enemy’s Service and The Prince of Malorn. According to a recent post on the author’s blog, a fourth book in this group is being worked on now and may be ready for publishing by the end of this year. It will be called The King of Malorn. It seems that The Prince of Malorn is the story of Prince Korram and the events that lead up to the invasion of Alasia. While knowing this story would be helpful in understanding the end portion of The Prince of Alasia, the book can be read and enjoyed on its own.

Jaymin, the young Prince of Alasia, woke up to the sound of clashing swords, yelling and screams. His bodyguard and best friend, Erik, was alert instantly, ready to protect His Highness when Sir Edmend, a loyal member of the King’s Counsel, burst into the room with his own bodyguard. The four slipped through the hallways, running for their lives from the enemy attackers. Entering the secret tunnel under the palace, they moved quickly away from the conflict and into the thick woods at the far end. The Prince had only to look at the grimness of Sir Edmend’s face to know that his royal family had not escaped alive.

Sir Edmend took the two boys to the remote village of Drall and established living quarters with an elderly woman who had an attic room she was willing to rent to them. Prince Jaymin and Erik were to dress and act like the common village lads to blend in. There they lived as long as it was necessary to stay hidden from the Malornian soldiers.

Jaymin and Erik experienced plenty of adventures trying to avoid the enemy troops stationed in the village. They became adept at dodging around corners and into dark alleys. Eventually it became necessary for them to attend school with the other local children. To blend in, they had to act dull and slow-witted to avoid calling attention to themselves. The Prince did not like living a lie, but he had no choice.

After school hours the two friends sought refuge in the surrounding forest where they practiced their combat skills and continued their physical training. Back in the dismal attic room, they quizzed each other on geography and history and complex mathematics problems to keep their minds sharp and alert. Jaymin was getting his eyes opened to the deplorable living conditions of the poor in his kingdom. The old woman’s cooking was wretched and the boys often went hungry because she too often spent the money given her by Sir Edmend on liquor instead of good food. The Prince kept all his observations in the back of his mind, just in case he returned some day to rule Alasia.

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I enjoyed reading this action-packed adventure. It is just the kind of story that would appeal to middle grade young people. The author successfully creates a world with just enough historical background to make an interesting world for two young boys to live in on their own. There is a reasonable amount of conflict to keep the Prince and his protector alert but not enough evil to overshadow the atmosphere of adventure.

In addition to the creation of believable circumstances, the author writes warm three-dimensional characters with dialogue that fits the historical context yet easy for a young reader to be comfortable with. Jaymin and Erik’s witty and playful interactions allow the reader to get to know the boys and feel the bond between them. I found it easy to see that their friendship would be one that would stay strong over the years ahead.

While the two blended in at school, Sir Edmend disguised himself as a common merchant and scouted the countryside for survivors of the attack. He slipped in and out of surrounding towns to gather information, locating the kingdom’s armies and providing them with food and supplies. From time to time he snuck back into Drall to bring information to the Prince and check on him. But suspense turned palpable when it became obvious that the invaders knew the young ruler was still alive and had escaped the palace. The military started scouring the villages for him. The boys barely escaped an attempt to search the school they were attending. Would young Prince Jaymin survive to govern his people?

My favorite character in this book is Erik, the skilled bodyguard. By necessity, the Prince’s character was fairly predictable while Erik, in contrast, sparkled with wit. He was wise but mischievous. He was always alert to danger yet a risk taker. He was intelligent but also street smart and a tough and scrappy fighter. His character was the perfect foil for the more serious and cautious Prince. I couldn’t help but be drawn to him.

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Blades of Valor (Merlin’s Immortals #4) by Sigmund Brouwer ~ Review ~

Blades of Valor (Merlin’s Immortals #4) by Sigmund Brouwer

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Blades of Valor is the final book in the Merlin’s Immortals series. The series itself does not take place in Merlin’s time, but 1,000 years later in 1313. The first three books in this series are: The Orphan King, Fortress of Mist, and Martyr’s Fire . From what I’ve read in other reviews, the four books are based on a book Brouwer wrote on an adult reading level: Magnus. The series was re-written for youth ages 8-12. This is an appropriate series to appeal to that age group as well as carrying appeal for anyone else who enjoys medieval fiction. Blades of Valor is best read as part of the series rather than as a stand alone book because it picks up immediately where book three leaves off and refers to the events of the earliest books.

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Like the other ones in the series, this book is packed with non-stop action and suspense. Thomas of Magnus flees England where he had briefly ruled the kingdom island of Magnus, only to have his life threatened by Druids posing as Priests of the Holy Grail. Friends helped him escape. He has finally arrived in Acre, the city of the knights’ last stand in the era of the Crusades. But even in Acre assassins followed him and attacked his hiding place along with Katherine and Sir William. After many life threatening events eventually Thomas is faced with doubts as to whom to trust. He has caught Katherine, Sir William and Lord Baldwin in deceptions that leave him as distrustful of them as they are of him. How he tackles this quandary draws us further into the story and earns the respect of the reader for Thomas’ intellect.

It is obvious in this series that the Druids and Merlin’s Immortals are locked in a secret battle against each other, but it isn’t evident until the very end of the book how large and sweeping the scope of this conflict really is. Apparently Thomas holds the key to a treasure both groups have sought for centuries. He does not know what the treasure could be until all clues lead him to what and where it is. At that point, the scope broadens from a regional skirmish, territorial claims and petty political disagreements to continental and even world wide significance, and from natural to spiritual in nature. Truly good is pitted against evil and the consequences of failure on either side is enormous.

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Blades of Valor along with the others in the series is exciting to read and well worth owning. Back when I was homeschooling my children, this would have been a great series to read for its attention to historical detail, the captivating way the author develops Thomas’ character over the time allotted by the series, and for its ability to capture the readers’ attention through the author’s writing style. He knows how to keep everyone in suspense and the way he write encourages his readers to speculate about the upcoming events.

This book also reveals that the series is not so much a fantasy series for which it appears in the three earlier books, but a historical series. The Druids and Merlin’s Immortals are revealed as being completely human, but with knowledge that made them appear to the common ordinary person of those times to be supernatural. Thus the true fight was between ignorance and knowledge. Keeping the people from education and learning translated to power over the superstitious. It is an ageless battle that is as relevant today as it would have been a thousand years ago, even many thousands of years ago. This additional insight makes Brouwer’s books appealing for older readers.

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Because of some of the violence and implied violence within this volume, I would caution parents of younger children to use discretion in reading. I arbitrarily categorize this book as more of a thriller and suspense than an action and adventure book. There is plenty of action and adventure, but the upgrade is just a warning of the increased intensity of the material. I still highly recommend this book to those who love medieval fiction and historical literature with a hint of fantasy.

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Meant to Be Mine: A Porter Family Novel #2 by Becky Wade ~ Review~

Meant to Be Mine: A Porter Family Novel #2 by Becky Wade

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Ty Porter and Celia Park knew each other from high school. Celia had a crush on Ty in those days but never let anyone know it. They didn’t bump into each other again under after her college graduation. Then after a four day whirlwind courtship in Las Vegas, they got married on a whim in a painted pink wedding chapel. The next morning two things happened: Celia woke up believing she had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, while Ty woke up with regrets. He told her he had made a mistake; he was in love with another woman he’d been dating for two years. Celia vowed never to forgive Ty and returned to Oregon heartbroken. Ty returned to Texas. But there was no divorce.

Five years later Ty was now a three-time champion bull rider, and having invested his winnings wisely, was making a good living. One day on impulse, he decided to look up Celia Park and visit. He wanted to apologize to her, so he looked her up online and called her. A couple days later he was shocked, dismayed and yet delighted to find out that he had a beautiful daughter, Addie.

An emotional tug-of-war ensued between the two parents. They were still married, but Celia did not want him involved in her life. Nothing was settled between them by the time Ty had to return to the next round of competitions. Weeks later, a bull threw him and then smashed his kneecap, and Ty knew this was the end of his career. While recovering in Holley, Texas, he managed to convince Celia to move to his home town so he could begin to be part of Addie’s life as her daddy. Celia agreed as long as she and Addie could live in their own home and Celia could find work. The emotional tug-of-war continued. Celia kept Ty at arm’s length to block any kind of reconciliation between them.

This is a beautifully written, gut-wrenching story that keeps the reader guessing until the very end whether there would be a reconciliation or not. Becky Wade writes a powerful character-driven book filled with the types of conflicts most readers can relate with. Celia doesn’t trust Ty after he ripped her heart out in Las Vegas. Ty is torn between his attraction for Celia and Tawny, the woman he has wanted to marry for the past seven years. In spite of their separation, Ty has never cheated on Celia. Now, while he is learning how to be a father, Ty begins to turn to God for guidance.

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Amidst the powerfully emotional scenes the author has generated so skillfully are gems of humor. Celia’s Uncle Danny makes a wonderful supporting character, adding laughs at his quirky dating behavior–great comic relief between emotionally tense moments. Ty himself has a good sense of humor in spite of bouts of arrogance and ego. When Celia and Ty are not wrapped up in aggravating conflict, they have their funny moments.
Ty: “You’re bossy, Sweet One.”
Celia: “You’re maddening, Showboat.”
And the relationship between Celia and Addie is endearing. Addie can be pretty funny herself with her love of all things related to princesses.

Another factor that adds to the charm of this story for me is the author’s use of metaphors. The one I liked most was the key chain charm that Ty gave to Celia when he visited her in Oregon. It read, “Give Peace a Chance.” Twice, at the very beginning, she threw the charm into the garbage. And mysteriously, the charm re-appeared on her key chain, leaving Celia to wonder how Ty had managed it. The third time she threw the charm out, it didn’t re-appear, reflecting the feelings of foreboding and suspense I experienced when their relationship broke down.

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This is one of those special books that I will be reading over and over. The author is successful in creating a story that makes it easy to become involved and invested in the characters and the outcome of their lives.

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Princess Ever After (The Royal Wedding series #2) by Rachel Hauck ~ Review ~

Princess Ever After (The Royal Wedding series #2) by Rachel Hauck

Princess Ever After

Reggie Beswick, proud southern belle of Tallahassee, Florida, was not, on the surface, princess material. She was independent to a fault, honest and forthright. She didn’t hold back if she had something on her mind. And more than anything besides her family, she loved antique cars. After a traditional college education and several years as a CPA at a local firm, she risked it all to begin her dream venture, opening a classic car renovation business with her friends Al, Wally and Rafe. Just as her first successful restoration project was accomplished, Tanner Burkhardt showed up and pulled the rug out from under her safe, happy world.

Tanner was the Minister of Culture of the tiny North Sea island nation of Hessenberg. He brought with him records and documents that he used to prove to her that Reggie’s great grandmother, whom her family fondly called Gram, was none other than Princess Alice of the house of Augustine-Saxon, heir to the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. Gram was a princess? How did the family not know that? Reggie had spent a lot of time with Gram as a little girl since her great- grandmother lived to nearly 100, while her grandmother and mother had died while she was still a young girl. Why hadn’t she said anything about this?

Tanner pressed on with his mission to explain that she, Reggie, was now Princess Regina Alice Beswick, inheritor of the tiny island country of Hessenberg. And, above and beyond that, she was needed to assist her country in obtaining its independence from the nearby country of Brighton. All this sounded just too fanciful to be true. Tanner had his work cut out for him trying to convince her his claims were genuine. Finally Reggie, with the encouragement of her co-workers and her family decided to travel with Tanner to the island to investigate for herself.

Once she arrived in Hessenberg and was established in Meadowbluff Palace, which matched pictures in a book her Gram had created for her decades ago, reality set in. The Press was real. The Palace was real. And she had an enemy in state already, the Governor of Hessenberg. The country was divided over the decision to remain a Province of Brighton or become a sovereign nation of its own. Things were more complicated than she realized they could be. So many times she was tempted to run home and bury herself in the business she had to leave behind. She might have done that if Tanner hadn’t become a tower of strength and support. When sparks ignited between them, she was eventually convinced she really was where God wanted her to be. But would the people accept her?

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This modern fairy tale was such a fun book to read. The differences between the down home Reggie and the straight-laced uptight Tanner made their growing attraction for each other amusing and endearing to watch. Sometimes the circumstances Reggie finds herself in seem a little far-fetched; but then, it is a fairy tale type story so it seems fitting although pretty much predictable.

Many of the supporting characters were heartwarming, especially Reggie’s dad, her step-mom, and the co-owner of the renovation business, Al. This is the second book I’ve by this author in this series, and I believe Ms. Hauck has a talent for writing believable guiding lights that appear in the main characters’ lives. Even Tanner’s father fits into this category.

Another interesting element is that the classic car motif appears at the end in full circle to help solve a mystery that is of the main plot. That’s all I will say about that. You’ll have to read the story for yourself to learn the significance it has.

What the author does need to work on is dialogue, especially between the main characters. In some places the conversation becomes a bit forced, unnatural and a little off center. It’s not very obvious unless you are looking for it. Sometimes I think it is difficult for authors to portray a character they have become fond of in their less than sterling qualities, even if it is for a short amount of time before that character begins their journey of maturity and growth.

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However, overall, this book makes a delightful light read. I would recommend this to my friends.

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The Return of the Kosher Pig: The Divine Messiah in Jewish Thought by Rabbi Itzhak Shapira ~ Review ~

The Return of the Kosher Pig: The Divine Messiah in Jewish Thought by Rabbi Itzhak Shapira

Return of the Kosher Pig

This book represents the personal journey of the author in investigating the identity of the Messiah according to the Scriptures and traditions within Judaism. The author was born in Israel, raised in a Mesorati Jewish household, and lived in Israel most of his life. It is his position that it is possible to cut through fiction, bias and misconceptions mostly aimed in a reactionary manner toward Jesus of Nazareth rather than based on beliefs in the rabbinical teachings, reason, and the Scriptures of the Hebrew Bible. For that reason, all the material presented in this volume is the study of the Deity of the Messiah as seen through Jewish eyes.

“The entire book is structured like a legal case, with evidence, argument and counterargument. Unlike most discussions of this topic through history, this one doesn’t seek to nullify traditional Judaism and its conclusions about the Messiah. Rather the author…repeatedly expresses his respect and appreciation for the Jewish sources and emphasizes the many points of agreement with them (‘shared premises’). His argument about the Kosher Pig draws from these shared premises and from the rabbinic writings themselves, to build the case that the Jewish Messiah is portrayed as more than human. Readers unfamiliar with rabbinic writings will discover a whole new area of thought–an approach to Scripture, sometimes from a different perspective, that is well worth exploring.”   [Forward: Rabbi Russel Resnik]

“May this book help all of us put on ‘Jewish glasses’ as we look upon the Jewish Messiah.” Itzhak Shapira

There are five parts to this book to allow the reader to weigh the evidence.

Part 1: The framework of Judaism. It includes an introduction to the parameters of Jewish apologetics and Jewish understanding of the Scriptures.

Part 2: Identification. What are the charges made against Yeshua of Natzeret (Jesus)? Are the charges valid?

Part 3: Evidence supporting the case of a Divine Messiah.

Part 4: Exploration of external resources related to the identity of the Messiah.

Part 5: Reconciliation. A proposal of reconciliation between traditional Judaism and a Divine Messiah.

What does this book mean by a Kosher Pig? The pig represents the symbol of uncleanness to the Jew. In their eyes, Christians and even Messianic Jews are unkosher in their faith. It is considered idolatry to believe that God would take the form of a man. So in the eyes of modern Jewish thought and Orthodoxy, the idea that a Divine Messiah would share honor with HaShem (God) and the authority to forgive sins cannot be tolerated. Challenging this view is what could make the “pig” kosher. The goal of this book is to bring the “pig” back to the people of Israel through reconciliation.

If you are like me and are unfamiliar with most Hebrew and Aramaic terminology, there are extensive footnotes and a glossary in the back that can be printed to aid in reading the book. In addition, expect a thorough treatment with plenty of examples of the belief systems and thought processes of the many writings available. It is not light reading. Be prepared for a worthwhile challenge.

I do not have theological training to do any analysis of the content on my own. However, I was impressed with the organization of the content, the clarity of thought and the reasonableness and logic behind the author’s conclusions. I can see how this research would be a valuable resource for Christians and Jews alike. For those who would like to gain a broader perspective of Judaism’s teachings about their Messiah, this is a must read.

Purely from a layman’s point of view, two observations struck home for me while reading these arguments. The first is that our English culture misses out on the complexity of the Aramaic and Hebrew languages because they seem to possess a visual aspect over and above the basic alphabet. I get the impression that these visual elements add layers of depth and a certain mystique to the messages implied in the writings. I found that fascinating. It makes me appreciate the Word of God that much more. This visual aspect seems to add to the literal understanding of the written words, while at the same time hiding underlying depths of the message in a cloud of mystery.

The second observation I made is related to the first. Because of the dual nature of hidden factors and revealed truths, I am not surprised that in the Western culture we tend to over simplify the written Word of God while Judaic culture tends to overcompensate and add to the layers through debate, speculation and hypothesis. When a harmony does exist between the two poles of thought, it becomes all the more obvious that it is the hand of God working a miracle.

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Overall, this is a thought provoking work of research worth our attention. It has the potential to bridge many chasms, should the Lord God Almighty be willing to use this book for the purpose of reconciliation. My prayer is that it will help to open the eyes of its readers, provide more appreciation for God’s Scriptures, and challenge our hearts to break out of our comfortable way of thinking to embrace God’s work of reconciliation wherever He leads us.

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Unraveled ~ Book Blast!! ~


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Unraveled
By Heidi McCahan

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Blind-sided by her questionable fiance, Lauren Carter returns to the one place she’s been avoiding, the place she used to call home. As she’s forced to look into the eyes of her past and even worse, her unraveling future she discovers that running only leaves you out of breath on a dead end street. Will she choose to unveil the secrets that haunt her? Or will she bury them once and for all and embrace a new life so different from the one she once held dear?

Blake Tully, wildly successful and breathtakingly winsome owner of a new rafting business, finds Lauren’s unexpected reappearance confusing. As he torments himself with what if’s and what should’ve been’s, he can’t mistake the feeling that crawls down his spine every time he looks at her. Although she broke his heart once, he longs to give his childhood sweetheart another chance, but can he convince her to stop running away when life gets tough? And can he forgive her when he discovers the reason she’s been hiding?

Follow the story of these two shattered hearts as they discover the beauty of grace and forgiveness.

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2013-03-003Heidi McCahan was blessed to spend her formative years in Alaska, where she met many interesting people who frequented the lodge her parents owned and operated. Heidi’s unique upbringing, coupled with Alaska’s breathtaking scenery, fueled her active imagination and loosely inspired her debut novel, Unraveled.

Heidi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and then earned a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband, Steve. They live in North Carolina with their three active little boys.

When Heidi isn’t stepping on Legos, chauffeuring the boys around suburbia or folding laundry, she loves to write heartwarming romance set in unique locales.

 

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All Right Here: A Darling Family novel by Carre Armstrong Gardner ~ Review ~

All Right Here: A Darling Family novel by Carre Armstrong Gardner

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The author, Carre Gardner, write stories “about the ordinary lives of ordinary people. She believes every life is a fascinating drama, every person is the hero of his or her own story.” The “About the Author” page goes on to say that Gardner “tells those kinds of stories in a way that makes readers love her characters.”

If this book is typical of the way the author writes, then I agree with the above statement because I came to enjoy the lovable characters, root for the ones struggling with issues, and developed the desire to give a good shake to the irritating ones.

Since this is very much a character driven story here is a list of a few of the persons the reader meets:

Ivy Darling: Married seven years to Nick and unable to have children of her own.

Nick Mason: Husband of Ivy, whom he resents for depriving him of having children of his own.

Jane Darling: Mother of five Darling children, all adults, but still a close knit family. Like many mothers, she worries and prays over her brood.

Laura Darling: Ivy’s twin sister, but unlike her in many ways. She is restless and flirts dangerously with boundaries. She has a crush on her handsome married boss, Max.

Amy Darling: Jane’s youngest daughter, started college, and is a bit restless like her sister Laura.

Esme: The college student manager of Parchments bookstore where Ivy works part-time.

Leander Darling: Father of the Darling family, the wise and loving husband and Dad.

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Ruby Mason: Nick’s mother who has never liked Ivy and is always hinting how much she would love grandchildren.

Sephy Darling: Another daughter of Jane and Leander, goes to college in Ohio, works as a nurse’s aid, and has always been overweight. She has never been on a date.

David Darling: The only boy in the Darling family, is 30 and still unmarried, which worries his mother.

Grace Chapel: The church where both the Darling and Mason families attend. The entire Darling family sing together and many play instruments for some of the church services.

Lily Allen: The mother of three children who live next door to Ivy and Nick. She disappeared shortly after moving in, abandoning her children.

DeShaun Johnson: The oldest of the three abandoned children; he is 14 with a knack for cooking.

Jada Lovett: DeShaun’s 9 year old sister. She has a lovely singing voice.

Hammer Hernandez: Jada and Deshaun’s 6 year old brother. He had never been properly potty trained.

Baily: Ivy’s cousin works for Child Protective Services of Maine. She set up Ivy and Nick as foster parents for the three children when their mother did not return.

Milo: DeShaun’s geeky best friend at school (and self proclaimed Jew).

Jessica, Angela, Tiffany: Nick’s three married sisters who have never liked Ivy and exclude her at every family get together they attend.

Jonathon Blackfeather: Ivy took a pottery class through adult education to give herself some “me” time as counterbalance to all the time spent with her three foster children. Ivy and Jonathon, the instructor, become friends. For a little while, Ivy is tempted to be more than a friend.

While the storyline at first seemed slow to develop, it didn’t take long before I was engrossed in the many layers of the Darling and Mason family dramas. Once Ivy and Nick became foster parents to DeShaun, Jada and Hammer, their laid back predictable lives were turned upside down. They were thrown into the deep waters of parenting without the benefits of easing into the shallow waters first. By the time the couple gained their stride, it was difficult for me to put the book down, even to sleep. The story is filled with trials, lessons and hard-earned victories. I found it hard to predict what would happen next. The author successfully brings the reader along for the ride.

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By the time the authorities finally found the children’s mother, nearly a year later, they all knew they would be staying with Ivy and Nick for a long time to come. And while the main conflict is eventually resolved, many other subplots in the book remain unresolved giving the impression that there may be more books to follow. The next Darling family novel is slated to come out in the Fall of 2015. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. If you like character driven stories, with events that make you think, then you’ll like this book.

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