The Brother’s Keepers by NLB Horton – A Book Review

The Brothers KeepersThe Brother’s Keepers

By: NLB Horton

RidgeRoute Press

978089401734, $ 14.99, 2014, Page 400

Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Suspense, International Intrigue, Political Ploys, and Romance

NLB Horton’s “The Brothers’ Keepers” is the second in her Parched series. Archaeologist Grace Madison finds herself in the middle of a sinister plot involving an ancient cuneiform clay tablet, life threatening danger surrounding family members, kidnapping, and the rescue of an old friend.

Horton is an award winning journalist; she incorporates her background in journalism, world travel, and her interest in archaeology with a creative imagination to produce an entertaining, and informative story line. Her command of language, excellent descriptions, memorable dialog, and strong characters make this a memorable reading experience.  Her references to architecture, art, and the cuisine of locales from Brussels to France, Germany, and Switzerland add an extra treat for the world class traveler as well as the armchair “wanna be” tourist.

A reader’s guide provides thought probing questions for thought and discussion for book clubs, or to stimulate additional enjoyment for reflection for the individual reader. A helpful glossary of terms specific to the story is included for clarification and understanding.

Horton may have been over ambitious by including too much detail for anyone targeted audience. The very strength of her writing style limits the sense of fast moving action, suspense, and intrigue that many readers look for in this genre. However, I laud her for her desire to provide a model for a balance of Christian example without coming across as preachy. I suggest you read the first book in the series “When Camels Fly” to get the full benefit of “The Brothers’ Keepers.”

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin – A Book Review

Where Treetops GlistenWhere Treetops Glisten
By: Tricia Goyer Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
WaterBrook Press
12265 Oracle Boulevard, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
978-1601426482, $ 14.99, 2014, 368 Pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,

Familiar Christmas Themes of Courage, Faith, and Romance – Mid America during World War II

“Where Treetops Glisten” is a collaboration of a trio of favorite Christmas romance authors Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin. The book features three much loved Christmas themes that will bring back nostalgic memories of the past for many readers and a new sense of appreciation and understanding of the past by, a new generation, and future generations of readers.

Louise Turner permeated faith, wisdom, and joy. She longed to instill these same virtues in her family at a time of turbulence in a world torn apart by war. These deeply moving stories revolve around the lives of three of the Turner family and illustrate how personal loss, wrong choices, and betrayal can become tools in God’s hand for building character, faith and hope.

In Cara Putnam’s story “White Christmas” Abigale Turner discovers an unexpected sense of deep peace when she reaches outside her personal inner fears and confusion to help someone else in their time of struggle. Pete Turner’s homecoming is a big disappointment for Pete; he is unwelcome in his own hometown. Sarah Sundin tells Pete’s story in “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Pete Turner has to prove to the community that his life has changed since the bad choices he made in his youth. Meredith Turner experiences a sense of serious betrayal in Tricia Goyer’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” To escape heartbreak she turns her life to serving wounded serviceman as a nurse in an Army outpost emergency ward on the German border. An intentional act of forgiveness and trust provide her with an unexpected sense of freedom and fulfillment

The Turner family story takes the reader full circle from Christmas 194l through Christmas 1945 when the whole family is reunited in their hometown, Lafayette, Indiana. Warm nostalgic Christmas reading, with a balance of realism and romantic fantasy. Entertaining, faith building, and a reminder of God’s providence.

A review copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.