Book Feature & Giveaway: A Guardian of Slaves by Naomi Finley

a guardian of slaves by naomi finley

A Guardian of Slaves Blog Tour

Synopsis:

Willow Hendricks is now the Lady of Livingston. She manages this plantation with her father and best friend Whitney Barry. The two women continue her parents’ secret abolitionist mission. They use the family’s ships and estates to transport escaped slaves along the channels to freedom. Willow’s love for Bowden Armstrong is as strong as ever, but she is not ready to marry and have a family because of her attention to these noble pursuits. Torn by her love for him, can their bond survive his reluctance to support her efforts with the Underground Railroad?

Meanwhile, whispers among the quarters sing praises of a mysterious man in the swamps helping slaves escape. He is called the Guardian. They believe he will save them from brutal slave catchers and deliver them to the promised land. Masked bandits roam the countryside, but the Guardian and the criminals evade capture. A series of accidents and mysterious disappearances raise alarm throughout the region. Who can Willow and Whitney trust? One false move or slip could endanger the lives of everyone they love and bring ruin to the Livingston Plantation.

  • Genre: Historical Fiction

  • Publication Date: January 30, 2019

  • Huntson Press Inc.

  • eBook & Paperback

About the Author

Naomi Finley

Naomi lives in Northern Alberta. Her love for travel means her suitcase is always on standby while she awaits her next plane ticket and adventure. Her love for history and the Deep South is driven by the several years she spent as a child living in a Tennessee plantation house. She comes from a family of six sisters. She married her high school sweetheart and has two teenage children and two dogs named Ginger and Snaps.

Creativity and passion are the focus of her life. Apart from writing fiction, her interests include interior design, cooking new recipes, throwing lavish dinner parties, movies, health, and fitness.

For more information, please visit Naomi Finley’s website.

You can also find her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Goodreads.

Giveaway Time!

During the Blog Tour we will be giving a paperback copy of A Guardian of Slaves! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 8th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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Good luck to those that entered! :)

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I am participating in the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour for this book. However, I was not compensated to advertise this book.

8 Christian Books To Read For This Lent Season

Christian Books To Read For Lent Season

Lent is the season where Christians look forward to the resurrection of Jesus for 40 days before Easter begins. Lent officially starts March 6th on Ash Wednesday. While Lent is popularly celebrated among Catholics, Episcopalians and Lutherans (and some Methodists) also celebrate Lent. If you didn’t know already, I am Episcopalian and raised Catholic. Therefore, I still celebrate it today.

Lent is also known as the season where someone gives up something for that 40 days. A lot of people choose something food related, while some go to the extreme by giving up social media. I typically give up something food related. I am not sure what I am doing this year yet but I am thinking of giving up fast food for 40 days. My husband and I have gotten a little addicted to Doordash and I think we need to take a little break - at least for our health.

While there are not too many books on Lent, there are a few good ones to check out. So without-further ado, here are 8 books I recommend to read for this Lent season:

40 Days 40 Ways by Marcellino D’Ambroso

If you're looking for a new Lenten experience, here are forty fresh ideas. Some will challenge you to deepen your prayer life; others will open your mind to new ways to serve others. Each of the forty ways includes a reflection to help you understand more about Lent and why it matters. You'll learn how to have a more creative experience of Lent. You'll discover positive, proactive ways to take action instead of the same old routine of giving something up. The result will be spiritual transformation and a closer walk with Christ—not only during Lent but throughout the year.

Lent for Non-Lent People by Jon Swenson

"Lent For Non-Lent People" is a daily guide to prayer, fasting, rest, and following Jesus for people who want training wheels for Lent. In ordinary language, this book explores prayer, fasting, and Sabbath. There are eight chapters. You can read them as chapters. But if you look closer, you will find seven sections in each chapter, a reading for every day of Lent and a bonus chapter for the week after Easter.

Focus may be a better word than Lent, fasting, or giving up. Often, the best way to give something up is to choose what to focus on instead. In the case of Lent, the intended focus is God. We’ll talk about God a lot. This isn’t a book of how to survive a fast. It’s not about the health implications, good and bad, of fasting or praying or resting. We’re going to give up some time, give some attention, and spend a few minutes, or a few weeks understanding ourselves and God.

Entering the Passion of Jesus by Amy Jill Levine

Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the Temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes, or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.

In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.

Entering the Passion of Jesus provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike. The book is part of a larger six-week study that is perfect for Lent and includes a DVD, and a comprehensive Leader Guide.

Give up Worry For Lent by Gary Zimak

Catholic author and self-described “recovering worrier” Gary Zimak combines practical spirituality, daily scripture readings, and simple action steps to help you kick the worry habit as part of your Lenten renewal. He shows you how to let go of the anxiety-producing areas of life in order to find the lasting peace that comes from trusting God.

During the season of Lent, Catholics and other Christians frequently give up something they enjoy as a measure of penance or self-discipline—and often fall back into old habits at the first “Alleluia!” In Give Up Worry for Lent!, Zimak offers fellow worriers practical, scripture-centered advice on how to relinquish the need to control the uncontrollable—not just for Lent but for good—and how to find peace in Christ.

Preparing For Easter by C.S. Lewis

Together in one special volume, selections from the best of beloved bestselling author C. S. Lewis’s classic works for readers contemplating the "grand miracle" of Jesus’s resurrection.

Preparing for Easter is a concise, handy companion for the faithful of all Christian traditions and the curious to help them deepen their knowledge and consideration of this holy season—a time of reflection as we consider Jesus’s sacrifice and his joyous rise from the dead.

Carefully curated, each selection in Preparing for Easter draws on a major theme in Lewis’s writings on the Christian life, as well as others that consider why we can have confident faith in what happened on the cross.

A Way Other Than Our Own by Walter Brueggemann

Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus' temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we too are called to walk an alternative path--one of humility, justice, and peace. Walter Brueggemann's thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace.

Pauses for Lent by Trevor Hudson

Sometimes a pause is good for the soul. It gives us the chance to regroup, reflect, and refocus on God. In Pauses for Lent, Trevor Hudson offers a beautifully minimalist book in which he focuses on one word for each day of Lent. You are invited to pause, focus on the word, read a scripture and a brief meditation related to the word, and then offer a prayer. Pausing in this way will help you carve out time for God and refresh your spirit even in the midst of a busy life. You may find yourself sensing God's presence in a new way and discovering that God wants to meet you in the midst of your life as it is, muddles and all.

Because of This I Rejoice by Max Vincent

For too long Lent has been thought of as a season of self-sacrifice and discipline that sounds to many Christians like a list of spiritual chores. Lenten disciplines become the spiritual equivalent of New Year's resolutions to lose weight, be healthier, or practice better money management. These promises are easily made and often quickly broken, leaving us feeling like we do not measure up to what we should be.

In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul joyfully turns to spiritual practices that draw him closer to God amid persecution and imprisonment. These practices keep Paul connected to a sense of God's power and presence. Joy flows from Paul and becomes a vital part of his relationship with the Philippians.

Because of This I Rejoice is a 6-week study of Philippians that explores what Paul teaches about joyfully practicing spiritual disciplines. The intent of these disciplines is to help us focus less on ourselves and more on God. This Lenten study invites us to engage in the same spiritual practices as a way to grow closer to God and allow joy to flow through our lives.

Do you celebrate Lent? If so, what are you giving up for 40 days this year?

the caffeinated bibliophile

Book Review: Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard

never let go elizabeth goddard book review

Synopsis:

As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.

Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow's tender heart at risk.

In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.

  • Genre: Christian Suspense

  • Publisher: Revell

  • Published: 02/05/2019

  • Pages: 368

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.38

Never Let Go  Elizabeth Goddard Book Review
A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots.
— Unknown

Why I Chose This Book

The first two words that caught my eye was, Forensic Genealogist. Is that even a real job? And what do they exactly do? So that attracted me right away. Plus half of the book is set in my home state!

First Initial Thoughts

Willow is a Forensic Genealogist. What she does specifically is help clients find out about their relatives from the past; what they did, who they were, and how they died or if they are still alive. I found it quite interesting. The book starts with her grandfather, JT dead from an accident. She is trying to pick up the pieces when one night she is at home when someone sets her house on fire. She looses everything. Is it intentional and is someone out to kill her? Is it related to the case that he was trying to solve?

Willow finds out that JT was working on a case with Katelyn Mason who’s baby was abducted from the hospital 21 years ago. She desperately wanted to find her daughter because she was dying. I liked Willow. Despite all that happened she was persistent in continuing the search and determined to help. She was able to put aside her trauma and continue working.

Austin McKade is a ex-FBI agent and use to have a relationship with Willow. Now he is a private investigator. Before JT died Austin was hired to help him find the missing child. When he finds out Willow almost died in a Fire he comes to her and offers to help. She agrees and they soon have to figure out how to work together after all that happened before.

Setting

I grew up in Wyoming so I have been to the Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole a dozen of times. I miss the beautiful scenery and snow capped mountains! The author did come up with fake county names for the city of Jackson Hole- I chuckled when I read the names she came up with. Hoback is a real place. Locals refer it to as Hoback Junction because people have to pass it before entering Jackson Hole and the Tetons - and often in the winter it can be closed down.

Memories, good and bad, can be used to help us heal if we don’t let ourselves be mired down in them.
— Sarah Jo Smith

Final Thoughts

What I liked about this story is that the actual mystery seemed plausible. Sometimes I don’t like suspense books because the actual mystery just seems too out there. The mystery itself kept me guessing till the very end. However, there were clues sprinkled throughout the book and it was obvious once I knew who done it.

Elizabeth did a good job in portraying how remote Wyoming is. Jackson Hole is a fun town but once you’re out of the area it’s basically wide open spaces - miles away from other towns. I liked that she stayed true to the portrayal of this area despite the fake names she created for certain places.

I liked Willow and Austin working together. They worked well together and I loved reading their romance blossom again over the pages. I think Willow helped Austin learn to forgive himself for his past mistakes and Austin helped Willow move on from what happened and was there for her when she needed someone.

Overall I really enjoyed this romantic suspense story. It was faced paced, unique, and different from other suspense books that I have read.

Would I Recommend?

Yes. I definitely think anyone would enjoy this fun and fast paced suspense.


You can purchase the book —-> HERE

Why did I choose Blackberry flavor for the drinks? if you go to any tourist shop in Jackson Hole you will find Blackberry flavored anything. Blackberries grow wild in Wyoming and are often picked there. You will also find a lot of Huckleberry themed gifts and food.

Have you been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? If so, what were your thoughts?




the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

10 Christian Classics Everyone Should Read

10 Christian classics everyone should read

When we think of the classics we tend to think of Jane Austen, Christian Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Harper Lee, among others. There are also Christian classics. Such as C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien. They might not be as widely known as some popular classic novels but they are just as good nevertheless.

How do I determine if a book is a classic? They were one time or are still a bestseller and was published before 2000.

So without further ado, here are 10 Christian classics everyone should read:

**Just click on the title below to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and purchase if desired. I didn’t want to make this post too long! ;)

Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers

Published: 1998

Voice in the Wind was one of my absolute favorites last year. This book absolutely tore me to pieces. It was heartbreaking but I also loved the underlining messages in this book. I do think they should make a TV Series from this series - I think it would do very well if the right director picked it up.

You can read my full review —-> HERE

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Published: 1991

Another classic by Francine Rivers. This was Francine River’s first book when she transitioned into Christian fiction. It is also one of her best sellers and is often recommended and referenced in the Christian fiction genre. This book was also going to be turned into a movie but alas it couldn’t get the funding the director wanted ($30 million) to make it a success.

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1950 - 1956

We all probably have seen the movies or have heard the synopsis of this book. But I think everyone should at least read this series once. It’s a classic and you can’t beat a good fantasy!

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1945

Another classic by C.S. Lewis. The Great Divorce is about a man on a bus with others that start to reflect their own life and how they died. It’s one of those books that will make you think and remember well after reading it. It’s also a very popular book used in Christian Bible studies, Church Groups, etc.

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Published: 1678

This is probably the oldest book mentioned here. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature. It has been translated into more than 200 languages and has never been out of print. What’s unique about this book is that it’s a continuative narrative with no chapters. There are also 11 editions total. I remember reading this in High School (I took a literature class) and I remember finding it very interesting despite it being a little hard to read.

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

Published: 1979

This was probably the very first Christian historical fiction I have read. It’s one of my top favorites to this day. I also adore the movie even though some don’t like how it’s different from the book. It’s a beautiful story that reminds us about how God gives us second chance at love and how to forgive as well.

When Calls The Heart by Janette Oke

Published: 1983

As with Love Comes Softly, When Calls the Heart was another first. Janette Oke was probably my favorite author during my late teen years (18-20). This series is now a TV show on the Hallmark Channel and the 6th season will be premiered this weekend. Who also loves this show?!

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Published: 1932-1943

Who else loved Little House On The Prairie growing up? I remember reading the series as a young child and then watching the TV series as I grew older. It’s just one of those heartwarming series that’s fun to watch/read! I think it’s a must read!

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Published: 1995

If you are married this is a must! It’s such a useful tool and recommended so many times by therapists, church leaders, etc. The concept of this book is that each of us have a specific love language and once we know what our love language is (and others) we can communicate and love more easily.

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

Published: 2001

Ok, this was published after 2000 but I think it’s one of those books that’s recommended everywhere. It’s also one of my favorite Christian non fiction books. It really will transform how you think as a woman after you are this!

What Christian classics are your favorites? Share in the comments below!

the caffeinated bibliophile