Book Feature: Feed Thy Enemy by Sue Parritt

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Feed Thy Enemy Sue Parritt

Synopsis:

In this heart-warming narrative based on a true story, a British airman embarks on a plan that risks it all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. 

Thirty years after serving in World War II, middle-aged Rob’s holiday plans see an unforeseen change that leads him on a coach tour of Italy. Struggling with post-war PTSD and depression, he reluctantly agrees to the journey – and sparks a dream that plunges him into long-stifled memories.

Set in Europe, Sue Parritt’s Feed Thy Enemy is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma. When Rob’s flashback delves into his attempts to save a famished family with a series of increasingly daring raids on his army’s supply stores, will he trigger suppressed remembrances of past war, love, and sacrifice – and find the strength to confront them in the present?

  • Genre: Historical Fiction

  • Publication Date: June 21, 2019

  • Publisher: Creativia

  • Pages: 238 pages

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.29 Stars

About The Author

Sue Parritt

Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and six novels: 

Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014. 

Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016.

The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016. 

Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017 

Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Feed Thy Enemy, based on her father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Sue’s current project, A Question of Country, is a novel exploring the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity.

Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism.  Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.

Connect With Sue:

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Purchase Links:

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I hope you enjoyed learning more about Sue’s new book!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Most Anticipated Christian Fiction Books For Fall 2019

most anticipated fall 2019 christian fiction

It’s finally fall everyone! Just around the corner for some. For us in Florida, fall doesn’t really start till end of October/Early November. I am excited for cooler weather, the trees to turn colors, fall festivals, and everything associated with fall. Most of all I am really excited for all the new books coming out! Publishers publish the most books during fall and winter. And I am not complaining! There are so many good books coming out it will be hard to know where to start!

So without further ado, here are the most anticipated Fall 2019 Reads. Just click on the cover image to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and pre order if desired.

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Whew, a lot of books are coming out! Which books are on your TBR? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Christian Fiction Books Set During The Colonial Period

The Colonial Period is referred to the Era when America was first settled. The time when America was brand new and Native Americans were still roaming about curious about the new comers. it’s hard to imagine what it was like during this time as most of America was not colonized/settled. It always feels like a whole new world when I read these books. Also, it is one of the era’s that is least written about in Christian Fiction. I would love to see more Christian authors cover this particular historical era!

Without further ado, here are 10 Christian books to read that are set during the Colonial Period:

Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Macy, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time.

The Pelican Bride by Beth White

It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won't be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.

Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

Pursued by an unwelcome suitor, banker's daughter Penny Castlerock will do anything to escape town and Mr. Abbott's advances-even visit her grandfather's homestead for an undetermined amount of time. Out of her element, she must rely on neighbor Jonas White and his brood of adopted children.

Scandal chased Jonas out of Philadelphia five years ago. A scandal that socialite Miss Castlerock knows about. Since then, Jonas has kept to himself, worked his homestead, and focused on raising his seven adopted boys and his daughter. The last thing he needs is to be reminded of the past and the young woman he once fancied-especially when she's so far out of his sphere...

As circumstances force the two to work together, their tentative friendship blossoms into something more. But can two people from such disparate backgrounds find true love with each other?

A Bound Heart by Laura Franz

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning--together.

The American Dream Romance Collection

Meet the faithful dreamers who helped build the foundation of the new American nation—from four brothers in Colonial Connecticut determined to make something of their lives, to a colony of Quakers in North Carolina resolute in their faith, to settlers in the northwest frontier staking their claim in hostile territory. Watch as nine romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Brown

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people.

Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers. The "tobacco brides" would be on board--eligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fields.

Drew O'Connor isn't stirred by news of a ship full of brides. Still broken-hearted from the loss of his beloved, he only wants a maid to tend his house and care for his young sister.

What he ends up with is a wife--a feisty redhead who claims she is Lady Constance Morrow, daughter of an Earl, brought to America against her will. And she wants to go straight back to England as soon as she can. She hasn't the foggiest notion how to cook, dares to argue with her poor husband, and spends more time working on mathematical equations than housework. What kind of a wife is that? Drew's Christian forbearance is in for some testing.

Headstrong and intelligent, deeply moral but incredibly enticing, Constance turns what was supposed to be a marriage of convenience into something most inconvenient, indeed.

A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.

This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino's own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World.

Rose’s Pledge by Sally Laity

Step back into the early days of America, where Rose Harwood and her sisters become indentured to the highest bidders. When Rose’s new owner takes her deep into Indian Territory, a young frontiersman named Nate Kinyon tags along, hoping to save Rose from the machinations of a grubby trader and the appraising looks of young braves. How much is he willing to pay—in dollars and sense—to redeem the woman he loves? And how much is Rose willing to sacrifice for his protection?

I hope you found some new books to read!

Have you read any books set during the Colonial period that you enjoyed? Share in the comments!

- Heidi

My Favorite Books of 2019 So Far

My Favorite Books of 2019 - So Far

I am back everyone! If you are a regular reader of mine you are probably wondered what happened! If you don’t follow my Facebook page, you probably didn’t hear that I have been in Africa the past few weeks. I went on a mission trip and it was an absolutely amazing experience. I also photographed the trip! You can see a curated gallery - here.

And I am back with a favorites!

It’s already August officially this weekend and that means we are half way through the year! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. Especially this summer. Only one more month until fall begins (well at least for the northern hemisphere). I am ready for cooler weather! Too bad it doesn’t really cool down here in Florida till end of October.

I didn’t read as many books at the beginning of the year as I did last year. It has been a hectic year for me already but I am hoping to kick the reading back up the rest of the year so I can reach my reading goal.

Anyways, lets get back to the books; here are my favorite books so far of 2019:

No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

This was my most recent read from Carrie. Carrie’s research always blows me away every time I read her books. She does tremendous amount of research for each of her books to make it historically accurate. This is why I love her books. She is not only a great writer but a great historian.

You can read my review —-> HERE

The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

This book absolutely broke my heart when I read it. It was definitely an emotionally hard book to read. It was one of the best WWII books I have read in a long time. If you do read this one make sure you have tissues at hand.

You can read my review —-> HERE

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L Busse

I don’t read too much fantasy. If you have been a long follower of mine, you know I have had a struggle finding a good Christian fantasy series. This one is absolutely incredible and I read this book in just two days. This is the second book in the Ravenwood Saga by Morgan. I definitely recommend that you read the series in order.

You can read my review —-> HERE

The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith

I love Biblical Fiction and when Jill came out with a book about King Solomon I knew I had to read it. Not too many authors have pursued the life of King Solomon so it was definitely interesting to read more about him and his many wives. I absolutely loved that we got both perspectives, from himself and his wives. This, I think made the book unique and stand out.

You can read my review —-> HERE

Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews

Mesu brought the book of Daniel to life through fictional characters and stories. She did amazing research on this particular book in the series and really made you feel like you were there along with the characters. She has such a talent in creating stories from the Bible.

You can read my review —-> HERE

Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

If you enjoy reading a spooky book then you need to check out Jaime’s books. I have absolutely loved all of her books equally. Though I think Jaime may have gotten inspiration from modern day horror films and TV Shows I think she wrote a unique story that is all her own. I definitely recommend you check out her books if you are a fan of thriller books.

You can read my review —-> HERE

The bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

This was the third installment in the Tales from Ivy Hill series. Julie wrapped up the series nicely and I loved how everything turned out. Though I will miss the characters and Ivy Hill!

You can read my review —-> HERE

In Times Gone By Tracie Peterson

This is the third installment in the Golden Gate Secrets series. I absolutely adore this series and all the characters interwoven in the series. I really like that Tracie wrote a separate book for each of the three main characters. I think the series was wrapped up nicely and I didn’t feel like anything was unanswered. If you love Tracie’s books- you need to check out this book and series!

You can read my review —-> HERE

What are your favorite books of 2019 so far? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile