Book Review: The Girl Behind The Red Rope by Ted Dekker & Rachelle Dekker

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Synopsis:

Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

  • Genre: Christian Suspense

  • Published: 9/3/2019

  • Publisher: Revell

  • Pages: 336

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.46 Stars


Heidi’s Rating

4 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings

Tea: Herbal Tea

Coffee: Decaffeinated Coffee


There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
— 1 John 4:18

Why I Chose This Book

First Initial Thoughts

When Grace is just 6 years old her congregation is met by a man named Sylous thought to be an Angel. He told them that the end is near and that they must band together and form a community in the mountains of Tennessee. They must abide to certain rules to keep them safe and pure. They are kept in fear by thinking that what is known as The Fury is just outside the community ready to harm them. No one has seen The Fury in real life but they believe it’s real.

13 years later Grace and the community are still thriving but her brother, Jamie is curious to know if The Fury really exists. Each day he secretly goes outside the red rope that surrounds the community to find out. Once the community finds out Grace and Jamie are shunned out. Do they face The Fury? Is there still a world with people out there? I liked Grace. I liked that she asked questions but she still had doubts about herself and if she should be really thinking differently.

Setting

Ted Dekker does an amazing job in creating a secluded village out in the hills of Tennessee. You immediately get a sense of isolation from the rest of the world. The way Ted and Rachelle describes the village and their rules you can picture what their houses and village looks like. Not only that you get curious to what the rest of the world looks like. Is the world ruined like the town leaders say?

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
— John 8:12

Finial Thoughts

This book reminded me a lot of the movie The Village but the people already knew of the modern world. The rules set upon the village were quite strict and I found quite extreme. I also thought to myself, how can it be that in the hills of Tennessee for over a decade that no one has entered their territory? I would think at least a hiker or someone would have discovered their little town. Also, they mentioned a general store. How were they getting their food if they were cut off from the rest of the world? Were they selling their own goods/food grown?

As tension grows in the community Grace’s Dad and a young boy named Eli appear in town. Grace’s dad is thought to be dead but Rose, the community leader, think Eli is a Fury. She has a strong belief that the world is dead and they are the only one’s surviving. When Grace finds out her dad is alive she starts to question everything.

Speaking of her dad, I thought of the show Supernatural as Grace’s dad was listening to Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas - which was their theme song. Where is Sam and Dean when we need them?! ^_^

I won’t spoil what The Fury was but I will say the meaning behind this story is love. The village believed that they had to earn Christ’s love through their acts. They believed they had to live a perfect sinless life to enter the kingdom of Heaven. However, Christianity is not that at all. Christ taught us that he loves us no matter who we are and what our sin is. He died on the cross so that he can forgive our sins. We do not need to do acts to earn Christ’s love or to go to Heaven. He already loves us for who we are and if we accept Jesus into our hearts we are forever going to be in his Kingdom.

Would I Recommend?

Yes! it’s definitely a unique story and I think this book is perfect to read for this time of year. Please note, there are some gruesome scenes.


You can purchase the book—> HERE


the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I am part of the launch team for this book. Therefore, I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Until The Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

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Synopsis:

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband's brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh's head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother's death would mean wedding her himself. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah's father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.

As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from without and within Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?

  • Genre: Biblical Fiction

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

  • Published: 7/2/2019

  • Pages: 352

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.73


Heidi’s Rating

5 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings

Tea

Moroccan Tea

Coffee

Turkish Coffee


The mountains will fall to dust before I will ever give up on my daughter.
— Amitai

Why I Chose This Book

I am part of Connilyn’s launch team and therefore I had the chance to review her latest book in the Cities of Refuge series. So of course I took the chance!

First Initial Thoughts

First off, it was so nice to come back to the city of Kedesh and catch up on all the characters from the previous two books. It just made my heart swoon with all the news. Love book family reunions!

Rivkah was a little girl in the previous book, Shelter of the Most High. Now 5 years has passed since the last book and she is now a young woman. Recently widowed to Gidal, son of Moriyah, due to Jewish law she is to marry Gidal’s brother Malakhi. Malakhi use to torment and tease Rivkah as a young girl and Rivkah does not want the marriage to happen. She goes to any length for this marriage to not happen. When all else fails she flees with Nessa, a girl she recently met to Leish. I thought Rivkah to be a naive and selfish girl in the beginning but I held out for her. She was young, stupid, and we all do stupid things when we are young.

Malakhi is just 16 years old when he is betrothed to Rivkah. He is just a boy. However, he has held a secret torch for Rivkah for many years. He teased Rivkah as a young boy because he held a secret crush against her. When he became betrothed to Rivkah he was enthralled and enamored. He was ready to take care of Rivkah and be her husband. However, when she flees Kedesh he is devastated and his heart is shattered. At 16, do we know what love really means? I found him to be a naive boy in an unrequited love. And honestly, I think he had some growing up to do first.

Setting

But still she fled, leaving me battered and bleeding among the remnants of my brother’s life, each of her parting footfalls another blow to the dream I’d not deserved, but had foolishly dared to hope for.
— Malakhi

Final Thoughts

Five years have passed since Rivkah has fled Kedesh and the marriage with Malakhi. She is now a slave in Edrei working as a scribe. A skill she acquired as a youth and is very good at. Her master, Samil created a 7 year contract with her and has no intention of letting her go as she is very valuable to him.

Malakhi is ordered by Rivkah’s father to bring her home. I found it interesting that they found her within weeks when I am sure it was much harder to find someone back in that time period. They must have had good old fashioned investigative skills! There, Malakhi becomes Samil’s head construction worker to help her escape the city. However, Rivkah does not want to leave Edrei because she thinks it’s impossible due to her contract and relationship with Samil.

As the weeks progress their relationship deepens and I think honestly, that is what they needed. They both needed to grow up and mature a little, and be apart to see the real truth behind their relationship. Malakhi, just swoon. He waited for Rivkah to return to Kedesh and never pledged himself to another after she left. Now that is true love!

For being the third book in the series, this was just as good if not better than the last two books. I absolutely adored the love between Rivkah and Malakhi. I was rooting for them the whole way!

Rivkah really grew up in this series. I think at the time of her betrothal she was deeply depressed due to her mother’s death and not to mention her late husband. It was probably too much for her to bare. So I could see why she fled- she needed time to heal and grieve. Also, she did certain acts later in the story that really stood out to me and made me admire her.

I also enjoyed getting to know all the new characters in the series. There are some relationships in the book that just made me smile - and a few surprises along the way (no spoilers!). I am excited to see if they reappear in the next book in the series and catch up to where they have been.

Would I Recommend?

Yes! Fans of this series will absolutely adore the third installment. Also, I think any Biblical fiction fan will enjoy this book.




You can purchase the book —> HERE

You can read my review of the first book in the series, A Light On The Hill —-> HERE

You can read my review of the second book in the series, Shelter Of The Most High —-> HERE

The fourth book in the series, Like Flames in the Night is set to come out 3/3/2020. You can pre-order it —> HERE

the caffeinated bibliophile


Please Note: I am part of Connilyn’s launch team for this book. Therefore I was sent a copy of the book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: A Love For Lizzie by Tracey J Lyons

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Synopsis:

Childhood friends joined by a painful past…
Can love blossom between them?


After her father falls ill, Lizzie Miller and her family desperately need help to keep the farm going during harvesttime. Neighbor Paul Burkholder is eager to lend a hand—and to court Lizzie. But Paul has a secret that he fears could push Lizzie away. Can they finally heal from a tragedy in their pasts…and open their hearts to each other?

  • Genre: Amish Fiction

  • Publisher: Love Inspired

  • Published: 7/2019

  • Pages: 224

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.25


Heidi’s Rating

5 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings

Tea: Homemade Iced Tea

Coffee: Black Coffee with cream and sugar


Why I Chose This Book

I was opted to review this book through Justread tours. Love Inspired books remind me of Hallmark movies. They are just feel good books that make you smile. I am always up for that kind of book!

First Initial Thoughts

Lizzie is a young woman living with her family when her father suddenly falls ill. Their farm is falling apart and loosing money. Lizzie secretly paints paintings ever since her brother’s death. She has never gotten over her brother’s death thinking it was slightly her fault. She carries a scar on her face and is afraid that no one will want her because of her disfigurement.

Paul is a young man that secretly has a huge crush on Lizzie. When Lizzie’s father falls ill he immediately helps out on the farm with whatever they need. He also has dreams of building his own furniture business and working with his hands - what he has always wanted to do. Despite the disapproval of his father. I liked Paul. I found him to be forward thinking. He was always there for Lizzie and I admired that about him.

Setting

Most of us are familiar with Amish living. Tracey made us feel like we were living the simple life along Lizzie with a few modern touches. I also liked that Tracey included non Amish neighbors in this book. Most people think of Amish living together in one big community but it is becoming more common to have the Amish live with non-Amish in the same neighborhood.

Final Thoughts

I really liked that Tracey touched on the self doubt of talent. Lizzie did have moments of doubt that anyone would really want to purchase her art or find it attractive. I went through a similar phase when I started my photography. I thought no one would really be interested in my artwork and I would just fade into the sea of the other photographers. While in the back of my mind I knew my photography was good and different from the rest I had the fear of putting myself out there. And I think that is what Lizzie was facing as well.

I also liked that Tracey touched on the need to please those around you by doing what they want you to do. Lizzie wanted to sell her artwork to save her families farm but also wanted to do what her parents wanted to do. Marry someone that would help build her families farm. However, that is not what God has planned for her life and I like that she stood up for herself and her goals in life. It is rare to see this in Amish communities so I appreciated this.

Lizzie and Paul were sweet. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop. It was sweet and tender and made me smile. Paul I think help Lizzie heal from her past and realize her God given talents. While Lizzie inspired and encouraged Paul to start the business he always wanted to.

Overall, this was a really sweet romance that just made me smile throughout!

Would I Recommend?

Yes! This is a book that anyone can read in one afternoon so it’s a great weekend read at the beach or on vacation. Perfect book to read to life your mood.


You can purchase the book —-> HERE

the caffeinated bibliophile

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

Book Review: DawnSinger by Janalyn Voigt

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Synopsis:

The High Queen is dying...

At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.

On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

  • Fantasy, Christian Fantasy

  • Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages

  • June 29, 2012 by Harbourlight Books


Heidi’s Rating:

3.5 Stars

Recommended Drink Parings:

Tea: Chai Tea

Coffee: Kopi Luwak Coffee


I woke with the dawn and made my way to the garden to listen to the heartbeat of creation.
— Shae

Why I Chose This Book

When Prism Book Tour offered me to review this book I agreed. I have been looking to read more Christian Fantasy. And this one definitely sounded interesting.

First Initial Thoughts

First off, I thought this was a brand new release. Not until I started writing this review did I realize that it was written in 2012. To me it read as a modern day fantasy. I do have to say in the back of the book there is a list of characters - and there is A LOT of characters. So at first it was a little hard to follow and remember who is who.

Shae is a young princess of Whellein. At the beginning of the story, we are riding with Shae up in the sky on a Wingabeast. Little does she know what’s really going on underneath her. At home her mother is dying and there are secrets about to be revealed…

Kai is a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. He is the brother of Shae. Through certain circumstances they must find Lohen Keil to release DawnSinger before the enemy destroys their land. Together with a group of men, they embark on a journey to find Lohen. On their way, they face many challenges and dangers.

Setting

The biggest factor in whether I like a Fantasy book is the world building. Janalyn gets it right. She creates such a beautiful and interesting world. She definitely made the world of Faeraven unique filled with interesting creatures and characters. It definitely is a world I would like to explore and see.

Finial Thoughts

First off, this book read very poetic and descriptive. While I don’t mind this, it did get on my nerve at times because I felt the story dragged on at times because of the way she wrote. I also felt that she would be writing about a certain scene and topic and then transition into another scene - without that transition. It was a little odd and confusing at times. However, overall it wasn’t that hard to read. Just a little different.

Christian fantasy, I feel always has an underlining Christian message in their story. Because Christian Fantasy does not take place on our world, they do not share our religion and beliefs. I found in DawnSinger they had similar beliefs, such as an afterworld or heaven. The symbolism behind the story I found is eternal good vs. evil. We constantly battle every day as Christians to fight evil and pursue God. This story reminds us that in life there are temptations everywhere but through Christ we can overcome these temptations.

I really liked Shae and Kai’s characters. I felt that we could relate to them. I also wanted to ride along with them on their Wingabeasts. It reminds me of the Avatar ride in Disney World and that was a lot of fun!

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Suspense, murder, drama and action were just around the corner in every chapter. However, I felt that certain parts of the story could have been developed better. For example, during Shae and Kai journey I felt that they just kept getting into the same situation. Once or twice is ok, but repetitive things like that annoys me a little.

Would I Recommend

Yes! I think this book would also be great for teens as it read more like a YA book. Great for adults and teens alike.

About The Author

Janalyn-Irene-Voigt

Janalyn Voigt is a writer and professional speaker with a photography habit and a passion for travel. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary.

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the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I am part of the Prism Book Tour for this book. I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.