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review 2017-08-26 15:16
{ARC} Book Review: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth
A Red Peace - Spencer Ellsworth

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Unsettling at first but once you get used to all the jargons used in this book, you’ll find yourself having a hard time in putting it down. The basic premise is that the age of humans is coming to an end when the crosses (term for human/alien hybrids) that they’ve made—through vat culture—rallied  together and started a resistance . Our female protagonist, Jaqi, who is a cross herself wanted nothing to do with the war and had spent her life in hiding and doing shady stuff.  But just like the girl of destiny, she suddenly found herself in the thick of it all. Then, we have our male protagonist who is also a cross and a high ranking soldier of the resistance. Plus, he’s suffering from a terrible PTSD to the point that he got addicted to drugs.

 

It’s pretty interesting to follow the story particularly that we have these seemingly underdog hybrid crosses (who were once treated as machines and servants by the superior human race) made a reversal of their pitiful lives and are now doing everything to wipe out their overlords, the humans.  I think it would have been more interesting if the book gave me a chance to know our characters (main or supporting) more because the way Ellsworth wrote them made me feel like I was just scratching the surface.

 

Also, I didn’t buy the idea of Jaqi throwing out all of her rules out the window for a couple of kids she just met. It just didn’t compute with her happy-go-lucky and always on the run personality.  Personally, it’d made more sense if she had just left the kids to die and maybe…the author should’ve used another and more realistic way to trigger the events of the book.

 

Another thing that I wished for this book is for a more comprehensive world-building given the ambitiousness of the whole story. There’s a galactic war to raze the human race to extinction, a Dark Zone threating to swallow the whole universe, and hate-filled alien/human hybrids who, instead of using high-powered ammo, wield swords that suck the memories of its victims.  There a lot of things worth showing in this book and I hope that Ellsworth will do such in the sequels.

 

All in all, I’m really glad to have given A Red Peace a try. It may not be as intense as Luke Skywalker discovering that he’s a Jedi but it’ll surely feed your sci-fi hunger. I’m looking forward to read the next book in the series.

Source: waywardkitsune.com/2017/08/arc-book-review-red-peace-spencer-ellsworth
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review 2017-08-17 16:16
Phoebe’s Gift (Peace in the Valley #2) by Jerry S. Eicher
Phoebe’s Gift (Peace in the Valley Book 2) - Jerry S. Eicher

Phoebe's Gift is book 2 in the Peace in the Valley Series by Jerry S Eicher.  Phoebe Lapp is our main character in this book. The book is a bt confusing at first but once the story gets moving it was well worth the read. 

 

Phoebe's moves to her beloved Grandmother's farm to care for when she becomes sick. After her Grandmother passes away and it is up to her to take care of things.  After her Grandmother's passing she learns of her dream of running a pony farm to help English children who have been abused. She also learns that her Grandmother's neighbors David and his sister Ruth were to help her run the farm. Now  Phoebe has to decide on what to do. Keep the farm idea or bury her Grandmother's dreams as well a David and Ruth's or to make a go of the farm.

 

On top of deciding what to do about the farm she learns that Ruth is considering jumping the fence and going to live in the English world.  She also learns that David has started to have feelings for her. All of this on a woman with no self esteem. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-08-17 15:54
Mary's Home (Peace in the Valley #3) by Jerry S. Eicher
Mary's Home (Peace in the Valley Book 3) - Jerry S. Eicher

Mary's Home is book 3 of the Peace in the Valley Series by Jerry S Eicher. In this book we meet Mary Yoder. Her dreams are to be a upstanding citizen in her Amish community and to have a home and family of her own.  This was a really good book. Kept me reading to see which shoe so to speak was going to drop next. There was a lot going on in this book. 

 

At first she meets Josiah and they decide to marry. Right before the wedding he decides he no longer wants to get married. Mary is left heart broken. Later on she finds out he has found a new love and has set his new wedding date. It just so happens to be the same date they were to be married.  

 

Stephen another man from her community then sets his on on Mary. Mary dos not care for Stephen in the same way and decides her best bet is to help Stephen find his mate since she does not want it to be herself. 

 

Then Mary meets Willard. Willard is the some on Mary's neighbor. He has come to visit for a week.  Willard has his own plans for life. He is a missionary to Kenya. As Mary and Willard spend time together during the week their feelings grow for each other. Mary is left wondering what God's plans for her are. Should she marry Willard and go to Kenya or stop the romance and stay in the community hoping for another chance at her dreams of her own home and family. 

 

Also int he book we meet Mary's sister Betsy. As a child Betsy was burned in an accident on her face and has scars. Betsy is considering jumping the fence and living in the English world. Mary has more to worry about then just her dreams as she tries to help Betsy.  

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-08-11 18:00
Peace Cottage - Lisa Kent

Peace Cottage by Lisa Kent
This book starts out with a mother who's lost her spouse and with her two teen daughters they travel from VT to Maine to find themselves. The come across a store that leads them to a cottage that is deplorable but
Lucy is able to clean it up and the family is happy to have found the place. Girls are wrapped up in their life studies and work that gives time to Lucy to find her new self again. With her 51st birthday she is once again able to knit. She hates how they just walked away from everything in VT and reaches out to her family and parents and the sisters visit one Thanksgiving.
Some days are harder than others and she fears the time that both girls will be away at college-just next year. The landlord gave them a break on the rent after she cleaned the place spotless and they don't know much about Jack. Love the travel excursions they go on and the treasures they find that make their home complete.
Teared up a few times reading the words and thinking of myself in her position and that they are in such a healing place.
Love that they have found a church as it's Christmas time and we always grew up with the Advent calendars.
As the story goes on you find out the details of why they had to leave the town in VT and what Jack is hiding from them. Didn't see the ending as written and loved it as is.
Such memories and treasures. beautiful story.

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review 2017-07-17 18:33
Silvia's Rose (Peace in the Valley #1) by Jerry S. Eicher
Silvia's Rose (Peace in the Valley Book 1) - Jerry S. Eicher

This was quite the story. It is an Amish story and although I do not know that much abut the actual Amish beliefs i was a bit confused a few times over how things were handled in the book. It was a very good book though.

Esther husband Minister Lonnie Stoltzfus has passed away and left her to raise their small daughter Diana alone. Esther remembers a man she had met during her rumspringa and knows that he has also lost his wife. Esther decides to move to the new community where Isaiah is now living and is also a minister. Esther was very happy being the wife of a minister and is positive that the lord is leading her to Isaiah.

On the day she arrives she is immediately welcomed by everyone in her new community including Isaiah. As she meets her neighbors she becomes friends with her also widowed neighbor Joseph. Joseph owns a greenhouse and offers a space for Esther to grow her garden. As they get to know each other Joseph tells her wonderful stories of the love he and his wife an English woman shared. This gets Esther to thinking and wanting a true love, not just a marriage out of convenience and respect.

Joseph also has a thing for roses. He learned from his wife who had a PHD in horticulture before she became Amish and before she passed away how to tend to roses and to graft them to make new varieties. Before long Joseph and his roses gets Esther, Isaiah, Joseph, and Arlene (Joseph's girlfriend) all in hot water.

Everyone has to decide how to overcome their troubles and still get what they want out of life.

I really can't say about the parts that confused me a but because ti would give to much of the story and take away from the next reader. But there were a few quirky things in the book that either goes against what people believe the Amish are about, like money matters.

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