Monday, August 31, 2015

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

by Andrea Renee Cox

I’ve been hearing tons of great things about Lori Benton’s latest novel, The Wood’s Edge, so I just had to read it for myself. Before I tell you my thoughts on the book, here’s the premise, borrowed from Lori’s website:

At the wood's edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate

by Andrea Renee Cox

Sometimes a story woos you, dropping a few teasing hints at just the right moments to ensure it captures your heart before wrapping you in a whirlwind of emotion and hope. Novels like these tend to hold on to you long after you’ve placed them back on the shelf.

The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate is one such novel. But it’s also so much more. It squirrels away secrets you desperately want to learn, and as the story unfolds, you find that each piece of the treasure you were searching for might come in different vessels than you originally imagined, which just may be the best discovery of all.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Be My Guest: Lisa Wingate

by Andrea Renee Cox

Every book requires research. Authors generally learn way more during their research than they ever share in their novels. During the discovery phase, sometimes there are interesting finds that just have to make it into the author's work-in-progress. Lisa Wingate is here to share one such tidbit that she uncovered while researching her latest book, The Sea Keeper's Daughters.

New Novel Unearths America's Hidden Treasure
by Lisa Wingate

      Caught in the age of worldwide connectivity, many of us don’t realize that only scant decades ago, our parents and grandparents experienced a very different America. Its faces and stories might have quietly faded into history, but for a little-known program that charged average Americans with recording the stories of their communities.

Monday, August 10, 2015

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin

by Andrea Renee Cox

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin is a great example of why I enjoy reading historical Christian fiction. There are many reasons why I like this genre, and this novel in particular, but the aspect I love the most is learning new things about different times in history. Before reading this book, I had no idea there were flight nurses in World War II.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Memory Verses

by Andrea Renee Cox

Have you ever tried memorizing Scripture?

When I was younger, I memorized a few fairly simple verses for Bible class at school (private school and homeschool). But I didn't feel like I was that great at memorizing the verses, so I gave up trying after those classes were over.

At the end of last year, one of my dearest friends asked me to participate with her in Beth Moore's Siesta Scripture Memory Team. Boy, did my nerves jangle! Could I memorize twenty-four verses in a year? Could I even memorize ten?