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A book full of flavor and heart... A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy (Review & #Giveaway) #histfic #christfic #christianromance #BHPFiction @celebrate_lit


This book was such a good read! Check out my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

A Tapestry of Light
By Kimberly Duffy
Christian Historical Romance
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 433 Pages
March 16, 2021 by Bethan House Publishers

Summary

Calcutta, 1886.

Ottilie Russell is adrift between two cultures, British and Indian, belonging to both and neither. In order to support her little brother, Thaddeus, and her grandmother, she relies upon her skills in beetle-wing embroidery that have been passed down to her through generations of Indian women.

When a stranger appears with the news that Thaddeus is now Baron Sunderson and must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, Ottilie is shattered by the secrets that come to light. Despite her growing friendship with Everett Scott, friend to Ottilie’s English grandmother and aunt, she refuses to give up her brother. Then tragedy strikes, and she is forced to make a decision that will take Thaddeus far from death and herself far from home.

But betrayal and loss lurk in England, too, and soon Ottilie must fight to ensure Thaddeus doesn’t forget who he is, as well as find a way to stitch a place for herself in this foreign land.

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My Review

A TAPESTRY OF LIGHT is a story that will immerse readers in all the textures of historical India with all the colors, scents and tastes. It's a story of two worlds and the racism prevalent amid the English, especially after a massacre that happened on Indian soil where many English women and children died. It's also a story of two hearts and the risk of pursuing a love that society would only shun. A recommended read for Christian historical fans.

I loved how immersed I was in India and its culture as I read this. I could almost taste and feel the setting. I also loved these characters, especially the main protagonist, Ottilie. She had so much heartbreak and loss in her young life, and then travels away from everything that is family to a new land where she wasn't fully accepted. You might want to have tissues nearby as there were quite a few moments where all I wanted to do was cry for her. She was definitely a relatable character and one that I wanted to cheer on. 

The author did a good job of weaving so many meaningful elements through this story. It definitely was one of loss, forgiveness, found family and character growth. It also had elements of faith woven throughout as Ottilie tried to believe that God is real and that He is loving. The romance aspect was also marvelously done. I could feel the chemistry and the sweetness of new and fragile love. I also really liked the friendships and the familial aspects of this story in all their messiness.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This story was full of color and texture, with great characters and a story that will pull on readers' hearts from beginning to end. It was a beautiful story and definitely worth the read.

Content: Some racism and innuendo. Clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author


Kimberly Duffy is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio, via six months in India. When she’s not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. He doesn’t mind.

More from Kimberly

When I set out to write a new novel, I plan the entire thing from start to finish. I write down each scene on an index card and know exactly what’s going to happen when I sit down for the day’s work. I’m meticulous that way.

But I never plan my characters’ spiritual arcs. Because I want their faith journey to be organic to the story. I want it to feel authentic. It’s such an important part of each of my books and I recognize that some things just refuse plotting and need to develop in a more natural way.

My debut novel, A Mosaic of Wings, features a heroine steeped in science. Nora loves the natural world and so her faith was encouraged by studying the wings of a butterfly or examining an interesting plant. She’s not particularly sentimental or emotive so the faith element of that story had to be presented in a way that made sense for her. Nora’s faith arc is subtle.

Not so for A Tapestry of Light. I had no intention of writing a book that delved into my own struggle with doubt. But that’s what Ottilie required. And it wrung me dry.

Then built me back up.

My faith story is a twisted kind of one. Raised a Christian, I went into ministry, firmly attached myself to the faith of my childhood, and thought it would never waver.

I was wrong.

Oh, how it wavered. For whatever reason, when I hit about 30, it seemed everything I had always believed no longer made sense. It was devastating. Terrifying. And it broke me.

But brokenness is its own sort of beauty and when you recognize there is no way for you to pick up the pieces yourself, God can come in and fill those cracks and shattered places.

Those five years of doubt and questioning and facing the reality that even though I’d always loved Christ, I didn’t really know Him (and didn’t really know why I believed in Him), were some of the most painful I’ve experienced. But I believe with every bit of my being that God is in the business of redemption. Of restoration. Of filling up so that we can pour out.

And he took my own very personal struggle and helped me turn it into a story that, I hope and pray, might encourage others. I gave Ottilie my questions. I gave her my doubt. I gave her my fear and desperation and, in the end, I gave her my hope.

There’s a little piece of me in each of my books, but this one contains my heart.

Tour Schedule

Breny and Books, March 28
By The Book, March 29
Genesis 5020, March 29
Mia Reads, March 31
Remembrancy, April 1
Vicky Sluiter, April 2
Simple Harvest Reads, April 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Betti Mace, April 7
Mary Hake, April 8
Bigreadersite, April 9

Tour-Wide Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Kimberly is giving away the grand prize $25 Amazon gift card along with a signed copy of either A Mosaic of Wings or A Tapestry of Light!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Have you read any other books set mostly in India?

Read an excerpt from this new thriller... Just Get Home by Bridget Foley @harlequinbooks #harlequinbooks #thriller #newbook


I'm sharing an excerpt today from this new thriller. Check it out below...

Just Get Home
By Bridget Foley
Adult Thriller, Women's Fiction
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 272 Pages
April 13, 2021 by MIRA

Summary

When the Big One earthquake hits LA, a single mother and a teen in the foster system are brought together by their circumstances and an act of violence in order to survive the wrecked streets of the city, working together to just get home.

Dessa, a single mom, is enjoying a rare night out when a devastating earthquake strikes. Roads and overpasses crumble, cell towers are out everywhere, and now she must cross the ruined city to get back to her three-year-old daughter, not even knowing whether she's dead or alive. Danger in the streets escalates, as looting and lawlessness erupts. When she witnesses a moment of violence but isn't able to intervene, it nearly puts Dessa over the edge.

Fate throws Dessa a curveball when the victim of the crime—a smart-talking 15-year-old foster kid named Beegie—shows up again in the role of savior, linking the pair together. Beegie is a troubled teen with a relentless sense of humor and resilient spirit that enables them both to survive. Both women learn to rely on each other in ways they never imagined possible, to permit vulnerability and embrace the truth of their own lives.

A propulsive page-turner grounded by unforgettable characters and a deep emotional core, JUST GET HOME will strike a chord with mainstream thriller readers for its legitimately heart-pounding action scenes, and with book club audiences looking for weighty, challenging content.

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Excerpt


Prologue

Assist the client in gathering possessions.

Beegie saw it written on a sheet Karen had in her folder. An unticked box next to it.

She knew what it meant. Stuff.

But it was the other meaning that soothed her.

The darker meaning. Possessions.

That was the one she worked over and over in her head.

Beegie imagined her case worker holding up a grey little girl, face obscured by black hair and asking, “This one yours?” Beegie would nod. Yes, that’s my monster. Together they would shove one snarling, demon-filled person after another into the garbage bags they had been given to pack her things. Soon the bags would fill, growing translucent with strain. When they were done, she and Karen would have to push down on the snapping, bloody faces of Beegie’s possessions so they could close the back of the Prius.

But Karen’s box remained unticked. She didn’t get to help collect Beegie’s possessions, real or unreal, because Beegie’s stuff was already on the street when she got home.

Two garbarge bags filled with nothing special. Her advocate standing next to them with her folder and its helpful advice for what to do when a foster gets kicked out of her home.

Nothing special.

Just almost everything Beegie owned in the world.

Almost but not all.

Whatever.

After Karen dropped her off and Barb had shown her “Her New Home” and given her the rundown on “The Way It Works Here,” Beegie unpacked her possessions into a bureau that the girl who’d lived there before her had made empty, but not clean.

The bottoms of the drawers were covered in spilled glitter. Pink and gold. Beegie had pressed the tips of her fingers into the wood to pull it up, making disco balls of her hands.

But she failed to get it all.

Months later, she would find stray squares of this other girl’s glitter on her clothes. They would catch the light, drawing her back to the moment when she’d finally given up on getting the bureau any cleaner and started to unpack the garbage bags.

There had been things missing.

That Beegie had expected.

But what she had not expected was to find two other neatly folded garbage bags. These were the ones she had used to move her stuff from Janelle’s to the Greely’s. She had kept them, even though back then Mrs. Greely was all smiles and Eric seemed nice, and even Rooster would let her pet him.

Beegie had kept the bags because she’d been around long enough to know that sometimes it doesn’t work out.

In fact, most times it doesn’t work out.

And you need a bag to put your stuff in and you don’t want to have to ask the person who doesn’t want you to live with them anymore to give you one.

But when Mrs. Greely had gathered Beegie’s possessions, she had seen those bags and thought that they were important to Beegie. It made sense to her former foster mother that a “garbage girl” would treasure a garbage bag.

This got Beegie thinking about stuff. The problem of it. The need for things to hold your other things. Things to fix your things. Things to make your things play.

And a place to keep it all.

In Beegie’s brain the problem of possessions multiplied, until she imagined it like a landfill. Things to hold things to hold things, all of it covered with flies, seagulls swooping.

Everything she ever owned was trash or one day would be.

Seeing things this way helped. It made her mind less about the things that hadn’t been in the bag… and other things.

Beegie picked at ownership like a scab, working her way around the edges, flaking it off a bit at a time. Ridding herself of the brown crust of caring.

Because if you care about something it has power over you.

Caring can give someone else the ability to control you and the only real way to own yourself was let go.

So she did.

Or she tried.

Some things Beegie couldn’t quite shed. The want of them stuck to her like the glitter. The pain of their loss catching the light on her sleeves, flashing from the hem of her jeans. The want would wait on her body until it attracted her attention and then eluded the grasping edges of her fingers.

Excerpted from Just Get Home by Bridget Foley, Copyright © 2021 by Bridget Foley. Published by MIRA Books.


About the Author


Originally from Colorado, Bridget Foley attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television. She worked as an actor and screenwriter before becoming a novelist. She now lives a fiercely creative life with her family in Boise, Idaho.


Did you like the excerpt? Does this sound like a book you'd enjoy?

Check out a fun Q&A with the author of this new Austen inspired release... Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price (Interview & Giveaway) #yalit #yabooks #newbook @harperteen @tbrbeyondtours


I'm thrilled to share this interview with Tirzah Price today to talk about her new book
that kicks off an Austen-inspired series. Check it and the tour giveaway out below...

Pride and Premeditation
(Jane Austen Murder Mystery #1)
By Tirzah Price
YA Historical Mystery, Retelling
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 362 Pages
April 6, 2021 by HarperTeen

Summary

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit.

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

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Interview

What inspired you to write a mystery based on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?

I’ve always loved historical fiction, and I have fallen in love with mysteries within the last few years. The idea of combining Austen’s work with a mystery was too fun to resist, and I found that many of the characters lend themselves well to a mystery plot!

Would you tell us a bit more about the characters and how you made them your own in Pride and Premeditation?

Before I began drafting I reread Pride and Prejudice and I really paid attention to the characters—how they thought, what made them tick, what they would say, and what they wanted. I tried to bring as many of those personality traits and details into my own version, so that even though the plot of the book was wildly different, the characters were still the ones we know and love from Austen’s work. I did make Lizzie a bit more outspoken…but that’s only because she’s so passionate!

Which character do you most relate to and why?

Lizzie for sure, because she often gets fired about injustice and inequality in the world. However, she is far more daring than me!

What advice would Lizzie give about navigating her world?

One of the things that Lizzie must learn is that there are many that want to take advantage of her skills and knowledge because she’s a young lady, and so she would probably advise others to guard themselves so they aren’t used, but to also practice asking for help when you need it.

What are you hoping readers will feel as they read this story and when they’ve finished?

I hope that readers find it to be a funny and enjoyable escape, but I also hope that it inspires them to think about the privileges they hold as well as their disadvantages, and how they can best help others.

What is your writing atmosphere, such as the kind of music you do or do not play, specific snacks, comfy chair with a laptop or at your desk, scheduled or spontaneous time, etc.?

I am most productive when I stick to a writing schedule, and I prefer to write first thing in the morning. I used to write in my local Panera every morning, but thanks to the pandemic I’ve had to learn how to write at my dining room table amidst all of my at-home distractions. If I have a hard time focusing, I try and break down my writing goals into bite-sized increments and reward myself with stretching and taking a walk around the block, which is a nice perk to working at home.

What’s a favorite childhood book and a favorite book you’ve read in the past five years?

One of my favorite books is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine—I thought it was such a clever and unique retelling of Cinderella, and I read my childhood copy to pieces. One of my favorite books from the last five years is Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. It’s such a funny and clever mystery!

When you’re not writing or reading, what do you enjoy doing?

I love knitting and I’m obsessed with making handknit socks because they are the best for winter, in my opinion. Since the pandemic, I took up embroidery, which is really fun and makes me feel like a Regency era lady!

What’s your favorite thing about this time of year?

I love spring because I live in the Midwest, where nature is intensely green and beautiful during the spring and summer, but especially in the spring. There’s always that moment when the trees leaf out and the entire world looks like it’s oversaturated in bright new green.

What are you working on next?

I’m revising my next book, Sense and Second-Degree Murder, which will be out in 2022. I’m also starting to draft book three in the series, Manslaughter Park!

About the Author


Tirzah Price grew up on a farm in Michigan,where she read every book she could get her hands on and never outgrew her love for YA fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a former bookseller and librarian. Now, she’s a contributing editor at Book Riot, where she can be found recommending books on the site, newsletters, podcasts, and social media accounts. When she’s not writing, reading, or thinking about YA books, she splits her time between experimenting in the kitchen and knitting enough socks to last the fierce Michigan winters.

Tirzah is pronounced TEER-zuh. Pronouns are she/her.

Photo Credit: Tab London


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Ends April 12, 2021

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Didn't you just love the interview? I did, but I'm such an Austen fan and these books sounds like such a great twist of hers. I can't wait to read them all!

Another thrilling ride... No Unturned Stone by David James Warren (Review & #Giveaway) #suspense #coldcasestories #timetravel #scifibooks @justreadtours


Welcome to my tour stop with JustRead Publicity Tours! I enjoyed this second
book just as I did the first. Check out my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

No Unturned Stone
(The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #2)
By David James Warren
Crime Thriller, Time-Travel, Sci-Fi
Paperback & ebook, 203 Pages
April 6, 2021 by TriStone Media

Summary

The One Rule Is, Don’t Mess With The Past

But he did, and now ex-detective Rembrandt Stone is reaping the devastation of ignoring those words when he traveled back in time to solve the one case that had haunted his dreams.

Yes, he solved the crime. Yes, he saved lives. But Rembrandt returns to find the unthinkable has happened and his life has shattered.

There’s only one answer: break the rule again. Go back in time once more, fix what went wrong, save what went right, and yeah, in his spare time solve another brutal crime.

But it’s not so easy to change time, especially when time turns you into a target. And of course there’s the strong possibility if he goes again, he’ll never get back.

Get ready for your mind to be blown in Book 2 of the time-travel suspense series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone.

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My Review

NO UNTURNED STONE is another roller-coaster ride of what-ifs as Rembrandt Stone tries to solve another cold case in his past while also attempting to fix his present. Fans of true crime with sci-fi twists will enjoy this second installment in the series.

I seriously love this series! It seems to be growing on me more as it goes. I really enjoyed the first book and have been waiting impatiently for book two after the bit of a cliffhanger at the end. In this book, Rembrandt Stone travels back in time again to solve a cold case, but more importantly to fix his life where everything got royally messed up. There are plenty of twists and turns. Readers will find more clues as to what is going on as Rembrandt figures some things out. Another page-turner that I couldn't put down.

What works so well with these books is how easy it is to connect with Rembrandt and his personality. He's this mix of charm, glib, honesty (I know that's a bit of a contradiction) and frankness all mixed together and intensified as a cop who is seeking answers. His love for his wife and for some of his co-workers is very evident. He's a passionate man, and that definitely comes across in this story and makes the reader feel all the emotions he's feeling. It makes for an intense, emotional read. Of course I still have questions and there are still more cold cases for him to solve. I'm just hoping everything will work out in the end.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This book and series is just full of all the feels. It's intense, with an intriguing plot and great characters. Definitely recommended!

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through JustRead Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Authors/Series


James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/.


Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves travelling and telling stories about life, adventure and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.


David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.


Tour Schedule

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

Tour-Wide Giveaway


(1) winner will receive a print copy of Cast the First Stone & No Unturned Stone!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 6, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 13, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


This series is such an interesting concept and the authors have totally made it work. Does this series sound like something you'd enjoy?

Check out a Q&A with the author... A Piece of the Moon by Chris Fabry @crazy4fiction @tyndalehouse #fiction #newbook


Today I'm sharing this new release and an interview with
the author provided by the publisher. Check it all out below...

A Piece of the Moon
By Chris Fabry
Adult Contemporary Fiction, Christian
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 400 Pages
April 6, 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Summary

An inspiring southern fiction story from the bestselling author of War Room

When eccentric millionaire Gideon Quidley receives a divine revelation to hide his earthly treasure somewhere in the hills, he sets out to find a fitting hiding spot, choosing only a few Bible verses as clues leading to untold riches of gold, silver, cash . . . and one very unexpected—and very costly—item.

Treasure hunters descend upon the hills of West Virginia, including those surrounding the small town of Emmaus, where TD Lovett and Waite Evers provide the latest updates and the beating heart of the community on radio station Country 16. Neither man is much interested in a wild-goose chase for Quidley’s treasure, though. Waite is busy keeping the station afloat and caring for the bruised souls who have landed there. Meanwhile, TD’s more intent on winning over local junkyard owner Pidge Bledsoe, who has taken in a shy, wounded boy to raise.

But after an estranged friend goes missing searching for the treasure, TD is unexpectedly drawn into the hunt. As TD joins the race to find Quidley’s wealth, he discovers where his own real treasure lies, and he begins to suspect there’s a hidden piece to Gideon Quidley’s treasure that no one could’ve expected.

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Interview

1. Is there anything in our culture today that inspired this story and its themes?

The original catalyst was the story of Forrest Fenn, who hid a fortune somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and gave clues to its whereabouts in a poem. He said the reason he did that was to make people go out and enjoy nature. I took that idea and wondered what would happen if a quirky, rich fellow hid a fortune with the desire to encourage people to read the Bible. That prospect engaged me as a fiction writer.

2. This story takes place in Emmaus, West Virginia. What inspired this setting for your novel?

I find my writing becomes more vivid when I set it in my home state of West Virginia, and I chose the fictional town of Emmaus since it has such rich, biblical meaning. The real treasure in West Virginia is its people, who often are caricatured and marginalized as “simpletons.” But the people I write about are complex people with lots of hurt and pain and struggle as well as grit and determination. I love writing about this area and the people who are part of me, even though I live a “fur piece” from there now.

3. In this story, the main characters come together in search of a treasure. Without giving too much away, can you give us a sense of what they are searching for?

Treasure is the right word. The man who hid it, Gideon Quidley, has never revealed exactly what is inside the treasure chest (which is a replica of the Ark of the Covenant). But conjecture runs wild up and down hollers. What would people do with a million dollars or more? How would that change their lives?

4. What key lessons or themes permeate this story?

One of the biggest themes is the “second chance.” The little radio station in town, Country 16, is populated with people who have been given another chance by the manager, Waite Evers. Waite is a kindly soul who has his own hurts and struggles, so he knows the value of a second chance. There’s also a theme of forgiveness and the power of that act in your own life as well as the lives of others. Of course, there’s a love story in town and I follow that trail with a person who doesn’t believe she’s worthy of love.

5. Who is your favorite character in this story and why?

Her name is Pidge Bledsoe. Pidge is her nickname because years earlier she adopted a wounded pigeon that hit a guy wire at the radio station and she brought the bird into the office at the junkyard where she works and lives. Pidge has had so many obstacles in life and little hope of finding lasting love. Because of her good heart, she’s also taken responsibility for her nephew. I love Pidge’s outlook on life and how it changes throughout the story.

6. What character was the most fun to write?

Gideon Quidley was the most fun because he’s a brilliant guy. He grew up in the hills and made his way to help in the space program. When he came to faith, he went whole hog. So I wed the brilliance of his mind with the faith of a child and I think readers will enjoy the outcome.

7. What character was the most challenging to write?

Antagonists/villains are always most difficult for me because it’s easy to paint an opposing force as only evil and not well-rounded. In this story, the character who opposes the treasure hunt is someone who believes he’s really the hero and is doing everyone a favor.

8. Did the story unfold in any way that surprised you?

Every story I write catches me off guard. With A Piece of the Moon, I began writing about Gideon and his desire to do something good and I knew the people at Country 16 would play a pivotal role in the unfolding. I didn’t know the depth of the backstories of those people, so as it came to me, I realized some of the complexities of the lives they led and the hurts they had experienced. Rick Bragg said the best stories are about people in trouble. And I was surprised by all the trouble these people had encountered. I’m hoping readers will see some of their own troubles represented in the story.

9. Could you relate to this story? How so?

I was surprised at how much I wrote about my own heart. One theme I didn’t mention is that struggle is a sign of life, not failure. So the struggle in this little town and at the little radio station is what propels people into real life. And I’ve seen that at work in my own heart through the years. I equate things going “smoothly” and “well” as success. But most of the really good things that have happened have come through a wilderness journey at some point. So I think anyone who reads it will find the same concept at work in their own lives.

10. How do you hope this story will resonate with your readers?

First, I hope it will draw you in and make you laugh at the faults and foibles in Emmaus. I also hope it grabs you so deep in the heart that you will shed a tear at some of the real struggles you encounter. But mostly I think the takeaway I received is that faith is allowing God to be who he is and letting him work in our lives at his own pace rather than making him conform to my idea of how he should act. Real faith in God hangs on to him in the flood instead of taking us out of the deep water. And then we’ll see that we weren’t really hanging on as tightly as he was hanging on to us.

About the Author


Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio. A graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.



What connected with you about the interview?

I Can't Wait for... Breach of Honor by Janice Cantore (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW #romanticsuspense #christianfiction #breachofhonor @crazy4fiction


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I've been a fan of this author since reading Crisis Shot a few years back (I loved this whole series!) and have been looking forward to her next release. It's my pick this week...

Breach of Honor
By Janice Cantore
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 448 Pages
July 6, 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Summary

As a police officer in Table Rock, Oregon, Leah Radcliff puts her life on the line to help others every day. But at home, Leah’s battling her own personal nightmare: Brad, her abusive husband, a fellow officer, celebrated hero, and beloved son of a powerful prominent family. Brad’s violent outbursts and suspicious activities have left Leah physically and emotionally scarred, until one desperate action to put a stop to his abuse results in deadly consequences.

Though public opinion seems ready to convict Leah, Officer Clint Tanner is one of the few to believe she acted in self-defense. As he works with Leah’s attorney to produce the evidence they need, new truths about Brad’s dark side come to light—and reveal a deep-rooted problem in Table Rock. There are some who have breached their sworn duty to serve and protect . . . and they’ll do anything to keep their secret safe.

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Check out an interview with the author for this heartfelt story... The Sound Between the Notes by Barbara Linn Probst (Interview, Review & #Giveaway) #womensfiction #newbook @jeanbooknerd


This plot grabbed my attention as I'm a pianist myself, and I really enjoyed that aspect of this story. You can find my full review below as well as a delightful interview with the author and a tour giveaway...

The Sound Between the Notes
By Barbara Linn Probst
Adult Contemporary, Women's Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 336 Pages
April 6, 2021 by She Writes Press

Summary

The highly anticipated new novel from the multiple award-winning author of Queen of the Owls . . .

What if you had a second chance at the very thing you thought you’d renounced forever? How steep a price would you be willing to pay?

Susannah’s career as a pianist has been on hold for nearly sixteen years, ever since her son was born. An adoptee who’s never forgiven her birth mother for not putting her first, Susannah vowed to put her own child first, no matter what. And she did.

But now, suddenly, she has a chance to vault into that elite tier of “chosen” musicians. There’s just one problem: somewhere along the way, she lost the power and the magic that used to be hers at the keyboard. She needs to get them back. Now.

Her quest―what her husband calls her obsession―turns out to have a cost Susannah couldn’t have anticipated. Even her hand betrays her, as Susannah learns that she has a progressive hereditary disease that’s making her fingers cramp and curl―a curse waiting in her genes, legacy of a birth family that gave her little else. As her now-or-never concert draws near, Susannah is catapulted back to memories she’s never been able to purge―and forward, to choices she never thought she would have to make.

Told through the unique perspective of a musician, The Sound Between the Notes draws the reader deeper and deeper into the question Susannah can no longer silence: Who am I, and where do I belong?

Praise for THE SOUND BETWEEN THE NOTES

“The climax, on the night of her performance, is a tour de force steeped in suspense, and Susannah’s subsequent revelations are satisfying and authentic. A sensitive, astute exploration of artistic passion, family, and perseverance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The Sound Between the Notes is so beautiful, so lyrical, so musical that it was hard to put down. . . . This is a wonderful story from a skillful writer, one that appeals strongly to the heart. It features awesome characters, a twisty plot, and gorgeous writing.” —Readers’ Favorite 5-star review

“In her second novel, Barbara Linn Probst delivers yet another powerful story, balancing lyrical language with a skillfully paced plot to build a sensory-rich world that will delight those who loved Queen of the Owls and win countless new readers. Offering a deep exploration of the search for identity and connection, The Sound Between Notes reminds us to embrace everything we are—and everything that’s made us who we are.” —Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of Perennials

“Family ties can bind or blind us—even with relatives we've never met. In The Sound Between the Notes, trails of music connect generations separated by adoption—while the same notes threaten a family believed sewn with steel threads.In this spellbinding novel, Barbara Linn Probst examines how the truth of love transcends genetics, even as strands of biology grip us. Once you begin this story, suffused with the majesty of music and the reveries of creation, the 'gotta know' will carry you all the way to the final note.” —Randy Susan Meyers, international best-selling author of Waisted and The Comfort of Lies

“Beautifully told, The Sound Between the Notes, is the story of tragedy and triumph, of the push and pull of family, of the responsibility we feel to ourselves and those we love. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down until I reached the last, gorgeously written note.” —Loretta Nyhan, author of The Other Family and Amazon best-seller Digging In

“As soaring as the music it so lovingly describes, poignantly human, and relatable to anyone who’s ever wondered if it’s too late for their dream, The Sound Between the Notes is an exploration of our vulnerability to life’s timing and chance occurrences that influence our decisions, for better or worse. Probst creates her trademark intelligent suspense as Susannah, an adoptee trying for a mid-life resurrection of an abandoned music career, confronts lifelong questions of who she is. A story that speaks to our universal need to have someone who believes in us unequivocally, and how that person had better be ourselves.” —Ellen Notbohm, award-winning author of The River by Starlight

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Interview

What inspired you to write a story about a pianist going back to perform, after years away to raise her son, who is facing a hereditary disease?

The source of a book is never just one thing, at least not for me—it’s always several influences that come together in a moment of truly magical convergence. But I’ll share one specific moment with you …

I had gone back to studying piano a few years earlier, after abandoning my studies for twenty years, when my son was born. (Sound familiar?) I’m nowhere near the level of someone like Susannah, however—I’m what’s called a “serious amateur”—but I had just switched to a much more rigorous teacher and a whole new level of playing was opening up for me, a whole new connection to the music. I can still remember that moment. There I was, standing in front of the bathroom mirror, reaching into the cabinet, when I felt a strange stiffness in my left hand. And I thought, “No! Not now, of all times!”

It turned out to be nothing, just a passing sensation, but that was when the story idea took hold. “What if someone who …”

I grew up playing piano and majored in it my freshman year of college, so I was immediately intrigued by a story from a pianist’s perspective. How does her being a pianist influence the story?

That is so amazing! And yes, there are several ways that the piano and pianist’s perspective shape the book.

First, Susannah’s journey as a pianist hoping to vault into the “elite echelon” that she thought she had set aside forever is clearly the frame of the plot. The audition opens the novel, and the concert at the conclusion is its bookend.

Second, music is the thread that connects Susannah (an adoptee) to her roots, her biology. Her adoptive parents don’t share her talent or passion, though they nurture it. Yet Susannah yearns to find the source of that music, the key that will tell her who she really is.

And finally, music exists on every page, as the way Susannah perceives the world and in the very rhythm of the language. As one reviewer put it: “The Sound Between Notes reads like a piece of music—ebbing and flowing, quiet and loud. I felt each word as if it were a note I could feel, physically and emotionally.”

Would you tell us more about the research you did for THE SOUND BETWEEN THE NOTES? Any interesting facts you learned?

Every book involves research, and this one was interesting because there were so many different kinds of research! Some of it was around music. I listened to the Sonata that frames the story many, many times, and set myself the task of learning one of the sections myself—which I did! I talked to someone at the Steinway factory to learn how pianos are made and what’s involved in choosing one for a concert. I also had to learn a lot about Dupuytren’s contracture, the disease that Susannah has.

Here’s one really cool thing I learned that I never would have expected. The piece Susannah plays for her concert is Schubert’s famous B-flat major sonata, a key that many of the greatest pieces of music are written in. As it turns out, B-flat is “the sound of the universe.”

There’s a massive black hole in the Perseus galaxy cluster, 300 million light-years away, that emits a tone 57 octaves below middle C that corresponds to a B-flat. Not a B-flat the human ear can hear, of course—the lowest sound a person can hear has a frequency of one-twentieth of a second, and the sound coming from that black hole has a frequency of ten million years. And it’s been singing that note for two and a half billion years.

How did you personally connect with this story and how do you hope readers will connect with it?

In addition to my connection with music, I’m also a mother by adoption, so that’s a huge part of my connection with this story—which is told through the eyes of an adoptee and is, at heart, about what it means to be a mother and a daughter.

I hope readers will feel the story’s universality. You don’t have to be a pianist, or adopted, to wonder: Who am I, and where do I belong? We all struggle with those questions, just as we all search for a way to do what I need to do, in order to fulfill myself, while also doing right by those I love.

When you’re not reading or writing, what are some of the things you enjoy doing?

As I mentioned, I study piano, and I love having a second art form that’s not based on words. It feels very restorative. I also love to cook and take real pleasure in working with food. I walk every day and have been lucky to be able to keep that up during the pandemic. Gardening, swimming, and traveling—well, no traveling lately, but hopefully I’ll be able to do that again soon! I’ve been to so many wonderful places, from Turkey to Scotland, Israel to Costa Rica.

What are you working on next?

I’m continuing my “brand” of how art can help us to become more fully human, so my third novel is framed around the art of glassblowing and is set in Iceland. I didn’t know anything about glassblowing when I began working on it, but it’s an incredible art form! I also write essays on the craft of fiction, so that keeps the other part of my brain occupied. I do like having two kinds of writing in my life!

My Review

THE SOUND BETWEEN THE NOTES is a story of a woman who is trying to figure out who she is. She has the chance to return to a profession she gave up to raise her son, but finds that change brings risk and challenges that she didn't foresee nor know how to handle. It's a story of family, adoption, music and love.

I loved the beginning of this story as readers are slowly introduced to these characters. Susannah had quite a arc for her character. I liked her in the beginning, but then wanted to shake her when she becomes so focused, to the point that everything was about her and how she felt and what she wanted instead of being aware of others in her life. She definitely had some selfish moments that made me not like her a whole lot. Aaron, her husband, wasn't perfect either but he came across a lot more likable and less obsessed. There were other side characters that were all complex and well drawn. The story was focused on Susannah though and her struggle to find herself because of insecurities from being adopted, giving up her career for family and then trying to go back. I think everyone can relate to some aspect of that. Thank goodness there is redemption in the end, not that it's all perfect, but that things begin to get worked out.

Being a pianist myself, there were a lot of musical aspects of this story that I could completely relate to. I really love the whole message of not just playing the notes, but hearing the music, regardless if all the notes are perfect or not. Life is messy and hard, but it's the meaning of it all and how we love that is important. The author was definitely spot on with the analogy and all the musical references.

I would have really liked an epilogue at the end to know what happened with Susannah and the disease and her family. I kind of felt like that was a bit of a loose end. Plus that radiation... that's not a light thing to do so I was curious if there ended up being some side effects from it. Also, I would have liked to have seen what happened with her sister. Not that I wanted everything tied up all pretty as that would have ruined the story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This story had all the feels, with complex characters and a heartrending plot. The musical aspect is woven throughout and is a delightful aspect of this story. Recommended to women's fiction readers.

Content: Swearing (including the s and f-words), a few drug/alcohol references
Source: I received a complimentary copy through JeanBookNerd Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author


Barbara Linn Probst is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, living on an historic dirt road in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her debut novel Queen of the Owls (April 2020) is the powerful story of a woman’s search for wholeness, framed around the art and life of iconic American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Endorsed by best-selling authors such as Christina Baker Kline and Caroline Leavitt, Queen of the Owls was selected as one of the 20 most anticipated books of 2020 by Working Mother and one of the best Spring fiction books by Parade Magazine, and a debut novel “too good to ignore” by Bustle. It was also featured in lists compiled by Pop Sugar and Entertainment Weekly, among others. It won the bronze medal for popular fiction from the Independent Publishers Association, placed first runner-up in general fiction for the Eric Hoffer Award, and was short-listed for both the First Horizon and the $2500 Grand Prize.

Barbara’s second novel, The Sound Between the Notes, is slated for publication in April 2021. Like Queen of The Owls, it shows how art can help us to be more fully human. Barbara has also published numerous blogs on the craft of writing on award-winning sites such as Jane Friedman and Writer Unboxed. To learn more about Barbara and her work, please see http://www.barbaralinnprobst.com/. She resides in New York.

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- Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter | Ends April 26, 2021


What did you like about the interview? Did you learn something new? Will you be reading this story?