Monday, May 8, 2017

Too Deep for Words by Andrea Boeshaar

Too Deep for Words is the second in the Shenandoah Valley Saga series written by Andrea Boeshaar. I did not read the first book but found enough references to the previous book that I had no difficulty following the story.

Set during the Civil War, the primary characters are Carrie and her sister Margaret. Carrie is married to Peyton Collier, a Yankee officer, and enjoys a life of relative ease while her younger sister, Margaret struggles to make it through each day working at the Wayfarer's Inn. Peyton (acting on behalf of his wife) manages to free Margaret from her life indebted to a ruthless employer and brings her back to the home he shares with Carrie and an elderly aunt.

While a civil war rages around them, the sisters learn to put aside past differences and throw their hearts into helping wherever they can. Margaret comes to thoroughly enjoy helping with orphans from war. The war is soon thrust upon their doorstep when their home is taken over to be used as an infirmary for wounded soldiers, both Confederate and Union.

Their charitable work also helps keep Carrie's mind off the news that her husband is missing in action. Her heart cannot accept that he may have been killed and she secretly makes inquiries to find out whether Peyton may be lingering in an enemy hospital or prison.

While providing some historical background, the book was largely focused on the affects of the war on the characters and their relationships with one another. It provided some suspense and mystery and not everything was entirely wrapped up at the book's conclusion so readers will have to stay tuned for the next installment of the Shenandoah Valley Saga!

Visit the author's website to learn more about this series and others.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Too Deep for Words from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Local Poet by Paul Trembling

A van. A girl. A horrible tragedy. And one man will never be the same again.

Rob Seaton was in the wrong place at the wrong time and now he's trying to figure out how to live with an unbearable guilt. How could the death of someone he didn't even know affect him so profoundly?

As he acquaints himself with the "local poet" posthumously through her writings and her circle of family and friends, Rob becomes more and more intrigued by her. With the assistance of a local librarian, he tries to understand what brought her to despair.  Rob discovers more than meets the eye and someone will stop at nothing to make sure secrets stay buried.

At under 200 pages, Local Poet focuses on a small number of characters over a short period of time. The story moves along fairly swiftly and becomes fully resolved at its conclusion--no worries of hanging story lines in this one.  With enough time, readers could finish in one sitting.

Local Poet would be a great choice for a quick read for a day at the beach or an airplane flight. Nothing too complicated and overall, an interesting mystery regarding the demons one young woman faced.The book includes a sneak preview of the first chapter from the author's next book, Local Artist.

Take some to explore the author's website, Yearning Blue.  While there you can learn about Trembling's family and background, and sample some of his poetry and short stories. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Local Poet from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.