Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Face of Heaven

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Face of Heaven
Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2012)
by
Murray Pura


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Murray Pura was born and raised in Manitoba, just north of Minnesota and the Dakotas. He has published several novels and short story collections in Canada, and has been short-listed for a number of awards. His first books to be published in the United States are the inspirational works Rooted and Streams (both by Zondervan in 2010). His first novel to debut in the USA is A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana (Barbour), which was released January 2012. The second, The Wings of Morning, will be published by Harvest House on February 1. Both of these novels center around the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

ABOUT THE BOOK


In April 1861, Lyndel Keim discovers two runaway slaves in her family's barn. When the men are captured and returned to their plantation, Lyndel and her young Amish beau, Nathaniel King, find themselves at odds with their pacifist Amish colony

Nathaniel enlists in what will become the famous Iron Brigade of the Union Army. Lyndel enters the fray as a Brigade nurse on the battlefield, sticking close to Nathaniel as they both witness the horrors of war--including the battles at Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Despite the pair's heroic sacrifices, the Amish only see that Lyndel and Nathaniel have become part of the war effort, and both are banished.

And a severe battle wound at Gettysburg threatens Nathaniel's life. Lyndel must call upon her faith in God to endure the savage conflict and to face its painful aftermath, not knowing if Nathaniel is alive or dead. Will the momentous battle change her life forever, just as it will change the course of the war and the history of her country?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Face of Heaven, go HERE.

Book Review

I am going to be honest.   I have felt like the market was way too saturated with the Amish genre.   Anytime I have received one of these books I have been speed reading them and getting them done as quickly as possible.  Even my friend who likes to borrow my books doesn't take my Amish books because she is tired of so. many. Amish. books.

All that to say... this book had a tough road in my eyes.

HOWEVER...

This is a really good great book!

Plot... great!


Characters development.... complex!

Historical element....   factual and intriquing!

Christian thread that ties it all together....   Perfect!

If you have read many Amish books you know their stance on many things especially war.  They do not believe in taking up arms.   This is a major conflict in this book as the main characters, Lyndel and Nathaniel,  feel they must do something after two slaves are discovered in their barn trying to escape from their slave masters.    They are ultimately recaptured and one is hung on their property.   

Despite facing banishment, Lyndel and Nathaniel, follow God's leading.    Nothing they do is easy.   However, this is an amazing story of what God can do through someone who follows His will.  

Thanks to CFBA or providing a complimentary copy for the purposes of writing this review.


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