Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bride's Fair, The

Brides Fair, The
Hal Fleming
Publisher:Publish America
5 star
Reviewed by Amelia Peabody for, 2/09
The setting is the mountains in Morocco at a folkloric fair. The plot slowly builds to a climactic finish. Hal Fleming made me curious. I actually did some research on the Bride’s Fair. The fair takes place in September. Young girls and boys - and some men and women - come from different villages to find a husband or a wife. Fleming used this setting as the background for his novel of intrigue. Diplomats, expats, Moroccan officials, mountain people, and terrorist make up the cast of this gripping tale. The Brides’ Fair is a complex tale filled with sub-plots including: of a young native girl attempting to escape a forced marriage, local officials dealing with national security threats, a tangle of love interests and terrorist trying to carry out a plot to disrupt the fair. This is an exciting read that you won’t want to miss.
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 12/08
5 Stars
The setting is present day Mid Atlas Mountains of North Africa. The Brides' Fair is an annual event. However, this one would be very different. Hal Fleming weaves the threads of a terrorist threat with various subplots to create a riveting novel. Can the terrorist be stopped? The Brides' Fair is a complex tale of conspiracy. I had to remind myself that this is a work of fiction. Hal Fleming is a talented author. I will be watching for more of his books.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

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Calitare: Restore

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Alixandria DeSpain, Lucinda Laughlin
Publisher:Xlibris, 2008
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Have you read Calitare: Restore by Alixandria DeSpain, Lucinda Laughlin?

It is one of the best books I've read in years.
The authors are freshmen in college. They have an amazing talent and maturity which will just get better with age.

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I recently received a copy of Calitare Restore in my mailbox. Alixandria DeSpain and Lucinda Laughlin sent me a copy of their book and requested I consider it for review. I added the book to my ever-growing stack. It took me a few weeks before I pulled it from the shelf. I had no idea the adventure that lay ahead of me; if I had, I would have immediately opened the cover.
DeSpain and Laughlin have created a delightful land called Calitare. Mermaids and magic abound. Willow, Evadne,and their adopted brother, Gustave, live happily with their father the King. Then war threatened the inhabitants of Calitare. The sisters stand strong in the midst of battle, relying on God for strength and salvation.
I found this story amazing. Calitare is Christian romance and fantasy. The love story is one of purity and innocence. The authors manage to share the gospel with readers. I am reminded of C.S. Lewis. In their own way, they have described the relationship between humans and God. They demonstrate salvation, forgiveness, and grace in a way that is easy to understand. They manage all of this without being preachy. Their tale is filled with enough adventure to keep the reader eagerly turning the pages. Calitare will appeal to all ages. This is the first book in this series. I will be watching closely for the names Alixandria DeSpain and Lucinda Laughlin. I think we will be hearing much more from them.