Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Into the Canyon

“Into the Canyon” by Michael Neale takes us back to Colorado to the life of river guide Gabriel Clarke. We first met Gabriel in “The River”. We learned that when he was five years old he witnessed his father lose his life while rescuing two young men. That event changed Gabriel for many years. When his friend invited him on a river rafting trip in Colorado he goes but it not sure what to expect. He comes face to face with the man, Jacob, his father rescued and deals with many emotions. He also meets the man’s daughter, Tabitha. She helps Gabriel through his anger and convinces him to really experience the river. “Into the Canyon” picks up where the first book left off. We continue on the journey with Gabriel as he is still coming to terms losing his father. Gabriel knows he needs to forgive and put the anger away and live his life to the fullest. With the help and love of Jacob and Tabitha we see how Gabriel is finally able to move on from the past.

This book will keep you turning the pages and tug at your heart as you go on the journey with Gabriel. This book is full of life lessons we can all use at some point in our lives. This book shows us that God will give us courage and faith to forgive those who have done us wrong and love and hope to move forward in our lives. I highly recommend reading “The River” first to have Gabriel’s entire story. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Story Keeper

“The Story Keeper” by Lisa Wingate takes us from the fast paced streets of New York to the slower paced life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jen Gibbs was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains but she always dreamed of something bigger. She went to college and then moved to New York and was for the most part cut off from her family. Some understood while others ridiculed her. She is starting a new job at Vida House Publishing and before she can even settle in a twenty years old manuscript shows up on her desk. She does not know who put it there and she does not know who the author is. What she does not is that it draws her in and leaves her longing for more. The story is of a young Melungeon girl named Sarra and her protector Rand. And the story is set not far from where Jen grew up. When she thinks she figures out who the author is her boss sends her down to the mountains in order to secure the book deal. The author, Evan, is a well known but reclusive man who wants nothing to do with Jen. Jen also must face her family while she’s there and she is left with a sense of hopelessness. Will Jen be able to mend fences and score the deal of a lifetime?

This is an amazing book that will draw you in to not only one story but two. We have the story of Jen and Evan in modern times then we have the story of Sarra and Rand from the late 1800s. We see how Jen and Evan must overcome fears in order to move on from the past and be happy with their lives. Sarra and Rand must overcome their fears of the unknown and learn how to trust and love even when the world seems to be against them. This book will keep you turning the pages until the end and leave you wishing for more. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.