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A Book for College Age & Adult Readers

ALL FOR A STORY, by Allison Pittman (2014 Christy Award Nominee) published by Tyndale House.

Keep in mind as you read this that God sent His son to save sinners. In this novel set during Prohibition, the protagonist, Monica Brisbane, is not a faultless heroine. In fact, she spends her evenings in D.C.’s speakeasies. She also works undercover for a scandalous newspaper. You probably will not like her too much at the beginning. However, when she meets the new owner of the paper, an honorable and upstanding Christian, her world view changes. And isn’t that what the Good News is all about?

What I liked about this book was the way the author brought the Jazz Age to life and how a young girl, full of high spirits, without Christ in her life, could be caught up in it. I like the fact that the story line is a little unexpected. It is not grim or depressing. There is no violence or gory scenes. The characters are well written and the writing style draws the reader right along.

A Recommendation for Young Adult Boys

LONGBOW, Wayne Grant, Five Book Series. Available on Amazon.

Boys especially will love books where the protagonist is up against impossible odds and must face them and conquer them. This adventure series, set in 12th century England, is filled with battles, swords, bows and arrows, evil villains, brave knights, and non-stop action. Roland Innes is definitely a hero one can root for. Roland does meet and eventually marry a lady worthy of his love: feisty, strong-willed Lady Millicent de Laval.

“The first four books in the saga: Longbow, Warbow, The Broken Realm and The Ransomed Crown, tell the coming-of-age story of the young archer as he becomes a man in a brutal age.” The series begins when Roland is fourteen.

While not Christan per se, the series supports the ideals of Chivalry. I absolutely LOVE this series!

Good YA Books

From time to time I read books that I’d like to recommend.  Here are a few. I’ll add more as time goes by. Please feel free to let me know how you like these, and let me know of others you like. Please be sure the content is G rated!  Thanks, Deanna.

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