Last week I had a post featuring a review for one of the books in Faith Blum’s Hymns of the West series. Today I have a review for the birthday book itself.
To celebrate the three year anniversary of A Mighty Fortress, Faith has all sorts of fun going on. First, she’s released a newly revised version of A Mighty Fortress. Second, she has most of her published books on sale. Third, she’s releasing the box set of all five of her novels for a special discounted price. And fourth, but not least, she now has the audiobook of her AMF available! Read on for more party fun.
About the Book
“Stay back!” Joshua ordered. He kept his eyes on the scene below while waving his arm in Ruth’s direction. “Get deeper into the woods and stay down low to the ground.”
Joshua hazarded a glance behind him. He could no longer see Ruth and breathed a sigh of relief. In one swift move, he grabbed his rifle and lay flat to the ground. Extending the rifle, he aimed at the shorter man whose gun was pointed at Bradshaw.
Joshua and Ruth Brookings are traveling by stagecoach to finally join their parents in Montana. Attacked by murderous outlaws, the teens barely escape with their lives and must survive in the barren Wyoming and Montana territories and escape the man who’s hunting them.
Seven years ago, Jed Stuart ran away from home and joined Tom’s gang. Jed is tired of the lawlessness and wants out. The only problem? He is the boss’s right-hand man and will never be able to leave. And what’s one more stagecoach robbery, anyway?
Can Joshua lean on God’s strength to keep himself and his sister alive until they find a town? Will Jed be able to face his anger or will it consume him completely? All three are running–the hunter and hunted. What will happen when they meet?
Review – 3.5/5
Although I don’t think it’s Faith’s strongest work, I did enjoy this book. It flips between a brother and sister who are on their way out West, to the past and present story of the hardened outlaw they come across on their journey.
At times the switching back and forth did get confusing, but it was pretty easy to figure it out. The brother/sister relationship was really sweet! Jed’s story was rocky but that made the end all that sweeter when he finally listens to what everyone is trying to tell him. Since I had actually read book 2 first (about Jed’s family) it was nice to get some more background on him since we only get a few details in book 2.
Redemption is a big theme in this book and it played out well at the end. I basically just read it when I had a few minutes I could spare in my schedule, but it was always easy to pick up and pretty engrossing all the way through.
Recommended for anyone who likes historical fiction, Westerns, and stories of faith.
About the Author
Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. (The picture doesn’t show it well, but there are scribblings on the page of Green Eggs and Ham). Now that she has grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.
When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana, someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.
There are many ways to connect with Faith online. All of them can be found in one convenient place: http://FaithBlum.com. On her website you can find links to her various social media sites and both of her blogs.
Faith also just released her first box set, the complete Hymns of the West series. It’s available for a special discounted pre-order price until November 26th and will stay at that price until November 30th.
Faith is offering three prizes!
- Audiobook of A Mighty Fortress (MP3 download)—Could be a short delay
- The Solid Rock Notebook
- Feather Quill Necklace
- eBook set of Hymns of the West: The Complete Series
Every eBook in the Hymns of the West series is on sale. A Mighty Fortress is permafree, and the other eBooks in the series are $0.99. In addition, the spin-off novella series has a book on sale as well.
Life and Salvation: Hymns of the West Novellas 1-3
Faith also has the paperbacks on sale if you buy them from Createspace with the discount codes.
$2.00 off (8.99) with code: MBJB3XSY
$2.00 off (6.99) with code: GQ3KTJYY
$1.50 off (9.49) with code:93LQLRJ8
$2.00 off (11.99) with code: TJXAYXD2
$1.50 off (10.49) with code: 7626YZAK
$2.00 (6.99) with code: V4Y5K46D
Do you like Westerns? Have you read any of the Hymns of the West?