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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    A Riveting Read

    ¿Prelude¿ is the first book I¿ve read by author B.J. Hoff, but it definitely won¿t be my last! This book transports the reader to a simpler time when doctors still made house calls and all the modern amenities we take for granted had not yet been invented. Yet the trials of life and the complexities of human nature haven¿t changed, and Mrs. Hoff does a superb job of creating characters with individual stories that draw us in and make us care what happens to them. Will Susanna and Michael ever really understand each other? Will Renny ever find a place to call home? What happens to the McGovern family when they finally arrive in New York? Will Bethany and Andrew make it as business partners ¿ or is there something more in store for them? These are some of the questions ¿Prelude¿ raises in my mind, and I was delighted to see that this is only book one of The American Anthem Series. ¿Cadence¿ (book two) will hopefully satisfy more of my curiosity. But before you pick up book two, be sure to find a quiet corner and sit down for a wonderful, riveting read with ¿Prelude¿. As the title suggests, the story is the start of a sacred song ¿ a blessed tale of three distinct groups of people all set on a course of new beginnings. Don¿t miss it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    Something for Everyone!

    Romance, suspense, historical setting, action, and true-to-life characters. Everything I look for in a book is in this one. It doesn't get any better than this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    from someone who loves historical fiction

    As always, a B.J. Hoff book is well worth waiting for. Nobody in Christian fiction characterizes better, nor brings an almost lyrical "cadence" to the writing. I've always enjoyed this author's ability to juggle multiple storylines that at first may seem unrelated, but always braid together perfectly. I only wish Susanna could have made up her mind sooner--but the frustratingly abrupt ending offers another example of B.J.Hoff's depth as a writer: she knows timing, as well as how to simultaneously satisfy--yet tantalize. Needless to say, I might suffer frustration, but I'll wait as long as it takes for CADENCE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2002

    From the Author, B. J. HOFF

    Prelude is the first volume in my new AMERICAN ANTHEM trilogy, a work I've carried in my heart for a long time. The story and its people are very special to me--and I hope they'll be special to you. Those of you who have read my other books know there are certain kinds of people I'm fond of working with, most especially the people who came to America in the 1800s and stayed to build our nation--people who might well have been our ancestors. But more than anything else, this is a work about people who get involved in the lives of others. In this first book, you'll meet a variety of people with diverse needs and struggles, but with one thing in common--they care about others. Their faith is more than a word: it's a way of life. You'll also get to know a little more about "real people," such as evangelist, D. L. Moody, and his partner, evangelist and musician, Ira Sankey, as well as the beloved hymn writer, Fanny Crosby. Already, I've had readers asking me if Moody and Sankey really did conduct their Brooklyn religious campaigns in a skating rink, and if the blind Fanny Crosby actually did go into the slums of New York City to minister to the indigent, the forgotten, the downtrodden souls who existed in the midst of the most appalling conditions imaginable. The answer is yes to both. In fact, a Brooklyn skating rink proved to be the only place large enough to hold the crowds thronging to the Moody-Sankey crusades in the fall and winter of 1875. As for Fanny Crosby--who no doubt attended one or more of those Brooklyn meetings--yes, the small, unsighted woman who wrote many of the hymns we've sung since childhood was a familiar face in the slums and mission houses of New York City, as well as among the city's railroad workers, firemen, and police officers, all of whom held a special place in her heart. In Prelude, just as you do in most of my books, you'll encounter questions. For example, why would a man who once had the world of music at his feet turn away from it all to live a quiet existence of obedience instead of a life of self-indulgence? How does a woman trapped by fear and anxiety find the courage to love a man who's not afraid of anything? What happens to a young woman, haunted by the death of her sister, when she falls in love with the man who might be responsible for that death? And how does a lonely, inner city physician keep his agony for an entire people from destroying his own health...and his relationship with the only woman he's ever loved? Welcome to Prelude and the AMERICAN ANTHEM...a world of music and faith and love, a world poised between one of the most dramatic eras in our country's history and the turbulent issues of today. B. J. Hoff

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