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Posted March 22, 2014
Sadly, this book didn¿t grab me as much as some of Kim¿s have. S
Sadly, this book didn’t grab me as much as some of Kim’s have. She’s had some books (like “Courting Miss Amsel”) that I’ve absolutely loved. This wasn’t one of them, but I don’t regret reading it. For one thing, I absolutely loved the Alaskan setting! Right in the shadow of Denali (aka Mt. McKinley). It was awesome – cause I’ve been there! All in all, this was a good book, just didn’t grab me as much. Definitely worth my one-time read though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2011
A COMPLEX STORY SET IN ALASKA! A WHISPER OF PEACE BY KIM VOGEL SAWYER..
A WHISPER OF PEACE by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an interesting inspirational historical fiction set in 1898 Near Fort Yukon, Alaska.This is the story of ostracized Lizzie Dawson,an Athabascan Indian with a white father and missionary Clay Selby. It has romance,faith,missionaries, reconciling with one's relatives,Alaska,mountains of Alaska,natives,love, life's choices and finding a way a bridge a gap between a Lizzie and her tribe. This is a complex,compelling story of the differences between the natives of Alaska and the non natives.Their traditions,behaviors and life changes and the missionaries involved. This story will appeal to any historical,romance,Alaska,inspirational readers.A great story that will have you turning pages as you watch these characters grow, learn new roles and accept their faith. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Bethany House Publishers,a division of Baker Publishing group and My Book Addiction Reviews.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2011
19th Century Alaska makes for an interesting tale
The book A Whisper of Peace is set in Alaska in 1896 and the setting is vital to understanding the plot. Kim Vogel Sawyer builds up the scene of rugged beauty in the early pages as she brings into it one woman called Lizzie. But Lizzie is not only alone; she is isolated and has to provide for herself. Into this situation come two keen missionaries who have to learn new skills and build themselves a home and a school. They do not understand the strict social rules and blunder into problems. Meeting Lizzie is a bonus for the younger woman, Vivian. Her brother Clay is also enamoured. The scene is now fully set for further developments and, without giving anything away, I can tell you that there are more conflicts and some progress in relationships that hold one's interests to the end. The characters are well drawn and developed through their actions. The tension is maintained to the end. I enjoyed the book and found it an interesting read. I also learned about the wilderness life and Indian customs which was a plus. I am grateful to have received a free copy from Bethany House to review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2011
Another great read from Sawyer
Lizzie Dawson is determined to fulfill her mother's dying wish - that Lizzie reconcile with her grandparents. Once peace is made, Lizzie plans to go to California to live with her father. The mountains of Alaska have always been her home, though. She is concerned about fitting into 1898 society in San Francisco. Surely it will differ from the wilds of the Yukon, won't it? No matter, she must join her father. Clay Selby and his stepsister Vivian are headed to minister to a native tribe near Fort Yukon. Visions of converting the masses swirl though Clay's mind; he'll start by starting a mission school and church. Vivian makes the trip to assist him, hoping to redeem herself for past sins. In any other world, Lizzie, Clay, and Vivian might not be friends, but they forge an interesting bond out of need and loneliness. The natives tolerate the Selbys, curious about their ways. When the head of the tribe learns of their alliance with Lizzie, he orders them to break ties with her. Lizzie has been long ostracized from the tribe because of her mother's so called transgressions. Faced with the ultimatum, Clay and Vivian must make a hard choice. Does this book contain action and adventure? Yes. A bit of romance? Yes. Surprises? Oh, yes! Sawyer weaves yet another wonderful story that will engage most historical fiction fans from beginning to end. Vivid detail, unexpected twists and turns, and fabulous characters all add up to a heartwarming and entertaining tale. I always look forward to new books by Ms. Sawyer, and this one did not disappoint. I finished it in record time; it was a great read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2011
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