Author: Faith Blum
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Publication Date: June 26, 2016
Series: Hymns of the West Novellas Book 4
Provided by: Faith Blum
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If you have read any mail order bride stories, you've probably noticed that even though the bride and groom never met each other, they are both genuinely good people. It's a rare story that has a scam or a truly bad person either write or respond to the mail order bride advertisement. Faith Blum took that rare theme and wrote three novellas about five young ladies duped into becoming mail order brides only to find out the men they were supposed to marry weren't what they had appeared in the letters. The first of those novellas just released on June 26th and Faith is here today to share a little about it.
Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?
This novella is based on minor characters from the novel, The Solid Rock. However, it can be read without reading the novel or the other novellas in the series.
The series is a lovely collection of stories. Each presents the gospel and tells of sweet romances as well.
The books are appropriate for all age groups and yet entertainging.
That said, I hesitate to give the book, Just a Closer Walk, a 5 star review because of a few awkward patches.
To clarify, when I, myself, have tried to write, I have always found it easier to write more than less. With more words, you can describe a scene more fully, explain one's motives more clearly, and because of these things, in some ways, you as a writer have an easier task of drawing in readers.
So, when I read this book there were some areas I felt were limited by the short nature of the story. For example, one character is discovered to be pregnant and very soon after, as a reader is still processing her pregnancy, she has already had her child. Still, this is not a fault of the author but simply the nature of the genre she chose to tell the story through.
I think Faith did a nice job at her work within these constraints. I would give her book 3 of 5 stars.
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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. 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, 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.
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