I was supposed to post this yesterday, but it completely escaped my mind because I’ve been distracted with my new baby sibling and have been off the internet most of the time. That is still no excuse, however, and I apologize to the author and organizer of the blog tour. ❤
Can he let go of the past?
Jason was kicked out three years ago. His judgmental actions and decisions caused a rift and turmoil within his family, especially concerning his sister, Jessamine. Now God is leading him to return home—a home he isn’t certain he will be welcomed back to. The last three years has led to personal growth, he still has a lot to learn. Can he overcome his past mistakes or will he always be the black sheep?
Jessamine has popularity and the attention of many in town except the two men she wants to catch for herself. She lives for those moments of attention and needs to marry a rich man to buy all the pretty things she desires. There are two men who fit that and she will stop at nothing to find a husband to make her life perfect. When Jason returns and challenges her actions, will she be able to let go of her plan? Can she find love in more than herself?
Title: Sing the Wondrous Story
Series (if applicable): #2 in the Orphans of the West Novellas
Author: Faith Blum
Publisher (if applicable): N/A, self-published
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance, Christian, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult, Short Story
Recommended Age: 12+ because of some romance.
I feel like this was the kind of story I hadn’t read before. It really drew me in, but it was different.
I have to admit the beginning was slightly confusing for me, but the author really started the story out in a good place to show us where Jason was spiritually as well as how Jessa was straying from honorable behavior in that day and age (such as dancing, overuse of makeup, etc.) Honestly, the way the novella was written in a simple way that really worked for me because I wasn’t as distracted, if that makes sense. I am sometimes prone to focusing on words themselves rather than the meaning behind them. (Does that make sense? :P)
The message was clearly the focus of the book, and I found myself recognizing that multiple times throughout the whole book, which was a very welcome surprise for me. I really love stories that have a wonderful theme! What I learned from Jessa (and the author) is that it’s never too late to discover the Lord and ask him for forgiveness, regardless of what horrible crimes/sinful acts you had committed.
Romance was a part of this story, but it was not bad or inappropriate at all, and the author handled this quite nicely. Still, it’d probably be better for a young teen to read instead of someone younger than that as it touches on courting and attraction, etc.
I really enjoyed this little novella and I am totally going to look out for more from Faith Blum!
Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She resides in the middle of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.
FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.