“A Mighty Fortress” by Faith Blum
#1 in The Hymns of the West Series
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?
I was so delighted when Faith offered to allow me to review her first book. I’ve been wanting to get started on her books since becoming friends with her back in November, and this was a perfect opportunity! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Faith, so finally being able to read her books is great!
First I will say that I loved all the scripture added throughout the book. That was a total plus for me, and I am glad for it!
I thought that the writing style was perfect for its specified age group (YA), though there were a couple themes that I thought were a bit more ‘mature’. This was the author’s first published work, and while that showed in a couple instances, I think many will enjoy this book, and series.
The plot was very engaging, and kept me reading most definitely. I think the characters could’ve used a little bit more ‘depth’, but they were still likeable. And the Christian theme throughout the book was really good; I really appreciate good Christian themes in books that are evident – not hidden. The ending was a bit sad, yet redemptive and well done.
I read in one other review that a lot of the story was more ‘tell’ than ‘show’, and I found I could agree with that. And while it doesn’t hinder the story much, I think a bit more ‘showing’ would have been nice.
I am not usually a fan of Western-setting books, but I was glad to find that I enjoyed this book! :)
Thank you very much, Faith, for sending me a complimentary e-book in exchange for this review! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of your books. :)
An avid reader, Faith Blum started writing at an early age. Whether it was a story about the camping trip that summer or a more creative story about fictional characters, she has always enjoyed writing. When not writing, Miss Blum enjoys reading, crafting, playing piano, moderating on the Holy Worlds Historical Fiction Forum and playing games with her family (canasta, anyone?). As a history enthusiast who has been fascinated for years with the Old West, Faith has endeavored to create a clean, fun, and challenging Western story. Faith lives with her family on a hobby farm in the Northern Midwest, where she enjoys the many cats they have.