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Choose Your Own Story

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Welcome to my blog, God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae. If you’re new here, my blog is mainly a bookish blog with life post sprinkled inbetween. :)  Today I’m taking part in Sarah Holman’s, Choose Your Own Story, event. This is to celebrate the release of her latest book, Escape and Endurance . In this event, you get to pick the outcome of the story by making choices. A lot of different things can happen. What are you waiting for? Start your adventure by clicking the image below.

 

 

 

 

“This will teach her a lesson.”

Phillip stared at him opened mouthed.

“Do not gape at me, old friend. You know as well as I that she has become a trial even to her own family. We also know that Lord Burn will not harm her. He is a selfish man and wishes to gain attention, but he and the princess grew up together. I know that he will not harm her.”

“I doubt the king will share your attitude,” Phillip said pulling himself to his full height.

“I think you underestimate how much trouble Gail has caused.”

Andrew patted his horse and then he…

 

 

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Are you interested in reading about a knight, a tower, a princess, and a servant? Pick up a copy of Escape and Endurance! Haven’t read the other books in the Tales of Taelis series? Not to worry. Each book can stand alone. 

And I would definitely recommend this series! It’s excellent! <3

 

 

 

About Sarah:

Sarah Holman is a not-so-typical girl, a homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and lives in the great state of Texas. If there’s anything adventuresome about her life, it’s because she serves a God with a destiny greater than anything she could have imagined. You can find out more about her at her website: www.thedestinyofone.com

You can join the Adventurers (her newsletter) by going here: http://eepurl.com/bitBIf

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“Escape and Endurance” by Sarah Holman ~ Book Review

Escape and Endurance

“Escape and Endurance” by Sarah Holman

Tales of Taelis #5

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

Edna believes herself to be a worthless servant.
Sir Andrew knows himself to be the most respected and valuable knight.
One event will cause both to discover where their value truly lies.

When Princess Gail is on her way to visit friends, some men kidnap the princess to demand a ransom. They don’t realize that they’ve made a mistake and who they have is not the pampered princess, but her faithful servant, Edna. Carried far from home, Edna knows that no matter what she does, she won’t survive.

Sir Andrew sets off to rescue the princess, taking no time to assess what has truly happened or to allow his men to help him. What should have been a quick and heroic mission turns into a long journey that is full of dangers, obstacles, and trials. Will he be forced to turn back or will he be able to make it to the tower where the princess is being held?

 

My Thoughts:

 

I love the Tales of Taelis series. Truly, it is one of my favourites. They are all enjoyable books with godly foundation and encouraging lessons, as well as always being extremely enjoyable.
E&E was no exception! All of those words fit this book perfectly. Main female character Edna doesn’t know her worth and sees herself as foolish, ignorant, and worthless because that is what she’s been told for so long. It made me sad. She was such a sweetheart of a character, I rejoiced with her to see her discover the truth! Main male character Andrew was harder to love at first because of his arrogance and pride, *however* as he grew, he became much more likeable and relatable too, because we do all struggle with pride to varying degrees. His was a humbling lesson and a good reminder!
I personally was extremely touched by the lesson of being content where God puts us and serving Him there wherever that is – even if it is in a tower prison. Exactly what I needed to be reminded of. And of course, thankfully I am not in a tower prison, but the lesson is still a good one, to remember to do all things as unto God.
The whole message of our worth in Christ was beautiful too, and another thing I love so much about this series is how there are always Bible verses being pivotal to the story, and they are woven in so well.
I love the “simplicity” and innocence of this series, knowing I can hand them to my younger sister without any concern – and still enjoy them myself!!
And E&E just might be my favourite so far, but that’s a hard decision to make. ;)
I definitely recommend this series. :)
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*I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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Blog Tour: “There Was Always Laughter” by Sarah Holman

Join me today in the blog tour for Sarah Holman’s new release, “There was Always Laughter in Our House”, as she shares an introductory bit into this book!

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“I’m writing a book about our family. I’m including a lot of the funny stories.”

All my siblings, who had a moment before been engaged in various activities around the living room, whipped their heads toward me. The room grew silent, and I turned to face them, even though my conversation was with Mom.

“What stories are you going to tell?” Rose asked looking worried.

I rolled my eyes. “Guys, I want to still be your friends after I publish the book. I won’t write any stories that I think will hurt your feelings and you can all read it before it is published.”

They didn’t look convinced. I don’t blame them. We’ve done some pretty embarrassing things. There are a few stories I could tell that would annoy, embarrass, or humiliate my siblings. Of course, since I don’t want to come home to all my stuff out on the curb, none of those stories were shared in my book ‘There Was Always Laughter in Our House’.

So, what did I share? I shared about the time that all the sisters decided to blame our brother for everything for a day, I talk about the challenge of being the shortest in the family, and I talk about wearing skirts. I also share the story of the time I sort of fell into a grave, about our idea of a perfect afternoon together, and the time our kitty ate chocolate. Enjoy these stories, and more in There Was Always Laughter in Our House.

 

 

There was Always Laughter in Our House by [Holman, Sarah]

 

What do you get when you mix two parents who grew up in the city, six kids who have always lived in the country, and add homeschooling? You get a whole lot of laughter!

Homeschool graduate and author Sarah Holman shares stories about her family that range from thought-provoking to side-splitting. She shares both hilarious mistakes and heartbreaking moments in her family. In this collection of stories, she endeavors capture some of the answers to the questions people have often asked her about growing up in a conservative homeschool family as well as some of the wisdom she has gleaned along the way. Sarah invites you to open up this scrapbook of memories. She hopes that you come away encouraged, inspired…and laughing.

 

 

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Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined. You can find out more about her at her website www.thedestinyofone.com

 

 

 

 

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ENTER HERE.

 

 

Visit each stop because each one has an exclusive giveaway!

 

November 16

Raechel – “What stories are you going to include, Sarah?”

Grace Pennington – An interview

Esther Filbrun – A review

Tarissa Graves – A review

 

November 17

Leona Ruth – A review

Chloe – A review

 

November 18

Kaylee – A review

 

November 19

Liv K. Fisher – Short Girl Jokes

Kelsey Bryant – A review

 

 

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Special Book Review “Ceaseless” by Sarah Holman

Why is this book review special, you might ask? Well, this short story is not yet released, nor does it have a cover or ‘about’ blurb. So this is a very, very early review I guess you might say. :)

 

“Ceaseless” by Sarah Holman

Short story part of the Tales of Taelis series

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

Not available. To hint at, it is the short story connected to “Courage and Corruption”, about a character named Alfred.

 

My Thoughts:

This was a very good short story, part of the Tales of Taelis series! Very well written, with a meaningful message. It was short, as the style would suggest, but still very enjoyable and a connecting piece to two of the books in this series.
I was impressed that so much could be expressed about Alfred and his journey in such a short amount of story-telling time.
As I said, love the writing style, and the author’s note at the end was beautiful. I really love this series. :)
*I was given an ecopy from the author. All thoughts are my own.
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“Continuing Destiny” by Sarah Holman ~ Book Review

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“Continuing Destiny” by Sarah Holman

Short Story collection

My Rating: 3.5/4 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

What would Maria’s life look like three years after The Destiny of a Galaxy? What about James, Quint, and Winter? This collection of four stories gives readers a glimpse into the romance, faith, trails, and everyday lives of this group as they each explore their Continuing Destiny.
Approximately 17 pages (5,500 words) long.

 

My Thoughts:

After finishing The Destiny Trilogy, it was fun to sort of “revisit” them, and see where the characters were a few years past the time where the series ended.
The short story (stories? They were more like chapters told from different character’s POV’s, telling a sort of continuing story) had a bit of a different feel to it, but still familiar and well-written. I very much enjoyed it, and would definitely recommend finishing off this series with this one! Adds a nice touch. :)

 

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Blog Tour: “Dreams and Devotions” by Sarah Holman

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Hello readers! Today I am taking part in the release blog tour for “Dreams and Devotions”! As you may have seen, I reviewed this book a short time ago – you can read that review here, if you’d like.  And now, for today’s post!

 

Some dreams will be dashed, and their devotion will be tested.

Dara’s life is full of farm work and worries, especially now that her older brother is a priest in a far off city. Yet she still has time to dream of the life she hopes will someday be. She dreams of marrying her dear friend and the worries of her family ending. Now, the selfishness of one person threatens her very way of life.

Dresden’s initial excitement about living a life devoted to the service of God quickly is dashed on the rocks of reality. The life of a priest is nothing like what he imagined. To make matters worse, he finds out his family back in his home village is on the brink of disaster. Torn between his vows and his love for his family, what will he choose?

 

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About the Sarah

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Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of many published books and short stories. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

Find her at http://www.thedestinyofone.com

 

 

 

 

 

Stops on the blog tour:

July 8

Bookish Orchestrations ~ Faith Blum

July 9

His Princess Warrior ~ Katie Hamilton

July 10

In the Book Case ~ Tarissa Graves

Jessica Greyson ~ Jessica Greyson

July 11

Gods Peculiar Treasure Rae ~ Raechel

Read Another Page ~Rebekah Morris

July 12

Whimsical Writings For His Glory ~ Jesseca Dawn

Shannon McDermott ~ Shannon McDermott

July 13

The Page Dreamer ~ Deborah O’Carroll

July 14

Knitted by God’s Plans ~ Kendra E. Ardnek

With a Joyful Noise ~ Amanda Tero

Once Upon an Ordinary ~ Kate Willis

July 15

Jaye L. Knight ~ Jaye L. Knight

 

 

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“Father, Forgive Them” by Sarah Holman ~ Book Review

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“Father, Forgive Them” by Sarah Holman

A Resurrection Story

 

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

 

About the Book:

Jonathan was happy that this blasphemer would die. His only regret was that the Romans, not his people, would carry out justice. Yet, his world is rocked with a few words spoken from the cross.

A 5,000 word short story

 

 

My Thoughts:

This was a very short story about the death and glorious Resurrection of our Savior. It was a very touching story, as we are reminded the power in the empty grave – He is alive, and has forgiven all. Beautiful message, and well written for being so short!

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“The Destiny of a Galaxy” by Sarah Holman ~ Book Review

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‘The Destiny of a Galaxy” by Sarah Holman

Book Three in the tightly knit Destiny Series

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

Time Has Passed…
In the three years since Maria Morris found the farmer-boy-prince, the Followers have multiplied. As Wyndemere’s empire cracks and unrest rises, the Legatee orchestrates the Rebellion.
Danger Has Not Disappeared…But Neither Has Hope
Though the overthrow of the tyrannical regime is imminent, Maria’s role as the “woman who started it all” is not widely known. So why the foreboding of danger?
Promise floats in the air. Many around her find happiness, even as the tension spirals toward a breaking point. But Maria flounders. What does Maria Morris want to do with her life?
What is her destiny…now?
Rendered Powerless, Maria Must Make A Painful Choice…
One That Will Alter the Future of the Galaxy
Forever
When James invites her to headquarters where Maria assumes a new role among The Followers, tragedy strikes. The enemies she had thought long gone are capable of far more than she imagined. Will she have the courage to stand for what she believes, no matter the cost? Will she have the strength to surrender her dreams when all seems lost and she can do nothing at all?

 

My Thoughts:

What a great conclusion to this three book series! This one was really packed with action, excitement, and reminders to trust God for our strength – apart from Him we can do nothing.
In The Destiny of a Galaxy, which starts off some years later from the second book,Maria begins the story questioning God’s destiny for her, feeling left behind and bored. But soon enough adventures unfold, drawing her into the thick of it. We see her take joy, stand up against horrible trials, and learn to surrender everything that is dear to her to the Lord. It’s a powerful story, to be sure.
There was a relationship “plot-twist” I didn’t see coming, but I can’t say I didn’t approve in the end. ;)
We got to see the familiar characters of Quint (love him!), Winter, and James, as well as meet another new face or two.
The dangers, the trials, and the joys were very present in this story, and you become easily engrossed. I’m generally not much of a sci-fi reader, but this series has definitely kept my attention!
Well done, Miss Holman.

 

 

 

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“Dreams and Devotion” by Sarah Holman ~Book Review

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“Dreams and Devotion” by Sarah Holman

Book Four in the Tales of Taelis Series

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

About the Book:

Some dreams will be dashed, and their devotion will be tested.

Dara’s life is full of farm work and worries, especially now that her older brother is a priest in a far off city. Yet she still has time to dream of the life she hopes will someday be. She dreams of marrying her dear friend and the worries of her family ending. Now, the selfishness of one person threatens her very way of life.

Dresden’s initial excitement about living a life devoted to the service of God quickly is dashed on the rocks of reality. The life of a priest is nothing like what he imagined. To make matters worse, he finds out his family back in his home village is on the brink of disaster. Torn between his vows and his love for his family, what will he choose?

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This book left me just a bit speechless! The lessons were so relevant to me and what my family and I have been learning that it touched me deeply. 
This was a book filled with real struggles, and yet learning that “God works all things together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Nothing is unknown to Him and He will work all things for our good. Beautiful lesson.
I was just really impressed with this one. I know I say that with all of the Tales of Taelis series, but I mean it. These books are just grand. I wish I had them all in paperback form to underline and stickynote my favourite spots, and to share them with my younger sister. 
These books aren’t just incredibly enjoyable, they are meaningful. 
I think “Dreams and Devotions” may be my favourite of the Tales so far. It isn’t really your typical story where everything goes how you want it to go or even just how you expect a story should pan out. The even greater aspect is trusting God when things don’t go the way you dreamed or planned. And learning to love others – even those who have hurt you deeply – was a significant lesson.
I really appreciated the ending. I won’t spoil it for you, readers, but know that it is excellent. Oh what a story! And as usual, Miss Holman’s author note at the end is extremely touching. Beautiful reminder and encouragement.

 

 

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“Courage and Corruption” by Sarah Holman ~Book Review

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“Courage and Corruption” by Sarah Holman

Book three in the Tales of Taelis Series

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars  

 

 

About the Book:

Catherine is going with her mother and younger siblings to the mountains to hide from the coming war. While she fears what might happen she is looking forward to some time away from her twin brother, with whom she often fights. One foolish act changes all their plans, and one story caused not only confusion, but more fighting.

Christopher does not believe his father’s story that they are descended from royalty. He is sure the story his father tells cannot be true. However, he is forced to go to the mountain castle of Coraway along with his mother and siblings. Will his father ever see him as a man? Will he and his twin ever be able to stop fighting?

Little do Catherine and Christopher realize that they hold the key to Taelis’ future in their hands. While they discover the truth before it is too late?

 

My Thoughts:

I really love the Tales of Taelis series. Each time I read one of these books I am reminded by that fact. They’re excellent! I know that when I read one, I will be getting not only a very captivating story, but one that is full of Godly insight and truth weaved into its very core. I love that.
C&C was a great tale of two siblings – they were rivals for a fair amount, but both opened themselves up to God at different times, and that was beautiful. And Jacob, the younger brother, was quite precious. All the characters were well written and relatable. And realistic; though this story is set in a sort of medieval time period (yet still its own world), it is not hard to relate to the setting or characters at all – I find myself easily drawn into the story.
They’re clean, uplifting, and entertaining. Great things to find in a novel!
Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to all ages.
(I would also like to say that when I reached the end and read the ‘acknowledgements’ section, I was surprised to find my name listed – that was so sweet! So, thank you Sarah! It’s a pleasure being apart of your ‘team’!)