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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?

 

Buy the book for the special preorder price, here.

 

 

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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!