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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

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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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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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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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“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’!)
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Book Review: “Befriended” by Sarah Holman

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“Befriended” by Sarah Holman

A Tales of Taelis Short Story

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the book:

Eleanor is happy to be living with her brother and sister-in-law. She loves helping with her mischievous nephew, John. When John gets away from her one day, it sets off a chain of events that will change her life.

A short short story of faith, friendship, and family. A prequel story for Brothers and Betrayal.

 

My Thoughts:

The Tales of Taelis short stories offer a very fun glimpse into some backstory, or sidestories of various characters, and I enjoy that a lot!
This one was so sweet! Eleanor is a great character, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her story!
 I don’t know what else to say besides the fact that I loved it! It really was sweet, and once again, the message was great. Definitely recommend it!

 

 

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Book Review: “Admirable” by Sarah Holman

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Admirable by Sarah Holman

A Tales of Taelis Short Story

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

About the book:

William returns home to find his family threatened with attack from a neighboring Earl. Will he be able to protect his sister and the rest of his family from this threat? Will he be able to trust God no matter what?
A prequel story for Adventures and Adversities.

 

My Thoughts:

Very good short story that gives us a glimpse of William’s backstory from “Adventures and Adversities”! It was very short making it easy to read in one sitting, but still very well-written and I enjoyed getting to read more about William’s past. The message was very sweet and profitable too – trusting God with our loved ones isn’t always the easiest, but it is very important!
Great story. :)
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Blog Tour: “Courage and Corruption” by Sarah Holman

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Today I’m pleased to share about Sarah Holman’s newest release in her Tales of Taelis series, “Courage and Corruption”! I’ve read the first two in this series, and greatly enjoyed them – so I’m sure I will enjoy this one as well when I get the chance to read it! For now, enjoy reading about the book, and take a peak at the excerpt!

 

About the Book:

ccfrontcoverCatherine 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?

Find it on Goodreads

 

Excerpt:

His mother looked up at the glistening castle and shook her head. “It still looks the same.”

“It makes me feel sad,” Jacob said, his eyes focusing on the highest point of the castle.

Christopher laughed. “Why would it do that? It is lovely, and mother had a happy time here in her younger years.”

Catherine looked back up at the castle, trying to see what Jacob saw.

“I do not know,” Jacob said shaking his head. “There is joy here, but also great sadness.”

“I think the lad can sense the stories that lay embedded in the stone walls,” a booming voice said.

All of them turned. A man with greying temples, with the build of someone used to hard labor, and wearing the simple clothes of a shepherd, stood behind them. Catherine thought he appeared kind, his smile wide and welcoming. She could not help but smile back.

“The story in the walls?” Jacob repeated, his gaze now locked with the stranger’s.

“Aye,” the man said with a broad, friendly smile. “Coraway Castle holds many stories for those who wish to know them. Many of them are happy stories, but a few are sad.” He pointed to Jacob. “I think this lad is sensing the one dark time in its past, but that is a story for another day.”

Christopher’s mother smiled and shook her head. “You have not changed much at all, Cousin Edwin. You were always a storyteller at heart.”

“Bethany, you look even better than the last time I saw you. It would seem God has blessed you with an abundance of children.” The man looked at each child.

“Indeed He has,” their mother said, letting go of her son’s arm. She moved forward and embraced her cousin before introducing her children. “You have met the twins when they were still in their toddling years, Christopher and Catherine. That is Jacob, and he is much like you I think. There is Lily, my youngest child.”

The smile on the man’s face widened, if that were possible. “Welcome, dear children. As you may have guessed, I am the Earl of Coraway, but while you are here, you may call me Uncle Edwin if you wish. But come, you must be tired from your journey. We only have a little farther to the gate, and then you will be able to rest.”

All of them eagerly followed the Earl and their mother as they struck up a conversation discussing people they both knew.

Catherine fell into step beside Christopher. When she glanced over at him, she saw him press his hand against the ring that lay under his shirt.

“If Uncle Edwin is a storyteller, perhaps he knows the story of the prince. Maybe he can help you decide what to do about the ring,” Catherine whispered.

About the Author:

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You can find her at her website: www.thedestinyofone.com


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Book Review: “Brothers and Betrayal” By Sarah Holman

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“Brothers and Betrayal” by Sarah Holman

#2 in The Tales of Taelis Series (click the link to go to Amazon and purchase!)   Releases March 28th 2015

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About Sarah Holman:

Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of three published books and counting. 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.

 

About the book:

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My Thoughts:

Once again, Sarah Holman has spun a marvelous tale, giving light to the many virtues the Lord desires to cultivate in us. In “Brothers and Betrayal”, the main theme is forgiveness and mercy. It’s oftentimes a hard lesson, but so important. I think it was shown beautifully in this book.

The characters were very like-able (except for the bad ones, but they were still well-crafted!), and I enjoyed reading from a couple of the characters’ different points of view. I found myself very intrigued by The Archer, and Brianna was another favourite character as well. Oh, and the character, Sarah was cute. :)

“Brothers and Betrayal” was a very enjoyable tale, and I am very much looking forward to the next in this lovely series! I really appreciate how Sarah Holman writes God-honouring tales that portray His goodness and is clearly woven in faith. I think these books would be a great read for all, but especially young readers, to encourage them in their walk with the Lord. I wish there were more books such as these!

So with that being said, I highly recommend these books to anyone and everyone! It is so refreshing to read such clear, godly, enjoyable books.

Marvelously done, Miss Holman!

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Readers, make sure you check out Sarah Holman’s blog for more info and fun! Link is provided when you click on either her name at the top also the very top image. :) And click on the link below to go to the Rafflecoptor Giveaway!!!

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I received a complimentary ecopy from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. I was not paid to give a positive review; all thoughts are my own.