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Book Review: “Admirable” by Sarah Holman

Admirable (Tales of Taelis Short Stories Book 1) by [Holman, Sarah]

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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Good morning :)

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:

111 Author - closer.JPGSarah 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

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Author Interview with Sarah Holman

I am happy to be sharing another author interview, this time with the self-published author, Sarah Holman! She is celebrating the release of her newest book, “Brothers and Betrayal” the second book in her “Tales of Taelis” series. I reviewed the first in the series (here) and will be sharing my review of “Brothers and Betrayal” on Tuesday the 24th. :)
Welcome to my blog, Miss Holman, I’m delighted to have you here! Would you like to introduce yourself a bit?
Hi! I am twenty-four years old and still live with my amazing parents and siblings on five acres of wooded land in the heart of Texas. You can find my most day tapping out stories on my computer, or reading stories someone else has written.
How long have you been writing for and what first spurred you on to write?
I have been writing novels since I was eleven (so I guess that makes it fifteen years). I started writing because I was frustrated that I couldn’t find books that I wanted to read. So, I decided to make my own stories. It kinda took off from there.
-I love hearing things like that. Writing is such a gift. :)
Your Tales of Taelis Series is very faith-filled and inspiring, were any of the lessons shown in the book from your personal walk with God?
All my books have a lesson within the pages, mostly ones that God is trying to get though my thick head.  For instance, Adventure and Advertises was written when I was going through a very hard time in my walk with God and out of that came the lesson that God cares and is there for me, even when I couldn’t feel him.
-That’s really cool. I love when God teaches through writing.
How long did it take you to write your newest Tales of Taelis book, “Brothers and Betrayal”?
It took me about three weeks to write the first draft. That is a new record for me.
-That’s impressive!
Do you have a favourite character from it that you relate to most?
Brianna, the Princess, is my favorite, even though we don’t have a lot on common. However, we both do try to stand up for those who are in need of help, even when others think they are not worthy.
You self-published: did you experience any troubles going that route, or are you entirely happy with it?
Yes and yes. I had some troubles, but I am completely happy with my decision. I really felt that this was what I was supposed to do and I have never regretted it. When I do hit snags, I have a huge community of other indi-authors that I can ask questions of.
 -Good to know, and yes, I’m sure that’s a blessings!
What are your writing plans for the future?
Currently, I am in the middle of editing the first book in a new series for adults about and FBI team that I plan to publish this summer. I also am planning to publish the next book in the Tales of Taelis series this fall. If that wasn’t enough, I also have a bunch of short stories I plan to release.
 Thank you for visiting, Sarah, and congratulations on this new book of yours!
More about Sarah Holman….
The Destiny of One – her blog
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.
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Book Review: “Adventures and Adversities” by Sarah Holman

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“Adventures and Adversities” by Sarah Holman

Tales of Taelis Book One

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About:

One day Alditha is content living with her family, the next she is taking her friend’s place to serve at the king’s castle. Her father’s final instructions, to keep smiling and to do what is right, will be harder to live out than she ever imagined. She will face a royal nephew who delights in making people miserable, an angry servant girl who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and noblemen who plot murder. Will she be able to keep the promise she made to her father? Will she find the faith she longs for during all her Adventures and Adversities?

My Thoughts:

I was very impressed by this book.  It felt so real, so life-like, and that, even when I finished, I didn’t want to leave.

Sarah Holman writes a beautiful, intricate story that is so filled with faith and struggles that you cannot help but relate to it and the characters. Alditha was a strong character – she faced so many trials, yet she kept faith through them all. And one of my favourite lessons of this book was how she learned that God can handle our tears and our laughter, our joy and our sorrows, both. He understands that we struggle, and He helps us with it. The book also taught to look at all the blessings He has given us in this life; not to focus on the bad. Her attitude really encouraged and challenged my own.

There were a few spelling/word errors, but they were easy to overlook for me. You knew what she was saying, so it still came across beautifully. This book is more of a journey-type book. We get to watch as Alditha journeys through her life and how she handles it. Sometimes it felt like it might have lacked a bit of a strong plot, but for me, that didn’t hinder it at all. The overwhelming sense I got from the book was how Miss Holman shared God and our faith in Him – it was so well done. It is something I want to see in every book – if God is present, the whole book will come together. And He was present here.

I also appreciate the historical details she added to it. It helped make the book come even more alive. And the medieval period is one of my most favourites. :)

I greatly admire Sarah Holman and her willingness to share her own faith and struggles. She wrote a note at the end of the book, and said that often she felt that her writing was so God could teach her – and I love that! I’ve experienced that in my own writing. She was being real, and that showed through her novel beautifully.

This is a book I would gladly recommend to anyone.

 

Thank you, Sarah, for sending me a complimentary ecopy for this review! It has blessed me!

 

(Side note: the song “He Knows” by Jeremy Camp came to mind while reading this book – I thought it fit well!)