By The Waters Of Babylon – Around The World In 80 Books #18

Mesu Andrews is becoming one of my go-to authors for Biblical Fiction – she can take a time period from the Bible, mix in some interesting characters and tell a story both entertaining and educational regarding the Biblical record. By The Waters Of Babylon, second book in the Psalms Series, does all of that. Different…

Saffire – Around The World In 80 Books #17

Setting: Panama Time Period: 1909 Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer is the story of a Dakota cowboy, James Holt, who finds himself thrust into the politics of Panama during the building of the canal in 1909. Though Holt had no interest in either politics or the canal, he went because a former friend asked him –…

Courageous – Around The World In 80 Books #16

Setting: Lebanon Time Period: Middle Ages / Crusades If you’re familiar with the Valiant Hearts Series by Dina L. Sleiman, then you know that children play a big part in her books. The last installment in this series, Courageous, takes that to a whole new level with a group of kids who take part in…

Dauntless – Around The World In 80 Books #15

“If I still believed in God, I might have whispered a thanks. But I do not. I only believe in me. And the children I must protect. Robyn of the Hode might steal from the rich and give to the poor, but we are the poor, and I concern myself only with caring for us.”…

The Peacemakers – Around The World In 80 Books #12

Setting: Vietnam and US Time Period: 1970’s I had reservations about reading The Peacemakers, it wasn’t my typical genre and I wondered if the story would keep my interest. Man, was I wrong about that! I fell in love with this book from the first chapter and now I want to go back and read…

Intended For Evil – Around The World In 80 Books #11

Setting: Cambodia Time Period: 1975 “Intended For Evil” is a deeply moving re-telling of a man’s suffering and survival in the killing fields of Cambodia during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. I have always loved true stories and reading ones like this remind me how blessed I am to live in a country that’s…

Nagasaki – Around The World In 80 Books #10

Setting: Nagasaki, Japan Time Period: 1945 – 2011 My first “real” exposure to the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were a visit to the Smithsonian in Washington DC two years ago. After walking through that exhibit, reading the posted information and watching video clips, I was both fascinated and sad at the power that ended…

Secrets Revealed – Around The World In 80 Books #9

Setting: Warsaw, Poland Time Period: 1946 “Secrets Revealed” by Roberta Kagan is the second book in her “Proud To Be A Jew Series” set in post WWII Warsaw, Poland. I downloaded this one as an ebook on my Kindle for my “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge. Though I didn’t read the first…

Najila – Around The World In 80 Books #8

“Najila” by C. J. Illinik is a sequel to another book called “The Tablets of Ararat.” (I haven’t read the first book yet.) In the story, Najila, her Christian father and Muslim grandmother leaves Baghdad to return to Constantinople. Young and spoiled, Najila has only known Baghdad as her home and has no desire to…

Where We Belong – Around The World In 80 Books #7

Setting: Sinai Peninsula Time Period: 1860-1890 The gorgeous cover of this book caught my eye the first time I saw it advertised and thought it would make a great addition to the “Around The World In 80 Books” reading challenge I’m doing this year. At first, I thought I would place it under Egypt for…