Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blog Tour Book Review: Just a Closer Walk (Hymns of the West Novella #4)

If you have read any mail order bride stories, you've probably noticed that even though the bride and groom never met each other, they are both genuinely good people. It's a rare story that has a scam or a truly bad person either write or respond to the mail order bride advertisement. Faith Blum took that rare theme and wrote three novellas about five young ladies duped into becoming mail order brides only to find out the men they were supposed to marry weren't what they had appeared in the letters. The first of those novellas, Just a Closer Walk, released on June 26th, and I had the opportunity to read and review it!

My Book Review for Just a Closer Walk

This was an enjoyable novella. Perfect for curling up for an afternoon summer escape.

The main characters, Katie and Joanna, come from different backgrounds, with different baggage they need to overcome, to find happiness. One woman has a faith in God, and the other is not so sure. They have a few sticky situations, but the characters ban together with the other young woman who have been duped into being mail-order brides. The story really is a sweet read. All the characters have personalities that are strong in different ways. While the story is a novella and could benefit from a deeper look into the characters’ hearts and feelings, the story does show Joanna’s and Katie’s struggle to overcome in an inspiring light.

My favorite part was seeing the thoughts of potential suitor Benjamin after an incident with Joanna. The glimpse into his character was the most profound and developed. Another part, through the simple words of a little girl, made me cry. Her words were so minor, but they truly showed how faith works.

This novel is suitable for all ages. No inappropriate scenes. I was seriously hoping for an awkward unbuttoning of a certain someone’s wedding dress, but that never happened.

Christian romance readers will enjoy this light, quick read.

Note: I was able to jump right into this novella without missing a beat, although I bet that by reading the novel, The Solid Rock, the development of the characters would have more meaning for the reader.

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book

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I am weak, but Thou art strong/Jesus, keep me from all wrong/I’ll be satisfied as long/As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?

About the Author

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Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she has grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.

When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana, to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.

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Faith is doing an amazing giveaway! She’s giving away a paperback of the novel that inspired Just a Closer Walk PLUS a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway. Once you have completed one of them, go to Faith’s Blog and make a comment saying what you’ve done.
  1. Sign up for my New Releases Newsletter (you’ll get a free eBook, too!).
  1. Pin the giveaway picture on Pinterest.
  1. Tweet about the giveaway (there will be a tweet about the giveaway pinned to my twitter feed if you would like to retweet that. Otherwise, make your own tweet and tag me in it: @Faith_Blum)
  1. Visit and/or Like Faith Blum on Facebook.
  1. Follow Faith on Twitter.
  1. Share the giveaway in some other creative way.

Tour Schedule

June 27
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour intro
Rebekah Lyn Books-Book Review

June 28
Rachel Rossano's Words-Book Spotlight
Lesa Mckee-Author Interview

June 29
Kaiser Writes A Blog-Book Spotlight
The Abrahamic Adventures-Book Review

June 30
Stephany Tullis BLOG-Character Interview
Joyful Peacock-Author Interview
Bookish Orchestrations-Book Spotlight

July 1
In the Bookcase-Book Review
Ramblings-Guest Post

July 2
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Book Review
Majestic Golden Rose-Book Review and Author Interview
Laurel's Leaves-Author Interview

July 3
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Giveaway announcement