A Wonderfully Written Thriller

Arcadia’s Children 2: The Fyfield Plantation
By Andrew R. Williams

This book is a sequel to Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s revenge published this past year. This book is a wonderful sequel to the first book in the series. And Tarmy and Samantha return too!

This is a great story. Once, Mick Tarmy finds himself in a situation that takes his breath away. It isn’t his fault that he finds himself in this situation. But it is what it is and now he has to deal with it or he will be in even more danger.

He is still carrying the burdens of a deceased criminal and outlaw. He is hated and loved by people around him. This is a combination that makes his life really hard to get his mind around. And it is dangerous at every turn both to him and his loved ones.

However, the people who hate Tarmy have evil schemes hovering in the background. They would like to kill him so that they don’t have to see him anymore. They don’t even care how many people that Tarmy cares about and loves get hurt in the process. But most importantly, they are also after his daughter, Amanda. This is something that he can’t fathom and put up with. So, the tension is at its highest at this point in the story drawing the reader even more deeply into the narrative of the book.

Tarmy starts to take all of these hardships quite personally, and he falls into a deep melancholy. However, he cannot allow himself to resist fighting because Samantha is hovering in the background ready to pounce and make the situation even worse.

I love Williams’ way of creating plot lines within plot lines. He is a master storyteller, someone that any writer might want to emulate because of the depth, breath, honesty and sincerity of his writing.

I loved this story from start to finish! I will definitely be recommending it to my friends who love thrillers. I can’t wait for his next book!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


A wonderful and Inspiring Picture Book for Kids of all Ages

This is one of these wonderful books for kids of all ages.  It will inspire kids to be their best and to empower themselves to be their best.

This book showcases a girl who has low self-esteem. She is struggling to fit in as a normal girl.  She always feels awkward.  She hides and tries to not engage with the world around her because she believes others will shun her and disapprove of her.

But as the story progresses, with the encouragement of others, she stands tall and she allows herself to be who she is, a wonderful, capable, beautiful and intelligent person.

We are all made in the image of God. And because of this, we were meant to be who we are, not anyone else. Jesus doesn’t make junk. He makes people who are each in their own way beautiful and wonderful.

This book offers this wonderful message for kids of all ages. I recommend it for girls but also boys. I invite parents to read this book over and over to their kids. We live in a culture that is so negative. We all need encouragement. We all need to be inspired. And this book offers just that!

I loved this book from beginning to end.

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A Wonderful Sci-Fi Story That Will Keep You Reading and Reading

Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge
By Andrew R. Williams

This is a very captivating sci-fi fantasy story that will keep you reading until you have finished the last page. The story is one of a kind. You will want to read more. But alas the story will be over.

Williams’ sci-fi fantasy story has many intriguing twists and turns which will easily captivate your attention from the beginning. Williams portrays an exciting and adventurous story of alien invasion in a vivid and convincing way.

In addition, the characters are drawn with amazing credibility, depth, and integrity. If you’re looking for an action packed, sci-fi fantasy adventure that’s packed with courage, bravery and heroism that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, this book is for you.

Further, the story had every element a good story should have. This amazing story has an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s also an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that will make you feel like you are right in the middle of the story in another worldly place, far away from the here and now.

There is something very magical about reading fantasy fiction like this. It helps us imagine worlds that are quite removed from our own and some of the possibilities outside our realm of the normal of here and now. And this story did exactly that for me.

This is the first book in the series. I can’t wait to see what Andrew Williams comes up next. I’m sure he’s creating it as we speak.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A Wonderful Book About Finding the Truth in God’s Way of Living

Calling on the Deep: The Believer’s Quest for Revival
By Jerome N. Okoye

This is an important book about finding the truth in God’s way of living and also knowing what we believe and living it. It is a book that will deepen our faith and make us more humble servants of God.

We all experience so much unhappiness and dissatisfaction in our lives. Could this unhappiness and dissatisfaction be because we don’t know the path that leads to happiness through Jesus? Are we not culprits of our own misery?

Many of us doubt God. This skepticism causes a lot of problems for us. For one thing, we won’t be living a life that is worthy of God if we don’t trust Him. We will simply live as if what matters most is what we desire right now.

We must remember that are partakers of his divine nature. However, to receive this advantage, we must put aside human nature and put on the very nature of divinity. God, by his divine power, has given us all things that pertain to life. This comes through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue.

We also live in a world where everything is quick and in the moment. There is no waiting for things to happen. Given our technological world, it is easy to get answers quickly. But are those answers that satisfy us for long?

Do we even know what we are called to do? If we don’t know that we are sons and daughters of God, we can’t know what we are called to do. We should do what matters most to God in our lives.

To do this, we have to see correctly, and live according to what we see. Our one desire should be to obey Him with humility. And we are expected to walk before Him, blameless and sinless. Then God’s revival can begin in us. And we have to keep awakening it every day by spreading the word until the world is filled with the knowledge of God. This is our path to happiness.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A Wonderful Picture Book For Kids With Lessons About the Importance of Love and Family

In Time Butterfly
By Amanda Derrick & Jessica Tukaj

This is a wonderful picture book for kids with important lessons about love and family.

The story is about Paul and Mona, two little caterpillars who befriend each other. As time goes on, Mona grows faster than Paul. Paul becomes frustrated and wants to do everything that Mona is doing. But he can’t because he is a bit different from her.

Regardless of their differences, they form a real bond. They spend a lot of time talking with one another. But one day, Mona becomes a butterfly and she is able to fly away and have a lot of exciting adventures. But she always comes back and talks to Paul every night about her experiences of the day.

More than their friendship, Mona truly believes in Paul. When Paul becomes frustrated because he wasn’t growing as fast, she always said that he would become a butterfly in time. What a powerful message for kids of all ages! If only kids would learn the important message that they all have potential from the earliest age, adolescence would be a much less frustrating time for teens.

This is an important book that can be read by kids of all ages. In addition, the illustrations are striking and beautiful, making this picture book for kids a true treasure.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A Wonderfully Written Book by Paddy Bostock

The Hanging
By Paddy Bostock

This is a crime suspense novel that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat until you have read the last page. But what is more, the story is well-structured and a joy to read. The story is also filled with magic and suspense page after page.

The entire story revolves around the magical onyx stone. There are three main characters – the troll Vilius Vilutis and two elves Mordecai and Hazchem. Then there’s Zingy who’s the business foe of Villius. Do they manage to find the onyx stone and protect the world? That is a question that I will have to leave the reader with.

Posing as a papal nuncio, the troll Vilius “The Vile” Vilutis haunts the Cumbrian hills. He is in search of the magical onyx with the potential to revolutionalize smartphones worldwide. He is aiming to put his enemy, Silicon Valley gazillionaire Zingy Splitz out of business forever. Can he do it?

Suspicious, Zingy contacts Pope Benny in Rome, where rumour has it Vilius once worked, thus discovering the troll’s current whereabouts. Meanwhile two ghastly hangings disrupt the peace. The Vatican is implicated in the crimes, its motives darker than Vilius’s vindictiveness. The troll doesn’t seem to be as vile as it first appeared.

This is the fourteenth book for Paddy Bostock. I can’t imagine what he will come up with for another storyline. Some books are such gems that it made me think that an encore would be hard to pull off. But Paddy Bostock can, and will, pull it off I am sure. I will certainly look out for his other books and read them too.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A GREAT Fictional Story that Will Have you Reading for Hours Nonstop

Chinese Pearl
By Patrick Aaron

There are some books that one cannot put down. They transfix you and make you forget the rest of the world. This is the magic of a good story, and I found that Chinese Pearl did that very thing to me. It was so wonderful to loose myself in the world of fiction for a while, a world that is hopeful and also has many lessons the most important of which is unconditional love.

The story is about a midwife Xiulan whose dream of raising her own child seems to be dashed until she is called to help a mother give birth to a baby boy. When the mother gives birth, she delivers a boy followed by an albino girl with white hair. The girl’s grandmother doesn’t want to keep the second baby and asks Xiulan to dispose of her in the sea. But Xiulan cannot bring herself to do that and realizes that maybe she will be able to raise a child of her own after all.

As time goes on, Xiulan realizes that there is a lot that is very different and wonderful about the girl. One of these things is her psychic ability. As she grows, she draws people to come visit the family’s apothecary. But can these powers attract the wrong attention over time? It soon does involving many different agencies and China’s National Aviation Corporation pilots.

This book will make you laugh and cry. It is a book that is deep and yet light at the same time. I don’t think I have ever read a book that has just that perfect combination. What a gem of a book!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth