Christine Lindsay – Shadowed in Silk

3 – 7 February 2014

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

is introducing

Shadowed in Silk

WhiteFire Publishing Sept 2011

 

 

By

Christine Lindsay

About the Book

She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

About the Author

Christine Lindsay writes historical inspirational novels with strong love stories, and she takes pride in her Irish roots. Her great grandfather and grandfather worked as riveters in the Belfast shipyard, one of those ships her ancestors helped build was the Titanic. On her mother’s side it was stories of ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India that seeded Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj and became the stimulus for her Twilight of the British Raj series.The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home where she lives with her husband, David, and they enjoy the visits from their adult children and grandchildren. Like a lot of authors, Christine’s chief editor is her cat

www.christinelindsay.com

Amanda’s Review

I have to admit I read Shadowed in Silk after Captured by Moonlight, so in the wrong order. But it didn’t really matter too much. It was great to read the story of characters that were only mentioned a little in the second novel. They both can be read as stand alone novels.

Once again I was transported to the exotic setting of India amidst the turmoil of political upheaval. That backdrop gave the story great tension and kept me turning the pages. And I loved the way the romance built between the main characters. There were enough twists and turns to keep me satisfied until I put Shadowed in Silk down with a sigh of contentment.

I look forward to the third instalment of the Twilight of the British Raj series and I recommend Christine’s novels to anyone who loves a good romance with a bit of suspense and a different setting.

Carol Preston – Truly Free

From the Back Cover:

trulyfreelargeBetsy loves her grandfather, but he has woven a tangled web of deceit throughout his life. Now, in his death, Betsy is determined to find out the truth. What she does not plan on and must face is that the journey to truth reveals issues in her own life and also that of her father, from whom she has been estranged for many years. Will she find the path to true freedom for them all?

Amanda’s Review:

I really loved this fourth and last instalment of Carol Preston’s Turning the Tide series. The questions left unanswered in Tangled Secrets were resolved, leaving me with a satisfied feeling at the conclusion. And I must admit I had a tear in my eye as well.

Carol has a real talent at taking the facts surrounding her ancestry and creating characterisation for those people, making their stories come to life. In Truly Free I really sensed Carol’s background in counselling coming through the storyline, as she examined motives and the reason people act the way they do.

I was especially caught into the novel by the murder mystery that was part of the story in this book. I wanted to know what the characters would discover about the suspicious circumstances that surrounded Bill’s supposed suicide.

All in all a very satisfactory read, and recommended to those who enjoy historical novels.

About the Author:

carol-photoCarol lives in Wollongong, NSW with her husband, Neil. As well as writing novels based on her family history, Carol has a private counselling practice and enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her four grandchildren and bushwalking. She has pursued with great admiration the lives of her ancestors in Australia and has greatly enjoyed writing novels based on their stories and the inspiring history of the Australian people. For more information about Carol’s books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website: http://www.carolpreston.com.au

Carol Preston – Insight

Rather than offer Carol Preston a standard interview, I asked her to share part of her life with us – either a story about how she met her husband or her testimony of faith. Carol offered to share about both.

carol-photoMeeting my husband, Neil, and beginning my faith journey, really happened about the same time. It all seems so long ago now that I can hardly imagine being without either. I was just thirteen when my Mum and I attended a Christian rally with an American speaker, whose message really made it  clear to me that a commitment to follow Jesus would give my life meaning, purpose and joy. So I pushed my way to the front when the invitation was given and I’ve been walking with God ever since.

Within weeks my Mum decided it would be best if we began to attend the church she had grown up in, and that was the Church of Christ. We began going to services in that church and I went off to youth group with a couple of my friends. Neil was one of the youth group leaders and over the next couple of years we got to know each other, fell in love and we were married when I was just 19, and he 20.

In those days this was a pretty normal pattern amongst the young people at church. We all wanted similar things and had similar expectations. We were focussed on living our lives for God and partnering with someone of like mind was a priority. So while we experienced all the challenges of getting to know someone new and working out how to love, bless and support one another, neither of us had any doubt that we were meant to be together for our lives.

And now here we are 45 years later! Plenty of ups and downs, two wonderful children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and son-in-law, and four gorgeous grandchildren. A  very blessed life for which I am very grateful.

How wonderful to have both found the Lord and the love of your life around the same time. Last week I reviewed Carol’s novel Tangled Secrets in conjunction with the ACRBA blog tour. You can read the review here. I asked Carol to tell us what she’s working on now.

At the moment I am writing my ninth novel. It’s an historical fiction, of course, and based on the real lives of some more of my ancestors. This is quite a different story though, as it’s based on a family who immigrated to Australia from Germany, to work in Grafton. The family, along with many others, was supported in coming here to take up work in a factory belonging to a German immigrant who had been very successful in business and wanted to share his good fortune with fellow countrymen.

So I’m moving away from stories about convicts and facing some interesting challenges of writing about language and cultural barriers which would have faced these newcomers. Of course, it’s still a love story and there are some sad, as well as exciting historical events which occur during the period about which I’m writing – the late 1800s. I’m really enjoying the research and the writing and hope it will be a really good read. I have no title yet but it will essentially be a story about belonging.

Sounds great Carol! In the meantime, the last of Carol’s Turning the Tide Series is out now. Here is a bit about it:

trulyfreelargeWhen Betsy’s beloved grandfather dies in suspicious circumstances she is determined to find out the truth about his final hours. Even when she uncovers long held secrets in his past, she holds onto her belief in his goodness.

But the journey to truth reveals issues in her own family and that of her father, from whom she has been estranged for many years.

Can she face her own past?

Set in the early colonial days of New South Wales and based on real characters in the mid 1800s. Truly Free continues the story from Tangled Secrets, Books 3 and 4 in the Turning the Tide Series.

Carol Preston – Tangled Secrets

4 – 8 March

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance
is introducing

Tangled Secrets
(Even Before Publishing Sept 2012)

by

Carol Preston

Available at Amazon for $1.99 for the month of March

About the Author

Carol lives in Wollongong, NSW with her husband, Neil. As well as writing novels based on her family history, Carol has a private counselling practice and enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with her four grandchildren and bushwalking. She has pursued with great admiration the lives of her ancestors in Australia and has greatly enjoyed writing novels based on their stories and the inspiring history of the Australian people. For more information about Carol’s books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website: http://www.carolpreston.com.au

About the book

In tragic circumstances Beth and her brothers are left in England to grow up without their parents. When Beth’s childhood dream to be reunited with her father in Australia finally eventuates she finds that dreams do not always come true.The reality she faces is a tangled web of disappointment, deceit and mistakes. Further abandonment follows. Will she ever find true love? And will she discover she doesn’t have to be alone before it is too late?Set in the early colonial days of New South Wales and based on real characters in the mid 1800s.Revisit Charlotte and Thomas from Charlotte’s Angel and Mary’s Guardian, and meet new characters in this new novel by Carol Preston. Mary’s Guardian was a finalist in the fiction section of CALEB 2011.

Amanda’s Review:

I’ve read several of Carol’s books now and I love the way she creates full characters and lives and stories from the details she has unearthed from her own ancestry. It really gives you a sense of what life might have been like in the early days of Australia for these people.
I was glad to hear that Carol’s next novel, Truly Free, is a follow on from Tangled Secrets, because while I really enjoyed the read and kept wondering what would happen left, some things were left unresolved. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this story when Truly Free is released in June this year.
If you love to read about the pioneering days of Australia’s history, you’ll love Tangled Secrets.

Signed Sealed Delivered – Rita Stella Galieh

From the Back Cover:

S S & D cover enhancedHow could she believe in her future when she couldn’t escape her past?

Book I of the Watermark Women Trilogy is the story of Megan Trevallyn, a young English governess who stands accused of a heinous crime.

 The cast of characters whose lives entwine with Megan’s destiny is as follows:  Cornelia Cantrell, the scheming mistress of the Mayfair mansion; Captain Charles Cantrell, her love; Lieutenant John Stafford, her nemesis; Ezra Montefiore, an ardent suitor. And her Christian mentor, Caroline Chisholm, the bane of all who practice excessive adherence to rules and regulations in the new colony.

Journey with her as her heart is broken by a traumatic fraudulent report. Megan will encounter duplicity by those of her household who stand to gain most by her transportation to a harsh penal colony in Australia.

Stripped of everything except her faith, upon her arrival will she survive the daunting challenge she faces? And will this be a land of promise…or perdition?

Amanda’s Review:

As a lover of historicals, particularly Australian historicals, I had to read this novel. And Rita Galieh didn’t disappoint. Signed Sealed Delivered really brought out the hardships that serving women faced in the 1800s. Without money or title, Megan Trevallyn has difficulty proving her word against those who would seek to ruin her life. Therefore, she ends up being transported to Australia in a sad case of injustice. We follow Megan as she tries to live with what has happened to her, and maintain her faith in God in the midst of her troubles.

This novel held my interest from the beginning. One thing after another happens to this poor girl and I had to keep turning the pages to see if any good would come of it all. The pace kept me turning pages right through to the dramatic climax of the story and to its satisfaction. The only thing I would say is I would have liked to see more of Megan’s internal struggle with what had happened to her as I felt this deeper side of the story was glossed over at times.

If you love historical novels with a fast paced story line and plenty of tension, Signed Sealed Delivered is for you.

About the Author:

RitaPicPassionate about faith-based fiction, Rita focuses on the Victorian era with all its undercurrents. With two novels released by a traditional Australian publisher and several US Cup of Comfort anthologies, she blogs weekly at http://inspirationalromance.blogspot.com.au with nearly 1000 hits per month.

She studied art at the Sydney National Art School and now enjoys painting pictures with words. A graduate of Emmaus Bible College, together with her evangelist/violinist husband, George, she writes scripts and is a co-speaker on a Christian radio program broadcast Australia-wide. And each year she and George combine art and music with a message for a month of ministry in Thailand in Buddhist government schools, prisons, orphanages, hospitals, and churches.