Another great historical story from J.P. Robinson! In the Shadow of Your Wings moves between characters in Germany and Great Britain during war time. Leila Durand is a German spy with a troubled past who falls in love with Malcom, the son of Thomas Steele, a British icon, whose home she is to infiltrate. She struggles between her love for Germany and her love for an enemy of Germany, and trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes.
Eleanor Thompson is a woman of faith, but her faith is pushed to its very limits when her infant daughter is killed in a German air raid after her husband has gone off to fight in the war. However, Eleanor doesn’t give up on life as she remains hopeful to reunite with her husband when the war is over, but he doesn’t answer any of her letters. As she sees the horrors of war, she begins to lose hope, yet stubbornly clings to her faith.
J.P. Robinson weaves a tale of intrigue and history as these characters’ lives intertwine in unexpected ways. There is also a German family that takes center stage in some chapters. This book shows the heartbreak of war and the struggle for faith. It is my favorite of Mr. Robinson’s book so far.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction that includes intrigue and suspense.
“As the centerpiece of a cherished ritual, it’s a talisman against the chill of winter, a respite from the ho-hum routine of the day.”
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake,
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Today’s Tea Tidbit is a quote:
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
The Christmas Spirit
by Kelly F. Barr
Yesterday you filled your plate and overate;
The pumpkin pie tasted great!
Today you’re worried about a few extra pounds,
So you jog the block, round and round.
Then you’re off to the mall
Making sure not to skip a single hall;
Searching out those Black Friday deals
And thinking about the next holiday meal.
Next stop is the Christmas tree farm
All decked out in holiday charm.
You pick out the perfect tree
And cut it down on hands and knees.
At home, with tree in stand, you string the lights–
No knots or tangles, and they all work to your delight.
You hang the ornaments in silver and gold
While drinking hot chocolate to stave off the cold.
Tomorrow the cookie baking starts
While the Christmas spirit grows in your heart.
But in your busyness, don’t forget
That child in the manger who loves you yet.
Rise of the Fallen is the second book in the “War of the Realm” series by Chuck Black. In the first book, we met Drew Carter who appeared to be an average teen until there was an accident in a college science lab.
Now, in Rise of the Fallen, Chuck takes us deep into the spiritual realm, where everyone in this realm is wondering “why is Drew Carter so important”? This book takes us way back in history in every other chapter and then back to the present day in every other chapter. It’s a story of history, battles, and wars, as well as looking at the main events of Drew Carter’s life from a different perspective.
This book was a surprise to me. After reading Cloak of the Light, I wasn’t expecting the twist that this story brings to the series, but I was hooked from the first page to the very last. This story is filled with history and suspense. I can’t wait to begin the final book in the series, Light of the Last. I look forward to seeing what twists Mr. Black has for me in this one.
If you enjoy fantasy and suspense stories, you’ll enjoy the first two books of this series. Also, if you wonder about the spiritual realm and like to mentally explore the possibilities, you’ll love Rise of the Fallen. After those two, I’m sure you won’t be able to resist the final book in the “War of the Realm” series.
These are great books for YA boys!
Today’s Tea Tidbit:
Teapot is on, the cups are waiting,
Favorite chairs anticipating,
No matter what I have to do,
My friend, there’s always time for you.
Strangers Are Friends We Haven’t Met
by Helen Steiner Rice
God knows no strangers,
He loves us all,
The poor, the rich,
The great, the small . . .
He is a friend
Who is always there
To share our troubles
And lessen our care . . .
No one is a stranger
in God’s sight,
For God is love
And in His Light
May we, too, try
In our small way
To make new friends
From day to day . . .
So pass no stranger
With an unseeing eye,
For God may be sending
A new friend by.