The Pursued by Willowy Whisper {book review}


This review of The Pursued by Willowy Whisper {book review} is part of a blog tour (link below). It is the third book in the Hills of Innocence Trilogy.

 

Fawn Wendell has no choice but to flee. Her life depends on it. She has no where to go, but that doesn’t matter. She has to disappear. She has to get lost, never to be found again, before her pursuer attacks.
 
Adam Preston loves his children. They’re all he has left. But with the ranch to run, is there any way he can give them what they need, especially when he’s hurting himself?
 
Jake Sumner returns to an old house, a place that arouses too many memories. If he decides to stay, he may have trouble on his hands . . . trouble a whole lot bigger than him.
 
Sadie is an injured, silent bird, locked in a cage she can’t free herself from. Her nightmares are real. The fear kills her voice. Will she ever fly again?
 

My reaction: 

The Pursued is, as the title suggests, a novel about people who are wanted for something, and thus pursued. How they escape being caught is the story thread. The two story lines run parallel, increasing the suspense, with only one common acquaintance tying them together.

This book is a YA romance/mystery. It could be historical or modern day considering what is not told the reader. It takes place on/near a ranch. Written to a young audience, by a young author, and romance not being my favorite genre attributes to my reaction to the book. Also having read it in pdf format, it is unclear to the reader whether it has been properly edited. This is the author’s eighth book, of which this is my first read.

The book’s strong point is the action, the abundance of conversation, and its ability to hook the reader. It is a page turner. The characters are many, sometimes confusing, and not deep enough for my taste. There is a hint of faith, undeveloped but sought after in most characters. Perhaps the author wished to avoid being preachy. The book is not preachy. And it is squeaky clean, which is a great strength.

My Rating:  2 stars

I recommend this book to young readers looking for clean, wholesome adventure and mystery. I read a pdf copy sent to me by the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in her blog tour.

This review is also posted on Goodreads.

About the Author:
 
Willowy Whisper is a young, Christian fiction author. She lives in a beautiful place called West Virginia, nestled between mountain and field. She is the author of nine novels, eight of which are published, and numerous short stories. She is also a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, an incurable romantic, and a passionate dreamer. To follow her, visit her blog: http://www.willowywhisper.com

 

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2016 Reading List {Fiction}


2016 Reading List {Fiction}

What books do you plan on reading in 2016?

Do you plan what you will read, or just read what happens along?

My 2014 Reading List [Fiction} books was a first.   I used to go to the library, find what I like, bring home a big stack, and proceed to read.  No plan.  That changed in 2014.  To read more on how the list came to be, read Reading Priorities {What I Learned in 2013}.

The second year my 2015 Reading List {Fiction} was published.  Due to circumstances which I created, namely packing up and relocating, I was unable to complete the list this year.  My list for 2016 is comprised of the remaining titles from 2015 and a few others.

That being said, here is the plan. Specific authors, chosen for their clean writing style, clean content, moral characters, and in most cases a strong element of faith being lived in a character’s life.  Faith being a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, that is.

I am super pleased to report that my 2014 and 2015 fiction reading was edifying and wholesome.  Not a shred of regret for doing this.  I have had more excellent new authors and readers introduced to me than I have time to read.  It has been a blessed year of reading, far beyond my expectations.  Read more about what I read on Top Reads in 2014 and Top Reads in 2015.

Here’s my 2016 Reading List {Fiction}, authors first, then titles and authors:

My authors are:

Lynn Austin

Sarah Sundin

Anne Mateer

Maureen Lang

Miss Read

Ann Tatlock

Stephanie Grace Whitson

Jan Karon

Eugenia Price

Patricia Bradley

Sylvia Bambola

Donna Fletcher Crow

Wendell Berry

My books are:

All Things New  by Lynn Austin

A Home for My Heart  by Anne Mateer

Rebekah’s Treasure  by Sylvia Bambola

Promises to Keep   by Ann Tatlock

Through Waters Deep  by Sarah Sundin

On Sparrow Hill  by Maureen Lang

Glastonbury by Donna Fletcher Crow

Emily Davis by Miss Read

Tyler Row by Miss Read

Sarah’s Patchwork  by Stephanie Grace Whitson

A Common Life: the wedding story  by Jan Karon

Beloved Invader  by Eugenia Price

Jayber Crow  by Wendell Berry

 Winter in Thrush Green  by Miss Read

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin

Gone Without A Trace by Patricia Bradley

I used to be able to get all of these authors through my public library, and I’m hoping to do the same in my new library.  If your church has a library that may also be a good source for Christian fiction.  I am also starting to blog for books in 2016.  That is a way to get free copies of new releases.  The question is whether or not my favorite authors will be among the choices.

Check out my Goodreads account for a complete list of Want to Read books.  There are numerous new authors I am anxious to read, some of whom I follow on Twitter.

You might also be interested in reading the 2015 Favorite Author List post and the 2015 FICTION AUTHOR INDEX.

What about you?  Do you have a list?  What are your reading plans for 2016?

2015 Reading List {Fiction}


What books do you plan on reading in 2015?

Do you plan what you will read, or just read what happens along?

My 2014 Reading List [Fiction] books was a first.  I used to go to the library, find what I like, bring home a big stack, and proceed to read.  No plan.  That changed in 2014.  To read more on how the list came to be, read Reading Priorities {What I Learned in 2013}.

That being said, here is the plan. Specific authors, chosen for their clean writing style, clean content, moral characters, and in most cases a strong element of faith being lived in a character’s life.  Faith being a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, that is.

I am super pleased to report that my 2014 fiction reading was edifying and wholesome.  Not a shred of regret for doing this.  I have had more excellent new authors and readers introduced to me than I have time to read.  It has been a blessed year of reading, far beyond my expectations.  Read more about what I read on Top Reads in 2014.

Here’s my 2015 Reading List {Fiction}, authors first, then titles and authors:

My authors are:

Lynn Austin

Sarah Sundin

Anne Mateer

Ann H. Gabhart

Francine Rivers

Miss Read

Ann Tatlock

Stephanie Grace Whitson

Jan Karon

Eugenia Price

Patricia Bradley

Cindy Woodsmall

Jane Kirkpatrick

My books are:

Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

Playing By Heart by Anne Mateer

The Outsider by Ann H. Gabhart

A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

Every Secret Thing  by Ann Tatlock

Fairacre Festival by Miss Read

A Tendering in the Storm by Jane Kirkpatrick

 The Key On the Quilt  by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Out to Canaan by Jan Karon

When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall

New Moon Rising by Eugenia Price

The Believer by Ann H. Gabhart

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

 Winter in Thrush Green  by Miss Read

Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

 The Returning  by Ann Tatlock

A New Song by Jan Karon

Beloved Invader by Eugenia Price

The Seeker by Ann Gabhart

All of these books are available through my public library, but some of them will have to be put on hold in order to get them from other libraries in the system.  I am very thankful that our library system has such a wide selection of Christian literature available.  Not all public libraries do.  If your church has a library, you may be able to find good authors there.

Check out my Goodreads account for a complete list of Want to Read books.  There are numerous new authors I am anxious to read, some of whom I follow on Twitter.

What about you?  Do you have a list?  What are your reading plans for 2015?