A Storyteller’s Anthology: 26 Inspiring Character Portraits For Our Time is not a book that you should read fast. There’s too much to think about and digest. The individual stories themselves are not long, you can read through them quickly. I found myself not wanting to jump right into the next story; I wanted to let what I just read soak in a little. Because of that I have not finished the entire book; I’m about half way through.
I have enjoyed all the stories I’ve read so far. A couple of them I heard before but the majority were new to me. I like that with the well-known ones the author has added additional information to; there is backstory and information about what happened after the events in the story. He explains (in the very long introduction) that he collected and revised the stories over the years as he told them to many different groups.
There is no doubt that After the Rain is well researched. There are many details of the early 1900s included, and contrasts between city and country life. I’m on the heroine’s side and much prefer country life.
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The reader starts out by learning about the hero and his family through the hero’s voice. He is a good man that helps his family and is striving to stay strong in his faith. He rescues several people and animals throughout the story like a true hero. His character stays the same throughout the story.
The other voice used to tell the story is the heroine. She has to deal with physical, mental, and emotional changes throughout the story. I think she dealt with them in a good way. She stayed strong when necessary and had good people to help her through the rough times. Her close friendship with her maid was unusual for the time but good to read about.
In At Love’s Bidding two drastically different worlds collide for a fun, yet heart-rending story. I enjoyed it a lot. There are some parts that go as expected, yet others take longer to wrap up with surprise events thrown in that keep the story interesting.
The heroine starts to break out of her shell at her home, but is quickly pushed to do unusual things as she accompanies her grandfather to a place with a totally different way of life than she has ever known. I think she does well with the information and life twists given her. She grows in maturity and self confidence throughout the story.
This is the first book in the series “Twilight of the British Raj” and the author’s debut novel. It’s also the first I’ve read of Christine Lindsay’s books and I’m eager to read more – especially since she assured me that they only get better.
In Shadowed in Silk the reader is taken along to India with the heroine, Abby Fraser. The story is set in 1918 during the time of British rule over India. Many British citizens are living in India but they are living as if they were still in England.
Abby grew up in America and lived in England, but didn’t feel like she belonged either place. She has brought her son to India so they can live together as a family with her husband. Her life in India does not turn out to be what she expected or could live with. It felt like her inner character changed and grew for the better over the course of the story. She has to deal with emotional trauma as well as physical when the natives start to revolt against the British.
The hero is a dashing British officer that has been through some terrible times physically in the war and emotionally in his personal life. He doesn’t fit the average soldier mold in his view of the natives and India’s politics, but he fits the heroic character mold just fine.
There was something about this story that captured my attention from the beginning. I’m not sure what it was, but I didn’t want to put Hand-Me-Down Princess down. Maybe it is the behind-the-scenes feel of the story. It’s fiction that could be real, but even if it were real the story would not be public knowledge because the royalty’s PR would keep it quiet.
The heroine is a very young nineteen year old who has to deal with an arranged marriage to royalty, the death of her father, and some surprising personal news – all in the first quarter of the story! Jessabelle has been given a good foundation of faith and poise by her father and previous situations so even when she finds herself floundering she doesn’t quit. She is able to change, grow, and face the world as a royal, young adult with the help of the prince and the Lord.