My Review for The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton

The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton is an excellent book and one I highly recommend! Great adventure in Ireland! The plot is so mysterious and exciting! I’m a picky reader and this kept my interest right from the start and carried all the way through the book. Difficult to put down when I had to do other things!

The cover is very cool – I like it a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

Synopsis from author ~

Eira O’Brien has no greater desire than to see her life returned to what it once wasโ€”before her older brother Kevin’s sudden disappearance four years earlier. But the simple life she hoped for seems unattainable; on the contrary, her life is about to get all the more complicated.

When she suddenly finds herself and Willem, her twin brother, taken captive by someone who claims to be Kevinโ€™s enemy, things go from bad to worse. It soon becomes clear that she and Willem are to become bait in a trap set for Kevin, and Eira knows she must try to warn him. But how, when she herself is a captive?

As mysteries of the past are unveiled, and loyalties are revealed, Eira realizes how precious her friends truly are. And when mortal danger threatens those nearest to her, will she be able to trust God with the lives of her friends and family?

I just love how beautiful the land, sky and sea were described in chapter one! It’s very important to me for an author to paint an accurate scene and make the reader feel as if you are there. For this book: mission accomplished. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eira is very likable and nice. A real person. Relatable. Curious like me. Love that she is skilled with a sword. Feisty. I can cook, though. Eira, by her own admission, can’t cook very well. It’s been said that what she cooks is not fit to eat (treif ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

Her brothers are also very cool and likable and so is Casimir!!!!!!!! โค Strong, good, kind and real. Loved that. โค

I appreciate the characters trusting and knowing the One in Control and praying to Him. Shows much intelligence. Each character is an individual.

Many great quotes in the book that are a real blessing. Here are two of them ~

“One person can do quite a lot.” ~ Kevin

“Win or lose the battle, you’re on the winning side because you know the Lord.” ~ Rowen

The mystery is exciting and intriguing. As I read, I searched for clues on whom to trust and not to trust. Also, to figure out what was going on – very mysterious and tantalizing and it’s easy to keep reading to find out.

I think that’s an excellent point in the notes following the story that everyone would be speaking in Gaelic (Gaeilge).

Some clever and beautiful twists in the book that I really liked. Plus, I like getting the answers to some of the other characters’ stories as well. Great message of forgiveness and not letting the wrong things define you and rule your actions.

I like that the characters’ faith is real and they live it and not just talk about it. Really cool.

It’s pretty obvious I really get into the books I read. I’m there with the characters and it’s important for the writer’s words to make them real and cause the reader to care about them. That was done very well in this book.

There is a scene where a bad guy slaps Eira and she wrongly said she guessed it was as much her fault as his (although I could tell she didn’t really believe that, she was trying to keep her brother and Casimir from being upset. They were right to be upset!) I would like to say to her, “Eira, you didn’t ask for that. It wasn’t your fault he chose to be a jerk.” It’s right to have a compassionate, caring, forgiving heart without disrespecting yourself. Yes, he had a rough life, but also she’s not doing him or herself any favors by also blaming herself and saying he didn’t strike her. He did strike/hit/slap her. Her brother and her potential boyfriend shouldn’t be lied to, but she did tell them when they correctly persisted in asking her.

There are so many cool things in this book and if you like historical adventure, you should love this like me. I’m so glad I saw a review for it on a friend of mine’s, Mikayla’s, blog The Bubblegum Ballerina. (Check it out!) ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s what a nice friend does, shares about good books. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two of my favorite names from the book: Aaron, which I’ve always liked, and Eira, which means snow. Also, Lydia is such a pretty name. Okay, and another favorite, Michel. ๐Ÿ™‚

The romance is beautiful. One of my favorite scenes is towards the end. I could read that over and over. One more quote! ~

“”Just follow me. I promise, I can. Trust me.” Casimir looked down at her with a smile, his eyes steady, never leaving her face.” Can you hear my dreamy sigh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

The Silent Blade by Jesseca WheatonThis is a smart, well-written book. Love the family closeness and siblings. It doesn’t matter to me whether a book is published by a big publisher or independently. What does matter is quality and that’s what this book has. It has quality writing and integrity that too often is missing from big publishers’ books, and I’m referring to all including companies known as Christian. The Silent Blade is an inspiring read and one I will want to read again.

I now have another favorite book and author! ๐Ÿ™‚ Todah rabah (thank you very much!) for writing such a great story, Jesseca, and please write more! โค

Chaya ื—ื™ื”

My Review for The Graham Quartet and the Mysterious Strangers by Rebekah A. Morris

I got this book a couple of months ago and could hardly wait to read it after being intrigued by the mysterious synopsis. ๐Ÿ™‚ From the plot description ~

In the midst of the cold, snowy woods, the Graham Quartet stumble across a mystery. It could mean danger, but that doesnโ€™t stop Elsa, Matt, Tim and Selena as they try their best to help a stranger who needs them. But what can Siam, Hong Kong and Vanderbilt have to do with the local furniture factory? And why are so many strangers suddenly appearing and then disappearing in town? With the arrival of an elusive figure, things start moving, while a simple delivery trip may bring more than the Quartet bargained for. Will the four siblings be able to help their friend and their country?

The Graham Quartet and the Mysterious Strangers by Rebekah A. Morrisย ย ย  The mystery started right away and I immediately liked the Graham brothers and sisters. I really enjoyed the siblings working together. The danger is really good. The siblings, nicknamed the Graham Quartet, are smart and use their wits well. They know that prayer is powerful and don’t fail to keep praying no matter what. The clues were fun to discover while reading and figuring things out myself. Good teamwork.
My parents are a bit different than the Graham siblings’ parents because both my Mom and Dad would want to know what was going on. I’ve no doubt about that!
I’d definitely be interested in reading more Graham Quartet mysteries. I recommend it to anyone who likes siblings solving mysteries. It’s definitely a good, mysterious read. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Chaya ื—ื™ื”