Book Reviews


 “Kiera is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday. The official end of school, a party with her best friend, and chocolate cake. A sudden military draft, no possible exemptions, had never crossed her mind. 

Kiera is terrified! Getting drafted would mean leaving her family, her little friend Jade—life as she knows it. 

A surprising offer from Brennan Stewart just might be the answer to her prayers, but an even worse trial leaves her with one question…

If God truly loves her, why did this tragedy happen?”

This. book. Y’all, it was so good — amazingly good! It was so good I stayed up late to finish it — after a day of working outside in the 90+ degree heat :D

This book follows the story of a young girl named Kiera, of her family, of her brothers, and of her friends. The setting is one generation in the future, which feels so right for this book. Kate Willis followed the trends that we see today in our culture and enlarged on them, so there are no drastic changes to wrap your mind around. The technology is basically the same — Self driving cars that can be switched to be manually driven. Technology, in the form of devices, still plays a hugely big role in peoples lives, as we, of course, would expect it to do. Girls are expected to fight in the military, right alongside the guys. Speech isn’t so very free, opinions must not be controversial, and sermons must not be preachy. In short, it felt so. believably. real.

Into that culture there is an eighteen year old girl just teetering on the brink of adulthood. There is an adorable two year old girl that depends on her, and there is Destiny and Aric and Thorne and Brennan. And we are along for the ride as we watch how they grow and the lessons they learn.

The main lesson in this book is about true love. Not romantic, gushy love, but steady-despite-all-faults kinda love. The next lesson is about trusting God in the hard-to-trust times, and remembering to look at the sparrow. After reading this book, I seriously doubt I will look at a birds nest in the same way again :D The next lesson, and probably most poignant, is doing what is right, even when all around you are doing whatever they want. And to do it confidently, resting in God; to do it joyfully, regardless of the consequences; to boldly declare the truth of God’s Word, even when it means that you are in serious trouble.

The characters were each well written — you could practically hear Jade’s cute two year old talk from the pages. You could imagine the interactions between Brennan and his  daughter and his wife, you could hear the levity of Destiny and her zeal for life. There were times I laughed at how ridiculous she was :D At the end of the book, you could feel the sorrow right along with everybody else.

I appreciated several things about this book — the very pro-life message in it, the way Scripture wove itself into the very fabric of the story, the struggles of imperfect people trying to attain to Christ likeness.Ms. Kate Willis has a talent, as is very clearly seen through her writing.

I do hope that she will honour her readers with a sequel in the future, (please, please, please!!! We need to know what happens…..) and I am absolutely looking forward to reading anything else she writes with pleasure!

This book is available from Amazon today — I wouldn’t wait a moment before getting a copy to read. Unless, of course, you want to enter the giveaway, and see what happens….. =)

Yep, that’s right. There’s a giveaway with this tour!

If you want to follow along with the tour, you can visit Kate at her home on the web, Once Upon An Ordinary for a day by day road map of destinations she and her book will be stopping at =)

Kate Willis has been homeschooled her whole life in a loving family that values the Gospel of Jesus Christ, creativity, and thoughtful conversations. She is inspired by red shoes, a good story, little children, and chai tea. It is her desire to serve God in the home having a family of her own in the future. She is the author of The Treasure Hunt, The Twin Arrows, Kiera, and two short stories Enjoy the Poodle Skirt and Red Boots.
*I received a copy of this book from the author to review on this blog.
I was under no obligation to enjoy the book*
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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.


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