This month I get to actually tell you more about the latest release, Protecting the Poor and share a bit of what I thought about it with all of you!
After I was finally able to read the first two stories in the Tales of Faith series I was instantly hooked. The idea of a non-magical retelling of popular fairytales was intriguing . . . and Amanda pulled them off perfectly! You can read my reviews for the first two books HERE and HERE.
I have read Dumphey’s tale several times, and each time has been more delightful than the last — and not just because of the changes made to the differenct drafts of the story. The way Dumphey learns and grows is wonderful, and the way Noel responds to God’s calling in his life is a wonderful example of faith and trust in the Saviour. Having read a bit about Dumphey in The Secret Slipper, I was so happy that Dumphey and his brother would be able to have a story all their own :D
Robin Hood is one of my favourite stories — I have always been intrigued with the legend of an outlaw who runs around with a monk and a gang of men who are considered outcasts, seeking justice and vengeance on behalf of the peasants and King Richard. I have always wondered what in it is true? I’m sure there’s a bit of truth . . . but I’m also sure that that bit of truth would be unrecognizable now, due to the story spreading by word of mouth and minstrels. But I am also equally certain that this legend was a way for those being persecuted by King John to have a bit of hope. To comfort their children and get them to sleep, to keep them quiet when on the run, and to basically help the whole family get through those trying times.
This retelling captures the essence of that truth perfectly. It went beyond the legends and fables surrounding this mystery man, and the resulting story is one about a young man and his younger brother who join forces with others to help their village in a time of need. There are so many recognizable elements of Robin Hood, yet the story told is a unique one.
One thing I have always loved about Amanda’s books is that they are unapologetically Christian in nature, and this is no exception. The way biblical themes are woven into the very essence of the story is delightful, and watching the characters grow more like Christ throughout the story is precious! I loved how the characters each had their own individual struggle and sought to overcome it with the help of the Lord. The way that Dumphey and Noel and their friends learn truths about forgiveness, vengeance, and fear was beautifully shared!
So, the short of it is that this is a series that you definitely want to add to your bookshelf! They are perfect for old and young alike, and I have a feeling they would keep my younger brothers who are learning to appreciate the fine art of reading engaged — while still being perfect for us who already love books :D These would also make great read-alouds to younger siblings, or for the entire family on cold winter evenings.
And as a note, each of these books can be read as a stand-alone novel . . . although I did get much more out of the books by reading them in the order they were published!
This book is due to be released to the public in August, and there is another blog tour dedicated just to Protecting the Poor, so make sure you are following along on Amanda’s blog to keep up-to-date with all the news of that! If you want to order a signed copy of Protecting the Poor you can do so here!
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
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.