Blog Tour: Book Review, Excerpt, Facts About The Author, and a GIVEAWAY!!!

I’ve never thought of Beauty and the Beast set during King David’s time, but Faith did and she pulled it off in an awesome book!

About the book:

Everything is against them
Born into slavery, Rapha is a Philistine who is almost twice as big as his Israelite masters. They find any excuse they can to beat him. When he is accused of murder, he runs off into the desert, planning to never return and hate all Israelites forever.
Nava’s mother died when she was born.  Since then she has been raised mostly by her father, but her grandmother and grandfather have also helped. Her passion is to help those who need it most, whether it is watching the healer’s young daughter, Rina, or bringing fresh tunics for the Philistine slave who receives far too many whippings. When Rapha runs off into the desert with no water, Nava begs her father to go after him and bring him back safely.

Will Nava’s father find Rapha? Can Rapha learn that not all Israelites are untrustworthy? Will Nava trust her abba and Rapha to Yahweh’s care or take matters into her own hands?
A Beauty and the Beast reimagining set during the time of King David

My Review:

Genre: Historical, Christian fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling.

My Rating: 5 Stars.

Recommendation: 15 up, romance, and cruelty (though not much.).

My favorite character/s: Rapha, he’s a little bit of a gentle giant, and tries to hide that he is kind.

My verse for Rapha is Matthew 13:32
It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. (English Standard Version)

My thoughts: Don’t be surprised by this but I have never read or watched Beauty and the Beast (Yes, I can hear your shock “WHY!”) But I don’t think Beauty and the Beast could be better than this book which is awesome! I enjoyed the characters’ development, the plot was through and enjoyable. I hope that you take the time to read this book because it is worth it! (Most books are worth, but this one was a little shorter than I normally read.)
(I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review and I was truly happy to provide it! 🙂 )

About Faith:


Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings.
When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.



Some Facts about Faith:

I have two sisters and a little brother
My brother is almost exactly 20 years younger than me
My husband is almost exactly 10 years older than me
My favorite holiday is a tie between Thanksgiving and Christmas because those are the days

Excerpt: 

Forgotten and untended, the roses grew wild and untamed across the ruins. The only living creatures to see their beauty were the myriad of animals who made the ruins their home.
In a no-man’s land between two nations, the ruins were in a lonely place far from people and civilization. No one alive knew who had lived there, what kind of people they had been, or how they had been defeated.
Local legend said a race of giants had lived in that place. Others said it had been sorcerers and magicians. Yet others claimed it was a place of the gods from a long-forgotten nation. How else could the roses still grow in such inhumane terrain?
But the roses were dying out. Each year fewer and fewer bloomed. Their beauty faded, and no one saw them or cared enough to tend them and make them grow. Rose bushes surrounded the massive ruins, but as this story begins, there is but one lonely rosebud in the entire heap of bushes. One single, solitary rose in the whole of the known world.

Schedule:

October 26
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Lit Aflame – Book Review
October 27
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Special post from the author
Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes – Book Review
His Princess Warrior – Book Review
October 29
Frances Hoelsema’s Blog – Book Spotlight
sgwilloughby – Book Review   
The Treasure Within – Author Interview
October 30
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner

Giveaway:

As mentioned earlier, this book was released on the author’s 28th birthday! So she’s doing a super fun giveaway by sharing 28 fun facts about herself. To enter the giveaway, you need to collect all 28 fun facts and copy them onto this Google form with your email address and name. You will be entered to win the following:
·         Trust and Obey paperback
·         Lo, How a Rose paperback
·         Handmade rose from my wedding
·         A Trust and Obey mouse pad
This giveaway is only open to those in the US. For those who are not in the US, you can fill out this form to receive eBooks of Trust and Obey and Lo, How a Rose.

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