Blog Tour: Guest Post, Giveaway and Book Review!

Souls Astray Blog Tour: Character Takeover Day!

About: Adele has been lost for a long time now … 
Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.

Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in care of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?

When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?

“A tragic, well-crafted story of romance, family dynamics, and pain in the years between WW1 and WW2.” ~Jana Tenbrook

“Souls Astray is a heartrending novel, full of poignant themes and topics that are important even today. It is a captivating read and will leave you wanting more.” ~Michaela Bush

 

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About the Author:

Kellyn Roth is a Christian & historical author from North-Eastern Oregon. Kell is a ranch girl, homeschool graduate, proud sister of four, proud auntie of five, and owner of two goofy border collies, two presumptuous cats, and a very active betta fish. Check out her website, kellynrothauthor.com, for more info.

A Guest Post From Troy!

Hi there! I’m Troy Kee, and I’m honored to be writing this guest article. I thought about what I could talk about for a long time and ended up deciding on … heartbreak.

That’s not a cheerful subject, I know, but we don’t talk about it enough. I have personal experience with having my heart broken—and at first I didn’t really want to talk about it, but I think I need to.

The first thing to remember is … after a while, it’s going to get better. Even if at the time you feel as if you’re going to die. You’re not going to die. It’s not that easy. You’ll live—and it’s going to be all right.

Look. God has a plan. If you feel like your heart’s broken, just know that … that person wasn’t right for you. Or that person’s time to go to be with Him had come. Or whatever it is, remember that God has had His hand in it.

I think that’s the main thing I gave up on. That God had a plan. And when I gave up on that, I might as well have given up on everything.

After all, what good is anything if God isn’t in control? And how can you survive if you aren’t leaning on His love? Why would you even want to?

It hinges on that. It hinges on your attitude.

Now, I’m not saying you can just pretend your heart wasn’t broken. That’s not how it works—and that’s certainly not what God would want you to do. I don’t believe God wants us to ignore our emotions.

No … it needs to be addressed. You need to grieve, you need to hurt, and you need to do it healthily. But it circles right back to the truth—that healthily means leaning on God. Not on alcohol or other drugs, not on other people (though loved ones can definitely be a help; don’t shut them out) … not even on yourself.

But I suppose I’m rambling a bit and not offering practical solutions. Not that God isn’t a practical solution—if you can trust Him, you’re halfway there. But that’s not all there is to it.

The major thing for me was to not hold on to pride, to the past, and to realize that I had a future. I felt as if life was over for me for a bit, but then I realized it wasn’t. My life and my worth are not determined by anyone but God.

Then there’s also bitterness. Though sometimes it isn’t your fault, well, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to forgive. Not forget, perhaps—but forgive, yes.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean letting someone back into your life who hurt you. In fact, I believe God wants us to protect ourselves from people who can negatively influence us or who will hurt us.

But … forgiveness is different. Forgiveness is not giving someone permission to hurt or take from you again. Forgiveness is just not giving them permission to rule over your emotions through anger, bitterness, and all those other nasty feelings.

And, well, it’s saying, “Even though you don’t deserve it, I’m going to pardon you.” As Jesus did to us.

So yes, that’s my little opinion piece. I hope you enjoyed it! And I hope you will learn to deal with certain situations better than I did.

But even if you don’t manage, don’t worry about it too much. Your best is all you can do, and after that, it’s up to God.

Well, thanks for reading. I don’t know if that was at all a good article, but perhaps you still enjoyed it.

 

Sincerely,

Troy Kee

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So, before I share my review here’s what other readers are saying:

“A tragic, well-crafted story of romance, family dynamics, and pain in the years between WW1 and WW2.” ~Jana Tenbrook

Souls Astray is a heartrending novel, full of poignant themes and topics that are important even today. It is a captivating read and will leave you wanting more.” ~Michaela Bush

“Souls Astray contains characters who will tug your heartstrings, a story that engages on the first page, and leaves you hungry for more.” ~Angela R. Watts

“Engaging, heartbreaking, and a thoroughly good ride. Definitely a must-read for historical fiction lovers!” ~Lilian S.

“Souls Astray is a intriguing story with amazing writing and a whole lot of emotion!” ~Liz Franklin

“Souls Astray is a real, real story of raw emotion and clear truth, unafraid to touch the darkness with a thread of light.” ~Merie Shen

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My Review

Genre: WWI, Historical, Romance, Drama, Christian fiction.

My Rating: 5 stars.

My Recommendation: 16 up for romance.

My Favorite character/s: In this whole series I’ve loved Troy . . . But, I was really a fan of Adele, sure, I felt bad for her and didn’t care for her this novel brought her to light as a wounded girl who grew into a woman that though she didn’t know she wanted it she needed to be love. Seeing Adele in Souls Astray made me love her and see even more that she wasn’t just a harsh woman in The Woman Of The Vineyard, it showed her as a hurt woman who needed forgiveness.

My Verse for Adele is Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (King James Version.)

Troy is the kind of guy that you can’t help liking. Follows God, loved his little girl, and puts up with cranky Harrington. Pretty much he’s a wonderful character, he’s my favorite character of the series second to Judy who is completely adorable!

My Verse for Troy is Ephesians 5:25 

Husbandslove your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;(King James Version.)

My Thoughts: I loved the insight into characters that I’ve enjoyed reading about in the other books of the series, Souls Astray was likely the saddest of the series and I wanted to throw my book but alas I was reading on my kindle and that wouldn’t have ended well so I resisted the urge plus it would have made me lose my place if my kindle shut off. And that ending was so HEARTBREAKING!!! Poor poor Troy! Poor Adele! And poor Judy! And if my review didn’t convince you to try the book just look at the beautiful cover and I’m sure you’ll be convinced!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it . . . Having an ARC before the book released is amazing

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Schedule

If you enjoyed my review and the guest post with Troy be sure to check out these other posts and the Facebook party!

Saturday, May 4th

Intro // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Review & Interview with Troy and Harrington // Amie W. @ Crazy A

Review // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Review // Jes Dress @ Agency of Books and Spies

Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Guest Post by Adele // Merie Shen @ Imperial Scribis

Review // Bella Putt

Sunday, May 5th

Interview with Adele // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing

Review // Hannah Gridley @ The Heart of the Rose

Guest Post // Rose K. @ Adventurous Bookworm

Interview // Joshua Reid @ Take Up My Cross

Monday, May 6th

Character Takeover Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Guest Post by Troy // Liz Franklin @ Home with the Hummingbirds

Interview // Marianne Sciucco

Guest Post // Faith Blum

Tuesday, May 7th

Guest Post // Esther Jackson @ We’ve Got Pockets

Review // Jana T. @ Reviews from the Stacks

Review & Guest Post by Troy // YOU’RE HERE!!!

Wednesday, May 8th

Wrapup // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Review & Guest Post by Troy // Dawn Dagger @ Rosy Dawns and Radiant Musings

Guest Post // Medomfo @ Writings from a God Girl

Review // Ruth O’Neil @ Real Life is Better Than Fiction

Interview with Harrington // Isabel Olivetti @ Chasing Fantasia

Be sure to check out the Facebook party!

Giveaway

Enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of Souls Astray and a $20 Amazon gift card. Open to international entries.

This giveaway will close for entries on the 11th of May!

 

Wow, I’m pretty sure that’s the longest post I’ve done! If you’re still here; thanks for sticking around and reading! Have you read Souls Astray?

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