Book Reviews

Book Review: Finding Fireflies by A.C. Williams

I scored a Kindle copy of this novel during a discount book haul on Black Friday last year. Though I had never previously read any of A.C. Williams’ works, this book easily enticed me to want to read more of her books.

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What I Loved:

Use of Humor

Finding Fireflies is a Christian romantic comedy with thriller elements, and the author’s use of humor had me laughing throughout the book. Our narrator–Trisha–offers comic relief at just the right moments while navigating through the serious issues in the novel. If you’re a fan of Jenny B. Jones’ style of clean humor, you will surely love A.C. Williams as well.

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Trisha, the main character, is beyond relatable for single, adult Christians. Though I am currently dating someone, like Trisha I am an unmarried adult who still lives with her parents and struggles with adapting to adulthood. We don’t see a lot of characters like Trisha in books, so it was a pleasant contrast to the Perfect Hallmark Single Girl main character.

The Plot

I have never read a book about the topic of human-trafficking before, and after reading this, I applaud the author for writing about this topic from a Christlike viewpoint. The information mentioned in the novel is insightful, and teaches readers how to spot signs of trafficking occuring. As human-trafficking is becoming a more prominent danger in the United States, I feel this is a timely novel.

The Christlike Messages

Two prominent messages were featured in this book that we need LOADS more of in Christian fiction:

1. That no matter what you’ve done in the past, if you accept God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, you are forgiven and those sinful stains are washed clean.

2. Christians should embrace, love and show kindness and respect to new/old Christians alike who have dark pasts. Judging someone based on their sinful pasts or something deemed sinful merely by church tradition does not lead people to Christ, and this book illustrates the negative impact this type of behavior can have.

Overall, I believe this is an important novel for today’s Christians, and I am eager to read more by Williams. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


Talk to me, Arrowheads!

What is your favorite Christian romcom novel? Share your top picks in the comments!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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Book Review: A Field of Fireflies by Joey Jones

Welcome back for another Friday Book Review! Being a resident of eastern North Carolina and a hopeless romantic, I’ve easily fallen in love with books by Joey Jones, an indie romance author from NC. Today, I’ll be reviewing Jones’s newest release, A Field of Fireflies, a tale of forbidden romance packed with loads of wisdom about acceptance.

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A while back, my cousin’s wife introduced me to a new local author’s books that are similar in style to Nicholas Sparks. I read one of them, Losing London, and adored it. For Christmas, she gave me the author’s two other releases, A Bridge Apart and A Field of Fireflies.

A Field of Fireflies follows a 24-year-old former baseball prodigy, Nolan Lynch, as he begins a PE instructor job at a community college in the eastern North Carolina town of Washington. On his first day, he meets 24-year-old Emma Pate, a student who is going to school to better her career options. Nolan and Emma hit it off instantly and it seems too good to be true. Because, in reality, it is. Nolan doesn’t realize Emma is a student, and Emma doesn’t realize Nolan is her teacher until the next day of classes. But both know one thing: student/teacher relationships are forbidden. Will their romance survive all the curveballs that are thrown their way?

Highlights

Focus on Race Issues in the United States

When I first realized this novel was going to discuss current racial division in the United States, I was nervous that it was going to be similar to what the media and politicians spew and pit races against one another. I’m elated to say that does not happen in A Field of Fireflies. In fact, the characters accurately blame the media for creating the divisiveness in the first place. Readers are left with a firm, endearing message that the media, churches, and US citizens should stop labeling people as black, white, etc. and just call people what we are… people. My review is truly not doing this section justice, but the author really hits the nail on the head on the subject.

Portrayal of New Adult Characters

Being in my mid-twenties, I feel the author portrayed Nolan and Emma perfectly as a New Adult couple. The couple was both nostalgic for their childhood, something both have just emerged from six years prior, and are openly admitting that they’re struggling with adulthood choices. Sometimes I feel as if this age range is not portrayed realistically in books, but the author really captured the mid-20s age range.

Romance

Going back to the previous section, Nolan and Emma’s relationship is true to that of the mid-20s age, mostly highlighting the easily triggered insecurity and jealousy when someone openly flirts with who we’re dating. The dates these two go on are adorable, and I loved the firefly field element. For more conservative readers, though the couple does get physical prior to marriage, the act is not shown in detail.

Small Details Woven Together

My favorite aspect about Jones’ writing is that he sprinkles seemingly meaningless details into the story and weaves them together to produce a pleasantly surprising plot that keeps readers invested throughout. My emotions ranged from gushing to nearly crying over the perfectly placed and moving details.

Thank you, Joey Jones, for writing clean romance based in eastern NC. It’s an honor to have you representing our state in literature! Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.


Thanks for stopping by, Arrowheads! Be sure to check back here on Monday for Week 7 of my Character Names by Letter Series, where I’ll be sharing names that start with “G”!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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Book Review: Heaven Shining Through by Joe Siccardi

Welcome back to Authoring Arrowheads for another book review! Today’s review is for a shorter read I read back in January, entitled Heaven Shining Through by Christian author Joe Siccardi. I read Heaven Shining  Through for review, and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of wisdom about life and love that were packed into the seventy-four pages. So, let’s get started!

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Highlights:

The Narration

Though the majority of the book is told in a flashback of Samantha’s life up until mid-adulthood, the story never hits a boring spot. I devoured this book in one sitting. It is extremely rare for me to enjoy a book that relies on telling more than showing through actions or dialogue, but the author has a true gift for storytelling. He completely captured his characters’ unique traits and weaved a tale I won’t soon forget.

The Romance

The romance involves an unmarried couple who end up giving in to lust after remaining pure for a year of dating. The couple soon realizes that they should get married instead of continuing on in lust, so they begin their lives together in a way that honors God. The main character, Samantha, and her husband, Chad, have great chemistry and were adorable to read about. My favorite aspect about the romance was that it is portrayed realistically, as many Christian novels sugarcoat the fact that even Christians slip up and give in to sexual temptation before marriage. The novel emphasizes that we can find redemption in Christ no matter what our pasts hold, and that’s a message we need more of in Christian literature instead of judging couples for the slightest things or touches.

Relationship Between Samantha and Her Mom

The author perfectly portrays a criticizing mother and how damaging that can be on a child. Samantha and her mother have a strained relationship from the beginning, and it shapes Samantha’s decisions growing up. This is a fantastic reminder to Christian parents not to be so caught up on what a child is doing wrong that they forget to see what the child is doing right.

Overall, I applaud the author for tackling these subjects. Again, we definitely need more bold Christian authors in the industry. Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.

Thank you to the author for providing me a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required to receive the ebook.


Thanks for stopping by, Arrowheads! Be sure to check back here on Wednesday for a blog tour stop for Sarah Grace Grzy’s debut release, Live Without You, and next Friday for a special post, My Second Year as a Published Author!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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Book Review: The Bachelor Missions by Jes Drew

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Over the past year, I’ve enjoyed several books by Christian author, Jes Drew. Recently, she was in search of reviewers for her series Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help out a good author friend. Today, I’ll be reviewing the first installment of the series, The Bachelor Missions.

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The Bachelor Missions deviates from the author’s usual teen girl protagonist in that its main character is Kristian Clark, a handsome twenty-something spy who also happens to be an eligible bachelor. Kristian has left his former spy team at the beginning of the first installment and has begun work as a private investigator, until he and his former teammates are called back to work for a new government agency. Thus begins the revival of his spy career, and another chance at a relationship with the love of his life, Amelia. But, will these missions cause him to question everything?

To avoid spoilers, I will avoid providing any more background information on the story. I will now go over the highlights and lowlights the story offered:

Highlights:

Kristian’s Characterization: Though she deviated from her usual type of protagonist for this book, the author completely captured the voice of her male protagonist. Kristian was a well portrayed main character, but not only that, his backstory was well-developed and endearing as well.

Kristian’s Character Arc: Kristian’s character arc also impressed me, as we see him struggle with deciding whether or not to put his faith in God. The end result is outstanding.

The Final Mission: Woah! The final mission was a stroke of creative genius! It accurately depicts the horrors of the type of subculture it mentions, and how destructive it can be for people to partake in.

The Humor: This is a hilarious author, y’all. Just trust me on this. XD

Lowlight:

The Length/Confusion: Maybe it’ll make better sense to include these two together. The book itself was rather long (460-something pages in my digital copy), and at times, it felt like the plot could have been broken up into two books. However, at other times, I understood why the author kept it as one book, because all the missions tie in together. I think the length of the book caused me to become confused with a subplot though, since there was so much to remember for the main plot. That’s really my only critique though.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Jes Drew is an impressive young author that has an outstanding portfolio under her belt already. I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!

Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars

Thank you to the author for providing me a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required to receive the ebook.


Thanks for stopping by today, Arrowheads! Keep on the lookout for my review of the sequel, In The Rogue, in the next few weeks!

Later Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀