Book Review : The Girl Behind the Red Rope

Ted Dekker and his daughter Rachelle Dekker have partnered together and created a story that will take you on a journey with an unknown destination : The Girl Behind the Red Rope.

As in FULL Dekker fashion this story with hold every bit of your attention and will be hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, I loved certain characteristics from the start and struggled with others, which was the point. So many parallels in this book to real life in and out of the church. Once you get started you will not be able to walk away from finding out what the Fury really are, who Bobbie is, and what exactly happened to Grace and Jamie when they ventured beyond the red rope.

My favorite part though was the last 20 pages. This is where Ted & Rachelle both seem to double team you and really hit the main point/theme home. I do not want to spoil anything about this story or the ending, so please take my word for it that it is certainly worth your time and the read. The truth both of these authors want to deliver is a truth that is universal and today rare.

I loved the book, cannot wait for either of their next books!! I am a Dekker fan for life!!

NOTE : I received a copy of The Girl Behind the Red Rope in exchange for my honest review.

More about the book:


Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. 

When a terrible scourge is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure–and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red rope.

Her older brother’s questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she’s seen in a decade set in motion events that will cause Grace to question everything she has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides–but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

In a world where the boundaries are clear and punishments severe, a young woman risks everything to break free from the system of fear and control to find freedom and love. 

Book Review : The Words Between Us

I may be a bit obsessed with books and reading. So when I dove in to the Words Between Us by Erin Bartels, I was hooked. This story takes place in the current time, but about half of it goes back to the youthful days of the two main characters. Robin and Peter had an intense but short-lived friendship in high school. During that time they exchanged books and poems with each other. Their love of books grows with their friendship. However both teens have hurt and loss in their past leading to rash decisions on both their parts.

Twenty years later we find Robin managing a used book store in the same town that she attended high school, however the store is struggling to stay open. That is when the books start arriving by mail from Peter. Same books, same poems written by Robin in the cover. However, Robin is not ready to deal with Peter and her past any more than she is ready to deal with her present.

I really enjoyed this story. This is the second novel by Erin Bartels, the first We Hope for Better Things was reviewed HERE. Erin really gets to the heart of her characters and writes in a way that you connect and adore them immediately. Both Peter and Robin have seen their share of struggle, but despite what they face they really desire to do the right thing and be their best.

I loved the way Erin Bartels took us back and forth between today and the past, their high school years, to really grasp a deeper level of the story and its characters. I thoroughly loved her connection to many wonderful young adult books and their value to both Robin and Peter. This story makes you want to dig each of those books out and dust them off to read again!

I really enjoyed The Words Between Us, and I am certain that Erin has a long career as a writer in front of her!

NOTE : I received a copy of The Words Between Us in exchange for an honest review.

More about the book:

Robin Windsor has spent most of her life under an assumed name, running from her family’s ignominious past. She thought she’d finally found sanctuary in her rather unremarkable used bookstore just up the street from the marina in River City, Michigan. But the store is struggling and the past is hot on her heels.

When she receives an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father’s scheduled execution, Robin is thrown back to the long-lost summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. That book—a first edition Catcher in the Rye—is soon followed by the other books she shared with Peter nearly twenty years ago, with one arriving in the mail each day. But why would Peter be making contact after all these years? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she’s about to be exposed all over again?

With evocative prose that recalls the classic novels we love, Erin Bartels pens a story that shows that words—the ones we say, the ones we read, and the ones we write—have more power than we imagine.

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Book Review : Finding Lady Enderly

If you have not read anything by Joanna Davidson Politano, STOP what you are doing and find a novel by her right now! Seriously. She is one of my absolute favorite authors right now. Totally different than Dekker, but up there with him for me!!

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Finding Lady Enderly was an amazing story, the twists and turns keep you guessing! Meeting Raina was delightful, but seeing her blossom into the woman she was meant to be was remarkable.

I have loved the past two novels that Ms. Politano has written, and this one is another piece of perfection (read reviews for Rumored Fortune HERE and Lady Jayne Disappears HERE) ! Her character development is almost unmatched. Her stories are absolutely charming and captivating at the same time. I simply love to fall into one of her stories! The only problem I have at all, is that I read them too fast and then I miss the characters when the story ends. Seriously. I cannot get enough of Ms. Politano’s books!

How would I summarize the style of Finding Lady Enderly and Ms. Politano’s others? They are historical, dramatic, light romance, and huge character growth and redemption. They twist and turn when you least expect it. You never know who is the villain, because they are so often very charming, but are they? Honestly these stories take you deep into the world where the characters live and you will not want to come back!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Finding Lady Enderly in exchange for my honest review! I honestly loved it!!

More about the book:

“For one blessed moment, I was actually beautiful…”

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

“I do not truly wish for all my dreams to come true. After all, nightmares are one type of dream.”

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within–and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.Open publish panel