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KATIE GANSHERT'S NEWEST NOVEL REVIEWED


No One Ever Asked
By Katie Ganshert
Published by WaterBrooke
ISBN#978-1-60142-904-9
Release Date April 3, 2018
384 Pages Comtemporary, Family Saga, Inspirational

ABOUT BOOK: Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand-new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that", when such complexity exists in each person?

REVIEW: Crystal Ridge school has no choice but to open their doors to bussed students. It’s the law. Camille PTA chairwoman with three children, Jen Covington a career woman who has recently adopted a girl from south Africa and realizes mother hood is harder than she’d realized and Anaya Jones who is the first woman to graduate college in her family has a brand-new job teaching at Crystal Ridges top elementary school for white rich kids. This twenty-two-young lady wasn’t prepared for what she’d face. These three ladies’ lives collide in the face of integration. These are three very different ladies fighting for their own cause some not acknowledging the others POV. These are hard, painful times, filled with questions, doubt and fear.

Things get stirred up in them and their community they didn’t know they had inside them. The author said she based this story on true events. She documents Brown v Board of Education May 17, 1954, The Plessy Vs Ferguson decision 1896, which legalized state-sponsored segregation, was over turned. In a unanimous decision, the supreme court stated that separate educational facilities were inherently unequal.

Another historical event mirrored in this story is that of Ruby Bridges who became the first black child in the south to attend an all-white school Nov. 14, 1960. She was escorted to the doors by Federal Marshalls and would become the public face of desegregation.

This author shares the delight and frustration of becoming an adoptive mom in 2013 when her and her husband adopted a little girl from the Congo. She shares some insight into what it felt like when she finally brought their little girl home. It had taken years for that reunion she gives readers a peek through the eyes of a career nurse character named Jen.

The author describes that time in her life (on her blog) about some of what they went through while they were waiting for their little one. She says, “Waiting is one of the most excruciating acts of worship… When you are here in helpless waiting, with no power to move it along, what else is there to do but open your hands and trust?”

I agree with this author. She gives a deep, insightful, heart-breaking, through-provoking read. This is a compelling novel that probes into some tough issues without getting gritty, graphic and hard to read. She leaves readers thinking, giving them time to  search their own hearts about this emotionally charged topic.


ABOUT AUTHOR: Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She's won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun. You can learn more about Katie and these things she writes at her website www.katieganshert.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for book site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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LAST DAY TO ENTER TBCN DRAWINGS




TODAY is the LAST DAY to ENTER drawings for 

Cathy Gohlke’s new book Until We Find Home,
Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Springs books,
MaryLu Tyndall, She Walks in Power
Hallee Bridgeman’s newest Jade's Match
Richard Phelps,  God Touched Me
Max Anderson (He’s giving away a Kindle Fire HD8)
Carolyn Miller’s newest, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey
Jean Williams Readers Choice
Anne Green Lord Bently Needs a Bride

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ALLIE WORTHINGTON BATTLE PLAN AGAINST FEAR BOOK REVIEWED





Fierce Faith
By Allie Worthington
Published by Zondervan
ISBN#978-0-310-34225-0
Release Date January 23, 2018
224 Pages Christian Living, Spiritual Growth, Personal Growth, Women’s Issues

ABOUT BOOK: Sometimes Jesus’s call to “fear not” seems like the hardest instruction to follow. Some days you faultlessly juggle everything that is your life—kids, husband, house, job, church, friendships, school, pets, appointments, and on and on. Other days the very thought of which ball you’re going to drop puts your anxiety level through the roof. You’re afraid you’re forgetting something. And you are: God’s advice to fear not.

Alli Worthington knows all about the ways a woman can be hard on herself. She shares her own fear struggles with humor and honesty—while offering real strategies for coping with life’s big worries as well as those little everyday worries.

Alli uses biblical wisdom and practical insight to help you:
Identify fear-based thinking.

Overcome the big and little worries in life.
Learn a simple trick to stop the anxiety spiral.
Live a more confident, less worried life.

Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for some encouragement from a friend. Alli’s no-nonsense, wise advice will lighten your heart and help you cut through the daily clutter of fear and worry to reconnect with your own fierce faith.

REVIEW: I’ve been in a battle with fear, and anxiety all my life, I’ve fought the enemy with prayer and scripture I’d memorized but felt it this wasn’t enough. I never felt victorious but alone and anxious. This author is transparent, practical, and gives readers a step by step battle plan – a hands on approach to not be paralyzed in fear.  She shares her experiences and gives readers strategies and insight that are helpful. It’s the best battle plan I’ve read. It’s energized me and given me hope.

She talks about being frozen in fear, talks about not so healthy ways to respond to fear, fighting fear along with other struggles and finally how to be brave and unafraid.

The author says, “When we try to make safety our god, we live life stuck in fear and worship a powerless god.” Ouch! She discusses “self-talk” the things we tell ourselves that plant seeds of fear and hopelessness. That was eye opening.

At the end of each chapter there are Action steps. For example, “Ask yourself…”How Fear, Anxiety and Worry Affects Us….What type of fears and worries affect you most often?” “How have you dealt with fear and worry in the past? Is your natural inclination to fight, to flee, or to hide?”

I like how this author breaks down our thought process as she says, “Our thoughts have the power to tear us down or build us up.” We can be our worst enemy. What we believe and tell ourselves are so important. She says, “We are all called to be strong and courageous.” It’s not only for a select few but for all. This is book is an exciting, hopeful tool I’ll be reading and re-reading as I implement the principles she lays out. I’m so encouraged.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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MARYLU TYNDALL FEATURED AUTHOR BOOK FUN MAGAZINE & GIVEAWAY


ABOUT AUTHOR: Award-winning and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandkids, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.

How did you come up with the idea for She Walks in Power?

MaryLu: Like most of my novels, the storyline for She Walks in Power started as a germ of an idea that no matter how much I tried to ignore it, wouldn’t go away. I’d admit that I love medieval romances, but I didn’t know much about the time period, and I was hesitant to do the research. However, the idea of the missing Spear of Destiny (the spear that stabbed Christ) and the power it held just wouldn’t let me go. Add to that a vision of a strong red-haired female Robin Hood type character who protected it and the knight who sought it, well, let’s just say that germ of an idea became a novel in my head. My husband and I had just finished watching the TV series The Musketeers and one of the lead characters who played Athos suddenly became the moody knight that would find his match in my heroine. Throw in some castle intrigue, an evil warlock, a poisoned sister, starving villagers, and a perverse Bishop, and you’ve got yourself quite the tale.

Nora: It was a winning combination! I also liked the part you had in there with your lead female character championing the people to read the Bible for themselves. When Angels Cry was a moving and powerful, fun read!

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 

MaryLu: Hmm. Well, I’m not really good at “roughing it”. I don’t know how to build a shelter or start a fire or hunt for food. And I hate bugs! So I guess I would be the encourager, the peace-maker, the one who listens to everyone’s problems. I’m told that I’m good at that. Also, I could be the Bible teacher and the person who prays for others.  I’m a hard worker so I’d be happy to do anything, but I should definitely not be put in charge!  

Nora: I’m with you about not being good at “roughing it” I’m a hard worker, team player too, let someone else organize things! Grin!


MARYLU, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 
MaryLu: Without you readers, I wouldn’t be able to keep writing, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is my goal to entertain you, bless you, make you smile, swoon, give you goosebumps, and even make you cry sometimes. But most of all, I want you to see God as I see Him, a Father who loves you and finds you exceedingly precious.

Nora: Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I read She Walks in Power and LOVED IT!  I highly recommend it for your book club and/or just plain fun!

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BOOK FUN KICKS OFF JANUARY READING IN A BIG WAY


HAPPY JANUARY EVERYONE!!
Monday night we kicked off January's offerings. Here is the link to ALL that is being featuredhttps://www.bookfun.org/page/author-groups-for-promo We Also have head-shots of authors on the front page, you can click on those pictures if that is easier to navigate.

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IRMA JOUBERT'S NEWEST NOVEL REVIEWED

The Crooked Path
By Irma Joubert
Published by Thomas Nelson
ISBN# 978-0718-098179
398 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: From the bestselling author of The Girl From the Train, comes another compelling coming of age story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation in WWII-era South Africa.

Lettie has always felt different from and overshadowed by the women around her– this friend is richer, that friend is more beautiful, those friends are closer. Still, she doesn’t let this hold her back. She works hard to apply her mind, trying to compensate for her perceived lack of beauty with diligent academic work and a successful career as a doctor. She learns to treasure her friendships, but she still wonders if any man will ever return her interest.

Marco’s experience in the second world war have robbed him of love and health. When winters in his native Italy prove dangerous to his health even after the war has ended, he moves to South Africa to be with his brother, husband to one of Lettie’s best friends. Marco is Lettie’s first patient, and their relationship grows as she aids him on the road back to restored health.

In the company of beloved characters from The Child of the River, Marco and Lettie find a happiness that neither of them thought possible. With that joy comes pain and loss, but Lettie learns that life—while perhaps a crooked path—is always a journey worth taking.

REVIEW: I was mesmerized, engaged and surprised by this authors’ compelling novel titled, “The Girl From the Train.” I couldn’t wait to read another book by her. This book showed a different look at the persecution of the Jews that took place in Italy during WWII. The author says, “All my historical novels are based on true stories people have told me.” Knowing this makes the story an even more compelling read.

This book was set up differently than most books I’ve read. The author first lists a cast of characters then follows that by a glossary of words. Part one of this book is titled “Stepping out.” I was quickly drawn into this story and felt for the leading lady Lettie from the first line, “What she was looking at, was definitely not what she wanted to see.”

Readers are introduced to Lettie in her younger years. The author shows where Lettie’s drive to succeed came from. It was an effort to overcome insecurities from childhood, and to face the challenge of thriving in a male dominated field. She had to work hard to prosper so in the end she could show her childhood friends she was smart enough be a successful doctor. She wanted to be someone they would look up to and respect.



Then the story shifts to the second part titled “Love and War” where readers are brought to Italy and introduced to Marco Romanelli. I instantly connected with Marco and felt for his situation. Readers see him fall in love with a Jewish girl, Rachel Rosenfield. The author shows how that affects both of their lives and that of their families.

I felt a disconnect here because I was fully engaged in Lettie’s story in the USA then the author makes a switch and introduces another character living in Italy. I liked Marco from the start and was quickly engaged in his story and his life in Italy; but I couldn’t imagine how Lettie’s life and his would intersect but I read on. I’m glad I did.

The author quickly engages readers as they learn about Marco and Rachel’s family, their love and see how their community fights the powerful Nazi regime and survive the best they can. I felt for the people as they tried to be imaginative in how they’d survive the horrors of WWII.

I liked what Lettie’s mom told her. “Life sometimes leads you along a strange crooked path, but in the end, it will always take you where you’re supposed to be.” Marco says to Rachel, “…even a crooked path has to lead somewhere.”

Again, the book takes another shift to Part three titled “Intersection”, where Lettie and Marco meet (after 123 pages into the story). The last part is titled, “Wondering.” Again, I’m not sure if the choppiness from section to section is partly due to the fact that this novel was translated to English from the authors native tongue Dutch. There was a detachment that felt like little bumps in the road. The ending felt forced as the author ties things up in a nice bow. I did enjoy the vacation Lettie and her friends went on as they toured Italy. I wanted to be there with them they had so much fun.

 This was a very interesting compelling, heart wrenching, read about the WWII era; rich in history, dealt with survival, love, loss, relationships and hope. I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more by this author. I found the Author notes interesting. There are thirteen discussion questions to help create engaging discussion at your book club.

ABOUT AUTHOR: International bestselling author IRMA JOUBERT was a history teacher for 35 years before she began writing fiction. Her stories are known for their deep insight into personal relationships and rich historical detail. She is the author of eight novels and a regular fixture on bestseller lists in The Netherlands and in her native South Africa. She is the winner of the 2010 ATKV Prize for Romance Novels.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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WITH LOVE FROM ME TO YOU BOARDBOOK REVIEWED

With Love, From Me To You
By Dr. Mary Manz Simon
Published by Zonderkidz BB
ISBN# 978-0310758150
18 Pages 4-8 years old 1-2 grade level



ABOUT BOOK: With Love, From Me to You is a board book for little ones that will remind them how important it is to love and be loved. With adorable illustrations and sweet, rhyming text by bestselling author Dr. Mary Manz Simon, this book shows children how important their actions and words are in expressing God’s great love with one another. Parents will enjoy reading this book on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year to encourage their children to remember that love is more than gifts and candy; it’s about doing for others and sending love to everyone who’s near.

“A red heart sends a message
that says, "I so love you,"
but we can send those same words
in what we say and do.

If I see someone crying
or looking very sad,
I'll stop to show some kindness
and he won't feel so bad.”

REVIEW: This sweet colorfully animated board book gives parents a way of talking about, being kind, compassionate, sharing love and how God’s loves everyone. The author uses a rhyming style of writing and a white bear who delivers mail to sweet little animals along his way.

There is an adorable train in the background that follows the bear from page to page. In the end they all end up riding it and having so much fun.

This book is cute; has sweet adorable animals throughout the fluffy clouds and clear skies, at the end this story leaves you with fuzzy warm feelings and a big smile on your face. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
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CATHY GOHLKE INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY




ABOUT AUTHOR: Cathy Gohlke is the three-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Secrets She Kept (winner of the 2016 Carol and INSPY Awards), Saving Amelie (winner of the 2015 INSPY Award), Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry Is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Award. 

Cathy has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore, enjoying time with their children and granddaughters. Visit her website at www.cathygohlke.com and on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks

How did you come up with the idea for Until We Find Home?
CATHY: Alarmed by the plight of young refugees fleeing gangs in Mexico to cross the United States border, and heart heavy for victims and refugees worldwide who’ve suffered and continue to suffer under oppressive regimes, I looked for a moment in history to tell their tale as I wish it could play out. I didn’t have to look far.

The Kindertransport of 1938–1940 brought 10,000 predominantly Jewish children to Great Britain for refuge from Nazi oppression. 
Some of those were housed in the beautiful Lake District. When dear friend and author Carrie Turansky and I combined forces to research our separate books in England, then joined a wonderful tour led by Liz Curtis Higgs through Scotland, I had the opportunity to visit the area. Both countries provided great grist for the writing mill.

Accounts abound of men and women who rescued children through resistance in occupied countries during WWII, often at great cost—even life itself. 

But what happened next? What happened when those children entered countries of refuge? I wondered about the average person and what role they might have played once the children were out of immediate danger . . . and what role we might play in the world’s need today. Until We Find Home explores these questions on the British home front.

Nora: I was fascinated by this situation and how it came about. The answers to the above questions was unimaginable and thought-provoking. I couldn’t put this novel down.

Can you tell me of two “wow” moments you’ve had in your writing career? What made it a wow for you?

CATHY: Wow #1: The first time I was called to the stage to accept a Christy Award. The “wow” wasn’t because of receiving the physical award (though that was exciting and wonderful) but because it came to me as affirmation from the Lord that, despite the many naysayers in my life and all the reasons I should have failed, this writing for His glory was the path He’d chosen for me during the second half of my life’s journey. That insight—like a sweet and precious kiss from the Lord—was a mountaintop experience and a turning point for me.

Wow #2: At one of the lowest points of my chemotherapy treatments, I was tempted to give up. While weak and bedridden from a dangerously low white blood count, I read a story of John Sherrill’s two-time battle with cancer. According to the account I read, John, though believing in God, had not yet accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. On his way to a second surgery, with a prognosis of only three months to live, he surrendered his life to Christ. When the doctors operated to cut out the mass of suspected cancer, it had shrunk to the size of a raisin and was not cancerous. John considered his healing miraculous. 

For me, there was another miracle. I knew John and Elizabeth Sherrill as the as-told-to cowriters of Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. I realized that if John had given up—if he’d allowed cancer to overwhelm him and steal his life, if he’d never surrendered his life to Christ and been healed to go from strength to strength—he and his wife would not have gone on to write the book that has brought hope to and strengthened the faith of millions. He would not have written the book that so convicted me as a young woman or that inspired Billy Graham to produce the movie by the same name—or that provided the answer to Hannah’s desperate need to forgive in my book Secrets She Kept.

Reading Sherrill’s story of full surrender to the Lord and of overcoming fear and cancer at the low time I did in my own cancer journey gave me great hope that if I waited upon the Lord, He might again use me to write stories of hope and faith and conviction too—stories that glorify Him and portray His love for us all. 

Sherrill’s unique connection to Corrie ten Boom and her connection to the characters of Secrets She Kept—which was about to release—washed over me as another great love gift, a reminder that all my days and all my abilities and opportunities are in God’s hands, that He is not limited by diagnoses or human catastrophes. That morning, I learned to fight with a surrendered heart and knew I would write again, one way or another. I can’t wait to meet John in heaven and thank him.

Nora: Wow, that is powerful. I liked how you brought that aspect of fighting and purpose out through your character Miranda who struggled with the diagnosis of cancer. “As Miranda’s health worsened, she prepared for the end of this life and even prayed that the Lord would allow her to die with grace and dignity.” I appreciate your transparency about this matter in your author notes to readers.

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

CATHY: I’m working on a new WWII book, set primarily in Poland and ending in England. Poland suffered from every side during the war—invaded by the Germans and the Russians, and in the end, it was hung out to dry even by the British and Americans. This is a story of jumping in to help when needed, of standing up to do what you can, what you must, no matter the cost. And in the end, when you think you’ve given everything, what do you do when you’re asked to give up what—or whom—you love most?

Irena Sendler, the Polish social worker who created a network that saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto, is a cameo character. What happened to those rescued children after the war? It’s a story I’ve felt compelled to write. It is set to release in 2019.

Nora: Wow, this sounds like another fascinating novel. I love that your books have me learn about history through your characters and their unique situations and showing God’s intervention. Thank you for writing them.

Out of all the sounds in the world, which are your favorite?
CATHY: Birdsong in the morning; bells at Evensong; someone singing for the joy of it.

Nora: Love it!

What movie affected you most when you were young? If you didn’t watch movies, what books affected you most? 

CATHY: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery; The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson; In His Steps by Charles Sheldon; The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, as told to John and Elizabeth Sherrill; and Christy by Catherine Marshall.

Nora: Wow, that’s quite a list!

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Hope in the middle of stress and life’s storms?

CATHY: I remember that I have a long history with the God I worship, the Father I trust. My life, like others, has held many storms—storms that would have been my undoing except for Him. I trust Him because He’s always been faithful, always kept His promises. He had hope, and a future planned for me when I had none. In this life I have Christ; in death I have Him more. There is no “lose” in that, but surrender and joyful abandon.

Nora: Amen! Amen!

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use it for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

CATHY: I’d go to Israel in the time of Jesus. I’d love to look into His eyes, hear Him speak to individuals—maybe even to me—feel the touch of His hand, hear Him preach, watch as He healed people, and see His ministry unfold. I’d love to watch as He upended all the prevailing ideas of the day among religious leaders and led them to grapple with understanding just what He meant. I’d love to perceive Him through the eyes of a woman of that time.

In fact, I’m hoping to do the next best thing. In 2020, a dear friend, author, and veteran traveler to Israel, Terri Gillespie, will join me in leading a tour through Israel, culminating with the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany (where my book Saving Amelie is set during WWII). We’ll explore Jesus’ calling of disciples in His day in Israel, what it looked like to walk as His disciple through WWII in Germany, and what it means to walk as His disciples today. We’d love to have you join us! Check my website, www.cathygohlke.com, and my Facebook page, CathyGohlkeBooks, in the spring of 2018 for trip details.

Nora: Wow, Cathy. I’m excited for your trip in 2020. Look forward to seeing your pictures.

CATHY GOHLKE, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 
CATHY: Thank you for having me, Nora! I’ve loved sharing this time—and these memories and future dreams—with you and all your readers.
    
    
Come visit me on Facebook at CathyGohlkeBooks or stop by my website, where you’ll find more research photos and recipes from Until We Find Home. If your book club would like to host a FaceTime or telephone meeting with me after reading Until We Find Home, let me know. I’d love to share that experience.

Nora: Thank you for stopping by and sharing the behind the scenes of your happenings of your new book Until We Find Home. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures too.


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PLEASE Remember to include your email address so I can contact you if your name is drawn! THANKS!

I’m looking forward to reading your new book that takes place in Poland. Cathy is a featured author in Book Fun Magazine. She shares more pictures and tidbits about this book! www.bookfun.org Click on front cover on front page to read current magazine issue!

Blessings to you and yours
Nora :o)

Nora St. Laurent The Book Club Network Inc. http://www.bookfun.org
You can read author interviews, reviews, learn about book signings and about TBCN giveaways on the blog she created called The Book Club Network blog, http://www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Nora also does author interviews and reviews for Book Fun Magazine http://www.bookfunmagazine.com  

Nora has also run book clubs face to face and online with more than 100 members. She enjoys working part-time for the Public Library as a CSA.