Under a Cloudless Sky


Fairy, Chris. Under a Cloudless Sky. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. 2017.

Moving smoothly and logically between 1933 and 2004, best-selling author, Chris Fabry, pens a fascinating novel surrounding a mining town in West Virginia. With a character involved in both time periods who is harboring a secret which could change everything, the believable plot takes twists and turns that spin until the end. With an embedded message about a relevant topic, this novel is full.

Having read several of Chris Fabry’s previous books, his newest one, Under a Cloudless Sky, was definitely on my list to read. As with all of this author’s books, the message is deep, the writing is solid, the story is interesting and the book is captivating. Not a “fluffy” read but one with a message concerning aging parents, the characters, plot, events and surprises all seem as if they could be real. Complete with discussion questions for group use, this would be wonderful for a book club, a library or perhaps even a ministry. Excellent author; excellent book!

5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Under a Cloudless Sky from Tyndale House Publishers for an honest review*


The Miner’s Lady

Peterson, Tracie. The Miner’s Lady. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House. 2013.

minorThe Penetta family and the Calarco family have carried the feud between the two families from Italy to the miner town in Ely, Minnesota. The families have feuded for generations without desire to end the turmoil. Yet, the Penetta daughters and the Calarco sons may change the balance when Isabella Penetta and Orlando Calarco plan to elope. Things become even more complicated after a mining accident and the eloping couple recruits the help of their siblings.

“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” Tracie Peterson has taken the classic story of Romeo and Juliet and transported it to the 1890s in a small mining town. However, Peterson does break away from the Romeo and Juliet storyline to create a fresh and unique perspective. Yet, depending on the reader’s knowledge of Shakespeare, the reader will find themselves making many connections to the famous playwright. Readers who enjoy Tracie Peterson’s novels, as do I, will definitely want to read this novel; the style is slightly different from her other works providing yet another twist to her writing repertoire.

4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Minor’s Lady from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for my honest review*