Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Forever Sky by Janalyn Voigt {A Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Can a young widow with no faith in love hope for a future with the man who broke her heart?

Maisey isn't about to give Rob another chance to reject her love. Why should she believe that the man who left town without a backward glance three years ago cares about her? Life had taught her all about broken dreams, and she didn't want to hope again. If only her young daughter would stop adopting Rob as a father, ignoring him--and her own emotions--would be a whole lot easier.

Thoughts of the woman he'd left behind haunted Rob for three long years. It wouldn't have been fair to ask Maisey to wait while he mined a gold claim. After making his fortune, he's returned to his family in Montana's Bitterroot Valley. Rob is ready to settle down, and he'd rather do so with Maisey. But after their first encounter, it's clear that he's lost her forever.

Circumstances force Maisey and Rob into one another's company. They learn, through hardship and loss, that the only way to one another is to surrender first to God's love.

Based on actual historical events during a time of unrest in America, The Forever Sky explores faith, love, and courage in the wild west.

My father instilled a love of literature in me at an early age by reading chapters from "The Wizard of Oz," "Robinson Crusoe" and other classics. When I grew older, and he stopped reading bedtime stories, I put myself to sleep with tales I "wrote" in my head. My sixth-grade teacher noticed my penchant for writing and encouraged me to become a novelist.
I'm considered a multi-genre author, but I like to think of myself as a storyteller. The same elements appear in all my novels in proportions dictated by their genre: romance, mystery, adventure, history, and whimsy.

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Epic Fantasy: "DawnSinger" and "Wayfarer" are the first two novels in the epic fantasy series, "Tales of Faeraven." The final books in the series, "Sojourner" and "DawnKing," are under contract with my publisher.

Historical Fiction: "Hills of Nevermore," first installment in the "Montana Gold," set during Montana's gold rush in the days of vigilante justice, will release in 2017.

Romantic Suspense/Mystery: "Deceptive Tide (Islands of Intrigue-San Juans)" will release in October 2016. This title is romantic suspense, but I am also branching into writing mystery novels written in the classic style of Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.

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 The Forever Sky is book number four in Janalyn Voigt's Montana Gold series. I had read book one in the series, but had missed the second and third. While I think this could be read as a standalone, it is continued from these previous books with backstory and characters already pretty well established in those previous books. I found that personally, I had a harder time getting into this particular story than I did with Hills of Nevermore (book one). I do believe that this was because I had missed quite a lot in between... it was still enjoyable (I'd say 3.5 stars), but I think it would have been even more so if I'd read them all in order.

This western type of story isn't a go to genre for me, but again having read Hills of Nevermore and really enjoying that story I looked forward to reading more in the series. I was happy to see that the style I enjoyed in that book carried through to this one as well. I love how beautifully the author weaves the history, romance and elements of faith into such an enjoyable read. Though I'm not a history buff, I mus admit I also really love how she incorporates real people and events into the pages of this fictional story.

Overall, this was a good read. While I certainly suggest starting with book one and reading the series as a whole in order to get the most out of it, I believe this is one that fans of western romantic fiction will truly enjoy regardless.


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