Let me be honest. I am not a romance novel kind of guy but whenever Ellen Gable asks me if I would like a review copy of her most recent effort, I never hesitate to answer in the affirmative. Ellen is a superb storyteller, whose unique story lines and compelling characters, keep her readers riveted to the pages of her tales. Her most recent gem, Julia’s Gift, is no exception.
When was the last time you read a love story that unfolds in the midst of the brutality and death of World War I? How is it that an author who is some 100 years removed from the times and war she uses as the setting of her novel and who herself has never actually seen the destruction war wrought, do so, so skillfully that her readers feel they are there in France, witnessing Julia and Major Winslow navigate the dangers of war and the improbable twists and turns that their relationship takes? - only someone who has taken the time to do painstakingly detailed research.
Only someone whose deep Catholic Faith guides and shapes her own personal life could create the powerful characters whose faith guided and sustained them when others would have long before despaired. True love, as Julia and her beloved Major so powerfully teach us, does not first occur in between the bed sheets, but in the heart and then the soul.
Like other reviewers, I had difficulty putting the book down. I think you too will have the same problem.
I was disappointed when Julia’s Gift ended without my knowing what happened to her friends, Charlotte and Ella. My distress was short-lived when I discovered this book is just the first of three in a series the author has entitled “Great War, Great Love”. Now we all have something to look forward to.
This book does not disappoint! But this should not come as surprise since Ellen Gable's other novels have been collectively downloaded over 600,000 times on Kindle!
Don't take my word for it; read what others have had to say:
... I read Julia’s Gifts within two days, but this touching story of faith and devotion is sure to leave a lasting impression!” Therese Heckenkamp, award-winning author of Frozen Footprints and After the Thaw
There is so much to treasure in this beautifully-written book: miracles of faith, the power of prayer, the strength of true love, and the grace in using one’s God-given gifts to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles make this an outstanding and unforgettable book.” Jean M. Heimann, author of Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World
“Julia’s Gifts is a sweet and touching love story laced with beautiful messages. Well-researched, the dialog and details make the story feel genuine, taking readers back to the WWI era where people shop at Lit Brothers department store, ride on trolley cars, and frequent the Horn and Hardart’s Automat...This story touched my heart in many ways...Theresa Linden, author of award-winning Catholic teen fiction
I am honored to be a part of this Virtual Book tour. Be sure not to miss the remaining ten stops on this Tour:
November 14 Lisa Mladinich, Amazing Catechists
November 15 Theresa Linden
November 16 Barbara Hosbach and Alexandrina Brant
November 17 Barb Szyszkiewicz Catholic Mom
November 18 Cathy Gilmore
November 19 Erin McCole Cupp
November 20 Virginia Lieto
November 21 Elena Maria Vidal Tea at Trianon
November 22 Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold Miller, The Divine Gift of Motherhood
November 23 Leslie Lynch, author
Others: Catholic Reads, Alyssa Watson
Want to learn more about this gifted author who also serves as Marketing Director for Live the Fast, self-publishing book coach, speaker, publisher, NFP teacher, book reviewer and instructor in the Theology of the Body for Teens? You can find Ellen at:
Go get your copy of Julia's Gifts here.
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