Book Review: A Prairie Heritage – The Early Years, By Vikki Kestell
by Joanne Troppello
I usually review one book at a time. However, these three books came together in one eBook bundle, so I am posting a review together of all three books.
· Book 1: A Rose Blooms Twice
· Book 2: Wild Heart on the Prairie
· Book 3: Joy on This Mountain
Book One: A Rose Blooms Twice
This series is labeled as historical fiction. The drama started off quickly with a dramatic scene sequence and draws the reader in. You start off truly feeling sorry for the MC, Rose and want to keep reading to find out how her story ends.
The storyline was so interesting from the very first page. I was excited to read all about Rose's adventures. I related to her independent spirit, yet her hesitancy to step out into the unknown.
Reading about her faith journey toward a budding relationship with the Lord was very interesting. I connected so much with her journey and belief in God's Word as truth.
She believed—as every Christian should—that God’s Word is truth and cannot return void. What God sets out to accomplish, He will accomplish. She believed in the power of prayer, as I do.
I noticed some POV shifts, but not a lot to be confusing. If you’ve been following any of my reviews that I publish here, you know that POV shifts are a real pet peeve of mine.
The love story was slow, but believable because of the storyline. It was sweet and I was rooting for the hero and heroine the entire time.
Book Two: Wild Heart on the Prairie
Book two was written from the male MC, Jan’s perspective. You saw how he ended up where he was by the time he met Rose in the first book in this eBook bundle. I didn’t read this book because I already had the gist of his history from glimpses that Rose got to see from his past in A Rose Blooms Twice.
[Spoiler alerts ahead. If you want to read these books, you probably don’t want to read further on in my review.]
Book Three: Joy on This Mountain
The third book in this eBook bundle starts in 1908 with Rose, after she and Jan had been married for 26 years. Then the storyline backtracks to 1883 when their daughter, Joy Again was born. Yes, that really is her middle name.
Then the story comes back to the present with Rose’s adult 25-year-old daughter—and then backtracks to 1902 for more backstory. Then it jumps ahead to the Fall of 1907.
This jumping back and forth was a bit confusing at first, but as I read on, I understood why the author wrote it this way.
The storyline was so great. It kept me glued to the page. I couldn't wait to see how the book ended.
This book was a powerful "beauty from ashes" story of Joy's journey from grief to purpose and renewed faith in the Lord again...like her name, Joy Again—depicting her parent's new beginning after she was born—and her new beginning years later.
The eBook bundle included an excerpt of two chapters from the next book, sharing the continuation of Joy’s story and how Rose’s path joined with her daughter’s again.
I recommend this series and look forward to reading more from this author.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.