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Book Review – Cancionero by Randolph Parrish

I wrote this review for Kids Lit Book Café

Before I start the review, I just want to take a moment to mention reviews given on Amazon and othe platforms by the grammar-police. If I had gone off the reviews on Amazon I might not have picked this book, and what a shame that would have been! It could use a bit of old spit-and-polish, but then quite honestly most books do. I am so glad that I am able to see beyond the layout to engage with the beautiful story painstakingly told for us, the readers.

What a delightful gem Cancionero is.  Suitable for 5th grade upwards to adults, this engaging tale grabs your imagination.  Fantastic characters make this a wonderful ‘Children’s Western Historical’.

The glue that keeps you gripped to a good story is the protagonist.  Without that highly-liked and memorable person a story will fall flat.  No chance of that here, for in the small town of Cancionero – a place so hot that ticks and fleas die by roasting, there is a plethora of great characters, including a boy that no one wants.  Jeremy’s only possession when he turns up at the orphanage is his raggedy teddy, and his memories.  Immediately bullied by fellow orphan Shackle, Jeremy tries his hardest to slip into the background, a hard thing to do when it’s discovered he has the voice of an angel!

Randolph Parrish’s descriptions of the one horse town and all the people within it, capture the imagination and make it clear to see everything.  Besides loving the depth of personalities in this story, I thoroughly appreciated the story behind the words… that everyone (including a poor orphan boy and a drunk) has the right to be someone.  With encouragement, anyone can rise out of the situation and turn things around.  My favorite line from the book is when money obsessed Aloysius Twilder major of Cancionero, thinks God has answered his prayers with the arrival of Jeremy, for surely by sending the choir on tour he can not only get rid of the orphans for a while, but add money to his hoard!  Such are the creatures within this Western tale, that there is hope, even for the major.  I would love to be with a group of children who had just read this book and ask them what they might learn if they looked deep into the story.  Would they like me, see forgiveness, tolerance, acceptance and redemption?

Randolph Parrish has an almost artistic touch to his writing, the story burbles along like the flow of a sparkling stream, and seems almost like a string of sonnets.  This is one of the most pleasurable tales I’ve read for a long time, and therefore Cancionero comes highly recommended by Kids Lit Book Café.

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Why are Christian books so expensive?

I love a good book with a good story, and if that book happens to promote Christian morals and standards then I am doubly-happy.  It is therefore, rather distressing that so many good books by Christian authors are priced out of my price-range.

Who is it that set a kindle book at $8 – $15?  Seriously, you can buy paperbacks for that amount of money in the UK.  Other genres don’t have their books priced so high – does this mean that Christians are greedy and money grabbing, or just good business men and women?  Bestselling authors set their prices really high, bleeding their readers dry because they know they will buy regardless of price.  So, does that mean that every Christian author thinks they are a bestselling author?

What on earth is going on?

I can’t set my book at that price; I want as many people as possible to be able to read it, so currently mine is set at $3.99 probably going to $4.99 next year, which I think is a reasonable price for an e-book.  And, 50% of my commission is being donated to Barnabas.

Please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below, would love to hear what other people think about it.

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Grace in Mombasa – two endorsements

I’m so excited to say that I will probably have the kindle of Grace in Mombasa up by Friday 23rd November – a whole week early!

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I’d like to share with you the two endorsements that I have had for the book.

Tracy Traynor’s writing transports you from World War 1 and 2 England to the courts of heaven, via Mombasa. With characters which pop off the page and straight into your heart, this is a book you will remember for a long time.  Wendy H Jones, author and member/webmaster of Association of Christian Writers.

The story of Grace captures the experience of many others who, though quite ordinary by themselves, find that the love of God propels them towards quite extraordinary endeavours.  Tracy is the author of Grace’s story but the inspiration was Moira Smith and the author of her story was none other than God himself, described in the Bible as the ‘author and finisher of our faith’.  I commend Tracy’s book Grace in Mombasa to you in the hope that, inspired by the story of Grace and Moira, you will become hungry for a story of your own and that you will turn to the great author of all our lives.  He already has a story prepared for you”  Sean McIntyre, missionary with Barnabas and now minister to the Assembly of God Church in Colchester.

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Grace in Mombasa – release date 01/12/18

 

Release Date Sat 1st December 2018

I am happy to say, that Grace in Mombasa is now with a professional editor being polished.

The release date on Amazon will be Sat 1st December 2018.

I’m so excited and can’t wait for people to read it and find out what they think.

53 days to go….