The following is a review and giveaway opportunity for the book Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven, through FlyBy Promotions. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation has been received.
What would you do if the unthinkable happened? Your family are among the first pioneers to this land and are trying to make a way in a new world as immigrants. Life is hard, the land is rough and you are living on the frontier. When one day, during the war, you and your sister are taken as captives, you father and one of your brothers is killed in the attack and the farm is burned to the ground. Would you cling to the faith that had been handed down to you or would you turn your back on God?
I’m grateful I do not have to find out how I would handle that myself. However, I love history, and events like this did happen. Tracy Leininger Craven discovered while researching her family tree that this happened in hers during the French and Indian War in 1755. Her family were early settlers who were in the middle of the Penn’s Creek Massacre. Barbara and Regina are captured, their father and brother are killed while their other brother and mother had left the area to go to the mill.
This is a story about courage in the face of adversity, faith in midst of losing everything and everyone held dear. Of a family ruthlessly torn apart yet keeping the hope of being reunited with loved ones remains strong. I was swept in with the telling of the story (even though it is juvenile fiction) and wished the book was bigger when I finished it. I wanted to know more of the history behind this telling and get to know the Leininger family better.
This book is a great addition to your children’s (reccommended for ages 8 and up) reading list. They will be learning about history (how much do you know about the French and Indian War?) and seeing faith played out in a story that is full of adventure and excitement (even boys should enjoy reading this).
Alone Yet Not Alone is also coming out as a major motion picture in a month (Due to be released September 27, 2013). You have no idea how excited that makes me. This is a good, family friendly family book (themes of courage, faith, family, perserverance are woven throughout the entire story, no sex, no cursing in the book) and I can’t wait to see how it is portrayed on the screen. I am so hoping they keep it clean so I can feel good letting my girls watch it when they get a little bit older (at nearly 7 and 5 I think they are a bit too young for seeing children getting kidnapped and war scenes) and when we study that time period. The movie does have 5 Doves from the Dove foundation and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Of course, use that as a guideline as you do know how ready your children are for certain things.
I highly suggest getting a copy of this book to add to your children’s reading material if you homeschool or not. It is rich of historical details, has wonderful family friendly themes running throughout and is a great book.
Would you like to win a copy for yourself? Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite time period in history is to read about (either in giant history tomes or in historical fiction). I love the early years of our country from settlement through the Civil War and antebellum period and the World War II era. I will use Random.org to choose a winner the evening of September 6, 2013, whom I will email (so leave your checked email address in the space it asks for it when submitting a comment, no one sees it but me). The winner will have until Monday evening September 9, 2013 to email me back with their mailing address so I can send that information to FlyBy Promotions so they can mail you your book!