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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Jayne's Endeavour | Book Tour

Life in 19th century Australia overflows with hardship . . . Will Jayne have the courage to find the answers?

My Review

Reading a story about Australian pioneering was fascinating to this American girl. I enjoyed the rich Irish-Australian heritage pictured in these pages.

The Christian element is strong and woven steadily throughout the pages. Jayne and her sisters rely heavily on God for direction and guidance. I was a little sad that most of the adults in Jayne’s life were busybodies and gossips and discouraging rather than encouraging. Toward the end, she did seem to have more solid people to turn to.

This book has no romance in it, which I’ll admit, was refreshing after I’ve read a few books with “too-much-for-me” romance.

There is a swirl of mystery and thorough imagery of the difficulty of Australian pioneering in this story. I think it is suitable for any teen. There is a bit about dying plus a little mention of injury and blood toward the end that some sensitive readers may want to be aware of.

*I received this book from the author and happily provided my honest review*

About the Book

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Page Count: 276
Age Range: 12-18
Series: Book 1 of The JOY Series

Mysterious strangers, a Scripture verse, and a threat.

“Reids never give up.” The words once held so much truth. But at eighteen, Jayne Reid is beginning to wonder if she can live up to that standard.

When puzzling strangers appear and odd things start to happen, Jayne and her two younger sisters must find a solution—or lose everything.

What mystery lurks in the shadows of the Australian bush? Who is the man in town who thinks he can buy and bully anyone he wishes? And is it all somehow connected to their new farmhand?

Journey with Jayne as she struggles to change fear into boldness and boldness into a trusting relationship with her Heavenly Father. What adventure lies ahead?

The JOY Series

The JOY Series follows three sisters on a quest to keep their parents’ legacy and dreams alive. Loaded with 19th century Australian adventure, it’s a series full of intrigue, adventure, and faith for ages 12 and up!

About the Author

Lauren Compton lives in Australia on a sheep farm—surrounded by mountains and plenty of Aussie wildlife! From a young age she has loved books and writing-related things (yep, that includes spending ages in the writing supplies department!). Now she has embarked on a mission to write books that both entertain AND encourage. Her desire is to weave stories that point readers to her Heavenly Father while at the same time being a whole lot of fun!

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