Friday, February 10, 2017

When We Last Spoke- Book Review and Giveaway

If you have hung around Family, Faith and Fridays for any amount of time, you know I love to review books!  It is even more fun when I can bless one of our readers with a copy of said book.  BUT, you may have noticed that I tend to shy away from adult fiction.

There are several reasons why.  One, I recognize that everyone's idea of "good" and "appropriate" vary greatly and two, I rarely have time to read fiction, quite honestly.

But this book, When We Last Spoke, captured my attention.  I debated and debated.  Should I take a chance or not?

I did.  And I am so glad I did!

When We Last Spoke, written by Marci Henna, is a sweet story about two sisters from Fireside, Texas who were deserted by their mother, lost their father to war, and were left to be raised by their grandparents.  Now grown, older sister Juliet, who never left Fireside, recalls their childhood days growing up with the loss of both parents, but with the intense love of their grandparents.  It is a story about families, relationships, and healing.  While the majority of the story is a flashback to their childhood, it culminates with the two sisters trying to find peace after a family secret has caused a rift between them.

Why did I like this book?  First off, there is no horrible language.  Call me old-fashioned, but that is hard to find these days, and something I appreciate! Secondly, it is just a sweet story.  You come to love the characters and their individual personalities.  From the grandparents Walt and Ruby and the sisters Juliet and Evangeline, to the secondary characters whom will also steal your heart, you will find yourself drawn to their idiosyncrasies with each new chapter.  Thirdly, it is just well written.   Author Marci Henna knows how to weave a sentence to pull you in.

"As usual, she plucked an excuse out of the air.  Bless her pea-picking heart."
"That night, Evangeline and I were pressed into place under a mountain of quilts, like petals between the pages of a family Bible."

Maybe it's just me and my southern background, but I could just HEAR and FEEL those things being said!
Ashton also read the book and really liked it, and mentioned that she appreciated how real the characters were and how well the book was written. And she is usually a harsh critic! 

I know in this busy world we often have to fight to find free time to just curl up with a book and enjoy a sweet, simple story.  I am going out on a limb here and encouraging you to do just that with When We Last Spoke!

Interested?  You can watch the trailer here!  Be forewarned, it WILL pull you in!

Our friends at Fly By have graciously agreed to bless one of our readers with a copy of When We Last SpokeJust leave us a comment with a way to reach you if you win!  What is YOUR favorite type of book to read?

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



  1. I love fiction! My favorite is a dystopian romance. Lol But I love many other genres!!! (

  2. That does sound interesting. I like historical fiction, usually from the Civil War or WWII eras.

  3. I love historic fiction and biographies.

  4. I love historical fiction, specifically WWII.


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