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About the Book
Book title: Seasons of a Life
Author: D.H. Barbara
Release date: May, 2017
Genre: Inspirational fiction, family drama, romance
Time passes with little regard of human perspective. At times painfully slow and often it slips past more swiftly than we’d like. Sammie Young is a testimony to the changing of life’s many seasons. As life deals it’s harsh blows, she stands strong. Now, with two of her five children left at home, change whizzes toward her at the speed of light. Frequently down, but never beaten, Sammie steps out in faith to face the new and exciting seasons awaiting her family.
This was an interesting look at family through their ups and downs, how our past can haunt our futures, and how hope can completely change our outlook on life. The book itself covers a large span of time and therefore moves at a fast pace. The story contains quite a bit of dialogue, which I know some people may or may not care for. Even so, you get a pretty good idea of how the characters are feeling and what they are thinking throughout different parts of the book.
As often with a fast pace book it can be difficult to connect with the characters. I felt that I struggled to make that close connection, however as a whole I did enjoy seeing the progression in the lives of the characters. It almost had an autobiographical feel to it. And I will say, there was a part in the last third of the book that totally through me for a loop – not something you would expect to happen, or at least I didn’t. It was something that I don’t see happening too much in the real world, but is certainly a possibility. Having a surprise as this (I don’t want to give it away, so you’ll have to read it) makes me smile, as I like having elements in a story that are different.
Bottom line – As long as you are okay with the amount of dialogue presented you will most likely enjoy the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Writing and storytelling began in elementary school, including rewriting song lyrics. Often, I would rewrite them to God, and my favorite to sing was “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” I told elaborate tales to my Barbie and Dawn dolls, stuffed animals and imaginary friends.
My faith is vital to me, and my writing. I write inspirational fiction and fantasy because, frankly, I can’t help myself. I have tried to write without the faith element and it’s next to impossible. I want my story to reflect faith and honest struggles. The plots appear in my mind as if I’m watching a full length feature movie. At times, it’s hard for my fingers to keep up with my brain. I’ve moved from my beloved yellow legal pads and Crystal Bic pens to a keyboard, but the process is the same. I start at the beginning, find a “soundtrack,” and start typing. In the back of my books you’ll find a section titled The Song Behind The Story. Many times, I find a worship or praise song that fits the story perfectly and that becomes the main track I listen to while writing.
If I’m not writing something, I’m reading a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, theology and apologetics, to name a few. My favorite genres are, by far, science fiction and suspense. Some authors I enjoy are, in no particular order, Susan Sleeman, Anne McCaffrey, C.S. Lewis, Max Lucado, John Jakes, Stephen King, Robin Lee Hatcher, Chautona Havig, Frank Peretti, Randy Alcorn, Dr. Richard Mabry, Tess Gerrison, J.K. Rowling, Peter Tremayne, Elis Peters, oh, the list could go on and on and on! I have the immense pleasure of interacting with some of them online via social media.
Currently, I’m working on completing my Lakeville series. Lakeville is a fictional town in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania.
Guest Post from D.H. Barbara
August 24: A Baker’s Perspective
August 25: Proud to be an autism mom
August 26: The Power of Words (spotlight)
August 27: Avid Reader Book Reviews
August 28: Moments Dipped in Ink
August 29: Carpe Diem
August 30: Reading Is My SuperPower (interview)
August 31: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
September 1: Pause for Tales
September 2: Simple Harvest Reads (interview)
September 3: Quiet Quilter
September 4: Christian Bookaholic
September 5: Just the Write Escape
September 6: Mary Hake
To celebrate her tour, D.H. Barbara is giving away a Lakeville Beach Bundle tote/beach bag containing: 1 copy Seasons of a Life,1 copy of my book Angels Unaware (inspirational fantasy), 1 sun visor, 1 cold drink bottle, and 1 box of drink flavoring packets!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bd16