Monday, October 19, 2009
Sarah Books-Sarah's Wish Review
Books for children are a dime a dozen, but quality literature for children is worth its weight in gold. And if that's the case, Sarah's Wish is a treasure in paperback form.
Sarah's Wish is the story of a girl who finds herself an orphaned in the first chapter (talk about a way to grab you and immediately engage you in the story), and is then challenged with how to honor a promise she made to her mother that she would keep their secret (their house is a station on the Underground Railroad). The problem is that at the time her mother dies, there are "packages" awaiting transport to their next station, and Sarah must make difficult choices to ensure their safety that involve her breaking her vow of secrecy, a fact that Sarah struggles with. She also struggles always to tell the truth without compromising the people of the Underground Railroad by revealing critical information to the wrong people, especially some exceedingly mean slave catchers. And she struggles with her desperate desire to have a new family of her own but also to continue her mother's work of helping escaped slaves.
How do I love this book? Let me count the ways! Actually, I don't think I can count them as the list is extensive. The characters are colorful and real. Sarah's struggles are authentic to those of a 12 year olds, but also reflect a maturity forced on her by her circumstances. Through all that happens, Sarah's beautiful faith shines through, as does that of several of the other characters. The main antagonists in the story subject Sarah to trials that help her decide what truly matters. The book is a wonderful example of good historical fiction that "living book" lovers could embrace. The dialects that the different characters speak in offer a window into the life in the mid-1800's. The book includes a glossary of terms and (and this is HUGE) includes a FREE download of the audio book version of Sarah's Wish.
I can't find a single "con" to offer. Except that you are going to love Sarah's Wish so much you will find yourself wanting the other two books in the Sarah Series too.
The bottom line to me is that this book is GREAT. I really enjoyed it, and my daughter and her friend both enjoyed the audio version immensely. You really should buy this book...and the other two in the series. And did I mention that a portion of the proceeds go to charity? A children's home for orphans and special needs kids! Can it get any better? Yes, it can. Sarah's Wish is only $9.95. Seriously. You can't buy an audio book for that, let alone a paperback AND an audio book combined. To order Sarah's Wish, go HERE. To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say, go HERE.
P.S. I have to tell you, in the interest of disclosure, that members of the TOS Crew, myself included, received this book for free in exchange for our review of the book. I can also tell you that in NO way impacted this review. This book is GREAT, even at full price.
*********New Bonus Offer just for YOU, my readers!*****
The author of Sarah's Wish contacted us this morning with a wonderful discount for all our blog readers! This discounted price is ONLY available by mail order, NOT on his website. If you are interested in receiving the order form, leave a comment in the comment with your e-mail address and I will forward it to you (the HTML in the form was not compatible with blogger.com, so I couldn't just cut and paste it here).
Sarah's Wish 126pg, regular price $10.99, blog reader special $8.50
Sarah's Promise 245pg, regular price $14.99, blog reader special $10.50
Sarah's Escape 304pg, regular price $21.99, blog reader special $15.50
If you buy all three, you can also purchase a second copy of Sarah's Wish to have as a gift for just $4. Oh, and the shipping and handling are FREE!
Again, leave me a comment in the comment section with your e-mail, OR e-mail me at email@example.com and I will send you the form to order the books at this great price.