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April W Gardner

Author of Wounded Spirits

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A Hope Fulfilled by April W. Gardner is Biblical Fiction. Tikvah, a Hebrew slave, lives in Edom and hopes to live again in Jerusalem. When a Babylonian general and his dashing Jewish liaison arrive at her master’s house and talk about destroying Edom and making other promises, she senses Yahweh working in their midst..

With a blinded and muted slave, referred to as Abba, she is determined to secure freedom for them both. The way the author creates this story drew me and kept me reading. Based on Obadiah’s prophecies, I found this book worth reading.

The storyline and characters help bring this book to life. I felt like I was part of this story, and the author weaved together the storyline in a way that kept me reading. I appreciate seeing how the author allowed characters to work on Yahweh’s behalf.

So, if you enjoy Biblical Fiction, check out A Hope Fulfilled by April W Gardner.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
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PattiP1992 | 2 other reviews | Apr 2, 2024 |
I don’t know much about Obadiah which piqued my interest in this book. I appreciate how the author stayed close to the Bible in this retelling and think anything that was added only helped bring the story to life. Being introduced to Tikvah was very eye opening. A slave girl who works hard but is treated with dishonor was emotional for me. I tried to put myself in her position and knew that I at times would feel alone and worried about the future.

The story brings us to an important prophecy in the Bible where Edom would be destroyed . Do you ever wonder if you knew something profound like that would anyone believe you? That is a huge responsibility but the prophet knew he had to share it. Tikvah will have a hard decision to make and this is where I found the story to move at a good pace. After reading this book, I found myself researching more about Obadiah. For me when an author writes a Biblical fiction book which makes me want to study more about the subject it is a book that deepens my hunger for His Word.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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Harley0326 | 2 other reviews | Mar 30, 2024 |
Pure faith. Very little is known about Obediah, the prophet who foretold that God would destroy Edom and then the Jews would return to Jerusalem. God wouldn't accept the treatment of Edom against Jacob his brother's people. There had been a few Jews taken as slaves to Edom. This is an author's idea of how it might have played out in Edom at that time. These were two devout Jews who knew the prophecy and had waited faithfully on the Lord. This was the time, as prophesied, when Babylon came to destroy Edom, and they helped make it happen. Beautifully told, so real it's as if you were there. You can feel their faith and excitement of this time. Very enriching read.

I received this book free from the author, publisher and CelebrateLit book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Robin.Willson | 2 other reviews | Mar 24, 2024 |
I have really enjoyed this book and how two authors worked together to write stories that intertwined with ease. Meghan has a dream to become an author and get published. She tirelessly works on her manuscript in her spare time. Meghan becomes disappointed that her husband Steve doesn't seem to be supporting her. I could easily see how Meghan started to feel lonely in her marriage. The enemy finds anyway he can to put doubt in your mind and cause you to start questioning trust. I liked how the author introduced Curtis in the story who became someone Meghan started to find interesting. I knew danger was waiting around the corner as Meghan seemed to be drawn to him.

The other part of the story is set in 1916 and lets us have a front row seat in Corona, California. Winnie works hard at her family's mechanic shop. It was very uncommon to see a woman as a mechanic in those days, but she sure could do circles around anyone when it came to fixing cars. Russell needs someone like Winnie to help him get his car ready for the race. They don't exactly get off to a good start. Winnie is strong willed and doesn't back down from threats. Someone is trying to sabotage her shop and cause bodily harm to her. I did like the slow pace of their relationship as we discover the loss Winnie and her family has suffered.

The authors have done such a great job of tying both stories together that I had a hard time not jumping ahead to see what happens. The concept of a person writing a story and we see the characters come to life is worth praise. Meghan sets her story in 1916, and we get to join her as she writes about Winnie and Russell. Both women are similar in the fact that they have low self esteem and always seem to think nothing good will ever happen to them. They both want someone to love them and notice them. They both work hard at their dreams but lack the ability to believe in themselves.

The lessons in the story are powerful as we see a marriage start to crumble and temptation seep in. Instead of communicating with her husband, Meghan jumps to conclusions . I didn't like where she was headed emotionally , but liked getting to see her turn to God for help. Winnie finds herself in danger and Russell could be the answer to her prayers.

I won't say what happens to these two couples, but I will say that both authors give us a look into trusting God, believing in yourself and being reminded that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Communication is key in any relationship and it will be a lesson both women will experience. I thought the book was very well written and hope the authors' team up again and write a book together.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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Harley0326 | 6 other reviews | Oct 19, 2019 |

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