Tuesday, September 15, 2009

CFBA - Tidings of Great Boys

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Tidings of Great Boys

FaithWords (September 8, 2009)


Shelley Adina

Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages.

Shelley is a world traveler and pop culture junkie with an incurable addiction to designer handbags. She writes books about fun and faith--with a side of glamour. Between books, Shelley loves traveling, playing the piano and Celtic harp, watching movies, and making period costumes.

Finals week is approaching and Mac is still undecided on where to spend the holidays. Normally she'd go home to Scotland, but spending two weeks alone in the castle with her dad isn't as appealing as it used to be. So she invites Carly, Lissa, Gillian, and Shani to join her for the holidays!

Mac is determined to make this the best Christmas ever. She even decides to organize the traditional Hogmany dance for New Year's Eve. If she can get her mother involved in the dance, maybe her parents will finally get back together.

But when Mac and the girls arrive in Scotland, they are faced with bad news: the castle is falling apart and Mac's parents are struggling financially. Not only that, but Shani is in big trouble with Prince Rashid's royal family. Can the girls find a way to celebrate the holidays, get Mac's parents back together, save the castle, and rescue Shani from her relentless pursuers? There's only one way to find out...

If you would like to read the first chapter of Tidings of Great Boys, go HERE

Although this is the fifth book in this series, it's only the second one I have read, and I'm glad I didn't let the minor irritants of the last book keep me from reading this one. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment! This story depicts girl friendships as they should be: caring, loyal, and understanding - and able to work through the bumps of misunderstandings and hurt feelings without unnecessary drama. And I appreciate the consistent testimony and witness the girls display before one of their friends while still accepting and loving her, which causes her to examine what being a Christian really means. My girl's face lit up when she saw I had this book, and I know she'll enjoy this one. I look forward to seeing how the series wraps up in The Chic Shall Inherit the Earth, coming in January!


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1 comment:

quilly said...

Oh I like this! I don't know why more books can't highlight real girl friendships. I had 3 best friends in high school and I don't remember a lot of hurt feelings, drama or back biting, but that's pretty much all we read in books anymore.